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Tony Fletcher’s All Hopped Up (and Ready To Go)


On Wednesday February 27, I launched a monthly radio show, Tony Fletcher’s All Hopped Up (and Ready To Go) on WGXC, “hands-on radio” for NY’s Columbia and Greene Counties at 90.7FM, and available to listen online at wgxc.org.

The idea for my show is relatively loose: to play whatever music turns me on, from all across the ages. And to talk about it in the process. Hey, I’ve been writing about music all my life; I enjoy discussing where and how a particular song, sound or scene emerged or was created. I’m also hoping to read excerpts from my books and play relevant cuts, and do likewise with other books, not necessarily restricted to music.

The show runs for two-and-a-half hours from 7-9:30pm EST on the last Wednesday of each month. Unlike many modern podcasts and internet radio shows, I’m driving an hour each way so as to broadcast from the station’s studio (in Hudson) in real time, warts, warped records, dead air and all. WGXC is an utterly fantastic station with DJs dedicating shows to jazz, surf, lounge, hip-hop, vinyl resissues, transmission arts and more, along with children’s shows, theatre, an enormous amount of local news, the famed Democracy Now! program and world news from Al Jazeera. The web site is not bad either, a repository for local events and international music. Most of the shows are archived, including the first episode of All Hopped Up (and Ready To Go). Looks like I played songs from every decade since the 1930s, with the exception of the Oughts. Press the play button below to listen, and do what you know to do if you want to download the (350MB) file to your hard drive. Oh yeah, and enjoy!

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Song Artist Year Feature
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker The Ramones 1977
I Can’t Stand My Baby The Rezillos 1977
If You’re Never Gonna Move Jessie Ware 2012
Birling Gap Alfa 9 2012
Upstarts Johnny Marr 2013
Hard Times Charles Brown 1952 Book reviewed
Chardonnay Cerys Matthews 2003
Free Electric Band Albert Hammond Jr. 1973 Childhood classic
Where’s Captain Kirk? R.E.M. 1992
What The Eyeballs Did Atoms For Peace 2012 Download freebie
The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About And That Joy Used In His RA Mix And Daphni Played On Boiler Room Four Tet 2013 Download freebie
Stompin’ at the Savoy Chick Webb Orchestra 1934 All Hopped Up and Ready To Go
Sopa de Pichon Machito and his Afro-Cubans 1942 All Hopped Up and Ready To Go
Where Is Jah? Reggae Regular 1977
A Message To You, Rudy Dandy Livingston 1971
4th And Vine Sinead O’Connor 2012
Wizardry The Who/Pete Townshend 1972
Rez Underworld 1991
Julius Caesar Was  a People Person Wayward Shrines 2013
She Bangs The Drums Stone Roses 1989
Step On Happy Mondays 1990
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out Jeff Hack/Link 2013 Smiths covers
Afro Lover James 1999
I Wonder Rodriguez 1970
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (live at Monterey) Otis Redding 1967 Satisfaction guaranteed

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