We Welcome A New Month With Our Original Sixties Rotation, and Jackson Browne Owns Our Album of The Week, Sunday, August 1, 2021

Here we are starting another month together here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we have our very first long-player ever created up today featuring the music that inspired this station. We also have our brand new Album of The Week.

We have two Sixties Rotations; today we offer the Original Sixties Rotation.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Downhill From Everywhere by Jackson Browne NEW!

Great rockers never really die, and neither do great singer-songwriters. And Jackson Browne is one of the elites in my book. In every article I read, the album is being described as a boomer faces his own mortality, and it may well be that because Jackson Browne has always been introspective. Do I think it’s his best? No. Do I think it’s a great album? I do. Especially since I sometimes too find myself confronting my own mortality.

3:00 p.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

This is due for an update, but it’s pretty damned serviceable as it is. We have two sixties rotations because we have so much sixties music. This is more geared toward the earlier part of the sixties. Since this is the first of the two we put together, we can it The Original Sixties Rotation. It is indeed the music that inspired me to start this station and share my record collection with you. More than five hours of sixties music uninterrupted begins at mid-day.

You’ll hear Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Beatles. The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Them, The Hollies, Petula Clark, The Searchers, Little Eva, The Turtles, The Grateful Dead, Barry McGuire, Buddy Hollie, Johnny Rivers, Bobbie Gentry, The Dave Clark Five, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, and many more.

Sunday is a day of rest. Unless, of course, you’re caught up in that retail nonsense where you have to shop all seven days of the week to support the capitalist state. Remember, the product we offer is FREE. We do not require a subscription, ask for a credit card number or seek your personal information. Just sayin’

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It’s a Scortcha Here Outside The Mermaid Lounge, and We’ve Got a Hot Line-up As Well With A New Album of The Week and Our Original Sixties Rotation, Sunday, June 6, 2021

Good Morning, Summer Lovers! It’s going to be 95 degrees outside The Lounge here today, and it’s a good thing we’ve got AC crankin’ because it’s pretty hot inside as well!

Today we feature The Original Sixties Rotation!3:.m.

Here’s your Sunday funday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell NEW!

This fantastic 2013 release won the Grammy Award for the Best Americana Album. It was Harris’ 13th Grammy. The album itself was her twenty-seventh studio release, and Crowell’s tenth. Although they originally met in 1974, it took them until 2012 to record an album together. I saw the tour promoting this album, and the musical chemistry between Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell was amazing.

It only took the pair two years to release a follow up album called The Travelin’ Kind, and we’ll be featuring that as a future Album of The Week.

3:00 p.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

This was the very first playlist we ever put together back when we started, and it features The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, Johnny Rivers, Bobbie Gentry, Little Eva, The Searchers, The Who, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, The Hollies, The Turtles, Petula Clark, Barry McGuire, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Kinks, and many more! More than five hours of uninterrupted musical nirvana!

It’s hotter than Hades out there, and I’m hunkering down here in The Lounge with some good music. We won’t cost you a damned penny. That’s no lie. We’re not going to ask you to subscribe. And we’re certainly not going to sell you anything. Why not join your friends from around the world and do the same?

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It’s Our Monthly Visit With The British, and Carly Simon’s “Hotcakes” is Our Album of The Week, Sunday, April 11, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s another fine Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge (although, I confess that I am writing this earlier than usual). We have a new album of the week, and we feature our five-hour British Invasion playlist today.

Join us for The British Are Coming! today at 3:00 p.m.

Here’s today’s simple but satisfying line-up:

12:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Hotcakes by Carly Simon NEW!

Hotcakes was Carly Simon’s fourth studio album, released by Elektra Records in 1974. She recorded the album while she was pregnant with her first child, and I have to say that it’s one of the best albums on the planet. It is also one of the hottest-sellers of her career. Unfortunately for Carly, Elektra released two other albums that year, one was Planet Waves by Dylan and the other was Court & Spark by Joni Mitchell. That kept Hotcakes off the top spot. It peaked at number three.

The album generated two hits, Mockingbird, which she recorded with her then-husband James Taylor, and the other was Haven’t Got Time For The Pain. However, I have to agree with David Geffen’s assessment that Forever My Love was the finest song she ever recorded.

