Hey everyone! Tonight will be the final episode ever of The Gus Knorr Show on Marquette Radio. I just completed my last final this morning, and I will be graduating a semester early on Sunday. I will greatly miss my time spent as both a DJ and member of the music department for Marquette Radio, but I have lots of great memories, which I will always greatly cherish. One of the best things about hosting shows on Marquette Radio is that you can choose what music you play, and before each week’s show, I made playlists of songs that each fit a theme. Occasionally, when making these playlists, I discovered songs that I had never listened to before, but I really liked. That’s why this week’s theme will be devoted to some of the songs and artists that I have discovered when making playlists for The Gus Knorr Show over the past three years. It’ll be songs from a wide variety of genres, including some classic rock songs, blues/R&B songs, and a song by a recently deceased jazz pianist (which I admittedly first heard when I was in middle school.) Most importantly, and in the later part of the show, will be a bunch of novelty songs that I discovered when researching what music to play on The Gus Knorr Show, including ones released by people without any musical training or ability, because if you’ve listened to this show before, you know that I love goofy songs. That and more will all be tonight, on the final episode ever of The Gus Knorr Show, only on Marquette Radio!
- The first song tonight on The Gus Knorr Show, by the aforementioned late jazz pianist, was performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, in memory of none other than Dave Brubeck, who passed away last week Wednesday. This is probably his best known song, “Take Five.”
- Next up is a song that I was going to play a few weeks ago, as I have never played a song of his in my three years of hosting The Gus Knorr Show, but I will tonight; it’s Wilson Pickett with “In the Midnight Hour.”
- The next song is one by a legendary Delta blues musician from the 1930s, as I have learned a lot about blues music in the last three years, including in my History of Rock and Roll class here at Marquette. This song is by Robert Johnson, and was recorded in 1936 before being released in the 1960s; it’s “Cross Road Blues,” which was later covered by the ’60s blues-rock band Cream.
- What’s that you just said about Cream, Gus? ‘Cause their cover of “Cross Road Blues,” simply called “Crossroads,” performed live at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in 1968, happens to be the next song on The Gus Knorr Show! What are the odds?
- Next is a song by a later blues musician who was born in Mississippi, but later moved to Chicago, becoming a pioneer in Chicago blues in the process. It’s Muddy Waters, and this is one of his best-known songs, “Got My Mojo Working.”
- Blues music was incredibly important in the formation of rock and roll music in the 1950s, and so was the next song, which was released in 1951, and is often considered the first rock and roll song ever. It’s by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats, featuring Ike Turner on the piano, and is called “Rocket 88.” It’s also the best song about a car ever, at least according to the results of a poll completed by only Gus Knorr.
- Switching gears from legendary classics in the history of rock and roll music to goofy lighthearted novelty songs, the next few songs will all be by novelty musicians that I discovered in my years of hosting The Gus Knorr Show. The first of these is by a Beatles parody band from Madison, WI called The Zombeatles, who cover the hits of the Fab Four, only with the lyrics changed to talk about eating body parts. This song, their parody of “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” is fittingly called “I Want to Eat Your Hand.”
- Next is a song by an outsider musician named Eilert Pilarm, a Swedish Elvis impersonator who attempts to cover Elvis Presley songs in English, but fails miserably. It sure is entertaining, however. This is his version of “Jailhouse Rock,” or as he calls it, “Yailhouse Rock.”
- The Wesley Willis Song of the Week is next, and this final week of The Gus Knorr Show, it’s one of his best known songs, and one of his first songs that I remember listening to back in the summer of 2008; it’s “Rock N Roll McDonald’s.”
- Next is a song by grindcore band A.C., releasing a song about former Earache Records executive Howard Wulkan, who worked with the band when they were signed to the label, and his baldness, entitled “Howard Wulkan (Wesley Willis Version.)” Appropriately, the song is done in the style of Wesley Willis.
- I played this song on last week’s Christmas show, but because it’s so awesomely awful, I’ll play it again: it’s “What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?),” from my favorite Christmas album of all time, Christmas in the Stars. I discovered it when looking for songs to play on my first Christmas show in 2009.
- Next up is is a song by a legendary comedian, which is a cover/parody of the Stevie Wonder song “Uptight (Everything’s Alright.)” It’s the great Bill Cosby, with a song that peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967; it’s “Little Ole Man,” which includes references to a man being ran over by a train and stampeded over by a herd of elephants. Yep, it’s that awesome.
- Next is another novelty song that was a hit single in 1956. It was released by Buchanan and Goodman, as the latter, Dickie Goodman, became well known for a series of mash-up singles, all done in an interview format, only with the responses being snippets of hit songs at the time. This is one of his best-known mash-ups, “The Flying Saucer.”
