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Local Boys - 25th January 2011

A new show is always an exciting event & this week was no exception, lots of varied goodies to keep those ears happy, with a few local sounds...

Suzi Quatro is not local, but a stomper at ten o’clock is always a rousing way to get the show underway. Pilot spent February 1975 at the top of the charts singing about how they couldn’t wait to see the back of January – know what they mean...

Vic Collins, from Southend band The Kursaal Flyers, was born & bred in Rochford, as was Bob Fish, one of the singers in The Darts – their song was one of three UK #2 hits in a row they had in 1978. Queen continued with a UK #2 of their own & Racey did the same with their UK #2 – a song originally written by Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman for Blondie! The Rubettes & a sensational effort from Moody Blues man Ray Thomas completed our little flirtation with 70’s rock & roll…

Despite it being recorded only last year, we featured an excellent song by the local band Exhibit A, from their latest album "Make Mine A Lobster". There’s a definite seventies/eighties feel about their music, which is clearly influenced by artists of that period. Exhibit A will appear in concert at the Essex Arms in Brentwood on 19th March – they’re well worth a watch & their music is well worth a listen (check out

Alex Harvey & Ronnie Lane both died far too young, but their music lives on, although it really ought to be played more. Joe Jackson, Elton John, Paul McCartney & Steely Dan then all delivered classic tracks with a distinctive reggae flavour…

Bryan Ferry wrote "Beauty Queen" for his girlfriend at the time, Valerie Leon, who was a UK beauty queen & actress who appeared in several "Carry On" films, a couple of Bond movies & a Pink Panther caper, as well as The Italian Job & various cool TV shows like The Saint, The Avengers & The Persuaders…

10cc looked back on adolescence, while Godley & Creme sung of being in the big apple. Kate Bush & Jethro Tull brought us seldom-played (but nonetheless excellent) album tracks, then Cat Stevens, The Doobies & Bob Dylan gave us lesser-played US hits. To finish the show, The Hollies, The Eagles & Gordon Lightfoot slowed things down a bit…

Back next week with another intriguingly diverse selection & in a few weeks, on 15th Feb, we’ll have a "Love Special" to mark Valentine’s Day that week…

The full playlist for this weeks show was as follows:

1 Suzi Quatro Daytona Demon
2 Pilot January
3 The Kursaal Flyers Little Does She Know
4 Darts The Boy From New York City
5 Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love
6 Racey Some Girls
7 The Rubettes Juke Box Jive
8 Ray Thomas High Above My Head
9 Exhibit A Missing Years
10 The Sensational Alex Harvey Band The Boston Tea Party
11 Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance How Come
12 Joe Jackson Fools In Love
13 Elton John Jamaica Jerk Off
14 Paul McCartney & Wings C Moon
15 Steely Dan Haitian Divorce
16 Roxy Music Beauty Queen
17 10cc Head Room
18 Godley & Creme An Englishman In New York
19 Kate Bush James And The Cold Gun
20 Jethro Tull Lick Your Fingers Clean
21 Cat Stevens Another Saturday Night
22 The Doobie Brothers Black Water
23 Bob Dylan Knockin' On Heaven's Door
24 The Hollies Gasoline Allley Bred
25 The Eagles Lyin' Eyes
26 Gordon Lightfoot The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

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