The PopCulteer
April 14, 2023

After a week filled with car repairs, internet upgrades, assorted aches and pains and a few outside projects, we’re a little PopCulted out. So all we have to share today is the playlist for a new episode of MIRRORBALL, on The AIR, for you Disco fanatics.   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.

Getting right to that, at 2 PM, Mel Larch uncorks a new MIRRORBALL! The AIR’s showcase of classic Disco music presents a look at Disco in the Movies.

While Disco took over the Hot 100 and the dance clubs in the 1970s, its influence on pop culture didn’t stop there. Disco also went Hollywood! In the next hour we’re going to bring you the Disco Hits that crossed over and found success on The Silver Screen. You’ll hear Disco classics from Car Wash, Roller Boogie, Thank God It’s Friday, Can’t Stop The Music, Saturday Night Fever and more! But it wasn’t just musical movies that co-opted the Disco beat. Mel also mixes in Disco classics that turned up in everything from Eyes of Laura Mars to Shaft to Priscella, Queen of the Desert.

Check out the playlist…


Michael Zager Band “Let’s All Chant” (From Eyes of Laura Mars)
The Village People “Can’t Stop The Music” (From Can’t Stop The Music)
Love and Kisses “Thank God It’s Friday” (From Thank God It’s Friday)
The Village People “Milkshake” (From Can’t Stop The Music)
Rose Royce “Car Wash” (From Car Wash)
Bob Etsy “The Roller Boogie” (From Roller Boogie)
Isaac Hayes “Theme From Shaft” (From Shaft)
Heatwave “Boogie Nights” (From The Stud)
Donna Summer “Last Dance” (From Thank God It’s Friday)
Alicia Bridges “I Love The Nightlife” (From Priscella, Queen of the Desert)
Cher “Hell On Wheels” (From Roller Boogie)
The Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (From Saturday Night Fever)

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.

At 3 PM we bring you an encore of a classic episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat from September, 2016.  This was the show where Sydney Fileen delivered a a collection of cover songs performed by New Wave bands.  Rather than send you to a link, we’ll just re-post the playlist here…

The playlist:

Missing Persons  “Hello I Love You”
Joe Jackson  “The Harder They Fall”
The Ramones  “Surfin’ Bird”
The Clash  “Police On My Back”
The B 52s  “Downtown”
Erasure  “River Deep, Mountain High”
The Creatures  “Wild Thing”
DEVO  “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”
Flying Lizards  “Summertime Blues”
Elvis Costello  “I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down”
Lene Lovich  “I Think We’re Alone Now”
Klaus Nomi  “You Don’t Own Me”
Rockpile  “When Will I Be Loved”
Thompson Twins  “Revolution”
Robert Palmer  “Not A Second Time”
Souixsie and The Banshees  “Dear Prudence”
New Musik  “All You Need Is Love”
Soft Cell  “Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go”
The Stranglers  “Walk On By”
Dave Stewart and Colin Blunstone  “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”
Eurythmics with Green from Scritti Politti  “Wrap It Up”
The Beat  “Can’t Get Used To Losing You”
Frankie Goes To Hollywood  “Born To Run”
The Bangles  “Hazy Shade of Winter”
Marianne Faithfull  “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan”
Pretenders  “Stop Your Sobbing”
Oingo Boingo  “You Really Got Me”
The Stranglers  “All Day and All of The Night”
Art of Noise  “Peter Gunn”
The Dickies  “Knights In White Satin”
Echo and The Bunnymen  “People Are Strange”

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.

And that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back every day for fresh content because it tastes good AND it’s good for you!