by Tom Finkel
In case you missed Part 1, in this week's issue, Annie Zaleski heralds the arrival of In Concert: KSHE and 40+ Years of Rock in St. Louis, a scrapbook of the area's latter-day music history. Reading "Raised on Radio" inspired a few of us around the office to revisit the KSHE Klassics of our formative years.
Before we knew it, we'd accumulated a list of more than three dozen songs, and it seemed a shame not to share 'em.
The sole criterion for inclusion: A song must have garnered airplay in St. Louis that outstripped its popularity in other corners of the planet.
So...on with Part 2! By the way, the author of the book profiled, John Neiman, will be at Vintage Vinyl tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. signing copies of the book.
Mason Proffit, "Two Hangmen" Here's the thing: We said these are in no particular order, but clearly it was no accident that we opened Part 1 with "Movin' On," by the band Missouri. Trouble is, there's so many possibilities for how to lead off and only two spots, given our two-part format. So we're going with "Two Hangmen" to open the anchor leg. Some of you will understand. The rest of you didn't listen to enough KSHE.
It's a Beautiful Day, "White Bird" At this writing, this particular YouTube video has 105,722 views. Which is about how many times KSHE played this song in the 1970s alone.
10cc, "Art for Art's Sake" Tough call here. "The Things We Do for Love" is a truly terrible bucket of sap, and we couldn't argue with "I'm Not in Love," but "Art" gets the nod for its deep semiotic message.
Sammy Hagar, "Bad Motor Scooter" As far as Samuel Pepito Hagar goes, his entire body of work should be considered eligible. (We're going with a cut from the Montrose days.) He's the poster boy for KSHE's power. Can you say seminal?
Sanford-Townsend Band, "Smoke from a Distant Fire" Admittedly, some of these video links blow. For all we know, some won't be there when you read this. But if this video link still works, you're in for a treat. Remember The Midnight Special? Awe. Some.
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, "Jackie Blue" Neck in poultry neck with "Chicken Train." For that matter, "If You Wanna Get to Heaven" would've fit in fine here. Felt we had to pick just one, though. Great performance, too. On my desk right now, no lie: It Shined: The Saga of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, by bassist Michael "Supe" Granda. No lie!
J.D. Blackfoot, "Ultimate Prophecy" Why is J.D. Blackfoot the only artist who makes this list twice? Ask yourself this: Are you from someplace other than St. Louis? Have you heard of J.D. Blackfoot?
Nektar, "Remember the Future" How do you say "J.D. Blackfoot" in German?
Pavlov's Dog, "Julia" OK, so we lied. So J.D. Blackfoot's not the only artist who makes this list twice. (cf. Part 1.) If you don't like it, make your own damn list.
Alliota Haynes & Jeremiah, "Lake Shore Drive" Slippin' on by on LSD, Friday-night-trouble bound. Ain't no finer place to be!
Brewer & Shipley, "One Toke Over the Line" Truth be told, we may have used "Tarkio Road" if we could have found a video. But this one's more representative of the Klassic genre -- plus, it makes for a perfect segue from "Lake Shore Drive." Surely we're not the only ones to have recognized that. Surely a KSHE DJ has trod this ground before. As fresh today as it was 36 years ago.
Jonathan Edwards, "Shanty" Let's just make it a stoner three-bagger! That said, if you were laying around the shanty with a good buzz on, the last thing you'd want to hear is this song by Jonathan "Buzzkill" Edwards. And don't get us started on this way-too-recent recording. (And sorry, but can't resist this companion piece/photomontage....)
Gypsy, "Dead and Gone" We did love us some prog rock, didn't we?
Starcastle, "Lady of the Lake" Metro East's answer to Yes. Think about it.
Spooky Tooth, "Evil Woman" Yo, Robert Plant called. He wants his "woman!" back. Also, meet Gary Wright before he was Gary Wright.
Uriah Heep, "Easy Livin'" File under "Organ Grinder."
Ozark Mountain Daredevils, "Chicken Train" OK, we couldn't resist.
That's all, folks!