Friday, December 28, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock (Episode 48)


A little something for your yearhole.
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Intro
Heretics / Andrew Bird
Here Comes the Rain / The Ladybug Transistor
Mistaken For Strangers / The National
Mutiny, I Promise You / The New Pornographers
A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene / Okkervil River
Up On Crutches / The Sea And Cake
Party / El Perro Del Mar
How Dark Is Your Dark Side / His Name Is Alive
Lord, Let Us Shine / The Pink Mountaintops
Eyes On The Prize / Mavis Staples
How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? / Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Deep In The Sand / The Budos Band
Way Back When / Buck 65
Oh Katrina / Anders Osborne
Shake It Off / Wilco
This Friday's Mix: Ear in Review
(Yes, some are older than 2007. Never was accused of being overly up-to-the-minute.)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock (Episode 47)


It was a day and/or night like no other. One I will remember 'til the day and/or night I die.
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Intro
The Day I Tried to Live / Soundgarden
Today / Smashing Pumpkins
The Day that Curly Billy Shot Down Crazy Sam McGee / The Hollies
The Night Chicago Died / Paper Lace
Turn-Down Day / The Cyrkle
Tuesday, Oct. 24th / Clem Snide
A Big Day In The North / Black Grape
Papa Was a Rolling Stone / The Pioneers
The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia / Vicki Lawrence
December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) / Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons
Saturday In the Park / Chicago
Such A Night / Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down / Joan Baez
The Day They Sold Beer In Church / Norman Greenbaum
Nobody Told Me / John Lennon
Eve Of Destruction / Barry McGuire
This Friday's Mix: Days of Infamy

Friday, November 30, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock (Episode 46)


Okay, this takes some background.

Way back, there was this scene that my friend Kit and I always talked about putting into a screenplay. It was basically a real conversation of ours. The scene would have gone something like this:

INT. CAR
J is driving. KIT is shotgun. On the radio, Sam Cooke's "What a Wonderful World" is in its final chorus.
KIT: What a perfect song. Just perfect. Sam Cooke, right?
J: Yep.
KIT: Man, whatever happened to him?
J: He was shot outside a motel office, wearing nothing but a trenchcoat.
KIT: JESUS. Really?
J: Mmm-hmm.
On the radio, Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" begins to play.
KIT: Nothing bad happened to Marvin Gaye, did it?
J: Shot.
KIT: Damn.
J: By his own father.
KIT: Fuck!
KIT reaches over and turns the radio dial.
KIT: Them?
J: Singer, car crash.
KIT changes the dial again.
J: Car.
Again.
J: Car.
Again.
J: Plane.
Again.
J: Drowned.
Again.
J: Can't remember. Something with vomit.
Again.
J: Drowned in vomit.
KIT turns off the radio.
KIT: Okay. The one song that will cheer me up, no matter what's wrong. (INHALES) Please, please tell me that, somewhere, the theme-from-"Maude" guy is a fat happy grandpa.
J: Fell out a window.
There is silence.
KIT: (POINTS) That bar up there.
J: Sounds good.
EXT. CAR
The car exits the freeway.
KIT: But then we're sleeping it off in the car.
Sorry. It's just been that sort of week. Not to mention how I felt myself age by writing that I have used a car radio with dials.
FOCR_046_WhateverHappenedTo


Intro
Big Houses / House Of Freaks
I'm Free Now / Morphine
#1 Hit Song / Minutemen
Ticket Tulane / Silkworm
Trouble / Little Feat
Ballad Of Big Nothing / Elliott Smith
Things Behind The Sun / Nick Drake
New Year's Prayer / Jeff Buckley
You And Your Sister / Chris Bell
That's Where It's At / Sam Cooke
When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You / Marvin Gaye
You've Got A Friend / Donny Hathaway
I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song / Jim Croce
Let's Get Lost / Chet Baker
Loving You / Minnie Riperton
Don't Cry / J Dilla
This Friday's Mix: Whatever Happened To?

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Do This, Don't Do That/Can't Yuu Read the Sign?


Magic Cleaners

This picture, it's hilareus.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Word of the Week


Se•cret Han•ta

(n.) The process of swapping viruses at holiday gatherings, usually done anonymously.
    I think Cousin Earl must have had me for Secret Hanta. I remember seeing him sneeze into the cider.

Friday, November 09, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock (Episode 45)


All the better to rock you.
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Intro
What Would Wolves Do? / Les Savy Fav
The Wolf Put His Mouth On Me / His Name Is Alive
The Grandmother Wolf / Pretty Girls Make Graves
Teenage Werewolf / The Barbarellas
Hungry Like the Wolf / Duran Duran
Wild Flower / The Cult
Run With The Wolf / Rainbow
Werewolves of London / Magnolia Electric Co
Little Red Riding Hood / Sea Monster
Clap for the Wolfman / The Guess Who
Hillbilly Wolf / Link Wray
The Howling Wolf / Lightnin' Hopkins
Let The Wolves Howl At The Moon / Super Furry Animals
Full Moon / The Kinks
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Part 2) / Jimmy Smith
Prenez garde au grand méchant loup / Django Reinhardt
This Friday's Mix: What Big Teeth

Friday, October 26, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock (Episode 16)


This is something of a repeat, but it's new to the podcast. So don't drive yourself crazy asking which came first.
FOCR #028 No Two Alike

Intro
Chicken Payback / A Band Of Bees
Mansize Rooster / Supergrass
Chicken Little Was Right / The Turtles
Chicken Pox / Booker T. & The M.G.'s
Memphis Women and Chicken / Dan Penn
Chicken Shack / Charlie Musselwhite
Chicken Shake / Stereo MC's
Chicken / Devendra Banhart
Chicken Grease / D'Angelo
Do the Funky Chicken / Rufus Thomas
How Funky Is Your Chicken / Jackson 5
Sweet Rhode Island Red / Ike & Tina Turner
Egg Man / The Beastie Boys
A Chicken with Its Head Cut Off / The Magnetic Fields
Want Me Cock / Owen & Leon Silveras
Chicken Talk / Yma Sumac
This Friday's Mix: Chicken!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


When Character Limits Go Really, Really Wrong


The Audactiy of Ho

Friday, October 19, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock (Episode 44)


What do toddlers and job seekers have in common?
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Intro
(I Don't Want to Go To) Chelsea / Elvis Costello
I Don't Want to Lose You / The Smithereens
I Don't Wanna Face It / John Lennon
I Don't Know What I Want / The Raspberries
I Don't Ever Want to Come Down / The 13th Floor Elevators
Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely / Hüsker Dü
I Don't Want To Lose You Yet / Eddie Spaghetti
I Don't Want To Get Over You / Mary Lou Lord
I Don't Want to Know / Nils Lofgren
I Don't Want Love / Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks
(I Don't Want To) Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes / The Band
I Don't Want to Know / Fleetwood Mac
I Don't Want To Spoil The Party / The Blazers
I Don't Want to Kill Anymore / Chan Poling
I Don't Want You On My Mind / Bill Withers
I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire / Ink Spots
This Friday's Mix: No, Thanks!

Friday, October 05, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


Making like a tree and getting out of here.
Five O'Clock Rock: Bye Now
Intro
Modeling Sucks / Handsome Boy Modeling School
I'm Settin Away / Fu Manchu
Gonna Leave You / Queens Of The Stone Age
Color Me Gone / Girl Trouble
Goodbye To You / Scandal
Auf Wiedersehen / Cheap Trick
Goodbye Again / The Iguanas
Call It a Day / The Raconteurs
Never Can Say Goodbye / Isaac Hayes
…And I'm Out / Galactic w/ Mr. Lif
Moving / Supergrass
Gone For Good / The Shins
I'm Bound to Pack it Up / The White Stripes
Kyle Quit The Band / Tenacious D
Over The Hills And Far Away / Led Zeppelin
Drift Away / Dobie Gray
This Friday's Mix: Bye Now

