For Thanksgiving weekend, we’re turning the radio show into a cozy restaurant serving up five courses of bands named after food: appetizers, soup, entrees, fruit, and coffee with dessert. For various reasons, we have a limited menu of only one hour, so please be patient with our many specials and substitutions. And, oh yeah, we didn’t find any bands named Water, so you’ll have to make do with no beverages—we’re saving those for another show. Tuck in to our savory meal and listen.
Sputnik Lullabye, a wonderful CD by Paul Kotheimer.
Songs About Satellites Part 2. William is alone in the capsule for this tight hour-long orbit. Featuring an entire block of songs about Soviet Satellites (and space dogs). Listen.
Hooray. An hour of some of the most depressing songs of all time. This show owes a huge debt to This Will End in Tears, by Adam Brent Houghtaling. Thanks, Adam! For the sorrow and misery. We were so eager to share with the rest of the world. Sniff. Listen and weep.
Adam, don’t worry, this isn’t completely derivative—we found at least one sad bastard you may have overlooked.
Why “Somebody’s Watching Me” by “Rockwell” is the most 80s song of all time (or at least the most 80s song of the 80s)
1. One-hit wonder in a big way. What happened to Rockwell?
2. One-name wonder. Like Sting, Slash, Prince, and Madonna.
3. It’s paranoid.
4. Half-assed rapping integrated into a pop song in the manner of Blondie’s “Rapture” or Murray Head’s “One Night in Bangkok.”
5. Michael Jackson sings on it. The still-black Michael Jackson.
6. It appears in the pilot of Miami Vice.
Askew geometric objects, primary colors, fake pink paint splatters, and severe, post-1970s hair.