DAYS OF THE WEEK

TBWfrontAccording to T-Bone Walker they may call it STORMY MONDAY but Tuesday’s just as bad. Wednesday and Thursday don’t get much of a  rap either. And with Sunday set aside for Church, I’m sure T-Bone was mighty grateful for Friday and Saturday. Yes, DAYS OF THE WEEK, was our theme this week. Lots of songs available for Friday and Saturday and even Sunday, Monday and Tuesday delivered a few choices but poor old Wednesday and Thursday didn’t offer up much at all. Mind you, the songs that did get included were goodies.

Queen moved the show along with the cheery little ditty called LAZING ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON, followed by Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 telling us all about the SATURDAY NIGHT FISH FRY. Rounding out the bracket, Eskimo Joe gave us one of those rare songs about Wednesday: RUBY WEDNESDAY.

nitty_gritty_dirt_band_hireThe Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, (left), who have been performing in one incarnation or the other since 1966, delivered  the toe-tappin’ LOUISANNA SATURDAY NIGHT. I’ve played this song before but I never tire of it: Tom Waits with one of his best, THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT. I also never tire of the great Neil Young so OUT ON THE WEEKEND, from the Harvest album, was a shoo-in for this show.

Tori Amos does a great cover of the Boomtown Rats song I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS but my favourite piece of nostalgia this week was the Moody Blues classic TUESDAY AFTERNOON. Check out this video from 1970. Looks like they are playing at the pub down the road on a Friday night. Ah, those were the days!

De La Soul know how to party on SATURDAYS. But Stevie Wonder, having been dumped by his girlfriend, calls the 2nd day of the week TUESDAY HEARTBREAK. Saving the day, The Young Rascals know which day of the week promises some laid-back relaxing: yes, it’s all about Sunday in their smash hit song of 1967: GROOVIN’.

Here’s some trivia for you about Sunday: Did you know that the The Gregorian Calendar repeats every 400 years, and no century starts on a Sunday? Also, the Jewish New Year never falls on a Sunday. And only those months beginning on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th.

And talking of Fridays, here is a great video clip of  The Easybeats performing FRIDAY ON MY MIND.  

I like to include movie and TV themes whenever I can because its essentially a nostalgia show and nothing takes you back to a time and place better than the theme music from an iconic television series. This week it was the theme to HAPPY DAYS. Here’s the show’s intro for your trip down memory lane:

Cold Chisel’s 1984 hit SATURDAY NIGHT was written by Don Walker who I’m looking forward to hearing from at the upcoming Writers Festival here in Byron Bay. I bet he’s got a few good stories to tell!

There was a lot to choose from when it came to the weekend – obviously everyone’s favourite time of the week. There was The Specials with FRIDAY NIGHT, SATURDAY MORNING, Oliver Cheatham with GET DOWN SATURDAY NIGHT and the Sam Cooke classicANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT. 

Monday, on the other hand, is not a songwriters favourite day of the week, that’s for sure.  Fats Domino can only see it as BLUE MONDAY and the Mamas & The Papas claim, in MONDAY MONDAY, that “Every other day of the week is fine, yeah, but whenever Monday comes it finds me crying all of the time”. Yep, you can’t trust Mondays if you’re aiming to avoid misery. Mind you, the Mamas and Papas look pretty happy in this video clip from 1966, a year that saw this tune at #1 for 10 weeks in the Billboard Top 40. Check it out:

The Cure don’t care about any other day than Friday because, as the song goes: FRIDAY, I’M IN LOVE.  The Rolling Stones offered up a song about my favourite day of the week, RUBY TUESDAY. The Bangles find Monday all a bit manic, (don’t we all?), while Loverboy are WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND. And then it was another oldie but goodie – Chicago’s SATURDAY IN THE PARK: Check out this clip that was filmed in Chicago in November, 1972. 

