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DJ: Yeah yeah yeah! Welcome to another yeah-tastic episode of Feel Me Flow! Today we’re digging into one of the most used lyrics of all time; “Yeah”. One of the best phonetic sounds to lend its use to modern music, “yeah” is typically used to help build up crescendos, fill bridge gaps, kick off a powerful intro, or stress the importance of the lyric. We’re gonna hear all kinds of uses for it in our show today.
Leading things off is a song that’s sure to get your blood flowing. Taken from their 1978 debut LP, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, the Side-1 Track-1 kick-off “Uncontrollable Urge” starts you on a weird new wave journey through a Brian Eno-produced romper. Known for this track, and their cover of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, the album would be just a taste of what’s to come. I’ll give you a hint; it involves a bit of BDSM and some funny red hats.
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DJ: What would YOU do with all that power? Great question! Wayne Coyne proclaims that power is like money in that is should be earned and not given to you. True words, Wayne.
Speaking of mony, Tommy James & The Shondells played us “Mony Mony” from their album of the same name. The song features plenty of “yeahs”, and the unique chorus lyric comes from the Mutual of New York logo that was on top of the building located at 1740 Broadway in New York City. Tommy was struggling with finding a hook for the chorus and wanted something catchy like “Sloopy” or “Boney Maroney“; the latter of which was written by our previous man of topic Larry Williams. He walked outside the building he was staying in only to look up to see the MONY logo. A wedding dance staple was born that day.
After starting their career as seminal Celtic punk pioneers, The Pogues would move towards a more generic rock sound later in their years. With the release of the 1988 EP single Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah and subsequent album Peace And Love, they’d even dabble in jazz-inspired tracks.
Let’s here that rock sound with Shane MacGowan and The Pogues doing “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”.
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DJ: Hell yeah! Spiritualized played us out on that last set with quite a departure in sound for them heading down the garage rock alleyway. Usually, they’re so much more…chill. Great tune, though, featuring Mick Collins and The Dirtbombs on backing vocals.
Austin, Texas band Greyhounds played us “Yeah Yeah Yeah” from their 2014 Ardent Records debut Accumulator.
Detroit legend Jackie Wilson gave us a little tune from his 1963 album Baby Workout. What an album title. At first glance, I would expect toddlers doing aerobics to this music. Luckily its just a classic R&B album! One and two and fwee and foah…ha!
New Zealander Liam Finn is the son of one of New Zealand’s most famous musicians, Neil Finn. Neil formed Split Enz as well as Crowded House and would bring New Zealand into the world arena for music. Liam began his solo career around age 17 and has toured with bands like Wilco, The Black Keys, and Pearl Jam. We heard “Lead Balloon” from Liam’s debut 2007 album I’ll Be Lightning before Jackie.
Next up, we have Rufus Thomas doing an early b-side track “Yeah, Yea-ah”. Rufus was a pioneer in soul music and his daughter Carla was anointed the Queen of Memphis Soul. Carla sings with her dad on this tune but would make a name for herself when she teamed up with Otis Redding for the King & Queen album in 1967. Let’s hear the father and daughter Thomas duo take us to soul town.
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DJ: Latch Key Kid had a hit with “Good Times” back in 2009. The song was featured in the film I Love You, Man. I was also a latchkey kid growing up, in case you were so needing to know. These days it seems more and more kids are latchkey kids due to parents having to work more and more to keep up with the bills.
We played a rare demo from The Ramones. The band recorded “Yea, Yea” in 1981 for their album Pleasant Dreams, but eventually left it off the album.
Our Set 4 Score this week comes from garage punkers The Bloody Hollies. The band formed in Buffalo, New York and released Fire At Will in 2003 before relocating to San Diego. They’ve given us a few albums since then, but haven’t released anything since 2011’s Yours Until The Bitter End. They do still tour, though! Maybe we’ll get a show up in the North country someday.
We also heard a little-known tune by a little-known band from Liverpool, England. The Beatles played us “She Loves You”, their 5th single ever released. Behind us, we hear a super catchy garage rock tune from the soundtrack to anime series to Yuri on ICE!!!. In this year’s Winter Olympic Games, several skaters chose selections from this soundtrack to skate to. Makes sense, considering that’s what the show’s characters do.
Our fifth set starts off with the velvety Sam Cooke. We lost Sam early on after he was shot and killed by Bertha Franklin in 1964. His final words are said to have been, “Lady, You Shot Me”. Sad as hell, man. Here’s Sam doing the dance track “Yeah Man” from his first posthumously released album Shake.
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DJ: R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe told NPR last year that he struggled writing lyrics to “Man On The Moon”. Subsequently, he took a stroll in Seattle with a Walkman on and decided what to write about. He liked the idea that Kurt Cobain would add “yeah” to so many of his songs, so Michael added many, many more yeahs to his tune (and counted them at the end). We smilingly listened to that example with “Lithium” capping off the 5th set.
