Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WXPN: An A-to-Z marathon

On our jaunts around town in the Jeep we usually tune in to 88.5 FM WXPN, the University of Pennsylvania-based radio station, which plays a great mix of music old and new. For the past few weeks the station has replaced its normal programming with an A-to-Z lineup of some 6,000 songs, starting with the Jackson 5's "ABC" and ending with "ZZ Top Goes To Egypt" by Camper Van Beethoven.
It was fun hearing the first few notes of the song and trying to "name that tune" based on where in the alphabet they'd gotten to.
There were some genuine surprises, like when we were listening to the "D's" and the Rolling Stones' classic "Heartbreaker" (from the 1973 "Goats Head Soup" album) came on.
What?? Could an ABC-challenged person at the station have made a mistake? No, some quick Googling showed that the song's real name is actually "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo"!
Now that the A-to-Z is over, it's back to our favorites "Sleepy Hollow," "The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn," "The Blues Show," and "Mountain Stage."

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