Saturday, July 4, 2020

July 4, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #500)

9:00 AM Dave Alvin • Fourth of July • Romeo's Escape • Epic

9:04 AM Candi Staton • Stand By Your Man • Stand By Your Man • Fame/Capitol

9:07 AM Flock of Dimes • Like So Much Desire • Like So Much Desire • Sub Pop

9:14 AM Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers • This Land Is Your Land • Pandemophenia • Bloodshot

Sunday, June 28, 2020

June 28, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #499)

9:01 AM Beach House • Myth • Bloom • Sub Pop

9:06 AM Don Williams • Good Ole Boys Like Me • Portrait • MCA

9:10 AM Anderson .Paak • Lockdown • single • self-released

9:15 AM Arca • Afterwards (feat. Bjork) • KiCk i • XL

Saturday, June 27, 2020

June 27, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #498)

9:00 AM Aretha Franklin • Young, Gifted and Black • Young, Gifted and Black • Atlantic

9:04 AM Emitt Rhodes • Rainbow Ends • Rainbow Ends • Omnivore

9:07 AM Kate NV • If Anyone's Sleepy • Room For The Moon • RVNGIntl.

9:14 AM Daniel Knox • Some Things I Don't Understand • You Are My Friend: The Songs of Mister Rogers • H.P. Johnson Presents

Sunday, June 21, 2020

June 21, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #497)

9:03 AM Kelly Hogan • Daddy's Little Girl • I Like to Keep Myself in Pain • ANTI-

9:06 AM Paul McCartney • Put It There • Flowers in the Dirt • Capitol

9:08 AM Gia Margaret • body • Mia Gargaret • Ordinal

9:13 AM Joe Pernice • Sullivan Street • Richard • Ashmont

Saturday, June 20, 2020

June 20, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #496)

9:00 AM Stevie Wonder • Summer Soft • Songs In the Key of Life • Tamla

9:05 AM Saint Etienne • Mr. Donut • Good Humor • Sub Pop

9:08 AM Black Moon Book • A Monday Drug • Black Moon Book • self-released

9:13 AM Phoebe Bridgers • Punisher • Punisher • Dead Oceans

Sunday, June 14, 2020

June 14, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #495)

7:01 AM Pete Townshend • A Little is Enough • Empty Glass • Atco

7:06 AM Snoh Aalegra • Situationship • - Ugh, those feels again • Artium, LLC/AWAL

7:09 AM Sparks • The Existential Threat • A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip • BMG

7:14 AM Lucinda Williams • Man Without a Soul • Good Souls Better Angels • Thirty Tigers

Saturday, June 13, 2020

June 13, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #494)

9:00 AM Feist • Comfort Me • Metals • Cherrytree

9:04 AM DEVO • Patterns • Oh, no! it's DEVO • Warner Bros.

9:07 AM Fenne Lily • Hypochondriac • single • Dead Oceans

9:14 AM Tenci • No Wings • My Heart is an Open Field • Keeled Scales

Sunday, June 7, 2020

June 7, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #493)

8:00 AM Thunderclap Newman • Accidents • Hollywood Dream • Polydor

8:08 AM Diet Cig • Makeout Interlude • Do You Wonder About Me? • French Kiss

8:12 AM Elvis Costello • No Flag • single • Concord

8:16 AM The La-Di-Da's • The Pied Piper • How Is the Air Up There? 1966-1967 • Ascension/Zodiac

Saturday, June 6, 2020

June 6, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #492)

9:00 AM Neko Case • Night Still Comes • The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You • ANTI-

9:04 AM The Cars • I'm Not the One • Shake It Up • Elektra

9:08 AM Woods • Be There Still • Strange to Explain • Woodsist

9:15 AM Sweet • Call Me • Cut Above the Rest • Capitol

Sunday, May 31, 2020

May 31, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #491)

9:02 AM Big Boi • Be Still (featuring Janelle Monáe) • Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty • Def Jam

9:06 AM Soft Cell • What? • Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing • Sire

9:10 AM Baths • Fortuna • Pop Music / False B-Sides II • Basement's Basement

9:15 AM Beach Bunny • George Floyd (demo) • single • Mom + Pop

Saturday, May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #490)

9:01 AM Charles Bradley • Changes • Changes • Daptone

9:07 AM Sam Phillips • Gimme Some Truth • Martinis & Bikinis • Virgin Records America

9:10 AM Edith Frost • Nothing Comes Around • Nothing Comes Around EP • Drag City

9:15 AM soccer mommy • I Think You're Alright • Soccer Mommy & Friends Single Series • Loma Vista

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Grading to Top 100 Billboard hits of 1981

1. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes: A+
One of the greatest singles of the '80s, from an artist who, for the most part, was a creature of adult contemporary, who had more success writing songs for others. This was a radical reinterpretation of a Jackie DeShannon song that was done in a bluesy-folk pop style. The key to unlocking the new sound was a synth line from her keyboard player, and that created this new wave-inspired take. It opened up the verses and led to the cool, modern stylized atmosphere, and radically improved the tune. But this would be merely interesting if it wasn't for the superb performance by Carnes, with some of the best phrasing I've ever heard on a pop record. She really got who she was singing about, and she alternates from clipped, glib phrasing to full throated shouting, her raspy voice never sounding more appropriate for a song than this one. It should be noted that the entire Mistaken Identity album this comes off of is good, despite it's odd blend of Laurel Canyon pop-rock and a few other nods to new wave. Best of all, Carnes and Bette Davis became friends in real life.

2. Endless Love - Diana Ross and Lionel Richie: B-
One thing about this era of music was how many songs from crap movies and TV shows became big hits. This was from a Brooke Shields vehicle, and somehow two superstars (well, Richie was in the process of becoming a superstar) singing a big-ass ballad. Here, Richie dials down the subtlety of his best Commodores ballads, and dials up the schmaltz. Only the collective vocal prowess of this duo saves this song from sucking.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

May 24, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #489)

9:01 AM Madness • One Better Day • Keep Moving • Geffen

9:05 AM Laura Mvula • Like the Morning Dew • Laura Mvula With -- Metropole Orkest • Sony Music

9:09 AM Anna Fermin & The Trigger Gospel • The Box It Came In • Hard Headed Woman: A Celebration of Wanda Jackson • Bloodshot

9:14 AM The Magnetic Fields • I've Got a Date With Jesus • Quickies • Nonesuch

Saturday, May 23, 2020

May 23, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #488)

9:00 AM Mavis Staples • Dedicated • Livin' On A High Note • Anti-

9:04 AM Violent Femmes • Good Feeling • Violent Femmes • Slash

9:08 AM TALsounds • Instance • Acquiesce • NNA Tapes

9:13 AM Bedouine • All My Trials • single • Spacebomb

Sunday, May 17, 2020

May 17, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #487)

8:59 AM SZA • The Weekend • Ctrl • Top Dawg

9:03 AM Frank Black • Duke of Earl • November 1993 • Hello Recording Club

9:06 AM Evan Uhlmann • Bless You Babe • Tea Lady • Dog Legs

9:12 AM Sophie Jones with Michael Carpenter • Edge of Seventeen • Stevie • Big Radio

Saturday, May 16, 2020

May 16, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #486)

9:00 AM Little Simz • Flowers (feat. Michael Kiwanuka) • Grey Area • AWAL

9:04 AM Fiction Factory • (Feels Like) Heaven • Throw the Warped Wheel Out • CBS

9:07 AM Hamilton Leithauser • Here They Come • The Loves of Your Life • Glassnote

9:13 AM Moses Sumney • In Bloom • græ • Jagjaguwar

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Grading the Top 100 Billboard singles of 1980

1. Call Me - Blondie: A
This is a thrilling collaboration between Giorgio Moroder and Debbie Harry. The song was for the movie American Gigolo, starring Richard Gere. Moroder had an instrumental that he gave to Harry for her to write lyrics and a melody. The music is pulsing and urgent, while Harry came up with simple, direct lyrics that told the story of the character well. And the chorus is golden. Although the recording is very mechanistic, it still sounds a bit different with a band playing on it (though Moroder decided not to produce a full album with Blondie, due to in-fighting between band members).

