We Keep It Simple Today With ‘Full Moon Fever’ As Our Album Of The Week and Our ‘Little Bit O’ Soul’ EP, Sunday, October 17, 2021

As you know, it is Tom Petty Month in these here parts and we’ve chosen one of Petty’s solo albums (but not really; you’ll see what I mean) as our Album of The Week. This is one we’ve not had yet since we started this feature. From there, it’s a Little Bit O’ Soul.

This one comes your way at 3:00 p.m. EST today!

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty NEW!

Full Moon Fever was Tom Petty’s very first solo effort, released April 24, 1989 on MCA. It was produced by Petty, Mike Campbell, and Jeff Lynne. In addition to Lynne, other members of the Wilburys also contributed, including George Harrison and Roy Orbison. It was recorded in Campbell’s garage studio, and was actually interrupted mid-stream for the recording of the Traveling Wilbury’s first album.

Full Moon Fever was both a critical and commercial success. Five singles were released: I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down A Dream, Free Fallin’, A Face In The Crowd, and Yer So Bad. It peaked at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and No. 8 in the UK. It was certified 5x platinum in the U.S. on October 5, 2000 and 6x platinum in Canada on September 18, 1991 in Canada. In 2019, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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

Starting mid-afternoon we’ve got more than five hours of R & B and soul music for you with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Ronettes, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimmy Ruffin, The Drifters, The Supremes, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder, Carla Thomas, James Brown, The Shirelles, Nina Simone, Etta James, Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Edwin Starr, Fontella Bass, LaVern Baker, Sam & Dave, and more!

It’s an easy, breezy Sunday here in The Mermaid Lounge. Give yourself a break and tune us in. We’re free. No pressure for a membership. No request for a credit card or personal information. We know this may be hard to believe, but it’s absolutely true. And we don’t track you to sell you shit later. We’re not in this for profit. Blah. Blah. Blah. You won’t believe me until you’ve tried it. Come on and join your friends from around the globe.

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Monday, Monday With Jackson Browne, Some Live Flying Burrito Brothers, and That Sweet Soul Sound, October 11, 2021

It’s Monday all over again, and someone here though it would be a good idea to run The Boston Marathon on Columbus Day and insult the Indigenous People a little more. Welcome to Boston. But nevertheless, we have some great music for you here in The Mermaid Lounge.

The Shirelles, a great sixties girl band you’ll hear later today.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jackson Browne

This past Saturday was not only John Lennon’s birthday, but it was also Jackson Browne’s. And Jackson Browne is a singer-songwriter legend in these parts. Today, we give Jackson a turn In The Spotlight.

3:00 p.m. The Flying Burrito Brothers Live at The Palomino, North Hollywood, CA, June 8, 1969

Here we have one of the pioneers of country-rock recorded during a Monday night residency in the year 1969. The brothers play a great batch of songs, some from their debut album and some not. Keep in mind that this was recorded in 1969.

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

Consider this just a bit of a preview of what we’ll be featuring this coming Sunday when we give you our soul and R & B long player. You’ll hear The Shirelles, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, The Ronettes, Otis Reading, Ray Charles, Ben E. King, Jimmy Ruffin, Fontella Bass, Irma Thomas, The Staple Singers, The Temptations, The Marvelettes, Jackie Wilson, Booker T. & The MGs, Wicked Wilson Pickett, and many more!

It’s Monday. Take some of the edge off and tune us in. If you’re working all alone in your office, just pull up a tab and click on the link below, and push the play button. It’s as simple as that. There’s no credit card required and no shit to fill out. And the only commitment you’ll make is to some great music.

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We Kick Off Tom Petty Month Today and Give You Some ‘Travelin’ Fever’ Action, Friday, October 1, 2021

Good Morning, Pettyologists! It’s Rocktober, and that makes it Tom Petty Month. Now, we are not out to compete with any other music outlet by any stretch. But you’ll be seeing a bit more of The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, and The Traveling Wilburys than usual this month. And that’s a good thing.

Fans gather to mourn the death of Tom Petty at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, after it had been announced that the musician had died at the age of 66. © Sheri Determan Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 02 Oct 2017 Credit: Sheri Determan/WENN.com

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

We kick off the day with our Travelin’ Fever EP. You’ll hear Little Feat, Linda Ronstadt, Asleep At The Wheel, Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Band, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Loggins & Messina, Jesse Winchester, Fats Domino, Del Shannon, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Joan Baez, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Charles, Guy Clark, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Not The Album of The Week: Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

We kick off Tom Petty month with Hypnotic Eye, the final studio album by The Heartbreakers released in 2014. It is not our album of the week because it has already been our album of the week. The reason we kick off with this album is it’s hard for a band to be this good nearly forty years on. In my mind, this album competes with Damn The Torpedos as The Heartbreakers’ best album. And The Heartbreakers were still packing them in. On the Hypnotic Eye tour, they played to 40,000 people in Boston’s historic Fenway Park.

