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Connections II: the connections

The connections from the show:

Dire Straits (Terry Williams on drums) → Rockpile (Williams with Dave Edmunds) → Dave Edmunds → Dave Edmunds with Mark Knopfler (who was the front man of Dire Straits) → John Fogerty with Mark Knopfler (Kenny Aronoff on drums, who also filled in for Dave Mattacks a few times) → Steeleye Span (Dave Mattacks on drums) → Chris Rea (Dave Mattacks on drums) → Chris Rea with Elton John → Olivia Newton-John with Elton John → Olivia Newton-John with ELO → ELO (Jeff Lynne guitar/vocals) → Traveling Wilburys (Jeff Lynne guitar/vocals, Jim Keltner drums) → Pink Floyd (Jim Keltner drums on 1987 album).

Back to Jeff Lynne: first solo album produced by Dave Edmunds → Dion (1989 album produced and guitars by Edmunds, Terry Williams drums) → Man (Terry Williams drums), bringing us back to our starting point.

Back to Dave Mattacks: Fairport Convention → Richard Thompson (John Kirkpatrick accordion) → Steeleye Span (Kirkpatrick accordion, Maddy Prior vocals) → Jethro Tull (Maddy Prior vocals on 1976 album).

And the next bunch of connections will therefore most likely be focused on Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull.

On a side note, Terry Williams and Dave Edmunds have worked together since 1970 when Williams replaced Bob „Congo“ Jones on drums with Edmunds’ band Love Sculpture, and has played on many Edmunds solo albums, as well as with the other members of Rockpile (Nick Lowe, Billy Bremner). We would have loved to explore those connections a bit further, but since we only have 2 hours of air time per show, we stuck to the stuff farther afield. Edmunds also produced the first demos of Motörhead, and there will be quite a bunch of seemingly weird connections from Jethro Tull, some back to the English Electric Folk scene, which could well rate its own Connections show in the future.

And an apology to all those who want more Connections shows (we heard you…), these shows unfortunately require a particularly large amount of research, so they will be spaced out a little. There will be more, though.

59 Connections pt. 2: The Edmunds Empire

Our second set of Connections showing the often complex interactions in world of Rock, this time centred on Dave Edmunds. Pre- and post-show are tracks by artists we also see during the show proper. And I will post a follow-up of the track of connections we followed this time. We topped out at 25 listeners, so that was not too bad.

# Name Total Time Artist Album Year
101 A Woman In Love 04:24 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers A Woman in Love
102 Lookin’ for the Heart of Saturday Night 03:56 Dion Return of the Wanderer 1992
103 Deja Vu (All Over Again) 04:13 John Fogerty Deja Vu All Over Again 2004
104 Gulliver Gentle and Rosemary 04:44 Steeleye Span Dodgy Bastards 2016
105 Raising Steam 04:07 Jethro Tull Crest Of A Knave 1987
106 Many Are Called but Few Get Up 07:29 Man Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In? 1971
107 Wish You Were Here 05:40 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 1975
108 Come All Ye 05:03 Fairport Convention Liege and Lief 2002
The Show
201 Sultans Of Swing 10:58 Dire Straits Alchemy – Live Part One 1984
202 When I Write the Book 03:20 Rockpile Seconds of Pleasure 1980
203 I Got The Will 04:37 Dave Edmunds Plugged In 1994
204 Rock Steady Woman 04:11 Mark Knopfler & Dave Edmunds Rock Masters: Roller Coaster 2005
205 Nobody’s Here Anymore 04:03 John Fogerty Deja Vu All Over Again 2004
206 Lowlands of Holland 05:58 Steeleye Span Hark! The Village Wait 1970
207 Whatever Happened To Benny Santini? 04:19 Chris Rea Whatever Happened To Benny Santini? 1978
208 If You Were Me 04:23 Chris Rea & Elton John Espresso Logic 1993
209 The Rumour 03:58 Olivia Newton-John The Rumour 1988
210 Xanadu 03:31 ELO with ONJ Original Soundtrack 1980
211 Showdown 04:09 Electric Light Orchestra On The Third Day 1973
212 Heading for the Light 03:37 Traveling Wilburys Traveling Wilburys Volume 1 1988
213 Yet Another Movie 07:28 Pink Floyd A Momentary Lapse Of Reason 1987
214 King Of The New York Streets 04:52 Dion Yo Frankie 1989
215 Bananas (Live in London 1976) 11:55 Man All’s Well That Ends Well Re-release 1976
216 Matty Groves 08:09 Fairport Convention Liege and Lief 1970
217 Hokey Pokey (The Ice Cream Song) 03:23 Richard & Linda Thompson Hokey Pokey 1974
218 The Victory 08:34 Steeleye Span Storm Force 10 1977
219 Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die! 05:43 Jethro Tull Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die! 1976
301 Don’t Bring Me Down 04:03 Electric Light Orchestra Discovery 1979
302 Angel Easy 05:03 Man Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In? 1971
303 Dodgy Bastards 03:04 Steeleye Span Dodgy Bastards 2016
304 Hollywood 04:42 Dion Fire in the Night 1997
305 Farewell, Farewell 02:39 Fairport Convention Liege and Lief 1970