- The next song, one of the final songs on The Gus Knorr Show, is a really goofy song released by none other than heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, and was the opening theme from the 1970s children’s album Ali and his Gang vs. Mr. Tooth Decay. This theme accuses him of being responsible for historical events that took place over 150 years before Ali was even born. I wish I was making this up.
- The second to last song on The Gus Knorr Show is another song of mediocre (but hilarious) quality by a professional athlete: the late, great Macho Man Randy Savage. This song, the title track off his 2003 rap album Be a Man, is a diss track aimed at Hulk Hogan.
- Fittingly enough, the final song ever on The Gus Knorr Show, played at the end of my undergraduate career, is “School’s Out,” by Alice Cooper. After hearing this song for years, it finally can be applied to me!
That’s it for The Gus Knorr Show, and if you would like to listen to new episodes of The Gus Knorr Show, FORGET IT! Actually, you can listen to all previous episodes of The Gus Knorr Show from the past three years at this link. I offer a sincere thank you to everyone who has listened to the show in any capacity at all, and I’ve had a great time sharing music and knowledge with all of you. If I’m ever on any radio station in the future, as I hope to be, I’ll be sure to let everyone know, but one thing’s for certain: I’ll never forget my time at Marquette Radio. Have a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and thanks for listening!
Hey everyone! Tonight will be the second to last episode ever of The Gus Knorr Show before my graduation in only ten days, so it’ll be of the utmost importance that everyone listen, particularly to tonight’s show. Tonight is the 4th Annual Christmas Episode of The Gus Knorr Show, as, for the fourth and final time in my tenure at Marquette, I will be playing some of my favorite Christmas and other winter holiday-related songs. Some of the songs I’ll play are better known, and others are more obscure, but you’ll be hearing lots of goofy novelty Christmas songs that don’t have do with hippopotami or murderous reindeer! Also, I’ll be playing songs from what I think are the ten best Christmas albums ever released. That and more will all be tonight, on The Gus Knorr Show, at 8:00 PM, only on Marquette Radio!
- The first song on tonight’s episode is a classic Christmas song by “Weird Al” Yankovic, called “Christmas at Ground Zero,” which, contrary to what the title might tell you, is about the “ground zero” after a nuclear apocalypse, as it was written in the mid-’80s.
- Next is a version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Bob and Doug McKenzie, two fictional Canadians from the old sketch comedy show SCTV. Speaking of which, we’ve got nineteen days until Christmas, so if you don’t know what to get anyone, get them either beer in a tree, or put on your thinking tuque and think of other gift ideas.
- The next song is from the awesomely awful 1980 Star Wars Christmas album Christmas in the Stars, which mostly features duets between C-3PO and R2-D2, as well as various backing singers. This particular song, “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” actually features a then-18-years-old Jon Bon Jovi as one of the soloists.
- Next up is another Christmas classic, which was a cover of an older song, “I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas” by Yogi Yorgesson, though covered by legendary farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson, who has been in broadcasting for over fifty years.
- The Wesley Willis Song of the Week is next, which is simply called “Merry Christmas.”
- Next is a song by another outsider musician, the late, great Wild Man Fischer, who performed this spoken-word piece as a duet with Dr. Demento, “I’m a Christmas Tree.”
- Yet another song by an outsider musician is next, namely Mojo Nixon, best known for his 1989 single “Debbie Gibson is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child.” This song, parodying “Louie, Louie,” is called “Christmas, Christmas.”
- Now, we’re going to play songs from what I think are the ten greatest Christmas albums of all time. #10 on the list is the 1987 Bob Rivers novelty Christmas album, Twisted Christmas, and is his version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” only titled “The Twelve Pains of Christmas.” If you’ve ever had to rig up lights or send Christmas cards, you’ll probably relate to this song. One of many silly, lighthearted Christmas classics, and one of several comedy albums on this top 10 list.
- Next up is a less lighthearted song, though is a timeless one, as the best-selling worldwide single ever released (even more sales than “Candle in the Wind 1997!)” It’s Bing Crosby’s version of “White Christmas,” released on his 1945 Christmas album Merry Christmas, the #9 album on my list of favorite Christmas albums. (How many times can you use the word “album” in one sentence, Gus? Get a thesaurus, man!)
- The #8 album on the list is the 1987 charity Christmas album A Very Special Christmas, which raised money for the Special Olympics. It featured Christmas songs performed by an all-star cast, mostly covers, by Whitney Houston, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and others, though one of its best known songs, which is also the next song on The Gus Knorr Show, is “Christmas in Hollis,” by Run-D.M.C.
