And then something amazing happened, the "legendary" DJ Casey Kasem left this mortal coil. He kicked the bucket. He moved off into the outer worlds. So, of course that left me no choice but to present him and the only way that I find relevant, Which is of course to play Negativland.
You see, as a long time noncommercial, underground DJ, I have always found the late Mr. Kasem to be, how should I put this politely, a bit of a turd. Yes, it's true I really do believe that he is one of the major forces of evil, or, should I say was one of the major forces of evil in all of the commercial music industry. So I am not really finding that I miss him. As a matter of fact if anything I'm thrilled. I mean no offense. And who knows what that means? I don't mean any offense to his family or his friends or even his fans, but I will tell you that I really believe deep in my heart he caused more damage for talented and original musicians then possibly any of the owners of commercial media in the United States since the 1970s.
So I interrupted some jazz funk soul programming on my show this evening to pay"tribute" to Mr. Kasem, and hoping that may be the final nail in the coffin for himself and people who feel obliged to believe that they can seriously determine what America wants to listen to. Yeah, keep on reaching for the stars there Casey. As a matter fact get as far out here as you possibly can. Maybe now some real talented and original artists will have a chance to make there own impression on the listening audience without you dictating who should be on top? Say hi to Dick Clark for me.
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Long Distance Dedication: Negativland
Ruffneck Jazz: Greyboy
Kush: Dizzy Gillespie
The Turnaround: Big John Patton
Memory Hole: Bobby Previte
Home Affairs: Osibisa
Evil Eye: Clifford Jordan and John Gilmore
China: The Visitors
Hideaway: Wardell Gray
Freeman: George Freeman
Investigation: Carl Holmes
Long Distance Dedication #2: Negativland
Something Different: Prepositions
Marvin's Groove: BW Souls
I Want You (She's So Heavy): George Benson
Creole Love Call: Roland Kirk
What A Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong