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DJ: Welcome to another glorious round of Feel Me Flow! Today is my son Rigby’s Golden Birthday, so we’re gonna do an entire show about gold. Gold has been the currency standard for thousands of years and is always worth something. Some use gold as their investment vehicle instead of the stock market, because of less volatility. Some use gold to lock down a marriage, some use gold as an exclamation of satisfaction. We’re gonna use gold as a constant for our themed radio show.
We’ll play sounds about the golden age, songs about gold for fools, songs about golden jewelry, and maybe even a song or two about the gold rush. Italian composer Ennio Morricone scored The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly starring Clint Eastwood in 1966. While most people will recognize the whistling title track from the album, it wasn’t until Metallica and Modelo commercials starting using “The Ecstacy Of Gold (L’estasi dell’oro)” that the song really took on a new audience.
Behind us is a trio of surf rockers named 3 Balls Of Fire covering the tune, and you can expect to hear a remix of it later when we wrap up the show.
Let’s jump right into “The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Mott The Hoople.
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DJ: Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” was the third single off of their sophomore LP Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. The album brought them into a whole new world of fame after the success of “Cut Your Hair” during the 90’s alternative wave. Frontman Stephen Malkmus called Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush” “trippy but meaningful“. That’s the kind of music we like around here, Stephen!
Neil Young wrote “Heart Of Gold” for his 1972 masterpiece Harvest. James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt provided backing vocals. The song would go on to become one of if not his most famous tunes. Here we heard a perfect soul cover of it by Charles Bradley.
TV On The Radios’ David Sitek started the band with Tunde Adebimpe in 2002. They would leave copies of their 4 track debut OK Calculator in cafes and random places until it eventually reached the online world. Sitek would go on to produce all of the bands’ albums, and much more for a plethora of artists ranging from Scarlett Johannson to Kelis. He’s also produced every Yeah Yeah Yeahs album.
Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase formed Yeah Yeah Yeahs in 2000. The New York trio blew the doors off with their debut LP Fever To Tell; landing a huge hit with “Maps”. I remember seeing a high school band play this at a graduation in 2004. It was such a popular song!
Ian Hunter and Mott The Hoople started us off with a piano rocker from their last album as the full lineup; 1974’s The Hoople. Alright, let’s jump back into another set with Butch Walker’s latest. Here’s the title track from 2016’s Stay Gold.
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DJ: Classic. There’s Golden Earring finishing the set with their massively successful “Radar Love” from 1973’s Moontan. So, for those of you were paying attention; in the second and fourth verses of “Radar Love” you can hear the author proclaim “the radio’s playing some forgotten song, Brenda Lee’s “Coming On Strong”.
Before Golden Earring, we played Brenda Lee doing “Coming On Strong”. Man, I love those connections. Brenda is the 4th highest selling artist of the 60’s, only falling behind Elvis, The Beatles, and Ray Charles. Her signature hit “I’m Sorry” would hit number one on the charts in 1960, all while Brenda was only 15 years old! After the teen sheen wore away, Brenda would fade out of the music scene as the decades went on, racking up minor hits along the way.
The Turtles were a 60’s pop rock staple in their heyday, scoring with huge hits like “Happy Together” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe”. Their debut album It Ain’t Me Babe actually included three Dylan covers, the others being “Love Minus Zero” and “Like A Rolling Stone”. We played “Glitter And Gold” from that album.
Brooklyn band Beach Fossils gave us “Golden Age” from their 2010 self-titled debut. The band would get a break in 2016 being asked to back James Jagger as his fictional band in the HBO series Vinyl. They also have a new album coming out tomorrow!
On the topic of new music, Butch Walker led the set with the title track from his 2017 effort Stay Gold. Butch has produced albums for a heap of alternative rock bands including Weezer, Avril Lavigne, and Panic At The Disco; as well as pop artists like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
Jumping back to 2012, here’s The Black Keys doing “Gold On The Ceiling”.
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DJ: Recorded during the peak of Bowie’s cocaine addiction, “Golden Years” would be the bridge between the funk/soul Young Americans album and his next three Krautrock/Eurocentric albums.
Speaking of glam idols, Bowie’s fellow glam mate Marc Bolan would write “Solid Gold Easy Action” around the time of recording the T. Rex album The Slider. T. Rex would put out five singles in 1972/1973 that weren’t attached to an album before finally releasing Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow in 1974.
We played The Fratellis’ cover version from the Hot Fuzz soundtrack.
Portland’s greatest rock band The Thermals played us “Hey You” from their latest effort, 2016’s We Disappear. My son, Rigby, instantly recognizes The Thermals’ track “Now We Can See”. Not only was he present at their show in St. Paul last April (in his mommy’s tummy), but we’ve played the song repeatedly to him ever since. We played “Hey You” because the Latin name for gold is aurum, and the periodic element abbreviation is…Au. Haha.
Chris Staples released his 6th solo album last year, titled Golden Age. Chris formed the indie rock band Twothirtyeight in 1995 and released three albums with the group before they split to pursue solo endeavors. We played the title track from his latest album.
