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1999 WTJU Rock Marathon
1999 WTJU Rock Marathon Program


February 26th - March 5, 1999
Welcome music lover!
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WTJU provides a much-needed space for interesting, underground, different music. It’s educational- there are shows here of artists that you’ve always wanted to learn about but never knew where to begin. You may not like everything, that’s okay, but chances are we have something for you. This year there’s glam, soul, punk, disco, hip-hop, electronica, and Japanese pop. In addition, the Rock Marathon continues to be the place to hear seminal artists like Bob Dylan, the Velvet Underground, and PJ Harvey.


The Marathon is the major fundraiser for the Rock Department, and crucial for WTJU- a non-profit, community-supported radio station. We are unique among stations with rock programming, since we don’t impose playlists on our DJs. We actually encourage diversity. WTJU has been around for over 40 years, thanks to your continued support. So give us a call during the marathon, and pledge whatever you can to help keep truly independent radio alive. Pledge for a T-shirt designed by Mark Robinson of Teenbeat Records, or come to one of our benefit concerts, being held at both Tokyo Rose and the Prism Coffeehouse. Most importantly, tune in, learn something, have fun, and show your support for WTJU Rock.


Program Schedule
CALL UP & MAKE A PLEDGE
(804)924-3418 - (804)924-3959
Fri. February 26th

Noon
HYPERBJöRK

Dana and Melissa jumpstart the marathon with two hours of Björk, the hottest thing to come out of Iceland since molten lava.

2:00 pm
EVERYTIME I EAR THE SOUND

Reasoning and Riddim from the Dubpoets LKJ, Mutabaruka and the Massive, backed with dub, most crucial. With Goldfinger. Your pledge makes the radio voice your voice.

4:00 pm
INTO NIRVANA

My vote is "Kurt for President." Brennan brings you two hours of Nirvana, including live recordings, b-sides, and rarities.

6:00 pm
60'S GIRL BANDS

The Shangri-La's, the Shirelles, the Ronettes, and other badass girl groups take over your radio with matching shoes, flammable hairdos, and rock'n'roll hearts. They're good-bad, but they're not evil. Brought to you by Rob, the leader of the pack.

8:00 pm
YOU'RE MY ORBSESSION

The Huge Ever-Growing Pulsating Brain churns out ambient rhythms to spill over onto the dancefloor. With the Mad Scientist.

11:00 pm
JAPANESE POP

The white boy with wasabi asks, "Anyone order sushi?"

1:00 am
SILENCE

Louis brings you an electronic integration of mind and body resulting in a release of cash. Let him hear from you so you won't hear from him.

3:00 am
EGGHEAD ZOO

This egg hatches early.

Sat. February 27th

6:00 am
TWO LANE BLACKTOP

Once upon a time, before minivans and S.U.V.'s, Detroit produced cars cool enough to inspire Rock'n'Roll songs. From 60's surfers in rotting woodies to 90's drag punks, here are songs to listen to while spinning wrenches in the garage or powershifting at the dragstrip. Tim drives.

8:00 am
"WILLY DEVILLE - THE VOICE"

Founder of Mink DeVille in the seventies, Willy DeVille has charted a musical course in the source waters of rock and rhythm and blues. Classic songwriter Doc Pomus said he "knows the truth of a city street and the courage in a ghetto love song." Professor Bebop said he's a certified gone cat!

10:00 am
U2: THE IRISH INVASION

In an era of glam metal and mindless pop, four friends from Dublin took the world by storm with songs about politics, religion, and social injustice. By the time the music scene caught up with them, they had morphed into darkly ironic caricatures of the pop stars they had become. Join your host Richard Johnson for a selection of rare recordings and fan favorites from one of the world's must influential rock bands, U2.

Noon
SUNSHINE DAYDREAM (MARATHON EDITION)

Tune in to the rock marathon edition of Sunshine Daydream, the program that explores the ever-expanding universe of the Grateful Dead. The show will feature rare recordings, fan favorites, and of course your requests. With Richard and many guests.

