Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Brian Ray (The Bayonets, Paul McCartney’s Band) (Airdate: May 9, 2017)

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The Bayonets’ Brian Ray, who you may well know from playing in Sir Paul McCartney’s band for so many years, appeared on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation this past May 9 to talk about the expanded edition of the band’s album Crash Boom Bang! on JEM Records.

the bayonets coverBrian and Oliver Lieber, son of rock royalty classic songwriter Jerry Lieber (of Lieber and Stoller fame), have fashioned a pop album for the ages. It pops, it rocks, and it thrills!

The Bayonets CaracaturesDuring this lively program, Brian talks about how he met Oliver and decided to form The Bayonets. Brian also waxes poetic about songwriting and, in particular, lyric writing. Two songs from Crash Boom Bang! were played: “Sucker for Love,” and the Rolling Stones-y slow burner, “Cotton Candy.”

 

pprListen to my interview with the Bayonets’ Brian Ray from May 9 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.)


Listen to the songs played during this interview by clicking on the following
Spotify links:

“Sucker for Love” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5YMk9uHxf3rWl8B5cyeDYY

“Cotton Candy” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0BsHq9AoYGdc3Fs140KeK0

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews.

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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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Sun, Surf, Sand, Weird and Wonderful, and Big-Beat Fun Power This Week’s Specialty Show Lineup

mic-small 10A fun mix of sun, sand, weird and wonderful, and big-beat blasts power this week’s lineup of Pure Pop Radio specialty shows.

everylittlethinglogo-smallWe kick off the excitement tonight at 8 pm ET with an all-new episode of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. On this week’s show, Ken talks to Jude Kessler, author of a series of books, written as historical narratives, covering the life of John Lennon. In addition, a theme set of songs with the word road in the title, a variety of top Beatles and solo Beatles tracks, and a cover of “You’ve Got to Hide your Love Away” by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder are played.

waveTonight at 9 pm ET, Jammin’ James Riley negotiates the sun-drenched waves for another set of fabulous summer sounds on Catching a Wave. You’ll dig a set of Beach Boys numbers, a pair of classic tracks from Glen Campbell, and tunes from the Rivingtons, Santo and Johnny, Surfer Joe, Duane Eddy, and many more of your favorites.

ww-logo-longScott McPherson’s got your midweek lunchtime festival of pure pop sounds to go along with your soup and sandwich combo on the latest get-together known as The Weird and the Wonderful. This Wednesday, October 26 at 1 pm ET, heritage sounds from Florapop and Klaatu mix with tracks from Eric Barao, Prefab Sprout, Frank Bango, Nilsson, Pop 4 and lots more. Plus: Scott remembers back to his first show, on which “Sammy Davis, Jr.” made a memorable visit…

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayComing up this Thursday at 8 pm ET on Things We Said Today, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn gather around the Beatles roundtable for a fun discussion with Lefty and Zeek Weekling, aka Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger, respectively, from the fabulous Weeklings. Lefty and Zeek speak with our panel about the Weeklings’ new album, Studio 2, which is full of  big-beat fun and releases on November 18. (We’re all about the Weeklings here at Pure Pop Radio; this is the second interview with Lefty and Zeek that we’ve aired; Alan Haber’s chat with the boys on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation ran on October 18.)

Gather ’round your Internet radio receptacle for this week’s specialty shows. Pure Pop Radio is the place to be this week!

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Paul McCartney Startles Desert Trip Crowd with First-Ever Live Performance of “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?”. I Think I Know Why!

the-beatles-white-albumPaul McCartney stunned and delighted the crowd at this past weekend’s Desert Trip classic rock festival in California by playing live, for the first time, the Beatles’ legendary track “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” Aiding and abetting Paul was classic rocker Neil Young, who seemed to be overjoyed at essaying this beloved track from the Fabs’ 1968 self-titled double-album.

Here is the dynamic duo, pounding out a beat-heavy rock take on “Road”:

The only thing that surprises me about this performance is that it took so long to happen. I have long loved this track. In fact, I wrote about it extensively in January 2015; it was the seventh entry in our ongoing series, I Love that Song!. Check it out for the first time, or revisit it, by clicking here.

I’m keeping a close eye on any surprise performances Paul might include in future live shows. I’m fairly certain that a wild and woolly take on “Wild Honey Pie”is just around the corner!

