Sunday, August 13, 2023

Getting Off Sonia's Cloud! - Hippie Love Turbo Radio Show - Code Word "Ackee"

This episode of Hippie Love Turbo, on KUCR 88.3 FM, was filled with a wide range of garage and psych tunes, toe tappers, and head-shakers. If you happened to miss this episode you can listen to it on the KUCR Archive where it'll be up for a couple weeks before it gets replaced by newer shows. Listen while you can and, of course, you can always catch the playlist down below!

This promo features a model of a vintage cart machine that's still in use at KUCR!

The first song you heard on this episode was a cover of The Rolling Stones' song "Get Off Of My Cloud" by Spanish ye-yé singer Sonia. There's not much info about Sonia beyond her work in the 60s but there's a nice summary of her career on the blog Cuadernos de Rock en Español (Rock Notes In Spanish). Over the years, Sonia performed Spanish covers of a few English songs including: "Do Wah Diddy", which was made popular at the time by Manfred Mann, as well as, Cliff Richard's "Lucky Lips", and Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas' "Bad To Me", which can both be heard on her Ouki-Kouki EP. If you like "Bad To Me" you may be interested to know that it was written by Lennon–McCartney and that there are various demo version bootlegs floating around.

As for "Get Off My Cloud", I had mentioned on the show that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote the song as a response to the constant attention they received during their newfound fame. The band wasn't completely satisfied with the final result and chose not to perform the song for many years but ultimately it was one of their biggest hits in the US. You can read more about the song's history on American Songwriter.

Later in the show you heard The Fire's song "Father's Name Is Dad" and I mentioned a research article about early child development and how babies often remember words that have repeating sounds. This repetition may influence the ways language is developed and explain why certain words, such as mama, are often the first words children say. You can read more about the studies here and here.

And finally, towards the middle of the show, I played The Warlords "Real Fine Lady" and I talked a little about their hometown Bloomington-Normal, IL. In particular, I talked about David Davis' Mansion and how he was a friend of and campaign manager for Abraham Lincoln, in addition to a senator and Supreme Court justice.

As for The Warlords, their career was fairly short and their sole release supposedly had a low run of 100 pressings. It seems that the collector's market reflects the single's rarity as I've seen copies listed for sale in the thousands. For a more complete summary of the band, head over to the blog Downstate Sounds which also appears to be a radio show!

And that's about it for this episode's rundown! Thanks for reading the blog and be sure to listen over the air on KUCR 88.3FM on Saturdays at 9pm PST or listen to an archived version of the show here. You can also listen through, Radio Garden, or Tune-In

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