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Any Major Radio

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Any Major Radio Vol. 1

Every music fan at some point has had a relationship with radio. The sound of a transistor radio playing at the beach or in the park in summer. Tuning the car radio to find a station that plays good music. Home-taping songs off the radio, hoping the DJ would not talk into the song. The excitement of hearing a new favourite song for the first time on radio. Listening to appointment radio shows, such as the chart countdown, or live sports broadcasts. A song coming on that reminds you of an old love just as you are getting romantic with a new flame.

What are your radio memories?

I know that some readers of this blog present on radio. I also have tried my hand at that. So this mix is for all listeners of radio and all presenters on the airwaves “” in short, for all of us.

Most songs here are about actual radio, not as a metaphor but as a part of life. The Joni Mitchell track uses radio as a metaphor, as does the Dévics song, but the rest is all about radio as a concept or object, about listening to the radio, or being or not being on the radio.

If you like this mix “” you can tell me in the comments “” I will make another one, as ever to fit on a standard CD-R and to include covers.

So, this is your host Halfhearteded Dude on AMD-WHAH, and your listening to Any Major Radio”¦

1. Ramones – Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio? (1980)
2. Steely Dan – FM (1978)
3. Warren Zevon – Mohammed”s Radio (1981)
4. Darryl Hall & John Oates – Portable Radio (1979)
5. Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio (1984)
6. Al Stewart – Song On The Radio (1978)
7. Roxy Music – Oh Yeah (1980)
8. Charlie Dore – Pilot Of The Airwaves (1979)
9. Steve Carlisle – WKRP In Cincinnati (1978)
10. Carpenters – Yesterday Once More (1973)
11. The Everly Brothers – Radio And TV (1965)
12. Harry Nilsson – Turn On Your Radio (1972)
13. Joni Mitchell – You Turn Me On, I”m A Radio (1972)
14. Fairground Attraction – Find My Love (1988)
15. Marc Cohn – Listening To Levon (2007)
16. Kathleen Edwards – One More Song The Radio Won”t Like (2003)
17. D̩vics РDistant Radio (2006)
18. Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Midnight Radio (2001)
19. Regina Spektor – On The Radio (2006)
20. Monty Python – I Bet They Won”t Play This Song On The Radio (1980)


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  1. halfhearteddude
    March 17th, 2016 at 07:05 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Dave B
    March 17th, 2016 at 08:22 | #2

    AMD! This mix speaks to me. It seems like a good one and I look forward to listening to it.
    I do remember pointing a mic at my parents bar stereo speaker and keeping the tabletop tape deck on rec/pause, so I was completely ready to record a song off the radio. I cut the top 20 charts out of the local paper and crossed off the ones I had taped already, phoning in requests for the ones I didn’t. Some of the songs still have a snippet of DJ yak attached to them in my own mental recording.

  3. Porgie
    March 17th, 2016 at 09:25 | #3

    Thanks loads for AMR vol #1! Suggestions for Vol #2

    Jonathan Richman – Roadrunner

    The Rubinoos – Driving Music

    & saving the best for last (had to upload it myself, sheesh…)
    Jimmy Vigtone – When the Radio’s On

  4. Porgie
    March 17th, 2016 at 09:50 | #4


    Also… The Nervebreakers “Hijack The Radio”

  5. jeffrey gorow
    March 17th, 2016 at 10:20 | #5

    can think of several you forgot. radio, radio – elvis costello, heartbreak radio – roy orbison, mexican radio – wall of voodoo, life is a rock, but the radio rolled me – reunion, thats why god made the radio – the beach boys, this is radio clash – the clash, on your radio – joe jackson, around the dial – the kinks, texas radio and the big beat – the doors

  6. Clarence
    March 17th, 2016 at 21:59 | #6

    I L-O-V-E this mix! So many songs for future mixes (Raspberries, Ray Stevens, Etc.), looking forward to them!

  7. Ben
    March 18th, 2016 at 04:33 | #7

    I’m really digging the mix! Some considerations for the next mix: Radio Ga Ga, Queen – My Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me, Larry Graham and Grand Central Station – H.A.P.P.Y. Radio, Edwin Starr – Radio Head, Talking Heads – Video Killed the Radio Star (Don’t know the artist) – Love Letter, Bonnie Raitt – Wavelength, Van Morrison, to name a few.

    Thanks again!

  8. March 18th, 2016 at 16:18 | #8

    Fantastic. Many of my favourites on there, Dude!

  9. Anders Franzén
    March 19th, 2016 at 11:42 | #9

    Regretfully (or not?), I don”t listen to much radio nowadays, as I did 10-20 years ago.

    In my hometown, the most popular Radio channel was an Oldies-Goldies station, so everbody knew the classics of the 50s and 60s better that the modern songs.

    As a fan of Donna Summer, I may suggest her ‘On the Radio’ for another mix.

    @Ben – Video Killed the Radio Star is by The Buggles.

  10. Steve Mitchell
    March 19th, 2016 at 23:02 | #10

    Great Mix. Others to consider for volume 2: Blasters – Border Radio; Velvet Underground – Rock N Roll; Ravyns – Raised on Radio

  11. dogbreath
    March 21st, 2016 at 14:45 | #11

    Guilty as charged: Oh the hours & hours of songs I had taped from radio or TV on reel to reel or cassette and of varying quality, I’m sure. Happy days! I’m ready to enjoy yet another of your fine compilations & trip down memory lane, excellent stuff. Many thanks!

  12. JoeG
    March 24th, 2016 at 03:10 | #12

    I’m thinking also of “Are You Out There” by Dar Williams, “Border Radio” by the Blasters, “Radio Radio” by Elvis Costello, “The Last DJ” by Tom Petty and “Radio Nowhere” by Bruce Springsteen.

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