Believe The Hype & Use The Hyphen

Multi-hyphenate: a person, especially a celebrity, with several professions or skills. See: singer-songwriter-guitarist-actor-writer-comedian-director Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, the inspiration for today’s (nerdiest yet?) themed set, since the influential indie rockers are coming to Ascend Amphitheater on Sunday with also-prolific Wilco. How will they ever fit in all the rawk?!

I fit in just nine songs on the August 12, 2021 #ThematicStatic, all with titles featuring hyphens or from bands/artists with hyphenated names. But we’ve compiled such a mighty list for you, complete with many of your requests, that this web post is simply that: a big ol’ list. Plus the actual show (listen!👇🏼). I also made a 2.5-hour playlist for you, embedded at the bottom. Listen to that, too! And tune in every Thursday, 9:11am CT, for #ThematicStatic.

#ThematicStatic Playlist

  • Beck – “E-Pro” (requested by Vince and Thomas)
    Sleater-Kinney – “You’re No Rock ‘n Roll Fun” 
  • The B-52’s – “Roam” (for Laura)
    tUnE-yArDs – “Bizness”
    Wu-Tang Clan – “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)” (requested by Anne)
    Nada Surf – “Hi-Speed Soul” (for Whitney)
    Siouxie and the Banchees – “Peek-a-Boo” (the call came from inside the house – it was Jewly Hight )
  • Otis Redding – “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)”
  • Bonus Track: Eagle-Eye Cherry – “Save Tonight” (for Martha Ann…and Fran’s East Side, where this has been sung on many an evening of kararoke)

Other Requests

Peggy requests Alt-J
  • alt-J – “Breezeblocks” (for Peggy)
  • (Which makes me think of the traditional folk ballad “Peggy-O,” and the Grateful Dead version that makes me cry.)
  • Jay-Z – “Big Pimpin’” (for Ethan)
  • Carla Thomas – “B-A-B-Y” (requested by Thomas)
  • US Girls – “L-Over” (from our own Emily Young, newly minted as Venue Coordinator!)
  • The Beatles – “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (for Mike)
  • Bon Iver – “715-CREEKS” (Andy’s pick)

Even More!

  • Jim James – “State of the Art – A.E.I.O.U.”
    The Go-Gos – “Our Lips Are Sealed”
    Pixies – “U-Mass”
  • Drive-By Truckers – “Never Gonna Change”
  • Salt-n-Pepa – “Whatta Man”
  • KRS-One – “Sound of da Police”
  • Bar-Kays “Too Hot to Stop Pt. 1”
  • Cars – “Candy-O”
  • Nirvana – “Heart-Shaped Box” or “D-7”
  • James – “Five-O”
  • The Bis-quits – “Betty Was Black (Willie Was White)” << throwback local love right here!
  • The Go-Betweens – “Cattle and Cain”
  • Cee-Lo Green – “Forget You”
  • George Harrison – “Wah-Wah”
  • Leon Bridges & Khruangbin – “C-Side”
  • Neutral Milk Hotel – “Two-Headed Boy”
  • Sir Mack Rice – “Mini-Skirt Minnie”
  • Tom Tom Club – “The Man with the 4-Way Hips”
  • Jerry Reed – “Ko-Ko Joe”
  • Heartless Bastards – “Hi-Line”
  • Dr. John – “Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya”
  • Sugarman 3 – “Funky So-and-So”
  • Stars – “Your Ex-Lover is Dead”

Next week we’re taking it META with songs about radio for National Radio Day, so make your requests and tell us why you love the radio via voice memo at!