3:00 pm
THE HISTORY OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC

The Mad Scientist finds the roots of electronic music: from the 1930's invention of the theremin, to the Moog sound of the 60's, and on through the early sythns and beats of the 70's and 80's.

5:00 pm
GLAM PLANET

Get out your feather boa, slip on your platforms, and glitter off to Babylon with Bowie, Roxy, T.Rex, Lou, the Dolls, and a velvet goldmine of others. We're nightclubbing, we're what's happening. With Rob Stardust and Monsieur Ed.

7:00 pm
PRISM

9:00 pm
RAY DAVIES AND THE KINKS

Gary Funston will offer compelling evidence that the Kinks are the world's greatest rock'n'roll band. Featuring 30 years of recordings, including some rare material.

11:00 pm
"BEAM 'EM UP SCOTTY!" - ROCK'N'ROLL IN THE HIGHLANDS

Slide into your favorite flannel kilt, break out a bottle of Scotch, and tune in as Josh and Carl present some of Scotland's finest sounds performed by the likes of The Pastels, Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, BMX Bandits, Ganger, Mogwai, Arab Strap, The Bay City Rollers, and more.

1:00 am
KING CRIMSON

Jim gives you a look into the progression of the progressive rock band King Crimson, as guided by mastermind guitarist Robert Fripp, from their court of Schizoid Men during the late 60's to their current band, projeKCts, leading us into the 21st century.

3:00 am
ELVIS COSTELLO

Sunday's best with the boys of late night: Patrick, Noah, and Waldo.

Sun. February 28th

6:00 am
AMBIENT TWILGHT

A history of ambient electronic music from Eno and Tangerine Dream to Aphex Twin and The Orb. With Buddhafinger.

8:00 am
60'S BRITISH INVASION

Listening to their FM underground radio stations, most baby boomers got their initial exposure to black American R&B and blues from these English rogues; we call it Blues Rock... featuring The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & Them, The Animals, Manfred Mann, and others. David Eisenman is your host.

10:00 am
WEST COAST 60'S

From the Byrds to Love to Sly and the Family Stone to the Bobby Fuller Four to the Monkees. . . a radio room with Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound on one end and Gary Usher and Brian Wilsons Wall of Surf on the other. WTJU delves into one of the most creative scenes in all of Pop Music and plays hits, rarities and influential album tracks from the West Coast Wrecking Crew. Join Don as he hands out passes to the Whiskey A Go-Go, orders takeout from Ben Franks and plays YOUR favorites from that most heady time/place.

Noon
REM

So lets go way back to ancient times when there were no fifty states. Stumble with us as we document little heard gems and misheard murmurs. And they're marching through Georgia. G-G-G Georgia. With Carey, Sarah, and a host of others.

3:00 pm
JANIS JOPLIN

Janis Joplin set a new standard for female blues singers. Join Brad for two hours of music from this extraordinary woman, who will take another little piece of your heart every time.

5:00 pm
TORI AMOS

All Tori Amos, all the darn show. With Sara.

7:00 pm
DISCO FEVER

70's disco...forgetten classics and requests...Louis resurrects the glory of John Travolta, gold chains and chest hair.

9:00 pm
KILL ME NOW*

Gay, Ed and special guests get all decked out and raise the flag to salute Punk Rock, the good ole American way. Find out what Richard Hell, Patti Smith, David Johansen, Debbie Harry, Tom Verlaine, Lene Lovich, and a colorful cast of others to change the way the world rocks (just go ask your mom). (*accompanying text available at your local bookstore)

11:00 pm
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART

The Wowsville Crew celebrate the man and his magic band. "Aye Aye Cap'n!"

1:00 am
THE UN-DEAD MILKMEN

Take a rocketship to jellyfish heaven. Dance to anything with your punk rock girl. Smoke banana peels with a big lizard. Get it, get it, catch it...DM's golden years, with Sarah Anonymous and Elizabeth Blood.

3:00 am
LIVING IN THE 80'S

New Wave/Goth/Inertia Tour, one hour apiece.... With Mike.

Mon. March 1st

6:00 am
SOMETHING FROM HOME

The pride of Tampa, Florida, Home has now produced 13 albums, demonstrating, even in their current New York City exile, a remarkable ability to produce consistently innovative progressive pop. From their early days of self-released tapes (Home I-VIII) to their more recent independent albums (IX-XIII), they have always enjoyed an amount of recognition markedly less than their talent warrants. With two new albums and a libretto to be available this year, they continue to prove themselves prolific and versatile. Walt is your host.

8:00 am
FRANK ZAPPA: THE MOTHERS AND BEYOND

Join classical announcer Tim Snider for a show featuring classic Zappa. From the early days of the Mothers to his last inventions and even a few surprises, you will hear the best of Frank Zappa--rock pioneer.

10:00 am
WHO'S THAT GIRL

That Girl, one of the most popular WTJU DJs of the last two decades returns to the air for a special marathon edition of her show.

Noon
FEMALE R-N-B ORIGINALS 1950-1959

The Bartender brings you the scintillating women who toured in the 50's, featuring Big Maybelle, Ruth Brown, Etta James, Little Esther and more....

2:00 pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE ROCKS

Local heros, day-jobbing and night-rocking, lighting up our nights C-ville style. Johnny Blueridge says support them so they don't move back to Waynesboro or Annandale. Thanks.

4:00 pm
PAVEMENT

Duh, Pavement is trad. With Walt and friends.

6:00 pm
BAD LIVER AND A BROKEN HEART

When you get blue, and you've lost all your dreams, there is nothing like a campfire and a can of beans. It's the Tom Waits show, with Elizabeth.

9:00 pm
THE CURE

Two hours and seventeen seconds of emotional turbulence from Robert Smith and friends. Plumb the depths with Melissa, Dana, and three imaginary boys.

11:00 pm
KILL YR IDOLS

Soundtrack for the teenage riot; a marriage of Sean and the Sonic Youth.

1:00 am
BIG HEAD GIRL GOES ABROAD

Listen in as the big head goes rolling across England, Ireland, NOT Scotland and reappears in Australia and New Zealand. No flotation device required.

3:00 am
THREE HOURS OF BLISS

The influences of the past rear their ugly head in the music of angst and torment. Join Anthony as he samples hardcore/punk/emo bands doing covers galore. Part II: Weezer lovefest with Joel.

Tues. March 2nd

6:00 am
ALTERNA-TWANG

Rock goes to its country roots and back again. Jim brings you a wide range of country-induced rock, from the alternative sounds of Uncle Tupelo and the Supersuckers, to the shock-a-billy sensations of the Cramps, and even old legendary greats such as Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. This show will have you countryfied or country-fried!

8:00 am
JUAN VALDEZ FAVE

The stuff from Columbia that gets you rockin' (decaffeinated and legal too!). Vallenato, the king of wild latin grooves; Cumbia, the mantra force; Porro & Gaita, the roots of the whole thing. Accordian driven music that makes Zydeco sound sleepy. Hear the freshest roasted tunes right off the boat from Cartegena, home of the nutzoid bass line. Dave Grant hosts.

10:00 am
POP PAYDIRT

Music with innocent effervescence. Clean, crisp airy melodies and steady, sturdy playing. Powerful pop magic by bands such as The Romantics, The Shoes, Rasberries, The Beat, Big Star, Dwight Twilly, The Rubinoos, The Records and other bands best appreciated at speeds exceeding 50 mph. Ride with Charles.

Noon
SHUT YO' MOUTH

Cheesier than Kraft, this is one baaaaaad 70's retrospective. With Kristen, Justin, and Sean.

2:00 pm
LET'S GET IT ON

Be seduced, undressed, and satisfied by Al, Barry, Marvin, and the rest of the smooth sexy side of seventies soul. Ed is your host.

4:00 pm
THE BEATLES

Don’t touch Ringos drums-- they loom large in his legend. With the Wowsville crew.

