DJ Gilbert Matthews welcomes you to The Retro Attic Of Oldies, a 24/7 internet radio station that primarily plays those classic and seldom heard top 40 entries from the mid 50's through the end of the 80's. Hopefully our wide variety of oldies will be mind-blowing musical history lessons for you! We also have a cool show that airs every Saturday night from 7 to 10 PM eastern called "The American Bottom 45" that will showcase minor charters(peaked between 41 and 100), Bubbling Under/Looking Ahead entries(peaked between 101 and 150), non-charters, or tunes that were only hits in Canada, the UK, or Australia. If you can't hear the show, then don't worry; a small block of "bottom 45s" airs every hour in conjunction with the lost/classic top 40 hits. Sit back, have fun, and take yourself back to simpler times(when people smiled at each other and didn't question why, kids played outside all day, and parents never worried)! You can also find us on Shoutcast, Virtual Radio, Nobex Radio, Delicast, Streamfinder, Tunein.com(highly recommended for those of you who use mobile apps), and ITunes Radio in their "Golden Oldies" category. Feel free to chat with me, DJ Gilbert Matthews, through our live chat feature(please leave a message if it shows that I'm unavailable). Happy LISTENING! Spread the word about us and join other fellow oldies lovers in our two Facebook groups(search for The Retro Attic and The American Bottom 45)!


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015 SHOWS ON "THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45" AND FOLLOW ME ON MIXCLOUD!

Here is the upcoming schedule of shows for "The American Bottom 45" on The Retro Attic for September:

Saturday 9/5: Bottom 45s From The 70's. New adds will include Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Brady Bunch, Sugarloaf, Cherie & Marie Currie, Sutherland Brothers And Quiver, Stillwater, Jamul, etc. Get your requests in now!

Saturday 9/12: Adult Contemporary/Easy Listening #1s That Never Made The Top 40(Along With Some That Did). There were only a select few that totally qualified for AB45, so I will break the rules this time and add in a few bonafide crossover hits to make this show more complete. Let's face it, the soft rock that most of us knew and loved is almost non-existent on oldies radio these days; it will be back on the 12th!

Saturday 9/19: Awfully Awesome Eighties. This will be another preview of my upcoming 3rd station that focuses mainly on those MTV bands that didn't quite make it. The station will include a lot of MTV hits, but this 9/19 show puts the spotlight on minor charters and non-charters(Kings Of The Sun, Total Coelo, Box Of Frogs, The Screaming Tribesmen, Headpins, etc.).

Saturday 9/26: 60's-80's Artists Who Had At Least Two Chart Entries, But Never Hit The Top 40. One example would be a highly revered 80's AOR band that gave Eddie Money a top 10 hit.

Come join our Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/theamericanbottom45 and get ready for some fine listening this month!

These shows will be made available on Mixcloud. And speaking of Mixcloud, there will also be some AB45 exclusives on there...the top 15 bottom 45s for this week in ____. Even bottom 45s deserve some love, and now they can feel like they were popular after all! This will be a cool way to kick back for 45 to 60 minutes! Details will be coming soon; please feel free to follow me at http://mixcloud.com/gilbert-matthews so that you can get notified about my upcoming uploads.

Today is All Request Day in the AB45 group for airplay on The Retro Attic, so if you have a favorite minor charter or non-charter that you would like to hear, then pass it along!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

IT IS "REQUEST DAY" IN OUR TWO FACEBOOK GROUPS!

It is Request Day in The Retro Attic's two Facebook groups! Come join us and get reunited with a tune you haven't heard in a long time:

The Retro Attic(Top 40 oldies group - mid 50's through the 80's): MTV Day - Request Your Favorite 80's Top 40 Hit That You Also Saw On MTV! - http://facebook.com/groups/retroatticrareoldiesradio.

The American Bottom 45(Our show dedicated to minor charters and non-charters): All Request Day - http://facebook.com/groups/theamericanbottom45. Latest request was "Chapel Bells" from The Fascinators, a stellar and uncharted doo wop ballad from '58.

