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POP Goes The World!

May 2015

POP Goes RVA’s Favorite Radio Station!


For the 5th year in a row, the ever discerning readers of Style Weekly have voted WRIR Richmond's Best Local Radio Station, and I continue to be humbled to be part of a station that's entirely run by non-paid volunteers, on a budget of just a little over a hundred thousand dollars a year, that consistantly beats out every other station in town that's mostly run by "radio professionals" on yearly budgets in the millions.

So, we'll take yet another well deserved celebratory POP victory lap!

Song Artist Album          Year
Sister Surround The Soundtrack Of Our Lives Behind The Music   2001
Cemetary Lawn The Rosebuds Night Of The Furies   2007
She Says VHS or BETA Bring On The Comets   2007
Coral Soda Stereo Comfort Y Musica Para Volar   1996
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Death White Lies To Lose My Life...   2009
Sound & Vision (David Bowie cover) The Sea & Cake One Bedroom   2003
Girls & Boys Blur Parklife   1994
This Is The Day The The Soul Mining   1981
Female Of The Species Space Spiders   1996
She Smokes In Bed TV Girl Lonely Women   2013
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Money City Maniacs Sloan Navy Blues   1998
Rock & Roll Submarine Urge Overkill Rock & Roll Submarine   2011
Rebel In You Supergrass Diamond Hoo Ha   2008
Under Your Thumb The Vaccines What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?   2011
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Radio Capital La Vida Boheme Nuestra   2011
Red Angel Dragnet The Clash Combat Rock   1982
The New World X More Fun In The New World   1983
How Long Will It Take The Plimsouls Everywhere At Once   1983
Tattooed Love Boys Pretenders Pretenders   1980
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Devilman Vampire Beach Babes Beack Blanket Bedlam   2005
Call Me Reigning Sound Love & Curses   2009
Rockin' Around In N.Y.C. Marshall Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw   1982
I'm Looking For Someone To Find Me Richard Hawley Lady's Bridge   2007
Heart Rockpile Seconds Of Pleasure   1980
Do You Wanna Dance The Ramones Rocket To Russia   1977
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Comin' Down The View Hats Off To The Buskers   2007
Long Before Rock 'n' Roll Mando Diao Ode to Ochrasy   2006
Gabrielle Ween Shinola (Vol. 1)   2005
How Dangerous Smoking Popes This Is Only A Test   2011
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Are You Receiving Me? XTC Go 2   1978
Keep It Up The Boomtown Rats The Fine Art Of Surfacing   1979
Jimmy Jimmy The Undertones The Undertones   1979
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Spacehead The Primitives Lovely   1988

May 2015

POP Goes The Summer!!!


It's the unofficial kickoff of summer, so let's all have one last "HURRAH" together before everyone goes away for the Memorial Day weekend!

Song Artist Album        Year
That Summer Feeling Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers (Thanks To Rough Trade For) A Constant Source Of Interruption 1990
Summertime skunks No Apologies 1996
Summer Breeze Paris Match Quattro 2003
Summertime The Fun Boy Three Fun Boy Three 1982
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Summer's Cauldron/Grass XTC Skylarking 1986
Summer Is Almost Here Pas/Cal I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke & Laura 2008
13th Summer Day John Easdale Bright Side 1997
Summer Bonfire Great Lakes Myth Society Compass Rose Bouquet 2007
Summer Grof The Spinto Band Moonwink 2007
Dirty Summer Mother Falcon You Knew 2013
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Cannibal Summer Wax Fang La La Land 2007
Indian Summer Highasakite All That Floats Will Rain 2012
Summer Of '79 Japanther Skuffed Up My Huffy 2007
Summertime Pangea Living Dummy 2011
Saddest Summer The Drums Summertime! 2009
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Summertime Girls Album 2009
Picnic In The Summertime Deee-Lite Dewdrops In The Garden 1994
Your Summer Song (ft. J.Mitchell) Exile AM/FM 2010
Summer Ends The Raveonettes Pe'ahi 2014
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Wasted Summer Sonic Avenues Mistakes 2014
Constructive Summer The Hold Steady Stay Positive 2008
New York Summer Mink Mink 2007
It's Summertime Baby The Cute Lepers Can't Stand Modern Music 2008
Summer's Dead Those Darlins 2012
Indian Summer Rotary Downs Cracked Maps and Blue Reports 2010
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Can't Wait Till The Summer Comes Ronnie Mayor 1981
The Summer Sun Chris Stamey 1977
Spain In The Summertime King Of Prussia Save The Scene 2008
Last Summer Pete Yorn Back and Forth 2009
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Indian Summer Manic Street Preachers Send Away The Tigers 2007
Midsummer Nights Dreamin' Travis Good Feeling 1997
Only In The Summertime Possum Dixon New Sheets 1998
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Summer Of Love The B 52s Bouncing off the Satellites 1986

