We Welcome You to Another Monday With OUR Top 50 Tom Petty Songs, and Aretha Franklin In the Spotlight, September 13, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Sorry I’m running a tad late, but the old music bat slept in a bit. I needed it. Yesterday, I saw a list of Tom Petty’s Top 50 songs from a radio station and was inspired to share our list with you once again.

Today we give you Petty’s Top 50 songs with the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, The Wilburys and as a solo artist.

Here’s your line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Tom Petty’s Top 50 Songs

Before we begin, let me say that these are not ranked in any kind of order. That would be totally impossible, I’m afraid, for anyone in The Mermaid Lounge to do. I didn’t even review the list, which was originally done several months ago, because I knew I’d have rearranged my brain around these again. Let’s leave well enough alone, I say.

Here we have our version of Petty’s Top 50. This was inspired by a list I posted on Twitter yesterday generated by some radio station somewhere. The songs are from his work with The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, The Traveling Wilburys, and as a solo artist.

Whether you agree with the list or not, consider the bonus: You get just over three hours of Tom Petty music. And that cannot be bad. Buy the way, anyone who wants to make a case to remove a song and replace it with another can always feel free to write us at become.ungovernable.radio@gmail.com.

6:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Aretha Franklin

The undisputed Queen of Soul will be in the spotlight this evening a bit earlier than our 7:00 p.m. start because it’s my day off from the salt mines and because I can. So, there.

Give us a shot. This morning we’ve got plenty of listeners from Japan, Spain, the UK, Norway, Denmark, France, Romania, The Russian Federation, Portugal, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Poland, and Argentina. We’re waiting, United States. Where the hell are you?

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Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” Turned 50 This Summer. It is Our New Album of The Week. Then We Bring You Plenty of Soul on Sunday, September 12, 2021

Good Morning, Weekenders! Hope you’re all settled in for the weekend and ready for some great music because we’ve got it here! We celebrate a birthday of sorts, and we bring you a little bit of soul for most of the day.

The fun starts at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon!

Here’s your Sunday Funday programming:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Blue by Joni Mitchell NEW!

Joni Mitchell’s Blue turned 50 years old in June, so this feature has been on our “to do” list for a while. It’s finally here. This album is rightfully considered to be one of the greatest albums ever recorded, with Mitchell writing and producing the entire masterpiece. It was made right after her break-up with Graham Nash and during her intense relationship with James Taylor, and the songs reflect those events in her life. It was released on June 22, 1971.

Blue was Joni Mitchell’s fourth studio release in a career that gave us so many great albums. The New York Times referred to the album as one of the 25 albums that represented “turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music.”

3:00 p.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

You know how much we love long players here in The Mermaid Lounge. It’s our way of focusing on musical genres. We’re working on Reggae right at the moment. Finding the music and the singers is half the fun. This is a great long player covering five hours of soul and R & B.

We bring you Irma Thomas, The Ronettes, The Shirelles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Etta James, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Drifters, Stevie Wonder, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Curtis Mayfield, Edwin Starr, LaVern Baker, Ray Charles, James Brown, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Al Green, Aretha Franklin and many more!

Even the gods took Sunday off, so that means you can too. That also means it’s a great day to kick back and tune us in. I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but the sun is out here and we are in the mood for some great music as we go about our business. Join your friends from around the world. They know what we’re all about. So do we. It’s called music. Not money.

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Saturday Delivers A Great New Playlist, NOT The Album of The Week, The Actual Album of The Week, and LIVE DEAD, September 4, 2021

Here we are with our usual frenetic Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we wish you a great Good Morning. We’ve got some really cool stuff on tap, including a brand new playlist called Repeat After Me.

Today we’ve got a great new playlist of remakes and reboots along with the originals!

Here’s your Saturday line-up!

11:00 a.m. Repeat After Me: Various Artists NEW!

