WMM Playlist from January 9, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley
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Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates David Bowie

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / 1980 [WMM’s theme song]

2. James Murphy – “Golden Years”
from: While We’re Young (Original Soundtrack) / Power Elite / March 23, 2015
[Born February 4, 1970. James Murphy is a musician, producer, DJ, and co-founder of record label DFA Records. His most well-known musical project is LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy was influenced by Bowie and remixed songs for Bowie’s The Next Day Extras, and is credited as a percussionist on Bowie’s Backstar.][“Golden Years” was written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975, and originally released in a shortened form as a single in November 1975, and in its full-length version in January the following year on, Station to Station. It was the first track completed during the Station to Station sessions, a period when Bowie’s cocaine addiction was at its peak. “Golden Years” was more similar in style to the Young Americans funk/soul material from earlier in 1975 than the rest of Station to Station, that foreshadowed the Kraftwerk-influenced Euro-centric and electronic music that Bowie would move into with his ‘Berlin Trilogy’.]

3. Col. Chris Hadfield – “Space Oddity”
from: Space Sessions: Songs From a Tin Can / Chris Hadfield / October 9, 2015
[The video has had over 27,000,000 views on YouTube. The performance was the subject of a piece by Glenn Fleishman in The Economist on 22 May 2013 analyzing the legal implications of publicly performing a copyrighted work of music while in earth orbit. The song is the only one of Bowie’s for which Bowie did not own the copyright. Bowie’s publisher granted Hadfield a license to the song for only one year. Due to the expiry of the one year license, the official video was taken offline on May 13, 2014, despite Bowie’s explicit wishes that the publisher grant Hadfield a license at no charge to record the song and produce the video. Following a period of negotiations, the video was restored to YouTube on November 2, 2014 with a two-year license agreement in place.]

In May of 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of Expedition 35 to the International Space Station, recorded a video of “Space Oddity” while on board the space station. This was the first music video ever shot in space. The lyrics were slightly changed to reflect Hadfield’s imminent return from his final mission. Hadfield announced the video on Twitter, writing, “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on board the Station. A last glimpse of the World.” Bowie responded to the video, tweeting back to Hadfield, “Hallo Spaceboy”.

David Bowie seemed to be from another world. He seemed to have multiple lives, he seemed immortal. His art kept coming. His influence vast. He was a guide. Much of my journey as an outsider queer kid finding a way through, was influenced by Bowie.

Bowie’s death, three years ago, in New York City, on January 10, 2016 sent shock waves of grief across the world. Bowie made over 50 years of music, for those of us who felt left out.

Bowie was a “gateway drug” to other important influences: The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, Iggy Pop, Glam Rock, Electronica, Brian Eno, William S. Burroughs, Beat Poetry, Mick Ronson, Tony Visconti, T-Rex, Kraftwerk, Klaus Nomi, Nicolas Roeg, Bauhaus, Gender Expression, and more. Bowie was a synthesizer weaving them together.

Thanks for tuning into Wednesday MidDay Medley, on 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio. I’m Mark Manning. Today we Celebrate David Bowie with selected songs from some of his 27 studio albums, and recordings that Bowie wrote and produced for Lou Reed, and Mott the Hoople.

Plus, we’ll play some of our favorite Bowie songs performed by musicians he influenced: Joan As Police Woman, Nile Rodgers, OK Go & Bonerama, including two Kansas City bands: Soft Reeds, and The Band That Fell To Earth. We started with James Murphy and Chris Hadfield

And into this mix of original songs and covers, we’ll feature short stories about David Bowie, from nine of his biggest fans: Michelle Bacon, Barry Lee, Ben Grimes, Cody Wyoming, Krystle Warren, Jesse Bartmess, Marion Merritt, Ian Michael Flanagan Johnson, and Nico Gray.

Our first story comes from band leader, musician, and director, Cody Wyoming, lead guitarist, singer, and founder of the Kansas City band, The Philistines, who released their debut full length album, “The Backbone of Night” on May 27, 2016 and was #1 on WMM’s 116 Best Recordings of 2016.

4. Cody Wyoming’s Bowie Story – “You’re Wonderful”
recorded by Mark Manning, Saturday, February 7, 2016

5. OK Go & Bonerama – “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide”
from: You’re Not Alone – EP / Capital / November 7, 2006
[Collaboration by rock band OK Go and brass funk rock band Bonerama, recorded to raise money for New Orleans musicians displaced in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. The EP was recorded in August 2007 in New Orleans, Bonerama’s home city.] [“Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” by David Bowie, was originally released as the closing track on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in June 1972. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine found it to have “a grand sense of staged drama previously unheard of in rock & roll”. The exhortation “Oh no, love, you’re not alone” references the Jacques Brel song “You’re Not Alone” (“Jef”) that appeared in the musical Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Bowie covered Brel’s “My Death” during some Ziggy Stardust live shows. Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, recorded on February 4, 1972, was one of the last songs recorded for Ziggy Stardust, along with “Suffragette City”, which would immediately precede it in the album track list. As the final song on the album and climax to the Ziggy Stardust live shows throughout 1972-73, it soon became a slogan, appearing on many fans’ jackets.]

6. Jesse Bartmess’ Bowie Story – “Changes in my 4-year old ears”
recorded by Mark Manning, Saturday, February 27, 2016

7. David Bowie – “Changes”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA – (Rykodisk – Virgin – Sony – EMI – Columbia ISO) / Dec. 17, 1971
[Written by David Bowie, originally released on Hunky Dory and as a single in January 1972. “Changes” became one of Bowie’s best-known songs. The lyrics are often seen as a manifesto for his chameleonic personality, the frequent change of the world today, and frequent reinventions of his musical style throughout the 1970s. This single is cited as David Bowie’s official North American debut, despite the fact that the song “The Man Who Sold the World” was released in North America two years prior. This was the last song Bowie performed live on stage before his retirement from live performances at the end of 2006.]

8. Nico Gray’s Bowie Story – “Thank you Bowie!”
recorded by Nico Gray, Sunday, February 28, 2016

9. Mott The Hoople – “All The Young Dudes”
from: All The Young Dudes / Columbia / September 8, 1972
[The album was written and produced by David Bowie, during the same year he recorded and released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Regarded as one of glam rock’s anthems, the song originated after Bowie came into contact with Mott the Hoople’s bassist Peter Watts and learned that the band was ready to split due to continued lack of commercial success. When Mott rejected his first offer of a composition, “Suffragette City” (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars), Bowie wrote “All the Young Dudes” specially for them, allegedly sitting cross-legged on the floor of a room in Regent Street, London, in front of the band’s lead singer, Ian Hunter. With its dirge-like music, youth suicide references and calls to an imaginary audience, the song bore similarities to Bowie’s own “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”, the final track from Ziggy Stardust. Described as being to glam rock what “All You Need Is Love” was to the hippie era, the lyrics name-checked contemporary star T. Rex and contained references to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Bowie himself once claimed that the song was not intended to be an anthem for glam, that it actually carried a darker message of apocalypse. According to an interview Bowie gave to Rolling Stone magazine in 1973, the boys are carrying the same news that the newscaster was carrying in the song “Five Years” from Ziggy Stardust; the news being the fact that the Earth had only five years left to live. Bowie explains: “All the Young Dudes’ is a song about this news. It’s no hymn to the youth, as people thought. It is completely the opposite.” “All the Young Dudes” is also thought of as a gay anthem. Lou Reed said “It’s a Gay Anthem! A rallying call to the young dudes to come out in the streets and show that they were beautiful and gay and proud of it.

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1972 was an amazing year for the 25 year old David Bowie

Starting with Bowie’s third album, The Man Who Sold The World, in 1970, through Hunky Dory in ’71, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars in ’72, Alladdin Sane and Pin Ups in ’73, Bowie records were built around a 4-piece band that included the great Mick Ronson on lead guitar, backing vocals, piano, and arrangements.

Mott The Hoople’s “All The Young Dudes” was written and produced by Bowie, in 1972, the same year he recorded and released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. “All the Young Dudes” was written specially for the band to keep them from breaking up, with Bowie allegedly sitting cross-legged on the floor of a room in Regent Street Hotel, in London, in front of the band’s lead singer, Ian Hunter.

During the year that saw the recording, and release, of two of rock music’s most important albums, David Bowie and Mick Ronson also served as producers on Lou Reed’s second solo album, the classic, Transformer, released on Bowie’s label RCA, in November of 1972.

In many ways Bowie was giving back to one of his biggest influences. Six years earlier, David Bowie’s manager Ken Pitt, returned from a trip to New York City, where he had met with artist Andy Warhol about the possibilities of representing a new, unknown group called The Velvet Underground. Ken Pitt didn’t much care for their music, so he gave the Andy Warhol signed acetate of The Velvet Underground & Nico, the band’s unreleased debut, to the 19-year old Bowie. Bowie said that receiving this acetate was “life changing.” He immedately learned the songs, and encouraged his band to perform, “I’m Waiting for the Man” in live shows, long before the album had been officially released. The Velvet Underground would mark the start of Bowie’s love affair with New York City.

I was able to view up close, this holy grail of glam rock music, the very special acetate, from Bowie’s own personal collection, as part of the internationally touring exhibition, David Bowie Is, at the The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, in September 2014.

Next we play the rare, previously unreleased track from the recording sessions of Lou Reed’s, Transformer” produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, from the incredible year of 1972.

10. Lou Reed – “Take A Walk on The Wild Side”
from: Monitor This / Monitor This / June-July 2003 (Transformer / RCA / Nov. 8, 1972)
[Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson. A previously unreleased version found during remastering sessions for Transformer release – different from version found on the BMG album NYC Man: The Collection. A Lou Reed song from his 1972 second solo album Transformer. It was produced by David Bowie. The song received wide radio coverage, despite its touching on taboo topics such as transsexuality, drugs, male prostitution and oral sex. In the United States, RCA released the single using an edited version of the song without the reference to oral sex. The lyrics, describing a series of individuals and their journeys to NYC, refer to several of the regular “superstars” at Andy Warhol’s New York studio, The Factory, namely Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, Joe Dallesandro, Jackie Curtis and Joe Campbell (referred to in the song by his nickname Sugar Plum Fairy). Candy Darling was also the subject of Reed’s earlier song for The Velvet Underground, “Candy Says”. Mick Ronson (who was at the time the lead guitarist with Bowie’s band, the Spiders from Mars) played a major role in the recording of the album at Trident Studios, serving as the co-producer and primary session musician (contributing guitar, piano, recorder and backing vocals), as well as arranger, notably contributing the lush string arrangement for “Perfect Day”. Reed lauded Ronson’s contribution in the Transformer episode of the documentary series Classic Albums, praising the beauty of his work and keeping down the vocal to highlight the strings. The songs on the LP are now among Reed’s best-known works, including “Walk on the Wild Side”, “Perfect Day” and “Satellite of Love”, and the album’s commercial success elevated him from cult status to become an international star.]

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Marion Merritt grew up in Los Angeles and St. Louis and used to sing the lyrics to David Bowie’s “We Are The Dead,” at her family reunions, when she was just a kid. Marion is creator of Records With Merritt, a small, independent, minority owned business. Marion is keeping the tradition of, female-owned, independent record stores, on Westport Rd., alive. Here is Marion’s story…

11. Marion Merritt’s Bowie Story – “Strange Scary Bowie”
recorded by Mark Manning, Monday, February 22, 2016

12. Joan As Police Woman – “Sweet Thing”
from: Real Life (B Sides) – EP / Cheap Lullaby Records / June 12, 2007
[Extra tracks from the solo debut recording of Joan Wasser, born July 26, 1970, known by her stage name, Joan As Police Woman. She is an American musician and singer-songwriter. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders. Throughout her career, she has regularly collaborated with other artists as a writer, performer and arranger. Kansas City artist Krystle Warren has toured around the world with her.] [“Sweet Thing” or “Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)” is a suite of songs written by David Bowie for the album Diamond Dogs. Recorded in January 1974, the piece comprises the songs “Sweet Thing” and “Candidate” and a one-verse reprise of “Sweet Thing.” In the opening line, “Sweet Thing” contains the lowest note Bowie had recorded in a studio album (C2) until “I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spacecraft” for the album “Heathen” (2002), where he growled the word “Well” (G1) towards the end of the song. Diamond Dogs was the 8th studio album from Bowie, was released May 24, 1974, after the ‘retirement’ of Bowies’s Ziggy Stardust, character. Diamond Dogs featured a new lead character named Halloween Jack, “a real cool cat,” who lives in the decaying “Hunger City”. Bowie, however, still wore the Ziggy haircut on the cover of Diamond Dogs, and the first single, “Rebel Rebel” continues his glam rock sound. However, with the rest of the album, music writers noticed a new Bowie. For his song “Sweet Thing” / “Candidate”/ “Sweet Thing (Reprise)” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ cut-up style of writing. The song “1984” reflected the “plastic soul” sound of Bowie’s next release, Young Americans, from 1975. The Diamond Dogs Tour of 1974 was one of the first huge Rock and Roll, bus and truck tours. Bowie produced the show with a giant set, like a big Broadway production.]

