Rest in peace, Marie Fredriksson: Roxette, “The Look” (1989)

(Above: If you didn't have this LP, someone that you know did.) Word is circulating this morning that Gun-Marie Fredriksson passed away yesterday at the age of only 61. Fredriksson had been battling a brain tumor. She, along with Per Gessle, were the forward faces of a band that you couldn't get away from hearing … Continue reading Rest in peace, Marie Fredriksson: Roxette, “The Look” (1989)

Songs of senior year: The Billboard Hot 100, September 21, 1985

(Above: The new sign in front of Andrew High. I never sped past this playing the "Miami Vice" theme.) September 21, 1985 is a Saturday - which is the day that all of the Billboard charts come out. It was a hectic time at the start of my senior year of high school. The night … Continue reading Songs of senior year: The Billboard Hot 100, September 21, 1985

Congratulations to Johnny B! Johnny and the Leisure Suits, “Just Havin’ Fun” (1981)

(Above: In the early 90s, in Chicago, you had this CD. It was the law.) The Hyper Rooster is in the Hall. For the second year in a row a local Chicago radio legend has gotten the call for the Radio Hall of Fame.  Jonathon Brandmeier, who held down mornings at WLUP in Chicago through … Continue reading Congratulations to Johnny B! Johnny and the Leisure Suits, “Just Havin’ Fun” (1981)

So long, WLUP: Songs I learned from “The Loop”

Word spread rapidly this morning that Merlin Media, who had been trying to sell Chicago's WLUP, finally found a buyer: the Educational Media Foundation. EMF serves the contemporary Christian format over satellite to its affiliates.  The format, called "K-Love," has been on the air on a signal out of suburban Elgin for some time, but … Continue reading So long, WLUP: Songs I learned from “The Loop”

Rest in peace, Dolores O’Riordan: The Cranberries, “Linger” (1993)

(Above: Dolores in concert.) The music world was surprised today to get word of the passing of Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, at the age of 46. As of this posting a cause of death has not been shared, and the word "unexpected" has been used in several circles. The … Continue reading Rest in peace, Dolores O’Riordan: The Cranberries, “Linger” (1993)

Greatest misses: The Men, “The Church of Logic, Sin, and Love” (1992)

(Above: Promo photo for the Men, circa 1992) One of the great advantages of working in radio without concern for ratings - because you don't have any - is the ability to take certain liberties with the playlist. I think I can best sum up my stint as the morning host at Joliet's WLLI-FM from … Continue reading Greatest misses: The Men, “The Church of Logic, Sin, and Love” (1992)

Good morning Joliet: WLLI-FM, February 7, 1992

(Above: Yours truly in the I-Rock studio, 1991) 25 years ago this morning the buzz in the sports world was Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen both starting in the NBA All-Star game.  It was a Friday, so many were beginning to make their weekend plans.  And in Joliet, a 22-year-old kid was having the time … Continue reading Good morning Joliet: WLLI-FM, February 7, 1992

Saturday night with a box of records: Part 2, Also The 1980s

(Above, Me, every time I turn on the radio lately.) You get two for the price of one tonight - the next box was also from the 1980s.  It's marked Box 3.  I skipped Box 1 because it contains all picture sleeves and (I suspect) bigger hits than we'll find here.  In the last post … Continue reading Saturday night with a box of records: Part 2, Also The 1980s

Stop the presses: The Lemon Pipers, “Rice is Nice” (1968)

(Above: The December 12, 1991 Southtown Economist, framed and in my office. Students sometimes ask about "all the 8-tracks.") 25 years ago today, my hometown newspaper did a feature on me.  I had left 97X in Davenport, Iowa a few months earlier, and was toiling away doing mornings at WLLI in Joliet. In one move … Continue reading Stop the presses: The Lemon Pipers, “Rice is Nice” (1968)

Greatest misses: Roger McGuinn, “King Of The Hill” (1991)

The Byrds were great. Tom Petty was and is great.  Put those singers on the same record, and it's bound to be a hit, right? Not so fast. This is one of the reasons the pop charts fascinate me. (Well, one of the reasons is my belief that they are contrived, but that makes for … Continue reading Greatest misses: Roger McGuinn, “King Of The Hill” (1991)