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Show 16 - Journey to the Center of the Mind

Show 16 - Journey to the Center of the Mind

Air Date:

Monday, 22 July 2002

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  • Playlist:

    Set 1

    Journey to the Center of Your Mind (Amboy Dukes)

    No Action (Elvis Costello)

    Shakin’ Street (MC5)

    I’m Alive (Hollies)

    Rave On (Buddy Holly)


    Set 2

    You Can Make It (Richard & Young Lions)

    Can I Get A Witness (Rolling Stones)

    Definition of Love (Swingin’ Neckbreakers)

    Try Too Hard (Dave Clark Five)

    Personality Crisis (NY Dolls)


    Set 3

    Man Without A Heart (Enuff Z’Nuff)

    The World Turns All Around Her (Byrds)

    Took Her Hand (Cynics)

    See (Rascals)


    Set 4

    On The Airwaves (Shazam)

    See My Friends (Kinks)

    Walking Through My Dreams (Pretty Things)

    I See The Rain (Marmalade)

    Something In The Air (Thunderclap Newman)


    Set 5

    Lies (Greenhornes)

    One Track Mind (Knickerbockers)

    Best Part Of Breakin’ Up (Ronettes)

    7-11 (Ramones)

    Countin’ On A Miracle (Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band)

Comments (3)

  • Steed Colliss

    Good Show... However, Bruce Springsteen and the ESB's "Countin' on a Miracle is not listed in set one...

  • Steven Kaminsky

    "See My Friends," The Kinks. Greatest songwriter of rock era, 1955-?: Ray Davies of the Kinks. Maybe the greatest songwriter in popular music history.
    How do I defend this statement? First, he writes the lyrics and the music. You can eliminate many of his competitors immediately, because they wrote as part of teams: the Brill Building writers, Bert Bacharach, Elton John, even Richard Rogers. Jagger and Richards were a team. Holland, Dozier, Holland: a team. Brian Wilson used lyricists, because he knew his limitations. We can consider John Lennon and Paul McCartney, because they mostly wrote separately.
    Now, what makes Ray Davies great is, first, he cannot be surpassed in melodic composition and chord structure. His song architecture is so endlessly bold, original, and adventurous, yet still entertaining. In his songs I have found so many chord sequences that I have never seen before or since. Only John Lennon is his equal in ability to construct a song at this level. Let's refer to this aspect of songwriting as, "melodic," for the rest of this argument, remembering that it is much more complex than just the melody.
    His is the level of genius. Ray Davies wrote countless truly great songs. You can listen to one of Ray's great songs, and conclude that one song is enough for another writer to be remembered forever. But, Ray has countless songs like that.
    Second, Ray's lyrics are of the highest caliber: second to none. Except for his earliest work, He never really wrote love songs. He explored a near-infinite range of topics. I can't begin to describe the range his lyrics. They include psychological explorations, the condition of modern man, comedy, and several entire rock operas.
    So, perhaps you can begin to see why he is the greatest. Paul Simon perhaps wrote the greatest "poetry" in the rock era. But Davies beats Simon in "melodic" composition. John Lennon or Paul McCartney might tie Davies in "melodic", but lose in lyrics. People consider Dylan and Springsteen as great lyricists, but their "melodic" is average. Barry Gibb's "melodic" is on the level of Davies, but he loses on lyrics. Bowie is great on "melodic," but what the heck are his lyrics about? Jeff Lynne might come closest in both categories, since he is strong in "melodic" and lyrics. And, Jeff is a great producer, too.
    So, you can see why we have songwriting teams. Seldom is one person both a great "melodic" composer and lyricist. Ray Davies possesses both these talents to an extreme degree.
    You can play this game, too. Just remember: listen to hundreds of Ray Davies songs if you doubt my conclusion.

  • jcjohnson63

    Okay listening to another old show now since you have not posted a new one! Peace, love and rock and roll!!!! :)

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