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For his song “Sweet Thing” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ cut-up style of writing. Sweet Thing was from Diamond Dogs, Bowie’s 8th studio album, released May 24, 1974. The first single from Diamond Dogs was “Rebel Rebel” which continued Bowie’s glam rock sound, but the rest of Diamond Dogs was different, Mick Ronson was gone, Bowie was on lead guitar, music writers noticed a new Bowie, and songs like “1984” reflected the “plastic soul” sound of Bowie’s next release, Young Americans, from 1975. Bowie released his 10th album, Station to Station in 1976. It’s first single “Golden Years” was completed during a period when Bowie’s cocaine addiction was at its peak. “Golden Years” was more similar in style to his previous album Young Americans, but the rest of the songs on Station to Station were all foreshadowing of the Kraftwerk-influenced and electronic music of Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy of 1977’s Low, Heroes, and 1979’s Lodger.

Our next story, about Bowie, comes from one of Bowie’s biggest fans, Ben Grimes, founder of two influential KC bands: Soft Reeds and The Golden Republic. Ben Grimes now lives with his family in Los Angeles, where he recorded this story for us, along with sharing a special track, written by Bowie, during that Berlin Trilogy, and recorded by Ben’s band Soft Reeds. Ben will also be performing with The Band That Fell To Earth, Saturday, January19 as a special guest.

13. Ben Grimes Bowie Story – “You are Never Stuck In One Thing”
recorded by Ben Grimes, Sunday, February 28, 2016

14. Soft Reeds – “Sound and Vision”
from: unreleased track recorded during the sessions for Soft Reeds album ‘Blank City’
[Blank City was Soft Reeds second album, released by The Record Machine on April 23, 2013. Produced at Element Recording with Joel Nanos. Soft Reeds is the brainchild of Ben Grimes (formerly of Astralwerks’ The Golden Republic), a Chicago native whose roots grip firmly in the ’77 Berlin sounds of Brian Eno, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, with Austin, TX native Josh Wiedenfeld on drums, Beckie Trost, a fellow Chicagoan and childhood friend of Grimes on bass, and KC native John Mitchell on guitar, saxophone, keys.]

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1977 was another big year for the 30 year old David Bowie. He released the first two albums of his “Berlin Trilogy” Low and Heroes, recording with longtime friend and producer Tony Visconti, and collaborating with musician Brian Eno.

Low came from the creative energy of Bowie’s previous album Station to Station, and music he had intended for the soundtrack to he film The Man Who Fell to Earth. When Bowie presented his material to Nicolas Roeg, the director decided that it wasn’t suitable. Elements from these pieces were incorporated into Low instead. The album’s cover, like Station to Station, is a photographic still from “The Man Who Fell To Earth.”

As a recovering cocaine addict, Bowie’s songwriting on Low dealt with difficult issues. Visconti contended that the title was partly a reference to Bowie’s “low” moods during the album’s writing and recording. Bowie said, “There’s oodles of pain in the Low album. That was my first attempt to kick cocaine, so that was an awful lot of pain.” Bowie and Iggy Pop went to Berlin together to try to kick their drug habit. Bowie said “And I moved to Berlin to do it. I moved out of the coke center of the world, Los Angeles, where Station to Station was recorded, into the smack center of the world, Berlin”.

Heroes was Bowie’s 12th studio album also released in 1977. The second installment of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno .”Heroes” developed the sound of Low and featured the contributions of guitarist Robert Fripp, who flew in from the US to record his parts in one day. Of the Berlin Trilogy, it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin. The title track remains one of Bowie’s best known. Recorded at Hansa Tonstudio in what was then West Berlin, “Heroes” reflected the zeitgeist of the Cold War, symbolized by the divided city. Co-producer Tony Visconti considered it “one of my last great adventures in making albums. The studio was about 500 yards from the Berlin Wall. Red Guards would look into our control-room window with powerful binoculars.”

11:00 – Station ID

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15. Ian Johnson’s Bowie Story – “My Dad Tim”
recorded by Mark Manning Sunday, February 13, 2016

16. David Bowie – “Heroes” (Single Version)
from: Heroes / RCA / October 14, 1977
[Twelfth studio album by David Bowie, released in 1977. The second installment of his Berlin Trilogy with Brian Eno – the other releases being Low and Lodger – “Heroes” developed the sound of Low and featured the contributions of guitarist Robert Fripp, who flew in from the US to record his parts in one day. Of the three albums, it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin. The title track remains one of Bowie’s best known, and the song has received lasting critical acclaim and is continually mentioned as one of the greatest songs of all time. Recorded at Hansa Tonstudio in what was then West Berlin, “Heroes” reflected the zeitgeist of the Cold War, symbolised by the divided city. Co-producer Tony Visconti considered it “one of my last great adventures in making albums. The studio was about 500 yards from the Berlin Wall. Red Guards would look into our control-room window with powerful binoculars.” Earlier in 1977, Kraftwerk had name-checked Bowie on the title track of Trans-Europe Express, and he again paid tribute to his Krautrock influences: the title is a nod to the track “Hero” on the album Neu! ’75 by the German band Neu! – whose guitarist Michael Rother had originally been approached to play on the album – while “V-2 Schneider” is inspired by and named after Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider.]

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Our next story about Bowie comes from another one of Bowie’s biggest fans, musician and writer, Michelle Bacon who talks about The Band That Fell To Earth and band she put together for a Tribute to David Bowie that has now become an annual event.

19. Michelle Bacon’s Bowie Story – “Putting together a perfect band”
recorded by Mark Manning, Saturday, February 27, 2016

19. The Band That Fell To Earth – “Boys Keep Swinging”
from: Recorded Live at recordBar for A Tribute To David Bowie / January 2018

11:15 – Interview with Michelle Bacon

Multi talented, musician and writer, Michelle Bacon, is Content Writer at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle Bacon works as a freelance writer and has written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International. Michelle Bacon plays drums, bass, and sings harmony vocals. Over the last several years she performed and recorded music with, Other Americans, The Band That Fell To Earth, Heidi Lynne Gluck, Erica Joy, Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds, The Blackbird Revue, John L. Johnson, The Philistines, and Nathan Corsi.

Michelle Bacon is the producer and organizer of The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, with TWO nights of music: Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19, doors at 8:00 PM, show at 9:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO. A portion of ticket sales will benefit KC for Refugees, an organization that creates a welcoming environment for refugees moving to and living in the greater Kansas City area.

Michelle Bacon, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The band was curated by musician/writer Michelle Bacon to pay homage to the groundbreaking artist while showcasing talent across Kansas City’s vast musical spectrum. Their annual With Bowie’s untimely passing only three weeks before the inaugural concert, the event garnered an attendance of more than 800 at the Uptown Theater, and generated press from KCPT, The Kansas City Star and various radio stations, along with high demand for an annual show.

Michelle Bacon on bass,
Alex Alexander on guitar,
Nathan Corsi on vocals/guitar,
Kyle Dahlquist on keys/brass,
Katy Guillen on guitar,
Steve Tulipana on vocals,
Stephanie Williams on drums,
Havilah Bruders on backing vocals,
Camry Ivory on backing vocals,
Matt Ronan on percussion,
Christine Broxterman on cello,
Betse Ellis on violin,
Rich Wheeler on saxophone,

American Sign Language interpretation from Peige Turner and video projections from XO Blackwater.

Each night will contain a unique set list and different special guests.

Guest vocalists for Friday, Jan. 18:

Julia Haile who performs solo and with neo-soul/funk group Hi-Lux.

Rachel Mallin songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, leader of Rachel Mallin & The Wild Type.

Michael Tipton who fronts the Talking Heads tribute band, Found A Job!

Wick Thomas activist and educator who leads the glam punk band Wick & The Tricks.

Guest vocalists for Saturday, Jan. 19

Ben Grimes – musician, writer, filmmaker, leader of Soft Reeds and The Golden Republic. He works in TV production on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Baskets.

Madisen Ward of Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, “The Radio Winners” received accolades from NPR, the AP and was in the Top 5 of WMM’s 118 Best Recordings of 2018

Slim Hanson singer/songwriter, founding member of the Hellcat Trio and Grand Marquis. He now leads the honky tonk country band Slim Hanson and the Poor Choices.

Miki P is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, she was in American Slim, and recently released her debut solo album, “Dome of Swallows.”

Jeff Harshbarger is a bassist, composer, teacher, radio show host on KKFU, and has performed with jazz, rock, tango and avant-garde collectives including Bach Aria Soloists, Krystle Warren, and The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit KC for Refugees, an organization that creates a welcoming environment for refugees moving to and living in the greater KC area.

Commemorative David Bowie prayer candles & pillows will be sold by Kitschup Creations.

Michelle Bacon, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, with TWO nights of music: Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19, doors at 8:00 PM, show at 9:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO. A portion of ticket sales will benefit KC for Refugees, an organization that creates a welcoming environment for refugees moving to and living in the greater Kansas City area. More info at: http://www.therecordbar.com

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To study Bowies albums to to learn about the many guitarists and producers who worked with Bowie including on of the most influential guitarist of modern music…Nile Rodgers.

19. Nile Rodgers talks about making “Lets Dance”

20. David Bowie – “Let’s Dance” (Single Version)
from: Let’s Dance / EMI / April 14, 1983
[Let’s Dance was co-produced by Chic’s Nile Rodgers, the album contained three of his most successful singles; the title track, “Let’s Dance”, reached No. 1 in the US, “Modern Love” and “China Girl” both reached No. 2 in the UK. “China Girl” was a new version of a song which Bowie had co-written with Iggy Pop for the 1977 album The Idiot. The album also contains a re-recorded version of the song “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” which had been a minor hit for Bowie a year earlier. Let’s Dance was a stepping stone for the career of the Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who played on it. Let’s Dance has sold over 10.7 million copies worldwide, making it Bowie’s best-selling album. Let’s Dance is Bowie’s 18th official album release since his debut in 1967, including two live albums, one covers album (Pin Ups, 1973), and a collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1977). The success of the album surprised Bowie, who felt he had to continue to pander to the new pop audience he acquired with the album. This led to Bowie releasing two further solo albums in 1984 and 1987 that, despite their relative commercial success, did not sell as well as Let’s Dance, were poorly received by critics at the time and subsequently dismissed by Bowie himself as his “Phil Collins years”. Bowie would form the hard rock and grunge-predecessor band Tin Machine in 1989 in an effort to rejuvenate himself artistically. David Bowie had planned to use producer Tony Visconti on the album, as the two had worked together on Bowie’s previous four studio albums. However, he chose Nile Rodgers for the project, a move that came as a surprise to Visconti, who had set time aside to work on Let’s Dance. Visconti called [Bowie’s personal assistant] Coco and she said: “Well, you might as well know – he’s been in the studio for the past two weeks with someone else. It’s working out well and we won’t be needing you. He’s very sorry.” The move damaged the two men’s relationship and Visconti did not work with Bowie again for nearly 20 years (until 2002’s Heathen). Rodgers later recalled that Bowie approached him to produce his album so that Bowie could have hit singles. Rodgers reported that Bowie came into his apartment one day and showed him a photograph of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a bright red Cadillac, saying “Nile, darling, that’s what I want my album to sound like.”]

You are listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Tribute to David Bowie on 90.1 FM. Our next story comes from our talented friend, singer, songwriter, Krystle Warren, who has worked with some of the musical artists we’ve played today, including Joan As Police Woman. Krystle sent us her story from France, where she now lives.

21. Krystle Warren’s Bowie Story – “Always be genuine in your expression”

22. David Bowie – “Without You” (Single Version)
from: Let’s Dance / EMI / April 14, 1983

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27 studio albums, 8 live albums, over 50 compilation albums, 119 singles, 58 music videos, over 25 films. He was a working artist. He was always working, always creating, always studying, always interested in how it could be put together.. Bowie inspired multiple generations of people with his beautiful catalog of song.

I would like to thank all of our contributors for sharing their stories: Cody Wyoming, Jesse Bartmess, Nico Gray, Marion Merritt, Ben Grimes, Ian Johnson, Michelle Bacon, Krystle Warren, and Barry Lee, who we will hear from in just a few moments.

And we’ll close with “Lazarus” the final single from David Bowie, released on his 27th and final studio album, on January 8, 2016, Bowie’s 69th birthday. Bowie died two days later. Co-producer Tony Visconti described the album as Bowie’s intended swan song and a “parting gift” for his fans before his death.

For Wednesday MidDay Medley I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

23. Barry Lee’s Bowie Story –”i wasn’t always a fan”

24. David Bowie – “Lazarus”
from: Blackstar / ISO Records – Columbia / January 8, 2016
[Lazarus features David Bowie on vocals, acoustic guitar, and Fender guitar; Donny McCaslin on saxophone, flute, and woodwind; Jason Linder on piano, Wurlitzer organ and keyboards; Tim Lefebvre on bass; Mark Guiliana on drums. McCaslin and the rest of the jazz group recorded their parts in the studio over a period of about one week a month from January to March 2015, and until later in recording were unaware of Bowie’s declining health. The song “Lazarus” is part of Bowie’s Off-Broadway musical of the same name. The album has received universal critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the number one spot in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie’s death and becoming his first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S. Blackstar is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by musician, writer, actor, chameleon, David Bowie. It is the 27th when you count the Tin Machine records, which you should. The album was released worldwide on January 8, 2016, on Bowie’s 69th birthday, and just two days later David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, and his son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman.]

25. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

Next Week on Wednesday, Jan 16, we present: “Remembering MLK” to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. We’ll play music from: The Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, Mahalia Jackson, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, Thelonius Monk Septet, Pete Seeger, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Darwin Hobbs & Karen Clark-Sheard, Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates David Bowie

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates David Bowie

David Bowie’s death in New York City, on January 10, 2016 sent shock waves of grief across the world. Bowie made music for those of us who felt left out. Bowie taught us how to be ourselves, to celebrate being different. Bowie understood the theatre of rock and roll. Bowie was a gateway for his fans to other important discoveries like: The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, John Cale, Andy Warhol and The Factory, Iggy Pop, Glam Rock, New Wave, Electronica, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, William S. Burroughs, Beat Poetry, Mick Ronson, Luther Vandross, Tony Visconti, Carlos Alomar, Robert Fripp, T-Rex, Kraftwerk, Klaus Nomi, Bauhaus, Gender Expression, Independent film, Arcade Fire, TV on The Radio, and so much more.

Wednesday MidDay Medley presents our Tribute to David Bowie, featuring short stories about David Bowie from nine of his biggest fans: Michelle Bacon, Barry Lee, Ben Grimes, Cody Wyoming, Krystle Warren, Jesse Bartmess, Marion Merritt, Ian Michael Flanagan Johnson, and Nico Gray.

We’ll feature selected songs from, and representing, some of David Bowie’s 27 studio albums, and recordings David Bowie wrote and produced for other artists, including: Lou Reed, Mott the Hoople, and Bowie songs performed by: Joan As Police Woman, OK Go, Bonerama Col. Chris Hadfield, Nile Rodgers and James Murphy and two bands with Kansas City connections: Soft Reeds, and The Band That Fell To Earth.

At 11:15, we welcome musician and writer, Michelle Bacon who joins us to share details about The Band That Fell To Earth and the 4th annual tribute to David Bowie with TWO nights of music: Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19, doors at 8:00 PM, show at 9:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Ave, KCMO, featuring: Michelle Bacon on bass, Alex Alexander on guitar, Nathan Corsi on vocals/guitar, Kyle Dahlquist on keys/brass, Katy Guillen on guitar, Steve Tulipana on vocals, Stephanie Williams on drums, Havilah Bruders on backing vocals, Camry Ivory on backing vocals, Matt Ronan on percussion, Christine Broxterman on cello, Betse Ellis on violin, Rich Wheeler on saxophone, with American Sign Language interpretation from Peige Turner and video projections from XO Blackwater. Each night will contain a unique set list and different special guests, to be announced! A portion of ticket sales will benefit KC for Refugees, an organization that creates a welcoming environment for refugees moving to and living in the greater Kansas City area. More info at: http://www.therecordbar.com

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Show #768

WMM Playlist from March 28, 2018

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

New & MidCoastal Releases + Howard Iceberg
+ Guest Producer Nico Gray

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979
[WMM’s theme]

2. The Decemberists – “Severed”
from: I’ll Be Your Girl / Capitol Records / March 16, 2018
[8th studio album by indie rock band The Decemberists from Portland, Oregon. The band consists of Colin Meloy (lead vocals, guitar, principal songwriter), Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (piano, keyboards), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums). Produced by John Congleton, the band experimented with new instrumentation during the album’s recording sessions, including several synth-based compositions inspired by New Order and Depeche Mode.]

[The Decemberists play The Uptown Theatre, Wednesday, May 23 with Eleanor Friedberger.]

3. MorMor – “Heaven’s Only Wishful”
from: Heaven’s Only Wishful – Single / Don’t Guess / February 2, 2018
[Artist, Singer-Producer, multi-instrumentalist, born and raised in Toronto. MorMor writes, records, and produces most of his own work. He tells pigeons and planes, “A lot of my inspiration stems from wanting to share a perspective of Toronto that I feel hasn’t been represented,” he says. “I’m glad Toronto is getting a lot of attention right now, but my experience of the city that has shaped me isn’t really part of the story yet.” he goes on to say, “I always felt different from the other kids at school. I went through a really hard time because I was the kid who always hung out with a wide variety of people. I kept searching for kids like me, but it never happened. In the end it gave me some good perspective. I was a pretty rebellious person when I was young. I had a problem with authority. I was reluctant to take orders if I didn’t believe in the cause. I might be the only kid who got suspended in the first grade. Music was something that I could escape through.]

4. Lucy Dacus – “Addictions”
from: Historian / Matador / March 2, 2018
[Lucy Dacus was born 1995 and grew up in Richmond, Virginia . She is an indie rock singer-songwriter who has has released two albums, both on Matador Records: 2016’s No Burden and 2018’s Historian. She started studying film at Virginia Commonwealth University but left to pursue her music career. She first performed in New York in March 2015. Sasha Gessen in Pitchfork wrote about Historian: ” It’s not an easy album to wear out. It lasts, and it should, given that so many of its lyrics pick at time, and the way time condenses around deep emotional attachments to other people.”

[Lucy Dacus plays Reverb Lounge in Omaha, NE, Monday, April 2, at 7:00 PM.]

5. Sinple – “SH-2 (SYSTEM SEGWAY)
from: Music For Machines Vol. 2 / Sinple / March 9, 2018
[Ambient Album Inspired by Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports.” Music for Machines: Written and Recorded by Sinple @ Moldy Basement. The Ambient, Darkwave, New Wave, R&B sounds of Sinple are created by KC based musician Jesse Bartmess on Synths, Drum Machine, and Vocals. Formed in 2011 and influenced by David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, Sade, Massive Attack, and Radiohead. Jesse Bartmess also plays keyboards in Rchel Mallin & the Wild Type. Info at: http://www.sinple.bandcamp.com/music%5D

[Today is the 30th Birthday of Jesse Bartmess who is hosting a skating Party, Friday night to celebrate.]

6. Khrystal. – “M e L A N i N P o P P i N”
from: Q u a r t e r C e n t u r y L i v i n g / Khrystal. / September 1, 2017
[Khrystal’s debut EP. Written and performed by Khrystal. Produced by Katheryne Johnson. Khrystal Coppage is Editor-in-Chief of Khorage Magazine. She served as Production Manager at UMKC University News from 2015 to 2016. She graduated from UMKC in 2016 where she studied Family Studies. She graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College in 2013. She is a graduate of Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, in KCK. http://mixtapemonkey.com/2073/khrystal-q-u-a-r-t-e-r-c-e-n-t-u-r-y-l-i-v-i-n-g. Khrystal also released the three song EP, The Glow Up produced by Duncan Burnett on Novembr 7, 2017.

[Khrystal. plays the: I Heart Local Music Birthday Party Show at Jackpot in Lawrence, KS., with Bummer, and The Sluts on Friday, March 30, at 9:00 PM.]

7. Kadesh Flow – “Room Service”
from: Room Service EP / Ryan Davis / March 30, 2018
[Kadesh Flow is Ryan Davis is a rapper with an MBA. At age 11, he began rapping and playing trombone within two weeks of one another. His music has been featured on network television in multiple countries and territories across Southeast Asia. Locally, Kadesh can be found rocking solo hip hop sets, laying down bone bars with KC funk juggernaut The Phantastics, or jamming with various bands throughout the city. The Room Service EP was conceived between shows at MAGfest 2018, when Kadesh Flow, Atlas, and Bill Beats began creating in their hotel room. Producers/Writers include: Kadesh Flow, Atlas, Bill Beats, Shubzilla, Eye-Q, O.Super. Mixed By: Kadesh Flow. Mastered By: Out D Park Productions.]

[Kadesh Flow plays Pax east in Boston, Mass, Thursday, April 5]

[The Phantastics play Record Store Day at Josey Record, Saturday, April 21, at 8:00 PM.]

8. Kid Computer – “Dive”
from: Dive – Single / Kid Computer / April 6, 2018
[A Kansas City based 4-piece band featuring Matt Gore, Christian Sanchez and George McMillian. The band is getting set to release two separate singles “Afterglow” and “Dive” on Friday.]

[Kid Computer play a Single Release Show, Friday, April 6, at 7:00 pm with The UK’s and Quasar, at The Rino, 314 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, MO]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:32 – Interview with Howard Iceberg & Rich Hill

Howard Iceberg & Rich Hill on the March 28, 2018 edition of Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

Legendary Kansas City Singer Songwriter – Howard Eisberg records and performs under the name Howard Iceberg. He is one of the most prolific and poetic songwriters of the Kansas City music scene. He has written hundreds, possibly thousands of songs. Howard has done all of this while also leading a distinguished career as an immigration attorney, and he has donated much of his time and music to valuable projects that serve our community. Howard Iceberg began performing in coffeehouses in the late 1980s with fellow area independent songwriters Scott Hrabko and Iris DeMent. Over the past three decades he has released countless CDs, and recorded multiple collections of songs. In 2011, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics released a seven CD, box set, of 106 new songs, all instant classics. In 2014 he released a collection called Spring 2014, on his birthday May 9, 2015 he released, Smooth Sailing which included 13 new songs. In September 2016 Howard released a 2 CD set of 26 new tracks called, “Kansas City Songs.”

Larry Kopitnik, for The Pitch writes, “Pianist-vocalist Rich Hill has a personal sound steeped in the rich jazz, blues and gospel traditions of his Kansas City hometown. His keyboard style is grounded in the long tradition of jazz piano from ragtime to stride, bebop and modern jazz. Depending on the song, he might play something that sounds like Fats Waller, then something with a kind of Bill Evans or Chick Corea feel, followed by a tune suggesting Ray Charles’ blues-tinged earthiness. His success entertaining audiences with his keyboard and vocal talents while maintaining a certain standard of artistry is a notable accomplishment proven by continued demand for bookings.”

Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill share music from Howard Iceberg & The Titanics’ new album, Netherlands. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics play an Album Release show at The Ship, 1217 Union, in the West Bottoms, Thursday, March 29, 7-9pm, w/ 3 sets of music & special guests. This is a benefit for Care Beyond the Blvd, a non-profit organization providing medical & social services to homeless and vulnerable groups.

Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

On Netherlands Howard teamed with jazz artist Rich Hill on keys & backing vocals.
Other collaborating musicians include Jazz musicians: Bryan Hicks on stand up bass, electric bass and backing vocals; Charles Perkins on saxophone and flute; Gary Cardile on percussion; and Doug Auwarter on drums. All frequent collaborators with Rich Hill.

Other musicians bringing their talents to the album include: Dan Bliss on guitar, Betse Ellis on violin, Camry Ivory on vocals & backing vocals, Marco Pascolini on on baritone guitar & pedal steel, Phil Wade on dobro, Jeff Freling on guitar, and Chad Rex on guitar.

Netherlands was produced by Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill. Recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios and Rich Hill at The Hilltop. Mixed by Howard Iceberg and Pat Tomek.

The songs on Netherlands were written by Howard Iceberg

Pat Tomek at Largely Studios is part of Howard Iceberg’s long time recording project. Howard tells us that he has more than 4 albums worth of new songs in the works.

Pat Tomek is longtime member of The Titanics, drummer and member of legendary band The Rainmakers, and drummer in the band Deco Auto, that we played earlier in the show. Pat Tomek is also a recording engineer and producer who has worked with countless area bands and musicians and has been a primary partner and caretaker in the recording and production of Howard’s recording project of songs.

10:38

9. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “My Love For You Is Real” (CD #9) (2:16)
from: Netherlands / Howard Iceberg & The Titanics / December 20, 2017
[On this track: Howard Iceberg on lead vocals & harmony vocals Rich Hill on piano, Bryan Hicks on stand-up bass, Gary Cardile on percussion, and Charles Perkins on sax. Words and music by Howard Iceberg © 2017 Howard Iceberg. All rights reserved. Produced by Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill. Recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios and Rich Hill at The Hilltop. Mixed by Howard Iceberg and Pat Tomek.]

Howard Iceberg calls this album, “More songs from another time and place. This time around, a story album. Not mine, but that of spirits both close and far. Help from Durrell and Hemingway. The stories fleshed out by some of KC’s jazz cats, not to mention the usual suspects. I keep my eyes open and my mouth shut (heh heh). Imagining I am seeing the arc of love and the arc of life more clearly with the years. Waiting for a train.”

10:44

10. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “All In For You”
from: Netherlands / Howard Iceberg & The Titanics / December 20, 2017
[On this track: Howard Iceberg on lead vocals, Rich Hill on organ, Bryan Hicks on electric bass, Doug Auwarter on drums, Dan Bliss on guitar, and Chad Rex on guitar. All words and music by Howard Iceberg © 2017 Howard Iceberg. All rights reserved. Produced by Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill. Recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios and Rich Hill at The Hilltop. Mixed by Howard Iceberg and Pat Tomek.]

Howard Iceberg began performing in KC while in Law School. In the 1980s he was rubbing elbows with fellow area independent songwriters Scott Hrabko and Iris DeMent. At one point Howard was playing accordion in one of Scott Hrabko’s bands.

10:51

11. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “I Can’t Find You At All”
from: Netherlands / Howard Iceberg & The Titanics / December 20, 2017
[On this track: Howard Iceberg on lead vocals & harmony vocals, Rich Hill on organ, Bryan Hicks on electric bass, Doug Auwarter on drums, Dan Bliss on guitar. All words and music by Howard Iceberg © 2017 Howard Iceberg. All rights reserved. Produced by Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill. Recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios and Rich Hill at The Hilltop. Mixed by Howard Iceberg and Pat Tomek.]

