The Radio Show April 2024: Our favourite three songs of the Twentieth Century


Cats, due to the not exactly target rich environment that is the twenty first century, it might be time to do a bit of “facing backwards”, as a certain jazz artist of that era might opine.

What we would like is a bit o’ nostalgia. Back when normality was the norm and collectivists hadn’t yet lost their tiny collective simple minds.

Back when everything that was widely accepted as completely normal would be not be loudly trumpeted as “far right-wing extremism”.

Back when women did not possess “middle legs” and the concept of marrying a beagle was, quite frankly ridiculous.    

Yes, we’re talking about a century that ended almost twenty-five years ago, Cats.

Back when men were men, women were sexy and various creatures of the animal kingdom had no reason to worry about a 150 kilo human heffalump attempting to “get it on” with them.   

So we’d like you to identify your top three favourite songs from that century in the comments, please.

Here’s some initial candidates:

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

(I can’t get no) Satisfaction

We are the Champions/We will rock you

Wuthering heights

All along the Watchtower

Song to the Siren

Light my Fire

Mr Tambourine Man

Time Passes

Let’s have some tunes, Cats! 


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Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 6, 2024 7:27 pm

Ooh a fresh new smelling Radio Show thread!

Been thinking about it, Got three I like, but I’ll put up one which might be four or five.

Love Me Madly Again (1977)

Roger
Roger
April 6, 2024 7:30 pm
Roger
Roger
April 6, 2024 7:31 pm

Er…link failure, but you all know it.

Roger
Roger
April 6, 2024 7:32 pm

Stand By Me Ben E. King

Roger
Roger
April 6, 2024 7:36 pm

And…Ben E. King again, A Rose in Spanish Harlem.

Sigh. I guess I’m a romantic at heart.

Crossie
Crossie
April 6, 2024 7:44 pm

Before I do anything else, how do you add a link?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 6, 2024 7:45 pm

Time for me to add some specialness to the thread

Oh superman.
Just something completely different, haunting and one of the more unlikely hits of the century.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vkfpi2H8tOE

Another simple and nice little ditty
Ice Cream
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAhv0XGv8Pc

And another oddity, from Brother where for art thou.
Oh death
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehFINQKctq0

Ask me tomorrow and ill have a completely different selection.

Crossie
Crossie
April 6, 2024 7:53 pm

I find this the quintessential love song.

The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies

https://youtu.be/7duPNQCp-w4?si=O72iGJ3t8U5KsKF-

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Crossie
Crossie
April 6, 2024 8:02 pm

The second half of the twentieth century was the age of rock music and this song is one of my favourites:

Atomic – Blondie

https://youtu.be/O_WLw_0DFQQ?si=9WmHNZWcFy1qQHMG

eric hinton
eric hinton
April 6, 2024 8:04 pm

Dilly Dally Everton Syvester

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 6, 2024 8:04 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXW-sL5gzHQ Gerry Rafferty – Get It Right Next Time

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 6, 2024 8:09 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ortOAiClE34 Cow Cow Boogie by Ella Mae Morse

Crossie
Crossie
April 6, 2024 8:12 pm

The 60s were the instrumentals heyday and this one always spoke to me. It’s also a superb piece of music by one of legendary guitarists.

Sacha – Hank Marvin

https://youtu.be/XuYpR6CBQLM?si=JP48sON4byIqOYlv

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 6, 2024 8:13 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFv_PoZ2iP0I’ve got a Gal in Kalamazoo

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 6, 2024 8:34 pm

FWIW here’re my three.

PJ Harvey – The Whores Hustle and the Hustlers Whore (2000)

Sky – Desperate for Your Love (1985)

Dire Straits – Telegraph Road (1982)

First, they need to be turned up to 11 on a stereo with good bass and treble. And second I’m going on the official calendar, which says the last century ended on 31.12.2000, so Ms Harvey’s track from October of that year counts…

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 6, 2024 8:40 pm

Sadly YT vids just don’t have the clarity of even a cheap CD player. Ah well, at least they’re available.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 6, 2024 9:04 pm
Arky
April 6, 2024 9:23 pm

Smoke on the Water. Deep Purple.
Ghost Riders in the Sky. Burl Ives.
Stairway to Heaven. Led Zeppelin
..
But it changes all the time.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 6, 2024 9:26 pm

Here, There and Everywhere. Original Beatles. Covered by lots, all good. I Put a Spell on You, Nina Simone, Joe Cocker, CCR, Jose Feliciano. Lots of others. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out. Spencer Davis.

calli
calli
April 6, 2024 9:36 pm

I made up a “short” list like you, Rabz.

Illusions in G Major – ELO
Love Her Madly – The Doors
All Good People – Yes
One for the Vine – Genesis
And She Was -Talking Heads
I Cheat the Hangman – The Doobie Brothers
Imitation of Life – REM

But my favourite three are:

Tightrope – ELO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy91SQ5jPtU

Downtown Train – Tom Waits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLtZKkCIVmI

I Was Only Joking – Rod Stewart (I’ll put it in the next comment)

Of course, tomorrow’s list will be different.

calli
calli
April 6, 2024 9:37 pm

I love this version – two old farts having a ball, as they should. The only fault is that he’s changed the end lyric.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eky7gH6-ax0

Louis Litt
Louis Litt
April 6, 2024 10:10 pm

Long way to the top
mcArthur Park (Glen Campbell)
don’t cry for me Argentina Julie covingron

Crossie
Crossie
April 6, 2024 10:14 pm

Calli reminded me of ELO.

