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Song Lists circa 1999

Erin was unpacking and came across a historical treasure of vast importance: two of my old college radio song logs from 1999! I've transcribed one of the two lists below, along with the scanned images of both logsheets. If you look closely at the second logsheet, you may be able to detect the anxiety of a person just days away from graduation and having to move 2000 miles across the country. 3 short months later I met Erin during Spring Break in San Francisco. 4 short months later I received my acceptance letter from the UC Berkeley Astronomy Dept. The rest is, as they say, history...


DJ: JohnJohn Time: mid-3am Day: Wednesday Date: 10 Nov 1999

Artist - Tune

American Football - Five Silent Miles
Mineral - Forlvadell.
Rainer Maria - Lost, Dropped and Cancelled
Pedro the Lion - Big Trucks
Radiolaria - Cellophane
The VanPelt - Shame On You
Vitreous Humor - Why are you so mean to me?
Aloha - i never use the shoreway
Haywood - The kids are taking aim
Atavin - fortune telling fish
Les Savy Fav - We've got boxes
At The Drive-in - Rascuache
The Union of a Man and Woman - Sixteen cars collide
Bedhead - The rest of the day
Silver Scooter - Good man down
Rainer Maria - Put me to sleep
Braid - A dozen roses
Errortype II - Born in the 80's
Lustre King - Don't Kid the Midget
Pilot to Gunner - Wires
Flin Flon - Upper Ferry
Tristan Psionic - Air Traffic Control
Juno - All Your Friends are Comedians



Man, that new Rainer Maria EP sure did rock!

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Amy said…
I found a stack of mine a while back in a rubbermaid container. Memories...

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