The Ledge #570: Holiday Playlist

"Shambolic" maybe an overused word when it comes to my favorite band, The Replacements, but it's an apt term for tonight's show. Or at least the first ten minutes. Yes, it's a mini-disaster. After airing this week's selection for the "52 Weeks of Teenage Kicks" series by The Vibrators, I talked about the fact that you can now purchase the version I world premiered last week by Jeremy Porter at his bandcamp. (  In fact, please go purchase it now, as all proceeds go to the Hater Kitty Army. But after introducing a re-airing the tune, my broadcast program decided to completely rearrange my playlist and a completely different tune aired for a few seconds.

I quickly fixed the issue, though, and everything was fine after that. Tonight's show is a collecton of tunes that I've been listening to in my spare time. There's a set devoted to my favorite rock and roll couple, Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric, inspired by "Do You Remember This", a clever little tale of their relationship that may or may not be true. There's a set that sort of centers around Johnny Thunders, beginning with a couple of Kinks songs before heading into a couple of different directions.

There's also a long set inspired by Some New Kind of Kick, the memoir of Kid Congo Powers. Wow, what a story. What a life! A chance meeting on the street with future Gun Club leader Jeffrey Lee Pierce led to him picking up the guitar, and withn a few years he was a part of not only the Gun Club but The Cramps and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds! 

Other sets include a handful of fabulous Rum Bar Records new releases, and favorites by the likes of Exploding Hearts, T. Rex, The Knitters, and others. Concluding the show is a little tribute to the late Tina Turner with a track from her fabled 1969 run opening for The Rolling Stones.

And like always, I must again plead with y'all for more versions of "Teenage Kicks". If you are a musician, or have any contact with artists that could record their own take on the classic, please contact me!


1. The Vibrators - Teenage Kicks

2. Jeremy Porter and The Tucos - Teenage Kicks

3. The Anderson Council - Times On Thames

4. The Undertones - Listening In

5. The Undertones - Rock 'n' Roll

6. Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric - Do You Remember That

7. Amy Rigby - Dancing With Joey Ramone

8. Wreckless Eric - Take The Cash (K.A.S.H)

9. The Kinks - Strangers

10. The Kinks - Johnny Thunder

11. Cyanide Pills - Johnny Thunders Lived in Leeds

12. Johnny Thunders - London Boys

13. Kate Redgate - Eureka County Line

14. Carissa Johnson - Wasting Dreams

15. The Hi-End - I Need A Witness

16. Genya Ravan - Fool For A Pretty Face (2023 Remix)

17. The Downhauls - Spit the Poison Out

18. The Gun Club - For the love of Ivy

19. The Gun Club - The Las Vegas Story / Walkin' with the Beast

20. The Cramps - Rockin' Bones

21. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Deanna

22. Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds - Ricky Ticky Tocky

23. T. Rex - Children of the Revolution

24. Bauhaus - Telegram Sam

25. The Members - What Do I Get?

26. The Knitters - New World

27. The Small Faces - Here Come The Nice 

28. Troggs - I Can't Control Myself

29. Redd Kross - Janus, Jeanie, and George Harrison

30. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Happy When It Rains (Demo)

31. The Muffs - Everwhere I Go

32. Fucked Up - Queen Of Hearts

33. The Decibels - Hey Emily

34. The Exploding Hearts - So Bored

35. Ike & Tina Turner - I've Been Loving You Too Long


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