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WRFL 88.1 FM Alumni Show, 16 October 2018

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Kerosene by Big Black
Just Too Bloody Stupid by Close Lobsters
Planet Of Sound by Pixies
Digital Meltdown by Pop Will Eat Itself
Ambition by Velvet Elvis
Misinformed by Overhead
Somewhere by Scissor Sisters
Faît Accompli (Single Version) by Curve
The Upstairs Room by The Cure
Pity For The Self by Poésie Noire
Control I’m Here by Nitzer Ebb
If You Want by Depeche Mode
This Boy’s In Love by The Presets
Hot Doggie by Colourbox
Give Me Back My Man by The B-52’s
The Big Sky by Kate Bush
Feurio! by Einstürzende Neubauten
Now, An Explosive New Movie by Severed Heads
Love’s Secret Domain by Coil
This Corrosion (Single Version) by The Sisters Of Mercy
You Often Forget (Benign) by Revolting Cocks
Rise by Public Image Limited
Academic by New Order
September Song by The Young Gods

“I was born in this town, lived here my whole life…”

During a recent trip to my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, I had the opportunity to go back on the air at WRFL 88.1 FM for an alumni show. Co-host Brian Manke joined me for two hours of classic college rock (with a few new things thrown in), and reminiscing about my time at the station.

(Full disclosure: I didn’t mention this on the air, but I was in the band Overhead. The song Misinformed was written by Brian Fifield and myself, recorded and self-released in 1995. Brian is singing lead.)


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The Beat Bash – 1 May 2014

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Mmm… Skyscraper I Love You by Underworld
Greater Reward by Severed Heads
She’s A Secretary by Celebrate The Nun
So Many People by Hubert Kah
Cha Cha Heels by Eartha Kit And Bronski Beat
I’m Raving by L.A. Style
Jacky by Marc Almond
Elevate by Crystal Trip
Pineapple Face by Revenge
Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop) by Q-Feel

“Become all-knowing, my beard so very long and flowing…”

I asked some friends to chime in with requests, and there’s a number of them here: Underworld, Severed Heads, Celebrate The Nun, L.A. Style, and Q-Feel. I’m always happy to take requests providing you understand the format.

The version of Greater Reward is my own re-edit, done several years ago with Tom Ellard’s blessing. Severed Heads is a very important group for me, to the point that I have the cover of Bulkhead tattooed on my arm.

Mmm… Skyscraper I Love You is dedicated to the one and only Skyscraper, Mr. Mark D. Hurte. The genderfuck drag he was doing in Lexington in the ’80s and ’90s would be right at home on RuPaul’s Drag Race today.

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The Beat Bash – 2 January 2014

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Lover Come Back To Me by Dead Or Alive
I Need A Man by Eurythmics
Kooler Than Jesus by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Fine Time by New Order
Get Real by Paul Rutherford
Behind The Wheel by Depeche Mode
Helter Skelter by Meat Beat Manifesto
Jetlag by Severed Heads
Freemason by Boxcar
Left To My Own Devices by Pet Shop Boys

“I was faced with a choice at a difficult age…”

And so we begin. The story of The Beat Bash runs parallel to my coming out, in that I had some inkling, but didn’t fully understand things until I got to college, where some slightly older and more experienced friends gave me guidance. My eyes (and ears) were opened to a whole new world, and I embraced it fully.

In this first episode I tried to sum up what The Beat Bash was really like. Dead Or Alive was (original co-host) Brian Parker’s favorite band, so they appeared in almost every show. New Order and Depeche Mode were the biggest names in alternative dance music at college radio, and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult was representative of the typical Wax Trax! Records sound. The Beat Bash is where I first heard Severed Heads and Meat Beat Manifesto, who became hugely influential on my own music (I have a Severed Heads tattoo on my left forearm). There’s also my beloved Pet Shop Boys, who were wildly successful everywhere in the world but the US, where they were beginning to move back underground.

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Severed Heads 1984-1994 – The 50 Pound Note Mix
(Original upload date 24 July 2006)

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Goodbye (50 Pound Note Mix)
Estrogen (50 Pound Note Mix)
All Saints Day (Razormaid! Mix)
Hot With Fleas (50 Pound Note Mix)
Propeller (50 Pound Note Mix)
Contempt (50 Pound Note Mix)
Greater Reward (50 Pound Note Mix)
Bad Times Four (50 Pound Note Mix)
Heart Of The Party (50 Pound Note Mix)
Dressed In Air (50 Pound Note Mix)

Severed Heads was Australia’s longest running electronic band when Tom Ellard pulled the plug in 2008. I was heavily influenced by their experimentation with tape loops, samples, and homemade electronics – I even have a tattoo of the Bulkhead album sleeve on my arm. These Razormaid-style re-edits were done by myself in 2000 with Tom’s blessing.

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Show #46 – Bacchanalia
(Original upload date 29 May 2006)

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Electromagnetic by Freeform Five
Shoes by Kelly
5 8 6 by La Fin De Tout
Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Pleasurefix 12″ Mix) by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess (12″ Mix) by Yello
And Then Finally by Fixmer/McCarthy
Terry Riley Disco (Max Tundra Remix) by Simon Bookish
Talk (Junkie XL Mix) by Coldplay
World In My Eyes (White Label) by Depeche Mode
Choose Evil by Severed Heads
Little Lies (White Label) by Fleetwood Mac
A Kick In The Teeth (White Label) by Fischerspooner
In A Lonely Place by C Bentley