Radio Faux Show Volume 1, Numbers 9-13 (May 2-30, 2021): Tarheel Born, I Come From a Land Down Under, Spending My Allowance, Creation Duplication Inspiration Theft, and Bob Dylan

Radio Faux Show Volume 1, Numbers 9-13 (May 2-30, 2021): Tarheel Born, I Come From a Land Down Under, Spending My Allowance, Creation Duplication Inspiration Theft, and Bob Dylan

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. This combo-show completes the migration of all the old Faux Shows. Hooray!

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. A few of these five early shows are starting to look and feel like the shows do now, but none of them are there just yet. 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.

Welcome to Radio Faux Show numbers nine through thirteen.

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

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Radio Faux Show # 9 (May 2, 2021)

Theme: Tarheel Born

This week’s theme is artists from the state of North Carolina. Looking back now, this is not a very good use of such a rich theme. The artists of California Faux Show from a few months later is a much better use of the theme. This one clearly shows I was still working out the kinks. Still, that first track is one of my favorites I discovered while making these shows, and the first three tracks are one of my favorites openings of any show.

Theme Selections

The Avett Brothers “Kick Drum Heart”

Elizabeth Cotton “Freight Train”

Andy Griffith “The Fishin’ Hole”

Ben Folds Five “Song for the Dumped”

Blind Boy Fuller “Baby You Gotta Change Your Mind”

Thelonius Monk (feat. Sonny Rollins) “Bemsha Swing”

Nina Simone “Feeling Good”

Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith “Guitar Boogie”

Superchunk “Winter Games”

James Taylor “Country Road”

Link Wray and the Wraymen “Right Turn”

Track List

TrackArtistSong Title
1SBTRKTNew Dorp. New York
2Nina SimoneFeeling Good
3Chudahye ChagisRitual Dance
4Tom JonesPop Star
5The RezillosSomebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight
6Freddy “Boom Boom” CannonPalisades Park
7Richard “Groove” HolmesMisty
8Arthur “Guitar Boogie” SmithGuitar Boogie
9Link Wray and the WraymenRight Turn
10Cheap TrickSouthern Girls
11Cheap TrickAnother World
12Elizabeth CottonFreight Train
13Andy GriffithThe Fishin’ Hole
14James TaylorCountry Road
15Thelonius Monk (feat. Sonny Rollins)Bemsha Swing
16Modern Jazz QuartetThe Queen’s Fancy
17Sarah VaughanMy Funny Valentine
18The ChordettesMr. Sandman
19Lesley GoreYou Don’t Own Me
20The DelfonicsDidn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
21Atlantic StarrAlways
22Earth, Wind, and FireAfter the Love Has Gone
23The OffspringLet the Bad Times Roll
24SuperchunkWinter Games
25The Avett BrothersKick Drum Heart
26ForeignerLong, Long Way From Home
27Sonny Boy WilliamsonThe Sky Is Crying
28Brownie McGheeI Need a Lover
29Blind Boy FullerBaby You Gotta Change Your Mind
30Led ZeppelinOver the Hills and Far Away
31Dirty HoneyCalifornia Dreamin’
32Suzi QuatroThe Devil in Me
33Suzi QuatroCan the Can
34Ben Folds FiveSong for the Dumped

Radio Faux Show # 10 (May 9, 2021)

Theme: I Come From A Land Down Under

This week’s theme is artists from Australia. Looking back now, this is not a very good use of such a rich theme. Still, any day a Housemartins song gets played is a good day.

Theme Selections

AC/DC “Shot in the Dark”

The Atlantics “Bombora”

The Avalanches (feat. MGMT and Johnny Marr) “The Divine Chord”

The Birthday Party “Release the Bats”

Don Burrows “Don’t Be That Way”

Crowded House “Whatever You Want”

Cybotron “We’ll Be Around”

The Easybeats “Friday On My Mind”

The Hoodoo Gurus “I Want You Back” and “What’s My Scene”

INXS “Don’t Change”

Men At Work “Underground”

Kylie Minogue “Real Groove”

James Morrison “Seven Steps to Heaven”

The Scientists “This Is My Happy Hour”

Track List

TrackArtistSong Title
1AC/DCShot in the Dark
2Buffalo SpringfieldFor What It’s Worth
3Public Enemy (feat. Stephen Stills)He Got Game
4A Tribe Called QuestCan I Kick It?
5The AvalanchesThe Divine Chord (feat. MGMT and Johnny Marr)
6Kylie MinogueReal Groove
7Sam & DaveHold On, I’m Comin’
8Clyde McPhatterLover Please
9Al GreenI’m Glad Your Mine
10CybotronWe’ll Be Around
11INXSDon’t Change
12Depeche ModeJust Can’t Get Enough
13Novi FosiliJa Sam Za Ples
14Annie Sophie Von OtterFor No One
15Andrea MotisSombra De La
16James MorrisonSeven Steps to Heaven
17Don BurrowsDon’t Be That Way
18Connie RussellLove Me
19Blood, Sweat, and TearsSpinning Wheel
20Billy JoelPrelude/Angry Young Man
21Billy JoelVienna
22The EasybeatsFriday On My Mind
23Tommy RoeSweet Pea
24The AtlanticsBombora
25The VenturesWalk, Don’t Run
26Stiff Little FingersGotta Get Away
27The SlitsTypical Girls
29The ScientistsThis Is My Happy Hour
30The Birthday PartyRelease the Bats
31Cheap TrickDream Police
32HousemartinsHappy Hour
33Men At WorkUnderground
34Crowded HouseWhatever You Want
36The Hoodoo GurusI Want You Back
37The Hoodoo GurusWhat’s My Scene

Radio Faux Show # 11 (May 16, 2021)

Theme: Spending My Allowance

This week’s theme features music that I bought when I was a young Faux child. This one is fun for me to listen to, but doesn’t hold together very well as a complete Faux Show.

Theme Selections

Bee Gees “Night Fever”

Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots “Disco Duck”

J. Geils Band “Centerfold”

Dickie Goodman “Kong”

George Harrison “Crackerbox Palace”

Donnie Iris “Love is Like a Rock”

Kansas “Play the Game Tonight”

Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry “Don’t Fight It”

Paul McCartney “Silly Love Songs”

Night Ranger “Sister Christian”

Saga “On the Loose”

Spinners “The Rubberband Man”

Steel Breeze “You Don’t Want Me Anymore”

Sylvers “Hot Line”

Track List

TrackArtistSong Title
2Night RangerSister Christian
3John LennonWatching the Wheels
4Paul McCartneySilly Love Songs
5George HarrisonCrackerbox Palace
6Ringo StarrPhotograph
7Jonathan RichmanGovernment Center
8Jonathan RichmanHere Come the Martian Martians
9Dickie GoodmanKong
10Rick Dees and his Cast of IdiotsDisco Duck
11Donna SummerOn the Radio
12Yvonne EllimanIf I Can’t Have You
13Bee GeesNight Fever
14Fred Again and the Blessed MadonnaMarea (We’ve Lost Dancing)
15Woody Herman and His OrchestraWoodchopper’s Ball
16Mahavishnu OrchestraYou Know, You Know
17King CrimsonI Talk to the Wind
18King CrimsonThela Hun Ginjeet
21Lost HorizonsHeart of a Hummingbird
22KansasPlay the Game Tonight
23Kenny Loggins and Steve PerryDon’t Fight It
24FirefallYou Are the Woman
25SpinnersThe Rubberband Man
26SylversHot Line
27Janet JacksonNasty
28Steel BreezeYou Don’t Want Me Anymore
29SagaOn the Loose
30Donnie IrisLove is Like a Rock
31J. Geils BandCenterfold

Radio Faux Show # 12 (May 23, 2021)

Theme: Creation, Duplication, Inspiration, Theft

This week’s theme is original songs, covers, songs inspired by other songs, and songs that sample or outright steal from other songs. Looking back now, this is one of the first well-researched Faux Shows and one of the first to use the theme correctly.

