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Every show starts with the ’70s! We’ll rediscover forgotten rockers, revisit unfairly maligned disco beats and replay power-pop favorites. Next: plenty of new releases, occasional live bands and more. Don’t let the nickname confuse you.

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Options June 25, 2014: DAN EPSTEIN, author of Stars & Strikes: Baseball & America In The Bicentennial Summer Of '76, live in the studio!

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In Dan Epstein's previous book, Big Hair and Plastic Grass, we learned how the '70s changed baseball forever. His latest book, Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, focuses on the year that brought us the Chicago White Sox wearing shorts, C.W. McCall's "Convoy," the California Angels hiring their DH from Casablanca Records, Frampton Comes Alive, Mark "The Bird" Fidrych's brilliant rookie year, the Ramones and so much more.

photo: Katie Howerton

Tonight Dan returns to The Evan "Funk" Davies show with more riotous tales of '70s baseball! And be sure to come out to see Dan in person reading from the book Thursday the 26th at Bergino Baseball Clubhouse (67 E. 11th St.) at 7pm and Sunday the 29th at Manitoba's (99 Avenue B), also at 7pm.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
the bee gees  You should be dancing   Options 7"  rso  1976      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
gary wright  love is alive   Options the dreamweaver  wb  1976      0:03:53 (Pop‑up)
brick  dazz   Options 7"  bang  1976      0:07:37 (Pop‑up)
the bellamy brothers  let your love flow   Options featuring let your love flow  wb  1976      0:12:57 (Pop‑up)
war  summer   Options greatest hits  ua  1976      0:16:14 (Pop‑up)
philadelphia phillies  phillies fever   Options 7"  grand prix  1976      0:45:37 (Pop‑up)
lou rawls  you'll never find another love like mine   Options all things in time  phila. int'l  1976      0:48:09 (Pop‑up)
elton john & kki dee  don't go breakin' my heart   Options 7"  rocket  1976      0:52:25 (Pop‑up)
garrett scott  na na kiss him goodbye   Options 12"  west end  1976      0:56:36 (Pop‑up)
flamin' groovies  shake some action   Options groovies' greatest grooves  sire        1:15:19 (Pop‑up)
thin lizzy  the boys are back in town   Options jailbreak  vertigo  1976      1:19:31 (Pop‑up)
boz scaggs  lido shuffle   Options silk degrees  columbia  1976      1:23:57 (Pop‑up)
ramones  beat on the brat   Options s/t  sire  1976      1:27:14 (Pop‑up)
parliament  mothership connection (star child)   Options mothership connection  casablanca  1976      1:44:03 (Pop‑up)
don high and mighty  black cojack   Options 12"  pickwick int'l  1976      1:49:23 (Pop‑up)
c.w. mccall  convoy   Options 7"  mgm  1976      1:57:44 (Pop‑up)
baseball project  1976   Options volume 2: high and inside  yep roc  2011      2:01:24 (Pop‑up)
redd kross  1976   Options third eye  atlantic  1990      2:05:08 (Pop‑up)
comet control  blast magic   Options s/t  tee pee      *   2:16:02 (Pop‑up)
scraps  secret paradise   Options 7"  disembraining      *   2:23:34 (Pop‑up)
crash course in science  cardboard lamb   Options signals from pier thirteen  dark entries    new reissue, orig 1981  *   2:27:06 (Pop‑up)
electric eels  jaguar ride   Options 7"  hozac    new reissue, orig 1975  *   2:29:25 (Pop‑up)
the ones  short dress   Options s/t  rerun    new cd collection, orig '78-'80  *   2:31:44 (Pop‑up)
milk 'n' cookies  not enough girls in the world (alternate version)   Options 7"  captured tracks      *   2:41:51 (Pop‑up)
parquet courts  what color is blood?   Options sunbathing animal  what's your rupture?      *   2:44:56 (Pop‑up)
daddy long legs  big road blues   Options blood from a stone  norton      *   2:48:23 (Pop‑up)
king tears mortuary  grease trap   Options asleep at the wheel of fortune 7" ep  vacant valley      *   2:53:56 (Pop‑up)
mousie & the traps  how about you   Options va-the rebel kind: girls with guitars 3  ace      *   2:54:03 (Pop‑up)
citizen blast kane  sandwich time   Options the lobster dinner demos  reduced lunch      *   2:56:31 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 9:02pm Roberto:

I AM dancin' yeah...much to my family's chagrin.
  Swag For Life Member 9:02pm 12539:

For the record, I am not dancing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03pm Uncle Michael:

  9:04pm Lonely Planet Boy:

Will 1st set be Spirit of '76?
  9:04pm john:

Hey Evan! Beginning to sense a trend here. Pillbox caps and White Sox shorts ahoy!
  9:06pm Holly in NC:

I am singing along, much to my chagrin. Kinda bopping, too.
  Swag For Life Member 9:08pm 12539:

For the record, I am now considering dancing.
  9:09pm Frisco Squid:

Wow, way to take me back to my 70s youth! It's been ages since I've worked on a Wednesday night, good to hear your show again, Evan! Lovin' it so far, looking forward to this evening.
  9:09pm Lonely Planet Boy:

I feel like playing pinball.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12pm Uncle Michael:

air hockey, baby
  9:13pm tedcogswell:

The Baseball Freaks are in the house! Well one of us so far...
  9:15pm eddy in Australia:

I second the pinball. There was a great machine around this time called Strikes & Spares.
  9:15pm mike east:

The last time I tried to play air hockey at the ice rink, the puck was missing. They wouldn't even refund my dollar. Bastards.
Good Evening funk brothers and sisters!
  9:17pm mike east:

Ah, one of jonesy's many summer jams
  9:18pm Lonely Planet Boy:

War is underrated.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm dale:

to what do we owe this rock block of A.M. solid gold?
Avatar 9:19pm Holly in NC:

!!! Just now saw the new color scheme. My avatar & alpha cat Bitty clashes horribly, she wants me to alert you to her distress ;-) Cats.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20pm Uncle Michael:

The Padres' yellow looks right but the brown is off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20pm dale:

the color scheme is a rainbow sorbet of sorts
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm efd:

dale, it's in honor of my esteemed guest and his excellent new book!

Hi everyone, great to see you all here! Dan Epstein is coming right up!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23pm Uncle Michael:

Hello, Dan!
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 9:24pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I remember 1976 was when "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was on the radio about 15 times a day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm dale:

ah - i was 17, fire hydrants were red white and blue and i just got an amc hornet. sigh......
  9:26pm Eddy in Australia:

@Holly: At that size, Bitty looks a bit like a koala!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29pm dale:

76 was the big year for hank aaron, si?
  9:30pm Eric:

Back then us kids would decorate our bicycles with red, white and blue streamers and ride in the town parade. I can't imagine that now with helmets, booooo :-(
Avatar 9:36pm Holly in NC:

@ Ken - Clearly remenber that also. Summer '76 to me = Wings (Silly Love Songs, Let 'em In) and, er, Starland Vocal Band, Captain & Tennile, Wild Cherry..hey! I was 9!

@Eddy - Bitty is OK with your assessment because she loves ALL men. Women, she is picky.

@Eric - With you! It pains me beyond all reason to make kids I care for wear a helmet. Reason #1000000000 why I don't have children myself.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:37pm Uncle Michael:

Harold Reynolds...horrible image...saying anything.
  9:37pm Patro:

Even Frank Zappa had a Bicentennial song on his 'Bongo Fury' album
Avatar 9:39pm Holly in NC:

I may have been only girl who had Thurman Munson poster on my bedroom wall.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45pm Uncle Michael:

Gamble & Huff this ain't! (or is it?)
  Swag For Life Member 9:46pm 12539:

Okay, now I'm dancing. Lucky for you all this is radio.
  9:46pm JakeGould:

Oh god. No. Phillies Fever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm efd:

It ain't!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47pm Uncle Michael:

