Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Ledge: Episode 6

The latest episode of The Ledge is a history lesson on how a mixed-up teenager became a middle-aged music snob. Listen to it at 9 am and 9 pm on Friday or download it here.

1. Sex Pistols, "No Fun" (from final Winterland Concert) (Intro from NBC's Weekend, July 31 1977)

2. Ramones, "Blitzkrieg Bop"

3. The Clash, "Safe European Home"

4. Boomtown Rats, "(I Never Love) Eva Braun"

5. Elvis Costello, "Radio Radio" (from SNL)

On December 17, 1977, Elvis Costello and the Attractions performed as a last-minute replacement for the Sex Pistols, who were unable to obtain passports. NBC and the show's producer Lorne Michaels didn't want the band to perform "Radio Radio", since the song protests the state of the media. The band defied them by beginning to play their song "Less Than Zero", stopping, with Costello telling the audience that there was no reason to do that song, and telling the band to play "Radio Radio" instead. It infuriated Michaels because it put the show off schedule, and the band were barred from performing again.

Note: Eventually Lorne Michaels put his grievances aside, lifting the ban, and Elvis Costello would appear as musical guest in 1989 and 1991. He also reprised his performance of "Radio Radio" with the Beastie Boys for a 25th anniversary special aired on September 26, 1999.

6. 999, "Homicide"

7. R.E.M., "1,000,000"

8. The Suburbs, "Love Is the Law"

9. No Direction, "Radio Education"

10. Replacements, "Bastards of Young" (from SNL)

The influential alternative group The Replacements were banned from the show due to their behavior after they appeared on the show on January 18, 1986 to promote their first album with Sire Records, Tim. When it came time for them to perform their first number, "Bastards of Young," they were intoxicated and several cast members were unsure whether they could perform. Lead singer Paul Westerberg would further aggravate circumstances when he yelled "fuck" to the crowd during "Bastards of Young". The band went on to perform one more song, "Kiss Me on the Bus".

Note: In subsequent rebroadcasts of this episode, the "fuck" is censored out of "Bastards of Young." Lead singer Paul Westerberg returned as a solo musical guest and Bassist Tommy Stinson is featured on a playbill during commercial breaks during the most recent season.

11. Husker Du, "Green Eyes"

12. Camper Van Beethoven, "The Day Lassie Went to the Moon"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 5: Power Pop!

Forty years of jangly power pop goodness is condensed into a hour on this week's edition of The Ledge.

1. Plimsouls, "Hush Hush"

2. The Breakaways, "Everyday Things"

3. Paul collins Beat, "All Over the World"

4. Flaming Groovies, "Shake Some Action"

5. Big Star, "Back of a Car"

6. Tommy Keene, "Places That Are Gone"

7. Paul Westerberg, "Seein' Her"

8. Shoes, "She Satisfies"

9. Material Issue, "Diane"

10. Cavedogs, "Tayter Country"

11. Young Fresh Fellows, "Picture Book"

12. Len Price 3, "Keep Your Eyes On Me"

13. The Madd, "Good Evening"

14. Replacements, "Another Girl, Another Planet"

15. The Hoodoo Gurus, "I Want You Back"

Besides being available as a download here, The Ledge has been picked up by , and will air at 9 am and pm local time this Friday!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 4: The Covers, Part 2

Because of the response to last week's episode, The Ledge has now become a weekly show. Part two of the covers episode includes songs dedicated to the Goddess, a mini-set of Kinks remakes, a special appearance by Jerry of Redredwineonasunday and plenty of other revved-up silliness. 

1. Husker Du, "Love Is All Around"

2.Paul Westerberg, "Daydream Believer"

3 Pristeens, "Whole Wide World"

4. Joey Ramone, "What a Wonderful World"

5. Circle Jerks, "Put a LIttle Love In Your Heart"

6. Tree People, "Bigmouth Strikes Again"

7. Dinosaur Jr., "Just Like Heaven"

8. The Fall, "Victoria"

9. Camper Van Beethoven, "I'm Not Like Everybody Else"

10. Shane Macgowan, "Hippie Hippie Shake"

11. The Pogues, "Maggie Mae"

12. Hold Steady, "American Music"

13. The Lemonheads, "Different Drum"

14. The Accelerators, "The Letter"

15. Guadalcanal Diary, "And Your Bird Can Sing"

16. Afghan Whigs, "Come See About Me"

17. Golden Smog, "Starman"

18. The Replacements, "Temptation Eyes"

You can download this silliness here! 

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Ledge, Episode 3: Covers, Part 1

Click on the heading to listen to Episode 3 of The Ledge. Here's the tracklist:

Replacements Gudbuy T'Jane

Flaming Groovies, Feel a Whole Lot Better

The Lyres, Tired of Waiting For You

Pixies, Winterlong

Beat Farmers, Powderfinger

The Drones, Be My Baby

AGent Orange, Somebody to Love

World Party, Happiness is a Warm Gun

Tommy keene, Kill Your Sons

Uncle Tupelo, I Wanna Destroy You

Gear Daddies, Little Red corvette

Paul Westerberg, Make Your Own Kind of Music

Bongwater, Porpoise Song