Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Instrumental Surf Sounds Of Pulp Fiction & Show # 602

In the days when movies actually had soundtracks that were sold and purchased, there was the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Released in 1994, it accompanied the equally influential Quentin Tarantino film of the same name and many of the songs in the film were from the 50s and 70s. Shades of R&B, soul, 50s rock n’ roll and surf rock music coloured in the sonic landscapes between the frames of Pulp Fiction. As opposed to having a standard film score, Pulp Fiction featured songs from what many may have thought were lost eras of music which was seen as unconventional at the time. Tarantino did this not only with Pulp Fiction, but also with his first film Reservoir Dogs. The title sequence features the song “Misirlou” by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones. This track as well as other instrumental surf oriented rock n’ roll tracks were used partly due to budgetary restrictions for the film’s soundtrack. The other reason this type of music was used in the film was as Tarantino has stated, surf music is reminiscent of a rock version of the Spaghetti Western music created by Ennio Morricone.

The unconventional story is told in a non-linear order in Pulp Fiction and the characters exemplify an intensity that is at times characterized by violence and drug use. The music selected for this film is often contrasted with the music selected for the Forest Gump soundtrack, which features several more conventional selections from similar time periods. And although both films have had an impact on popular culture, the soundtrack to Pulp Fiction is still being talked about. When it was originally released, several of the tracks featured in the film were not on the soundtrack. For example, Link Wray’s “Rumble” is not on the soundtrack, The Robins “Since I First Met You” and “The Marketts “Out Of Limits” are not on the original soundtrack album that was released in September 1994. Seven songs in total were not on the original soundtrack. Dusty Springfield’s “Son Of A Preacher Man”, Kool & The Gang’s “Jungle Boogie”, Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” and Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” were all featured in both the film and on the soundtrack and resulted in resurgences of interest.

Urge Overkill’s version of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” helped launch them into the mainstream subconscious. They were also one of the only modern bands at the time to be featured in the film and on the soundtrack. Another interesting fact about this film and soundtrack is the song “Waitin’ In School” is performed in the film by Gary Shorelle and is not available commercially. The song was originally recorded by Ricky Nelson and released in 1957. It is often seen as one of Nelson’s best contributions to the rockabilly genre. Most importantly, surf/instrumental music was in high concentration in the film and on the soundtrack. The Tornadoes “Bustin’ Surfboards”, The Lively Ones “Surf Rider”, Link Wray’s “Ace Of Spaces”, The Centurions “Bullwinkle Part II”, The Revels “Comanche” and of course “Misirlou” by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones all were featured in the film and on the soundtrack. Following the release of this film surf music enjoyed a new sense of resurgence and popularity even appearing in commercials.

By 1996, the Pulp Fiction soundtrack had sold over 2 million copies. With this soundtrack surf music was reintroduced to a new generation of film and music enthusiasts. In the film Vincent and Jules have a conversation about how a lot of things are similar in Paris and Europe, but are done differently. Beer can be purchased at McDonald’s and a Quarter Pounder With Cheese is called a Royale With Cheese in Paris. Pulp Fiction’s soundtrack is a bit like a Royale With Cheese and being able to drink a beer at a fast food establishment. It was a film with a soundtrack featuring a collection of music that had been around for a while, but people may not have been aware of it. Pulp Fiction was a film, but it was a film that was done differently. This wasn’t just another soundtrack and film. It was more than just your average hamburger.

Revolution Surf Playlist:

1. Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Miserlou (Summer Surf - 1964/Pulp Fiction Soundtrack - 1994)
2. The Mel-Tones - In Praise Of The Lime (Surf Sensation - 2004)
3. Marell's Marauders - The Maurauder (Surfin' In The Midwest Surf Vol 3 - 1998)
4. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Zombie Compromise (Savvy Showstoppers - 1988)
5. Luau Or Die - Coldwar Cowboy (Dead On The Floor Vol 1 - 2015)
6. Yuzo Kayama - Black Sand Beach 94 (Black Sand Beach - 1994)
7. The Bambi Molesters - Long Gun (Dumb Loud Hollow Twang Deluxe -2003)
8. The Mongols - Nautoloid Reef (Time Machine: The History Of Canadian 60's Garage Punk & Surf 1985-1995 - 1996)

Surfphony of Derstruction 2000 Segment:

