Flashback: “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden

Modern music and I don’t get along all that well.

I’ve always felt pop/rock music peaked in the 80’s and the first half of the 90’s. But that’s just me. In the 90’s I started listening to the Heavy Metal side more. Pearl Jam. Alice In Chains. Nirvana and the genius Kurt Cobain, and the tragic waste of his life and talents due to his suicide. Metallica and “Enter Sandman” which the New York Yankees would use for Mariano Rivera when he came into scores of baseball games. Seemed at the time that’s where culture was going.

But I did know who Chris Cornell was, a member in a band called Soundgarden being among his contributions. Always liked this song in particular, along with another hit of theirs called “Spoonman” that I always thought had a good beat to it.

Cornell passed away a few days back at age 52, reportedly by suicide. RIP, and thanks for the memories.

Flashback: “Hurt” by Johnny Cash

This is the first of two Flashbacks this week. The regularly scheduled one today, and one tomorrow in honor of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden fame who died overnight Wednesday going into Thursday.

Hard to not think of a song Johnny Cash has covered and NOT think of this Nine Inch Nails cover released in 2002.

Personally, this is the song that turned me into a fan of his, and helped me fully understand who he was. Some say it’s depressing to listen to, and I suppose it can be. I found it a bit enlightening as well.

Aircheck: Clearwater Mall, 1/23/1993

Thanks to Rich Marino for putting this up. Good work, sir!

I don’t think this aired on the radio, so you had to be at the Clearwater Mall (which has since been remodeled, it’s just a bunch of stores now with no air-conditioned gathering central area) to attend this event.

The big story was Bob Lassiter’s (formerly of WFLA) return to the Tampa Bay market after a three and a half year or so absence. Neil Rogers and Randi Rhodes, two talk hosts heard on WSUN and WIOD in Miami, make the pilgrimage up to Clearwater to bolster 620’s “entertaining talk radio” lineup. Bob made his debut a few days later on February 1, 1993, lasting at WSUN a little over two and a half years before heading back to WFLA from 1996 to 1999.

Flashback: “Hit The Road Jack” by Suzi Quatro

Suzi is probably best known in the United States for her duet “Stumblin’ In” with Chris Norman from 1978, and playing the role of Leather Tuscadero in Happy Days.

I heard this track from 1974 listening to KNYE out of Parhump, Nevada on Tunein one morning recently. KNYE, once owned by talk show host Art Bell, is one of the more diverse pop/rock stations in the country, where you can hear something from the 50’s in one track, and a Kelly Clarkson song on the next track. Hearing Quatro cover the classic Ray Charles song made me wonder why it wasn’t a hit anywhere, thinking it had a kick-ass attitude to it that would have caught on somewhere, or so I thought.

Flashback: “Squeeze Box” by The Who

Imagine being a young child and hearing this late 1975 song by The Who as I was. I can still see the rainbowed MCA record label spinning around in my head.

“Mommy, what’s a squeeze box?”

“Ummmm…go talk to your daddy about this.”

“Daddy, who sings this song?”

“The Who.”

“Yes, daddy.  Who sings the song?”

“No no no, son. It is a rock band called The Who.”

“Daddy, what’s a rock band?”

Yep, it was one of those pop songs that needs a lot of explaining.