Episode 2: Yourtown, U.S.A.

Written by on November 6, 2016

 

Bar Street in Troy, Montana, 1970s (from the Noirsville blog).

Bar Street in Troy, Montana, 1970s (from the Noirsville blog).

 

Episode 2 of The Road to Nowhere follows us down the dead-end streets of small town America. There are ghostly bars, gleaming, formica-covered diners, glittering high school proms, and the interminable, hypnotic roads that lead to somewhere, anywhere else . . . and back home. “Yourtown U.S.A.” focuses on outsider country, dreamy doo wop, rock, and pop from the ’50s through the ’80s (plus lots of lip smacking, a.k.a. “body music”, courtesy of DJ Finn).

 

Still from "Paris, Texas", 1984. From Springsteen's "Open All Night": Your eyes get itchy in the wee wee hours/Sun's just a red ball rising over them refinery towers.

Paris, Texas, 1984. From Springsteen’s “Open All Night”: Your eyes get itchy in the wee wee hours/Sun’s just a red ball rising over them refinery towers.

 

Playlist:

Track

Artist

Album

  • Fort Worth
    Lee Hazlewood
    Trouble Is a Lonesome Town (Reissue)
  • Petoskey Town
    Harry Charles
    7"
  • Ghost Town
    Eddie Miller and His Band
    7"
  • Lonely Sidewalks
    Donald Adkins
    7"
  • Bob's Big Boy
    David Lynch
    Catching the Big Fish: Mediation, Consciousness, and Creativity
  • I Almost Lost My Mind
    Duane Eddy
    Have "Twangy" Guitar, Will Travel
  • Bad Cat
    Roy Orbison
    The Soul of Rock and Roll
  • Open All Night
    Bruce Springsteen
    Nebraska
  • I Gotta Get a Message to You
    Morning-Noon and Night
    7"
  • Bring Me Happiness
    Rosie and Ron
    7"
  • Radio Spot #4: Good Taste Tip - Dating Courtesy
    The Shangri-Las
    Myrmidons of Melodrama
  • Freshman Girl, Senior Boy
    Loy Clingman
    The Arizona Cowboy
  • He Knows I Love Him Too Much
    The Paris Sisters
    Sing For All Their Boys
  • Rockin' Back Inside My Heart
    Julee Cruise
    Floating Into the Night
  • She Says
    Frank Sinatra
    Watertown
  • Dusty Roads
    Eve
    Lee Hazlewood Industries: There's a Dream I've Been Saving, 1966-1971
  • Albuquerque
    Neil Young
    Tonight's the Night
  • Helpless
    Buffy Sainte-Marie
    She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina

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