March 6, 2024 Playlist

The Finale part two: The Final Show
Featuring some of the greatest groups of the groovy era
Led Zeppelin's untitled 4th album (1971)
Led Zeppelin's untitled 4th album  AKA "Led Zeppelin IV" 1971 (UK)
The Kosmik Radiation show has come to a close with the airing of this episode. Our final classic album is simply one of the most popular classic rock albums of all time, and contains the greatest classic rock song of the 1970's. There isn't much I can say about Zeppelin IV that hasn't been said many times before. I figured it would make a classy finale!
The Kosmik Radiation show debuted on the FM airwaves in April 2005, and WORT-FM and this website began hosting recent programs online for your listening enjoyment around the summer of 2006. The show was originally on from 2:00 to 5:00 every Wednesday morning (i.e., late nite Tuesday) until early 2009 when the show moved to the same timeslot on Friday mornings (i.e., Thursday late night.) At the end of summer 2014, Kosmik Radiation moved to 11:00 to 2:00 on Tuesday nights (not quite so late night!), where it remained until April 2018. At that time, host Dave 3000 moved from Madison to Chicago, and from then on the program was pre-recorded and submitted for airplay rather than "performed" live on the air from WORT's studio in the middle of the night. At this time, Kosmik Radiation also returned to the same timeslot the show originated with in 2005! Although the format evolved over the years, Kosmik Radiation always focused on "psychedelic, progressive, heavy and underground sounds from all around": groovy music (and sometimes other audio weirdness) from all over the world, since the years when music got "groovy" in the middle of the previous century (roughly around BeBop and Varese). Although the show certainly played a ton of records from the 1960's and 70's, nearly a third of the tracks played on Kosmik Radiation were new records released in the preceding 12 months - overwhelmingly on small indie labels or self-released music.
Originally the first show of every month was going to be a deep dive into a legendary (or obscure) artist of yesteryear, however the Digital Millenium Copyright Act rules for webcasting made that impossible once WORT programs went online. So instead there were monthly specials focusing on specific years, genres, musical instruments (including a sitar show and a cowbell show; I actually had a cowbell mic-ed up in the studio and played along to many of the songs to add EVEN MORE COWBELL!) There was a three-part series on psychedelic music in Japan I did back in 2007 (part one - two - three), and in the late 2010's that sort of came full circle when I started playing a lot of contemporary J-pop on the show. Sometimes I played records on top of each other, backwards, at the wrong speed, and created live "collage" mixes on the air. One time I brought a guitar to the studio and mic'ed it up so I could jam along to the Dead live on the air. Probably the most elaborate show was the 2008 Neil Young birthday episode: a six-hour program with a band performing nearly two hours of Neil songs live from WORT's studio! There was also an incredibly strange Beatles special that year with a different bunch of musicians live in the studio. I did some pretty creative thematic shows, like making up "imaginary albums" from legendary groups that broke up, hosting a goofy novelty music show "in character" (all of my air breaks were completely scripted for that one), and an electronic music special where all the air breaks were performed by synthsized "robot" voices.
Basically, I got to try out just about every wacky idea I had for interesting things to do on the radio! Whatever part of this 6,888 day (nearly 19 year) journey into weird late night radio that you were a part of, THANKS FOR LISTENING!

  -- "stay groovy!" - your now-former host, Dave 3000
(R) = Listener Request       
Artist Song Album Year Country
Can (Damo Suzuki 1950-2024)Mother SkySoundtracks1970Germany/Japan
The FallI Am Damo SuzukiThis Nation's Saving Grace1984UK
The BeatlesStrawberry Fields ForeverMagical Mystery Tour1967UK
The MonkeesCircle SkyHead1968USA/UK
The Rolling Stones2000 Light Years From HomeTheir Satanic Majesties Request1967UK
The ByrdsEight Miles HighFIfth Dimension1966USA
Jefferson AirplaneDCBA-25Surrealistic Pillow1967USA
Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandElectricitySafe As Milk1967USA
The WhoBaba O'ReillyWho's Next1971UK
Pink FloydSpeak To Me / BreatheThe Dark Side Of The Moon1973UK
The Guess WhoNo TimeCanned Wheat1969Canada
Steely DanKid CharlamagneThe Royal Scam1976USA
SantanaIncident At NeshaburAbraxas1970USA/Mexico
The TemptationsBall Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)7" single (Greatest Hits Volume II)1970USA
Sly & The Family StoneLuv & HaightThere's A Riot Goin' On1971USA
FunkadelicSuper StupidMaggot Brain1971USA
Talking HeadsOnce In A LifetimeRemain In Light1980USA
Mission Of BurmaSecretsVs.1982USA
The Stooges1970Funhouse1970USA
ChromeT.V. As EyesHalf Machine Lip Moves1979USA
Van der Graaf GeneratorThe Sphinx In The FaceThe Quiet Zone - The Pleasure Dome1977UK
Emerson Lake & PalmerHoedown (Aaron Copland)Trilogy1972UK
KraftwerkThe RobotsThe Man-Machine1978Germany
FaustJenniferFaust IV1973Germany
Black SabbathBlack Sabbath (R)Black Sabbath1970UK
Judas PriestTyrant (live)Unleashed In The East1979UK
Led ZeppelinBlack Doguntitled 4th album
Led ZeppelinRock And Rolluntitled 4th album
Grateful DeadBox Of RainAmerican Beauty1970USA
Led ZeppelinStairway To Heavenuntitled 4th album

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