Left of the Dial: “A Soundtrack to Mediocrity II: The ‘No Refunds’ Edition” 5/17/18

Written by on May 17, 2018

DON’T LET THE TITLE FOOL YOU. While sarcasm is abundant in the KPSU studio, mediocre music is NOT. Welcome back to Left of the Dial, where we take you from the golden age of vinyl and beyond. I’m your host Chris-R, playing deep cuts from artists we all know and love, and some extra goodies from more obscure but equally wonderful acts. We’re kickin’ it off with the help of Frank Sinatra and The Count Basie Orchestra playing a marvelous rendition of “Come Fly With Me” Live at The Sands, which is sure to put some extra pep in your step. Frankie is followed up by some other Blue Eyed Soul(ish) acts, including Bobby Caldwell and Trip-Hop Juggernauts Massive Attack. Our playlist also encounters a knock on the door from some New Wave acts who request to be let in to the playlist, so I welcomed Oingo Boingo & The English Beat to the party. Although there is so much to love about the oldies, newer material is also appreciated on Left of the Dial, including some cuts from Art-Rocky groups from the turn of the century such as Porcupine Tree and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. New Orleans piano is given a quick look-over from legendary player Professor Longhair and an additional cover of one of his protégés Dr. John by former- The Jam frontman who does an incomparable rendition of “I Walk On Gilded Splinters.” Other notable superstar musicians who appear on our quest include the varied talents of James Taylor, Steely Dan, The Eagles, and more!

Anywho, less talk and more rock! Enjoy this weeks freshly curated episode of Left of the Dial.

And feel free to check out the Spotify playlist featuring every song featured on the Left of the Dial programme.

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Left of the Dial: “We’re Only In It For The Money In The Banana Stand”





  • Come Fly With Me -Live at the Sands Hotel and Casino
    Frank Sinatra with Count Basie and the Orchestra
    "Sinatra at the Sands" -1966
  • Be Thankful For What You've Got
    Massive Attack
    "Blue Lines" -1991
  • What You Won't Do For Love
    Bobby Caldwell
    "Bobby Caldwell" -1978
  • Private Life
    Oingo Boingo
    "Nothing to Fear" -1982
  • I Walk On Gilded Splinters
    Paul Weller
    "Stanley Road" -1992
  • World
    "Felt" -1971
  • Steamroller
    James Taylor
    "Sweet Baby James" -1970
  • Those Shoes
    The Eagles
    "The Long Run" -1979
  • Phenomena
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    "Show Your Bones" -2006
  • Blackest Eyes
    Porcupine Tree
    "In Absentia" -2002
  • Show Biz Kids
    Steely Dan
    "Countdown to Ecstacy" -1973
  • Boogie Woogie
    Professor Longhair
    "New Orleans Piano (Compilation)" -1973 *Originally recorded -1949
  • Mirror In The Bathroom
    The English Beat
    "I Just Can't Help It" -1980
  • Africa
    The Meters
    "Rejuvenation" -1976

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