It’s a big day for fans of Disco Music today on The AIR. Mel Larch’s MIRRORBALL marks three years of flying her freak flag high while shaking her groove thing Monday at 9 PM with a special preview airing of this Friday’s new episode of the show. It’s actually a double celebration because tonight Mel also marks 75 episodes in addition to her third anniversary by jumping in the Disco time machine and heading back to 1975 with a special mix of classic dance tracks from one of the key years of the Disco era on MIRRORBALL!
Mel celebrates both of these milestones with an hour of music from the year right before the Bicentennial of these United States of Disco America.
For an “Air Music Special” that nobody involved thought would ever get a second episode, MIRRORBALL proved to be a hugely successful surprise, and is one of The AIR’s most-listened-to programs.
Fans can tune in tonight at 9 PM for The Monday Marathon, which kicks off with a preview of Friday’s new episode. Following that, you can dance all night as we bring you nine more great episodes of MIRRORBALL from the last 12 months. You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player elsewhere on this page.
It all begins with the “75 Special” program. Check out this playlist…
Van McCoy “The Hustle”
Brass Construction “Movin'”
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “Don’t Leave Me This Way”
Gloria Gaynor “Never Can Say Goodbye”
KC & The Sunshine Band “That’s The Way (I Like It)”
Barry White “What Am I Gonna Do With You”
The Blackbyrds “Walking In Rhythm”
Gary Tom’s Empire “7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blow Your Whistle”
Tavares “It Only Takes A Minute”
Salsoul Orchestra “Tangerine”
Silver Convention “Save Me”
Hot Chocolate “You Sexy Thing”
The Bee Gees “Jive Talkin'”
You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays throughout the following week, Saturday at 9 PM, Sunday at 11 PM, Monday at 9 AM and Tuesday at 1 PM. This special episode won’t be replayed again until this coming Friday.
Before we kick off the all-night Disco party, we offer up two new episodes of our AIR Music Specialty shows Monday afternoon as Nigel Pye’s Psychedelic Shack and Herman Linte’s Prognosis present their first new episodes in over a month. Seems our friends at Haversham Recording Institute in London have been preoccupied with some sort of moderately-sized shindig coming up over there.
Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we do indeed bring you a new episode of Psychedelic Shack
On Psychedelic Shack, Nigel Pye collects and collates an hour of great psychedelic bands. Nigel has put together a killer assortment of mind-expanding songs. Just check out the playlist…
Psychedelic Shack 076
Flo & Eddie “Marmendy Mill”
The Flowers “Combination of The Two”
The Move “Sunshine Help Me”
Jimi Hendrix “All Along The Watchtower”
Loose Sutures & Marcos Neiddu “Sunny Cola”
Rural Tapes “Reddal”
MC 5 “Starship”
Grombira “Civilization One”
Psychedelic Shack can be heard every Monday at 2 PM, with replays Tuesday at 9 AM, Wednesday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM, and Saturday at 9 AM.
Our afternoon of new programming continues at 3 PM. On a split topic edition of Prognosis, Herman Linte presents one hour of double-shots of BRAND-NEW music from prog-rock stalwarts, YES, Peter Gabriel, Jethro Tull and Hawkwind. YES and Gabriel are represented by tracks from their upcoming albums, Mirror To The Sky and i/o, while the Tull and Hawkwind tracks are from the just-released albums, RökFlöte and The Future Never Waits.
The second hour is a mixtape of music by the sadly-forgotten, Queen-inspired prog-pop group, City Boy, whose music has largely been forgotten for the past four decades. Herman hopes to raise the profile of these unsung heroes who sort of got lost in the New Wave/Music Video world of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Check out this split playlist of brand new and sadly overlooked Progressive Rock on today’s Prognosis…
YES “All Connected”
YES “Cut From The Stars”
Peter Gabriel “The Court”
Peter Gabriel “I-o (Bright Side Mix)”
Jethro Tull “Wolf Unchained”
Jethro Tull “The Navigators”
Hawkwind “They Are So Easily Distracted”
Hawkwind “Rama (The Prophecy)”
City Boy Mixtape
“5000 Years-Don’t Know, Can’t Tell”
“Dinner At The Ritz”
“The Sound of The Bell”
“State Secrets- A Thriller”
“Dear Jean (I’m Nervous)”
“The Man Who Ate His Car”
“The Day The Earth Caught Fire”
“The Blind Leading The Blind”
You can hear Prognosis on The AIR Monday at 3 PM, with replays Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM. You can hear two classic episodes of the show Sunday at 2 PM.