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It’s the biggest promotion Pure Pop Radio has ever done because, well, The Weeklings!
The Weeklings, New Jersey’s Beatlesque big-beat combo playing original songs that echo the sweet sounds of the Fab Four’s recordings and rare Lennon and McCartney compositions, take over the Pure Pop Radio airwaves beginning this Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET. The Eight Days a Weeklingmarathon continues through Friday, November 18, the day that The Weeklings’ smashing new album, Studio 2, will be released. (Please join our Facebook event page by clicking here.)
What will you hear during the Eight Days a Weekling marathon? Here’s your official schedule; cut it out and affix it to your refrigerator and next to your Internet radio receptacle so you don’t miss a single moment:
Pure Pop Radio’s Eight Days a Weekling Marathon Schedule: Clip and Save!
Beginning this Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET, Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, John Merjave and Joe Bellia, collectively known as the fabulous modern, Beatlesque beat combo The Weeklings will take over the Pure Pop Radio airwaves for a total of 11 toe-tapping days.
What will you be listening to, Weeklings wise? Here is everything you need to know:
* Monday, November 7, 6 am ET-Friday, November 18: Weeklings Double Shots begin airing hourly, with one Weeklings track from either the band’s forthcoming album, Studio 2, or the debut, Monophonic, plus a solo song from either Glen Burtnik or Bob Burger
* Wednesday, November 9, 9 pm ET: Glen Burtnik’s 1997 in-studio session with Alan Haber on the old, weekly Pure Pop Radio show is heard for the first time in nearly 20 years! Includes two live acoustic performances by Glen and lively conversation
* Thursday, November 10, 8 pm ET: Glen “Lefty” Weekling and Bob “Zeek” Weekling visit with Alan Haber on a repeat airing of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. The boys go in-depth on the recording of Studio 2 in Abbey Road’s Beatles sanctuary, and talk about a few of the album’s songs, which you’ll hear in glorious monophonic sound!
* Friday, November 11, approximately 11:45 am ET: Enter our Eight Days a Weekling contest to win Studio 2 CDs and an extra special surprise! Pure Pop Radio website link to follow.
Pure Pop Radio’s Eight Days a Weekling marathon, beginning Monday, November 7, features:
* Weeklings Double Shots;
* An in-depth review of The Weeklings’ upcoming album, Studio 2; * A repeat of Lefty and Zeek’s recent appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on Thursday, November 10 at 8 pm ET;
* An in-studio live performance and interview with Glen “Lefty Weekling” Burtnik that hasn’t been heard in nearly 20 years (airs Wednesday, November 9 at 9 pm ET),
*And much more!
Preview by Alan Haber
Roll over, Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news! Beginning next Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET, Lefty, Zeek, Rocky and Smokestack Weekling, the fabulous Weeklings, the hot four-piece big-beat band bursting across the universe with their soon-to-be-released, smash hit-bound album Studio 2, take over the airwaves here at Pure Pop Radio during our high-energy Eight Days a Weekling marathon, a 12-day explosion of Beatles-inspired sound.
The Weeklings‘ second album, Studio 2, recorded, as was the band’s initial long player, in majestic monophonic sound, is being released to the world on Friday, November 18 by Jem Records (the album will be available on CD, on vinyl, as a download, and, get ready…on cassette with three extra tracks. How cool is that?!).
Beginning next Monday, November 7, Pure Pop Radio, during our smashing Eight Days a Weekling marathon, will be playing all 12 of Studio 2’s tantalizing tracks as part of our hourly Weeklings Double Shots (Studio 2 was recorded in Abbey Road’s Studio 2, the historic studio in which the Beatles made their magic). During our hourly Weeklings Double Shots, you’ll hear a Weeklings track from either Studio 2 or the first, self-titled album, along with a solo track from either Lefty (Glen Burtnik) or Zeek (Bob Burger), from albums such as Glen’s Palookaville and Bob’s The Day After. Weeklings Double Shots are cool!
But that’s not all, Weeklings watchers! During the week of November 7, and leading up to the release of Studio 2 on November 18, we’ll be rocking and rolling with more big-beat fun: an in-depth review of Studio 2; a repeat airing of Lefty and Zeek’s recent big-beat appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on Thursday, November 10 at 8 pm ET ; an in-studio live performance and interview with Glen “Lefty Weekling” Burtnik from 1997 from the archives of the original run of Pure Pop Radio shows on Wednesday, November 9 at 9 pm ET (see separate story tomorrow), and much, much more.
We’re thrilled that The Weeklings are taking over our airwaves beginning Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET. The crowds are bulging as Weeklings fans take to the streets (see photo at right) to welcome back Lefty, Zeek, Rocky (John Merjave), and Smokestack (Joe Bellia) with hourly Weeklings Double Shots, featuring tracks from their exciting new big-beat album, Studio 2, to be released by Marty Scott’s Jem Records on Friday, November 18. Don’t miss a single minute!
