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SUNDAYS SUCK LESS WITH THE HUEY SHOW

Thanks to my friend Artie’s podcast Viva Las Vegas, I’m recovering back my forgotten friendship with radio. It’s true sometimes it’s not very comfortable to listen to a program straight for certain time, especially if it’s your shitty laptop the vehicle to play it, with poor quality and wasted inner speakers, so you have to make sure you’ll be doing something else right next to it.

Even though I’ve never been a proper radio person, for a certain period of time, basically when I was a teenager, it became not only a source of entertainment, but also thanks to more specific programs, a way to discover new bands and receive updates. You have to bear in mind the internet concept was closer to sci-fi rather than to reality, we were stuck to the basics, radio, magazines and some TV channels.

There was this program “De 4 a 3” (From 4 till 3)on weekends, I discovered when I was 15-16 and the Seattle Sounds were at their peak. The program covered this scene together with underground musical trends. Summer specials were live shows of classic bands, from AC/DC to Alice in Chains or Soundgarden, and the gay used to accept musical requests his listeners were sending to him via ordinary mail. I wrote to him once with the excuse of replying a contest, and asked for 4-5 bands. Paco Perez Bryan, the host, played 4 of them the following weekend. I was delighted!

Unfortunately except for some programs, radio in Spain is, musically speaking, poor and limited, mainly focused on mainstream singles or recovering classic songs from the past. There are not rock stations, and programs are to flat, without style peaks. It was a matter of time I forgot about radio.

Recently I’ve discovered a new radio program, on BBC Radio 6 hosted by one of my favorite characters ever, Huey Morgan, the lead singer of Fun Lovin’ Criminals. You know how much I love this band and its members, and I’m following their steps closely. How come I had never listened to The Huey Show until last week? Well, even though I move among social networks, better say, I’m an Internet junkie, sometimes it takes time for me to comprehend and assume radios can be listened anywhere thanks to it. You can listen to the show in streaming, or access to the podcast, to listen to programs you missed.

I admit not listening to BBC6 chaannel too much, but considering the British style, my impression is that Huey is an American fresh air wave, playing all different styles which eventually catch the attention of everyone, spreading this good vibes-take it easy scent.

The show is very dynamic, with different sections, and music moving from 50’s classic rock with Gene Vicent to rap with Gang Starr, also including hard rock bands or more alternative. To sum up, Huey is able to include Pokey Lafarge, The Cult, Danzig, Wu- Tang Clan or RATM, in his list. The variety is precisely the key for this show, which lasts 3 hours no less.

Huey’s voice is definitely a radio one. Deep, manly, strong sexy, wiseguy type and powerful, 100% American. He always mentions his Twitter followers, and those fans who send him requests through e-mails, and the truth is that the New Yorker makes the listener feel at home. I, as occasional DJ, love this random sequence of songs he plays, but I appreciate he introducing the songs, relating them to artists, films or musical scenes, thus I end up listening to the program with pen and paper ready to write down any song I find particularly attractive, as for instance, this New York I love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down, by LCD Soundsystem.

I strongly encourage you to give this show a try, especially if you consider yourselves open minded in terms of music. So many bands and styles, those peak moments you feel like dancing nonstop, Sundays have an added value since I’ve discovered Huey on the radio.

It’s highly recommendable to those who consider themselves as musical open mind, 3 wonderful hours of classy entertainment, and an excellent selection of songs.  If you don’t trust me, believe in Huey…he was born quality stamped. #Jeah!

TURN THE (DAMN) RADIO DOWN

For the first 4 years I was working in the fascinating world of the container business, never had music of any sort accompanying me during those times of both extreme stress or massive boredom, and to be honest, I didn’t miss it either.

I guess Danish companies have these strict rules never to be trespassed in order you don’t get too much distracted and become a Terminator productive machine of making money. We never had a radio switched on, and remember most people were complaining accordingly…but me. I used to complain about other stuff, such as the ridiculous dress code we had to suffer, especially the guys, just for working in front of a computer for 8 hours, that, I found ridiculous!

Probably because of my classy and selective taste in good music, I always knew having something at everybody’s hand would cause much trouble, plus most people have a very disgusting taste in music. Don’t mean to offend anyone, yet I positive mean it.

Typical war between mates deciding what to play, my music, with all the prejudice on Earth, is considered freak, noisy and heavy metal. I didn’t know many people are able to put the same label to Neil Young or Ryan Adams as to Iron Maiden and The Dead Boys…but yeah, such is life! I’ve been listening I’m musically intolerant for many years, and the I despise music I don’t like.

Ok, that’s true in many occasions, the fact is that I cannot stand certain commercial shit with the business standing behind them, who only perform others’ compositions, of the worst kind.

I was living very happy before I ended up working at offices where radio was the driving force of the daily workflow, and let me tell you, I hate it!

First, quality of most radio stations is more than questionable. Second, as we already know, musical culture in this country, S-pain, is absolutely  pathetic. The few decent broadcasts are immediately rejected for being too experimental or whatever the adjective you wanna put here, and finally, to avoid arguments, the fuckin’ two most mainstream stations are selected, so at the end of the day, I’m sick of Rihanna, Shakira, stressing and disgusting dance music, and worst of all, our marvelous defended and supported outrageous Spanish bands.

As some of you, dear readers, already know me well, it’s easy to imagine me exploding from time to time when I can’t swallow more shit and start swearing their mothers and the rest of their families.

You can call me Nazi, Taliban or whatever you want, I’d smash the shitty radio set hour after hour, day after day, I’m tired of listening same songs repeated nonstop, same artists considered kings…what the fuck!! Have you ever listened to The Black Crowes? Do you know who Tom Petty is? No? Then go fuck yourself…and better you to be dead!

My apologies for my bad language and my roughness, today hasn’t been my day at all, and I’m in Get In The Ring mood…ah, you don’t know where this come from? Good you’re not close to me right now or I’d kick you ass!! 😉

**** My advise for today: listen to this podcast, this is real high class!!  Viva Las Vegas ****