Saturday, September 22, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: The Cusp of Autumn

Fall begins today. I love that, my favorite season of the year. It follows my worst season, summer, which is too hot and miserable. Fall is perfect as the heat settles down before the cold sets in.

Composers must have a different idea because most songs about the season are melancholy and somber...odes mourning the end of summer. That's too bad.

5. "Harvest Moon" - Neil Young. Here's a beautiful song celebrating a life-long love affair. Young's a wonderful songwriter and this song, which sings many times "because I'm still in love with you" really resonates to those who are deeply in love.

4. "September" - Earth, Wind, and Fire. A simple song with some simple lyrics. Peppy and happy, we're still in love in December like we were in September. That's pretty much the entire song.

3. "California Dreaming" - The Mama's and the Papas. Living in a gray New York as fall sets in, dreaming about being in California where...the quakes and wildfires are going strong? Well, that's just our real life interrupting this pretty fantasy.

2. "If We Make it Through December" - Merle Haggard. Another sad song about the season. Someone's been laid off, hoping to make it through the end of the year where things might look up a bit, even some California dreaming in here, too.

1. "What Made Milwaukee Famous Made a Loser Out Of Me" - Jerry Lee Lewis. Fall is also time for our favorite holiday, Oktoberfest. We top this list off with a great beer drinking song for singing in your favorite beer tent or garten this fall. Presented by the killer himself.

Like the music? Come by The Musick Channel Garage Sale and pick up some classic vinyl albums, along to other merchandise.

Darryl Musick
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

MIDWEEK SALE PLAYLIST: A Celebration of All Things Boz

Last week I had the privilege of seeing my all-time favorite musician live...William Royce Scaggs, better known by his high school nickname, Santa Barbara.

Picture courtesy of Dwight McCann 
under CC BY 2.5 license

It was a great show and the 74 year old's voice was still perfect. Hopefully, you like him to because this week we're highlighting Boz Scaggs with three of his albums being listed at The Musick Channel Garage Sale on Ebay.

Here are some selections from those albums...

"Lido Shuffle"- Originally on his biggest hit album, 'Silk Degrees,' we have this track on 'Hits', Boz's greatest hits album, released in 1980 by Columbia.  The song tells of some con, trying to pull off one last score, and then heading into the sunset across the border.  This song is a little more rocking that the blues-infused music Scaggs usually likes to play. Great bouncy number featuring David Paich's (of Toto fame) synthesizer bridge in the middle.

"Miss Sun" - A new track for the 'Hits' album, this almost throwaway song became a big hit for Boz and is a highlight of his live show when he sings the third chorus with his backup singer, Miss Monique.

Our 'Hits!' disc is in great condition, inside and out. You'll love this collection of Boz Scaggs greatest hits plus the extra track of "Miss Sun," highlighted above.

"You Make It So Hard To Say No" Before 'Silk Degrees' and collaborating with David Paich and the Porcaro Brothers, Boz was starting to show his poppy inclinations of the 1970's with is album 'Slow Dancer.' It really showed how accessible his music could be and, with a little polishing and the help of Paich and the Porcaros, the next album struck gold and platinum. This song of a guy thinking about one that got away hits all those marks that would make 'Silk Degrees' the all-time classic album that it it.

The 'Slow Dancer' album in the garage sale is another red-label Columbia release that's in excellent condition. Come on over and make your bid or buy it on the spot.

"Hard Times" The follow up album to 'Silk Degrees' is 'Down Two Then Left.' It didn't spawn any top 40 hits but the album itself was a big seller, hitting number 11 on the Billboard charts. In my opinion, this one is just as good as 'Silk Degrees' and this number, kind of the opposite of above, of a guy falling helplessly in love highlights his way of putting his blues stamp on a catchy, danceable pop tune.

'Down Two Then Left,' with it's melting ice sculpture of Boz on the cover, is available at The Musick Channel Garage sale. It's in great condition and will make a excellent addition to your Boz Scaggs vinyl collection.

"Lowdown" His biggest, monster hit. This is the one that paid for his vineyard in Napa Valley. A song about a guy pretending he's a big shot to his girl when he's just another low. Smooth, jazzy, great lyrics, with his blues overtones, this is all Boz Scaggs distilled into one song. No wonder it became such a bit hit...even though he didn't think it would be. The anchor of the 'Silk Degrees' album, it's also on the 'Hits' disk we have for sale.

Friday, September 14, 2018


Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...pretty much defined the music of my youth. On the other hand, many great songs found solace in the bottom of a bottle. There's been some great explorations of drowning out our sorrows over lost love, lost jobs, and just loss of dignity at times.

Let's get right to it...

