Rodney Bingenheimer

The Best of Rodney on the ROQ

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After arriving in L.A. during the height of the swingin' '60s, Rodney Bingenheimer soon became ensconced in the music scene by being Sonny and Cher's assistant doing publicity for various bands and working for the L.A. Times. He went out on his own eventually, opening Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco and holding court with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Suzi Quatro, Iggy Pop, and T. Rex. Next was a spot on KROQ in 1976, where Rodney helped introduce L.A. to the punk sounds coming out of New York and London. His championing of punk continued through the '80s, as he played a mix of early hardcore, retro-psychedelia, rockabilly, and pop at the station. This generous collection includes highlights from his three Rodney on the ROQ albums, with the bulk of the numbers being hardcore cuts from the late '70s and early '8Os. To that end, there are early tracks by the Circle Jerks, CH 3, T.S.O.L., the Vandals, J.F.A., Social Distortion, and others, while more high-profile pop fare comes courtesy of the Bangles, Dramarama, and Nina Hagen. Topped off with Christina's over-the-top version of the Peggy Lee staple "Is That All There Is?" and Brooke Shields' spoken introduction, The Best of Rodney on the ROQ will definitely please Bingenheimer fans keen for a representative sampler of the L.A. punk scene.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
0:04
2
feat: Nina Hagen
3:06
3
feat: Agent Orange
4:26
4
feat: Adolescents
1:52
5
feat: Circle Jerks
2:44
6
feat: El Klan
1:35
7
feat: Redd Kross
1:18
8
feat: Crowd
1:11
9
feat: CH 3
1:30
10
feat: T.S.O.L.
2:04
11
feat: Red Rockers
2:00
12
feat: JFA
3:17
13
feat: The Vandals
2:15
14
1:12
15 3:53
16
feat: Dramarama
4:05
17
feat: Bangles
2:03
18
feat: Agent Orange
3:24
19
feat: Nuns
3:40
20
feat: Henry Diltz
2:37
21
feat: Ill Repute
2:10
22
feat: Sky Saxon
3:29
23
feat: 39 Steps
4:27
24
feat: Rik L Rik
4:58
25
4:37
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