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I am going to open up this last half of Back To Back To School with a question.
A question regarding Teachers who use propaganda to brainwash kids, and although the song is from 1964, the situation has never been worse than it is today.
Then it is on to how maybe the reason I hated school was because when you think about it, the whole day for a kid revolves around it. and being told what to do.
So quickly the Rebel comes into our show, not unlike myself, making the Teachers mad.
Got a few tunes about the opposite sex attraction, and a terrific but obscure song by Chuck Berry that demonstrates the awful situation of how, if you go to school with your girlfriend, after you break up you still have to see her everyday,
I wanted to play another interpretation of that song written by Graham Parker, so I did.
But by a group this time, and live.
Finally, if you are anything like me, there was only one song to end with.
And that's the one I chose!
The cartoon above is a hint, lol!
Thankfully, for many of us, all this School stuff is from a distance.
If you are living it, I am sorry for you, lol!
My computer needs a tuneup or more, so I will be back when I am able.
Until then, enjoy the music and keep on rockin'!

Here's the link to all those wonderful memories...yeah right, at WLSO.FM:


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Comment by Mike Pell on September 30, 2010 at 11:24pm
Wow I have lost all memory of that song, even though I have the album.
Gotta file that away for use in the New York future.
Tomorrow we are supposed to get inches of rain again.
And I never planned anything for next week, figuring I wouldn't have a computer.
Computers are a pain...sometimes I wish I had kept my life simpler, lol!
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on September 30, 2010 at 9:03pm
Mike, I was wondering about that computer deal. I didn't expect to hear from you for a few days. But I'm glad I did, because I was inspired to listen to Steely Dan's album "Katy Lied". And guess what I heard? A little song called "Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More", which of course immediately made me think of the show on New York City. Funny how that works some times. Anyway, stay dry and tell 'em to work quickly on your computer, I'm gonna need some music at work next week.
Comment by Mike Pell on September 30, 2010 at 7:35pm
Oh forgot to mention, been raining like a sonafabitch here in NYC.
So I didn't want to take my computer out for fixing up and get it drenched.
Maybe tomorrow.
Comment by Mike Pell on September 30, 2010 at 7:28pm
Dear RJ,
Oh man, you were lost in the woods of unfamiliar songs in that episode, lol!
And I inspired you to pull out some Steely Dan- that's good.
As I told Scott, from the moment I thought of doing that series, My Old School was the one I knew I would end with.
Starts & finishes are very important to me.
I highly recommend you look into Tom Paxton- he has been around for so long and has written gems- some made more famous by other people.
I first heard him in 1967 with the beginnings of then-called Underground Radio.
I couldn't believe this guy had already been making music for years and I had never heard any of it!
He has been a large part of my life to this day- I could go to him for virtually any topic.
Finally, it is really comforting to know there are a few people I can always count on to listen to a show, no matter how far out there I go.
You are one of them, and I thank you!
Makes doing what I do worthwhile.
Glad to have met you RJ,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on September 30, 2010 at 3:09pm
I'm sort of in the same boat as Scott, except I had never heard the Supertramp song (School) either. I liked it. Of course, the My Old School by Steely Dan is just another great song by that band. I think I'll listen to Katy Lied now.

The other song that stood out for me was the first one, Tom Paxton's "What Did You Learn In School Today". That was a really cool little song.
Comment by Mike Pell on September 30, 2010 at 2:35pm
Dear Scott,
No I am not surprised, lol!
The Supertramp song has always struck me in its feeling of how pathetically we were told what to do during our schooldays- in and out of school- so that scream is very appropriate.
And I knew last year I would end it all with Steely Dan.
Honestly I didn't figure too many people would be familiar with the other songs.
But they were all good to me, and I wanted to share them.
If you've never heard a song, no matter how old it is, it is NEW to you, lol!
Thanks for listening and writing,
Comment by Scott on September 30, 2010 at 10:49am
Good post Mike. Would you be surprised to hear me say that I loved the Supertramp and Steely Dan, and heard the rest for the first time?

The progressiveness of the Supertramp track is most appropriate for this blog. The shrill in the scream to start the track off is superb imagery for this theme!

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