Power To The Pirates!

I close this year with a special 40 records tribute to the pirate radio stations at the Dutch and British coasts in the 1960s and 1970s. To be honest, I enjoyed the pirate stations (mostly Radio Veronica and Radio Noordzee) for only one summer, the warm months of 1974, when the Dutch lost from the Germans in the World Cup soccer final. After that summer they were all banned and the pirate stations disappeared from the Dutch coast. But it was my introduction to pop music, so they made quite an impression to me.

This is also a tribute to the music that sounded so good on AM radio. Those songs from the early sixties to the mid-seventies were very powerful and catchy. They just blew out of my radio, like a piece of dynamite or like an explosion in my soul, to quote the Soul Survivors (who were produced by Philly soul legends Gamble & Huff). Although the movie ‘The boat that rocked’ (picture below) was not as good as I hoped it would be, it gives us a rather romantic impression of life on the pirate ships. For instance, the programmes of Radio Veronica were taped ashore and only broadcasted from the ship. None of the dj's were actually on board, although the listeners thought they were...

An earlier (downloadable) preview of this mix can be found on Soundcloud. Enjoy!

Playlist:

1. Midnight Flyer – I Just Want To Love You (1974)
2. Leo Sayer – How Much Love [Northern Rascal Edit 2011] (1977)
3. Flunk – All Day And All Of The Night (2005)
4. Pete Warner – I Just Want To Spend My Life With You (1975)
5. Robert Byrne – I Did It All For Love (1979)
6. Harry Chapin – W.O.L.D. (1973)
7. Reparata And The Delrons – Panic (1968)
8. Fitz And The Tantrums - MoneyGrabber (2010)
9. Martha & The Vandellas – I'm Ready For Love (1966)
10. Veronica Unlimited – What Kind Of Dance Is This? (1977)
11. Jo Stance – Hey Girl (2010)
12. Episode Six – Morning Dew (1967)
13. The Temptations – There's A Definite Change In You (1960s)
14. The Left Banke – Walk Away Renee (1967)
15. The Soul Survivors – Explosion In My Soul (1967)
16. The Foundations – Back On My Feet Again (1968)
17. Loggins & Messina – Nobody But You (1972)
18. The Ivories – Please Stay (1967)
19. Sandy Nelson – Teen Beat (1959)
20. Spyder Turner – I Can't Make It Anymore (1967)
21. Fantastic Four – Don't Tell Me I'm Crazy (1960s)
22. Magic Disco Machine – Scratchin (1975)
23. Trinity – We Love The Pirate Stations (1977)
24. Hues Corporation – Rock The Boat (1974)
25. Bobby Womack – California Dreamin’ (1968)
26. McGuinn, Clark & Hillman – Don’t You Write Her Off (1979)
27. R. Dean Taylor – Taos New Mexico (1972)
28. Les Reed Orchestra – Man Of Action (1970)
29. Adam Wade – Keeping Up With The Joneses (1977)
30. Len Barry – 1-2-3 (1965)
31. Chains Of Love – In Between (2011)
32. Little Richard – I Don't Want To Discuss It (1967)
33. Duane Eddy – Primeval (2011)
34. Sue Lynne – Don't Pity Me (1969)
35. The New Mastersounds – Turn It Up (2011)
36. Gladys Knight And The Pips – Just Walk In My Shoes (1966)
37. Tobi Legend – Time Will Pass You By (1968)
38. Derek Martin – Sly Girl (1967)
39. Edee – Make It Last (1977)
40. Sam Cooke – Only Sixteen (1959)


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