Radio Faux Show Volume 1, Numbers 2, 3, & 4 (March 14-28, 2021): Les Is More, All Gates Open, Fleetwood Mac

Radio Faux Show Volume 1, Numbers 2, 3, & 4 (March 14-28, 2021): Les Is More, All Gates Open, Fleetwood Mac

Welcome to Radio Faux Show numbers two, three, and four.

First things first – click a link to start listening and then come back to read about this week’s songs.

Faux Show # 2 Spotify Amazon Music

Faux Show # 3 Spotify Amazon Music

Faux Show # 4 Spotify Amazon Music

Migrating all of the old Faux Shows over to this site turned out to be more than I have time to do. So instead of creating a separate show for each week, I’m going to create combo-shows and add to them as time permits. These will be minimal Faux Show posts that cover the themes without much discussion of the rest of the music and mini-themes.

Looking back at the early shows, the concept of the show was certainly evolving, and it wasn’t until about ten or fifteen shows in before they started to really take shape. The most noticeable difference is the lack of attention paid to the themes and the dependence on more well-known music. Faux Show # 3 is especially lacking in theme-related material and I may go back and redo that theme at some point. If you are just now discovering the Faux Show, I hope you enjoy these older shows but be sure to check out the newer shows as well.

Radio Faux Show # 2 (March 14, 2021)

Theme: Les Is More

This week’s theme is artists named Les, Lester, and Lesley.

Theme Selections

Les Brown & His Band of Renown “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”: Les Brown was a band leader from the ’30s to the 21st century.

Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio “Almost Like Being in Love”: Lester Young was an early tenor sax innovator. This song is from his wonderful 1954 album with Oscar Peterson.

Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy “Blueberry Hill”: Lester Bowie was an experimental jazz trumpeter known for his unique sound. He began as a co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, but went on to record dozens of albums with other musicians, including his incredible series of records with his Brass Fantasy ensemble. This song is from their 1986 album Avant Pop.

Primus “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”: Les Claypool is the bassist and vocalist for alternative funk group Primus. This song is from their 1991 classic Sailing The Seas Of Cheese.

Les Baxter “Quiet Village”: This is the song that started the Exotica music movement of the ’50s and ’60s.

Les Paul “Tiger Rag”: Les Paul invented the electric guitar and other recording techniques such as overdubs and multi-tracking.

Lester Flatt “My Cabin in Caroline”: Lester Flatt was a bluegrass pioneer who is most famous for his work with Earl Scruggs.

Lesley Gore “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows”: Lesley Gore was a popular ’60s artist with hits including “It’s My Party,” “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” “You Don’t Own Me,” and this one.

Les McCann “Shorty Rides Again”: Les McCann is a jazz pianist and vocalist. This song is from his 1971 album Second Movement, an influential album from the soul jazz movement.

Happy Birthday Les Brown and Les Baxter (March 14)

Les Brown was a bandleader for over sixty years. His band, The Band of Renown, were the backing group for Doris Day’s breakthrough hit “Sentimental Journey,” the first of ten #1 hits for Brown and his band. The band performed the music for The Doris Day Show, The Steve Allen Show, and The Dean Martin Show. Most importantly, they were Bob Hope’s band for almost fifty years, performing 18 USO tours and appearing on all of the Bob Hope Christmas Specials. Before the Super Bowl become a juggernaut of television ratings, these Christmas Specials were the most-watched shows in television history.

Les Baxter was the original exotica artist. He started the movement in 1952 with his album Ritual of the Savage. The movement was named after Martin Denny’s 1957 album Exotica, which included his cover of Baxter’s “Quiet Village.” Baxter’s version of exotica music featured orchestral arrangements combined with tribal rhythms, exotic instruments, and animal sounds. Denny revised the formula by replacing the orchestra with vibraphone. The exotica movement of the ’50s was influential on surf music of the ’60s and is often ignored in discussions of the early influences on rock and roll.

Track List

TrackArtistSong Title
1Les Brown and His Band of RenownI’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
2Wynonie HarrisAll She Wants to Do is Rock
3Ella Mae MorseThe House of Blue Lights
4Louis JordanFive Guys Named Moe
5Bruce SpringsteenJaney Needs a Shooter
6Bruce SpringsteenSanta Ana
7WarCisco Kid
8Sly and the Family StoneLuv ‘n’ Haight
9Sharon Jones and the Dap KingsMoney
10FunkadelicFunky Dollar Bill
11Lester Young with Oscar Peterson TrioAlmost Like Being in Love
12Lester Bowie’s Brass FantasyBlueberry Hill
13Foo FightersLove Dies Young
14Big CountryIn a Big Country
15PrimusJerry Was a Race Car Driver
16CakeThe Distance
17Les BaxterQuiet Village
18Edith PiafLa Vie en Rose
19Bebel GilbertoSo Nice (Summer Samba)
20Lido PimientaEso Que Tu Haces
21Joan ArmatradingDrop the Pilot
22Joan ArmatradingLove and Affection
23Les Paul and Mary FordTiger Rag
24Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and the Foggy Mountain BoysMy Cabin in Caroline
25The Toy DollsDig That Groove Baby
26The DamnedNeat, Neat, Neat
27WireEx Lion Tamer
28Lesley GoreSunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows
29Throbbing Gristle20 Jazz Funk Greats
30Les McCannShorty Rides Again
31Jacob CollierThe Sun is In Your Eyes
32Elton JohnYour Song
33Stevie WonderI Believe (When I Fall in Love)

Radio Faux Show # 3 (March 21, 2021)

Theme: All Gates Open

This week’s theme is artists who influenced the music of the German band Can. It is based on material in the book All Gates Open by journalist Rob Young and Can co-founder Irmin Schmidt. Rob Young wrote a fantastic article about Can in the early 2000’s for music magazine Mojo, and his research led him to realize that there was enough material to write an entire book. He did so, and the resulting All Gates Open is a great read that provides just about all you need to know about the band.

