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The JOE ELLIOTT Show 30th January 2021 Playlist/Transcript

Joe Elliott 2020. The Joe Elliott Show

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott hosted another edition of his weekly radio show on 30th January on Planet Rock.

This week's show included songs by Doctors Of Madness, Japan and Girl.

The full playlist is shown below and a full transcript.

The show is available until next Saturday using the On Demand feature. It is also repeated on Tuesdays at 9pm.

The Joe Elliott Show - 30th January 2021 Playlist

  • 01 - Doctors Of Madness - Waiting
  • 02 - Bebop Deluxe - Fair Exchange
  • 03 - Japan - Unconventional State Line
  • 04 - Blue Oyster Cult - The Revenge Of Vera Gemini
  • 05 - Girl - My Number
  • 06 - UFO - Lettin' Go
  • 07 - Lone Star - The Bells Of Berlin
  • 08 - Mott - Shouting And Pointing
  • 09 - Tom Petty - American Girl
  • 10 - Nils Lofgren - Incidentally...It's Over
  • 11 - Television - Venus
  • 12 - Blondie - Hangin' On The Telephone.

Show Intro

"Greetings music lovers and welcome once again to the Joe Elliott Show right here on the wonderful Planet Rock. Always a pleasure to be with you. I've got some great music lined up for the next hour or so. Bit of a twist for tonight's show. I've decided to make a bit of a theme of it. And what I've done is I've paired up a load of bands I saw in my formative years as the opening act followed by the headliner. I've got some great stuff for ya. Starting off here with the Doctors Of Madness."

Doctors Of Madness

"So imagine the scenario. You're 16 years old. It's 1976. You walk into the Sheffield City Hall where you have front row tickets for the headline band. And down on stage, they'd just go on, is this band. Four piece band where there's no second guitarist but there's a violinist and the rhythm guitar singer has got blue hair and sequins on his eyelids. So when his eyes are closed it's looks they're open but weird. It was a fantastic thing. You had to be there. You really did. They were such a fantastic band. They are and were the Doctors Of Madness. We just heard there from their debut album that they were promoting on that night. The album is Late Night Movies All Night Brain Storms. The song Waiting."

Bebop Deluxe

"And the band that they were opening for, doesn't get any better than this.."

"And before that Bebop Deluxe from the album Sunburst Finish which was released in early 1976. The album that they were promoting when I saw them headlining over the Doctors Of Madness our opening band for tonight's show. The song we just heard Fair Exchange."


"Yeah so some of the pairings that we're gonna hear tonight are very logical. Some of them are illogical. Some of them even controversial. And there's even the odd one where the opening act absolutely blew the headliners away. The band that we just heard were treated with absolute disdain by the headline bands fans at the City Hall back in 1977. Which upset me a lot because this band were great. All they were were just different. They dared to be different and they were great. They Japan. The debut album Adolescent Sex. The song that we just heard Unconventional State Line."

Blue Oyster Cult

"So who were the headliners over Japan that caused such controversy at the Sheffield City Hall?. Nothing to do with the headliners at all. Great band. This is Blue Oyster Cult."

"And before that Blue Oyster Cult from the album Agents Of Fortune. Who were the headliners over Japan when I saw them at the Sheffield City Hall back in 1977. With a guest vocal there on that particular song by one Miss. Patti Smith. We just heard The Revenge Of Vera Gemini.


"It was a cold February night in 1980 when I first bonded with my lifetime buddy Mr. Phil Collen. Who at the time was playing guitar with Girl. They played the Sheffield City Hall and instead of going back to their crappy little hotel in Buxton. Why were they booked into a hotel in Buxton?. You'd have to ask their tour manager that question. They stayed with me at my Mum and Dad's place. Oh what fun we had. There from their debut album Sheer Greed we just heard My Number."

"You are listening to The Joe Elliott Show on the wonderful Planet Rock. I's time for a little break. And after that break we'll find out who Girl were opening for on that cold February night."


"And before that UFO. From the album No Place To Run which they were promoting when I saw them at the Sheffield City Hall with Girl as the opening act. The song we just heard Lettin' Go."

Lone Star

"It's great to hear those two songs back to back if for no other reason than they both featured the late great Paul Chapman no guitar. We just heard Lone Star from their second album Firing On All Six which came out in 1977. And featuring the fantastic vocals of Mr. John Sloman. The song we heard the opening track The Bells Of Berlin."


"OK so who were Lone Star opening for at the Sheffield University Pyjama Jump at the Top Rank in 1976?. If you're familiar with the Down 'n' Outz, you may recognise this next song."

"And before that Mott who headlined the 1976 Pyjama Jump at the Sheffield Top Rank. I think it's a yearly bash that was thrown by the Students Union where you had to be dressed in character to get in. In other words pyjamas, but most of the ladies went in # what we like to call flying gear. And most of the guys went dressed as ladies. There are photographs which will stay well hidden forever. They better. Anyway the band we just heard Mott. As I said it was from their second album. It's the title track covered by the Down 'n' Outz on our debut album back in 2010 which was called My ReGeneration. The song Shouting And Pointing."

Tom Petty

"Absolutely one of the greatest opening acts that I have ever seen in my entire life. They were superb. They were Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers who were promoting their debut album at the time. The song we just heard from that album. The immortal American Girl."

Nils Lofgren

"OK so back to the Sheffield City Hall where this next gentleman had the dubious task of trying to follow Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. Thank goodness he was a very talented young man. He's now a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. This is Nils Lofgren."

"And before that Nils Lofgren. Once of a band called Grin who opened for Mott The Hoople. He's now a member. A fully fledged member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. He was touring the album Cry Tough in 1977 I think it was. Maybe 1978 when I saw him at the Sheffield City Hall with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers opening for them. th song we just heard Incidentally...It's Over."


"Often referenced as a huge influence on the U2's Edge. Is Mr. Tom Verlaine the leader of that particular band. The band are Television. And from their debut album Marquee Moon. The song we just heard great bit of work called Venus."

Show Outro

"As is this particular show folks. Been a real pleasure as always. I shall be back with you next week exactly at the same time."

"So until then I'm gonna leave you with this. This was the opening act for Television back in 1977. Now Television were what's known as a cult band. In other words a little bit like The Velvet Underground. Everybody that ever bought one of their records kind of went on to form a band. As for their opening act they went on to be one of the biggest pop rock bands of all time. With a Jack Lee composition once covered by Def Leppard. This is Blondie and Hangin' On The Telephone. Until next week see ya."

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