Wednesday, February 27, 2013


You may have noticed that at the top of the blog, among the clutter in the masthead, is a Springfield magazine about disco. The issue is from July 1979. The article says there are three discos in Springfield: Wicker Works at the Sheraton Inn, Merlins's at the Hilton Inn and Lucy's at the Holiday Inn. You may not believe it, but I remember the names of these places from my childhood. Of course, they are no longer in existence.

Brenda May - Desdinova's favorite teacher

One thing I noticed in this article was that you could take free lessons on "how to disco dance" on Tuesday nights at Wicker Works from Brenda May. This caught my attention because Brenda May was not only my drama and speech teacher in 10th and 11th grade at Lebanon High School, but she was one of my all time favorite teachers. She gave me confidence when nobody else would by telling me to go to college and follow my dream of a media career. A few years back, I tracked her down via the Internet and sent her an e-mail, thanking her for her encouragement and kindness. She was also the sexiest teacher I ever had.

Another name mentioned in this article is Ruthann Schwenn, who was public relations and marketing for Wicker Works. I have several Springfield magazines from this era and they contain several photos of Ms. Schwenn. She was very attractive. I would be interested in knowing what became of her.

The article was written by Katie Dark, who is now know as Katie Hilton of the Lebanon Daily Record. This article is very informative and well written. Luckily it is not filled with the disgusting Republican propaganda that fills her column in the Sunday edition of  The Lebanon Daily Record (I could eat a can of alphabet soup and barf up a better column than she writes now).

The thing that this article says to me indirectly, some 34 years later, is that at one time Springfield was interested in new things and new trends. In the past few years, local media has given us the impression that Springfield isn't interested in anything modern and contemporary. They present the views of a few fun-hating, anti-entertainment idiots as the majority view point of everyone in the Ozarks. It was nice to know that at least one media outlet in the Ozarks (Sadly, no longer published) didn't view national entertainment trends as a threat to "our quality of life" in the Ozarks.

BTW: You realize that I'm now going to have to post an disco Ipod playlist.  

Friday, February 22, 2013


Most of the banners or cards on Facebook are either silly or insult my political beliefs. This one is funny because it pokes fun at the self righteous "kids-today-are worthless" garbage that many of the other banners and cards on Facebook tend to exposes.

I thought I would take a look at a few songs that should keep my generation and the Baby Boomer generation from being so high and mighty on the subject of "wholesome, family friendly" music.

So why did I entitle this post "Pancakes and Popsicles Ipod Playlist"? I used "pancakes" as a tip of the hat to Gilligan Newton-John of the Retrospace blog. He uses "pancakes" as a euphemism for certain activities. This was he can talk about how attitudes about "pancakes" have changed since the 60s, 70s and 80s, without attracting an unsavory crowd who are Googling the word that "pancakes" substitutes. Some cranky adults and Ozarkers  (Remember State Rep. Jean Dixon?) would say that all of these songs are "pancakes."

Those of you who read the old blog, may remember I used to poke fun at a certain Springfield talk radio show host. He used the word "Popsicles" as a euphemism for a part of the male anatomy. He would say that your truly didn't have the Popsicles to make fun of him in person. Why would I want to be face to face with this crazy nut? He threw a sack of tennis balls a former News Leader editor Tony Messenger because he said he didn't have any "Popsicles" (The sack of tennis balls was a metaphor for what he used the word "Popsicles" for on the radio). That is one of the reasons I had the photo of Paris Hilton eating a Popsicle that I used on my last post.

I guess you could say I have a lot of "Popsicles" to create an Ipod playlist about "pancakes."