Care Beyond the Boulevard was conceived by Jaynell (KayKay) Assmann after she noted the number of homeless people coming into the hospital where she worked as a nurse. As soon as she became certified as a Nurse Practitioner, her first goal was to establish an outreach to the urban poor and especially the homeless. She worked as a volunteer at the Micah Ministry food kitchen and in 2016 while working at Family Health Care, KayKay developed Care Beyond the Boulevard. We see 10-25 people each session (most Monday evenings) and provide care for urgent and chronic health needs. In addition we go on the streets into homeless encampments, providing healthcare directly to the homeless one other night per week, seeing between 7-15 patients. Additional services are provided as necessary through Family Health Care’s Southwest Boulevard clinic. More info at: http://www.carebeyondtheboulevard.org

Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill, Thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Howard Iceberg & The Titanics play an Album Release show at The Ship, 1217 Union, in the West Bottoms, Thursday, March 29, 7-9pm, w/ 3 sets of music & special guests. This is a benefit for Care Beyond the Blvd, a non-profit organization providing medical & social services to homeless and vulnerable groups.

10:57

12. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics – “Rainy Rainy Day”
from: Netherlands / Howard Iceberg & The Titanics / December 20, 2017
[On this track: Howard Iceberg on lead vocals, Rich Hill on piano & organ, Camry Ivory on harmony vocals. All words and music by Howard Iceberg © 2017 Howard Iceberg. All rights reserved. Produced by Howard Iceberg and Rich Hill. Recorded by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios and Rich Hill at The Hilltop. Mixed by Howard Iceberg and Pat Tomek.]

11:00 – Station ID

11:00 – Guest Producer Nico Gray

Nico Gray

13. Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark — “The New Stone Age”
from: Architecture & Morality / Dindisc-Virgin / November 8, 1981
[3rd studio album by British electronic music group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. English electronic music band formed in Wirral, Merseyside in 1978. Spawned by earlier group The Id, the outfit is composed of co-founders Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), along with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Stuart Kershaw (drums); McCluskey is the only constant member. OMD released their influential debut single, “Electricity”, in 1979, and gained popularity throughout Europe with the 1980 anti-war song “Enola Gay”. The band achieved broader recognition via their album Architecture & Morality (1981) hailed as the band’s seminal work, the album received critical acclaim and has appeared on various “best albums” lists; The Morning News named it the finest record of 1981, and “the blueprint for synth-pop”. The album also became a commercial success, selling over 4 million copies by 2007. The record spawned three international hit singles, which sold more than 8 million copies combined.Critic Hugo Lindgren wrote that OMD have cultivated a “legacy as musical innovators”. In February 2007 a Scotsman journalist said: “If Kraftwerk were the Elvis Presley of synth-pop, then Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark were its Beatles.” In 2008, American publication The A.V. Club noted that McCluskey and Humphreys were “often labeled as the ‘Lennon-McCartney of synth-pop’.” In a 2008 piece on OMD, The Quietus magazine editor John Doran called them “the only Liverpool band to come near to living up to the monolithic standards of productivity and creativity set in place by the Beatles”, and asserted: “Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark are not one of the best synth bands ever: they are one of the best bands ever.” Veteran BBC DJ Simon Mayo described OMD as “the fathers of electronic music in this country [the UK].”]

11:03

We welcome back to the show, our friend Nico Gray, joins us as “Guest Producer” for our second hour. Nico is a former theatre actor, performance artist, writer, and is currently a marketing and advertising consultant. Rooted in KC, Nico grew up with radio. Nico writes that, “Music has always served as the ‘passport’ through spiritual journeys that have transplanted him to the brownstones of Chicago, the rooftops of Paris, the sea-side of Marseille and the balconies of NYC.” For WMM Nico Gray has co-hosted three of our on-air fund drive shows. He participated in our special 700th show, his writing has been featured on three of our Bowie Tribute Shows, and today is his 6th appearance as Guest Producer from over the past three years.

Nico Gray welcome back to Wednesday MidDay Medley.

11:09

14. Annie Hart — “Hard to Be Still”
from: Impossible Accomplice/ Instant Records / 2017
[Annie Hart is a keyboardist, songwriter and vocalist. She primarily composes and performs in the band Au Revoir Simone. In 2017, she released a solo album entitled Impossible Accomplice. She has contributed vocals to other artists’ projects and appeared on the 2017 series of Twin Peaks. Annie Hart was born on Long Island, New York. She has been in other groups including Uninhabitable Mansions, featuring members of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and collaborated as a composer with French band Air for their soundtrack to Les Voyages Dans La Lune. In 2017, she began releasing music under her own name apart from Au Revoir Simone and embarked on a world tour. She has appeared on screen along with the other members of Au Revoir Simone in Episodes 4[8] and 9[9] of the 2017 series of Twin Peaks. Her song, “Hard To Be Still,” appeared on episode one of the Netflix series, Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts. Au Revoir Simone is an American dream pop/synth-pop band from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2003. The group is composed of Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard/bass) and Heather D’Angelo (vocals/drum machine/keyboard). The band’s name comes from a line Pee-wee Herman says to a minor character (named Simone) in Tim Burton’s 1985 film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.[1] The group’s musical inspirations were compared by the band’s European label, Moshi Moshi Records, to “a dutifully mined musical thrift store”; these diverse influences include Modest Mouse, Stereolab, the Mountain Goats, Louis Prima, Pavement, the Beach Boys, Björk, Broadcast, Belle & Sebastian, David Bowie, Bee Gees and Billie Holiday.]

15. Nina Simone — “Seems I’m Never Tired Lovin’ You”
from: Nina Simone and Piano! / RCA Victor / 1969
[Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, on February 21, 1933 and died in France on April 21, 2003. Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. She worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. The sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her musical path changed direction after she was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, despite a well-received audition. “Simone said she later found out from an insider at Curtis that she was denied entry because she was black.” To fund her continuing musical education and become a classical pianist, she began playing in a small club in Atlantic City where she was also required to sing. She was approached by Bethlehem Records, and her rendition of “I Loves You, Porgy” was a hit in the United States in 1958. Over the length of her career Simone recorded more than 40 albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974. Her musical style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic contralto voice. She injected her classical background into her music as much as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical. Her intuitive grasp on the audience–performer relationship was gained from a unique background of playing piano accompaniment for church revivals and sermons regularly from the early age of six years old.]

11:17

16. Sabina — “Won’t Let You Break Me”
from: Toujours / Bar None Records / March 24, 2014
[The singer of avant-garde electro-punk outfit Brazilian Girls, Sabina Sciubba is a multi-lingual artist whose music transcends both space and time. Across no less than five different languages, her straight talking debut solo album Toujours is a compelling, intimate, narcotic dreamscape you might call The Parisienne Velvet Underground and Nico, with a surprising sense of humour. “I photographed myself naked, sitting on a closet, like a French dresser,” she laughs describing the DIY semi-animated video for the album’s title-track. Paying homage to Pythonesque surrealism it sees Sciubba riding a donkey whilst playing a ukulele, wearing nothing but a smile. “The actual photos are ridiculous. My older son was looking at me like, ‘oh no, she’s lost it’.” Equally adept at casting opinion as well as writing songs, Sciubba is a modern day heroine, skilled in the art of elegant seduction. Cut from the same rebellious cloth as other uncompromising femme fatales Patti Smith or Madonna, whilst channelling the visual impact of Grace Jones and Bjork (one billowing outfit appeared to be a ventilation shaft, made of crepe), she is a fearless woman, whose passion for speaking her mind – in German, Italian, French, Spanish, and English – only enhances her sophisticated lo-fi pop music. Born in Rome to German and Italian parents, raised in Munich and Nice, and discovered in Hamburg at age 19 by virtuoso guitarist Antonio Foricone before relocating to New York to lend her stunningly sultry vocals to Brazilian Girls (incidentally one girl – Sciubba – and no Brazilians), the new album was written on guitars in Paris and has found Sciubba reunited with Brazilian Girls producer Frederick Rubens.]

17. Jacqueline Taieb — “7 Heures Du Matin”
from: 7 Heures Du Matin – Single / Impact / 1967
[Jacqueline Taïeb was born November 9, 1948 in Tunis, French protectorate of Tunisia. She is a French singer and songwriter of Tunisian descent. She achieved her greatest success as a pop and yé-yé singer in France in the 1960s. Taïeb arrived in France from Tunisia with her parents at age eight. She began composing songs with her guitar at 12 and in 1966 was discovered by a talent scout while Taïeb was singing with friends. After arriving in Paris, she was signed to Impact Records and released the song “7 heures du matin” in 1967, which became her biggest French hit. She was subsequently voted Best Newcomer at the inaugural Midem music festival in Cannes for the song. The song was about a bored teenage girl who doesn’t wish to go to school that day and fantasizes about rock and roll stars such as The Who and Paul McCartney. In the early 1970s, Taïeb took a break from recording. In 1988, she penned the song “Ready to Follow You”, which became an international hit for American singer Dana Dawson. The single sold more than 500,000 copies, and the album sold 300,000 in France alone.]

11:28

18. Miley Cyrus — “Twinkle Song”
from: Saturday Night Live / October 6, 2015
[Originally recorded for her 5th studio album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, which was independently released on SoundCloud on August 30, 2015. Opting for an album relying less on computerized elements than her previous release, Bangerz (2013), Cyrus began planning the project in 2013 before Bangerz was released. Work continued into 2014 and 2015, when she befriended and began collaborating with the Flaming Lips. Without previous promotion, Cyrus announced that Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz was available for free online streaming when she hosted the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, released independently. Cyrus has promoted the album with music videos for “Dooo It!”, “Lighter” and “BB Talk”, performances of “Karen Don’t Be Sad” and “Twinkle Song” when she hosted Saturday Night Live, and the Milky Milky Milk Tour in November and December 2015. Miley Ray Cyrus was born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992. She is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After playing minor roles in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish in her childhood, she became a teen idol starring as the character Miley Stewart on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana in 2006. Her father Billy Ray Cyrus also starred on the series, which aired for four seasons until 2011. Cyrus has earned five number-one and eleven top-ten albums on the US Billboard 200, including releases credited as both herself and Hannah Montana.]

19. David Bowie — “Sorrow”
from: Pin Ups / RCA Records / October 19, 1973
[7th studio album by David Bowie, containing cover versions of songs. Pin Ups entered the UK chart on November 3 1973 the same day as Bryan Ferry’s covers album These Foolish Things and stayed there for 21 weeks, peaking at No. 1. According to co-producer Ken Scott, the LP was originally conceived as “a complete opposite of [Bowie’s] other albums”, consisting of all cover songs except one original composition, and mainly turned towards the US market since “he wanted to do songs that weren’t known as well in the States as they were in England”, yet eventually the plan was dropped. Pin Ups was the first of two “1960s nostalgia” albums that Bowie had planned to release. The second, which was planned to be called “Bowie-ing Out,” would have contained Bowie covering his favorite American artists, but was never recorded. Bowie also apparently considered making a Pin Ups sequel: he had compiled a list of songs he wanted to cover, some of which showed up on his later releases of Heathen (2002) and Reality (2003). In the album booklet, Bowie, writing in his own hand, describes Pin Ups as: “These songs are among my favorites from the ’64–67′ period of London. / Most of the groups were playing the Ricky-Ticky-Scene club circuit. / Some are still with us. / Pretty Things, Them, Yardbirds, Syd’s Pink Floyd, Mojos, Who, Easybeats, Merseys, The Kinks. / Love-on ya!”The woman on the cover with Bowie is 1960s supermodel Twiggy in a photograph taken by her then-manager Justin de Villeneuve. It was shot in Paris for Vogue magazine, but at Bowie’s request was used for the album instead. “Sorrow” was originally recorded by The Merseys.]

