FMF Episode #6 – Mondays


Intro Background Music: Tomppabeats – Monday Loop

DJ: Welcome to another episode of Feel Me Flow!  Happy Monday morning to you!  Today we’ll talk about that dreaded work week starter; Monday.  Along with the other standard names for days of the week, Monday was originally named in the Roman era.  It’s derived from Old English Mōnandæg and Middle English Monenday, originally a translation of Latin dies lunae “day of the Moon“.  Moon-day, eh?  While days of the week seems to be a common theme amongst songwriters, today we’ll place focus on just the one day.  We’ll hear songs about Monday’s storms, songs praising Monday, alarm clock woes, some covers, some deep tracks, and some industrial metal to mix it up a bit!  We launch the show with a track from Helsinki’s Tomppabeats.  The Finnish Chillhop/Instrumental artist has released one LP, one EP, and a couple mixtapes.  If you enjoy it, check out his bandcamp and support him!  Let’s kick off the first set with England’s Billy Bragg & The Blokes from 2002’s England, Half-English.  The album title and title track are a reference to how culturally diverse England has become, and that everything about English culture is shaped and influenced by the waves of immigration that have taken place in the past.  Here’s the lead track, “St. Monday”.

Set 1:

  1. Billy Bragg & The Blokes – St. Monday
  2. Them – I Can Only Give You Everything
  3. Charles Bradley – Ain’t It A Sin
  4. The Bouncing Souls – Monday Morning Ant Brigade
  5. The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays

Intermission 1 Background Music: Shawn Lee – Billy’s Chase

DJ: On January 29, 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer unloaded 30 rounds of ammunition on children waiting to be let into the school gate across the street from her home.  The principal was opening the gate and was killed in action along with a custodian.  After barricading herself in her home, she spoke with a reporter on the phone about her actions, and when asked why she did it, she replied “I don’t like Mondays.  This livens up the day.”  Bob Geldof saw this and wrote this song about it.  That’s a pretty messed up reason to do such a thing, man.  Before that, we heard The Bouncing Souls play “Monday Morning Ant Brigade” from their 4th LP Hopeless Romantic.  The Souls took their name from the punk fashion staple Doc Marten boots.  The brand is distinguished by their air-cushioned soles, or “bouncing soles”.  After this album, the band would explore much larger audiences and different genres.  Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band chimed in with 2016’s “Aint It A Sin” from his 3rd LP Changes.  The title track of the LP is actually an amazing cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes“.  Charles is part of the soul revival scene that broke out a few years ago thanks to Ms. Sharon Jones.  Them, featuring a young Van Morrison, gave us the quintessential garage rock song with “I Can Only Give You Everything” off of their 1966 LP Them Again.  Them officially released only 2 albums, but countless compilations came later when Van Morrison made it big.  Billy Bragg led the set, but I already told you that.  Here’s Local H with an awesome rocking cover of TV On The Radio’s “Wolf Like Me”.  

Set 2:

  1. Local H – Wolf Like Me
  2. Beulah – Silver Lining
  3. Fleetwood Mac – Monday Morning
  4. Wimps – Slept In Late
  5. King Khan And The Shrines – Born To Die

Intermission 2 Background Music: The Rockin’ Rebels – Wild Weekend

DJ: That’s King Khan And The Shrines doing “Born To Die” off of their latest LP Idle No More.  King Khan (Arish Ahmad Khan) was born in Montreal, but currently, resides in Berlin with his family.  Great garage rock coming from those guys.  Seattle trio Wimps did “Slept In Late” off of their 2013 LP Repeat.  Rachel, Matt, and Dave have been playing together for about 6 years, and recently signed with Kill Rock Stars to release their latest LP Suitcase in 2015.  They’ll be playing the Upstream Music Festival in Seattle on the 13th of this month along with Portland band Summer Cannibals.  Go, if you can!  Fleetwood Mac chimed in with the lead track from their 1975 self-titled LP“Monday Morning”.  The album would mark the revamp of Fleetwood Mac adding Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham after hearing their track “Frozen Love” from the Buckingham Nicks LP.  The band would explode in popularity after the new additions, going on to release the immensely popular Rumors two years later.  Beulah played us “Silver Lining” from the 2001 album The Coast Is Never Clear.  If you’re ever looking for some indie pop gold, this album is it.  Beulah broke up in 2005 after over half the band members divorced/broke up with their significant others.  Yikes, what a terrible year.  Leading off the set was Local H doing TV On The Radio‘s “Wolf Like Me”.   The track comes from their Local H’s Awesome Mix-Tape #1.  They released a #2 a couple years later, and the albums feature cover songs from Lorde to Iggy Pop.  Local H’s big hit “Bound For The Floor” brought them onto the scene back in 1996.  NOFX is gonna praise Monday for a bit in this next one.  

