Harpers Bizarre Special: Interviews with Harpers’ Dick Scoppettone and Now Sounds Records’ Steve Stanley Now Available on In Conversation’s PodOmatic Podcast Page

harpers bizarre complete singles collectionLast week’s in-depth interviews on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, comprising our festive salute to Harpers Bizarre, one of the great soft-pop groups of all time, are now available for listening and downloading on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation‘s PodOmatic podcast page.

These interviews present the fascinating history of Harpers Bizarre and the pre-Harpers band, the Tikis. Best known for their top 15 ’60s smash, “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” Harpers Bizarre recorded four wonderful albums of delicious soft pop that featured brilliant originals and early songs from such future songwriting and performing stars as Randy Newman and Van Dyke Parks.

dick scoppettone 1In part one of Alan Haber’s exclusive two-part interview with Harpers Bizarre’s Dick Scoppettone, you’ll hear about the songs that appear on Now Sounds’ new and most welcome CD, Harpers Bizarre: The Complete Singles Collection (1965-1970) . You’ll hear Dick tell wonderful stories about recording with musicians who went on to great careers, including Glen Campbell and members of the Wrecking Crew. In part two of this exclusive interview, Dick talks about the importance of melody in songs and waxes poetic about more great Harpers Bizarre numbers.

steve stanleyIn another exclusive interview, you’ll hear Now Sounds’ Steve Stanley speak to Alan about how The Complete Singles Collection was put together. Steve gives his thoughts on Harpers Bizarre, the band that has captured the imaginations of soft-pop fans worldwide for more than 50 years. Plus, he gives pop fans some very cool nuggets about upcoming Now Sounds releases!

As usual, we present these interviews in scoped format. Spotify playlists are provided for the songs played. Enjoy!

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) and repeats on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to nearly 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.


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Harpers Bizarre’s Dick Scoppettone and Now Sounds’ Steve Stanley Star in Pure Pop Radio’s Three-Night Soft-Pop Spectacular

steve stanleydick scoppettone 1I am proud to announce that Harpers Bizarre’s Dick Scoppettone (pictured at left) and Now Sounds’ Steve Stanley (pictured at right) star in Pure Pop Radio’s three-night-long salute to Harpers Bizarre next Tuesday, March 1, Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3. A wonderful array of soft soundin’ music and talk awaits you.

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harpers bizarre complete singles collectionNext Tuesday and Wednesday nights, Dick Scoppettone will be my guest on very special editions of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, all airing at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). On Tuesday night, March 1, you will hear all about the history of Harpers Bizarre and the pre-Harpers band, the Tikis. Best known for their top 15 ’60s smash, “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” Harpers Bizarre recorded four wonderful albums of delicious soft pop that featured brilliant originals and early songs from such future songwriting and performing stars as Randy Newman and Van Dyke Parks.

You’ll hear Dick talk about songs that appear on Now Sounds‘ new and most welcome CD, Harpers Bizarre: The Complete Singles Collection (1965-1970) . You’ll hear him tell wonderful stories about recording with musicians who went on to great careers, including Glen Campbell and members of the Wrecking Crew. On Wednesday night, March 2, Dick talks about the importance of melody in songs and waxes poetic about more great Harpers Bizarre numbers.

Finishing up Pure Pop Radio’s three-night-long salute to Harpers Bizarre, I speak to Now Sounds’ Steve Stanley on an extra edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on Thursday night, March 3 at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). Steve talks about how The Complete Singles Collection was put together, and gives his thoughts on the band that has captured the imaginations of soft pop fans worldwide for more than 50 years. Plus, he gives pop fans some very cool nuggets about upcoming Now Sounds releases!

harpers bizarreharpers bizarre feelin groovyOn a personal note, I’ve been listening to and loving the sound of harpers bizarre secret life ofHarpers Bizarre since the group’s very first album, Feelin’ Groovy (featuring 59th St. Bridge Song) came out in 1967. That record and the group’s other releases–Anything Goes, The Secret Life of Harpers harpers bizarre 4Bizarre, and Harpers Bizarre 4–are as important to me today as they were when they were released. These records bathe me in a warm glow to this day. I simply can’t get enough of them.

inside storiesAnd for those of you who can’t get enough of this wonderful group, we’ve got a number of fun featurettes which pair various Harpers Bizarre songs with Dick Scoppettone’s inside stories. These will play throughout Pure Pop Radio’s broadcast days. You won’t want to miss them.