"Push It" Salt N Peppa
"Me So Horny" 2 Live Crew
"You Shook Me All Night Long" AC/DC
"Sister Ray" Velvet Underground
"Little Girl" John & Jackie
"Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus" Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin
"Talk Dirty To Me" Poison
"Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" The Swinging Medallions
"Do It Again a Little Bit Slower" Jon & Robin and The Crowd (written by a guy from Springfield, MO)
"Miracles" Jefferson Starship
"Physical" Olivia Newton-John
"Sugar Walls" Sheena Easton
"Imaginary Lover" Atlanta Rhythm Section
"Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?" The Cramps
"Turning Japanese" The Vapors
"Sex Dwarf" Soft Cell
"Blister In the Sun" Violent Femmes
"O.P.P" Naughty By Nature
"Let's Spend The Night Together" The Rolling Stones
"Take It Off" The Donnas
"Do You Wanna Touch?" Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
"She Bop" Cyndi Lauper
"Sweet Cream Ladies" The Box Tops
"Flesh For Fantasy" Billy Idol
"Love To Love You Baby" Donna Summer
"Cherry Hill Park" Billy Joe Royal
"Rhapsody In the Rain" Lou Christie
"Naughty Naughty" John Parr
"Humpin" The Gap Band
"Good Girls Don't" The Knack
"Cherry Pie" Warrant
"I Want To Do Something Freaky To You" Leon Haywood
"Hot Rod Hearts" Robbie Dupree
"Don't Touch Me There" The Tubes
"Kama Sutra" Bonzo Dog Band
"Let's Pretend We're Married" Prince

There are enough of these for a second "pancake" Ipod playlist. I hope people are not getting too tired of the Ipod playlist. You must understand I'm a frustrated radio program director at heart 


Saturday, February 16, 2013


"The Future Mrs. Desdinova," Paris Hilton
After the last three post, you probably think I'm a romantic softy who loves Valentines Day. Truth is Valentines Day has not been kind to the Super Villain of the Ozarks. First off, my older sister, Villanova, would insisted on making me a Valentine box for school. They looked like what I imagine Liberace's elementary school Valentine box looked like.

In the sixth grade, I had a rotten teacher. He told the class that they didn't have to give a Valentine to any they didn't like. That year I only received five Valentines from a class of twenty-one kids (That teacher is running for a position on the Lebanon city council. I'd rather vote for this guy, who is running against him. He seems more reputable).

The "second" Eunice Moneymaker

First time I outed was after I made this post on the old blog about my junior high/high school crush, Eunice Moneymaker. A person calling himself "Rod Hance" was planning to e-mail the post to her. He also posted my real name on a local message board. The main reaction was "Who?" and "That makes sense. What is your point?" This "Rod Hance" guy was really a "Bubba" I went to junior high/high school with in Lebanon. His father was a local politician I was poking fun back then.

After that I stopped using a photo of the real Eunice Moneymaker and began using the photo above, which is from a 1950's yearbook (I have no idea who that girl is but she sure is cute - and now in her 70s). I will say that the original photo of the real Eunice Moneymaker is among the retro clutter at the top of the page. Oddly enough, someone at one point asked if that was a photo of Paris Hilton in middle school, because I had a running joke on the old blog that I planned to marry Paris Hilton (This is also what caused a local right-wing blogger to write a long tirade about how he thought Sarah Palin was more beautiful than Paris Hilton - Get a life!). After that I noticed that Eunice Moneymaker and Paris Hilton kind of look alike.

Eunice was always embarrassed that I showered her with gifts on Valentine's Day. My love for her received a chilly reception.  Old habits die hard and, on Thursday, I wished her a "Happy Valentine's Day" via Facebook and she wished me one back. Time changes things.

In college, I had a similar problem with a girl named Andrea. I found out that Eunice was at least nice to me. This little gal was pretty hateful and told me never to talk to her again. I recently found her on Facebook. She is still single. She also was working for the Romney/Ryan and a huge supporter of Todd Akin, so I now thank God that we didn't get together.

So what is the point to all of this? Well, readers if you haven't guessed, it means that I know the perfect songs for when things don't go right on Valentine's Day (or any other day). I'm not sure if KYTV's Ethan Forhetz has ever compiled a list like this, but it would be interesting to see his picks.