Set 3:

  1. NOFX – Thank God It’s Monday
  2. Tegan And Sara – Monday Monday Monday
  3. Uke-Hunt – Rainy Days And Mondays
  4. Camper Van Beethoven – Take The Skinheads Bowling
  5. The Living End – Monday

Intermission 3 Background Music: Real Slow – Slept In

DJ: Australia’s punkabilly band The Living End wraps up our 3rd Monday set.  The track comes from their self-titled 1998 debut.  The album would feature their best-known hit “Prisoner Of Society”.  Before that, we heard the 1985 Camper Van Beethoven track “Take The Skinheads Bowling”.  Camper’s frontman David Lowery would go on to start the band Cracker after CVB broke up.  Cracker would later cover “Rainy Days And Mondays” on the If I Were A Carpenter covers album in 1994.  Instead of playing back to back songs from David, we switched it up and went with Spike Slawson’s side project Uke-Hunt.  Spike got his start working in the mail room of Fat Wreck Chords, a label owned and operated by Fat Mike of NOFX.  Mike would later recruit Spike and other members of Fat Wreck bands to form the punk rock cover band Me First And The Gimme Gimmes. We’ll hear more from Fat Mike and The Gimme Gimmes in future shows.  NOFX led the set with their ode to Mondays, “Thank God It’s Monday” off of 2000’s Pump Up The Valuum.  The band seems to have a song for every topic these days, having released 13 albums and 17 EPs, plus many more singles.  They even have a song about creeping out two Canadian twin sisters backstage at a festival.  Those sisters being references are actually Tegan and Sara Quinn.   Tegan And Sara gave us “Monday Monday Monday” between the two Fat Wreck acts.  The song was a mild success from 2002’s If It Was You before they released their largely popular So Jealous two years later.  It’s all connected.  Speaking of two songs from one artist, let’s have The Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard sing about sleeping in Monday morning…

Set 4:

  1. The Postal Service – Sleeping In
  2. Death Cab For Cutie – Monday Morning
  3. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – Death Cab For Cutie
  4. The Bangles – Manic Monday
  5. Tame Impala – Feels Like I’m Only Going Backwards

Intermission 4 Background Music: Quasimoto – The Exclusive (Instrumental)

DJ: Sometimes when I wake up Monday mornings, I also feel like I’m only going backwards.  It can be hard to motivate yourself to get outta bed on those sleepy mornings!  Tame Impala, Australia’s super successful indie band finished our set with “Feels Like I’m Only Going Backwards” off of their sophomore 2012 LP Lonerism.  Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker took inspiration for his latest album Currents from the cheesy sounds of the late 80’s/early 90’s pop.  Speaking of that, we played the Prince-penned hit “Manic Monday” from The Bangles.  Prince originally wrote the song for his Purple Rain co-star Apollonia for his created band Apollonia 6.  After that project fell apart, he offered up the track to The Bangles.  The side 1-track-1 cut went to number two in the U.S. and began a successful career for the band. Before the Monday mania, we heard Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band‘s “Death Cab For Cutie”.  I think you know why we played that.  Coming from the band’s debut LP Gorilla, the track is an homage to Elvis Presley.  The album is a wild, avant-garde mix of tracks featuring all kinds of genres.  Give it a listen sometime, those 1967 albums can get pretty weird!  Leading off the set was a double shot of Ben Gibbard bands, The Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie.  “Monday Morning” comes from the band’s 7th LP Codes And Keys.  The band would release one more album before founding member Chris Walla would leave to pursue other musical ventures.  The Postal Service was a Ben Gibbard side project in 2003, named after the process in which he and Dntel‘s Jimmy Tamborello would mail each other pieces to songs and complete them that way.  The album is a masterpiece in indie techno pop.  Alright, let’s get into another set with a deep 60’s track, “When The Alarm Clock Rings” by Blossom Toes.

