The Blog of WROG
With a Bullet!
This new release by 311 is one part anthem, one part feel good hit of the summer. It has quickly become our most requested song.
The chorus usually gets us singing along. Despite repeated requests that we don't.
Blame "To Much to Think".
How Radio Saved My Life
Before the smartphone, the MP3 player, or the Walkman, a trusty Transistor Radio was your constant companion. Radios were everywhere - in your car, in most rooms of your home and many of us also had portables. Radio was our internet.
Radio provided life's soundtrack, whether off by myself building model cars or playing outdoors with my pals. Sometimes a Cubs game on WGN or the odd Ag Report, but mostly I tuned to my favorite Top 40 music stations! The Top 40 format is credited to Todd Storz, a broadcaster in the midwest who combed through Cashbox magazine to find the most played songs on jukeboxes around the country. He then played these same records on his station.
The type of music didn't matter. Rock and roll, country and western, movie or tv themes, soul, R & B - if it was on the top of it's respective chart, it played on Top 40 stations. This was the Golden Era of A.M. Radio. F.M. was still new, largely the province of religious and other pay-to-play broadcasters.
Ask not what you can do for Radio, but what can Radio do for you!
Celebrate the day!
Many reasons to celebrate today. It's Earth Day. It's 4/20. And the Open Source Blueprint for Success has been posted on our sister site, leeper.info. Most kids with just a high school education don't end up managing a 100,000 watt FM station in a top ten tourist destination, but this one did and he's sharing the things that have worded for him on his long strange trip.
We dig the metaphor of being able to broadcast through time, and know his love of music has helped inspire him throughout his journey so far. This track from Triumph (the other notable power trio from Canada) has been in heavy rotation personally since it's release in 1981.
Make a difference! Stand for something! And always Fight the Good Fight!
Show finally ends for Progressive Rock founder
The pirate flag at our studios flies at half mast today with the passing of Greg Lake from cancer, at age 69. From the prog rock crucible of King Crimson, Lake went on to produce his own supergroup, Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Lake's deft touch on the keys, any keys - Moog Synthesizer, Hammond B3, or a grand piano - entertained and inspired generations of fans and fellow musicians.
With the audio not doing them justice, this video from the 1974 California Jam shows the man in his prime - holding forth between the obscenly large stacks of key boards he used to spearhead the progressive rock movement. We trust that our pal Mark Krueger will pay fitting tribute soon on his Planet Prog radio program.
Just how far did Lake push the envelope? Their three minute arrangement of Aaron Copeland's Fanfare for the Common Man went to number two in the UK. For proper immersion into Progressive Rock, here's their full 8:56 treatment of the tune from 1977.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Will Fox on the Run by British Glam Rockers Sweet be on the Awesome Mix Tape Volume 2? Director James Gunn isn't saying, but you hear a bit of it in the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Already over the fat man in the red suit, I can't wait until May when we get to meet Baby Groot!
And, since I had to hear the whole damn song just to rid myself of the earworm received from the trailer, here's a link to the original promo for the band, way back in 1975! bit.ly/wrog_info_youtube Enjoy!
New Year's Revolutions 2017
Songs that inspire. We keep these in heavy rotation and offer them here to inspire your goal setting.
Open the playlist, crank a track up to eleven, and in the space of that song, think as big as you can.
Create, commit to and act upon your goals.
With hypnotizing lyrics inspired by William Burroughs and notorious, self-destructive performances by Iggy Pop, you may not have noticed that the music here was written by a young David Bowie. On a ukulele, no less.
Don't recall a ukulele being used in the version from the movie The Wizard of Oz, but Iz sure rocks one here. Back in the 70s, "they did, they did rock us" in Chicago with their News of the World Tour
Shocked to learn that Brian May did not use ukulele in that solo. Who knew?
Now, with those logical instructions fed into your subconscious mind, let's add some inspiring ear candy for enhanced visualization. Do you think Daft Punk dreams of electric ukulele?
Might Mr. Hansen's own daughter deliver that beautiful, last line there? Perhaps Santa will bring her a ukulele for Christmas.
No mention of a ukulele here, but a chance to testify about our faith in dog.
Laugh along as the Savior of Man gets humorously crucified in The Life of Brian. Funniest of the Fab Four, George Harrison funded this film. He was also notorious for giving ukeleles as gifts and then teaching his pals how to play.
The New Year will be here before you know it. Be prepared. Keep your ukelele tuned!
The request lines are now open: share an inspirational tune or two with us via comment below!