11:35 – Underwriting

20. Bert Kaempfert — “Wonderland By Night”
from: Wonderland By Night – Single / Decca Records / August 1960
[“Wonderland by Night” (German title “Wunderland bei Nacht”) is a popular song by Bert Kaempfert that was a Billboard #1 hit for 3 weeks, starting Jan 9, 1961. Written by Klaus-Günter Neumann with English lyrics by Lincoln Chase. It was Kaempfert’s 1st hit with his orchestra. The song featured Charly Tabor on trumpet. The original version of “Wonderland by Night” also crossed over to the R&B chart where it peaked at number five. Another cover, recorded and released by Louis Prima, also charted in the same year, reaching #15 on the Billboard charts. Anita Bryant’s version, which included orchestrations by Lew Douglas, reached #18 on the US Pop Chart. Berthold Heinrich Kämpfert, (Oct. 16, 1923-June 21, 1980), better known as Bert Kaempfert, was a German orchestra leader, music producer, arranger, & songwriter. He made easy listening and jazz-oriented records and wrote the music for a number of well-known songs, including “Strangers in the Night” and “Moon Over Naples”. Kaempfert’s own first hit with his orchestra had been in 1960, “Wonderland by Night”. Wonderland by Night, which was recorded in July 1959, couldn’t get a hearing in Germany. Instead, Kaempfert brought the track to Decca Records in New York, who released it in America in 1959 (or fall 1960); with its haunting solo trumpet, muted brass, and lush strings, the single topped the American pop charts and turned Bert Kaempfert and Orchestra into international stars. Over the next few years, he revived such pop tunes as “Tenderly”, “Red Roses for a Blue Lady”, “Three O’Clock in the Morning”, and “Bye Bye Blues”, as well as composing pieces of his own, including “Spanish Eyes (Moon Over Naples)”, “Danke Schoen”, and “Wooden Heart”, which were recorded by, respectively, Al Martino, Wayne Newton, and Elvis Presley. For Kaempfert, little may have brought him more personal satisfaction than Nat King Cole recording his “L-O-V-E”. As a producer, Kaempfert also played a part in the rise of The Beatles when he signed a Liverpool-based singer named Tony Sheridan, who was performing in Hamburg, and needed to recruit a band to play behind him on the proposed sides. He auditioned and signed the Beatles, and recorded two tracks with them during his sessions for Sheridan: “Ain’t She Sweet”, sung by rhythm guitarist John Lennon and the instrumental “Cry for a Shadow”, co-written by Lennon and lead guitarist George Harrison. Kaempfert’s recording of the Beatles, even as a backing band for Sheridan, provided an impetus to their subsequent success, even though none of the Kaempfert-recorded sides resembled the music for which they became famous. On October 28, 1961, a man walked into the music store owned by Brian Epstein to ask for a copy of “My Bonnie”, recorded by the Beatles (but, actually credited to Tony Sheridan). The store did not have it, but Epstein noted the request and was so intrigued by the idea of a Liverpool band getting a record of its own out, he personally followed up on it. This event led to his discovery of the Beatles and, through his effort, their signing by George Martin to Parlophone Records after getting clear of any contractual claim by Polydor. Jimi Hendrix included the melody of “Strangers in the Night” in his improvised guitar solo for his famous guitar-burning version of “Wild Thing” at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.]

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21. Janelle Monáe — “Make Me Feel”
from: Dirty Computer / Wondaland Arts Society – Bad Boy – Epic / April 27, 2018
[Janelle Monáe moved from Kansas City, Kansas to New York to study theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her original plan was to pursue a career on Broadway, but she soon changed her mind and returned to music. After moving to Atlanta, GA, where she met OutKast’s Big Boi, Monáe founded the Wondaland Arts Society with like-minded young artists and made appearances on Outcast’s Idlewild, where Janelle is featured on the songs “Call The Law” and “In Your Dreams”. In 2007, Monáe released her first solo work, titled Metropolis. A few months later she was signed to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ label, Bad Boy Records. Dirty Computer is the third studio album by Janelle Monáe. In October 2016, Monáe made her big screen acting debut in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight. Monáe also starred in the film Hidden Figures. While filming her two movie roles, Monáe remained active in music with features on Grimes’ “Venus Fly” from her Art Angels album and also the soundtrack for the Netflix series The Get Down with a song titled, “Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)”. She was also on the tracks “Isn’t This the World” and “Jalapeño” for the Hidden Figures soundtrack. In an interview with People, Monáe revealed that she was already working on her third studio album when she received the scripts for her two first acting roles; therefore, she put the album on hold. It was confirmed by Monae after “Make Me Feel” was released that Prince, with whom she collaborated on her preceding album, The Electric Lady, had worked on the single, as well as the entire album, before he passed away. This was confirmed after listeners noticed similarities between the single’s sound and the late musician’s work. Monae stated in an interview with BBC Radio 1: “Prince was actually working on the album with me before he passed on to another frequency, and helped me come up with some sounds. And I really miss him, you know, it’s hard for me to talk about him. But I do miss him, and his spirit will never leave me.” The synth groove in “Make Me Feel” was played at one of Prince’s parties years prior to its inclusion in the single, as confirmed by Prince’s DJ, Lenka Paris.]

22. Jimmie Spheeris – “Open Up”
from: Original Tap Dancing Kid / Columbia / 1973
[2nd studio album from Jimmie Spheeris (Nov. 5, 1949-July 4, 1984). He was an American singer-songwriter who released 4 albums in the 1970s on Columbia and Epic Records. He was of Greek descent. He was brother of film director & producer Penelope Spheeris, and cousin of musician Chris Spheeris and film director Costa Gavras. Jimmie (James) Spheeris was born in Phenix City, Alabama, to Juanita ‘Gypsy’ and Andrew Spheeris, who owned and operated a traveling carnival called the Majick Empire. These childhood years of colorful transience were a major influence on later work, as evidenced in songs such as “Lost in the Midway” and “Decatur Street,” among others. Spheeris had two sisters, Penelope and Linda, and a brother, Andy. After his father was murdered by a “belligerent carnival-goer,” Gypsy Spheeris moved the family to San Diego, CA. The family eventually settled in Venice, California. Gypsy Spheeris tended bar at an establishment on Main Street called The Circle. Spheeris moved to NYC in the late 1960s to pursue and develop his songwriting career. The liner notes on his debut album credit friend and fellow songwriter Richie Havens, who introduced Spheeris to Columbia Records executive Clive Davis. Davis signed Spheeris to a 4 album recording contract and his debut album was released on Columbia. Spheeris’ 1971 debut album, Isle of View, garnered a devoted following and FM radio airplay, notably for the song “I am the Mercury.” His 1973 album, The Original Tap Dancing Kid, was followed by a period of extensive concert touring. Spheeris returned to the recording studio in 1975 with The Dragon is Dancing and released Ports of the Heart in 1976. After Ports of the Heart, Spheeris had no recording contract. Except for a 1980 single, “Hold Tight,” Spheeris released no new material through a major record label. Spheeris died at the age of 34 in Santa Monica, CA, when his motorcycle collided with a van at 2 a.m. on the morning of July 4, 1984. The driver of the van, Bruce Burnside, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and felony vehicular manslaughter.[5] Hours before his death, Spheeris finished the self-titled album, Spheeris, which was produced by Paul Delph. This final album was not publicly released for 16 years. Delph would later record two of Spheeris’ songs for his final album A God That Can Dance.

11:47 – Original Spoken Word Piece by Nico Gray about his father Terry Edward Gray, 84, who passed away on March 7, 2018 in Harrisonville, Missouri, surrounded by his family.

11:57

23. Sinéad O’Connor — “Kyrié Eléison”
from: Faith and Courage / Atlantic / June 13, 2000
[5th full-length album by Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor. It was O’Connor’s first release in three years, her previous album being the greatest hits package So Far… The Best of Sinéad O’Connor in 1997, plus it was her first studio album in six years. O’Connor composed a majority of the tracks on Faith and Courage and production duties were shared by a variety of artists including Wyclef Jean, David A. Stewart, Brian Eno, Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, Anne Preven and Scott Cutler among others. The album sold 1,000,000 copies worldwide and was certified gold in Australia in 2000. As of 2014, sales in the United States have exceeded 219,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Magda Davitt was born Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor December 8, 1966. She rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. As Sinéad O’Connor, she achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Since then, while maintaining her singing career, she has occasionally encountered controversy, partly due to her statements and gestures—such as her ordination as a priest despite being a woman with a Roman Catholic background—and her strongly expressed views on organised religion, women’s rights, war, and child abuse. In addition to her ten solo albums, her work includes many singles, songs for films, collaborations with many other artists, and appearances at charity fundraising concerts. In 2017, O’Connor said that she had changed her legal name to Magda Davitt.]

24. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[WMM Closing Theme]

Nico Gray thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

Next week, on April 4 Austin Williams and his band Ten Thousand One join us live in our 90.1 FM studios. Also the band Olivia Fox will join us to share their new music, and Artist Ryan Wilks joins us to share the latest news about his new exhibit, Here Where You Wish, an immersive public installation coming to the Kansas City Public Library, at 14 West 10th Street, First Friday, April 6, 2018.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tributes to Iris DeMent & David Bowie
+ Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen of The Band That Fell To Earth

In our 1st hour, we celebrated the birthday of Iris DeMent, born January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, Arkansas. She was the youngest of 14 children. At the age of 3, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music. During her teenage years, Iris was exposed to country, folk, & R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, & Joni Mitchell.

Iris moved to the midwest and after a series of jobs as a waitress and typist, she wrote her first song at the age of 25. She moved to Kansas City and played Harling’s Upstairs and open-mic nights alongside Scott Hrabko and Howard Iceberg. Iris met producer Jim Rooney in Nashville, in 1988, who helped her land a record contract.

Iris Dement made her recording debut in 1992, with her independently produced album, “Infamous Angel.” The record won critical acclaim and John Prine mentioned Iris in his list of favorite recordings of the year published in Rolling Stone. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the word of mouth praise for Iris DeMent’s “Infamous Angel” earned her a deal with Warner Bros Records, which reissued “Infamous Angel” in 1993. We started the show with a song originally from that album called, “Let The Mystery Be” that was lovingly covered by her husband, the great folk singer songwriter – Greg Brown. “Let The Mystery Be” has also been covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, and it was the theme song for the second season of The Leftovers.

1. “Main Title Instrumental – It’s Showtime Folks”
from: Motion Picture Soundtrack to All That Jazz / Universal / Dec. 20, 1979 [WMM’s theme]

2. Greg Brown – “Let The Mystery Be”
from: Freak Flag / Yep Roc / May 10, 2011
[Iris Dement’s song “Let The Mystery Be” from her debut Infamous Angel, from 1992. This song was covered by David Bryne, 10,000 Maniacs, Bun E. Carlos, and many others, it also became the theme song for the 2nd season of The Leftovers.While Greg Brown was recording this album, lighting hit the studio where Greg Brown he was recording songs for his 24th album: Freak Flag, the title track was all that remained of the lost original album. Greg wrote ten new songs, recording them at Memphis, Tennessee’s legendary Ardent Studios. Produced by Bo Ramsey, the album also includes a cover of Pieta Brown’s song ”Remember the Sun.”]

Full disclosure, I love Iris DeMent. I’ve seen her live, in-concert, over 8 times. I met Iris DeMent when I was working at Kinkos at 39th & Rainbow in 1992. Iris came in to copy press clippings, she was in the process of releasing her debut album. I wasn’t familiar with her music until I saw her on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 1995, where she performed her song, “My Life.” I was blown away. I had video-taped the show, and I would replay that song for everyone that came to visit. I wanted everyone to know about Iris DeMent.

I ran into Iris at Classic Cup in Westport. By this point I had become a big fan of her music and I was sort of star stuck, but she approached me and asked, “How do I know you?” Our friendship was able to continue because we shared a mutual friend named Anne Winter, who invited me to a holiday party in Iris Dement’s River Market condo where we sang old fashioned hymns, with members of The Wilders. Anne Winter had become a close friend of Iris and even went out “on the road” with her at one point. Because of Anne, I stage managed a show at the Uptown Theatre with Michael Moore, Iris deMent and the Wilders all performing. Anne Winter also helped arranged for Iris to play one of our Big Bang Buffet shows in 1999 at The Hobbs Building. In 2002 Iris agreed to do a benefit show for Friends of Community Radio. At this point she was living in Coleman Heights in Kansas City and invited Linda Wilson and I to a home-cooked meal at her house, to talk aver the details of the show. In 2004 Iris and Greg Brown performed together in a show with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” to raise over $10,000.00 for KKFI. Iris never took a penny from any of these shows, and has always been such a generous supporter of 90.1 FM. She recognized as a singer songwriter how important community radio is for independent artists like herself, and she has always given back, to help keep this radio station alive. Because of Iris DeMent’s generosity, and in honor of our dear friend Anne Winter, who we lost in 2009, I vowed to pay tribute to iris on her birthday, each year, with this radio show.

3. Iris DeMent – “My Life”
from: My Life / Warner Brothers / 1994

10:12 – Influences of Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent represents that place in the road, where Country and Folk music merged with honest stories, of working class people, not afraid to tell the truth about the times they are living through. Iris DeMent grew up singing gospel music, but in her teenage years, she discovered other music through the radio: country, folk, and R&B, and the music of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

4. Loretta Lynn – “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man”
from: Legends of Country Music / Columbis Legacy / 1997
[Live performance for Austin City Limits taped in 1983. Loretta Webb was the second of 8 children; grew up in Butcher Holler, a section of Van Lear, a mining community in Kentucky. Growing up with such humble roots had a huge effect on Lynn’s life and heavily influenced her music as an adult. Her autobiography describes how, during her childhood, the community had no motor vehicles, paved roads, or flush toilets. She married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, known as “Doo,” on Jan. 10, 1948, at age 13. In an effort to break free of the coal mining industry, at 14, Lynn moved to the logging community Custer, Washington, with her husband. The Lynns had 4 children – Betty Sue, Jack Benny, Cissy and Ernest Ray – by the time Loretta was 18, and in her early 20s she then had twin girls, Peggy & Patsy. No stranger to controversy, Loretta Lynn possibly had more banned songs than any other country music artist, prior to The Dixie Chicks, including “Rated X,” about the double standards divorced women face, “Wings Upon Your Horns,” about the loss of teenage virginity, and “The Pill,” lyrics by T. D. Bayless, about a wife and mother becoming liberated via the birth control pill. Her song “Dear Uncle Sam,” released in 1966 during the Vietnam War, describes a wife’s anguish at the loss of a husband to war. It has been included in live performances during the US – Iraq War.]

