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Friday, December 4, 2009

KSHE Klassics -- A YouTube Compendium (Part 2)

Posted By on Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 5:10 PM

​And now what you've all been waiting for: The second and final installment in RFT's carefully curated hastily thrown together assemblage of YouTubery that reflects the KSHE Klassics of our (or someone's, anyway) youth.

In case you missed Part 1, in this week's issue, Annie Zaleski heralds the arrival of In Concert: KSHE and 40+ Years of Rock in St. Louis, a scrapbook of the area's latter-day music history. Reading "Raised on Radio" inspired a few of us around the office to revisit the KSHE Klassics of our formative years.

Before we knew it, we'd accumulated a list of more than three dozen songs, and it seemed a shame not to share 'em.

The sole criterion for inclusion: A song must have garnered airplay in St. Louis that outstripped its popularity in other corners of the planet.

So...on with Part 2! By the way, the author of the book profiled, John Neiman, will be at Vintage Vinyl tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. signing copies of the book.

Mason Proffit, "Two Hangmen" Here's the thing: We said these are in no particular order, but clearly it was no accident that we opened Part 1 with "Movin' On," by the band Missouri. Trouble is, there's so many possibilities for how to lead off and only two spots, given our two-part format. So we're going with "Two Hangmen" to open the anchor leg. Some of you will understand. The rest of you didn't listen to enough KSHE.

It's a Beautiful Day, "White Bird" At this writing, this particular YouTube video has 105,722 views. Which is about how many times KSHE played this song in the 1970s alone.

10cc, "Art for Art's Sake" Tough call here. "The Things We Do for Love" is a truly terrible bucket of sap, and we couldn't argue with "I'm Not in Love," but "Art" gets the nod for its deep semiotic message.

Sammy Hagar, "Bad Motor Scooter" As far as Samuel Pepito Hagar goes, his entire body of work should be considered eligible. (We're going with a cut from the Montrose days.) He's the poster boy for KSHE's power. Can you say seminal?

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