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Opening the show with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey singing ‘Money, Money, Money’ let everyone know from the get-go what this week’s theme was. Yes, the dirty dollar, the buckaroo, moolah – whatever you want to call it – Money. Depending on your viewpoint, it either makes the world go ’round or its the root of all evil. I tried to offer up songs that would support either theory in a show jam-packed with music from all genres.

flyinglizardsFirst up, Dire Straits with ‘Money For Nothing’, promising all the young dudes that all they need to do is play the guitar on the MTV to get their ‘money for nothing and their chicks for free’. Yeah sure, maybe in the good old days, Mark Knopfler! Then it was onto one of several Beatles songs of the day with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and a great version of ‘Money’ by The Flying Lizards. Originally written and recorded by Motown musician Barrett Strong, this robotic, unapologetic version has been used in several movie soundtracks, including two of my favourites: The Big Lebowski and Empire Records.

And then it was the song that made the world, especially Australia and 
Europe, wild for ABBA. ‘Money, Money, Money’ remained at the top of Australia’s charts for six weeks, and made it to the Top 3 in at least 11 other countries. The Pet Shop Boys offered up  their formula for making money, ‘Opportunities’: I’ve got the brains, you’ve got the looks, Let’s make lots of money.” I’m sure plenty of hairbrained schemes were launched on that premise!  Back together again, with a new hit album, its worth having a look at the video of the track that differs quite a bit from the album version. The mix on this video seems much better,  to my ears anyway.

My Roy Orbison song this week was ‘Uptown’, about a bellhop who yearns for the attention of a gal way out of his league, financially. Van Morrison sang about ‘Blue Money’ and the Steve Miller Band track ‘Take the Money and Run’ kept the country rock fans happy. I love Louis Jordan and his song ‘If You’re So Smart, How Come You Ain’t Rich’ appealed to my sense of humour. Then it was onto Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin for a good dose of Blues/R&B.

New to my show was Gwen Stefani with a number that really suited the theme. ‘Rich Girl’ cheekily adapts ‘If I Were A Rich Man’ from Fiddler on the Roof to great effect. And a little bit of help from Eve on this track, didn’t hurt either. And then it was onto more Beatles with ‘Taxman’ and more Pet Shop Boys, with a great number ‘Rent’ and some Yeah, Yeah Yeahs with ‘Rich’. All leading up to the money anthem of all time: Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ from their 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon. With its money-related sound effects of cash registers, coins and the like, it is perfect. Have a look at the original video clip which is quite a powerful companion to a song which defined the notion: ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’.

Our country section included Lefty Frizzell with his honky -tonk version of  ‘If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time’ and The Stanley Brothers with a bit of bluegrass: ‘If I Lose’, about a gambler who can always count on his woman to help him out. Horace Andy delivered a great bit of reggae with Money, Money. According to Horace, money is the root of all evil. He may be right but then again I’m hoping that money can also do some good in this world. (Now all I have to do is convince someone to give me some!)

Janis Joplin, John Lennon and AC/DC led up to the finish line and I closed the show with Massive Attack’s remake of William DeVaughan’s song ‘Be Thankful For What You’ve Got’. And that sums up my message from this week’s show – be thankful for what you’ve got. Yes, the best things in life really are free. And radio is one of those!

Here’s the full playlist for you:

