Episode 200 / Support Local Music


Well, after three years of uploading shows to Mixcloud, The Captain Maniac Show is celebrating its 200th episode! Thanks to all for tuning in, and rest assured that there will definitely be much more to come — we’re just getting warmed up!

This week we present something special, particularly for those of us in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia: a show called “Support Local Music,” where the primary focus is on music produced in the Vancouver area, featuring a small sample of local artists who are passionate about writing their own original material. You folks in other parts of the world will not have heard of very many of the artists presented here (such as La Chinga, Aviator Shades, TrailerHawk and HEAD), but here on the Wet Coast, they are very much loved and all have devoted followers. As Supe Man tells us, “Get off the couch and occupy a local venue”!

1.   Aviator Shades – Be Somebody

2.   Aviator Shades – Burn It Down

3.   Deep Sea Gypsies – Woke Up With The Blues

4.   La Chinga – Early Grave

5.   Al Harlow – Let It Go

6.   Sparkling Apple – Midlife Crisis

7.   Crashing Angels – Steps Away

8.   Head – Sex Like Rock Stars

9.   Rivers Divide – Denim On Denim

10. TrailerHawk – Car

11. Patsy Thompson – I Feel For You

12. Otis Kry – Wake Up Virginia

13. Steve Kozak – Cane Sugar Sweet

14. Wailin’ Walker – Stop Talkin’

15. Intoxicated By Nature – Feeling Good

16. Steve Jensen – Finally Over

17. La Chinga – Contact High (demo previously unreleased)

18. La Chinga – Gone Gypsy

19. Spell – Electric Witchery

20. Aviator Shades – Eye of the Storm

21. Crashing Angels – Hankey Pankey

22. Darby Mills Project – Monkey

23. Random Dander – Sideways Sunset

24. Rachael Chatoor – Overboard

25. Faith Numada – No Match For Me

26. D.O.A. – Fucked Up Donald

27. Dayglo Abortions  – Proud To Be A Canadian

28. Bif Naked – Twitch

29. Ray Roper Project – Brother to Brother

30. The Mighty Stingrays – Daddy Wants To Go Go

31. Psychic Alliance – Crystal Cage

32. Mike Luno Band – Get Inside

33. Stan Freberg Outro


Episode 199 / Guitar Boogie


Back in Episode 77, we did a show called “Mars Needs Guitars”, in which every song had the word “guitar” in the title. In this episode, however, our concept is about PLAYING the guitar, so although many of the songs will have “guitar” smuggled into the song title, the tunes herein are primarily concerned with being a guitar slinger and making that axe talk. Note: this version of The Shadows’ “Guitar Tango” is an alternate recording (the Mars Needs Guitars version was from the CD “Original Chart Hits”). The Marshall Plan!

1.    Bad Company – Shooting Star

2.    Bebop Deluxe – Axe Victim

3.    Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage

4.    Blue Oyster Cult – Marshall Plan

5.    Deep Purple – Somebody Stole My Guitar

6.    BB King – My Guitar Sings The Blues

7.    Yardbirds – Jeff’s Boogie

8.    The Wailers – Beat Guitar

9.    The Ventures – Guitar Boogie Shuffle

10.  Wynonna Judd – Girls with Guitars

11.  Chet Atkins – Yakety Axe

12.  Joe Maphis –  Guitar Rock n Roll

13.  The Shadows – Guitar Tango

14.  The Spotnicks – Galloping Guitars

15.  Jeff Beck Group – Beck’s Bolero

16.  Stillwater – Mind Bender

17.  Radiohead – Anyone Can Play Guitar

18.  Lonnie Mack – Chicken Pickin’

19.  Eric Burdon – Monterey

20.  Byrds – So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star

21.  Eric Clapton – Rock And Roll Heart

22.  Boston – Rock n Roll Band

23.  Foreigner – Juke Box Hero

24.  Reba McEntire – Pink Guitar

25.  Big & Rich – Cause I Play Guitar (Teaser)

26.  Cake – Guitar Man

27.  McBusted – Air Guitar

28.  Jeff Beck – Guitar Shop

29.  Chris Spedding – Guitar Jamboree

30.  Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench

31.  Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name

32. Aerosmith – Walk This Way

33. Metallica – Enter Sandman

34. Stan Freberg Outro

Episode 198 / Lock Him Up


This week’s edition of the Captain Maniac Show presents a selection of songs that reference jail, prison, The Big House, the brig, the clink, the hoosegow, the joint, the pen, the pokie, the slammer in Episode 198 / Lock Him Up! In other words, tunes with a definite incarceration theme. We start off with the number you’d expect, namely Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy, However, the song that follows is the ZZ Top version of Jailhouse Rock — rather than present the often-played Elvis Presley take, and despite the fact that Elvis is on our show artwork, unfortunately Elvis is nowhere to be found in this installment. But send our mail to the Tijuana Jail!

