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“The Calm Before The Storm”

24 June 2017

[with special guest in-studio guests: Cordcalling]

Intro (3:10)

Gilligan's Island Theme

Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz via United Artists Television. It aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to April 17, 1967. Originally sponsored by Philip Morris & Co and Procter & Gamble, the show followed the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive the island on which they had been shipwrecked. Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways' conflicts and their unsuccessful attempts, for whose failure Gilligan was frequently responsible, to escape their plight.

Gilligan's Island ran for a total of 98 episodes. The first season, consisting of 36 episodes, was filmed in black and white. These episodes were later colorized for syndication. The show's second and third seasons (62 episodes) and the three television movie sequels were filmed in color.

The show received solid ratings during its original run, then grew in popularity during decades of syndication, especially in the 1970s and 1980s when many markets ran the show in the late afternoon after school. Today, the title character of Gilligan is widely recognized as an American cultural icon.

The music and lyrics for the theme song, "The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle", were written by Sherwood Schwartz and George Wyle. One version was used for the first season and another for the second and third seasons. In the original song, the Professor and Mary Ann, originally considered "second-billed co-stars", were referred to as "and the rest", but with the growing popularity of those characters, their names were inserted into the lyrics. The Gilligan theme song underwent this one major change due to star Bob Denver, who personally went to the studio executives and asked that Johnson and Wells be added to the theme song's opening credits. When the studio at first refused, saying it would be too expensive to re-shoot, Denver insisted, even saying that if Johnson and Wells were not included, he wanted his name out of the song, as well. The studio caved in, and "the Professor and Mary Ann" were added.

The first-season version was recorded by the folk group The Wellingtons. The second-season version, which incorporated more of a sea shanty sound, was un-credited, but according to Russell Johnson in his book Here on Gilligan's Isle, it was performed by a group called the Eligibles.

The show's original pilot episode featured a Calypso theme song by future film composer John Williams, and different lyrics. The original length of the voyage was "a six-hour ride", not "a three-hour tour". John Williams (or Johnny Williams as he was often listed in the show credits) also started out as the composer of the incidental music for the show (from 1964 to 1965), but was replaced by Gerald Fried for the remaining seasons (1965–1967).

Stormcalling Block (12:20

{Suggested by Cordcalling, conceptualized by HowieZowie}

Hello, Hurricane – Switchfoot (Hello, Hurricane/2009)

Hello Hurricane is the seventh studio album by alternative rock band Switchfoot, released on November 10, 2009. It was co-produced by the band and Mike Elizondo, after initially self-producing their work, as well as test runs with producers such as Ken Andrews and Charlie Peacock. The album was recorded mainly in the band's Spot X Studio in their hometown of San Diego, California.

The band's members are Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and Drew Shirley (guitar, backing vocals).

According to Jon Foreman, the name "Switchfoot" comes from a surfing term. "We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It's about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.

Flood – Jars of Clay (Jars of Clay/1995)

Produced by Adrian Belew and released on their 1995 self-titled debut album, “Flood” is considered to be Jars of Clay's breakthrough song. The album remained in the top 60 albums for much of the year and remained in Billboard 200 for and entire 52-week (one-year) cycle. The album went gold and shortly after attained platinum status. The debut album has now sold well over 2,000,000 copies.

The single was a multi-format crossover hit in the United States, peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Here Comes the Sun – Ghost BC (Opus Eponymous/2010)

Opus Eponymous (Latin for the self-titled work) is the debut studio album by the Swedish heavy metal band Ghost BC. It was released on October 18, 2010, on the independent record label Rise Above. It was released in North America on January 18, 2011, and in Japan on April 6, 2011. The album was recorded in the band's hometown and produced by Gene Walker. Opus Eponymous was nominated for a Grammis Award (the Swedish equivalent of a Grammy). The Japanese release contains an additional bonus track: a cover of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun"

A band member, all of whom are referred to only as Nameless Ghouls, explained that the songs on Opus Eponymous were written in 2007 and 2008, around two years before the album was released. Describing why they covered "Here Comes the Sun", a Ghoul said "I've been a fan of Beatles even longer than I've been listening to hard rock, so it made a lot of sense." He explained that the band selects songs to cover based on if they can adapt it into their own: "We sort of found the angle of taking that so and inverting it. And that's something that's sort of the Ghost recipe for doing covers, it has to be a song that has some sort of tongue-in-cheek inversion quality to it. And that song just screamed 'cover'.

