BY MIKE PODSEDLY Published in Smoke Signals June 2020 Issue
Inside The Gates Radio owes its existence to the streaming revolution. It is estimated that 80% of music listening is on streaming platforms. The music we consumers play is not ours in the physical sense. This is in contrast to when we purchased vinyl records or CDs, which had all the information about the tracks and band members on the album covers or CD inserts. We all just rent the music we listen to whenever we activate a streaming service.
The advent of streaming has made an enormous amount of content available to us. In order to navigate this wealth of choice, providers have created algorithms to produce playlists to choose from. These playlists use adjectives like mellow, chill, workouts, cleaning, etc. to match the songs to your activity or mood. The algorithms are based on databases that include the song classification, demographics and listening habits. To access the content, one pays $10 to $15 per month for the privilege. Inside the Gates Radio doesn’t use algorithms to generate playlists. Every song that is selected for the library has been chosen by humans. One by one, songs are evaluated for relevance, quality of sound and performance along with listening experience. This results in a carefully curated library that is “the greatest music of our lifetimes.” The full library is played in rotation 24/7 so the listener gets a unique experience every session.
Unlike the streaming services the cost to stream Inside the Gates Radio is free— that’s free, free. ITG Radio is managed by music lovers who want to share their music and knowledge with you the listener. The live shows are must listen radio. The show schedule kicks off with Dinnis Keefe’s Saturday Serenade at 6:30 p.m., Sunday’s Shiraz Alikhan’s San Francisco Nights at 4:30 p.m. followed by Craig Looney’s Looney Tunes at 6:30 p.m. You will be engaged when they share the backstory of the songs they play. Craig offers a mini song quiz for every show and the questions along with the answers are posted in the blog section on www.insidethegatesradio.com.
This radio station is an amazing asset to the Big Canoe community and beyond. The potential for communicating with residents is unlimited. Access is very easy using your device and our app for IOS and Android. If using your computer just go to our website and use the player page to listen. Your listening experience can be enhanced by connecting to your Bluetooth speakers or even Alexa. Please take advantage of this great music library and it will evoke memories of events in your life and be reacquainted with favorite songs you may have forgotten.
*After the break-up of this classic band that got him elected into the Rock And Roll HOF in 1991, this artist collaborated with the legendary Bob Dylan on a Sam Peckinpah movie soundtrack in the early 70's and then toured with Dylan in 1975 and 1976. Name the artist and his former band....
*This artist was one of 2 sons of their father who was a bandleader and musician who also worked in an automobile plant to support the family. Sadly, the father abandoned the family completely, seeking to fulfill his dreams in California. The older brother took up the support challenge, leaving the younger son freedom to hone his musical skills listening to the likes of James Brown, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and the Beatles amongst other bands. He was also a very good student and ran a 5 minute mile...at least until he discovered rock and roll. Name the artist...
*Elvis Presley inspired more than a few great rock and roll artists, including this one. The artist we'll play tonight met Elvis at age 11 in Florida where Elvis was working on a film entitled, "Follow That Dream", a title our artist took to heart. Imagine driving into the great wide open with nothing but glorious possibility in one's path. Name this artist Elvis inspired...an artist who set out to follow his path...Extra credit for the title of the song...
*This band's members were all born in the year 1949 and with the exception of a brief time off from 1977-1979, they've been churning out classic rock tracks. They appeared in the 1990 movie, Back To The Future III as a square dance band. Name the band
Battle Of The Bands!
You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet by Bachman Turner Overdrive vs Shapes of Things by Yardbirds
1. Roger McGuinn Byrds 2. Bob Seger
3. Tom Petty Running Down a Dream 4. Z Z Top
Listeners picked Yardbirds with 53% of votes
*We'll play a track from what some have called one of the great singers in Rock and Roll history and an artist with a compelling story. He rocketed to fame with his group in the late 50's before going solo and recording some great songs of his own. Most stars like him were destined for the 'supper club' circuit and oldies concerts...but he went on another musical journey of folk, blues and gospel...that continues to this day. He is generally know by his 1st name. Name the artist.
*A track by George Harrison from his 'All Things Must Pass' album was initially written by Harrison in 1968 and offered to The Beatles in 1969 for inclusion on the 'Let It Be' album. The rest of the band were not convinced and it got left off, a continuing source of conflict that ultimately lead to their breakup. Name the tune.
*James Honeyman-Scott was a guitarist for The Pretenders who eventually passed due to a drug overdose in 1982 at the age of 26. This track was a tribute to Honeyman-Scott and one that is very difficult for Chrissie Hynde to perform as a result. Any guesses on the song?
*Pete Brown was a friend of Jack Bruce of Cream fame. He was also a poet who wrote the lyrics for a number of Cream songs including Sunshine Of Your Love and I Feel Free. He also wrote the track we'll play that is a song about depression and hopelessness with the setting being an empty apartment. Name the popular tune.
Battle Of The Bands!
