The T.A.M.I. Show's 50th Anniversary

On October 28 and 29 of 1964, The T.A.M.I. Show concerts took place at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. With the acronym "T.A.M.I." alternately standing for "Teenage Awards Music International" and "Teen Age Music International"The T.A.M.I. Show is a landmark piece of pop culture history which featured some of the biggest acts of the era (including its hosts, Jan & Dean). The best footage from the two concerts was edited into a film (which was released on December 29, 1964). Over the years, The T.A.M.I. Show has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the greatest concert films ever. 

Below are just a few of the highlights:

  • James Brown & the Famous Flames' scorching 4-song set. 
  • The Barbarians' highly-energized performance of "Hey Little Bird", which featured a solo by their one-handed drummer Victor "Moulty" Moulton.
  • The gyrating dancers, one of whom was a 17-year old Teri Garr
  • The Miracles' electrifying performance of "Mickey's Monkey".

When the film was finally released on DVD in 2010 I wrote a review on my blog, which you can read here

To mark the The T.A.M.I. Show's 50th anniversary, I'll be doing a tribute on The Retro Mix (which airs from 6 pm to 9 pm) on Saturday November 1st. In addition to featuring most (if not all) of the songs performed in the film, I'll be spinning other oldies from the 50s through the early-mid 60s.  

Below is the trailer for The T.A.M.I. Show


Host Profile: DJ Drakon

What is the name of your show? Keep Calm & Rock On

Is there a story behind your on air name? There really is no story behind it. Just thought it sounded cool.

What's your show about and when does it air? It is a very strange combination of electronic music and hard rock. I generally follow a format where I start off with an hour of dubstep and hard electro, and then I'd do an hour of rock stuff, and then the last hour is whatever i personally feel like playing along with any requests i got during my session. I used to take the graveyard shift on earlier terms, but for now my show airs on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

How long has your show been on the air? This is currently the 7th B-section term I am on the air

What do you like to do in your spare time? I personally play a lot of video games like Dragon Age and Skyrim along with quite a bit of TCGs (trading card games) like Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone. D&D is also in my repertoire and I watch a lot of anime stuff. I like to think of my self as a "Well Rounded Nerd"

Tell us about a funny incident that happened during your show. One of the audio files I ended up getting for my show was corrupted and ended up cutting off about half way through. I ended up scrambling for a few seconds trying to cut down on the dead air time. It was terrifying at first, but looking back on it now, it was pretty hilarious.

Have you gotten any strange requests during your show? Yes. It was Principles of Lust by Enigma. Very strange song...not inherently bad. Just strange.

If you knew you were going to be stranded on a desert island and could choose only 10 songs, what would they be? 

1. Never Enough - Five Finger Death Punch
2. Manslaughter (VIP Mix) - Lets Be Friends
3. In The End - Linkin Park
4. Master of Puppets - Metallica
5. Pure Sunlight - Mr. Fijiwiji (Feat. Laura Brehm & AgNO3)
6. Razor Sharp - Pegboard Nerds
7. You're Going Down - Sick Puppies
8. Adrenaline - Shinedown
9. Awake and Alive - Skillet
10. Bad Intentions - Zomboy

What is one of your most memorable concert experiences? I went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra last year. Heavy metal + Orchestral awesomeness + Fire = Awesome!

Tell us something about yourself that people might find surprising. I make my own music

In the movie "WKUF: The Untold Story", who would you cast as yourself? Elijah Wood

The Retro Mix Playlist for 10/18/14: 80s Ladies

6 pm hour
I Wanna Dance with Somebody- Whitney Houston
He Could Be the One- Josie Cotton
Head Over Heels- The Go-Gos
In My House- Mary Jane Girls
These Dreams- Heart
Voyeur- Kim Carnes
I'm So Excited- The Pointer Sisters
I Saw Him Standing There- Tiffany
Meeting in the Ladies Room- Klymaxx
How Do I Make You- Linda Ronstadt
Here Comes the Rain Again- Eurythmics
Tattooed Love Boys- The Pretenders
Don't You Want Me- Jody Watley
T-Birds- Blondie
7 pm hour
Borderline- Madonna
A Love Bizarre- Sheila E.
Venus- Bananarama
Bourgie' Bourgie- Gladys Knight & the Pips
Toy Soldiers- Martika
If She Knew What She Wants- The Bangles
I Didn't Mean to Turn You On- Cherrelle
Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)- Stevie Nicks
Private Dancer- Tina Turner
Chain Reaction- Diana Ross
Only You- Yaz
Change of Heart- Cyndi Lauper
The Metro- Berlin
8 pm hour
Nasty- Janet Jackson
Under the Influence- Vanity
Destination Unknown- Missing Persons
Make Believe- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
The Sweetest Taboo- Sade
The Lover in Me- Sheena Easton
Circles- Atlantic Starr
Thing Called Love- Bonnie Raitt
Magic- Olivia Newton- John
Take Me to Heart- Quarterflash
Push It- Salt 'n' Pepa
Cha Cha Cha- MC Lyte
Each and Every One- Everything but the Girl
Hit Me with Your Best Shot- Pat Benatar
The Retro Mix Video of the Week (from "Late Night with David Letterman")


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