[As you may or may not know, i live in Canada, and for some reason KSHE doesn't stream their audio to here; i have to connect via a VPN, to spoof a non-Canadian address. This week, according to https://whatismyipaddress.com/ i was listening from Parsippany, New Jersey. I've been there once or twice before.]
Quotation Of The Week: George Carlin ~ Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
First, a public service announcement. At Frank Leta's Automotive Outlet (https://www.letacars.com/ ), 12101 St Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, Missouri, if you take home $350 a week, you're eligible for $25,000 in credit. Wow!
This week's program made me regret my decision, some years ago, to automatically grade The Klassics Show as A+ if they played either Dan Fogelberg or Rory Gallagher, because this morning's installment was almost an unpleasant listening experience, barely worthy of a C. First, there were technical problems both with my local machine (not the program's fault, of course), and at KSHE's. I had a dreaded BSOD right at the start of the Jefferson Starship song and it took maybe five minutes to get up and running again. Fortunately, i don't think i missed much: when i reconnected it was towards the end of a commercial break.
KSHE's problem – a server glitch or something – made the morning just a little bit too much like work. (On a KSHE Facebook page, i learned that they weren't broadcasting at all for a while on Saturday. At least the engineers sorted that out.) There were a lot of obscure songs this morning – more than normal anyway – Tantrum? Automatic Man? -- and a lot that i didn't recognise and often the host, John Ulett, won't announce what he's playing. When this happens i go to the station's home page where it usually indicates what's on. Not today though: according to them, they were playing Sammy Hagar's “There's Only One Way To Rock” for four hours (minus commercials)! In quite a few instances i had to Google the lyrics, and in one case i failed, as you'll see. A lot of the obscure schtuff wasn't very interesting, which no doubt explains why it's obscure, and then there was REO Speedwagon, a group i can't stand. Plus i was somewhat disappointed that there wasn't the usual inclusion of a song by The Beatles.
Certainly there was some music i can legitimately say i love, although most of it didn't show up until the final hour, when the Pretenders, Robin Trower, Billy Joel and Deep Purple popped in to say hello. Scott McKenzie was a wonderful surprise, too. Surprising as well was the information that Bruce Springsteen was a big fan of Donna Summer (as am i – she had a gorgeous voice) and wrote “Cover Me” for her. He liked it so much he decided to record it himself and wrote something else for her. I don't know if she recorded it, but gosh, the things you learn....
The Chambers Brothers – Love, Peace And Happiness
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Til It Shines
Stu Nunnery – Isle Of Debris
The Moody Blues – Isn't Life Strange
Eric Clapton – Let It Grow
Jefferson Starhip – Love Too Good
Brownsville Station – Lady (Put The Light On Me)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Kings Road
Automatic Man – My Pearl
The Babys – I'm Falling
Lou Reed – Rock 'N' Roll
Bruce Springsteen – Cover Me
Uriah Heep – Sweet Lorraine
Tantrum – Rather Be Rockin'
Rare Bird – Beautiful Scarlet
Santana – Flor D'Luna
Asia – Soul Survivor
Sugarloaf – Don't Call Us We'll Call You
The Marshall Tucker Band – You Ain't Foolin' Me
The Band – The Shape I'm In
Phil Collins – Like China
Rush – Ghost Of A Chance
REO Speedwagon – How The Story Goes
Dan Fogelberg – Times Like These
Supertramp – Lover Boy
Tony Carey – I Won't Be Home Tonnight
David Bowie – Stay
Bob Dylan – Shelter From The Storm
Billy Joel – Billy The Kid
Gary Wright – Water Sign
The Allman Brothers Band – Angeline
Pretenders – Middle Of The Road
Robin Trower – Caledonia
Rod Stewart – Oh, No, Not My Baby
Scott McKenzie – San Francisco (Flowers In Your Hair)
Deep Purple – Lazy
Axe – Rock And Roll Party In The Street
My personal playlist is a very short one this week. No, business hasn't been booming and i'm not working a load of overtime. There has been no loss in music-listening time. The fact is, every one of the titles below is a 2-CD set. And it's been great! There are albums here that i hadn't listened to in years – it was especially nice to re-acquaint myself with Eliza Carthy, and i'd completely forgotten i had that ELO record! I may do this again next week....
The Beatles – Anthology 2
James Taylor – (Live)
The Kinks – To The Bone
Eliza Carthy – Red Rice
Marillion – Anaraknophobia
Fairport Convention -- 25th Anniversary Concert
Free – Live At The BBC
The Albion Dance Band – Dancing Days Are Here Again
The Moody Blues – Gold
Electric Light Orchestra – The Lost Planet
Richard Thompson – You? Me? Us?
Yes – Keys To Ascension
Billy Joel – The Essential Billy Joel
Harmonium – L'Heptade
The Dixie Chicks – Top Of The World Tour Live
The Tragically Hip – Yer Favourites
Rory Gallagher – Notes From San Francisco
The Rolling Stones – Forty Licks