The Ledge #584: Birthday Week!
When I put together each and every episode of The Ledge, I try really hard not to repeat myself too much. If I play a new single one week, the next I'll more than likely air a b-side or album track. Certain songs do end up appearing in multiple shows, but more than likely due to whatever themes I've selected.
That fact has always been in the back of my mind whenever I put on birthday shows. Obviously, during my birthday week I want a show of nothing but my favorite songs of all time, but at the same time I don't want to repeat that same show each and every year. But it dawned on me earlier today that repeating myself once a year is no big deal! Who remembers what I aired a year ago?
Plus, honestly, while I have not doublechecked, I'm sure this year's birthday celebration of my favorite songs is quite unlike previous editions. My tastes are ever-evolving. Some artists have emerged as new favorites. Others have maybe dropped down a peg or two. Plus, I'll admit to purposely selecting different tunes by perennial favorites. Let's be real. I can play almost any song by bands like The Clash or The Ramones...or almost every band in tonight's show.
As for the "52 weeks of Teenage Kicks", I've got a relative rrity from Hagfish. Originally released on 1995's Happiness EP, it also appeared on European versions of their second album, Hagfish Rocks Your Lame Ass. (And since this was my birthday show, I ended the episode with The Undertones original.
And like I do every week, 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. Hagfish - Teenage Kicks
2. The Kinks - I'm Not Like Everybody Else
3. Rolling Stones - Loving Cup
4. The Pretty Things - L.S.D.
5. The Creation - Making Time
6. The Monkees - (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
7. The Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
8. Big Star - September Gurls
9. Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner
10. The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
11. Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World
12. The Velvet Underground - I'm Waiting For The Man (Mono Version)
13. New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
14. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - One Track Mind
15. Johnny Thunders - You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
16. The Ramones - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
17. Sex Pistols - Lonely Boy
18. The Clash - Stay Free
19. Elvis Costello - (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
20. Nick Lowe - They Called It Rock
21. Graham Parker - Discovering Japan
22. R.E.M. - I Believe
23. X - The New World
24. Superchunk - Slack Motherfucker
25. Archers Of Loaf - Wrong
26. The Saints - I'm Stranded
27. Hoodoo Gurus - I Want You Back
28. The Church - The Unguarded Moment
29. The Jesus & Mary Chain - April Skies
30. Runaways - Cherry Bomb
31. The Patti Smith Group - Dancing Barefoot
32. Liz Phair - Fuck And Run
33. Lydia LovelessReally Wanna See You
34. The Replacements - Color Me Impressed
35. The Replacements - Satellite
36. Bash & Pop - Never Aim To Please
37. Paul Westerberg - 2 Days 'Til Tomorrow
38. The Undertones - Teenage Kicks