9. The Mighty Swells - Zissou Twist (Jaguar Shark Mix) (Off The Top With The Mighty Swells! - 2015)
10. The Fathoms - Fathomized (Overboard - 1998)
11. Takeshi Terauchi & His Blue Jeans - Movin' (Surfing - 1963)
12. The Apeman - Crash (Are You Being Surfed? - 1994)
13. Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Banzai Washout (Summer Surf - 1964)
14. The Lively Ones - High Tide (High Tide/Goofy Foot -1963)
15. The Hollywood Tornadoes - Moon Dawg (Moon Dawg/The Inebriated Surfer - 1963)

16. The Ghastly Ones - Werewolves On Wheels (Unearthed - 2007)
17. Lee Kristofferson - Night Of The Werewolf (Dinner With Drac - 1977)
18. Tarantula - The Tarantulas (Tarantula/Black Widow - 1961)
17. Link Wray - Ace Of Spades (Ace Of Spades/Hidden Charms - 1963)
18. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Having An Average Weekend (Savvy Showstoppers - 1988)
19. Trout - Bite The Tow (Salty Waves/Bite The Tow - 2014)
20. This Machine Kills Robots - Tidal Wave From Beyond The Grave (A Horrid Heart Still Beats In Its Mummified Remains - 2013)
21. The New Waves - Surf Macabre (Surf Macabre - 2009)
22. Atomic 7 - Save Your Fork There's Pie (Gowns By Edith Head - 2002)
23. The Sadies - Lay Down Your Arms (Stories Often Told - 2002)
24. The Replacements - Buck Hill (Hootenanny - 1983)
25. Beachmover - Directed Energy (Do The Microwave) (Beachmover - 2014)
26. X-Ray Cat Trio - The Buzzard's Claw (Out For Blood - 2015)
27. The Bell Peppers - The Spray (Sizzling Hot Bell Peppers - 2013)
28. The Revels - Comanche (Intoxica/Comanche - 1964/Pulp Fiction Soundtrack - 1994)
29. La Luz - Hey Papi (Weirdo Shrine - 2015)
30. The Lively Ones - Surf Rider (Surf Rider! - 1963/Pulp Fiction Soundtrack - 1994)

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for February 27. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

As a side note and for those keeping count, episode 603 of Revolution Rock was a repeat episode that originally aired earlier in February 2016. You can download that episode here and find the playlist in this post.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Music From The City Of Roses & Show # 601

Located South of Detroit, Windsor, Ontario was first established as a city in 1892. Being a border city Windsor has a diverse and storied history. In the 1920’s when prohibition was instituted in Michigan, alcohol was still legal in Windsor, Ontario. As a result rum running became common practice. In addition to this Windsor and Detroit also share a history with the automotive industry. Sometimes known as the “Automotive Capital of Canada”, Windsor has been and still is a major contributor to Canada’s automotive industry. Musically, Windsor has an early history being involved with choral and orchestral music. In the 1950’s Windsor began making a transition to more rock and roll oriented music. Prior to this there were also several big band musical acts.

While it hasn’t always been the best documented, Windsor’s independent music scene saw several influential bands in the 1980s. The Spy’s were one of these influential bands. They were a short lived punk band that only ever released one single “Underground/Machine Shop” in 1980. Several other bands were around at that time as well in the vein of 70s punk rock such as The Dry Heaves among others. The late 80s brought bands such as The Prehistoric Cave Strokers and The Lost Patrol. Other notable bands in Windsor’s history include 50’s rockabilly artist Jack Scott (who was born in Windsor, but raised in Detroit), Luxury Christ (a more of a performance art piece band from the 90s), Hung Jury, Toast, What Seas What Shores, Orphan Choir, The Locusts Have No King, The Golden Hands Before God, Johnny West, Measured In Angles, Citywide Vacuum, Mr. Chill & The Witnesses, James O-L & The Villains, Tara Watts and many others. Windsor’s independent music scene continues to strive and provide a wide range of diversity today ranging from punk and heavy rock bands, to folk, country, blues, acoustic, post-rock and numerous other types of genres. Being South of Detroit, Windsor and Detroit definitely share a sense of diversity in their arts communities. This episode of Revolution Rock focused on some of the more obscure music from Windsor’s past and present independent music scenes.