6. "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" - George Thorogood. Thorogood covers this Amos Milburn drinking ballad exceptionally well.  He's out on the streets after his landlady kicks him out, his friend won't let him crash on the couch. Only one thing left to do...gonna get drunk until he can't even speak.

5. "Red, Red Wine" - UB40 - England's reggae band got a big hit with this one. About trying to forget that one who broke up with you but you think you still need. The red wine will help you forget, my friend...

4. "I Lie When I Drink" - Dale Watson. Like Merle Haggard's "Swinging Doors," this tune is about a guy who basically lives in the bar. But he's a truthful gent, until he gets a few under his belt. A great honky tonk tune by the best in the business.

3. "Drunken Lullabies" - Flogging Molly. This Irish punk band (by way of L.A.) comes through with this song about dark prospects and the unreal possibility of achieving anything good so we end up the same old way...singing drunken lullabies instead.

2. "Tonight, the Bottle Let Me Down" - The Mavericks. Raul Malo and the Mavericks love to take a dark song and set it to a happy, uptempo tune and this rendering of Merle Haggard's classic tale about how even the alcohol can't make him forget his lost love is a perfect example. Great swing version of the country classic.

1. "Misery and Gin" - Merle Haggard. The king of drinking songs. Nobody did it as prolific and with such expertise as did the Hag. I could do a couple of entire lists of his odes to alcohol...maybe I will someday...but we'll put the cherry on top of this list with this one. Another ode to a lost love, a guy drinking to forget, hooking up with a meaningless fling, trying to make his appearances seem way happier than the sad truth...a masterpiece of a song.

Like the music? Come by The Musick Channel Garage Sale and pick up some classic vinyl albums, along to other merchandise.

Darryl Musick
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: The Telephone Blues

The telephone...has there ever been an invention that went from such a necessity to such an annoyance so fast? I'm not exaggerating when I say that 9 out of 10 calls we receive on our house phone is from someone trying to sell me something I don't want or actually a criminal trying to steal my money.

We don't even answer it anymore, so if you call make sure you aren't offended by having to leave a message. It's just too frustrating anymore.

With that, here is our week's top five list of songs devoted to Alexander Graham Bell's invention that worked its way under our skin.

5. "Hanging on the Telephone" - Blondie. The bands hard rocking hit from their Parallel Lines album hits it hard. The lyrics mean something else altogether but I can see it being me getting so upset with the idiots that call nowadays. Listening to this, I'll get Frank Infante's great driving guitar solo stuck in my head for a week. 

4. "Telephone Line" - Electric Light Orchestra. A lot of songs about the phone are more longing love songs...trying to connect with a lost love, rekindling a friendship or romance. Jeff Lynde treats us to one with this pretty ELO track.

3. "Call Me" - Blondie. Debbie Harry had a thing for phones, I guess. Here's another...the theme song for the film 'American Gigolo'...this one more along the lines of another telephone love song. But after the movie, more like a paid love song. Still a great song.

2. "Jenny" - Tommy Tutone. This song is so ingrained into our minds that a phone number had to be universally retired because of it. What a miserable existence it must of been to have the number 867-5309 when this song about harassing a girl who's number was scrawled on the men's room wall came out.

1. "Operator" - Jim Croce. What a sad day it was when we lost one of our great balladeers when Jim Croce's plane went down. Another song about lost love and trying to reconnect over the phone line.

Like the music? Come by The Musick Channel Garage Sale and pick up some classic vinyl albums, along to other merchandise.

Darryl Musick
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

MIDWEEK SALE PLAYLIST: Selections From Our Available Albums

We've got a lot of great, classic vinyl LP albums we're blowing out at The Musick Channel garage sale. All at big savings over anyone else on EBay...and if that's still to much...make a bid, give us an offer. Come on over and get some great vinyl albums for your collection today.

Here's a selection from what's on sale right now...

"Remember" - Harry Nilsson. One of the best modern composers in modern American music, Nilsson also has a tremendous voice with great range. After his big hit album, 'Nilsson Schmilsson,' Harry followed up with a collection of more personal songs, 'Son of Schmillson.' This beautiful ballad is a great example of what's on the record along with the infamous f*** you to his ex, "You're Breaking my Heart," "Spaceman," and the Caribbean flavored "The Most Beautiful World in the World." 

This disc is in excellent shape. The cover has some classic artwork on the big, gatefold outer jacket, too. Son of Schmisson at The Musick Channel Garage Sale - It's being bid on, this one will go soon. Put in your bid today or buy it now

"The Chain" - Fleetwood Mac. The story behind the making of this album, 'Rumours,' is legendary. Lyndsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were ending their relationship. John and Christine McVie were divorcing and not talking to each other. Infidelity was in the air and Mick Fleetwood found his wife was having an affair at the same time. These were five people, supremely pissed off at each other, put into a studio to make an album. Well, anger and heartbreak are the engine to great music and this is one of the best results. This song, laying out all the feelings of betrayal, was the group effort of the album. Other songs include "Second Hand News," "Go Your Own Way," and "Don't Stop." 

