PopOff #19: The Sound Of California

PopOff #19: The Sound Of California

PopOff! is an “anything goes” musical show hosted by Bay Area DJ Bear. Sometimes it’s a theme, sometimes it’s a big ol’ birthday shout out tribute show to a specific artist(s). Shows occur on Mondays with the occasional Thursday Bonus Beats. Every episode is a unique sonic road trip through the multitudes of genres, eras, and musicians in recorded music. So if you have an open mind for musical exploration beyond mainstream radio programming climb into the PopOff! Bubble and let’s get to it!!

Each week in July, Bear celebrates a state’s music heritage with a mini episode but when California popped up on the Theme-A-Tron, there was no way a mini episode was going to cut it. And even with a full episode there was too much to wade through, he did what any smart programmer does… he made somebody else do all the work by making it all request. So here’s a microscopic fraction of California’s musical legacy that kicks serious ass.




Night Ranger – Secret Of My Success
Van Halen – Panama
Pointer Sisters – You Gotta Believe In Something
The Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – Nasty Habits
Huey Lewis and the News – Who Cares
The Tubes – Drivin’ All Night
The Runaways – I’m A Million
Suzanne Vega – Headshots
Chris Isaak – Dancin’
Maurice Tani – Kitchen Fire
The T-Sisters – Bring Us Back
David Luning – A Little Bit Bad
Bonnie Raitt – Fundamental Things
Etta James – Take It To The Limit
Hole – Celebrity Skin
L7 – Fast And Frightening
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Coffee Shop
The Runaways – Gotta Get Out Tonight
Van Halen – Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love
Sylvester – Stars
Bonnie Pointer – Heave Must Have Sent You
Teena Marie – Need Your Luvin’
Malo – Suavecito
Goldie and the Gingerbreads – Thinkin’ About The Good Times
The Pandoras – I Want My Caveman
The Cramps – Uranium Rock
Eddie and the Showmen – Squad Car
Lees Presson and the Nails – Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Tom Tom Club – Love Wave
Sparks – All You Ever Think About Is Sex
Weird Al – My Bologna
The Nuns – You Think You’re The Best
Cherie Curie & Marie Curie – Since You’ve Been Gone
Starcrawler – Pussy Tower
Huey Lewis and the News – Bobo Tempo
Buck O-Nine – My Town
Beck – Where It’s At
Suzanne Vega – Left Of Center
Martika – Love Thy Will Be Done
Belinda Carlisle – Big Scary Animal
Suzanne Vega – Blood Makes Noise
The Runaways – Rock ‘n’ Roll
Van Halen – Right Now
Huey Lewis and The News – Power Of Love (Extended Mix)
Pointer Sisters – Dare Me
En Vogue – Give It Up, Turn It Loose
Cheryl Lynn – Good Time
Lydia Pense & T.O.P. – Dead
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Linus and Lucy

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