2. Another Brick In the Wall - Pink Floyd: B+
This was a left field hit from the concept album fathered by Roger Waters about how every aspect of his young life led to him becoming a screwed up human being. The song has a funky aspect to it, from both the guitar and Nick Mason's drumming, which contrasts well with Waters' hectoring lyrics. The way the "hey, teacher, leave them kids alone" explodes out of this dyspeptic groove is very effective. The children's chorus works in spite of itself. I loved this song back in the day, but I like others on this album better now.

3. Magic - Olivia Newton-John: B+
Another winner from producer-writer John Farrar, who really knew how to tailor material for ONJ. This was on the soundtrack to the movie Xanadu. The song comes from a somewhat similar place as her prior hit "A Little More Love", and seems to mesh well with some of the material Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra developed for the soundtrack. The chorus relies on Olivia's wonderful upper range.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

May 9, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #485)

9:00 AM Cat Power • Woman Left Lonely • Jukebox • Matador

9:04 AM Jerry Butler • Chi-Town • The Singles • Charly

9:07 AM The Mountain Goats • Going to Lebanon 2 • Songs for Pierre Chuvin • Merge

9:14 AM Squirrel Flower • Take It or Leave It • single • Polyvinyl

Sunday, May 3, 2020

May 3, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #484)

9:03 AM Elliott Smith • L.A. • Figure 8 • Dreamworks

9:06 AM Labelle • Something in the Air/The Revolution Will Not Be Televised • Pressure Cookin' • RCA

9:12 AM Skylar Gudasz • Short Staying • Cinema • Suah Sounds

9:17 AM BC Camplight • I Only Drink When I'm Drunk • Shortly After Takeoff • Bella Union

Saturday, May 2, 2020

May 2, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #483)

9:01 AM Kamasi Washington • Testify • Heaven and Earth • Young Turks

9:07 AM Kelly Hogan • Sleeper Awake • I Like to Keep Myself in Pain • ANTI-

9:10 AM RJD2 • No Helmet Up Indianola • The Fun Ones • RJ's Electrical Connections

9:15 AM Ride • Clouds of Saint Marie • Clouds in the Mirror (This Is Not a Safe Place reimagined by Pêtr Aleksänder) • Wichita

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Grading Billboard's Top 100 singles of 1979

1. My Sharona - The Knack: A+
Putting aside the fact that the real Sharona (that's her on the picture sleeve of the 45) was something like 17 or 18 years old, something not frowned upon then, the song itself is a great, aggressive power pop song. The Knack's sudden rise to the top made them targets for critics, and frontman Doug Fieger didn't handle it well, and so despite two other Top 40 hits, most people perceive the band as a one-hit wonder. Oh well. Fieger had a (pardon the pun) knack for catchy, melodic rock tunes, and the band was simply killer. That's Bruce Gary driving the beat on drums, and that fantastic guitar solo is courtesy of Berton Averre. The Knack kicked off the so-called skinny tie revival, with loads of power pop and new wave bands. Many were good, a few were great, almost none of them had a song this good.

2. Bad Girls - Donna Summer: A
The title track of one of the great pop albums of the '70s. This song was co-written by Summer, who was really coming into her own as a tunesmith. There's a bit of theater (which was in her background in this song) and a lot of empathy for what, but for the subject matter, is a pretty upbeat pop song. The production is great - there are disco touches all over the place, but they don't overwhelm the pop-soul core of the song.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

April 26, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #482)

9:01 AM St. Vincent • Black Rainbow • Actor • 4AD

9:05 AM Terence Trent D'Arby • Let's Go Forward • Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby • Columbia

9:10 AM The Mountain Goats • January 31, 438 • Songs for Pierre Chuvin • Merge

9:15 AM The Tallest Man on Earth • Jesus, Etc. • single • Dead Oceans

Saturday, April 25, 2020

April 25, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #481)

9:00 AM David Byrne and Brian Eno • Strange Overtones • Everything That Happens Will Happen Today • Todomundo/Opal