- Next up is a song from the #7 album on my favorite Christmas album list, by the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, and was off his 1957 Christmas album, Elvis’ Christmas Album. Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, it’s “Santa Claus is Back in Town.”
- The next two songs are from albums featuring characters from animated sitcoms. The #6 album is from the creators of the Adult Swim program Aqua Teen Hunger Force, entitled Have Yourself a Very Meaty Christmas. This silly album features songs sung by Meatwad, Master Shake, Frylock, and Carl, and the next song on The Gus Knorr Show, primarily sung by Meatwad, is “All I Want for Christmas is My One Front Tooth.”
- The #5 album on my list is from the Comedy Central sitcom South Park, and consists of songs from the series’ 1999 episode “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics.” This song, sung by Kyle Broflovski, the series’ main Jewish character, his parents, and his friends Stan and Cartman, is his version of “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel,” that only Matt and Trey could pull off.
- Moving back to some more traditional versions of Christmas songs, my #4 favorite Christmas album is the soundtrack to the legendary Christmas album A Charlie Brown Christmas. Performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, this song is probably the best known instrumental used in all Peanuts TV specials, “Linus and Lucy.”
- The #3 album on this list is one that’ll probably make you wonder what I’m on, as it’s by a group of musicians called the Kickin’ Kazoos, from their 1998 album, Kazoo Christmas: Krazy Holiday Klassics. I actually first listened to this song as a Cub Scout in 1998, and became an accomplished kazoo player after hearing this album and playing for a group of senior citizens, so this holds great significance and memory to me. This song is an upbeat, garage rock-esque version of “Deck the Halls.”
- Coming down to the #2 album, which is actually considered a legendary classic by many, A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector. The song from this album, by Darlene Love, is “Christmas (Please Come Home.)”
- And now, it’s time for my favorite Christmas album of all time, which, believe it or not, I played earlier on The Gus Knorr Show tonight, and is…wait for it…
- Christmas in the Stars, the great Star Wars Christmas album. This song, sung by the Star Wars Intergalactic Droid Choir and Chorale, is called “What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)”
- After these songs are two additional more ones, continuing an annual tradition on The Gus Knorr Show; first, the song “Guy Lombardo,” by the grindcore band A.C., followed by a stark contrast to Guy Lombardo, the Canadian bandleader, wishing us a Happy New Year over an instrumental version of “Auld Lang Syne.”
That’s it for The Gus Knorr Show tonight, but stay tuned next week for the final episode ever of The Gus Knorr Show on Marquette Radio, before I move on into The Real World,
and live with a group of housemates while our shenanigans and escapades are documented on video for millions to see on MTV. I don’t know what the theme will be yet, but I know that you absolutely will not want to miss it. Thanks for listening, and hope you’re now in the Christmas spirit!
Hey everyone! Tonight will be the final episode of New Music Monday for this semester, and unfortunately, the final one in my tenure as an undergraduate student at Marquette University. It’s OK, though, because this program will continue next semester, hosted by my two assistants, Claire Kelly and Vince McCann, as well as by the incoming music director for next semester, Chelsie Layman! Be sure to tune in to New Music Monday next semester, but more importantly, tune in tonight so you can hear me host New Music Monday for one final time! Tonight’s songs played are each from the top ten albums played by the DJs on Marquette Radio over the past week, and each of them have frequently been played throughout this semester. The songs played will be in order of their position on the Top 10 List for Marquette Radio’s music charts over the past week, starting at #10 and peaking at #1. In order of where they appeared on the Top 10 Chart last week, in order, here are the songs played on tonight’s New Music Monday:
- 10. Helio Sequence – “October” - Negotiations
- 9. Two Door Cinema Club – “Sun” – Beacon
- 8. The Vaccines – “I Always Knew” - Come of Age
- 7. Mumford & Sons – “Lover of Light” - Babel
- 6. Band of Horses – “Knock Knock” - Mirage Rock
- 5. Ben Folds Five – “Do It Anyway” - The Sound of the Life of the Mind
- 4. Freelance Whales – “Locked Out” – Diluvia
- 3. ZZ Ward – “Til the Casket Drops” - Til the Casket Drops
- 2. The Soft Pack – “Saratoga” - Strapped
- 1. Matt and Kim – “Now” - Lightning
Thanks everybody for listening to New Music Monday, no matter how much or little you’ve listened this semester, and be sure to tune into new episodes next semester!
Hey everyone! Since Thanksgiving Break is now over, my last few weeks as an undergraduate student at Marquette University are underway, and that includes my last few weeks hosting The Gus Knorr Show. Fortunately, one of those very episodes will air tonight! With so many problems going on in both the world and America today, there are not many things that unite many people, though one exception is food. That’s right, tonight’s theme is all about food, where I’ll play songs that have a type of food in its title, or sing about food. (There won’t be any songs about buildings, however.) That and more will all be tonight on The Gus Knorr Show, Thursday night at 8:00 PM, only on Marquette Radio!
- The first song tonight is an instrumental from the early 1960s by Booker T. and the M.G.s, the only such instrumental that will be played on The Gus Knorr Show tonight; it’s “Green Onions.”
- Next is a Japanese-language song that was a number one single in America in 1963, called “Sukiyaki,” by Kyu Sakamoto. Despite the title, which refers to a Japanese type of soup, the lyrics actually talk about a man looking up and whistling.
- The next few songs will all have one (or multiple) types of fruit in the titles, the first of which is the 1967 Pink Floyd single “Apples and Oranges.”
- Next up is a song by an artist who I played on last week’s episode of The Gus Knorr Show, Harry Nilsson, from his awesomely-named 1971 album Nilsson Schmilsson; it’s “Coconut.”
- The next two songs on The Gus Knorr Show are ones with a place that contains the name of a particular fruit, the first of which is the Fats Domino hit, “Blueberry Hill.”
- The second fruit/place name song after “Blueberry Hill” is “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles, referring to Strawberry Field, a Salvation Army home near Liverpool. It also has another food, (which, contrary to popular belief, does not refer to Mr. McCartney’s interment,) mentioned as its last words by John Lennon.
- The next few songs all have the word “sugar” in the title, though not necessarily always referring to the food. The first of these is “Brown Sugar” by The Rolling Stones, which was once partially sung by an anthropomorphic mosquito in this Pepsi commercial from the ’90s.
- The next song, even though it was sung by a fictional band consisting of characters from an animated TV show, was the number one year end single of 1969 in America; it’s The Archies, with “Sugar, Sugar.”
- Next up is another hit single from around the same time, though by a real band from Canada, The Guess Who, with “No Sugar Tonight,” performed as a medley with “New Mother Nature.”
- The next song is one of the best known songs by The Grateful Dead, which was later released as a single from a live recording at a concert in Europe in 1972, “Sugar Magnolia.”
- One food which contains sugar as a key ingredient is candy, and one of the best known songs about candy is “The Candy Man,” known for its cover by Sammy Davis Jr., which also happens to be the next song on The Gus Knorr Show!
- The next song is also about candy, and is one of several of tonight’s songs that I have played earlier this semester on The Gus Knorr Show. Still, it’s one of my favorite garage rock songs from the 1960s, “I Want Candy,” by The Strangeloves.
- The Wesley Willis Song of the Week is next, and this week, it’s one of his best known songs, about a fast food restaurant in Chicago, and its overall lack of nutritious food items, “Rock N Roll McDonald’s.”
- Do you need to go to sleep right now, but aren’t tired? Then dance around to the next song for five minutes, Louis Jordan’s “Saturday Night Fish Fry,” possibly his most upbeat jump blues song ever.
- The next song is another oldie but a goodie, by country music legend Hank Williams, singing about many Cajun foods and culture, “Jambalaya (On the Bayou.)”
- The final few songs on The Gus Knorr Show will all be novelty songs singing about food, the first one being the legendary song “On Top of Spaghetti,” by Tom Glazer and the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus, which I remember singing at many Scout camps throughout my childhood.
- The next song is another novelty song, though by the pioneering British skiffle musician Lonnie Donegan, performing one of his best known songs, “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight?)”
- A show about food songs would not be complete without at least one song by “Weird Al” Yankovic, so here’s his first released single, originally recorded in a bathroom at his college, “My Bologna.”
- The final song on The Gus Knorr Show will be another food song by Weird Al, which was his highest charting single for over twenty years; it’s “Eat It.”
That’s it for The Gus Knorr Show tonight, but stay tuned next week Thursday for the 4th Annual Christmas Episode of The Gus Knorr Show, in which I play some of my favorite Christmas and holiday-related songs. It may also be the final episode of The Gus Knorr Show ever, so you won’t want to miss it! Hope you’re not too hungry, and thanks for listening!
Hey everyone! Even though it’s been a very busy week for me with Marquette Radio’s annual Rock-a-Thon taking place, I still have time to host The Gus Knorr Show tonight. Tonight’s theme will be a continuation of last week’s show, where I play songs from bands that I have never played before on The Gus Knorr Show, as well as some songs by legendary artists and bands that I have never played in my three years of hosting The Gus Knorr Show on Marquette Radio. That’ll all be tonight, Thursday at 8:00 PM, on The Gus Knorr Show, only on Marquette Radio!
