Madonna just performed in the Twin Cities for the first time since 1987. To celebrate, we played "Open Your Heart," one of Madonna's best pop songs from the 80's.
The Cars' Ric Ocasek released his first solo album in 1982 and gave it a perplexing title. Is it pronounced "be-AT-ih-tude" - such as in the teachings of Jesus that include such sayings as "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" - or "BEAT-ih-tude," referencing a literary journal from the '50s that published the work of the "Beat Poets" such as Allen Ginsberg? Ocasek likely enjoyed the ambiguity. We played "Out of Control."
Famous for his work with The New Pornographers, A.C. Newman is making a name for his own name with his solo career. Listen to his in-studio session.
English band Paper Lace is considered a one hit wonder in the U.S. with their 1970's hit, "The Night Chicago Died."
They had another hit over in the U.K., "Billy Don't Be a Hero." Before they could even release it in the U.S., Cincinnati group Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods covered it and scored a #1 hit.
It's a Halloween tradition on the Current Morning Show to play the 8 minute, album version of "D.O.A." It's one of the creepiest songs in music history as the narrator describes his own slow, bleeding death. File this song under the "splatter platter" genre.
The Monkees finally had creative control over their music and even played the instruments on this record. We played a song used as a closing credits tune on The Monkees TV show, "For Pete's Sake."
Kris Kristofferson is credited with "discovering" John Prine. Not only is he a great songwriter, he's enjoyed an acting career as well. On the cover of this record he's pictured with his second wife, Rita Coolidge.
Guitarist Robert Fripp ventured far away from his prog-rock roots in the late 70s after moving to New York's Hell's Kitchen, and the post-punk eclecticism shows on his first proper solo album, "Exposure."
Give Us a Wink is an album released in March 1976 by the British rock band Sweet. It was their first album to be fully written and produced by the band themselves. We played "Action" which reached the Top 10 in many European countries.
The California based band led by the Alvin brothers has been pumping out good ol' fashioned amped-up American roots rock for several decades. "Hard Line" contains the song "Dark Night," which has been used on TV and movie soundtracks ranging from "Miami Vice" to the Robetr Rodriquez/Quentin Tarrantino vampire flick "From Dusk Til Dawn."
Gabriel's 1978 solo album was the second of three known simply as "Peter Gabriel" (his fourth would have had the same title yet again if Geffen Records hadn't balked). This one is sometimes nicknamed "Scratch" for its cover art depicting Gabriel appearing the scratch the air with his fingernails. We played "On the Air."
After three albums with his band The Commotions, Lloyd Cole's self-titled solo debut delivered more of the literate, melodic guitar-driven pop he'd become known for, but with a roster of guest musicians including Robert Quine and Matthew Sweet. We played "Undressed."
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (commonly called "The Age of Aquarius" or "Let the Sunshine In") is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado & Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by The 5th Dimension.
Now with as many albums in the 2000s as they recorded in the 80s, the Massachusetts alt-rock band proves with each new release that the sequel can be better than the original.
Lulu is best known in the U.S. for a of couple movie themes. "To Sir With Love" was a huge hit in 1967. She also sang the theme to the 1974 James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun.