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Show 631 - Rocket 88

Show 631 - Rocket 88

Air Date:

Monday, 05 May 2014

Hey baby, Little Steven here with our weekly Underground Garage pop quiz.

What was the first Rock n’ Roll record?

You think about that, because we are going to talk about it this weekend among other extraordinarily important subjects.

As usual, we are joined by the greatest musicians of all time including, the Beatles, Howlin’ Wolf, the Yardbirds, the Ramones, and Ike & Tina Turner, and we have the best new music in the world

Tune into find out what Robert Johnson, Herman’s Hermits, and Little Eva have in common.

It’s the only Rock n’ Roll dance party on the radio, baby.

I’ll see you this weekend in the Underground Garage.

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Comments: 16 Comments

  • Playlist:

    Set 1:
    Good Times (Easybeats)
    Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Rolling Stones)
    Keep Your Hands Off My Baby (Little Eva)
    Sunday Papers (Joe Jackson)
    Don’t Hold Back (Mahalia Barnes & the Soul Mates)
    Psychotic Reaction (Count 5)

    Set 2:
    Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston & The Delta Cats)
    Every Little Thing (Beatles)
    Come And Get It (Dollyrots)
    Killing Floor (Howlin’ Wolf)
    Pumping My Heart (Patti Smith Group)

    Set 3:
    Look Through Any Window (Hollies)
    Don’t Go (Ramones)
    No Milk Today (Herman’s Hermits)
    Money Money Money (Mark Rivera)
    For Your Love (Yardbirds)

    Set 4:
    I’m A Hog For You Baby (Strypes)
    This Is Your Sword (Bruce Springsteen)
    It’s Gonna Work Out Fine (Ike & Tina Tuner)
    Lies (Knickerbockers)

    Set 5:
    Stop Breaking Down (Rolling Stones)
    Dust My Broom (Elmore James)
    Traveling Riverside Blues (Led Zeppelin)
    Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson)
    Crossroads (Cream)

Comments (16)

  • Nicholas John Capos Jr
    05/06/2014

    Great show! As always. The show revs me &
    gives me energy.

  • Ron Lynch
    05/06/2014

    Rocket 88 a very cool hot rod car show here tonight. juat alot of good ones so I'll pick 2 from each set. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) seen them live here in Halifax a few years ago and they are legendary. Psychotic Reaction (Count 5) a cool cool song. Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston & The Delta Cats) cars songs do rock because they go with Rock & Roll. Killing Floor (Howlin’ Wolf) nobody howls like the Wolf. No Milk Today (Herman’s Hermits)I remember my Dad singing this around the house in the 60's well written song. Money Money Money (Mark Rivera) This one is full of soul and grit, nice. I’m A Hog For You Baby (Strypes) Ya can't knock these young guys from drawing from the well of greatness, they sound excellent. This Is Your Sword (Bruce Springsteen) Bruce is current as well as past and the present if that makes sense. Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson) A whole lotta soul blues so early in his life.Crossroads (Cream) and Cream just redefines such a wicked song. Thanks Stevie, Keep on Rockin.

  • Steed Colliss
    05/07/2014

    Great show again ! It's a Top Ten Galore (funny as there's also an audio clip from "Goldfinger" in the Graham Gouldman Set)...

    Love the new Strypes' song...

    As for the Robert Johnson set, even the Ramones acknowledged Johnson's input into rock'n'roll... Just look at their "I Believe in Miracles" video... One of the two lines of text is about the rock'n'roll timeline and it starts with Robert Johnson...

  • Jim Kelly
    05/07/2014

    Great show. But who the hell thinks "Beatles For Sale" is their best album? I've only ever heard it called their worst album, if anything. Not that it's a bad collection of songs, but I'd have to question the sanity of anyone who considers it close to being their best album.

