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Sonic clatter and clamor from around the town, country and world

Smashin' Transistors Dale Merrill

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Sonic clatter and clamor from around the town, country and world

    Smashin' Transistors 82: How To Start The Next Dance Craze?

    Smashin' Transistors 82: How To Start The Next Dance Craze?

    Starting the next dance craze is not an easy task. I looked into it and studied all the angles. My spirit got broken though after many friends pointed out that though my intentions of making one happen may be pure, eventually, the line dance crowd would appropriate it.


    "Wait. People still line dance?"

    "Yes," I was informed. "And now they do it to Kid Rock."

    That killed whatever idea I had for trying to get a new dance craze starting right then and there.

    What You'll Hear:

    The Split Ends – Rich With Nothing 
    Body Shop – Elevator 
    Fire Engines – Everything’s Roses 
    Nick & the Nod – Com ID 
    -words from your host- 
    Mini Skirt – With Your Hands 
    Toby King – Itch & Scratch 
    Tin Foil – Power Pointer 
    Can Kicker – Desire 
    -words from your host- 
    Leopardo – Tell Me 
    Bangzz – Love 
    Dream Syndicate – Some Kinda Itch 
    Blowers – Exterminate 
    -words from your host-
    Chemical Bank - The Inconsistent 
    Isaiah Owens – If It Wasn’t For The Lord 
    Red Krayola – Green Of My Pants 
    The Scientists – Naysayer 
    -words from your host-
    OK Satan – I Don’t Care 

    M.A.Z.E. – Spread The Disease 
    Germ House – Bottled At The Source 
    Clock DVA – Relentless 
    -words from your host-


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Smashin' Transistors 81: Dankness on The Edge Of Town

    Smashin' Transistors 81: Dankness on The Edge Of Town

    If a craft brewery run by hardcore Springsteen enthusiasts, you know they make an IPA called Dankness On The Edge of Town. The bigger question though is if they're torn between naming their Mexican lager Rosalita or saving it for the Sangria flavored hard cider they are working on. 
    Are they thinking of making a sour called Gose It All Night? 
    During the Christmas season, would you be game to try their peppermint stout called Candy's Room? 
    Also, if they brew one called JungleLambic are the raspberries REALLY were grown underneath that giant Exxon sign that brings this fair city light?

    What you'll hear
    Let’s Active – Ornamental
    Kneeling In Piss – I Love My Echo Chamber
    Fun Time Objects – Bug Eyed
    Mary Bell – Some Friendships Are Meant To End
    -words from your host-
    Worm Reducer – The One To Me
    Mononegatives – Today’s Adult
    Country Teasers – Mosquito
    Hue Blanc’s Joyless Ones – With All Due Respect
    -words from your host-
    Christopher Alan Durham – Gratiot Crawl
    Stereolab – Stomach Worm
    Mdou Moctar – Taliat
    Print Head – Crushin’ Memories
    -words from your host-
    Lousy Sue – Damaged
    The Sueves – Stare
    Chuck Bernard – Send For Me
    Rexxx- Lost Caus
    -words from your host-
    Qlowski – All Good
    Iceage – Dear Saint Cecilia 
    Personality Cult – Brazen
    Magazine- Believe That I Understand
    -words from your host-

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    Smashin' Transistors 80: Weather and Wonder and Wondering Whether

    Smashin' Transistors 80: Weather and Wonder and Wondering Whether

    One summer weekend in northern Michigan years ago, I ate breakfast at a Bob Seger themed diner. Pretty much just a few Seger album covers framed and on the wall and an autographed photo signed by Alto Reed. The menu items did not have any Seeg related puns. Just regular breakfast item names. 

    They missed the boat on not naming something Kat-ham-du.

    What you'll hear.
    Gaunt – Insangel 
    Zurich Cloud Motors – Trails Of No Return 
    Giant Sand – Searchlight 
    Midnight Steppers – Diamonds On The Golden Road To Hell 
    -words from your host- 
    The Sueves – Mop Bucket 
    Daughter Bat and the Lip Strings – No Excuse For You 
    Spiritual Mafia – Hybrid Animal 
    Red Asphalt – Phone Call From God 
    -words from your host- 
    Mononegatives – Trauma 
    Cabaret Voltaire – The Set Up 
    Delilah Holliday – Feel 
    JSBX – Lovin’ Machine 
    -words from your host- 
    Collate – Genesis Fatigue 
    Nick & the Nod – New Content 
    Piranhas - Blinking Light 
    Germ House – Final Touches 
    -words from your host- 
    Reigning Sound – A Little More Time 
    Smirk – Violent Game 
    Lousy Sue – Rats 
    Blue Cheer – Just A Little Bit 
    -words from your host-

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Smashin' Transistors 79: Churlishness Prevalent

    Smashin' Transistors 79: Churlishness Prevalent

    I have not worked in a retail setting in over twenty years. I kept good with continuing out of it. Well, until late 2020 that is. Not by choice and hopefully it is just temporary but bills gotta get paid, y'know. I forgot how churlish the general public can be. The pandemic seems to make the off-their-rocker types get even more cross. 

