The PopCulteer
September 30, 2022

This week we have great new episodes of MIRRORBALL and Sydney’s Big Electric Cat to tell you about, but first, The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, at their Charleston Town Center Location, will be hosting cool Spooky Scavenger Hunt musical events every Saturday in October.

Rather than re-write and mangle a press-release, how about i just run their cool graphic right here?

And speaking of cool graphics for things that the WVMHOF is doing, just as I was preparing this post, the following very cool event graphic indeed wound up in my Instagram feed…

That’s a chance to see one of my artistic heroes, Ann Magnuson, in two different corners of the state. Who could pass that up? I’ll tell you more about Ann’s shows as the dates approach.

And now, On The AIR

The last day of September (somebody go wake up Billie Joe Armstrong) brings two great new episodes of our music specialty shows to The AIR.  Friday we offer up shiny new editions 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 found elsewhere on this page.

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 from the classic era of people dancing in dark rooms on cocaine.

For one hour you can go back to the Golden Age of Disco, where the clothes were made of petroleum, the dancefloors made of glass and the jewelry was made of spoons.

Check out the playlist…


The Biddue Orchestra “Summer of ’42”
The Three Degress “The Runner”
Harlold Melvin & The Blue Notes “Satisfaction Guaranteed”
Diana Ross “The Boss”
The Motors “Forget About You”
Patsy Gallant “From New York to L.A.”
Boney M. “Belfast”
Johnny Mathis “Gone, Gone, Gone”
Andrea True Connection “What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number”
Kool AndThe Gang “Get Down On It (live)”
Lief Garrett “Feel The Need”
Amanda Lear “Follow Me”
The Real Thing “To Me You Are Everything”
Wild Cherry “Play That Funky Music”
MECO “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band”

You can hear MIRRORBALL every Friday at 2 PM, with replays Saturday at  9 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, it’s Big Electric Cat time as Sydney Fileen delivers a special mixtape edition of her show that presents a time capsule of the year 1980, one of the key years in the history of New Wave Music.

Over the course of two hours you will hear such artists as The Police, Gary Numan, The Beat, Talking Heads, The B 52s, DEVO and more, all with music released in 1980. 1980 was the year when we vowed to whip it, at least once in a lifetime.

Also, we must take our hats off to the whole crew at Haversham who delivered new installments of their shows this week, despite several weeks of working long days for the past several weeks covering some kind of major news story that happened in England. Also, Kudos to Sydney for cracking me up with her description of the first song in this week’s show. .

This is musical history at its most fun, so check out this playlist…

Sydney’s Big Electric Cat 096


Ultravox “Vienna”
Jim Carroll Band “People Who Died.”
Siouxsie & The Banshees “Paradise Place”
DEVO “Whip It”
Talking Heads “Once In A Lifetime”
Kate Bush “Violin”
Joe Jackson “Mad At You”
Gary Numan “I Dream of Wires”
Lene Lovich “The Night”
Units “Warm Moving Bodies”
The B 52s “The Devil’s In My Car”
The Cars “Gimme Some Slack”
The Beat (English) “Twist and Crawl”
The Clash “Somebody Got Murdered”
Adam and The Ants “Dog Eat Dog”
The Buggles “Kid Dynamo”
Martha and The Muffins “Echo Beach”
Spizz Energy “Where’s Captain Kirk”
Oingo Boingo “I’m So Bad”
Mi-Sex “A Loser”
The Plasmatics “I Want You Baby”
The Ramones “Do You Remember Rock’n’Roll Radio”
The Pretenders “Tattooed Love Boys”
Quincy “Roamin’ Catholic”
Split Enz “What’s The Matter With You”
Elvis Costello “5 Gears In Reverse”
Berlin “City Lights”
The Vapors “Spring Collection”
Toyah “Vision”
Models “Two People Per Square Kilometer”
Joy Division “Isolation”
Echo and The Bunnymen “Stars are Stars”

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’s some cool stuff from the WVMHOF, so with that we wrap up this week’s PopCulteer. Check back every day for fresh content and loads of regular, irregular and constipated features.