Set 5:

  1. Blossom Toes – When The Alarm Clock Rings
  2. Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense And Peppermint
  3. The Jam – Monday
  4. Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley – My Home’s Across The Blue Ridge Mountains
  5. Lee Hazlewood – If It’s Monday Morning

Intermission 5 Background Music: Architecture In Tokyo – Sumer Never Ends

DJ: Ahh it tastes like Monday morning.  That’s Nancy Sinatra’s songwriting partner Lee Hazlewood from his solo 1971 LP Requiem For An Almost Lady.  After penning many-a-Sinatra hit in the 60’s, including 1966’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’“, he had mild success afterward with his solo work.  Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley gave us an old standard “My Home’s Across The Blue Ridge Mountains”, first recorded by the Carolina Tar Heels in 1929.  Doc would go on to win 7 Grammy’s for his work and played music up until his death in 2012.  Before that, we heard Paul Weller and The Jam doing “Monday” off of their 1980 LP Sound Affects.  The Jam had major success with hits like “Town Called Malice” and “That’s Entertainment” which comes from this album.  The Jam broke up in 1982, but singer Paul Weller still releases music, including a forthcoming album A Kind Of Revolution due out later this year.  We featured some alarm clock tunes before that, with the big hit “Incense And Peppermints” from Strawberry Alarm Clock.  Many people associate this song with the sound of the Summer Of Love, 1967.  Psychedelic in nature, the album is the same name also features tracks like “Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” and “Hummin’ Happy”.  Groovy, man.  Leading off the set was another 1967 psych band, Blossom Toes.  Blossom Toes put out two albums before disbanding in 1970.  Regardless, they gave us some great psych garage rock beforehand.  Let’s chill out for a minute with blues smith Mississippi John Hurt doing “Monday Morning Blues”, yet another 1967 tune.

Set 6:

  1. Mississippi John Hurt – Monday Morning Blues
  2. The Alarm Clocks – Yeah
  3. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
  4. Dwarves – Monday Blues
  5. Wilco – Monday

Intermission 6 Background Music: Walter Wanderley – It’s Too Easy To Say Goodbye

DJ: Jeff Tweedy of Wilco wrote “Monday” while trying to channel influence of The Rolling Stones without sounding to overbearing.  Seems like this track could be lifted off of Exhile On Mainstreet, no?  Great tune, nonetheless.  Before Wilco, we got a hardcore punk tune from the early days of Dwarves.  The band has become notorious for having album covers showing nudity and little people.  They can get pretty gruesome, but iconic either way!  Check out Blood Guts & Pussy or Come Clean if you want to know what I mean.  The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave us “Purple Haze” from the 1967 LP Are You Experienced.  Jimi has said that the song was about mythical places and psychedelic drugs.  I like to think it’s just natural for awesome guitar players to sing about the color purple.   The Alarm Clocks first single “Yeah” can be seen for sale for over $2500 these days.  Never officially releasing an LP in the 60’s, the band has reunited in recent years to do so.  The Cleveland band has inspired bands like Allah-Las and Temples.  Leading off the set was Mississippi John Hurt doing his 1967 acoustic blues ode to Monday, “Monday Morning Blues”.  The album The Immortal Mississippi John Hurt was released the year after his death in 1966.  Alright, let’s jump into our last set with Fats Domino doing “Blue Monday” from the 1956 compilation This Is Fats Domino!.  

Set 7:

  1. Fats Domino – Blue Monday
  2. Bobby “Blue” Bland – Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
  3. The Mamas & The Papas – Monday, Monday
  4. T-Bone Walker – Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)
  5. Orgy – Blue Monday

Outro Background Music: Husker Du – Monday Will Never Be The Same / Nosaj Thing – Moon

DJ: Yes!  Who showed up today expecting to hear New Order doing “Blue Monday”?  You were almost there, but we ended up going with the late 90’s industrial metal cover by Orgy instead.  Ha!  Before the epic finale, we listened to an absolute staple in the blues scene, “Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad).  T-Bone Walker did the original version, with every blues artist you’ve ever heard covering it later on.  The track was first released in 1947, inspiring B.B. King to pick up an electric guitar, amongst many other artists.  The Mamas & The Papas lent us another famous Monday tune, “Monday, Monday”.  The song comes from their 1966 LP If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears.  The album is notorious for being one of the first to have reissued album covers due to indecency.  What was the indecency, you may ask?  There was a toilet on the cover. Oh, no!  Wow.  Anyway, the album launched their careers, featuring “California Dreamin'”.  Bobby “Blue” Bland gave us one of the coolest sounding tracks. “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City” off of his 1974 LP Dreamer.  Jay-Z would sample this track for his song “Heart Of The City (Ain’t No Love) on 2001’s The Blueprint.  Even the album cover for Dreamer is cool looking.  I wish I could achieve that status.  Fats Domino led us off with his “Blue Monday”.  Well, that’s it for today’s show!  Enjoy the rest of your “Moon-day”, and don’t worry you’ll get through it!  Join us next time for our Flowers episode.

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