#TBT #Vinyl Kansas, Leftoverture, 1976

Kansas Leftoverture

Kansas
Leftoverture
Kirshner Records
1976

From 1976, when Classic Rock was Progressive Rock, album art was really art, and Don Kirshner had a record label. Yes, that Dan Kirshner. Later pressings were on CBS / Columbia / Sony labels.

 

Kansas Leftoverture

Kansas Leftoverture

Kansas Leftoverture

 

 

The Loop, 1977-2018

 

The Loop FM98

 

The Loop. WLUP-FM. FM98. Later, 97.9 FM.

As of this week, The Loop is gone from our radio dials. I rarely feel sad for dead celebrities, but I am a bit heartbroken over the passing of The Loop. For those of you not in the Chicago area, it was the greatest rock station in the universe. More on that debate later.

Sure, The Loop hasn’t really been “The Loop” for a decade or two. I’ve lost track of the ownership changes and lately it’s been programmed by some automated robot, or even worse, a Millennial who wouldn’t know the difference between Bon Scott and Brian Johnson.

There’s no Steve Dahl, Johnny B, or breaking cool Tom Petty records anymore. It’s pretty much full of 30-year-old Def Leppard songs lately like every other lame classic rock station owned by a failing conglomerate in America. I haven’t bothered to tune in for many years. And you haven’t tuned in either; if we had, The Loop may have survived. It’s just another underperforming media property being sold and dismantled.

 

Influence on My Life

The Loop was the most influential radio station in the universe from ’79 until about ’84. Well, in my universe anyway! My biggest influencers from the world of radio in my childhood were:

  1. The iconic one: WLS
  2. The fictional one: WKRP
  3. The real one: The Loop

The Loop influenced me in many ways from adolescence through adulthood. It was my friend in times when I had no friends. The Loop was a factor in my wanting to work in (and my obsession with) radio. Without The Loop, I would not have wanted to be a rock jock, and therefore would never have met my wife and therefore we would not have our daughter! Wow!

Without The Loop, there would be no Steve Dahl. Without Dahl, there would be no Howard Stern. Without Stern, there would be no Social Geek Radio. Okay, that last one is a stretch, but throw me a bone.

 

The Best?

Many people in Chicago will tell you that WXRT was much more influential and far superior to The Loop. Don’t get me wrong – someday when XRT inevitably folds, I’ll be writing about that brilliantly-programmed entity too.

As far as the availability of the Loop’s or XRT’s music, a few channels on Sirius XM currently fill that void for most of us Gen Xers who are not dead or have not relocated to Texas or Florida.

The Loop hadn’t been cool for many years and wasn’t yet old enough to be retro chic. But now that it’s officially gone, perhaps it will be cool to wear The Loop t-shirt again. I just hope it still fits.

 

#TBT #CD #Vinyl : AC/DC, Back In Black, 1980

 

back in black

AC/DC
Back In Black
Atlantic Records
1980

Prized possession: one of my all-time favorite albums, signed by the AC/DC lads when we met about 20 years ago. I asked Angus Young to please sign it to “THE Jack”. That cracked him up.

#Imadeangusyounglaugh

#TheJack

back in black

back in black

 

 

 

#TBT #Vinyl — Asia, 1982

Asia Asia

Asia
Asia
Geffen Records
1982

 

Asia is one of my favorite records. And apparently I purchased this one on September 20, 1982 at Woolco in DeKalb, IL at 8:09 pm according to the receipt I found inside the album jacket.

Man, our brother Carl Palmer could rock the #cowbell like no other.

“And now you find yourself in ’82. The disco hotspots hold no charm for you.”

 

Asia Asia

Asia Asia

 

 

 

#TBT #Vinyl Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale, Pipeline, 1987

Stevie Ray Vaughan Pipeline

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Dick Dale
Pipeline
Columbia Records
1987

Stevie & Dick recorded the surf guitar classic for the movie Back To The Beach

 

Stevie Ray Vaughan Pipeline

Stevie Ray Vaughan Pipeline

#TBT #Vinyl The Kings Are Here, 1980

Switchin' to Glide

The Kings
This Beat Goes On / Switchin’ To Glide
The Kings Are Here
Elektra Records
1980

 

One of my all-time favorites is the 2-in-1 song “This Beat Goes On / Switchin’ To Glide” from 1980. This was a huge regional hit in Toronto, Vancouver, and Chicago (all the rock stations here played it!) but not as well known outside of these cities. 

 

Switchin' to Glide

Switchin' to Glide

Switchin' to Glide

 

Switchin' to Glide

 

 

 

 

#TBT #Vinyl The Jayhawks, Blue, 1995

The Jayhawks Blue

The Jayhawks
Blue
American Recordings
1995

 

Here’s the blue vinyl 45 version of The JayhawksBlue. While it’s actually not a Christmas song, this promo 7″ version was packaged as a Christmas Song. 

The Jayhawks Blue

The Jayhawks Blue