Track List

TrackArtistSong TitleCreation, Duplication, Inspiration, Theft
1Johnny CashFolsom Prison BluesTheft: Cash paid $75K to settle a lawsuit after stealing from the original Gordon Jenkins song “Crescent City Blues”
2Gordon JenkinsCrescent City BluesCreation
3Walker BrothersElectricianCreation
4UltravoxViennaInspiration: Midge Ure wrote Ultravox’s most famous song after being inspired by the Walker Brothers song “Electrician”
5Manfred Mann’s Earth BandBlinded by the LightDuplication: This cover gave Springsteen the money he needed to keep going until he was able to record his breakthrough album Born To Run.
6Bruce SpringsteenBlinded by the LightCreation
7Beach BoysSurfin’ U.S.ATheft: The Beach Boys stole Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” and simply changed the lyrics, but Berry’s publishing company was given ownership before the song was released. Later releases give Berry songwriting credit.
8Chuck BerrySweet Little SixteenCreation
9Chuck BerryYou Can’t Catch MeCreation
10BeatlesCome TogetherInspiration and Theft: John Lennon was inspired by Berry’s “You Can’t Catch Me,” but he went a little too far and stole some lyrics. A lawsuit was settled out of court.
11John LennonYou Can’t Catch MeDuplication: As part of the Beatle’s settlement with Berry, Lennon was required to record this cover version for his 1975 album of old rock and roll covers.
12Edwin Hawkins SingersOh Happy DayCreation
13George HarrisonMy Sweet LordInspiration and Theft: George Harrison was inspired by the traditional hymn “Oh Happy Day” when he wrote this classic from his debut album. He claims that he never even noticed the similarities between his song and “He’s So Fine” by The Chiffons, but a lawsuit found him guilty of “unconscious plagiarism.” This finding is now a landmark case in copyright infringement and changed the way musicians have to think about their songwriting inspirations.
14ChiffonsHe’s So FineCreation
15Ray Parker Jr.GhostbustersTheft: When Ray Parker’s label was asked to have him write a song for a new comedy, they told Parker to write something like the currently popular song “I Want A New Drug.” Parker apparently took them literally and stole the Huey Lewis song and just added new lyrics about busting making him feel good.
16Huey Lewis and the NewsI Want a New DrugCreation
18Phil CollinsSussudioInspiration and Theft: This ridiculous song is arguably Collins’ most popular non-Genesis hit, and it sounds a LOT like “1999.” Collins has always admitted that he loves the music of Prince and listened the album 1999 constantly while on tour with Genesis at the time. He was never sued and both songs now live on as classics of the MTV era.
20Led ZeppelinStairway to HeavenInspiration and Theft: Randy California of Spirit spent decades attempting to win his plagiarism case against Led Zeppelin. He claimed that Jimmy Page stole his instrumental melody after hearing it nightly while Spirit toured with Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page claimed that this is simply a common descending guitar figure that has been played for decades by guitarists in many genres. This is one of the most famous copyright cases in music history, and in the end Led Zeppelin were found not guilty, after multiple appeals and finally a Supreme Court decision to not hear the case.
21Black KeysCrawling King SnakeDuplication
22Big Joe WilliamsCrawling King SnakeCreation
23Big Joe WilliamsBaby Please Don’t GoCreation
24ThemBaby Please Don’t GoDuplication
25Rolling StonesThe Last TimeCreation
26Andrew Loog OldhamThe Last TimeDuplication
27VerveBittersweet SymphonyDuplication and Theft: The Verve sampled the Oldham cover of “The Last Time,” but they failed to get permission from The Rolling Stones management company. In the end, the song was given songwriting credit by Jagger/Richards, and all royalties were given to the Stones. Twenty years later, Jagger/Richards gave copyright back to The Verve, claiming that they deserved all of the credit for writing such a great song and they never cared about getting credit in the first place.
28Jorge BenTaj MahalCreation
29Rod StewartDa Ya Think I’m Sexy?Theft: A lawsuit was filed by Ben and settled out of court after Stewart stole the chorus to “Taj Mahal.” Stewart has always admitted to “unconscious plagiarism,” claiming that he was spending a lot of time in Brazilian discos at the time he wrote his song and “Taj Mahal” was one of his favorites while doing so.

Radio Faux Show # 13 (May 30, 2021)

Theme: Bob Dylan

This week’s theme is songs written, performed, or inspired by Bob Dylan. Looking at this one now, it is a very weak use of the theme. Still, Nick Drake into Belle and Sebastian really shows how far ahead of his time Drake was, and the Adele cover of the Dylan song gets better every time you hear it.

Theme Selections

Bob Dylan “Talkin’ New York,” “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” “Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again,” “Jokerman,” “Gotta Serve Somebody,” “Make You Feel My Love,” “Shelter From the Storm,” and “I Contain Multitudes” 

Adele “Make You Feel My Love”

Belle and Sebastian “Like Dylan in the Movies”

Track List

TrackArtistSong Title
1Bob DylanTalkin’ New York
2Bob DylanIt’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
3Nick DrakePlace to Be
4Nick DrakeHazey Jane II
5Belle and SebastianLike Dylan in the Movies
6Bob DylanStuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
7PavementCut Your Hair
9Teach InDing-a-Dong
10Dadi Freyr10 Years
11Kabza de SmallFunu
12Antonio NevesA Pegado Agora e Essa
13Benny Goodmand and His OrchestraSing, Sing, Sing
14Mel BlancI Taut I Taw a Puddy Tat
15Bob DylanJokerman
16Bob DylanGotta Serve Somebody
17Bill WithersUse Me
19The WinstonsAmen Brother
20Rob Base and DJ EZ RockKeep It Going Now
21StetsasonicBust That Groove
22N.W.A.Straight Outta Compton
23AdeleRolling in the Deep
24AdeleMake You Feel My Love
25Bob DylanMake You Feel My Love
26Bob DylanShelter From the Storm
27Bob DylanI Contain Multitudes

Thanks for listening (and reading)!

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