I guess this has been pretty low on my list of priorities, but I do slog along with it. In 2012, while attending an evening computer class at Illinois Institute of Technology, I was able to host a radio shift on the campus station, WIIT. For the first time in nearly 30 years, I was back on the radio, with “Musical Cheese”.
Last time I was on the air, everything was still turntable based. There were CD decks, but not a lot of discs to play them on. Now music came not only from CD’s but I could play music from my laptop, or from a memory card. As much as I was intrigued by the idea of replacing my heavy crates with a memory chip the size of a postage stamp, that I carried in my cell phone, the only drawback was that I couldn’t crossfade songs if they were both on the SD card. And I wanted to improvise by keeping a larger music collection on my laptop, and a big crate of CDs. I even brought in a few tunes from Spotify, and managed not to let any of their ads on.
I was able to record my shows to a computer in the control room, and have been slowly “polishing” the air checks in GarageBand, adjusting volume levels, trimming the PSA commercials, etc.
Oh, yeah. They did have turntables, but you had to supply your own needle cartridges. Seems they would get stolen otherwise. So a lot of my “Musical Cheese” library stayed home.
I am also trying out MixCloud as the repository of my podcast. Please be sure to let me know if it plays for you or not! I already see that it has a problem with “Space below” that needs to be addressed,
This show is from February 29, 2012, which was the day Davy Jones, of the Monkees, passed away. So I quickly dubbed off some of scratchy old Monkees albums, and was able to scour for some rarities to feature.
Musical Cheese: February 29, 2012 on WIIT 88.9 FM
The track listing is arranged by song, artist, album, and year. With appropriate iTunes links, or a YouTube video if the song isn’t available through iTunes.
Back off Boogaloo — Ringo Starr — single (1972)
Beatles, Please Come Back — Gigi Parker and the Lonlies — Growin’ Up too Fast: the Girl Group Anthology (1964)
(I can’t go a week without at least some Beatles cheese)
What Are We Going to Do — David Jones — single (1966)
I Wanna Be Free — The Monkees — The Monkees (1966)
The Day We Fall in Love — The Monkees — More of the Monkees (1967)
(We can see that Davy was getting all of the dreamy romantic ballads, while Mickey Dolenz was singing most of of the rock vocals)
Barabajagal — Donovan — Barabajagal (1969)
Bucket T — Ronny & the Daytonas — single (1964)
Daffy Duck’s Rhapsody — Mel Blanc — Dr. Demento’s 30th Anniversary collection (1950)
(One of a small number of commercial releases Mel did in his cartoon character voices. This was the basis for a theatrical short in 2012)
(Look Out) Here Comes Tomorrow — The Monkees — More of the Monkees (1967)
Laugh — The Monkees — More of the Monkees (1967)
(We’re told Frank just has Burt read some of his fan letters. He had to stop tape quite a lot, because both of them were cracking up at some of them)
We Were Made for Each Other — The Monkees — The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees (1968)
Daydream Believer — The Monkees — The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees (1968)
The Poster — The Monkees — The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees (1968)
Did You Boogie (With Your Baby) — Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids (with Wolfman Jack) — Sons of the Beaches (1975)
(A song that could only have become popular in the years that “Happy Days” was on TV)
1952 Vincent Black Lightning — Del McCoury Band — Del & the Boys (2001)
(Richard Thompson’s 1991 classic given a bluegrass treatment. There are not many popular songs about British motorcyles, are there?)
Dream World — The Monkees — The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees (1968)
Picture Me — The Children (1968)
The Monkees discovered this band in Austin during a tour, and Davy co-produced this single. Check their biography on allmusic.com
We’re All Playing in the Same Band — Bert Sommer — single (1970)
(A mid-charting single from one of those artists who appeared at Woodstock but were never put on the resulting movie or albums. He also played it on American Bandstand. His LP on Capital can be found, but there seems to be no commercial release for this single, which came later on Eleuthera Records)
Chattanooga Choo Choo — Glenn Miller Orchestra — Sun Valley Serenade soundtrack (1940)
(Another “extended version,” this soundtrack recording has more solos, and a tap dancing number by the Nicholas Brothers)
All I Could Do Is Cry — Etta James — single (1960)
Black Betty — Ram Jam — Super Hits of the 70s v. 21 (1977)
Ever Fallen in Love (with Someone You Shouldn’t Have?) — The Buzzcocks — Love Bites (1978)
Mickey — Tony Basil — Word of Mouth (1982)
Mule Train — Frankie Laine — Hell Bent for Leather (1961)