The recent posts by @Bernard_Oliver got me thinking about my college days. Back in the day, I also had the honor of hosting a variety of radio shows. My time with KDUR will always have a special place in my heart.
I started with a weekly radio show my first semester of college. As a lowly freshman with no experience and not majoring in communications, I was able to score the prime spot of 3-6am on Monday mornings. Yep, you read that correctly, three o’clock to six o’clock in the morning on Mondays. I had class at 9:00am on Mondays, so it was a great semester. The class was Biology, and my professor (who I really enjoyed) had the most monotone voice. I am not entirely sure how I passed that class.
The first iteration of the show was called “The Second Invasion” and was dedicated to the second wave of Brit Pop/Rock. Other than bands like the Manic Street Preachers and Oasis, I played songs from the likes of Spacehog and Drugstore:
Spacehog with “Mungo City” off of The Chinese Album:
Drugstore with “El President” featuring Thom Yorke of Radiohead off of White Magic for Lovers:
During this first year, I also debuted what would become a staple throughout four of my five years on the radio. As a fan of hip-hop and rap, a friend of mine and I created “The Suburban Ghetto”. These special edition shows would take place the week of Finals. These shows featured hip-hop and rap and our theories about the unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur.
One of the tracks we played frequently was Harlem World (featuring Ma$e) with “I Really Like It”:
Tupac was (and is) one of the most talented lyricists of all time. He words still have influence on me. Still to this day, when I hear someone rap, I compare them to Tupac. Few rappers can tell a story like he could. Here is “Staring Through the Rearview”:
We also played songs that represented the roots of hip-hop. To this day I’ve not see a hip-hop group that could do what Tribe Called Quest did. “Award Tour” from Midnight Marauders has always been my favorite Tribe track:
During the first year of “The Second Invasion” and into the first half of the second year, “Millennium Liberation” I always started every show (except for “Suburban Ghetto”) with a track from the art-techno band, The KLF. The KLF helped introduce me to the world of Electronic music, as well as British pop. I thank goodness for the internet because as an American, I would never have known the how much good and bizarre things that Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty brought into this world as the KLF, the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, the Timelords, the K Foundation and the JAMS. If you do not know this group, you really owe it to yourself to investigate. Because they have played such an important role in the development of my musical tastes, I couldn’t pick just one song.
“Justified & Ancient” (ft. Tammy Wynette) aka “Stand by the JAMS”:
I really cannot begin to explain the feeling that rushes through me listening to this song. This group paved the way for every band who created an image that was mean to distract listeners from who the band really was. Entrenched in mythology from from pseudo-occult traditions to Dr. Who, the KLF created an image that was different from anything else. Their art endeavors including burning 1 million quid to throwing sheep blood on an audience at the Brit Awards, showed that the KLF was years ahead of their time.
“America: What Time is Love” (as opposed to the original, “What Time is Love”:
Stay tuned for future posts about the Radio Show Days.