The B-Side

Welcome to The B-Side - your source for all things music! We'll discuss, play, and share music, talk about what's interesting us in the industry, and give you our inside scoop on what's happening in the Iowa - and national - music scene.

Pre-1966 recordings by The Boys plus a song from Ringo's and McCartney's very first solo albums.

No rhyme, no reason, no theme! Random Fab Four songs and a few tunes from Ringo's new CD.

Tonight's playlist was suggested by listener Paul DuBay (who listens to IPR in San Antonio TX via streamed audio) with the theme "The Lonely Beatles" (all songs having the word "lonely" in the lyric)

Des Moines listener Shawn Plank is back with a Beatle song list that spotlights The Fab songs with that "standards" feeling.

Round and round with songs first by Ringo, then John, then Paul, then George, then repeat!

Cedar Falls IPR listener Andrew Carey has a John and George playlist this week.

Cedar Falls listener J. O'Laughlin revists the "Paul Is Dead" theory of 1969.

This week's medley was picked out by listeners Doug Reedy from Omaha and Carol Kress from Solon with the theme: Whatever Gets You Through The Night-songs about After Hours

This week's medley originally aired on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012

Three times the fun! A 3-fers edition of the show gives us 3 songs by each featured band or artist.

An all new spotlight segment show with rockabilly music originally released on the Capitol label in the 50s, including songs by Gene Vincent and Wanda Jackson plus British Invasion sounds of The Pretty Things and The Mersey Beats and some women who rocked the 80s like Chrissie Hynde and Annie Lennox. And that's just in the FIRST hour!

Women in rock'n'roll history with a special half hour devoted to Shaun Murphy

Because of some construction updates going on at the IPR Cedar Falls studios, I'm unable to do a LIVE edition of Backtracks this month, but that's not stopping us from a "listener picks" version of the show. It's music suggested by listeners via email, Facebook, US Mail, and phone message this week!

It's a Spotlight Segment edition of the program, changing focus about every 15 minutes. Included are spotlights on the rockabilly music released on the Imperial label in the 50s; some more song comparisons between the hit version and it's NOT SO familiar original version; and a bunch of leftovers from last week's Birthday Party Special.

It's my party and I'll play what I want to! My annual birthday show includes early 60s Dance Craze songs, LOTS of British Invasion tunes, late 60s soul music and early 70s Hippie jams.

It's time for the annual Elvis Presley Special (Jan. 6 is his birthday) Hits, live recordings, songs from his movies, interviews with fans and even a few words from Ed Sullivan in 1957!

A "best of" spotlight segment show including 50s rockabilly and vocal groups, some more comparisons of hit songs and their not so familiar original versions, and a whole lot of 60s/70s collector's vinyl from IPR's Studio One library.

It's a rock'n'roll Christmas party! Songs for the season by The Cadillacs, James Brown, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Jan & Dean, Otis Redding, Squeeze, XTC and many more. Happy Holidays!

It's the last all new spotlight segment edition of Backtracks for the year. Including 50s rockabilly from Laura Lee Perkins and Bob Luman, some rockin' Christmas songs from Darlene Love, Jimi Hendrix, and Fishbone AND listener suggestions leftover from the 12/8 LIVE show.

It's the monthly LIVE show! In addition to listener picks, we'll hear rockabilly music from the Capitol lable in the 50s, some rock 'n' roll Christmas songs, and a few tunes from yet another Warner Bros. sampler record that I recently added to my own collection. Advance requests: or call during the program 800-772-2440 ext. 5

It's an all vinyl show spotlighting records that I found in the IPR library while trying to find all the listener suggestions during the recent live shows. If obscure music on vinyl is your thing, this is the show for you, including music by Trooper, Barrabas, Redbone, and Ian Lloyd & Stories.

This show originally aired 6/16/12

It's the annual Thanksgiving Leftovers show! Music originally selected for past show spotlights that never made those programs including songs from the Rockabilly Essentials series, some late 60s British psychedelia, and LOTS and LOTS pf listener suggestions leftover from the live show of two weeks ago.

It's a Best of Spotlight Segment show. Hour #1 was originally aired 4/9/11 and spotlights the 50s R & B roots of rock'n'roll with George Jackson and The Tibbs Bros, some rare early Johnny Cash and the West Coast sounds of Johnny Otis and Louis Prima. Hour #2, originally aired 10/1/11, spotlights late 60s and early 70s Progressive Rock including Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Wishbone Ash

It's the monthly LIVE show! In addition to listener suggestions, I'll have spotlights on rockabilly music from the Imperial label in the 50s and late 60s British psychedelia from the vaults of EMI records. Advance requests: or call during the program 800-772-2440 ext. 5.

On a recent trip out west, I stopped in Council Bluffs to visit a VERY unsusual record store-Kanesville Collectables, which advertises it has A MILLION records on site. The whole top floor of their warehouse is $1 records (perfect for the "frugal" collector like me!) This week's Backtracks is music from compilations I got at Kanesville for $1.

A reprise of Halloween specials from years past. Voodoo from Lavern Baker, Spooky Movies with Roy Clark and Bloodrock's macabre DOA all part of the mix. Costume optional, lots of tricks and treats guaranteed!

Music content of this show originally aired 10/29/11

An all new show with spotlights on the roots of rockabilly music, some One-Hit Wonders of the late 50s, early British Pscychedelia from the EMI lable and lots and lots of leftover listener suggestions from last week's live show.

It's the first EVAH, LIVE afternoon Backtracks show! Advance requests: or call 800-772-2440 ext. 5 during the show. Remember, the show deals exclusively in songs that are at least 25 years old.

A survey of lots of new acquisitions for the show including Roots of Rockabilly featuring Hank Snow and Hardrock Gunter; some one-hit wonders like The Bonnie Sisters and The Mello-Tones; some 60s British Psychedelia with The Gods and The Idle Race; and some 70s hits by Melanie and Blood Sweat and Tears.

It's a "Best Of" spotlight segment show including 50s R & B from The Clovers and Big Joe Turner; some early takes of George Harrison songs; and live performances by 10 Years After and Iron Butterfly.

The music content of this show originally aired 6/9/12

It's time again to triple our fun with another 3-fer show! Three songs from each of the featured artists including The Ronettes, The Byrds, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Leon Russell, Grand Funk Railroad, and The B52s.