Before Nirvana, we heard Little Steven’s favorite band The Maharajas. Well, at least that’s what their website claims! I mean, he has featured them on multiple episodes of Underground Garage so I’ll take it.
Indiana bedroom-dream-pop-rockers Hoops chilled us out a bit after a raucous cut from The Wedding Present. “Yeah” comes from Hoops’ self-titled 2016 EP. They put out their debut album Routines last year as well as a compilation of their first three tapes.
The Wedding Present released Watusi in 1994 on Island Records. We featured the Leeds, England band on our Pachyderm Studios episode, as they recorded their prior album Seamonsters there. You may have noticed Sam Cooke sing about the “Watusi” in “Yeah Man”. I mean, how can you sing about the 60s dance craze without mentioning it?!
Coming up on our final set is FMF favorite Billy Childish and his band Thee Mighty Caesars. You might’ve heard Billy featured with Thee Headcoats, or The Milkshakes, or just solo work. Great UK garage rock! Oh yeah!
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DJ: In the UK, LCD Soundsystem released that single as “Yeah – Crass Version”, but in the States, it was released as “Yeah – Stupid Version”. I love that! I wonder if it happens often that bands change their “versions” of song titles when released in other countries? Maybe we’ll do a show on it?
Before James Murphy and crew we played Pennsylvania’s craziest hip-hop/rock band Bloodhound Gang. I got a chance to see them play back in 2006 and let me tell you; wow. The crowd was requested to spit on them, the bass player Jared beer bonged a bottle of Jagermeister, and the crowd….oh boy the crowd was wild!
We heard “Hell Yeah” from their breakthrough smash album, 1999’s Hooray For Boobies. “You and me baby ain’t nothin’ but mammals…”
Garage rock staples The Fuzztones played us their b-side “Yeah Babe” from their 1990 Action EP. We featured the A-side in our Action episode.
Although more of a pop-rock band, Lake Street Dive gave us a great garage pop throwback tune with “Hell Yeah”. As a former resident of Minneapolis, I have to give a shout out to a band that named themselves after our precious Lake Street.
Well “yeah” fans, its time to get outta here. I’ve got some “no” people to see. Find us next time on Feel Me Flow!
Intro Background Music: Nujabes – Rainyway Back Home
DJ: Welcome to Feel Me Flow! Today we’re talking about all things rain. Boxes of rain, rainy days, lack of rain, and we’ll even touch on colored rain. Whether you love curling up indoors under a blanket and listening to the rain hit the windows, or you love to put on some galoshes and puddle jump, today’s episode will put you in the mood. Starting off the episode is the phenomenally talented Nujabes doing “Rainyway Back Home”. Nujabes is an anagram of Jun Seba’s first name, being the reverse spelling of Seba Jun. Jun Seba tragically died at age 36 in a car accident in 2010. Check out his library sometime, it’s amazing stuff; especially the Samurai Champloo soundtracks. Now that we’ve started off on a downer, let’s get into our rainy day music with The Beatles doing “Rain”. “Rain” was never released on an official album, but was the b-side to “Paperback Writer”. Alright, let it pour…
- The Beatles – Rain
- The Bees – Wash In The Rain
- The Yardbirds – Shapes Of Things
- The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer
- The Coral – Dreaming Of You
Intermission 1 Background Music: The Champs – Just Walking In The Rain
DJ: If you’ve never heard The Coral’s eponymous 2002 LP, you must. Seriously, it’s listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. “Dreaming Of You” was their biggest single from the album. Before that, we heard The Undertones doing “Here Comes The Summer” from their 1979 self-titled debut. The Yardbirds did “Shapes Of Things” from 1966. Did you notice all of the “The” bands? Something about garage rock screams having a band with “The” in the title. Like you need to be classified as some type of something. We are the ______. After The Beatles kicked us off we heard The Bees, or A Band Of Bees, doing “Wash In The Rain” from their sophomore release Free The Bees. The Bees are one of the neo-60’s sounding bands of our time that doesn’t get the credit they deserve. Check out Free The Bees and Octopus for a 60’s/70’s 1-2 punch of retro. Let’s do some dancing with a bit of Basement Jaxx. Here’s “Raindrops”…
- Basement Jaxx – Raindrops
- Roky Erikson – I Walked With A Zombie
- The Beta Band – Dry The Rain
- Grateful Dead – Box Of Rain
- Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop The Rain
Intermission 2 Background Music: Stevie Ray Vaughan – Pipeline [Ft. Dick Dale]
DJ: After “Raindrops”, Roky Erickson of The 13th Floor Elevators did “I Walked With A Zombie” from his first album with The Aliens. In High Fidelity, John Cusack plays “Dry The Rain” by The Beta Band in order to “now sell three copies”. Coincidentally, the High Fidelity soundtrack leads off with “You’re Gonna Miss Me” from the 13th Floor Elevators. The lead track off of American Beauty from The Grateful Dead, “Box Of Rain”, is arguably Phil Lesh‘s best song. Written for his dying father, it was a staple at Dead shows for years; inciting fan requests to “let Phil sing!”. Creedence Clearwater Revival wrapped up the set with one of two singles in their catalog referencing rain; the other one being “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?”. Stevie Ray Vaughan (playing behind me), famously marks Jimi Hendrix as his idol and inspiration. Let’s hear Jimi get jazzy on “Rainy Day, Dream Away” from Electric Ladyland.
- Jimi Hendrix – Rainy Day, Dream Away
- Eric Clapton – Let It Rain
- Albert Hammond – It Never Rains In Southern California
- NOFX – California Drought
- Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Fire And Rain
- Love – My Little Red Book
Intermission 3 Background Music: Kaki King – Tunnel
DJ: I feel like the little red book made its way to being a little black book by the late 80’s. Of course nowadays nobody uses them anymore. Your smart phone stores all your numbers, who needs a book? Love did “My Little Red Book” from their 1966 debut. The song was actually a cover of a Burt Bacharach/Half David-penned single from the movie What’s New Pussycat?. We had a nice 1-2 punch of punk with Me First And The Gimme Gimmes covering James Taylor’s “Fire And Rain”, featuring Fat Mike Burkett on bass. Fat Mike is the lead singer and bass player of NOFX. In “California Drought”, Mike sings about once hearing a song called “It Never Rains In Southern California”, while expressing his desire to “dry out” and sober up. While we can’t offer him help with that, we can offer up the song he referenced with Albert Hammond‘s “It Never Rains In Southern California”. Albert’s son Albert Hammond Jr. is one of the guitar players in The Strokes, as well as a successful solo artist. Clapton lackadaisically plead to “Let It Rain” in his solo debut from 1970. Let’s slow things down for a minute with a great guitar effect on “In The Rain” from The Dramatics.
- The Dramatics – In The Rain
- The Kinks – Til The End Of The Day
- The Cascades – Rhythm Of The Rain
- Patrick Sweany – Them Shoes
- Leon Russell – It’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
- Willie Nelson – Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
Intermission 4 Background Music: At The End Of Times, Nothing – A Green Sun Rises
DJ: Top of the set included The Dramatics’ “In The Rain”. A song that literally sounds like what rain feels like. The Kinks kicked it up a notch with “Til The End Of The Day” from The Kink Kontroversy. Sleater-Kinney would later replicate the album artwork of The Kink Kontroversy on their 3rd album Dig Me Out. The Cascades had a huge hit in 1962 with “Rhythm Of The Rain” off of the album of the same name; although the album didn’t actually come out until 1963. The Wrecking Crew played the music for the track, including a young Glen Campbell on guitar. Check out the documentary about The Wrecking Crew if you want to learn more about their amazing legacy. Maybe we’ll do a show about them sometime? Patrick Sweany, another Dan Auerbach produced artist, gave us the bluesy-rock jam “Them Shoes” from 2007’s Every Hour Is A Dollar. Leon Russell, one of the most underrated musicians and piano players of his time, gave us a great Dylan cover of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”. Leon performed on The Concert For Bangladesh, playing piano on this same track while Dylan sang. Willie Nelson, the king of brokenhearted country songs, slowed down the old Roy Acuff tune “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” from 1975’s Red Headed Stranger. Boy does he make that song sound like heartbreak. Let’s round out the rainy day playlist now with our final set, beginning with the family band The Cowsills.
- The Cowsills – The Rain, The Park & Other Things
- Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand The Rain
- The Who – Love Reign O’er Me
- Low Cut Connie – Controversy
- Prince – Purple Rain
Outro Background Music: Luxury Elite – Wave
DJ: In 1994, everyone got a refresher of “The Rain, The Park & Other Things” when the Farrelly brothers used it in their smash comedy Dumb And Dumber during Lloyd’s fantasies with Mary. Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand The Rain” followed. Ann’s biggest hit was written after getting rained on while on her way to a concert with her boyfriend and eventual husband Don Bryant. When Ann proclaimed “I can’t stand the rain”, Don decided to put pen to paper; they skipped the concert. The Who use some word play on “Love Reign O’er Me”, from 1973’s Quadrophenia. The song is about the main character, Jimmy, needing spiritual redemption from pouring rain. While we would usually end on that note, there’s was one other artist who wrote an epic song about rain that only seemed to fit. Two Prince cuts finish out the episode. Philadelphia’s Low Cut Connie gave us a cover of Prince’s “Controversy“, and the Purple Yoda himself wailed on “Purple Rain”. Losing Prince was tough for Minnesotans, and the music community in general. Cemented in history as a legend, this will always be his most recognized ballad. Well, that’s it for this episode of Feel Me Flow, catch us next time!