I noticed this week that Casey made a point of saying that he personally liked Hello Stranger by Yvonne Elliman. I remember hearing the first countdown a few years ago and noticing he did the same for Tighter Tighter (I think that was the one).
Of course he also sometimes predicted a song would do well, or had apparent genuine enthusiasm in his voice for a song, but neither are really the same thing.
I don't remember Casey doing this very often. We were discouraged from doing it on the radio, possibly since there were always some listeners who didn't like a song, and they might associate the announcer with the song, even after it was off the charts.
Does anyone remember any other times Casey did this?
Last Edit: Apr 25, 2011 21:29:49 GMT -5 by chrislc
Post by dukelightning on Apr 25, 2011 21:32:09 GMT -5
You are right about Tighter, Tighter. Another song in this category has to be Afternoon Delight. I heard 2 shows from 1976 last year in which he expressed a lot of enthusiasm for that song especially when it hit #1 as that show was played. Of course, he also mentioned in the 3/13/71 show aired recently that he was pulling for the Jackson Five to make it 5 straight #1 songs...with Mama's Pearl.
That's the letter U and the numeral 2 . The four man band features Adam Clayton on bass, Larry Mullin on drums, Dave Evans, nicknamed The Edge on..." Casey Kasem:[angry] "This is bulls**t! Nobody cares! These guys are from England, and who gives a s**t! It's a lot of wasted names that don't mean diddly s**t!!!"
"I Want Your Sex" (didn't mention the title a couple of times)?
That wasn't directed as a reflection on his personal choices, that was a production choice. Cue sheets for shows with the song in it, at least the ones I have, including a memo from elizabeth rollins, producer at the time, advising stations on how to cut the song out of the countdown by dubbing the segment on tape and editing at certain points. For stations running the full segments from the discs, only the chart position and/or artist was mentioned. The title never was, even with a charlie van dyke show I have with it in the countdown.
As a sidenote, the station I received one of the shows from actually put a file folder label over the segment disc grooves saying "play this segment off tape" It was a pain to clean the lp to get the goo out of the grooves.
What about the ones he didn't like. There were alot of times that it seemed like he was annoyed by having to play certain songs.
I read an interview with Casey conducted a few years ago when asked what he considered the worst record he could remember, and his answer was "Oh Happy Day" by Don Howard, a one hit wonder from 1952-53; from links in the Wikipedia entry on the song he apparently wasn't the only DJ who disliked it. At least he didn't have to play it on AT40. (BTW, it's hearable on You Tube, and is not the same song as the Edwin Hawkins Singers' "Oh Happy Day".)
As for the U2 outtake, that probably occurred when the band first charted and Casey may not have known much about them (note how he got their home country wrong) or anticipated their ultimate popularity and impact. By 1987 he would be doing stories on them where he sounded enthusiastic about their mass success and advocacy for numerous sociopolitical causes.