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SONGS ABOUT RESURRECTION

It’s Easter, so I set myself the challenge this week of compiling a list of songs about RESURRECTION. Yes, I know I could have looked at chocolate or bunny rabbits, but hey, you know I like to shake things up a bit! The meaning and long traditions behind the concept of resurrection make it a powerful device for the songwriter. It can be used in the biblical context, or figuratively to describe some sort of rebirth or re-emergence from darkness. Music fans, of course, will be familiar with musicians coming back from the dead, but we’re not dealing with comebacks here. We’ll keep that subject for another show.

Ashton, Gardner & Dyke’s one hit wonder, RESURRECTION SHUFFLE, delivered a terrifically upbeat start to the program. Here they are on Top of the Pops in the 70s:

The prince of darkness, Nick Cave, has the perfect resurrection song in DIG, LAZARUS, DIG!! Here he is with the Bad Seeds performing live on Jools Holland (I’ll say it again, what a brilliant, brilliant show!). The year was 2008 and that’s Jack White on the sidelines looking in absolute awe of the band.

Eric Burdon wrestles with doubt on his version of Blind Willie Johnson’s SOUL OF A MAN.  Melbourne group The Temper Trap, now based in the U.K have a great song called  RESURRECTION on their Aria Award winning album “Condition”. Then it was Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople with ROLL AWAY THE STONE. This clips is from Top of the Pops 1973. Scary.

With possibly the longest name on our playlist, Sufjan Stevens contributed our first zombie song on the list. Come on, zombies were a given, surely, on a show about coming back from the dear. THEY ARE ZOMBIES!! THEY ARE NEIGHBORS. THEY HAVE COME BACK FROM THE DEAD, AHHHH!  is, I think, absolutely brilliant.

What’s a show on the subject of resurrection without gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her Easter song, CAN’T NO GRAVE HOLD MY BODY DOWN?. Sister Rosetta sings about rolling the stone away. Vic Chesnutt, on the other hand sings of leaving the stone in place. Apparently imagining himself as Jesus in his tomb, he’s also wracked by self-doubt on STAY INSIDE.

Dido and AR Rahman sing IF I RISE. It’s the beautiful theme to the film 127 Hours. Adore the film and the song.

Gil Scott-Heron is one of those performers that came back from the dead musically and aren’t we glad he did? On B MOVIE he suggests that this life is just a rehearsal of sorts and that there’s another life waiting for us when the great director in the sky calls cut. Well, I’m not sure I believe that. But who knows?

You know you’ve always got to have your  sense of humour firmly intact at the Theme Park, because nothing is sacred. We had a chuckle with Spinal Tap and their 2009 release  BACK FROM THE DEAD. That was followed by Nancy Sinatra and the Bond theme, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.

The Moody Blues gave us their ode to Timothy Leary: LEGEND OF A MIND. According to them, he’s not dead, he’s just astral travelling! But of course he is. It was the 70’s when this was recorded after all.

Single File gave us our second zombie song on the list with the very amusing ZOMBIES ATE MY NEIGHBOURS. And then it was Alison Moyet with LOVE RESURRECTION, from her 1983 album Alf. According to Alison, when it comes to love, everyone needs a little divine intervention.

Pink Floyd’s COMING BACK TO LIFE is from a live performance album they released in 2009. Then it was The Stone Roses with their anti-Christianity song I AM THE RESURRECTION. Feeling that we probably should show some impartiality on matters religious, we included Frightened Rabbit with HEAD ROLLS OFF. They seem to believe in God and an afterlife but nevertheless promote the idea that what you do while you’re alive is the most important thing. Can’t argue with that.

M. Ward gets a little help from Norah Jones on ONE LIFE AWAY where he imagines that, when you walk on peoples graves, they are “listening to the sound of the living people living their lives away”Here’s the awesome Mark Lanegan performing on Irish TV in 2004. The track is RESURRECTION SONG. Brilliant as always.