The Retro Attic may soon be on a local community station in the form of a 3 hour weekly show on Monday nights! Details will be coming soon!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NEW "AMERICAN BOTTOM 45" ADDS

Here are a few new "bottom 45" adds for later on today on The Retro Attic:

1. New York Dolls - Stranded In The Jungle - '74
2. Karla Bonoff - Baby Don't Go - '80
3. Amazulu - Montego Bay - '87
4. Cochise - Love's Made A Fool Of You - '71
5. Barbara Fairchild - Kid Stuff - '73
6. Jefferson - The Colour Of My Love - '69
7. Euclid Beach Band - I Need You - '79
8. Tammi Terrell - Come On And See Me - '66
9. Jennifer Warnes/Chris Thompson - All The Right Moves - '83
10. Hotel - You've Got Another Thing Coming - '79
11. The Kinks - How Do I Get Close - '89

Don't forget about the "We Had Clunkers Too!" edition of "The American Bottom 45" on Saturday the 29th at 7 PM eastern(repeated on Sunday the 30th at 8 PM eastern)! You will hear 3 hours of seldom-heard, non-top 40 singles from legends such as The Carpenters, The Supremes, The Beatles, The Doors, Aerosmith, The Monkees, The Byrds, Rod Stewart, etc.

If you need a break from top 40 oldies, then you are invited to make an excursion on AB45! You can do so by going to http://facebook.com/groups/theamericanbottom45.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

TOP 40 ADDS COMING TODAY

Top 40 adds coming today on The Retro Attic:

1. Chicago - Alive Again - '78
2. The Delfonics - You Got Yours And I'll Get Mine - '69
3. Gino Vannelli - I Just Wanna Stop - '78
4. Glenn Medeiros - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You - '87
5. Little Richard - Lucille - '57
6. Roger Voudouris - Get Used To It - '79
7. Charlie - It's Inevitable - '83
8. The Beau Brummels - Laugh, Laugh - '65 - single fadeout
9. The Parade - Sunshine Girl - '67 - mono single
10. The Righteous Brothers - (You're My) Soul And Inspiration - '66

We have all of your favorite top 40 oldies available for requesting, whether you last heard them a week ago or 30, 40, 50 or even 60 years ago! Join our Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/retroatticrareoldiesradio or get in touch with DJ Gilbert Matthews at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com.

We will have a new Mystery Oldie contest next week! It will be very challenging(2-3 second sample), but I promise it will be from a top 40 hit! Look for a posting on Tuesday the 25th!

Monday, August 17, 2015

NEW "BOTTOM 45" ADDS

Here are some new platters that will be showing up as "bottom 45s" starting today on The Retro Attic. 3 minor charters/non-charters are mixed in with the top 40 hits every hour. Most of these were heard on the "Awfully Awesome Eighties" edition of "The American Bottom 45" this past weekend:

