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.

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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.

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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 Pops With Poptastic Sounds from Today and Yesterday!

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Exactly one month ago, our first Pop Tunes Deejay Show made its debut on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Our 10th show aired last night–a special mix of soft pop, bubblegum and other sweet musical treats from the 1960s and 1970s that get you singing along.

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show airs twice weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio–Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET. The Tuesday show repeats Fridays at 2 pm ET; the Thursday show reprises on the following Monday at 11 am ET. Tuesday night’s show features new and recently-released tunes; Thursday night is Potpourri Night, with melodic pop classics from across the decades. You never know what you’re going to hear next!

Last night’s mix of soft pop, bubblegum and other sweet musical treats was a fun hour of catchy melodies. Check the playlist (all playlists are also posted on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show Facebook page; click here to be magically transported (and while you’re at it, please “Like” it)):

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The Playlist:

1. Dana Countryman | Pop Tunes Theme

the banana spltis2. The Banana Splits | “We’re the Banana Splits” | We’re the Banana Splits, 1968

Set: Sweet ’60s Sounds

3. Gary Lewis and the Playboys | “Save Your Heart for Me” | A Session with Gary Lewis and the Playboys, 1965

4. Harpers Bizarre | “You Need a Change” | Anything Goes, 1967

5. The Ivy League | “Funny How Love Can Be” | Sounds of the Ivy League, 1967

6. The Tremeloes | “Silence is Golden” | Even the Bad Times are Good/Silence is Golden, 1967

Set: Sixties Pop Gas!

7. The Tokens | “She Lets Her Hair Down” | Both Sides Now, 1971

8. Donovan | “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” | Wear Your Love Like Heaven, 1967

the cowsills we can fly9. The Cowsills | “We Can Fly” | We Can Fly, 1968

10. Mason Williams | “Classical Gas” | The Mason Williams Phonograph Record, 1968

Set: Coconuts!

11. Hurricane Smith | “Oh Babe, What Would You Say” | Hurricane Smith, 1972

12. Cass Elliot | “It’s Getting Better” | Bubble Gum, Lemonade, and Something for Mama, 1969

13. Sailor | “Coconut” | Trouble, 1975

14. Harry Nilsson | “Coconut” | Nilsson Schmilsson, 1971

Set: Flowers on the Wall

15. The Honeycombs | “Have I the Right” | The Honeycombs, 1964

the statler bros. flowers on the wall16. The Statler Brothers | “Flowers on the Wall” | Flowers on the Wall, 1966

17. McGuinness Flint | “Malt and Barley Blues” | Malt and Barley Blues, 1971

18. The Knickerbockers | “Lies” | The Fabulous Knickerbockers – Lies, 1965

Set: Rag World

19. The Vogues | “Five O’Clock World” | The Vogues’ Greatest Hits, 1969

20. The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra | “Rag Doll” | Today’s Pop Symphony, 1997

21. The Four Seasons | “Rag Doll” | Edizione D’Oro, 1997

22. Graham Gouldman | “No Milk Today” | The Graham Gouldman Thing, 1968

Set: Close

the grass roots where were you when i needed you23. The Grass Roots | “Where Were You When I Needed You” | Where Were You When I Needed You, 1966

Plus: Alan’s Snappy Deejay Patter!

See you on the radio this coming Tuesday and Thursday at 8 pm ET on Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio!

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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.

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

Classic ’60s Pop Hit Maker Little Peggy March and Zeek Weekling Sparkle on a Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Two-Fer; Cotton Mather, Michael Oliver, and Poppermost Lead the Charge on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show

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By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

A very special Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation two-fer featuring top popsters from yesterday and today, and two all-new editions of the Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show hit the Pop that Goes Crunch Radio airwaves this week. It is, indeed, a week to remember.

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On Wednesday night at 8:30 pm ET (special time), a very special Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation two-fer kicks off with the one and only Zeek Weekling behind the virtual microphone, talking about the Weeklings’ Fab new take on the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer.” Fans will not be surprised in the least that the venerable Beatles track has been Weekling-ized in the band’s usual, knowing way. Zeek also talks about the band’s upcoming releases (yes, releases); you won’t want to miss a second of this Weeklings-centric conversation.

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Immediately following on Wednesday night at 9 pm ET, Peggy March, formerly known as Little Peggy March, joins me for a tour through her long running career, which began back in 1963 with her hit recording of “I Will Follow Him,” a decades-old staple of oldies radio. We’ll talk about that chestnut, and about the top-flight, recently-released compilation on Ace Records of Peggy’s recordings, If You Loved Me: RCA Recordings from Around the World 1963-1969. Did you know that Peggy recorded a very early Randy Newman song, and a cover of a Mike Love-Brian Wilson number? We’ve got all the details during this lively program, including a Beatles-related story you won’t want to miss. (Both shows repeat Saturday, starting at 2 pm ET)

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The Pop Tunes Deejay Show is alive and kicking this week, with two all-new shows.

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Tuesday night’s get-together at 8 pm ET features mostly new and recently-released music, including the new single from Bubble Gum Orchestra, Cotton Mather, Ray Paul, Poppermost, Stag, Anton Barbeau, and a triple-play from guitarist-extraordinaire Ulf Holmberg, late of the Longplayer Orchestra (Ulf’s new album, The Mighty Shadow, is an instrumental smorgasbord you’re going to love!). (Repeats Friday at 2 pm ET)

Pop Tunes returns on Thursday night at 8 pm ET with an as-yet-not-mixed-together-but-you-know-it’s-going-to-pop-large program featuring the greatest pop in the universe from across the decades. Details to follow. (Repeats Monday, September 11 at 11 am ET)

Mark your calendars: All-new editions of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with classic popster Peggy March and Zeek Weekling of the Weeklings, and two first-run episodes of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show are coming this week on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

Don’t forget to check the Notes section of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show page on Facebook for the latest show playlists. Click here to be magically transported.

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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: