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Playlist for 8-10-14 (Show #87) – The Beatles: “Help! Is On The Way” (49th Anniversary of Help!)

 

Celebrating the 49th anniversary of it’s premiere: Michael Palin hosts a 2007 radio special about The Beatles’ second movie Help!, which was first released July 29, 1965.

Michael Palin hosts a 2007 radio special about The Beatles’ second movie Help!, which was first released July 29, 1965. The film was re-issued on DVD in November 2007 in a version that fully restored the print to its original visual quality and with a soundtrack that was upgraded with a surround sound mix.

In this 2007 radio special, we hear comments from the Beatles recorded in 1965 plus director Richard Lester and actors Eleanor Bron and Victor Spinetti recall working with them. There are also amusing stories about the unusual circumstances of filming in the Bahamas and Austria from the group’s then road manager and later head of Apple, Neil Aspinall and the movie’s Costume Designer Julie Harris.

The plot of the film revolves around members of an Eastern cult who chase after the bulbous red ring worn by Ringo, because without it they cannot make a human sacrifice to the goddess Kaili. With a nod to the popularity of the James Bond movies, a couple of eccentric scientists are also trying to steal it. As Michael Palin points out, the surreal dialogue and visual gags in the film were the kind of things that the Monty Python team later played with.

All seven songs featured in the movie are heard in the radio show: “Help!”, “You’re Going To Lose That Girl”, “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”, “Another Girl”, “I Need You”, “The Night Before” and “Ticket To Ride”. Most songs are mimed performances in the film – with the group playing their instruments – but for “Ticket To Ride”, the Beatles are shown fooling about on snow-covered mountains as they skied, curled and fell over!

That startling sequence, in particular, has led to Richard Lester’s work with the Beatles being viewed as an inspiration for the style of music videos that caught the eye during the early days of MTV in the 1980s. Director Steve Barron, who first made his name with a succession of videos for artists such as Culture Club, The Human League and A-Ha confirms that influence in this program.

As we hear in the radio show, for all those involved in making Help!, it was a remarkable experience; with the film’s new lease of life on DVD, their work with the Beatles now seems guaranteed to entertain generation after generation.

 

Bonus Tracks: From Side Two of the UK Version of Help!

1.         “Act Naturally” (Johnny Russell, Voni Morrison) – Sung by Ringo Starr (2:29)

2.         “You Like Me Too Much” (George Harrison) – Sung by George Harrison (2:35)

3.         “Yes It Is” (B-side of “Ticket To Ride”) – Sung by John, Paul & George (2:41)

4.         “I’ve Just Seen a Face” – Sung by Paul McCartney (2:04)

5.         “Yesterday” – Sung by Paul McCartney (2:03)

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Playlist for 7-20-14 (Show #86) – Tribute to Tommy Ramone: The Ramones Live, NYC 1978

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R.I.P. Thomas Erdelyi. (Hungarian: Erdélyi Tamás; January 29, 1949 – July 11, 2014), better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer and musician. He was the drummer for the influential punk rock band the Ramones for four years. He had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer, and was in hospice care following unsuccessful treatment when he died on July 11, 2014.

As a tribute to Tommy Ramone, this special edition of the Power Pop Portal features the last album recorded with Tommy Ramone as drummer, NYC 1978, a/k/a Live, January 7, 1978 At The Palladium, NYC. He left the band soon afterwards, although he continued to work with the other members as a producer and manager.

And we wrap up the show with Uncle Monk, the bluegrass duo featuring Tommy Ramone & Claudia Tienan Bow.

  1. “Rockaway Beach”
  2. “Teenage Lobotomy”
  3. “Blitzkrieg Bop”
  4. “I Wanna Be Well”
  5. “Glad to See You Go”
  6. “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment”
  7. “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl”
  8. “I Don’t Care”
  9. “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker”
  10. “Havana Affair”
  11. “Commando”
  12. “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”
  13. “Surfin’ Bird”
  14. “Cretin Hop”
  15. “Listen to My Heart”
  16. “California Sun”
  17. “I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You”
  18. “Pinhead”
  19. “Do You Want to Dance?”
  20. “Chainsaw”
  21. “Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World”
  22. “Now I Wanna Be a Good Boy”
  23. “Suzy Is a Headbanger”
  24. “Let’s Dance”
  25. “Oh, Oh, I Love Her So”
  26. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”
  27. “We’re a Happy Family”
  28. Uncle Monk: “Round The Bend” (Uncle Monk, 2006)

Tommy Ramone. (2014, August 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03:00, August 11, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tommy_Ramone&oldid=620300196

NYC 1978. (2014, June 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 03:01, August 11, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=NYC_1978&oldid=612867771

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Playlist for 4-6-14 (Show #85) – Beatles Top 5 History / 2014 Rock Hall of Fame Inductees

Produced and Hosted by Glenn Richards

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On the 85th edition of the Power Pop Portal, we pay tribute to three events happening this week: First, it’s the 50th anniversary of the week that The Beatles made history as the only act ever to simultaneously occupy the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s entire top five positions! That happened on the chart dated April 4, 1964. Not only did they occupy the top five, but they held seven other positions as well and we’ll count down all of them!

Second, the 29th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on Thursday, April 10th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. We’ll hear from all of this year’s Inductees: Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall and John Oates, KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens; as well as Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement Inductees Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham; and Award for Musical Excellence Inductee, The E Street Band.

Finally, April 5th marked the 20th anniversary of Nirvana front-man, Kurt Cobain’s death.

Part 1: The Beatles’ Historic Hot 100 50th Anniversary

  • #79 – Thank You Girl (The Beatles’ Second Album [Stereo - The Capitol Albums Vol. 1])
  • #68 – Roll Over Beethoven (The Beatles’ Second Album [Stereo - The Capitol Albums Vol. 1])
  • #65 – You Can’t Do That (A Hard Day’s Night [Remastered])
  • #58 – All My Loving (Meet The Beatles! [Stereo - The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1])
  • #46 – Do You Want To Know A Secret? (The Early Beatles [Stereo - The Capitol Albums Vol. 2])
  • #41 – From Me To You (Past Masters, Disc 1 [Remastered])
  • #31 – I Saw Her Standing There (Meet The Beatles! [Stereo - The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1])
  • #5 – Please Please Me (The Early Beatles [Stereo - The Capitol Albums Vol. 2])
  • #4 – I Want To Hold Your Hand (Meet The Beatles! [Duophonic Stereo - The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1])
  • #3 – She Loves You (The Beatles’ Second Album [Duophonic Stereo - The Capitol Albums Vol. 1])
  • #2 – Twist and Shout (The Early Beatles [Stereo - The Capitol Albums Vol. 2])
  • #1 – Can’t Buy Me Love (A Hard Day’s Night [Remastered])

Part 2: The 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Speech: John (“Brian was a beautiful guy … he presented us well“; Lennon speaking to David Wigg) (Anthology 1 [Disc 1])
  • Speech: Brian Epstein (“I secured them … a Beatle drink even then” (Brian Epstein from A Cellarful of Noise) (Anthology 1 [Disc 1])
  • The Beatles – Searchin’ (Anthology 1 [Disc 1])
  • Andrew Loog Oldham (Orchestra) – The Last Time (The Andrew Oldham Orchestra & Friends Play the Rolling Stones Songbook; 1966)
  • Cat Stevens – I Love My Dog (Matthew & Son, 1966)
  • The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt – Different Drum (Evergreen, Volume 2; 1967)
  • Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band – Baby Please Don’t Go (single B-side; 1977)
  • Bruce Springsteen & the The E Street Band – 10th Avenue Freeze-Out (Born To Run; 1975)
  • Kiss – Beth (Destroyer; 1976)
  • Hall & Oates – Rich Girl, 1977 (Bigger Than Both of Us; 1976)
  • Nirvana – Come As You Are, 1992 (Nevermind; 1991)
  • Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel; the first one, 1977)
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Playlist for 3-30-14 (Show #84) – All-Female Band Edition for Women’s History Month!

Produced and Hosted by Glenn Richards

The Pleasure Seekers (featuring the [Suzi] Quatro Sisters)

March is Women’s History Month so we thought we’d pay tribute to some of the women who rock our world musically. There are too many bands and artists and not enough time, so to narrow things down, we thought we’d only feature only all-female groups – no guys allowed, except for your host, Glenn Richards. Enjoy

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Playlist

  1. The Go-Gos – We Got The Beat (Beauty & The Beat, 1981)
  2. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb (The Runaways, 1976)
  3. The Pandoras – That’s Your Way Out (The Pandoras EP, 1984)
  4. The Pleasure Seekers (with Suzi Quatro) – What A Way To Die (Single, 1964)
  5. The Donnas – Take It Off (Spend The Night, 2002)
  6. The Bangles – Hero Takes A Fall (All Over The Place, 1984)
  7. 7 Year Bitch – The Scratch (¡Viva Zapata!, 1994)
  8. Babes in Toyland – Sweet 69 (Nemesisters, 1995)
  9. Sleater-Kinney – Modern Girl (The Woods, 2005)
  10. L7 – Let’s Pretend We’re Dead (Bricks Are Heavy, 1992)
  11. Lunachicks – Don’t Want You (Pretty Ugly, 1997)
  12. The Aquanettas – Beach Party (Love With a Proper Stranger, 1990)
  13. Le Tigre – Hot Topic (Le Tigre, 1999)
  14. Luscious Jackson – Naked Eye (Fever In Fever Out, 1996)
  15. Mo-dettes – White Mice (Single, 1979; also available on The Story So Far, 1981)
  16. Shonen Knife – When You Sleep (Yellow Loveless, 2013: a Tribute to My Bloody Valentine’s 1991 album, Loveless)
  17. Fanny – Charity Ball (Charity Ball, 1971)
  18. Haim – The Wire (Days Are Gone, 2013)
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Playlist for 3-2-14 (Show #83*) – Muscle Shoals Interview

Glenn Richards hosts a special show in place of this week’s Power Pop Portal. Glenn is joined by two music legends in the world of rock, pop, and R&B: Jimmy Johnson and Dewey “Spooner” Oldham, original members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as The Swampers, and they’re talking about the DVD and Blu-Ray release of the original motion picture documentary, Muscle Shoals: The Incredible True Story of a Small Town with a Big Sound.