See you in the Cavern,

Connections II: The Edmunds Empire

Our upcoming show will be our second set of tracks exploring the interconnectedness of the music world, this time centered on Dave Edmunds, who has been quite a busy person and accordingly has had a pretty wide circle of collaborators over the years, quite apart from his solo career.

See you in the Cavern,

58 A Bad Year for Good Music, part 1

Yes, 2016 was notably bad for the passing of many fine musicians who have enthralled and entertained us as we grew.  So many, in fact, that it will take several shows to mention even a few of them.

In this show we concentrated on just five: Bernie Worrell (P-Funk and Talking Heads amongst many others), Keith Gemmell (Audience and Stackridge, amongst others). Leon Russel (too many to mention), Greg Lake (ELP mostly) and Rick Parfitt (Status Quo).

Preshow was put together by Ed from earlier shows – I didn’t have time to do it myself, for reasons that are clear to those who listened to the show.

Title Artists Album Year in memoriam
201 Flash Light Parliament Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome 1978 Bernie Worrell
202 Juicy Fruit Mtume Juicy Fruit 1983 Bernie Worrell
203 Burning Down The House Talking Heads Stop Making Sense (DVD) 1984 Bernie Worrell
204 Eye To Eye Audience The House on the Hill 1971 Keith Gemmell
205 The House On The Hill Audience The House on the Hill 1971 Keith Gemmell
206 Rufus T Firefly Stackridge Extravaganza 1975 Keith Gemmell
207 Delta Lady Leon Russell Leon Russell 1970 Leon Russell
208 Tight Rope Leon Russell Carny 1972 Leon Russell
209 Bluebird Leon Russell Will o’ the Wisp 1975 Leon Russell
210 Lonesome And A Long Way From Home Eric Clapton Eric Clapton 1970 Leon Russell
211 Love Shy Limbs single 1969 Greg Lake
212 The Court of the Crimson King (including The Return of the Fire Witch & The Dance of the Puppets) King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King 1969 Greg Lake
213 Lucky Man Emerson, Lake & Palmer Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970 Greg Lake
214 The Endless Enigma (Part One) Emerson Lake & Palmer Trilogy 1973 Greg Lake
215 From The Beginning Emerson Lake & Palmer Trilogy 1973 Greg Lake
216 I Believe in Father Christmas Greg Lake Single 1975 Greg Lake
217 Nuclear Attack Greg Lake and Gary Moore Greg Lake 1981 Greg Lake
218 Touch and Go Emerson, Lake & Powell Emerson, Lake & Powell 1987 Greg Lake
219 Affairs Of The Heart Emerson, Lake & Palmer Black Moon 1992 Greg Lake
220 Ice In The Sun Status Quo Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo 1968 Rick Parfitt
221 Caroline Status Quo Hello 1973 Rick Parfitt
222 Rockin’ All Over The World Status Quo Rockin’ All Over The World 1977 Rick Parfitt
223 Whatever You Want Status Quo Whatever You Want 1979 Rick Parfitt
224 Paper Plane Status Quo Aquostic (Stripped Bare) 2014 Rick Parfitt


301 Jackdaw Audience The House on the Hill 1971 Keith Gemmell
302 Hummingbird Leon Russell Leon Russell 1970 Leon Russell
303 Girlfriend is Better Talking Heads Stop Making Sense (DVD) 1984 Bernie Worrell
304 21st Century Schizoid Man (including Mirrors) King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King 1969 Greg Lake
305 The Only Way (Hymn) Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus 1971 Greg Lake
306 Still… You Turn Me On Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery (RM) 1973 Greg Lake


A Bad Year for Good Music

Over the year 2016, an unusually large number of great musicians have passed on. This show will try to commemorate them, and point out why they were important to today’s music. Hint: much of today’s pop and Rock music would not exist had it not been for them…

See you in the Cavern,

57 Not Your Average Christmas Music

I put the Heavy Metal tracks into the preshow, only to find that my colleagues disagreed with the labelling of Danish group Pretty Maids as Heavy. Apparently they are Hair Metal, despite what their website and Wikipedia (I know…) says. I think we can compromise on Glam Metal. I never knew there were so many different Metals out there.