A man went to see his doctor with an unusual symptom.  “Doc, I can’t stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home”.

The doctor replied, “That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome”

“€Is it common?”

“It’s not unusual.”

1.    Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak

2.    ZZ Top – Jailhouse Rock

3.    Buck Owens – In The Jailhouse Now

4.    Johnny Winter – Sittin in the Jailhouse

5.    The Coasters – Riot In Cell Block #9

6.    AC/DC – Jailbreak

7.    Humble Pie – 30 Days In the Hole

8.    The Clash – I Fought the Law

9.    Michael Monroe- Dead Jail Or Rock N Roll

10.  Cactus – Parchman Farm

11.  Animals – Inside Looking Out

12.  Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels – I’d Rather Go To Jail

13.  The Standells – Have You Ever Spent the Night In Jail

14.  Kingston Trio – The Tijuana Jail

15.  Jimmy Page –  Prison Blues

16.  Sam Cooke – Chain Gang

17.  The Pretenders.- Back On The Chain Gang

18.  Gary Moore – Back On The Streets

19.  Iron Maiden – The Prisoner

20.  Soundgarden – Rusty Cage

21. James Intveld – Doin’ Time for Bein’ Young

22. Merle Haggard – Mama Tried

23. Ernest Tubb – He’s In The Jailhouse Now

24. Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues

25. The Youngsters – Christmas In Jail

26. Bo Diddley – Cops And Robbers

27. Tom Jones – Green Green Grass Of Home

28. Roy Buchanan – I Am a Lonesome Fugitive

29. Led Zeppelin – Gallows Pole EDIT

30. Lonnie Donegan  – Fort Worth Jail

31. Moby Grape – Murder In My Heart For The Judge

32. The Rolling Stones – Can I Get A Witness

33. Robin Trower – Prisoner of Love

34. Stan Freberg Outro

Episode 197 / Lies


Although this week’s episode borrows from a Guns ’n Roses album title, we thought it would be nifty to broadcast an entire show with about lies, lying, fabrications & deceptions. As usual, there are plenty of songs out there that take on this subject matter, so for your approval, here’s a small sampling of that particular classification. The recently-departed Michael Burt gets things off to a rip-roaring start (his voice was recorded at the Biltmore in Vancouver a few months ago), and from there a cross section of music genres is exuberantly presented, with your mind in mind! In the words of Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Don’t ask me no questions, and I won’t tell you no lies”!

1.    Knickerbockers – Lies

2.    Castaways – Liar Liar

3.    Who – La La La La Lies

4.    Ted Nugent – I Love You So I Told You A Lie

5.    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Don’t Ask Me No Questions

6.    Chuck Berry – Don’t You Lie to Me

7.    Motorhead – Don’t Lie to Me

8.    Jonny Lang – Lie To Me

9.    Eurythmics – Would I Lie To You

10.  UFO – Blinded By A Lie

11.  Dio – Living the Lie

12.  Queen – Liar

13.  Sex Pistols – Liar

14.  Bret Michaels – Lie To Me

15.  Question Mark and the Mysterians – You’re Telling Me Lies

16.  Troggs  – You’re Lying

17.  Eagles – Lying Eyes

18.  George Thorogood & the Destroyers – It Wasn’t Me

19.  Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds

20.  Van Halen – You’re No Good

21.  New York Dolls – Bad Girl

22.  Def Leppard – Love Don’t Lie

23.  Gary Moore – Don’t You Lie To Me

24.  Three Dog Night – Liar

25.  Nick Lowe – All Men Are Liars

26.  Joe Cocker – Lie To Me

27.  Pretenders – Lie To Me

28.  Uriah Heep – Cheat n Lie

29.  The Beatles – I’m Looking Through You

30.  Green Day – You Lied

31.  Marvin Gaye – Ain’t That Peculiar

32.  Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’

32.  Huey Lewis And The News – Tell Me A Little Lie

33.  Stan Freberg Outro

Episode 196 / Talk To the Animals


After several requests, we’ve chosen to devote Monday’s show to the animals — no, not the British Invasion band with Eric Burdon and certainly not the demented drummer on the Muppet Show. On the contrary, every song in this episode mentions some sort of animal in the title, and as you may have correctly surmised, once again there are PLENTY of songs where that happens (and as a result, some of your favourites may not be represented). However, we will be presenting just a small sample, with more to come in a forthcoming chapter. (Talk to the Animals: if I’m not mistaken, that was a song from the Rex Harrison film Doctor Dolittle, which unfortunately fails to make it on to this week’s program, but which may see the light of day at a later date.) As MC5 told us, “Call Me Animal”!