3:00 p.m. The British Are Coming! Various Artists

Once again, we give you more than five hours of great music from across the pond, from the British Invasion bands up through the mid eighties. You’ll hear The Clash, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Lulu, The Dave Clark Five, Them (featuring Van Morrison), Electric Light Orchestra, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Spencer Davis Group, The Who, and then some.

My fingers are tired, so I’m not going into all the detail about how you should be listening to us. You know, we’re totally free, ask no personal information, take no advertising, no commercial interruptions…all that shit. Just do it.

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Little Feat Live in Boston, Volume One of Our Summer of Love Playlist, and a Lot of Open Stream, Friday, March 26, 2021

Good Morning, Folks! It’s Friday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’re light on programming and big on Open Stream today. But the programming we have is outstanding, and that’s a good thing.

Today we have Little Feat live at The Orpheum Theatre.

Here’s your line-up:

12:00 p.m. Little Feat Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Mass, October 31, 1975

Little Feat’s career spanned five decades, all good. But the best years were with Lowell George, at least in the minds of those here in The Mermaid Lounge. Today we have them in Boston’s Orpheum Theatre, another show I was fortunate enough to see.

6:00 p.m. The Summer of Love, Volume One: Various Artists

We have three volumes of these great tunes, and we’ll be hearing all of them over the next several days. But today we start with volume one featuring Petula Clark, Donovan, Marvin Gaye, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Yardbirds, The Electric Prunes, The Box Tops, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, and some guys named The Beatles…and more!

Here we go again: Tune us in. We’re free. We ask for no credit cards, no personal information and no “subscription” to our music service (that’s what the big guys call it) is required!

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It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge! Eva Cassidy Owns Our Album of The Week, and “The British Are Coming” Playlist is Back, March 14, 2021

Good Morning, Weekenders! It’s Sunday (and Daylight Savings Time) here at #BecomeUngovernable Radio, and we’ve got a brand new Album of The Week and our British music playlist makes its monthly return.

Eva Cassidy owns our Album of the Week with “Songbird.”

Here’s today’s programming:

12:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Songbird by Eva Cassidy NEW!

We introduced Eva Cassidy to our line-up earlier in the week, with a live performance. All of her music is now in our Standard Rotation, so it is only fitting that we make her album Songbird our Album of The Week. This was a posthumously-released compilation album, as Eva died from cancer at the age of 33 back in 1996. She was virtually unknown at the time. Since its release, Songbird has gone multi-platinum. We’d like the people everywhere to get to know Eva Cassidy. Music lives forever.

3:00 p.m. The British Are Coming: Various Artists

Our friends from across the pond are back today. We feature the music of the British Invasion and beyond with this great five-hour playlist. Uninterrupted by commercials. Because we don’t run any of that shit. You will hear The Who, Cream, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Them (featuring Van Morrison), Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Dave Clark Five, The Pretenders, Led Zeppelin, Lulu, Petula Clark, Herman’s Hermits and many more!

Tune us in, folks. It’s a day of rest. And this is the perfect way to pass it. You won’t need a “subscription,” your wallet, or a credit card. All you need is a free computer tab and your index finger to click on the link below.

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It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge With Emmylou Harris’ “Wrecking Ball” and Our Sixties Rotation (Volume 1), February 21, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s a bright sunny day here in the Boston area, in stark contrast to the past few days. It considerably improves the mood.

Emmylou Harris owns our Album of The Week. By anyone’s standards, “Wrecking Ball” was brilliant.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris NEW!

Wrecking Ball was Emmylou Harris’ eighteenth release, and it was also a career-redefining effort, her music taking on a sharper edge as she combined with Daniel Lanois (known for his work with U2). She covered songs by Neil Young (the title song), Daniel Lanois, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, and Lucinda Williams (not a complete list). Many helped out with the instruments and vocals. It won the 1996 Grammy Award as The Best Contemporary Folk Recording.This is a spectacular album. Not to be missed, people.

3:00 p.m. The Sixties Rotation, Volume One: Various Artists

Our monthly tribute to those who inspired this radio station is once again afoot. This is the original Sixties Rotation (we have two) where you will hear five hours of uninterrupted gems from Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Searchers, Dusty Springfield, The Beatles, The Hollies, Blind Faith, Jeff Beck, Johnny Rivers, Sonny & Cher, The Everly Brothers, Joe Cocker, Roy Orbison, Petula Clark, and many more!

Now, listen, folks. It’s Sunday. A day of rest, no matter what the capitalists tell you. Nobody needs to spend money seven days a fucking week. Got it? Kick back, put your feet up, and tune in some great music. It doesn’t cost you a penny, there’s no credit card or personal information reqired. Just your computer and a free tab.

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It’s Saturday in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/23/2021

Good Morning, fellow music trivia buffs, and welcome to The Mermaid Lounge! We have today’s lesson all prepared for you. We guarantee you’ll impress your friends and family with your knowledge if you apply yourselves.

The Winter Dance Party Tour begins. But before it’s over, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper will die in a plane crash. Don McLean called it “the day the music died” in his hit American Pie.

Here’s today’s lesson:

January 23, 1959: The Winter Dance Party Tour began at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee. Before the 24-city tour is over, the headliners, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper will die in a plane crash.

January 23, 1964: The Temptations released The Way You Do The Things You Do, one of the best R & B songs ever, in my opinion.

January 23, 1965: Herman’s Hermits released Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat.

Also on this day, Downtown made Petula Clark the first woman to have a #1 in the US since Vera Lynn in 1952. Of course, she’ll have many more here, but she is an old hand at this in the UK where she has been charting since 1954.

Beatles ’65 spent a third week at #1 on the Album charts.

January 23, 1966: Stevie Wonder played The Cavern Club in Liverpool.

January 23, 1967: Johnny Rivers, one of our favorites here, released Baby I Need Your Lovin’.

January 23, 1969: Alan Parsons (later of The Alan Parsons Project) engineered his first session at Apple Studios (as 2nd engineer to Glyn Johns) as The Beatles record one of their best ever, Get Back.

Elvis Presley records Suspicious Minds at American Sound, a small studio in Memphis. It is a huge comeback hit for The King, and it is also his final #1 hit in America.

January 23, 1970: Judy Collins is denied the opportunity to sing her testimony at the infamous Chicago 7 trial.

January 23, 1971: George Harrison is the first ex-Beatle to hit #1 on the UK charts with My Sweet Lord.

Also on this day, Gladys Knight & The Pips recached #1 on the R & B charts with If I Were Your Woman. This band never got the recognition it deserved, in my opinion, and Gladys Knight was a powerhouse of a singer.

January 23, 1973: While singing to a sell-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York, Neil Young is handed a message. He then announces that a peace accord had been reached in Vietnam. The crowd goes wild for 10 minutes. Here we are in 2020, and American imperialism continues on unabated and forgotten as we fucking argue over masks.

January 23, 1978: Terry Kath of Cbicago accidentally shoots himself in the head with a gun he believed was empty. He dies instantly, just eight days shy of his 32nd birthday. It also marks the death of Chicago, as far as I am concerned, as Peter Cetera leads them down the path of elevator music and renders them irrelevant.

Born On This Day

January 23, 1950: Danny Federici, keyboardist for the E Street Band, was born in Farmington, New Jersey.

January 23, 1950: Bill Cunningham, bassist for The Box Tops, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

And that is all because we do not give a flying fuck about Mariah Carey or Justin Bieber. We will be back with our line-up soon!

The British Are Coming! Our Album of The Week’s Final Airing, and “Live Dead” Later, Saturday, December 5, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s once again time for a visit from the bands and singers who brought you The British Invasion, one of the absolute best times in all of music. We have it here today from The Mermaid Lounge.

The Rolling Stones.

Here’s today’s line-up!

11:00 a.m. The British Invasion: Various Artists

We’ve got more than five hours of some of the best music on the planet, uninterrupted save for a couple of station ID’s along the way. Hear The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Petula Clark, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, The Kinks, The Who, The Zombies, The Dave Clark Five, Gerry & The Pacemakers, and many more.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Wreckless Abandon by The Dirty Knobs

We bid a fond farewell to Mike Campbell and his band as this is our final airing for this cycle. Don’t miss it. It is indeed like hearing old friends. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new Album of The Week.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Capitol Center, Landover, Maryland, September 25, 1976 (aka, Dick’s Picks Volume 20) NEW!

Yet another brand new outing from the world’s preeminent jam band, this one from The Capitol Center in Landover.

Tune us in, people. This is a solid day of programming guaranteed to please. No advertising. No political speeches. No news to speak of except for music news. No credit card or personal information required. Just click the damned link below, already.

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Happy Monday From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 11/30/2020

It’s another Monday morning in the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge, and it’s going to be pretty nasty here. Why not tune us in while you’re at it?

Paul McCartney & Wings in their heyday.

Here’s today’s lesson!

November 30, 1960: The Shirelles re-released Dedicated To The One I Love, originally released in 1959. It was re-released after Will You Love Me Tomorrow became a hit.

Also on this day, The Beatles finished up their 56-night run at the Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg, Germany.

November 30, 1963: The Beach Boys song In My Room cracks Billboard’s Top 40. Although it peaks at #23, it becomes one of the band’s most popular songs.

Meanwhile, back in Beatle Land, She Loves You returns to #1 on the UK charts, while the album With The Beatles sits at #1 on the Album charts.

November 30, 1965: Petula Clark, one of the most influential singers of the British Invasion, releases her hit Downtown.

November 30, 1966: Legendary but quirky guitarist Jeff Beck quits The Yardbirds after a year and a half. He later forms The Jeff Beck Group.

November 30, 1968: Sly & The Family Stone released the single Everyday People.

Also on this day, The Supremes topped the Billboard Top 100 with their eleventh hit, Love Child. The song was introduced on The Ed Sullivan Show.

And Cheap Thrills by Big Brother & The Holding Company (featuring Janis Joplin) takes over the #1 slot on the Album charts.

November 30, 1969: The Rolling Stones wrap up a tour with an appearance at the International Raceway Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida. Also appearing at the event are King Crimson, Iron Butterfly, Ten Years After, The Band, Janis Joplin, Steppenwolf, and The Moody Blues.

November 30, 1970: All Things Must Pass is already released in the US. On this day, George Harrison released it in the UK.

November 30. 1971: Al Green, one of the most pleasantly soulful singers on the damned planet, released Let’s Stay Together.

November 30, 1972: Paul McCartney & Wings released the song Hi, Hi, Hi, which is promptly banned by the BBC because of its “unsuitable lyrics.” In site of that it goes to #5 in the UK. It will peak at #10 in the US.

November 30, 1974: The Eagles Best of My Love is released. It will become one of The Eagles’ five US #1 singles.

November 30, 1977: The Atlanta Rhythm Section released the single, So Into You.

November 30, 1980: Pink Floyd releases their double-album masterpiece, The Wall.

November 30, 2001: In Liverpool, flags are flown at half staff in memory of George Harrison. In London, the Coldstream Guards play a Beatles medley during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace in his honor.

Born On This Day

November 30, 1944: Rob Grill, singer, songwriter and bassist for the seventies hit machine known as The Grass Roots, was born in Los Angeles.

November 30, 1945: Roger Glover, songwriter, producer and bassist for Deep Purple, was born in Brecon, Wales.

That’s today’s lesson. We’ll be back with the line up as soon as I make some coffee and become human again.

Yes, There is Even a Sunday Session at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!

Good Morning, Students! We are back with yet another lesson in the fine art of rock n’ roll trivia here in The Mermaid Lounge. We have all the salient rock n’ roll details every day.

The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany. The Beatles blew the doors off the place in 1962.

Here’s today’s lesson:

November 15, 1932: Petula Clark (born Sally Olwen Clark) is born in Epsom, Surrey, England. Later in life, songs like Downtown and I Know A Place would make her famous.

November 15, 1956: Johnny & The Moondogs (consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison) appear in the final round of Britain’s TV Star Search at The Hippodrome Theatre, Manchester, where they perform Think It Over and It’s So Easy. Unfortunately, the did not have enough money to stay overnight, so they returned home before being able to finish the competition.

November 15, 1965: The Rolling Stones debut on NBC-TV’s Hullabaloo Show where they sing Get Off Of My Cloud.

On this day, The Beatles also finished recording Rubber Soul.

November 15, 1966: The Jefferson Airplane record Somebody To Love, which would reach #5 in in the summer of 1967.

Also, The Doors officially sign with Elektra Records in a deal for the band to release seven albums.

November 15, 1969: Janis Jopin is arrested at her concert in Tampa, Florida, and is charged with using “vulgar and indecent language.” The charges were later dropped.

November 15, 1972: Although I’m generally not into ‘soft rock’ on this day America released a most excellent album called Homecoming. We will soon feature it as our Album of The Week.

And finally, Hamburg, German’y’s famous Star Club — where a very young group called The Beatles once played — announced it would be closing its doors forever.

That’s it from the college of rock n’ roll knowlege. Stick around and we’ll give you today’s line up a bit later!