FMF Episode #2 – Rain


Intro Background Music: Nujabes – Rainyway Back Home

DJ: Welcome to Feel Me Flow!  Today we’re talking about all things rain.   Boxes of rain, rainy days, lack of rain, and we’ll even touch on colored rain.  Whether you love curling up indoors under a blanket and listening to the rain hit the windows, or you love to put on some galoshes and puddle jump, today’s episode will put you in the mood.  Starting off the episode is the phenomenally talented Nujabes doing “Rainyway Back Home”.  Nujabes is an anagram of Jun Seba’s first name, being the reverse spelling of Seba Jun.  Jun Seba tragically died at age 36 in a car accident in 2010.  Check out his library sometime, it’s amazing stuff; especially the Samurai Champloo soundtracks.  Now that we’ve started off on a downer, let’s get into our rainy day music with The Beatles doing “Rain”.  “Rain” was never released on an official album, but was the b-side to “Paperback Writer”.  Alright, let it pour…

Set 1:

  1. The Beatles – Rain
  2. The Bees – Wash In The Rain
  3. The Yardbirds – Shapes Of Things
  4. The Undertones – Here Comes The Summer
  5. The Coral – Dreaming Of You

Intermission 1 Background Music: The Champs – Just Walking In The Rain

DJ: If you’ve never heard The Coral’s eponymous 2002 LP, you must.  Seriously, it’s listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.  “Dreaming Of You” was their biggest single from the album.  Before that, we heard The Undertones doing “Here Comes The Summer” from their 1979 self-titled debut.  The Yardbirds did “Shapes Of Things” from 1966.  Did you notice all of the “The” bands?  Something about garage rock screams having a band with “The” in the title.  Like you need to be classified as some type of something.  We are the ______.  After The Beatles kicked us off we heard The Bees, or A Band Of Bees, doing “Wash In The Rain” from their sophomore release Free The Bees.  The Bees are one of the neo-60’s sounding bands of our time that doesn’t get the credit they deserve.  Check out Free The Bees and Octopus for a 60’s/70’s 1-2 punch of retro.  Let’s do some dancing with a bit of Basement Jaxx.  Here’s “Raindrops”…

Set 2:

  1. Basement Jaxx – Raindrops
  2. Roky Erikson – I Walked With A Zombie
  3. The Beta Band – Dry The Rain
  4. Grateful Dead – Box Of Rain
  5. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop The Rain

Intermission 2 Background Music: Stevie Ray Vaughan – Pipeline [Ft. Dick Dale]

DJ: After “Raindrops”, Roky Erickson of The 13th Floor Elevators did “I Walked With A Zombie” from his first album with The Aliens.  In High Fidelity, John Cusack plays “Dry The Rain” by The Beta Band in order to “now sell three copies”.  Coincidentally, the High Fidelity soundtrack leads off with “You’re Gonna Miss Me” from the 13th Floor Elevators.  The lead track off of American Beauty from The Grateful Dead, “Box Of Rain”, is arguably Phil Lesh‘s best song.  Written for his dying father, it was a staple at Dead shows for years; inciting fan requests to “let Phil sing!”.  Creedence Clearwater Revival wrapped up the set with one of two singles in their catalog referencing rain; the other one being “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?”. Stevie Ray Vaughan (playing behind me), famously marks Jimi Hendrix as his idol and inspiration.  Let’s hear Jimi get jazzy on “Rainy Day, Dream Away” from Electric Ladyland.