In original shrink wrap, this album is in excellent shape, inside and out. Rumours at The Musick Channel Garage Sale - oops, too late...SOLD

"Der Kommisar" - Falco. Johan Hözel, after doing a short stint in the Austrian army, started as a bass player in the Vienna music scene and changed his name to Falco. His manager, Horst Bork, thought this song...which combines rap for the lyrics with a sung chorus...would be his breakthough hit, since rap was just starting to become popular in America but was pretty much unheard of in Austria at the time. He was right.

Our disc is the 12 inch, 33 RPM version. In excellent shape and in Falco's native German. It's a great song from a talent that was taken away to early at the age of 40 in a car crash in the Dominican Republic...he had been intoxicated on alcohol and drugs at the time. Der Kommisar at The Musick Channel Garage Sale

"Mental Hopscotch - Missing Persons. Former Playboy bunny and Frank Zappa bandmate, Dale Bozzio went on to form Missing Persons with drummer Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio (her then husband). Along with this song about unreliable people playing games with you, this band-financed EP (only 7,000 pressings were made) had their other hits 'Words,' 'I Like Boys,' and 'Destination Unkown.'

Our version has vinyl in excellent shape. The outer jacket shows some normal storage wear and tear, and there's a small tear on the inner sleeve. Missing Persons 4-song EP at The Musick Channel Garage Sale-
oops, too late...SOLD

"Games Without Frontiers" - Peter Gabriel. After leaving as the lead singer for Genesis (a job that would be taken over by the band's drummer, Phil Collins), Gabriel recorded several solo albums. The first four were simply titled 'Peter Gabriel' and the only way to quickly tell them apart is the year they were released. 1980's version was the one where he finally broke through as a solo artist. Quirky arrangements and deep lyrics are the trademark of this LP, along with the melting face cover art that was achieved by dripping acid on Polaroid pictures.

Our album is fully intact and in great shape. It's the original Mercury 1980 release and also includes the very colorful lyric sheet insert. Peter Gabriel (1980) at the Musick Channel Garage Sale. 
oops, too late...SOLD

Visit our Musick Channel Garage Sale at Ebay where we're adding new classic vinyl albums daily, in addition to other great finds.

Darryl Musick

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Saturday, September 1, 2018


I know most kids have already been back to school for a week or more by now. In our times, we'd still be waiting until after Labor Day to start.

Summer's over, though, and here is some back-to-school songs to soothe you students as you ease back into the grind.

5. "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" - Pink Floyd. Roger Waters remembering the punishments meted out at his boyhood boarding school came up with the chilling story lines and lyrics for this indictment of punishing education discipline. Remember, how can you have your pudding if you don't eat your meat?

4. "School Days" - Chuck Berry. It's been said that Chuck Berry invented rock and roll by infusing his great guitar playing into his St. Louis blues. Here's one of his classics about the rigors of being back in the classroom.

3. "Be True to Your School" - Beach Boys. High school might be a drag but when Friday nigh comes along, you've gotta be there for your team.

2. "Hot for Teacher" - Van Halen. Ever had a crush on your teacher? David Lee Roth did.

1. "Rock and Roll High School" - Ramones. Don't care about history? You just want to have some kicks and get some chicks? Well, the Ramones feel your pain. From the camp classic movie of the same name comes another great song by the Ramones.

Stop by the Musick Channel Garage Sale to pick up your own copy of some of our classic vinyl LPs. Click on the link, above, for more.

Darryl Musick
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

MIDWEEK SALE PLAYLIST: Selections From Our 5-Pack

As you might know, if you see the ads at the bottom of each playlist post, The Musick Channel (the portal that hosts our blogs) is having a garage sale. We have a great deal on a 5-pack of classic vinyl albums in great shape that would fit nicely in your collection and we're blowing out the whole lot for a measly five bucks, plus low-cost media mail shipping.

See link at the bottom or click here: Classic Vinyl Five Pack On Sale!

Here are our top selections from each album...

"Cleveland Rocks" - Ian Hunter. Way before the "Drew Carey Show," Hunter...the lead singer of Mott the Hoople (rememeber "All the Young Dudes?")...put this song on his album 'You're Never Alone With a Schizophrenic.

"Bastard" - Ian Hunter. Another great song from this album. Check it out.

"Touch 'n Go" - The Cars. Getting away from their signature sound a bit on the 'Panorama' album, the band still produced some great tunes on this one including the title track, "Don't Tell Me No," and this one.