1.   Pantera – Cat Scratch Fever

2.   Jimi Hendrix – Foxy Lady

3.   Deep Purple – Flight Of The Rat (Roger Glover Remix)

4.   Ronnie Self – Ain’t I’m a Dog

5.   Lovin Spoonful – Nashville Cats

6.   Rolling Stones – Stray Cat Blues

7.   The Beatles – And Your Bird Can Sing

8.   Buffalo Springfield – Bluebird

9.   The Real Fleetwood Mac – Rattlesnake Shake

10. Motorhead – Love Me Like A Reptile

11. Queen –  Dragon Attack

12. Mahogany Rush – Dragonfly

13. Heart – Barracuda

14. Faith No More – War Pigs

15. Johnny & the Hurricanes – Beatnik Fly

16. The Ventures – The 2000 Pound Bee

17. The Beatles – Rocky Racoon

18. Beatles, from Let It Be – Dig A Pony

19. Van Halen – The Full Bug

20. Brook Benton — The Boll Weevil Song

21. Mountain – The Animal Trainer And The Toad

22. Spirit – Animal Zoo

23. MC5 – Call Me Animal

24. Def Leppard – Animal

25. Yardbirds – Too Much Monkey Business [BBC sessions]

26. Elvis Presley – (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear

27. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band — Teddy Bear’s Picnic

29. Homer and Jethro – (How Much Is) That Hound Dog In the Window

30. Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut

31.  Gene Vincent – Wild Cat

32. Primus – Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver

33. Elton John – Crocodile Rock

34. America – Horse With No Name

35. Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac – Albatross

36. Stan Freberg Outro

Episode 195 / Rockabilly Invasion


In our return to the sporadic but ongoing rockabilly series on The Captain Maniac Show, we start off tonight’s show with “Hey Little Lucy” by Vancouver BC songwriter (and good buddy), Vic Hildebrandt. His intention was “to write a rockabilly song”, and while there’s a decidedly ancient Conway Twitty song of the same name, Vic definitely succeeded in bringing rockabilly to the 21st Century! Mind you, rockabilly music *already* exists in the here and now, so with that in mind, we present present-day rockabilly with bands like The Green Men From Mars and The Bopshack Stompers,  And by request, we also include a sampling of Western Swing , along with our regularly-scheduled roster of 50s sideburned rockers! Shake Em Up Baby!

1.   Vic Hildebrandt – Hey Little Lucy

2.   Rockpile – 7 Nights To Rock

3.   Nick Lowe – She Don’t Love Nobody

4.   Green Men From Mars – Crazy Legs Rockabilly

5.   The Breakers – Jitterbop Baby

6.    Bopshack Stompers – Rock Bop

7.    Eddie Bond – Boppin Bonnie

8.    Gene Summers – Be Bop City

9.    Johnny Hubcap – Hep Cat

10.  Roy Hall – Diggin The Boogie

11.  Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen – Rock That Boogie

12.  Asleep At The Wheel – Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar

13.  Johnny Horton –  Cherokee Boogie

14.  Teenage Boogie – Webb Pierce

15. Shakin Stevens – Marie Maire

16. Graham B  – Rock And Roll Fever

17. Roy James – Rock n Roll Mama

18. Del Reeves – My Baby Loves To Rock

19. Eddie Bond – Gonna Rock My Baby Tonight

20. Kingbees – My Mistake

21. The Jets – You Ain’t Nothing But Fine

22. Crazy Cavan & the Rhythm Rockers –  Hello Josephine

23. Rockin’ Pete Anderson – Drivin’ Wheel

24. Wanda Jackson – Money Honey

25. The Vibes – Pretty Baby

26. Rusty York – Shake Em Up Baby

27. Thumper Jones – Rock It

28. Grady Lewis – Rompin Stompin

29. Carl Perkins – Gone, Gone, Gone

30. Don Feger – Don’t Be Mad

31. Al Downing –  Down On the Farm

32. Billy Barry – Weepin And Wailin

33. Buddy Miller & The Rockin’ Ramblers – Little Bo Pete

34. Rocket Morgan – Tag Along

35. Wayne Walker – All I Can Do Is Cry

36. Ray McCoy – I Need It

37. Mac Curtis – Grandaddy’s Rockin

38. Big Charles Green – Rocking On The Moon Tonight

39. Lefty Frizzell – You’re Humbuggin Me

40. Freddy Hart – Snatch It & Grab It

41. Lorrie and Larry Collins – Whistle Bait

42. Carl Perkins – Your True Love

43. Stray Cats – Crawl Up and Die

44. Clint Miller – Bertha Lou

45. Elroy Dietzel and The Rhythm Bandits – Rock N Bones

46. Bob Doss – Don’t Be Gone Long

47. Joe Clay – Goodbye Goodbye

48. Stan Freberg Outro

Episode 194 / Swamp Thing!