Now it would be a serious omission if I didn’t mention this weekend’s Byron Bay Blues Fest, so as a tribute to that we closed with songs on Resurrection  from two of the icons appearing at the event: First up, the marvellous Mavis Staples with WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN, which I dedicate to my Dad who died 20 years ago this week.  And finally, it was ‘born again’ Bob Dylan with IN THE GARDEN. For my Dad, here’s Mavis on the Jools Holland show:

For next week’s show I’ve been inspired by the Royal Wedding (I kid you not) and the show will be on WEDDINGS AND MARRIAGE. I think we can have some fun with this. I’ll be transforming the BayFM studio into the Chapel of Love. And it will be my last show at this time slot. After that I’ll be presenting Theme Park in a shorter and sweeter one hour format on Monday’s 1-2pm, so I hope that you tune in then.

Have a great Easter! Here’s the complete playlist:

Resurrection Shuffle – Ashton, Gardner and Dyke

Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! – Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Soul Of A Man – Eric Burdon

Resurrection – The Temper Trap

Roll Away The Stone – Mott The Hoople

They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from the Dead!! Ahhhh!! – Sufjan Stevens

Can’t No Grave Hold My Body Down – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Stay Inside – Vic Chesnutt

If I Rise – A.R. Rahman

B Movie – Gil Scott-Heron

Back From The Dead – Spinal Tap

You Only Live Twice – Nancy Sinatra

Legend Of A Mind – The Moody Blues

Zombies Ate My Neighbors – Single File

Love Resurrection – Alison Moyet

Coming Back To Life – Pink Floyd

I Am The Resurrection – The Stone Roses

Head Rolls Off – Frightened Rabbit

One Life Away – M. Ward

Resurrection Song – Mark Lanegan

Will The Circle Be Unbroken – Mavis Staples

In The Garden – Bob Dylan

Next week: MARRIAGE

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SONGS ABOUT NIGHT

NIGHT is a time that’s often associated with danger and the fear of the unknown. Midnight, especially, has a particular importance in human imagination and culture. Seances, for instance, are usually conducted around this time. And then, of course there are the vampires and werewolves, who only come out at night. Yes, there’s lots happening out there in the dark! When it comes to song lyrics, however, night-time is a great time for love-making. As Ray Charles points out, NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

We opened the show with HERE COMES THE NIGHT. The song was originally recorded in 1964 by Lulu but the version we played was a huge hit for the band Them and their lead vocalist Van Morrison in 1965.

I’m pretty impressed by the very talented singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens who contributed one of the few songs on the list that references the occult. THEY ARE NIGHT ZOMBIES! THEY ARE NEIGHBOURS! THEY HAVE COME BACK FROM THE DEAD! AHHH is from his 2005 album Illinois. Here he is performing live with the very cute Illnoisemakers:

We followed with supreme soul singer Marvin Gaye with IF I SHOULD DIE TONIGHT. It’s from his classic 1973 album Let’s Get It On. Serving as Gaye’s first venture into the funk genre and romance-themed music, Let’s Get It On incorporates smooth soul, doo-wop and quiet storm. It’s been noted by critics for its sexually-suggestive lyrics, and was cited by one writer as “one of the most sexually charged albums ever recorded”. Woohoo.

And talking of Woohoo, thanks to the Woohoo Review Band who donated their latest album, Dear Animals, for a giveaway on the show this week. They’re a Melbourne based, gypsy style band and the song we played from the album, MR 9 O’CLOCK was a good example of the madcap dance tunes that inhabit the album.

Tim Buckley’s song NIGHTHAWKIN’ is from one of my all time favourite album, Greetings From LA. Recorded in 1972 at Far Out Studios in Hollywood (rivalled only by Hitsville USA, surely, as one of the best names for a recording studio), it didn’t sell well when it was first released. Now its a classic. Go figure.
Had to play Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons’ standard, DECEMBER 1963 (OH WHAT A NIGHT). A little bit doo-wop, a little bit rock n roll, you can’t not like The Four Seasons:


They say that Frank Sinatra was at his best vocally in the 1950’s and it’s hard to argue when you listen to IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING . That goes out to Inchie who does a great show on BayFM on Friday’s 4-6pm, called Strictly Vinyl.

Back to the 70’s. The Eagles were one of the most successful recording artists of the period. Their 1975 album, One of These Nights, was the last album to feature founding member Bernie Leadon, who left the band during the One of These Nights tour, disillusioned with the direction the band were going in. With the departure of Leadon, the Eagles’ early country sound almost completely disappeared and the band moved on to a harder sound. One Of These Nights would prove to be a breakthrough album for the band, making them international superstars.


