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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 – 27 February 2014

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Hot Doggie by Colourbox
Go! by Tones On Tail
Moan Bloody Moan by Son Of Sam
Your Love Takes Me Higher by The Beloved
Wise Up! Sucker by Pop Will Eat Itself
More & Faster by KMFDM
Kool-Aid by Big Audio Dynamite II
This Corrosion by The Sisters Of Mercy
Higher Than The Sun by Primal Scream
Blissed by Jesus Jones

“My brightest star’s my inner light, let it guide me…”

I learned how to mix records in the production booth at WRFL by using two copies of the same 12″ single, getting them synched up, and crossfading between them. I thought I was pretty good, and tried doing it live on the air starting with my very first show, but man, I sucked.

However, I’d already been doing general format shows for a couple of years, and they were not mixed. I did non-mixed sets on The Beat Bash too, and that’s what we have here. Beatmixing only works when songs are about the same speed, or beats per minute. Sometimes I wanted to put songs together that varied wildly in speed, but told a story…maybe not in the literal sense, but certainly in tone and mood.

Hot Doggie was the first song in the very first promo for the show, back when Brian and Michelle were the hosts. Higher Than The Sun was frequently my first song when I would pick up early morning shifts (6am-8am) at the station during summer and/or winter breaks. Kool-Aid is a big shout-out to Brian F., and This Corrosion is for Ned and Kate (oh no, The Beat Bash has been Raggetted!).