Windsor Past & Present Playlist:

1. Orphan Choir - New Rituals (Orphan Choir - 2009)
2. Measured In Angles - Method Of Tenacity (Lo Standards For Hi-Fi - 2005)
3. Dry Heaves - I Can’t Puke (Shoot Yourself - 1981)
4. The Prehistoric Cave Strokers - Sold Out (Live At The Coach & Horses - 1991)
5. The Hung Jury - Swingin’ By My Neck (Where The Horse Bit Me EP - 2007)
6. Tara Watts - Pack My Bags (Pale Blue Moon - 2014)
7. Tea Leaves - I Want To Live In The Dirt (Wooden Hands - 2015)
8. The Space Plan - High Noon In Death Valley (The Space Plan - 2000)
9. Luxury Christ - You Could Have Been Nice (Buy Our Love - 1993)
9. The Moon Patrol - We Don’t Care (From The Basement To The Bedroom EP - 1999)
10. GWD - There Is No Us (The Sessions from Stellar - 2002)
11. James O-L & The Villains - One Horse Town (On The Banks Of The Detroit River - 2014)
12. Middle Sister - East 80 (Live CJAM Session - 2016)
13. The Golden Hands Before God - The Ladder (Here EP - 2007)
14. Jack Scott - Leroy (Jack Scott - 1958)
15. Dorothy Collins - It Doesn’t Matter (Everything I Have Is Yours/It Doesn’t Matter - 1959)
16. What Seas What Shores - Gugelhupf (Spiritual Nap Machine - 2015)
17. Elk - Untitled Song 3 (ELK Demo - 2005)
18. Lost Patrol - I’m Not The One (Lost Patrol - 1988)
19. The Nelsons - A Cool One (Unreleased Song - 1980s (Date Unknown))
20. The Ronald Reagan Story - Colorado Drifter (Demo - 1982)
21. The Spy’s - Underground (Underground/Machine Shop - 1980)
22. The Locusts Have No King - Weapon Of Choice (Live Off The Floor At The Walkerville Brewery - 2013)
23. Magic Hall Of Mirrors - Coke MTN (Garage Demo EP - 2010)
24. Paul Jacobs - Mouldy Love (Mouldy Love EP - 2014)
25. Hairspray - I Go To The Ridge (Hairspray Demo - 2004)
26. Cellos - The New Religion (The Accident - 2012)

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for February 20. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Safe As Milk & Show # 600

Released in 1967 on Buddah Records, Safe As Milk is the debut album from Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. Prior to this Captain Beefheart released two singles for A&M, one of which was their gritty, soulful cover of Bo Diddley’s “Diddy Wah Diddy”. Captain Beefheart’s voice, an instrument in itself has been said to have the ability to sing in eleven different octaves and is demonstrated here in many different forms. On Safe As Milk, the band line-up changed slightly from the earlier A&M incarnation of the band. For this album John French was added on drums and a young Ry Cooder on guitar. The album shows Beefheart’s deep love of the blues and R&B, which caused a young Don Van Vliet and Frank Zappa to share a friendship, is apparent here. Along with the blues influence found here, there are also the elements of experimentation that Captain Beefheart would be known for. The result is music that has been called psychedelic, blues, pop and garage all at once.

“Sure 'Nuff Yes I Do” opens Safe As Milk with a blistering, sliding blues guitar lick and with the lines “I was born in the desert/Came on it from New Orleans/Came upon a tornado/Sunlight in the sky/I wait around all day with the moon sticking in my eye”. The lyrics and the song are based on Muddy Waters “Rollin’ And Tumblin’” and its earlier incarnation by Cannon’s Jug Stompers. However, these lines also reference the atmosphere that would be created on Safe As Milk. They also show Captain Beefheart taking elements of his past to make his own form of the blues. He creates his own myth here, one that would change and perpetuate mysteriousness and strangeness throughout his career. The hazy rhythms and erratic, jumping basslines by Jerry Handley waver in amongst the drum patterns of John French, Ry Cooder & Alex St. Clair’s guitar interplay and Captain Beefheart’s gritty voice.

“Zig Zag Wanderer” drifts with a psychedelic, R&B rave-up fashion. The song which many feel reference the rolling papers of the same name has also been said to feature a combination of three bass parts recorded by Jerry Handley, Ry Cooder and engineer Gerry Maker that at times overlap each other. In addition to the supposed meanings of this track’s lyrics, they also reference a lost, presumably homeless character trying to find their place. “Call On Me” travels into an R&B and soul groove, “Dropout Boogie” features heavy basslines and fuzzy guitar lines that drop in unison with Captain Beefheart’s vocals. It’s hard not to refer to this song with its rough and gritty energy as garage rock. “I’m Glad” slows down the pace venturing into doo-wop and soul territory, “Electricity” blends elements psychedelia with the blues and Captain Beefheart’s shifting vocal range in an unconventional way. If there is any proof of his ability to sing in different vocal ranges it is on this track that was also rumoured to get the band booted from A&M for being too negative. In addition to the eerie Theremin featured on this track, during the recording of Beefheart’s vocals for “Electricity” the microphone shattered.

