Two Music Geeks Returns Next Week, and There’s More!

(l to r) Alan Haber and Scott W. McKinney. They're the Two Music Geeks, alright!

(l to r) Alan Haber and Scott W. McKinney. They’re the Two Music Geeks, alright!

Attention Two Music Geeks fans: Pure Pop Radio’s newest specialty program, a big hit with listeners right out of the gate, is coming back at you next Tuesday, May 13 at 9 pm ET with a brand-new session chock full of great pop songs and equally great, if not greater, behind-the-scenes talk. We’ve got the history and facts and figures about all of the songs we’re playing, and you’re going to love it!

Alan Haber and Scott W. McKinney have their headphones in hand, ready to jump in and entertain you! Our second show is all about girls of all stripes: happy, sad, mean, underhanded and…nice, too! We’ll be spinning songs by Randy Newman, Roger Klug, Stackridge, the Beatifics, the Monkees, and Bill Lloyd, among others. And the back-and-forth? Well, that’s going to be just as musical!

Now, not only are you getting a new Two Music Geeks show next Tuesday, May 13, but you’re getting a second dose of geek on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, at 8 pm ET. We’ll be celebrating the music of some our favorite pop artists who have passed over the years, including Buddy Holly, Hurricane Smith, Phil Everly, Phil Seymour, Gerry Rafferty and the Grass Roots’ Rob Grill. We take a bow and remember some of the greatest artists that we have always loved. It’s a very special episode of Two Music Geeks. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

Scott W. McKinney: Proud Music Geek!

Scott W. McKinney: Proud Music Geek!

So set your alarm clocks for next Tuesday, May 13 at 9 pm ET for the Songs about Girls episode of Two Music Geeks, and make another setting for our special Memorial Day show on Monday night, May 26 at 8 pm ET. Special day and time!

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!

See you on the radio!

 

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I Love that Song! # 5: “Put It There” by Paul McCartney

That's what a father said to his young son...

That’s what a father said to his young son…

The best songs are well-drawn maps to your heart that trigger long suppressed memories, memories that swell to great heights as you remember that warm, beautiful glow you felt when you were eight and your father patted your head, smiled and told you not to worry about what the kid next door said because everything was going to be all right and that was enough for you, enough to last a lifetime.

The best songs–the greatest songs–and the best and greatest songwriters know how to unravel just enough of a tale to function as emitters of clues that lead to the emotions they’re wanting to convey and wake up in you. The best songs change you in sometimes mysterious ways, ways you never can see coming. The best songs solve puzzles you’ve been taking apart and putting back together in your brain for so many years–puzzles and problems stored in the little compartment in your noggin that stay there, figuratively and literally, until the time comes to solve them and move on.

Imagine that your father–the man who taught you how to throw and catch a ball; who sprinted along next to you on your street as you passed in a rickety manner from training wheels to full-fledged bicycle tires but stopped after 30 or 40 seconds and claimed victory anyway; who snapped pictures of you and your prom date in the hallway by your front door and embarrassed you in that soon-he’ll-be-grown-up-and-away-from-my-gaze kind of way; who upped your weekly allowance to $1.25 from $1.10 after you promised, with tears welling in your eyes, to be a better brother to your sister; and who went with you to the library to stand up for you to the bitter librarian who wouldn’t let you take out a book marked with an “adult content” stamp that didn’t really need one and who didn’t know you were an advanced reader but you were and your father knew it.

The best songs open a flood of memories to your consciousness and light up your brain with effusive fireworks that celebrate with glee the times in your life that were so alive. In “Put It There,” Paul McCartney looks back on times spent with his father. “I want to show you I’m your friend,” Jim Mac says. “It’s all that matters in the end.” “Put it there if it weighs a ton,” he relates, and Paul remembers “That’s what a father said to his young son.” “I don’t care if it weighs a ton,” Jim Mac notes. “As long as you and I are here, put it there.”

