K-Chuck Radio: The many rains of Africa

I’ve done these “interpretation” K-Chuck Radio blog posts before – different interpretations of pop chestnuts like Smash Mouth’s “All Star” or the re-interpretations of the “Steamed Hams” mini-episode of The Simpsons. So for today, I bring you this classic 1983 yacht-rock #1 song by the studio band Toto. No, it’s not “Hold the Line” or…

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K-Chuck Radio: And on my 14th birthday…

There’s a new Internet meme floating around, suggesting that whatever song was #1 on the charts on your 14th birthday would determine your future in life. Gee, and I thought it was whatever song was #1 when you were born was the determining factor… Okay, I’m willing to play. For arguments and purposes, my 14th…

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K-Chuck Radio: a post you can “c” through all the “grimes”

This happens so often in popular music, it’s enough to make your head swim.  For a few years, Prince called himself some doodle, which I guess spells out “The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.”  And Sean Combs has been Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, I don’t know, what is it now, Doody, Dundy, Dinghy… Recently…

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K-Chuck Radio: May the Fourth Be With You…

My blog reader Dave reminded me this morning that today is a great and wonderful holiday.  For today, May 4th, is the day we celebrate all things Star Wars-related. Why the fourth of May?  Man, if I have to explain it … “May the force be with you,” or “May the 4th be with you…”…

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K-Chuck Radio: When Comedians Get Funky

At some point in their career, a stand-up comedian will eventually release a comedy album.  And eventually, that stand-up comedian will transition from doing a comedy album to performing his own songs. I call this evolution.  Sort of. Here on K-Chuck Radio, we have some examples of popular comedians transitioning to the pop and rock…

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K-Chuck Radio: It’s a 5 O’Clock World when the whistle blows…

In a previous lifetime, I was a freelance writer for the music magazine Goldmine.  One of my feature stories involved an interview with all four members of the Vogues, the 1960’s vocal harmony group that had several major adult contemporary and pop hits. Bill Burkette, the lead baritone, was one of the original founding members…

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K-Chuck Radio: That’s song’s about WHAT?!?!?

Here’s the thing.  The majority of pop and rock songs are about love – love earned, love lost, love wished for, love enduring.  This is a common theme in popular music. Also common in popular music is a song with a hidden meaning.  Yes, the song may be about something acute, but the lyrics might…

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K-Chuck Radio: Another dive into my college radio days…

From 1981 to 1985, I spent most of my college time at the studios of our college station, WHCL.  88.7 FM on the left side of your dial, don’tcha know. On occasion, I’ve blogged about the myriad of records we played at that station, as we grew from a five-watt low-power station that nobody could…

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