5/25/17: Morphine


Last week my special feature on the Fuzz Factory was the one and only Morphine. A three piece band from Boston led by vocalist/bass player, Mark Sandman. I was fortunate to have seen Morphine in concert five times way back in the 1990’s. Mark Sandman tragically died of a heart attack mid-performance in 1999. In case you’re not familiar, Morphine featured drums, saxophone and bass guitar. That might not seem like much but it was so much more than the sum of it’s parts. Morphine’s sound was low and thick. In my not so humble opinion, Morphine was the greatest rock & roll band without a guitar that ever was! The feature also included Treat Her Right, a band led by Mark Sandman before he formed Morphine. I also played a song from Twinemen, a band featuring the surviving members of Morphine.

No particular reason to feature Morphine this week. Perhaps because it’s the end of the school year and I’m in search of a cure for pain.

Listen to the Fuzz Factory, Thursdays from 8-10 PM (EST) on SCAD-Atlanta Radio (www.scadatlantaradio.org).

Here’s the playlist:

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Douchebags On Parade – Mudhoney

Away – Toadies

Dead End Friends – Them Crooked Vultures

Mind Your Manners – Pearl Jam

Little Cream Soda – The White Stripes

Gold – Mount Carmel

Faith To Believe – Liquid Jesus

Burn In Hell – Tenderloin

Point Of View – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Troubled Land – King Loser

Mexican Radio – Polvo

Guilt – Smoke

All Tricked Out – Leslie

Fresh Blood – Eels

Duna – Nap

Gathering Of Ancient Tribes – Goat

Copernicus – The Afghan Whigs

I Wanna Be Your Friend Again – Concrete Blonde

Turn Me Loose – The Record Company

Hitched – The Kills

Sharp Sounds – The Sheepdogs

I Think She Likes Me – Treat Her Right

You Don’t Need Money – Treat Her Right

Spinner – Twinemen

You Speak My Language – Morphine

Moons Of Jupiter – Morphine

All Wrong (Live) – Morphine

Yes – Morphine


3/16/17: The 90’s Chicago Alternative Music Scene


I grew up in Chicago and was living there throughout the 1990’s. These were good years. I had a job as an entry level graphic designer, a little money in my pocket and the energy to stay up late and go out often. In that time, the Chicago alternative music scene was kind of a big deal. Seattle exploded and every label was looking for the next scene. There was a lot happening in Chicago, there always is, it’s a seminal music city. However, there weren’t any big rock & roll success stories out of Chicago for a while. Then along came the Smashing Pumpkins. They exploded and a feeding frenzy of bands out of Chicago signing with major labels was underway. Many of these bands were really good. All of these bands were chewed up and spit out by their label and even the biggest of them all, the Smashing Pumpkins started giving their music away for free. The Chicago scene featured many good bands, but it also clearly defined this was the beginning of the end of the music industry as we all knew it. In the beginning of the decade the scene was propped up and somewhat manufactured, by the end of the decade, there was no longer a local music scene anywhere because the digital age of distribution was here.

The second hour of the show was dedicated to the music scene I experienced first hand, the 1990’s Chicago alternative music scene.

Here’s the playlist:

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Violet Eyes – Meat Puppets

Sick And Tired – Everclear

Million Dollar Man – Ammonia

Talkin’ – Ty Segall

Tranny Takes A Trip – Salem’s Pot

World Corp – Filthy Lucre

Urethane – Fu Manchu

Small Talk – The Ponys

Mouthful Of Air – Catherine Wheel

Sound Of Her Laughter – Sugartooth

Appalachian Springs – The Verve

You On The Run – The Black Angels

Siva – Smashing Pumpkins

Revved Up – Triple Fast Action

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around – Loud Lucy with Louise Post

Drown – Smashing Pumpkins

Tin Foil – Urge Overkill

What Girls Want – Material Issue

Songs About Girls – Catherine

I Know You Love Me – Smoking Popes

Never Said – Liz Phair

Goodbye To Guyville – Urge Overkill

Volcano Girls – Veruca Salt

Quiet Storm King – Fig Dish

Spiritualized & Primal Scream

This week we return to our regular Fuzz Factory programming. Two hours of great rock & roll. Capped off with a feature from two good bands. This week, the comparing and contrasting is between two very influential, British bands, Spritiualized & Primal Scream. Alternative psychedelic rock at it’s soulful best.

Listen tonight from 8-10 PM (EST). SCAD-Atlanta Radio (www.scadatlantaradio.org).

Here’s a taste of what you might here…

8/25/16: 180 Minutes Of 120 Minutes (Part 4)

MTV2 copy

Last week was the final installment of the 180 Minutes Of 120 Minutes special feature. This week, part 4, featured songs from 2003-2013. These were the final years of the show, when MTV barely payed videos and content like this was demoted to MTV2.

Here’s the playlist:

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Icky Thump – The White Stripes

10 A.M. Automatic – The Black Keys

Alive & Amplified – The Mooney Suzuki

Reptilia – The Strokes

Pressure Point – The Zutons

Circus – The Sights

The Letter – PJ Harvey

Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Feel Good Inc. – Gorillaz

Golden Age – TV On The Radio

Daft Punk Is Playing At My House – LCD Soundsystem

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People

Rope – Foo Fighters

Don’t Listen To The Radio – The Vines

White Unicorn – Wolfmother

The Hair Song – Black Mountain

Bom Bom Bom – Living Things

I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys

Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 1 – My Morning Jacket

Furr – Blitzen Trapper

Jesus Fever – Kurt Vile

The Bucket – Kings Of Leon

Salute Your Solution – The Raconteurs

I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News) – Eagles Of Death Metal

I Will Possess Your Heart – Death Cab For Cutie

Trouble With Dreams – Eels

I Turn My Camera On – Spoon

Cause = Time – Broken Social Scene

Cherry Blossom Girl – Air

Sad And Lonely – The Secret Machines

Well Thought Out Twinkles – Silversun Pickups

Born Too Slow – The Crystal Method

Sick, Sick, Sick – Queens Of The Stone Age

Curl Of The Burl – Mastodon

Romantic Rights – Death From Above 1979

Aly, Walk With Me – The Raveonettes

Lotus Flower – Radiohead

Drug – White Denim

Jetsetter – Morningwood

From The Devil Himself – Viva Voce

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Club Foot – Kasabian

Electric Feel – MGMT



8/18/16: 180 Minutes Of 120 Minutes (Part 3)


The Fuzz Factory returns! I’m back in town. The last two weeks I’ve been on a vacation to Alaska and Vancouver, Canada. I saw many incredible things and had some amazing experiences.

Back in the saddle again, it was time for more 120 Minutes music. There are so many good song to play I decided to break it down according to the years the videos for these songs aired on the show. Part 3 featured songs from 1996-2003. In my opinion these were the years that alternative rock became timeless. In other words, most everything from this era sounds like it could be new music today.

For me, these years were pretty good years. I bought a ton if music and saw a whole lot of concerts. I still have many vivid rock & roll memories from those years. Those years were transitional ones for me. I left my career in graphic design and earned a MFA in Painting. Big changes were happening at that time.

Here is the playlist:

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Last Cup Of Sorrow – Faith No More

Paranoid Android – Radiohead

It’s Not The End Of The World? – Super Furry Animals

Whatever Happened To My Rock & Roll – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Boys Better – The Dandy Warhols

Natural One – The Folk Implosion

6 Underground – Sneaker Pimps

Pepper – Butthole Surfers

The New Pollution – Beck

The Distance – Cake

Stereo – Pavement

Cheapkate – Supergrass

Song 2 – Blur

Going To Town – The Afghan Whigs

Early To Bed – Morphine

Unreal Is Here – Chavez

Sing – Travis

Christiansands – Tricky

Believe – GusGus

Drinking In L.A. – Bran Van 3000

Supersonic – Oasis

Pardon Me – Incubus

The Oaf – Big Wreck

The Good In Everyone – Sloan

The Way We Get By – Spoon

PDA – Interpol

Bound For The Floor – Local H

Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger

Hate To Say I Told You So – The Hives

Get Free – The Vines

Mia – Chevelle

The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret – Queens Of The Stone Age

The Perfect Drug – Nine Inch Nails

Firestarter – The Prodigy

(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do – Filter & The Crystal Method

Let Forever Be – The Chemical Brothers

She Cries Your Name – Beth Orton

Charm Attack – Leona Naess

Your Woman – White Town

The Magic Piper (Of Love) – Edwin Collins

Good Souls – Starsailor

Lucky Man – The Verve

Gold Medal Alternative Rock

Tonight, the Fuzz Factory returns! Returns with gold medal alternative rock. I’m back in town from a vacation to Alaska and Vancouver, Canada. More about that to come. Right now, it’s time to remind you that the Fuzz Factory returns with part 3 of the 180 Minutes of 120 Minutes special feature. This year, I’m playing songs that aired from 1996-2003. Here’s what you might or might not hear:

7/28/16: 180 Minutes Of 120 Minutes (Part 2)


Once again, 180 minutes of 120 Minutes on the Fuzz Factory. As I mentioned last week, there are so many good song to play I decided to break it down according to the years the videos for these songs aired on the show. Part 2 featured songs from 1991-1996, what I would say were the golden years of alternative rock.

For me, these years were perhaps the best of my lifetime. These years were my first years out of college. In those days, I was buying a lot of music and seeing a lot of concerts. I still have many vivid rock & roll memories from those years.

Here is the playlist:

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Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

I’ll Stick Around – Foo Fighters

Here And Now – Letters To Cleo

Not Sleeping Around – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

Reverence – The Jesus & Mary Chain

Detachable Penis – King Missile

Cosmic Dick – Gwen Mars

Connection – Elastica

Butterfly Wings – Machines Of Loving Grace

Bad Luck – Social Distortion

Chase The Dragon – Beasts Of Bourbon

Only Shallow – My Bloody Valentine

A Girl Like You – The Wolfgang Press

I See You – Juliana Hatfield

Safari – The Breeders

Rave Down – Swervedriver

Waydown – Catherine Wheel

Orange Crush – R.E.M.

In The Name Of The Father – Black Grape

Elevate My Mind – Stereo MC’s

Daughters Of The Kaos – Luscious Jackson

Sabotage – The Beastie Boys

100% – Sonic Youth

Afro – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

N.W.O. – Ministry

Nothing – Stabbing Westward

In The Meantime – Helmet

Glamorous – The Jesus Lizard

Interference – Cop Shoot Cop

Sex On Wheelz – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

Army Of Me – Björk

Metal Mickey – Suede

Born Of Frustration – James

Rapture – Seed

Underwhelmed – Sloan

Watch The Girl Destroy Me – Possum Dixon

The Ghost At #1 – Jellyfish

Super Sex – Morphine

Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley

Jack Names The Planets – Ash

I Don’t Know Why I Love You – The House Of Love

Born In ’69 – Rocket From The Crypt

Caught By The Fuzz – Supergrass