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Information relating to the Sunday Smorgasbord program on TYGA FM Sundays from 8pm.

Albums Of The Month Part 2

I’m pleased about deciding to continue my “Album of the Month” feature on my radio program, The Sunday Smorgasbord. It enables me to play tracks from some of my favourite albums whilst discussing some useless trivia about the album and/or artists. Hopefully it will introduce listeners to something new or let them hear something they haven’t heard for a while. This post covers the second year of the feature.

01 Highway To Hell

AC/DC’s seminal 1979 album – Highway To Hell

I’ve intentionally used the image of  the original Australian pressing of AC/DC’s album Highway To Hell. I think the flames make all the difference in the world to the cover art and find the one used overseas and everywhere today to be rather drab by comparison.

02 Showdown!

The Grammy Award winning album Showdown! featuring Collins, Cray & Copeland

I always advise newcomers to the blues that if they only end up owning one blues album from the 1980s then Showdown! has to be it. The interplay between Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland is just beautiful to hear.

03 Quadrophenia

The ultimate rock opera, the Who’s Quadrophenia

The Who’s album Tommy may be more famous and Who’s Next , comprising of tracks from their abandoned Lifehouse project, may contain some of their finest moments, but for me the quintessential rock opera is Quadrophenia. I love this album from start to finish (the only way to listen to it).

04 face to face

Face To Face, an essential album for fans of Aussie pub rock

Stalwarts of the Australian pub rock scene, the Angels, hit their straps fairly early on with their career-defining sophomore album, Face To Face, released in 1978.

05 mellon collie

The Smashing Pumpkins reached their peak with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Many pundits will tell you that Nirvana’s Nevermind was the album of the 90s decade. Personally, I always found it a toss-up between Blood Sugar Sex Magik by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, OK Computer by Radiohead and this masterpiece from the Smashing Pumpkins. To release a double album of this length which remains “all killer no filler” is an amazing achievement.

06 magic box

1967’s Magic Box from The Loved Ones

I was introduced to this album in the late 1980s after hearing two cover versions of their hit, “The Loved One”, by INXS. It’s hard to imagine now how successful these guys really were in their day despite the brevity of their career. The album was also one of Australia’s earliest to be released in stereo.

07 speaking in tongues

Speaking In Tongues, a classic album from Talking Heads

I think I’m showing my age with the amount of 1980s albums creeping in to my album of the month feature. I loved Talking Heads around this time and enjoyed a midnight screening session of their live concert film, Stop Making Sense, only a few years after this album.

08 ok computer

Radiohead’s finest moment, OK Computer

I still listen to this album today despite it now being 20 years old!

09 endless forms most beautiful

Endless Forms Most Beautiful from Finland’s Nightwish

My album of the year for 2015 was Nightwish’s Endless Forms Most Beautiful. If you have a thing for symphonic metal then you need this in your collection.

10 at last

Etta James released At Last! in 1960

Etta James released one the finest debut albums you will ever hear in November 1960. Worth owning if you don’t already!

11 days of innocence

Days Of innocence featuring the mawkish “What About Me?”

I adore this album despite absolutely detesting their hugely successful single from it, “What About Me?”. Proof that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

12 number of the beast

Iron Maiden introduces Bruce Dickinson as their new lead singer on 1982’s Number Of The Beast

I still consider Number Of The Beast one of Iron Maiden’s finest moments.

 

I think anyone who decides to go out and buy these “albums of the month” listed here, and those in my previous post on this topic, will certainly end up with an interesting music collection (in my humble opinion).

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So Long S’Long Song

When I first commenced my radio program, The Sunday Smorgasbord, it was “our” not “my”. I originally had a co-host who stuck with me for a couple of years and for that, Mark “Knackers” Corlett, I thank you. Since going out on my own I’ve found I like not having too much of a blueprint before I enter the studio. I tend to just “wing it” on the night with the intent to mix it up as much as possible and only have about half a dozen songs in mind for a two-hour show. I know, crazy right?