Dave Grohl played drums on Ghost BC’s cover of ABBA’s “I’m A Marionette?” which was used as a single B-side.

sCreamGrrrl's CanCon Corner (10:39)

I Can See – Cordcalling (We Are Still/2017)

We started off sCreamGrrrl’s Can Con corner with the song called “I Can See” from the band Cordcalling’s 2nd full length album “We Are Still” released this past April. For those unfamiliar with Cordcalling, the band is made up of husband and wife duo Denise and Brian Conway who totally freak me out and I mean that in a good way. Their sound is hard to pin down. They seem so familiar to me yet so unfamiliar. They definitely have a style of their own. I love that about them and am proud to say that they are based out of our very own City of London, Ontario. “We are Still” was recorded here in London at the award winning EMAC Studios. The album has a vintage sound encompassing a bold throwback to "old-school" musical recording, mixing, and Mastering. They are so much fun to catch live so if you get a chance to see Cordcalling, don`t miss them. They have an upcoming gig at the SoHo on Saturday July 8. HowieZowie and I will be there. And you can learn more about them on their official website and they also have a FB page you can check out.

Whiteout Conditions – The New Pornographers (Whiteout Conditions/2017)

Next we played another new album that was also released this past April from The New Pornographers called Whiteout conditions. This is the band’s 7th studio album and we played the title track for you. The New Pornographers formed in 1997 in Vancouver BC. The band is simply a musical collective of singer-songwriters from multiple projects. And one of those members is one of my favourite female vocalists in the whole wide world called Neko Case. She is an American who was born in Virginia and now resides in Vermont. I was fortunate to catch her playing at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester Tennessee and here in Canada in a number of different outfits including her solo works, her work with the New Pornogrpahers and also with The Sadies. The reason Neko Case hooked up with the New Pornographers was because she moved to Vancouver in 1994 to attend the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. In 1998, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and her visa ended so she had to go back to the states but before she did that, she hooked up with the New Pornographers and recorded vocals for a few songs on their first album called mass Romantic. Neko Case frequently collaborates with other Canadian Musicians as well. CBC radio 3 has referred to Case as an "honourary Canadian". And I am so very excited to have just discovered that The New Pornographers will be playing the London Music Hall on October 11, 2017. Tickets are $27.50. We can’t wait for that one.

Soft Revolution – Stars (Set Yourself on Fire/2004)

And we ended sCreamGrrrl’s Can Con Corner with the song Soft Revolution from Stars 2004 album titled Set Yourself On Fire. The band formed in 2000 and this was the band’s third album. All the band members from Stars grew up in Toronto and recorded their first album there then they moved to Montreal and have been living there since. They’ve recorded 8 full length albums. They haven’t released anything new since 2014. Stars' music has been described as "beautiful, eloquent indie pop", characterized by lush instrumentation, nimble production and mixing, narrative lyrics, and soft but nuanced vocals. So there you have it, this week’s sCreamGrrrl’s Can Con Corner for Calm Before The Storm. I hope you enjoyed my song selections. Thanks so much for listening and for supporting community radio. Love you all.


Summer's Up Block (11:25)

Summer's Up – Max Webster (Max Webster/1976)

Sarnia in the 1960's saw a young, ambitious Kim Mitchell sweating it out in various line-ups of the same band starting with the name The Grass Company, The Quotations, Big Al's Band and finally ZOOOM, who wound up in Toronto where cover-tunes ruled and original material went unnoticed. Eventually all the members but Mitchell returned to Sarnia. He was starving but getting work doing studio sessions, beer commercials, and playing the hotel and airport lounge circuit. He set off to the Greek island of Rhodes backing up a Greek Tom Jones. Six months later Mitchell invited poet and childhood buddy Pye Dubois (real name: Paul Woods) to Greece to co-write some songs; they decided to make it a band project and set about recruiting a line-up.