- The first song tonight on The Gus Knorr Show tonight, by a band that I have never played on the show before, is by The Doobie Brothers; it’s “China Grove.”
- Next is a song also from the 1970s, “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind and Fire. I hope when listening to this song, you decided to do some little kicks.
- Need some general reassurance? Then be sure to listen to the next song on The Gus Knorr Show, probably the best known song and the only number one single by Bill Withers, “Lean on Me.”
- Next up is yet another number one hit, though it’s from the J. Geils Band, “Centerfold,” probably the second best-known song to have the words “nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah” uttered repeatedly, only behind “Hey Jude.”
- The next song is the first hit single by Neil Diamond as a singer, “Cherry, Cherry.”
- Next is a song by the band Kansas, (not to be confused with the state/former 19th Century territory), “Dust in the Wind,” which was also once unsuccessfully performed by the Muppet Beaker.
- The next song is probably best known for being the theme from the 1969 Oscar winning film Midnight Cowboy, and is one of the best known songs by Harry Nilsson; it’s “Everybody’s Talkin’.”
- A song by an early 1960′s girl group, The Shangri-Las, from the Brill Building in New York, is next; it’s “Remember (Walking in the Sand.)”
- Next is a song also the early 1960s by teen idol Dion, and is one of his best known songs, “The Wanderer.”
- Switching things up a little bit, the next song is a disco hit from the late 1970s, “Le Freak,” by Chic.
- This is the second week in a row where I’m playing a song produced by Phil Spector with the Wall of Sound treatment; this week, it’s “Da Doo Ron Ron,” by The Crystals.
- The following songs played on The Gus Knorr Show tonight are all songs that have never been played on The Gus Knorr Show before, though by well-known, successful, and influential groups and artists that I have played before. The first one of these is “Ramblin’ Man,” by The Allman Brothers Band.
- Next up is a song by one of legendary pioneers in 1950s rock and roll music, Jerry Lee Lewis, with “Great Balls of Fire.”
- Another rock and roll legend performed the next song on The Gus Knorr Show, “Good Golly Miss Molly,” by Little Richard, of course.
- Moving on to a song by one of the great British invasion bands from the 1960s, The Rolling Stones, the next one is “Get Off of My Cloud.”
- The Wesley Willis Song of the Week is next, and fitting along with the theme of songs by legendary rock musicians, this song is called “Feel the Power of Rock and Roll.”
- Moving back to a song from another iconic British band, The Beatles (who else?), the next song is from their first album, Please Please Me, “I Saw Her Standing There.”
- Next is a song by yet another awesome British band, The Who, from one of my all-time favorite albums, Tommy; it’s “Go to the Mirror.”
- The next song is by James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, and is one of his best known songs from 1965, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”
- FREE BIRD! Shut up, annoying audience member! Actually, what a coincidence, because that’s the final song on The Gus Knorr Show tonight!
That’s it for The Gus Knorr Show tonight, but stay tuned in two weeks, after Thanksgiving break, for one of the final episodes of The Gus Knorr Show, on Thursday, November 29th, at 8:00 PM, on Marquette Radio, as usual. Thanks for listening!
Hey everyone! This is Gus Knorr, and appropriately enough, I am back on the air for the third week in a row for another episode of The Gus Knorr Show. This week, since I will only be hosting a few more episodes of The Gus Knorr Show until my anticipated graduation in December, I thought it would be fitting to have a theme where I play songs by artists who I have never played before in my three years of hosting this show. Listen in as you’ll be able to hear artists from multiple genres, mainly from the 1970s, though from other decades as well ranging from the 1950s to today. That’ll be tonight at 8:00 PM, on Marquette Radio!
- The first song on The Gus Knorr Show tonight is by Rod Stewart, who I have never played a song of as a solo artist, aside from a song by the Jeff Beck Group that I played on a episode last semester. However, this was one of the first hit singles in his solo career, “Maggie May.”
- Next up is a song by a popular group from the 1970s, and this song is from their trademark album Rumours; it’s Fleetwood Mac with “Go Your Own Way.”
- Another song by a 1970s rock group is next, though they were from America, and named after a large city, Chicago (though were originally called the Chicago Transit Authority.) This song is one of their best-known early singles, “25 or 6 to 4.”
- A band from another completely different country, Sweden is next. We all remember the legendary ’70s (and by that, I mean the 970s) pop group Bjarni Herjolffson and His Rowdy Gang of Vikings, and their song, “Waterloo (Won’t Happen for Another 800 Years.)” (Yeah, that was a terrible attempt at a joke. It’s actually ABBA, with “Waterloo.”)
- The next song is by a man who would later have a long solo career, but before that, was in a highly successful band in the early 1980s. I’m talking about Gordon Sumner, or Sting, who was with The Police, where he sang on the following song, “Every Breath You Take.” (And no, it’s not a love song.)
- Next up is a hit single from Sting’s solo career, released in 1993; it’s “Fields of Gold.” Hopefully you can understand more than the last three words in each line!
- Switching gears for a little bit, the next song is by The Mason Affair, a funk band from Los Angeles that recently released their first album, Eyes on Fire. The reason for me playing this song is because the next song on The Gus Knorr Show will be a song by one of the pioneering funk groups from the 1970s. This song, though, by The Mason Affair, is “All Night.”
- That pioneering funk group is Parliament, which was one of two ’70s funk bands headed by George Clinton, along with Funkadelic. This song, one of their best known singles, is “Flash Light.”
- Next is a song by one of the great blues guitarists from the 1980s, who unfortunately died in a plane crash at the Alpine Valley Music Theater outside of East Troy, Wisconsin, in 1990, which is a stone’s throw away from my hometown. This song, from Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band, Double Trouble’s debut album, Texas Flood, is “Pride and Joy.”
- The next song is by another great blues guitarist, though he first released music back in the 1950s, and is still alive today. I’m talking about the legendary B.B. King, with his first hit single, “3 O’Clock Blues.”
- Next up is a song from a successful vocal group from the 1960s that was well known for having their hits produced by Phil Spector. It’s The Righteous Brothers (who, contrary to popular belief, were not actually brothers, and did not have the last name Righteous) with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.’”
- The next song is also by a vocal group from the 1960s, and was written by the then-married songwriting duo of Gerry Goffin and Carole King, similar to the previous song being written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. This was the first hit single by a girl group in America; it’s “Will You Love Me Tommorow,” by The Shirelles.
- The Wesley Willis Song of the Week is next, and is called “The Vultures Ate My Dead *** Up,” which contrary to the title, is actually about vultures eating a dead deer.
- A song recorded for Motown Records and written by Holland-Dozier-Holland is next on The Gus Knorr Show, and was performed by the Four Tops; it’s “Reach Out I’ll Be There.”
- Another Motown song is next, and is arguably the best known song by The Temptations, released in late 1964. I am talking about “My Girl.”
- The next song contains the sweet, sultry, and soulful stylings of Barry White, with his hit 1974 single, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.” Hope you’re not alone and/or single at the moment!
- The final song on The Gus Knorr Show tonight is another one that falls in the “sweet love song” category, and is by Percy Sledge; it’s “When a Man Loves a Woman.”
That’s it for The Gus Knorr Show tonight, but stay tuned next week for a special Rock-a-Thon episode of The Gus Knorr Show, at a special time, on Thursday, November 15, from 4:00-6:00 PM. Be sure to go to this website, or Marquette Radio’s Facebook and Twitter’s page over the next few days to find out more about Rock-a-Thon, and how you can donate to Pablove to help to fight childhood cancer. Thanks for listening!
Hey everyone! Marquette Radio Music Director Gus Knorr here hosting another episode of New Music Monday! Listen in tonight as I play some of the best new music received by the Marquette Radio music department over the last few weeks for the DJs to play over the air. You can hear some bands that I think harken back to a classic rock sounds, a few bands that have had or will have concerts in Milwaukee within the last or next few weeks, and several new additions to the top ten albums played on Marquette Radio last week. That and more will be tonight at 7:00 PM, on New Music Monday, only on Marquette Radio!
- The first song tonight is by Crushed Out, a band whose main influence is some of the pioneers of rock and roll from the 1950s. This song, from their new album Want to Give, is “Weigh You Down.”
- Next up is a song from a band that just released their debut album, and has a sound shaped by folk rock groups of the 1960s and ’70s. It’s the American Beauties, with “Snow Blind,” from their album Too Worn to Mend.
- A song by a 21 year old guitar prodigy is next, namely Tyler Bryant, who was featured in a 2009 documentary with Carlos Santana, Slash, and Jeff Beck, called Rock Prophecies. His debut album, Wild Child, will be released next year, though a sampler of tracks from that album was recently released. From that sampler, here’s “Last One Leaving.”
- Next is a song released from Andrew Bird’s new EP, Hands of Glory. This EP features alternate versions of tracks from his album, Break it Yourself, which was released earlier this year, and several covers of older country songs. The next song on New Music Monday is one of these covers. This song is a cover on an older song written by Townes Van Zandt, “If I Needed You.”