Money, Money – Liza Minnelli/Joel Grey/ Cabaret 

Money for Nothing – Dire Straits

Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles

Money – The Flying Lizards

Money, money, money – ABBA

Opportunities (Let’s make lots of money) – Pet Shop Boys

Take the Money and Run – Steve Miller Band

Blue Money – Van Morrison

Uptown – Roy Orbison

If You So Smart, How Come You Ain’t Rich  – Louis Jordan

I Got A Woman – Ray Charles

Money Won’t Change You –  Aretha Frankin

Security – Otis Redding

Rich Girl – Nina Simone

Rich Girl (feat. Eve) – Gwen Stefani

Taxman – The Beatles

Rent – Pet Shop Boys

Rich – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Money – Pink Floyd

No Money  Ernie K Doe and the Blue Diamonds 

If You’ve Got The Money I’ve Got The Time – Lefty Frizzell

If I Lose – The Stanley Brothers

Rich Woman – Li’l Millet & His Creoles

Rich Mans Blues – C.W. Stoneking

Money Money  Horace Andy

Buy Me A Mercedes Benz  Janis Joplin

Nobody Loves You (when you’re down and out) – John Lennon

Moneytalks   ACDC

You Never Give Me Your Money  The Beatles

Be Thankful For What You’ve Got    Massive Attack

Next week I’ll be dedicating the show to music from the 60’s and giving away tickets to the new film, set in ’66 against the British pirate radio days, The Boat That Rocked. 

Listen to Lyn at the Theme Park, Tuesdays 2-4pm, Sydney time, at BayFM 99.9 or streaming at


matchboxAustralia, Australia, Australia, we love you yes we do….. so sang The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band and it opened our show on the day after Australia Day with just the right amount of respectful parody.  The band is based in Melbourne and is centred around singer and multi-instrumentalist Mick Conway (Captain Matchbox) and his brother Jim Conway, who is  widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest exponents of the blues harmonica. Inspired by early jazz and jug band music, their songs stand out for their cheeky sense of humour. A great opener which created the perfect mood for a show which, (like Australians really), doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Yes, I too was over all the nationalistic back-slapping and excuse for a mighty piss-up but, what the hell, I’m ready to jump on the band-wagon if it means I get an excuse to play all my favourite Australian music. The show was a mix of new, old, iconic, one-hit wonders and a tear-jerker thrown in for good measure. And, don’t worry Roy Orbison fans, I even found an Orbison cover to close the show with. The far-sighted Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds delivered a great version of ‘Running Scared’. 

Talking of iconic, I did play some Easybeats and, of course, AC/DC but, as I told my listeners, the first Australian rock’n’roll performer to tour the United States and make the local Top 40 charts was none other than Johhny O’Keefe. He remains Australia’s most successful chart performer, with twenty-nine Top 40 hits to his credit in Australia between 1959 and 1974. His signature tune, ‘Wild One’ was recorded by Iggy Pop as ‘Real Wild Child’ in 1986. It was also used on the soundtrack for the movie ‘Pretty Woman’ and was covered by Jerry Lee Lewis, Everlife, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Glamour Camp and many others. My favourite in his line-up is ‘She’s My Baby’. Here’s some very rare television footage of him performing “She’s My Baby” on Bandstand in 1965.

The other groundbreakers in the playlist were The Saints. Formed in Brisbane in 1974, they are considered to be one of the first and most influential punk groups. By 1975, at the same time as the Ramones, they were  employing the fast tempos, raucous vocals and ‘buzzsaw’ guitar that characterised early punk rock. With their single ‘(I’m) Stranded’, in late 1976, they released a record that was way ahead of better-known punk acts like the Sex Pistols and The Clash. Bob Geldof has been quoted as saying, “Rock music in the Seventies was changed by three bands – The Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Saints.”

Thanks to the lovely Linda Airey, publicist to the stars, who visited the studio while she was on holiday in Byron. She’s worked with some some fantastic talent having worked for Virgin in London and Roadshow in Australia and she now heads up her own publicity outfit out of Sydney. Not enough time to get all the dirt out of her, but she’ll be back, or so she threatens.

The two h0urs went way too quickly as usual. Here’s the playlist for you:

Australia  Captain Matchbox

Funky Tonight  John Butler Trio

Paper Aeroplane  Angus & Julia Stone

Good Things Come To Me Now  Karma County

Thunderbirds Are Coming Out  TISM

The Bold And The Beautiful  The Drugs

You Sound Like Louis Burdett  The Whitlams

I Need You Tonight  INXS

Where The Wild Roses Grow  Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue

