This Week’s Theme: A Whole Bunch of Birthdays
There are thirteen artists on this week’s Faux Show whose birthday is June 20, and there were even more I did not include. These thirteen artists present a variety of music across genres and eras, including several who are considered icons. Happy Birthday to them all!
Welcome to Radio Faux Show number sixteen.
First things first – click a link to start listening and then come back to read about this week’s songs.
Beach Boys “God Only Knows,” “Let Him Run Wild,” “Please Let Me Wonder,” and “Surf’s Up”
Coasters “Charlie Brown” and “Searchin'”
Commodores “Brick House” and “Zoom”
Crystals “Da Doo Ron Ron (Then He Walked Me Home” and “Then He Kissed Me”
Deftones “Radiant City”
Eric Dolphy “17 West”
Jimmie Driftwood “Tennessee Stud”
Duran Duran “Careless Memories,” “Invisible,” and “Rio”
Johnny Horton “Battle of New Orleans”
Marilyn Manson “Beautiful People”
Anne Murray “You Won’t See Me”
Graham Parker & The Rumour “White Honey”
Brinsley Schwarz “Surrender to the Rhythm”
Sugar Ray “Every Morning”
Van Halen “(Oh) Pretty Woman”
Bob Andrews: Bob Andrews was the keyboardist for the British bands Brinsley Schwarz and The Rumour. Brinsley Schwarz were one of the original British Pub Rock bands of the ’70s, and they were the band that gave famed British songwriter, producer, and recording artist Nick Lowe his start. When Brinsley Schwarz broke up in 1975, Shwarz and Andrews recruited some new members and formed The Rumour. The Rumour had a brief period of success on their own, but they are best known as the band that Graham Parker worked with on several of his early albums. After leaving The Rumour in 1979, Andrews has enjoyed a successful career as a session musician and producer.
Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson is a founding member of The Beach Boys and a pop music icon. He will most certainly be a Faux Show theme or Artist of the Week sooner or later, so for now here are some videos to enjoy.
Lionel Richie: Lionel Richie is a founding member of The Commodores and a pop music icon. He may also be an Artist of the Week sooner or later, so for now here are some videos to enjoy.
Billy Guy: Billy Guy was an original membe of The Coasters, a vocal group formed when two members of an L.A. group called The Robins split off and moved to New York to form a new group. The move from West to East Coast gave them their name, and when Atlantic Records teamed them up with songwriters Leiber and Stoller the rest was history. Guy sang baritone on all of their classics.
La La Brooks: Dolores “La La” Brooks was the second lead vocalist for The Crystals, but she sang lead on their hits “Then He Kissed Me” and “Da Doo Ron Ron.”
Eric Dolphy: Eric Dolphy was an incredibly influential jazz musician in the ’50s and early ’60s. He is one of the main influences on John Coltrane’s playing, and worked with dozens of other artists, most notably Charles Mingus with whom he performed throughout the early ’60s. In addition to his session work, he recorded several great albums as a leader. He was a virtuosic player of alto sax, bass clarinet, and flute. Dolphy died tragically in 1964 at the age of 36.
Anne Murray: Canadian singer Anne Murray’s list of accomplishments is simply a list of “first woman to do” everything an artist can do. She is one of the best selling female artists of all time. Her 40-year career produced over 30 albums, and her popularity in Canada and the US paved the way for all of the female Canadian artists who came after her.
Murphy Karges: Murphy Karges was a founding member and bassist of Sugar Ray, a popular band in the late ’90s/early 2000’s.
Chino Moreno: Chino Moreno is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and a founding member of alt-metal band Deftones.
Jeordie White: Jeordie White is best known by his pseudonym Twiggy Ramirez. He was the bassist for Marilyn Manson until he was removed from the band for misconduct.
Michael Anthony: Michael Anthony was the bassist and a founding member of Van Halen. He left the band in 2006. Van Halen were sort of a big deal in the early ’80s.
Jimmie Driftwood: I’ve heard Jimmie Driftwood songs since I can remember ever hearing music, but I never heard his name until this week. Driftwood recorded and performed for over sixty years. He was a folk singer and composer who wrote over 2,000 songs, including hundreds that have been recorded by other artists. In his later life he became an environmental advocate and was the Director of the Arkansas Parks and Tourism Commission. His extensive folk music background led him to be appointed as a musicologist for the National Geographic Society. He never stopped performing free folk music concerts for school students. He died in 1998 at the age of 91.
One of the first songs I can remember hearing was one of my father’s favorites called “The Battle of New Orleans” by Johnny Horton. This version of the song was a #1 hit in 1959, but was actually written by Jimmie Driftwood in 1939 when he was a school principal trying to get his students interested in the historic event described in the song. After decades of local success as a folk singer in Arkansas, Driftwood was signed by RCA Records in 1958 and recorded an album of 12 songs, including this one. It was immediately picked up by many other artists, including Johnny Horton.
Unbelievably, “The Battle of New Orleans” isn’t Driftwood’s most recorded song. Written in 1959, “Tennessee Stud” is a folk/country music classic that has been recorded by dozens of artists. Folk legend Doc Watson claims that he has performed the song over 5,000 times. That is the definition of a classic.
A Special Ms. Faux Artist of the Week and Birthday Wish
John Taylor is a founding member and bassist for Duran Duran. He was also a member of the new wave super group Power Station. Duran Duran is on Ms. Faux’s short list of greatest bands, and she has loved them since their start. John Taylor may not be her favorite member, but she still has a crush on him along with the rest of the band. If anyone out there knows John Taylor, please tell him Happy Birthday for her.
I will save a serious discussion of Duran Duran for another Faux Show, so for now I will just say that they are one of three bands who leave me dumbfounded as to why they are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Luckily for their fans, that hasn’t stopped them from continuing to put out new music. They are the first band to use MTV as a format for stardom, so it seems appropriate to sit back and watch some videos.
A bunch of hits by Sugar Ray, Anne Murray, Van Halen, Johnny Horton, Duran Duran, The Coasters, The Commodores, The Beach Boys, and The Crystals
2 for “Two”day
A bunch of songs by Duran Duran, The Coasters, The Commodores, The Beach Boys, and The Crystals
Duran Duran “Invisible”
Barbara Pravi “Voila”
Eashwar Subramanian “Paradise in Blue”
Electrico “Fire in the Sky”
Menagerie “Quantum Blues”
Temple “Love Machine II”
Deftones “Radiant City”
Let’s Take a Trip Around the World
Gaby Moreno “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas”: Gaby Moreno has released several albums over the last ten years showcasing her mastery of singing in different languages and styles. This song is from her 2012 album Postales.
Barbara Pravi “Voila”: This song came in second place in the 2021 Eurovision contest.
Eashwar Subramanian “Paradise in Blue”: Eashwar Subramanian is a producer of ambient music. This is his new single.
Electrico “Fire in the Sky”: Electrico are an indie rock band from Singapore who have been around for 25 years. This is from their 2021 album Left of the Century.
Wannes Van de Velde “Mijnen Auto Is Mijn Vrijheid”: Van de Velde was a Belgian folk singer who found his greatest success in the ’60s and ’70s. He sang in his local Flemish dialect.
A Little Jazz
Eric Dolphy “17 West”: This is my favorite Dolphy tune, from his album Out There.
Menagerie “Quantum Blues”: This is from their 2021 album Many Worlds.
3 Chunks of Funk
Temple “Love Machine II”: This is from Temple’s 2021 EP Love Machine.
Graham Central Station “It’s Alright”: After bassist Larry Graham left Sly and The Family Stone he joined the group Grand Central Station. They changed their name to include his and put out several great ’70s funk albums. This song is from the band’s 1975 album Ain’t No Bout a Doubt It.
Commodores “Brick House”: This is a ’70s classic. Lionel Richie plays saxophone on this one.
Let’s Dance: Industrial Style
Pailhead “Man Should Surrender”: After Minor Threat broke up and before he formed Fugazi, Ian MacKaye worked on several projects. The only one worth listening to is Pailhead, his collaboration with Ministry’s Al Jourgensen in ’87/88. They released a handful of songs and this is the best.
Skinny Puppy “Tin Omen”: Skinny Puppy are a first generation industrial band. They never had massive success, but their influence on industrial music after the ’80s is immeasurable. This song is from their 1989 album Rabies which was produced by Al Jourgensen and received a fair amount of college airplay when it was released.
Marilyn Manson “The Beautiful People”: Along with Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson took the foundation of ’80s industrial music laid by Al Jourgensen, Skinny Puppy, Ministry, and other similar acts and exploded it into mainstream success. This song was written by Manson and Twiggy Ramirez and is the song that brought the band international fame.
|1||Graham Parker & The Rumour||White Honey|
|2||Brinsley Schwarz||Surrender to the Rhythm|
|3||Anne Murray||You Won’t See Me|
|4||Beach Boys||Surf’s Up|
|5||Sugar Ray||Every Morning|
|8||Gaby Moreno||Quizas, Quizas, Quizas|
|10||Eashwar Subramanian||Paradise in Blue|
|11||Electrico||Fire in the Sky|
|12||Wannes Van de Velde||Mijnen Auto Is Mijn Vrijheid|
|13||Jimmie Driftwood||Tennessee Stud|
|14||Johnny Horton||The Battle of New Orleans|
|16||Duran Duran||Careless Memories|
|17||Eric Dolphy||17 West|
|19||Temple||Love Machine II|
|20||Graham Central Station||It’s Alright|
|23||Pailhead||Man Should Surrender|
|24||Skinny Puppy||Tin Omen|
|25||Marilyn Manson||The Beautiful People|
|26||Van Halen||(Oh) Pretty Woman|
|29||Beach Boys||Please Let Me Wonder|
|30||Crystals||Then He Kissed Me|
|31||Beach Boys||Let Him Run Wild|
|32||Crystals||Do Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)|
|33||Beach Boys||God Only Knows|