5. Merle Haggard – “Workin’ Man Blues”
from: Oh Boy Classic Presents Merle Haggard / Oh Boy Records / 2000
[Originally released in 1969, a tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man. Backed by an electric guitar that typified Haggard’s signature Bakersfield Sound, he fills the role of one of those workers expressing pride in values of hard work and sacrifice, despite the resulting fatigue and the stress of raising a large family. Included on Haggard’s 1969 album “A Portrait of Merle Haggard.” Included in this collection on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.]

6. Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
from: 16 Biggets Hits / Columbia Legacy / 2007
[co-written by June Carter (wife of Johnny Cash) and Merle Kilgore. The song was recorded on March 25, 1963 and became the biggest hit of his career, staying at #1 on the charts for 7 weeks. “Ring of Fire” refers to falling in love – which is what June Carter was experiencing with Johnny Cash at the time. Some sources claim that June had seen the phrase, “Love is like a burning ring of fire,” underlined in one of her uncle A. P. Carter’s Elizabethan books of poetry. She worked with Kilgore on writing a song inspired by this phrase as she had seen her uncle do in the past. In the 2005 film, Walk the Line June is depicted as writing the song while agonizing over her feelings for Cash despite his drug addiction and alcoholism as she was driving home one evening. She had written: “There is no way to be in that kind of hell, no way to extinguish a flame that burns, burns, burns”. Cash claims he had a dream where he heard the song accompanied by “Mexican horns”. Four years after the song was released, Carter and Cash were married which Cash states helped to stop his alcohol and drug addictions. Cash’s daughter, Rosanne has stated, “The song is about the transformative power of love and that’s what it has always meant to me and that’s what it will always mean to the Cash children.]

7. Bob Dylan – “I Shall Be Released”
from: The Essential Bob Dylan / Columbia – Sony / 2000 [Originally recorded October, 1971. ]

8. Joni Mitchell – “For The Roses”
from: For The Roses / Asylumn / 1972
[Released between her 2 biggest commercial and critical successes – “Blue” and “Court & Spark”. In 2007 it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. “For the Roses” was Mitchell’s farewell to the business; she took an extended break for a year after. The album was critically acclaimed with The New York Times saying “Each of Mitchell’s songs on For the Roses is a gem glistening with her elegant way with language, her pointed splashes of irony & her perfect shaping of images. Never does Mitchell voice a thought or feeling commonly. She’s a songwriter and singer of genius who can’t help but make us feel we are not alone.” A nude photograph of Joni Mitchell was included on the inside cover of the original LP and is included in the CD booklet. The photograph shows the singer from the rear & was taken from a considerable distance; she is shown standing on a rock and staring out at the ocean. This created some controversy at the time.]

10:26 – Underwriting

10:28 – Collaborations with Iris Dement

9. Nanci Griffith w/Iris & Emmylou – “Are You Tired of Me Darling”
from: Other Voices Other Rooms / Elektra / 1993
[High Harmony – Iris / Low Harmony – Emmylou Harris] [Nanci Griffith’s 10th album. Here she pays homage to other songwriters who have influenced her own career.]

10. John Prine w/ Iris Dement – “We’re Not The Jet Set”
from: In Spite Of Ourselves / Oh Boy / 1999
[In 1968 country superstar George Jones witnessed a fight between Tammy Wynette and her husband Don Chapel. At Jones’s urging, Wynette and her daughters drove away with him. Wynette and Jones married Feb. 16, 1969, and Wynette’s 4th daughter, Georgette, was born in 1970. Jones and Wynette, were nicknamed the “President and First Lady” of country music, and they recorded a string of hit duets that seemed drawn directly from their volatile relationship, which resulted in their divorcing in 1975. Their classic recordings included “Two Story House,” “Golden Ring,” and the humorous “(We’re Not) The Jet Set.” ]

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Iris DeMent’s first three releases, all on Warner Brothers records, were critically acclaimed, and she received two Grammy nominations during this time, in the “Folk Music” category. Meanwhile country radio completely overlooked her original songs, and amazing voice, that has been compared to Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. For her 1992 debut record John Prine wrote the liner notes. [Read the liner notes from John Prine]

“One night after receiving a copy of “Let the Mystery Be,” I was listening to the tape while frying a dozen or so pork chops in a skillet. Well Iris DeMent starts singing about “Mama’s Opry,” and being the sentimental fellow I am, I got a lump in my throat and a tear fell from my eyes into the hot oil. Well the oil popped out and burnt my arm as if the pork chops were trying to say, “Shut up, or I’ll really give you something to cry about.” Of course, pork chops can’t talk. But Iris DeMent’s songs can. They talk about isolated memories of life, love and living. And Iris has a voice I like a whole lot, like one you’ve heard before— but not really. So listen to this music, this Iris DeMent. It’s good for you. And if pork chops could talk, they’d probably learn how to sing one of her songs. Then we’d all have something to cry about.” – John Prine, Songwriter, musician & president Oh Boy! Records”

11. Iris DeMent – “Infamous Angel”
from: Infamous Angel / Warner Brothers / 1992 / 1993
[Debut studio album. In 1995, her song “Our Town” was played in the closing moments of the last episode of CBS TV series Northern Exposure. “Let the Mystery Be” became theme for the 2nd season of The Leftovers.]

10:40 – Greg Brown

Iris followed up her debut record with the autobiographical, “My Life,” released in 1994 and quickly followed with her third Warner Brother’s release, “The Way I Should,” released in 1996, which contains some of Iris DeMent’s most political songs.

In the 2002 Iris DeMent did a benefit concert for The Friends of Community Radio at Unity Temple on The Plaza. I remember when Iris asked us if it was okay that she have a musician friend open the concert for her, we agreed because Iris was donated her talent to the cause of community radio. And then she told us that this musician friend was Greg Brown, who at this point was know all over the country, but had never before played KC.

Later that year, on November 21, 2002 Greg married Iris DeMent in a private ceremony in the office of Rev. Sam Mann of St. Mark Church in East KC.

Grammy Nominated Greg Brown is one of the most respected singer songwriters working in music today. He started singing professionally at the age of 18 organizing early folk concerts in New York City, Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. In the 1980s, he worked and toured extensively as musical director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program. He also founded his own record label, named Red House Records after a home in which he lived in Iowa. Greg Brown has released over 30 recordings and has allowed much of his music to be used to raise funds and awareness for environmental and social causes. His songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Iris DeMent and Joan Baez.

12. Greg Brown w/Iris -“Jacob’s Ladder”
from: Honey in The Lion’s Head / Trailer / 2003

13. Greg Brown – “Bucket”
from: Evening Call / Red House / 2006
[The Washington Post writes, “The singer-songwriter from Iowa has a baritone as rough and chunky as Thanksgiving gravy with the turkey bits still in, and that’s just how his words drip out on his album, “The Evening Call.” on “Whippoorwill” he sing as sweetly as his lover down in KC. That’s his wife, Iris DeMent, and on “Joy Tears,” he tells her, “When you start your singing, honey, the heavens open up with grace.”]

10:51

In 2015 Iris DeMent released her 6th album, with national acclaim, and a #5 spot on WMM’s 115 Best Recordings of 2015. The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems. Iris recorded the album with co-producer Richard Bennett in her living room over a five-day period. The project also fulfilled a long yearned-for desire to connect with her adopted daughter’s culture and history. Iris and her husband Greg Brown adopted their daughter from Siberia in 2005, when she was 6, and Iris says ”I’d never have made this record were it not for her.”

14. Iris DeMent – “Listening to Singing”
from: The Trackless Woods / FlariElla / August 7, 2015 [6th album from Grammy nominated Iris DeMent who NPR said was ”one of the great voices in contemporary popular music.” The Trackless Woods sets 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Hailed as one of Russia’s finest poets, Akhmatova survived the Bolshevik Revolution, both World Wars and Stalin. She lost family, friends & fellow writers to political killings and labor in the gulags. When Iris randomly stumbled upon Akhmatova’s work in a book of poetry a friend sent as a gift, she was immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems, juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity. ”Anna’s gift of song is so strong, about alI I had to do was get really quiet and listen,” says Iris. After reading that first poem the melodies began pouring out of her, and before she even fully understood what was driving her, Iris was gathering musicians & friends, including co-producer Richard Bennett (Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Steve Earle), to record ‘The Trackless Woods’ in her living room over a 5-days. The result is a pairing of piano and voice in Iris’ style with timeless melodies that are rooted in the American South.]

In his review for WHYY’s Fresh Air, Entertainment Weekly Music Editor – Ken Tucker wrote: “Iris DeMent possesses one of the great voices in contemporary popular music: powerfully, ringingly clear, capable of both heartbreaking fragility and blow-your-ears-back power. Had she been making country albums in the ’70s and ’80s and had more commercial ambition, she’d probably now be considered right up there with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Instead, she’s lived a contemporary life, a somewhat private life. As she recently told an interviewer, “There’s a lot that goes into life besides songwriting.” And she’s taken her time in composing songs that fit into no genre easily.”

Iris released her 5th album, “Sing The Delta” in 2012, to glowing reviews from the UK publication UNcut, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and was #1 on WMM’s 112 Best Recordings of 2012. And Because we have lost so many great folks in 2016, I find it fitting to end this hour long tribute with “Go On Ahead and Go Home” from Iris DeMent’s album, Sing the Delta. Happy Birthday Iris DeMent. We love you!

15. Iris DeMent – “Go on Ahead and Go Home”
from: Sing The Delta / Flariella / Oct. 2, 2012
[Her first full-length release of original songs since 1996. Iris was our special guest on our Oct 10, WMM.]

11:00 – Station ID

Wednesday MidDay Medley Celebrates Bowie

16. Nico Gray’s Bowie Story – “Thank you Bowie!”
recorded by Nico Gray, Sunday, February 28, 2016

17. James Murphy – “Golden Years”
rom: While We’re Young (Original Soundtrack) / Power Elite / March 23, 2015
[Born February 4, 1970. James Murphy is a musician, producer, DJ, and co-founder of record label DFA Records. His most well-known musical project is LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy was influenced by Bowie and remixed songs for Bowie’s The Next Day Extras, and is credited as a percussionist on Bowie’s Backstar.] [“Golden Years” was written and recorded by David Bowie in 1975, and originally released in a shortened form as a single in November 1975, and in its full-length version in January the following year on, Station to Station. It was the first track completed during the Station to Station sessions, a period when Bowie’s cocaine addiction was at its peak. “Golden Years” was more similar in style to the Young Americans funk/soul material from earlier in 1975 than the rest of Station to Station, that foreshadowed the Kraftwerk-influenced Euro-centric and electronic music that Bowie would move into with his ‘Berlin Trilogy’.]

David Bowie seemed to be from another world. I thought he was immortal. His art kept coming. His influence so vast. He was a guide. So much of my journey, as a queer kid finding my way in the world, was influenced by Bowie.

David Bowie was born January 8, 1947. In school he studied art, music, and design before embarking on a music career in 1963. Over a span of 5 decades, he sold over 140 million records and released 27 studio albums, if count Tin Machine, which you should. His career is notable for his reinvention, his pushing of the boundaries of gender, art and music. He was the first to create a concert tour that was a big as a broadway touring show. He was also an actor in many influencial films including: The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Hunger, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Basquiat, and 20 other films. He also played John Merrick in The Elephant Man on Broadway. He influenced multiple generations with his music, films, music videos, and concert tours.

Bowie was a gateway to other discoveries: The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, T-Rex, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, Glam Rock, Electronica, Brian Eno, William S. Burroughs, Kraftwerk, Mick Ronson, Tony Visconti, Klaus Nomi, Bauhaus, Gender Expression, and much more.

A year ago on January 10, 2016, two days after he released his 25th solo album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday, David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman. David Bowie’s death sent shock waves of grief across the world.

For his song, “Sweet Thing,” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ “cut-up style” of writing. Sweet Thing was from Diamond Dogs, Bowie’s 8th album, released May 24, 1974.

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18. Joan As Police Woman – “Sweet Thing”
from: Real Life (B Sides) – EP / Cheap Lullaby Records / June 12, 2007
[Extra tracks from the solo debut recording of Joan Wasser, born July 26, 1970, known by her stage name, Joan As Police Woman. She is an American musician and singer-songwriter. She began her career playing violin with the Dambuilders. Throughout her career, she has regularly collaborated with other artists as a writer, performer and arranger. Kansas City artist Krystle Warren has toured around the world with her.] [“Sweet Thing” or “Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)” is a suite of songs written by David Bowie for the album Diamond Dogs. Recorded in January 1974, the piece comprises the songs “Sweet Thing” and “Candidate” and a one-verse reprise of “Sweet Thing.” In the opening line, “Sweet Thing” contains the lowest note Bowie had recorded in a studio album (C2) until “I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spacecraft” for the album “Heathen” (2002), where he growled the word “Well” (G1) towards the end of the song. Diamond Dogs was the 8th studio album from Bowie, was released May 24, 1974, after the ‘retirement’ of Bowies’s Ziggy Stardust, character. Diamond Dogs featured a new lead character named Halloween Jack, “a real cool cat,” who lives in the decaying “Hunger City”. Bowie, however, still wore the Ziggy haircut on the cover of Diamond Dogs, and the first single, “Rebel Rebel” continues his glam rock sound. However, with the rest of the album, music writers noticed a new Bowie. For his song “Sweet Thing” / “Candidate”/ “Sweet Thing (Reprise)” Bowie first used the William S. Burroughs’ cut-up style of writing. The song “1984” reflected the “plastic soul” sound of Bowie’s next release, Young Americans, from 1975. The Diamond Dogs Tour of 1974 was one of the first huge Rock and Roll, bus and truck tours. Bowie produced the show with a giant set, like a big Broadway production.]