Apart from them, we had two tracks from We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year, on which each track is played by a combination of metallic musicians. I simply could not resist including Silent Night.

Also in the preshow was The Kings and Shepherds Arise from The Home Service’s soundtrack to the Royal National Theatre’s 1985 cycle of Mystery Plays, with John Tams and Linda Thompson providing memorable vocals.

The postshow contained a proper French language version of Patapan and Herderkenslied, the Shepherds Song from Flemish group ‘t Kliekske, keeping our international credentials intact. The Death or Glory Wassail from Sid Kipper could almost have been another language, heavy Norfolk accent laid on thick. Some Early English music from The Sixteen and Polyphony followed and we closed with the Wintersmith from Steeleye Span, in memory of Terry Pratchett. Steeleye Span were one of his favourite groups, and he was thrilled to bits that they had take his book and set it to music, as well as asking him to provide some spoken word parts.

The final show for 2016 went down well, even though the hosts all forgot their Santa Hats. We had 27 listeners at one stage and over 20 for nearly the whole show.


Title Artist Album Year
Angels From The Realms of Glory Rick Wakeman Christmas Variations 2000
Solstice Mary Jane Solstice 2014
The Nativity III: The Kings / Shepherd’s Arise The Home Service The Mysteries 1997
Run Rudolph Run Billy Gibbons, Dave Grohl & Lemmy Kilmister; We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year 2009
Silent Night Chris Wyse, Chuck Billy, John Tempesta, Jon Donais & Scott Ian We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year 2009
In Santa’s Claws Pretty Maids In Santa’s Claws 1990

The Show

Gloria In Excelsis Al Jarreau Christmas 2008
Carol of the Bells Pentatonix That’s Christmas to Me 2014
White Winter Hymnal Pentatonix That’s Christmas To Me 2014
Pat a Pan Mannheim Steamroller Christmas in the Aire 1995
Gower Wassail Steeleye Span First Steps 2002
Joy to the World Kate Rusby While Mortals Sleep 2011
Yorkshire Merry Christmas Kate Rusby The Frost Is All Over 2015
Huron Carol Heather Dale This Endris Night 2002
The Boar’s Head Carol Steeleye Span & Maddy Prior A Rare Collection 1972-1996 1999
Drive the Cold Winter Away Johnny Coppin A Country Christmas 1995
O Come, O Come, Immanuel Annie Haslam It Snows in Heaven Too 2000
Tune for a Blythsome Turkey The Albion Band Christmas Album 1999
Personent Hodie The Albion Band Another Christmas Present From The Albion Band 2010
Silent Night Bela Fleck And The Flecktones Jingle All The Way 2008
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Manhattan Transfer The Christmas Album 1992
Another Christmas Song Jethro Tull The Jethro Tull Christmas Album 2003
I Believe in Father Christmas ELP I Believe in Father Christmas 1995
Feliz Navidad Chicago Chicago Christmas: What’s It Going To Be, Santa 2003
Bouree Jethro Tull The Jethro Tull Christmas Album 2003
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town The Supremes Merry Christmas 1965
Merry Christmas Everybody Slade single 1973
A Christmas Carol Tom Lehrer The Remains Of Tom Lehrer 2000
Suddenly It’s Christmas Loudon Wainwright III Career Moves 1993
Stille Nacht Carreras, Cole, Domingo Celebration Of Christmas 1996
1 Gloria in excelsis Deo’; 2- ‘Et in Terra pax’; 3 – ‘Gratias agimus tibi’; 4 – ‘Propter magnam gloriam’ Kings College Choir, Academy of Ancient Music Vivaldi: Gloria 2002
For unto us a child is born Tavener Choir & Players Andrew Parrott / Handel / Messiah 1996
Up On The Housetop Al Jarreau Christmas 2008


Patapan Heather Dale This Endris Night 2002
Winter Wonderland Dave Brubeck A Dave Brubeck Christmas 1996
Santa Claus is Coming to Town Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan
Death Or Glory Wassail Sid Kipper Boiled In The Bag 1997
Herderkenslied ‘t Kliekske ‘t Is Met Dees Koude Winterse Dagen 2000
Salutation Carol (15th century MS) Sixteen Harry Christophers An Early English Christmas Collection 2004
Nowell sing we, both all and some (c.1450 Seldon MS) Sixteen Harry Christophers An Early English Christmas Collection 2004
Sing Lullaby Polyphony, Stephen Layton A Christmas Present from Polyphony 2004
Wintersmith Steeleye Span Wintersmith 2013


Not Your Average Christmas Music

Coming on Radio Free D’ni: Not your average Christmas music show.

