Agony Shorthand

Wednesday, August 06, 2003
NAME THAT TUNE, PUNKERS…..There’s this what-the-hell-is-that-song-called dilemma I’ve been trying to figure out for some time, and thought maybe someone out there could give me a helping hand on it. In the early 80s, the original MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL radio show used to air on college radio stations across the US (actually made it overseas as well), playing the finest in screaming Italian hardcore, angry North American anti-Reagan punk, and ballistic South American shit-core. It was usually a well-spent two hours, and is the first place I ever heard hardcore favorites like DIE KRUEZEN and DOA -- even the MEAT PUPPETS in their earliest incarnation. Anyway, they used to kick off the show every week with Tim Yohannan shouting, “And now, stay tuned for Tim & the gang on Maximum Rock and Roll!”, and then this killer mid-tempo rockabilly-ish instrumental tune would start up. This was not a hardcore punk song; it sounded like it could be from the early 60s or from a late 1970s fifties/sixties revival band playing raw, ornery, revved-up rockabilly. Anyone know who this is?? First person to respond gets 500 Agony Shorthand reward points posted to their account!

UPDATE: Hey, guess what, they still play this tune to start the show, as I found immediately after posting this! Follow this link to the current show, download the latest one, and then you can hear this song for yourself. That ought to make it easier to collect your points.