The 1972 line-up consisted of Mitchell, Kersey (The Bluesmen Revue), Tilka (an Indiana, USA, emigre), and Watkinson (already a veteran of the Canadian music scene with The Yeomen and all its namesake permutations). Tilka was in a band called Family At Macs and they did a song "Webster". It was decided to pick a name configuration that would recall other fictitious band names of not-real people like Jethro Tull or Alice Cooper. The name Max Webster was born.
By 1974 their live act was getting bites from management, production and record companies and in 1975 they signed with the Ray Danniels/Vic Wilson's SRO Productions as their management company. Danniels had set up an independent label imprint for SRO band Rush called Moon Records and then set up Taurus Records to handle other artists on the roster including Liverpool, Mendelson Joe and Max Webster.
The band's debut single was "Blowing The Blues" in 1975 through Taurus's distribution deal with London Records. Though the record gained little attention, a full self-titled album [aka 'The Blockheads Album'] was recorded and released that year under producer Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu). Kersey left the band after their self-titled debut album , and was replaced by Gary McCracken.

SRO would amalgamate both Moon and Taurus Records under the new name Anthem Records and Max Webster's contract was carried along with it. The first album was re-issued in Canada in 1976 and stateside on the back of Anthem's US distributor Mercury Records in 1977. The LP was issued with new artwork and renamed 'Hangover'.

Dancing in the Streets – Van Halen (Diver Down/1982)

Diver Down is the fifth studio album by Van Halen, released in 1982. It spent 65 weeks on the album chart in the United States and had, by 1998, sold four million copies in the US.

The album cover artwork displays the "diver down" flag used in many US jurisdictions (which indicates a SCUBA diver is currently submerged in the area). Asked about the cover in a 1982 interview with Sylvie Simmons (Sounds, June 23, 1982), David Lee Roth said it was meant to imply that "there was something going on that's not apparent to your eyes. You put up the red flag with the white slash. Well, a lot of people approach Van Halen as sort of the abyss. It means, it's not immediately apparent to your eyes what is going on underneath the surface." The back cover of the album features a photo by Richard Aaron of Van Halen on stage at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida that was taken on October 24, 1981 as they concluded a set opening for The Rolling Stones.

Five of the twelve songs on the album are covers. At the time, the record company thought it had a greater chance of a hit record if the album was composed of songs that were already successful. In retrospect, it turned out to be one of the Van Halen brothers' least-favorite albums, with Eddie stating "I'd rather have a bomb with one of my own songs than a hit with someone else's." However, at the time while he admitted to the pressure the band was put under to record it, he was able to tell Guitar Player (Dec. 1982) that it "was fun": "When we came off the Fair Warning tour last year [1981], we were going to take a break and spend a lot of time writing this and that. Dave came up with the idea of, 'Hey, why don't we start off the new year with just putting out a single?' He wanted to do 'Dancing in the Streets.' He gave me the original Martha Reeves & the Vandellas tape, and I listened to it and said, 'I can't get a handle on anything out of this song.' I couldn't figure out a riff, and you know the way I like to play: I always like to do a riff, as opposed to just hitting barre chords and strumming.

Dave: "It sounds like more than four people are playing, when in actuality there are almost zero overdubs — that's why it takes us such a short amount of time [to record]."

Eddie: "It takes almost as much time to make a cover song sound original as it does writing a song. I spent a lot of time arranging and playing synthesizer on 'Dancing in the Streets,' and they [critics] just wrote it off as, 'Oh, it's just like the original.' So forget the critics! These are good songs. Why shouldn't we redo them for the new generation of people?"

