Tuesday, May 6, 2008

TVD Radio Hour

Not only do I feel fortunate to have had parents who encouraged my bourgeoning musical tastes as a kid, but I feel damn fortunate to have grown up at a time when those tastes were forged by -- wait for it -- radio. Really, when was the last time you heard a song on the radio and ran right to a store -- not your computer -- to purchase it? It's been some time, huh? Record stores and radio/radio and record stores -- that was the formula. (Insert rant against corporate suits poisoning the well here.)

A poster named Wayne over at the New Wave Outpost Message Board uploaded this radio snippet from 1979 of the WPIX Penthouse Party hosted by Dan Neer. ..and the memories trickled through. As Wayne wrote, "Listen for an early Crazy Eddie commercial, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Ian Dury, Joe Jackson, and at the tail end Meg Griffin playing The Stranglers. Plus throughout the clip some good old rock n' roll...."

So here it is, the sound of free form radio out of New York City, circa 1979. Two words: Crazy Eddie.


Dan Neer's WPIX Penthouse Party (1979) (Mp3 - 41MGs)

6 comments:

Davy H said...

This is fabulous - I'm halfway through, listening in London, nearly 30 years after broadcast. How cool is that?

This here internet's a good thing ain't it? Let's stop war next.

Davy H said...

Ooh, Ian Dury's just come on! It's like Radio Luxembourg at about the same time! Though with less disco...

LNMP said...

WOWZA! I used to listen to WPIX all the time in those days. This is very cool... quite a blast from my past.

Can you believe it, records for $4.99 at Crazy Eddie's?!?

Anonymous said...

Somewhere in my music collection, I have an old cassette recording of Dan Neer interviewing the Speedies (and playing a couple of records) on WPIX.

I have no idea how I'd transfer that to MP3.

The Vinyl District said...

Yes, that's The Outsiders' "Time Won't Let Me" segueing quite nicely thank you into Joe Jackson's "Time." Killer.

The Vinyl District said...

...and then right into The Stranglers.