The PopCulteer
June 23, 2023

Suddenly and without warning, we have to start The PopCulteer with a STUFF TO DO update:  Friday night at Live on The Levee, at Haddad Riverfront Park in Charleston, the headliner has been changed. Celisse has dropped out and has been replaced with RFC faves and old buddies of PopCult, The Velvet Brothers!  New Old Souls are still opening at 6:30 PM, but now The Velvet Brothers will play on into the night, which is really cool. All proper citizens should march down to Haddad to see The Velvets!  This news just broke around 9 PM Thursday night, after this post was already been prepared.  We now return you to your regularly-scheduled PopCulteer...

Your PopCulteer is neck-deep in editing video from last weekend’s Marx Toy & Train Show so I can post it this Sunday. Luckily, instead of writing a long essay that would take me away from those duties, a lovely lady has come to my rescue. Mel Larch returns Friday with a new episode of MIRRORBALL devoted to summertime Disco Hits from the golden age of dance music.

Friday at 2 PM on The AIR, Mel Larch devotes a full hour to dance classics that managed to heat up the dance floor when the air conditioners were running full blast anyway.  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.

Rather than bring you another theme show, Mel returns to her roots and mixes things up. In this hour you will hear timeless Disco classics mixed with underground club hits and a track or two that managed to heat things up in Europe or New York without spreading their boogie fever to the Hot 100. One thing you can be sure of, they’re all eminently danceable.

Check out the playlist…


Shalamar “Take That To The Bank”
Chic “My Forbidden Lover”
Bee Gees “Tragedy”
Alan Sorrenti “Try To Imagine”
Grace Jones “I Need A Man”
Rick James “Ghetto Life”
Stephanie Mills “What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin'”
Junior “Mama Used To Say”
Gene Chandler “Get Down”
The Whispers “And The Beat Goes On”
Gary’s Gang “Keep On Dancin'”
Gloria Gaynor “Walk On By”
Edwin Starr “Contact”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays throughout the following week Monday at 9 AM and Tuesday at 1 PM and a mini-marathon Saturday nights at 9 PM

At 3 PM we bring you an encore of the very first episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat from July, 2016.  This is the show that launched Sydney Fileen’s backward glance at the brave new tomorrow that never really came.  Since we had a shortened week due to holiday marathons, I just dropped in the debut episodes of most of our shows this week, and now that Sydney’s been around almost seven years, with more than a hundred episodes, here’s a fun chance to go back and hear how it all began.

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.