Hell’s Kitchen Radio #457: 11th annual Annual Annual: 1978

Thursday, December 2, 9pm

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Every year leading up to my Annual Annual, I suffer and strain to decide on a year I want to focus on. This year was no different. Do I want to reach back pre-1970? How about something a little more recent, like the lost year of 2020? I asked for suggestions, and a bunch flew my way, but the one that really stuck came from my buddy, and teaching colleague, Eric, who suggested 1978. The emergence of English post-punk, metal was evolving, funk was redefining itself against a backdrop of too much disco. There is a lot to choose from when it comes to 1978.

I took at least a week to pour over my options. In the end I sat with approximately four hours of music to fit into about an hour forty minutes, mixed with talk and highlights from the year. I tried to mix it up, and keep you on your toes. I really appreciate all of the many comments that kept coming during the show, and I’m sorry I didn’t take any requests. Shows like these are pretty well mapped out by the time I flip the switch.

Take a look at the playlist below, and click the link up above to stream or download this bad boy.

If you’re interested in the previous 10 editions of my Annual Annual, take a look below.

Enjoy and please share.


2011 – ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1971
2012 – ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1972
2013 – ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1973
2014 – ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1974
2015 – ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1975
2016 – ANNUAL ANNUAL – 2006
2017 – ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1992
2018 – ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1983
2019 – ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1969
2020 – ANNUAL ANNUAL – 1980

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11TH annual ANNUAL ANNUAL: 1978

The Finkelstein Shit Kid/Up In Smoke: Cheech and Chong

On Top Of The World: Cheap Trick
This Year’s Girl: Elvis Costello and the Attractions

B-Movie Box Car Blues/Flip, Flop and Fly: Blues Brothers
Every 1’s A Winner: Hot Chocolate
Baltimore: Nina Simone

Annalisa: PIL
You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla): The Dickies
What Do I Get? Buzzcocks
Teenage Kicks: The Undertones
Warrior in Woolworths: X-Ray Spex

Big Bad Bill is Sweet William Now: Ry Cooder
That’s The Way The World Goes ‘Round: John Prine
Snake Song: Townes Van Zandt
Christmas Card From A Hooker in Minneapolis: Tom Waits

Radebe: Johnny Dyani
Lanquidity: Sun Ra
Hong Kong Garden: Siouxsie and the Banshees

One Nation Under A Groove: Funkadelic
The Robots: Kraftwerk
Ca Plane Pour Moi: Plastic Bertrand

The Green Manalishi: Judas Priest
(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures: The Rezillos
Time Will Tell: Bob Marley and the Wailers

Radio Valencia is co-presenting Flipper, December 30th and 31st at Bottom of the Hill. This is going to be two incredible shows. Yours truly is MCing December 30th, featuring comedian Neil Hamburger, and Mike Watt and the Missingmen. New Years Eve has Neil Hamburger and SF punk luminaries VKTMS!!! Go to the Bottom of the Hill website for tickets and more information. Radio Valencia will be in house with lots of freshly printed t-shirts just for you!

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