Friday, September 21, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


The definitive infinitive.
Five O'Clock Rock: That Is the Question

Intro
Cruel To Be Kind / Spacehog
Made To Be Broken / Soul Asylum
Right To Be Wrong / Delbert McClinton
Got To Be Someone / The Waco Brothers
Ways To Be Wicked / Lone Justice
Nothing To Be Done / The Pastels
Never To Be Repeated / The Long Blondes
Fun To Be Happy / Love Tractor
Got To Be Free / The Rulers
Soon To Be Large / Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf
Free To Be Freaks / The Freak Accident
Born To Be Hit / The New Duncan Imperials
Born To Be Bad / Carl Mann
Happy To Be Here / Todd Snider
Hard To Be You / The 88
Touched To Be Sure / Robert Pollard
This Friday's Mix: That Is the Question

Friday, September 14, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


Okay, so, I got an iPhone. I began the day of the price cuts swearing I'd never do it, but after five minutes of trying one out, I had to do it. It's the mapping. Maps and directions on demand are crucial for someone with a notoriously bad sense of direction like mine. I get lost constantly, but I can totally grasp where I should be if I can just see it. Now I'm totally set.

Unless I lose the iPhone.
FOCR A Bit Lost
Intro
I Got Kinda Lost / Chris Bell
Lost In the Supermarket / The Clash
Finding My Way / Rush
Can't Find My Way Home / Styx
There's No Way Out Of Here / David Gilmour
Is This Where? / Mission of Burma
Lost Highway / Hank Williams
Turn Around / Carl Perkins
Side O' The Road / Creedence Clearwater Revival
Too Late to Turn Back Now / Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Will it Go 'Round In Circles / Billy Preston
A Place Nobody Can Find / Sam & Dave
There's A Break In The Road / Betty Harris
Love Map / Lyndon
Farther On Down The Road (You Will Accompany Me) / Taj Mahal
Where Could I Go But To The Lord / Jesse Fuller
This Friday's Mix: A Bit Lost

Friday, August 24, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


Seventeen years ago tomorrow, I was at Stevie Ray Vaughan's second-to-last show.

The van ride up to Alpine Valley was cramped. We sat way back on the lawn, relying on the video monitor to see anything at all. Wedged between Robert Cray, Jeff Healey and Eric Clapton, the Stevie Ray set wasn't nearly long enough. The drive back that same night was a long one. I think I wound up sleeping away most of Stevie Ray's last day on earth, just to recover from the trip.

But I would pay twenty times what I paid for that show to see it again. At these rates, you understand, all I ask for is a slightly more comfortable ride. Seventeen extra years aren't kind to the knees or ass.
Five O'Clock Rock: Couldn't Stand the Weather
Intro
Scuttle Buttin' / Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Couldn't Stand The Weather / SRV & DT
Change It / SRV & DT
Mary Had a Little Lamb / SRV & DT
These Blues Is Killing Me / A.C. Reed
Soulful Dress / Marcia Ball
Cold Shot / SRV & DT
Look At Little Sister / SRV & DT
Double Whammy / Lonnie Mack
C.O.D. / Angela Strehli & Stevie Ray Vaughn
Long Way From Home / The Vaughan Brothers
Pipeline / Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale
God Knows / Bob Dylan
Life By The Drop / Stevie Ray Vaughan
Lenny / SRV & DT
Life Without You / SRV & DT
This Friday's Mix: Couldn't Stand the Weather

Friday, August 10, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


Because what's driving in the summertime without hot vinyl?
Five O'Clock Rock: Summerly Too
Intro
Summer's Cauldron / XTC
Grass / XTC
Every Kinda People / Robert Palmer
Harlem / Bill Withers
Take Me Girl (I'm Ready) / Jr. Walker and the Allstars
Hot Fun in the Summertime / Sly and the Family Stone
Please Don't Make Me Cry / UB40
Summer of Our Love / Bar-Kays
Summertime / Big Brother & the Holding Company
Thank You / Led Zeppelin
Deep Blue Sea / John Mayall
Under the Boardwalk / Sam & Dave
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White / Roy Clark
The Look of Love / Julius Wechter and the Baja Marimba Band
Tomorrow / Joe Walsh
Be Here Now / George Harrison
This Friday's Mix: Summerly Too

