The PopCulteer
September 11, 2020

It’s our post-Labor Day lull. I could use this space to remember the terror attacks of 911, but there is no shortage of such things on the web, and your PopCulteer is in the midst of his annual late-summer sinus infection. I have been fairly useless all week, but I did get some reading done, so you can expect more of The PopCult Bookshelf in the coming week or three. But I didn’t quite feel up to cranking out an eloquent essay on a pertinent subject for this space this week.

Luckily, I did feel like producing a new episode of MIRRORBALL, hosted by my lovely wife, Mel Larch, and that’s what I’m going to tell you about this week.

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already up to our tenth edition of MIRRORBALL  Friday afternoon on The AIR. and that’s followed by two great encore epsodes of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat.  You can hear all this good stuff on The AIR website, or just click on this embedded radio player…

This week we open the show with Kool and The Gang’s “Celebration,” which, aside from being a great show-opening tune, is also here in memory of Ronald “Khalis” Bell, who wrote the song as a member of The Gang. He passed away this week at his home in the Virgin Islands. That celebration of his life kicks off an hour of top-notch Disco music, to which buttocks may start a-jigglin’. Check out the playlist:


Kool And The Gang “Celebration”
Teena Marie “I Need Your Lovin'”
The Village People “Macho Man”
The Detroit Spinners “Working My Way Back To You”
Luther Vandross “Never Too Much”
Stephanie Mills “Never Knew Love Like This Before”
McFadden and Whitehead “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”
Eddie Kendricks “Keep On Truckin'”
Rufus “Tell Me Something Good”
George McCrae “Rock Your Baby”
Shalamar “The Second Time Around”
Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King “Shame”
Earth Wind and Fire “Mighty Mighty”
Kelly Marie “Feels Like I’m In Love”
Chic “Good Times”

You can tune in at 2 PM (Eastern time) and hear the latest edition of MIRRORBALL. The plan is to drop a new episode roughly every other Friday afternoon, until Mel gets tired of doing it, or people stop listening. Later today, it will go up in the Podcast section of The AIR website, so you can listen on demand.  MIRRORBALL will also be replayed Friday night at 10 PM, Saturday at 7 PM (part of a mini-marathon), Sunday at 11 PM and Tuesday at 1 PM. We’ll probably sneak in a few more airings during the week.

And that wraps up this short, headache-y PopCulteer.  Check back for fresh content every day, even if some of it is prepared while fighting with a throbbing noggin.