Lighthouse  The Waifs

Banjo & Violin  The Audreys

Bad Luck Everywhere You Go  C.W. Stoneking

Treaty, Radio Mix – Yothu Yindi

Put Down That Weapon  Midnight Oil

Down River  Wllcannia Mob

Let Me Be  Xavier Rudd

Black Betty  Spiderbait

Woman  Wolfmother

Save The Day  The Living End

She’s My Baby  Johnny O’Keefe

She’s So Fine  The Easybeats

Thunderstruck  ACDC

Punks Not Dead  Darren Hanlon

(I’m) Stranded  The Saints

Pussy Town  Machine Gun Fellatio

Cocaine – The Cruel Sea

Don’t dream its over  Crowded House

Somewhere Over The Rainbow  Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs

Running Scared  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Next week is the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper’s death by plane crash, so next week’s theme is ‘They Died in a Plane Crash’. Think of a playlist with the famous three,  as well as Patsy Cline, John Denver, Otis Redding, Stevie Ray Vaughan….. 

Tune in to Lyn McCarthy on BayFM 99.9 Tuesdays 2-4pm Sydney time. Also streaming on

Sex, Drugs and, (not just), Rock ‘n’ Roll

This week’s theme was all about sex and drugs, but not just rock n roll. In fact it was a lot of early blues. I just love those early (30s, 40s, 50s) gutsy hot mamas, like Barrel House Annie and Julia and Her Boyfriends who shed their inhibitions and sang about their desires. I also played some C.W. Stoneking, who with his wife Kirsty Fraser, know how to evoke and extend the highly provocative ditty – listen to ‘You Took My Thing’ to find out what I mean. And, of course, there was rock ‘n’ roll with Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis as well as the great r&b/soul singers Etta James and Marvin Gaye. And that was just in the first hour!

One of my favourites from the  show was Tina Turner singing Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love”. Here’s a clip lifted from her ‘Simply the Best’ VCR for you to enjoy. Little wonder that I followed this with Tom Jones singing ‘Sexbomb’.

In the second hour I played a piece of Janis Joplin that clearly showed the influence of the great Bessie Smith. “Mary Jane” is a live performance, recorded in 1965 with the Dick Oxtot Jazz Band. If you want to track it down, look for the 1975 compilation album Janis or the 2007 compilation The Very Best of Janis Joplin. Did you know that Joplin so idolised Bessie Smith that she remedied the scandal of her unmarked grave by organising the appropriate carved inscription: “The greatest blues singer in the world will never stop singing”?

Another discovery for me, thanks to the Bob Dylan Theme Time compilation, is Mary Gauthier. Her song, “I Drink” cuts straight to the bone. What a potent and powerful song, both in its lyrics and its delivery. Apparently Gauthier is a recovered alcoholic who grew up in an abusive and alcoholic household. As Bob Dylan so eloquently puts it, “the song plays like a bittersweet farewell to a dangerous lover.”

dinahLong before she carved out her hugely successful pop career with sensual versions of great love songs, the gorgeous voice of Dinah Washington was used to belt out some very suggestive blues numbers. I included the blatantly lascivious ‘Big Slidin’ Thing’ in this week’s show. It finds Washington pining for her absent man who’s apparently proficient with his extraordinary instrument – a trombone people, a trombone! Such a tragedy that Washington would die at 39, after an accidental overdose of prescription diet pills mixed with alcohol.

My Roy Orbison song this week was ‘Mean Woman Blues’, initially recorded by Elvis as part of the soundtrack for his 1957 motion picture, Loving You. Roy recorded it with ‘Blue Bayou’ in 1963, as a 45rpm single and it went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 1oo music charts. I love the line: ‘Well I ain’t braggin’, it’s understood. Everything I do, well I sure do good’. Oh yeah. 

Finished the show with Verve’s ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ which, although most listeners might assume is an anti-drugs song, is, in fact, about the father of one of the band members. He was being treated for cancer, the drugs stopped working and he died. Aaargh.

Sorry to end on a bit of a downer. So, let’s get cheerful next week. I overlooked the fact that January 12th (my birthday as well!) was the birthday of Motown. So next week its all things soulful on Theme Park. Hope to have you all listening in. Streaming details at end of this week’s playlist which follows.


Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll  Ian Dury 

Minnie The Moocher  Cab Calloway 

Dynamite – Cheech and Chong (Comedy clip)

The Old Dope Peddler  Tom Lehrer 

Monkey On My Back  Ross Hannaford Trio 

Gotta Gimme Whatcha Got  Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends 

If it don’t fit  Barrell House Annie 

You Took My Thing  C.W. Stoneking 

The Girl Can’t Help It  Little Richard 

Great Balls Of Fire  Jerry Lee Lewis 

You Can Leave Your Hat On  Joe Cocker 

Addicted To Love (with Brian Adams Live)  Tina Turner 

Sexbomb  Tom Jones 

I Just Want To Make Love To You  Etta James 

Sexual Healing  Marvin Gaye 

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Drug Lists (Movie Clip)

Rehab  Amy Winehouse 

Cocaine Habit  Captain Matchbox

Mary Jane  Janis Joplin 

I Drink  Mary Gauthier 

Rocket  Connie Lee 

Big Long Slidin’ Thing  Dinah Washington 

Afternoon Delight – Starlight Vocal Band 

Itchycoo Park – Small Faces 

Mean Woman Blues  Roy Orbison 

Burning Love  Elvis Presley 

Take a Walk on the Wild Side  Lou Reed 

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds  The Beatles 

Mother’s Little Helper  The Rolling Stones 

Cold Turkey  John Lennon 

The Drugs Dont Work  The Verve 

Next week: The History of Motown!

Listen to Lyn McCarthy at ‘Theme Park’ on Bay FM 99.9,  Tuesdays 2-4pm, Sydney time. Also streaming on 

Around The World

What with the holiday season just around the corner, it was surely time to do a show that travelled around the world. As usual, never enough time to give a good theme like this its due, but we gave it a good shot. Hardly touched on Europe and never got to the UK, so I can see a show on the Brits looming on the horizon.

Started the show with a bit of bubblegum. Not my usual fare, but the song ‘Around the World’ by Aqua (remember them – “I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world…”) was just such a cute choice to open the show, I couldn’t resist.

Once again I included  a song from C.W. Stoneking (Jungle Lullaby). When I first heard him sing I thought, “that’s got to be the bastard child of Tom Waits and Bessy Smith”. And I’m not the only one to have made that kind of comment (Rolling Stone for one). We had the opportunity to compare when I also played Tom’s “Telephone Call From Istanbul”. Both performers use musical personas to great advantage, but for my money Tom has got it all over C.W. (who I love btw).

waits_mg_8113-crop-2-1Tom Waits has such a distinctive voice. It has been described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.”

The song “Telephone Call From Istanbul” is from his album “Frank’s Wild Years”, which before it was an album, was a musical play co-written by Waits and staged as an off-Broadway musical in 1986. It was directed by the actor Gary Sinese and had a successful run at Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre.

This week’s  playlist covered a lot of ground and moved between pop, r&b, jazz, calypso, rock and punk. The Ryan Adams song “New York, New York” is particularly interesting because the music video was shot on September 7, 2001, the week before the September 11, 2001 attacks. The twin towers of the World Trade Centre feature prominently in the background while Adams is in the foreground singing “I’ll Always Love You New York”. It’s not surprising that the clip received a large amount of air time on MTV in the days following the attacks. I’ve included the clip here and then the complete playlist follows.

Around The World –  Aqua

Going Loco Down In Acapulco – The Four Tops

Down In Mexico  The Coasters

Tijuana Taxi  Herb Albert

The Boy From Ipanema  Julie London

Jamaica Hurricane  Lord Beginner

Back in the USA  Chuck Berry

Georgia On My Mind  James Brown

Traveling Man  Ricky Nelson

Kansas City  Fats Domino

Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa  Gene Pitney

I Drove All Night  Roy Orbison

If You’re Going to San Francisco  The Byrds

New York, New York  Ryan Adams

Hawaii Aloha  The Strokes

Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai) – Ella Fitzgerald

Hong Kong  Screamin’ Jay  Hawkins

China Girl  David Bowie

Made In Japan  Buck Owens

Congo Blues  Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie

Moby Dick (movie sound bite) 

Jungle Lullaby  C.W. Stoneking

Mozambique  Bob Dylan

Under African Skies  Miriam Makeba & Paul Simon

Rock the Casbah – The  Clash 

Telephone Call from Istanbul  Tom Waits

Never Been To Spain  Three Dog Night

When In Rome  Blossom Dearie

Oh, and I nearly forgot: A recipe for the party season: “Tijuana Taxi Cocktail”

Scale the ingredients to servings.

