Johnson's Improbable History of Pop!

Program Schedule

KPBX 91.1
Saturday 9pm - 10pm

John Johnson conducts a tour of the obscure world of early rock and pop music, featuring those artists who have fallen through the commercial cracks.

When the program began in February of 1995, Johnson said, “My mission is to provide that exposure, and give recognition to the fact that talent and hit records don’t have a lot to do with each other.” That still holds true today and way over 650 episodes later.


Program Listings:

September 6, 2014
Beck, Chapter Two

Another look at pioneering 1990's alt rocker Beck Hansen with an emphasis on the B-sides and lesser known gems.

September 13, 2014
Detroit's Wildest Label

Untamed rhythm & blues, hillbilly, and country blues from Fortune Records including Andre Williams, Nathaniel Mayer, and the Davis Sisters. Most were recorded on one microphone in one take in the back room of a small record store.

September 20 & 27, 2014
Foot Soldiers of British Punk Rock

Two part sampling of outstanding U.K. late 1970's punk rock singles largely ignored in America. Including Stiff Little Fingers, Sham '69, Buzzcocks, Ruts, Chelsea, Eater, and many more.

October 4, 2014
Jimmy Donley

A career survey of supremely talented and troubled Gulf Coast singer/songwriter including his original versions of songs converted into hits by Fats Domino.

October 11, 2014
Blind Willie

Guest Bob Gallagher of 4000 Holes shares the music and story of powerhouse
Spokane rock band of the 1970's.

October 18, 2014
Second Case of Moby Grape

Great songs, singers, and musicianship overcome a complicated career path for this great San Francisco band. (Part 1 aired in 1999.)

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