|Sep 24, 1987|
The format was AOR, which stands for "album-oriented rock". AOR is basically classic rock, plus new rock music. This was the format of WBCN in the 1980s, for example. This playlist is pretty typical- I transcribed this from a recording I made (on eight cassettes) of an eight hour double-shift I pulled one Saturday. I had just turned 18, and I was about to graduate in 4 months. Eight hours is a brutally long shift, so I played "double-shots" all day to make the song selection a little easier. I also mixed in stand-up comedy throughout.
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
NOON: Sign On Announcement
"Permanent Waves" Introduction
- "Mr Rogers Neighborhood" Theme
- "Panama/Jump" Van Halen
- "Live and Let Die" Paul McCartney
- "My Brave Face" Paul McCartney
- "The Long Run" The Eagles
- "Already Gone" The Eagles
- "Nobody Told Me/God" John Lennon: I think "Nobody Told Me" was one of the songs Lennon had not released when he died; Yoko released it one one of his posthumous albums. I only knew the song because I saw a video for it (composed of old home video footage) on the local UHF video channel V66.
- "God Part II (remix)/Pride" U2: Oooh, how clever of me (and Bono) to play U2's sequel song right afterwards!
- "Kickstart My Heart" Motley Crue
- "Who Are You" The Who
- "You're Only Human/That's Not Her Style" Billy Joel
- "You Shook Me All Night Long" AC/DC: Say what you will about the uncoolness of the song selection so far, but I did play two AC/DC songs!
- "Back In Black" AC/DC for Paul Schricker
- "Things Can Only Get Better" Howard Jones
|My love for pop art tee-shirts hasn't changed.|
Long live Commander Salamander!
Promo: Ferris Bueller
- "No One Is To Blame" Howard Jones
- "Sldegehammer" Peter Gabriel
- "Shock The Monkey" Peter Gabriel: My first-ever concert was Peter Gabriel, on the So tour, in the summer of 1987 at Great Woods. Youssou N'Dour opened.
- "Dirty Laundry/All She Wants to Do is Dance" Don Henley
- "Head Over Heels/Turn To You" The Go-Go's
- "Freeze Frame/Rage In The Cage" J. Geils Band
- "Bank on Your Love/Missed Opportunity" Hall & Oates
- "Radio Free Europe/Superman" R.E.M.: I don't know where WBMT got all the R.E.M. vinyl, perhaps I.R.S. Records also had us on their list, but we had Eponymous and the "Superman" 12-inch single (with the drawing of a baby on the cover) in the library.
- "Abacab/Paperlate" Genesis
- "Money For Nothing" Dire Straits
- "Tainted Love" Soft Cell
- "Always Something There To Remind Me" Naked Eyes
- "Mexican Radio" Wall of Voodoo
- "Keep Your Hands To Yourself" Georgia Satellites
- "You Got It" Roy Orbison
- "I'm Not Your Man" Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers: This is one of those songs that I only knew about because we WBMT was on the mailing list of Epic and Columbia Records. They sent us the LP and a 12-inch single of this song too. Has anyone else heard of them, or was I their only fan?
- "Midnight Blue" Lou Gramm: A few years later, I bought Lou's LP, Ready or Not, from the cutout bin at HMV Records in Harvard Square. I assume I paid only a few bucks, I honestly don't remember. I do remember I also bought The Cars Heartbeat City that same day.
- "Closer to Fine" "Indigo Girls: We also had all their vinyl thanks to Epic Records.
- "Locomotive Breath" Jethro Tull
- "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" Joe Jackson
- "I Don't Like Mondays" The Boomtown Rats
- "F.I.N.E." Aerosmith: I had just seen Aerosmith ring in the new decade at Ye Olde Boston Garden a few weeks earlier. I waiting in the freezing cold, along with hundreds of other fans, outside the Garden to buy tickets, and ended up in the balcony behind the stage. Skid Row opened.
- "Edge of Seventeen" Stevie Nicks
- "Jack & Diane/Pop Singer" John Cougar Mellencamp
- "In The Air Tonight/Another Day In Paradise" Phil Collins: If you're counting, that's two Genesis songs, two Phil Collins solo singles, plus a song he produced, sings backup, and plays drums on ("No One Is To Blame"), all within 4 hours. Yikes!
- "Should I Stay or Should I Go?/Rock The Casbah" The Clash
- "Lay Down Sally/She's Waiting" Eric Clapton
- "My Best Friend's Girl/You Might Think" The Cars
|The console (May 16, 1988) The all-steel turntables|
were rock-solid and played great.
- "Our House" Madness: I have always loved this silly little song, but never owned a copy, until the summer of 2012, when I purchased a Best Of Madness CD at a yard sale for $1.
- "One Vision/Under Pressure" Queen
- "Gimme All Your Lovin/Velcro Fly" ZZ Top
- "Rock & Roll Is King/Don't Let Me Down", ELO
- "Rock This Town" The Stray Cats
- "Stray Cat Strut" The Stray Cats
- "Anyway You Want It" Journey
- "Send Her My Love" Journey BY REQUEST to Reading
- "Somebody" Bryan Adams
- "Summer of '69" Bryan Adams BY REQUEST to Reading
- "What It Takes" Aerosmith- Request for "the wonder twins of Boxford" (I don't remember who this is)
- "Start Me Up/Sad Sad Sad" The Rolling Stones: I still remember the day The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels LP arrived at the office in it's 13" square cardboard mailer. I really like the LP. Is it because everything sounds better when you're 17 years old?
- "Everybody Wants You/Don't Say You Love Me" Billy Squier
- "The Heart of Rock & Roll/Perfect World" Huey Lewis & The News
- "Peace of Mind" Boston
- "Foreplay" / "Long Time" Boston
- "Sunshine of Your Love/White Room" Cream
- "25 or 6 to 4" Chicago
- "Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?" Chicago
- "Roseanna" Toto
- "Africa" Toto
- "State of Grace" Billy Joel (Request for Betsy Hopkins)
- "Everyday I Write The Book / Veronica" Elvis Costello
- "Seven Wonders / Hold Me" Fleetwood Mac