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Dial into a Weird and Wonderful Week of Specialty Shows on Pure Pop Radio

mic-small 10This first full week of October brings to you a full slate of weird and wonderful specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio. What’s in store?

ww-logo-longThis week’s big event is the premiere of the new show hosted by Pop 4 and Tiny Volcano’s melody maker, Scott McPherson. Scott’s The Weird and the Wonderful debuts this Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm ET. Yes, we’re filling your mid-week lunchtime slot with sounds spun by a master of melodic wonder, including, during this first go-around, songs from The Major Labels, Seth Swirsky, Roswell, and Jon Brion. Plus, Scott converses celestially with one of the top hep cats ever to tread the show business boards, Sammy Davis, Jr. (Scott has, you know, connections.)

everylittlethinglogo-smallBefore we turn the calendar pages to this Wednesday, we look to tonight’s specialty show fare. At 8 pm ET, Ken Michaels is back with an all-new edition of Every Little Thing. This week, Ken talks to famed Beach Boys lyricist and poet Stephen Kalinich, and spins an acoustic set featuring both Beatles and solo Beatles tracks.

waveJammin’ James Riley follows tonight in the 9 o’clock slot with his latest survey of cool summer sounds on Catching a Wave, where The Explorers Club, Donna Loren, The Beach Boys, The Sabres and Danny Amis and the Twin Tones negotiate the sun-soaked vibes rocking our host’s virtual beach.

needle meets vinylAfter Scott McPherson’s The Weird and the Wonderful kicks off its run this Wednesday at 1 pm ET, musician Brian Bringelson lowers the tone arm onto a bevy of records on the latest edition of Needle Meets Vinyl. Tune in at 8 pm ET on Wednesday for a triple-play of Beatles tunes, and equally fantastic sides from across the decades from such artists as The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Michael Nesmith and the First National Band, and Emitt Rhodes. It’s all vinyl, all the time for a festive celebration of 33 1/3 and 45 rpm spins.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayWe close the book on this first week of October’s run of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio with another very special edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today. This Thursday at 8 pm ET, our esteemed panel of Fab experts speaks with Nigel Sinclair, the producer, and Paul Crowder, the editor of Ron Howard’s Beatles film, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years. This is your chance to go deep inside the making of this popular film, now playing on Hulu and in specialty theaters.

Don’t miss the debut of Scott McPherson’s lunchtime show, The Weird and the Wonderful, and all-new editions of Every Little Thing, Catching a Wave, Needle Meets Vinyl and Things We Said Today. Pure Pop Radio has your nighttime listening covered!

Paul McCartney’s Press to Play and the Beatles’ Candlestick Park Show Discussed on Tonight’s Things We Said Today

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayTonight’s all-new edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, is another can’t-miss get-together.

kit o'toolepress-to-playBeginning at 8 pm ET, our panel of Beatles experts–Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn–are joined by author Kit O’Toole (the popular Deep Beatles column on the Something Else website, and the book Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours through the Beatles’ Lesser-Known Tracks) to talk about the 30th anniversary of the release of Paul McCartney’s album Press to Play on September 1, 1986.

Also up for discussion is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ final concert, held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and a concert appearance by the Claypool Lennon Delirium; Ken was there and he has an on-the-spot report.

Tune in at 8 pm ET tonight for show 198 of the premiere Beatles talk show, Things We Said Today. Pure Pop Radio has your Beatles interests covered.

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Just in the “Nick” of Time: Great Talk, Tunes, and Beatles too on This Week’s Specialty Shows

mic-small 10In other words, it’s another week of spectacular specialty shows coming up right here on Pure Pop Radio.

everylittlethinglogo-smallchuck gundersonWhat’s on tap? We kick off the cool proceedings on Monday, September 5 at 8 pm ET, with an all-new edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, which this time around features an interview with Beatles author Chuck Gunderson and a pair of tracks from the Fab new Live at the Hollywood Bowl album, releasing on September 9.

waveFollowing Every Little Thing on Monday night, it’s the second show from Jammin’ James Riley in our new series, Catching a Wave, at 9 pm ET. Groove along with tracks from the Surfaris, the Chantays, Jan and Dean, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, and many more.

