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ROCKOLLECTIONS: MUSIC FOR MONEY & THE FINANCIAL CRISIS PT.7

This is the next-to-last chapter, and opens with a song I am sure at least a few people have been wondering when I was going to play!
After that, one of the numbers I thought of during the layoff- another variation on that old Barrett Strong tune.
I won’t say who does it, but I will tell you that the group’s name sounds like something I would see during my worst hangovers, lol!
This is followed by one from the most influential group of the early days of Rock & Roll in my opinion, in fact it is R & B, and BEFORE Rock & Roll.
Then I attempted to go back in time even farther, but fortunately for you, that one CD was missing in a Bing Crosby Box Set I have.
But I found an alternative for this song that is historic, and actually dates back to the Great Depression- it came out in 1931 or 1932.
Turns out I had a vague memory of it being on Spanky & Our Gang’s 1967 debut album, and I was right.
So we’ll hear that version…maybe a better choice than Bing Crosby…maybe not.
This song has some very serious lyrics, and I ask you to listen to them- they were of their time, and may well become of our time if things do not improve.
After that, a song from a guy who was called the World’s Oldest Teenager before Dick Clark, and would have been old enough to remember the Depression firsthand.
Incidentally, this song was recorded at the legendary Sun Studios, before Elvis and the other white Rockabilly artists got there.
And after that, some much needed humor to close out this episode.
One contemporary and one that goes back to 1961 and contains some brilliant satire.
And they both have to do with Money!
One last chapter forthcoming, and then I go back to being sweet, innocuous me, lol!

Here's the link to Part Seven:

http://wlso.fm/wordpress/archives/1740


Mike

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Comment by Mike Pell on April 24, 2011 at 12:21am
RJ,
Sorry it's taking me so long to answer.
Been busy testing the computer and working on the next show.
I am suffering from my Great Depression, lol, but glad you liked that old Buddy Can You Spare A Dime.
The Barenaked Ladies song has some very funny lyrics, and yes I would blow it on new stereo equipment and HD TV's, etc.
Unfortunately that wasn't a true offer, I was just trying to be funny.
But I don't know if I can keep any promise NOT to play The Flying Lizards again, it might happen, and that would mean I would have a playlist (I could play anything but them, lol).
And you know how I feel about freedom and playlists!
But that Flying Lizards comment really did make me laugh out loud...and actually the female lead singer sounds strangely sexy to me, lol!
Thanks for writing pal, I'll catch up,
Mike
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on April 19, 2011 at 8:51am

Alright, this show took me right back to my time in the Great Depression!  At least it sounded like that type of theme.  Especially the Spanky & Our Gang song that you wanted to play by Bing Crosby.  I liked the sound of that song a lot.

 

The Barenaked Ladies song made me think of what I'd buy with a million dollars.  Of course, the catch is, you can't save it or spend it on anything for the future, just a careless shopping spree.  I would put my million in buying music and setting up a nice media room.  Like I said, no houses or anything practical, just spend it on what you like.

 

One more thing, I found what you said about being offered a job not to finish this series to be hilarious.  You know you have 'em right where you want 'em when they make that offer.  Well, I have an offer as well.  I'll keep listening to your excellent show if you promise to never play The Flying Lizards again

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