- Switching things up a little bit, the next few songs are by bands that have had concerts in Milwaukee over the next few weeks, or will in the coming days. The first one of these is by the Mountain Goats, who performed at the Pabst Theater two weeks ago, on October 23rd. This song, from their new album, Transcendental Youth, is called “Amy (AKA Spent Gladiator 1).”
- A song from a band that was in Milwaukee the exact same day (October 23) is next, though they performed at Turner Hall. I’m talking about the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, who recently released their new album Meat and Bone, which contained the track, “Ice Cream Killer.” (What are the odds? That’s also the next song on New Music Monday!)
- The next band will be performing at The Rave on Thursday night, namely indie dance duo Matt and Kim. This song, off their new album Lightning, is “Now.”
- Next up is a song by the legendary Bob Dylan, who will be at the BMO Harris Bradley Center the same night. The next song on New Music Monday by Dylan is from his new album Tempest, which was released two months ago. It’s the debut single from the album, which is “Duquesne Whistle.”
- The final three songs on New Music Monday tonight will be three new additions to the Top 10 list of most played albums for Marquette Radio in the past week. The first of these was the #7 most played album last week, electronic band Black Light Dinner Party. This song, “Older Together,” is the first track off their new EP, BLDP.
- The next song is off an album that was #5 on Marquette Radio’s list of Top 10 albums last week, Andrew Sullivan’s Where We Belong. That particular song is “Like Me and You.”
- The final song on New Music Monday tonight is from the #2 of Marquette Radio’s Top 10 albums for the preceding week, and is by Australian pop singer Amber Nichols. From her debut EP, Oh My Lullaby, it’s “Thief.”
That’s it for New Music Monday tonight, but stay tuned for New Music Monday next week, Monday, November 12th, at 7:00 PM, as usual, when it will be hosted by one of my two assistants, either Vince McCann or Claire Kelly. Thanks for listening!
Hey everyone! This is Gus, the music director for Marquette Radio. Here are the top ten most frequently played albums for last week, the week of October 29-November 4, picked by our DJs to play on the air for Marquette Radio:
10. Empires – Garage Hymns
9. Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze
8. Black Marble – A Different Arrangement
7. Black Light Dinner Party – BDLP
6. Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life of the Mind
5. Andrew Sullivan – Where We Belong
4. Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
3. Freelance Whales – Diluvia
2. Amber Nichols – Oh My Lullaby
1. Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
Be sure to tune in tonight at 7:00 PM, when I’ll be hosting New Music Monday, where you might hear tracks from one (or more) of these albums!
Hey everyone! Tonight, I, Gus Knorr, will be on the air for another great episode of The Gus Knorr Show! This week, there’ll be more variety in the styles of music, as tonight’s show is a special “Five Days Before Election Day” edition. As this is the first presidential election during my time as a student at Marquette, I will be playing songs by musicians who have ran for political office in America. Most of them have ran for smaller positions, and not all these runs have been successful and/or entirely serious, though all of these figures, whether they be Republicans, Democrats, or without any party affiliation, have contributed significantly towards the music scene in multiple genres. Also, later on during the show, stay tuned for a few politicians who have shown off their musical chops at any point during their lives. That will all be tonight at 8:00 PM, on The Gus Knorr Show, on Marquette Radio!
- The first song on The Gus Knorr Show tonight is by county singing legend Roy Acuff, who unsuccessfully ran for governor of Tennessee as a Republican in 1948, despite his name recognition as a native of Tennessee. Fittingly, this song is Acuff’s version of “Tennessee Waltz.”
- Next up is a song by another Southern musician who ran for governor of Louisiana in the 1940s, though actually won the election, first in 1944, and later in 1959 as well. I’m talking about Jimmie Davis, the Democrat who was well known for singing the next song on The Gus Knorr Show, “You Are My Sunshine,” which later was named a state song of Louisiana.
- The next song is by a band that had a member who ran for the United States Congress in the state of New York in 2006, namely John Hall of the ’70s soft rock band Orleans. Hall, a liberal Democrat, won in 2006, before losing his re-election bid in 2010, but many years before this, was a member of Orleans, where he wrote and performed one of their best known songs (also the next song on The Gus Knorr Show,) “Still the One.”
- Next up is a song by a well-known duo from the 1960s, one of whom successfully ran for Congress in the Republican Revolution of 1994. Sonny Bono, of Sonny and Cher, was partially responsible for the following song, “I Got You Babe,” but sadly, before his death in a skiing accident in 1998, presumably never sang “I’ve Got You Newt,” to then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.
- What follows is a song from Sonny Bono’s solo career, which was not as successful as his singing career with Cher. This song was his best-known single, released in 1965, “Laugh at Me.”
