5/22/15 UPDATE: The show is moving to the second and fourth Friday of the month at midnight, and will also be archived on siriusxm.com.
Sirius XM satellite radio has Springsteen and Sinatra channels, but presented its first show devoted to the music of all Jersey musicians yesterday, when “The Jersey Show with the Jersey Guy, Rich Russo” debuted. The weekly two-hour show will be heard on Steven Van Zandt’s Underground Garage (channel 21), Saturdays at 4 p.m.
At the start of the show, Russo played a montage of excerpts from Jersey songs, ranging from Dean Friedman’s “Ariel” to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.” Later, he played material from iconic Jersey rock acts (Springsteen, Bon Jovi, The Smithereens, etc.) but also artists who rarely if ever get played on Underground Garage (Paul Anka, Eddie Rabbitt) and indie Jersey acts, past and present (Glycerine Queens, Bruce Tunkel, The Blisters, EdTang).
He said he would be taking suggestions for songs via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the set list of songs he played on his first show:
“Anything, Anything,” Dramarama
“All I Want Is Everything,” Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
“Where the Bands Are,” Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band
“Here Comes My Man,” The Gaslight Anthem
“No More Party’s,” Little Steven
“Party Girl,” Bernadette Carroll
“Party’s Over,” Nicole Atkins
“It’s My Party,” Lesley Gore
“Judy’s Turn to Cry,” Lesley Gore
“My Boyfriend’s Back,” The Angels
“The Guy With the Black Eye,” The Angels
“In the Flesh,” Blondie
“Drivin’ My Life Away,” Eddie Rabbitt
“It’s My Life,” Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
“It’s My Life (Bon Jovi cover),” Paul Anka
“Queen of New Orleans,” Jon Bon Jovi
“Little Queen of New Orleans,” Low Cut Connie
“Rock N’ Roll Queen,” Glen Burtnik
“Sleep Deprivation,” Glycerine Queens
“How Does Charlie Sleep,” Bruce Tunkel
“Behind the Wall Of Sleep,” The Smithereens
“Don’t Let Me Sleep Too Long,” Dennis Diken
“Fall Asleep,” Steel Train
“Sleepers,” The Blisters
“Working My Way Back to You,” The Four Seasons
“Time Flies,” Honah Lee
“Almost Saturday Night,” Rick Nelson
“Goodbye (She Quietly Says),” Frank Sinatra
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