Theme Selections

  • Henri Pousseur “Trois visages de Liege/Voix de la Ville”
  • LaSalle Quartet “Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2”
  • Kolner Rundfunk Synphonie Orchester “Berio: Coro for Voices and Instruments 22”
  • Siegfried Palm and Aloys Kontarsky “Webern Cello Sonata (1914)”

The co-founding members of Can, especially Holger Czukay, were educated in the experimental and electronic music of the mid-20th century. The work of composers such as Stockhausen, Cage, Reich, Pousseur, Ligeti, Berio, Webern, and others greatly influenced the work of Can.

Track List

1Lyn CollinsThink (About It)
2Ann PeeblesSomebody’s On Your Case
3Betty DavisThey Say I’m Different
4Son HouseDeath Letter Blues
5Henri PousseurTrois visages de Liege/Voix de la Ville
6SupertrampThe Logical Song
7Bonzo Dog Doo Dah BandThe Intro and the Outro
8They Might Be GiantsThe Mesopotamians
9Weird Al YankovicFoil
10LaSalle QuartetLigeti: String Quartet No. 2
12TotoHash Pipe
13Patti Smith GroupBecause the Night
14Love and RocketsBall of Confusion
15Sly and the Family StoneEveryday People
16Run DMCSon of Byford
17The FallTerry Waite Sez
18Stiff Little FingersHere We Are Nowhere
19Kolner Rundfunk Synphonie OrchesterBerio: Coro for Voices and Instruments 22
20Elvis PresleyAll Shook Up
21Stray CatsRock This Town
22Stray CatsSomething’s Wrong With My Radio
23Emma DilemmaWe Should Give a Shit
24Nik KershawWouldn’t It Be Good
26LambchopSteve McQueen
27John LegendConversations in the Dark
28Solomon BurkeCry to Me
29Jackie WilsonSince You Showed Me How to Be Happy
30Sam CookeBring It On Home to Me
31KC and the Sunshine BandKeep It Comin’ Love
32Siegfried Palm and Aloys KontarskyWebern Cello Sonata (1914)
33The BatsFoothills
34The BatsBlock of Wood
35AJRWay Less Sad
36Fun.Some Nights
37Eddie MoneyI Think I’m In Love
38BeckSexx Laws

Radio Faux Show # 4 (March 28, 2021)

Theme: Fleetwood Mac

This week’s theme features music by Fleetwood Mac and several of the members of the band throughout the years. Fleetwood Mac started as part of the British blues scene but evolved over their first decade into one of the most successful pop acts of the ’70s. The only constant through the years has been the rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood on drums and John McVie on bass. In addition to their multi-platinum classic album Rumours and many Top 40 hits, their members have also produced solo hits and albums.

Theme Selections

Fleetwood Mac “Oh Well, Pt. 1” and “Don’t Stop”

Lindsey Buckingham “Holiday Road”

Christine McVie “Got a Hold on Me”

Stevie Nicks (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

Bob Welch “Sentimental Lady”

Track List

TrackArtistSong Title
1NewcleusJam On It
2Salt n PepaShoop
3Erik B and RakimDon’t Sweat the Technique
4Fleetwood MacOh Well (Pt. 1)
5Elvis CostelloI Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea
6Elvis CostelloI Hope You’re Happy Now
7Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra feat. Billie HolidayTrav’lin Light 
8Christine McVieGot a Hold on Me
9Corey HartNever Surrender
10Billy OceanGet Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
11Phil CollinsSussudio
12Earth, Wind, and FireSerpentine Fire
13CommodoresMachine Gun
14SituationBeyond Compare (Laroye and Espeut Vocal Mix)
15AbiYah YisraelProtect Me (King David’s Chant)
16Gregory IsaacsLove is Overdue
17Ali Farka ToureHawa Dolo
1822-PistepirkkoI’m Right
19Jethro TullLocomotive Breath
20Jethro TullLiving in the Past
21Bob WelchSentimental Lady
22John Hurlbut and Jorma KaukonenPeople Get Ready
23John CraigieDon’t Ask
24Jim GaffiganFast Food
25Gustafer YellowgoldPancake Smackdown
26Secret Agent 23 SkidooI Gotta Be Me
27Justin RobertsMeltdown
28Lindsey BuckinghamHoliday Road
29Doris DayQue Sera Sera
30Roberta FlackThe First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
31Stevie Nicks (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
32Fleetwood MacDon’t Stop

Thanks for listening (and reading)!

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