I figured if Don Cornelius could hire them. maybe the Phillies did too! Whew.
Avatar 9:47pm steve:

haha. love it.
  9:48pm JakeGould:

No. You raped my ears. And that’s a lot for a WFMU listener to say.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53pm Uncle Michael:

I love it when Elton kisses the embroidered heart on Kiki's overalls.
  9:53pm JakeGould:

Okay, this Elton John & Kiki Dee makes it all better.
Avatar 9:54pm Holly in NC:

Oh god, is this what a flashback is like?
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 9:55pm Ken From Hyde Park:

There we go! Elton & Kiki!
  9:56pm Lonely Planet Boy:

string sections made 70's records stand out
  10:00pm daveB:

Did this come before or after the song by "Steam"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:12pm Uncle Michael:

Did anyone ever slide in the shorts?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14pm Uncle Michael:

Asked and answered!
  10:15pm john:

Top of the heavy rotation around these parts too, which will come as no surprise. Great show, guys!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16pm efd:

how's that for service?!
  10:16pm herb.nyc:

Super fun show. Thx. Dumb q: how'd my NY Mets do that year?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17pm efd:

john, how's the doggie holding up?
Avatar 10:18pm Holly in NC:

Was not cool enough to hear this at the time...didn't make rotation on my AM transistor radio tuned to the big NYC stations
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 10:19pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I was away a bit and missed Lou Rawls. Commenters were talking about 70s songs on Therese's show the other night and I mentioned that one. Hoo boy.
  10:19pm john:

Oh, his woes do get around, don't they? Thanks for asking….he's better than the weekend, which he spent in hospital, but not as better as we'd like, so I see more health care on the horizon. Still, every day's a bonus now. Tell Dan Becky and I said hi!
  10:20pm Carmichael:

Son of a bitch, did I tune in at the perfect timr?!?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21pm Matt F:

Loving tonight's program, Evan. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21pm efd:

Sending positive doggie thoughts to you, john. Greetings passed on and reciprocated!
  10:22pm JakeGould:

Man, 1976 was great. I was like 9 years old & all of the music… I lived near the beach (Brighton Beach) & it’s like I’m a kid but I am still listening to this amazing stuff. Great show Evan.
Avatar 10:22pm Holly in NC:

Missed this at the time too...this was what "bad kids" listeneed to (see also Aerosmith, Kiss)

@John - more good thoughts heading to dog!
  10:24pm john:

Aww, thanks, Holly, and to you Evan on both counts! Seventeen and fighting!
  10:26pm Carmichael:

I was out of high school by 76, and I was the coolest MF'er around. Wow, how times have changed. Boz Scaggs even broke out solo!
  10:26pm PJ:

Hearing Lido and The Boys are Back in Town back to back, you can hear how the backbeat is the same.
  10:26pm Lonely Planet Boy:

Love Silk Degrees
  10:27pm Carmichael:

@PJ: the backseat is the same, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:28pm efd:

@PJ it's almost like I planned it that way!
Avatar 10:29pm Holly in NC:

Now I am dancing!!!!
Avatar 10:32pm Holly in NC:

Paul Zone?! I am so excited!!!! Yay Evan!
  10:33pm PJ:

@efd Somebody should give you a DJing gig!
Avatar 10:37pm Danne D:

Hey EFD :) Hey everyone :) Hey Holly :)
Avatar 10:38pm Joe B:

agree, no DH! ditch it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38pm Uncle Michael:

Hear here!
Avatar 10:41pm Danne D:

Dave Parker had one of the best outfielder arms ever.
  10:43pm Marc:

Only true baseball fans consider the DH an abomination.
Avatar 10:43pm Joe B:

great book Dan. Loved it!
Avatar 10:44pm Danne D:

Sad reality is that if they standardize the leagues, it'll be the NL going to the DH :(
  10:44pm Carmichael:

Omar Moreno was my favorite Pirate.
Avatar 10:45pm Danne D:

Never should have changed the hats
Avatar 10:46pm Joe B:

if they are gonna keep the DH, whoever it is should have to bat 9th, and can't come out of the game. if he does, pitcher has to bat
Avatar 10:47pm Danne D:

The only thing that gives a chance at the DH getting eliminated is a rise in middle reliever salaries :)
  10:49pm Tim Lincecum:

Who you callin honkey?
Avatar 10:49pm Joe B:

Boz Skaggs actually played IN Jersey City in the summer of 1976, opening for the Eagles at Roosevelt Stadium. Kiss also played there in the summer of 76. Both shows were in July
Avatar 10:50pm Joe B:

whoops mispelled Scaggs
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:51pm Uncle Michael:

We saw Boz at the Chicago Theatre in '76...Southside Johnny and the Jukes opened. My mom, my brother and me. You shoulda seen my little brothers eyes when my mom took a joint from some stranger, took a hit, shrugged and passed it to me.
Avatar 10:53pm dB from Oakland:

That is a very 1970s story Uncle Michael :)
Avatar 10:53pm dB from Oakland:

Black Cojack is my new favorite song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks for being on Evan's show, Dan!
Avatar 10:57pm Danne D:

C W McCall :D
Avatar 10:58pm Danne D:

Surprised you didn't play 1976 by the Baseball Project, Evan :)
Avatar 10:58pm dB from Oakland:

CB radio, the original internet.
  10:58pm john:

Great show, guys! And Evan, thank you for being the only DJ on WFMU who can play Convoy without irony.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59pm Uncle Michael:

I could go on and on about this record but I will just mention that Chip Davis of "Fresh Aire" fame wrote the music.
  10:59pm Ignore Function:

I walked all the way across the room to favorite "Convoy".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00pm Uncle Michael:

Mr. Mannheim Steamroller, himself.
Avatar 11:00pm Danne D:

You could tell it was long time ago - tolls in New Jersey were a dime.
Avatar 11:00pm dB from Oakland:

Where did "negatory" come from? I always found that a hilarious vernacular.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01pm Uncle Michael:

Omaha?! (they were all from Omaha)
Avatar 11:01pm Danne D:

And there it is :D
This is such a perfect song :D
  11:03pm Ignore Function:

I'm seeing Baseball Project play a house show in August! I can hardly believe it.
Avatar 11:03pm Danne D:

where at Iggy? Is this in North Jersey?
Avatar 11:04pm Danne D:

(at a house they've played before?)
  11:05pm Ignore Function:

Wisconsin. I don't know if it's a house show tour.
Avatar 11:07pm Danne D:

probably not - at least probably not by design. I'm on the e-mail list for said house but thought maybe it somehow slipped by me
Avatar 11:07pm dB from Oakland:

Somebody in Redd Kross is throwing in a great Gene Simmons imitation.
Avatar 11:10pm Danne D:

I just remember how literally everything was painted red white and blue like everywhere - fire hydrants, curbs, buildings everything
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10pm Uncle Michael:

Sounded like Paul Stanley to me!
  11:11pm Carmichael:

Wasn't there a band simply called "Baseball" in the 70s? Or is my brain messing with me AGAIN???
  11:11pm ScottC:

that's right! Fidrich got killed on his farm when a motor fell on him - right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11pm fleep:

[Waits for notes from Droll]
  11:12pm ScottC:

Avatar 11:14pm Danne D:

Cheap Trick or Treat - A Helloween/Cheap Trick tribute band?
Avatar 11:15pm dB from Oakland:

I'm distantly related to the lady who plays drums for Guns N'Hoses ... it's what you think it is :)
Avatar 11:18pm Joe B:

Baseball Project Aug 3 at Asbury Lanes!
Avatar 11:18pm Danne D:

Thanks Joe B!!!
  11:19pm Carmichael:

If they were from Canada, they would be Guns
Avatar 11:19pm Danne D:

and Hosers :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20pm Uncle Michael:

I think there should be a band made up of Cheap Trick's second bass player, Kiss' second drummer and the Chili Pepper's second guitar player. You know what they'd be called.
  11:22pm Eddy in Australia:

Hey Evan, there's still time to talk about my summer of '76, and the legendary West Indies cricket tour of Australia! (It's all bats and balls, right?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23pm efd:

ha, I'll see if I can pull that together Eddy! :)
  11:24pm ScottC:

@Uncle Michael : Sloppy Seconds?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24pm efd:

Uncle Michael, I'm thinking they'd be called "Who's That?"
Avatar 11:24pm Danne D:

I think it was called Super Swats '76, right Eddy? :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25pm Uncle Michael:

I was looking for "Sloppy Seconds." I'm afraid I can't award you the points.
Avatar 11:25pm Danne D:

(I meant the cricket tour - I'm assuming there was an LP put out)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26pm efd:

ScottC wins!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27pm Uncle Michael:

Oops, yes! I missed that.
Avatar 11:28pm Danne D:

@Uncle Michael, I assume Sammy Hagar fronts that group?
  11:31pm Eddy in Australia:

@Danne: Explosive Hits '76?
@Evan: No worries, just happy to be listening live again. This time last week I was having surgery - and the bastards refused to play FMU in the operating theatre!
Avatar 11:32pm Danne D:

@Eddy I was thinking of a specific album from EFD's collection - but couldn't think of the Cricket equivalent of Sox
Avatar 11:32pm Danne D:

Things went well I hope, Eddy?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33pm efd:

Glad to have you back with us, Eddy! Best wishes on a quick recovery.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36pm Uncle Michael:

I don't think Sammy's anonymous enough. Besides, I like him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37pm Stevel:

That was an awesome set, by the way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37pm Uncle Michael:

I'm heading to bed...night all. Great show, efd. Thanks!
Avatar 11:38pm Danne D:

Good night Uncle Michael :)
  11:38pm Eddy in Australia:

@Danne/Evan: Thanks, yep, it was knee surgery. Had it done twice in NY (the other knee) so I'm used to it by now. As my doctor said, I won't be running the marathon anytime soon.
Avatar 11:39pm Danne D:

is Paul Zone any relation to WFMU fan CalZone! ? :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41pm Stevel:

Very much looking forward to next week's show and seeing those photos on the radio! Er...

  11:41pm Michael from the Left Coast:

You're not going to the Burger fest in July are you?
Avatar 11:42pm Danne D:

EFD's show is the home of songs quantifying women or girls I've noticed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43pm Ike:

Good to hear "Cardboard Lamb" at the right speed. Heard it at the wrong speed about 12 hours ago. Now it's back to running around the earworm track in my brain at the correct pace.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43pm efd:

Sadly not making it out for Burgerfest, Michael.
  11:46pm Eddy in Australia:

Man 2 Man's Male Stripper was an unlikely hit down here. Didn't realise Paul from The Fast was involved.
Avatar 11:47pm Loretta:

hi all!! thanks for another stimulating evening... love this show. gonna crash now.
Avatar 11:47pm Danne D:

Hi/Bye Loretta :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49pm efd:

hi Loretta! I think next week's show will be of particular interest to you! :) Sleep well.
Avatar 11:49pm Loretta:

'till next week Danne D!
  11:50pm Eddy in Australia:

@Evan: Just been listening to Jack Ruby, from that pre-punk period in NY. Hope they get a run next week.
Avatar 11:50pm Loretta:

great Evan, looking forward to it!
Avatar The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Hellraiser 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:52pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Suggestion - let's do 1977 next year!
  11:54pm Eddy in Australia:

What Ken said.
  Swag For Life Member 11:55pm 12539:

1977 is the year of The Sound of Summer!
  Swag For Life Member 11:55pm 12539:

Thanks EFD & Dan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56pm efd:

thanks for listening everyone!
Avatar 11:57pm Danne D:

Thank you for a fabulous show as always, Evan :) And thanks for playing 1976 :D

Have a great night everyone!
Bye Holly :)
  11:57pm Eddy in Australia:

Great show, EFD. Man, you got that KTM single quickly!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm jmd:

It wasn't packaged between two pieces of bread?
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