Pure Pop’s Shows Pop Large This Week: Classic Ben Folds Interview from 1996 on In Conversation; Songs About Radio and a World Premiere Spin from Dave Caruso on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show

Such a week ahead! Let’s get right to the details…

A Classic Ben Folds Interview from 1996 on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation
ben folds five debut coverThis week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) rolls back 21 years to March 26, 1996–just one year after the weekly Pure Pop Radio show began–for a classic interview on the run with the great Ben Folds. I caught up with Ben after his high-energy Ben Folds Five show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The self-titled, first Five album had been released only seven months prior, but you would never have known it by the roaring reaction from the packed crowd.

My power-packed chat with Ben began just outside his dressing room and continued down the stroll to the stage where he and his band took to breaking down his setup and packing their instruments and equipment into a waiting U-Haul truck. This included Ben’s 1972 well-worn Baldwin piano, a well-used specimen if ever there was one. Ben and I talked about his approach to playing the keys, being compared to Elton John and Billy Joel, and his love of “Video Killed the Radio Star,” which the band played that night and subsequently covered on record. And lots more.

You’ll hear three songs that lit up the grooves on that first Ben Folds Five album: “Alice Childress,” “Jackson Cannery,” and “Boxing.” Plus: the aforementioned “Video Killed the Radio Star.” This is one of my favorite interviews that I’ve done over the years. I hope you enjoy it.

A World Premiere Spin from Dave Caruso and Radio is in the Spotlight on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show
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This week’s Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows are all-new and popping with the best melodic pop from across the decades. Tonight’s show, airing at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, tells the story of music radio through songs about our favorite medium from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Merrymakers, Joe Sullivan, Hilly Michaels, Harry Nilsson and lots more, along with a smattering of classic radio station jingles. So as not to disturb the flow of this hour-long entertainment, I have kept mum, so no snappy deejay patter from me. Just lots of radio, and lots of fun!

front coverdave caruso studio shotOn Thursday night at 8 pm ET, you’ll hear an hour’s worth of new and new-to-you melodic pop songs, including a world premiere tune from Dave Caruso’s about-to-be-released (on October 30) album, the cleverly-titled Buddha Pesto Manifesto, the hotly anticipated followup to Dave’s 2014 release, Cardboard Vegas Roundabout. “Boomer, Jenna and Lennie” is a classic, ever-so-catchy Eric Carmen-styled number about negotiating life’s path and the ups and downs that are presented along the way. Light, percussive piano, electric guitar stabs and a sumptuous melody propel this song to the top of the pops, and I’m thrilled to be able to present it to you as a world premiere spin.

You Couldn’t Possibly Have More Fun on the Radio!
Don’t miss this week’s signature Pure Pop Shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio: tonight’s radio-centric episode of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET), tomorrow night’s classic 1996 interview with Ben Folds on In Conversation (9 pm ET), and Thursday night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET), featuring the world premiere of “Boomer, Jenna and Lennie” from Dave Caruso’s Buddha Pesto Manifesto, to be released on October 30. It’s all on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Pure Pop’s Retro Week Looks Back at an Iconic In Conversation Chat with the Knack’s Doug Fieger, and the Origins of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show. And…

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Next week, we celebrate the origins of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and look back at an iconic on-air interview with The Knack’s late leader Doug Fieger during Pure Pop’s Retro Week.

Flashback to 1998 with The Knack’s Doug Fieger
the knack zoom coverOn Wednesday, October 11 at 9 pm ET we turn the broadcast dial back to November 28, 1998, when The Knack’s Doug Fieger joined me on my weekly Pure Pop Radio show on WEBR. This was a big interview for me; I was a big fan of The Knack and always longed to find out more about their records and how they were made. I found out about that and a whole lot more, as Doug took me on a pop and roll journey, the effects of which have stayed with me to this very day.

The Knack’s then-current album Zoom had been released just five months prior to the interview, and was an on-air and personal favorite of mine. The pulsating opener, “Pop is Dead,” was a familiar spin during the weekly Pure Pop Radio shows. Doug and I spoke about the album, Doug’s writing process, the kinds of music he liked–he had an affinity for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack–and his early ambitions: he had wanted to become an artist, and was an actor in his youth, performing in plays in Detroit at the Vanguard Playhouse. He even performed Shakespeare.

During the interview, I played many Knack classics, four of which you will hear: the aforementioned “Pop is Dead”; “We are Waiting” from Round Trip; “Terry and Julie Step Out” from Zoom; and a cover of Badfinger’s “No Matter What,” which the Knack recorded for Copper Records’ 1996 release, Come and Get It: A Tribute to Badfinger.