11:10

David Bowie’s song ”Lazarus” was released on December 17, 2015, making it the second single from his twenty-fifth studio album “Blackstar”, as well as his last single released before his death on January 10, 2016. The track is used in Bowie’s off-Broadway musical of the same name. “Lazarus” was Bowie’s first top 40 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100 in more than 28 years. According to Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti, the lyrics and video of “Lazarus” were intended to be a self-epitaph, a commentary on Bowie’s own impending death. In November 2015 during the week of shooting for the Lazarus video, doctors reportedly informed Bowie the cancer was terminal and that they were ending treatment. The video features Bowie, appearing with a bandage and buttons sewn over his eyes, lying on a deathbed and finishes with Bowie retreating into a dark wardrobe. In the scenes featuring the wardrobe, Bowie is wearing a diagonally striped suit referencing the back cover of the 1991 CD reissue of the Station to Station album, where he is pictured sitting on the floor drawing the kabbalistic Tree of Life.

11:11

19. David Bowie – “Lazarus”
from: Blackstar / ISO Records – Columbia / January 8, 2016
[Lazarus features David Bowie on vocals, acoustic guitar, and Fender guitar; Donny McCaslin on saxophone, flute, and woodwind; Jason Linder on piano, Wurlitzer organ and keyboards; Tim Lefebvre on bass; Mark Guiliana on drums. McCaslin and the rest of the jazz group recorded their parts in the studio over a period of about one week a month from January to March 2015, and until later in recording were unaware of Bowie’s declining health. The song “Lazarus” is part of Bowie’s Off-Broadway musical of the same name. The album has received universal critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the number one spot in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie’s death and becoming his first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S. Blackstar is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by musician, writer, actor, chameleon, David Bowie. It is the 27th when you count the Tin Machine records, which you should. The album was released worldwide on January 8, 2016, on Bowie’s 69th birthday, and just two days later David Robert Jones passed away at home surrounded by his wife Iman, and his son Duncan Jones from his marriage to Angela Bowie, and daughter Alexandria from his marriage to Iman.]

[The Band Who Fell To Earth – A Tribute to David Bowie, is Saturday, January 6, at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Main St.]

Katy Guillen & Michelle Bacon of The Band that Fell To Earth, on the January 3, 2018 edition o f Wednesday MidDay Medley on KKFI 90.1 FM.

10:18 – Interview with Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen

Multi talented, musician and writer, Michelle Bacon, is Content Writer at 90.9 The Bridge, where she helps to shine a light on area musicians and events. Michelle Bacon works as a freelance writer and has written for The Kansas City Star, The Deli Magazine KC, and Folk Alliance International. Michelle Bacon plays drums and sings harmony vocals with Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds. She also plays with Heidi Lynne Gluck. Last year she also performed and recorded music with, Erica Joy, The Blackbird Revue, John L. Johnson, and Nathan Corsi.

Michelle Bacon is the producer and organizer of The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Harmony Project KC, a music education and mentorship program for children in underserved communities in KCMO

Michelle Bacon, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

Katy Guillen is known as one of Kansas City premiere musicians and the lead singer and guitarist for the critically acclaimed blues influenced roots rock trio, Katy Guilen and the Girls, formed in September of 2012. On November 11 Katy Guillen and The Girls released their newest full length release, “Remember What You Knew Before.” a collection of reworked songs from the 2012 album Katy & Go-Go, the 2014 Katy & The Girls debut album, and from theoir 2016 “Heavy Days” with one new song.

Katy Guillen, thank you for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley.

The band was curated by musician/writer Michelle Bacon to pay homage to the groundbreaking artist while showcasing talent across Kansas City’s vast musical spectrum.
The thir annual With Bowie’s untimely passing only three weeks before the inaugural concert, the event garnered an attendance of more than 800 at the Uptown Theater, and generated press from KCPT, The Kansas City Star and various radio stations, along with high demand for an annual show.

Core members:

Alex Alexander – guitar
Michelle Bacon – bass
Nathan Corsi – vocals/guitar
Kyle Dahlquist – keys
Katy Guillen – guitar
Steve Tulipana – vocals
Stephanie Williams – drums

2017-18 auxiliary members:

Christine Broxterman – cello
Havilah Bruders – backing vocals
Betse Ellis – violin (2016-18)
Camry Ivory – backing vocals
Matt Ronan – percussion
Rich Wheeler – saxophone (2016-18)

10:26

20. David Bowie – “Boys Keep Swinging”
from: Lodger / RCA / May 18, 1979
[Written by David Bowie. It was released as a single from the album Lodger on April 27, 1979. During the Lodger recording sessions, Bowie had wanted to capture a garage band style for the track, and agreed with Brian Eno that the best way to achieve this sound was to get the band to swap instruments after this was ‘suggested’ by Eno’s deck of ‘Oblique Strategies’ cards which supplied the suggestion “Reverse Roles”. Guitarist Carlos Alomar played drums and drummer Dennis Davis played bass. RCA decided against releasing the single in the US, choosing “Look Back in Anger” instead. Bowie performed the track with a puppet body special effect on Saturday Night Live on December 15, 1979, joined by Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias as backing singers. During the broadcast NBC censors muted the lines “life’s a pop o’the cherry” and “other boys check you out”, but failed to notice the puppet’s bouncing phallus at the close of the song. It was performed only during one tour, the 1995 Outside Tour. Interviewed in 2000, Bowie said the following about the song: “I do not feel that there is anything remotely glorious about being either male or female. I was merely playing on the idea of the colonization of gender.”]

10:29

We are talking with Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen about The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:00 PM, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Harmony Project KC, a music education and mentorship program for children in underserved communities in KCMO

Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen, thanks for being with us on Wednesday MidDay Medley

“Bowie is a reminder that art and music and life are about adaptation, change and exploration,” said Steve Tulipana, one of the group’s lead vocalists.

Production crew:
American Sign Language interpretation: E. Peige Turner
Video projections: Steve Gardels (XO Blackwater)
Sound engineer: Mark “Buzz” Collins
Lighting: Canyon McClung

Last year, on the second annual show on January 7, 2017, at recordBar, the sold-out raised nearly $1000 that was donated to the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

10:35

Michelle Bacon & Katy Guillen thanks for being with us on Wednesay MidDay Medley

The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie 2017, Saturday, January 6, at doors open at 8:00, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO.

10:37

21. David Bowie – “John, I’m Only Dancing”
from: John. I’m Only Dancing – Single / RCA / April , 1973 (sax version)
[“John, I’m Only Dancing” is a single by David Bowie, released in two versions — entirely different recordings, but carrying the same catalogue number — in September 1972 and April 1973. Bowie later re-worked the song into the disco-influenced “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again),” recorded in 1974, but unreleased until 1979. The song is widely believed to be concerned with a gay relationship, the narrator informing his boyfriend not to worry about the girl he’s with because he’s “only dancing” with her. Bowie had been ‘out’ as bisexual since an interview with Melody Maker in January 1972, and the subject matter did not affect the single’s radio airplay in the UK, where it and the earlier “Starman” became his first back-to-back hits. However, the original video directed by Mick Rock, featuring androgynous dancers from Lindsay Kemp’s mime troupe, was banned by Top of the Pops. The single was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA and did not officially appear stateside until it was finally issued on the compilation Changesonebowie in 1976. While the hook (“John, I’m only dancing / She turns me on / But I’m only dancing”) has long been considered a gay tease, author Nicholas Pegg asserts that the song’s narrator “could just as easily be a straight man reassuring the girl’s lover”. Alternatively, it has been suggested that Bowie wrote the song in response to a derogatory comment made by John Lennon about Bowie’s cross-dressing. Musically in a light R&B style, the track was recorded on June 26, 1972, released as a single, and then re-recorded on January 20, 1973 during the Aladdin Sane sessions, in a slightly different arrangement featuring Ken Fordham on saxophone. Often called the “sax version”, the second recording was issued as a single in April 1973 with exactly the same catalogue number as the first release, causing difficulties for collectors. Generally held to be superior to the original cut, the sax reworking also appeared on early pressings of Changesonebowie before it was replaced with the original single version. In 1974, a completely reworked funk-influenced version was recorded as “John, I’m Only Dancing (Again)”, made during the sessions for the album Young Americans. Released in December 1979, the re-recording featured a much more funk-influenced take on the track, and has some similarities with the song “Stay” recorded for the Station to Station album in 1976. Originally running at 6:57, the track was cut for a 7″ single release, but the full version was issued on 12″ vinyl – the first Bowie single to have a regular 12″ release in the UK. For the B-side, the original version of “John, I’m Only Dancing” was remixed. After the relative disappointment of the singles from Lodger on the charts, the single gave Bowie some greater degree of mainstream exposure during a period when his work was increasingly being perceived as esoteric and experimental. The long 12″ version was included as a bonus track on the 1991 Rykodisk/EMI remaster CD of Young Americans, on the 2007 collectors edition of the album, and on The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979. The 7″ single version was not released on CD until 2016’s Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976).]

10:40

You are listening to Wednesday MidDay Medley’s Tribute to David Bowie on 90.1 FM. Our next story comes from our talented friend, singer, songwriter, Krystle Warren, who has worked with some of the musical artists we’ve played today, including Joan As Police Woman. Krystle sent us her story from France, where she now lives.

22. Krystle Warren’s Bowie Story – “Always be genuine in your expression”
recorded by Krystle Warren in Paris, February 2016

10:42

Our next story, about Bowie, comes from one of his biggest fans, Ben Grimes, founder of two influential KC bands: Soft Reeds and The Golden Republic. Ben Grimes now lives with his family in Los Angeles, where he recorded this story for us, along with sharing a special track, written by Bowie, from the 1977 album Low, of the Berlin Trilogy, and recorded by Ben’s band Soft Reeds.

23. Ben Grimes Bowie Story – “You are Never Stuck In One Thing”
recorded by Ben Grimes, Sunday, February 28, 2016

10:47

24. Soft Reeds – “Sound and Vision”
from: unreleased track recorded during the sessions for Soft Reeds album ‘Blank City’
[Blank City was Soft Reeds second album, released by The Record Machine on April 23, 2013. Produced at Element Recording with Joel Nanos. Soft Reeds is the brainchild of Ben Grimes (formerly of Astralwerks’ The Golden Republic), a Chicago native whose roots grip firmly in the ’77 Berlin sounds of Brian Eno, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, with Austin, TX native Josh Wiedenfeld on drums, Beckie Trost, a fellow Chicagoan and childhood friend of Grimes on bass, and KC native John Mitchell on guitar, saxophone, keys.]

10:52 – Underwriting

We end the show with one of my favorite Bowie songs, from one of my favorite Bowie albums, from 1971’s, Hunky Dory, here’s “Kooks.”

The Band That Fell To Earth: A Tribute to David Bowie, Saturday, January 6, at 8:00, at recordBar, 1520 Grand Blvd, KCMO.

For Wednesday MidDay Medley I’m Mark Manning. Thanks for listening!

25. David Bowie – “Kooks”
from: Hunky Dory / RCA / June 11, 2002
[“Kooks” is a song written by David Bowie, which appears on his 1971 album Hunky Dory. Bowie wrote this song to his newborn son Duncan Jones. The song was a pastiche of early 1970s Neil Young because Bowie was listening to a Neil Young record at home on 30 May 1971 when he got the news of the arrival of his son. British indie band The Kooks named themselves after the song. Hunky Dory is the fourth studio album by the English musician David Bowie, released on 17 December 1971 by RCA Records. It was his first release through RCA, which would be his label for the next decade. Hunky Dory has been described by AllMusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine as having “a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie’s sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class”. The album has received critical acclaim since its release, and is regarded as one of Bowie’s best works. Time chose it as part of their “100 best albums of all time” list in January 2010, with journalist Josh Tyrangiel praising Bowie’s “earthbound ambition to be a boho poet with prodigal style”. The style of the album cover, designed by George Underwood, was influenced by a Marlene Dietrich photo book that Bowie took with him to the photo shoot. With new bass player Trevor Bolder replacing Tony Visconti, Hunky Dory was the first production featuring all the members of the band that would become known the following year as Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders From Mars. Also debuting with Bowie, in Visconti’s place as producer, was another key contributor to the Ziggy phase, Ken Scott. The album’s sleeve would bear the credit “Produced by Ken Scott (assisted by the actor)”. The “actor” was Bowie himself, whose “pet conceit”, in the words of NME critics Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray, was “to think of himself as an actor”.]

31. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]
[WMM Closing Theme]

Next Week on Wednesday, Jan 10, we present: “Remembering MLK” to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929. We’ll play music from: The Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, Mahalia Jackson, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Tramaine Hawkins, Ella Mitchell, Billy Porter, Solomon Burke, Nina Simone, Pops Staples, Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, Thelonius Monk Septet, Pete Seeger, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Labelle, Darwin Hobbs & Karen Clark-Sheard, Bobby Watson & The I Have a Dream Project.