Ain’t Even Done With The Night by John Mellencamp vs Still The Same by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
1. Dion 2. Let It Down
3. Back On The Chain Gang 4. White Room
Listeners picked Bob Seger with 53% of votes
* There was a film in 1970...To Kill A Mockingbird starring actress Mary Badham. The lead singer and front man for this band fell briefly in love with the actress, but after a short romance...she dumped him. This track was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance in 1997, the year it was released. Name the band, the singer and extra credit for the song title....
*Daryl Hall shared once that Eddie Van Halen admitted copying the synthesizer part from this Hall & Oates song and used it in the classic Van Halen song, 'Jump'. Hall had no problem whatsoever with him doing so. Name the Hall & Oates track...
*The real name of this band was Chad Allan & The Expressions, but the band fell victim to a marketing gimmick that backfired. Once the gimmick was introduced...it was continued by radio station DJ's and the band's name accompanied them as long as this Canadian group was together. Name the band...
*Eagles founding member, the late Glenn Frey, knew what he was saying when he dubbed this band...'the best singing band in the world'...Name the band
Battle Of The Bands!
Let’s Dance by David Bowie vs Somebody to Love by Queen
1. Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Anybody Seen My Baby? 2. Kiss on My List
3. The Guess Who 4. Little River Band
Listeners picked Queen with 54% of votes
* This track was first recorded in in 1932 by The Ray Noble Orchestra. Bing Crosby also recorded it in 1933. Otis Redding's version, recorded in 1966 garnered the position of 204 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 500 most important songs. The song was also a signature track played in the excellent movie, The Commitments in 1991.
Now in between the Otis and movie versions, this notable band also had a big hit with it. Name the song and that band...
*There is a 'proper' version of this song with the complete band, but a band member had his own version of the track he did for the soundtrack to the 1979 film...The Warriors. That artist joined the band in 1976 and the 'proper' version of the song that we'll play ended up on the band's 1979 album. Name the song, the artist and the band...
*After years of being a moderately successful lead guitarist and singer in a string of British bands back in the day, this artist formed his own band and launched a nearly continuous U.S. tour in 1976. His resulting album sold over 6,000,000 copies and reached #1, briefly ranking among the 10 best-selling albums ever. Name the artist...
*A critic said of this song in 1994...it is one of the most self-effacing and personal songs to reach the Top Ten charts in the 90's. It deals with the phenomenon of rock and roll stardom and the pedestal that sometimes takes shape. The string arrangement on the track was described as 'absolutely stunning'. Name the iconic American artist and the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Fooling Yourself by STYX vs Goodbye Stranger by Supertramp
1. Try a Little Tenderness by Three Dog Night 2. In The City by Joe Walsh Eagles
3. Peter Frampton 4. It’s Good To Be King by Tom Petty
Listeners picked Supertramp with 63% of votes
* This track was Steely Dan's highest charting single, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 in 1974. For fans of Frank Zappa, you may have a different context for this song. Zappa's track, Dupree's Paradise on 'You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Frank sang a couple of joke lines from the classic Steely Dan song. Name the Steely Dan track.
*WKLS was also known as 96 Rock and was an Atlanta, Georgia legendary album rock station. It started in 1984 and lasted 32 years, before a change in its programming took place. The station started broadcasting at exactly midnight on the day it began and this song was the first thing anyone heard. It was also played as the last song with which they closed down the station on November 17, 2006. Name the song and the band.
*This song was the (duo) group's first #1 hit single on the Billboard Hot 100. The character in the song is based on a real person, the spoiled heir to a fast food fortune who had dated one of the band's member's girlfriend. The girlfriend's stories of him inspired the song, but the character had to be changed to a girl, since he would be the one singing it. Name the band and the song...
*This artist wrote a song during a holiday in Greece. It spotlights the depression he suffered after the break-up of this very famous band...and also doubles as a declaration of his love for his wife at the time.
It was a very rough time for him by his own admission. Name the artist, the band that broke up and extra, extra credit if you can name the song...
Battle Of The Bands!
Doctor My Eyes by Jackson Browne vs Love Letter by Bonnie Raitt
1. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number 2. Baba O’Reilly by The Who
3. Hall & Oates, Rich Girl 4. Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Every Night
Listeners picked Bonnie Raitt with 54% of votes
*This artist played high school football in Texas, but due to his relatively small build his coach suggested that he quit and opted for the high school band instead. Starting with the trombone, he moved to the percussion section. He has had a storied career with a legendary band and as a solo artist. Who is he?
*We'll play a great 'cover' of a song written by this famous singer-songwriter who wrote the song to celebrate the birth of his daughter. It has appeared in the soundtrack of various movies and television shows as well. Oddly enough, the song got its highest charting ever when it was sung by the cast of the TV series "Glee' in 2011.
Who wrote it and extra credit for correctly identifying the song.
*Credence Clearwater Revival was influenced on this R&B song based on the version Ray Charles delivers on his 1960 LP, Ray Charles In Person. John Fogerty regards that body of work as an all-time greatest live album. The song was the last track of CCR on an album in 1969. Name the song.