You all know by now that I consider Roy Orbison the patron saint of Theme Park and I realise that I’ve played this song before, but hey, what the …. had to give Roy’s I DROVE ALL NIGHT another play. Jeff Lynne remixed Orbison’s 1987 recordings for the posthumous album King of Hearts of which I DROVE ALL NIGHT was one of the tracks.

Brilliant reggae artist Gregory Isaacs passed away on October 25 after a long battle with lung cancer. So of course, I had to play his signature tune NIGHT NURSE.

I’m also a bit of a Tom Waits fan and his debut studio album, Closing Time, recorded in 1973 is an absolute classic.  It was produced and arranged by Lovin’ Spoonful member Jerry Yester. The song we chose was MIDNIGHT LULLABY. Then it was time to go way back to 1953 and some New Orleans Blues with Professor Longhair singing IN THE NIGHT. I’m pretty sure Tom would have approved.

Opening the second hour of the show was Gladys Knight & the Pips with their 1973 number one hit single, MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA. Oh my God, The Pips, the moves! Check it out:

Two goodies from 1965 followed. Maryanne Faithful sang of  SUMMER NIGHTS and The Strangeloves did a great version of NIGHT TIME. The Strangeloves were a New York garage band who created a false back-story that they were Australian sheep farmers. I don’t think it helped their record sales somehow, so not sure what that was all about!

Here’s a quirky Blues number for you: Zulu Bollin with WHY DON’T YOU EAT WHERE YOU SLEPT LAST NIGHT? Reasonable question, surely.

The 85 year old B.B. King is still going strong and, in fact, will be here next April for the Byron Blues Festival. I, for one, can’t wait. We played the sublime NIGHT LIFE with King and Willie Nelson. How great would it be to see Willie Nelson at the Festival? One can only hope and pray I ‘spose.

Another of my faves is Bob Seger. You can’t sit still to anything he plays and that includes NIGHT MOVES.

I also can’t get enough of Tom Waits so we had to play LOOKING FOR THE HEART OF SATURDAY NIGHT from the album of the same name, released in 1974. The album cover is based on THE WEE SMALL HOURS by Frank Sinatra, which we had played earlier in the show.


Van Morrison thinks he knows how to have a WILD NIGHT. But I have a feeling that The Rolling Stones might know a thing or two about that too. LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER was written by bad boys Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and was originally released as a single in 1967.  Here’s a clip from Top of the Pops from that same year:

NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME is a blues standard that has been interpreted and recorded by a variety of music artists. Ray Charles’ hit version was released in 1958 and is featured on the soundtrack to the film Ray.

I almost didn’t include The Moody Blues’ classic anthem, NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN, simply because it might seem just so predictable. But, let’s face it, that hasn’t stopped me in the past! Here they are at The Montreaux Festival in 1997, still going strong.

As a prelude to the end of the show, could I find anything better than the beautiful sound of The Spaniels with GOOD NIGHT SWEETHEART. It’s a great piece of doo-wop from 1953.

I closed the show with a great double. Eric Clapton’s AFTER MIDNIGHT got the ball rolling and it was taken up with a vengeance by AC/DC.  This time it was YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG from the 1980 album Back to Black. Here they are performing live at Donington in 1991:


For next week’s show I’m looking for songs that announce themselves in style, so start nominating your FAVOURITE SONG INTRODUCTIONS. Leave me a message on the blog or at the Theme Park page on Facebook. I’d love to hear from you.

Until then, here’s this week’s complete playlist:

Here Comes The Night – The Best Of Van Morrison, Them

They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbours!! – Illinois, Sufjan Stevens

If I Should Die Tonight – Let’s Get It On, Marvin Gaye

Mr 9 O’Clock – Dear Animals, The Woohoo Revue

Nighthawkin’ – Greetings From L.A., Tim Buckley

December 1963 (Oh What a Night) – Oh What a Night, Four Seasons

In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning – In the Wee Small Hours, Frank Sinatra

One Of These Nights – One Of These Nights, The Eagles

I Drove All Night – The Soul of Rock And Roll, Roy Orbison

All Night Long – The R&B Years – 1954 [Disc 4], Joe Houston

Night Nurse – Night Nurse, Gregory Isaacs

Midnight Lullaby – Closing Time, Tom Waits

In The Night – Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues, Professor Longhair

