Live Ledge #152: Fantasy Festival (Pt. 1)

After uploading last week's show, I plopped myself down on my couch and fired up my AppleTV. The first night of Coachella had commenced a few hours earlier, and The Replacements were scheduled to hit the stage around 10:45 central time. There had been some conflicting information as to whether their set would be broadcast on YouTube, but a ton of Westernerds sat on social media together and hoped for the best.
Instead, we got the worst. The absolute worst. Yes, I did get to see a blistering set by The Afghan Whigs, but after that it was beyond dismal. Somebody please explain to me the appeal of electronic music. I just don't get it. (Yes, I know I'm old.)
Angered by this turn of events, I decided that for tonight's show I would create my own music festival. Since it's a fantasy, I also decided that anybody in the history of rock and roll is eligible for a spot. Everybody is alive in this scenario, so Joe Strummer is back on stage with The Clash. Lou Reed is still performing unreleased Velvet Underground tunes. Johnny Thunders is causing chaos by grabbing that last hit almost an hour after he was due on stage.
Not only is everybody still alive, but their performance reflects my favorite time of their career. David Bowie is onstage around the Ziggy Stardust era, not the cleancut Let's Dance years of hits. Elvis Costello has just formed the Attractions, and Grant Hart and Bob Mould are at their Zen Arcade height.
With these rules, I had way too many artists selected, so I have expanded this theme for next week's show. Think of this show as day one of the Hudson Live Ledge Festival, and next week we'll conclude the circus.
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1. The Replacements, Takin' a Ride
2. Chuck Berry, Let It Rock
3. Jerry Lee Lewis, Mean Woman Blues
4. Johnny Burnette, Tear It Up
5. Gene Vincent, Race With The Devil
6. Eddie Cochran, Twenty Flight Rock (Version 1)
7. Downliners Sect, Beautiful Delilah
8. The Kinks, Who'll Be The Next In Line
9. MC5, Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)
10. Lou Reed, I Can't Stand It
11. David Bowie, Hang On To Yourself
12. Blondie, Hanging On The Telephone
13. Devo, Satisfaction (I Can't Get No)
14. Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer
15. The Heartbreakers, Born to Lose
16. The Exploding Hearts, Modern Kicks
17. F-Units, Psycho Urgency Rock Addiction
18. Descendents, I'm The One
19. Jawbreaker, Boxcar
20. The Clash, Jail Guitar Doors
21. The Damned, Neat Neat Neat
22. The Jam, All Around The World
23. The Buzzcocks, Harmony In My Head
24. Meteors, She Screams Out My Name
25. The Cramps, New Kind Of Kick
26. Alex Chilton, Can't seem to make you mine
27. Cheap Trick, Southern Girls
28. Graham Parker, Saturday Nite Is Dead
29. Elvis Costello, No Action
30. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Just Like Honey
31. Hüsker Dü, Pink Turns To Blue
32. Archers Of Loaf, Wrong
33. Circle Jerks, Put A Little Love In Your Heart
34. Babes In Toyland, Sweet '69
35. Bikini Kill, Rebel Girl
36. The Faces, Had Me A Real Good Time


Joseph said…
I'm totally behind on my shows and listening to this one today blew me away. I think I'd rather attend this Ledge Fest more than anything I could create. This might be my favorite show of yours yet (and that's saying something). Can't wait to listen to part 2!

Thanks for all the work you put into this and keep being awesome!
Scott said…
Thanks so much!!!

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