Radio Faux Show Volume 1, Numbers 5, 7, & 8 (April 4, 18, and 25, 2021): Anti-Folk, ’80s Album Openers, Songs of Leiber and Stoller

Radio Faux Show Volume 1, Numbers 5, 7, & 8 (April 4, 18, and 25, 2021): Anti-Folk, ’80s Album Openers, Songs of Leiber and Stoller

Welcome to Radio Faux Show numbers five, seven, and eight.

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

Faux Show # 5 Spotify Amazon Music

Faux Show # 7 Spotify Amazon Music

Faux Show # 8 Spotify Amazon Music

Radio Faux Show # 6 exists as its own post.

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 # 6 was the first show to start to look like what was to come and has its own separate post, although even this show is a little bit thin on theme-based selections. 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 # 5 (April 4, 2021)

Theme: Anti-Folk

This week’s theme is artists from the New York anti-folk movement. This was a group of songwriters who worked the New York club scene in the ’80s/early ’90s. Although they were not an organized collective, they all shared a common rebellion against the more formal Greenwich Village folk scene of the ’60s and emphasized a stance against the seriousness of that music by including elements such as humor and a mocking attitude. The anti-folk artists included feminists such as Cindy Lee Berryhill, solo musicians such as Roger Manning, and even a young, not-yet-fleshed-out, Beck.

Theme Selections

Roger Manning “Pearly Blues”: Roger Manning was a solo anti-folk artist whose style was a cross between early Bob Dylan and the outsider sound of early Daniel Johnston.

Cindy Lee Berryhill “Damn, I Wish I Was A Man”: Berryhill continues to perform and has released many albums over the last thirty-plus years.

The Washington Squares “He Was a Friend of Mine”: This short-lived folk revival group released a few albums during their existence. This song is a Byrds cover.

Paleface “The Show Is On The Road”: Paleface learned to write songs from Daniel Johnston and was a primary influence on the early recordings of his roommate Beck.

Beck “Hollow Log”: Beck is famous.

Track List

TrackArtistSong Title
1Elmer BernsteinGhostbusters Soundtrack: Library
2Roger ManningPearly Blues
3The ClashShould I Stay or Should I Go
4BuzzcocksWhat Do I Get?
5The RamonesI Wanna Be Sedated
6Teenage FanclubWhat You Do To Me
7Big DipperFaith Healer
8The FeeliesThe High Road
9Dire StraitsSultans of Swing
10Dire StraitsSkateaway
11Burning SpearMarcus Garvey
12Black UhuruSponji Reggae
13Ziggy Marley feat. Ben HarperPlay With Sky
14Cindy Lee BerryhillDamn, Wish I Was a Man
15Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders feat. London Symphony Orchestra Movement 4
16Wayne ShorterAdam’s Apple
17Muddy WatersI’m Ready
18Albert CollinsFrosty
19Robert CraySmoking Gun
20The Washington SquaresHe Was a Friend of Mine
21Tony Allen and Hugh MasekelaRobbers, Thugs, and Muggers (O Galanjani)
22Youssou N’DourBadou
23Omara PortuondoDonde Estabas Tu
24Michel CamiloWatermelon Man
25PalefaceThe Show is on the Road
26BeckHollow Log
28Couch FlambeauLes Paul
29Alice DonutBucket, Forks, Pock
30Flaming LipsShe Don’t Use Jelly
31Led ZeppelinHey, Hey, What Can I Do
32SladeCum on Feel the Noize
33SladeMy Oh My

Radio Faux Show # 7 (April 18, 2021)

Theme: ’80s Album Openers

This week’s theme is opening tracks from ’80s albums. This isn’t a list of my favorite ’80s albums, or even the best ’80s albums. It is just a selection of some good track number ones from the ’80s.

Theme Selections

Asia “Heat of the Moment”: This 1982 opening track from the band’s debut is the song that brought prog-pop on to MTV and paved the way for Yes’ comeback the following year.

Asia “Don’t Cry”: Although not as popular at the time, the opener to Asia’s second album, Alpha, is arguably even better than “Heat of the Moment.”

Kate Bush “Running Up That Hill”: This is the opener to one of the most under-rated albums of the ’80s, Hounds of Love.

The Cure “In Between Days”: This is the song that introduced their fans to their new musical direction.

Dexy’s Midnight Runners “The Celtic Soul Brothers”: Everyone knows the classic single “Come On Eileen,” but this is the opener to one of the best albums of MTVs early years, the lost new wave gem Too Rye Aye.

Peter Gabriel “The Rhythm Of The Heat”: This opener for Gabriel’s fourth solo album, Security, is the song that introduced his new sound in 1982.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts “I Love Rock and Roll”: This is the song that made Joan Jett a star.

Journey “Don’t Stop Believin'”: The album opener from Escape is arguably the most beloved song of the decade.

R.E.M. “Begin the Begin”: This is the start of the band’s evolution into a more rock-based sound.