Set 3:

  1. Jimi Hendrix – Rainy Day, Dream Away
  2. Eric Clapton – Let It Rain
  3. Albert Hammond – It Never Rains In Southern California
  4. NOFX – California Drought
  5. Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Fire And Rain
  6. Love – My Little Red Book

Intermission 3 Background Music: Kaki King – Tunnel

DJ: I feel like the little red book made its way to being a little black book by the late 80’s.  Of course nowadays nobody uses them anymore.  Your smart phone stores all your numbers, who needs a book?  Love did “My Little Red Book” from their 1966 debut.  The song was actually a cover of a Burt Bacharach/Half David-penned single from the movie What’s New Pussycat?. We had a nice 1-2 punch of punk with Me First And The Gimme Gimmes covering James Taylor’s “Fire And Rain”, featuring Fat Mike Burkett on bass.  Fat Mike is the lead singer and bass player of NOFX.  In “California Drought”, Mike sings about once hearing a song called “It Never Rains In Southern California”, while expressing his desire to “dry out” and sober up.  While we can’t offer him help with that, we can offer up the song he referenced with Albert Hammond‘s “It Never Rains In Southern California”.  Albert’s son Albert Hammond Jr. is one of the guitar players in The Strokes, as well as a successful solo artist.  Clapton lackadaisically plead to “Let It Rain” in his solo debut from 1970.   Let’s slow things down for a minute with a great guitar effect on “In The Rain” from The Dramatics.

Set 4:

  1. The Dramatics – In The Rain
  2. The Kinks – Til The End Of The Day
  3. The Cascades – Rhythm Of The Rain
  4. Patrick Sweany – Them Shoes
  5. Leon Russell – It’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  6. Willie Nelson – Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

Intermission 4 Background Music: At The End Of Times, Nothing – A Green Sun Rises

DJ: Top of the set included The Dramatics’ “In The Rain”.  A song that literally sounds like what rain feels like.  The Kinks kicked it up a notch with “Til The End Of The Day” from The Kink Kontroversy.  Sleater-Kinney would later replicate the album artwork of The Kink Kontroversy on their 3rd album Dig Me Out.  The Cascades had a huge hit in 1962 with “Rhythm Of The Rain” off of the album of the same name; although the album didn’t actually come out until 1963.  The Wrecking Crew played the music for the track, including a young Glen Campbell on guitar.  Check out the documentary about The Wrecking Crew if you want to learn more about their amazing legacy.  Maybe we’ll do a show about them sometime?  Patrick Sweany, another Dan Auerbach produced artist, gave us the bluesy-rock jam “Them Shoes” from 2007’s Every Hour Is A Dollar.  Leon Russell, one of the most underrated musicians and piano players of his time, gave us a great Dylan cover of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”.  Leon performed on The Concert For Bangladesh, playing piano on this same track while Dylan sang.  Willie Nelson, the king of brokenhearted country songs, slowed down the old Roy Acuff tune “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” from 1975’s Red Headed Stranger.  Boy does he make that song sound like heartbreak.  Let’s round out the rainy day playlist now with our final set, beginning with the family band The Cowsills.  

Set 5:

  1. The Cowsills – The Rain, The Park & Other Things
  2. Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand The Rain
  3. The Who – Love Reign O’er Me
  4. Low Cut Connie – Controversy
  5. Prince – Purple Rain

Outro Background Music: Luxury Elite – Wave

DJ: In 1994, everyone got a refresher of “The Rain, The Park & Other Things” when the Farrelly brothers used it in their smash comedy Dumb And Dumber during Lloyd’s fantasies with Mary.  Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand The Rain” followed.  Ann’s biggest hit was written after getting rained on while on her way to a concert with her boyfriend and eventual husband Don Bryant.  When Ann proclaimed “I can’t stand the rain”, Don decided to put pen to paper; they skipped the concert.  The Who use some word play on “Love Reign O’er Me”, from 1973’s Quadrophenia.  The song is about the main character, Jimmy, needing spiritual redemption from pouring rain.  While we would usually end on that note, there’s was one other artist who wrote an epic song about rain that only seemed to fit.  Two Prince cuts finish out the episode.  Philadelphia’s Low Cut Connie gave us a cover of Prince’s “Controversy“, and the Purple Yoda himself wailed on “Purple Rain”.  Losing Prince was tough for Minnesotans, and the music community in general.  Cemented in history as a legend, this will always be his most recognized ballad.  Well, that’s it for this episode of Feel Me Flow, catch us next time!

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