Two Als Talking Tunes, Episode One: Perfect Spins for Halloween

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

al sussman2 twoalanWelcome to the very first episode of our new, exclusive show, Two Als Talking Tunes. Once a month, give or take, Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman (pictured at far right) and I will get together to talk in-depth about three songs apiece. We’ll wax poetic about each song’s significance, relate pertinent chart information and anecdotes, and just generally rap about what makes our song choices oh so very special.

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This month, Al and I engage in a timely discussion of songs that are especially appropriate to play on and around Halloween. They’re not necessarily the songs you might normally hear on the radio at this time of year, although a few of them are; a few others are songs you might not necessarily associate with All Hallow’s Eve. All are very cool examples of the art of Halloween-appropriate pop.

Below you will find two official Two Als Talking Tunes playlists so you can listen to the songs we talk about (O.C. Smith and Dickey Lee’s songs are not available in their original versions on Spotify, so they are offered as YouTube links).

pprListen to the very first edition of Two Als Talking Tunes by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

The Official Two Als Talking Tunes Playlists for Episode One: Perfect Spins for Halloween

Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/1214510552/playlist/4OfbfWsaLcHci6ThYZ7ZEN

YouTube Playlist:
* “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp” | O.C. Smith

* “Laurie (Strange Things Happen)” | Dickey Lee

Please let your friends know about Two Als Talking Tunes. We hope you enjoy the show.

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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!

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Two Als Talking Tunes Premieres Exclusively This Thursday on purepopradio.com

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

alan2 twoal sussmanBuilding on previous duo shows broadcast under the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation banner, Beatlefan Magazine Executive Editor Al Sussman (pictured at left) and yours truly have joined forces for a brand-new series of programs to be broadcast exclusively here on purepopradio.com, the first of which premieres this Thursday, October 26.

Our show, Two Als Talking Tunes, brings together hundreds of years (at least!) of pop music facts, figures and opinion logged by the show’s hosts, who’ve never met a catchy, memorable song they couldn’t chat about. Each show will have a theme, or not; the first episode concerns itself with songs that make spin sense in and around Halloween, which just happens to be poised to appear next Tuesday. According to the calendar, that is.

o.c. smith the son of hickory holler's trampOn the docket are six songs; Al and I have each chosen three. We talk about them and you listen to them by clicking on the supplied links in the official Two Als Talking Tunes playlist. You’ll thrill to tunes from Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Dickey Lee, Tiny Tim, and O.C. Smith, who essays the sad story of “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp.”

Al and I invite you to join us roughly once a month exclusively here on purepopradio.com for get-togethers that are sure to please one and all. Join us for the first go-round this Thursday, October 26, when we talk about songs that are pleasingly perfect for playing on or near Halloween. Spooky? Yes. Entertaining? You bet! It’s Two Als Talking Tunes, exclusively here on purepopradio.com.

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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:

 

Al Sussman and I Talk Iconic Albums This Wednesday Night at 9 pm ET

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This past week, Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman and I gathered together to talk about some of the most iconic albums dotting the popular music landscape. You won’t want to miss our lively discussion and our spinning of some rather rad tunes airing this Wednesday night at 9 pm ET.

This is a particularly timely talk, given the re-release this coming Friday of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Iconic albums such as Pepper and The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds are naturally well-known among music fans. Al and I each have picked three others that, in our views, stand out from the crowd.

fountains of wayne utopia parkwaythe young rasals groovinFrom 1967 albums by The Young Rascals (Groovin’) and Buffalo Springfield (Again) to Eric Carmen’s Boats Against the Current (1977) and Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway (1999), Al and I get deep inside some top-flight long-players that define the artists who made them.

Join us this Wednesday night for a great back-and-forth about some of popular music’s top iconic albums. Tune in at 9 pm ET right here on your home for the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today, Pure Pop Radio.

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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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We’ve Got All the Trimmings! Jammin’ James Riley and Al Sussman Serve Up Tasty Thanksgiving-Week Specialty Shows

twoThis being a short week, what with Thanksgiving looming large in our legend (your obligatory George Harrison reference for today), we’ve got just two, tasty specialty shows for you, sure to spice up any festive holiday spread (and let us not forget, our music library is 9,100-plus tunes strong).

waveTonight’s all-new episode of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave (8 pm ET) serves up a potpourri of summertime sounds from such artists as Dick Dale, Kylie Hughes, the Monkees, Papa Doo Run Run, the Explorers Club, and Dion. Wax up your surfboards and tune in to feel the warmth of the musical summer sun.

al-sussman-fans-on-the-run-buttonTomorrow night’s first-run Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (8 pm ET) finds Alan Haber catching up with Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman in a wide-ranging 90-plus minute show during which the topic is songs that hit and should have hit number one in the years 1964-1969. Al looks at each song played during the show from a historical perspective, touching on its popularity and the reasons why it made the chart grade, or almost hit the mark. If you’re a chart history buff, this is a must-listen-to episode.

