No stranger to CBW’s Independent Spotlight, Gavin Michaels brings his newest EP, Along for The Ride, to The Rock Revival IN PERSON this Friday, June 17th.
Gavin Michaels will join Radio’s Rebel DJ, Style during The Rock Revival 6/17/22 show to debut his newest EP for the first time on-air. Gavin will be playing the absolute best variety the internet has to offer alongside Style and will be featured during the 2:15pm showcase time. When asked to give some insight about Along for The Ride and the tracks featured on it, Gavin had this to offer;
“Aesthetic Cigarette is about falling in love with the idea of someone, only to wake up one day and realize they’re a complicated, living, breathing human, and not some idealized version you made in your mind.
Teenagers vol 2. (1979-2K79) is a song that I wish was about me. I wasn’t exactly a rebel kid, even if I wanted to be. I got really good grades, was overly polite, and I dared not change my hair-style too much lest it make my parents mad. When I discovered punk music though, it was all about identity and saying screw you, I am who I want to be. That punk spirit has always been inside of teenagers. And you hear it in the music today, you hear it in the Ramones, and you hear it in Shakespeare. Well, this was a song to kind of honor the spirit of the teenager inside of me – even if he didn’t smoke cigarettes and drop acid all the time.
Along for the Ride started as a parody of the My Chemical Romance Song “I’m Not Okay” (Hence the Chorus: “I’m afraid that I’m okay, what will I do if I’m not emo anymore?”) As I was working on the song, I was on the upswing from a serious period of depression in my life, and it was a very real fear of mine that I wouldn’t be able to access that sort of dark place that I went to for inspiration. The song personifies my depression as another sort of love-hate relationship where I won’t let myself fall back into the pit of depression entirely, but won’t let myself be free of it either.
I’m constantly messing up in my life. I’m only at the very begging of a long journey of maturing. I think these songs more than anything are reflections of different levels of maturity in my life – experiences I had to grow from – whether as a teenager, young adult, or man. In the future… We’ll have to see. There’s so much I want to explore. But you can bet that it will be full of all of my passion, groove, and love.”
Tune in and hear Along for The Ride Live on-air along with the man himself this Friday June 17th starting at 12pm eastern. Listen all over the world and wherever you are by downloading the free Live365 app and typing in CBW Radio!
If there’s one thing I love more than anything else it’s music. Not just listening to it but playing it, writing it, and studying it. While doing my weekly radio show, One thing that always keeps me motivated is learning the history of the songs i’m playing, More than anything else however, the single most interesting thing I love to find is songs that have at one point in time been banned from airplay and the reasons why. The following is a small collection of some wildest banned songs I’ve had the privilege to play.
1. Strange Fruit
Possibly the most infamous and controversial songs to ever be banned from radio airplay is none other than Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit. Even without any context, at first listen this song provides an eerie and unsettling feeling to the listener. Strange Fruit, to those unaware, is not a reference to any form of “fruit” at all rather than the unjust lynching of African Americans in the early 30s and 4. So why was the song banned from airplay? For that reason exactly, the song was a call to action for justice against racial inequality, the only issue was the 1930’s, primarily southern, America was no place to welcome racial equality or call to attention to the wrongful nature of their crimes. To this day Strange Fruit still stands as one of the most powerful, brash, and moving songs to take the stand for equality among races ever recorded.
2. Splish Splash
If you have not previously heard Bobby Darin’s 1958 top 40 hit Splish Splash already, I would highly recommend doing so now. The narrative in the story describes a man who had decided to relax and unwind with a soothing bubble bath one Saturday evening only to find that once he had done so, a party had commenced in his living room, of which he was prompt to join. So what in this song could have led a collective of radio stations in North America to ban this song from their air waves? Does this song promote the use of drugs, violence, maybe something considered too immoral? Nope! Splish Splash was banned from North American radio stations for the simple fact the main protagonist in the song is assumed to be nude! That’s right, though no where in the song is any form of nudity is ever actually defined or described, this hit tune apparently made some listeners feel uncomfortable at the depiction of taking a bath.
3. Mack The Knife
Bobby Darin strikes again! One year removed from making listeners uncomfortable Bobby was back again to have yet another song banned from airplay. A No. 1 hit in both the US and UK, Mack The Knife was banned from airplay for showcasing a “Positive Portrayal of Serial killers”. Even though Darin was long from the first artist to record this ditty, he gained himself yet another spot on the list of banned songs.
4. Brown Eyed Girl
A favorite of karaoke singers and your dad, you might be asking yourself what could this upbeat summer tune possibly have gotten banned for. Well hold onto your hats for this one, the track was initially titled “Brown Skinned Girl”… and welp, that should tell you all you need to know for that one. Morrison changed the title in order for the song more accepted for air play, However many stations still refused to play the song due to the line, “Making love in the green grass” which was deemed overtly sexual.
5. Space Oddity
One of David Bowie’s staple songs, alongside Starman, Space Oddity has seemingly become a staple of classic rock radio stations as well over the past few decades. Interestingly enough however, this wasn’t always the case. Following the climax of The Space Race, the BBC decided to pull the song from airplay until Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin Michael Collins had returned safely to Earth’s surface in fear that it may invoke unease and restlessness among listeners for the safety of these astronauts.
6. The Monster Mash
Yes, The Monster Mash. You know, the song that children sing aloud come October, a mainstay of any Halloween party or Spotify playlist. The Monster Mash was deemed “Too Morbid” for airplay by the BBC. Honestly, I’m at a loss for this one here! If you can help me in anyway understand what is to be considered morbid in The Monster Mash please let me know in the comments below.
7. Charlie Brown
If there is one thing that we have learned by now it should be that the words deemed unsuitable for airplay have taken on quite the shift over the years. Common or obscure sayings and phrases we openly discuss today were at one time considered fowl or taboo. However when it comes down to it, The Coasters take the cake with Charlie Brown. The song depicts the “cool bad boy” type kid in school, describing his shenanigans and consequences. One thing that the BBC however did not find very cool was the use of the word “Spitballs”. Yes, Spitballs is the word that got Charlie Brown removed from stations across the nation. What a time to be alive.
We kicked off the list with one of the most iconic and infamous banned songs of all tim, therefore the only way to cap it off is to offer up one of the most seemingly unknown yet historical songs to ever get the blacklist. Link Wray’s 1958 song Rumble is the only instrumental song to ever be banned from the radio. Now how in the hell could this be possible is a completely normal thought to be having right now, but allow me to explain. While the song lacks any for of hard or intense lyrics, it more than makes up for it in pure, soul shaking, heart pounding, guitar chords. Considered “The most dangerous sounding instrumental” for good reason, The ominous sounding heavily reberbed guitar is enough to put you in an uncomfortable trance. To quote The Rolling Stone it, “Sounded like an invitation to a knife fight”. The song was banned from radio stations in major cities such as New York and Boston for fear that it would actually insite gang violence. Don’t ever let anyone tell you instrumental aren’t cool ever again.