Category Archives: college radio
We are losing far too many folks from the music world of late. News came earlier today of the passing of Adam Yauch A.K.A. MCA of the Beastie Boys. The hip hop pioneer had been fighting cancer for several years. He was 47.
In the early 1980s Yauch formed the Beastie Boys with Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), Mike Diamond (Mike D) and Michael Schwartz (Mixmaster Mike) – and changed the face and style of music for decades afterward. I first encountered them in college with the novelty tune “Cooky Puss,” and a year or so later when I saw the music video for “She’s On It,” I was hooked, a Beastie fan for life.
We’ve lost one of the fun, funky and forceful voices of my generation, MCA will be missed.
“Living on the Borderline” by Smash Palace
Smash Palace was the final edition of this band, and rumor has it they are still around from time to time.
“Living on the Borderline” was released in 1985 and I heard it out in clubs, and on other college radio stations in the area.
“Don’t Say No to Me” by Lulu Temple
We’ve talked about Quincy before, and how I discovered college radio, it’s all here. One of the most important things in college radio is support. Now I was involved with my college radio station, and it needed a lot of support.
I didn’t go to the University of Pennsylvania with WXPN, Drexel with WKDU, Trenton State College with WTSR, or Princeton with WPRB. I went to Camden County College, yeah, thirteenth grade, and their radio station, FM mono WDBK, was, if anything, a weak second cousin to those big four of area college radio.
We needed a lot of support. So we featured a lot of local artists, among them, the former Quincy, who had formed very locally at Haddon Heights High School. Quincy had to change their name to Lulu Temple because of pressure from Quincy Jones, so their second release, Don’t Say No, came out under that name. The album had a difference in sound as well with added horns. I dug the title song a lot and gave it much airplay.
“Turn the Other Way Around” by Quincy
You know all that 1970s movies and television about teenagers in high school just hanging out? You know how every kid represented a stereotype or a character type? There was always the one geeky kid who was carrying a radio or sometimes even an early boombox whose entire life revolved around that radio? Yeah, that was me circa 1979-1980 and later unfortunately. It’s true, I was almost “Angie Baby.”
I used to play this game with my friends, where they would turn the dial from one end of the FM band to the other, stopping at each broadcasting station, and if it was music, I would have to, and usually could name the song title, the artist, and sometimes the album. So yeah, there was a time when I was a vast storehouse of useless knowledge for not just comics, but also pop music.
That running from band end to band end made me discover a whole new world before 92.5 FM (at the time WIFI, a top 40 outlet), – college radio. One of the first new bands I heard on these buried treasure radio stations playing music I had never heard before was local band Quincy.
“Save a Prayer” by Duran Duran.
When it comes to the New Wave, Duran Duran is one of the major names that comes up. Pretty Boy Five were superstars in the early 1980s, and “Rio” is debatably one of their greatest albums. For many of us in that time and place, “Save a Prayer,” officially the third single from that LP, could be considered our “Stairway to Heaven.”
Like many songs from UK acts in those days, the US didn’t get stuff until much later. By the time “Save a Prayer” was released here, we’d all heard it a million times on college radio. It didn’t matter, we still loved it, and amazingly the tune holds up wonderfully today. The video was beautifully shot by film director Russell Mulcahy in Sri Lanka.