History in Song, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Clay Frankel of Twin Peaks

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History in Song, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Clay Frankel of Twin Peaks

Sometimes musicians double as historians, documenting the world around them. This week, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite tracks about historical figures, events and places.

Then producer Alex Claiborne has a conversation with Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino about sobriety and how it has affected her music. And finally producer Andrew Gill talks with Clay Frankel of Twin Peaks about how the music documentary Dig! got him “hooked on sonics.”

Greg’s History Song Picks

  • Gordon Lightfoot “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”
  • Nena “99 Luftballons”
  • System of a Down “P.L.U.C.K.”
  • Lil Wayne “Tie My Hands”

Jim’s History Song Picks

  • Robyn Hitchcock “Cynthia Mask”
  • Uncle Tupelo “New Madrid”
  • Peter Gabriel “Biko”
  • Pere Ubu “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”

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Featured Songs

Best Coast, “For The First Time,” Always Tomorrow, Concord, 2020
Crosby Still Nash and Young, “Ohio,” (Single), Atlantic, 1970
Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Summertime Dream, Reprise, 1976
Robyn Hitchcock, “Cynthia Mask,” Eye, Twin/Tone, 1990
Nena , “99 Red Balloons,” 99 Luftballons, Epic, 1984
Uncle Tupelo, “New Madrid,” Anodyne, Sire, 1993
Portastatic, “Josephine,” Naked Pilsners, Matador, 1994
System of a Down, “P.L.U.C.K.,” System of a Down, American Recording & Columbia, 1998
Peter Gabriel, “Biko,” Peter Gabriel, Mercury, 1980
Lil Wayne, “Tie My Hands (feat. Robin Thicke),” Tha Carter III, Cash Money, 2008
Pere Ubu, “30 Seconds Over Tokyo,” 390° of Simulated Stereo, Rough Trade, 1981
Best Coast, “Master Of My Own Mind,” Always Tomorrow, Concord, 2020
Best Coast, “Wreckage,” Always Tomorrow, Concord, 2020
Best Coast, “Everything Has Changed,” Always Tomorrow, Concord, 2020
Best Coast, “Graceless Kids,” Always Tomorrow, Concord, 2020
Best Coast, “Rollercoaster,” Always Tomorrow, Concord, 2020
Twin Peaks, “Lookout Low,” Lookout Low, Grand Jury, 2019
Twin Peaks, “Better Than Stoned,” Lookout Low, Grand Jury, 2019
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, “Servo,” Give It Back!, Bomp!, 1997
The Nerves, “Hanging On The Telephone,” The Nerves, The Nerves, 1976
The Kinks, “Oklahoma U.S.A.,” Muswell Hillbillies, RCA Victor, 1971
Guy Clark, “L.A. Freeway,” Old No. 1, RCA Victor , 1975
Arlo Guthrie, “The City Of New Orleans,” Hobo’s Lullaby, Reprise , 1972
The Weakerthans, “One Great City!,” Reconstuction Site, Epitaph, 2003