Saturday, July 21, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


Can’t think of joke no brain work mmmm summer.
Summerly
Intro
Ponta De Lança Africano (Umbabaraúma) / Jorge Ben
Spark Plug / Stereolab
Chinese Checkers / Booker T. & The MG's
Un Homme Et Une Femme / Francis Lai
Scenic World / Beirut
Too Strong / The Sea And Cake
La Iguana / Los Lobos
Canterurias / Cecilia Barraza
Midnight at the Oasis / Maria Muldaur
Day Dreamin' / Aretha Franklin
Castles Made Of Sand / Jimi Hendrix Experience
At The River / Groove Armada
Simple X / Andrew Bird
Southern Nights / Allen Toussaint
Ené alantchi alnorem (I Can't Live Without You) / Mulatu Astatke
If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven / Leon Redbone
This Friday's Mix: Summerly

Monday, June 11, 2007


Worst-written Headline of the Day

"Bjorn Borg bitten during dogfight, withdraws from exhibition"

Disappointingly, one reads on to find out that the Wimbledon champ was (a) not in a dogfight, and therefore (b) was not taking part in a dogfighting exhibition.

Friday, June 01, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


What’s that rumbling? It’s like there’s-— AAAAH!

Five O'Clock Rock: Bugs
Intro
The Bug / Dire Straits
The Full Bug / Van Halen
Badass Bug / The Cramps
Cicada Rock / Southern Culture on the Skids
Earwigs In My Brain / The Meteors
Love Bug / Marcy Playground
Spider's Web / Mission of Burma
Centipede / Veruca Salt
Two Bugs And A Roach / Earl Hooker
Ole! Tarantula / Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3
Bug Scuffle / Swift Jewel Cowboys
Spider in the Snow / The Dismemberment Plan
The Moth / Aimee Mann
Insect Eyes / Devendra Banhart
Wedding Of The Bugs / Robbie Fulks
Ugh! It's a Bug! / Jim Post
This Friday's Mix: Bugs

Friday, May 25, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


Remember to always Bee Kind.
Five O'Clock Rock: Yellowed VHS Cases

1. Intro
2. Quest for Fire / Iron Maiden
3. Lost In America / Alice Cooper
4. Six Pack / Black Flag
5. Colors / Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes
6. Strange Brew / Cream
7. Fame / David Bowie
8. Breathless / Robin Trower
9. Tightrope / Stevie Ray Vaughan
10. Running On Empty / Jackson Browne
11. Firestarter / .38 Special
12. Back to School / Ace Frehley
13. No Way Out / Electric Light Orchestra
14. Blue Thunder / Galaxie 500
15. Funny Farm / King Kong
16. All Of Me / King Pleasure
17. All the Right Moves / David Hasselhoff
This Friday's Mix: Yellowed VHS Cases

Monday, May 21, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock*


Okay. So the Pistons beat the Bulls. But does Detroit have great music like--? Oh.

Five O'Clock Rock: D-Fense!

1. Intro
2. Down On The Street / The Stooges
3. High School / MC5
4. Meet the Creeper / Destroy All Monsters
5. Mesmerizer / The Come Ons
6. Hey Sailor / Detroit Cobras
7. C'mon C'mon / The Von Bondies
8. Eat This City / Thunderbirds Are Now!
9. Dance Commander / Electric Six
10. Dangerous / Sonic's Rendezvous Band
11. Livin' for the City / The Dirtbombs
12. Ten O'Clock / ? & The Mysterians
13. Mama Don't Allow No Parkin' / Brownsville Station
14. Hey Baby / Ted Nugent
15. Aimless Lady / Grand Funk Railroad
16. I'm Bound to Pack it Up / The White Stripes
17. Life In the D / Brendan Benson
This Friday's Mix: D-fense!
* Yes, it's late. Yes, it's partly repurposed from the pre-podcast era. Thanks for asking!