9:04 AM Sudan Archives • Come Meh Way • Sudan Archives • Stones Throw

9:07 AM Elvis Depressedly • Can You Hear My Guitar Rotting? • Depressedelica • Run for Cover

9:13 AM Faye Webster • In a Good Way • single • Secretly Canadian

Monday, April 20, 2020

Grading Billboard's Top 100 singles of 1977

1. Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart: B
I'm either grading this a bit too low or way too high. Although the album this came off of, A Night on the Town, had some songs that were reminiscent of his great early work for Mercury, this song was the beginning of Rod Stewart, Mega Pop Star. A four-minute tune with Rod the Mod asking Britt Eklund to have sex with him, I presume that the record buying public found it sexy, but it comes off as too chaste. Either it should be even more innocuous or more explicit. This song is certainly the most successful single featuring a Swedish model speaking in French. And the inspiration for the song was America's "Today is the Day".

2. I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb: A-
Phase II of the Bee Gees' plan for world domination was setting up younger brother Andy for success. Andy was an affable presence, and it's hard to get a line on how talented he was, because he was propped up by one the great songwriting teams of all time. This is an easygoing R & B-laced pop song, with the older Gibbs adding backing vocals. What this record showed is that the Bee Gees had more songs than they could possibly keep for themselves, and so other artists were going to benefit from that.

3. Best of My Love - Emotions: A
If a family act is great, how about combining two families? The Emotions were sisters who grew up in Chicago. They got started as a gospel act, and by 1964, they had gone secular and hit the R & B charts. And for well over a decade, they landed singles all over those charts. Finally, working with fellow Chicagoan Maurice White (and two of his brothers) of Earth, Wind & Fire got them to cross over. This song really mixed a great girl group vibe with that classic E, W & F mix of soul and funk to create a truly sublime song. Somehow, The Emotions never hit the Top 40 on their own again, while continuing to hit the R & B charts. At least their one hit was an instant classic.

4. Evergreen (Love Theme from "A Star Is Born") - Barbra Streisand: A-
This is an example of a song I hated when I was 11 that I've grown to like now that I'm older and wiser. Paul Williams composed this ballad, and it is Williams at his melodic best. This is combined with an excellent, rich performance from Streisand. The movie may have been "meh," but at least it produced this song.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

April 19, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #480)

9:02 AM The Kinks • Shangri-La • Arthur: Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire • Pye

9:07 AM Noname • Sunny Duet (with theMIND) • Telefone • self-released

9:10 AM Floating Gardens • Rhizome's Logic • Ephemerals • Chicago Research

9:15 AM Bedouine • The Hum • single • Spacebomb

Saturday, April 18, 2020

April 18, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #479)

9:01 AM Arcade Fire • Crown of Love • Funeral • Merge

9:05 AM Vagabon • Fear + Force • Infinite Worlds • Father/Daughter

9:09 AM SiP • Sparkling Spur • Leos Naturals • Not Not Fun

9:14 AM Tasha • But There's Still the Moon • single • Father/Daughter

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Grading the Top 100 singles (according to Billboard) of 1976

1. Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney and Wings: A-
This song was a response to critics who thought McCartney's music was too lightweight. So Paulie decided to show them by doing something that goes beyond lightweight. There is so little to this song -- and I mean that as a compliment. The defining element of this song is McCartney's bass playing, which is R & B on the cusp of disco and is the most complex thing about the song. Everything else, like so much Macca does, seems effortless.

2. Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee: B+
This is a song that I despised back in the day, but I've come around to it, despite the cheesiness of the whole thing. This was another one of Elton's R & B-laced songs, and it has a nice rhythm to it. Kiki Dee is a fine singer, and the two sound good together, and the song leads to refrain ("right from the start/I'll give you my heart") that's pretty effective. This gets a bonus boost for inspiring the episode of One Day at a Time where the Coopers put on a show at a nursing home, and Valerie Bertinelli and MacKenzie Phillips play Elton and Kiki and sing this song.

3. Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor: A
Taylor was a pretty successful soul singer on Stax who had a surprising number of crossover hits. He moved over to a major label and hopped on board the disco train and had the biggest hit of his career, which can be found on his tastefully titled Eargasm LP. The song isn't hardcore disco, and is really just a slinky R & B number that allows Taylor to croon and leer and charm over a really good groove. In what seems to be a common tale, despite trying to join Team Disco, Taylor had no more pop hits.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #478)

9:02 AM FKA twigs • holy terrain (featuring Future) • MAGDALENE • Young Turks

9:06 AM Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark • Souvenir • Architecture & Morality • DinDisc/Virgin

9:09 AM Deep Space Duo • Outer Oort Cloud • Spacetones • Love All Day

9:15 AM Hamilton Leithauser • The Garbage Men • The Loves of Your Life • Glassnote

Saturday, April 11, 2020

April 11, 2020 CHIRP Radio Show (Show #477)

8:01 AM Solange • Don't Wish Me Well • A Seat at the Table • Saint

8:05 AM Dwight Yoakam • Nothing • Gone • Reprise

8:09 AM Juniore • Grave • Un, Deux, Trois • La Phonographe

8:15 AM Sparks • I'm Toast • A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip • BMG

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Grading Billboard's Top 100 singles of 1975

1. Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain and Tennille: A
This is a zippy take on the Neil Sedaka song that started the good-sized string of hits for married couple Toni Tennille and Darryl Dragon. The song is simply joyous, with simple, rhyming lyrics and a killer hook in the chorus. Darryl Dragon's production may sound dated now (and he played everything but the drums on it -- the great Hal Blaine handled that task), but back in 1975, his use of keyboards and synthesizers was pretty ahead of its time for American pop music. And Toni Tennille's powerhouse vocals are full of sunshine, and make this a great track.

2. Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell: A
While not a songwriter, Campbell knew a good song when he heard one. And somehow he heard songwriter Larry Weiss's original version on a radio station and taught himself the song. This is a big open song, so well suited for Campbell's clear singing voice, and has that tinge of country that was just right for Campbell's pop approach. This got Campbell back on the Top 40 for the first time in four years.

3. Philadelphia Freedom - The Elton John Band: A
This is easily the best song ever inspired by World Team Tennis (which is still a going concern). Elton and Bernie Taupin wrote it for Billie Jean King who captained the Philadelphia Freedoms team, and Elton managed to definitely inject his music with a certain Philly soul flavor (it was some years before he worked with Thom Bell), and the result is another terrific smash. I wish the lyrics had been more tennis-centric, however.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

April 5, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #476)

9:01 AM Lykke Li • Unrequited Love • Wounded Rhymes • Atlantic

9:04 AM Hot Chocolate • Brother Louie • A's, B's & Rarities • EMI

9:09 AM Zapruder Point • Unnamed Stars • Zapruder Point + The Brightness • self-released

9:15 AM Mavis Staples • All in it Together • single • Anti-

Saturday, April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #475)

9:00 AM Bon Iver • Skinny Love • For Emma, Forever Ago • Jagjaguwar

9:03 AM Nancy Sinatra • Don't Let Him Waste Your Time • Nancy Sinatra • Attack/BMG

9:07 AM Tennis • Tender as a Tomb • Swimmer • Mutually Detrimental

9:14 AM Anna Burch • Ask Me To • If You're Dreaming • Polyvinyl

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Grading the Top 100 singles of 1974 (per Billboard)

1. The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand: B-
This song illustrates the conundrum I face when grading. I hated this song when I was a kid. So wimpy! Not for me! But I'm 54 now, and wow, Barbra Streisand is a deserved legend -- what a singer! And this is a well-crafted weeper, co-written by Marvin Hamlisch with Alan and Marilyn Bergman. So I appreciate the song more than I did then. But it's still not something I'd listen to by choice.

2. Seasons In the Sun - Terry Jacks: C-
This song has quite the pedigree. It was written by the legendary Jacques Brel, and the lyrics were translated into English by poet Rod McKuen. In the hands of former Poppy Family member Jacks, it's pretty insipid, even with the catchy chorus. I mean, it's a tearjerker, but there has to be a way to honor the lyrics and not sound so icky.

3. Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra: C-
This is the biggest thing Barry White ever did, as he wrote it and arranged the orchestration. One of the major TV networks eventually used this as bed music for golf tournaments. And that really tells you all you need to know about this instrumental.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

March 29, 2020 CHIRP Radio show (Show #474)

9:02 AM Jamila Woods • ZORA • LEGACY! LEGACY! • Jagjaguwar

9:05 AM Split Enz • One Step Ahead • Corroboree • Mushroom

9:08 AM Nadia Reid • Other Side of the Wheel • Out of My Province • Spacebomb

9:16 AM Steve Dawson & Funeral Bonsai Wedding • Last Flight Out • Last Flight Out • Kernel

Saturday, March 28, 2020

March 28, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #473)

9:01 AM Liz Phair • Strange Loop • Exile in Guyville • Matador

9:04 AM Solomon Burke • Up to the Mountain (with Patty Griffin) • Nashville • Shout Factory

9:08 AM Soccer Mommy • night swimming • color theory • Loma Vista/Concord

9:15 AM The Flat Five • The Raven • single • Bloodshot

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Grading the top 100 songs of 1973

1. Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn: B-
Someone told me I was too easy of a grader, and these ratings will confirm it. This is a cheesy, overplayed song, but it's really well-crafted, and that's enough to charm me, to an extent.

2. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce: A
I love Jim Croce. He was a fabulous songwriter who was just getting started when a plane crash took his life. This song was an instant standard, getting covered almost immediately after it rose up the charts. It's catchy as heck and easy to sing along to.

3. Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack: A+
Early '70s Roberta Flack is just so, so good. She managed to retain her jazzy sophistication, even on a pretty straightforward pop song, making it very special.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

March 21, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #472)

9:00 AM John Prine • Sam Stone • The BBC Sessions The Lost Broadcasts 1971-1973 • Sutra

9:04 AM Julia Holter • Everytime Boots • Have You In My Wilderness • Domino

9:08 AM Nadia Reid • High & Lonely • Out of My Province • Spacebomb

9:17 AM The Haden Triplets • Say You Will • The Family Songbook • Trimeter/Thirty Tigers

Friday, March 20, 2020

Rating the Top 100 songs of 1978

1 Andy Gibb Shadow Dancing: A-
Andy allegedly turned down the chance to become the fourth Bee Gee, so be a solo artist who did Bee Gee-esque songs with his brothers writing the material. In 1978, the Bee Gees could do no wrong, and this song is no exception.

2 Bee Gees Night Fever: A
It doesn't seem like this should be the biggest hit off of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, but here it is. What is interesting about this song is the verses are at a higher emotional pitch than the chill chorus.

3 Debby Boone You Light Up My Life: D+
I may be overrating this song that spent months at number one, but didn't top the year end chart, since it's run came between 1978 and 1979. This is a rendition of a theme song from a movie no one saw (someone else sang it in the movie - hat tip to my friend Tom Borsellino), it's sappy dreck, but Debby Boone's singing is A-OK.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

March 17, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #471)

10:02 PM Thao & The Get Down Stay Down • Meticulous Bird • A Man Alive • Ribbon Music

10:05 PM RUN-DMC • I'm Not Going Out Like That • Tougher Than Leather • Profile

10:10 PM ROOKIE • Hold On Tight • Rookie • Bloodshot

10:15 PM A House • Why Me? • Wide Eyed and Ignorant • Sentata/Parlophone

Saturday, March 14, 2020

March 14, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #470)

9:00 AM Thomas Dolby • Airwaves • The Golden Age of Wireless • Capitol

9:05 AM Lorraine Ellison • Stay With Me • Stay With Me • Warner Bros./Seven Arts

9:09 AM Jeff Lescher • Do You Remember? • All Is Grace • self-released

9:14 AM Brandy Clark • Bad Car • Your Life Is a Record • Warner Records

Saturday, March 7, 2020

March 7, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #469)

8:58 AM Aimee Mann • Disappeared • Charmer • SuperEgo

9:02 AM Scritti Politti • The "Sweetest Girl" • Early • Rough Trade

9:07 AM Beatrice Dillon • Workaround Seven • Workaround • PAN

9:13 AM Stephen J. Malkmus • The Greatest Own in Legal History • Traditional Techniques • Matador

