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Show 544 - Back To School 2012

Show 544 - Back To School 2012

Air Date:

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Hey baby, Little Steven here. Up in the morning and out to school. Oh my god it’s that time again.

Lord have mercy.

But don’t worry kids, we’re going to get you through it, and your guidance counselors will be the Yardbirds, the Beach Boys, the Chocolate Watchband, the Rolling Stones, J. Geils Band, and the Sex Pistols.

The most fabulous new songs in the world from Palma Rock City Spain The Monster Ones, Free Energy outta Philly, Suzi Chunk from Cardiff Wales, The Connection from Portsmouth New Hampshire, Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band from Brooklyn, and brand new music from Joe Walsh.

You have to tune in this week to find out what Dolly  Parton, James Brown, and Mrs. Wojciechowski have in common.

It’s our Back To School special in the world’s only Rock n’ Roll dance party on the radio. I’ll see you this weekend in the Underground Garage.


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  • Playlist:


    Set 1

    Rock & Roll High School (Ramones)

    Musical Bed:

    A. School Days (Louis Jordan)

    B. Rumble (Link Wray)

    Time Bomb High School (Reigning Sound)

    Good Morning Little School Girl (Yardbirds)

    School Days (Runaways)

    Amelia (Insomniacs)

    Be True To Your School (Beach Boys)

    Musical Bed: Camel Ride To The Tombs (Waistcoats)



    Set 2

    Musical Bed: Badger (Jarvis Humby)

    Grooviest Girl In The World (Simple Image)

    The Girl Can’t Help It (Little Richard)

    Let’s Talk About Girls (Chocolate Watchband)

    September Gurls (Big Stars)

    Look Back And Laugh (Suzi Chunk)

    She Said Yeah (Rolling Stones)

    Musical Bed: No Matter What Shape (Ventures)



    Set 3

    Musical Bed: Journey Into The Darkness (Davie Allan & the Arrows)

    David Watts (Kinks)

    Charlie Brown (Coasters)

    Seven Nights To Rock (Connection)

    Heart Of Gold (Charles Bradley)

    Bad Boy (Beatles)

    Homework (J. Geils Band)

    Musical Bed: Can Of Electrodes (Evan Foster)



    Set 4

    Musical Bed: Baroque Part 1 (Ultimate Spinach)

    One Day At A Time (Joe Walsh)

    Leader Of The Pack (Shangri-Las)

    High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis)

    High School (MC5)

    Electric Fever (Free Energy)

    Friday On My Mind (Easybeats)

    Musical Bed: Stoned (Rolling Stones)



    Set 5

    Musical BeD: Wild Man (Count Basie & Duke Ellington)

    The Dress Up Girls (Model Rockets)

    Teenage Ramone (Monster Ones)

    Don’t Drop Out (Dolly Parton)

    Down & Out In New York City (James Brown)

    Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols)

    Musical Bed: School Days (Louis Jordan)


Comments (25)

  • easterrecords

    another great, great show. "time bomb high school", "september gurls", "pretty vacant"? what more do ya want?
    thanks for choosing Trolley for "coolest song in the world" earlier this year. we're recording a new record for release sometime next year. dig it.
    here's lookin' at ya:

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.