I was driving home from work when this idea came into my head and I wondered what the hell took me so long. I also have to tell you that I somehow feel this is simply the first volume. I thought of even more this morning. Here we have some great songs that have also been the beneficiaries of great remakes. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that is certainly the case in the music world. The best want to remake and pay tribute to the best songwriters and performers who have inspired their own music.

The playlist for this volume will be in the blog under the “Playlist” tab. Just click on it and scroll to the bottom.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan FINAL AIRING!

This is the final airing of this great album. Get on it while you can. Tomorrow, we’ve got a brand new album to feature, and it’s one that just got its 50th Anniversary edition to boot!

7:00 p.m. NOT The Album of The Week: Surf N’ Burn by The Blue Stingrays

Last summer we added surf music to our repertoire, but we’ve not given it much of an audience this summer, regrettably I might add. As we work on the Labor Day Weekend, we’re going to play Surf N’ Burn by The Blue Stingrays. There’s a story behind this one. This band made one album, although the liner notes called them the premier surf music band of the sixties (when surf music first burst onto the music scene). The band is actually Mike Campbell and Ron Blair (of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), and Randall Marsh (drummer for Mudcrutch, another Tom Petty band). The did this anonymously because they didn’t want to detract from The Heartbreakers meteoric rise of 1997, the year the album was released. They didn’t particularly care if it even sold a copy (which it did; I have one). They did it because they love the sound of surf music.

The album was just picked up and re-released a few weeks ago. If you are a lover of guitars (and of Mike Campbell, simply one of the best guitarists on the planet), then there’s something about surf guitar music that can’t be explained. Tune it in and see for yourself.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, July 1, 1973

This is one of the few repeat performances we’ve played since starting LIVE DEAD three years ago, but it also hasn’t been aired since 2019. It’ll be like new, just like every live performance The Dead has done. We have several brand new never-before-played concerts in the bucket. We just need to get them ready.

Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge is pretty busy, and this one is no different. Give us a shot. We’ve got listeners from all over this morning, including Italy, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, France, Germany, The Russian Federation, Romania, Spain and even The Republic of Korea. We’re sitting here waiting on the U.S. (although we do have someone from North Carolina and someone from Texas this morning). Tune us in. Get with the damned program.

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We Close The Work Week (Thankfully) With Badfinger, Cream, and a Dose of The All-Girl Revue, Friday, September 3, 2021

Good Morning, Music People! It’s the end of the work week again (thankfully) and we’ve got some really great stuff coming your way from The Mermaid Lounge today!

The women of rock n’ roll bring up the rear this evening

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Badfinger Live at The BBC (1972-1973)

We consider Badfinger a highly underrated band. They were pioneers in the ‘power pop’ genre, and were the one bona fide band with real star power signed by The Beatles’ Apple Records. They are the architects of one of my favorite songs of all time, Baby Blue. I remember binge watching Breaking Bad and when they closed the series with that song, I thought it was the perfect choice. Today we have them live at the BBC.

3:00 p.m. Acid: The Lost Cream Tapes

In the middle of the afternoon, we’ve got some great “lost” music that was just released to the public in this decade but was actually recorded back in 1967. This selection is pretty much all over the place with some unreleased music, some great studio jams (which we can only describe as hooch induced at this point), and even a couple of commercial recordings for Falstaff beer. Is that shit even still around?

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 5: Various Artists

As you well know, we have a particular commitment to the women of popular music, and we continue that tradition today with volume five of our All-Girl Revue. In this volume you’ll hear Joni Mitchell, Lulu, Petula Clark, Chi Coltrane, Janis Joplin, Tracy Chapman, Maria Muldaur, Karla Bonoff, Marcia Ball, Wendy Waldman, Valerie Carter, Judy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Carlene Carter, and many more!

Come on, kids. Get with the program. We have listeners from all around the globe online with us every single day. It’s time to join the party, and it won’t cost you a penny. What the hell are you waiting for?

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Mid-Week Brings Our Rock, Blues & Ballads Playlist, Creedence Clearwater Revival In The Spotlight, and a Tribute To The Great Charlie Watts, Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a great line-up today as we play tribute to Charlie Watts, a Rolling Stone from beginning to end, and celebrate his life and music.

In tribute to the steady beat of Charlie Watts, we put The Stones In the Spotlight tonight.

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

11:00 a.m. Rock, Blues & Ballads, Volume One: Various Artists

This one gives us a little bit of everything. It’s just a great collection of individual songs by some of the best singers, songwriters and musical artists on the planet. You’ll hear from Warren Zevon, J.J. Cale, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Steve Winwood, Long John Baldry, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton and many more!

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Four guys from Berkeley, California, made some of the best damned rock n’ roll and swamp music on the planet. Someone once said they were overrated. I told that guy to shut the fuck up.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Rolling Stones

Charlie Watts, the steady heart beat of the Stones, passed into that great musical heaven in the sky yesterday. He was a constant from beginning to end with the Stones; all he ever wanted to do was play the drums and he did it with style. Tonight we put The Rolling Stones In the Spotlight.

Why you should tune us in (besides the greatest music on the planet): We’re totally free, we do not accept commercials, therefore your music is uninterrupted all day and all night, we do not ask for personal information, and we do not track you. Neither do we purchase music from either Amazon or Apple. Get it?

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Saturday Delivers Great Music With ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul,’ the Final Airing of Our Album of The Week, and LIVE DEAD, August 14, 2021

It’s our usual Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge as we kick the day off with our R & B/Soul longplayer, the final airing of our album of the week, and the usual LIVE DEAD.

Nina Simone is just one of the artists you’ll hear in ‘A Little Bit O’ Soul’

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

Today we give you more than five hours of uninterrupted soul and R & B sounds with The Temptations, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Four Tops, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Shirelles, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, Al Green, Bill Withers, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Sam & Dave, Marvin Gaye, Carla Thomas and more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sing It! by Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, and Tracy Nelson FINAL AIRING!

This will be the final airing of this great blues and R & B album, so get on it while you can! Tomorrow when you wake up, there will be a brand new selection.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Century City Convention Hall, Wichita, Kansas, November 17, 1972 NEW!

Another soundboard recording from the ultimate road warriors here, and another brand new selection.

It’s our usual busy Saturday, but it remains that the bulk of our programming on any given day remains wide Open Stream. We’re free. We’re uninterrupted by commercials. And we do not ask for your personal informtion. All you need is a tab to access the best music on the planet from the link below.

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We’ve Got John Lennon In the Spotlight, The All-Girl Revue Too, and Our Album of The Week on Thursday, August 12, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a pretty good program today…at least we think so. It begins at 11:00 a.m. as usual. Today we open with John Lennon In the Spotlight.

Here’s today’s musical programming:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of John Lennon

Today we have the music of one of the best voices in rock n’ roll as a member of The Beatles, The Plastic Ono Band, and as a soloist. He also wrote one of the greatest songs of all time.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sing It! by Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, and Tracy Nelson

We’re winding down on this week’s album, a great blues and R & B effort by three of the most accomplished musical stylists in music. On this album they sing individually and as a group. It’s a rare treat. Don’t miss it.

7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue Too: Various Artists

We turn the evening over to the ladies. In this second volume you’ll hear Carlene Carter, Bobbie Gentry, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Amy Winehouse, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Christine McVie, Janis Ian, Mary Wells, Cilla Black, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Shawn Colvin, Susan Tedeschi and more!

Give us a listen, will ya? You have nothing to lose. Unlike some others, we aren’t free for just a week. We’re free every fucking day, all day. In fact, we run 24/7 uninterrupted by advertising or screaming DJ’s. What are you waiting for?

