Playlist 12-9-16

RadioCPR2Started by marking the birthdays of Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band and Dan Hicks. Noted the passing of Greg Lake this week at 69.

Then a bunch of songs expressing concern about the elections — 12 years ago. Closed with not quite Christmas songs that nonetheless spoke of oncoming winter weather, the buying of trees and a first snowfall. There’s still plenty of Friday nights to get more directly into holiday music mode.

Here’s what I played on the radio tonight:

Friday Night Rock 12-9-2016, 10 p.m.- 1 a.m. Radio CPR, 101.7 FM, Washington, D.C. 

  • “Hello Mabel,” Bonzo Dog Band
  • “Rockaliser Baby,” Bonzo Dog Band
  • “Beautiful Zelda,” Bonzo Dog Band
  • “We Are Normal,” Bonzo Dog Band
  • “I’m the Urban Spaceman,” Bonzo Dog Band
  • “In the Court of the Crimson King,” King Crimson
  • “Still You Turn Me On,” Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • “I Believe in Father Christmas,” Greg Lake
  • “How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
  • “I Scare Myself,” Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
  • “Canned Music,” Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
  • “Payday Blues,” Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
  • “I Know What I’m Gettin,’” The Christmas Jug Band
  • “This Will Be Our Year,” OK Go
  • “Ain’t Got So Far to Go,” David Byrne
  • “Jerry Falwell Destroyed the Earth,” Ben Kweller
  • “Off with Your Head,” Sleater-Kinney
  • “Final Straw,” R.E.M.
  • “Going for the Gold,” Bright Eyes
  • “The Commander Thinks Aloud,” The Long Winters
  • “Tippicanoe and Tyler Too,” They Might Be Giants
  • “The Ballad of David Icks,” Clem Snide
  • “Date with the Night,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • “Everything’s Ruined,” Fountains of Wayne
  • “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” The Flaming Lips
  • “Northern Line,” Old 97’s
  • “Day After Tomorrow,” Tom Waits
  • “A Distorted Reality is Now a Necessity to Be Free,” Elliott Smith
  • “Chilly Winds,” Nina Simone [Fink remix]
  • “I’ve Got My Love to Keep me Warm,” Billie Holiday [Yesking Remix]
  • “Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind,” Cleo Lane
  • “Wild Winter,” Smoke Fairies
  • “In the Bleak Midwinter,” Blind Boys of Alabama with Chrissie Hynde and Richard Thompson
  • “If We Make It Through December,” Merle Haggard
  • “I Hate December,” Ivy
  • “Last Month of the Year,” The Staples Singers
  • “O Fir Tree Dark,” Bing Crosby
  • “O Tannenbaum,” They Might Be Giants
  • “Not a Pine Tree,” Bugs Eat Books
  • “My Evergreen,” Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • “Snowfall,” Esquivel
  • “First Snowfall,” The Coctails
  • “Snowfall! Snowfall Cha-Cha,” George Shearing/Billy May
  • “Snow,” Loreena McKennitt
  • “Snow,” Tracey Thorn
  • “Out in the Cold Again,” Dean Martin

Friday Night Rock returns Dec. 16 on Radio CPR, 101.7 FM in Washington, D.C., or online at


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