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Give the Drummer Some!

In Madison, we have a musical legend in our midst. He is none other the The Funky Drummer, Clyde Stubblefield, who drummed for James Brown, and has had his drumming sampled in more songs than any other.

An effort is underway to honor Clyde, and support music education. It's called "Give The Drummer Some," because that's what James Brown would call out when he wanted to put Clyde in the spotlight. It's a three concert series, which will raise money for the newly established Clyde Stubblefield Music Scholarship fund.

The Coalition for Recognition of Clyde Stubblefield reached out to six decades of musicians who have played with Clyde, from legendary members of James Brown's band, to national, regional and local luminaries in blues, funk, soul and rock. You'll get to hear a mix of them at the upcoming concerts.

According to one of the organizers, Joey B. Banks, "Clyde's a living legend. He's given back through his time and talents again and again over the years. It's time to honor his achievements, and to begin a permanent scholarship for deserving kids in our area."

Put these shows on your calendar:


Sunday, August 30th at the High Noon Saloon

Friday, September 11th at the Barrymore Theatre

Thursday, October 8th at the Overture Center lobby, a free Mad City Sessions Show

Clyde Stubblefield and Joey B. Banks visited Triple M to talk about the series of concerts. Listen here.
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World's Worst iPod "Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" BJ Thomas

We went a little bit country for this morning's World's Worst iPod song. BJ Thomas went all the way to #1 on the pop, country and easy listening charts with the song ("Hey, would ya play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." It was in the year of 1975, which seems to have a mother lode of songs worthy of our treasured iPod.

By the way, Thomas is still alive and well and gigging. If you check out his website, you can find out where "The B.J. Thomas" is playing. (As opposed to that other B.J. Thomas who isn't "the" one).

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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Born to Run

The iconic Bruce Springsteen album Born to Run was released 40 years ago today. This album is an undeniable classic. Even if the title track were the only memorable song, odds are people would still be buying this record today. But "Born to Run" also brought us "Thunder Road," "Backstreets," Tenth Avenue Freeze-out," and "Jungle Land." Not too bad for a guy who at the time was mainly known for his energetic live shows, and not his songwriting.

According to Rolling Stone writer Greil Marcus's original review, "Springsteen's singing, his words and the band's music have turned the dreams and failures two generations have dropped along the road into an epic." (Hint: he liked it.)

Here are a few things you may not have known about this great album.

1. "Thunder Road" was almost called "Wings for Wheels." Luckily, Bruce saw a movie poster for the film "Thunder Road" starring Robert Mitchum. He never saw the movie, but liked the title.

2. While a lot of people already loved Springsteen for his amazing live shows, this album launched him into the mainstream. In October of 1975, he appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek simultaneously.

3. Despite the album's success, Springsteen remained humble, telling Newsweek, ""What phenomenon? We ain't no phenomenon. The hype just gets in the way."

4. There's a Madison connection to the album. On the song "Meeting Across the River," Richard Davis plays bass. Davis is a Professor of Bass, Jazz History and combo improvisation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008, Davis, then 77, joined Springsteen on stage during a concert at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

5. Bruce doesn't take himself too seriously--even with this highly regarded record. In 2014, he joined Jimmy Fallon on stage to poke fun at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, with a new version of "Born to Run."



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World's Worst iPod Bette Midler "WInd Beneath My WIngs"

Did you ever know that you're my hero? Bette Midler's song "Wind Beneath My WIngs" went to Number 1 in 1989. It was featured in a movie about death "Beaches," and has probably been played at countless funerals.

It's probably because of the death connection that more people didn't want to hear the song than wanted to hear it. Or the threat of a two-fer with "From A Distance" was just too much to take.

Fun fact: The song won Grammy awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1990.

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World's Worst iPod Robert John vs. Kim Carnes

We tried something new today with the World's Worst iPod...pitting two really horrible songs against each other and letting the listeners pick which one gets played in its entirety.

