The final year of a tumultuous decade saw a lot of bands on the wane and a few starting out. The music scene was diverging as proto-punk bands were emerging, while funk and country were defining themselves more succinctly.
As always there is too much in my library to make the perfect two hour show; I merely scratched the surface, which means next week I’ll have 1969 left overs to share!
Speaking of left overs, enjoy the week, and care for yourselves and those around you. Let’s find a way to treat each other with kindness during this time of insecurity. We deserve better.
Debut Set: Good Times, Bad Times: Led Zeppelin Some Velvet Morning: Vanilla Fudge The Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson
I Don’t Want To Hear It Anymore: Dusty Springfield Magica: Os Mutantes Because/You Never Give Me Your Money/Sun King: The Beatles – Final Recorded LP Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud: James Brown
Lay Lady Lay: The Byrds Girl From North Country: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Neil Young and Crazy Horse – First LP with Crazy Horse Kick Out The Jams: MC5 – Debut LP 3/5 Of A Mile in 10 Seconds: Jefferson Airplane
Okie From Muskogee: Merle Haggard Tear Drop City: The Monkeys – First LP without Peter Tork The Painter: Deep Purple
1969: The Stooges – Debut LP Beginning To See The Light: Velvet Underground God Knows I’m Good: David Bowie Nobody’s Fault But Mine: Nina Simone In the Ghetto: Elvis Presley
Mr. Green Genes: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention Seeing: Moby Grape
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Has it been a year already? Who am I kidding, November can’t come fast enough. Seriously, I anxiously await this time of year to comb through the music and media of one specific year to share with you all. This year it took a bit of head scratching to make a final decision. I was considering something from the 80’s when I was a teen, and when I started purchasing music on my own. I would like to thank my brother-from-another-mother, Eric Wilcox for suggesting 1983. Debut records from Metallica, Slayer, Exploited, Suicidal Tendencies, Weird Al, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and so many more!
What did 1983 mean to you? To me it was a very awkward 8th grade (my eighth school in eight years), very poor Bar Mitzvah prep, and my parents marriage falling apart. Yay! It’s also the year that I began noticing more than what was playing on popular radio. I was used to Huey Lewis, Van Halen and ZZ Top, but my friend Etienne was turning me onto bands like Dio, Judas Priest, Ozzy (solo) and Iron Maiden. So I had that going for me.
If you’re interested you can check out the Billboard top whatever here. I do my best to stay away from the hits, though the Donna Summer video was always a favorite of mine. I do talk up some 1983 history and throw some old commercials in there for good measure.
I never have enough time to get through every act I want to, but this will need to suffice. Check out the playlist below, and for Christ’s sake go purchase some of this fine music, and as always go out and see live music from time to time.
Speaking of which, there are some great live shows coming to the Bay Area in the next few weeks. Ty and Denée Segall’s band CIA is playing at El Rio in SF on December 9th, Redd Kross and Dale Crover Band are playing Slims on December 19th, and the Melvins have announced a show at Cornerstone Brewery in Berkeley for January 21st. For more info on live shows coming to town check out THE LIST, which has been my go-to since it was in print form many moons ago.
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It’s that time once again when I get to indulge my inner Dave Morey and focus my show on one special year. This is my seventh annual Annual Annual, and this year it’s all about 1992. I turned 22 in late September and was deeply involved at KFJC as well as attending countless live shows around the Bay Area.
As for the music, the indie scene was at a peak since Nirvana went super duper platinum (is that a ranking?) the previous fall with Nevermind. Major labels were doing everything they could to swipe up the next big thing. Some really horrible knockoff bands were popping up on commercial radio during this time. Some things never change.
I was hosting the 6-10AM morning show on Wednesday’s at KFJC. The music below feels like I took it straight from one of my playlists from that time. It’s possible I did. Granted we weren’t allowed, by FCC rules, to play any music with naughty language, so there are a few tracks on here that I would have loved to have played back then, but could not. Count yourself lucky for the advent of internet radio!
Take a walk down memory lane for the next two hours and enjoy 1992 like it never left us.
It’s time for my annual ANNUAL ANNUAL! It’s all about 1975! What music do you love from this seminal year? What genres stand out? Tune in Monday, November 23rd, from 8-10PM to Hell’s Kitchen Radio on Radio Valencia as John Hell features choice cuts from multiple genres that round it this colorful year.