45s and Other Revolutions: A-Sides beginning with the letters P, Q, and R.


May 17th, 2019

56 mins 14 secs

Season 4

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The Kills [00:30]
a side: "Pull a U"
b side: "The Search for Cherry Red"
Domino Records RUG165 2003
Nothing like a little stripped down rock and roll.

Grace Jones [06:52]
a side: "Pull Up to the Bumper"
b side: "Breakdown"
Island Records IS49697 1981
Funk yeah. Beep beep. Made it number 5 on the R&B charts, and number 2 on the Hot Dance charts. And of course, there's that killer b-side, for which Tom Petty provided a third verse especially for Grace.

Sheb Wooley [14:24]
a side: "The Purple People Eater"
b side: "I Can't Believe You're Gone"
MGM Records K12651 1958
So does it only eat purple people or is it purple and eats people? The answer is right in the lyrics: it eats purple people!

Jody Miller [19:07]
a side: "Queen of the House"
b side: "The Greatest Actor"
Capitol Records 5402 1965
Ayup, that's an answer song all right. Made it to number 12 on the Hot 100 and number 5 on the Country charts. Not only that, The Supremes even recorded a version of it.

B.J. Thomas [25:01]
a side: "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"
b side: "Never Had It So Good"
Scepter Records SCE-12265 1969
Heckuva Hal David/Burt Bacharach number, heckuva film. Number 1 on the charts of course.

Blondie [30:55]
a side: "Rapture"
b side: "Walk Like Me"
Chrysalis CHS 2485 1981
Sadly the b-side is rendered unplayable due to damage. The video features cameos by Fab Five Freddy, Lee Quinones and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Pavement [38:00]
a side: "Rattled by the Rush"
b side: "False Skorpion/Easily Fooled"
Matador Records OLE-134-7 1995
Wowee. Zowee. The first single from Pavement's 1995 album Wowee Zowee. Definitely sounds like the boys are having some fun on the b-side.

J.J. Barnes [47:27]
a side: "Real Humdinger"
b side: "I Ain't Gonna Do It"
Ric-Tic Records RT-110 1966
Hot stuff, and a Northern Soul classic from this often overlooked Detroit singer/songwriter.

Music behind the DJ: "Ski Chase" by John Barry.

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