Freak Power Ticket (Eclectic)
A "wondrous boat ride" exploring rock 'n' roll & other music, the counter cultural, cinema, pop culture, oddities, etc. Buy a ticket, take the ride.
Mon Dec 3rd 2012 11.00am–12.00pm
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links help support the station.
Time zone: pacific
Gill Scott-Heron “Me And The Devil”
from I'm New Here MP3 Album (XL Recordings 2010) —The NY poet & musician Gil Scott-Heron died in 2011. A pioneer of spoken word poetry and what became hip hop culture, he had done jail time for drug charges, and admitted to being HIV positive in 2009. He died in 2011.
Mumps “Crocodile Tears”
from Fatal Charm MP3 Album (Eggbert 1995) —Santa Barbaran Lance Loud was a gay icon on the 1st reality TV show AN AMERICAN FAMILY. A professional writer, he performs here with his NY punk band The Mumps. He died in 2001, and his last days were captured in a PBS sequel to AN AMERICAN FAMILY.
Jimmy Somerville “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”
from The Very Best of Bronski Beat & The Communards MP3 Album (London Records 2000) —Disco icon Sylvester, a former member of SF countercultural drag troupe the Cockettes, died of AIDS in 1988. Jimmy Somerville pays tribute to Sylvester in this 1989 solo cover.
Neneh Cherry “I've Got You Under My Skin”
from Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter MP3 Album (King Cole Inc. 2006) —This standout 1st track on the 1st RED HOT album, from 1990. The Red Hot Foundation has released a series of tribute records since the early 1990s to raise funds for AIDS education & treatment.
The Books “Cello Song (feat. Jose Gonzalez)”
from Dark Was The Night MP3 Album (4AD 1998) —Red Hot's indie benefit from 2009. Well known for paying tribute to important songwriters such as Cole Porter, Jobim, Irving Berlin, etc., this track was originally by Nick Drake, who died young. A melancholy theme appropriate for this topic.
Angela McCluskey “Love Is Stronger Than Death”
from The Things We Do MP3 Album (Angel Records 2004) —The original '93 version was a sort-of hit for The The. Although generally about loss and mourning, their music video implies a direct connection to AIDS. Also, the closing song in the film NOWHERE by New Queer Cinema director Gregg Araki.
Marcela Morelo “Vamos (Roam)”
from Otro Plan MP3 Album (Sony Music Entertainment Argentina S.A. 2009) —Excerpt. A Spanish language cover of the wistfully optimistic B-52s song, which was off their 1st record after the 1985 death of original guitarist Ricky Wilson. Morelo is an Argentine singer.
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