- Next up is a song by a musician who ran for city council in the city of Detroit, Michigan, in 2005, many years after leading one of the best known Motown girl groups, Martha and the Vandellas. Martha Reeves served one term as city councilwoman before being defeated for re-election in 2009, but over 40 years before this, released the next song on The Gus Knorr Show, “Dancing in the Street.”
- Another song by an elected official in a major Midwestern city is next, and is by Jerry Butler, who has served as a Cook County Commissioner (in Chicago) since 1986. Before this, he was a well known gospel and R&B singer, and sang the next song, “Make it Easy on Yourself.”
- A cover of “Make it Easy on Yourself” is next, and is by the ’60s pop group The Walker Brothers. Even though none of those band members have ever ran for political office, their frontman, Scott Walker (which isn’t his real name) shares the same name as the Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, also a Marquette University alum. This connection is kind of a reach, though it’s my show, and I can do what I want! (Except for play songs with profanities.)
- Next is a song by the Dead Kennedys, whose frontman, Jello Biafra, has been active in left-wing politics over the years, running for Mayor of San Francisco in 1979, and then running for President in 2000 on the Green Party. He lost both races, and the presidential nomination to Ralph Nader, but before this, released several singles with the Dead Kennedys, including this one, their debut single “California Uber Alles,” a protest song against California governor Jerry Brown.
- The Wesley Willis Song of the Week is next, and even though Wesley Willis never ran for political office, he was close friends with Jello Biafra, and was briefly signed to Biafra’s record label, Alternative Tentacles. This song is Willis’ salute to him, appropriately entitled “Jello Biafra.”
- OFF TOPIC: Here’s a link to all the presidential candidates who have filed with the FEC to run for president in 2012, and there are a lot more than you might think. It’s a very long list, consisting of many more candidates than Obama, Romney, and the other Republicans who ran, though some of them are quite entertaining, such as HRM Caesar St. Augustine de Buonaparte, so check them out if you have the time.
- Next is a song by Kinky Friedman, a satirical country singer from Texas, who ran for several positions in Texas politics, including as an Independent for Governor in 2006. He lost, but received 12% of the vote. This is one of his best-known satirical songs, “Keep Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed.”
- A song by rap group 2 Live Crew is next, which saw one of its members, Luther Campbell, or Uncle Luke, run for mayor of Miami-Dade County in Florida in 2011. He finished fourth in the race, receiving about 11% of the vote. This song is easily one of 2 Live Crew’s more appropriate hit singles, titled “Do the Bart.”
- The next song is one that was performed by an early ’60s garage rock band, consisting of several friends at an elite prep school. It was known featured a bassist who would later run for president on a major party ticket, John Kerry, the future Senator from Massachusetts and the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004. The band was The Electras, and this is their version of “Summertime Blues.”
- The final song on The Gus Knorr Show tonight is by longtime United States Senator Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia who passed away two years ago. In the late ’70s, he released an album of fiddle music titled Mountain Fiddler, and this is his version of “Turkey in the Straw.”
That’s it for The Gus Knorr Show tonight, but stay tuned for The Gus Knorr Show on November 8, next week, at 8:00 PM on Thursday night, as usual. Be sure to vote on November 6th if you haven’t early voted already, and thanks for listening!
Hey everyone! This is Gus, the music director for Marquette Radio. Tonight, one of my assistants, Claire Kelly, will be hosting New Music Monday. Tonight, Claire will be playing ten songs from the top 10 albums that were played the most last week on Marquette Radio. Be sure to tune in so you can find out what bands Marquette Radio DJs find particularly popular, and it would be preferably and primarily prescient, if post-haste,
I stop using so many words that begin with P you follow Marquette Radio on Facebook and Twitter, where, after the show, a lyric from one of the songs played tonight will be posted. If you’re the first to respond correctly, you can win a free Marquette Radio color changing cup!
Top 10 Albums for the Week of October 22, 2012/Songs Played on New Music Monday tonight:
10. Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon – “Sun”
9. Freelance Whales – Diluvia - “Locked Out”
8. Matt & Kim – Lightning – “Let’s Go”
7. Black Marble – A Different Arrangement – “UK”
6. Ben Folds Five – The Sound of the Life of the Mind – “Do it Anyway”
5. Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze EP – “Lord Knows”
4. Empires – Garage Hymns – “Night is Young”
3. Mumford and Sons – Babel – “I Will Wait”
2. Animal Collective – Centipede Hz - “Applesauce”
1. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter – “Pretty Girl from Michigan”
Thanks for listening! Be sure to follow Marquette Radio on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to see the Lyrics of the Week for Marquette Radio, which are from a song that was played this week on New Music Monday. Identify the song, and you can win a free prize!