    Back to School! Back to Work! Back to Stoopid reality! Yeah-Baby, at least we've still got you, Little Steven, to help us to deal with the Pain with another 5 star spectacular! Thank You so very much, Mr. Maharaj Of Garage! Here We Go! Show # 544. I can't believe we are so far past # 500, which seems like only yesterday. Set 1. Highlights. Gotta have Rock N' Roll High School with The Ramones. How about some cool sounding Time Bomb High School by The Reigning Sound? And we can't forget to wish Good Morning Little School Girl by the Yardbirds. Finishing off the set with the very cool School Days by The very cool Runaways. Set 2. You can't beat The Girl Can't Help It by Little Richard which always brings me back to the movie with Jayne Mansfield. Yeah-Baby! Let's Talk About Girls by The Chocolate Watchband, followed by September Gurls by the vastly underrated Big Star led by the late great Alex Chilton. This was always a song that reminded me of how happy I was in college to see all of those girls coming back to Amherst & Northampton. Finishing off the set with The Rolling Stones with She Said Yeah. Set 3. David Watts by The Kinks, Charlie Brown by The Coasters, Seven Nights To Rock by The Connection from nearby Portsmouth, New Hampshire, & finishing with The Beatles singing about that Bad Boy who never did his homework. Set 4. Gotta have the great Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri Las to let us know that school was back in session. Jerry Lee Lewis with the truly rocking High School Confidential from the film with that Psychotronic cast in it. High School by The MC5, The Funeral with the very cool Electric Fever which was followed by The Easybeats who knew that everybody had Friday On My Mind. That's For Sure! Set 5. The Dress Up Girls by The Model Rockets, Teenage Ramone by The Monster Ones, Dolly Parton with Don't Drop Out, which always was very good advice, boys & girls, Down And Out In New York City by the super cool James Brown & finishing out the set & another excellent show with The Sex Pistols with Pretty Vacant which, as you said Stevie, most of our fellow classmates were. That's For Sure! I would like to thank the administrator, once again, for keeping us up to date. GOOD WORK! Thanks again, Stevie, for another great Saturday night. Next week, Class, maybe I will take you all for a ride on my motorsickle! How About That? Until Then, Take Care & Peace Be With You for All who live IN & FOR The Underground Garage! Oh Yeah! Don't forget that APPLE for the Teacher! EEYAHH! SMRZ!!!

    • greggie434

      Robert, where were U last week? Nothing from U from the Deciples Of Soul Part 4 ??????

      • Robert P Smarse Jr.

        Yeah-I have a personal reason for that. I had trouble wrapping my head around some of the soul doing rock. So I chose to take a break on that one. Didn't want to offend anyone but ya' know, some of those covers sounded pretty lame to me. but that's just me! I just couldn't believe what I heard at all. That line was taken from Lou Reed's Rock N' Roll! Thanks for noticing, Bro. Take care!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.

    Oh Yeah-I almost forgot. Once again, Stevie reminded me to tell all of you to please remember to post your star ratings. Please! Please! Please! Thank U so very much! Sincerely, SMRZ!!!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.

    Show # 544. Part 2. Upon further reflection, I decided that this Back To School special had too much cultural significance that I left out of my 1st comment so that I need to reflect some more about certain topics. Now Class! 1st of all. Stevie, Mrs. Wojciechowski, your high school music teacher told me to pass along to you that you have made a fine man who was indeed an important cornerstone to society. She said "Good Work, Stephen"! Now ain't you proud of that, Little Steven? You are indeed a very intregal part of The Underground Garage movement & also a very redeeming member of society. Moving along, as I reflect upon my high school years, the truth is I had a blast. No big worries, responsibilities, & lots of fun hanging out with members of the 4 garage bands that we had here in Westfield High's class of 1966. Friday nights meant The Battle Of The Bands held at the local Armory in Westfield. Unfortunately, garage bands from the nearby Berkshires would usually end up winning because they always had the best gear. Among the 2 best were The Berkshire Beatles and The Black & Tan. But it still was always a blast. I never remember glue-sniffing as very popular because we could usually find someone to buy us bear. Moving along to the excellent sound bytes from the various movies. We had Rodney Dangerfield from Back To School(1986), which also featured Sally Kellerman, Adrienne Barbeau, & Burt Young. Rodney gave us 2 classic quotes. 1st. "Shakespeare, boy I'd really like to tame her shrew". The 2nd & best one came at the end of the show & movie when he gave his advice to the graduating class about going out into the world. "As you go out into the world-Don't Do it! Move back in with your parents. Let them worry about it". From Fast Times At Ridgemont High(1982), we heard Sean Penn as surfer stoner Jeff Spicoli vs. his teacher, Mr. Hand, with the classic "I Don"t Know" Classic! We heard Jerry Lewis as The Nutty Professor(1963), which also starred Stella Stevens. Also in there from set 4 was "Mrs. Stoner, My Dr. did not want me involved with any activities that involved balls near my head. Well, there goes your social life". We heard the recently deceased Arnold Horshack from Welcome back Kotter. From The cool flick High School Confidential(1958), we saw the very Psycotronic cast which included Jerry Lee Lewis, Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, Jackie Coogan, Charles Chaplin, Jr, capped off by the incredible pairing of John Drew Barrymoore with Mamie Van Doren! From Dazed & Confused(1993), we got Matthew McConnaughey's quote "I get older and they stay the same age" Dazed's cast also included indy favs Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, & Renee Zellweger. I did forget to mention in my earlier post that James Brown's contribution was the theme song from the very cool Black Caesar(1973) which starred Fred "The Hammer" Williamson. Yes , Stevie, I guess that I associate Louis Jordan's version of School Days much fonder than most others. Oh well, reflections on a time in my life in which I was happier. I guess at 64 it is time for me to grow up! Thanks once again, Stevie, for an excellent show & thanks to all you out there who stayed with me during my reflections. Peace Be With You! Sincerely, SMRZ!!!

