With your humble radio host buried under deadlines this week, we once again have to dig into the archives today on The AIR.  We have a new episode of  Radio Free Charleston, but it’s a collection of “oldies” in the first hour, followed by a ten-year-old edition of RFC Volume 3 from 2014 in our second and third hours.  To listen to The AIR, you simply have to point your cursor over and tune in at the website, or you could just stay here, and  listen to the cool embedded player found elsewhere on this page.  

You can hear Radio Free Charleston Tuesdays at 10 AM and 10 PM, with tons of replays throughout the week.

I didn’t have nearly as much time as usual to record this episode of RFC, so I did one new hour,  filled with tracks ranging from 10 to 35 years old, and then pulled out the fifth episode of the old Voices of Appalachia version of the show from 2014.

We open our first hour with Government Cheese, a Louisville band that appeared on the original broadcast incarnation of Radio Free Charleston back in 1989. Then I just played what I could get my hands on in an old music folder, and happily managed to locate a Three Bodies song that I’d misplaced years ago.  The rest of the first hour includes lots of music that you won’t be able to hear anywhere else, harvested from the vast RFC archives.

Basically, this is a fond look back at the Charleston music scene (with a few visiting bands included) from the last 35 years or so. Because of my deadlines and the fact that many of these artists don’t have websites, there are no links this week.

Check out the playlist.

RFC V5 184

hour one
Government Cheese “Camping On Acid”
Qiet “The Indie Song”
Snakebox “Dead Planet”
Go Van Gogh “Planet of Psychotic Women”
Decomposing In Paris “He Loves Me”
Some Forgotten Color “High Chair”
Three Bodies “Three Bodies”
Stark Raven “Irrational People”
WATT 4 “Bad Situation”
Super Heavy Duty “Here I Be”
Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands “Especially Your Mother”
From The Future “Cool Taco”
Beckner, Price & Panucci “Got Drunk, Got Married, Got Screwed”

hour two
Slate Dump “Co-Dependent Shuffle”
Mark Beckner “Ain’t It Hard”
Kenneth Brian Band with Lillie Mae Rische “Last Call”
Southern Culture On The Skids “King of the Mountain”
The Renfields “Transylvania Fight Song”
Donny Iris “Songs of Summer”
Scooter Scudieri “Round and Round”
Todd Burge “My Kind of Town”
Blue Million “Down To A Groove”
Stephanie Deskins “Godless”
Spurgie Hankins Band “Seagull”
Strawfyssh “Choppin’ Broccoli”
Kevin Duffer “Harder Days”

Hour Three–the songs of Slate Dump
J. Marinelli “The Ballad of Pop Bottle Pete”
Sam Taylor “Behind The Ears”
Sleepy Eyes Nelson “The Tragic Tale of Kazimir Kiskis”
Tongue Tied Twin “Safety Rope”
The Stalnaker Brothers “The Last Buck Dance”
Tucker Riggleman “Your Man”
Tyler Timebomb “Leave The Light On”
Nick Ledford “Bedbug Epidemic”
Walt Phelan “Shoulder pt. one”
The Discovery Flannel “Dubber’s Theme”
Esmerelda Strange “Love Bug”
Mussy Cloves “Disillusionment”
Johnny Lowebrow “Burl Ives Must Suffer”
SlamDance “Requiem for a Canary”
Badger Fight “I’m a Creeper”
Black River Bluesman and Bad Mood Hudson, “I’m a Creeper”
Sleepy Eyes Nelson “Ballad of Pop Bottle Pete”

You can hear this episode of Radio Free Charleston Tuesday at 10 AM and 10 PM on The AIR, with replays Wednesday at 9 AM,  Thursday at 2 PM, Friday at 9 AM, Saturday at Noon and Midnight,  and  Monday at 11 AM, exclusively on The AIR. Now you can also hear a different classic episode of RFC every weekday at 5 PM, and we bring you a marathon all night long Saturday night/Sunday morning.

I’m also going to  embed a low-fi, mono version of this show right in this post, right here so you can listen on demand.


After RFC, stick around for encores of last week’s episodes of  MIRRORBALL at 1 PM and Curtain Call at 2 PM.

At 3 PM we give you an encore of two recent episodes of The Swing Shift, because I couldn’t record a new one of these on Monday, either.

 You can hear The Swing Shift Tuesday at 3 PM, with replays Wednesday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM and 8 PM and Saturday afternoon, only on The AIR . You can also hear all-night marathons, seven hours each, starting at Midnight Thursday and Sunday evenings.