This Week: Graham Gouldman Stars in an Exclusive Interview on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and the Romance of Trains and New, Hit-bound Tunes (Plus a World Internet Radio Premiere) Power Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows

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ppr logo breaking out of paperIt’s another big week for Pure Pop Radio’s specialty shows, all broadcast on the powerhouse Internet radio station Pop that Goes Crunch. Veteran singer-songwriter and performer Graham Gouldman stars in an exclusive wide-ranging interview on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and the romance of trains–and terrific, hit-bound new releases, including a World Internet Radio Premiere of a brand-new track from The Weeklings–power two all-new episodes of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show.

Graham Gouldman guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation
tomorrow night–Wednesday, February 21 at 9 pm ET. Gouldman, whose history writing and performing wonderful melodic pop songs is long and prosperous, will be my guest on an exclusive, hour-long edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, airing on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP (Wienerworld)

Graham Gouldman’s work is peerless, from the songs he wrote for other artists in the 1960s, such as  “Bus Stop,” “No Milk Today,” and “For Your Love,” to the songs he wrote and sang while a member of 10cc and Wax and the songs he writes and performs today for his top-shelf solo releases. His delectable current EP, Play Nicely and Share, continues his ongoing tradition of producing only the best melodic pop music for waiting ears around the world.

During this exclusive program, Graham speaks with me about Play Nicely and Share, and we play three of the EP’s six songs. We talk about his approach to songwriting and the delightful art direction, by StormStudios, that graces the panels of his latest release. StormStudios, whose lineage is directly connected with that of the classic design firm Hipgnosis, created so many rich cover designs for 10cc and Pink Floyd and many other recording artists. And there’s more on our docket, including a Beatles nugget and news about Graham’s place in Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band in Europe this summer. It’s a rich hour you won’t want to miss.

enter-to-winTo celebrate this very special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, we’re giving away a copy of Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share; to enter, simply click here. Featuring five new songs and a very different cover of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On,” it will be your instant favorite new release.

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The romance of trains and new release magic, including a World Internet Radio Premiere of the new single by the Weeklings, power this week’s two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, airing tonight–Tuesday, February 20–and this Thursday, February 22 at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallAfter hearing the O’Jays’ classic “Love Train” on a favored Internet radio station, I got the idea to explore the romance of trains for a special themed edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show. So, I put on my engineer’s hat and placed the pop train on our tracks to deliver an hour’s worth of songs about all kinds of trains and songs with the word “train” in the title. You’ll hear Albert Hammond’s “I’m a Train,” Johnny Cash’s “Train of Love,” P.F. Sloan’s “Lollipop Train (You Never Had It So Good),” the Monkees’ “Last Train to Clarksville,” songs from West Coast Consortium, the Marthas and Arthurs, the Hardy Boys, the Kinks, and a whole lot more. All aboard tonight at 8 pm ET!

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This Thursday night, February 22 at 8 pm ET on the week’s second edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, we broadcast the World Internet Radio Premiere of the Weeklings’ punchy new single, “In the Moment.” Is it Beatlesque? Is it Fab? Is it in keeping with the rich pop traditions that fuel the Weeklings’ substantial efforts? All will be revealed here on the Pure Pop Radio website this Thursday. (By the way, the song, recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios, goes on sale March 2.)

In addition to the World Internet Radio Premiere of the new Weeklings track, we’ve got two new songs from Linus of Hollywood’s upcoming Cabin Life, and two archival tunes from Winterpills’ Philip B. Price, whose two-CD collection, Without Your Love I’d Be Nowhere at All: Best of the Solo Archives 1988-2004, is a clear winner.

But that’s not all: Thursday night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show offers up new songs from Juliana Hatfield, who is channeling the majesty of the records of Olivia Newton-John on her forthcoming release; Christopher Cash and the Brilliant Deductions; Chris Price; Dragsterbarbie; Brady Harris Band; Daisy House, and the aforementioned Graham Gouldman. It’s another can’t-miss hour.

ppr radio green backgroundDon’t miss a minute of this week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows, featuring an exclusive, hour-long interview with Graham Gouldman, and two all-new editions of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show, with the World Internet Radio Premiere of the Weekling’s “In the Moment” in the spotlight on Thursday night. See you on the 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.

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!

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This Coming Week on Pure Pop Radio’s Specialty Shows?

Gonna be epic.

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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!

