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Archives for March 2012

Wherever I lay my hat...

Bryan Burnett | 20:34 UK time, Friday, 30 March 2012

This is your Uncle bowing out once again...sadly I've only been with you for 2 nights this week, but I had a ball nonetheless. Last night's Modes of Transport (other than cars!) theme was great. You certainly rose to the challenge - I particularly enjoyed playing Pink Floyd, The Johnny Mann Singers and The Ethiopians. Thank you for choosing the music and suggesting some superb tracks.
Bryan's back on Monday with a brand new string of themes, so start thinking... I can reveal that Monday's show has the theme of 'Accommodation'. Perhaps you'll be checking in on America's West Coast to the 'Hotel California'; taking a camping trip for a 'Wigwam bam'; or getting all romantic in a 'Caravan of love' - there's plenty to choose from. Whether rooms, houses, flats, tents, hotels or mobile matter the accommodation, get it in and Bryan will get it on

Step On The Gas....

Bryan Burnett | 20:32 UK time, Thursday, 29 March 2012


Uncle Vic here... It's lots of fun doing GIO and I'm glad to be back in the hot-seat for 2 nights once again while Bryan is away. Last night was very busy indeed for 'Songs about Home', and your homecoming requests were as wide, varied and eclectic as ever - thank you!

Seeing as it's the last Friday of March, it's time once again for the Get it On 'Monthly Review'; when we take a hot topic and base the theme around that. Petrol prices are being hiked sky-high and as a result it seems to be the country's main talking point just now. We got thinking, and decided the theme should be somehow related... So, we're going for modes of transport other than the car. Soon we'll all be searching for cheaper ways to travel, so get thinking about songs that feature buses, bicycles, boats, planes, rockets, spacecraft, trains, balloons, horses, camels and so on. There are hundreds to choose from, so get involved and I'll get it on! It's trains, planes but definitely NO automobiles!

Home is where the heart is...

Bryan Burnett | 19:58 UK time, Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Here's a thought. Has the music you have suggested this week been particularly good or is it the great weather just makes everything sound much better? If it was wet and miserable and we played the same set of songs would they sound as good as they did tonight? I think not. When you bring together feel good music with feel good weather then it's a pretty potent combination.

Whatever the weather there were some great tracks tonight especially being Boiled and You Better You Bet. Also, who knew Take That and Genesis would sound so good together?

I've got a couple of days off on Thursday and Friday so Vic Galloway will be looking after the show. Tomorrow he'll be attempting to prove there's no place like home. From Johnny Come Home to Feel's Like Home, he'll be looking for songs about the place that we all look forward to returning to.

Carry on everyone...

Bryan Burnett | 19:58 UK time, Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Cracking show tonight folks and some interesting musical choices. I know a lot of put some consideration into what you asked for tonight so it is appreciated. It was great to hear Deacon Blue's Only Tender Love tonight and the Springsteen track with the surprising rap was terrific.

Tomorrow's theme is all about the bands who lost a member but carried on regardless. We could include bands like genesis who coped without their lead singer as well as Take That who seemed to do alright minus Robbie Williams. There are also those bands who have soldiered on despite the tragic loss of one or more band members and it would be good to pay tribute to them tomorrow.

Dare to be different...

Bryan Burnett | 20:04 UK time, Monday, 26 March 2012

Tomorrow's show should be a challenging theme that you can really get your teeth into. It's 'songs that are atypical of a band's work' and was suggested by Martin who sometimes answers the calls on the show. In between calls he's beavering away on theme ideas and this is one of them.

What we are after are the tracks that don't sound like anything else that the artist has released. Sinead O' Connor doing Nothing Compares To You sounded lovely tonight but it was very different from the rest of the stuff she was recording at the time. The Velvet Underground doing I'm Sticking With You is another great example.

Time to get searching through the back catalogues and see what you come up with for tomorrow.

OTT tracks...