  1. "Forget You" Cee Lo Green (I like the version with the other word beginning with "F" too)
  2. "Positively 4th Street" Bob Dylan
  3. "Love Stinks" J. Geilis Band
  4. "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write'em Like That Anymore)" Greg Khin Band
  5. "Somebody That I Used To Know" Gotye
  6. "The Last Time" The Rolling Stones
  7. "Goodbye To You" Scandal
  8. "Find Another Fool" Quarterflash
  9. "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone" The Monkees/Sex Pistols
  10. "I Can See For Miles" The Who
  11. "The Rain" Oran Juice Jones ("You're a squirrel looking for a nut")
  12. "Since You've Been Gone" Rainbow
  13. "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" The Byrds
  14. "Chain of Fools" Aretha Franklin
  15. "Is It True?" Brenda Lee (Not the typical weepy Brenda Lee song-Jimmy Page is playing guitar)
  16. "Piece of My Heart" Big Brother & the Holding Company
  17. "Don't Bother Me" The Beatles
  18. "Laugh Laugh" The Beau Brumells
  19. "Blood & Roses" The Smithereens
  20. "The First Cut is the Deepest" Cat Stevens/Rod Stewart/Sheryl Crow/P.P. Arnold/The Koobas
  21. "We Don't Talk Anymore" Cliff Richard
  22. "Fool (If You Think It Is Over)" Chris Rea
  23. "Its Too Late" Carole King
  24. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" Bee Gees
  25. "You Won't See Me" The Beatles
  26. "Walk On By" Dionne Warwick/The Stranglers (Some relationships end so bad, you need the Stranglers version)
  27. "I Am a Rock" Simon & Garfunkel/The Church (Same here for the Church version)
  28. "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go?" Soft Cell
  29. "It's All Over Now" The Rolling Stones
  30. "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" Asia
  31. "Any Way The Wind Blows" Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention (The version on Freak Out)
  32. "I've Got To Use My Imagination" Gladys Knight & The Pips
  33. "Ever Fallen In Love?" The Buzzcocks
  34. "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?" The Culture Club
  35. "Bad Time" Grand Funk Railroad
  36. "The Salt In My Tears" Martin Briley
  37. "Already Gone" The Eagles
  38. "Go Your Own Way" Fleetwood Mac
  39. "I've Found Someone of My Own" The Free Movement
  40. "You Keep Me Hanging On" Vanilla Fudge
  41. "You're No Good" Linda Ronstadt
  42. "Vicious" Lou Reed
  43. "These Eyes" Guess Who
  44. "I Hate Myself For Loving You" Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  45. "One More Minute" Weird Al Yankovich
  46. "Kind of a Drag" The Buckinghams
  47. "It Hurts To Be In Love" Gene Pitney
  48. "We Just Disagree" Dave Mason
  49. "Bringing On a Heartbreak" Def Leppard
  50. "Liar" Three Dog Night
  51. "Sail On" The Commodores
  52. "Suspicious Minds" Elvis Presley
  53. "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" Meat Loaf
  54. "Don't Do Me Like That" Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  55. "What Have I Done To Deserve This" Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
  56. "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" The Loving Spoonful
  57. "She Don't Know Why I'm Here" the Last
  58. "Heart Full of Soul" The Yardbirds
  59. "Where Were You When I Needed You" The Grass Roots
  60. "Who's Crying Now" Journey
  61. "She's Not There" The Zombies
  62. "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" The Delfonics
  63. "You're Gonna Miss Me Baby" 13th Floor Elevator
  64. "I'm Not In Love' 10CC
  65. "Day After Day" Badfinger
  66. "Cold As Ice" Foreigner
  67. "Misunderstanding" Genesis
  68. "Can't Stand Losing You" The Police
  69. "Out of Time' the Rolling Stones
  70. "Take It On the Run" REO Speedwagon
  71. "96 Tears" Question Mark and The Mysterians
  72. "I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Anymore" The Rascals
  73. "Poor Side of Town" Johnny Rivers
  74. "Something I've Got To Tell You" Glenda Collins
  75. "Things I'd Like To Say" New Colony Six
  76. "I Can't Stop Loving You" Ray Charles
  77. "Lies" The Knickerbockers
  78. "I'm Crying" The Animals
  79. "I Count the Tears" The Drifters
  80. "I Know a Heartache When I See One" Jennifer Warnes
  81. "I'm Sick of You" Iggy & the Stooges
  82. "Without You" Harry Nilsson
  83. "Diamonds and Rust" Joan Baez
  84. "New Day Yesterday" Jethro Tull
  85. "How Many More Time" Led Zeppelin
  86. "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" Bob Dylan
  87. "I'll Cry Instead" The Beatles
  88. "Runaway" Del Shannon
  89. "Since You're Gone" The Cars
  90. "Ain't That a Shame" Fats Domino/Cheap Trick
  91. "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" Boyce & Hart
  92. "Go Now" Moody Blues
  93. "The Crying Game" Boy George
  94.  "Who's Sorry Now" Connie Francis
  95. "Changes" Black Sabbath
  96. "Go Back" Crabby Appleton
  97. "I'm Down" The Beatles
  98. "I'm a Fool" Desi, Dino & Billy
  99. "I Remember You" Skid Row
  100. "Every Rose Has a Thorn" Poison