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Songs Featured:

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama (excerpt)
  • Arthur Alexander – You Better Move On
  • Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
  • Bob Seger – Old Time Rock & Roll
  • Julian Lennon – Too Late For Goodbyes
  • Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
  • Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
  • Wilson Pickett – Hey Jude (featuring Duane Allman)

    Wilson Pickett & Duane Allman

  • The Black Keys – Tighten Up
  • Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
  • Paul Simon – Kodachrome
  • Drive-By Truckers –Ronnie & Neil

 

 

 

 

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Playlist for 2-23-14 (Show #82)

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Playlist for 2-9-14 (Show #81) The Beatles on Ed Sullivan – 50th Anniversary

Guest Host: Glenn Richards (from a script written by Gargs Allard with Glenn Richards)

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  • Opening segment: audio from The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit, 1991 DVD): New York DJ Murray The K; The Beatles arrive in New York; JFK Press Conference (excerpt) … Friday, February 7, 1964
  • The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show: Sunday, February 9, 1964
    • Ed Sullivan Introduction
    • All My Loving
    • Till There Was You
    • She Loves You
    • I Saw Her Standing There
    • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • The Beatles First U.S. Concert (excerpts): Washington Coliseum, Washington, D.C.: February 11, 1964
    • Introduction
    • Roll Over Beethoven
    • From Me To You
    • I Wanna Be Your Man
    • Please Please Me
    • Twist & Shout (excerpt)
    • Long Tall Sally
  • The Beatles arrive in Miami (as heard on Tiger Radio, 560 WQAM)
  • The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show: Sunday, February 16, 1964 (live from the Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach)
    • Ed Sullivan Introduction
    • She Loves You
    • This Boy
    • All My Loving
    • I Saw Her Standing There
    • From Me To You
    • I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • The Beatles bid farewell to Miami (as heard on Tiger Radio, 560 WQAM)
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Playlist for 1-12-14 (Show # 79) Featured Artist: The Everly Brothers

Written, produced and hosted by Greg “Gargs” Allard

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1.     Long Black Road        Electric Light Orchestra        American Hustle Soundtrack

2.     Dirty Work     Steely Dan     American Hustle Soundtrack

3.     In Spite of all the Danger  The Overtures

4.     Dakota     J Scott Bergman    Beautifulordinary

5.     Sweet Jane                             The Velvet Underground     Loaded

6.     Wake Up Little Susie             The Everly Brothers Oldies Volume 2

7.     All I Have to Do is Dream     The Everly Brothers Oldies Volume 1

8.     Bird Dog         The Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers’ Best

9.     Bye-Bye Love   The Everly Brothers  The Everly Brothers’ Best

10. Bye Bye, Love     George Harrison    Dark Horse

11. I Saw Her Standing There (Studio Outtake / Take 2)  The Beatles  The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963

12. Bad to Me (Demo)    The Beatles    The Beatles Bootleg Recordings 1963

13. On the Other Side     Cheap Star     Rosetta Stone EP

14. The Letter      The Box Tops    Best of the Box Tops – Soul-Deep

15. You and Your Sister  Chris Bell  I Am the Cosmos

16. Third Man      The Duckworth Lewis Method   Sticky Wickets

17. I’m Not In Love          10cc    The Very Best Of 10cc

18. Shannon   Seth Swirsky  Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock

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Playlist for 12-29-13 (Show # 78) The Best of Power Pop 2013

Written, produced and hosted by Greg “Gargs” Allard

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17. Crazy Bird            Wild Child      The Runaround

16. Yes, Wonderful Things   Morningbell   Bôa Noite

15. Odds Are  Barenaked Ladies     Grinning Streak

14. It’s Too Late         Wild Belle      Isles

13. It’s Good to Have You    Josh Rouse      The Happiness Waltz (Bonus Track Version)

12. The New Black    Moon Taxi      Mountains Beaches Cities

11. New Alphabet     Eels     Wonderful, Glorious (Deluxe Edition)

10. Nikki’s Plan                      Vegas With Randolph  Rings Around the Sun

9.  On the Way Out   Nick Piunti     13 in My Head

8.  It’s Just Forever    Cage the Elephant    Melophobia

7.  Seven Nights Seven Days            The Fratellis   We Need Medicine

6.  Bottom       The Charlie Watts Riots        A Break in the Weather

5.  Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?   Arctic Monkeys          AM

4.  Go               Valley Lodge  Use Your Weapons

3.  Steal Away            Mike Viola      Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock

2.  Everybody Out There   Paul McCartney           NEW (Deluxe Edition)

1.  Every Weekday    Camera Obscura       Desire Lines

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