Capital Radio 7-8: Beck, Age and Change

Doesn’t seem that the babyfaced performer known as Beck could possibly be turning 54 today, but there you go. Other birthdays celebrated today: Louis Jordan, Jimmie Johnson, Crickets bassist Joe B. Mauldin  and Jaimoe (turning 80!). 

But age and aging dominated the show, just as it seems to have the national conversation. 

So: songs about getting older; about how that leads to changes (or doesn’t) and whether it should be cause for leaving. But pretty good songs all along, from Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen to The Strypes, the Independents, Sharon Jones, Irma Thomas and both Billies — Eilish and Holiday.

Here’s the setlist: 

Capital Radio. July 8, 2024. 1 – 3:33 p.m.  www.cygnusradio.com 

“Capital Radio Two,” The Clash

“Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens,” Louis Jordan 

“Saturday Night Fish Fry (Parts 1 & 2),” Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five

“Maybellene,” Chuck Berry 

“Nadine,” Chuck Berry 

“Carol,” Chuck Berry 

“Tanqueray,” Johnnie Johnson & Keith Richards 

“Can You Stand It,” Johnnie Johnston 

“In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (live),” The Allman Brothers Band 

“Think It Over,” Buddy Holly & the Crickets

“That’ll Be the Day,” Buddy Holly & the Crickets

“Not Fade Away,” Buddy Holly & the Crickets 

“He’s a Mighty Good Leader,” Beck 

“Devil’s Haircut,” Beck 

“The Golden Age,” Beck 

“Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime,” Beck 

“Old Man,” Beck

“Old Man,” Love 

“Old Man,” Lead Belly 

“Old John Robertson,” The Byrds

“Older,” They Might Be Giants 

“Getting Older,” Billie Eilish 

“Older Guys,” Flying Burrito Brothers 

“Younger Men Grow Older,” Richie Havens 

“How Old is 75?” Loudon Wainwright III

“Get Older,” Matthew Sweet 

“Now That I’m Older,” Sufjan Stevens 

“Just Getting Older,” Oasis 

“Fred Jones Part 2,” Ben Folds

“You’ve Changed,” Billie Holiday 

“Things Have Changed,” Pete Townshend 

“Things Have Changed,” Bob Dylan 

“Something Changed,” Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

“Suddenly Everything Has Changed,” The Flaming Lips 

“Baby I’ve Changed,” Fountains of Wayne 

“Times Have Changed,” Irma Thomas 

“Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye with Kimbra 

“Changed the Locks,” Lucinda Williams

“Nothing Has Changed” Elliott Smith with Neil Gust 

“Nothing’s Changed,” Chris Isaak 

“Nothing’s Changed,” The Zombies 

“Leaving This Town,” The Beach Boys 

“I’m Leaving,” The Mark Four 

“Leaving Me,” The Independents 

“Alexandra Leaving,” Leonard Cohen

“Leaving Alone,” Iain Matthews 

“Leaving Here,” The Strypes 

“Leaving Here,” Eddie Holland

“I Was Just Leaving,” Robbie Fulks 

“You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving,” David Bowie 

“So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright,” Simon & Garfunkel 

Capital Radio returns July 15 at 1 p.m. EDT on www.cygnusradio.com, where this and recent shows are archived. Older shows are available at Substack.com/@rogercatlin. The broadcast is also available on the free cygnusradio.com app, available at iTunes or GooglePlay.