Jill Riley Feature Archive

She has one of the best-selling albums of the year. She performed on SNL. Now Lana Del Rey is taking over The Current. (11/13/2012)
Jerry Lee Lewis scored his biggest hits in the 50's with song like "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On" and "Great Balls of Fire." The scandal surrounding his marriage to his teenage cousin almost destroyed his music career, but he was able to reinvent himself in the later 60's and 70's as a country act. (11/13/2012)
This is an all around solid record from CCR, with some of their best known songs "Green River," "Bad Moon Rising," and "Lodi." Rolling Stone ranked this album #95 on their 2003 list of the greatest albums of all time. (11/12/2012)
Frampton's live double album that forever linked his name to the talk box. The big hits from this record are "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do." (11/09/2012)
Steely Dan's best-selling album, "Aja" was a tour-de-force of session musician virtuosity, with no fewer than 36 guest master-players appearing on its seven tracks. For whatever reason, Steely Dan remains vastly unhip with contemporary cool kids (Too slick? Too smooth?), so that ostensibly makes it a guilty pleasure today. (11/08/2012)
This week on Random Vinyl it's guilty pleasure week! 80's glam rock band Cinderella was featured with "Gypsy Road." The other big hit from this album was "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)." Jill can't decide if she felt more guilt than pleasure when grabbing this from the "home use only" shelf this morning. (11/07/2012)
Steve's first submission for Guilty Pleasures Week comes from the often scorned genre of prog rock. Yes' "The Yes Album" was the band's breakthrough, containing hits like "Starship Trooper" and "Yours Is No Disgrace." Steve selected "I've Seen All Good People." (11/06/2012)
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. (11/05/2012)
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. (11/01/2012)
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. (10/31/2012)
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." (10/30/2012)
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. (10/29/2012)
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. (10/18/2012)
Metric's most recent visit to the Twin Cities included a dynamite show to a packed-house at the State Theater in Minneapolis; but before they even did the soundcheck, they took over our airwaves. (10/18/2012)
Tuscon, Ariz. band Calexico has made a career out of warping genres and musical traditions together into an eclectic, clever, and wholly original sonic stew. (10/17/2012)