Tonight at 9 pm ET: Brian Ray Spins Tantalizing Tales of The Bayonets on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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* Brian Ray sits in with Alan Haber on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation
tonight, Tuesday, May 9, at 9 pm ET

Fans of Sir Paul–Paul McCartney, of course–will be familiar with Brian Ray’s work in Paul’s band, a position he’s held for the past 15 years. A pretty good gig, we would say! But did you know that Brian is also a solo artist, with a couple of long players to his credit?

the bayonets coverDid you also know that Brian has a new band with Oliver Lieber, son of rock royalty classic songwriter Jerry Lieber (of Lieber and Stoller fame)? Well, he does, and the band’s called The Bayonets. Their smashing new album, Crash Boom Bang!, an exciting expansion (two extra tracks!) of the 2014 self-released collection, comes out on May 17 on JEM Records. The packaging, by the way, is also smashing.

The Bayonets CaracaturesBrian sits in with me tonight, Tuesday, May 9, at 9 pm ET to talk about how he met Oliver and decided to form The Bayonets. Brian also waxes poetic about songwriting and, in particular, lyric writing. You’ll hear two -pop-rockin’ songs from Crash Boom Bang!, “Sucker for Love” and the Rolling Stones-y slow burner, “Cotton Candy.” Hooks galore are in store. (We’re currently playing both of these songs, plus many others, in rotation; check our review and song list coming soon.)

Don’t miss Brian Ray on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation tonight at 9 pm on Pure Pop Radio. What’s that you hear? Crash Boom Bang!

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Here Come the Bayonets! Brian Ray Visits Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Tomorrow Night

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* Brian Ray sits in with Alan Haber on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation
tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 9, at 9 pm ET

Fans of Sir Paul–Paul McCartney, of course–will be familiar with Brian Ray’s work in Paul’s band, a position he’s held for the past 15 years. A pretty good gig, we would say! But did you know that Brian is also a solo artist, with a couple of long players to his credit?

the bayonets coverDid you also know that Brian has a new band with Oliver Lieber, son of rock royalty classic songwriter Jerry Lieber (of Lieber and Stoller fame)? Well, he does, and the band’s called The Bayonets. Their smashing new album, Crash Boom Bang!, an exciting expansion (two extra tracks!) of the 2014 self-released collection, comes out on May 17 on JEM Records. The packaging, by the way, is also smashing.

The Bayonets CaracaturesBrian sits in with me tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 9, at 9 pm ET to talk about how he met Oliver and decided to form The Bayonets. Brian also waxes poetic about songwriting and, in particular, lyric writing. You’ll hear two -pop-rockin’ songs from Crash Boom Bang!, “Sucker for Love” and the Rolling Stones-y slow burner, “Cotton Candy.” Hooks galore are in store. (We’re currently playing both of these songs, plus many others, in rotation; check our review and song list coming soon.)

Don’t miss Brian Ray on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation tomorrow night at 9 pm on Pure Pop Radio. What’s that you hear? Crash Boom Bang!

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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.

Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Weeklings to Dana Countryman, Pop 4, Tiny Volcano, Bread and Butter, and the Del Zorros, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Become a fifth Weekling by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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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.)

Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. Fun and informative specialty shows, including Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, the weekly Beatles roundtable Things We Said Today, Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave, Scott McPherson’s The Weird and the Wonderful, Brian Bringelson’s Needle Meets Vinyl, and the Internet’s premiere melodic pop talk show, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, complete our lineup. Click on one of the links below to listen.

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Eight Days a Weekling Marathon: Hear Glen “Lefty” Burtnik Play Live in Studio on Historic Pure Pop Radio Weekly Show

glen-burtnik-at-strawberry-fields* Glen “Lefty” Weekling’s in-studio appearance on the weekly Pure Pop Radio show on July 5, 1997 features a spirited interview and two live, acoustic performances
* Part of Pure Pop Radio’s Eight Days a Weekling Marathon, celebrating the release of the Weeklings’ Studio 2 album on November 18
* Hear it on Wednesday, November 9 at 9 pm ET

On Wednesday, November 9 at 9 pm ET, hear Glen “Lefty Weekling” Burtnik play live in-studio during a 1997 appearance on the old weekly Pure Pop Radio show as part of our Eight Days a Weekling marathon, celebrating the release on November 18 of The Weeklings’ new album, Studio 2. 

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Glen Burtnik and Alan Haber in the WEBR studio on July 5, 1997

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Glen Burtnik and Weeklings fans will hear a landmark broadcast that occurred live on July 5, 1997, when the weekly Pure Pop Radio show was broadcast out of WEBR radio. Glen, traveling from exit 9 in New Jersey, played, along with his band, at an outdoor concert in the town of Herndon, Virginia on July 4, and solo at the Rhodeside Grill on the evening of July 3.

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Glen Burtnik (second from left), the Records’ John Wicks (far left), and Alan Haber at Arlington, Virginia’s Rhodeside Grill on Thursday, July 3, 1997

Glen had traveled from exit 9 in New Jersey to play, along with his band, at the Friday Night Live! stage in Herndon, Virginia on July 4, and solo at the Rhodeside Grill on the evening of July 3. His other stop was on Saturday, July 5.

That July 5 in-studio performance and interview with me at WEBR was a watershed moment in the history of the Pure Pop Radio show, then still in its infancy, having begun two years earlier in 1995. When the scoped (without music) version of the appearance was posted on our old buhdge website, it was accompanied by my passionate remembrance; it appears below nearly exactly as originally posted, with only a few stylistic changes made:

After hearing Glen Burtnik’s incredible, hall-of-fame album Palookaville, and playing tracks from it on Pure Pop, I received a short e-mail from the artist himself that went something like this: “Who are you and why are U playing my songs?” I wrote back, explaining who I was and pretty soon, I was asking him if he wouldn’t mind being interviewed. It would have been easy to do the interview by phone, but I thought it would be better meeting him in person.

So I asked if there were a place near where he lived where we could talk. A New Jersey guy, Burtnik suggested meeting near Central Park in New York City. I figured I could combine the interview with a trip to Long Island to see my family, so my wife and I hopped in the car and drove to the Big Apple.

Burtnik said he would be the guy on the sidewalk wearing a grey overcoat and…an Elvis pin. He was exactly as billed, standing just outside of the park. We went looking for a place to do the interview, and decided to seek out one of the many coffee shops in the neighborhood. Except there weren’t many to choose from–only one, in fact, which is where we sat down to talk about Palookaville.

After the interview, Burtnik and I went to Strawberry Fields in Central Park, the area dedicated to John Lennon, where we talked some more and where I took some pictures… As we prepared to go our separate ways, I asked Burtnik if there was a song he wished he’d written, and he said he wished he’d written Paul McCartney’s “Little Lamb Dragonfly” from Red Rose Speedway. I said I liked that song, we shook hands, and off we went.

Aside from the interview, which is one of my favorites of all that I have done over the years, Burtnik appeared on Pure Pop a number of times by telephone, and one extremely memorable time in the radio studio. Even his car breaking down on the way to Virginia, where the Pure Pop studios were located, couldn’t stop the mighty Burtnik from his appointed rounds.

Before appearing on Pure Pop, Burtnik and his band played a high-energy set on [the Friday Night Live! stage in Herndon,Virginia] on Friday, July 4th. The night before, he did a solo turn, along with John Wicks of the Records, at a local Virginia eatery, [the Rhodeside Grill, in Arlington]. Then, on Saturday, July 5th, he made his way to our studios at WEBR. That day was memorably hot and steamy, which made the freshly re-paved parking lot uninhabitable by cars. Burtnik’s vehicle had to be parked on the industrial road just outside of the lot. Thankfully, the singer found a spot near the lot’s entrance.

I asked Burtnik to bring an acoustic guitar to the show. He graced me and my audience with live versions of the hit song he co-wrote with Patty Smyth, “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough,” and his own “Watching the World Go By,” from Palookaville. Burtnik’s guitar playing and singing were equally exquisite. Watching him play, I found it interesting that the left handed singer plays a right-handed-strung guitar upside down…

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Alan Haber (in red t-shirt and ball cap) introduces Glen Burtnik and his band on the Friday Night Live! stage in Herndon, Virginia on Friday, July 4, 1997

Listen and be magically transported back to the afternoon of Saturday, July 5, 1997 and enjoy the live, acoustic in-studio performance by Glen Burtnik, and some great talk with me, on Wednesday, November 9 at 9 pm ET. Glen and Weeklings fans won’t want to miss this!

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Weeklings to the Weeklings, the Weeklings, Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, and the Weeklings, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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Terry Draper Opens a Window to His 1980s World on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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terry-draper-wotw-coverTerry Draper’s sparkling new collection, the wonderfully expansive Window on the World: The Lost 80’s Tapes, will be released this Friday, October 28; Terry will be speaking with me about it on a special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday, November 1 at 8 pm ET.

The use of the word world in the title of this fine collection is as apt as apt can be. The world that Terry is inviting listeners into is uniquely Draperesque, and not only contains the 10 previously unheard songs from the 1980s that make up the album proper (presented in no less than three formats), but also a pair of songs crafted in the Europop style, five of Terry’s songs sung by female vocalists, five completed songs designated by Terry as “not yet finished,” two videos, and a digital booklet containing photos and both technical and personal annotation. Also included is a letter from Terry that draws on his musical history, from his first band to the release of this album.

terry-draper-single-red-guitarBut that’s not all. Most exciting, perhaps, is that this expansive Window on the World is presented not on a shiny, silvery compact disc, but on a USB flash drive disguised as a guitar. Since so many people listen to music on their computers these days, this is a particularly appropriate and, yes, fun offering. The guitar drive will be available in four designer colors, including red (see illustration at right). You will be proud to show this guitar to your fellow music aficionados.

terry-draper-i-have-a-dream-graphicThe previously unheard songs from the ’80s on the album proper range from tremendously affecting ballads (“I Have a Dream,” “You Don’t See Me Laughing”) to cleverly realized upbeat pop songs like “More.” It’s nothing less than the usual fine fare you get from this ever-creative musician. Pure Pop Radio is now playing many songs from Window on the World, three days ahead of the release date (see below for titles).

Terry talks with me on In Conversation about the creation of Window, from the spark of the idea to revisit some of his previously unheard songs from the 1980s to adding newly-played instrumentation and releasing the collection in an unconventional way (not the first time an album has been released in this manner). You’ll also hear Terry waxing poetic about some of the songs, including a demo for perhaps the most infectious one he has worked on, a lively love song about Terry’s wife Anna, called “Anna Bella.” And, of course, lots more of the in-depth back-and-forth In Conversation famously presents.

terry-draper-photoFrom a personal standpoint, I am thrilled to be able to talk with Terry about Window on the World. Like so many others, I have been listening to Terry’s music for a very long time–40 years, in my case. Now, as his solo career continues providing so much pleasure to fans around the world, I am honored to help spread the word on this wonderful collection.

Join me as I talk to Terry Draper on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday, November 1 at 8 pm ET. And don’t forget to visit Terry’s website this coming Friday, October 28 and purchase a copy of Window on the World. You’ll be glad you did.

black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “I Have a Dream,” “Get You Alone,” “Still the One,” “Song for a Lady,” “More,” “You Don’t See Me Laughing,” “I’ll Be There,” “Window on the World,” and “Anna Bella.”
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Terry Draper’s website, beginning Friday, October 28.

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, Nick Piunti, Terry Draper, Klaatu, and the Nines, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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A Podcast and a Giveaway, Oh My! Listen and Win!

winDid you miss Seth Swirsky’s August 30 appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation? Would you like to win a copy of Seth’s new CD, Circles and Squares? If the answer to both questions is yes, head on over to In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page to listen to Seth’s back-and-forth with Alan Haber, and enter our exclusive contest below.

seth swirsky new album coverseth swirsky photoSeth spoke to Alan about how his career accomplishments have brought him to his most recent compositions; Seth takes a look at three of Circles and Squares’ songs in particular and peels back the layers of emotion that define them.

We have three copies of Circles and Squares to give away. Simply fill in the form below and send it to us by this Thursday, October 20 at 12 noon ET. Don’t forget to include your email address and type “Circles and Squares” in the Comments box. Only one entry per person.

Enjoy listening to Seth Swirsky’s appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and good luck on winning a copy of Circles and Squares.

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