Welcome to Sunday Funday! We Keep It Simple…and Totally British Today, December 26, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Here we are again in The Mermaid Lounge. We generally keep it simple on Sundays, and this one is no exception. That means that there’s plenty for everyone. Read on for details!

More than five hours of uninterrupted music from The British Invasion and beyond!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles NEW!

People often raise their eyes on this one, but the fact is that it not only made our list, but the Rolling Stone list of the top 25 albums of 1967. Released as an EP in Great Britain, the U.S. version became a full-blown album when Capitol Records added the hit singles All You Need Is Love, Hello Goodbye, Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, and Baby You’re a Rich Man. The music is timeless, people.

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

Starting mid-afternoon, we bring you music from across the pond, as they say. It’s fair to say that the Brits were influenced by the American rock n’ roll scene, and the same holds true for the Americans. They were equally influenced by the sounds coming out of Britain. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Zombies, The Hollies, Yes, Them, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Dave Clark Five, Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees (not that disco shit, I promise), The Yardbirds, The Pretenders, Lulu, Herman’s Hermits, Petula Clark, Blind Faith, The Spencer Davis Group, Cream, The Searchers and more!

We’re approaching 2022, marking our fifth year of doing this. We keep on going totally free of charge, no commercial interruptions, no long-winded DJ’s…just music 24/7. No “subscription” required. Nada. Just a computer tab and an index finger to push the button below.

We’ve Got A Simple All-Brit Sunday On Tap With Elton John’s Album of The Week and ‘The British Are Coming’ EP, October 24, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! If you loved the musical British Invasion this is your day. Not only do we have our EP ‘The British Are Coming’ this afternoon, but we kick the festivities off with Elton John and our AOW.

This great EP starts at 3:00 p.m. EST!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Elton John by Elton John NEW!

I personally have a love-hate relationship with EJ, preferring his earlier works to the stuff he made later in his career. When you begin a long-term run in Vegas, you know it’s time to hang them up. I continue to believe this is one of Elton John’s finest albums, if not his absolute best. I have liked various songs here and there since the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album, but nothing has knocked my socks off since then. Regardless, this album belongs on our Album of The Week radar without a doubt.

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

Serendipity has once again found its way into my off-the-cuff programming and given us an All-British Sunday. That can only mean good things. During this EP, you’ll hear The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Zombies, The Hollies, Yes, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five, Lulu, Petula Clark, Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, The Yardbirds, Faces, Them, Herman’s Hermits, Blind Faith, The Spencer Davis Group, Cream, Dusty Springfield, and many more!

As always, it’s a great day to tune us in. We’re totally free, just like your Sunday should be, so why not take advantage of it. And we’re not just free and without strings on Sundays. We’re like this every day. For us, it’s all about the music.

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We Open With the Final Airing of Our AOW, Then Move To Our EP ‘The British Are Coming’ Playlist. And Later, We Have LIVE DEAD, Saturday, September 18, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s our usual Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge You will remember on Wednesday we had Music Festival day. We cannot find a really good recording of Summer Jam from ’73 at Watkins Glen, but we do have the next best thing. See below.

Here’s today’s line-up:

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

We bid a fond farewell to Joni Mitchell’s masterpiece, Blue, today. Tomorrow there will be a brand new album awaiting you when you roll yourselves out of bed.

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

We’re back with our EP The British Are Coming which gives you music from The British Invasion (musically speaking) and beyond. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Who, The Zombies, The Rolling Stones, Yes, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Kinks, The Dave Clark Five, Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees (not that Saturday Night Fever shit either), The Yardbirds, The Pretenders, Lulu, Them, Herman’s Hermits, Petula Clark, Blind Faith, The Spencer Davis Group, and more!

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Summer Jam, Watkins Glen, NY, July 28, 1973 NEW!

You’ll remember our Music Festival Wednesday this week we talked about Summer Jam in 1973 at Watkins Glen. The bands were The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and The Grateful Dead. We’re still searching for a decent recording of the entire event, but we’ve got the next best thing. This is the most-attended music event in known history, and you got all three bands for a mere $10. Are you kidding me?

This recording of The Grateful Dead (soundboard, so decent quality) is the closest we come since both The Allman Brothers Band and The Band join them on stage toward the end of their set. We hope you enjoy, and we will continue our search.

Great day to tune us in for sure. We’ve got our usual busy Saturday on tap, yet we still give you more hours of wide Open Stream than programmed music. That’s what we’re all about. We don’t charge, ask for a subscription, or your personal information. No forms to fill out. We don’t run commercials, and our DJ’s not the mouthy kind. Give us a shot.

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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!