    Compulsive Gamblers – Bad Taste 

    Hue Blanc’s Joyless Ones – Burn To Run 
    Califone – Wade In The Water 
    Lewsberg – Through The Garden 
    -words from your host- 
    TJ Cabot and thee Artificial Rejects – On Off 
    Smirk – Eyes Conversing 
    Purrses – Wrong Tide 
    Church Mice – Babe, We’re Not A Part of Society 
    -words from your host- 
    Bobby Would – So To Say 
    Savoy Motel – Smooth Operator 
    Frank and the Hurricanes – I See A Ghost 
    Celebrity Handshake – Civilized People 
    -words from your host- 
    Penza Penza – Why Do We Care About Anything 
    Sex Tide – Medical Board 
    Psychedelic Furs – Mr. Jones 
    Iceage – Vendetta 
    -words from your host- 
    M.A.Z.E. – Psycho Eyes 
    Warm Exit – Crocodile In My Brain 
    Caution – Buy My Life 
    Mott The Hoople – Honaloochie Boogie 
    -words from your host-

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Smashin' Transistors 78: Blanketed In Yellow Dust

    Smashin' Transistors 78: Blanketed In Yellow Dust

    "A head fulla dust." Such a line has been a lyrical adumbration since at least the early 20th century. Though they aren't most likely talking about pollen, that such yellow dust is into its yearly ubiquitous showing. It's a way of life. Literally really. Trees, bees and everything that flowers. Things required to breathe and eat. Keeping hankies handy.

    The Gordons – Right On Time 
    Tin Foil – Loiter 
    GG King – Epoch Rock 
    Teenage Head – Picture my Face 
    -words from your host- 
    Chris Brokaw – Periscope Kids 
    Zurich Cloud Motors – Worry About the Hubcaps Later 
    The Bassholes – Born To Die 
    Tizzi – All Day I Work For Little Money 
    -words from your host- 
    The Stools – Half Track Mind 
    Patois Counselors – Let Beauty Be 
    Section 25 – Girls Don’t Count 
    Bumbo's Tinto Brass Band – Chewing Mom’s Blouse 
    -words from your host- 
    Gen Pop – My Apartment 
    Midnight Steppers – Lost In Dust 
    Smirk – Blind 
    TV Freaks – Capital Eye 
    -words from your host- 
    TOADS – Another Year 
    Spiritual Mafia – Smiles 
    Purrses – Hey Girl! 
    the dBs – Tearjerkin’ 
    -words from your host-


    • 1 hr 17 min
    Smashin' Transistors (Apostrophe) 77

    Smashin' Transistors (Apostrophe) 77

    There was a spell there towards the end of the last century, that if you wanted to prove how punk rock your attitude was, you would suffix whatever the name of the project was with a "'77."

    It quickly became a running joke with some friends I hung out with. Taco Bell '77. Camel Lights '77. I'll be there around seven '77. I don't get paid til Friday '77 and so on. 

    It cracked us up for a couple months. 

    It was not a running joke with everyone I hung out with though. One evening, I was hanging out with some other group of friends. They were starting a band and were looking for a name. 

    "Dude! You should call yourself Apostrophe 77!" I blurted out. From the looks on their faces, you could tell they thought it was brilliant. "Yes, that's perfect. That's when punk rock really started. If people see our name on a flier, they'll know we play punk rock!"

    "Yeah, that the joke, man. It lets people know you are (air quotes) PUNK FREAKIN' ROCK, BRO!"

    "So, wait," one of them said in a puzzled tone "You weren't serious?"

    I think the band lasted a few practices and maybe a basement party. That's a standard punk rock story. they didn't use the name.

    There are no songs from '77 in episode 77 of the Smashin'' Transistors fake radio show. 

    What you'll hear:
    Tilahun Gessesse – Alegntaye
    Flying Saucer Attack – Present
    Midnight Steppers – The Method Singer
    Frankie Traandruppel – Hooray For The Frown
    -words from your host-
    Smarts – Cling Wrap
    Pensioner – The Night
    Boris – Furi 
    A Feast Of Snakes – Know Your Name
    -words from your host-
    Astute Palate – A Little Proof
    Neil and Crazy Horse – Barstool Blues
    The Lice – Daymare Town
    Feeling Figures – Never in Time
    -words from your host-
    ISS - (Met)forming
    Cathedral – Suicide Asteroid
    Sex Tide – Scorpion
    Chris Brokaw – The Heart of Human Trafficking
    -words from your host-
    Chronophage – Talking Android
    Eat Girls – All The Lovers Are Gonna Leave and Die
    Lavender Flu – Rake The Face
    Angst – Somethings (I Can’t Get Used To)
    -words from your host-


    • 1 hr 9 min

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