Top 40 Special #1


Welcome to the Sonic Daydream Top 40 Special! Typically, our mission here at Sonic Daydream is to bring you the lesser-heard sounds of the Sixties and Seventies... But tonight it’s all hits, all the time! Everything here tonight was a genuine Top 40 hit that you might’ve heard coming out of your radio, if you were tuned in sometime between 1968 and 1972...

– Playlist –

BLUE CHEER - Summertime Blues
VANILLA FUDGE - You Keep Me Hanging On
FRIJID PINK - House Of The Rising Sun
THE ILLUSION - Did You See Her Eyes
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD - Footstompin’ Music
SWEATHOG - Hallelujah
RARE EARTH - Hey Big Brother
TEN YEARS AFTER - I’d Love To Change The World

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Peacefrog said...


Happy New Year! I was pleasantly surprised that I got to hear another podcast after a long hibernation period. Another job well done. I always enjoy your podcasts. I do enjoy hearing the rare stuff, as I am always interested in hearing (older) music that I am not familiar with, however, you can't go wrong with classics either. A great selection of "hits" from that era, and the service announcements are a nice touch.


mad4music said...

Hey there, Byrnes. Happy New Year! I hope you had a pleasant holiday season and got enough snow to suit your tastes.

I'm glad you enjoyed the latest podcast. I hope there was one or two surprises for you in there amongst the ol' familiar classics...

Mars said...

Happy New Year, Tom!

Wait, late 60's early 70's Top 40 radio wasn't filled with the sounds of Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, Possession, SRC, Budgie and the rest? GET OUTTA TOWN! [/sarcasm]

Glad to see you back - I'm a musical omnivore, so I cycle through my tastes and I'm ever only a few weeks ahead of you before you drop something new - great timing!

RE: this show. Incidentally, Deep Purple's 'Hush' is the first song I remember hearing EVER. My Mom had two types of music - her own, made up of Paul McCartney / Wings, Monkees, later John Denver and Helen Reddy, etc. and then the proto Metal stuff like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Deep Purple for when her 'cool' friends came by.

I still remember holding her copy of Deepest Purple staring at the black dot while 'Hush' chugged away from the stereo... I musta been 3 - 4 years old.

mad4music said...

Happy New Year, Mars! Glad to see you're still out there.

That's fun that you have a fond association with the song Hush... Such a great song!

Your mom listened to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Deep Purple? That's very cool! My mom listened to Johnny Mathis...

Mars said...

Ah! Turns out it was Purple Passages!

Big D said...

Hey Tom D,

As usual, loved the show. In particular the GFR tune reminded me of something that happened a long time ago. I was at the kitchen table doing homework when I decided to play E Pluribus Funk. My three little WCHB-Motown-listening sisters, who at the time were 3, 6, and 7 heard the music, ran into the kitchen and went nuts dancing to Footstompin' Music. And here I thought I was the only one born to rock in our household! Maybe next time you can dust off Westbound Number Nine for me. Terrific show, Tom. Please sir, may we have some more?

Big D

mad4music said...

Big D--

Thanks for sharing the memory. I'm enjoying my mental picture of you (as "Young D") doing your homework with E Pluribus Funk crankin' on the family hi-fi. Remember that album cover? Shaped like a big silver coin!

I may do another Top 40 Special soon. I've got a few more favorite "golden oldies" that I'd like to share...


Michael said...

Thanks for this excellent blog!

mad4music said...

Hi Michael. Thanks for listening!

Thalamus said...

I'm really happy that your podcast-blog (that I love a lot) is alive again.
Thank you for this (very good, as usual) installment! Looking forward that will come up.

Sincerely yours,


mad4music said...

Hi Thalamus! I'm happy that you're still out there listening. I plan to do a "Part 2" to the "Top 40 Special" soon, so stay tuned...

Rich said...

This is all good stuff, I am doing pretty much exactly the same thing as you guy with regular compilations of heavy obscure 60s/70s on my blog:

mad4music said...

Wow... Thanks for the tip on THE DAY AFTER THE SABBATH. I just took a quick look and I'm knocked out! I'm looking forward to digging into it and exploring all the heavy goodness you're sharing there.

Rich said...

Excellent! I have already found some new bands to investigate just by reading your track lists, you certainly have the right taste for the best tracks! Oz Knozz is awesome, can't believe i haven't come across them before. Keep up the good work!!