I closed the show with one more song about Tuesday, from one of my favourite female artists, Michelle Branch with TUESDAY MORNING. Here’s the complete playlist:

Call It Stormy Monday 3:03 T-Bone Walker Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues – A Musical Journey (Disc 2) Blues 3
Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon 1:07 Queen A night at the opera Pop 11
Saturday Night Fish Fry 4:34 Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5 Louis Jordan and His Tympany Jazz 10
Ruby Wednesday 1:33 Eskimo Joe AlternRock 4
Tuesday’s Gone 7:33 Lynard Skynard Dazed And Confused soundtrack Rock 5
Louisianna Saturday Night 2:16 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On Country 5
The Heart of Saturday Night 3:53 Tom Waits The Heart of Saturday Night Blues 5
I Don’t Like Mondays 4:21 Tori Amos Strange Little Girls Alternative 8
Tuesday Afternoon 4:53 Moody Blues Classic Rock 6
Out On The Weekend 4:35 Neil Young Harvest Folk Rock 4
Groovin’ 2:28 The Young Rascals Smooth Grooves: Cruisin’ Classics Soul and R&B 9
Tuesday Heartbreak 3:03 Stevie Wonder Talking Book R&B 8
Saturdays 4:03 De La Soul Hip Hop 5
Friday On My Mind (1966) 2:46 The Easybeats Sounds Of Australia Rock 7
Happy Days 1:15 TV Theme Song 7
Friday Night 3:07 Lily Allen Alright Still Pop 4
Lonely Weekends  (Sun Records – 1959) 2:11 Charlie Rich The Sun Story (compilation) Country 8
Thursday 3:26 Morphine Cure for Pain Rock 4
Saturday Night 4:18 Cold Chisel Rock 3
Get Down Saturday Night 7:33 Oliver Cheatham Funk 10
Friday Night, Saturday Morning 3:34 The Specials Singles Ska 2
Another Saturday Night 2:24 Sam Cooke The Man & HIs Music R&B
Blue Monday 2:17 Fats Domino Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues – A Musical Journey (Disc 3) Blues 6
Monday, Monday 3:27 Mamas & The Papas Folk Rock 7
Friday I’m in Love 3:34 The Cure The 90’s Pop
Ruby Tuesday 3:20 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks, 1964-1971 [Disc 1] Rock 5
Manic Monday 3:02 The Bangles Pop 4
Saturday in the Park 3:55 Chicago Chicago IX: Greatest Hits Rock 4
Working for the Weekend 3:43 Loverboy Get Lucky Pop 6
Tuesday Morning 4:43 Michelle Branch Hotel Paper Alternative 3

Call It Stormy Monday – T-Bone Walker

Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon – Queen

Saturday Night Fish Fry – Louis Jordan & His Tympany 5

Ruby Wednesday – Eskimo Joe

Tuesday’s Gone – Lynard Skynard

Louisianna Saturday Night – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

The Heart of Saturday Night – Tom Waits

I Don’t Like Mondays – Tori Amos

Tuesday Afternoon – Moody Blues

Out On The Weekend – Neil Young

Groovin’ – The Young Rascals

Tuesday Heartbreak – Stevie Wonder

Saturdays – De La Soul

Friday On My Mind – The Easybeats

Happy Days – TV Theme Song

Friday Night – Lily Allen

Lonely Weekends – Charlie Rich

Thursday  – Morphine

Saturday Night – Cold Chisel

Get Down Saturday Night – Oliver Cheatham

Friday Night, Saturday Morning – The Specials

Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke

Blue Monday – Fats Domino 

Monday, Monday – Mamas & The Papas

Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones

Manic Monday – The Bangles

Saturday in the Park – Chicago

Working for the Weekend – Loverboy

Tuesday Morning – Michelle Branch

For the next three weeks I’ll be focusing on TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES
Next week: TRAINS. Suggestions welcome!
Listen to Lyn McCarthy at the Theme Park, Tuesdays 2-4pm (Sydney time).
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About Lyn McCarthy

Lyn presents a weekly radio show at BayFM 99.9 in beautiful Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia

Posted on August 5, 2009, in Broadcasting and media, community radio, music - nostalgia, music, blues, music, country, music, r&b, music, soul, Radio Program, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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