Friday, May 04, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


This one goes out to friends here from Amsterdam last week, and those who couldn't make the trip. Keep your fiets dry and your biertjes cold.
Five O'Clock Rock: Baby Made a Boom

Intro
Lower the Boom / Ugly Duckling
Boom! Shake the Room / DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Boom Music / Quasimoto
Boom Bip / Zion I & Goapele
54321...Boom / Public Enemy
Boom Shak A-tack / Born Jamericans
Boom Boom Carnival / Aswad
Heart Go Boom / Apollo Four Forty
Bang-A-Lang-A-Boom-Er-Rang-Man / Jona Lewie
Boom Boom / John Lee Hooker
Boom Boom, Out Go the Lights / The Levon Helm Band
Get Out Of Here With Your Boom-Boom / Bobby Rush
Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom) / The Staple Singers
Boom-A-Rang / The Dynamic Soul Machine
Sophisticated Boom Boom / The Shangri-Las
Tchin Boom Da Ra / Frank Yankovic and His Yanks
This Friday's Mix: Baby Made a Boom

Friday, April 27, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


If you’d been wondering where the rock has been lately, the answer is three letters long.
Five O'Clock Rock: TCB

1. Intro
2. Call It What You Want / Tesla
3. Takin' Care Of Business / Winnebago Deal
4. Takin' Care Of Business / Charlie Musselwhite
5. Jesus Just Left Chicago / ZZ Top
6. Take Care of Business / Nina Simone
7. T.C.B. / Diana Ross, The Supremes & The Temptations
8. Back in My Arms / Robert Palmer
9. Work To Do / The Isley Brothers
10. Funky Nassau, Pt. 1 / The Beginning Of The End
11. T.C.B. or T.Y.A. / Bobby Patterson
12. Slippery When Wet / The Commodores
13. I'm Livin' Right / Fats Domino
14. I Can Take Care Of Business / Syl Johnson
15. Dr. Feelgood / Aretha Franklin
16. Step Right Up / Tom Waits
17. The Mighty Stephen Hawking / M.C. Hawking
This Friday's Mix: TCB

Friday, March 30, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


Why, yes, my refrigerator IS running. Why do you ask?
Five O'Clock Rock: Fool Frontal

1. Intro
2. Chain of Fools / Paul Revere & The Raiders
3. You're Fooling You / The Dramatics
4. A Fool in Love / The Levon Helm Band
5. Ship of Fools / World Party & Anthony Thistlethwaite
6. Like A Fool / Superchunk
7. When I Was A Fool / Concrete Blonde
8. King of Fools / Social Distortion
9. Fool Too Long / Rockpile
10. Fools Gold / Rachel Sweet
11. Genitalia Of A Fool / Glenn Tilbrook
12. Everybody Plays the Fool / The Main Ingredient
13. Only A Fool Would Say That / Ivy
14. Sentimental Fool / Lloyd Cole
15. Who Will the Next Fool Be / Charlie Rich
16. A Fool For You / Ray Charles
17. Fool's Paradise / Sam Cooke
This Friday's Mix: Fool Frontal

Friday, March 23, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


It's everything they say. It also has its good points.
Five O'Clock Rock: Going Back to Cali

1. Intro
2. Come To California / Matthew Sweet
3. I'm from L.A. / Go Betty Go
4. Walking in L.A. / Missing Persons
5. Macarthur Park / The Negro Problem
6. L.A. / Elliott Smith
7. Hollywood / World Party
8. California Love / 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman
9. I Left My Wallet in El Segundo / A Tribe Called Quest
10. Mr. Davies / Tahiti 80
11. Do Re Mi / Woody Guthrie
12. How Much Is It Worth To Live In L.A. / Waylon Jennings
13. Sin City / Flying Burrito Brothers
14. California / Jay Farrar
15. Blue Jay Way / The Beatles
16. Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd. / Ryan Adams
17. Midnight at Pink's / Hal Blaine
This Friday's Mix: Going Back to Cali

Friday, March 16, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


It may backfire, but will nevertheless aspire.
Five O'Clock Rock

1. Intro
2. Ire / The Strawberry Smell
3. Sultans Of Swing / Dire Straits
4. The Daze / Backyard Tire Fire
5. Serpentine Fire / Earth, Wind & Fire
6. Desire / En Vogue
7. Vampire / Black Uhuru
8. Yellow Sapphire / Smoke & Mirrors
9. The Queen of Ur and the King of Um / Wire
10. Play With Fire / The Rolling Stones
11. Spitfire / The Spinanes
12. Hotwire / The Flesh Eaters
13. Misfire / Neko Case & Her Boyfriends
14. Backfire / Aimee Mann
15. Haywire / The Jayhawks
16. Concrete and Barbed Wire / Lucinda Williams
17. Goodnight Irene / Bryan Ferry
This Friday's Mix: Ire Land

Friday, March 09, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


The *ide* have it.
Five O'Clock Rock: The Ides of March

1. Intro
2. When My Baby's Beside Me / Big Star
3. Free Ride / The Edgar Winter Group
4. Step Aside / Sleater-Kinney
5. I Am Decided / The Amps
6. A Good Idea / Sugar
7. Gravity Rides Everything / Modest Mouse
8. Mega Bottle Ride / Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
9. Lakeside Park / Rush
10. Midnight Rider / Gregg Allman
11. (Wish I Could) Hideaway / Creedence Clearwater Revival
12. Daisy Rides Again / Sugarman Three
13. Hide Nor Hair / Ray Charles
14. The Tide Is High / The Paragons
15. Provider / N*E*R*D
16. Upside Down / The Daktaris
17. Razorblade Alcohol Slide / DJ QBert
This Friday's Mix: The Ides of March

Friday, March 02, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


More CDs from the depths of the trunk. Fewer apologies.

Except maybe for "Jump Around."
Five O'Clock Rock: Trunk Show

1. Intro
2. Tristessa / Smashing Pumpkins
3. Take Me Away / Ween
4. Ski Bunny / Boss Hog
5. Route / Son Volt
6. Interstate Love Song / Stone Temple Pilots
7. Buena / Morphine
8. What's Good / Lou Reed
9. Bottle Of Smoke / The Pogues
10. Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See / Busta Rhymes
11. Staying Alive / Wyclef Jean
12. Supernatural Thing (Part 1) / Ben E. King
13. Kung Fu / Curtis Mayfield
14. That's O.K. / Little Charlie & The Nightcats
15. One Mint Julep / Charlie Musselwhite
16. Why Do I Lie? / Luscious Jackson
17. Jump Around / House Of Pain
This Friday's Mix: Trunk Show

Friday, February 23, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


If we're going to keep hanging out, there's something I need to tell you. I have a bit of a CD past.

A couple of weeks into ripping my CD collection, I have come up with a core sample from the very bottom of the trunk. They’re among the first I ever owned, in what could be called The BMG Years. The scuffed jewel cases are only vaguely transparent. Broken hinges outnumber the intact. Grease-pencil initials let you know just who’d come looking for this particular copy of “Cosmic Thing.”

Over the years, if I had to double-row CD cases on a bookshelf, these would go on the deep side. Yet I’ve never gotten rid of them. And when I began to spot-check them, I was not only still able to sing along, it was hard avoiding it.

Simultaneously embarrassing and reassuring, they still pull at me. Either they weren’t that bad to begin with or, at a minimum, they have held their dubious ground.

So here you go: me and what moved me, somewhere between 1989 and 1991, give or take. This indecent tracksposure is taken to its natural end: no song list. You'll have to invest the time for the right to mock. But you might not need it. Much.
Five O'Clock Rock: My Secret Shame

Allergy warning: may contain Spin Doctors.

This Friday's Mix: My Secret Shame

Friday, February 16, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


"Please" is only the magic word if you already have what you want.
Five O'Clock Rock: Gimme

1. Intro
2. Gimme My Mule / The Commodores
3. Gimme Some (Good Soul Music) / The Dramatics
4. Give Me Some Skin / James Brown
5. Gimme What You Got / Keb' Mo'
6. Give Me the Night / Randy Crawford
7. Gimme Shelter / Merry Clayton
8. Give It to Me Baby / Rick James
9. Gimme One of Those / The Brand New Heavies
10. Gimme One More Chance / Cracker
11. Gimme Danger / The Stooges
12. Gimme Gimme / Mumps
13. Give It to Me Two Times / Anders Osborne
14. Give Me an Inch / Robert Palmer
15. Give Me a Kiss / Van Morrison
16. Give Me Strength / Eric Clapton
17. Give Me Another Chance / Big Star
This Friday's Mix: Gimme

Friday, February 09, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


Oh, man. They all look so cool, jumping off that bridge...