Dr. Dog self-recorded their debut album The Psychedelic Swamp in 2001 on an eight track. After touring and working hard, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James would receive a copy of their sophomore effort Toothbrush by chance after a show and would invite them on tour. Once the band gained enough popularity and had the resources to do so, they revamped The Psychedelic Swamp in 2016 and released it officially.
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DJ: That was The Grateful Dead playing us their Side 1-Track 1 “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” from their self-titled 1967 debut. The band often regards the album as a poor representation of their character, and not fully engrossing of their live shows. There are a few blues standards covers, and one 10-minute jam more in the vein of their later performances.
Before The Dead, we heard Drive Like Jehu doing “Golden Brown” from their 1994 sophomore and final album Yank Crime. The album has received much praise over the years for its influence and mark made on the post-hardcore world. Yank Crime made it onto the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die list as well.
Early Brit punks The Stranglers gave us a proto-punk track from their 1981 album La folie. The track was largely successful for the band and would go on to reach a broader audience when used in the 2001 Guy Ritchie film Snatch.
Our Set 4 Score this week goes to New York’s Acid Dad. The garage-psych-punk outfit started in 2015, has put out an EP, and is set to release a full-length album this year. We’re looking forward to it, guys. Keep up the good work! You heard “Fool’s Gold” from their debut EP Let’s Plan A Robbery.
Dr. Dog led the set with “Golden Hind” from 2016’s The Psychedelic Swamp.
Let’s chill out for a minute with a bit of piano. Here’s The Beatles doing “Golden Slumbers” from their Side B medley of Abbey Road. While driving my wife to the hospital the morning of my son’s birth, we heard this song on the radio. Makes me think of him every time…
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DJ: When Danger Mouse created an imprint label for Columbia Records called 30th Century Records, he put out a compilation featuring all of the artists he’d be supporting through the label. Dan Auerbach side-project The Arcs lent a tune to the compilation, more than likely due to Dan’s connection with Danger Mouse. We heard “Fool’s Gold” from that compilation.
Before The Arcs, we heard Minneapolis garage punk band Howler with an ode to the dive bar down the street from my work; “Al’s Corral”. Al’s Corral is exactly what you would expect from a dive bar located down by the Mississippi River with no neighboring buildings for at least a quarter mile. No mixology, no craft beers, no windows; order a Budweiser or get out! Haha. Howler didn’t gain the steam in the US that they deserved, but the UK went nuts over them. Sadly, the band announced their split in January of this year, but Jordan Gatesmith started the new project Wellness not long afterward. While we loved Howler, we are digging Wellness so far! Keep it up, Jordan!
Klaxons brought us back up to speed after a two-song piano set. The song comes from their debut LP, 2007’s Myths Of The Near Future. They’ve got a proto-post-punk sound that transcends genres, based in the indie Brit rock world. If you haven’t seen the video for the track “Magick“, please do yourself a favor.
Neil Young played us the piano ballad title track from his 1970 LP After The Gold Rush. The LP features the singles “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” and the infamous “Southern Man”, which supposedly started a feud between Neil and Lynyrd Skynyrd only to be refuted by both parties. Ronnie Van Sant is even wearing a Neil Young shirt on the cover of Street Survivors.
Alright, time to kick it up a notch for our final set. Here’s Wrexham, Wales’ Neck Deep doing the neo-pop punk tune “Gold Steps”.
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DJ: Sampling the famous Ray Charles hit “I Got A Woman”, Kanye West landed a huge score with his hit “Gold Digger”. Timed perfectly with the release of the film Ray starring Jamie Foxx, the song would feature the actor in the intro and music video.
Before Yeezy, we played The Asteroid Galaxy Tour doing “The Golden Age” from their debut 2009 album Fruit. The song is about partying with the stars of the Rat Pack days, or “the Golden Age of Hollywood”. It was used quite extensively in a Heineken ad in 2011; I remember seeing that ad constantly.
Stevie Nicks sang us her ode to cocaine in Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” from their dominating album Rumours. Apparently, the take used on the album was recorded at 4 AM while Stevie had wrapped a black scarf around her head to veil her senses. Also, Mick Fleetwood was smashing glass for added dramatic sounds during the song.
Vancouver duo Japandroids played us their single “The House That Heaven Built” from 2012’s Celebration Rock. The song was voted in 2013 to be the Canucks’ intro tune when they hit the ice. I think it’s one of the most epic songs coming from two people ever.
Welsh band Neck Deep gave us “Gold Steps” from their 2015 LP Life’s Not Out To Get You, a line that can be heard in the track we played. Coming from the late 90’s/early 00’s pop-punk craze, I enjoy Neck Deep’s throwback to that sound. The band is planning on releasing their third LP this summer on Hopeless Records. Look for The Peace And The Panic in August.
Alright gold members, that’s gonna wrap up our gold themed show. Join us next time on Feel Me Flow!