Bryan Burnett | 20:04 UK time, Friday, 23 March 2012

I know the bloggers will want to start posting about how much they enjoyed Ooh Wakka Doo and Ne Ne Na Na Noo Noo, but please remember there is a such a thing as too much praise - and that's what will form the basis of Monday night's theme.

We will be featuring the songs that just lay it on a bit thick. All those Wonderful Tonights, Fantastic Days and Brilliant Minds - were they being accurate or a bit over the top. I'm sure we will get some really graaaaaaaayt lists...or in keeping with Monday's theme some totally, amazing, brilliant, fantastic graaaaaaaaayt lists.

Stop making sense...

Bryan Burnett | 20:02 UK time, Thursday, 22 March 2012

There will be a bunch of nonsense played on tomorrow's show - well as far as the song titles go! From Do Wah Diddy to Ob La Di - Ob La Da we are looking for your suggestions of whacky titles. The songs themselves could make perfect sense, it's just what they are called that I'm interested in.

We should get some quirky music, although I don't know if it will be as cred as tonight's playlist. I thought there were some cracking things tonight. The early Drifters was a revelation for me and finishing with Scottish albums tracks sent me home with a spring in my step.

Delightful debuts...

Bryan Burnett | 20:04 UK time, Wednesday, 21 March 2012

I think tonight's show proved that one man's rhyme crime is another man's work of genius. There were some really clever songwriters up for nomination tonight - for instance I would put Billy Bragg into the genius category. As for the Gallagher brothers, there were many calls for them to be convicted of crimes against rhymes.

Tomorrow it's 'great debuts' to celebrate the fact that it's fifty years since Dylan released his debut. I'm looking for the first albums that really made an impact and in some cases maybe the ones that turned out to be the best thing they ever did. As usual I promise an eclectic mix all you have to do is start nominating them.

Pure poetry...

Bryan Burnett | 20:03 UK time, Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Thanks for all your double acts tonight. Somehow I managed to avoid playing Keith Harris and Orville and instead squeezed in The Black Keys, the Louvins and Marvin and Tammi. I hope you are grateful.

Mind you, I did play Rock Bottom in all its cheesy Eurovision glory. It was funny to hear it again but sadly, unlike Jim on the text, I suspect that none of us have ever had Lynsey de Paul make us a bacon sandwich. Jane Asher did once have to use Miss B's loo but that's as close as we get.

Tomorrow's show was meant to be titled 'rhyme crimes' however I have a problem with that title as the cheesy rhymes that drive some folk wild are the ones that I actually love. Whether you think they are criminal acts or works of genius then get in touch with the best of them.

Going for the double...

Bryan Burnett | 20:06 UK time, Monday, 19 March 2012

At first I thought I was mad to have chosen a challenging 'cryptic clues' as my first theme back after a week off but in the end it was as great choice as it was a tremendous two hours of fun that was the perfect cure for jetlag.

There were way too may good suggestions to pick out a few but some of the best ones will remain up on Facebook and the blog.

Tomorrow night's theme is double-acts and you can stretch that to include one off collaborations as well as established duos if you like.

Give Us A Clue...

Bryan Burnett | 20:38 UK time, Friday, 16 March 2012


Thanks to Alison Craig for the last few nights - I hope you bloggers have enjoyed discovering your soft and fluffy side as we found out all about your cats and dogs, and of course tonight celebrating mums, mamas and mothers ahead of Mother's Day on Sunday. If you are a mum, fingers crossed for a nice lazy day with a card and maybe breakfast in bed.

Bryan's back with us on Monday and what better way to welcome him back than to give him a theme where he has to do a bit of brainwork! It's one we've done before and you rose to the challenge - cryptic clues. Simple...right? You supply a clue to a song and Bryan (along with his lucky producer) will work out what it is you want to hear. Sort of musical crosswords! You might suggest "a trip with a country legend in a vintage car" (57 Chevrolet) or maybe "a bit of a dance behind bars" (Jailhouse Rock). I know - you can all do better!! Just make sure you don't leave Bryan clueless on Monday.


