Randy Bachman

Long & Short

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 117/18 Feb 2018.

On this edition of Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman responds one more time to a suggestion sent in by a bunch of listeners. And this time, the vinyl highway takes him on a search for the longest and the shortest songs. The longest official release was an epic by a German band that took one hour and thirty minutes to wade through. The shortest was “You Suffer” by a band called Napalm Death. It clocked in at 1.316 seconds… yep, seconds. Fortunately, Randy won’t be playing either of those. His playlist includes only songs that made it onto the pop charts. Commercial radio, and particularly AM radio, seems to like songs that fell into the three to three and a half minute range but there were some exceptions. According to Billboard magazine, the longest song to hit #1 on their chart was “American Pie” by Don Mclean at eight minutes, thirty-three seconds. The shortest, at one minute, forty-nine seconds, was “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” by Herman’s Hermits. The playlist this week also includes Bill Withers, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Stones, Queen, Elvis, Fats Domino and others. Get right to the long and short of it this week when you tune in to the Tap!

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Paul and Paul

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 10/11 Feb 2018 first aired 11/12 Feb 2017.

On this encore edition of Vinyl Tap, Randy Bachman takes a look at another pair of music-makers who share a first name…. and this time the spotlight is on Paul Simon and Paul McCartney. Though the two were based on opposite sides of the Atlantic, they had quite a bit in common. Our pair of Pauls is just about the same age. Simon’s dad was an amateur musician and so was McCartney’s. They are both hugely talented songwriters and they started creating their first tunes while still in their early teens. Both began their rise to stardom as part of a well-known group. Paul Simon was half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel while Paul McCartney was a member of the Beatles. And each of them has gone on to have amazing careers and success as solo artists and are still making music today. Between them, Paul Simon and Paul McCartney have written hundreds of songs that have enriched popular music for over 50 years. So whether you’re looking for a bridge over troubled waters or the Mull of Kintyre, be sure to tune in to the Tap!

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8-Bar Songs

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 03/04 Feb 2018.

On this week’s edition of Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman is once again going inside the music as he puts together a playlist of eight-bar tunes. Don’t worry… this is not going to be a short show with just eight songs you might hear in a bar. Randy is talking about musical bars, the building blocks on which a tune is constructed. In past shows he has featured twelve-bar songs, and songs with a memorable or significant middle-eight… the break between the repetitive verse/chorus pattern… as well as other song structures. This time Randy features songs that are composed with the verse and chorus sung over the same chords and made up of eight bars. The examples come from many artists including The Diamonds, Louis Armstrong, The Irish Rovers, The Beatles, ABBA, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more. So… count to eight… repeat… and be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Flowers

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 27/28 Jan 2018.

With most of the country still firmly in the clutches of winter, this technicolor trip down the Vinyl Tap vinyl highway should help to brighten things up a bit as Randy Bachman presents a whole bouquet of tunes about flowers. 1965 was the year that poet Alan Ginsberg coined the expression “flower-power” and the concept really blossomed during the summer of love. But songwriters have been inspired by nature’s glorious beauty for a lot longer than that. Many Vinyl Tap listeners made suggestions for tunes that should be included and the collection crosses over many musical formats. Lots of rock and roll with some jazz, folk and country thrown in for good measure. The artists featured include The Statler Brothers, Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, the Kingston Trio, Skylark, Scott McKenzie, Seal, Eva Cassidy, JJ Cale, Sting and many more. If you’re going to San Francisco, take some time to stop and smell the roses and be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Texas

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 20/21 Jan 2018.

This week’s journey down the vinyl highway is going to begin with a full tank of gas and a road map of the largest of the southern United States. Randy Bachman has put together a Vinyl Tap playlist featuring music about Texas and by Texans. The Lone Star State has an economy that exceeds Canada’s and the population is nearly the same. It should come as no surprise that Texans pioneered almost all of the major forms of pop music from country and bluegrass to the blues and rock and roll. In fact the state capital, Austin, boasts more live music venues than any other city in the US. The Texas-sized playlist includes tunes from Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Waylon and Willie, Roy Orbison, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Dixie Chicks, ZZ Top, Beyoncé and many more. So for a toe-tappin’ good time go deep in the heart of Texas and be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Jungle

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 13/14 Jan 2018.

This week the trip down the vinyl highway has plenty of exotic twists and turns as Randy Bachman takes Vinyl Tap listeners on a journey into the jungle. Many of the tunes were suggested by Vinyl Tap fans and Randy rounded out the playlist with some ideas of his own. But every song has some mention of the jungle… everything from the concrete jungle, to the king of the jungle, to life in the jungle or jungle love. The artists featured include Creedence Clearwater, Stevie Wonder, The Kinks, Bob Marley, Randy Newman, Jethro Tull, The Tokens, Steve Miller and many more. The lion may be sleeping tonight but remember, it’s a jungle out there so be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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Woke Up This Morning

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 06/07 Jan 2018.

It’s the first edition of Vinyl Tap for the New Year and Randy Bachman has the perfect collection of tunes to welcome the dawn of 2018. This week’s playlist features tunes that include the phrase “woke up this morning” in the title or somewhere in the lyrics. It’s a line that seems to have become to blues songs what the phrase “once upon a time” is to folk and fairy tales. And once again the Tapheads have contributed suggestions… everything from Howlin’ Wolf singing “woke up this morning, trouble knocking on my door” to Jim Morrison of The Doors confessing “woke up this morning and got myself a beer”. Other artists who woke up include The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, JJ Cale, The Kinks, Bob Marley, Neil Young and many others. It’s a New Year wakeup call so be sure to tune in to the Tap.

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NYE Mashup Party

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 30/31 Dec 2017.

The year that was 2017 is winding down but the holiday celebrations continue this week on Vinyl Tap as Randy Bachman offers up a party punch to say so long to the old and ring in the new. Randy wraps up 2017 with his favorite massive mix of mashups. You will hear some familiar artists in ways you may not have heard them before plus some brand new acts as the beat goes on for two hours. The party playlist includes Deep Purple, Daft Punk, Adele, AC/DC, The Doors, James Brown, Robin Thicke, Eurythmics and many, many more. It’s going to be a whole lotta mixin’, shakin’ and mashin’ so shove back the furniture, shine a light on the mirror ball and be sure to tune in and turn up the Tap.

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Xmas Gifts 2017

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 23/24 Dec 2017.

On this holiday edition of Vinyl Tap Randy Bachman treats listeners to another collection of his seasonal favorites… but this time with a bit of a twist. These days, the push for holiday shopping seems to begin right after Halloween. In most stores, the pumpkins and skeletons move out and the elves and Christmas trees move in. In response to that trend Randy has put together a playlist around the theme of giving… but not gifts in the tangible or physical sense. His theme includes the gifts of friendship, hope, support and love that are so important always but perhaps even more so at this time of year. Among the artists sharing gifts are Carole King, George Harrison, Supertramp, Ed Sheeran, Whitney Houston, Ron Sexsmith, Dido, the Beatles and others. So this Christmas just reach out, give a little bit and treat yourself to a seasonal goody when you tune in to the Tap.

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Home Grown

Randy’s Vinyl Tap for 16/17 Dec 2017.

This edition of Vinyl Tap will help to get listeners into a bit of the holiday spirit as Randy Bachman celebrates the success of some well-known Canadian songs. There is no question that Canada artists have well and truly made their marks on the world stage… Brian Adams, Shania Twain, Paul Anka, Celine Dionne, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Sarah McLachlan are just a few of them. However, this week’s playlist has a bit of a twist… Randy picks tunes that were international hits and often performed by international musical stars but some listeners may be unaware of the fact that the songs were written by Canadians. The artists featured include Lenny Kravitz, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Archies, Frank Sinatra, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, Jennifer Warnes and many others. Let’s give them something to talk about and join the celebration of Canadian songwriters when you tune in to the Tap.

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