Coming to an Internet near you! We are finally back in action at our usual time, with Episode 194 / Swamp Thing, featuring songs with a swampy type of theme as well as a whole lot of Southern Rock! “Be kind to your web footed friends, for a duck may be somebody’s mother… be kind to your friends in the swamp, where the weather is very very damp. Now you may think that is is the end… well it is.”

1.    John Fogerty – Swamp River Days

2.    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Swamp Music

3.    Legendary Shack Shakers – Swampblood

4.    Messer Chups – Swamp surfing

5.    Dave Grissom –  Sake and Venom

6.    Joe Ely – My Eyes Got Lucky

7.    The Outlaws – Take It Any Way You Want It

8.    The Outlaws – Cry Some More

9.    Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes I Do

10.  38 Special – Turnin To You

11.  Pride And Glory (With Zakk Wylde) – Horse Called War

12.  Henry Gross – Southern Band

13.  Govt Mule – Gonna Send You Back To Georgia

14.  Mike Henderson – I Wouldn’t Lay My Guitar Down

15.  Molly Hatchet – Let The Good Times Roll

16.  Atlanta Rhythm Section – Outside Woman Blues

17.  The Four Horsemen – Nobody Said It Was Easy

18.  The Tragically Hip – Three Pistols

19.  The Georgia Satelites – Dont Pass Me By

20.  Black Crowes – Jealous Again

21.  Allman Brothers – Les Brers in A Minor EDIT

22.  Black Oak Arkansas – Hot And Nasty

23.  John Fogerty – The Old Man Down The Road

24.  Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born on the Bayou

25.  Tab Benoit – Crawfishin’

26.  Brooks and Dunn – Honky Tonk Stomp (feat. Billy Gibbons)

27.  Wet Willie – Shame Shame Shame

28.  Alligator Stew – Louisiana Man

29.  The Charlie Daniels Band  – The Legend of Wooley Swamp

30.  Mitch Miller – Be Kind to Your Web Footed Friends

31.  Cheap Trick – Southern Girls (BONUS TRACK)

32.  Tony Joe White – Polk Salad Annie (BONUS TRACK)

33. Stan Freberg Outro

Episode 193 / Men @ Work


Thanks to everyone for tuning in! This week, each song on Monday’s show has a man’s name in the title, starting off with some tunes dedicated to our good friend Johnny Switchblade. Jeff Neill of Streetheart gets the show on the road , followed by our usual cross-section of musical genres: from Jimi Hendrix’s version of Johnny B. Goode, through I’m Henry The VIII, I Am and Making Plans for Nigel to The Ballad Of John And Yoko, we attempt to cram as many songs that match this criteria into our time slot. Believe it or not, two hours goes by rather quickly, so stay tuned for another volume in the near future! Careful with That Axe Eugene..

1.  Jimi Hendrix – Johnny B. Goode

2.  Men At Work – Be Good Johnny

3.  Shelley Fabares – Johnny Angel

4.  Joanie Somers – Johnny Get Angry

5.  The Who –  Boris The Spider

6.  Chuck Berry – Bye Bye Johnny

7.  Beach Boys – Sloop John B (Stereo Mix)

8.  Frank Zappa – Bobby Brown Goes Down

9.  AC/DC – Hail Caesar

10.Thin Lizzy – Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed

11.Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

12.Daily Flash – Jack of Diamonds

13.The Sonics – Louie Louie

14.Del Shannon – Hats Off To Larry

15.Stray Cats – Gene and Eddie

16.Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl

17.Sweet – Little Willy

18. Jethro Tull – A Song For Jeffrey

19.Steve Miller – Juniors Farm

20.The Guess Who – Albert Flasher

21.Rush – Jacob’s Ladder

22.Led Zeppelin – Moby Dick EDIT

23.Herman’s Hermits – I’m Henry The VIII, I Am

24.Dickey Betts Band – Duane’s Tune

25.ZZ Top –  (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear

26.XTC – Making Plans for Nigel

27.The Who – Little Billy

28.Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley

29.Sue Thompson – Norman

30.The Ventures – Lawrence Of Arabia

31.Pink Floyd – Careful with That Axe Eugene

32.Steve Vai – Frank

33.Frank Zappa – Willie the Pimp

34.Elvis Presley –  Frankie And Johnny

35.Beatles – The Ballad Of John And Yoko

36.Stan Freberg Outro

Episode 192 / No Questions Asked


The TV game show Jeopardy is once again mentioned in our show description. As Alex Trebek would say, “phrase your response in the form of a question”! We continue with shows based on a theme, and this time, each and every song has a question in the title, musical or otherwise. The award for the best song title of the week must go to Dan Hicks (RIP) and His Hot Licks: How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away? Is that what’s troubling you, Bunkie?

1.   AC/DC – Who Made Who

2.   Mothers of Invention – What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body

3.   Dave Clark Five – Do You Love Me

4.   Everly Brothers – When Will I Be Loved

5.   Lloyd Price – Where You At

6.   The Robins – Whadaya Want   

7.   Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome Tonight

8.   Chicago – Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is

9.   Beatles – How Do You Do It

10. Beatles – Why Don’t We Do It In The Road

11. Lonnie Donegan – Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour on the Bedpost Overnight

13. Clash – Should I Stay or Should I Go

14. Men at Work – Who Can It Be Now

15. Rolling Stones – Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?

16. BB King – How Blue Can You Get

17. Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out with Him

18. Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks – How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away

19. Juicy Lucy – Who Do You Love

20. The Who – Who Are You

21. Jimi Hendrix –  Who Knows EDIT

22. Sammy Davis Jr. – What Kind of Fool Am I

23. Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think Im Sexy

24. Whitesnake – Is This Love

25. War – Why Can’t We Be Friends

26. Beach Boys –  Wouldn’t It Be Nice (Stereo Mix)

27. Beach Boys – Do You Wanna Dance

28. The Searchers – Where Have All The Flowers Gone

29. The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go

31. Ray Charles/John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers – What’d I Say

32. Elvis Costello – (Whats So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding

32. Connie Francis  – Who’s Sorry Now

33. AC/DC – Are You Ready

34. Blue Oyster Cult – R U Ready To Rock

35. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Can You See Me

36. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

37. The Who – Tommy Can You Hear Me

38. Stan Freberg Outro

Episode 191 / A Show About Nothing


Like the Seinfeld pilot, tonight we present a “show about nothing”. Absolutely NOTHING! Well, OK, the fact is that each song has the word “nothing” in the title, which does seem to leave the field wide open here. From Brenda Lee to Johnny Winter, from Metallica to Ella Fitzgerald, we’ll be spinning some records that have nothing to do with nothing! Join us for some nothingness!

We also cheerfully announce that The Captain Maniac Show is now available in another time zone! In addition to our Mixcloud and iTunes shows, our show is now broadcast live on Deal Radio in England. (www.dealradio.co.uk) Thanks to the Chuffers for allowing me onboard!

1.   Rockpile – You Ain’t Nothin’ But Fine

2.   Brenda Lee – Sweet Nothin’s

3.   Bachman -Turner Overdrive -You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

4.   Phil Upchurch – I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothin’

5.   Kiss – Nothin’ To Lose

6.   Johnny Winter – Ain’t Nothing To Me

7.   Rush – Something for Nothing

8.   Metallica – King Nothing

9.   Halestorm – Nothing To Do With Love

10. Blues Magoos – (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet

11. Small Faces – All Or Nothing

12. Beach Boys – Busy Doin Nothin’

13. The Fugs – Nothing

14. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – You Ain’t Nothin’ But Fine

15. The Time Jumpers – Nothing But The Blues

16. Billy Preston – Nothing From Nothing

17. Heart – Nothin At All

18. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Nothing But The Night

19. Jethro Tull – Nothing Is Easy

20. Foghat – Nothin I Won’t Do

21. Grand Funk Railroad – Nothing Is The Same

22. Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

23. Tom Jones – I (Who Have Nothing)

24. Frank Sinatra – All Or Nothing At All

25. Ella Fitzgerald – I Aint Got Nothing But The Blues

26. Dire Straits – Money For Nothing

27. Annihilator – Nothing To Me

28. Keith Richards – Nothing On Me

29. Audioslave – Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye

30. Starship – Nothing´s Gonna Stop Us Now

31. Randy California – I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothin’

32. Stan Freberg Outro