Dystopian Listening Party Podcast: Memorial Day, 2015-2016

With every passing week, 2016 feels more and more like a never-ending, real-life Grammy Awards tribute montage. We couldn’t even go the six days between recording and posting the podcast without losing another pop music icon: this time, Marshall Jones of the Ohio Players, word of whose death regrettably reached us only after we had finished editing. Clearly, this is a trying time to be a music fan. And, as I’ve found myself saying more than a few times in the past several months, the sheer volume of notable musicians’ deaths starts to feel overwhelming to a small site like ours. I’m not a full-time obituary writer, so even many worthy artists who passed away have inevitably gone unmemorialized.

That’s why, in the spirit of the real Memorial Day holiday, we’re taking the time to commemorate those the music world has lost since last May. Unfortunately, this will almost certainly be a recurring feature: the cruel realities of the human lifespan, combined with the generational ebb and flow of American popular music, means that things are only going to get worse in the coming years. And sadly, even this tribute isn’t truly exhaustive–even aside from the aforementioned omission of Marshall Jones, we’re only really talking about musicians of whom we have some miniscule level of knowledge, so plenty of important people are still going unmourned (at least by us).  But we did our best, and we at least tried to do everyone justice. Here’s hoping we get a break, at least for a couple more weeks.

00:00:00   “Speed of Life” by David Bowie, 1/8/1947-1/10/2016 (from Low, 1977)

00:00:56   Our Prince Podcast

00:00:58   Our Bowie Podcast

00:04:03   “Free” by Ornette Coleman, 3/9/1930-6/11/2015 (from Change of the Century, 1960)

00:09:10   “The Remembering (High the Memory)” by Yes featuring Chris Squire,  3/4/1948-6/28/2015 (from Tales from Topographic Oceans, 1973)

00:14:27   “1970” by the Stooges featuring Steve Mackay, 9/25/1949-10/10/2015 (from Fun House, 1970)

00:17:27   Our Gospel Podcast

00:17:57   “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” by Three Dog Night featuring Cory Wells, 2/5/1941-10/20/2015 (from It Ain’t Easy, 1970)


00:22:35   “Get Out of My Life, Woman” by Allen Toussaint, 1/14/1938-11/10/2015 (1968 single, available on Saint of New Orleans)

00:25:57   “Dance to the Music” by Sly & The Family Stone featuring Cynthia Robinson, 1/12/1944-11/23/2015 (from Dance to the Music, 1968)


00:28:52   Zach’s Semi-Irreverent Scott Weiland Post

00:30:17   Zach’s Real Favorite Stone Temple Pilots Song

00:30:48   “Lady Picture Show” by Stone Temple Pilots featuring Scott Weiland, 10/27/1967-12/3/2015 (from Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop, 1996)

00:33:58   “Overkill” by Motörhead featuring “Philthy Animal” Taylor, 9/21/1954-11/11/2015, and Lemmy, 12/24/1945-12/28/2015 (from Overkill, 1979)

00:37:35   Lovable Scamps Lemmy and Phil Destroy a Hotel Room

00:38:20   “Twilight of the Headbangers” by James Parker, The Atlantic, November 2015

00:41:55   “Give It to Me” by the Whispers featuring Nicholas Caldwell, 4/5/1944-1/5/2016 (from Just Gets Better with Time, 1987)

00:43:40   Callie’s Jheri Curl June Post on the Whispers

00:47:28   “Station to Station” by David Bowie featuring Dennis Davis, 8/28/1951-4/6/2016 (from Station to Station, 1976)

00:57:12   “Shitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Clarence Reid/Blowfly, 2/14/1939-1/17/2016 (from The Weird World of Blowfly, 1971)

01:00:27   “Sucker” by Mott the Hoople featuring Dale “Buffin” Griffin, 10/24/1948-1/17/2016 (from All the Young Dudes, 1972)

01:04:35   “Sexy Girl” by Glenn Frey, 11/6/1948-1/18/2016 (from The Allnighter, 1984)


01:05:48   Glenn Frey Drive in Royal Oak, Michigan

01:08:31   “The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil” by Jefferson Airplane featuring Paul Kantner, 3/17/1941-1/28/2016 (from After Bathing at Baxter’s, 1967)

01:10:46   “Kalimba Story” by Earth, Wind & Fire featuring Maurice White, 12/19/1941-2/3/2016 (from Open Our Eyes, 1974)

01:15:11   “Under the Influence” by Denise Matthews/Vanity, 1/4/1959-2/15/2016 (from Skin on Skin, 1986)

01:16:56   Vanity with John Stamos in Never Too Young to Die (1986)


01:17:32   Zach’s Jheri Curl June Post on Vanity

01:18:58   “Death on Me” by Byron Cox/Dex Osama, 8/13/1993-9/7/2015 (from Nine 11, 2015)

01:21:18   Bankroll Fresh on Noisey Atlanta, March 2015


01:21:42   “Hot Boy” by Trentavious Z. White/Bankroll Fresh, 8/2/1987-3/4/2016 (from Life of a Hot Boy, 2014)

01:23:00   Detroit News Report on the Men Who Shot Dex Osama

01:23:33   “Pepperland” by George Martin, 1/3/1926-3/8/2016 (from the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Soundtrack, 1969)

01:27:20   Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Tarkus (1971): Who Doesn’t Want to Listen to a Concept Album About This?

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01:27:23   “Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer featuring Keith Emerson, 11/2/1944-3/10/2016 (from Brain Salad Surgery, 1973)

01:33:04   “Oh My God” by A Tribe Called Quest featuring Malik Izaak Taylor/Phife Dawg, 11/20/1970-3/22/2016 (from Midnight Marauders, 1993)

01:36:43   “I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You” by Leon Haywood, 2/11/1942-4/5/2016 (from Come and Get Yourself Some, 1975; available on The Best of Leon Haywood)

01:40:25   “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard, 4/6/1937-4/6/2016 (from Mama Tried, 1968)

01:44:16   “Mountains (Extended Version)” by Prince, 6/7/1958-4/21/2016 (1986 12″; edited version available on Parade)

01:51:14   “Beastie Boys” by the Beastie Boys featuring John Berry, 8/29/1963- 5/20/2016 (from Polly Wog Stew, 1982; available on Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science)

01:52:27   “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due” by Megadeth featuring Nick Menza,  7/23/1964-5/21/2016 (from Rust in Peace, 1990)

01:57:21   “Moonbeam Levels” by Prince (1982 recording, available through Illicit Means)





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