Calm Before the Storm – Eddie Money (Can't Hold Back/1986)

Eddie Money was born Edward Mahoney into a large Irish Catholic family in Brooklyn and raised in Massapequa on Long Island. His father, grandfather, and brother were members of the New York City Police Department and Eddie was an NYPD trainee. As his interest in music intensified, he eventually ended his law enforcement career in favor of becoming a full-time musician. He moved to Berkeley, California, and became a regular at city clubs, where he secured a recording contract with Columbia Records. In the late 1970s, he charted with singles such as "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise". Money continued his successes and took advantage of the MTV music video scene in the early 1980s with his humorous narrative videos for "Shakin'" and "Think I'm in Love," but his career began to decline after an unsuccessful album in 1983, accompanied by his struggles with drug addiction.

Money made a comeback in 1986 and returned to the mainstream rock spotlight with his sixth album Can't Hold Back. The album's Ronnie Spector duet "Take Me Home Tonight" reached the Top 10, as did the hit "I Wanna Go Back."The album was certified platinum in 1987.


The Calm Before The Storm Block (15:05)

The Calm Before the Storm – The Bats (Daddy's Highway/1987)

Daddy's Highway is the 1987 debut album by The Bats. The Bats are an influential New Zealand band formed in 1982 in Christchurch by Paul Kean (bass), Malcolm Grant (drums), Robert Scott (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards) and Kaye Woodward (lead guitar, vocals). Though primarily a Christchurch band, The Bats have strong links to Dunedin and are usually grouped in with the Dunedin Sound musicians that emerged in the early 1980s. The band has retained the same four members from 1982 to the present day.

By 1986, The Bats had released three critically acclaimed EPs, but still had not released a full-length album. While touring in the U.K. that year, an acquaintance in Glasgow offered the use of his home 8 track studio. Half of the tracks for what would become Daddy's Highway were recorded there. Upon their return to New Zealand, recording was completed at Nightshift in Christchurch, and the album was released by Flying Nun in 1987. "Block of Wood" was released as a 7" vinyl single

Daddy's Highway is often cited as The Bats' most highly regarded album, and is considered one of the best New Zealand albums of the 1980s. In 2000, it was named #88 in music magazine Rip It Up's New Zealand's Top 100 Albums of All Time. Notable tracks on the album include "North By North", "Tragedy" and the lead single, "Block of Wood", all of which were staples on New Zealand student radio.

In March 1994, the album was released in America under Mammoth Records with five bonus tracks added; "Calm Before The Storm" and "Candidate" were the B-sides to the "Block of Wood" single, and the remaining three songs were from the band's early EP Made Up in Blue. In October 2010, Flying Nun reissued Daddy's Highway. The album was remastered by Paul Kean, and the same five bonus tracks from the Mammoth reissue were also added.

The Calm Before the Storm – The Pet Shop Boys (Bilingual/1996)

Bilingual is the sixth studio album by synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on 2 September 1996 by Parlophone. The album reached number four on the UK Albums Chart, lower than their previous five studio albums which had all reached the top three. It yielded five singles which all reached the UK top 20—all but one of which charted inside the top 10.

Bilingual continued the heavily instrumented arrangements and backing vocals Pet Shop Boys began adding to their music with the album Very. As suggested by the title, the songs on the album have worldwide influences, particularly from Latin America. After the release of their Very album, Pet Shop Boys toured South America and were influenced by the beats and rhythms associated with Latin American music. Three of the songs have bilingual lyrics, mixing the English language with Spanish and Portuguese.

In late 1995, the band ended their contract with the American branch of EMI and signed with Atlantic Records. A renewed marketing campaign was launched to promote the band in the United States via both radio airplay and club play. The singles released from the album were all successful, with three of them—"Before", "Se a vida é (That's the Way Life Is)" and "A Red Letter Day"—reaching the UK top 10. A fourth, the English/Spanish-language composition "Single-Bilingual", peaked within the top 20.

