PopOff! #39: There Are No Words (Part 1)

PopOff! #39: There Are No Words (Part 1)

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 1st and 3rd 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 climb into the PopOff! Bubble and let’s get to it!!

Hello Poppies! Welcome to this two part series focusing on hit songs and classics that all have one thing in common … they have (mostly) no words. Part one dives into some of the biggest songs of the big band swing era, rock ‘n’roll in the 50s and the 60s soul and surf sounds, plus some other pop culture icon of music. Part 2 will descend into disco and new wave, then tribal dance scenes of house, techno and the rave. Enjoy!




Glenn Miller Orchestra – Ine The Mood
Lil Armstrong and her Dixielanders – Riffin’ The Blues
Duke Ellington Orchestra – Take The “A” Train
Artie Shaw – Stardust
Harry James Orchestra – Trumpet Blues
Count Basie Orchestra – One O’Clock Jump
Charlie Varnet – Skyliner
Mary Lou Williams – Roll ‘Em
Hadda Brooks – Swingin’ The Boogie
International Sweethearts Of Rhythm – She’s Crazy With The Heat
Al Dexter and his Troopers – Guitar Polka
Dizzy Gillespie – A Night In Tunisia
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – Well Get, It
Ted Weems Orchestra – Heartaches
Thelnious Monk – Round Midnight
The Third Man Theme
Pee Wee Crayton – Blues After Hours
Les Paul – Nola
Perez Prado – Mambo #5
Earl Bostic – Flamingo
Little Walter – Juke
Jimmy Forrest – Night Train
Ralph Flanagan – Hot Toddy
Les Baxter – The High And The Mighty
Johnny Guitar Watson – Space Guitar
Roger Williams – Autumn Leaves
Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk (Pts. 1&2)
Eddie Heywood & Hugo Winterhalter – Canadian Sunset
Mitch Miller – The River Kwai March
Bill Justis – Raunchy
Link Wray – Rumble
Duane Eddy – Rebel Rouser
Henry Macini – Peter Gunn
Santo & Johnny – Sleep Walk
Earle Hagen Herbert Spencer – Andy Griffith Show Theme
Peggy Jones – Aztec
Ray Charles – One Mint Julep
Booker T. and The Mgs – Green Onions
Mongo Santamaria – Watermelon Man
The Surfaris – Wipeout
Toots Thielemans – Bluesette
Jr. Walkers and the All Stars – Shotgun
Goldie and the Gingerbreads – The Skip
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brasst – A Taste Of Honey
The Viscounts – Harlem Nocturne
The Bar-Kays – Soul Finger
Lalo Schfrin – Mission Impossible
Hugh Masakela – Grazing In The Grass
The Ventures – Hawaii 5-0 Theme
Memphis Minnie – Pickin’ The Blues
Fats Waller – Hanful Of Keys
Benny Goodman – Sing Sing Sing
Bob Crosby and his Bob Cats – Big Noise From Winnetka
Flatts and Scruggs –Foggy Mountain Breakdown
The Champs – Tequila
Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take 5
John Barry & Orchestra – James Bond Theme
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Linus and Lucy
Paul Mauriat – Love Is Blue

Bonus Beat:
Bessie Smith & Louis Amrstrong – Sobbin’ Heart Blues

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