Everything is going to be alright. Everything is going to be alright no matter what happens, because fathers can fix anything. Anything! “The darkest night and all its mixed emotions is getting lighter,” McCartney sings, urging the listener to become part of his memory. “Put it there if it weighs a ton,” he sings, and all of a sudden you remember that day in the park when your kite flew away, and that time at the ballpark when you almost caught a ball in your official Little League glove but got beaned just a hair instead and you cried and your father put his arm around you and said “Almost! Good job!”.  You remember those winsome moments–the ones that caress you and hold you tight and give you hope.

The young son

The young son

The beautifully understated, emotive arrangement of “Put It There” starts sparingly with some acoustic picking, a shaker, some perfunctory percussion, and McCartney singing towards the upper edge of his register alongside Hamish Stuart’s bass, basic with a bit of a pack of flash as the tale unravels, some gorgeous, assured orchestration from McCartney and old salt George Martin, as the grown man remembers the way he was assured that life would treat him well, that he could traverse through course changes with confidence, even if his stomach rumbled just a bit and the road ahead looked potentially treacherous. “If there’s a fight I’d like to fix it,” Jim Mac explains. “I hate to see things go so wrong.” Go on and wear this invisible suit of armor and go forth–nothing can hurt you.

And because we know that nothing can really hurt us–not really–we go forth, the simple memories of our fathers smiling at us as we recall them passing around plates of sloppy joes at the dinner table, explaining why Uncle Joe shows up in every picture taken at family functions. These memories happily swirl around the inside of our beans as we make our way, the soundtrack of our lives playing with knee-slap percussion, a bit of acoustic guitar, and that voice that conveys any emotion it chooses.

In Paul McCartney’s “Put It There,” there is a mound of emotion, and if we listen carefully, we can take so much from it. Because that’s the magic of great songs composed with that special spark that opens up a well of memories and changes you for all time. That is the well-drawn map, the one that you follow as you pedal to new destinations on your path. That is the song, the song in your heart.

 

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Bubble Gum Orchestra’s “ELO Forever”: Exclusive North American Radio Premiere Tonight at 8 PM ET On Pure Pop Radio

Bubble Gum Orchestra's new single, "ELO Forever," is wonderful!

Bubble Gum Orchestra’s new single, “ELO Forever,” is wonderful!

Welcome to our 100th post! And have we got a very cool news item for you…

Here at Pure Pop Radio, we’re excited and proud as can be to be bringing you the exclusive North American radio premiere of Bubble Gum Orchestra’s new single, “ELO Forever.” This is the first track released from BGO’s forthcoming album, Beyond Time, due July 1. “ELO Forever” will be available to purchase tomorrow, May 6, on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon, but for now Pure Pop Radio is the only place you can hear it in North America.

Tune in tonight at 8 pm ET to hear a set of songs from ELO and the ELO family tree, leading up to the North American premiere of “ELO Forever,” a very cool song that fans of ELO and Bubble Gum Orchestra will love and hug tightly. The song is a melodic tribute to one of the greatest bands in modern rock and pop history and a milestone in BGO’s catalog. It gets the very highest Pure Pop Radio recommendation.

Set your Jeff Lynne alarm clock for tonight at 8 pm ET, take the last train to London…and be sure your Internet radio device is tuned to Pure Pop Radio. It’s an ELO family tree extravaganza, culminating in the North American premiere of BGO’s new single, the wonderful “ELO Forever.” Enjoy!

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Scott Brookman In Conversation Show Now on Our PodOMatic Podcast Page. Listen and/or Download!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

Virginia popster Scott Brookman has been in the thick of it–“it” being the making-cool-music biz–since the mid-1980’s. He penned songs for the Virginia band Apes of Wrath. He discovered the wonders of the four-track Portastudio and began making cool home demos. He made his way within the confines of the home tapers movement and started sharing his music with a whole lot of listeners. Fast forward to today and you have Scott’s latest collection of quirky, melodic pop songs, the wonderfully-named Smellicopter.