There may be a steamroller, from Mannheim, no less. A little Wassail, something from Canada, France and Yorkshire. Something Glorious from Vivaldi. And a blythesome turkey. How can you miss that?

Never a dull moment. All rights reserved, may contain nuts. Thinking about it, almost certain to contain nuts. But very entertaining ones…

Come and join us on the plaza on Sunday 11th December at 13 KI (that’s 1 pm US Mountain Time, or 8 pm UK time, 9 pm European time), or in Second Life visit TJ’s Dance Hall where Ainia DaFente will host the rebroadcast into SL. Or just use the links at the top of the page to listen, but you’ll miss out on the text chat on the plaza if you do.

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MOUL folks can meet us on the plaza and exchange text chat with Ed, Mal and me

56 Difficult Times

Difficult Times had 26 listeners at one point, and 20 for most of the show.

Here’s the playlist, and a link to the lyrics for Rush’s Losing It, as requested (click on the track title)


Unsquare Dance is possibly the second most famous Dave Brubeck track after Take Five. Klaus Doldinger’s Timesignature is the sleeper here – it is in common time, but has the relevant title…

Title Artists Album Year Time signature
Subdivisions Rush Signals 1982 7/8
Unsquare Dance The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 7/8
The Tango King Bruce Hornsby Hot House 1995 4/4 + 5/4
Kid Gloves Rush Grace Under Pressure 1984 5/4 alternating 4/4
Timesignature Klaus Doldinger Constellation 1983 4/4
In The Dead Of The Night UK UK 1978 7/4
Take Five Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out 1959 5/4

The Show

I Say A Little Prayer Dionne Warwick The Windows of the World 1967 4/4, 10/4, 11/4
Far More Blue The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 5/4
Far More Drums The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 5/4
Living in the Past Jethro Tull Living in the Past 1972 5/4
Here Comes The Sun The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 Chorus 3/4 5/4 2/4
Good Morning Good Morning The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 5/4, 4/4, 3/4
Happiness Is a Warm Gun The Beatles The White Album 1968 complicated
Nothing Else Matters Metallica single 1992 6/8
Heart of Lothian Marillion Misplaced Childhood 1985 7/4 + 5/4
Dance of the Little Fairies Sky Sky 2 1980 7/4
Solsbury Hill Peter Gabriel Car (Remaster) 1977 7/4
Money Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon 1973 7/4 + 4/4
Superconductor Rush Presto 1989 7/4 alternating 4/4
Rubylove Cat Stevens Teaser And The Firecat 1971 7/8
Wade In The Water CCS Whole Lotta Love 1970 7/4 then 13/8
Blue Rondo a la Turk Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out 1959 9/8
Blue Shadows in the Street The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Further Out 1961 9/8
Losing It Rush Signals 1982 11/8
Golden Brown Stranglers La folie 1981 13/8
Schism Tool Lateralus 2001 12/8 as 5/8+7/8
Turn It On Again Genesis Duke 1980 13/4 – 4/4 – 9/4 – 13/4 – 4/4 – 9/4
Happy Jack The Who A Quick One 1966 13/4
Tubular bells – Intro Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells 1973 15/8
Discipline King Crimson Discipline 1974 Drums 17/16, everyone else all over the place.
Hell’s Bells Bill Bruford One of a Kind 1979 19/16 then 7/4


Aretha’s version of Say A Little Prayer is the second best, after the Dionne Warwick original.

Vix 9 is by Bela Fleck and the Wooten brothers, Victor on bass and Roy “Futureman” Wooten on drumitar, his own drum controller made in roughly the shape of a guitar.   Bela Fleck is playing an electric banjo and synth pedals, and the live video of them playing this on Youtube is very impressive to watch.

I Say A Little Prayer Franklin, Aretha The Very Best Of Vol.1 1994 4/4, 10/4, 11/4
Caesar’s Palace Blues UK Danger Money 1979 5/4
The Fish (Shindleria Praematurus) Yes Fragile 1971 7/4
Vix 9 Bela Fleck & The Flecktones Three Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest 1993 9/8
Kashmir Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti 1975 Drums 4/4, all else 3/4 + 9/8
Experience Gentle Giant In A Glass House 1973 9/8
Modern Love Peter Gabriel Car (Remaster) 1977 11/8, 4/4
Night Illusion Gong Gazeuse! 1976 13/8, 17/8

56 Difficult Times

This Sunday, November 27th, the show theme will be Difficult Times – this is entirely due to an internet gif that a friend of mine posted.