2 oz Gold tequila

2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur

1 oz tropical-fruit schnapps

lemon-lime soda

Pour tequila, curacao, and schnapps over ice into large highball glass. Fill with lemon-lime soda and garnish with orange slice and a cherry. Enjoy! 

Next week: Xmas week (can’t believe it!). The theme will be ‘Eatin’ and Drinkin’.

Lyn McCarthy presents ‘Theme Park’ on BayFM 99.9 between 2-4pm, Eastern Standard Time, Tuesdays and the show streams via


lynmardisummerSummer time an’ the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin’ an’ the cotton is high. Oh, yo’ daddy’s rich, and yo’ ma’ is good-lookin’, So hush, little baby, don’ yo’ cry. 

Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward

Oh yeah, Summer is here and where else would you want to be except for beautiful Byron Bay! The weather is amazing  right now, averaging about 27 degrees. Lots of holiday-makers in the area and school leavers letting their hair down. Theming the show around Summer was almost too obvious. That’s me on the uke and Mardi, one of our beautiful volunteers getting in the mood, prior to the show.

pk2I was planning on a very lighthearted, pop-dominated program this week but received the sad news on Saturday that one of our Jazz presenters, and long-time BayFM supporters, had died last Friday evening. Peter Katims (fondly known as PK) had been fighting cancer for a number of years and, despite his illness, worked at the station as both a presenter and as part of the management committee right up until his passing. He will be missed. My programming slot, 2-4 Tuesdays, was the original time that he presented his program, ‘All That Jazz’,  so I really wanted to honour him during the show.  You will find a number of fine jazz tunes, and a couple of my own favourite non-jazz tunes,  in the playlist that were dedicated to him. Although I only knew PK for a short time,  I know that he would have hated a lot of fuss and ‘BS’ and would have expected us to get on with the job. So I hope that my Summer show also celebrates what he loved: good music and good community radio.

So, without further ado, here’s the playlist. An * denotes that the song was dedicated to PK:

Summertime – Billy Stewart

*Blue Skies – Ella Fitzgerald

*Too Darn Hot  Ann Miller

*Watermelon Man – Julie London

Groovin’ – The Young Rascals

Feels Like Summer  Al Green

Summerfling  k.d. lang

Brown Eyed Girl  Van Morrison 

Wipeout  Surfaris 

Surf City  Jan and Dean

All summer long  The Beach Boys

California Sun  Joe Jones

Summertime Blues  Eddie Cochran 

Under the Boardwalk  The Drifters 

My Girl  Temptations 

Summer in the City  The Lovin Spoonful

Summer Breeze  Seals & Crofts

In The Summertime  Mungo Jerry

Ice Cream Man  Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers

Too hot  Prince Buster

*When Sunny Gets Blue –  Anita O’Day

Jambalaya (On The Bayou) – Hank Williams

Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison

The Boys of Summer  Don Henley 

Hawaii Five-O Theme –  The Ventures

Surfin’ Safari  The Beach Boys

Good Day Sunshine  – The Beatles

*I Can See Clearly Now –  Johnny Nash

*Sunny – Bobby Hebb

Finally, here’s some vision of Ella Fitzgerald. Bye PK.

Next week I’m thinking I might do ‘Around the World’. Let me know if you have any suggestions of songs that mention a particular part of the world, or travelling in general.

Theme Park airs on BayFM 99.9 Tuesdays 2-4pm Eastern Standard Time. Streaming on



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