Radio City

from Satyr's Day Parade by Robert James

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Radio City. Here’s a ditty. A much slower working version ended up becoming “Get Raw”. It’s a long story and very hard to explain but if you’re a late night talk show host I’d be happy to tell you about it in person. Silly. Just my way of saying thank-you to the spirit of radio. My love affair with the radio will never die. I have a ’93 Dodge Caravan and it’s either the radio or listening to the new album mix on my old nano i-pod and pretending it’s on the radio. I’m really starting to appreciate the different mixes. Seems to me each speaker comes with it’s own brand of love. It’s awfully hard to imagine my life without music in it. And I never met a radio DJ I didn’t like. And I’ve met quite a few of them. Confession time. Astrid, Beaverdell and I cheated like hell on the backing vocals. Astrid added a few backing tracks and Beaverdell and I fattened up the rest using an old FX unit. Electro-Harmonix came out with this cool gadget called the Voice Box a few years ago. I used it a few times for solo gigs but never really had the chance to bring it into the studio. Some nights I would be really involved in the mix and would think “those girls nailed that part ..” And then I think of Astrid and I singing back-ups while Beaverdell was fine tuning us. Now and then there’s a fool such as I; to quote the old country tune. Listening to the final mix as I’m writing these notes I have to say I’m a happy fool. This song turned out so much better than I thought it would. Maybe the spirt of radio was guiding me all along. But I never envisioned the song turning out quite like this. My love affair with radio has been going on all my life. Jon John the Sky King is a real person. The first time I walked into a radio station for an interview this hip announcer was cueing up my tune while talking on the mic. Jon John ... thank you for hanging with the starry-eyed kid. And for the break; here's a ditty, it's from Radio City. Snap, crackle, pop … xoRJ

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You get the skinny, it's radio city
C'mon hit me with radio city
You get the picture, it's radio city
C'mon baby - it's radio city

I play the dial each and every night at twelve o'clock
Jon John the sky king's coming through ..
"Jon John the sky king"
Half-past the hour and I'm hit by an electro shock
It's not the stratosphere I knew ...

If it riffs and it rolls and it rocks, well it's from radio city
Cooks, it steams - yeah, it's hot, well it's from radio city

Shakes like a piston out of sync on an assembly line
Slaps out a rhythm for the man -
Black legs and miniskirts belting out the blues
Thick fingers plucking out the lows

If it riffs and it rolls and it rocks then it's from radio city
Cooks, it steams, gets hot, well it's from radio city
Riffs and it rolls and it rocks, well it's from radio city
Cooks, it steams and it's hot, well it's from radio city

Get the picture, it's from radio city
Get the skinny from radio city
C'mon hit me with radio city
C'mon baby, it's radio city

I ride the airwaves with the sky king on my radio
Lost in the crackle and the beat
"Jon John the sky king"
Crepe sole and penny loafer make the strangest pair
Word is "get rhythm" when I drive - and I drive ...

If it riffs and it rolls and it rocks then it's from radio city
Kicks, and it steams, gets hot, then it's from radio city

Here kitty .. it's from radio city
C'mon kitty, it's from radio city
C'mon hit me with radio city
Play the ditty from radio city .. play that ditty ..

Here's the ditty .. it's from radio city

Lyrics & Music (c)2018 Robert James
Angry Lion Publishing SOCAN/ASCAP
A Division of Horace Media 2018

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from Satyr's Day Parade, released June 15, 2018
RJ: Lead Vocals & Electric Guitars
Astrid Ash: Bass Guitar
Rhett Black: Drums & Percussion
Beaverdell Humes: Keyboards & Horn Arrangements
Backing Vocals courtesy of CandyLand Glee:
(RJ, Astrid & Beaverdell) Rhett was MIA … Astrid kicked ass … thanks!

Cakes, cookies, sweets & treats: SugarMountain Confectionary
Rhett Black & Beaverdell Humes appear courtesy of
Meet The Blacks and HOH Records.
A division of Horace Media 2018
Special Thanks to Hollis Kinglan and HOH Records
Art Direction and Cover Design: Hirografix
Special Thanks to Mark, Don & Mel @Hirografix
Cover Photo: The Stavely Collection

Recorded & Mixed @CandyLand Recorders. Wetaskiwin, Canada
Produced by Robert James for The Kingsway Group
A division of Horace Media 2018
Lyrics reprinted by permission. Angry Lion Publishing.

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Robert James Wetaskiwin, Alberta

We didn't get to test drive "Friday Night" the way we wanted to. Mr./Ms. Universe stepped in. Our seventh full-length release "Piece Of Your Ghost" becomes available on June 18th, 2021. I'll see what I can do about a single release or two. September sounds good. Summer's coming! Time to kick a few ghosts around ... Something in mind ... hmmm ... xoRJ ... more

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