"Wavelength" - Van Morrison. Man, this guy can belt out the blues. This album includes such gems as "Kingdom Hall," "Hungry for your Love," and "Santa Fe/Beautiful Obsession," but it was this title track that led me to go to my local Tower Records and plop down my money to buy it. Great album.

"Thunder Island" - Jay Ferguson. 70's island pop. Catchy tune, fun album.

"Heartbreaker" - Pat Benatar. Massive hit showing women can rock just as hard from the 70's. Also includes her follow up hit "I Need a Lover." Only album in the collection that is not in excellent shape, a smudge mars part of side one on the track "If You Think You Know How to Love Me" but the rest of the vinyl's in great shape.

Click the link below to buy this collection today.

Stop by the Musick Channel Garage Sale to pick up your own copy of some of our classic vinyl LPs. Click on the link, above, for more.

Darryl Musick
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: A Day at the Beach

It's been a helluva hot summer, hasn't it? Well, it's just about done. For a lot of you, This may be the last weekend you can pack up the family and heat to the beach before the kids get back to school For you parents with kids that have already gone back to school - congratulations.

Now, let's strike up some tunes for that last day on the hot sand...

5. "Upholstery" - The Juicy Fruits (Phantom of the Paradise Soundtrack). Back in the early days of his career, director Brian de Palma teamed up with actor and composer Paul Williams to come up with a brilliant send up of several themes...Faust, "The Picture of Dorian Grey," "Phantom of the Opera,"scheming record companies. Trust me, it all comes together in this comedic, horror musical. In fact, I think it'll be our Halloween night movie this year.

The basic story is a composer named Winslow writes a rock opera based on the story of Faust selling his soul to the devil. An evil record company exec steals his music...and his soul...and pumps out crass versions of it while the composer haunts his nightclub like the Phantom in "Phantom of the Opera".

One of those rip off version is this one, a catchy tune by a manufactured Beach Boys ripoff band about the joys of car upholstery. Too bad for the band that Winslow takes offense at it.  See the scene from the movie at this link: Juicy Fruits - "Phantom of the Paradise" Video (2:53)

4. "Vacation" - The Go Go's. Why we take summer vacations, all wrapped up in a peppy, poppy song by the ultimate 80's girls band. Who wouldn't want to spend a day at the beach with them?

3. "Wipeout" - Surfaris. Who doesn't want to dance on the beach all day to this song?

2. "Margaritaville" - Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band. Yep, shots and drinks on a pristine Mexican beach while the prawns are roasting on a stick over an open fire in the background. Perfect day at the beach.

1. "Sloop John B" - The Beach Boys. My ultimate beach song is more about a bad boat cruise in the Bahamas...very bad...something that we here can relate to.  My all-time favorite tune from one of the greatest California bands ever.

Stop by the Musick Channel Garage Sale to pick up your own copy of some of our classic vinyl LPs. Click on the link, above, for more.

Darryl Musick
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

WEEKEND PLAYLIST: Summertime Blues

God, it's been quite a hot summer here. Temps at times climbed up to 120 and beyond. 110 was almost normal and there were very few days under 100. Don't believe it when people say it's alway 70 degrees and beautiful here in Southern California, only a select and wealthy few can afford to live by the beach where it's more or less like that all the time.

Let's pour some gas on the fire with some hot tunes...

1. Some Like it Hot - Robert Palmer. I don't, summer just wears me down, but I do love me some Robert Palmer. The late blues singer could make anything sound good, even sweating it out to this intense heat. Sadly, Mr. Palmer died of cardiac arrest in Paris back in 2003.

2. Summertime Blues - The Who. Eddie Cochran did the original but I'm going with the Who for this one about having to spend your summer vacation hustling up a dollar instead of heading to the beach with your friends.

3. Summer in the City - Lovin' Spoonful. Before crafting the theme for "Welcome Back Kotter," John Sebastian sang this song that makes you feel uncomfortably hot just listening to it. Good song but, ugh, hate the feeling of the back of my neck feeling hot and gritty.

4. Heatwave - Martha and the Vandellas. More like it, a good Motown song always feels better. I can imagine listening to this on a hot summer day, sipping a cold, sweet soda next to the pier.

5. Fire - Bruce Springsteen. The Pointer Sisters had the big hit with it but Bruce wrote it and this is an acoustic, bluesy and slow version that I love, although I do really like the sisters version too.

There, five songs to turn up the heat with. Hopefully, we'll have some cooler weather and great songs to go with that, too.

Stop by the Musick Channel Garage Sale to pick up your own copy of some of our classic vinyl LPs. Click on the link, above, for more.

Darryl Musick
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