DIJs 2018

Greg

Jim

Greg

“I Don't Know Why I Love You”The House of Love

A band Greg highlighted earlier in the show, The Soft Science, released a cover of The House of Love's 1989 single "I Don't Know Why I Love You" as a B-side in April. For this spin on the Desert Island Jukebox, Greg's playing the original. He says that The House of Love was a victim of bad timing, coming after The Smiths, but before the Britpop boom. The song "I Don't Know Why I Love You" came on their second self-titled album. That session was their first for a major label and took more than two years and four producers to complete. Band members said new pressure to create hits caused tension within the band. The album's first single and some remixes were released against the band's will, adding to the trouble. Eventually guitarist Terry Bickers was kicked out of the band just a few days into the album's promotional tour. Still, Greg says the album is full of singles that hold up, even almost 30 years later. He points out similarities in the sound of Ride and The Stone Roses as evidence of The House of Love's influence.

Go to episode 659

Jim

“Ladies First”Queen Latifah,Monie Love,Queen Latifah

Jim dropped a coin in the Desert Island Jukebox this week and, inspired by Cardi B, selected "Ladies First" by Queen Latifah featuring Monie Love. Jim says that "female empowerment in hip hop starts with this phenomenal single," which was released in 1989. He loves the way "these women say we can do this, [and] we are not going to listen to anyone who says we can't." He notes that many people think of Queen Latifah primarily as an actress today, but“when she was on her game in hip hop, nobody was better.”

Go to episode 647

Greg

“Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)”The Temptations

Greg wants to pay tribute to the late Dennis Edwards, one of the lead singers of The Temptations, by putting a quarter into the desert island jukebox. Edwards died in early February at the age of 74. He was the lead singer during the band's second big era, where they delved into the genre of psychedelic soul and made some unforgettable contributions. Greg chose the song "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" because it's a great example of Edwards's vocal capabilities and he finds the theme of the track quite applicable to 2018.

Go to episode 638

Jim

“(Say No To) Saturday's Girl”Human Switchboard

The new year has inspired Jim's pick for this week's Desert Island Jukebox. Jim celebrated many a New Year's Eve at the bar Maxwell's in Hoboken. Recently, he was thinking about the December 31st evening he spent watching the group Human Switchboard perform. Human Switchboard was a band out of the Cleveland, Ohio scene that blended elements of rock, funk and punk to create their own unique sound. Once they moved to New York City in the '80s, they played clubs in and around the city back when people used to dance to New Wave music. Jim chose the track "(Say No To) Saturday's Girl" and it has him grooving in the new year.

Go to episode 632