July 02, 2011

Saturday Night Tunage IV


Another Saturday night, another Saturday Night Tunage with me, DJ Wonderduck, spinning the music of my life out into the vast reaches of the intertoobs for the pleasure of you, my readers listeners.  It's almost like I'm back behind the mic at one of the various radio stations I used to work for, with one major difference: I can play what I want!  No more playlists making the music decisions for me, I'm stickin' it to The Man, go crazy folks riot in the streets woo!

Or, y'know, not.  Because rioting in the streets isn't... well... very nice.  And you're likely to be hit by a car.  I don't want you to be hit by a car, and would feel bad if my choice of music made you want to go out into the streets and riot without looking both ways first.  If you do feel an overwhelming urge to riot in the streets after listening to Saturday Night Tunage, please let me know so I can adjust my choices of music to something less riot-inducing.  Saturday Night Tunage may have been in contact with peanuts.  Saturday Night Tunage has been known to cause reactions in people with an allergy to asparagus.  Do not taunt Saturday Night Tunage.  If Saturday Night Tunage lasts for four hours or more, please contact your doctor. 


Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Superstition (live)


Speaking of radio, I was pulling a Sunday overnight shift at the radio station back in 1990 the night SRV was killed in a helicopter accident.  I remember hearing the alarm bell go off on the UPI teletype machine in the newsroom when it was reported... though I remember it being a Saturday night.  Wiki tells me that the accident happened at 1am on Monday, August 27th, 1990, and I guess it'd know.  Happened at a venue I'd been to a few times, Alpine Valley, WI... and in fact, I had been offered a ticket to go see that night's performance.  Unfortunately, I was offered the chance around noon that day and couldn't get someone to cover my shift at the station on such short notice so I had to turn it down.  In retrospect, dammit.

Last Gentlemen - One Possession (live)

Somewhere in San Francisco, Vaucaunson's Duck has just fallen off his couch.  The pride of Champaign, IL, the Last Gentlemen was a fixture at Mabel's in the '80s until they got signed by a big record label.  They went synthpop, released one CD and disappeared into the ether of aether of never-was's, just another band.  But I had a cassette of their Greatest Hits, and that CD, and remember them fondly.  I really wasn't expecting to see anything of theirs on Youtube, but lo and behold, there's an entire concert at Mabels from 1988 posted.  Huh.  Guess you really can find anything on the internet.

Phantom Regiment - Amazing Grace

A little changeup for you tonight... and by little, I don't mean the sound.  Turn the volume up... way up.  Trust me.  You won't regret it.  I mean that.  Those who have heard the Duckford's very own play this are nodding frantically.  Those who haven't are missing out.  Supposedly, they hit 120db when they recorded this... dunno if that's true, but it may as well be.  I've heard them play it live once... and it was glorious.

Ides of March - Vehicle (live)

More horns for your Saturday night.  One could make an argument that this is the best use of a horn section in rock ever... the band Chicago would probably take issue with the claim, but it's okay... probably there was a lot of crossover between the two horn sections back in the day, since both were from Chicago (well, Berwyn {/svengooly BERWYN! /no svengooly} in the case of the Ides).

Little Boots - Remedy

Call the segue police!  This is just a song that's been playing on the instore music system and has gotten stuck in my brain.  No special reason behind it.

Girls Dead Monster - Crow Song (live)

The anime Angel Beats was a huge disappointment, if I may be frank.  Too rushed, too hurried, not enough time to give the plot room to live.  It could have been so much better than it was.  On the other hand, the music was great!  Whenever GirlDeMo appeared in the series, everything got brighter and better... even the sad songs.  Love the band, meh the anime.

The Smithereens - Behind The Wall of Sleep

I am an unabashed Smithereens fan.  There was no better rock band in the 80s and early 90s, and plenty worse.  They described themselves as a mix between AC/DC and The Beatles.  So why didn't they hit bigger than they actually did?  I submit that they were actually too intelligent for radio.  When a song starts out with a Jean Shrimpton reference, you know it's not exactly lightweight poprock.  Hell, they've got a song called William Wilson, which is based on the Poe short story for heaven's sake.  They're still recording (their song-for-song cover of Meet The Beatles is great!) and still touring after 30 years. 

See you next week, maybe!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:33 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I've never been much of a music fan.  However, I am growing increasingly curious about your seemingly endless collection of fish-themed anime pictures.  Do you have your anime collection sorted into "fish" and "non-fish" sections?  Or have you just memorized all the shows that contain fish-shots?

Posted by: Siergen at July 03, 2011 04:07 PM (RRRYd)

2 You mean you haven't?

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 03, 2011 04:47 PM (MSHGy)

3 It's probably a keyword at Danbooru.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 03, 2011 08:13 PM (+rSRq)

4 Spoilsport. 

For the record: "tuna" and "fish" have been good keywords for my porpoises, "koi" and "goldfish" have not.  Live and learn.

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 03, 2011 08:40 PM (MSHGy)

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