Today’s the day, folks. We kick off Tom Petty month. Our photo today is not meant to be morbid. We celebrate Tom Petty’s life and contribution to music, both of which were huge. We merely wanted to show the outpouring of fan love that Tom Petty earned over his gigantic career. He is still missed, but his music lives on.

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It’s A Beatles Kind of Day As We Close Out The Month; We’ve Also Got The Wilburys With the AOW, and Our ‘On The Map’ Playlist Later, Thursday, September 30, 2021

Good Morning, Beatles Lovers (and I, for one, am one)! It’s a Beatles kind of day here today in The Mermaid Lounge, and with good reason! Read on!

In spite of the rumors, The Beatles were still loose and enjoying each other at the end.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Beatles: The Let It Be Sessions

October is a big month. The 50th Anniversary 5-CD set of Let It Be will be released on October 15 replete with remixes (McCartney was unhappy with Phil Spector’s versions of some of the songs; and I agree), outtakes, alternate versions, and other goodies. Peter Jackson’s six-hour Let It Be documentary will be released on October 15 as well, with the companion book, The Beatles: Get Back, coming on October 12.

We’ve had this little gem for a while now and have played it before. We thought this would be an appropriate way to kick out the September jams as we get ready for October.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Traveling Wilburys, Volume One

Back with our next-to-last airing of this great album. October will also be Tom Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge. And you’ll hear plenty of the Wilburys as well during this time.

7:00 p.m. On The Map: Various Artists

We close out the day’s programming with our ‘On The Map’ playlist with cities, towns and locations in either the title, lyrics, or both. You’ll hear The Doors, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Asleep At The Wheel, Linda Ronstadt, Fats Domino, America, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Neil Young, Tom Rush, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Irma Thomas & Marcia Ball, The Grateful Dead, James Taylor, CSNY, Scott McKenzie, and more!

We’re ready to rock n’ roll. Are you? Tune us in today as we close out September. You can join our friends from Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, France, Denmark, Switerland, Japan, The Faroe Islands, Portugal, The Russian Federation, Canada, and the U.S. (Texas, Missouri, and New York this morning).

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The Last Day of the Month Brings Our Extended Travelin’ Playlist, The Final Airing of Our AOW, and Live Dead Later, Saturday, July 31, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists and road warriors everywhere. Today we bring you our extended, multi-artist Travelin’ Fever playlist, the final airing of Chrissie Hynde’s great new album, and Live Dead later this evening.

Today we have our four-hour, multi-artist Travelin’ Fever playlist.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: Travelin’ Fever, Various Artists

The road is always a popular music topic, and this extended playlist provides ample evidence of that. You’ll hear more than four hours of uninterrupted music from The Doors, The Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Tom Rush, The Box Tops, Canned Heat, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan, Little Feat, Lynyrd Skynyrd, J.J. Cale, Del Shannon, Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Guy Clark, Asleep At The Wheel, The Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many others.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Standing In The Doorway by Chrissie Hynde FINAL AIRING!

If you haven’t heard this masterpiece yet, this is your last chance to hear it here. Chrissie Hynde delivers what we consider to be the album of the year with her covers of lesser-known, underappreciated Bob Dylan songs. She did this during lockdown using cell phone technology. Not to be missed.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Selland Arena, Fresno, CA, July 19, 1974 NEW!

Another great live performance from The Dead, the world’s ultimate jam band! This one is live from the Selland Arena in Fresno.

This would be an excellent day to tune us in. In fact, they all are. We’ve got Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, France, the UK, Spain, Portugal and points beyond all on this morning. Why don’t you join them?

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Monday Morning Open Stream Leads to Steely Dan ‘Live’ in Houston and The Soul Men Later, April 19, 2021

We welcome you to the beginning of a new week here in The Mermaid Lounge. We start with Open Stream, but then move on to some really great programming.

We feature Steely Dan live at The Woodlands Pavillion today!

Here’s your Monday line-up:

1:00 p.m. Steely Dan Live at The Woodlands Pavillion, Houston, Texas, September 3, 1993

Today we feature one of the finest damned bands on the planet here today, live from Houston, Texas. I used to hear people say they couldn’t reproduce their sound on stage and I almost believed it…until I saw them live myself. Everyone’s a goddamned critic, especially those with no musical ability. I call bullshit.

7:00 p.m. The Soul Men, Volume One: Various Artists

I might as well tell you we kick off a new long-play soul and R & B playlist next month, so consider this a preview! You’ll hear Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Otis Redding (The Big O), Fats Domino, Freddie King, and many more!

Again, we open the week with light programming. But the programming we have is spectacular today. We are not-for-profit radio. We’re in it for the music. Give us a shot. You won’t regret it.

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Here’s Today’s Lesson From the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 2/18/2021

Good Afternoon, Music Lovers! We’ve got your trivia lesson here guaranteed to make you the envy of your family and friends. You’ll impress them with the wealth of useless information you have!

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with producer Denny Cordell.

Here’s today’s lesson:

February 18, 1959: Ray Charles recorded What’d I Say.

February 18, 1963: Peter, Paul & Mary released their single Puff The Magic Dragon.