May 2015

Now Gluten Free!!!


Song Artist Album         Year
Upon This Tidal Wave Of Young Blood Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah   2005
Sister Jack Spoon Gimme Fiction   2005
Silver Jenny Dollar The New Pornographers Together   2010
One More Time French Kicks The Trial Of The Century   2004
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I Don't Know Why I Love You The House Of Love House Of Love   1990
Trampoline Julian Cope Saint Julian   1987
Lazy Day The Boo Radleys Everything's Alright Forever   1992
Breather Chapterhouse Whirlpool   1991
Make Up With Me Let's Active Afoot   1983
Touch and Go The Cars Panorama   1980
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I Know I'll Never Jilted John True Love Stories   1978
Saturday's Kids The Jam Setting Sons   1979
Drummer Man Tonight     1978
Rollers Shaw Nick Lowe Jesus Of Cool   1978
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Let Me Into Your Life The Beat The Beat   1979
In The Congo The Bongos Drums Along The Hudson   1982
Johnny B. Goode (live Chuck Berry cover) Guadalcanal Diary      
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Nice N' Sleazy The Stranglers Black and White   1978
Friday On My Mind (Easybeats cover) David Bowie Pin Ups   1973
John, I'm Only Dancing (David Bowie cover) The Chameleons Strange Times   1986
Vicious Lou Reed Transformer   1972
See No Evil Television Marquee Moon   1977
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Loose 'n' Juicy The Mooney Suzuki Alive & Amplified   2004
You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover The Strypes Snapshot   2014
TwentyThirtyThree The Whereabouts TwentyThirtyThree   2013
Ripped Mind Spiders Mind Spiders EP   2010
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Seven Nights Seven Days The Fratellis We Need Medicine   2013
Fluorescent Adolescent Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare   2007
Punk Boy Ash Trailer   1994
Up The Bracket The Libertines Up The Bracket   2002
Caught By The Fuzz Supergrass I Should Coco   1995
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Teenage Nights The Nice Boys The Nice Boys   2006
Office Girl The Stoat     1977
Better Take It Easy The Spongetones Beat & Tom   1994
Nobody Love Me The Letters     1980
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Wrap up the Rockets and It's gonna get better The Freshies     1981


May 2015

And now, a reading from the book of POP

Song Artist Album        Year
This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us Sparks Plagiarism 1997
Violins I'm From Barcelona Violins 2015
Rock 'n Roll Love Letter Bay City Rollers Dedication 1976
Punkrocker Teddybears ft. Iggy Pop Soft Machine 2006
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Pure Imagination Smoking Popes Destination Failure 1997
Ask The Smiths Louder Than Bombs 1987
Ode To Janice Melt Army Navy The Last Place 2011
A Summer Chill This Is Ivy League This Is Ivy League 2008
The Irish Keep Gate Crashing The Thrills Let's Bottle Bohemia 2004
Catch The Sun Doves Lost Souls 2000
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Waiting For The Weekend The Vapors New Clear Days 1980
My Perfect Cousin The Undertones Hypnotised 1980
The Kids Are The Same Paul Collins Beat The Kids Are The Same 1982
Girls Talk Dave Edmunds Repeat When Necessary 1979
Earn Enough For Us XTC Skylarking 1986
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Unkind Sloan The Double Cross 2011
If You'll Be Mine Babybird There's Something Going On 1998
If You Don't Love Me Prefab Sprout The Best of Prefab Sprout: A Life of Surprises 1992
Chorus Erasure Chorus 1991
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Bonin' In The Boneyard Fishbone Truth and Soul 1988
Charlie Brown (Coasters cover) Voodoo Glow Skulls Firme 1995
Monkey Man The Specials The Specials 1979
She's Not There (Zombies cover) U.K. Subs
Beyond and Back X
Roam Around Wonderful Broken Thing Looking for Mike Lookinland 2007
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If You Wanna The Vaccines What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? 2011
You Better Get Ready The Rosebuds Unwind 2005
Hanging On The Well Wishers Post Modern Romantic 2010
Back To You Twerps Range Anxiety 2015
Punched A Friend The Holy Cows Blueberrie 1997
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Gimme The Wire Ted Leo and the Pharmacists The Brutalist Bricks 2010
What She Said The Turnback 2014
All Tricks Title Tracks In Blank 2011
Suki Unrest Imperial f.f.r.r. 1992
Glory You Say Party We Say Die! XXXX 2009
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Saint Cobain Vernon Reid Mistaken Identity 1996

May 2015

It’s time to do a wretched thing or two


It's May!

The lusty month of May!

That lovely month where everyone goes blissfully astray!

It's here!  

That shocking time of year when tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear!

It's May!

It's May!

That gorgeous holiday when every maiden prays that her lad will be a cad!

It's mad!

It's gay!


A lust display!

Those dreary vows that everyone takes, everyone breaks!

Everyone makes divine mistakes.

The lusty month of May

Whence this fragrance wafting through the air?

What sweet feelings does it's scent transmute?

Whence this perfume floating everywhere?

Don't you know it's that dear forbidden fruit?

It's May, the lusty month of May!

That darling month when everyone throws self-control away.

It's time to do a wretched thing or two, and try to make each precious day one that you'll always rue!

It's May!

It's May!

The month of "Yes, you may!"

The time for every frivolous whim, proper, or im.

It's wild!

It's gay!

Depraved in every way!

The birds, and bees with all their vast amorous past gaze at the human race aghast!

The lusty month of May!

It's May!

It's May!

The month of great dismay when all the world is brimming with fun, wholesome, or un!

It's mad!

It's gay!


A lust display!

Those dreary vows that everyone takes, everyone breaks, everyone makes divine mistakes.

That lusty month of May.

Song Artist Album         Year
End Of A Century Blur Parklife   1994
Timeless Melody (previously unreleased rehersal version) The La's Callin' All   2010
Tonight The Streets Are Ours Richard Hawley Lady's Bridge   2007
Give It Time The Woodentops Giant   1986
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My Sweet Baby Empire Dogs Love Attacks!!!   2007
Sickos The Ballantynes Liquor, Gun Store, Pawn Shop, Church   2013
One Glass Of Water The Bees Free The Bees   2005
She Goes Out With Everybody The Spongetones Beat and Torn   1994
To Be Like I China Rats To Be Like I   2012
I Kiss The Flower In Bloom Close Lobsters Foxheads Stalk This Land   1987
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It Must Be Love Madness      
Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson cover) English Beat I Just Can't Stop It   1980
I'm So Happy Hokus Pick Snappy   2001
She Loves Everybody Junk Food Buddah      
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The Popular Thing Jukebox The Ghost Everything Under the Sun   2010
This Is The Day Ivy Apartment Life   1997
Speeding Down The Highway Arling & Cameron All In   1999
Summertime Dream Lisa Mychols Above, Beyond, and In Between   2013
Sunshower Asobi Seksu Hush   2009
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Tidal Wave Interpol El Pintor   2014
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If It Speaks Hospital Ships Destruction in Yr Soul   2013
The Drop Beneath Eternal Summers The Drop Beneath   2014
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Follow Me Jason Falkner Presents Author Unknown   1996
Little People The Fleeting Ends Our Eyes Are Peeled   2013
Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart Fountains Of Wayne Sky Full Of Holes   2011
Misery Brendan Benson My Old, Familiar Friend   2009
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1789 Fuzzy Vox On Heat   2014
Reverberate The Cassettes     1981
Worlds Destroyed Mind Spiders Mind Spiders EP   2010
Alone Again The King Khan & BBQ Show Bad News Boys   2015
She'll Be Sweeter Than You Nix Nomads     1964
Bye Bye Bird Toggery Five     1964
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Pretty Face Beat Merchants     1964


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