Bryan Burnett | 20:59 UK time, Thursday, 15 March 2012


A show full of princes, dragons, wolves and magic for our Fairytales and Nursery Rhymes theme this evening. It was fun to hear Toy Dolls' rendition of 'Nellie The Elephant' and who would have thought they'd hear Metallica next to John Martyn - that's the beauty of Get It On! Thanks for all your suggestions tonight.

As Mothers' Day fast approaches, tomorrow night's show is dedicated to the mums! We're looking for songs that mention mothers - Scissor Sisters 'Take Your Mama Out', Abba 'Mamma Mia', or maybe Paul Simon with 'Mother And Child Reunion'. Whatever you choose, mum's the word!

Once Upon A Time...

Bryan Burnett | 20:16 UK time, Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Prince Charming?

Thanks for your great cat and dog suggestions tonight. We really enjoyed playing everything from Led Zeppelin to Lene Horne, and Devo's Whip It was an inspired pun.

On Thursday's show we're entering the land of make believe as our theme is "Fairytales & Nursery Rhymes". This could mean songs or artists mentioning Prince, Cinderella and even a little bit of magic along the way. Find out at 6.10pm if everyone lives happily ever after.

It's Raining Cats and Dogs

Bryan Burnett | 20:00 UK time, Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Well there were some very annoying songs tonight - not least the Muppets, how many of us will still being humming that in the morning! We're moving from "worms" to the nation's favourite domestic pets tomorrow. Apparently there are about 7 million cats and about 8 million dogs in the UK - and it's clear they are a bit of a favourite subject for songwriters. So what are the best songs about our pets - What's New Pussycat or Hound Dog - and can you come up with a couple of breeds. The Super Furry Animals sang about a Golden Retriever but what are the others? Show your fluffy side bloggers and let's have some have some fun with the cats and dogs in our lives. Miss B


Bryan Burnett | 19:30 UK time, Monday, 12 March 2012

I'm about to do something really sneaky. I'm going to land you with a theme of the 'songs you can't get out of your head' and I'm not even going to be here to get annoyed by the infuriating catchiness of them all!

I'm off making an Olympic inspired programme which will air on BBC Radio Scotland later in the year, so for the next few days the show will be looked after by Alison Craig. She's the poor lass who will wake up at 2am with Moves Like Jagger going through her head.

Tomorrow's theme was prompted by a recent article on the BBC News webpage which looked into the phenomenon of ultra-catchy song hooks. The article revealed that scientists use a range of terms to describe the subject - stuck-song syndrome, sticky music, and cognitive itch, or most commonly "earworm".

I'm not sure I'm comfortable with leaving you with a cognitive itch, so earworms it is. According to the science boffins, Coldplay, Queen and Abba are among the worst offenders, but who do you think has the stickiest hooks? What are the songs that once they are inside your head never want to leave?

Stepping out...

Bryan Burnett | 20:12 UK time, Friday, 9 March 2012

It's Sport Your Trainers day on Monday and the Get It On team will be lacing up their gutties to get ourselves in the mood for Glasgow 2014. Across the country they reckon around a million Scots will be wearing their trainers to work and I do hope our beloved bloggers will be joining them!

Our theme on Monday is nothing too exhausting and sporty though, and is definitely one that everyone can join in with regardless of their fitness level. It's songs about walking and stepping.

I was going to say that Steps was the theme but I couldn't wade through an entire blog of suggestions for Tragedy and 5,6,78.

Your deepest, darkest musical secrets

Bryan Burnett | 19:56 UK time, Thursday, 8 March 2012

Are you a disco diva who secretly rocks out to Led Zep or a cool dude who hides his Girls Aloud? If so, then Friday's show is for you. I am asking you to reveal your deepest, darkest musical secrets in your collection as we have a night of guilty pleasures.