7:00 pm
NEIL YOUNG RUST-A-THON

Waterface and Tom Sears return to the 'aerwaves' to bring you an expanded 4 hour Rust-a-thon of the artist continuing to be known as Neil Young. From the sensitive Acoustic Balladeer through the ragged glory of the Years of theHorse, Shakey Deal, Bernard Shakey, the Transformer Man, and all the otherpersonas inbetween stop by and pay a visit. As in past offerings, plenty of surprises are on tap, including an exclusive interview with Neil's sister and fellow musician, Astrid Young.

11:00 pm
SIX DEGREES OF SLEATER-KINNEY

Join Melissa and the Big Head Girl for a look at the über-group that is Sleater-Kinney, including former bands and side projects like Heavens to Betsy, Excuse 17, and Cadallaca. Turn it on and hear why Corin Tucker should be everyone’s Joey Ramone.

1:00 am
FOUNDATIONS

Al Boogie does a hip-hop show about hip-hop songs that have a strong rock influence in either a sampled beat or in the way the song is performed.

3:00 am
GARY NUMAN

The Pleasure Principle - are "Freands" electric - Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army remind me to smile. Join me, Dempsey, for the Joy Circuit. I die, you die.

Wed. March 3rd

6:00 am
SUN-SHINEY DAYS

The Summer of Love spawned many artists who honed the happy, feel-good sound that defined grooviness. Wake up to The Love Generation, The Sunshine Company, Cherry People, Donovan, Keith and many others. Join Ralph Graves and bask in the glow of a vintage 1967-68 California Sunrise.

8:00 am
THE BOYS FROM BROOKLYN

Time to get ill with the Beastie Boys. And Ashley.

10:00 am
BECK’S SOUL COUGHING EELS

Folk-pop hooks, hip-hop backbeats, sardonic lyrics, understated vocals, and undeniable retro-geek cool. Patrick and Noah delve into the careers of Beck, The Eels, and Soul Coughing, and show you how they have changed the face (and fate) of rock, or something like that.

Noon
THE ANNUAL 60'S WORLD STREET PARTY

The Britons were invading, the Godfather JB and Bootsy were celebrating the 1, surf guitars & psychedelia were twanging to flower children.... Well, the rest of the world wasn't sitting on their hands, y'know. Hear the groovin' dance party complete with cheesy guitars and drums from dusty village streets; the sweaty sounds of tropical romance from other lands, straight off the 60's vinyl. With Dave Grant.

2:00 pm
DAVID BOWIE

It's the year of the scavenger, the season of the bitch, as Rob and Ashley guide you through the Thin White Duke's sixteen or seventeen brilliant careers. Pledge and request that one damn song that makes you break down and cry.

4:00 pm
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Like 5-year old Jenny, our lives were saved by Rock & Roll. Be set free with Amy and Willie.

6:00 pm
YO QUIERO YO LA TENGO

Here listener, listener....did I taco you? There's a big taco coming. New wave tacos. Get ready for some hot and mild tunes as two hot chickens take your order.

9:00 pm
THE D.A.I.S.Y. AGE

Thirteen years of the work of hip-hop’s most eclectic and creative family of artists: The Native Tongues. Head noddin’ beats blended with a positive message is the foundation of their work, while humor, satire, incongruent samples, and total pop irreverance form the complete structure that is their sound. Bootlegs, B-sides, sound pages, collector cards, all featuring the music of De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest, Black Sheep, Prince Paul, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, and oh so many more. With Dan.

11:00 pm
POLLY JEAN HARVEY

Join Elizabeth in the fight against filthy liars and salty dogs. All hail the Queenie.

1:00 am
THE EXOSKELETON OF TORTOISE

An in-depth exploration of the musical stylings of Chicago's instrumental champions, Tortoise. Along with album cuts will be rare remixes and singles, plus featured songs by members of the Tortoise family tree. Included among these will be Bundy K. Brown (Directions), David Pajo (Aerial M), and Casey Price (Designer). With Dominic.

3:00 am
IN D.C.

From the classic and defunct, to the fresh and hot off the presses, Kristen brings you all the best from in and around the Beltway.

