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Little Steven's Underground Garage

Underground Garage
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Broadcast area United States
Frequency Sirius XM Radio 21
Dish Network 6025
Format FreeForm
Class Satellite Radio Station
Owner Renegade Nation
Website SiriusXM: Underground Garage

Underground Garage is the name shared by two related but different radio outlets, a syndicated show and a satellite radio station, both created and supervised by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt to present rock 'n' roll and garage rock on radio. Both outlets play a mixture of garage rock both old and new, and the music which influenced today's garage rock.

One of the outlets is a weekly syndicated radio show – broadcasting under the full title Little Steven's Underground Garage – heard on over 200 terrestrial FM radio stations in 130 major cities in the USA and in many countries outside the US. The two-hour show is written, hosted and produced by Van Zandt. The show debuted on approximately 30 US stations in 2003 and has become one of the fastest-growing syndicated music radio shows in the US. It is heard by approximately one million listeners in the US each week.

The other outlet is a 24-hours-a-day-7-days-a-week satellite radio channel (named: Underground Garage) heard nationwide in the USA & Canada on Sirius XM Radio (Sirius 21,[1] previously 25 and XM 21,[2] previously 59) and via Dish Network satellite TV – and heard worldwide on Sirius/XM Internet Radio.

The radio channel is programmed and run by Van Zandt. The programs are hosted by a team of personalities personally selected by Van Zandt. On-air hosts on the channel include original Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham, punk rock singer Handsome Dick Manitoba, The Mighty Manfred (lead singer of The Woggles), veteran FM radio deejays Kid Leo and Bill Kelly, rock entrepreneur Kim Fowley and musician/producer Genya Ravan (originally the singer in Goldie & the Gingerbreads). A version of the popular Breakfast with the Beatles program, hosted by Chris Carter, appears on the channel each Sunday.

As of February 19, 2007, Van Zandt began hosting a regular spot Monday through Friday at 11am, 3pm, and 7pm in between each program.

In musical terms, the radio channel is an extension of Van Zandt's own weekly radio show and shares the same philosophy.

Musical philosophy

The music format of both the weekly terrestrial radio show and the 24/7 satellite radio channel is based on Van Zandt's musical philosophy and approach to rock 'n' roll. Van Zandt believes that rock 'n' roll is a continuum from the early 1950s onwards and that it is artificial and counter-productive to segregate music by the decade it was created. So the Underground Garage presents music from every decade since the beginnings of rock 'n' roll in the early 1950s to the present day.

Stylistically, the format's offerings span such genres and categories as garage rock, girl groups, British Invasion, psychedelic music, rockabilly, surf rock, and punk rock. The music is fully integrated so that listeners hear recordings by rock pioneers such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard and Elvis Presley juxtaposed with records by present-day garage bands like The Contrast – and multiple artists from the four decades between.

Van Zandt has stated that he hopes to draw younger listeners (who are attracted because of the current artists) to hear the historic acts that paved the way for today's rock. And older listeners (who are attracted because of the vintage artists) to hear the artists who are carrying on the tradition. He has described the format playlist as featuring "the bands that influenced the Ramones, the bands that were influenced by the Ramones, and the Ramones."[3]

"The Coolest Song in the World This Week"

On both the Sirius XM channel and on the syndicated show, one song is proclaimed as "The Coolest Song in the World This Week." At the end of 2006, listeners were invited to choose among the 52 songs to pick the year's best. The results were as follows:

  • 1. The Woggles: "It's Not About What I Want"
  • 2. The Charms: "So Romantic"
  • 3. Anderson Council: "Pinkerton's Assorted Colours"
  • 4. Primal Scream: "Country Girl"
  • 5. New York Dolls: "Dance Like A Monkey"
  • 6. The Shys: "Never Gonna Die"
  • 7. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: "Everyone Knows"
  • 8. The Raconteurs: "Steady, As She Goes"
  • 9. The Maggots: "King Of The Freaks"
  • 10. The Holograms: "Are You Ready For It"

The same concept was applied in 2009, with listeners voting at the end of the year for their favorite "Coolest Song in the World This Week." The 2009 results are as follows:[4]

In addition to selecting a "Coolest Song in the World This Week" and voting for "Coolest Song in the World This Year," at the end of 2009, Little Steven also posted his "25 Coolest Albums of the Decade" and "50 Coolest Songs This Decade." The top 10 Coolest Albums of the decade were:[5]

The Top 10 "Coolest Songs of the Decade" were:[6]

  • 1. Joey Ramone: "Maria Bartiromo"
  • 2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: "My Lucky Day"
  • 3. Oasis: "Lyla"
  • 4. Mick Jagger and John Lennon: "Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup"
  • 5. Foxboro Hot Tubs: "Stop Drop and Roll"
  • 6. Locksley: "There's a Love"
  • 7. Cocktail Slippers: "Don't Ever Leave Me"
  • 8. Cheap Trick: "If It Takes a Lifetime'
  • 9. Primal Scream: "Dolls"
  • 10. Tinted Windows: "Nothing to Me"

Listening to the Underground Garage

The weekly syndicated radio show

  • On FM radio stations in USA – Station details (click on "Radio Affiliates")
  • On select radio stations in Europe/Asia Station details (click on "Radio Affiliates")
  • In multiple nations worldwide via Voice of America Radio

The 24/7 radio channel

See also


External links

  • Official website of the Underground Garage
  • SiriusXM: Underground Garage

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