We must thank one of our favorite listeners, who goes by "Crazy Administrator" for suggesting the idea.

Today we pitted "Sad Eyes" by Robert John against "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes. "Sad Eyes" was number one for one week, while "Bette Davis Eyes" sat at that spot for 9 long weeks. It seems the song's popularity continues 34 years later, as it got the most votes this morning.

Which do you prefer?




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Best Beer Names from the Great Taste 2015

Aside from drinking beer and checking out everybody's humorous beer-related T-shirts, one of the best parts of the Great Taste of the Midwest is all the creative names that brewers come up with for their concoctions.

This year was no exception!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Beer that tells you to do something--Citra Ass Down (Against the Grain, Louisville, KY)

Beer for Doomsday drinking: Yeah, Bye Earth (Logboat Brewing, Columbia MO)

Beer for a dysfunctional holiday Fruitcake and Shame (Hailstorm, Tinley Park, IL)

Beer that doesn't make you think iof beer at all: Velour Soccer Mom (Sun King, Indianapolis, IN)

Beer that refers to an over-rated 80's band Sweet Child of Vine (Fulton Brewing. Minneapolis MN)

Beer that sounds a like a beer wopatoolie: John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt Dunkel Doppel Hefe Weizen Bock (Great Dane, Madison)

And my new favorite beer name for 2015 (drumroll please)....

Chateau La Douchebag, from 2nd Shift Brewing. Next time I'm in New Haven, Missouri, I will order it with pride!

Hey beer lovers, the next Great Taste is August 13. 2016. You might want to start lining up for tickets now.




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The GOP Debate Drinking Game (If you want to stay sober)

So the internet has been flooded with drinking games in advance of teh first GOP presidential debate. (Okay I saw two). What I haven't seen yet is a drinking game for those of us who don't really want to get hammered on a Thursday night.

So I guess it's up to me.

THE GOP DEBATE DRINKING GAME (TEMPERANCE VERSION)

Donald Trump says to any of his opponents, "Would you like a hug?" Do a shot of some kind of high priced liqueur.

Any candidate says "Obamacare needs to go. What we really need is a single payer health care system." Drink one glass of Alka-Seltzer Plus.

Scott Walker mentions the importance of a college education. Play a quick game of beer pong.

Any candidate talks about the science of climate change. Or evolution. Drink a small glass of Cold Duck.

Jeb Bush talks about his brother's legacy. Slam back a can of beer, preferably one brewed in Texas.

Any candidate mentions that Ronald Reagan was over-rated. Take a shot of Doctor's, with a jellybean chaser.

When talking about immigration, Donald Trump quotes Carlos Santana. Do a body shot of tequila.

Any candidate mentions how much he will miss Jon Stewart. Just take a moment of Zen.

And if any of those things actually happens, you might want to drink a big bottle of your favorite booze to warm you up, because hell has just frozen over.

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World's Worst iPod: "Say You, Say Me," Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie was on fire in the 1980's with an amazing string of hits that included "Say You, Say Me," from the movie White Nights. It was number one on the charts for four weeks in 1985 and was the #2 song for the entire year.

It even won an Oscar for crying out loud! A lot of people must have fond memories of this song, because just about everyone who called us this morning wanted to hear it.

Enjoy the video, which includes some great dance moves from the movie White Nights. And if you haven't seen that movie for a while, you can watch the whole thing on youtube here.


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"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" John Denver: World's Worst iPod

There was just about universal love for this foot-stomper from John Denver.

John Denver had hit after hit in the mid 1970s, and this was one of them, goign all the way to #1 in 1975.

Go ahead, crank it up, sing it loud and proud. And maybe swing your partner round and round.  Yee Ha!!

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World's Worst iPod: Jump 'N The Saddle Band "The Curly Shuffle"

A silly novelty tune with a jump swing beat took the country by storm--at least parts of it--in early 1984. 

A Chicago band called Jump 'N The Saddle scored a #15 with the Curly Shuffle...and it seems a lot of people have some pretty awesome memories to go along with it.

