October 2, 2011
This primetime edition of Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox was carefully programmed to get all our listeners charged up for Saturday night party action: Lots of old-school punk & glam classics from the 70s and 80s (and 90s, counting Lisa Germano and Faust), plus some high-energy post-bop and militant rap from Eric Dolphy and The Last Poets.
Some of these bands and songs go back to the time I was first exposed to punk rock. That happened one night when I tuned in to 12 O’Clock Rock, the long-running all-night program devoted to independent and underground rock, airing from midnight to six AM on Sunday mornings on KPFK (Los Angeles’ Pacifica Network public radio station). I discovered the show when I moved to San Diego the previous year and was a regular listener throughout the 1980s. The DJs changed over the years, but in 1977 Richard Meltzer, noted rock critic and lyricist for the Blue Oyster Cult, was the resident host. That night would have been sometime early in 1977 (I’m not sure of the month), and it was then that I first heard Television, Ultravox and The Stranglers. Meltzer played tracks from the debut albums by all three of those bands, and I instantly knew that something fresh and vital had emerged on the landscape. This was the most exciting music I’d heard since the early days of glam rock. It wasn’t till later that I read about the new scene and trend that was happening in rock & roll both in the UK and here in the States, but it wasn’t long till I had fully embraced Punk: the music and the whole scene and sensibility. Hearing “Satday Night In The City Of The Dead,” “Marquee Moon,” and “Peaches” for the first time that night was nothing short of revelatory. So tonight’s show is something of a tribute to Richard Meltzer, Andrea ‘Enthal and all the other DJs who stoked and sated my appetite for non-corporate rock & roll during the decade I spent in sleepy San Diego as a twenty-something college dropout.
The playlist gives artist name, song title, and album title (in that order). A space between lines of text indicates the break between sets where track announcements were made.
Playlist for Ferrara’s Enchanted Jukebox 05 – 24 September 2011
- Ultravox! – Satday Night In The City Of The Dead – Ultravox!
- The Modern Lovers – Astral Plane – The Modern Lovers
- John Cale – Magazines – Caribbean Sunset
- Pere Ubu – Non-Alignment Pact – The Modern Dance
- Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Press Color
- The Stranglers – (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) – IV / Rattus Norvegicus
- Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Sweet Dreams / Psychomodo – Live At The BBC
- Roxy Music – Editions Of You – For Your Pleasure
- Wire – 1 2 X U – Pink Flag
- Metal Urbain – Cle De Contact – L’Age d’Or
- Joy Division – Transmission – Permanent
- Lisa Germano – Puppet – Happiness
- The Fall – How I Wrote “Elastic Man” – In: Palace Of Swords Reversed
- The Leather Nun – Fly Angels Fly – Force Of Habit
- Neu! – Super – Neu! 2
- The Last Poets – Wake Up, Niggers – Performance (Original Soundtrack)
- Eric Dolphy – Aggression – At The Five Spot, Volume 2
- Television – Marquee Moon – Marquee Moon
- The Stranglers – Just Like Nothing On Earth – (The Gospel According To) The Meninblack
- David Bowie – Queen Bitch – Hunky Dory
- Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Death Trip – Live At The BBC
- Faust – Fastened 60/60
- Lou Reed – Goodnight Ladies – Lou Reed