K-Chuck Radio: When someone sings Tom Waits’ tracks …

Tom Waits is a songwriting genius.  His tracks have been covered by artists from nearly every musical genre, and his music has become the fabric of pain and heartache and solace for decades. What’s amazing about his songs is that every one of them sounds perfect for the artist who covered them.  They sound like…

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K-Chuck Radio: Making Beatles where Beatles Weren’t Beating …

This year is the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road.  A fantastic album, for sure.  Full of classic Beatles tracks.  After this came the soundtrack to the motion picture Let it Be, and then a series of repackagings from their record label – two greatest hits albums (the “red” and…

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K-Chuck Radio: Musical Motivation

I’m trying a new photography technique today.  If it works, I will have some super-swank photos that will make for new opportunities.  So I need a little musical motivation. And when I say “musical motivation,” I need the most positive, uptempo, run-thrugh-a-brick-wall-after-the-coach-gives-you-the-pep-talk tracks out there. In other words, these are the songs I would listen…

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K-Chuck Radio: You’ve never heard of Suzi Quatro?

Okay, if I said to you, “What do you know about Suzi Quatro,” I’m sure I’d get one of three responses. “Wasn’t she on Happy Days for a season or two?” “Didn’t she have that sappy duet song called Stumblin’ In?” “Suzi Who?” I get it. Let’s fill this out.  Suzi Quatro is one of…

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K-Chuck Radio: Tony Orlando and Dawn to make your day

Sometimes in our lives, we need a bit of sunshine pop.  Feel-good music.  Songs that allow you to sing and dance and smile. And in the 1970’s, we received plenty of that with Tony Orlando and Dawn. But how did we get to Tony Orlando and Dawn? First, we need to study where Tony Orlando…

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K-Chuck Radio: Taylor Swift’s not so new idea

I get it, I understand Taylor Swift’s struggle.  She recorded six albums for one record label, then she left for another label.  But the first label still held the rights to all her music.  And they sold those rights to a person she didn’t like or trust.  So now this person holds all of Tay…

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K-Chuck Radio: Paul McCartney’s not quite dead yet…

I know you’ve heard about one of the craziest urban legends in rock music history.  But in case you haven’t, I’ll give you a quick primer. At some point in 1966, Paul McCartney left a Beatles recording session and drove away.  He stopped and picked up a hitchhiker, who as he continued to drive, suddenly…

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K-Chuck Radio: I feel like tightening up…

Sometimes you just need to find the funkiest, nastiest, grooviest tracks that are buried deep, deep, deep in your record collection, dust them off, and blast them at full volume to whoever is in the general radius. So on today’s K-Chuck Radio, I’m doing just that.   This is a batch of 45’s that are just…

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K-Chuck Radio: 21 years without Marc Hunter

Longtime readers of this blog will know that I am a devout fan of the New Zealand rock band Dragon.  Their songs are melodic and on point; and their original lead singer Marc Hunter was blessed with equal amounts of vocal talent and charisma. Marc passed away in 1998.  He was only 44 years old. …

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K-Chuck Radio: How to enjoy a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack

The previews for the new Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time In Hollywood are enticing.  I definitely want to see how one of the most inspiring directors of our time can use the backdrop of 1960’s-era Hollywood to create something vibrant and special. And if you’re a Tarantino fan, you know that one of…

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