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


This is the second Ipod playlist for Valentine's Day.

"Stand By Me" - Ben E. King
"Fall On Me" - Pousette-Dart Band
"P.S. I Love You" The Beatles
"What a Difference You Made In My Life" - Ronnie Milsap
"The Word" - The Beatles
"Make Me Smile" - Chicago
"True" - Spandau Ballet
"Cherish" - Kool & the Gang
"To Make You Feel My Love" - Garth Brooks (written by Bob Dylan)
"With This Ring' The Platters
"That Is the Way of the World" - Earth, Wind and Fire
"I Just Want To Be Your Everything" - Andy Gibb
"You Know That I Love You" - Santana
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" - Belinda Carlisle
"Being With You" - Smokey Robinson
"Have I Told You Lately" - Van Morrison
"Get Together" - The Youngbloods
"You're My Soul and Inspiration" - The Righteous Brothers
"Do That To Me One More Time" - Captain & Tennille
"You Needed Me" - Anne Murray
"To Know Him Is To Love Him" - The Teddy Bears
"Be My Baby" - The Ronettes
"Looking Through The Eyes of Love" - Partridge Family
"You Know What I Mean" - The Turtles
"Unchained Melody" - The Righteous Brothers
"Wild Is the Wind" - David Bowie
"Groovy Kind of Love" - The Mindbenders
"Every Thing I Do (I Do For You) - Bryan Adams
"I Drove All Night" Cyndi Lauper
 "She Belongs To Me" Rick Nelson (Another Bob Dylan song)
"Nadia's Theme (The Young & The Restless)" - Barry DeVorzon
"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" - The Spinners
"Always and Forever" - Heatwave
"Just What I've Been  Looking For" - The Vogues
"I Say a Little Prayer" - Dionne Warwick
"Baby What a Big Surprise" - Chicago
"Sweets For Sweet" - The Searchers
"It's Love Thing" - The Whispers
"Sharing The Night Together" - Dr. Hook
"Then He Kissed Me" - The Crystals
"Things We Said Today" - The Beatles
"I Just Called To Say I Love You" - Stevie Wonder
"Theme From A Summer Place" - Percy Faith

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


These are the songs I'm listening to in my Ipod today.