Saturday, February 29, 2020

February 29, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #468)

8:59 AM Rosanne Cash • Night School • The River & The Thread • Blue Note

9:03 AM Tyrone Davis • Let Me Back In • Greatest Hits • Rhino

9:06 AM Caroline Rose • Got to Go My Own Way • Superstar • New West

9:11 AM Soccer Mommy • royal screw up • color theory • Loma Vista

Saturday, February 22, 2020

February 22, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #467)

9:00 AM Massive Attack • Teardrop • Mezzanine • Virgin

9:05 AM The Bangles • Going Down to Liverpool • All Over the Place • Columbia

9:09 AM Gil Scott-Heron / Makaya Mccraven • People of the Light • We're New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven • XL

9:14 AM Sparks • Self-Effacing • A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip • BMG

Saturday, February 15, 2020

February 15, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #466)

9:00 AM Crowded House • Fall at Your Feet • Woodface • Capitol

9:03 AM Hollie Cook • Angel Fire • Vessel of Love • Merge

9:07 AM Jeff Parker • Build a Nest • Suite for Max Brown • International Anthem/Nonesuch

9:11 AM Rumer • Bristlecone Pine (feat. Lost Hollow) • Nashville Tears • Cooking Vinyl Limited

Saturday, February 8, 2020

February 8, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #465)

8:58 AM King Crimson • Walking on Air • THRAK • DGM/Virgin

9:03 AM Kelela • Guns & Synths • Cut 4 Me • Fade to Me

9:06 AM Frances Quinlan • Rare Thing • Likewise • Saddle Creek

9:12 AM Built to Spill • Bloody Rainbow • Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston • Ernest Jenning Recording Co.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 1, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #464)

9:01 AM Cee-Lo Green • Under tha Influence (Follow Me) • Cee-Lo Green and his Perfect Imperfections • Arista

9:06 AM The Beach Boys • Johnny Carson • The Beach Boys Love You • Brother/Reprise

9:08 AM Bill Fay • Love Will Remain (Band Version) • Countless Branches • Dead Oceans

9:14 AM Marc Almond • When the Stars Are Gone • Chaos and a Dancing Star • BMG

Saturday, January 25, 2020

January 25, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist -- Part 2 (Show #463)

9:01am Frank Ocean • Bad Religion • Channel Orange • (Def Jam)

9:04am Jessica Pratt • Jacquelyn in the Background • On Your Own Love Again • (Drag City)

9:07am Calibro 35 • Fail It Till You Make It • Momentum • (Record Kicks)

9:13am Isobel Campbell • Counting Fireflies • There Is No Other • (Cooking Vinyl)

January 25, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist -- Part I (Show #463)

7:14am Thunderclap Newman • Accidents • Hollywood Dream • (Polydor)

7:26am Space Gators • Is It Right? Is It Wrong? • Intergalactic Swamp Songs • (Midwest Action)

7:30am Shack • Soldier Man • ...Here's Tom With the Weather • (Northcountry)

7:34am Kelly Hogan • We Can't Have Nice Things • I Like to Keep Myself in Pain • (ANTI-)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

January 18, 2020 CHIRP Radio Playlist (Show #462)

9:01 AM Nina Simone • Everyone's Gone to the Moon • Nina Simone and Piano! • RCA

9:04 AM Supergrass • Wait for the Sun • Supergrass is 10 • Capitol

9:08 AM CAPE • Tusk • CAPE • Self-Released

9:15 AM Bill Fay • Time is Going Somewhere • Countless Branches • Dead Oceans

Saturday, January 11, 2020

January 11, 2020 CHIRP Radio playlist (Show #461)

9:01 AM XTC • Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her, Kiss Her • The Big Express • Virgin

9:05 AM Madonna • Candy Perfume Girl • Ray of Light • Maverick/Warner Bros.

9:10 AM Oux • Honey • Honeymood • self-released

9:17 AM Steve Dawson's Funeral Bonsai Wedding • However Long it Takes • Last Flight Out • Kernel