Posted by Lyn McCarthy
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.
First 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
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