The Calm Before the Storm – Sparks (Balls/2000)

Sparks are best known for the songs "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us", which reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1974; the disco hit "The Number One Song in Heaven" in 1979; "When I'm With You" which topped the French Singles Chart in 1980; the single "I Predict", which provided Sparks' first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 60 in May 1982; the 1983 single "Cool Places" with the Go-Go's rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Jane Wiedlin, and "When Do I Get to Sing 'My Way'" which topped the German and European charts in 1994/95 and was the top airplay record in Germany for 1994.

Brothers Ron and Russell Mael grew up in Pacific Palisades, in western Los Angeles County, California, during the "Golden Age" of the LA club scene, with the Doors, Love and the Standells regularly playing the Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Strip and the Beach Boys playing the afternoon event Teenage Fair. Both Ron and Russell Mael are seen in the audience during the Ronettes' section of the concert film The Big T.N.T. Show, filmed in 1966. Both attended UCLA, Ron studying cinema and graphic art, Russell theatre arts and film making. Detesting the folk music scene, which they considered "cerebral and sedate and we had no time for that", they developed a particular taste in English bands of the time such as the Who, Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Move, which led to their description of themselves as "Anglophiles".

Forming Halfnelson in 1968, they soon came to the attention of producer Todd Rundgren, at whose urging Albert Grossman signed the band to his Bearsville record label. Their eponymous debut album – with the line-up consisting of college friend Earle Mankey on guitar, Mankey's brother James on bass, Harley Feinstein now on drums and Rundgren producing – sold poorly, but after switching labels to Warner Bros. Records and renaming themselves Sparks, a play on the Marx Brothers, the re-issued debut spawned the minor regional hit "Wonder Girl".

Their follow-up album, A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing, led to a tour of the United Kingdom, including a residency at the Marquee Club in London, which incidentally saw on one night Queen open for Sparks. These London appearances helped them to secure a significant cult following. An appearance on the BBC Television's The Old Grey Whistle Test led to wider interest where host Bob Harris compared the band to a cross between Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and the Monkees.

Noted for Russell's falsetto voice and Ron's keyboard playing style; Sparks' music is often accompanied by intelligent, sophisticated, and acerbic lyrics, and an idiosyncratic, theatrical stage presence, typified in the contrast between Russell's animated, hyperactive frontman antics and Ron's deadpan scowling (which Paul McCartney mimicked in his 1980 “Coming Up” video).

While achieving chart success in various countries around the world including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and the United States, they have enjoyed a cult following since their first releases. During the late 1970s, when in collaboration with Giorgio Moroder (and Telex subsequently), Sparks reinvented themselves as a new wave/synth-pop band, and abandoned the traditional rock band line-up. Their frequently changing styles and visual presentations have kept the band at the forefront of modern, artful pop music.

Released in 2000, Balls is their 18th album. It once again put the band in a context of electronic instrumentation with some of Ron's most striking and perceptive lyrics. With the release of Balls the band toured the UK, Germany, Japan and Australia. Balls was not a success in terms of chart performance and failed to match the performance of Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins. It did not chart in Germany, UK or US. "More Than A Sex Machine", "The Calm Before The Storm" and "The Angels" were released as singles but did not pick up any significant sales or radio play.

After Balls, the band resurfaced in 2002 with the release of the album which has been described as their "genre-defying opus". Lil' Beethoven, featuring quasi-classical arrangements strings and choirs, led to renewed interest in the band, for instance Record Collector magazine named the album as one of its "Best New Albums of 2002", describing it as "...possibly the most exciting and interesting release ever from such a long established act" and later in 2003 saying " really does feel like one of the best albums ever made." A UK and European tour had the band playing the entire album each night in the first half of the show, with fan favourites making up the second. The line-up now included former Faith No More guitarist Dean Menta in addition to Tammy Glover on drums. Long-time fan Morrissey invited Sparks to perform at the 2004 Meltdown Festival, of which he was curator. They performed their breakthrough Kimono My House album, followed by Lil Beethoven, both in their entirety. Also in this period, the duo appeared in the music video for the Darkness' Justin Hawkins's cover of "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us", in which Ron and Russell play the referee and MC at a darts match between Hawkins and darts champion Phil Taylor. This version of "This Town" reached No. 6 in the UK charts.


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