Capital Radio 4-15: The Taxman Cometh

Tax Day brings The Beatles’ “Taxman,” of course, but also another dozen songs about taxation, ten more songs about paying the man; and 17 additional tracks about the root of all this consternation – money. 

Technical problems in the show seemed to start happening when the most incendiary anti-tax songs were playing — “Me and the I.R.S.,” in which Johnny Paycheck suggests where the agency shove it, and Sharon Jones, who wonders “What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?” (Sorry about the glitches; they shouldn’t appear in the archived edition here). 

We toasted the 130th birthday of Bessie Smith (who of course is no longer with us), and the 80th of Dave Edmunds (who is). Also blew out candles for rockabilly cat Bob Luman, country’s Chris Stapleton, and pop songwriter Linda Perry. Closed with some Joey Ramone, who left us this day in 2001.

Here’s the set list: 

Capital Radio  April 15, 2024. 1 – 3:35 p.m. 

“Capital Radio Two,” The Clash

“Sunny Afternoon,” The Kinks 

“1040 Blues,” The Robert Cray Band

“Taxman [Take 11],” The Beatles 

“Tax Free,” Jim Hendrix 

“Tax Payin’ Blues,” J.B. Lenoir

“Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All,” Ry Cooder

“Sales Tax,” Mississippi Sheiks 

“What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?” Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

“Me and the I.R.S.,” Johnny Paycheck 

“Ideology,” Billy Bragg 

“Success Story,” The Who 

“Troubles, Troubles,” Charles “Frogman” Henry

“Pay the Man,” David Lindley 

“No Pay Day,” Vasti Jackson

“The Price You Pay,” Bruce Springsteen

“Pay for It,” The Both

“Pay Me,” Tom Waits

“Pay You Back With Interest,” The Hollies 

“Pay It Back,” Elvis Costello 

“Pay to the Piper,” Chairmen of the Board 

“You’ve Got to Pay the Price,” The Supremes 

“You’ll Pay,” The Black Keys

“Money Is,” Little Richard

“Money (That’s What I Want),” Barrett Strong 

“If You’ve Got the Money I’ve Got the Time,” Lefty Frizzell 

“Money in My Pocket,” Dennis Brown 

“Money Honey,” Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters 

“Moneygrabber,” Fitz & the Tantrums 

“Low Budget,” The Kinks 

“For the Love of Money,” The O’Jays 

“Opportunities (Let’s Makes Lots of Money),” Pet Shop Boys 

“Lawyers, Guns and Money,” Warren Zevon 

“The Moneymaker,” Rilo Kiley

“Moneymaker,” Everlast 

“Shake Your Moneymaker,” Elmore James 

“It’s Only Money, Tyrone,” Marah

“It’s Money That I Love,” Randy Newman

“Money,” Badfinger 

“Free Money,” Patti Smith 

“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” Bessie Smith 

“Careless Love Blues,” Bessie Smith 

“It Makes My Love Come Down,” Bessie Smith

“Let’s Think About Living,” Bob Luman 

“Red Hot,” Bob Luman 

“Make Up Your Mind Baby,” Bob Luman 

“I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock ’n’ Roll),” Dave Edmunds 

“I Hear You Knocking,” Dave Edmunds 

“Girls Talk,” Dave Edmunds 

“Lucky,” Radiohead 

“Shangri-La,” EOB

“Beautiful,” Lemonheads

“Arkansas,” Chris Stapleton 

“I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up),” Joey Ramone 

“Don’t Worry About Me,” Joey Ramone

“What a Wonderful World,” Joey Ramone 

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