October 1991

HOUR 1

  1. Radio Wall Of Sound – SLADE
    My wife told me this week that she thought Slade only made “Merry Xmas Everybody”. They probably only needed to, it makes about a million quid every year. This was their last hit and features Mike Read as the DJ. Are the two related?
  2. Dizzy – VIC REEVES & THE WONDER STUFF
    One of the few tunes that will hget me on the dancefloor without the aid of Guinness. A cover of the Tommy Roe hit, from the album “I Will Cure You” which features the brilliant “Meals On Wheels” and “I Remember Punk Rock”
  3. Fun Day – STEVIE WONDER
    From the soundtrack of Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” which was heavily played on Northern Air Hospital Radio by Kath Yates, who did the show that I sat in on when I started my radio “journey”.
  4. DJ Culture – PET SHOP BOYS
    Apparently it’s about George Bush’s speeches at the time of the first Gulf War, that important part of DJ culture.
  5. Paper Doll – PM DAWN
    “Paper Doll” is said over 100 times. It’s second to “Pray” by MC Hammer for the record of the number of times the title is said in an American Top 40 single. Obviously Doop never made it in the States.
  6. DJ’s Take Control – SL2
    S is Slipmatt and L is Lime, Matt Nelson and John Fernandez to their parents.
  7. Finally – CE CE PENISTON
    Hee hee hee – penis.
  8. Eat Yourself Whole – KINGMAKER (Eat Yourself Whole)
    I do like bands from Hull, I like Hull and so Kingmaker were right up my street. This album is full of little gems, every single’s a corker. Here’s a brill fact, they were supported by Radiohead! Best new band in the NME 1991 poll, so…
  9. Fall At Your Feet – CROWDED HOUSE
    Don’t Dream It’s Over was the b-side. Once I’ve got the time there will be a Proper 90’s B Side special. I mean that may be in a few years time but it will happen!
  10. Carribean Blue – ENYA
    The only things I know about Enya are that she had something to do with Clannad and she lives in a castle, and I’m only confident about one of those things
  11. Breath Of Life – ERASURE
    Apparently when they were on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway someone’s daughter complained that they were “so old fashioned”. Erm…Vince was phoning in his performance on Teams! How much more 2021 can you be?
  12. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – SAINT ETIENNE
    Sarah Cracknell and friends do Neil Young. Years later I would experience the keyboard player doing his thing at a funeral. Still got it.
  13. No Son Of Mine – GENESIS
    At the time I remember Genesis trying to be humourous with their “We Can’t Dance” videos, except for this one…..which is why I preferred it. Phil Collins – not funny.

HOUR 2

  1. Change – LISA STANSFIELD
    This was a Pointless answer earlier this week. I said it while David James looked gormless. I win.
  2. Your Mirror – SIMPLY RED
    Simply Red are my guilty pleasure. I know that liking a pop band isn’t really a guilty pleasure. According to a survey, an extra scoop of ice cream is our favourite guilty pleasure. That’s just gluttony isn’t it?
  3. Take Me To The River – THE COMMITMENTS
    Al Green song also covered by Talking Heads, Annie Lennox and Big Mouth Billy Bass.
  4. Goodbye Cruel World – SHAKESPEAR’S SISTER
    Yes, actually, I HAVE spelt it correctly. They’re named after the Smiths song rather than a writer’s sibling!
  5. Blood Sugar Sex Magik – RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
    I believe my brother Mark’s copy of this is still with the family he used to babysit for in 1991. Because when you want to get nippers off to sleep, the Chilis will sort that right out.
  6. Money Don’t Matter Tonight – PRINCE AND THE NEW POWER GENERATION
    From the first album that was credited to Prince and the New Power Generation, although the name was used in Graffiti Bridge and mentioned on Lovesexy. They are not related to NPower which is a link no-one else has ever made to the best of mu knowledge.
  7. After The Watershed – CARTER THE UNSTOPPABLE SEX MACHINE
    It was in October 1991 that Fruitbat from Carter jumped on Phillip Schofield after he said something snide about them at the Smash Hits Poll Winners’ Party. That was my Pistols saying “f**k” at Bill Grundy moment.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iat50AHOm94
  8. The Fly – U2
    Described by Bono as a “phone conversation with someone from Hell”, it is the best U2 song. That is my final word on the matter.
  9. Closing Time – DEACON BLUE
    At about this time I had a Saturday job at a bakery in Moston cleaning dinky pie tins and washing equipment and the like and I worked with a girl who loved RnB and Hip Hop…but her favourite band was Deacon Blue. This is from Fellow Hoodlums.
  10. The Show Must Go On – QUEEN
    Queen, the most over-rated band in rock history. Written by Brian May and recorded when Freddie Mercury was quite seriously ill.
  11. Jacky – MARC ALMOND (Tenament Symphony)
    Changed his name to from Mark to Marc because he was obsessed with Marc Bolan
  12. The Concept – TEENAGE FANCLUB
    Disgustingly this only got to number 51 in the chartts and I think it’s obvious to everyone now that this is a stone cold classic!

Published by fatmancunian

I used to work on the radio. Now I talk to myself for free!

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