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England Swings Like a Pendulum Do on This Week’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows, and Klaatu’s Terry Draper Visits Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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ppr logo breaking out of paperThis week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows kick off with Roger Miller’s “England Swings,” swinging pendulum and all. From there, it’s nothing less than a potpourri of melodic pop classics, along with a visit to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation from Klaatu’s Terry Draper.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night–Tuesday, February 13, at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio–Roger Miller sings “England Swings,” ushering in a parade of top pop stars performing both their latest hits and beloved sides from across the decades on the first of two Pop Tunes Deejay Shows. New this week: Chris Price’s latest collection that easily equals or even surpasses his last Ominvore release, the momentous Stop Talking; Graham Gouldman’s EP, Play Nice and Share; Amy Rigby’s The Old Guys; Juliana Hatfield’s upcoming Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John; and Daisy House’s Crossroads. And from the archives: The Four Tops, Culture Club, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Aimee Mann, and lots more.

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Terry Draper

Wednesday night, February 14 at 9 pm ET, Klaatu’s Terry Draper drops in to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to speak with me about his latest top-flight collection, Once Upon a Memory. We play, and Terry talks about, three songs from the album, including “All Over Morocco,” a song written in 1979 that was brought up for inclusion on Klaatu’s Endangered Species record but ultimately given a thumbs-down from producer Chris Bond. The recording, which originally appeared on Terry’s Civil War album, features Dee Long on classical guitar and vocals, and John Woloschuk on bass and vocals. You won’t want to miss this show.

pop tunes disc smallThis Thursday, February 15 at 8 pm ET, the second all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show of the week begins with the Monkees’ “Forget that Girl” and ends with the Happenings’ “I Got Rhythm” from 1967’s Psycle album. In between, you’ll hear Robyn Gibson, Dave Caruso, more from Graham Gouldman and Juliana Hatfield, and a double-shot of Beach Boys-influenced love from Tim Smolens’ I.S.S., plus a whole lot more.

All told, it’s three hours of melodic pop love this week from Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Can you dig it? We believe you can!

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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!

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XTC’s Colin Moulding and Today’s Top Melodic Popsters Star in This Week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation and Pop Tunes Deejay Shows

by Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

pure pop radio radioXTC’s Colin Moulding and a bevy of today’s top popsters star in this week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows, all airing on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. It’s a big week for lovers of melodic pop; let’s see what’s on our docket.

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Colin Moulding | Still from TC&I’s “Scatter Me” video (Credit: Director Laima Bite)

This Wednesday night at 9 pm ET, ex-XTCer Colin Moulding drops in to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation for an hour-long chat about the EP he has released with also-ex-XTCer Terry Chambers, Great Aspirations. You’ll hear three songs from the EP, released under the name TC&I, along with three choice songs that Colin wrote and sang during XTC’s prosperous run. Colin goes in-depth on all of this and more during one of our top shows of the year.

pop tunes disc smallTwo all-new editions of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show roll tomorrow night (Tuesday) and Thursday night at 8 pm ET. On tomorrow night’s show, new songs from TC&I, David Myhr, Tommy Sistak, Dropkick, Super 8, Nick Batterham, Terry Draper, and Poppermost sing sweetly alongside classic tracks from the Dream Academy, the Beach Boys, Mason Williams, NRBQ (from the forthcoming re-release by Omnivore Records of the band’s debut, self-titled album), Ummagma, Paul and Linda McCartney and lots more.

Thursday night’s also-all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show adds new songs from Farrington, JoDee Purkeypile, Anchor and Bear, the Foreign Films, and Terry Draper, among others, to a mix of top tracks from across the decades from the Young Rascals, Mark Wirtz, and Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.

It’s another full week of top melodic pop tunes on two all-new editions of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and another top interview, this time with ex-XTCer Colin Moulding on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. 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!

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Set Your Alarm Clocks: Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Return with All-New Episodes This Week

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ppr radio purple backgroundA slew of tasty gems from melodic pop’s lineup of all-stars from across the decades powers this week’s two, all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and musician Dave Caruso sits in on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his smash new album, Buddha Pesto Manifesto.

pop tunes disc smallTonight’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) serves up a quartet of classics from the Tokens, new and recent slices of melodic pop from Chris Church, Ed Ryan, Gail George, the Nines and Neil Finn, as well as favorite numbers from the Left Banke, ELO, 10cc, Big Star, and a whole lot more.

dave caruso buddhaTune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 9 pm ET for Dave Caruso’s inaugural appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Dave speaks to me about his wonderful new album Buddha Pesto Manifesto, and looks under the hood of his new songs to talk about his songwriting process. It’s a fascinating hour you won’t want to miss.

bill lloyd it's happening now coverThis week’s second first-run edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET) says hello to the 4 Seasons with four (naturally) of their top tracks, including “Rag Doll” and “Bye Bye Baby (Baby, Goodbye),” new songs from Bill Lloyd, Scott Brookman, Bill DeMain and Flamin’ Groovies, and classics from Hotlegs, the Duckworth Lewis Method, and the Monkees.