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    05/07/2014

    Thank You Very Much, Little Steven, for your exceptionally fine 5 Star Special that explored the origins of the very 1st Rock N' Roll record. I also would like to acknowledge the stellar work put in by the Administrator, who got the show up into The Archives within only 48 Hours! GREAT WORK! O.K. Show # 631! WOW! Rocket 88! This week, I will once again utilize the Ron Lynch method of choosing either 1 or maybe 2 tunes from each set, and also explain the rather twisted reasoning behind my choice, which will also give all UG members a twisted view of how my gray matter functions-or doesn't. Thanks Ron! Spoiler Alert! If one gets tired of my posted comments, they simply do not have to read them! Fair Enuff? You have received fair warning. Set 1. I choose Count Five with Psychotic Reaction. I'll betcha no one is surprised by that pick, especially if they know me! The Reason? Count Five were 5 high school students from San Jose, California, who reached #6 nationally with their demented Nugget. After receiving close to 1 Million Dollars in advanced bookings for appearances on television, supermarket openings, concerts scheduled from California across the Midwest, etc., they said "forget about it", disbanded and simply returned back to High School. Rather strange, I would say. Also, their Album photo was framed in such a way that it looked like the photo was taken from the bottom of a grave. I remember buying 5 sealed copies of that L.P. at Woolworth's for 44 cents each, and selling all 5 at various record conventions in Albany, New York, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Waterbury, Ct. during the 80's, all for $30. each! I kept my very 1st copy that I have to this very day. How About That? Set 2. I will go with Rocket 88 by Jackie Brenston & The Delta Cats because even though there are other records that can lay claim to being the very 1st Rock N'Roll record, such as Joe Turner among others, I will agree with Ike Turner as being the person responsible. Set 3. The Graham Gouldman set. I shall choose Look Through Any Window by the Hollies for 2 reasons. The 1st is that the opening riff to that tune has mystified 100's of guitar players as to exactly HOW to play it. Right Stevie? Actually, Mr. Tony Hicks displays exactly how to play that opening riff in the "Reelin' In the Years" dvd titled, "Look Through Any Window, 1963-1975", which came out in 2011 in The USA, and is one excellent dvd that includes 22 complete performances, as well as special features, which gives you a running time of 184 minutes! Most Highly Recommended! You have my 100% SMRZ guarantee on that baby! The British Invasion Series is indeed Excellent! My 2nd reason is that whenever I hear that opening riff, I am transported back to when I 1st heard it back in 1965, at the very cool age of 17! Junior year of High School at Westfield High School in Westfield, Massachusetts. YEAH BABY! THOSE WERE THE DAYS! But I digress. Reminder! You Do Not Have To Continue To Read My Comments! But then, you'd be losing out on gaining some valuable knowledge. It's Your Choice! Set 4. I shall choose Lies by The Knickerbockers. My reason for that choice is that The Knickerbockers were from Bergenfield, New Jersey! I know of No other band from that fair city, or town, or whatever Bergenfield was/is! Set 5, which you commented on, Stevie, as all tunes having riffs and notes that were actually 1st written by "Freak Of The Week", Mr. Robert Johnson. My choice would have to be Cross Road Blues by Robert, himself. My reasons would be that it was recorded all the way back in 1936, and also because, as you mentioned, Little Steven, his music continues to "Move Us, Inspire Us, and Haunt Us", even after All these years! Can You Beat That? I will also choose Crossroads by Cream because I also feel, as you do, Stevie, that the guitar solo by Eric Clapton is indeed, among his very BEST! Well, I guess that's it for yet another fine week. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention that from this point forward, all of my posted comments have a copyright by SMRZ INC.! JUST KIDDING, fellow UG members. Go Ahead, they are yours to copy or use as you so choose! O.K. I also continue to dig your not-so-new, but Excellent sponsor, UAVIP! The United Association! They continue to provide both valuable training, as well as finding valuable jobs for our returning Veterans. VERY IMPORTANT! Jobs for our Veterans in the Piping Industry! Not just LIP service! Well, I guess that's it for yet another week from this 66 year old man. Hopefully, I shall see you next week. To all who live IN and FOR, The Underground Garage, Peace Be With You! EEYAHH! SMRZ!

    • jcjohnson63
      05/10/2014

      i thought the members of the count five were in danger of being drafted and THAT is why the broke up? to go back to school. just what I heard!

      • Robert P Smarse Jr.
        05/10/2014

        UPON FURTHER REVIEW! The large booklet that comes with the 4cd 1998 Rhino collection of Nuggets, both reasons were listed. Wikipedia was no help so I guess you pays your $, and you make your choice!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    05/08/2014

    Why in the world is Robert Plant having somebody squeezing a lemon between his legs until the juice comes pouring out?

    • Steed Colliss
      05/09/2014

      Because if you squeeze the banana between your legs, no juice will come out... However, in Led Zeppelin lyrics, one that stands out is when Robert wants to be a "backdoor man" in "Whole Lotta Love" with the moaning to prove it...

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    05/09/2014

    Alright youse guys! 5 of us posted comments but there are only 3 VOTES! I don't want Stevie up my dupa again about reminding everybody to VOTE! PLEASE VOTE your star ratings so's I could get some much needed rest! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

    • jcjohnson63
      05/10/2014

      Dear Mr. SMRZ.... i ALWAYS listen to the show on sunday. i rate it as well.it has become a MAJOR part of my spiritual recharge. that and church! so i WILL do these things when i get around to it! LOVE your witty comments and hope you are doing well health wise!! SMRZ indeed! ;)

      • Robert P Smarse Jr.
        05/10/2014

        Thanks for the kind words, Captain. My words about the star ratings were NOT directed towards you. Please notice that my post was put up BEFORE you posted. So, please excuse me for any confusion. I noticed that the others did go back and voted. Also, Thank You Very Much for thinking about my medical issues. I appreciate your concern. Thank You Very Much! Sincerely! SMRZ!

  • jcjohnson63
    05/11/2014

    o.k. thanks smrz!! anyways, what a classic update! thanks for posting this one! unbelieveable that jimmy barnes has a daughter who rocks too!! good genes!!! :)

  • jcjohnson63
    05/11/2014

    BTW- the strypes sound like a lost 60's band!!!!!! COOL!!!!!

  • greggie434
    05/29/2014

    Vote early and vote often, "Sunday Papers", Joe Jackson, a classic!!!!!!!!

  • greggie434
    05/31/2014

    "Dust My Broom" by Elmore James is just flat out AWSOME!!!!

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