Over the years I have developed some regular segments whilst retaining my original intention of mainly “winging it”. The last couple of years or so I have ended my show with a segment I dubbed the S’Long Song. This was an opportunity to duck out early whilst playing lengthier tracks that wouldn’t often get an airing on radio. It was my way of saying “so long” each week. Of course some of the more obvious musical acts turn up when you intentionally pick performances longer than 10 minutes. Pink Floyd being the most obvious.

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Pink Floyd, not scared of the odd lengthy track

With tracks like “Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” from 1984’s Powerslave album, “Isle Of Avalon” from 2010’s The Final Frontier and the epic “Empire Of The Clouds” from last year’s The Book Of Souls, Iron Maiden were also an obvious choice.

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The kings of epic metal tracks, Iron Maiden

Other obvious acts you would expect to hear epic tracks from also turned up such as Led Zeppelin, Meat Loaf, Deep Purple, Dream Theater, The Doors, Therion, Neil Young, Nightwish and King Crimson. What I found interesting was some of the less likely artists that also released lengthier tracks. These included Gillian Welch, Boz Scaggs, Eagles and Chuck Berry!

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Concerto B. Goode anyone?

Seeking out new lengthier tracks also provided me the opportunity to hear artists I hadn’t heard before, or in some cases, artists I’d never even heard of. These included Roy Harper, Titus Andronicus, The Seeds, Comus and Chantel McGregor.

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A happy discovery, singer-songwriter-guitarist Chantel McGregor

This Sunday night’s show, 29 May 2016, will be the last to feature the S’Long Song segment. I will introduce a new segment to end my show the following week. If you’re interested you can tune in to The Sunday Smorgasbord Sunday nights from 8pm on 98.9 TYGA FM here in the Derwent Valley, Tasmania, stream online from our website at http://www.tygafm.org.au or listen on your mobile device with the TuneIn app.

Show 178 Playlist

Each week after my program I like to provide listeners a copy of my playlist via Facebook. That way if you have one of those “What was that song?” moments you can find out. You can find my playlist on the notes tab of my Facebook page, TYGA FM – The Sunday Smorgasbord. Or click here https://www.facebook.com/pages/TYGA-FM-The-Sunday-Smorgasbord/381148985382?id=381148985382&sk=notes.

If you don’t wish to go to Facebook I have reproduced the playlist for Show 178 below.

A Door Into Summer – Joe Satriani
Old Dan Tucker – Bruce Springsteen
S-S-S Single Bed – Fox
Live It Up – Airbourne
I’m The Coolest – Alice Cooper
Email – Baby Animals
Have A Cigar – Pink Floyd
Long Way To Go – Andrew Stockdale
Forty Miles Of Bad Road – Duane Eddy
Radio Free Europe – R.E.M.
My God Is The Sun – Queens Of The Stone Age
The Conversation – Texas
Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Stray Cat Blues – Chrissy Amphlett & Chris Cheney
Three-Foot High Sissy Bar – The Nature Strip
Super Collider – Megadeth
Parking Lots – Josh Pyke
Transmission – Joy Division
Cyborg Bette – Clutch
The Midnight Special – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Rock The Casbah – The Clash
Love Her All I Can – Wicked Lester
Help Me Scrape The Mucus Off My Brain – Ween
Sweet Sweet Love – The Whipper Snappers & Friends
White Rabbit – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Post Toastee – Tommy Bolin
Making Flippy Floppy – Talking Heads
The Audience Is Listening – Steve Vai

As I play a KISS-related track each week do you know which one it was? Email your answer to slabs989@gmail.com. You won’t win any prizes other than the relief of knowing the answer.

The better late than never blogger intro

My name is Slabs and I present “the Sunday Smorgasbord” on local community radio station TYGA FM each Sunday night from 8pm. My aim is to bring listeners a little taste of everything whilst deliberately avoiding playing two songs of the same musical genre in a row.

I also like to showcase new Australian music from up and coming artists, both signed and unsigned, as well as releases from established artists. New music from international artists is also strongly featured. In particular I focus on established artists without an outlet for their new music, as they are considered too mainstream for alternative radio and commercial radio only plays their old hits.

Currently I am undertaking a Certificate III in Media course conducted by the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) thanks to a grant from the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF). How will this affect my show in the future is a song that as yet remains unsung.