Never My Love - The Association
If Tomorrow Never Comes - Joose
The Air That I Breath - the Hollies
You Made Me Believe In Magic - Bay City Rollers
You Can Do Magic - America
One Fine Day - the Chiffons
Biggest Part of Me - Ambrosia
All My Loving - the Beatles
For Love - Pousette Dart Band
Miracles - Jefferson Starship
More Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
Come Softly To Me - Jane Olivor
Heaven - Bryan Adams
Heatbeat: Its a Love Beat - DeFranco Family
I'll Be There - Jackson 5
(Your Love Keeps Lifting me) Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
Words - F.R. David
Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennielle
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
This Magic Moment - Jay & the Americans
Together - The Intruders
Best of My Love - The Eagles
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Shining Star - The Manhattans
You Are Everything - The Stylistics
True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
All I Really Want To Do - The Byrds
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
I Love You - Climax Blues Band
So Much In Love - The Tymes
I Would Die 4 U - Prince
Something - The Beatles
Kiss On My List - Hall & Oats
Cupid/I've Loved You For a Long Time - The Spinners
I'd Really Love to See You Tonight - England Dan & John Ford Coley
Soul Coaxing - Raymond LeFevre
There Is - The Dells
Do You Believe In Magic? - Lovin Spoonful
(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice - Amen Corner
Strange Magic - ELO
Touch Me - The Doors
I'm Believer - The Monkees
I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman
Your Song - Elton John
I'm Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify
Love Is Blue - Paul Mauriat
Cool Night - Paul Davis
Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
Like to Get to Know You - Spanky & Our Gang
Oh How Happy - Shades of Blue
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration - Teddy Pendergrass
Happy Together - The Turtles
If I Had Words - Scott Fitzgerald & Yvonne Keely
La La Means I Love You - The Delfonics
Always on My Mind - Pet Shop Boys
Love So Fine - Roger Nichols & Small Circle of Friends
We've Got Tonight - Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
Because - Dave Clark 5
You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Mind, Body & Soul - Flaming Ember
Lost in Love - Air Supply
Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues
The Look of Love - Dusty Springfield
Just You n Me - Chicago
When Doves Cry - Prince
Fallin In Love - Hamilton Joe Frank & Reynolds
Best Thing That Ever Happened - Gladys Knight and the Pips
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis
I Will Always Think About - New Colony Six
I Think I Love You - Partridge Family
Just Between You & Me - April Wine
Still - the Commodores
The Best of Times - Styx
Nice to Be With You - Gallery
If You Leave - Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark
Tonight's the Night - Rod Stewart
Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra
You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood Sweat & Tears
When Will I See You Again - Three Degrees
An Old Fashion Love Song - 3 Dog Night
I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren
Love Is All Around - the Troggs
You Showed Me - The Turtles
You're the One - The Vogues
Magnet & Steel - Walter Egan
The Promise - When In Rome
See Me, Feel Me - The Who
For Your Love - The Yardbirds
Working on a Groovy Thing - 5th Dimmenson
Afterglow - Small Faces
Make Me You Baby - Barbara Lewis
You’re the First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White
Wouldn’t It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Softly Whispering I Love You- The (English) Congregation
No Matter What - Badfinger
Everytime I Think of You - The Babys
Love Minus Zero/No Limit - Bob Dylan
Masterpiece - Atlantic Star
I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Going Out of My Head - Little Anthony & the Imperials
Thinking of You - Loggins & Messinia
More Than I Can Say - Leo Sayer
Precious and Few - Climax

Monday, February 11, 2013

VALENTINE'S DAY CARTOON - Cupid Gets His Man (1936)

I may have mentioned it before, but I think some of my least favorite cartoons are the ones made by Van Beuren Studios. The early ones feature animals that all look exactly like Mickey Mouse (They even had Mickey and Minnie clone named Milton and Rita Mouse), most of the jokes go nowhere and there is usually a dose of either political incorrectness or vague sexual content. Here is a Van Beuren Studios cartoon that is actually fun. This one from their Rainbow Parade series features great artwork and design, fluid motion, an actual plot and humor that is closer to Warner Brothers cartoons with a mix of comical violence and pop culture references (A stork that talks like Major Bowes of Amateur Hour and a would-be couple that look and sound like W.C. Fields and Edna May Oliver). There is one bad African-American stereotype and comical yet disturbing sight on pants-less, genitalia-less male cupids.

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Paul Harvey
Many people on Facebook, both media colleagues and former classmates, and even the media trades were all raving about a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl that featured and old recording of radio commentator Paul Harvey. People were hailing this as the best commercial of this year's Super Bowl (My personal favorite this year was the Audi ad and the Go Daddy ad. Since I'm a nerd, I like nerd kissing fantasies.) and some were saying it was the greatest Super Bowl commercial ever. Yeah right!

I realize I'm going to upset many people, but it will not be the first time I have said it. I was not a fan of Paul Harvey. I never understood why he appealed to people. He always sounded to me like an old cranky man who was about to give you one of those "When-I-was-your-age..." speeches that, as a teenager, I abhorred getting from the disrespectful adults in Lebanon, MO, who thought they were smarter than me.