It’s an all-new week of all-new Pure Pop Radio shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Have a listen, and see you…well, you know where!

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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!

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Pure Pop Radio’s Feast for Your Ears Week Commences Tomorrow Night

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As we count down the days until Christmas (29 to be exact), we search for some melodic joy to play us through. Pure Pop Radio comes to your rescue this week with two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and a classic Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation show from the archives, featuring Jeffrey Foskett.

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Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio

We kick off Feast for Your Ears week with tomorrow night’s first of two premiere Pop Tunes Deejay Show get-togethers (8 pm ET). First up in the show is the world radio premiere of Vanilla’s new song, “Let’s Call It a Day.” Part of the Mystik Knights of Takoma album, being assembled one track at a time, this is a beautiful, orchestrated song with lovely vocals from Pop 4’s Kirk Adams. Also spinning on the show: New tracks from Bill Lloyd, Caddy, The Weeklings, Tony Valentino from the Standells, Kyle Vincent, Mike Daly and the Planets, and Daniel McGeever. We also pay tribute to two recently fallen pop giants: David Cassidy and Tommy Keene.

Thursday night at 8 pm ET, this week’s second all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show rolls with a tribute to the great radio personality Wolfman Jack (with a sidestep to Cousin Brucie Boulevard); another new song from Bill Lloyd; new tracks from Scott Brookman, Dave Caruso, Pat Walsh, , The Nines, and Squeeze; and a twin-spin from the Scaffold. Plus, we get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday season with some warm holiday melodies.

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Wednesday nights at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio

Wednesday night at 9 pm ET, we revisit an interview with current Beach Boy Jeffrey Foskett. My talk with Jeffrey from January 19, 1997, the first of many that were aired on the weekly Pure Pop Radio Show back in the 1990s, came after Jeffrey’s first two solo CDs were released. We talk about and play a few tracks from them, and touch on meeting Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the first time, his first money-paying gig at age 14, his love of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, and the greatness of sleigh bells. Don’t miss this one.

Two all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Shows and an interview with Jeffrey Foskett from 1997 on In Conversation? Why, that sounds like a pretty great Feast for Your Ears week! Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio and 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!

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The Weeklings Decked Out for the Holidays, a Simon and Garfunkel Triple Play, Jeffrey Dean Foster, Orbis Max, and Dana Countryman’s Joy of Pop Star in this Week’s Pure Pop Specialty Shows

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

pure pop radio radioIt’s a week of explosive broadcasts that will knock your popping and rocking socks off, what with the latest top side from Orbis Max, the Weeklings’ ode to the upcoming holiday season, and Dana Countryman’s appearance on an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation leading the charge. If ever there were a don’t-miss-a-minute week of Pure Pop Radio shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, this is it.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night’s Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) kicks off with a Simon and Garfunkel triple play from the duo’s smash 1970 album, Bridge over Troubled Water: “Keep the Customer Satisfied,” “Baby Driver,” and “Why Don’t You Write Me.” A set devoted to songs about someone named “Jesse,” and the Weeklings’ ode to the upcoming holiday season, a mash-up of the perennial Christmas classic “Winter Wonderland” and the Beatles’ “Revolution,” are top of the pops, alongside a plethora of melodic pop jewels, including some top-notch holiday classics like Ringo Starr’s “Christmas Time is Here Again” and Dana Countryman’s “Amazon.com Kind of Christmas,” from Dana’s new album, The Joy of Pop (hey it is only 49 days until Christmas!). Plus: The Reed Brothers, the JAC, and Orbis Max!

in conversation new graphic blueSpeaking of Dana, he’s in the spotlight this Wednesday night on the latest all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, talking about The Joy of Pop in the kind of detail listeners have come to expect from the Internet’s premiere melodic pop talk show (9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio).

pop tunes disc smallAnother all-new group spin of new and new-to-you tunes, and classics from across the decades, awaits you Thursday night at 8 pm ET on this week’s second Pop Tunes Deejay Show. You’ll hear numbers from Gilbert O’Sullivan, Badfinger, John Holk and the Sequins (from the just-released Hit the Hay Vol. 9), two tips-of-the-melodic-pop-hat to the Bee Gees, an Association-centric set, and a whole lot more. More melodic fun you cannot possibly have.

Don’t miss a minute of this week’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows and Dana Countryman on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. This is a broadcast week to remember!

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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: