Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tuesday Nite Veddeos: WLUP Nostalgia Edition

For a brief time in Chicagoland, ranging from about 1978 to, depending on varying opinions, 1981 or 1983, WLUP FM 98 was a damn good radio station. I don't know what the official jargon term for its format would be -- album oriented rock, with a fist-full of hard new wave and pop metal, I guess. Plus, they had really cool t-shirts, which a newly enfathered Bob Greene fretted in his Trib column about seeing on the nubile bodies of underaged girls at Navy Pier's Chicagofest, drinking beer and being so unlike the perfect infant his wife had just spewed out of her. Anyway, to cut to the chase, here is a veddeo juke box of hot hits from that phase of The Loop.

Flash & The Pan - Hey St. Peter

Sparks - Something For The Girl With Everything

Donnie Iris - Ah Leah

By the early 1980s, after the infamous Steve Dahl era, The Loop was, in the parlance of our times, a "classic rock" station. Dahl's replacement, Jonathon Brandmeier gets promoted in the following TV commercial. (These days, The Loop is, I think, a hard rock oldies station. And Brandmeier is back hosting the a.m. drive-time slot. Mornings remain not fun.)

This spot makes me nostalgic for the days of raging hormones. (That's what she said.) ("She" is my dry cleaner.) Yeah, what commercial terrestrial radio lacks today is that je ne sais quoi ... by which I mean, harlots. Ah Lorelei. Catchphrase: "Pow!" Pow, indeed.

The Loop FM 98 - "Lorelei Exercising" (Commercial, 1983?)

Sadly, Lorelei was truly a wanton hussy and "Powed" for other men, er, stations. In the following case, an Amplitude Modulation powerhouse in Indianapolis.

WNDE Windy AM 1260 - 'Lorelei Lip-Sync' (Commercial, 1979)

Well, that was okay. When you truck with harlots, you don't expect to be the only hemorrhoid pillow in the cab ... or something like that.

Now here's one from the dang ole Loop's late-70s playlist that I didn't analyze too closely, lyrically, at the time (which was, I think, somewhere between 6th and 7th grades), but it seemed kind of dirty and it had a bitchin' guitar solo. This song was stuck in my head forever.

The Knack - My Sharona

And here's a number they still play regularly.

UFO - Lights Out In London

Finally, this next and last one is my favorite of the program, and one of my favorite all-time songs of all time. The first verse contains one of the awesomest oblong enhanced-reticulated couplets in rock history: "Hey little Donna ... ahnhnhhh ... Still wanna? You said to ring you up when I was in Toronna." Now that is a slant rhyme with a purpose.

The Kings - This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide


Anonymous said...

The Knack was supposed to be "the new beatles," but as far as I know, nobody married an Oriental in the end.

I wonder if Lorelei ever "powed" for Ray Rayner? And if so, did she win?


Anonymous said...

Whelp, now I am listening to A WGN radio on the first Monday after thanksgibbon, only to hear that a John Drury is dead. I scoop you! Mr No Testicle Head has you pwn3d!(at least re local broadcasting news, anyway, so long as I can take credit for a WGN radio story.)