Intro
Working for the Weekend / Loverboy
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 / Bob Dylan
Hungry Heart / Bruce Springsteen
Heartache Tonight / Eagles
I've Got A Feeling / The Beatles
Everybody Loves Me / The 88
Everybody Wants You / Billy Squier
Everybody Wants Some / Van Halen
Truth Hits Everybody / The Police
Everybody Knows / Leonard Cohen
Everyone's Gone to the Movies / Steely Dan
Everybody Wants To Rule The World / Tears For Fears
Everybody's My Friend / Kansas
Everybody Needs Love / Robyn Hitchcock
Everybody's Talking / Bobby Bare
Everybody to the Limit / Strong Bad
This Friday's Mix: Everybody Everybody

Friday, February 02, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


This will only hurt for 57 minutes.

DoctorDoctor
Intro
Somebody Get Me a Doctor / Van Halen
Calling Dr. Love / Kiss
Gimme Stitches / Foo Fighters
Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine / The White Stripes
National Health / The Kinks
Hospital Bed / Ben Kweller
Doctor, Doctor / The Who
Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out / The Replacements
Sick and Tired / Alex Chilton
Doctor Boogie / The Flamin' Groovies
Night Nurse / Gregory Isaacs
Anna Stesia / Prince
Emergency / Kool & The Gang
Mr. Ambulance Driver / The Flaming Lips
Call The Doctor / Spacemen 3
Dear Doctor / The Rolling Stones
This Friday's Mix: Doctor Doctor

Friday, January 19, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


I'm not just being contrary. Well, maybe a little. Mostly, I just couldn't wait until Mardi Gras.

All Saints Day
Intro
Cabbage Alley / The Meters
Hot Tamale Baby / Buckwheat Zydeco
Mess Around / Professor Longhair
Check Your Bucket / Eddie Bo
Here Come the Girls / Ernie K-Doe
She's Taking My Part / Irma Thomas
I've Been So Lonely / Cookie & The Cupcakes
Walking To New Orleans / Fats Domino
Going Back To New Orleans / Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers
Louisiana / Percy Mayfield
Basin Street Blues / Henry Butler
My Darlin' New Orleans / Lil’ Queenie & The Percolators
Ignant Stick / Mem Shannon
Something's Wrong With This Picture / Galactic
Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further / Lee Dorsey
On Your Way Down / Allen Toussaint
This Friday's iMix: All Saints Day

Friday, January 12, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


Pulling out all the stops to pull out all the stops.

Second Favorite Organ
Intro
Chest Fever / The Band
Hold Your Head Up / Argent
Magic Carpet Ride / Steppenwolf
Outa-Space / Billy Preston
Sabrosa / The Beastie Boys
Spanish Moon / Little Feat
The Only One I Know / The Charlatans UK
Clubland / Elvis Costello & The Attractions
No Atmosphere / A Band Of Bees
Chips Ahoy! / The Hold Steady
Hope You're Feeling Better / Santana
Time Is Tight / Booker T. & The MG's
I Me Mine / The Beatles
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / Joe Cocker
Don't Give Up on Me / Solomon Burke
Frank's Wild Years / Tom Waits
This Friday's Mix: Second Favorite Organ

Friday, January 05, 2007


Today's Five O'Clock Rock


My New Year's resolution really ought to be about cutting back on last year's playlists.

Here's -- ahem -- another new-to-podcast mix, as a sign of solidarity with Rollie Fingers...

Mustache Day
Intro
Look at This Face (Oh My God They're Gorgeous) / Handsome Boy Modeling School
Roller Derby Queen / Jim Croce
Disco Lady / Johnnie Taylor
Disco Boy / Frank Zappa
Stuck on You / Lionel Richie
Reconsider Me / Narvel Felts
Up From The Skies / Jimi Hendrix Experience
I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) / Hall & Oates
Just One More Day / Otis Redding
Stay Clean / Motorhead
Cowboy Movie / David Crosby
Sold American / Kinky Friedman
Te Na Na (Mama's Got a Baby Named) / Leon Redbone
Atlantic City (My Old Friend) / Robert Goulet
Jeopardy! / Various Artists
Lydia The Tattooed Lady / Groucho Marx
This Friday's Mix: Mustache Day