Rockaria is wonderful.

https://youtu.be/dfK8t4j7I64?si=1bb4JeA3MrYfFFmg

Louis Litt
Louis Litt
April 6, 2024 10:14 pm

Drama
run joey run
tell lara I love her
to the door of the sun

Louis Litt
Louis Litt
April 6, 2024 10:19 pm

the epics
nostradamus (al Stewart)
evie 1-3- Stevie wright
new York serenade (Springsteen)

Crossie
Crossie
April 6, 2024 10:19 pm

I prefer the Zoot version of Eleanor Rigby, much more energy.

https://youtu.be/iptr7i7sFkM?si=aHymZicRIv8NRQ40

Louis Litt
Louis Litt
April 6, 2024 10:24 pm

Disco
born to be alive
stayin alive
nutbush city limits

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 6, 2024 10:39 pm

Had ELO on vinyl. When I finished uni I gave my turntable away to a flatmate, with all my discs. He valued the gift! Which still makes my heart warm forty years later.

ELO – The Diary Of Horace Wimp (1979)

Bruce in WA
April 7, 2024 9:52 am

Brandy (you’re a fIne girl) — Looking Glass
We’ve only just begun — Karen Carpenter
The hungry years — Doug Parkinson

johanna
johanna
April 7, 2024 12:11 pm

Impossible to choose just three!

Quite a few of my faves already mentioned, here are some more.

When the Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin

Some Velvet Morning – Nancy and Lee

Billie Jean – Whacko Jacko

I’m a Man – Spencer Davis Group

Fall of the Cards – Kim Carnes

She’s Not There – The Zombies

Does anyone think that Taylor Swift will be reverently remembered in 50 years time?

duncanm
duncanm
April 7, 2024 1:51 pm
Bob the Boozer
Bob the Boozer
April 7, 2024 5:01 pm

Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Tuesday Afternoon – Moody Blues
Ruby Tuesday – Stones

Crossie
Crossie
April 7, 2024 6:03 pm

And of course, The Tubular Bells:

https://youtu.be/y-u-u0ERQbU?si=tJOv3-vTn7lgsRAv

Davey Boy
Davey Boy
April 7, 2024 6:48 pm

the past, when it was the present, looking at the future
(which is the new present)

21st Century Schizoid Man
(King Crimson. Prescient)

Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 7, 2024 10:48 pm

Who remembers the Telstar satellite when we watched live the broadcast of the first Trans Atlantic music – “Telstar”.
Here’s the music by the Tornados.

johanna
johanna
April 8, 2024 3:34 am

Duncan, Dusty’s string of hits are all worth a mention.

A voice that could transform mere words into living emotions. Outstanding.

Figures
Figures
April 8, 2024 6:02 am

Pearl Jam – Black
Tori Amos – Yes Anastasia
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
Guns N Roses – Don’t Cry (Illusion II version)

Delta A
Delta A
April 8, 2024 9:12 am

Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody.

Iron Maiden: Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Procol Harum: Whiter Shade of Pale.

(Sorry for the late entry. I’ve been flat out like a raw prawn.)

Nelson_Kidd-Players
Nelson_Kidd-Players
April 8, 2024 9:37 am
eric hinton
eric hinton
April 8, 2024 12:31 pm

Three more…

Visions of Johanna Bob Dylan (God knows what it’s about, I just like the line “in this room the heat pipes just cough”}

Machine Gun Jimi Hendrix (Miles Davis’ favourite Hendrix track. Allegedly)

Little Johnny Jewel Televison.

Famous Blue Raincoat Mr Sincerely L. Cohen (God knows what it’s about, I just like the line “Sincerely, L. Cohen”)

Into Dust Mazzy Star (God knows what it’s about, it just sounds like it makes sense)

Swampland The Scientists

Farmers Never Visit Nightclubs and Nightclubs Never Visit Farmers. (For the title. Early Triffids available only on cassette. Allegedly)

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Louis Litt
Louis Litt
April 8, 2024 7:45 pm

the chase – performed by Pepe la pue
fire (Springsteen or pointers)
keep your hands to yourself (Georgia sattelites)
jump in my car (Ted Mulry gang)

Miksa
Miksa
April 8, 2024 10:36 pm

OK – I’ll throw in a couple:
There are so many possibilities, but gotta have something from two of the greatest female performers ever (1) Aretha, but not one of her classics: I always enjoy Freeway of Love, and (2) the incomparable Joni Mitchell at her peak:Coyote

Pogria
Pogria
April 9, 2024 11:09 am
TonyfromOz
TonyfromOz
April 9, 2024 2:02 pm

There are so many more than just three. Anything by Floyd, (post Atom Heart Mother) Early Neil Young (up to Tonight’s The Night) Early Wings (up to Venus and Mars) ELO, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Steely Dan, and although I never liked Toto, I’d have to include their song Africa, because anybody who can fit ….. As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti into the lyrics of a song deserves a vote.

Tony.

Alamak!
Alamak!
April 9, 2024 9:58 pm

top 3 though choice is bit arbitrary, ofc

Can – Future Days
Go Betweens – Cattle & Cane
Gimme Shelter – Stones

honourable mentions

  1. I memed. But this is a thing. The ALP screw up and all of a sudden one of the comrades…

  2. They know their best card remaining is public opinion, and that public opinion is largely shaped by gullible left leaning…

  3. “Australia is the most successful multicu*tural society in the world”Revealed beyond any doubt as the monstrous lie it always was…

  4. At the ABC, the lunatics run the asylum. Managers and the board do whatever the staff want, which doesn’t include…

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