Midnight Train To Georgia – Mellow Moods [Disc 2], Gladys Knight and The Pips

Summer Nights – Marianne Faithfull, Marianne Faithfull

Night Time – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First…., The Strangeloves

Why Don’t You Eat Where You Slept Las Night – Hot Rhythm And Cool Blues, Zulu Bollin

Night Life – Deuces Wild, B.B. King With Willie Nelson

Night Moves – Greatest Hits, Bob Seger

(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night – The Heart Of Saturday Night, Tom Waits

Night Train – Sex Machine, James Brown

Wild Night – Twentyfourseven, Van Morrison

Let’s Spend The Night Together – Hot Rocks, 1964-1971 [Disc 1], The Rolling Stones

(Night Tiime Is) The Right Time – Ray, Movie Soundtrack, Ray Charles

Nights In White Satin –  The Moody Blues

Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight – Earth Angel – Doo Wop Classics, The Spaniels

After Midnight – The Cream Of Clapton, Eric Clapton

You Shook Me All Night Long – Back In Black, AC/DC

Next week:  IMPRESSIVE INTROS

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STAR SIGNS

Our theme this week was Star Signs –  songs of the zodiac, songs that highlight the way someone’s birth date can influence their very being (or maybe not).  All the songs on this week’s list try to deal with the notion that we’re emotionally and intellectually influenced by the movement of some distant stars and planets. Some songwriters are more than happy to go along with the idea and some reject the concept outright. We opened the show with Diana Ross and the Supremes singing NO MATTER WHAT SIGN YOU ARE. Written by Berry Gordy and recorded in the the late 60’s it tried to cash in on the success of the musical HAIR and the hit tune AQUARIUS.

For jazz great Cannonball Adderley the zodiac was so fascinating that he devoted a whole 1972 album to it. With narration by DJ Rick Holmes – noted on the sleeve for his “sophisticated rhetoric” – SOUL ZODIAC is seduction par excellence, not to mention a reflection on an era when ‘The Age of Aquarius’ captured everyone’s imagination. If you’re celebrating your birthday this month, like BayFM presenters Helen from Q’s Jazz & Blues or Post Modern Backlash’s Hudson, or my gorgeous daughter Zoe, then you’re a Pisces. So it was fitting that we chose PISCES from Adderley’s album to move the show along.

Kris Kristofferson reminded us that there was a very famous Capricorn who “ate organic foods, believed in love and peace and never wore no shoes”. Yes, JESUS WAS A CAPRICORN. And then it was Creedence Clearwater Revival with a warning: there’s a BAD MOON RISING. Here they are performing the song live, in a rare video clip:

Curtis Mayfield’s “funky woman” decides, rather unfairly I think, that they’re incompatible because of what she reads in the newspaper. He tells us all about it in READINGS IN ASTROLOGY. The Floaters followed with their very groovy 1977 hit FLOAT ON.

Albert King blames the zodiac for all his troubles in BORN UNDER THE BAD SIGN. Albert was born on April 25, which makes him a Taurian. Seems like negativity might be a Taurian trait.

Jamiriquai were having a BLACK CAPRICORN DAY. Singer Jason Kay was born on December 30 and the song is reputedly autobiographical, telling of how he was kicked out of home as a teenager and surviving on the streets. I’m a Cappie myself, so I know how it feels when those occasional dark times descend. Luckily we’re essentially the zodiac’s eternal optimists so there’s always a silver lining under every black cloud. Check out the Jamiriquai video clip:

Talking of optimists,  Adem is totally swept away with the power of the stars in  THESE LIGHTS ARE MEANINGFUL.  Tori Amos seems to be saying farewell to a February/March lover in GOODBYE PISCES.  Cannonball Adderley and DJ Rick Holmes were at it again, this time with  what many consider the best track from the SOUL ZODIAC album, CAPRICORN.

The Moody Blues delivered a song for all my crazy, brilliant, Gemini mates: GEMINI DREAM. Check out this video of them performing live in 1984 at Wembley Arena. Little bit of overkill on the smoke machine, methinks, but you’ve got to love the Moodies.

