Johnson's Improbable History of Pop

KPBX: Saturday 9pm-10pm

John Johnson conducts a tour of the obscure world of early rock and pop music. The 95% of records that never got commercial airtime have a home, Johnson’s Improbable History of Pop features those artists who fell through the commercial cracks.

March Programs

Feb 25, 2017

March 4, 2017
Through the Looking Glass

A special effects packed singles from the U.K.'s psychedelic explosion of the late 1960's. Including such nearly lost in time worthies as Dantalion's Chariot, the Tickle, the Rats, Rupert's People, and the Crocheted Doughnut Ring.

February Programs

Jan 31, 2017

February 4 & 11, 2017
Here Comes Summer

The ice and snow will eventually melt, that's a promise. Meanwhile change your own climate with a two part special on songs about summer and the warmer days ahead. Including Bob Dylan, the Monkees, Flaming Lips, B 52's, Peggy Lee, Gordon Lightfoot, Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, and many more.

January Programs

Dec 31, 2016

January 7, 2017
Second Plate of West Coast Soul

A followup to last month's show including Ike & Tina Turner, the Valentinos, Brenton Wood, and the Simms Twins.

January 14, 2017
Now Again Funk, Pt. 2

Raw 1970's independently produced funk for small labels from California, Texas, and Midwest as gathered and compiled by Egon at Stone's Throw/Now Again.

December Programs

Nov 26, 2016

December 3, 2016
Phil Seymour

Guest Bob Gallagher brings the story of this overlooked Oklahoma born drummer/vocalist including work with Dwight Twilley, the Textones, and his own solo albums.

November Programs

Nov 4, 2016

November 5, 2016
Rock & Roll Survivor

A profile of vocalist and keyboardist Bobby Whitlock,  including his solo career and time as member of Derek & the Dominoes with Eric Clapton.

November 12 , 2016
Blue Cheer

An encore presentation from 2000 on the San Francisco band often credited as the original pioneers of heavy rock.