Sunday, May 10, 2009

A The Radioman Says It's a Beautiful Night Out There

I've been asked to record a little "album that changed your life"-type thing for local public radio station KRCL. Here are the questions I'm supposed to address:

1. Describe the first time you heard the album. Put us there. How did it affect you?

2. Tell us something we may not know about the artists or the album; do a bit of research.

3. What do you want the audience to walk away with after listening to music that you selected?

Though it's going to be like two minutes long, I, of course, am taking it deathly serious. Now that I finally have the chance to talk about what I always want to talk about, what am I going to talk about?

My first thoughts were to talk about one of the bands I've loved the longest--Millencolin, Bad Religion, Catch 22, or even Weezer. But I don't really have stories about those bands. (I always have stories, but probably not interesting stories.) I toyed with Nada Surf's "Let Go," but had the same problem. But I think I've got one.

It's gonna be "Control" by Pedro the Lion. What am I going to say? Well, I don't want to give away the ending.

I'm so nervous.


Lizzen said...

Hey Spencer, it's Lindsay (Thacker) Maxfield. I'll always be grateful to you for giving me a copy of BR's "No Substance." You taped it on the back side of Left Foot Forward's live DV8 show recording... Good times.

In my thoughts "No Substance" is probably Bad Religion's worst album (or "least best," if you want to be positive), and yet it got me past their radio singles and into the REAL Bad Religion. Over the years they moved to the top of my favorites list and got me through some incredibly bleak times.

It's hard to say who's at the top nowadays, now that I've moved beyond the "punk rock is the greatest genre that can change lives" stage in my life. Nevertheless, they hold a special place in my heart, and you contributed to that. So thanks! I owe ya one.

su-tang 3000 said...

"No Substance" is only out-worsted by "New America," so I apologize for giving you that album.

That Left Foot Forward recording, however, should be at the top of the list of best releases ever. You may have to make me a copy. I don't know if I have one.