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Every show starts with the ’70s! We’ll rediscover forgotten rockers, revisit unfairly maligned disco beats and replay power-pop favorites. Next: plenty of new releases, occasional live bands and more. Don’t let the nickname confuse you.

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Options May 25, 2010: '70s Baseball Dance Party with DAN EPSTEIN, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s
The new book Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s (St. Martin's) tells the story of what happened when freewheeling 1970s pop culture crashed into the insular world of Major League Baseball. Author Dan Epstein (20th Century Pop Culture) is live in the studio to regale us with stories about the decade that was like no other either on or off the field. Note: no disco records will be burned during this event. As a matter of fact, they'll be played on the air! And be sure to come out to the Release Party at The Bell House in Brooklyn tomorrow night, Wednesday the 26th, and to the book signing at Rizzoli in Manhattan on Thursday the 27th.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
albert jones  vida blue   Options           0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
the spinners  rubberband man   Options 7"          0:03:11 (Pop‑up)
ron cey  third base bag   Options           0:06:47 (Pop‑up)
heatwave  the groove line   Options           0:08:48 (Pop‑up)
sister sledge  we are family   Options           0:38:30 (Pop‑up)
bob welch  ebony eyes   Options           0:45:52 (Pop‑up)
brothers johnson  strawberry letter 23   Options 12"      this 12" actually smelled like strawberries 25 35 years ago.    0:49:16 (Pop‑up)
1976 phila. phillies  phillies fever '76   Options           0:53:49 (Pop‑up)
jimmy bee  vida blue pt 1   Options           1:15:42 (Pop‑up)
rick derringer  rock & roll hoochie koo   Options           1:19:52 (Pop‑up)
pete rose  aqua velva ad   Options           1:23:00 (Pop‑up)
cerrone  love in c minor   Options 7"      no relation to Rick Cerone, just for the record.    1:23:35 (Pop‑up)
instant funk  i got my mind made up   Options 12"  salsoul        1:41:02 (Pop‑up)
hot chocolate  you sexy thing   Options 7"  big tree        1:48:59 (Pop‑up)
brick  we don't wanna' sit down (we wanna' git down)   Options s/t  bang  1977      1:51:42 (Pop‑up)
whitefield brothers  reverse   Options earthology  now again      *   2:06:08 (Pop‑up)
ozzie  android love   Options the parabolic rock 1975-1982  s-s      *   2:11:40 (Pop‑up)
diamondsnake  switch hitter   Options mp3      new AWESOME metal band with mbrs of Valley Lodge, Sound Of Urchin plus Moby shredding on guitar!
See them live at Highline Ballroom on Thursday June 17! They'll also be playing live on my show in the next few weeks.
  2:15:27 (Pop‑up)
straightshooter  straightshooter   Options 7"  sing sing    7" reissue; orig 1979  *   2:18:28 (Pop‑up)
wooden shjips  loose lips   Options volume 2  sick thirst    CD comp of singles  *   2:22:18 (Pop‑up)
everybody was in the french resistance... now!  think twice (it's not alright)   Options fixing the charts  cooking vinyl      *   2:35:44 (Pop‑up)
white fence  hard finish on mirror mile   Options s/t  make a mess      *   2:39:17 (Pop‑up)
sonny & the sunsets  the hypnotist   Options the hypnotist 7" ep  future stress      *   2:42:22 (Pop‑up)
rod st. james  has anybody seen the superstar   Options va-le beat bespoke vol 4  circle      *   2:44:54 (Pop‑up)
univox  cannonball   Options s/t  roir      *   2:48:19 (Pop‑up)
parry gripp  summertime hoagies   Options hoagiefest 2010      hoagiefest.com    2:52:37 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  11:08pm Jessica:

J'adore, EFD. Way to open, & to exponentially improve my week.
  11:11pm randy in NC:

What was it I read today that Centerfield was put into the baseball Hall of Fame?
  11:13pm AZ:

OMG...that Vida Blue song...incredible! Any chance you'll grace us with "Say Hey, Willie" at some point?
  11:15pm efd:

that's not the last Vida Blue song you'll hear tonight! But we don't have Say Hey Willie handy, sadly.
  11:16pm lisa jane persky:

Hi Evan!
Killer set. Vida Blue! I forgot about all of that until now.
  11:16pm Jessica:

SOL. Singing. Out. Loud.
  11:16pm Joe B:

Randy, I think it is just that Fogerty is gonna perform at the Hall induction?
  11:23pm john:

Greetings from the baseball-free UK....long live Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich!
  11:27pm Michael from the Left Coast:

Hey Dan--I was at the White Sox game against the Yankees when they wore the shorts (I believe it was one of three times they did it). I'm a Yankee hater but my father knew the bullpen car drivers and they got us the tickets (it was the one season the Yankees played at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was reonovated).
  11:29pm randy in NC:

@Joe B. Ah, thanks, that must be what it was...
  11:32pm Joe B:

Pat Pierson - a great DJ. Formerly of WRSU, the Loop Lounge and the Melody bar. Recommended!
  11:32pm nec13:

Best player of the 70's=Dave Kingman
  11:34pm Michael from the Left Coast:

You are correct Dan
It was my first time at Yankee Stadium and that's why I went
  11:34pm Joe B:

The Yankees actually played two seasons at Shea, 1974 and 1975
  11:34pm AZ:

Does Dan's book discuss the "Baseball's Millionth Run" promotion of '76? I saw the million-and-first run get scored.
  11:35pm nec13:

Michael, here's a clip of the Sox in action (with the shorts!)
  11:35pm Michael from the Left Coast:

And you are correct as well Joe B.--I forgot about that
  11:35pm jim:

is JUST before the 70s (1969), but would LOVE to hear "Pennant Fever" by the Chicago Cubs... if you don't have it onhand, would like to hear Dan's take on that CLASSIC nonetheless...
  11:36pm john:

Yeah, I'm five hours ahead of you, so I know what you're going to talk about. Besides, the best player of the '70s was Dave Parker.
  11:37pm jim:

here it is, in fact. on Chess, no less: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAFDeQy1swc
  11:37pm Michael from NJ:

What about the Orioles? They had the winningest pitcher, they did that alphabet thing... (too bad they are now a joke.
  11:38pm AZ:

Bob Watson, of course, went on to make a brilliant appearance in "The Bad News Bears In Breaking Training."
  11:38pm Michael from the Left Coast:

Dan, further to your comment before about the dearth of long ball hitters, I think it was 1975 when Kingman had 26 home runs at the all star break--which was about the total a good hitter would have at the end of the season. I think it was a week after the All Star Break Kingman broke his finger and didn't return for at least six weeks and maybe longer. I remember on the day he returned the second place guy on the home run leader board caught Kingman (Kingman finished with 37 home runs which stood as the most by a Met for some time)
  11:38pm lisa jane persky:

Thurmon Munson, I love you wherever you are.
  11:39pm jim:

I reviewed it on my blog! SELF-PROMOTION! LOVE THAT RECORD!
  11:42pm Danne D:

Hey guys! I admire your first name, Dan. I actually got an Oscar Gamble autographed baseball at a card show once. Anything on the mighty expansion Blue Jays who finished 50 1/2 games back? Alas I think 'okay blue jays' was from the 80s. Btw, Dan should give efd some advice on his fantasy team :) Zing!
  11:42pm nec13:

Another interesting fact about the mid 70's Oakland A's: They had the first and only pinch runner-Herb Washington.
  11:45pm ben:

the 70's had great base stealers. the art of stealing bases isnt practiced anymore. statistics say you're not supposed to. Omar Moreno!!!
  11:45pm Joe B:

Dave Kingman - only player to ever homer in every division in the same season!
  11:45pm Michael from the Left Coast:

nec13 thanks for the link--Comiskey sure looked like a classic ballpark (never got there)
  11:45pm john:

I think it was '76 when Kong got hurt and only hit five dingers after he got back. The post-Joan Payson Mets management, one of the worst in baseball history, lled by 1930s Payson boyfriend M. Donald Grant (and yes, I threw up in my mouth a little typing that) and her baseball-hating daughters, responded by dumping him the next year in the Midnight Massacre™.
  11:46pm Joe B:

Kong traded for future Met Manager Bobby Valentine!
  11:47pm toni daytona:

hello all
  11:47pm Michael from the Left Coast:

John--you mentioned unmentionable--
The trading of Tom Seaver was one of the major heartbreaks of my life at that point.
Come to think of it is there no musical ode to Tom Terrifc?
  11:47pm john:

I made it to Comiskey shortly before it closed. Every single seat in the park was somehow behind a pillar and the whole place reeked like a public convenience. Stick-in-the-mud preservationist that I am ,it should have been bulldozed years sooner.
  11:49pm nec13:

I spent many a summer at Three Rivers Stadium. It was a terrible place to watch baseball, but I feel nostalgia for it.
  11:49pm Michael from the Left Coast:

RIght on Bob Welch!
But I would have gone for Mystery Train
  11:52pm jim:

honest question -- true or false: roger clemens' "milk" comment to bob welch while leaving the field in the 1990 alcs? haven't heard anything definitive on this one.
  11:52pm jim:

(though roger shoulda won the cy young that year regardless)
  11:55pm jim:

"definitive" meaning "did it happen"
  11:55pm Jessica:

These guys lived in the apt. downstairs from ours, circa 1st-3rd grade.
OK, it was their producer. They just hung out for a few days.
Nice folks.
  11:55pm Joe B:

the 45 also had the strawberry scent!
  11:57pm jim:

right or wrong, have always thought that this was just a funky version of the faster section of "surf's up"
  11:57pm Jessica:

scratch n' sniff strawberries.

Peaches & Herb.
Downstairs sipping pineapple juice on the fogbound balcony.
Sheesh. I never figured I'd get such 70's nostalgia.
  11:59pm nec13:

Who knew Garry Maddox could sing?
  12:01am Michael from the Left Coast:

Dan--if Cocaine had a look it would look like Bob Welch on the cover of the French Kiss album
  12:01am john:

"The fans in Philly are really great." Clearly Mike Schmidt and the great, great Dick Allen weren't involved in the recording of this song.
  12:04am nec13:

Dick "Don't Call Me Richie" Allen
  12:06am Michael from the Left Coast:

nec13-- it might have been my first baseball game but I was there the night Dick Allen got lost on his way to Shea and was MIA for his game with the Philliies.
  12:08am nec13:

Dick Allen's absence from the Baseball Hall of Fame is one of sports' great injustices. A tremendously underrated ballplayer.
  12:08am Michael from the Left Coast:

Wasn't Pepitone the first guy in the locker room with a hair dryer
  12:09am Pete:


Having saw the Disco Demolition game, the suprising thing is that is that they really used explosives to blow up the records. When they blew up, that's what got the crowd ballistic
  12:09am john:

Yes, Michael, for his rug.
  12:10am Michael from the Left Coast:

I never knew it was a wig, but then again I hated the Yankees
  12:11am Brian:

When I was around 6 (early 70s) I went to a Padres/Expos game with a "Bat Night" promotion -- all the kids got FULL-SIZE wooden Louisville Slugger bats. The burnt-in inscription on the bats where the player's signature goes, there was the old Jack in the Box logo...
  12:14am john:

Donald Hall's "Dock Ellis In The Country Of Baseball" is an extraordinary book by one of America's great poets, too.
  12:19am Michael from the Left Coast:

Is that the Meters behind Jimmy Lee?
  12:24am efd:

that was the Love Experience backing up Jimmy Bee, per the liner notes.
  12:28am Joe:

As a child of the late 80s early 90s, the 70's were a pretty large black hole as far as my baseball knowledge goes. I in fact only know 2 interesting things about 70's baseball.

1. My father claims to no only have attended, but to actually have started the Reggie! bar volley at the 1978 home opener against the White Sox.

2. The only player to play in three different forfeited games was one Mr. Rusty Torres - His played for the Yanks at the Senators last game in Washington which ended in a riot, played for Cleveland on Ten Cent Beer night, and was Traded for the White Sox just in time for Disco Demolition.
  12:29am AZ:

As a kid in Cincinnati, my friends and i went to Riverfront Stadium every weekend to see the Reds. When that Aqua-Velva commercial was running, we would routinely sneak down near the dug-out so that we could scream out "Hey Pete Rose, what does a man really want from an aftershave?" at the tops of our lungs. He would occasionally look at us and grimace.
  12:30am Joe:

excuse the glaring typos - we're having our own ten cent beer night whilst enjoying the show
  12:31am Sybil:

So do we get Jim Palmer Jockey ads to make up for that Pete Rose Aqua Velva ad? Don't know how you'd do it on radio, but...

(BTW Great show so far! I'm buried in work, and couldn't get to comment till now.)
  12:31am Danne D:

okay now I'm actually on my computer :)
Hi toni!
Back on topic - I actually saw my first baseball game at Shea with the summer park program - it was game 39 of Pete Rose's hitting streak (the one AFTER the game he broke the modern NL-record). The Mets got absolutely killed. We were up in the nosebleeds and I was actually petrified to move I was so afraid of the height. Seaver was a Red at this time (he didn't pitch that day) but I remember as the Mets were getting killed the crowd chanting "Let's Go Reds!"

Willie Montanez was the "star" for the Mets at the time. Hot Dog!
  12:33am Danne D:

My favorite player though (and what made me a Yankee fan in my youth) was Reggie Jackson. The 3 homers in a World Series game is what hooked me. Somewhere around here I have a copy of "The Reggie Jackson Scrapbook" which was sold as a kids book. The beauty of reading it as an adult was realizing just how massive Reggie's ego was. Good times <3
  12:33am Joe B:

I did bring a Rose Blows banner to opening day at Shea vs. the Phillies in 1982
  12:34am john:

Danne, I remember those wonderful days at Shea in the late '70s when you'd buy an upper deck ticket and the ushers would push you down to field level.
  12:36am Danne D:

Alas John, I think the Reds were a huge draw that day - we also were part of a youth group which probably made the move down a bit more impractical.

Found a nice write-up by someone who like me was a Reggie Jackson fan as a kid - he mentions his purchase of "The Reggie Jackson Scrapbook".

  12:36am Michael from the Left Coast:

In the bad guy, great player category (Pete Rose may top the list), I'm sad to tell you Danne is where you will find Reggie Jackson. He sat in front of me at a hockey game one night and he was a major jerk (he even asked to look at my program in the second period--after he ignore my request for an autograph--and then started leaving in the third period with my program until I said "Hey, are you going to give that back?" And he wasn't just a jerk to me, he was a jerk to everyone who approached him
  12:38am Joe B:

How about a Volume 2!
  12:38am Danne D:

I'm totally not shocked, Michael (except at Reggie being at a hockey game). That's actually a cool story in retrospect :)
  12:39am Joe B:

Torres was in the Graig Nettles trade with the Yankees
  12:40am Danne D:

Here's a link on Amazon with a great link to the cover art :)
  12:42am Michael from the Left Coast:

More dickish Danne is was that Reggie ignored all those who approached him for autographs until photographers arrived, and even then he wouldn't sign for anyone with a felt tip pen and wouldn't sign if the ballpoint pen given him wasn't already clicked!
  12:43am john:

On a practical note, Kekich was never really good, and Peterson had a lousy 1973, which made them a whole lot easier to trade. Sorry I'm 3000 miles away and won't be able to bring my Oscar Gamble locks to Brooklyn tomorrow! And on that note, I'm doing the Mickey Rivers shuffle back to bed.
  12:45am Danne D:

Wow. Like I said, with the passage of time I'm not shocked at all. But since I was lucky enough to never meet him I can still treasure those memories :)

Still remember catching the end of the Bucky Dent game after school in '78 :)
  12:45am Joe B:

But Fritz was good, and this incident helped derail his career. Though I think he is still with the ex Mrs Kekich, so that worked out for him
  12:46am Joe:

I bought this Instant Funk record on Record Store day.

Dunno what that says about me.

Great interview! I will in fact be buying this book for my dad for fathers day.

Actually I'll probably buy it the week before so I can read it a few times first.
  12:50am Danne D:

OMG - total awesomeness.
Here's an at-bat by Johnny Wockenfuss. Best batting stance ever!
  12:53am Joe:

I take it back, I got the self-titled album the song is on, not the 12"
  12:55am efd:

either way, a fine record store day purchase.