Side two starts with a person describing a reference tone with sound effects that sounds like they could have been lifted from an episode of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone TV program before we settle into the song “Yellow Brick Road”. A more upbeat and dreamy piece, this song features a shuffling rhythm, bluesy guitar slides and a tale that seems to reference the very same yellow brick road from The Wizard Of Oz, telling a tale of loss of innocence.

“Abba Zaba” is where Safe As Milk really goes into a different musical direction. The music on this track is dominated by African rhythms, bass & guitar work by Ry Cooder, additional percussion by Taj Mahal and of course the puzzling lyrics by Captain Beefheart. While the lyrics repeat themselves in what upon first listen could seem nonsensical to the average listener, “Abba Zaba” apparently is a song about evolution. It also references the candy bar of the same name. Originally, Safe As Milk was to be titled Abba Zaba however Captain Beefheart & Co. couldn’t get permission to use the name and logo. On the back cover of this album, it is peppered with the very same yellow and black-checkered pattern that is featured on the candy bars packaging.

The dirty Delta blues assembly line groove of “Plastic Factory” ventures into garage rock territory, while lyrically this song, credited to Van Vliet and bassist Jerry Handley, contrasts monotonous factory life with nature imagery. “Grown So Ugly” is the only cover featured on Safe As Milk. Originally by Robert Pete Williams, this track is notable for its deep, biting groove that was rearranged by Ry Cooder. “Autumn’s Child” ends the album. This track with its slithering Theremin parts changes time signatures several times and drips with psychedelia and surreal lyrics.

At first look, Safe As Milk may seem to be just another album from the 60s, but it is much more than that. The album flirts with the delta blues, R&B, in a style that can be called garage-punk, among other things. The lyrics are at times surreal and the music explores odd time signatures. Captain Beefheart would explore this more extremely on 1969’s experimental Trout Mask Replica. For those that pay attention the songs on Safe As Milk leap out of the front cover that looks very similar to The Rolling Stones UK album Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass). It provides listeners with a refreshing alternative to the other sounds that were being created in 1967. Safe As Milk sounds just as fresh and different today as it did when it was originally released in 1967.

Captain Beefheart Playlist:

1. Frank Zappa - The Birth Of Captain Beefheart (1964 Demo) (Mystery Disc - 1998)
2. Frank Zappa - Metal Man Has Won His Wings (1964 Demo) (Mystery Disc - 1998)
3. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Dropout Boogie (Safe As Milk - 1967)
4. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Click Clack (The Spotlight Kid - 1972)
5. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Party of Special Things to Do (Bluejeans & Moonbeams - 1974)
6. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - My Head is my Only House When it Rains (Clear Spot - 1972)
7. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Love Lies (Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) - 1978)
8. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Bat Chain Puller (Bat Chain Puller - Recorded 1976 released 2012)
9. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - My Human Gets Me Blues (Trout Mask Replica - 1969)
11. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Moonlight On Vermont (Trout Mask Replica - 1969)
12. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Ashtray Heart (Doc at the Radar Station - 1980)
13. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Ice Cream for Crow (Ice Cream for Crow - 1982)
14. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Full Moon Hot Sun (Unconditionally Guaranteed - 1974)
15. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - I Love You, You Big Dummy (Lick My Decals Off, Baby - 1970)
16. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Petrified Forest (Like My Decals Off, Baby - 1970)
17. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - On Tomorrow (Strictly Personal - 1968)
18. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Grow Fins (The Spotlight Kid - 1972)
19. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Electricity (Safe as Milk - 1967)
20. Frank Zappa - Willie The Pimp (Hot Rats - 1969)
21. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Old Fart At Play (Trout Mask Replica - 1969)
22. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Yellow Brick Road (Safe As Milk - 1967)
23. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Just Got Back From The City (1966 Demo) (Grow Fins: Rarities 1965-1982 - 1999)
24. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Diddy Wah Diddy (The Legendary A&M Sessions - 1984)
25. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Sure ’Nuff ’N Yes I Do (Safe As Milk - 1967)
26. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Zig Zag Wanderer (Safe As Milk - 1967)

