7 years ago, 11/9/08 at 9pm on 101.9 FM, WRXP, Anything Anything debuted,people doubted it would last 6 weeks, let alone 7 Years. It’s an honor and pleasure to do this show and I will continue to bring you the best in FREE FORM for as long as I can.
thanks to Dan Halyburton and Leslie Fram for believing in me and giving a guy who had never been on commercial radio before an unbelievable opportunity. thanks to Chris Herrmann of the Peak and to Dan Finn, Curtis Kay and Carl Craft of Greater Media NJ, for keeping the show alive as well as Dave Kolesar at the GAMUT, Gary Zenobi and Lenny Diana at Lazer 99.3; and Don Harrison at 94.3 the Shark!
so here is that Debut episode of Anything Anything, I sound nervous then, and probably still sound nervous every time i open the Mic.
thanks for all of your support
On April 21, 2013, the Anything Anything program began airing on the Gamut. For the debut show it was completely different than those that ran on the Peak and WDHA…The Gamut doesn’t stream, so if you don’t live in the range of the signal, you can’t get it, very old school! the playlist is below as well as the entire show for you to enjoy, and there’s nothing wrong with your speakers, this show is in mono!
Anything, Anything Dramarama
Fair and Free Elections Thomas Jefferson 1800 Campaign Song
Mr DJ Van McCoy (from Washington DC)
Rex Bob Lowenstein Mark Germino And The Sluggers
across the tracks Nils Lofgren (from Garrett Park, MD)
Like A Fox Manassas (for 107.7 FM)
Washington Bullets The Clash (for 103.5 FM)
Frederick Patti Smith Group (for 820 AM)
Because the night Garbage/Screaming Females
Southern Nights Glen Campbell (happy dday Glen)
Hold Me Closer Tony Danza Scott and Zander (happy bday Tony Danza)
Closer Tegan & Sara
I love you London Lee
I Love You A Lot Hues Corporation (happy bday St. Claire Lee)
I Love You Period Dan Baird
We Love You Carol And Alison Game Theory (RIP Scott Miller)
Carol Chuck Berry
Alison (Live) Elvis Costello & The Attractions
She’s A Mystery To Me Roy Orbison (happy bday Roy)
Building A Mystery Sarah McLachlan
Go All The Way Trip Shakespeare (happy bday William Shakespeare)
Romeo and Juliet The Killers
new romeo Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
New Traditions Suedehead
Tv Theme Fall Guy Lee Majors (happy bday Lee)
Fallin’ Wanda Jackson
Real Wild Child Iggy Pop (happy bday Iggy Pop)
Wild Child The Untouchables (happy bday Eliot Ness)
The Night Chicago Died Paper Lace
Bloodbuzz Ohio (Live) The National (happy bday Aaron and Bryce)
Arlandria Foo Fighters (Springfield Va)
On The Good Ship Lollipop Shirley Temple (happy bday Shirley)
Bill Werde, editorial director of Billboard, was a guest on the show and provided some great insight on the music biz, enjoy the show here:
you can also enjoy some outtakes from the interview, including spirited discussions about PRINCE, Justin Bieber, Rolling Stone Mag, Pink and Kayne West here:
Hollis Brown are one of the best bands to come out of NYC in years, their new album, Ride on the Train, will surely be on many best of lists (including mine), vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Mike Montali and Drummer Mike Graves of the band, hung at my house and on-air as we talked about the band, and even heard some live songs, Gypsy Black Cat, Hey Baby, and It’s Raining Men, yes It’s Raining Men plus a version of Nightfall that was done only for this podcast…Enjoy!
make sure you catch the band live at the mercury lounge on sat 3/30 get tix here
Enjoy this podcast of Dr Demento’s complete appearance on my show on 2/3/13 as well as additional content where the Doctor discusses Weird Al, Tom Lehrer, Devo Spice and Jonathan Coulton…please note the bonus material includes explicit language. Please visit www.drdemento.com and www.thefump.com for all of your novelty needs. The New York Funny Songs Festival is May 16-18, visit www.nyfunnysongs.com for info on that
For the first in the history of my radio show, my birthday fell on a Sunday, and considering I play whatever I want all of the time, i thought maybe i’d do an unbirthday thing and play things i hate, fortunately that didn’t last long, here’s the opening of the show as it falls off the rails. enjoy!
Covers are such an important part of all artists repertoire, think of how rock was born, as covers of blues and country songs, look at Elvis early songs, look at the early Beatles and Stones albums, dominated by covers, Led Zeppelin were big on covers as is Joan Jett too and Springsteen’s live shows have always had a healthy dose of covers..
It’s important that all up and coming bands learn cover songs, it will help their live show, it will help their songwriting too.. So i’ve picked out some very nice covers for your enjoyment…and the podcast will have some clips of all of the songs, seek them out and buy the complete versions! covers 2012
and these are all versions the public would have had access to, not live performances at a random show…. so let’s go…
Number 12: Cherie Currie Roxy Roller Cherie’s new album is due out in 2013 and we were given a sampler of 4 tracks, featuring backing from Slash, Matt Sorum, Duff Mckagan, Billy Corgan and others, i really dug this version of the long forgotten Sweeney Todd song, which featured Nick Gilder on Vocals, later covered by Suzy Quatro… but i’m liking Cherie’s New version the best of all three…
Number 11: Giovanni Hendriksen My Kind of Town Steven Van Zandt in character as a mobster in the witness protection program, singing Sinatra and changing the lyrics from “Chicago is” to “Lillehammer is” works for me and it will work for you too.
Number 10: Gaslight Anthem You Got Lucky Brian Fallon and the crew have all done some cool covers, including a Bon Iver cover that came out last month, but i like this one of the Petty song best, but it does leave me both frustrated and hopeful. Frustrated that of all the Petty songs that this band can really nail, they chose this one, but hopeful that maybe they’ll go back to this same Petty album and try to tackle Change of Heart, or Deliver Me, or The Same Old You or Straight into Darkness, yeah, Gaslight could really nail all of those. Let’s hope they try.
Number 9: The Civil Wars Billie Jean Joy Williams and John Paul White really kick ass on the harmonies of this song that is slowed down considerably compared to the Michael Jackson version, with a very cool guitar riff that if sped up could almost be reggae. No version could ever top the original, right? Then again, perhaps maybe this might.
Number 8: Wendy James It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding I’ll admit these two things, i was in a record store in the late 80′s and there was a 12inch single with a smoking hot half naked girl on the cover, i bought it only because of the picture (it was $1.99), the record was better than the picture, and i then would buy every album and single by Transvision Vamp and Wendy James and loved them all. The second thing I’ll admit is that i rolled my eyes when this 7 minute cover of the Bob Dylan classic crossed my desk. Ok, yes she has done great versions of Holly and the Italians and even Elvis Costello songs, but Dylan? and of all the Dylan songs this one? But you know what, it delivers, it’s different than this song has ever been done and when you take all that politically is still polarizing our world, the lyrics and sentiment of this masterpiece still hits home.
Number 7: Superchunk Cruel Summer How cool is it when a rock band covers a pop hit and gives it some juice. Superchunk does that here and even Bananarama would be impressed, i think? now hopefully someone will punk up Robert Deniro’s Waiting next.
Number 6: Amanda Palmer Polly There are not enough adjectives to describe Amanda Palmer, but if you forced to come up with two, i’d go with Enjoyable Insanity, because you think it’s crazy, and it probably it is, but it’s so much fun. The most popular skit on SNL this year was the girl you don’t want to get stuck at a party with, Amanda is the opposite, she’s the one, you want to talk to, and maybe she’ll break into a Nirvana cover.
Number 5: Shannon and the Clams White Rabbit Kinda Cool when an Oakland band crosses the bay literally and musically to cover one of the most important songs of the Haight-Ashbury movement. This is a stellar take on the Jefferson Airplane classic.
Number 4: Mike Doughty Southern Girls Mike Doughty released a covers album this year called The Flip is Another Honey, and i’m torn between this Cheap Trick cover or the John Denver cover that features Roseanne Cash, so they both make the list…
Number 3: Mike Doughty Take Me Home Country Roads
Number 2: Girl in a Coma Heatwave Girl in a Coma are no strangers to fantastic covers, and when JCPenney commissioned them to do this song for a commercial, they learned it in an hour and recorded it in one take and the result was glorious.
Number 1: The Twylight Zones Ride on, Baby Here’s a recipe for spectacular: a little known Jagger-Richards gem, played by Jersey shore guitar slinger Bobby Bandiera, with the rhythm section of the E Street Band: Garry Tallent on Bass and Max Weinberg on Drums, plus Steven Van Zandt on guitar and producing and arranging, with John Magaro on vocals, from the soundtrack of Not Fade Away. This will blow you away and will have you seeking out the Stones version (it’s on the album Flowers)
click on the link, not the player to listen…