Here you go kids, enjoy.

 
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World's Worst iPod:The Human League "(Keep Feeling) Fascination

It was almost a clean-sweep this morning for the synthesizer heavy "(Keep Feeling) Fascination") by the Human League.  Everybody was in the mood for a little 80s fun!

It made it up to #8 on the charts in 1983, a couple of years after the British pop band had a huge hit with "Don't You Want Me."

Interesting point about this video--the building near the end was actually painted red/orange because computer generated effects hadn't been invented yet.  Old school!

 
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World's Worst iPod:Dr. Hook "When You're in Love With a Beautiful Woman"

Here's a song that inspired high-schoolers to act like 12-year-olds back in the late 1970's. The lyric "when you're in love with a beautiful woman, it's hard," was just so darn hilarious!!

Dr. Hook had a lot of hits in the 70s, and this is one of their big ones. It made it up to #6 in 1979.

Apparently Conway Twitty also recorded this song, but we're not brave enough to look it up.

 
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World's Worst iPod:Escape Club "Wild Wild West"

Remember when we were headed for the 90s..and grooving to the Escape Club?
This band from London scored a number 1 hit in 1988 with the song "Wild Wild West." It's probably the only song you remember from that band--but they weren't a One Hit Wonder. They got to #28 with "Shake for the Sheik," also in 1988, and made it to #8 with a song called "I'll Be There."

 
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World's Worst iPod: Wayne Newton "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast"

With Father's Day coming up, we thought we'd choose one of the greatest dad songs of all time.  But since that song wasn't on the iPod, we decided to go with "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" by Wayne Newton.

This song made it all the way up to #4 on the charts in 1972, and was really quite a tearjerker.   Dad is leaving Mom and walking away--but after his child pleads with him to not walk so fast, he decides to come back and stick it out with a woman he doesn't love for the sake of his kid. Great idea!   That always works!

This record sold more than a million copies, so it seems a lot of heartstrings were tugged on, back in the day.

 
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Day 4: The Final Day of Bonnaroo

Today was another busy day at Bonnaroo. We started the day off by seeing Shakey Graves. I missed his show in Madison earlier this year so he was a must see on my list. Loved him!



Right as he ended, a press conference with Ed Helms, Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck, and Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION. 



Up next was a mad dash to see Twenty One Pilots. And by mad dash, I really mean a dash. They put on THE best show, so don't mind all the screen shots. They had the crowd hold up the drummer and the drum kit, the lead singer ran off stage and up to where all the cameras film the stage, they jumped off of everything! In fact, the show started 20 minutes late because the artists were signing paperwork at the last minute promising that they wouldnt climb anything or else they wouldnt be welcomed back to Bonnaroo! 

   

Shortly after Twenty One Pilots, we headed to the Media Compound to do some social media posting but got pulled back in to Centeroo by AWOLNATION. We were just in time to catch "Sail." 


Next up was claiming a good spot for Florence and the Machine, but while we we waited, we were entertained by some Spoon.



Florence was next! She came out so serious but warmed up and was flying around the stage and the pit. You could tell she was having a blast which made us have a blast. That girl can SING. 



With barely any down time, it was time for Betty Who playing on the Who stage, ironically. I bet they planned that on purpose! 



Finally, it was time for the man himself, Billy Joel! 



Overall, I had a fantastic time at Bonnaroo 2015 and want to plan to go again next year! Thanks for following my blogging! Be sure to check Facebook and Twitter for more posts, videos and pictures!
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Day 3: Saturday

Saturday was a very busy day! So many Triple M bands to see! So many concerts were back to back, so we did a lot of walking back and forth from the stages to the media compound. If you're ever in need of getting more steps in during the day, definitely head to Bonnaroo :)

We started off the day seeing Priory. I only knew one song of theirs "The Weekend," but that didn't matter. They were very energetic and even did some crowd surfing!
  