Spend an hour next Wednesday night at 9 pm ET with me and The Knack’s Doug Fieger in an interview first broadcast on the weekly Pure Pop Radio show on WEBR on November 28, 1998. It’s a good one.

The Pop Tunes Deejay Show’s Origins
pop tunes disc smallNext Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm ET, I’m running the very first Pop Tunes Deejay Shows, originally broadcast in August and November of 2015. The Pop Tunes Deejay Show was a bit different during this first run of episodes, but basically the same show you’ve come to know and love.

On Tuesday, October 10 at 8 pm ET, you will hear show number one, featuring sets devoted to ELO Pop, Fab Sounds, and much more. Show number two rolls next Thursday night at 8 pm ET with sets spinning songs with the word “hello” in the title, and a survey of new tunes added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, including tracks from Sports Fan, Michael Carpenter, The Cherry Drops, The Nines, and many more.

And then…
…I am taking next week off to smell the roses, patch cracks in the ceiling, and to focus on other things that need tending to, so make a date to take a look through our pages at the many hundreds of reviews, articles and information about Pure Pop’s various activities through the years.

When I get back on Monday, October 16, I’ll dive right back in to business, preparing a brand-new show airing exclusively right here on this site and scribing plenty of reviews and articles about the melodic pop music that you love. And working up all-new editions of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Enjoy next week’s retro shows, and I’ll see you back here with bells on (not literally, of course) on Monday, October 16. Have fun!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Kurt Baker, Terry Draper, Bill DeMain, The Timewhys, The Rubinoos, Bill Lloyd, Fountains of Wayne, Jeff Larson and Scott Gagner Star in this Week’s Pure Pop Shows

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Two sparkling brand-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and an all-new, typically in-depth Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation ride the melodic pop airwaves this week.

pop tunes disc smallTonight’s Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) is a merry mix of new and new-to-you spins and classic cuts from across the decades. The Searchers, Kurt Baker, The Wilson Hospital, Terry Draper and Bill DeMain sing sweetly alongside Anton Barbeau, Carpenter Caswell, Sagittarius, Donovan and an early, spooky salute to Halloween with The Connection, whose new single is a lively take on Buck Owens’ “(It’s a) Monsters’ Holiday” (The Taters roll with their version of the tune, too).

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Pins_and_Needles_Cover_Art_Scott_GagnerTomorrow night at 9 pm ET, singer-songwriter Scott Gagner sits in with me on an all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his new album, Pins and Needles, a way-more-than-worthy followup to 2014’s Rise and Shine. You’ll hear the stories behind the songs, and much more. And all about a certain…deer (yes, you read that right).

pop tunes disc smallThursday night at 8 pm ET, the Pop Tunes Deejay Show returns with another first-run mix of melodic pop songs from across the decades, featuring Bonaroo, The Lilac Time, XTC, Peter and the Penguins, Hep Stars, The Left Banke, Bill Lloyd, Jeff Larson, and Gilbert O’Sullivan. A more fun hour of melodic pop simply can’t be found anywhere.

Before I go, I invite you to view Scott Gagner’s wonderfully creative, and quite entertaining, video for Pins and Needles’ lead single, a catchy slice of melodic pop entitled “The Ghost of Me and You.” Directed by Scott and co-starring a lovely, expressive yet inanimate deer head (yes, you read that right…again), it’s a joy.

Two new Pop Tunes Deejay Shows and an all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with Scott Gagner? Yes, that’s this week’s nighttime listening sorted. Enjoy!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Pop Tunes’ Lucky Show 13 and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s Spotlight on The Corner Laughers’ Karla Kane and Fun of the Pier: This Week’s Shows Dazzle!

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fun of the pier 1442karla kane king's daughters home for incurables coverThis week, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show rolls out lucky show 13, and Karla Kane and The Fun of the Pier’s Mark and Helen Luker star on a sparkling international edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. And that’s not all!

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night at 8 pm ET, The Pop Tunes Deejay Show is stocked full of some of the strongest new melodic pop releases now making waves across the musical landscape. Two new tracks in progress from Daisy House, and the latest from Carpenter Caswell, The Successful Failures and Strangely Alright play alongside tracks from Randy Newman, Coke Belda (a bonus track from the forthcoming Spanish edition of his new Bee Gees tribute), Fallon Cush and a whole lot more. Plus: my snappy deejay patter! And fear not: The Pop Tunes Deejay Show returns for another round of catchy melodic pop from across the decades this Thursday night at 8 pm ET.

in conversation new graphic blueWednesday night at 9 pm ET, The Corner Laughers’ Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh and The Fun of the Pier’s Mark and Helen Luker sit in on Pure Pop Radio: Conversation to talk about their triumphant All Aboard tour, bristling with international flavor, and their latest, top-flight releases: Karla’s first solo album, King’s Daughters Home for Incurables, and The Fun of the Pier’s 14:42.

That’s this week’s Pure Pop shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

All-New This Week: The Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and Marc Jonson on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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Two new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and an all-new installment of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, featuring singer-songwriter Marc Jonson, blaze across the airwaves this week, courtesy of Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night at 8 pm ET, the first of two brand new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show roll with the greatest melodic pop music from the 1960s to today. As usual, I am behind the controls, pumping out the tunes along with a healthy smattering of snappy deejay patter. Tuesday night’s show features The Beatles, The Weeklings, Rockpile, Coke Belda, Flamin’ Groovies, Marc McCrite, and a deep tribute to the members of The Legal Matters. Another all-new show plays on Thursday night, September 21 at 8 pm ET, featuring a mix of great songs from across the decades.

in conversation new graphic blueMarc Johnson-YEARSPure Pop Radio: In Conversation is all new this Wednesday night, September 20 at 9 pm ET. Singer-songwriter Marc Jonson, best known for his seminal 1992 album 12 in a Room, talks to me about his 1972 debut album Years, released on the Vanguard label. Along the way, Marc met up with such luminaries as Harry Chapin and Eric Clapton, and went from recording songs in his Long Island bedroom to recording in Vanguard’s mammoth studios. It’s a detailed look at the creative process, as in-depth as it gets on pop music’s premiere interview program.

Set your alarm clocks for Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, tomorrow night and Thursday night at 8 pm ET, and singer-songwriter Marc Jonson on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Debut This Week on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio

pure pop radio radioThere is excitement on the air! This week sees Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation debut on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallEvery Tuesday night at 8 pm ET on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show, I will spin the very latest and greatest melodic pop releases by artists you love and some that may be new to you. This week, thrill to top tunes from Tommy Lorente (his brand-new pop and roll single), Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders, Fun of the Pier (their first long player!), Sitcom Neighbor, Jared Lekites (with a great cover of a song by one of my favorites, Coke Belda), Terry Draper, and many more. (Repeats Friday at 2 pm ET)

The Thursday edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) will feature a mix of catchy melodic pop songs from today and across the decades. It’s a mirthful melange of melodies you won’t want to miss! (Repeats next Monday at 11 am ET)

in conversation new graphic blueOn this week’s all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday at 9 pm ET), I talk to one of my favorite-ever melodic pop artists, the great Richard X. Heyman, whose smashing 12th album, Incognito, has just been released. It’s a spirited half hour show with one of the great instrumentalists, songwriters and performers in melodic pop. You won’t want to miss it. (Repeats Saturday at 2 pm ET)

Don’t miss a minute of the fun: Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET), and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesdays at 9 pm ET).

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

Dig Into this Week’s Trio of Top-Flight Specialty Shows

mic-small 10We offer to you, as November gets ready to morph into December and work of a holiday nature within these hallowed halls continues apace, a trio of our regular specialty shows to keep things of all sorts on track. Your nighttime soundtrack on Pure Pop Radio? Why, we don’t mind if we do.

Oh, and work of a something’s-new-under-the-sun nature is also continuing apace. In fact, this something new should be arriving any time now. Oh, just you wait…!

waveTonight at 8 pm ET, Jammin’ James Riley fires off another summer-infused set of sun-drenched tunes on Catching a Wave. Perched in front of your Internet radio receptacle, you will delight in Jammin’ James’ spins from artists such as Keith Sykes, Eddie and the Showmen, Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys, Dick Dale, and many more.

scott-mcphersons-the-weird-and-the-wonderfulFor this week’s The Weird and the Wonderful, hitting the Internet airwaves at 1 pm ET on Wednesday, Scott McPherson’s gathered up quite the catchy lunchtime meal composed of catchy, top-flight songs, including sumptuous specimens from Jellyfish, Aimee Mann, Paul McCartney, KC Bowman, the Semantics, and George Harrison. Much more, too? Certainly, but you’ll have to tune in to find out the score.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThursday night’s all-new gathering, at 8 pm ET, of our Beatles experts on Things We Said Today sees Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn greet Chip Madinger, co-author of Lennonology, Strange Days Indeed – A Scrapbook of Madness. Chip joins in on an in-depth look at John Lennon’s Imagine album, currently celebrating its 45th anniversary.

That’s this week in specialty shows here on Pure Pop Radio, your original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music in the universe. Dig in…and keep an eye out, because something very cool and explosive is coming soon!

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