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08-02-13 Footnotes
Show 401: The Best Instrumentals, Trouble Review

1 While pop divas like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have impressive strategic plans for their upcoming albums, news from Beyonce’s camp suggest things are more chaotic over there. Sources told the Hollywood Reporter she recently scrapped 50 songs and is starting over, despite having the promotional push of the Superbowl and a world tour.

2 Is it fair to say Jack White’s an all-around good guy? First, he may have donated money to a Detroit baseball field. Then he pitches in to save the city’s historic Masonic Temple. And now he’s made a generous $200,000 donation to the National Recording Preservation Foundation. Three cheers for this former guest!

3 Influential guitar player and songwriter J.J. Cale died this week at age 74. Countless musicians have covered Cale over the years, from Captain Beefheart to Neil Young. And to honor him, Jim and Greg play one of Young’s favorites, “Crazy Mama.”

4a The history of rock ‘n’ roll is filled with memorable lyrics, but sometimes it’s the wordless songs that stick. This week, Jim and Greg celebrate the Best Instrumentals. Not just any “instrumental” track will do. Both Jim and Greg agree, no “fa fa fa’s” or “la la la’s” admitted. Here are their lists:

Duane Eddy, “Peter Gunn
Booker T. & The MG’s, “Time is Tight
Higher Intelligence Agency, “Spectral
Deltron 3030, “Mastermind (Instrumental)

Dick Dale, “Misirlou
Wire, “The Commercial
Future Sound of London, “Antique Toy
Keyboard Money Mark, “Revolt of the Octopi

4b Jim and Greg also spin a few listeners’ picks:

Drew James in West Allis, Wisconsin: Frank Zappa, “Peaches En Regalia
Amy Loberger in Oak Creek, Wisconsin: Led Zeppelin, “Moby Dick
Andy Mitchell in Chicago, Illinois: Four Tet, “My Angel Rocks Back and Forth
John Chrissos in Rochester, New York: Simple Minds, “Theme for Great Cities
Marshall Preddy in Houston, Texas: Uncle Tupelo, “Sandusky

5 Call ‘em doom metal or stoner rock, the Chicago band Trouble has been bringing the heavy since 1979. The band’s new album The Distortion Field reunites original guitarists Bruce Franklin and Rick Wartell, and subs in Kyle Thomas for longtime vocalist Eric Wagner. Does the reunited band fare better with the critics than Black Sabbath did recently? Greg says yes, though there are four or five Trouble albums he’d rank above The Distortion Field. The band hasn’t updated its original sound: an innovative merger of British heavy metal and psychedelia. That’s fine by Greg, but he does miss the conceptual heft Wagner gave to earlier Trouble lyrics. Greg gives The Distortion Field a Burn It. Jim agrees. He needed some head-banging this week, and for that The Distortion Field does just fine. Burn It.

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Songs Featured in Show #401
Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray, "Caramel," Pure Sunray, 2013
Beyoncé, “Grown Woman (Live Performance,” Unreleased, 2013
The White Stripes, “We’re Going to Be Friends,” White Blood Cells, V2 Records, 2002
J.J. Cale, “Crazy Mama,” Naturally, Shelter, 1972
Link Wray & His Ray Men, “Deuces Wild,” Deuces Wild (Single), Swan, 1964
Dick Dale, “Misirlou,” Misirlou (Single), Deltone, 1962
Duane Eddy, “Peter Gunn,” Gold, Spider Music, 1986
The Beastie Boys, “Sabrosa,” III Communication, Capitol/Grand Royal, 1994
The Meters, “Cissy Strut,” The Meters, Rhino, 1969
Booker T. & the M.G.s, “Green Onions,” Green Onions, Stax/Atlantic, 1962
Booker T. & the M.G.s, “Time Is Tight,” Time Is Tight (Single), Stax, 1969
Wire, “The Commercial,” Pink Flag, Harvest, 1977
Frank Zappa, “Peaches en Regalia,” Hot Rats, Bizarre, 1969
Led Zeppelin, “Moby Dick,” Led Zeppelin II, Atlantic, 1969
Four Tet, “My Angel Rocks Back and Forth,” My Angel Rocks Back and Forth, Domino, 2004
Simple Minds, “Themes for Great Cities,” Themes for Great Cities: Definitive Collection 79-81, Stiff Records, 1981
Uncle Tupelo, “Sandusky,” March 16-20, 1992, Rockville Records, 1992
Higher Intelligence Agency, “Spectral,” Colourform, Headphones, 1992
The Future Sound of London, “Antique Toy,” Dead Cities, Astralwerks/Virgin, 1996
Radiohead, “Meeting in the Aisle,” Airbag/How Am I Driving?, Capitol, 1998
Deltron 3030, “Mastermind,” Deltron 3030, 75 Ark, 2000
Money Mark, “Revolt of the Octopi,” Mark’s Keyboard Repair, Full Frequency/Pgd, 1996
Trouble, “Paranoia Conspiracy,” The Distortion Field, FRW Records, 2013
Trouble, “Hunters of Doom,” The Distortion Field, FRW Records, 2013
N/A, “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” 2001: A Space Odyssey (soundtrack), Sony Classical, 1968
Blondie, “Call Me,” Call Me (Single), Polydor/Chrysalis/Salsoul, 1980
Michael Shelley, “Mix Tape,” I Blame You, Bar/None, 2001
Liz Phair, “Wild Thing,” Girls! Girls! Girls!, Girly Sound/Self-Produced, 1991
Smashing Pumpkins, “Cherub Rock,” Siamese Dream, Virgin, 1993

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