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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.
September 16, 2015: Annual show dedicated to my high school friend Jim McIntyre, aka Jimmy Mack, without whose influence this show probably wouldn't exist.
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Back in October 2006 I dedicated my first show on the regular WFMU weekly schedule to Jim McIntyre, a/k/a Jimmy Mack, who was one of my best friends in high school. Pictured above is his Xeroxed 1977 Year In Review, which I was delighted to come across in a box of mementos recently.|
Jimmy was the person who turned me on to a TON of new music that was coming out during the mid- and late-'70s -- Cheap Trick, The Dictators, The Ramones, The Stranglers, Ultravox, and Television are just a few of the bands that I first heard of because of my friendship with Jimmy. Imagine being in your teens and having a friend turn you on to just ONE of those bands. Now increase that impact tenfold, or more, and you start to get an idea of the importance of Jimmy's friendship. OK, not every band he turned me on to was super-cool -- he gave me the first couple of Foreigner albums, for instance -- but still, Jimmy had a great ear for cool music that wasn't yet -- or, sometimes, ever -- part of the mainstream.
Fortunately for me -- and for you -- that excitement and passion for discovering and sharing new music was matched by his generosity. Nearly every time I saw him he'd present me with a bag of extra (or rejected) promo records from his WBCN job. (He dropped out of high school, started volunteering on the WBCN "Listener Line," and wound up being the music director when he was barely 18 years old.) Many of the records he gave me back then records remain favorites of mine to this day.
In the summer of 1985, Jimmy learned he had AIDS. A year later he passed away, at the age of 25. As you can see from the obituary that ran in the Boston Globe he was as generous with his time as he was with records. Regrettably I had lost contact with Jimmy by this time, and didn't hear of his passing until a few years later.
In the fall of 2006 I dedicated my first weekly show on the regular WFMU schedule to Jimmy. I wanted to acknowledge his impact on my life, and especially on my own musical tastes. Since then I've dedicated one of the first shows of the WFMU fall schedule to him, since his influence is never too far from what you hear me play on my show. Thanks for taking a moment to read about him, and thanks for listening to WFMU.
|Artist||Track||Album||Label||Year||Comments||New||Approx. start time|
|bay city rollers||yesterday's heroes||dedication||arista||1976||0:00:00 (Pop‑up)|
|royal headache||my own fantasy||high||what's your rupture?||*||0:03:46 (Pop‑up)|
|steve miller band||serenade||fly like an eagle||capitol||1976||0:07:07 (Pop‑up)|
|gap dream||strong love||7"||burger / loli pop!||2014||0:10:06 (Pop‑up)|
|kraftwerk||trans europe express||trans europe express||capitol||1977||0:14:28 (Pop‑up)|
|ffs||save me from myself||s/t||domino||*||0:20:56 (Pop‑up)|
|reo speedwagon||roll with the changes||you can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish||epic||1978||in memory of Gary Richrath, who passed away a few days ago. Not one of his songs, but he's playing lead on it plus it reminds me of Jimmy and ye olde high school days.||0:24:41 (Pop‑up)|
|bill lloyd||standing on the shoulders of giants||standing on the shoulders of giants||koch||1999||dedicated to Ken Temkin, John Loscalzo and Jimmy. Thanks for the shoulders.||0:42:34 (Pop‑up)|
|la luz||i'll be true||weirdo shrine||hardly art||*||0:46:11 (Pop‑up)|
|deaf wish||the whip||pain||sub pop||*||0:48:51 (Pop‑up)|
|brown spiders||it's something to do||7"||hozac||*||0:53:51 (Pop‑up)|
|worriers||most space||imaginary life||don giovanni||JUST CONFIRMED! Worriers live on the show next week! And see them at Silent Barn this coming Saturday!||*||0:55:43 (Pop‑up)|
|ultimate painting||kodiak||green lanes||trouble in mind||STILL CONFIRMED! Ultimate Painting live on the show next week also! And see them at Rough Trade Shop in Brooklyn this coming Friday night!||*||1:03:27 (Pop‑up)|
|green||superstar||va-even more superhits of the seventies||wfmu||Michael Shelley's 2015 fundraising marathon premium||*||1:06:23 (Pop‑up)|
|baby shakes||she's a star||starry eyes||lil' chewy||*||1:11:03 (Pop‑up)|
|dirty angels||kiss tomorrow goodbye||kiss tomorrow goodbye||private stock||1976||1:13:36 (Pop‑up)|
|mike krol||less than together||turkey||merge||*||1:17:00 (Pop‑up)|
|eztv||there goes my girl||calling out||captured tracks||*||1:31:02 (Pop‑up)|
|marie et les garçons||mardi soir||s/t||feedback||new vinyl reissue, orig 1980||*||1:34:16 (Pop‑up)|
|miss kittin & the hacker||leather forever||lost tracks vol. 1 ep||dark entries||orig 1997-99, previously unreleased||*||1:38:39 (Pop‑up)|
|cerrone||cerrone's paradise (edit)||best of cerrone productions||because music||*||1:44:04 (Pop‑up)|
|jeff hudson||flurry||tm||self released||*||1:47:58 (Pop‑up)|
|obn iiis||4kd||worth a lot of money||12xu||*||2:04:59 (Pop‑up)|
|muffs||baby go round||s/t||omnivore||new CD reissue with bonus tracks||*||2:08:19 (Pop‑up)|
|the rings||let me go||s/t||mca||1981||2:11:10 (Pop‑up)|
|strider 88||listen to the band||va-plastic dance vol. 1||cache cache/finders keepers||*||2:14:51 (Pop‑up)|
|church of eon||all that glitters||all our tomorrows||bunting/upper street||Nic Austin from Chelsea (the band not the neighborhood) on guitar & vocals||*||2:20:18 (Pop‑up)|
|graham parker & the rumour||don't ask me questions||the parkerilla||mercury||1978||2:24:10 (Pop‑up)|
|hot lunch||pot of gold||slappy sunday ep||scion av||*||2:37:52 (Pop‑up)|
|zendik||love eyes||va-ultimate bonehead! vol 3||belter||orig 1970||*||2:42:24 (Pop‑up)|
|the ballantynes||morning||liquor store gun store pawn shop church||la-ti-da||*||2:45:36 (Pop‑up)|
|vaadat charigim||imperia achrona||sinking as a stone||burger||*||2:48:40 (Pop‑up)|
|jacuzzi boys||platform licks||happy damage||mag mag||*||2:55:28 (Pop‑up)|