Up next was another press conference with Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Rhiannon Giddens, Denis Leary, Liz Gilles, Reggie Watts and Shakey Graves!


After that, we headed back to Centeroo to catch part of Catfish and the Bottlemen. We got there just as they started to play "Kathleen."

  

Finally we had some down time, so we went to cool off. Have I mentioned that its been 90 and sunny pretty much every day we've been here? Talk about HOT. We headed to the water area and then to the ferris wheel just for a chance to sit in some shade. It was cool to see how far the general admission camping goes on. I heard the area was big, but had no idea how big until getting on the ferris wheel. 

    

Up next was Bleachers! I had the chance to see them play at the Majestic earlier this year, and could NOT pass up the opportunity to see them again. They put on a fantastic show! Jack was running all over the place, tossing his guitar high in the air and catching it multiple times, the guitarist would play with the guitar behind his back, up high on ladder, standing on speakers. It was nuts!

   

After Bleachers, we had a nice break for dinner and some resting in shade before hitting up X Ambassadors. They played on a smaller side stage, but I can just see them coming back next year for a bigger stage. They worked the crowd very well! Their keyboard player was rocking harder than any artist we've seen...and here's the catch. He's blind. Talk about powerful!



After X Ambassadors, we hustled over to see Childish Gambino playing nearby. So many people were there to see him though that I couldn't really get a clear picture. He was well worth all the hype. Wandering around all day, we kept hearing people speculate on what his show would be like or even if he would show up (apparently he has just not shown up to shows before), but he did show and it was awesome. He closed with my favorite hit "3005" which I can upload once back home with better internet.

After Childish Gambino, we had one more show to hit: Mumford and Sons. We tried to get to the VIP seating area, but by the time we got there, they were already at capacity so we worked our way into the general admission standing crowd. Man, can these guys sing. They sounded spot on...just like the album...but live...and better. You could feel the passion in every single song. They even brought out Ed Helms (The Hangover, The Office) to play some banjo on a few songs! Check it out on Triple M's Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/1055triplemradio/videos/vb.127127436536/10152784515396537/?type=2&theater

Can't wait to see what today brings! I'm hoping to see Shakey Graves, Twenty One Pilots, Knox Hamilton, Brandi Carlile, Florence + The Machine, Betty Who, and Billy Joel!
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Day 2: Friday - Variety, the Spice of Life

Day 2 is upon us! Despite being up fairly late and not sleeping super well (first time camping...I'll get used to it I'm sure), I was hoping to sleep in just a little bit, but my body had other plans. It woke me up at 5:45am for the hell of it. I waited til a reasonable time (6:30am is reasonable, right) before waking my sister so we could wander The Farm and see what's going on. And what's there to do that early, you may ask? Well, not a whole lot. 

   

I'd say we say maybe 5-7 other people (who were not employees/volunteers) wandering around. Not many people experience The Farm empty, so I snapped a few shots to show you guys. We parked our butts on a picnic table after doing a few laps around, and decided to just enjoy the weather.

We decided since we needed to kill time before anything opened or music started, we'd join the Yoga-Roo session. It was a perfect way to start the day!


After that, we still had a few hours to kill before any of the entertainment tents opened up, so we scavenged for free swag! We came back with a couple bandanas, stickers, and...a free pair of rainboots! All you had to do to win was toss one rain boot into a taped-off area and you win! 



FINALLY, it was time for some music. While Triple M may be more rock, indie and alternative, Bonnaroo seems to be known for bringing together a wide variety of musical genres to one festival, and we definitely took advantage of that. We saw a country (Kacey Musgraves), rap (Kendrick Lamar), and EDM (Deadmau5). Don't worry though, Saturday should be filled to the brim with Triple M artists!

   

Besides the shows at night, we hung out quite a bit in the Media Compound where only those VIPs like Backstage Bloggers have access to. Three pretty cool things happened throughout the day.

