dijs 2020

Greg

Jim

Jim

With Easter around the corner, Jim drops a coin in the Desert Island Jukebox and selects a track called "This Jesus Must Die" by Victor Brox and Brian Keith from the original studio album version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Though Jim is no fan of musicals, he makes an exception for the 1970 version of Jesus Christ Superstar, which he says "still has some rock in it." The studio musicians that backed this production included members of The Grease Band, who were fresh off a tour with Joe Cocker. And Jesus Christ was played by Ian Gillan (who had just joined the hard rocking band Deep Purple as lead vocalist).

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DIJ: Jim

“Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”Ian Dury & The Blockheads

Ian Dury Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick single Jim was reminded of Ian Dury & The Blockheads for the first time in years by watching the television adaptation of Tana French's Dublin Murders stories. Dury's 1978 song, "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" was used, sending our fearless host down a rabbit hole recalling Dury's other two hits "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" and "Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3." Jim makes the case that Dury was more than a novelty act, merging dance music with punk through his irrepressible attitude.

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Greg

“Can't Stop This Feeling I Got”Prince

Greg drops another coin into the Desert Island Jukebox, this time highlighting a recently unearthed demo recording by Prince. "Can't Stop This Feeling I Got" was originally released on the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack album in 1990. The demo recording, which is full of upbeat, new wave energy, was recorded years earlier, then shelved. It was released for the first time in 2019 for the Super Deluxe Edition of the classic album 1999. Greg notes that Prince plays every instrument on the demo which was recorded at his home studio, and adds that“most artists would be happy to have a catalogue”with only the 35 shelved cuts that comprise the bonus tracks of the box set.

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