The Ledge #561: More Home Plays

Bring a thimble and I’ll pour my thoughts out – Paul Westerberg, “How Can You Like Him?”

Overall, though, this show is primarily a showcase for old and new power pop. In the new category, there are fabulous new tracks by The Whiffs, Sharp Pins, Uni Boys, and The Trouble Seekers, along with “excavated” recordings by The Bings and Popsicko. 
As for old faves, it’s a history lesson of sorts. There’s The Monkees and The Kinks from the 60s. The Jam, The Flamin’ Groovies, Nick Lowe, Graham Parker, and The Rubinoos from the 70s. The 80s are represented by the likes of The Barracudas,  Dwight Twilley, The Bongos, and Camper Van Beethoven. Maybe the 90s aren’t as highly represented, but there is “Tayter Country” by The Cavedogs, quite possibly my favorite song of 1980.
As for the “52 Weeks of Teenage Kicks”, this week’s version comes from The Mahones, the legendary Canadian/Irish punk band that always features a quality cover or two on each of their albums. Their version of “Teenage Kicks” is twice represented on their (mostly) live A Great Night On the Lash record. The first version is the final song of their encore, while the tune aired tonight comes from a bonus “Belfast Sessions” tacked on to the end.
Like always, I’m still out here pleading for brand new versions of “Teenage Kicks”. Please pass the word on to all of your musician friends. If you have questions, or have a submission, shoot me an email at paulisded@gmail.com

1. The Mahones – Teenage Kicks
2. The Whiffs – Forget Your Name
3. The Whiffs – Verlaine
4. Uni Boys – On Your Lovin’ Mind
5. The Speedways – A Song Called Jayne & A Lie Called Love
6. The Bings – She’s Got The Power
7. Popsicko – No Better Time
8. Sharp Pins – Still a Straw Man
9. The Schizophonics – Turns to Glass
10. Cold Expectations – Take The Skinheads Bowling
11. Camper Van Beethoven – We Saw Jerry’s Daughter
12. Dendrons – Wait In Line
13. The Trouble Seekers – Nervous
14. Mozzy Dee – Orale
15. Beebee Gallini – My Way Of Thinking
16. The Trashwomen – Cum On Baby
17. The Rosalyns – Give Him a Great Big Kiss
18. Dum Dum Girls – Bhang Bhang, I’m A Burnout
19. The Monkees – She [Mono Mix]
20. The Flamin’ Groovies – First Plane Home
21. The Rubinoos – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Dead
22. The Poppees – She’s Got It (Bomp single)
23. Dwight Twilley – I’m back again
24. The Kinks – Session Man
25. The Jam – Art School
26. Graham Parker – Saturday Nite Is Dead
27. Nick Lowe – They Called It Rock
28. Eddie & The Hot Rods – Schoolgirl Love
29. Echo & Bunnymen – Action Woman
30. The Cavedogs – Tayter Country
31. The Smithereens – Amazing Journey
32. Hard-Ons – It`s Cold Outside
33. The Barracudas – (I Wish It Could Be) 1965 Again 
34. The Barracudas – The KGB (Made A Man Out Of Me)
35. The Bongos – In The Congo
36. X – Johny Hit And Run Paulene
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