1. While waiting for a show, we saw Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant. I couldn't grab a picture with him because he kept bouncing from interview to interview, but still cool nonetheless (Did any of you see them at the sold out show at the Orpheum the other week??).



2. We got to see Ben Folds (in a panel with other for a press conference) discuss his new upcoming album that will be released on September 11th. He mentioned that he's excited for his fans to go on this "new journey" with him. Can't wait to see what that could mean!



3. Last bit of awesome for the day? Meeting and interviewing X Ambassadors! I had a few questions prepared for the 2 minute interview. I was pretty nervous but think I did well for my first go at interviewing a band! I promise I'll get that up in a post, but I can't do audio editing as my sister is sleeping right next to me as I blog away at 2:30am.  Stay tuned for it though!



Talk to you all tomorrow! Can't wait!
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Day 1: Thursday

Hey all! It's your Bonnaroo Backstage Blogger Kellie here! I finally have some down time to write about my experiences. 

My sister and I left for Bonnaroo at about 5:30am on Thrusday morning with quite a full car. Both the back seat and the trunk were packed to the brim. It's my first time camping, so I'm sure it won't all be needed, but hey, better safe than sorry right? We hit some pretty bad traffic during Chicago rush hour (we left from Milwaukee), took some time in Louisville for lunch, and then hit rush hour again in Nashville, but otherwise it was smooth sailing.
 


We got to the camp site around 7:30pm and then took awhile to pitch the tent, organize the campsite, and eat some dinner before heading into Bonnaroo! We wandered around for a bit, getting the lay of the land, which I felt was slightly overwhelming to do in the dark, but my sister kept us on track!

Our first stop was none other than Houndmouth! We caught a few songs, and they sounded great! 



Next on tap was Glass Animals, but the bass was turned up so loud and we were so far back, we decided to just wander, which is when we came across Tove Lo. We both had heard of a song or two by her but figured, rather than continue to walk around aimlessly, we'd give her a shot, and boy am I glad we did! She put on a great show! She's not really Triple M type of music, but definitely worth a listen if you're into pop at all. We took advantage of our Backstage Blogger Access and got ourselves right near the front for taking some cellphone-quality pics. It was great being that close to the action!
 
 

After a long drive, we were pretty pooped so we decided to call it a night earlier than the majority of Bonnoroovians and chilled at our campsite before hitting the hay to gear up for a busy Friday!
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World's Worst iPod: Engelbert Humperdinck "After the Lovin'"

One of the great things about radio in the 60s and 70s is the variety of music that made it onto the radio.  A rock song by Led Zeppelin could be followed up by Paul Anka or Andy Williams. A polka could make it to top 40 right alongside a disco song or a novelty song about CB radios.

That means Engelbert Humperdinck's song in late 1976 or early 1977 could be followed by anything from "Jet Airliner" by the Steve Miller Band, to "New Kid in Town" by the Eagles, or "Lucille" by Kenny Rogers. What a beautiful glorious mess!

While a lot of listeners thought "After the Lovin'" had too high of a creep factor, enough people wanted to experience it that we actually played the song on the radio.

 
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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Breese Stevens Field

With the big concert with the Avett Brothers and Brett Dennen coming up at Breese Stevens Field in October, I did a little digging to find out more about the facility that was just put on the National Register of Historic Places last year.

1. I always thought it was named after 2 people named Breese and Stevens, but it actually pays homage to Breese Stevens, who was mayor from 1884-1885. His widow sold the land for $35,000 and the naming rights.

2.  The original brick grandstand was built in 1925, and the stone wall was built in 1934 by workers from the Civil Works Administration, using quarry rock from Madison's Hoyt Park.

3. The field has been used as a location for professional baseball and football games, boxing matches, prayer services and even marble competitions. n 1946, the New York Yankees held a 3-day tryout camp there.

4. In 1938, Olympic gold medalist sprinter Jesse Owens ran three races at an exhibition following a Madison Blues baseball game.

5. Some really scary looking clowns have hung out there. Check out this picture from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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Give the Drummer Some!
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