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for February 13. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Lead Belly "The King Of 12-String Guitar" & Show # 599

Deep in the grooves of a time period long, long ago Huddie William Ledbetter was born. He came into this world in January of 1888 in Mooringsport, Louisiana. The facts of Huddie’s life are often times conflicting, although many things have been written about him. Better known as Lead Belly, he first began his foray into music at a young age when his uncle Terrell taught him accordion. He would also learn other instruments such as piano, mandolin, violin, and of course guitar. The guitar that Lead Belly is most known for playing was a 12-string guitar that he named Stella. It was with this guitar that he would project his loud booming voice and captivate audiences with his pure, raw emotion that was displayed when he played music. Rooted in a variety of genres such as folk, blues, spiritual songs and country, Lead Belly would often adapt traditional songs (as have many folk and blues musicians) in his own unique way. Around 1912, Lead Belly met Blind Lemon Jefferson with whom he would play music around Dallas, Texas. Jefferson often called the “Father Of The Texas Blues”, introduced Lead Belly to the 12-string guitar.

In addition to his musical background and his life in the Deep South, there are other factors of Lead Belly’s life that caused him to become more recognized for his musical abilities. Ledbetter worked as a farmer, a sharecropper and he had his share of troubles, having been in prison several times on some pretty serious charges. But it was in prison where he would be discovered by John and Alan Lomax. These two would have an effect on the outcome of not only of his release from prison, but his future in music. As part of the Library of Congress the Lomaxes went around to prisons to find and document folk music that was not contaminated by modern blues and jazz of the day. In the early 30’s they first recorded twelve songs with Lead Belly and in 1934, Lead Belly was pardoned from prison after writing a song for the governor and recording it with the Lomaxes. His recording granted him a pardon on July 25th, 1934. This was the second time that Lead Belly had written a song for a governor and received a pardon for his songwriting and musical abilities.

Lead Belly would go on to make recordings for many different labels such as the Library Of Congress, Folkways, RCA, Capitol Records and others. He worked odd jobs, appeared on the historic and groundbreaking CBS radio show Back From Where I Come From as a regular guest, was a radio host on his own and of course recorded and performed music. His music attracted the likes of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and others during the later parts of his life. His influence slowly infiltrated the mainstream populous. While many things have been written about Lead Belly, several conflicting and incorrect, some not, his name is often misspelled. The name Lead Belly is sometimes spelled as one word when it is in fact two. He performed that way and it is spelled that way on his tombstone. The origins of his name are just as fascinating as the tales he spun from his 12-string acoustic guitar.

In December of 1949, Lead Belly passed away due to complications with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). It was believed that this was caused due to his background of hard labour working on farms, and prison life. In 1950, The Weavers covered Lead Belly’s version of the song “Goodnight Irene”. This song became a huge hit going on to sell over two million copies. Sadly, Lead Belly escaped the recognition that he desired in his lifetime. Since this initial song by The Weavers countless artists have gone on to cover and adapt the songs that Lead Belly recorded and performed. Many artists have covered the songs that he was known for, such as “Goodnight Irene”, “Cotton Fields”, “Midnight Special”, “Black Betty”, “Boll Weevil”, “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” and numerous others. In 1968, friend and folk musician Pete Seeger did an entire album of Lead Belly songs entitled Pete Seeger Sings Lead Belly. CCR covered “The Midnight Special”, “Black Betty” was covered by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds”, “Cotton Fields” was covered by The Beach Boys and Nirvana did a rendition of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” for MTV Unplugged. There are many other stories behind the songs and the man that are not mentioned here, but his story lives on like a great folk tale through the songs that he once played and the words that have been written and are still being written about him. Known as “The King of 12-String Guitar”, the music that Lead Belly once performed rings just as loud today as when he was originally performing it on the strings of his guitar.