philip priceTune in Tuesday and Wednesday, September 6 and 7, for a rousing Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer. On Tuesday, September 6 at 8 pm ET, Winterpills’ Philip Price sits down with Alan Haber for a two-hour marathon session detailing the many, varied stops through his musical career. Listen for tracks from the Maggies, Philip’s solo releases (including an unreleased tune), and Winterpills, whose latest album, Love Songs, is a big airplay item on Pure Pop Radio.

nick piunti - trust your instincts smallnick-piuntiThe next evening, Wednesday, September 7, also at 8 pm ET, we’ve got popster-of-the-hour Nick Piunti dropping in to speak with Alan about his smashing new album, Trust Your Instincts, releasing on Friday, September 9 through Jem Records. You’ll hear three songs from the album and Nick’s comments on them. Plus who knows what else?

needle meets vinylThe specialty show excitement continues on Wednesday night with this week’s all-new Needle Meets Vinyl at a special time. Tune in right after the Nick Piunti interview, at approximately 9 pm ET, for another great all-vinyl mix from host Brian Bringelson, featuring songs from George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band, Big Star, and many more of your favorite artists from across the decades. Sweet.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todaykit o'tooleWe finish this exciting week of specialty shows with the latest back-and-forth from our panel of Beatles experts on Things We Said Today on Thursday, September 8 at 8 pm ET. This time around, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn discuss Paul McCartney’s album Press to Play with returning guest Dr. Kit O’Toole, author of the Deep Beatles column and the book Songs We Were Singing. Also up for discussion is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles final concert, held at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and a concert appearance by the Claypool Lennon Delirium; Ken was there and he has an on-the-spot report.

So, looking to the week ahead in specialty shows: Don’t miss a second of Alan’s interviews with Winterpills’ Philip Price and Nick Piunti on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, all-new editions of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, as well as the second Catching a Wave show from Jammin’ James Riley and the latest all-vinyl mix from Brian Bringelson on Needle Meets Vinyl. Pure Pop Radio has the goods this week…and every week!

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Bob Lind, Jamie Hoover, the Beatles, and Classic Pop and Rock Star in this Week’s Specialty Show Lineup

mic-small 10Gather ’round your Internet radio receptacles this week for some top-flight specialty shows starring classic singer-songwriters Bob Lind and Jamie Hoover, the Beatles, and some of the greatest classic rock and pop artists of all time. It’s another cool week of fun specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio. (And don’t forget: The debut of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave makes a big splash next Monday night, August 28, at 8 pm ET!)

bob lind posebob lind magellanTomorrow night, Tuesday, August 23, classic singer-songwriter Bob Lind talks with Alan Haber about his new album, Magellan Was Wrong, on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation at 8 pm ET. Bob goes in-depth on three of the album’s songs, talking about what he was trying to get across, his writing process, and his views on a number of informative topics. He also talks at length about his iconic song “Elusive Butterfly,” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. You’ll hear “Elusive Butterly,” as well as “Blind Love,” “From the Road,” and the title song from Magellan Was Wrong.

jamie hover photo smallA few minutes after Bob’s interview concludes, frequent In Conversation guest Jamie Hoover speaks about his role as producer of many of the songs on Magellan Was Wrong. He talks about what it’s like to produce Bob Lind, how he goes about arranging Bob’s tunes, and how Bob’s music has affected his own work. As a bonus, you’ll hear Jamie’s version of “Elusive Butterly,” which appeared on his great Lind Me Four EP in 2008.

needle meets vinylOn Wednesday night at 8 pm ET, Brian Bringelson works the turntables for show number 40 of his Needle Meets Vinyl series, spinning a Beatles three-fer and songs from the Shins, the B-52s, Stephen Stills, Harry Nilsson, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, America, and David Crosby & Graham Nash, among other great artists. Don’t miss this episode, quite possibly Brian’s best set yet.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayWinding up this week’s run of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio is the latest episode of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today. This time around, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn preview the Beatles’ Live at the Hollywood Bowl CD, releasing on September 9. In addition, Al reports on the just-concluded Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, where Klaus Voorman, Peter Asher, Billy J. Kramer, Joey Molland, Mark Hudson and author Bruce Spizer were among the guests. Also, recent interviews with Paul McCartney, appearing in Rolling Stone and The New York Times, are discussed.

jammin james rileywaveIt’s another week of can’t-miss listening on Pure Pop Radio. Gather round your Internet radio receptacles for the best specialty programming around. And get ready for the debut of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave next Monday night, August 29, at 9 pm ET!

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