Road Trip

Musical Road Trip & Opinions on Chuck Berry

Summer is upon us so that means one thing: road trip! Jim and Greg take a virtual cross-country drive playing their favorite songs about American cities, states, and regions from coast-to-coast. Plus, they review the posthumous album from rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry.

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Musical Road Trip

It's summer time, which means for many of us that road trips are on the horizon. Jim and Greg highlight some of their favorite songs about American cities, states, and regions, from Boston and New York in the east, all the way to California in the west. Of course, they also stop by the Great Plains and the south on the way.

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When Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock ‘n’ roll, died in March, he had completed work on what would be his final album. Chuck, his first record since 1979, has finally been released. Jim warns that critics need to evaluate posthumous albums on their own terms when they come from beloved artists. In the case of Chuck, Jim says, the record features some of the worst songs in Berry's history – from the Caribbean pastiche of "Jamaica Moon" to the talking blues of "Dutchman" and "Eyes of Man." Berry's lyrics, voice, and guitar playing are not what they were in his prime. Greg is charmed that Berry is including family members and talking about his family for the first time on record. He's also intrigued by the insight into Berry's odd personality that comes though. But he agrees that it's not much of a musical accomplishment. Chuck, sadly, gets a double-Trash It.

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“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.

Featured Songs

  1. Chuck Berry, Jamaica Moon, Chuck, Dualtone, 2017
  2. Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys, Empire State of Mind, The Blueprint 3, Roc Nation/Atlantic, 2009
  3. Warren Zevon, Desperados Under the Eaves, Warren Zevon, Asylum, 1976
  4. Glen Campbell, Wichita Lineman, Wichita Lineman, Capitol, 1968
  5. Hole, Malibu, Celebrity Skin, DGC, 1998
  6. Gordon Lightfoot, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Summertime Dream, Reprise, 1976
  7. Isaac Hayes, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Hot Buttered Soul, Enterprise, 1969
  8. Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Montana, Over-Nite Sensation, DiscReet, 1973
  9. Ike & Tina Turner, Nutbush City Limits, Nutbush City Limits, United Artists, 1973
  10. Avail, South Bound 95, Dixie, Lookout!, 1994
  11. John Denver, Aspenglow, Rocky Mountain Christmas, RCA, 1975
  12. Phantom Planet, California, The Guest, Epic, 2002
  13. The Standells, Dirty Water, Dirty Water, Tower, 1966
  14. The Jackson 5, Goin' Back to Indiana, Goin' Back to Indiana, Motown, 1971
  15. Chuck Berry, Big Boys, Chuck, Dualtone, 2017
  16. Chuck Berry, Wonderful Woman, Chuck, Dualtone, 2017
  17. Chuck Berry, Eyes of Man, Chuck, Dualtone, 2017
  18. Chuck Berry, Dutchman, Chuck, Dualtone, 2017
  19. Teenage Jesus and The Jerks, Orphans, Teenage Jesus and The Jerks, Migraine, 1978
  20. Neal Hefti, Batman Theme, Batman Theme and 11 Other Bat Songs, RCA Victor, 1966
  21. The Beatles, You Know My Name (Look Up the Number), Let It Be (single), Apple, 1970
  22. The Beatles, Fixing a Hole, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Parlophone, 1967
  23. The Beatles, She's Leaving Home, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Parlophone, 1967
  24. The Beatles, With a Little Help From My Friends, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Parlophone, 1967
  25. The Beatles, A Day in the Life, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Parlophone, 1967