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"Feel a Whole Lot Better"

As an appreciator of classic 60's rock and psychedelia, I'm always excited when I find a good live video of a great band. Most TV shows at that time didn't bother to record an actual live performance, opting instead for the band to stand around awkwardly with instruments unplugged, lip syncing to their hit song. However the Byrds came through for me today, as I stumbled upon an excellent rendition of "Feel A Whole Lot Better." Note the demonic look of Roger McGuinn, sporting an excellent pair of shades. Also note a beardless, bowl cut David Crosby as well as Frankenstein's monster substituting for drummer Micheal Clarke. The man in the middle is none other than Gene Clarke who later left the band after they released 5th Dimension. This is ironic in the fact that the Byrds best song "8 Miles High" was penned by Clarke, while his reason for leaving was because of his fear of flying.

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“Feel a Whole Lot Better”

As an appreciator of classic 60's rock and psychedelia, I'm always excited when I find a good live video of a great band. Most TV shows at that time didn't bother to record an actual live performance, opting instead for the band to stand around awkwardly with instruments unplugged, lip syncing to their hit song. However the Byrds came through for me today, as I stumbled upon an excellent rendition of "Feel A Whole Lot Better." Note the demonic look of Roger McGuinn, sporting an excellent pair of shades. Also note a beardless, bowl cut David Crosby as well as Frankenstein's monster substituting for drummer Micheal Clarke. The man in the middle is none other than Gene Clarke who later left the band after they released 5th Dimension. This is ironic in the fact that the Byrds best song "8 Miles High" was penned by Clarke, while his reason for leaving was because of his fear of flying.

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Tune into Orange Skies where i attempt to cover the broad musical idea of psychedelia Sundays 10-12 am

Early Morning DJs

Being a 6AM rotation DJ can be really rough. I did one of these shifts for a whole summer if you can believe it and I know how difficult it can be to drag yourself out of bed at 5:30AM to go play some CDs over the air. Well, here are a few suggestions I have for making this shift a little more enjoyable.

First off, keep in mind that you are the first DJ in that day, and so you are literally commencing the KXUA broadcast. A good way to start off any broadcast day is by playing the Star Spangled Banner. Lucky for us, YouTube has almost as many different videos of the Star Spangled Banner as it does people playing the Super Mario Bros. theme on the xylophone. Here are a couple of my favorites.

Also, something you should always be aware of is that probably every 30 minutes, some ones alarm clock is clicking on to KXUA. This gives you the opportunity to get their morning started right. I find this is a good time to play something in rotation that charted in our loud rock charts, such as Dekapitator or Darkest Hour. But really, anything loud, fast, and disturbing will work too. You can never go wrong with the track "Dracula Mountain" from Lightning Bolt's Wonderful Rainbow. It always gets me ready to face the day.

Finally, during your third hour, try something really long and weird. Then you can go get some coffee and a croissant from RZs. It's the perfect time to pull from KXUAs extensive collection Jandek CDs, preferably the track "The Electric End" from Lost Cause. However, there are many other CDs that are perfect for this time, such something from 4 CD Brian Eno album a couple years back.

Hopefully these suggestions will help you make your morning show a little more enjoyable. You should always take keep in mind that you are giving people a much needed alternative to the Morning Zoos radio shows with their wacky line ups of fart and boob jokes. Show people that we can be funny and weird with out being stupid.