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Catamount Community Radio - December 11, 2011

Another trip to Atlanta yesterday. Pulling into town about 4:30, the glare in my eyes on I-85 was terrible. I just about killed myself. Some fool was tooling along the freeway, in the third lane (out of about six) at about 35 mph. I came up on him from the back, and couldn't get around him, because the cars were coming up from the back at about 65 mph. Eventually there was a space, and so I moved a lane left and floored it. Still, I caused a dude to honk at me. Driving in Atlanta causes me anxiety. While at the Indian grocery store, milling around, I ran across this small format publication, probably thirty years old, that the Sikh grocers were trying to sell. "Papaya" it was called. I thumbed through it while the spousal unit, the mother-in-law, and the issue shopped. You know that papaya can help cure your hemorrhoids? So, on the way back home, while the ladies slept in the back seat, I tried to work "papaya" into every sentence I said, just to drive the issue batty, which was pretty successful.

"Papaya" is just about as random as "Glass Onion" ... "trying to make a dovetail joint, yeah." This is one of my favorite Beatles songs; one day I'll sit down and do a close reading of the lyrics. So, for obvious reasons, I paid tribute to John Lennon today. John Lennon was a genius, though obviously with flaws. Sometimes he may have been a little lazy musically, and he was probably capable of cruelty. But aren't we all? You know, I don't like movies with characters who embody absolute evil or absolute goodness, which is why films like "Pan's Labyrinth" don't resonate with me. We all have goodness in us; and we all have evil in us. Like John Lennon. The proportions vary. Even Nazi concentration camp workers would go home after a long day exterminating Jews, Gypsies, and other non-Arayans, and then help their wives with the dishes and pet the dog. One of the things that impresses me about John Lennon: he was honest, and willing to say "I changed my mind." He can write "How do You Sleep" about Paul, and then turn around and write "Jealous Guy." And how did he get America to love his atheist anthem, "Imagine"? Amazing. In "Ballad of John and Yoko" he sings, "they're gonna crucify me," and famously outraged with his observation that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ." John, more popular than Elvis, maybe, but second to Jesus! Speaking of Elvis, dude was jealous of the Beatles, and machinated against them behind their backs. But when they met he was a super-cool nice guy, sitting on the bed and goofing off on a bass guitar. Oh, the tragedy of John Lennon. To me it says something about the craziness and barbarism of our society. But we can be cool too. John Lennon sitting in New York, digging Bo Diddly in a club, and the patrons leaving him in peace. Sharuk Kahn could never do that in Mumbai. If I ran across Bruce Springsteen in a restaurant, I would just wink at him and walk on by.

Other featured artists for today's show include Eric B. & Rakim, who, along with Rush, were just passed over for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I would have liked to see these hip hop pioneers inducted, but I can understand the exclusion of Rush. From what I can tell, Rush, in spite of being top-notch musicians didn't really have a charismatic front man (or woman), which I think you need to be elected to the hall of fame. The Chili Peppers, who had two, made it this year. I remember seeing them in a bar in East Lansing, before they were famous. One of the great rock and roll experiences of my life.

Well, I just bought tickets to see my man Bob Seger in Greenville, SC. I confess to experiencing some sticker shock at the price of tickets. I paid $170 dollars for two, and I'm not even on the main floor. In the drawer right in front of me, I can find a ticket stub from Feb. 25, 1983 for a Prince show. I paid twelve dollars. Just last year, in April, my ticket to see Allen Toussaint was $26.50. I console myself with the thought that this intensive tour may be one of Seger's last, and he is the epitome of Detroit rock and roll. We heard him do "Turn the Page" from Live Bullet, which must be among the greatest live albums ever (I'm not usually a fan of "live" albums, but this one is special). We heard him do the greatest Chuck Berry tune that Chuck never wrote, "Get Out of Denver."

We heard an early one, betraying the influence of the Motown sound, "Chain Smokin'" and finally, the big beat of "Heavy Music." So Bob, on January 12, I hope you sock it to me.

Beyond that, a couple from Spearhead, a couple from Merle Haggard. Not much jazz today.

Catamount Community Radio, on WWCU Sunday mornings 10-12 (NYC time).

1. Nick Lowe – I Read a Lot
2. The Beatles – In my Life
3. Spearhead – Hole in the Bucket
4. Ella Fitzgerald – Trav’lin’ Light
5. Eva Ayllón – Azúcar de caña
6. The Beatles – I’m So Tired
7. Merle Haggard – That’s the Way Love Goes
8. Lowell Fulson – Lonesome Christmas, Pt. 1
9. Johnny Cash – We’ll Meet Again
10. William Galison – Jealous Guy
11. John Lennon – Hold On
12. Bob Seger – Turn the Page
13. Bob Seger – Get Out of Denver
14. Marc Ribot – Happiness is a Warm Gun
15. Juan Carmona – Soleariyas
16. Spearhead – Red Beans and Rice
17. Nick Lowe – House for Sale
18. The Beatles – The Word
19. The Beatles – The Ballad of John and Yoko
20. Elvis Presley – Such a Night
21. Eric B. & Rakim – Follow the Leader
22. Unknown Hinson – Venus Bound
23. Bo Carter – Santa Claus
24. The Beatles – Glass Onions
25. Bob Seger – Heavy Music
26. Jimmie Lunceford – Organ Grinder Swing
27. Bob Seger – Chain Smokin’
28. Merle Haggard – Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room
29. The Beatles – And Your Bird Can Sing
30. Marc Ribot – Happiness is a Warm Gun



Thank You!

Re: Shout!

You're welcome, Jim, I enjoyed. I didn't have the time to prepare an all Lennon show, but I did the best I could.

June 2019



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