Jul 30, 2014

Stupefied: The Tim Sommer Playlist

Good things come to those who wait, and its been a while since I've run a playlist from a friend. After a delay of some time, Mr. Tim Sommer answers the call with a hell of a list. I first knew of Tim many years back when he attended NYU with Jack Rabid. He hosted the locally influential show on WNYU, Noise, the Show - at the time the only radio show playing punk/hardcore. Tim would do voiceovers in an almost-screaming level to match the urgency of the music. Don't believe me? Listen to this or this

Also, around the same time, he contributed to UK music weekly, Sounds, as a NY correspondent, as well as Trouser Press magazine, and a host of other publications. He went on to do a whole bunch of other interesting projects in the name of art - like producing records, forming Hugo Largo, and signing Hootie & the Blowfish to Atlantic Records, amongst other things.
Jack Rabid, left, and Tim Sommer, 1982

To this day Tim still writes, on a regular basis, a column that's well worth checking out over at the Brooklyn Bugle. It's called, what else? Noise, The Column! Where else can you read about the Ruts, Boston, baseball, the state of New York City, why the New York Times sucks, Hootie & the Blowfish, and racial issues? Nowhere else...that's where! He also contributes an editorial twice a year to Big Takeover magazine...published over the last 34 years by our mutual pal, the aforementioned Jack Rabid.

Special thanks to Tim for writing an entire column inspired by my request to him for this list. Not to mention this great list! So fire up your RSS feed for Tim's column, and then hit play.

p.s. For those who might give a crap, I've given up creating a Spotify version of these lists. It's just too glitchy and slow. And they don't have all of the tracks I want anyway.

01. Hallogallo - NEU
02. Know Your Product - THE SAINTS
03. Dot Dash - WIRE
04. The Lonely Surfer - JACK NITZSCHE
05. Theme From A Summer Place - PERCY FAITH
07. Albatross - FLEETWOOD MAC
09. Memphis Egypt - MEKONS
10. Ramones (album) - RAMONES
11. Mongoose - FU MANCHU
12. You Better Believe It - HAWKWIND
14. There There My Dear - DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
15. Handbags and Gladrags - CHRIS FARLOWE
16. Ceremony - NEW ORDER
17. More Than A Feeling - BOSTON
18. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore - THE WALKER BROTHERS
19. Tommy (complete, Live at Leeds version) - THE WHO
20. Astronomy Domine - PINK FLOYD
21. Dopesmoker (album) - SLEEP
22. Everybody Wants Some - VAN HALEN
23. Irene Wilde - IAN HUNTER
24. Gloria - PATTI SMITH
25. Song of the Siren - TIM BUCKLEY
26. Crucifixion - PHIL OCHS
27. All the Way From Memphis - MOTT THE HOOPLE
28. Jailbreak - THIN LIZZY
29. December - COLLECTIVE SOUL
30. Orinoco Flow - ENYA
31. & 32. Secret Bonus Tracks

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