November 28, 2012

Modcast #252: Do The Shu-Ga-Loo

Now is the time for all good mods to come to the aid of their scene. Download this podcast, turn up the stereo to 11 and introduce the world to some great music. Wheter it's soul, power pop, classic rock, or new wave I've got you covered this week.

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The Ska Vengers -- Gunshot (2012)
Major Lance -- You Don't Want Me No More (1967)
Sam Cooke -- Another Saturday Night (1963)
Shirley & The Shirelles -- Look What You've Done To My Heart(1969)
Hot Chocolate -- You Sexy Thing (1975)
Deee-Lite -- Good Beat (1990)
Pizzicato Five -- Nata Di Marzo (1995)
The Rolling Stones -- Brown Sugar (1971)
The Kinks -- Powerman (Demo) (1970)
The Doors -- Peace Frog (1970)
Siouxie and the Banshees -- Hong Kong Garden (1979)
Payolas -- China Boy (1980)
Oingo Boingo -- Louise (1981)
B-52s -- Butterbean (1983

Classic Chocolate Cocktail
  • 3 parts Vanill Vodka
  • 2 parts Creme de Cocoa
  • Splash Lemon Juice
    Pour over crushed ice in shaker and shake vigorously.
    Strain into ice-cold cocktial glass and add drop in a Hershey's chocolate kiss

  • The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Live, 1964)

    Pizzicato Five - Sweet Soul Revue

    November 21, 2012

    Modcast #251: You Need Wheels

    Gentlemen and ladies start your engines and get up to speed, this modcast will drive you wild. You need wheels, it's as true now as it ever has been. It's a liberating feeling having your own transpo, car, scooter, harley, whatever, it's good to have your own wheels.

    This whole show is dedicated to that fact with every song being somehow related to scooters or cars. Because as The Merton Parkas put it: a man ain't a man with a ticket in his hand.

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    The Merton Parkas -- You Need Wheels (1979)
    The Pills -- Scooter Gurl (She's So Faithful) (2004)
    Steve Craddock -- My Scooter Sits Idle (2011)
    The Untouchables -- Whiplash (1984)
    The Rumble Strips -- Motorcycle (2007)
    The Jam -- London Traffic (1977)
    The Rings -- Automobile (1977)
    The Lambrettas -- Cortina MK II (1981)
    The Toy Dolls -- Tommy Kowe's Car (1980)
    Helium Angel -- Motorcade (1998)
    The Leopards -- '57 Chevy (1977)
    She & Him -- Ridin' In My Car (2010)
    Mary's Danish -- Don't Crash The Car Tonight (1989)
    Dukes of Stratosphere -- Bike Ride To The Moon (1987)
    Thee Fourgiven -- I Want My Own Highway (1985)
    The Hot Rats -- Drive My Car (2009)
    The Forty-Fives -- Drive All Night (1999)

    Mr. Suave's Classic Gibson Martini
  • 3 shots gin
  • splash dry vermouth
  • dash bitters
  • 2 cocktail onions
    In a shaker mix gin, vermouth and bitters with ice, then strain into a super chilled cocktail glass. Add 2 cocktail onions for a little snack half-way through.

  • Corin Ashley (The Pills) -- Badfinger Bridge

    The Leopards - Psychadelic Boy

    November 12, 2012

    From the Vaults: Modcast #167 Classic Songs Ska'd For Life

    Welcome to Mr Suave's Mod Mod World, the big ska covers show. I don't know when exactly it happened, but at some point covers ceased to be just a ska band staple as they were for Madness, The Beat, The Specials and so on back in the two-tone era. Then, covers were soemthing that rounded out a band's performance, a nice little extra that was the musical cherry on top of each band's original ice cream sundae. Now, not so much. You practically can't be a ska band these days if you aren't doing a slew of covers of classic songs in a ska style. For better or worse, the modern ska catalog owes as much to covers as it does to original composition. There are ska styled covers of everything from the Village People's "YMCA" to the Star Wars theme song.

    So, here then is a whole bunch of ska related covers. This whole modcast is either songs done in a ska style, or a cover of a ska band made new, or something along those lines. There's even a cover of a cover of a cover of a commercial buried in here.

    Listen Now

    Reel Big Fish -- Mama We're All Crazy Now (Slade)
    The Selecter -- The Tide Is High (The Paragons)
    The Hot Rats -- Mirror In The Bathroom (The Beat)
    Skanatra -- Come Fly With Me (Frank Sinatra)
    The Rifles -- Rat Race (The Specials)
    Amy Winehouse -- Monkey Man (The Specials)
    Lily Allen -- Gangsters (The Specials)
    The Ordinary Boys -- Little Bitch (The Specials)
    The Pepper Pots -- Be My Baby (The Ronnettes)
    Bad Manners -- Music To Watch Girls By (Andy Williams)
    The Specials -- Sock It To 'Em J.B. (Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers)
    Pete Townsend -- Save It For Later (The Beat)

    Reel Big Fish -- Take On Me

    November 7, 2012

    One Day Later and It's All Over Now

    Only 1460 more days until the next election.

    The Rolling Stones -- It's All Over Now

    November 3, 2012

    Modcast #250: C'mon Let's Go!

    Two hundred fifty? If you'd told me six years back that I'd pump out 250 modcasts --with a little help from my friends-- I'd have told you to bugger off you crazy fool. But, lo and behold here we are doing just that. (Publishing the 250th show that is, not buggering off.) Amazingly, over that time the show has been downloaded 268,921 times and there have been over 200,000 pageviews at

    This is a labor of love, but it's nice to know that there are folks out there listening and enjoying the show.

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    The Jam -- The Night (1978)
    The Times -- Whatever Happened To Thames Beat? (1983)
    Secret Beauty Cream -- Mad At You (2008)
    The Lolas -- Ballerina Breakout (1999)
    The Sods (UK) -- Plaything (1979)
    The Who -- Slip Kid (1975)
    The Rolling Stones -- Doom and Gloom (2012)
    Dr. Feelgood -- Another Man (1975)
    Keith -- Ain't Gonna Lie (1966)
    Tyrone Davis -- What Goes Up (Must Come Down) (1974)
    Cee Lo Green -- Satisfied (2010)
    The Presidents of the United States of America -- Candy Cigarette (2004)
    The New Pornographers -- The Mary Martin Show (2000)
    Title Tracks -- Turn Your Face (2011)
    The Ace -- Next Time Around (2011)

    This week I'm drinking Maple Cider Manhattans in the suave lounge.
  • Ice
  • 4 ounces Bourbon
  • 3/4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • Cayenne pepper
    Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and apple cider; shake vigorously. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and top with a dash of cayenne pepper, if desired.

    Interview with Ed Ball of The Times

    The Presidents of The United States of America -- Video Killed The Radio Star