Yes, there will be instances of each of the above.  As you might expect, some of them are a bit prog-ish, but there’s also a good helping of hard rock, jazz, and maybe some heavy metal, if I can get it assembled.  The sheets of armour are OK, but all the bolts seem to have a left-hand thread.

55 Covered Up

We had a great show with a very appreciative audience for our first Covered Up set, where we played well-known songs and their covers – in some cases the covers being more well known than the originals.

Edison put the preshow together and I didn’t make a note of what was played – it was taken from earlier shows though. I put the postshow together so I can give you the extra info for those tracks below – beginning with a rather impressive cover of The Sounds of Silence from heavy-metallers Disturbed.

An internet outage caused me to go offline and lose the channel for several minutes, which caused an unexpected and unannounced end to the show.  Apologies – Technical Issues Beyond our Control.

Call Me The Breeze J.J. Cale  Naturally 1972
Call Me The Breeze Lynyrd Skynyrd  Second Helping 1973
Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins  single 1956
Blue Suede Shoes Link Wray  Live at the Paradiso 1979
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye  In The Groove 1968
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Gladys Knight and the Pips  single 1967
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Creedence Clearwater Revival  Cosmo’s Factory 1970
After Midnight Eric Clapton  Eric Clapton 1970
After Midnight J.J. Cale  Naturally 1972
Rockin’ All Over The World Status Quo  Rockin’ All Over The World 1977
Rockin’ All Over The World John Fogerty  John Fogerty 1975
Rockin’ All Over the World Carl Wilson  Youngblood 1984
Shapes Of Things Yardbirds  single 1967
Shapes Of Things Jeff Beck  Truth 1968
I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis  single 1955
I Hear You Knockin’ Dave Edmunds  single 1970
Batman Theme  The Ron Hicklin Singers  TV theme 1966
Batman Theme Link Wray  single 1967
Before You Accuse Me Bo Diddley  Bo Diddley 1958
Before You Accuse Me Creedence Clearwater Revival  Cosmo’s Factory 1970
California Girls The Beach Boys  Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) 1965
California Girls David Lee Roth  Crazy from the Heat 1985
The Wind Cries Mary Jimi Hendrix  single 1967
De Wind secht Maria Torfrock  …dat matscht so schön 1977
Born Under A Bad Sign Albert King  Born Under A Bad Sign 1967
Born Under A Bad Sign Passport  Blues Roots  1991
Give Peace A Chance The Plastic Ono Band  single 1969
Give Peace a Chance Louis Armstrong  What a Wonderful World 1970
Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones  Forty Licks 1969
Honky Tonk Woman Jerry Lee Lewis  Last Man Standing 2006
Live and Let Die Wings  Live and Let Die OST 1973
Live And Let Die Guns N’ Roses  Use Your Illusion I 1991


The Sound Of Silence Disturbed Immortalized 2015
The Sound Of Silence Simon & Garfunkel Sounds Of Silence 1966
Money For Nothing Dire Straits Brothers in Arms 1985
Perfect Fairground Attraction First of a Million Kisses 1988
Bad Michael Jackson Bad 1987
Werewolves of London Warren Zevon Stand in the Fire 1980
Money for Nothing Dire Straits Brothers In Arms 1985
Take The Money And Run Steve Miller Band Fly Like An Eagle 1976
Abandon City Utopia Oops! Wrong Planet 1977
Blind Eye Wishbone Ash Wishbone Ash 1970
Bodhisattva Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy 1973
Feelin’ Alright Dave Mason Headkeeper 1972
Destination Anywhere The Commitments The Commitments OST 1991
China Grove The Doobie Brothers The Captain and Me 1973
Heartlight Kenny Loggins High Adventure 1982
Put It Where You Want It The Crusaders  Crusaders 1 1972
Black Cat Moan Beck, Bogert & Appice Beck Bogert & Appice 1973
Scratch The Crusaders Scratch 1974
In The Midnight Hour The Commitments The Commitments OST 1991
Standing in the Light Level 42 Standing in the Light 2002
Perfect Timing Kiki Dee Perfect Timing 1981
Pick Up The Pieces Average White Band Volume 8 1980
Peg Steely Dan Aja 1977
Peg (featuring Robben Ford) VA The Royal Dan – A Tribute 2006
Stomp And Buck Dance The Crusaders Southern Comfort 1974
Sock Puppets Iain Ballamy MirrorMask 2005
The Boys Are Back In Town Thin Lizzy Jailbreak 1976
Walking CCS A’s, B’s & Rarities 2005
You’re Made That Way The Doobie Brothers Livin’ On The Fault Line 1977
Little Favours KT Tunstall Drastic Fantastic 2007