Ongoing History of New Music

Published on September 29th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 794

There are plenty of famous “firsts” that everyone knows. The first man on the moon. The first person to the top of Mount Everest. The first person to run a four-minute mile. That kind of thing.

But outside of the usual (“What was the first video played on MTV” and other common rot like that), what other musical firsts can you name?  How about the first song ripped and posted to an illegal file-sharing site? The first guy to bust out a guitar solo on record? The first song to fade out?

I started by compiling a long list of questions like that and then set out to find some answers. This show is the result of that research.

Songs heard/referenced on this episode:

Pulp, Do You Remember the First Time?

Eddie Durham, Hittin’ the Bottle

REM, So. Central Rain

Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor

Eddy Arnold, Texarkana Baby

Berliner Philharmonic, An Alpine Symphony

ABBA, The Visitor

Metallica, Until It Sleeps

Spiller, Groovejet

U2, Stuck in a Moment

Gene Austin, My Blue Heaven

Glenn Miller Orchestra, Chattanooga Choo Choo

Iron Butterfly, In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida

Johnny Taylor, Disco Lady

Beatles, Hey Jude

The Fugs, CIA Man

Radiohead, Karma Police

Dorsey Brothers, Old Man Harlem

White Stripes, Icky Thump

Les Horribles Cernettes, LHC

Severe Tire Damage, Carcinoma

If you want to hear what all that sounds like, playlistist Eric Wilhite put together this.

Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.




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About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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