Things We Said Today Tonight: Underrated and Underappreciated Beatles Songs

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayIt’s not uncommon for Beatles fans to talk to each other about their favorite of the group’s songs. What may be less common, though, are discussions about Beatles songs that are underrated or underappreciated. Which songs do you think deserve more chatter and play?

The regular panel and guest Darren DeVivo from WFUV radio tackle this discussion with their usual passion on tonight’s edition of Things We Said Today at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio. Beatlefan’s Al Sussman talks about “Fixing a Hole,” “Tell Me What You See”‘s unusual melody, and George Harrison’s “The Inner Light.” Darren talks about George’s “It’s All Too Much” as exhibiting “everything glorious about the entire psychedelic thing that was going on at that time.” He also picks “Old Brown Shoe” and Paul McCartney’s “I’ll Follow the Sun” as songs deserving of further discussion.

Beatles Examiner’s Steve Marinucci names “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me” as one of the best covers the Beatles did. He’s mad for the Fabs’ “Christmas Time (Is Here Again),” and finishes his picks up with the doubleheader of “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love”…although, if he had to pick one, it would be “Free as a Bird.” Music critic Allan Kozinn’s selections for further discussion are perhaps the most unorthodox of the panel’s choices: He discusses “Revolution 9,” “You Know My Name (Look Up My Number),” and, in the left field pick of the show, “What’s the New Mary Jane.”

It’s another riveting discussion on the premiere Beatles weekly roundtable, Things We Said Today.

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, which airs Monday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today airs on Thursday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

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An Encore Performance, Paul McCartney’s Tour Schedule and George Harrison’s Dark Horse Album are In the Spotlight on This Week’s Beatles Shows

purepoplogoHave we got a Fab week ahead for you? Indeed we do! The very first edition of the syndicated version of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing airs again tonight on Pure Pop Radio at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), and a new, information-packed entry in the ongoing weekly roundtable series, Things We Said Today, gets rolling this Thursday, September 3, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

everylittlethinglogo-smallWe first aired the inaugural edition of the syndicated version of Every Little Thing back on February 17, 2014. It plays again tonight, August 31, with Ken spinning a pair of Beatles Anthology cuts and presenting an expertly-curated set of songs with the word “peace” in the title. Prominently featured is John Lennon’s eternal anthem, “Give Peace a Chance.”

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayOver on Things We Said Today this Thursday night, Ken, Beatles Examiner writer Steve Marinucci, Beatlefan editor Al Sussman, and musicologist Allan Kozinn take up the task of determining whether Paul McCartney’s current way of announcing upcoming tour dates–presenting them to the public a few dates at a time–is a valid course of action. The panel also talks about George Harrison’s Dark Horse album, questioning how good the songs are, discussing how successful George’s version of “Bye Bye Love” is, and wondering whether the quality of George’s voice is a factor for people listening.

A new feature, tucked into the closing moments of Thursday night’s all-new program, is one during which panelists ask Beatles-related questions of each other. The answers may surprise, and will certainly delight, you!

Every Little Thing is the premiere, syndicated program playing Beatles group and solo recordings. Hosted by longtime radio personality Ken Michaels, the show airs a mix of new and archived shows on Monday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, which airs Monday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today airs on Thursday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

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You’ll be Shouting “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!” During This Week’s Beatles Shows!

purepoplogoThis week’s editions of our signature Beatles shows, Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, are must-listens for all Fab Four fans. Every Little Thing airs tonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT); Things We Said Today airs this Thursday night at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

everylittlethinglogo-smallWe go back to December 8, 2014 for tonight’s repeat broadcast of one of Ken’s classic shows. Tonight’s hour presents a top-notch 1977 twofer that pairs Wings’ pounding “Girls’ School” with Ringo Starr’s “Can She Do It Like She Dances.” And, in a loving tribute to the late, great Harry Nilsson, Ken spins six classic numbers, starting with the singer’s version of the Beatles’ “You Can’t Do That” and ending with Ringo’s “Stop and Take the Time to Smell the Roses,” which he co-wrote with Nilsson.

All this plus Ken’s Beatles trivia question–get your thinking caps on!–on tonight’s rebroadcast of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing.

Every Little Thing is the premiere, syndicated program playing Beatles group and solo recordings. Hosted by longtime radio personality Ken Michaels, the show airs a mix of new and archived shows on Monday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

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the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThe regular panel of experts assembles around the virtual roundtable for this Thursday’s edition of Things We Said Today. On the docket are multiple topics of interest, including news that footage exists from the rehearsals for the first appearance by the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. The news of this footage was originally announced on Chris Carter’s Breakfast With the Beatles program on Los Angeles radio station KLOS-FM.

Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn also discuss the existence of stereo versions of songs that were included in the television film about the Beatles’ Shea Stadium concert. Also discussed is the idea of the group releasing material from the vaults that fans would want to own. Does it hurt the Beatles that so much of this material remains unreleased?

All this and more makes this Thursday night’s edition of Things We Said Today another program that Beatles fans simply can not miss.

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, which airs Monday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group.

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The Beatles and the Stones Duke it Out Tonight on Things We Said Today

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayIn this corner of the ring, Keith Richards says Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is “a mishmash of rubbish.” In an interview with Esquire magazine, Keith also pooh-poohed the Rolling Stones’ Their Satanic Majesties Request. It may well be a case of all things being equal, or thereabouts.

On tonight’s timely edition of Things We Said Today, the weekly Beatles roundtable, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn put all of their Fab cards on the table as they talk with super Stones fan Michael Lynch, who, as it happens, wrote the Things We Said Today theme song.

sgt. pepperstonesLynch, as it happens, is a huge fan of both the Beatles and the Stones. He turns out to be the perfect person to look objectively at Richards’ comments and assess their validity. Does Keith say things for shock value? Are Pepper and Majesties really good albums? It may surprise listeners that Lynch is a big Stones fan who prefers Pepper to Majesties. He actually gives the nod to Magical Mystery Tour over Pepper, and likes the Stones’ Between the Buttons more than Majesties.

Was there a rivalry between the Beatles and the Stones? What does all of this mean? You’ll find out tonight, as the experts put their heads together. You might just be surprised to find which group comes out of the ring with a knockout!

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, which airs Monday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group.

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Get the Scoop on this Year’s Danbury Fields Forever Festival from Organizer Charles Rosenay on Tonight’s Things We Said Today

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayLongtime Beatles convention and celebration organizer Charles Rosenay guests on tonight’s timely edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today. The show begins at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

danbury fields foreverA very animated Rosenay talks to Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozin about this year’s Danbury Fields Forever festival, being held this coming Saturday, August 15, at the Ives Concert Park in Danbury, Connecticut. This is the fourth year for the festival, being held on the 50th anniversary of the day that the Beatles played at Shea Stadium in New York.

On tap during the festival are 11 bands, from the Blue Meanies and Number Nine to Strictly Beatles and Afterfab. Special guest of honor is original lead guitarist for the Animals, Hilton Valentine, who will perform.

The family friendly festival is sure to be a great place to hang out for Beatles fans who can make it out to Danbury on this very special day. Visit the Danbury Fields Forever website for more information; click here to be Magical Mystery Tourly transported.

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group.

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Tonight’s Special Friday Night Edition of Things We Said Today Pays Tribute to Cilla Black

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayTonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), during a very special Friday edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, the life of singer and British TV personality Cilla Black is celebrated by the show’s regular panel of experts.

cilla blackAs most Beatles fans will remember, Cilla Black, who passed away on August 1 at her home in Spain, spent more than 50 years as a singer and television star in Britain. She famously recorded songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, including “Love of the Loved” and “Step Inside Love,” and was the only female member of the Brian Epstein stable of artists. The Beatles first knew her as the cloak room girl at the Cavern., where, of course, the group rocked the house.

Tributes from McCartney, Ringo Starr and others, including Julian Lennon, have been seen in the days following Black’s passing. During the first half of tonight’s show, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn talk about Cilla’s Beatles connections and where people can go to hear her music. The extended segment is a general, loving celebration of the life of one of the great singers of the sixties and beyond.

beatles photoDuring the second half of tonight’s show, the panel riffs on whether or not there could possibly be a group such as the Beatles in today’s world. Would the Beatles have the same impact in today’s marketplace as they did in the ’60s? Ken, Steve, Al and Allan tell all. This is yet another in a long line of fascinating discussions to be heard on this show.

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Remember that Things We Said Today is changing its time slot next week–listen in for the latest episodes on Thursday nights at 8 pm ET, beginning August 13.

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The Fest for Beatles Fans’ Mark Lapidos Guests on This Week’s Edition of Things We Said Today

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Mark Lapidos

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThe legendary host and organizer of the Fest for Beatles Fans, Mark Lapidos, talks about the upcoming Fest in Chicago on this week’s lively edition of Things We Said Today, the weekly, premiere Beatles roundtable. The conversation starts flowing tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 4, at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

fest for beatles fansThis year’s Chicago Fest takes place Friday, August 14; Saturday, August 15; and Sunday, August 16 just outside of Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. During tomorrow night’s program, Mark takes Ken, Steve, Al and Allan on a tour of the Chicago Fest’s scheduled happenings that guarantee a splendid time for all.

fest 2This looks to be a particularly exciting Fest with some spectacular, marquee guests. In the spotlight this year are Bob Eubanks, famous as the original host of the Newlywed Game, but also famous for producing the Beatles concerts at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in 1964 and 1965. One of the very cool events at this year’s Fest will be a feature called The Beatleywed Game (an idea that was suggested by a frequent guest on Things We Said Today, Tom Frangione).

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Al Sussman

Also appearing at this year’s Chicago Fest is none other than one of the legendary personality deejays from the golden age of music radio, Dick Biondi, who ruled the roost at WLS in Chicago. Biondi was the first deejay to play the Beatles in the United States. That’s not all: More special guests abound: The Hollies’ Terry Sylvester, who also played with the Swinging Blue Jeans; Jack Oliver, former president of Apple; super musician and producer, Mark Hudson; and Things We Said Today’s own Al Sussman. All this, plus the great Beatles tribute band Liverpool, featuring Glen Burtnik, and Burtnik’s current group, the Weeklings, whose debut, Beatles-centric album is exploding all over the airwaves, and especially here at Pure Pop Radio.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about all of the exciting events planned for this year’s Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, being held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, just outside of Chicago, in just under two weeks from now. Tomorrow night’s edition of Things We Said Today is another great show that Beatles fans will not want to miss.

things we said today bannerThings We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that is hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today is changing its time slot next week–listen in for the latest episodes on Thursday nights at 8 pm ET, beginning August 13.

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