March 10, 2023
It’s a day for internet radio notes about The AIR, so let’s dive right in. The AIR is PopCult‘s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player found elsewhere on this page.
Friday at 2 PM, Mel Larch celebrates a new MIRRORBALL! The AIR’s showcase of classic Disco music presents a salute to Kool & The Gang, Disco stalwarts who were recently announced as headliners for July 2 at Charleston’s Sternwheel Regatta.
Straight out of Jersey City came this legendary band. Initially made up of brothers, Robert “Kool” Bell and Ronald Bell, with Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, Robert “Spike” Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West. They later added vocalist JT Taylor and worked with producer Eumir Deodato, and through that and many line-up changes they created an amazing catalog of R&B, Funk and Disco classics, and even had a few great ballads in the mix.
With the band coming to Charleston this summer, Mel thought it might be a good time to bring her listeners a solid hour of classic Kool & The Gang.
Check out the playlist…
Kool & The Gang
“Let’s Go Dancing”
“Get Down On It”
“Take It To The Top”
“In The Heart”
You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays Saturday at 9 PM (kicking off a mini-marathon), Sunday at 11 PM, Monday at 9 AM, and Tuesday at 1 PM exclusively on The AIR.
At 3 PM we bring you an encore of an episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat from last July. This was the show where Sydney Fileen celebrated six years of bringing you classic New Wave Music on The AIR by producing a new show that had every artist from her pilot episode, in the same exact order, only those artists were all represented by different songs. As I began writing this, I discovered that, for reasons unknown to me, this episode was missing from The AIR’s servers. So I’m re-uploading it and while I’m at it, I’ll just re-post the playlist here…
Big Electric Cat 093
Bow Wow Wow “Mile High Club”
The Humans “Pipeline”
The Fixx “Stand Or Fall”
Adam Ant “Dog Eat Dog”
Kim Wilde “2-6-5-8-0”
The Buggles “I Love You Miss Robot”
The Human League “The Lebanon”
Romeo Void “A Girl In Trouble”
Split Enz “Shark Attack”
Pete Shelley “Telephone Operator”
The Waitresses “Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful”
Elvis Costello “Secondary Modern”
Ultravox “The Ascent”
Depeche Mode “Wrong”
XTC “Meccanic Dancing”
Martha and the Muffins “This Is The Ice Age”
Missing Persons “Hello I Love You”
Trio “Hearts Are Trump”
Wall of Voodoo “Two Minutes To Lunch”
The Go Gos “We Got The Beat”
Animotion “Let Him Go”
Gary Numan “I Nearly Married A Human”
Orchestral Manuevers In The Dark “The Punishment of Luxury”
The Beat “Rough Rider”
ABC “4 Ever 2 Gether”
Heaven 17 “Who’ll Stop The Rain”
Thompson Twins “No Peace For The Wicked”
Sydney’s Big Electric Cat is produced at Haversham Recording Institute in London, and can be heard every Friday at 3 PM, with replays Saturday afternoon, Monday at 7 AM, Tuesday at 8 PM, Wednesday at Noon and Thursday at 10 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Two classic episodes can also be heard every Sunday, starting at 10 AM.
Friday at 9 PM we present an encore of the episode of The Comedy Vault, in memory of Artie Barnes, who passed away last week. That will be followed by an hour of Dr. Demento, and then Neil’s Heavy Concept Album.
And that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back every day for fresh content, and all our regular features.