Our Script/Playlist is a “cut and paste” of information.
Sources for notes: artist’s websites, bios, wikipedia.org

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Show #715

WMM Playlist from May 2, 2012

Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Sexy Accident + Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats
+ Sangha Studios + The 2nd Annual Spring Dance

1. The Good Foot – “Bad Way”
from: Numeration / Bad Way (Split Single) 7″ Vinyl / Shipshape Records / Feb. 18, 2012
[7-piece, KC soul revue that is one of the most popular bands in the area. The band includes: Julia Haile, Adam Wagner, Tim Braun, Quentin Schmidt, David Conarroe, Nick Howell, and Nick Rowland. Known for their interpretations of the Motown & Stax songbook, as well as their own original compositions.]

[The Good Foot return to play The 2nd Annual Spring Dance at Crossroads KC at Grinders, Saturday, May 5, at 7:00 PM from Spice of Life Productions.]

2. The Hearts of Darkness – “Numeration”
from: Numeration / Bad Way (Split Single) 7″ Vinyl / Shipshape Records / Feb. 18, 2012

[The 15 piece ensemble includes: Les Izmore – Vox, Percussion; Brandy Gordon – Vox; Erica Townsend – Vox; Rachel Christia – Vox; Brad Williams – Drum Kit, Percussion; Sean Branagan – Kit, Percussion; Miko Spears – Congas; Pete Leibert – Bass Guitar; Richard Gumbel – Rhythm Guitar; Jolan Smith – Tenor Sax; Shawn Hansen – Alto Sax, Sam Hughes – Baritone Sax; Andrew Ford – Slide Trombone; Ken Walker – Valve Trombone; Bob Asher – Trumpet. The band blends American funk & soul, hip-hop & KC jazz big-band traditions into an afro beat-based foundation to create a huge sound.]

[The Hearts of Darkness return to play The 2nd Annual Spring Dance at Crossroads KC at Grinders, Saturday, May 5, at 7:00 PM from Spice of Life Productions.]

3. The Grisly Hand – “The Good Wife”
from: Safe House [EP] / Independent / November 2, 2010
[The Grisly Hand new EP Western Avenue was released February 1, 2012. The band is working on releasing a a new full-length this year.]

[The Grisly Hand play Merlefest at Knuckleheads, May 4.]

[The Grisly Hand play 2nd Annual Spring Dance at Crossroads KC at Grinders, Sat, May 5, at 7:00 PM from Spice of Life Productions. The Band also opens for the Royals & Boston Red Sox May 9 at 6:00.]

4. The Latenight Callers – “Wrecking Ball”
from: Easy Virtues / TLNC / 2012
[TLNC were originally formed in Lawrence by baritone guitarist, Krysztof Nemeth, and vocalist Julie Berndsen, With the addition of Guitarist Ellen O’Hayer, Bassist Gavin Mac, and Nick Combs on keyboards.]

[The Late Night Callers play The Riot Room, 4048 Broadway, Sat, May 12, 8:00pm w/ The Royalty.]

5. The Cave Girls – “I Said Wow!”
from: The Cave Girls / Cave Out Records / February 4, 2012
[Robin Campbell, Sara Teasley, and Stephanie Williams are The Cave Girls. Their debut Release was Produced by Pat Tomek at Largely Studios in Kansas City.]

[The Cave Girls play Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, Friday night at 8:30. night, February 4, at 9:30 at The Brick with special guests The I’ms and Thee Devotion.]

10:30 – Underwriting

10:31 – Interview w/ Jesse Kates & Camry Ivory from The Sexy Accident, and Zac Eubank

6. The Sexy Accident – “Under Summer Stars”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

10:35

Jesse Kates and Camry Ivory are part of the Kansas City based band, The Sexy Accident and their new full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader” was released on Record Store Day, April 21. This week the band released a new music video for their song “What We’d Do” directed, filmed, & edited by Zac Eubank of Aren’t We Clever Productions. You can download the track at music.sexyaccident.com. All of the song’s proceeds go to charity.

The band’s 4th full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader,” was released on April 21, and the band performed at Vinyl Renaissance on West 39th Street on Record Store Day

Jesse said that this was “the best thing that I, personally, have ever made (not counting my kids.”

Speaking of your kids, we played just a few moments of track 11, the title track.

7. The Sexy Accident – “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

10:38

Jesse’s son Toby sings lead vocals and wrote the song “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader”

The current The Sexy Accident includes: Jesse Kates, Daniel Torrence, Camry Ivory, and Michael Young.

Jesse wrote in his blog that this “whole thing started in March, 2010, when you wrote “I Guess I’ll Never Know” while driving home from a show in Columbia, MO.

The new release was produced, engineered and mixed in Kansas City and Seattle by Steve Fisk (Low, Unwound, Harvey Danger, Nirvana, The Wedding Present).

10:43

8. The Sexy Accident – “What We’d Do”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

10:47

This week the band released a new music video for their song “What We’d Do” directed, filmed, & edited by Zac Eubank of Aren’t We Clever Productions.

Zac Eubank joined us on the phone live from L.A.

Download the track at music.sexyaccident.com, all of the song’s proceeds go to charity.

Directed/Shot/Edited: Zac Eubank
Assistant Director: Becca Scott
Executive Producer: Dale Maxfield
Starring: Brittney L. Schmitz and Scott Lucas
Grips: Samuel Towns and Justin Volker
Production Assistant: Sam Eubank
Hair/Makeup: Jen Woodford
Special thanks to the Savoy Hotel and Dale Maxfield

Zac talked about his previous collaboration with The Sexy Accident.

Zac, talked us about his process, and how much time it requires for a short film.

Zac’s company is called: Aren’t We Clever Productions

Currently you can see Zac’s latest videos at thezaceubank.com

Through the whole process of making the record and playing live shows Camry has been going to school at UMKC, studying Higher Education Administration.

From thesexyaccident.com:

(Earlier in 2012, The Sexy Accident released the You’re Not Alone EP, which includes two gender-flipped renditiqns of the songs All Surface and I’m Just Trying to Help (Me Like You) from the band’s prior full-length, the critically-acclaimed Mantoloking, which “addresses the noticeable failings of leaders, family, friendship, and love” and “proffers raw lyrics and bitter memories with aching honesty”) (Present Magazine)

(In 2010, The Sexy Accident released the Now That She’s Gone EP, “a smart, catchy, fulfilling course” (The Pitch) that reveals “a self-contained world of cheating and leaving lovers”) (Erasing Clouds)

(Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader reverberates with intimacy and magical realism. In turns playful and sincere, the record encircles a wide thematic range: from youth, wine and women to marriage and fatherhood.)

10:51

9. The Sexy Accident – “Love Doesn’t Get Old”
from: Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader / Independent / April 21, 2012

The Sexy Accident’s new full length release, “Ninja Ninja Fight Darth Vader” os available through their website and a local independent record stores. The band’s new music video for their song “What We’d Do” is available for download at music.sexyaccident.com. All of the song’s proceeds go to charity.

10:56

10. Dream Wolf – “Futureman”
from: Learn To Survive / Independent / January 2011
[Christian Tady – Electric Guitar, Tess Jehle – Drums, Megan Zander – Vocals, Katelyn Boone – Keyboards, Brent Jamison – Bass.]

[Dream Wolf plays the Spring Invitational, Friday, May 4th, at The Riot Room on the outside stage at 9:15!!! The Spring Invitational is hosted by Recycled Rockstar Industries! Featuring the many bands including: New Lost Souls, Mr. History, Various Blonde, and New Riddim!]

11:00 – Station ID

11. She’s A Keeper – “Headless King”
from: Live From Midwestern / Independent / March 12, 2012
[All songs written by She’s A Keeper, 2012, Recorded live at the Midwestern Musical Co. in Kansas City, MO. (midwesternmusic.com) Engineered by Dave Guame, Matt Kesler, & Cody Wyoming. Mixed and mastered by Steve Phillips. Band photo by Emmett Merrill. Design by Eric Lindquist.]

[5-piece band from Kansas City, includes: Fritz Hutchison – vocals, banjo, percussion; Zac Jurden – vocals, guitar; Colin Nelson – vocals, guitar; Elliott Phillips – bass, mandolin; Kate Sopcich – cello, keyboard. She’s A Keeper has just recently recorded their first music video in promotion of a live EP recorded at Midwestern Musical Co. in KC. The band is currently working on a second full-length album that will be available in the summer of 2012.]

[She’s A Keeper plzy the early show Tuesday, May 8, at the recordBar, and they play The Granda in Lawrence with The Elders on May 19.]

12. Cadillac Fambe’ – “Long Black Train”
from: Eli’s Porch / Independent / July 29, 2011
[KC based band dedicated to pushing the envelope and blending various styles to create a new class of blues.]

[Cadillac Flambe’ plays The Phoenix at 302 W. 8th St., KCMO, on Saturday, May 5, 2012. ]

13. Howard Iceberg & The Titanics w/Sara Swenson – “Playing Hard To Forget”
from: Welcome Aboard! Vol. 1 / Independent / June 26, 2011
[This 7-CD set, includes over 100 new songs, featuring The Titanics: Gary Paredes on lead guitar, Dan Mesh on rhythm guitar, Scott Easterday on bass, Pat Tomek on drums. With contributions from over 70 local artists, who’ve joined in on Howard’s “never-ending recording project” conducted in Pat Tomek’s home studio.]

[Howard Iceberg & The Titanics plays First Friday at Midwestern Musical Co. Howard Iceberg also plays The Brick on May 24 with Sara Swenson & Friends, David George, Barclay Martin, and Rachel Pollock.]

14. Now Now Sleepyhead – “Saturday Spectacular”
from: …For Science / Independent / Oct. 6, 2011

[Now Now Sleepyhead play The Beaumont on May 11 w/ Maps for Travelers, The Atlantic, O Giant Man, Hidden Pictures, Honest Cowboy]

11:17 – Underwriting

11:18 – Interview with Jason Vivone

15. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – “Photograph”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / / May 4, 2012

11:22

Jason Vivone is the former Kansas City Blues Society’s International Blues Challenge solo winner. His band the Billy Bats were crowned KINGS OF THE ROOTS at the showdown at the Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri. In an annual event held by the Missouri Lottery and the Roots and BBQ fest, the Billy Bats beat out three other bands with their soulful, energetic live show.

Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats have a new album called “Lather Rinse Repeat.” and a CD Release show at Coda, Friday, May 4, at 8:00 PM. More info at billybats.com.

Jason was with us last November, not long after he had been in a car accident that injured his head, back, and neck. He was still recovering, then, and is still on the mend.

Last year Jason released his solo record “My Roaring Twenties.”

The Billy Bats are:
Jason Vivone (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harp, cigarbox guitar, diddley bow, piano)
Ben Hoppes (vocals, banjo, guitar)
Imani Glasgow (vocals, fiddle, percussion)
Jeremy Clark (bass) Matt Bustamante (vocals, drums)
Paula Crawford (vocals, guitar)

11:29

16. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – “The Nina, The Pinta, The Santa Maria”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / Independent / May 4, 2012

11:33

Jason Vivone wrote and produced the new record, engineered by Ryan Sweeney, Mixed and mastered by Willilam Saunders.

Jasone Vivone is the 2011 – King of the Roots winner and former Kansas City Blues Society’s IBC solo winner.

Jason talked about when he started writing songs and playing music, and how his Grandmother was his greatest musical influence.

11:37

17. Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats – “One Hot Mother”
from: Lather Rinse Repeat / Independent / May 4, 2012

Jason Vivone & The Billy Bats have a new album called “Lather Rinse Repeat.” and a CD Release show at Coda, Friday, May 4, at 8:00 PM. More info at billybats.com.

11:44

This next set featured music from new KC based, record company: Sangha Studios who will have an inaugural show at the recordBar on Friday, May 4, at 9:00 PM. with special guest Claire Adams and Host Vi Tran. More info: facebook.com/Sangha Studios.

18. Genessee – “Letter”
from: Genessee [EP] / Sangha Studios / May 4, 2012 [Jerod Rivers: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Kensey Russell: Bass, Vocals, Aaron White: Drums, Vocals, Spencer Sands: Guitar, Vocals]

[Genessee will be in concert on May 4th @ the recordBar. ]

19. Low Standards – “Again”
from: Low Standards / Sangha Studios / Sept. 13, 2011
[Jerod Rivers – Bass, Justin Scott – Guitar, Jerry Rapp – Vocals, Jim Ward – Drums, Spencer Sands – Guitar, Steve Owens – Keyboards.]

[Low Standards will be in concert on May 4th @ the recordBar. ]

20. Dr. Wizard – “Language Barrier”
from: Doctor Wizard [EP] / Sangha Studios / May 4, 2012
[Zach Raihl – Guitar/Vocals, Aaron Mohr – Bass, Cody Bump – Keyboard/Harmonica, Wade Hulse – Drums, Andrew Weir – Congas/Auxillary Percussion, Becca Ascarrunz – Vocals]

[Dr. Wizard will be in concert on May 4th @ the recordBar. ]

21. Noel Coward – “The Party’s Over Now”
from: Noel Coward in New York / drg / 2003 [orig. 1957]

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