On November 6 1985, exactly 25 years ago, one tradition started to take shape. Zikica Simic in Belgrade (Yugoslavia), decided to start a radio show featuring “the new American rock music” called Tajanstveni voz (Mystery Train). Zikica was featuring bands of the 80s rock’n’roll scene that was impossible to hear anywhere in the world except on college radio stations in the USA. He recognized the respect that these bands had for traditional rock’n’roll and persistently for the next 25 years (and hopefully more) he followed this musical genre as it transformed throughout the years: Husker Du, Green On Red, Violent Femmes, Giant Sand, Tav Falco then a new injection of power with Uncle Tupelo in the nineties and now with Endless Boogie, Phosphorescent, Black Keys and Kurt Vile. He introduced a small army of listeners to the true rock’n’roll sound, including myself. To be perfectly honest, influence of Zikica’s radio show is so enormous on me, that I can easily say how Little Lighthouse is a pale copy of Mystery Train, and still consider it an understatement and a compliment to my show. In the latest installment of his show, Zikica Simic re-played his very first playlist and also threw in a few songs from todays moment in between. A great way to mark quarter of a century of one helluva show.
Playlist 25 years ago…
Violent Femmes â€“ Add It Up
The Long Ryders â€“ I Had A Dream
Beat Rodeo â€“ Without You
R.E.M. â€“ Driver 8
The Del-Lords â€“ Mercenary
Dream Syndicate â€“ Medicine Show
Husker Du â€“ Books About UFOs
Beat Farmers â€“ Bigger Stones
Green On Red â€“ That’s What Dreams
X â€“ What’s Wrong With Me
Minutemen â€“ Cheerleaders
Guadalcanal Diary â€“ Ghost On The Road.
For all the hard working people all over the world, happy May Day! We’re bringing you some interesting new stuff at the Little Lighthouse today. First of all, Tim Lee is back with a rocking new album Good2b3. Also, rock’n’roll kings without crowns, Kamo Sutra from Zagreb have brand new recordings which will soon be their new release. They sent out the raw,Â still unmastered recordings and we sample them with one wonderful song Kretendo. Cheap Time from Tennessee is an interesting new band and we check them out too. Former Bad Seed, Hugo Race, has a new album called 53rd State. We heard Hugo earlier this year as one of the Dirtmusic participants. We continue exploring the San Francisco 60’s rock scene with The New Breed. Here it is, episode luckyÂ numberÂ 13. I would also like to drive your attention to our this week’s bonus. Zikica Simic in his show Down On The Corner this week features his favorite SST Records LPs. Kim Fowley once said that the music you loved during your high school summer vacations is something that stays forever with you. That’s SST for me folks, so please check that out.
Fun Boy Three – The Lunatics (Have Taken over the Asylum);
The Windbreakers – That Girl;
Tim Lee 3 – Saving Gracie;
Tim Lee – Across The Tracks;
Birdinumnums – She-Say-Go-vocal;;
Peachfuzz – Hero Of Nineteen Eighty Three;
The Beatles – Paperback Writer;
The New Breed – Want Ad Reader;
Quiver – Reason For Staying;
The Wallabies – White Doors;
Dirtmusic – Still Running;
Hugo Race & True Spirit – Dumb Down;
Jeffrey Novak’s One Man Band – Don’t Leave Me Alone;
Cheap Time – Glitter & Gold;
Kamo sutra – Kretendo;
Subhumans – America Commits Suicide;
Dinosaur Jr. – Just Like Heaven.