It’s been raining cats and dogs up here in the North, so a dose of the The Fifth Dimension with AQUARIUS and LET THE SUNSHINE IN lifted the mood somewhat and, hopefully, will influence the weatherman.

Some more Cannonball Adderley (it’s a great album, really!): Having already heard about the water sign PISCES and the earth sign CAPRICORN, it was time to find out about the fire sign ARIES. Prince couldn’t care less what sign you are, all he wants is your KISS.

Teenage Fanclub try to dismiss the power a star sign can hold: “Hey, there’s a horseshoe on my door,” they sing, “big deal. Hey, there’s a black cat on the floor, big deal.” But the Fanclub accept that people’s days are changed by whatever they wish to believe. For Rush, the question of whether the “stars aren’t aligned, or the gods are malign” is very simple. “I will choose a path that’s clear,” they proclaim. “I will choose freewill.” Hmmm, now there’s some food for thought. Check out the video of Rush performing live in 1981. Brilliant.

Regina Spektor is another favourite if mine. She’s an Aquarius and she’s recorded a song of the same name that’s intensely personal and worth checking out if you are also one of those  highly intelligent, humanitarian people born under this particular water sign.

A great piece of instrumental followed, called SCORPIO, from the brilliant jazz guitarist and ex-Funk Brother, Dennis Coffey. This guy has played with all the soul greats, including Mavin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder….. the list goes on. And he’s white! Just goes to show, there’s no colour barrier to soul. If you’ve got it, you’ve got it.

More Cannonball Adderley (can I help it if the guy’s a genius and he just so happened to record a whole album that suited the theme?). He gives the air sign LIBRA its due attention, and we know that Librans like attention don’t we! . German Big Bander Gunter Noris contributed the track GEMINI from an album called ‘The In Kraut Hip Shaking Grooves”. I kid you not. The 70’s have a lot to answer for.

SAGITTARIUS SILVER ANNOUNCEMENT is from the album Embryonic, by the band that dared to remake Dark Side of the Moon and actually got away with it – the Flaming Lips. I don’t have a decent clip of them performing this great track, but I encourage you to check out their very good website at http://www.flaminglips.com

The next double was a very moving one. First up it was George Harrison with a song about his own star sign, PISCES FISH and we followed with one of the most beautiful tunes I’ve heard of late, GUIDING STAR by Neil Finn. It was recorded on the album Caution: Life Ahead as a fundraiser for the Buttery rehabilitation centre here in the Northern Rivers.

Now I did choose to cover Western Astrology for this week’s show but I want to recognise that this is the Chinese Year of the Tiger. For those of you born under this sign you are courageous, daring, confident and a born leader. But you can be unpredictable and tempestuous, sometimes territorial and possessive. Because 2010 s the Year of the Metal Tiger, it also brings you additional strength and determination. And in celebration of what looks like a dynamic year for all of us, and as a tribute to all the Leos out there, we closed the show with Al Stewart’s YEAR OF THE CAT.  Kung Hei Fat Choy! That is, I hope this year brings you all good fortune and prosperity.

I’m often quoted as saying that I’ll do a show on almost anything, including fruit and vegetables and I realized I hadn’t actually created a show about these very healthy food items, so next week FRUIT AND VEGIES it is. Whatchagot?

Here’s this week’s playlist:

No Matter What Sign You Are – Diana Ross & the Supremes
Pisces – Cannonball Adderley
Jesus Was A Capricorn – Kris Kristofferson
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Readings In Astrology – Curtis Mayfield
Float On – The Floaters
Born Under The Bad Sign – Albert King
Sunrise in Aries – God is an Astronaut
Black Capricorn Day – Jamiroquai
These Lights Are Meaningful – Adem
Goodbye Pisces – Tori Amos
Capricorn – Cannonball Adderley
Gemini Dream – Moody Blues
Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In – The Fifth Dimension
Aries – Cannonball Adderley
Kiss – Prince
Star Sign – Teenage Fanclub
Freewill – Rush
Aquarius – Regina Spektor
Scorpio – Dennis Coffey
Libra – Cannonball Adderley
Gemini – Günter Noris
Sagittarius Silver Announcement – The Flaming Lips
Pisces Fish – George Harrison
Guiding Star – Neil Finn
Year of the Cat – Al Stewart
Next week: FRUIT & VEGETABLES

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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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