Dann Goldberg with Kurt Cobain in 1992

Danny Goldberg, Wedding Songs, & Opinions on Ra Ra Riot

Manager, label executive, publicist—Danny Goldberg has donned many hats in the music industry. Tune in to hear this music insider share stories of working with everyone from Led Zeppelin to Nirvana. Plus, Jim and Greg will review the new album from orchestral indie rockers Ra Ra Riot.

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While some are mourning the end of summer, others are grateful for the end of wedding season. Music fans often fall into the latter group, which isn‘t surprising if you look at Bridal Guide Magazine’s recent list of wedding songs. We asked listeners to sound off on the best and worst wedding songs, and Jim and Greg also have their own opinions, of course. Greg's favorites are "I Only Have Eyes for You" by The Flamingos and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" by Sylvester. He also favors any authentic ethnic songs like "Hava Nagila." Jim said he'd refer to his bride on this one, since he gets to make the musical decisions all the other days of the year.

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Danny Goldberg

While the rock stars get all the fame, it's often interesting to hear from the people who got them there. This week's guest is Danny Goldberg, a longtime music industry insider who has done everything from doing PR for Led Zeppelin, serving as a label executive at Atlantic, Mercury and Warner Brothers Records, and managing such artists as Stevie Nicks, Warren Zevon and Nirvana. He wrote about his experiences with these people in an aptly titled book, Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. As he relays to Jim and Greg, sometimes geniuses aren‘t easy to work with, but it’s always worth it.

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Ra Ra Riot The Rhumb Line

After impressing critics and fans with their 2007 EP, Ra Ra Riot now has a full length album called The Rhumb Line. You can count Greg as one of those fans; they were one of his Buried Treasures last year. Now with this release, he's impressed with a number of songs, but doesn't feel the album as a whole does them justice. He wishes it had more of the energy or propulsion of their live act. For that reason he recommends people Try It. Jim can't even go that far. He finds the band to be as pretentious as Vampire Weekend and doesn't understand what all the buzz is about. He gives The Rhumb Line a Trash It.

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“Cinderella's Daydream”Zuzu's Petals

Jim is more excited about this next segment. He thinks there are a number of bands from the alternative era that don't get their due, including Zuzu's Petals. Lead singer Laurie Lindeen recently wrote a book about her life on the road called Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Cinderella Story. Jim recommends it, but mostly likes to remember the band through its music. That's why their track "Cinderella's Daydream" gets added to the Desert Island Jukebox this week.

Featured Songs

  1. Kool and the Gang, Celebration, Celebrate!, De-Lite, 1980
  2. The Philadelphia Orchestra, Clair de Lune, Ocean's Eleven, Warner Bros., 2001
  3. The Flamingoes, I Only Have Eyes For You, Flamingo Serenade, End, 1959
  4. The Replacements, I Will Dare, Let It Be, Twin/Tone, 1984
  5. Stevie Wonder, I Was Made to Love Her, I Was Made to Love Her, Motown, 1967
  6. Led Zeppelin, The Song Remains The Same, Houses of the Holy, Atlantic, 1973
  7. The Rascals, Good Lovin, The Young Rascals, Atlantic, 1966
  8. Led Zeppelin, Over The Hills and Far Away, Houses of the Holy, Atlantic, 1973
  9. Led Zeppelin, Good Times Bad Times, Led Zeppelin, Atlantic, 1969
  10. Led Zeppelin, Trampled Under Foot, Physical Graffiti, Swan Song, 1975
  11. Led Zeppelin, Custard Pie, Physical Graffiti, Swan Song, 1975
  12. Led Zeppelin, Moby Dick, Led Zeppelin II, Atlantic, 1969
  13. Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nevermind, DGC, 1991
  14. Nirvana, Heart Shaped Box, In Utero, DGC, 1993
  15. Hole, Violet, Live Through This, City Slang, 1994
  16. Ra Ra Riot, Dying Is Fine, The Rhumb Line, Barsuk, 2008
  17. Ra Ra Riot, Ghost Under Rocks, The Rhumb Line, Barsuk, 2008
  18. Ra Ra Riot, Everest, Ra Ra Riot, The Rebel Group, 2007
  19. Zuzu's Petals, Cinderella's Daydream, When No One's Looking, Twin/Tone, 1991
  20. Trammps, Rubber Band, Legendary Zing Album, Buddha, 1975
  21. Kraftwerk, The Telephone Call, Electric Caf'e, Elektra, 1986
  22. Beach Boys,“Be True to your School”Little Deuce Coupe Capitol, 1963
  23. The White Stripes“We're Going to be Friends,”White Blood Cells, Sympathy for the Record Industry, 2001
  24. Dead Milkmen“Punk Rock Girl,”Beelzebubba Fever, 1988
  25. The Walkmen“Postcards from Tiny Islands,”You and Me, Gigantic Music, 2008

Footnotes

bridalguide.com Bridal Guide's Top Wedding Songs youtube.com Sylvester's“You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” pbs.org PBS Q&A with Danny Goldberg ledzeppelin.com Led Zeppelin stevienicksofficial.com Stevie Nicks warrenzevon.com Warren Zevon allmusic.com Nirvana amazon.com Goldberg's book,“Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business”on Amazon rarariot.com Ra Ra Riot metacritic.com The Rhumb Line twintone.com Zuzu's Petals amazon.com“Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Cinderella Story”on Amazon blogspot.com Zuzu's Petals performs“Cinderellas Daydream”live circa '93