Ongoing History of New Music

Published on October 6th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 795: The Ongoing History Book of LASTS

Everyone talks about being first at something because…well, it’s cool to be first, right? But what about being last?

There’s a condition called telesphobia, which is the fear of being last at something. But sometimes, you just don’t have a chance.

The last person killed in World War I was George Edwin Ellision, who was shot by a sniper 90 minutes before the armistice went into effect at 11 am on November 11, 1918.  The last time a TV commercial for cigarettes ran on American TV was December 31, 1970. (It was for Virginia Slims, by the way.) And the last man on the moon? Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17, December 1972.

After reading through all sorts of famous lasts, I got to thinking: What are some famous musical lasts? Here’s what I managed to find out.

Songs included on this show:

Dave Edmunds, King of Love

B52s, Rock Lobster

Metallica, Enter Sandman

Nirvana, Heart-Shaped Box (Live)

Ramones, Any Way You Want It (feat. Eddie Vedder)

Patti Smith, Elegie

U2, Mysterious Ways

Playlister Eric Wilhite has compiled this for us.

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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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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