February 18, 1965: The Beatles recorded two new songs on this day, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away and Tell Me What You See.

Also on this day, The Beatles’ publishing company, Northern Songs, appears on the London Stock Exchange.

The Kinks get into the act on this day also by topping the UK chart with Tired Of Waiting For You.

February 18, 1968: Paul McCartney and Ring Starr headed to Rishikesh, India to meet up with John Lennon and George Harrison. There they will study under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Also on this day, Pink Floyd fired erratic frontman Syd Barrett.

February 18, 1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed at Royal Albert Hall in London.

February 18, 1972: Neil Young’s Harvest album was certified Gold.

February 18, 1973: The nationally-syndicated King Biscuit Flower Hour made its debut, featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

February 18, 1980: Bob Seger released the hit Fire Lake.

February 18, 1985: Don Henley released the single All She Wants To Do Is Dance.

February 18, 1995: Denny Cordell, who produced Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Moody Blues, and Procol Harum dies in Dublin of lymphoma at the age of 51.

February 18, 2006: The Rolling Stones gave a free concert at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, with 1.5 million people in attendance.

February 18, 2007: Norah Jones went to #1 on the Album chart with Not Too Late, her third consecutive #1.

Born On This Day

February 18, 1934: Skip Battin, singer-songwriter and bassist for The Byrds, the New Riders of The Purple Sage, and The Flying Burrito Brothers was born in Gallipolis, Ohio.

February 18, 1941: Irma Thomas, The Soul Queen of New Orleans, was born in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

February 18, 1948: Keith Knudson, songwriter and drummer for The Doobie Brothers, was born in LeMars, Iowa.

February 18, 1953: Robbie Bachman, drummer of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

And that is your lesson for today!

It’s Saturday at The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge!

Yes, it’s Saturday here, but retail hell still exists and we are still cookin’ here at the College of Rock n’ Roll knowledge. Shit happens no matter what day of the week it is!

Diana Ross & The Supremes doing what they do best.

Today in rock music history:

November 14, 1960: It’s Now or Never by Elvis Presley becomes the fastest-selling single ever in the UK, selling 780,000 copies a week.

Also on this day, Ray Charles goes to #1 for the first time ever with Georgia On My Mind, his ninth hit.

November 14, 1962: The Beatles played the final show of a 14-night run at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany. We will soon be featuring these performances here at $BecomeUngovernable Radio.

November 14, 1964: The Supremes reign at the top of the charts for the third week with their first hit, Baby Love.

November 14, 1967: Pink Floyd opens for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and play the first show at Royal Albert Hall in London.

November 14, 1970: Gladys Knight & The Pips release If I Were Your Woman.

Also on this day, Santana releases their version of Black Magic Woman. Most people do not know that the song was originally written by Peter Green, and released by Fleetwood Mac in 1968, when they were a blues band.

November 14, 1971: Rod Stewart & Faces release Stay With Me.

That’s today’s lesson in a nutshell, Musicologists. Please sign on to follow the blog on the right sidebar and it will be delivered to your email daily. We will be back in a bit with today’s line-up!

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We’re Paying Homage to Rhythm & Blues Today, Friday, April 24, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! On this day in 1954 (I was a little over 2 months old at the time), the Billboard magazine headline read:

“Teenagers Demand Music With a Beat — Spur Rhythm & Blues”

Throughout the sixties, R & B became the inspiration for many, many of the bands we feature here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio, including both The Beatles and The Stones.

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Here’s your R & B line-up:

1:00 p.m.   Sweet Soul Music 1966: Various Artists

Including The Isley Brothers, The Supremes, Lorraine Ellison, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Wicked Wilson Pickett

6:00 p.m.    Sweet Soul Music 1965: Various Artists

Including Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Fontella Bass, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown (the hardest working man in rock & roll)

Tune us in and pay homage to those who helped start this thing.

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Dylan’s “Murder Most Foul,” John Prine in the Spotlight, and There’s Nothing Like That Sweet Soul Sound, Friday, April 10, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! We lost another troubadour this week. John Prine passed away, leaving yet another hole in the singer/songwriter category. We pay him respects.

John Prine-Bonnie Raitt

John Prine and Bonnie Raitt singing the wondrous Angel From Montgomery.

Here’s your Friday line-up:

1:00 p.m.   Bob Dylan’s Murder Most Foul

Dylan’s first new release in 8 years is his perspective on the assassination of John F. Kennedy or, as I refer to it, the beginning of our end. This is the first Dylan song to top the Billboard charts in his career (not that he ever gave a shit about that), a testament to both of their legacies.

4:00 p.m.   In the Spotlight: The Music of John Prine  NEW!

Singer-Songwriters aren’t easy to come by, and we lost one of the most revered of his generation this week. John Prine’s Angel From Montgomery remains Bonnie Raitt’s defining tune to this day.

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

The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, Ann Peebles, Curtis Mayfield, Roberta Flack, The Staple Singers, and many more.

Tune us in. And did I mention that this weekend we have Sixties Sunday?

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