When I got into radio, I heard what I thought was the ideal radio personality on a syndicated radio oldies show called "Live From The 60s." The host was a guy, who sounded like what I always thought a rock radio DJ should sound like; upbeat, fast-talking and loud. His name was Don Steele, or more accurately THE REAL DON STEELE. His name was usually sung by the Johnny Mann Singers. Paul Harvey didn't have a jingle.
The Real Don Steele

The Real Don Steele trademarks were a loud, upbeat, fast paced, energetic style and always wearing sunglasses. While Paul Harvey told you to "Stand by for news," Real Don Steele would tell you "TINA DELGADO IS STILL ALIVE!!!" followed by a woman screaming. To compare their styles, Paul Harvey was a cart pulled by pack mule and The Real Don Steele was a rocketship.

Where as Paul Harvey was really Paul Aurant, The Reel Don Steele was really Donald Revert. A program director in Omaha, Nebraska decided that he should call himself The Real Don Steele because it would make him stand out among other DJs. It was when he was hired for a job in his hometown of Hollywood with a new Top 40 radio station programmed by Bill Drake. With in a short time KHJ 93 AM in Los Angeles, became not just the most popular radio station in LA but a major force in the music industry. Many acts such as The Doors, The Byrds, The Monkees, The Seeds, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Sonny & Cher, all received their first major exposure through KHJ and the Reel Don Steele was one of the key on-air personalities since he was on from 3 to 6 p.m, when most of the very important, teenage crowd were just getting out of school. If you listen The Doors Live LP, The Real Don Steele introduces the group on the lead-off track, "Roadhouse Blues" (This live version was included on some greatest hits compilations).

The Reel Don Steele also hosted a long running TV dance show in LA. He appeared on TV shows such as Bewitched and Laugh-In. However, most people outside of Los Angeles were familiar with The Real Don Steele through his appearances in such films as Gremlins, Eating Raoul, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park, Grand Theft Auto, Eat My Dust, Rock and Roll High School and Death Race 2000. He voiced the movie trailer for Eat My Dust, in which he uttered the tagline, made famous by MST3K, "Ron Howard pops the clutch and tells the world to EAT MY DUST!" In Rock and Roll High School, the Real Don Steele played Screaming Steve, a parody of himself, who utters the great line about the classic confrontation between “mindless authority and the rebellious nature of youth.”

Paul Harvey only acted in two movies: Everything That Rises and The Right of the People.
Out of all of the Real Don Steele's movie appearance, he should win multiple points for coolness for being in the dystopian-sci-fi-road-race movie Death Race 2000 with David Caradine and Sylvester Stallone. He plays a TV race commentator named Junior Bruce, who delights when the racers run over a victim.

You can find several airchecks of the Real Don Steele on the web including two tribute from Reel Radio found here and here. Also YouTube has some interesting airchecks as well, including a novelty record with Real Don Steele using his famous catchphrase "Tina Delgado Is Still Alive!"   A video aircheck from 1988 when Real Don Steel was a KRLA with a sexy blonde helping him (Could SHE BE TINA DELGADO?).

However, I wanted to include this aircheck from the early 70s that includes the Real Don Steele working the phones during a movie trivia contest.

The problem is modern radio would be happy to create another version of Paul Harvey, but another Real Don Steele is frowned upon in the current radio world. The idea the past few years has been to create stars in the talk radio side, but cut jobs and fire DJs on the music side. It is kind of sad when you think about it.
Of course, opinions, like this one expressed here, are why I'm considered the Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Jazz Musician Donald Byrd's Death Confirmed, Leaves Legacy In Hip Hop

Jazz Musician Donald Byrd's Death Confirmed, Leaves Legacy In Hip Hop

"Cristo Redentor" is one of Donald Byrd's best and great male-out music. I would have liked to post "Walking In Rhythm" by the Blackbyrds by it is blocked from You Tube. I will load it into the Amazon MP3 widget.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


This is the first I AM NOT ASHAMED playlist of 2013. I started this last summer after I read on some other websites where people had made playlist of "Guilty pleasures" in their Ipod and Itunes. These were songs they liked but were ashamed to admit it. My thought, contrary to what the liners of a radio station here in Springfield, Missouri says,  is that you shouldn't have to be "guilty" or "ashamed" of the music you like. WHAT MUSIC YOU LIKE IS YOUR BUSINESS AND NONE OF THE BUSINESS OF YOUR SNOOTY, SELF-RIGHTEOUS CO-WORKERS, GRANDMA OR JERK IN THE CAR NEXT TO YOU.

