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An even bigger Songs About Radio Spotify playlist

Thanks to the many Radio Survivor readers who posted additional suggestions to my initial¬†Songs About Radio Spotify playlist. They were all excellent recommendations, and I’ve added as many as I could to the list, which is now 79 songs long.

John Anderson came through with a remarkable catalog of tunes about pirate radio. I couldn’t find all of them on Spotify, but I found a lot. Also thanks to Betty for Dar Williams’ “Are You Out There”; Gonzo, who mentioned Bruce Springsteen’s “Radio Nowhere” and Queen’s “Radio Gaga”; Lucas McCallister, who suggested “Radio Free Europe” and “Radio Song” by REM; Brett Johnson, who reminded us of Journey’s “Raised on Radio”; and Greg Blouch, who added radio related pieces by Negativland, Joe Walsh, and Wonder Stuff.

On our Facebook page, my brother Raphael¬† pointed out that The Who “Sell Out” album is pretty much all about radio, so I added “Odorono” and “Heinz Baked Beans” to the list. Todd Nemet mentioned “The Nightfly” by Donald Fagen. And the great D.J. McShmormac poured forth a slew of YouTubed radio related performances, among them “98.6,” “Turn Your Radio On,” and Lee Perry’s “Station Underground.”

McShmormac also suggested this masterpiece, but I couldn’t find it anywhere on Spotify, so I’m just posting it here:

Also not available on Spotify: “Mr. Radio Man” (1924), which, happily, is archived on the Library of Congress National Jukebox site:

Keep those suggestions coming. I’ll continue to add them to this list until it bursts.


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4 Responses to An even bigger Songs About Radio Spotify playlist

  1. Mary Payne October 2, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    There are thousands of radio songs, although they may not all be on Spotify. Off the top of my head, ‘We Love the Pirate Stations” by the Roaring Sixties. was a protest recorded when Parliament announced the introduction of the Marine Offences Bill which was to sound the death knell for the Sixties offshore pirates. ‘Caroline’ by the Fortunes is the theme of Radio Caroline, ‘London My Hometown’ by the Chantelles is Radio London’s song (originally a PAMS jingle).

    Non-offshore recordings include the two ultimate DJ songs, Mark Germino’s ‘Rex Bob Lowenstein’ and Tom Petty’s ‘The Last DJ’. Then there’s ‘Pilot of the Airways’ Charlie Dore, ‘Radio Africa’ (Latin Quarter), ‘Clap for the Wolfman’ (Guess Who) and we shouldn’t forget that Helen Reddy’s ‘Angie Baby’ lived her life through the music she heard on the rock ‘n roll radio.

    I’d better stop now or I’ll be here all day!

    Mary Payne, Radio London

  2. Curmudge October 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Heard it on The X by ZZ Top,Radio Radio By Elvis Costello,Radio Silence by Thomas Dolby,W.O.L.D. by Harry Chapin,Life Is A Rock But The Radio Rolled Me by Reunion,”WKRP In Cincinnati Main Theme” Tom Wells,Rock And Roll by Velvet Underground,FM by Steely Dan,On The Radio by Joe Jackson,On My Radio by The Selecter,Turn On Your Radio by Harry Nilsson….forgive me if these have been already mentioned elsewhere.

  3. Juan Rapido October 5, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Hi Matthew, great finds. Cormac of course has his pre-50s gems. Evan “Funk” Davies of the great WFMU did a marathon premium radio songs comp called Radio Heart. It’s an incredible comp. Definitely under the radar radio songs. Here’s three of the highlights.

    Willlie Alexander and The Boom Boom Band – Radio Heart

    Pilot of the Airwaves – Charlie Dore

    H.A.P.P.Y. Radio – Edwin Starr

  4. D.J. McSchmormac December 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Are The Shaggs on spotify? check out My COmpanion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdpzr7LPoPc

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