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The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail

 This week is a tribute to 924 Gilman St, although I don’t think The Clash ever played there.  Many bands throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s cut their teeth and split their lips jumping around the all ages club, 924 Gilman St.  Operation Ivy the short lived, much loved punk-ska Berkeley band was the reincarnation of The Clash.  The other bands included in this episode reflect all that was good about The Clash and Operation Ivy. The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail ~63 minutes 

The List:

The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail

Operation Ivy – Here We Go Again; Sound System; The Crowd; Caution; Vulnerability

Green Day – Only of You

Pennywise – Wouldn’t It Be Nice; Bro Hymn

The Mr T Experience – Now We Are Twenty-One; The History of the Concept of the Soul, Gilman Street

Rancid/NOFX – I’m the One; Brews; Tenderloin; Bob; Antennas

Random Song of the Show

Screaming Females – Foul Mouth

the NPR Tiny Desk Session

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Sonic Youth – Mary-Christ

Sonic Youth may be done, who knows, but at one point someone asked me if I were stranded on a desert island and could have only one artist/bands complete works to listen to who would it be. . . I guess I wouldn’t be relating that little slice of life if the band weren’t Sonic Youth so, cat’s outta the bag, my answer then was Sonic Youth and it would still be Sonic Youth today. I had a little bit of anxiety trying to pick a song, but resigned myself to the fact that if I continue doing this show I will have plenty of opportunity to do another Sonic Youth song, and another, and another.  Anyway, I picked a good number of songs that were released relatively close to when Goo was released and then a few songs that are more recent.  I rolled out the first of a 2012 release and added some songs to the best of 2011 list that will never die.  Hope you enjoy. Sonic Youth – Mary-Christ ~63 minutes

the list:

Sonic Youth – Mary-Christ

PJ Harvey – Me-Jane; Yuri-G; 50 Ft. Queenie

Yo La Tengo – From a Motel 6

My Bloody Valentine – Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)

Love and Rockets – Kundalini Express

Concrete Blonde – God is A Bullet

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Blues From A Gun

Cloud Nothings – No Future/No Past; Stay Useless; No Sentiment

Ty Segall – You Make the Sun Fry; The Slider; Fist Heart Mighty Dawn Dart

Random Song of the Show

Alice Donut – Mother Of Christ

Mudhoney- Touch Me I’m Sick

~74 minutes
If you’ve heard of Mudhoney, then you’ve heard of the song “Touch Me I’m Sick.” Mudhoney’s sound fell solidly under the “Grunge” moniker, and the industry immediately slapped the Seattle label all over everything they wrote, played, wore, whatever. You could easily answer the question, “What is Grunge?” by playing Mudhoney’s first two studio albums, then Soundgarden’s first 2 studio albums and wrap it up with Nirvana’s first 2 studio albums. In my conversations on the show there was a general agreement on these albums, even though Soundgarden’s “Badmotorfinger” is technically their third album it still got many votes. Working my way through some of Mudhoney’s later albums I came across a number of excellent tracks that perpetuated their original style- outstanding vocals, heavy tones and satisfying rhythms tinged with grunge i.e. “Suck You Dry,” “Ghost,” and “Acetone.”

Playlist for Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick

Scott’s picks:

  • Soundgarden – Outshined; but also recommends the whole album, Badmotorfinger
  • Nirvana – Love Buzz; Floyd the Barber
  • Temple of the Dog – Hungerstrike (Scott recommends the entire cd)
  • Pearl Jam – Jeremy

Rich’s picks:

  • Dead Kennedy’s – MtV Get Off the Air
  • Nirvana – Sliver
  • Sonic Youth – Halloween
  • Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger (the whole album) [i suggest Jesus Christ Pose]

Ryan couldn’t make it on the show but he writes:

  • Two tunes that come to mind are Nirvana’s “Negative Creep” and Soundgarden’s “Big Dumb Sex”. When the grunge thing was just blasting off and these bands were getting loads of attention and Mudhoney was throwing down just as many songs for an even longer time, these songs were big hits in the stock room at SSU bookstore. I priced lots of text books listening to grunge.

Dan’s Picks:

  • CatBUTT – I’m a Dick

Randy’s Picks

  • Nirvana – Floyd the Barber
  • Jesus Lizard – Here Comes Dudley
  • Jesus Chrysler – I Wanna Be
  • Operation Ivy – Knowledge
  • Soundgarden – Flower
  • My Pick’s

    • Mudhoney – Here Comes Sickness; Acetone
    • Screaming Trees – Alice Said
    • Soundgarden – Burden in My Hand; Ty Cobb
    • Tad – Giant Killer
    • Sonic Youth – Schizophrenia; Paper Cup Exit
    • Melvins – Copache

    Other media:

    Dan recommends the book “Everybody Loves Our Town” by Mark Yarm
    (while I was looking for a link to Mark Yarm’s work I came across this website – The Grunge Report – didn’t get a chance to browse it. . . yet