The Smiths “The Queen Is Dead”: The title track to their classic 1986 album isn’t their best song, but it is the first Smiths song I ever heard.

Tears For Fears “Shout”: The album opener from Songs From The Big Chair is a perfect start to one of the decade’s best concept albums.

U2 “Sunday Bloody Sunday”: This album opener to War, along with “New Year’s Day” are the songs that put U2 on MTV and started their rise to fame.

The Violent Femmes “Blister In The Sun”: This song introduced the country to a new voice in indie music.

Yes “Owner of a Lonely Heart”: The opener to 90125 introduced this first generation prog act to a new generation of fans in 1983.

Track List

1Mike VickersJet Set
2JourneyDon’t Stop Believin’
3EverclearAM Radio
4Sir Douglas QuintetShe’s About a Mover
5Tears For FearsShout
6Kenny LogginsThis Is It
7Christopher CrossArthur’s Theme
8Pablo CruiseWhatcha Gonna Do?
9The SmithsThe Queen is Dead
10Echo & The BunnymenLips Like Sugar
11U2Sunday Bloody Sunday
12The Hold SteadyFamily Farm
13Kate BushRunning Up That Hill
14Peter GabrielSolsbury Hill
15Peter GabrielThe Rhythm of the Heat
16Femi KutiPa Pa Pa
17TinariwenImidiwan Afrik Temdam
18Jascha HeifetzViolin Concerto in D minor (op47) – Sibelius
19Tony MottolaVolare
20Jim StaffordSpiders and Snakes
21David SevilleWitch Doctor
22Pigmeat MarkhamHere Comes the Judge
23Little Anthony and the ImperialsTears On My Pillow
24YesOwner of a Lonely Heart
25AsiaHeat of the Moment
26AsiaDon’t Cry
27Dexy’s Midnight RunnersThe Celtic Soul Brothers
28Du BlondePull the Plug
29Joan Jett and the BlackheartsI Love Rock and Roll
30Violent FemmesBlister in the Sun
31The CureIn Between Days
32R.E.M.Begin the Begin

Radio Faux Show # 8 (April 25, 2021)

Theme: Songs of Leiber and Stoller

This week’s theme features music composed by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. More than any other songwriters, Leiber and Stoller are responsible for the sound of pop music in the ’50s. They composed hits for Elvis Presley, The Drifters, The Coasters, Ruth Brown, and dozens of other artists, and continued writing hits into the ’60s and ’70s. The songs composed by the duo are too many to list, but they include “Hound Dog,” “Searchin’,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Yakety Yak,” “Love Potion # 9,” and “Stand By Me.”

Theme Selections

The Clovers “Love Potion # 9”

The Coasters “Yakety Yak”

Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway “I Who Have Nothing”

Chuck Jackson “I Keep Forgettin'”

Albert King “Jailhouse Rock”

Ben E. King “Stand By Me”

The Monkees “D.W. Washburn”

Big Mama Thornton “Hound Dog”

Track List

1Chuck JacksonI Keep Forgettin’
2Average White BandSchool Boy Crush
3The J.B.sGimme Some More
4Albert KingJailhouse Rock
5Meat LoafYou Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth
6Bay City RollersShang a Lang
7The KingsmenLouie Louie
8The MonksMonk Time
9The StoogesDown on the Street
10Young Marble GiantsInclude Me Out
11Big Mama ThorntonHound Dog
12Ella FitzgeraldIt Don’t Mean a Thing
13Ella Fitzgerald (featuring Oscar Peterson)Lush Life
14Roberta Flack and Donny HathawayI Who Have Nothiing
15William ParkerThe Golden Light (Hymn)
16Juan Carlos QuinteroSpring
17Natik AwayezManbarani (Who Moulded Me)
18Violetta ParaGracias a la Vida
19Ben E. KingStand By Me
20Joni MitchellIn France They Kiss On Main Street
21Gordon LightfootSundown
22Anne MurrayDanny’s Song
23The MonkeesD.W. Washburn
24black midiJohn L
25Chicken ScratchHabit Camp
26Pere UbuStreet Waves
27Das DamenBug
28For Those I LoveBirthday/The Pain
29ErasureOh l’amour
30ABBATake a Chance On Me
31The CloversLove Potion No. 9
32The CoastersYakety Yak
33Creedence Clearwater RevivalTravelin’ Band
34Creedence Clearwater RevivalMidnight Special

Thanks for listening (and reading)!

2 thoughts on “Radio Faux Show Volume 1, Numbers 5, 7, & 8 (April 4, 18, and 25, 2021): Anti-Folk, ’80s Album Openers, Songs of Leiber and Stoller

  1. The deejay who never sleeps!

    You rock, sir!

    On Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 9:05 PM The Radio Faux Show wrote:

    > Radio Faux Show posted: ” Welcome to Radio Faux Show numbers five, seven, > and eight. First things first – click a link to start listening and then > come back to read about this week’s songs. Faux Show # 5 Spotify Amazon > Music Faux Show # 7 Spotify Amazon ” >


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