    • greggie434

      SMRZ,don't ever grow up, as Neil Young once said, "Thinking Old And Acting Mature Are Under Control, There Are Enough People Handling That". Rock on Bro. U mentioned "Buy Us Bear"? Did U mean Beer?

      • Robert P Smarse Jr.

        Yes Bro. I meant Beer! I don't really like Bear! How are you doing, my friend, greggie434? I hope that you are well! Keep rockin' Brosky!

    • greggie434

      SMRZ, what movie did Mrs. Stoner say "There Goes Your Social Life"?

      • Robert P Smarse Jr.

        I'm not entirely sure but it could have been Heathers(1989) with Christian Slater & Winona Ryder who plays a girl who hangs out with the school's bith-queens but doesn't feel that comfortable about their reign of terror picking on the other girls. But it might have been a more recent film like one of the American Pie franchise. sorry about not being exactly sure about that. Also, it wasn't the gym teacher, Mrs. Stoner, who makes the remark but one of the other girls. thanks again for reading my posts. You inspire me to improve with each one, greggie434. I am getting worried now because as of today we are 3 shows behind. Shows #545, 546 & 547. I'm jonesen like Mike McAllister as stated in the post below.Thanks again for reading & critiqueing my posts!

        • greggie434

          I am worried also SMRZ., no new shows! I got an Idea, why don't you take the administrators job. I know you could do this, and in todays world, you could do it from your own home.

          • Robert P Smarse Jr.

            Thanks for the compliment, greggie434, but I really couln't handle it. My computer has been acting up & I really wouln'y have the time with the film courses that I help out with. Geez-tho. I don't feel good about the current administrator getting so far behind again. Well, can't do much about it but wait. Acouple more days tho, & we'll be 4 shows behind. Take care Brosky! Sincerely, SMRZ!!!

            • greggie434

              Great news, the next 2 shows SMRZ.

  • michael j farrelly

    The back to school show is always one of the best of the year. Hello to Mrs. Wojciechowski and everyone in the Undergroud Garage.

  • Ron Lynch

    Be True To Your School (Beach Boys), The Girl Can’t Help It (Little Richard), Heart Of Gold (Charles Bradley), One Day At A Time (Joe Walsh), Down & Out In New York City (James Brown) Just one cool one from each set.
    Bad Boy (Beatles) very cool now and back in the day too. The Cavern still had a very cool vibe when we dropped in there a few weeks ago, another cool place to be like the garage here.
    Thanks Stevie, keep rockin.

  • jcjohnson63

    always look forward to this one. thank God! NO MORE SCHOOL!! but thank God for LSUG!!!! still get a strange feeling around this time of year too! LOL ;)

  • Chris Dougherty

    My 40th high school reunion is coming up. Should I be worried, Steven? Great show, but not enough to get me to go back to school.

    • Robert P Smarse Jr.

      At least there was SOME good music around in 1972. Have fun. Last year I went to my 45th reunion in October. Class of 1966. Hard to beat 66 for great music. Rock On & Peace Be With You. Sincerely, SMRZ!!!

  • Cecilia Díaz Amengual

    Oh, Stevie!! You always do a great show with the best music! And cheerfully!
    Thanks for share our Rock&Roll... We wanna go back to school like teenage monsters! ;)

  • Steven R Shores

    Almost makes me want to go back to school. Thanks Stevie! Also, thanks for the essays, Stevie, they are great reads. I recommend them to everyone I know.

  • Mike McAllister

    What, everyones @ Metlife? 3 shows behind, lets go! I'm jonesen!!


    Great show Big Guy. You are the Rock and Roll wiseguy.


    Can you make a show dedicated to Chuck Berry the creator of rock and roll.

    • jcjohnson63


  • sdgakatbk

    Good show. Good selection and the first set is excellent). The find for me in this show is Charles Bradley-he's really good!!

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