*In all the time of existence of the Billboard Hot 100, one song became the first-ever single in US history to enter the Hot 100 at the top spot...numero uno! The anticipation for it alone...was the reason. In a video promoting the track, the artist and his wife make an appearance...both topless. And that just may have been one of the things that led to the couple's divorce a year later. Name the artist and song.
Battle Of The Bands!
My Little Town by Simon & Garfunkel vs Shower The People by James Taylor
1. Don Henley 2. Stevie Wonder, Isn’t She Lovely
3. Night Time Is The Right Time 4. Michael Jackson, You Are Not Alone
Listeners picked James Taylor with 55% of votes
*This artist cut his teeth in the music business at a young age in '50s, playing a variety of instruments from guitar to saxophone for various Irish showbands. He specialized in covering some of the classic tunes of the era...very good practice for when his solo career started and flourished. He does not like to discuss his personal life, but is willing to talk about his craft, leaving people to speculate about his personal life...through his music...for which he is best known. Name the artist.
*Francis Ford Coppola, the renowned film director did a movie, You're A Big Boy Now, a coming of age story about an awkward young man looking for love in New York City. The frontman for this band was responsible for the whole movie's soundtrack, but more importantly was tasked to write this specific song for an important love scene, where the guy is waiting for his girlfriend to come home. Name the artist, his band and the song
*The Netherlands was never really considered a hotbed of recognizable rock artists to many of us in the United States. But this song, by this band topped the charts in 9 different countries, including the US in January of 1970. Name the band and the song.
*A duo of artists moved to Kansas City in 1968 and began playing gigs consistently in small college towns throughout a stretch of road in Northwestern, Missouri. Dealing with their own share of 'hair-raising' experiences with rednecks, nosy police, slapstick mishaps and bad sound systems, they found one venue where they connected. They named an album and it's title track after the road they took to get there. Name the band, the album and the song.
Battle Of The Bands!
Can’t Stop Rockin’ by ZZTop vs Call Me the Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd
1. Van Morrison 2. John Sebastian, Lovin’ Spoonful, Darling Be Home Soon
3. Venus by Shocking Blue 4. Brewer & Shipley, Tarkio, Tarkio Road
Lynyrd Skynyrd won the Battle with 57% of the votes
*Remember Harry Shearer? Former SNL cast member and more notably as an actor in all those entertaining Christopher Guest/Michael McKean movies like...This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind. Well, he is the co-founder of Twanky Records with his wife, 26 years his junior. His wife is a great musician and we will play a track from her 10th studio album. Who is the artist?
*This popular group with a rather large presence in the ITG Radio library shares a song about a fallen people. It is an analogy to indulgent lifestyles and self-destructive behavior, a theme that also shows up in another of their songs...both with Biblical significance. The song and the album came out in 1980 and it would be 20 years before we enjoyed another album from this band. Name the band...extra credit for the tune...
*We will venture into an early album by these artists...one that was produced by Todd Rundgren. And it sounds Rundgren-like due to the fact that his band, Utopia contributed on this collection of tracks. This album marked the group's departure from 'blue-eyed soul' to more of a 'rock' mode. Name the group.
*We'll venture into this artist's 12th and final album. He began recording the album shortly after he was diagnosed with inoperable pleural mesothelioma and it was released just 2 weeks prior to his passing in 2003.
The track is a cover of great Dylan song and you'll see why it really hits home. Name the artist and the song if you can....
Battle Of The Bands!
Bad Company by Bad Company vs Time Machine by Grand Funk Railroad
1. Judith Owen 2. Babylon Sisters by Steely Dan
3. Hall & Oates 4. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Warren Zevon
Bad Company won the Battle with 54% of the votes
*The track from this famous group was inspired by an affair one of the band members had with the band's lighting director. To avoid a flare-up, she told her then husband that the song was about her dog. The song was described by Casey Kasem as 'an emotional biography of the love lives of all five band members. Name the band and extra credit if you can guess the song...
*Folk singer Tim Hardin wrote and performed this song at Woodstock and it is covered by another extremely popular pop/rock artist. The song is about a relationship with a girl who is a straight-faced liar...but he still can't get over her. Our hero knows if he just gives her a chance..she'll prove she's not that kind of person. He has his reasons. Name the covering artist and song from 1971...
*The famous singer/songwriter Jackson Browne claims that this track is one of his most personal songs. There was one phrase that he came up with it and he used that phrase to create the song. The track plays in the movie 'Taxi Driver' with Robert DeNiro...
*This singer/songwriter's track was inspired by Roy Orbison's 'Only the Lonely'. The artist said when he first heard Orbison...it was magic. He had sarcastic and adventurous songs and great arrangement, and then that beautiful, almost operatic voice. The song maintains the 'Lonely' theme. Name the artist and song...
Battle Of The Bands!
The Weight by The Band vs Oh Atlanta by Little Feat
1.You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac 2. Reason To Believe by Rod Stewart
3. Late for the Sky 4. You’re Only Lonely by J. D. Souther
The Band won the Battle by a single vote