Strictly speaking I don't really believe in the idea of feeling guilty about music you like. I like to make the show as inclusive as possible so that no matter what kind of music you like there will always be a space for it. My collection at home does contain some CDs that would make many men blush but I'm not bothered. ( Although if pushed maybe I would admit to displaying some albums a bit more prominently than others!)

Talking of embarrassing things that you'd rather didn't see the light of day, I was mortified when this appeared on our Facebook page. It was taken at the Venue in Aberdeen in 1985. Comments have ranged from 'sweet boy at an indie disco' to 'looks like you just got out of prison'. I'll leave you to decide which is most accurate...

Spring music...

Bryan Burnett | 20:04 UK time, Wednesday, 7 March 2012

No doubt about it, tonight's most surprising pop fact was the revelation that one of Dollar used to operate a burger van after the hits dried up. I enjoyed hearing all the stories of hairdressers and helicopter pilots that came out of tonight's theme of 'pop stars and their jobs'.

Despite the wee flurry of snow that we had this afternoon, I am reliably informed that spring is on the way so that will form tomorrow's theme. It's time for us to spring clean the music collection and play songs about new beginnings and fresh starts.

Just the job...

Bryan Burnett | 20:01 UK time, Tuesday, 6 March 2012

'Don't give up the truck driving' was the advice Elvis was famously given when he made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Thankfully he ignored it and bashed away at the singing!

On Wednesday's show I want to find out about pop star's occupations...and the more unusual the better.

Sting was a teacher, Neil Tennent was a journalist and Tammy Wynette was a hairdresser, In fact, even after she made it big she kept her hairdresser's licence as she always wanted to have something to fall back on if the country career ended.

Accordians,ocarinas and kazoos...

Bryan Burnett | 19:44 UK time, Monday, 5 March 2012

We fill the show night after night with the classic combo of guitar, bass and drums so tomorrow night we have decided to turn the spotlight on unusual instruments featured on pop songs.

The Black keys have used a harpsichord, Donovan was fond of the tambura and Supertramp reached for the kazoo to beef up the Logical Song.

The theme was inspired by the anniversary of the death of George Formby, a man who will forever be associated with his beloved ukele. I've just spent a happy half hour watching some old clips of him performing and it's hard not be amused by some of the barely disguised innuendo contained in his songs.

Let's not forget that when it first came out, My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock was banned by the BBC! Perhaps we'll be a bit more relaxed about it tomorrow night.

Born to be wild...

Bryan Burnett | 19:46 UK time, Friday, 2 March 2012

Thanks for all your suggestions this week as they made for some really strong shows. 'Dare to be Different' was an exciting couple of hours and by way of a contrast 'Parent's night' was a laid back and lovely way to end the week.

'Songs for the way you really want to live your live', is the intriguing sounding theme that we have lined up for Monday's Get It On.

Are you a stay at home type who wishes they were really 'Living For The Weekend' ? Are you a grump who wants to 'Always Look On The Bright Side of Life'? Monday night's show is the night for you to live out your dream life courtesy of the music.

Personally, I'd like to be young, foolish and happy like in the song but instead I'm old, sensible and reasonably content, so maybe that should be my pick.

That's my boy...

Bryan Burnett | 20:01 UK time, Thursday, 1 March 2012

Well that was a pretty eclectic mix of music tonight and a really busy show. There were so many things that we didn't get round to playing. I was gutted to leave out Kraftwerk, Kate Bush and Devo. I also need to find a way to get Klaus Nomi on the show.

Tomorrow's show is all about proud parents as we feature two hours of artists singing about their own kids. There are some terrific things you could choose from artists like Paul Simon, John Lennon and Loudon Wainwright - talking of which, artists singing about their parents might be a future theme, but I'll maybe not play the one Martha Wainwright wrote about dear old dad!

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