So that we can get everything ready for our Thanksgiving celebration, we’re giving our other specialty shows a break this week, but don’t fret: they’ll be back swinging next week.

christmas wreath 2014somerdale-shake-it-maggieLooking ahead to December (we simply can’t believe the year is only 41 days from becoming 2017), we’ve got our third annual Holiday Popapalooza coming up. We’ll be spinning Christmas pop songs from noon on December 24 through to the last moments of Christmas day. You’ll hear all kinds of pop and roll from across the decades, including new releases such as a sprightly holiday tune from Somerdale, just signed to the Jem Records label. And, of course, your favorite pop artists will check in with custom holiday IDs to help make your season merry.

We’re adding new songs and artists to our playlist all the time, so keep connecting to our 24-hour stream for the latest and classic sounds that have and will continue to form the soundtrack of your lives.

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Al Sussman Considers Top Chart Hits (and Near Hits) on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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al sussmanAl Sussman, Beatlefan executive editor and co-host of the weekly Beatles roundtable Things We Said Today, heard here on Pure Pop Radio, returns to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday, November 22 at 8 pm ET to talk about classic chart hits and near hits.

During our wide-ranging discussion, Al and I focus on the years 1964-1969, Fab years all. The longtime fan of great music and observer of chart trends chose two songs from each year to talk about–one a number one hit and the other a song that should have been a hit.

The stage is set for each of the songs with a rundown of certain interesting events that occurred during the years in which they charted. Al looks at each song from a historical perspective, touching on its popularity and the reasons why it made the chart grade, or almost hit the mark.

Join Al and I next Tuesday night, November 22 at 8 pm ET for an informative and entertaining look at the stories behind the successes of chart hits and almost-chart hits on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

al-sussman-changin-times(Al Sussman is the author of Changin’ Times: 101 Days that Shaped a Generation, a fascinating, fact-filled and lively work that provides revealing context for a pivotal time in American history. Order from Amazon.)

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A Specialty Show Bonanza? An Exclusive First Airing of Every Little Thing, Starring the Weeklings? You Bet, Hoss!

mic-small 10This week’s lineup of Pure Pop Radio specialty shows is nothing less than a bonanza, a rich run of programs designed to entertain and delight.

the-weeklings-studio-2-smallAnd now, to get our week’s worth of programming off and running, we’re pleased as punch to announce that Pure Pop Radio is the first affiliate to air tonight’s all-new edition of Ken Michaels’ Beatles get-together, Every Little Thing, starring the Weeklings. Ken talks to the Weeklings themselves and plays two sparkling tracks from the group’s new album, Studio 2, which comes out this Friday via Jem Records. Also on tap tonight, beginning at 8 pm ET: the usual top-flight group of songs from the Beatles, from their group and solo years.

waveAlso tonight, November 14 at 9 pm ET, Jammin’ James Riley presents the second part of his exclusive interview with Dean Torrence (he of Jan and), and tracks by Duane Eddy, Dennis Wilson, Hal Blaine and the Young Cougars, Laughing Gravy, and the Ramones. Jammin’ James keeps the spirit of summer sounds alive, every Monday night.

the-nines-alejandros-visionsthe-legal-matters-conradYou can read all about this week’s double shot of all-new episodes of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, featuring the Legal Matters and the Nines’ Steve Eggers, by clicking here. Reserve tomorrow night at 8 pm ET for Alan Haber’s chat with Andy Reed, Chris Richards, and Keith Klingensmith, and Wednesday, November 16 at 9 pm ET for an in-depth conversation with Mr. Eggers.

scott-mcphersons-the-weird-and-the-wonderfulMake a nice sandwich and pour a hot cup of soup in time to check in with Pop 4’s Scott McPherson on Wednesday, November 16 at 1 pm ET. On this week’s edition of The Weird and the Wonderful, Scott will be spinning a selection of songs that wear their influences on their sleeves. Tracks from Elvis Costello, the Spongetones, Teenage Fanclub, XTC, the Sugarplastic, the Fraternal Order of the All (aka Andrew Gold and friends), and the Cowsills are just the collective tip of the musical iceberg on Scott’s seventh show, with tons more shows to come.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayWinding up this week’s specialty show lineup is our esteemed panel of Beatles experts on an all-new edition of Things We Said Today, the premiere Fabs roundtable. This week, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn talk about the Beatles and politics, and discuss Paul McCartney’s latest soundtrack song: Does our panel feel that “In the Blink of an Eye,” featured in the new animated film, Ethel and Ernest, makes the grade? Tune in and find out.

al-sussman-fans-on-the-run-buttonWhat a week! We’ve got one more all-new In Conversation show to bring you before the Thanksgiving holiday: one of our “Just for Fun” sessions, this time around with Beatlefan magazine executive editor Al Sussman. Details are forthcoming. You won’t want to miss this show!

See you on the radio for this week’s lineup of Pure Pop Radio specialty shows!

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