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!I hope that you will join me and listen to Pure Pop Radio’s three-night-long salute to Harpers Bizarre, one of the greatest, most important soft pop groups ever to make records. Mark your calendars: The group’s Dick Scoppettone is interviewed on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday and Wednesday nights (March 1 and 2) at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT); Now Sounds’ Steve Stanley joins me on the show on Thursday night, March 3, also at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

See you on the radio for some great soft soundin’ music!

– Alan Haber

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) and repeats on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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Last Night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show Rocked Your Labor Day With…

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Alan Haber, Your Host

pop tunes disc…lots of great melodic pop tunes from today, yesterday and everywhere in between. Alan celebrated Labor Day, Buddy Holly, your summer soundtrack, and some of the latest songs now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio.

In short, it was another fun 75 minutes (give or take) of melodic pop goodness, and a proportionate amount of snappy deejay patter!

Here’s what Alan played, and what you can expect to hear when the show repeats this Thursday, September 10 at noon ET (9 am PT) and Sunday, September 13 at 3 pm ET (noon PT):

the-davenports-don't-be-mad-at-meSet One: One and Begun
The Davenports | “Don’t Be Mad at Me”

The BritannicasSet Two: Workaday World!
The Beatles | “We Can Work It Out” from Past Masters
The Lilac Time | “Work for the Weekend” from Paradise Circus
New Sincerity Works | “American Beauty Works” from 44
The Britannicas | “I Work at the Post Office” from High Tea
Sgt. Popgrass (Graham Elvis and Jacob Panic) | “We Can Work It Out”

denny laineSet Three: Holly Daze!
Buddy Holly | “That’ll Be the Day” from From the Original Master Tapes
Denny Laine | “Rave On” from Holly Days
Paul McCartney | “Maybe Baby” from Maybe Baby (Original Soundtrack)
Buddy Holly | “Heartbeat” from From the Original Master Tapes

myrtle parkSet Four: New and Nearly New at Pure Pop Radio
Scot Sax and Suzie Brown | “Good Everything” from Our Album Doesn’t Like You Either
William Duke | “Many Years Away” from The Dark Beautiful Sun
Spencer Albee | “Put Your Sweatshirt On” from Mistakes Were Made
Myrtle Park’s Fishing Club | “Wonderful You” from Nothing to Be Afraid Of
Maura Kennedy | “She Worked Her Magic On Me” from Villanelle

vinyl kingsSet Five: Summer in the Rearview Mirror
Michael Carpenter | “You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone” from Hopefulness
Dean Torrence | “Vegetables” from Legendary Masked Surfer Unmasked
Vinyl Kings | “Pale Blue Dot” from Time Machine
Anthony Rivers | “Caroline, No” from Into the Great Unknown
Dave Edmunds | “Beach Boy Blood (In My Veins)” from Plugged In

harpers bizarreSet Six: One and Done
Harpers Bizarre | “The Biggest Night of Her Life” from Anything Goes

We hope you enjoyed the show. And remember that you can catch it again, or for the first time, by tuning into Pure Pop Radio this Thursday, September 10 at noon ET (9 am PT) and/or Sunday, September 13 at 3 pm ET (noon PT). Let the good pop roll!

Until next week at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT), keep playing those Pop Tunes!

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It’s Mega Happy Day on Pure Pop Radio! 12 Artists…81 Tracks Now Added and in Rotation!

It's New!

It’s New!

