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My computer is still out there in Lost Staplesland, and I will have more to say about that.
Just so you don't forget me, and coming off last night's avoiding a government shutdown BECAUSE of what I considered a Financial Crisis and still do, here is a series I did last year.
Some considered it controversial- I never had such angry feedback and never got in so much deep crap.
Especially Pt.4, the terrestrial station I am on wouldn't PLAY it!
Hell it was, and is, MY opinion, and I stand by it!
Here is Part One and Part Two of the series.
Let me know if we are still friends by the time we get to Part Eight, lol!


Alright, this Theme has been nagging at me for a long time.
And our closeness to April 15th and Tax Day was the trigger.
I don't like what I see going on here- we simply cannot keep spending Money like we are in this Financial Crisis that is far from over.
And I am tired of certain words like Bailouts, Unsustainable and especially Trillion, (who the hell ever even USED Trillion in conversation before a few years ago?).
A Trillion is a Million MILLIONS!
There are so many songs about Money, and others that can apply here, I again do not know how long the series will last.
It all depends on how the muse strikes me. This is free-form radio!
So a musical look at this topic, and I am not doing this Theme entirely all warm and fuzzy, but at times with a definite snarl!

Here's the link to Part One:



I realize I may make some people uneasy with this series, but I am just expressing my deep concern about our economy.
I fear we will go bankrupt!
If you are a normal, sane person, you would never balance your home budget and spend the way the government has, and is continuing to do.
My own balancing act here is to warn, and at the same time be entertaining with the musical selections.
While the Stock Market has always been a gamble- no sure thing, just like in Horse Racing- the game was never rigged, and some of the biggest risk takers have been the biggest winners.
But due to the reckless actions of some banks and Wall Streeters, there were people who lost everything.
Bernie Madoff anyone?
However, I don't need and don't want any more overseeing by some federal agency than is absolutely ANY aspect of my life.
The Government and Wall Street will be the targets of my music and my scorn this episode.
So you are invited to join me in mild protest that may grow as we go along.
At least I hope you think the music is good, varied and entertaining.
And hey, listening is free and will not be taxed...yet anyway, lol!

Here's the link to Part Two:


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Comment by Mike Pell on April 16, 2011 at 4:31am

Got a borrowed laptop again.

Jeez, I am turning gray enough.

And I don't WANT to remember that place, lol!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on April 15, 2011 at 7:53am
I don't know why you are switching from black to white.  It seems like you are the only one that it's happening to.  I listened to this show on Classic Rockers Network, remember that place?
Comment by Mike Pell on April 15, 2011 at 12:46am
Hey, I'm back in gray again, lol!
Why is that?
Comment by Mike Pell on April 15, 2011 at 12:45am


Is that true, you have heard this?

How did that happen, lol?

Yes that Money by Pink Floyd is the best of all of them, although the Lovin' Spoonful first did the...

It's Laura Nyro, she is worth investigating for her brilliant songs, and I wish you could play guitar like that too.

Then I could say I know you, lol!

I have seen that Heath Ledger movie, but I was using Bowie's song, as you know, in a different context- it's all context sometimes, however bring the wife in to hear it!

You guys come up with some GREAT lines!
Here's yours:

And if The Beatles hung the moon, I'm gonna guess, simply by the number of times he is mentioned or played by The Pell, that John Sebastian held the ladder


Oh man, that made me laugh!

Hey, somebody's gotta bring attention to Sebastian's simple, concise genius.

Thanks for the listen, and your always interesting comments,


Comment by RJhog (Admin) on April 14, 2011 at 2:05pm

Hey, I've heard this all before


Taxman by Them Beatles is an awesome song.  It truly is one of their best IMO.  And how 'bout that guitar solo on Money by Pink Floyd?  Isn't it fantastic?


Would the Badfinger song (Money) be a hidden gem?  I've never heard it but I really like it.


Speaking of fantastic guitar work, whoever plays on the Laura Nero song (Money) does an outstanding job.  I sure wish I could do that. 


The Bowie song is one I've always liked, and now when I hear it, thanks to my wife, I always think of the Heath Ledger movie A Knight's Tale.  They worked modern music into the story, which was really cool.  But the dance scene where that song plays is my wife's favorite part of the movie.


And if The Beatles hung the moon, I'm gonna guess, simply by the number of times he is mentioned or played by The Pell, that John Sebastian held the ladder

Comment by Mike Pell on April 13, 2011 at 4:48am

Hey, how did I get back in white on gray, LOL?


Comment by Mike Pell on April 13, 2011 at 4:47am

Holy crap, he wrote "For Your Love"?

A favorite of mine.

And for The Hollies, Herman's Hermits and Jeff Beck?

That's quite a resume Gouldman has.

Impressive knowledge on your part too!

Way to go Niels!

As Johnny Carson would say, "I did not know that", lol!


Comment by Niels (Mod) on April 13, 2011 at 3:16am
For your information, it was GRAHAM GOULDMAN that later would be an original member of 10cc, who wrote the Yardbirds-hit "For your love". He also wrote for The Hollies (I'll bet, RJhog knew that ), Herman's Hermit anf Jeff Beck.
Comment by Mike Pell on April 13, 2011 at 1:29am

Hey Niels, people here in America aren't familiar with what's going on, Economics is not an exciting topic, that's why I tried to raise their consciousness with these shows.
I may be playing that Badfinger song again for the Movies series I never finished.
I will return to the Movies, and before that the Abbey Road ending, if I am ever up and running again.
Plus I have a new idea for at least two hour-long shows on a particular upcoming topic that may interrupt!
Always more ideas than time, lol!
I guess the Magic Christian is dated- haven't seen it myself in a while, but you are correct, Ringo & Peter Sellers are in it.
Wall Street Shuffle is a great song from an underplayed band.
Gee though, I can't imagine anybody in the group writing a song for the brilliant Yardbirds (one of my personal fave groups), but I don't know everything, lol!
I'll see if I can find out.
I was concerned about that REM song after it was too late to turn back- thought it might be too mellow and long, but I like it a lot so I'll live with playing it.
And you like it too!
Thanks for the kind words, and for writing.
It is nice to hear from you again too, on this borrowed again laptop,

Comment by Niels (Mod) on April 12, 2011 at 6:38am

Hey Mike

I'm not that familiar with american economic's but the music is great as allways.

Interestning to hear a song from that Ringo Starr-movie (or Peter Sellers-movie). I have'nt seen it. It probably is a bit dated these days.

10CC were awesome!! That song is one of my favorite's by them. They don't really make music like that anymore, do they?! Was it Lol Creme, or whathisname, that wrote a "hit" for The Yeardbirds way back in the middle of the 60's? You'll probably know, or what? 

And it's allway's nice to hear a good tune from R.E.M. That's one of their best.

Nice to hear one of your shows again. Will we hear the ending episode(s?) of your "Abbey Road"-show, when your computer is fine again?

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