We’re your radio home for Weeklings excitement this November! Gather ’round, kids: It’s Eight Days a Weekling on Pure Pop Radio!
The Weeklings | The Weeklings | Jem Recordings | 2015 |A review by Alan Haber Every red-blooded wannabe rock star gathers his or her tools accordingly: one floor-to-the-ceiling mirror; a tennis racket (real or imagined); hair aplenty (real or imagined); an audience (usually imagined); and a room-busting stereo system to provide the soundtrack to every mother’s son’s transformation from neighborhood lawn mower extraordinaire to working musician with a huge, screaming audience and a rider that makes prominent mention of dishes overflowing with brown M&M’s and red licorice whips tied in the shape of boa knots.
Whether the members of the Weeklings, who draw considerable breath from the sound of the Beatles circa 1963, 1964 and 1965, had their first encounters with try-it-on-and-see-how-they-sparkle rock star outfits and poses is not known. What is known is their collective pedigree: Lefty, who masquerades as recording artist and ace songwriter Glen Burtnik, began his career playing Paul McCartney in the Broadway production of Beatlemania. Zeek, also known as Bob Burger, has performed with McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, co-written songs with Burtnik and played with him in Beatle Bash theater shows. Rocky, aka John Merjave, plays in the house band Liverpool at the Fests for Beatles Fans (as does Burtnik). Ramblin’ Dave, otherwise known as Dave Anthony, makes Ringo Starr’s drumming style come alive when he picks up a pair of drumsticks and begins to bash at his kit.
The Weeklings’ tremendous self-titled, debut album on Jem Recordings–recorded and presented in sweet monophonic sound, as God and nature intended–combines six snazzy and finger-snapping Burtnik-Burger originals, written and performed in the ’63-’65 Fabs style, with another half-dozen songs that Lennon and McCartney gave away. The Lennon and McCartney songs come alive not like Frampton, but as exciting aural calling cards that demonstrate the Weeklings’ retro and shiny beat music sound. The album’s originals all sound as though they were written back in the bygone days of the early-to-mid 1960s, as well they should.
The Weeklings kicks off with the pounding, three-note-into-the-fourth start of the high-energy “Little Tease.” Cheery bop-bop-shu-wahs, a for-the-ages ooh!, energetic vocals, cymbal-heavy percussion, a middle-eight to die for, and a runaway bass line will let loose drops of sweat on your brow, set your feet a-tappin’ and your head a-bobbin’. This is the perfect album opener and introduction to beat music’s new favorite sons.
The easygoing warmth of the mid-tempo toe tapper “Breathing Underwater” spotlights Burtnik and Burger’s more romantic and McCartney-esque sides. “Though we can’t see what’s to come, I know just how it could be,” the Weeklings sing in a song about diving into a relationship head first and surviving through all of the ups and downs. Interestingly, an early recording of this song was broadcast about 18 years ago during a live telephone interview with Burtnik on the original, weekly run of the Pure Pop Radio show (note that on the cassette sent by Burtnik, the “B” in Breathing is the notification of the “B” side of the cassette). A happy cousin to the Beatles’ “Hold Me Tight,” Burtnik and Burger’s driving “Mona Lisa” spirits along as a beat-driven number that begs to be played at an old-fashioned dance party or on the floor of the original Cavern Club.
What is evident is the joy the group projects as they disappear inside these lovingly crafted songs. Burtnik, Burger, Merjave and Anthony play through the Lennon and McCartney covers with heightened spirit and, I’ll bet, wide smiles on their faces. “One and One is Two,” originally released in 1964 by the Strangers with Mike Shannon, is a masterfully rendered, infectious miracle (watch the official video below); “I’m in Love,” the Fourmost’s 1963 top 20-charting record, is given an emotionally-charged reading by the Weeklings with all manner of period-sounding guitar runs. Even “If You’ve Got Trouble,” a Ringo Starr Time number intended for the Help! soundtrack, shines in all its glittery glory in the hands of the Weeklings, with a “Tomorrow Never Knows” foundation and slightly over-modulated guitar lines straight out of the “Ticket to Ride” playbook.
With Lefty, Zeek, Rocky and Ramblin’ Dave at the helm of the good ship Weeklings (catch them live at your local music hall!), the 12 songs on this hall-of-fame worthy album pop with maximum pizzazz. It doesn’t get much better than this. So, clap your hands and count ’em off: one, two, three…fawh!
The Weeklings’ self-titled album drops anywhere and everywhere on March 10.
Watch the Weeklings in the studio in the official video for “One and One is Two”!