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CIVL Shuffle: “Johnnies” Award nomination edition

Station Manager Aaron Levy is floored that The Cascade’s Michael Scoular has been nominated for two Canadian University Press “Johnnies,” named after inaugural CUP President John H. McDonald.

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By Aaron Levy (CIVL Station Manager) – Email

Print Edition: January 14, 2015

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Station Manager Aaron Levy is floored that The Cascade’s Michael Scoular has been nominated for two Canadian University Press “Johnnies,” named after inaugural CUP President John H. McDonald.


Chuck Berry

“Johnny B. Goode”

Written and recorded after Chuck’s cousin, Marvin, phoned him from a 1955 “Enchantment Under The Sea” Hill Valley high school dance, where George McFly’s future son, Marty, travelled “back from the future” to play this song in an attempt to encourage his “past parents” to ensure his future birth.

Foo Fighters

“Hey, Johnny Park”

A song I always thought was directed at Fighter frontman Dave Grohl’s former bandmate-in-law and Hole lead singer, Courtney Love, due to their publicized battles over Nirvana licensing: “Now that I’ve found my reward, throw it away long before I share a piece of mind with you.” Whatcha think, hmm?

The Arkells

“John Lennon”

“Head on the wall, and my piss hardly makes the stall, and this time it’s not an act, this time I swear it’s fact.” “I’m so lost, and I live just around the corner.” Best thing Arkells’ Max ever recorded: the crack in his voice on “just.”

Bob Dylan

“Subterranean Homesick Blues”

Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues – HQ from Noisefield on Vimeo.

“Johnny’s in the basement, mixin’ up the medicine,” and a lot of other things are happening … So many directions to shuffle it; the late ‘90s commercial aping the video with lyric cards, Radiohead’s “Subterranean Homesick Alien” song title reference … This is classic Zimmerman – Robert from Minnesota, not George from Florida.

Iggy Pop

“Lust for Life”

NOT the Girls version, and not girls = females; rather the awesome opener from wicked debut album Album by the solid band Girls, and my single, “My Single Is Dropping,” is dropping. From the Iggy (or Pop): “Here comes Johnny, in again, with liquor and drugs and a fast machine.”

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