The PopCulteer
January 7, 2022

We are at the end of the first week of a new year and I have nothing profound to offer. I chose not to go on about the first anniversary of the insurrection, where the Republican party incited a terrorist attack on the Capitol. It was all over the news yesterday, and I still haven’t quite gotten over the fact that the instigators have yet to be charged. So instead, I’ll tell you what we have on The AIR today.

What we have is a cool afternoon of music for everybody! We wrap up a week of new music speciality shows with two new episodes debuting on our sister internet station Friday afternoon.  We offer up bright, shiny new episodes of MIRRORBALL and Sydney’s Big Electric Cat.  The AIR is PopCult‘s sister radio station. You can hear these shows on The AIR website, or just click on the embedded player at the top right column of this blog.

At 2 PM, Mel Larch uncorks a new MIRRORBALL! The AIR’s showcase of classic Disco music presents a wild collection of classic Disco tracks that all will take you back to the days of dancing on lighted floors under shiny mirrored globes.  It’s an all-star line-up of classic Disco artists.

Check out the playlist…


Cloud One “Disco Juice”
Eruption “I Can’t Stand The Rain”
Rose Royce “Best Love”
Odyssey “Going Back To My Roots”
Luthor Vandross “Never Too Much”
G.Q. “Disco Nights (Rock Freak)”
The Intruders “I’ll Love My Mama”
Dan Hartman “Instant Replay”
Gladys Knight & The Pips “Taste of Bitter Love”
Gino Soccio “Dancer”
First Choice “Smarty Pants”
Earth Wind & Fire “Let’s Groove”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays this Saturday at  8 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, Sydney Fileen graces us with a special mixtape episode of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat that pays tribute to her friend and former colleague, Janice Long, who passed away on Christmas Day. Janice is credited with discovering or being an early champion of many bands like The Smiths and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Sydney has compiled a selection of her favorite songs.

Just check out this star-studded playlist to be amazed…

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Evis Costello “Oliver’s Army”
The Smiths “How Soon Is Now”
The Stranglers “Peaches”
Bauhaus “Spirit”
Belle Stars “The Clapping Song”
Dave Stewart &Colin Blunstone “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted”
Dr. Feelgood “Milk and Alcohol”
Duffo “Give Me Back My Brain”
Graham Parker “Hey Lord, Don’t Ask Me Questions”
XTC “Making Plans For Nigel”
Wreckless Eric “Whole Wide World”
Ivor Biggun “The Winker Song”
The Undertones “My Perfect Cousin”
John Cooper Clarke “Beasley Street”
Annabella “Schools Out”
Frankie Goes To Hollywood “Relax”
Tom Robbins Band “Power In The Darkness”
Lew Lewis Reformer “…Win Or Loose”
The Pirates “Don’t Munchen It”
Madness “House of Fun”
The Headboys “Shape of Things to Come”
Motors “Dancing The Night Away”
The Clash “Charlie Don’t Surf”
Yazoo “Nobody”
The Police “Can’t Stand Losing You”
The Sugarcubes “Motorcrash”
Tones On Tails “OK This is the Pops”
The Waitresses “No Guilt”
The Armoury Show “Castles In Spain”
Joe Jackson “One More Time”
Suburban Lawns “Mom and Dad and God”
Taffy “I Love My Radio”

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.

That’s what’s on The AIR Friday, and that is this week’s PopCulteer. Check back because we have a fresh post every day and next week I plan to drop a book review and other cool stuff while I’m juggling a magazine assignment.