DJ Gilbert Matthews welcomes you to The Retro Attic, a 24/7 internet radio station that primarily plays those classic and seldom heard top 40 entries from the 60's and 70's, along with a sprinkling of late 50's and early 80's hits that also fit the format. Hopefully our wide variety of oldies will be mind-blowing musical history lessons for you! A couple of "Bottom 45's" from each decade will be included every hour; these are defined as 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. A track from our "Featured Artist Of The Month" will also be heard every 2 hours(beginning in November 2017). 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 widget in the bottom right corner of our webpage. HAPPY LISTENING! Spread the word about us and join other fellow oldies lovers in our Facebook group(search for The Retro Attic)!

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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.

Friday, August 7, 2015

NEW TOP 40 ADDS COMING TONIGHT

Here are some new top 40 adds for tonight:

1. Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart - Out & About - '67
2. Leslie Pearl - If The Love Fits Wear It - '82
3. The Mamas & The Papas - Glad To Be Unhappy - '67
4. Eddie Money - Endless Nights - '87
5. Linda Ronstadt - Poor Poor Pitiful Me - '78
6. The Crystals - There's No Other(Like My Baby) - '61
7. Cher - Living In A House Divided - '72
8. Carly Simon And James Taylor - Devoted To You - '78
9. Balance - Breaking Away - '81
10. Neon Philharmonic - Morning Girl - '69
11. Limahl - Never Ending Story - '85
12. Nancy Wilson - Face It Girl, It's Over - '68

There is plenty of room upstairs in The Retro Attic! Yes, it can be a bit hot there in August, but you can't help but smile when you get reacquainted with classic and seldom-heard oldies! Reservations are now being taken in our group at http://facebook.com/groups/retroatticrareoldiesradio.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45" - AUGUST 8TH SHOW

Are you ready to take a 3 hour tour of the other side of the oldies charts? If so, then "The American Bottom 45" is ready to go for this Saturday night, August 8th, from 7 to 10 PM eastern! You will hear nothing but records from the mid 50's through the end of the 80's that peaked between 41 and 100 as well as a couple that either bubbled under or didn't chart at all.

There will be some special features:

1. An hour of tracks that "knocked on the door" or "were close, but no cigar" - in other words, they peaked at #41 - 19 tracks in all!

2. The top 5 bottom 45s from this week in 1978. This will include a seldom-heard single edit.

3. "Gil's Gilty Pleasure" - DJ Gilbert Matthews' personal choice for favorite bottom 45 of the week. It will be a minor-charting psychedelic monster from '68 on the Uni label that was just as powerful in its full-length stereo version as it was in its edited mono single version.

There will also be 30 other assorted bottom 45s. If I get any listener requests, then some of them will simply be bumped to next week's show.

Join the show's Facebook group at http://facebook.com/groups/theamericanbottom45, where I will be on Saturday night to monitor comments and requests. Tune into the show at http://retroatticrareoldiesradio.com or search for The Retro Attic on Tunein.com, Nobex Radio(where you can download 1 of our 4 free mobile apps), or ITunes Radio in their "Golden Oldies" category. Let's get lost on Saturday night!

Monday, August 3, 2015

NEW ADDS TODAY ON "THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45"

New adds today on The American Bottom 45:

1. Ambrosia - How Can You Love Me - '82
2. MC5 - Kick Out The Jams - '69 - The single version, to play it safe...
3. Jefferson Airplane - Watch Her Ride - '67
4. Michael Kenny - Morning - '75
5. Gamma - Right The First Time - '82
6. Tony Darrow - San Juan Dreamin' - '73 - A failed single that is very reminiscent of Tony Orlando And Dawn - thanks Martin for this!
7. The Monarchs - Look Homeward Angel - '64
8. Toronto - Your Daddy Don't Know - '82
9. Lynn Anderson - Top Of The World - '73
10. Mistress - Mistrusted Love - '79
11. Survivor - Didn't Know It Was Love - '88
12. Cilla Black - It's For You - '64

Join our group at http://facebook.com/groups/theamericanbottom45 and plunge a thousand feet below to the bands of the lost!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NEW ADDS ON "THE AMERICAN BOTTOM 45" SO FAR THIS WEEKEND!

New adds so far this weekend on our head-scratching, eclectic, and wow factor intensive show known as "The American Bottom 45:"

1. The Rationals - Respect - '66
2. NRBQ - Me And The Boys - '80
3. Joe Walsh - Space Age Whiz Kids - '83
4. The Champs - Chariot Rock - '58
5. Nicolette Larson - Give A Little - '79
6. Honeymoon Suite - New Girl Now - '84
7. Bill Haley And His Comets - Teenager's Mother - '56
8. The Easybeats - St. Louis - '69
9. Marillion - Kayleigh - '85
10. The Rustix - Can't You Hear The Music Play - '69
11. The Rubettes - Way Back In The Fifties - '74
12. Janey Street - Under The Clock - '84

I will be sidelined from my day job with a right shoulder issue for most of the upcoming week, so expect a barrage of new adds here and on the top 40 side of things! Tell us what you would like to hear!

If you like discovering music that wasn't constantly pounded into listeners' heads back in the good ol' days, then you are invited to join the AB45 group at http://facebook.com/groups/theamericanbottom45.