Lead Belly & His Influence Playlist:

1. Lead Belly - Midnight Special
2. Lead Belly - Where Did You Sleep Last Night
3. Lead Belly - If It Wasn't For Dicky
4. Geeshie Wiley - Skinny Leg Blues
5. Blind Mamie Forehand - Honey In The Rock
6. Blind Lemon Jefferson - Chock House Blues
7. Son House - John The Revelator
8. Lead Belly - We Shall Be Free (With Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston)
9. Lead Belly - Howard Hughes
10. Lead Belly - Blind Lemon
11. Neko Case - Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out
12. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Black Betty
13. Tom Waits - Goodnight Irene
14. Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night (1990 Boombox Demo)
15. The Jury - Ain’t It A Shame
16. CCR - The Midnight Special
17. The Triffids - In The Pines
18. The Fall - Bourgois Town
19. The White Stripes - Boll Weevil (John Peel Session - July 25th, 2001)
20. B.B King - Every Day I Have The Blues (Live At The Regal)
21. Bukka White - Shake ‘Em On Down
22. Mississippi Sheiks - The World Is Going Wrong
23. Lightnin’ Hopkins - Automobile Blues
24. Blind Willie McTell - Delia
25. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - You’d Better Mind
26. Lead Belly - What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire (With Anne Graham)
27. Lead Belly - Roberta

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for February 6. Or subscribe to Revolution Rock as a Podcast.

As a side note and for those keeping count, episode 598 of Revolution Rock was a repeat episode that originally aired back in January 2016. You can download that episode here and find the playlist in this post.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Coming Up On Revolution Rock in 2016!

Upcoming shows in February:

Back in 2011, I began doing a month of theme based programming in February. It was an expansion of my annual surf rock program, which began airing at the end of February in 2007. At the time it was just a temporary thing to drum up interest and add variety to my usual programming content. It has continued ever since. Revolution Rock airs every Saturday from 7-9 PM on CJAM 99.1 FM in Windsor/Detroit.  It can be streamed live at and downloaded via the very same website afterwards.

Here is the scheduled line up:

The Music of Lead Belly & His Influence: Revolution Rock Celebrates Black History Month
February 6th, 2016
7-9 PM
CJAM 99.1 FM (

Every February CJAM FM celebrates Black History Month by featuring special programming from different programmers. On Saturday, February 6th, Revolution Rock joins this cast of DJ’s and will feature a program focusing on the music of American blues/folk musician Lead Belly. The content of his work covered a wide array of topics such as the news of his day with songs about Franklin D. Roosevelt, Howard Hughes, as well as songs of liquor, prison, gospel blues, women, cowboys, and dancing to name a few. Join host Dave Konstantino and co-host Adam Peltier on this date for a selection of recordings from “The king of the 12-String guitar’s” catalogue, covers of his songs as well as a collection of other blues and folk musicians from different time periods.

Zig Zag Wanderer: Revolution Rock Captain Beefheart Music Special
February 13th, 2016
7-9 PM
CJAM 99.1 FM (

While many of his works have been labeled as art rock, Captain Beefheart’s music combined elements of blues, psychedelia, rock, jazz and experimental/avant-garde music. Born Don Glen Vliet, he adopted the stage name Captain Beefheart and its origins have been said to come from a variety of sources. The origin of the name was once described on The Late Show with David Letterman as being Captain Beefheart because he has “A beef in his heart with society”. His name also has a connection to his high school friend Frank Zappa, who would share both a collaborative friendship and mutual rivalry with Beefheart. On this special episode, hosts Dave Konstantino and co-host Adam Peltier delve into the catalogue of Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band and the lasting influence of his music.

Music From The City Of Roses: Revolution Rock Windsor Music Special
February 20th, 2016
7-9 PM
CJAM 99.1 FM (

Windsor, Ontario’s music scene has always had a diverse and unique landscape. Partially due to its location to neighbouring and highly influential Detroit, Michigan, this episode of Revolution Rock will focus on music from Windsor’s past and present. Along with current music content, several rare recordings from bands in Windsor’s independent local music communities will be featured on this program. It will all coincide with exclusive recordings made at CJAM FM with Windsor, Ontario’s folk rock band Middle Sister. A video for these songs will also be posted online to add a visual element to these CJAM Session recordings.

Pulp Fiction: Revolution Surf (The 10th Edition)
February 27th, 2016
7-9 PM
CJAM 99.1 FM (

2016 marks the 10th annual Revolution Surf radio special. Started back on a cold evening at the end of February in 2007, the 10th edition of Revolution Surf will feature a selection of surf music that was featured in the movie and on the soundtrack to the 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction. Directed by Quentin Tarantino, The film and its soundtrack helped to re-introduce surf music to a new generation. The program will also feature a variety of other surf and instrumental music from the past and present. In addition to this there will be special guests such as Derk Brigante of The Surfphony of Derstruction 2000, which now airs on Surf Rock Radio, Carley of the CJAM program Everything’s No Good and more! Tune into this very special edition of Revolution Surf on February 27th, 2016 from 7-9 PM.