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70's Rock Show – 26th October 2010

This was the first show in quite a while that hasn’t been a “special” in one way or another, so it had to be special in different ways. With Halloween less than a week away, we stretched the ‘rock’ rules just a little bit & I had a one-man dressing-up party in the studio (any excuse!)…

What else but “Monster Mash” would be good enough for a Halloween show, even if it was a trifle tongue-in-cheek, as was the wonderful Warren Zevon & the evergreen Sir Cliff Richard, with his biggest US hit – it was more successful in the States than in the UK, reaching #6 there & #9 here…

“Werewolves” has some great & very amusing lyrics, as does Joe Walsh’s “Life’s Been Good”, which features on the soundtrack of the movie “FM” – Steely Dan performed the title track for that film, but they gave us something from “Katy Lied” tonight. With a track from “It’s Only Rock & Roll”, the Rolling Stones delivered a track clearly not rock & roll, rather their first foray into the world of disco – a taster for later…

Aerosmith did 60’s pop, with backing vocals from Mary Weiss, a Shangri-La; we had a touch of tartan rock from the ‘Rollermania’ boys & Marc Bolan, the corkscrew-haired glam rock dandy & legend, gave us a dandy of a glam rock classic…

But we mixed it up big time by playing 'boogie shuffle' rock & roll from Status Quo, some harder rock & roll from UFO & even rockabilly from Steve Gibbons & Matchbox – it was impossible to stop the feet from tapping! Then the feet moved properly to pop rock disco from John Miles, rock gospel from Sir Elton & rock dance from guitar legend Carlos Santana…

Some more fun lyrics, this time from 10cc & then a burst of energy from Steve Miller (the opening track on side two of the album “Book Of Dreams” – I miss side two’s), led us into a crescendo of prog rock to conclude the show. Almost 15 mins of extraordinary Caravan & the brilliant Traffic (sounds like a bank holiday weekend) with Jim Capaldi on lead vocals, followed by Genesis (the track that ‘won’ Phil the lead singer's ‘job’ in the band), the superb Pink Floyd & the ethereally wonderful Shawn Phillips took us all the way to midnight…

It will be another special next week, when all the tracks will be on the slower side – 70’s rock goes ‘ballad-ic’. So be ready at 10pm next Tuesday, with your radio/computer tuned to Phoenix FM & whatever else makes you feel good close by - it's the best way to finish a Tuesday, I promise…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Bobby 'Boris' Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers Monster Mash
2 Warren Zevon Werewolves Of London
3 Cliff Richard Devil Woman
4 Joe Walsh Life's Been Good
5 Steely Dan Daddy Don't Live In That New York City No More
6 The Rolling Stones Fingerprint File
7 Aerosmith Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)
8 The Bay City Rollers Money Honey
9 T. Rex Jeepster
10 Status Quo Down The Dustpipe
11 UFO Doctor Doctor
12 Steve Gibbons Band Tulane
13 Matchbox Rockabilly Rebel
14 John Miles Slow Down
15 Elton John Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance)
16 Santana One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)
17 10cc Oh Effendi
18 Steve Miller Band Jungle Love
19 Caravan Nine Feet Underground
20 Traffic Rock 'n' Roll Stew
21 Genesis Squonk
22 Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)
23 Shawn Phillips See You - Planscape

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