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We Open the Week With Mudcrutch Monday, and The Soul Sisters, Volume One, August 2, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! We kick a new week off with Mudcrutch Monday Madness, something we haven’t seen for a while. We also have volume one of The Soul Sisters coming up later.

Mudcrutch (Photo by Dennis Callahan)

Here’s your line-up:

12:00 p.m. MUDCRUTCH MONDAY MADNESS! The Complete Catalogue

Mudcrutch is back for another Monday treat. We’ve got all the Mudcrutch you can handle today, giving you all the songs they’ve made in just over two hours of great music. This is the band that left Gainesville, erupted into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and which Petty regrouped in 2008 with its original members.

6:00 p.m. The Soul Sisters, Volume One: Various Artists

We’ve got some great soul music for you here from the ladies, including Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Irma Thomas, Martha & The Vandellas, Carla Thomas, The Marvellettes, The Ronettes, The Shirelles, Barbara Lewis, Ann Peebles, Fontella Bass, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Little Eva and more.

It’s Monday. Some think it’s the hardest day of the week, so why not add some great music to your day. Before, in between, and after this great programming we’ve got The Music Mermaid choosing your Open Stream.

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Mid-Week Brings a Great, New Multi-Artist Extended Playlist, and That Sweet Soul Sound, Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’re at mid-week and we’ve got a brand new multi-artist long player for you today, along with that sweet soul sound later on.

Check out our brand new Water, Water Everywhere playlist starting at 11:00 a.m.!

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

11:00 a.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists NEW!

Did you know that the earth is about 71% water, and that 97% of that water is found in the oceans? That means only 3% is drinking water. Now that I’ve filled you with scientific information, let’s talk about our latest extended playlist.

We opened this playlist up to suggestions a while ago, but hadn’t gotten to it until just recently. The emails were out of control, but the suggestions were so great that we made ourselves a great multi-artist playlist all about water. You’ll hear The Beatles, Deep Purple, Donovan. Led Zeppelin, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Foo Fighters, Loggins & Messina, Al Green, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Elton John, and more!

In fact, you can check out this great new playlist under the ‘Playlist’ tab of this blog before listening. Just go to the tab and scroll to the bottom.

7:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound: Various Artists

This is one of our mainstays here in The Mermaid Lounge. Another multi-artist playlist that’s been around for a while, it features Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Fats Domino, Jackie Wilson, The Four Tops, Curtis Mayfield, Etta James, Bill Withers, The Temptations, Ann Peebles, and more!

We’ll keep saying it. You ought to be listening to us. You won’t realize what you’ve been missing until you do. We’re totally free, do not require a subscription or a credit card. All you need is a computer tab and this link:

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Today It’s All About The Ladies, Plus McCartney’s CHOBA B CCCP is Our AOW, Sunday, July 18, 2021

Good Morning, Kids! It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge and it’s a total mermaid kind of day starting mid-afternoon. Before that, though, we’ve got a great Album of The Week for you.

Ladies Day Out is up at 3:00 p.m.!

Here’s Sunday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: CHOBA B CCCP by Paul McCartney NEW!

The album title translates to Back in The U.S.S.R. and is the seventh studio album by Paul McCartney. It was released in October 1988 exclusively in Russia. It was released worldwide in 1991. The album is live in-studio covers of some of the great rock n’ roll hits that inspired so many artists of the sixties, including The Beatles, The Stones, and many others. This is a great album, proving that McCartney can rock with the best of them. The man’s career has spanned six decades now, and he’s still going. He’s what we call a living legend.

3:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

The ladies take over for five uninterrupted hours of bliss at mid-afternoon. This extended playlist features Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Carla Thomas. Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Irma Thomas, Maria Muldaur, Valerie Carter, Nicolette Larson, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Shawn Colvin, Etta James, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes, Norah Jones, The Ronettes, Joan Baez, and many more.

Before, in between, and after it’s our usual wide Open Stream rotating more than 27,000 songs at the whim of The Music Mermaid. Tune us in.

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