Scott appeared on the April 30 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about Smellicopter, his love of pop songs sung by the great female singers, and a whole lot more. He even recorded an exclusive-to-Pure Pop Radio session consisting of an unreleased song, “If You Buy My Album” and a song from Smellicopter, “Very Anne.” Very cool.

You can now listen to and/or download this very wonderful show by clicking on this link, which will take you directly to the interview and the exclusive Spotify and YouTube direct links playlist so you can listen to the songs played along with Scott. You can also click on the “P” link below. After you listen to the Scott Brookman interview, you can sample the other shows we have posted. We think you’ll like ’em! Enjoy!

 

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Listen to Scott Brookman on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Listen to Scott Brookman on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Have You Been Loving the Beatles for a Long, Long, Long Time? Tonight’s Every Little Thing is for You!

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing…For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Everybody knows that Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing is the top of the poppermost weekly radio show covering all things fab. Ken’s been in the thick of Beatles radio for 32 great years–a long, long, long time to be sure. It’s interesting, then, that tonight’s show features a long, long, long set consisting of songs with the word “long” in the title. Pretty cool, huh?

Also singing in fine gear fashion is a set stocked full of solo bonus tracks and an opening run that starts with a live version of Ringo Starr’s “What Goes On” and ends with the Everly Brothers’ “On the Wings of a Nightingale,” written for the duo by none other than Sir Paul McCartney.

Don’t forget to stay tuned at the end of the show, when Ken rolls out his weekly Beatles trivia question. Have your thinking caps ready!

Set your alarm clock for tonight at 9 pm ET for this week’s edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. Enjoy!

 

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The Second British Invasion Is Back! Andrew Curry’s Here Comes the Reign Again is On its Way

Hot on the heels of Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock, nothing less than a defining example of the art of song compilation, producer Andrew Curry is working on a followup collection that is sure to be the talk of pop music fans this summer.

Andrew Curry's Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion

Andrew Curry’s Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion

Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion, much like Drink a Toast to Innocence, pairs contemporary artists with songs from a specific era–this time the years 1982-1986, or thereabouts. Here Comes the Reign Again puts the spotlight on songs made famous by groups such as Eurythmics, Culture Club, Human League, the Dream Academy, Soft Cell, Yaz, Madness and many more. A la Drink a Toast to Innocence, contemporary pop artists have applied their musical sensibilities to the task of re-imagining songs like Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” and Madness’s “Our House.” The results are as smashing as you might expect, and come this summer, you will be able to spin them in your domicile with enthusiasm and glee.

Andrew Curry!

Andrew Curry!

Consider Pure Pop Radio your headquarters for Here Comes the Reign Again happenings. We’re already spinning, in rotation, six songs from the compilation, each one preceded by an exclusive, short and meaty introduction from Andrew. You won’t hear these introductions anywhere else. The songs: Chris Collingwood (Fountains of Wayne), “Life in a Northern Town,” originally done by the Dream Academy; David Mead, “Save a Prayer,” originally done by Duran Duran; Eric Barao, “Tainted Love,” originally done by Soft Cell; Taylor Locke, “Dancing With Myself,” originally done by Billy Idol; The Wellingtons, “Only You,” originally done by Yaz; and the Corner Laughers, “Our House,” originally done by Madness. Tune in to hear these great, newly-waxed renditions that you’re going to absolutely love.

The Corner Laughers!

The Corner Laughers!

Eric Barao!

Eric Barao!

Of course, we’ll be speaking with Andrew at length for one of our patented, in-depth interview sessions for Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation when Here Comes the Reign Again is released, but to get you in the groove in the here-and-now we’ve done a short, exclusive interview with him–a sort-of broad strokes conversation that will tell you all you need to know in these early days. And it comes with another exclusive: a very cool factoid about this compilation that will delight you! Click the play button on the black bar below to listen.

Check back here on the Pure Pop Radio website for more you-need-to-know information on what promises to be this summer’s greatest slice of second British invasion wax.

 

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