Twirl Radio #840 – Ronnie Barnett from The Muffs

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas | Labor Day | William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo

Ronnie Barnett interview
The Muffs | Big Mouth | The Muffs
The Muffs | Every Single Thing | The Muffs
The Muffs | Lucky Guy | The Muffs

Spaz’ picks
Christopher Cross | Take Me As I Am | Take Me As I Am
Gilbert O’Sullivan | At The End Of The Day | Gilbert O’Sullivan

Mod Hippie | And Everyone The Fashion (So Sorry) | Single release
Addison Love | Anything’s Right | Thoughts On Lunch
Russ Tolman | Hollywood Holiday | Compass & Map
Karen Haglof | Palomino Steady Rocking | Palomino Steady Rocking
The Cherry Bluestorms | Brighter Days | Whirligig!
Wilkerson | Enough For Somebody | Wilkerson
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
The Imperial Sound | Ain’t Crawling Back | The New AM
Duncan Faure | Crowning Queen | Single release
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

So I got this text message from Stephen “Spaz” Schnee the other day, telling me that Ronnie Barnett, founding member of The Muffs, was going to be in Sacramento over the Labor Day weekend. Now Spaz has been telling me for a while that the next time his friend Ronnie comes up to Sacramento, I should try to get him on Twirl Radio. Since this was “the next time”, I took that as my opportunity to invite him on. And what happened afterwards was fairly epic. I got not just Ronnie, but his fiance Julie, and Spaz himself. A nice full studio of fun people.

Ronnie and I chatted about The Muffs’ history, his history as a bass player and music fan, and we played a few tracks from the band’s legendary 1993 debut album. The four of us talked about a whole bunch of things including that so-important topic, Jimboy’s Tacos (a Sacramento “thing”, to be sure). That hour went by incredibly quickly, and I look forward to another visit sometime in the future.

Then to kick off the second hour, Spaz fulfilled a long-running inside joke of ours. Since last November, he would occasionally ask me if I was going to play a track from the new Christopher Cross album. (Christopher Cross, as you may recall, was the “captain of early 80’s yacht rock”.) So he finally got to play a track from that album. Moral of the story: if you want something done right, do it yourself! He also treated me to a brand new Gilbert O’Sullivan track as well!

And we rolled out some more brand new 2018 music–and I even kicked off the show with perhaps the only Labor Day song I’ve ever heard: “Labor Day”, by William Cleere + The Marvelous Fellas, a great duet between William Cleere and Karla Kane of The Corner Laughers. A great song for a nice long weekend. Enjoy the show–it was a particularly spirited episode!


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