As you can probably guess, Kitty was on vacation so Jonathan managed to get Barry Manilow's Copacabana on the air this morning for the World's Worst iPod. The song actually made it to number 8 back in 1979. All you Fanilows out there enjoy.
Happy 69th birthday to my favorite self-proclaimed "rich hippie," Neil Young. I remember when I was a kid, I hated Neil's voice. I didn't even particularly care for his songs CSNY albums, but the guy grew on me, and he's now one of my favorite artists. One of the things I admire most about him is that he never gives a crap about what anyone else thinks, and just goes where the music tells him to go.
Sometimes that's into the ditch, in my opinion, but I still love him!
Here are 5 things you may not have known about this Canadian curmudgeon.
1. Neil is especially creative when he's not feeling well. He wrote "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River" and "Cowgirl in the Sand," on the same day, with a temperature of 103. (That's Fahrenheit, or for you Canadians, 39 Celsius).
2. He thought it was "pretty great" that Lynryd Skynyrd mentioned his name in the song "Sweet Home Alabama."
3. Another member of Neil's family is very highly respected in Canada. There's a grade school named for Scott Young, who was a highly revered sports writer.
4. He was in a band called "The Mynah Birds" with future super-freak Rick James.
5. He says he composed most of his best songs, while in bed, stoned.
Today's the day to thank a vet! Many restaurants are doing their part to say "thank you" by offering free food items. Since restrictions vary depending on where you go, you may want to call first to make sure you understand what you need to do to prove veteran status.
Free meals are offered at Applebees, Chili's, Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse, T-G-I-Fridays, Red Robin, Famous Dave's, or Hooters.
You can get a free pint of beer at Old Chicago, 50 percent off a meal at Sprechers, a cup of coffee at Starbucks, a Bloomin' Onion at Outback Steakhouse, some fro-yo at Menchies or Orange Leaf, free appetizer at Longhorn Steakhouse.
Getting the award for "absolute least you can do to honor a veteran" is Doubletree Inss and Suites. Vets who stop by today can get a free chocolate chip cookie.
I'm thinking vets would rather have good jobs and access to quality health care than a cookie. But maybe that's just me.
"That's just the way things go," croons Robbie Nevil in the soong "C'est La Vie." Despite the fact that the theme seemed to fit the way a lot of people feel today, there just wasn't enough to support playing it in its entirety.
Released in 1986, the song peaked at #2 in 1987, and was also a popular dance song.
"Before emerging as a solo artist, Mike Doughty was best known as the frontman of the unique avant-gard group Soul Coughing...The singer returned in 2014 with a pair of releases, including Live at Ken's House, which featured the versions of the Circles Super Bon Bon, songs Doughty played with a full band on tour, and Stellar Motel, an album of new material that found him continuing to fuse dance music and hip-hop into his singer/songwriter sound." (iTunes)
This week's free download for Discover & Download is: "Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future by Mike Doughty
"The son of Boogie Kings guitarist (and Louisiana Hall of Fame member) Ted Broussard, singer/songwriter Marc Broussard was seemingly destined for a life as a music man. His upbringing in Lafayette, Louisiana, instilled in him an affinity for R&B alongside the Cajun trappings of souther Louisiana. Drawing vocal and stylistic influence from Otis Redding and Brian McKnight while bearing the preternaturally gruff vocals of John Hiatt and Dr. John, Broussard was barely 20 at the time of his first release." (iTunes)
This week's free download for Discover & Download is: "Hurricane Heart" by Marc Broussard
Sergio Mendes was a Brazilian bandleader who had some hits in the 1960's, and came back with a vengeance in 1983. "Never Gonna Let You Go" made it to number 4 on the pop chart and was #1 for three weeks on the adult contemporary chart.
Not a lot...
Our Friday feature this week is Sting and the Police, as the man formerly known as Gordon Sumner turns 64.
Here are some Sting facts you can use to amaze and amuse your friends!
1. His bass is named Brian.
2. Early on, he performed on cruise...
In honor of Blitzen Trapper coming in for a Live From Studio M recording session on Monday, October 5th, we've been given a download of their single "All Across This Land" from their new album! The new album drops on Friday, October...
Fall is here along with cooler crisper temperatures....but we tried to rekindle some of the summer glow with "Rub it in" by Billy "Crash" Craddock.
It was a number one country song and number 16 pop song back in 1974.
At first some...
When JJ Grey came to Madison to play for us in Studio M this summer, he brought along his own video crew.
Now we know why!
Even if you're not watching too closely, you'll notice us all over this video for the song "Light a...
Some people seemed quite surprised that the song "Jungle Love" by Morris Day and the Time made it onto the World's Worst iPod.
The song only made it to #20 on the charts in 1984-85, but a lot of people saw it on MTV..and it was also part...
Happy 66th birthday to Bruce Springsteen!
In honor of this esteemed occasion, the guy who really doesn't like being called "The Boss" is our Friday feature this week.
And here are a few things you may or may not have known about our...
I'm pretty sure the website change.org wasn't created for things like this. There's a petition to ask the National Football League to have the Grateful Dead play the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.
Now I get their reasoning--the Dead...