Thanks everyone for your comments, stories, etc - very much appreciated (and entertaining to boot!)
  12:55am Danne D:

Evan, I assume you've seen this film on Bill "Spaceman" Lee?
"High and Outside"
  12:57am Danne D:

This all makes me think of my nostalgia for the John Ziegler NHL. Marketing "geniuses" have ruined damn near everything - it's all about this homogenized static "experience" now no matter what stadium/arena you go to :(
  12:59am efd:

I've seen a couple of Bill Lee movies/docs, but the name of that one doesn't sound familiar. I'll chec k out the link tomorrow.
  1:02am Danne D:

It's midnight at the home of Disco Demolition night EFD :)
  1:03am Sybil:

He did say "Central Time",
  1:04am Joe:

Midnight Ticket Oasis - now with a fully backed guarantee.
  1:07am Joe:

note - it's pronounced Dasss Racist. As in a slangy way to say "that's racist"
  1:08am Danne D:

1977 Opening Day - first game in Blue Jays history. Snow on the field and the White Sox in those classic uniforms with the hideous collars (but no shorts, eh)
  1:09am Joe:

Any time.
  1:10am Aharon:

You would get record fund drive $ if your premium were just a 60-minute CD (or 700-minute MP3 CD) of you offering various ways to say "Le Poisson Rouge." Just sayin'...
  1:10am Sybil:

How meta.
  1:13am Danne D:

Aharon = Canadian? Fund Drive?

Hi Sybil :)

I think EFD's next premium should be baseball themed with a good dollop of Super Sox 75
  1:15am Sybil:

I did not recall John Wockenfuss until I checked Danne's link, and then thought, "Oh yeah, that guy." How could I forget that name?
  1:17am Sybil:

1975-1972? They go backward in time?
  1:18am efd:

whoops! should have been '82 - fixed!
  1:21am Joe:

How did Moby get involved in this?!

It boggles the mind.
  1:21am efd:

All will be revealed on my show in the next few weeks.
  1:28am efd:

and by the way, Moby *shreds* on guitar.
  1:32am Aharon:

Danne, I should knock you clear into the next province for making such accusations.
  1:35am Joe:

man I used to hate Moby, then I kinda liked him, then I hated him again, then I saw him live and danced my ass off so I secretly liked him, but I may now just have to openly like him.
  1:35am Danne D:

lol, it's just that Nardwuar is the only other person I've seen use the phrase "Fund Drive" :)
  1:46am Danne D:

Thanks for another fantastic show EFD!
You're like the Paul Molitor of DJs - always consistently excellent :)
  1:48am efd:

ha! Thanks Danne!
  1:55am Michael from the Left Coast:

My first bass was a Univox! they made really good instruments
  1:57am pfapfap:

Oh man this always reminds me of the week I spent in Delaware last summer. Out here on the west coast enjoying wawa memories!
  12:20pm efd:

Just a quick note in case anyone who commented last night is checking back -- THANK YOU all for your comments during the show last night!! Sorry we didn't have a chance to acknowledge and respond to them all, but it was great to see how many people were enjoying the show. I was a little concerned about how folks would respond to a lot of non-music-related talking, and it was definitely reassuring to see all the baseball chatter during the show. Thanks again!
  3:28pm Mike Sin:

Awesome show, Evan. Great job of tying the music into the discussion.
Here are my additions:

*I was lucky enough to be at the 1974 Yankees’ game (which was held at Shea Stadium) in which Graig Nettles cracked his bat and all the superballs came bouncing out after he got a hit. I was really young, but so many folks in the stands didn’t know exactly what was going. I remember all the “boos” after he got called out.

*Does anyone remember Tug McGraw’s syndicated comic “Scroogie”?

*I wrote to Roy White (of the Yankees) in 1973 and sent the letter to the Yankee organization in the Bronx. About a month later I received an autographed picture and card from Roy White mailed from his house in Wayne, New Jersey!
  7:20pm future stress recordings:

Evan, as someone who used to sport a fro, I just wanna give props to a kickass show...and the Sonny / Sunsets support is so much appreciated ...thx man
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