So here is a list of songs in my Ipod that some would say are un-cool or upset them in some way. Crank it up and tell people "IF IT IS TOO LOUD, YOU ARE TOO OLD!"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young  - "Woodstock"
Glen Campbell - "Rhinestone Cowboy"
The Rising Storm - "Frozen Laughter" (Spooky psychedelic masterpiece that opens with a woman saying, "Honey, is that you.")
Wham! - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-go"
Glen Shorrock - "Dream Lover"(A great cover of the Bobby Darin hit by the lead singer of Little River Band)
 Ian Hunter - "Ships" (Ian's original and much superior version of the song that would later be a hit for Barry Manilow)
The Sandford-Townsend Band - "Smoke From a Distance Fire" (One of the greatest one-hit wonders ever)
Barenaked Ladies - "One Week"
Jimmy Castor Bunch - "Troglodyte" (Her name was Bertha - Bertha Butt-one of the Butt Sisters)
Monifah - "Touch It"
Billy Abbott and the Jewles - "Hey Good Lookin!" (An upbeat R&B-Doo Wop version of a Hank Willaims song)
Brian Hyland - "Gypsy Woman"
Rick Springfield - "Jessie's Girl"
First Class - "Beach Baby" (British studio group doing a killer Beach Boys imitation)
T. Rex - "Ride The White Swan" (Many old T-40 radio stations playlist played this, but it didn't make the Billboard Top 40. An upbeat radio-friendly rocker from 1970.)
Pink Lady - "Kiss In The Dark" (Great disco hit from a sexy female duo from Japan..Yes, I watched their short lived TV variety show when i was a little kid.)  
Cycle V - "Blood From a Stone" (Great song from the soundtrack of the 80s rerelease of Metropolis.)
The Cyrkle - "Turn Down Day" (Summer-sunshine pop)
Elton John - "Mama Can't Buy Your Love"
Clarence Clemmons (w/Jackson Browne) - "You Are a Friend of Mine"
Asia - "Only Time Will Tell"
The Fuzztones - "Charlotte's Remains" (Late 80s-Paiseley Underground-Garage Band song about murdering a wicked chick)
Albert Hammond - "It Never Rains In Southern California"
Little Anthony & The Imperials - "Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop"
Nick Gilder - "Hot Child in The City"
The Dillards - "There Is a Time" (Folk-bluegrass group from Salem, Mo, who played The Darling boys on the Andy Griffith Show. This song has been covered by several Goth bands.)
Roger Miller - "My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died"
Episode Six - "Love Hate Revenge" (Ian Gillian and Roger Glover of Deep Purple were in this group)
Pilot - "Just a Smile" (From the group who gave us "Magic")
Blondie - "Rapture" (This was the first rap song many of us white kids in the Midwest heard-Not the best Blondie song, but fun to listen to.)
Sniff n The Tears - "Driver's Seat"

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Troggs frontman Reg Presley dies at 71

Reg Presley is seated in the middle.
The Troggs frontman Reg Presley dies at 71

In the mid-70s, The Troggs released an LP called The Troggs Tapes. It contained some rather off-color and some what abusive studio banter between band Presely and the other band members. Most of it involved at word that started with "F."

Not long afterward, a longtime NBC employee retired from the Standards and Practices division. As a send off, the cast of Saturday Night Live performed a sketch that poked fun at the Troggs Tapes. The characters were Medieval Traveling Minstrels, who used the phrases "flogging" and "flogger." The retiring NBC employee loved it.
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