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Jim

“Flew a Falcon (Nut & Bolts Version)”Richard Barone

This week, Jim chose what he calls a "perfect power pop gem" for his desert island jukebox pick. He selected Flew a Falcon (Nut & Bolts Version) by Richard Barone. Barone was the frontman of New Jersey power pop band The Bongos. Jim says Flew a Falcon is about a teen "realizing that there are incredible forces inside you, and you don't know what to do with them". The song is also a nostalgic pick that reminds him of his days sneaking into to the rock club Maxwell's in Hoboken as an underage fan in the 1980s.

Go to episode 624

Greg

“He's My Son (Just the Same)”O.V. Wright

This week, Greg takes us to the Desert Island and chooses a classic deep soul record for the jukebox by O.V. Wright. Though the Memphis vocalist never achieved mainstream success in his short life, Greg thinks he is one of the "greatest soul singers of all time."

O.V. Wright had a“lot of experiences with heartache and disappointment”according to Greg. Those experiences helped color his work, including his excellent album Memphis Unlimited, released in 1973. Produced by Willie Mitchell (who most famously worked with Al Green), the album features Greg's desert island jukebox pick "He's My Son (Just the Same)". The song is about a man who came out of prison to find his wife had a child by his own brother. The anguish and the forgiveness communicated through O.V. Wright's performance is "heartbreaking and beautiful."

Go to episode 621

Jim

“Shame For The Angels”Jacobites

This week's Desert Island Jukebox pick is an earworm that just might get stuck in your head. That's because Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth of the British band Jacobites crafted one of Jim's favorite pop songs ever with their 1984's Shame For The Angels. A song about unrequited love, Shame For The Angels might not be on your radar, but Jim thinks it ought to be.

Go to episode 616

Greg

“Lather”Jefferson Airplane

The inspiration for this trip to the Desert Island Jukebox was a recent list of the Greatest Albums Made By Women. Greg thought it was an injustice to omit Jefferson Airplane's frontwoman, Grace Slick. He declares that hers was the voice of the Summer of Love through songs like "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit." In 1968's "Lather," Grace showcases her playful side while asking why openness to new ideas and new experiences needs to be sacrificed at the altar of adulthood. He thinks the song holds up, and applies to anybody dealing with adulthood today.

Go to episode 612

Jim

“All Revved Up with No Place to Go”Meat Loaf

Jim often mentions Meat Loaf on the show but when he went back into the archives, he realized he very seldom plays the music of Meat Loaf on this show. However, there is good reason to take Meat Loaf to the Desert Island this week. Recently, everyone on the Sound Ops staff attended a ‘family band’ night, where Sound Ops producer Evan Chung wowed Jim with his Meat Loaf tribute band – MeatBute. Inspired by that performance, Jim highlights "All Revved Up with No Place to Go" from Meat Loaf's 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell. Jim notes that producer Todd Rundgren, saw it as an answer to Springsteen's Born To Run. For his pick, Jim says“I don‘t know if there is better writing in the opening of any rock song ever.” He states that, whether you’re 13 or 53, these opening lines are profound.

Go to episode 609

Greg

“Children Crying”The Congos

Greg recently received the 2017 reissue of Heart of the Congos, the debut album by reggae group The Congos. Initially released in 1977, the album was recorded by legendary Jamaican producer Lee“Scratch”Perry. Regarded by Greg as“the perfect summer record, and one of the greatest reggae albums ever made,”it's no wonder that Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick is "Children Crying." He loves the song's restraint, as it focuses on the singers more than the studio effects typically applied by Perry, who Jim describes as“the king of triple layered reverb.”Perry creates a rural, lo-fi sound by having baritone Watty Burnett bellow into a cardboard tube to mimic the sound of a cow mooing. According to Greg, this psychedelic scenario, combined with the beautiful lead vocals, make it a masterpiece.

Go to episode 605

Jim

“Orphans”Teenage Jesus and the Jerks

Jim gets a little edgy when summer begins and things get hot. So this week, he nominates one of the nastiest songs in the history of rock to the Desert Island Jukebox: "Orphans" by Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Fronted by the great Lydia Lunch, the band was part of the "no wave" movement that tossed out the chords and melodicism of earlier punk rockers in favor of pure noise. Teenage Jesus was one of the bands featured in the definitive no wave compilation, 1978's No New York, produced by Brian Eno.“Orphans”features only three lines of lyrics, furious guitar playing, and pounding drums. For Jim, it's the antithesis of a summer song.

Go to episode 603

Greg

“Seasons”Chris Cornell

This week, Greg pays tribute to the late Chris Cornell of Soundgarden. Cornell died recently at age 52, and Greg is bringing his song "Seasons" to the Desert Island Jukebox.“Seasons”was a track prominently included in the 1992 Cameron Crowe film Singles, about a group of friends living and working in Seattle during the emerging 1990's rock scene. Cornell, a talented writer and vocalist, was able to capture the atmosphere perfectly of the time with this rock ballad. While "Black Hole Sun" may be his signature hit, Greg thinks“Seasons”is the perfect song to remember Cornell by.

Go to episode 600

Jim

Thundercat left a bad taste in Jim's mouth but it did get him thinking about other artists that could be considered alternative hip hop. And the band that came to his mind was one that has never been discussed on Sound Opinions: Arrested Development. The socially conscious hip hop collective garnered huge critical and commercial success with its first album 3 Years, 5 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of… but never captured that same praise again despite a long recording career. Jim says the message and the melody of the 1992 track Tennessee secures its slot in the Desert Island Jukebox.

Go to episode 589

Greg

“Statesboro Blues”the Allman Brothers Band

After a number of deaths of high-profile drummers in recent weeks, Greg now pays tribute to Butch Trucks, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on January 24. A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Trucks remained in the group for its entire 45-year span. He formed one of the best rhythm sections in rock alongside fellow drummer Jai Johanny“Jaimoe”Johanson. While Jaimoe provided the jazzy accents, Trucks was the freight train, with a command of the blues vocabulary. According to Greg, the best example of Trucks's blues shuffle is on a 1971 live recording of "Statesboro Blues," so it gets its slot in the Desert Island Jukebox.

Go to episode 588

Jim

“Wipeout”The Surfaris

This dreary February weather has Jim dreaming of the sun and sand of the beach. What better way to convey the feeling of an endless summer than surf music? Jim is taking an iconic track to the desert island that also happens to be laden with great drumming, The Surfaris' "Wipeout." This song is the embodiment of great surf music, between the guitar, drums and sound effects, it makes you feel like you're heading out into the water to catch some big waves.

Go to episode 586

Jim

“Can't Stand the Midwest”Dow Jones & The Industrials

This week, it's Jim's turn to bring a track he can't live without to play in the desert island jukebox. He selects the song "Can't Stand the Midwest" by Dow Jones & The Industrials. The Indiana band came up in the emerging punk scene in the late '70s and early '80s, however Jim didn‘t discover them until fairly recently when their music was reissued. While the band never found huge fame, their fast and dynamic songs could sustain Jim on a desert island for quite a while. He chose“Can’t Stand the Midwest”to highlight, because although Jim has called the Midwest home for a number of years now, it can sometimes make even him a little stir crazy.

Go to episode 582