Thurs. March 4th

6:00 am
MORRISEY B-SIDES

Music for all the kids picked last in gym. With Justin.

8:00 am
OHIO ROCK

Ohio's finest, including Breeders, Guided by Voices, Afghan Whigs, Scrawl and many others. Round on the end, high in the middle, rocking day and night. With Woody Hayes.

10:00 am
THE BOSS

Paul brings you two hours of Bruce Springsteen’s best anthems and other rockers, from live and studio recordings.

Noon
MAGNETIC FIELDS

The wonderful world of Stephen Merritt and his bands, The Magnetic Fields, The Future Bible Heroes, The Gothic Archies, and The 6th's. Quiet electronic pop with some of the most beautiful lyrics that you have probably never heard before.

2:00 pm
LAURIE ANDERSON

The Mad Scientist asks, can you really cook a hot dog with a common household lamp?

4:00 pm
ELEPHANT 6

It's a label. It's a collective. It's a concept. It's a collective label concept of accordions and singing saws. It's Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Apples In Stereo, and co. giving you the best thing out of Athens, GA since spastic dancing. Carey and Melissa search for the truth.

6:00 pm
ELECTRIC WOMAN

The eclectic woman meets Virginia Power. Gay and Durward are there to record it.

9:00 pm
THE SMITHS

Awkward sexuality, lush guitars, raging melodrama. The Morrisey/Marr diary entries still set hearts aflutter. You are human, and you need to be loved, just like everybody else does. So tune in. Brought to you by the boy with a thorn in his side.

11:00 pm
MO-WAX SHOWCASE

A label showcase of one of electronic music's most influential labels that virtually defined the term "Trip Hop". Home to the likes of DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, U.N.K.L.E., Wagon Christ and many more. With Buddhafinger.

1:00 am
DIAMANDA GALAS

Join Elizabeth for two hours of performance art like you've never heard before. Diamanda Galas generously redefines the blues.

3:00 am
WHAT DO YOU KNOW, DEUTSCHLAND?

Industrial music from Germany - KMFDM, Atari Teenage Riot.... With Asch.

Fri. March 5th

6:00 am
HISTORY OF FEEDBACK

Wake up to two hours of kksshhhhhh@!%#&$*()!!!!!!! With Adam.

8:00 am
MEN WITH GUNS

Songs from the dark underbelly of the American male psyche. Songs about guns, outlaws and agitators, and, of course, Texas. "Send lawyers and money...." With Christina and friends.

10:00 am
50'S ROCK & ROLL

WTJU Jazz man Stephen Soghoian turns back the clock to those early days of rock and roll with classic tracks by Elvis, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Bill Haley & Comets , Buddy Holly & 50's Doo Wop vocal groups like Dion & the Belmonts and others. An un-missable extravaganza of pop musical history.

Noon
K REKORDS

Kaleideskopik rokk featuring K kurrents, alums, and Kalvin Johnson. With Sarah K.

2:00 pm
THE SPY WHO DUBBED ME

Classic tracks and mutations of intrigue and espionage. Shirley Bassie to Moby, Lee Perry meets Nancy Sinatra inna twangin' skank style. Fun galore! Goldfinger, Operative

4:00 pm
THE DAVE SHOW

A day in the life of Dave Matthews. With Patrick and Noah.

6:00 pm
BOB DYLAN

After forty years on Desolation Row, Bob Dylan still makes all other songwriters sound like scared kittens. You'll hear old Bob, new Bob, live Bob, rare Bob, and of course your requests. Rob and Don dig deep into the vaults to get your bootheels wandering, babe.

9:00 pm
THE LOOKEY DOOKEY HOURS

Rejected by the buying public, but that won't stop us from playing them! Join Peter Welch and Professor Bebop as they play 4 hours of dances that were NOT the national craze. Learn to "Stomp That Roach," "Milk The Cow" or "Do The Zombie," or find a dance that can be virtually your own! So get out those dancing shoes and remember it doesn't matter if you do it wrong because nobody will know anyhow!

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