Any Major Radio
Every music fan at some point has had a relationship with radio. The sound of a transistor radio playing at the beach or in the park in summer. Tuning the car radio to find a station that plays good music. Home-taping songs off the radio, hoping the DJ would not talk into the song. The excitement of hearing a new favourite song for the first time on radio. Listening to appointment radio shows, such as the chart countdown, or live sports broadcasts. A song coming on that reminds you of an old love just as you are getting romantic with a new flame.
What are your radio memories?
I know that some readers of this blog present on radio. I also have tried my hand at that. So this mix is for all listeners of radio and all presenters on the airwaves — in short, for all of us.
Most songs here are about actual radio, not as a metaphor but as a part of life. The Joni Mitchell track uses radio as a metaphor, as does the Dévics song, but the rest is all about radio as a concept or object, about listening to the radio, or being or not being on the radio.
If you like this mix — you can tell me in the comments — I will make another one, as ever to fit on a standard CD-R and to include covers.
So, this is your host Halfhearteded Dude on AMD-WHAH, and your listening to Any Major Radio…
1. Ramones – Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio? (1980)
2. Steely Dan – FM (1978)
3. Warren Zevon – Mohammed’s Radio (1981)
4. Darryl Hall & John Oates – Portable Radio (1979)
5. Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio (1984)
6. Al Stewart – Song On The Radio (1978)
7. Roxy Music – Oh Yeah (1980)
8. Charlie Dore – Pilot Of The Airwaves (1979)
9. Steve Carlisle – WKRP In Cincinnati (1978)
10. Carpenters – Yesterday Once More (1973)
11. The Everly Brothers – Radio And TV (1965)
12. Harry Nilsson – Turn On Your Radio (1972)
13. Joni Mitchell – You Turn Me On, I’m A Radio (1972)
14. Fairground Attraction – Find My Love (1988)
15. Marc Cohn – Listening To Levon (2007)
16. Kathleen Edwards – One More Song The Radio Won’t Like (2003)
17. Dévics – Distant Radio (2006)
18. Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Midnight Radio (2001)
19. Regina Spektor – On The Radio (2006)
20. Monty Python – I Bet They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio (1980)