1. Indigo Girls - Closer To Fine - '89
2. Asia - Go - '85
3. Beau Brummels - Don't Talk To Strangers - '65
4. Zebra - Tell Me What You Want - '83
5. UFO - Back Into My Life - '82
6. Missing Persons - I Can't Think About Dancin' - '86
7. Utopia - Feet Don't Fail Me Now - '83
8. Millie Jackson - If You're Not Back In Love By Monday - '77
9. Billy Squier - Don't Say You Love Me - '89
10. Altered Images - Don't Talk To Me About Love - '83
11. Polecats - Make A Circuit With Me - '83
12. Rubber Rodeo - Anywhere With You - '84
13. Saga - Wind Him Up - '83
14. Rhythm Corps - Common Ground - '88
15. Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny - '83
16. The Pursuit Of Happiness - I'm An Adult Now - '88
17. FM UK - Frozen Heart - '86
18. Michael Furlong - Use It Or Lose It - '84
19. Kingdom Come - Get It On - '88
20. Wang Chung - Praying To A New God - '89
21. Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - Circle - '89
22. Pseudo Echo - Living In A Dream - '87
23. Benjamin Orr - Too Hot To Stop - '86
24. The Animals - The Night - '83
25. The Waitresses - Make The Weather - '83
26. Billy Rankin - Baby Come Back - '84
27. The Untouchables - Free Yourself - '84
28. Patty Smyth - Never Enough - '87
29. Triumph - Follow Your Heart - '85
30. Luis Cardenas - Runaway - '86
31. Michael Bolton - Fools Game - '83
32. Greg Kihn Band - Reunited - '84
33. Split Enz - Six Months In A Leaky Boat - '82
34. Alan Parsons Project - Let's Talk About Me - '85
35. Three O'Clock - Jet Fighter - '83
36. Wild Blue - Fire With Fire - '86
37. Vitamin Z - Burning Flame - '85
38. Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It - '86
39. Farrenheit - Fool In Love - '87
40. Nena - It's All In The Game - '85
41. Giant - I'm A Believer - '89
42. Haircut One Hundred - Favourite Shirts(Boy Meets Girl) - '82
43. Belinda Carlisle - I Feel The Magic - '86
44. A Flock Of Seagulls - The More You Live, The More You Love - '84
45. Dave Edmunds - High School Nights - '85
46. Roger Hodgson - Had A Dream(Sleeping With The Enemy) - '84

Coming up on 8/29 will be a "We Had Clunkers Too!" edition of AB45. For 3 hours, you will hear some of the bigger names of the rock and roll era and some of their lesser-known, unsuccessful charters; examples could include The Beatles' "I'm Down," The Rolling Stones' "What A Shame," The Monkees' "A Man Without A Dream," The Bee Gees' "You Win Again," The Doors' "Tightrope Ride," etc.

If you thought that the so-called awful was indeed awesome, then please join our Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/theamericanbottom45. It doesn't matter whether it charted at #3 or #93; in our group, rock and roll lives and breathes in the hearts of the young(yes, that's a nod to #29 above!)!

Friday, August 14, 2015

NEW TOP 40 ADDS THIS WEEKEND

Time for more top 40 adds on The Retro Attic this weekend!

1. The Knickerbockers - Lies - '65
2. Eddie Floyd - I've Never Found A Girl(To Love Me Like You Do) - '68
3. The Box Tops - Soul Deep - '69
4. Johnny And The Hurricanes - Red River Rock - '59
5. Heatwave - The Groove Line - '78
6. Queen - Body Language - '82
7. Joe Walsh - A Life Of Illusion - '81
8. Dan Fogelberg - The Language Of Love - '84
9. Jim Photoglo - Fool In Love With You - '81
10. The Hollies - Stop Stop Stop - '66
11. Helen Reddy - Peaceful - '73

Don't forget about the "Awfully Awesome Eighties" edition of "The American Bottom 45" on Saturday night at 7 PM eastern! These 45 tunes will probably only be remembered by true 80's fanatics or those who watched MTV so much that their beanbag chairs had to be surgically removed! I thought about providing food and beverages to my listeners, but upon checking, I discovered that I had run out of Whaler sandwiches and "New Formula" Coca-Cola cans...sorry!

Join our fellow nostalgia lovers in our Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/retroatticrareoldiesradio. Requests are always accepted as well as roller skates so that I can dance to Heatwave(I skate a lot better these days than I did in '78)!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

"THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45" IS ON TONIGHT!

Don't forget about "The American Bottom 45" tonight from 7-10 PM eastern on The Retro Attic! Other than an hour of "#41's" and the top 5 bottom 45s from 8/8/78, the majority of the records you will hear tonight were way outside of the top 40!

If you can't make it tonight, then the show will be repeated tomorrow night from 8-11 PM eastern. If enough people like the show, then I will consider archiving it and future Saturday shows on Soundcloud.

Join us tonight at 7 in our Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/theamericanbottom45, where I will be monitoring "wow factors" and potential requests. The show can be heard at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com. The Retro Attic is also on Tunein.com, Nobex Radio, ITunes Radio in their "Golden Oldies" category, and most of the major internet radio directories.