Yes, that noise you heard was the lot of our playlist rotation genies adding 81 tracks from 12 super pop artists to the Pure Pop Radio playlist. Pat them on the back for a job very well done! Here’s the rundown:

* Various Artists – It Was 50 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to the Beatles, Vol. 3. Another installment of Bullseye Records’ great series paying tribute to the one and only Fab Four means more tracks for the Pure Pop Radio playlist. This time around, we’re glad to be able to add the following: Anger Brothers – “And Your Bird Can Sing,” Bentwood Rocker – “It Won’t be Long,” The Spongetones – “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite,” Terry Draper – “Til there Was You,” The Oohs – “You’re Gonna Lose that Girl,” Wendie Colter and Rob Laufer – “Here Comes the Sun,” and Yeah Yeah Yeah – “There’s a Place.”

* Mike Dees. We’ve chosen two songs from Mike’s Something Like Glitter album to add to the playlist: “AM Radio” and “Something Like Glitter.” Cool stuff.

* Matt Kabus. We added some songs from Matt the last time around. Now, we’ve added four more from this most talented singer-songwriter: “Roller Coaster,” “Crossroads,” “Fly Away,” and “Picture Frame” (from Matt Kabus EP #1).

We’ve also beefed up our stock of songs from the 1960’s and 1970’s, with a host of tunes from The Association, Harpers Bizarre and The Monkees. Here are the particulars:

* The Association. “Look at Me, Look at You,” “What Were the Words,” “Under Branches,” “Six Man Band,” and “Dubuque Blues” (from The Association); “Come On In,” “Everything that Touches You,” “Time for Livin’,” “Hear in Here,” and “Birthday Morning” (from Birthday); “Enter the Young,” “Don’t Blame It on Me,” “I’ll be Your Man,” “Along Comes Mary,” “Cherish,” and “Better Times” (from and then…along comes The Association); “No Fair at All” and “You Hear Me Call Your Name” (from Renaissance); “Wasn’t it a Bit Like Now (Parallel ’23),” “When Love Comes to Me,” “Windy,” “Wantin’ ain’t Gettin'” (from Insight Out); “Bring Yourself Home,” “P.F. Sloan,” “Travelers Guide (Spanish Flyer),” and “Seven Virgins” (from Stop Your Motor); “Names, Tags, Number and Labels,” “One Sunday Morning,” and “Dreamer” (from Just the Right Sounds – The Association Anthology); “Darling Be Home Soon,” “Indian Wells Woman,” and “Little Road and a Stone to Roll” (from Waterbeds in Trinidad).

* Harpers Bizarre. This much-loved ’60’s groups’ soft, melodic sounds get much love from Pure Pop Radio. We’ve added some of Harpers’ greatest hits and album tracks: “Come to the Sunshine,” and “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” (from Feelin’ Groovy). Also, from the Now Sounds reissue of this album, three songs by the group from which Harpers Bizarre grew, The Tikis: “Pay Attention to Me,” “If I’ve Been Dreaming,” and “I’ll Never Forget About You.” Plus: “Anything Goes,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Hey, You in the Crowd,” “Louisiana Man,” “You Need a Change,” “High Coin,” and “Malibu U” (from Anything Goes); “Soft Soundin’ Music,” “Witchi Tai To,” “When the Band Begins to Play,” “Blackbird,” “All Through the Night,” and “Poly High” (from 4); “Mad,” “Both Sides Now,” and “The Drifter” (from The Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre).

* The Monkees. It’s pre-Fab Four time! We’ve added a whole host of numbers from Mike, Micky, Peter and Davy, including: “She,” “When Love Comes Knockin’ (At Your Door),” “Mary, Mary,” “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow),” and “I’m a Believer” (from More of the Monkees); “(Theme From) The Monkees,” “Saturday’s Child,” “Take a Giant Step,” and “Last Train to Clarksville” (from The Monkees); “Salesman,” “She Hangs Out,” “Cuddly Toy,” “What am I Doing Hangin’ ‘Round?,” “Pleasant Valley Sunday” (from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.); “You Told Me,” “I’ll Spend My Life with You,” “Forget that Girl,” “For Pete’s Sake,” “Sunny Girlfriend,” “No Time,” “Randy Scouse Git” (from Headquarters); “Listen to the Band” (from The Monkees Present).

Pretty cool, huh? That’s it for today. Tune in to Pure Pop Radio and enjoy the newly-added sounds! And, as always, thanks for listening!

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