Pop Tunes, Show Six: Here’s What Was On Last Night’s Musical Menu

pop tunes disc smallLast night’s sixth edition of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show flew by with the strength of great melodies, harmonies and hooks galore.

Here’s what was on the musical menu:

Set One: One and Begun
Madness | “Our House” from A Guided Tour of Madness

Set Two: Pump You Up
1. Squeeze | “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)” from Argybargy
2. 10cc | “Sand in My Face” from 10cc
3. Jeff Thomas’s All-Volunteer Army | “Pumping Muscle”
4. Donna Loren | “Muscle Bustle” from Surf and Drag Vol. 1

Set Three: New at Pure Pop Radio (1)
1. Kurt Baker | “I Can’t Wait” from Play It Cool
2. Paul Starling | “Tarantula” from The Wild Wolf
3. The Nines | “Waiting On the Other Side” from Night Surfer and the Cassette Kids
4. The Black Lemons | “Man in the Moon” from Thundershirts for Everyone

Set Four: Secret Hollies
1. The Hollies | “You in My Arms” from 30th Anniversary Collection 1963-1993
2. The Hollies | “Mexico Gold” from Rarities
3. The Hollies | “Samuel” from The Hollies at Abbey Road 1973-1989
4. The Hollies | “Magic Woman Touch” from From the Original Master Tapes

Set Five: New at Pure Pop Radio (2)
1. The Turnback | “Seconds” from Are We There Yet
2. Gale Trippsmith | “I Wonder” from Sideways
3. The Bellfuries | “She’s a Woman” from Workingman’s Bellfuries
4. What’s Eating Gilbert | “Follow Her Around” from That New Sound You’re Looking For
5. Andrew Gold | “A Note from You” from The Late Show-Live 1978

Set Six: One and Done
Chris Bell | “You and Your Sister” from I Am the Cosmos-Deluxe Edition

If you were with us for show number six, we hope you had as much fun listening as Alan had spinning the discs. If you missed the show, fear not: You can listen this coming Thursday, September 17 at noon ET (9 am PT) and this Sunday at 3 pm ET (noon PT).

Alan will be back next Monday night for another run at the greatest melodic pop music in the universe. Don’t miss it!

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I Love that Song! #10: “Grouch of the Day,” by Squeeze

“Grouch of the Day,” from Squeeze’s Ridiculous (IRS, 1995)

If life does indeed imitate art, and Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook’s “Grouch of the Day” represents truth, then all in the world who stress themselves over needless worry should start a club, elect a president, and sing this song to open all of their meetings.

Listening to “Grouch of the Day,” as catchy a pop song as exists in the Squeeze catalog, and appreciating and adopting its wisdom seems the least one should do when the numbing of one’s nerves over what-ifs and what-could-have-beens has taken root and gotten in the way of a positive outlook. “What if the boss raises hell over that report?” “How can I relax when the fate of the world rests on my shoulders?” He probably won’t, and yes, you can and no, it doesn’t.

Needless worry continues to be the least potent notion one can adopt during the carrying out of a life. What does it get you, other than prickly horseshoes and flat soda pop? I wonder if Difford and Tilbrook contemplated this notion, or even considered it at all, while they were writing this song. Perhaps it was just serendipity, or at the very least a fated matching of lyrics and melody during the act of crafting another catchy pop song.

It’s all about the state of one’s nerves and whether they’re butting heads or getting some sun in at poolside, so to speak. The narrator here is overcome by even the idea of a bad day ahead. But there’s this, regarding the woman lying beside him: “As I roll on my side there’s a smile on her face that says much more than words ever will,” he sings, and therein lies the secret of life. Words are empty promises; actions speak louder than words, and this woman speaks with motion: “She’ll have something to say,” he notes.

And she does, when all is said and done, but her words are silent: “Her beauty erodes the desperate loads of pressure that fills up my day/With one smile all the stress melts away.” There can’t possibly be a thing that is more powerful than the declaration that everything is going to be okay regardless of what you think, and here is the proof: a smile. There is nothing more powerful than a smile.

Although, come to think of it, even the idea that a smile can wipe away tears is just as moving and reliable: “When I’ve drifted away and I’m moping around in a sulk, she’ll have something to say and I usually obey/Then I get my resentments in bulk,” the narrator sings, and adds, as he figures it all out, “That’s the price that you pay for being grouch of the day.”

Blended voices harmonize “Uh oh,” perhaps mockingly but maybe not, and the chorus sings “Better watch out,” as if that were possible for the shaky amongst us! Well, it should be, at least in the face of possible uh-ohs and I-told-you-that-was-going-to-happens.

“I feel butterflies wing as she starts to sling music on/As she rolls on her back with her smile full of charm that says much more than words ever will,” the narrator delights; he really does know that smile will put things right and prepare him for the could-well-be kind of scary day ahead.

Otherwise, you’re the grouch of the day and, well, uh oh. – Alan Haber

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