Saturday, May 13, 2017

Self Help Radio 051017: A Show Called Johnny

(Most images made creepy taken from here.)

Look!  It's Saturday!  Normally I post on a Thursday!  What the hell is wrong with me?

Boy do I wish I could blame this on a Johnny.  But I can't.  Got too busy, actually put this on the web page yesterday, forgot to say anything.

Something is said now.  This week's show, which is full of songs about Johnnys both famous & not, is available to be listened to whether your name is Johnny or not at the Self Help Radio website.  There's a username & password, but both are on the main page, so if you can't find them, maybe ask someone named Johnny,  he (or she) might be able to help.  Then you can tell him (or her) about the show, that it's in two parts, & he (or she) can see all the songs about people named Johnny that were played this week, which are listed below.

Enjoy your weekend!  I'm going to find a new friend who I hope has the name Johnny.

(part one)

"Johnny Angel" Bunnygrunt _Johnny Angel_
"Poor Old Johnny" Twinkle _Golden Lights_
"Ask Johnny Dee" The Chesterfields _CD86: 48 Tracks From The Birth Of Indie Pop_

"Johnny B Goode" Chuck Berry _The Chess Box_
"English Civil War" The Clash _Give 'Em Enough Rope_
"Johnny Carson" Space Ghost _Yeah, Whatever..._
"The Johnny Carcinogenic Show" Billy Bragg _Mr. Love & Justice_
"Johnny Mathis' Feet" American Music Club _Mercury_

"The Rebel Johnny Yuma" Johnny Cash _The Essential Johnny Cash_
"A Front Row Seat To Hear Ole Johnny Sing" Shel Silverstein _Freakin' At The Freakers Ball_
"Whiskey Johnny" Michael Gira _Son Of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, & Chanteys_
"The Boy Looked At Johnny" The Libertines _Up The Bracket_
"Johnny, Are You Queer?" Josie Cotton _Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits Of The 80s, Vol. 6_

"Johnny" Suicide _Suicide_
"Johnny Anorak" The Secret History _The World That Never Was_

(part two)

"Little Johnny Jewel" Television _Singles: The Great New York Singles Scene_
"Johnny Miner" The Mekons _So Good It Hurts_
"Johnny Too Bad" The Slicker _The Harder They Come OST_

"Johnny The Moondog Is Dead" Cleaners From Venus _Under Wartime Conditions_
"Johnny Marr" Permafrost _In Harm's Way_
"Johnny Thunders" Vic Godard _The End Of The Surrey People_
"Johnny Thunders Fantasy Space Camp" Shilpa Ray _Last Year's Savage_

"I'll Be Your Jonny On The Spot" Ween _The Mollusk_
"Johnny Delusional" FFS _FFS_
"Keep Away From Johnny" Hunx & His Punx _Too Young To Be In Love_
"Johnny" Stereo Total _Oh Ah_
"A Girl Called Johnny" The Waterboys _The Waterboys_

"Johnny I Hardly Knew You" Easterhouse _Contenders_
"Johnny Was A Good Boy" The Mystery Trend _Love Is The Song We Sing (San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970)_
"Johnny" Saturday Looks Good To Me _One Kiss Ends It All_

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Whither A Show Called Johnny?

(It just seemed appropriate.  Image from here.)

Yesterday I explained why I am calling this "A Show Called Johnny," & today I'll explain why I am doing "A Show Called Johnny."  It's because of Chuck Berry dying.  I wanted to play a Chuck Berry song & say something about his influence.  I picked "Johnny B. Goode" as the song & I built a show around that theme.

You might ask, "Why not just do a show like you do where you play a bunch of people covering Chuck Berry?"  I might answer, "I thought of that."  But I never got farther than the thought.

Tell all your friends named Johnny that there's a show full of songs about Johnnys tonight on Self Help Radio on 93.9 fm WLXU in Lexington & online at Lexington community radio dot org.  Johnny time is 9-11pm eastern, 8-10 pm central.

You can listen if your name isn't Johnny.  Johnnys won't mind.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Preface To A Show Called Johnny: Famous Johnnys

Do you have a favorite Johnny?  Music lovers will doubtless think of Johnny Cash, but if you're more indie you'll think of Johnny Marr, & if more punk you'll think of Johnny Ramone - or maybe Johnny Thunders.  Old-time jazz fans may mention Johnny Dodd, while the more lounge-y crowd might mention Johnny Mathis.  & those are just a few of the musicians!

There are lots of Johnnys, wow!

The reason this show is called "A Show Called Johnny" & not just "Johnny" as I did with other name shows, like Bill & Emily is because I'm making a reference to a Waterboys song, specifically "A Girl Called Johnny."  There's a video for it!

Man, Karl Wallinger is super scrawny in that video.  My life might have been different is the videos that I am now discovering for songs I loved thirty years ago were as easily available as they are now.  But also, to be fair, when I was a teenager, the internet would have fucked me up.

That's all.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Johnny Realization

The show this week has the theme "A Show Called Johnny."  It will feature songs about people named Johnny, both famous & otherwise.

It made me wonder - do I know anyone named Johnny?

It turns out that I have seven Facebook friends named John, but none that I would ever really call Johnny.  There are also no Johnnys in my family.

But come to think of it - no, I can't think of any of my German relatives - from my mother's side of the family - being named Johan or Johannes.

The Johnnys I remember from my school days were kind of troublemakers.  Maybe Johns stop calling themselves Johnny when they grow up because Johnnys are known to be hoodlums.

Still, hopefully there'll be some Johnnys who appreciate a radio show about them this week!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

New Intro Time Again Again Again Again Again!

It's that time again.  Actually, last week was that time again, but I was out of town eight days out of fourteen & couldn't carve out a few hours to work on this.  But!  This week's show will feature a new intro to the show.

Some history: With the exception of 2004 - & I don't know why I didn't do it except maybe I had other things on my mind - there has been a new Self Help Radio intro each year.  In the beginning, it was usually at the start of a show schedule - I'm sure the first few showed up whenever I did them - but by the time the show ended up at WRFL, I would do a new intro at the beginning of the summer semester, or at least at the end of the spring semester - around May 1st was the general time.   Or maybe it happened when KOOP started a bi-yearly schedule change.  I don't know.  It ain't important.

The show of course is now at a community radio station, which doesn't have semester schedules, but I guess I'll stick with changing the intro out every year around May.  Hey!  It's May.  It's time for a new intro!

So if you tune in to the show Wednesday, at 8 pm eastern, you'll hear this:

The Self Help Radio 2017-2018 Intro!

I hope that some time soon it'll be heard in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

Perhaps you'd like to hear the intros from shows of self help past?  Okay.

You can listen to the 2002 intro (my first!) here.

You can listen to the 2003 intro here.

You can listen to the 2005 intro here.

You can listen to the 2006 intro here.

You can listen to the 2007 intro here.

You can listen to the 2008 intro here.

You can listen to the 2009 intro here.

You can listen to the 2010 intro here.

You can listen to the 2011 intro here.

You can listen to the 2012 intro here.

You can listen to the 2013 intro here.

You can listen to the 2014 intro here.

You can listen to the 2015 intro here.

You can listen to the 2016 intro here.

& of course you'll get pretty sick of it soon.  I do.  My apologies.