Tuesday, September 22, 2009

WAMU 88.5 FM 06-29-1982 The Overnight Express Show




















Well we solved a mystery from the last WAMU Tape. Seeing how this one was taped on June 29th 1982 it only makes sense the other tape was taped a few days before. The tape is dated 06-27-82 and 06-30-1982 yet the DJ mention's it is June 29th while running throught the Concert Calender.
The DJ's here (Bruce Rosenstein and Lee)also mention that this is the last Overnight Express show. Great tunes and awesome Concert Calender to bring back memories of long lost venues and bands.
There is also an interview with Rupert Chappelle. I really don't know who he is, but here he is announcing a 25 band free concert in D.C. I swear he reminds me of a DeeJay on WGTB way back in the 70's. Apparently he is a ground breaker in alternative music in the DC area. Google his name for his 'MySpace' page and other stuff...
This tape will take you back to the good 'ol days of Underground Music in the D.C. area.
This is just one side of a 90 minute tape. Side 2 is a David Bowie LP.

Thanks DaveB for this one!


The Mood Elevators. Perfect Zebras, The Bristol Band, Panarama, The Name, Dream Syndicate, Blue Orchids, Love, Concert Calender, Rupert Chappelle Interview, Graham Parker, Frank Zappa

82MB, MP3@320, 45 Minutes

HERE

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rupert Chappelle was one of the many local talents that played the DC venues... For some reason, I am linking him (in my mind) with "Happy the Man". Good Luck trying to find their stuff! I actually have a couple of their CD's and nother Tape if you can't find their stuff.

This tape, and the "other" WAMU tape were the start of my Radio "ripping" (to tape) experience. The ad hoc (real time) editing is no doubt very rough, but the music is great to listen to. (sigh) Gone are the days when you would hear HOURS of music only interrupted by a periodic overdub of "this is WHFS 102.3FM" or other appropriate radio announcements...

So Enjoy these tapes... :) I know I do.

-- Dave B.

Camarillo Brillo said...

I remember Happy The Man...I might have seen them too...I recall fusion/progressive jazz of the likes of Billy Cobham and George Duke...
It's cool that we are delving into your 1st tapes of quality radio...nope...never gonna be anything like it again...unless you count satellite radio..which I don't need or have...who needs to pay for a subscription for tunes when you have more music then you can possibly listen to in a lifetime.
Thanks again Dave...

It's Uncle Jim said...

Rupert Chappelle wasn't in Happy the Man, that was Kit Watkins. HTM was a notable DC area prog-rock band that sounded a lot like Gentle Giant and was frequently featured on WGTB. Chappelle is also a familiar name from this time, but unfortunately I can't place him either!

The host of the Overnight Express, Lee Michael Demsey, is still doing bluegrass on WAMU, albeit on the "Bluegrass Country" HD channel! http://bluegrasscountry.org/programs/the-lee-michael-demsey-show/

Camarillo Brillo said...

It's Uncle Jim,
Thanks for the feedback...when you listen to the tape...check out Rupert's voice...I know I've heard him on the radio before...

Anonymous said...

Wow, somebody hipped me to this link. Cool! I'm the Lee mentioned here, and I still work for WAMU, all these years later...doing Bluegrass music. Would love to get a copy of the final Overnight Express. I may have portions of it on cassette somewhere, but it would be nearly impossible to find, I fear.


Lee Michael Demsey

Camarillo Brillo said...

Thanks for stopping by Lee...Click the link labeled 'HERE' and download the tape...unzip the file and you've got yourelf a copy of the last show...Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Wow -- I can't believe it... I am SOOOO Happy that I had that tape for Lee. My purpose in life is complete (plop - just dropped dead on the floor -- no, not really, but it sounded like a good joke).

Anyway -- It is so funny that I have listened to this tape for so many years, and that I am able to turn on so many people (including the originators) to the tunes they did so long ago. A big thanks to Lee and the others that put out such good music for us all to hear (and record!) ...

Hot Damn!

Dave B.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for clarifying Uncle Bill --My mind isn't all that it used to be (of course, that doesn't mean it was all that great to begin with either :))

You are absolutely right -- it was Kit Watkins and Coco Rossell (sp?) that were in HTM -- I loved their stuff... I will have to look for some old Gentle Giant tunes -- A good friend of mine from long ago was into them, but I never had the opportunity to listen to them... We were always listening to other music that was always coming out...

Besides -- I loved going to Kemp Mill and Penguin Feather to look at the cut-outs -- that was a great way to experiment with music without spending a fortune...

Dave B.

Camarillo Brillo said...

Cut outs were a great way to invest in all kinds of music, that's so true. I used to spend most of my hard earned cash at the Record and Tape Exchange in College Park, MD. I easily have over 500 LP's from this guy. Spent many a Sat or Sun afternoon flippin' through the albums in that small crowded little shop...ah the good 'ol days!

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