The last in our Tour Across America series gives us songs that are about or mention American cities, states… and one zip code.

Did you know? Zip codes in America were first used in larger cities in the 1940s. By 1967, zip codes were placed on all mail within the US. In the early 198os we began “Zip +4” – the little four digit code that helps keep mail delivery… zippy!

Watch the 1960s promo video for zip codes here and the Zip Code song here!

 

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HOUR ONE:

  1. THE ROSEBUDS – BACK TO BOSTON
  2. PRINCE – ALL THE CRITICS LOVE U IN NEW YORK
  3. B-52’S – SONG FOR A FUTURE GENERATION (MENTIONS NEW JERSEY AND ATHENS, GA)
  4. ELVIS COSTELLO – TOKYO STORM WARNING (MENTIONS MONTGOMERY, AL)
  5. MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO – HELLO TEENAGE AMERICA
  6. OMD – 88 SECONDS IN GREENSBORO (ABOUT MASACRE IN GREENSBORO, NC IN 1979)
  7. THOMAS DOLBY – I LOVE YOU GOODBYE (NEW ORLEANS)
  8. MORNINGWOOD – NEW YORK GIRLS
  9. MISSING PERSONS – WALKING IN L.A.
  10. CABARET VOLTAIRE – THANK YOU AMERICA
  11. PET SHOP BOYS – NEW YORK CITY BOY
  12. THE POSTAL SERVICE – THE DISTRICT SLEEPS TONIGHT (WASHINGTON, D.C. WHILST NOT TECHNICALLY A STATE)
  13. CAMERA OBSCURA – ALASKA

 

HOUR TWO:

  1. DEVO – THEME FROM DR. DETROIT
  2. GORILLAZ – PHONER TO ARIZONA
  3. THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS – WICKED LITTLE CRITTA (BOSTON HOCKEY)
  4. AMANDA PALMER & THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA – MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE (IN BOSTON, MA)
  5. JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS – NEW ENGLAND
  6. SONIC YOUTH – NEW HAMPSHIRE
  7. IAN MCCULLOCH – KANSAS
  8. ROXY MUSIC – VIRGINIA PLAIN (HEADMAN REWORK)
  9. THE FLESHTONES – THE GIRL FROM BALTIMORE (MARYLAND)
  10. XIU XIU – BOTANICA DE LOS ANGELES
  11. THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS – SWEET DREAMS, TN
  12. NINA HAGEN – NEW YORK NEW YORK
  13. DAVID BOWIE – PANIC IN DETROIT
  14. INXS – PRETTY VEGAS
  15. THE CHURCH – BEL-AIR (CALIFORNIA)

SUBCULTURE: Fridays 8-10p EST USA on WXOJ 103.3fm in Northampton, MA or live online worldwide at: valleyfreeradio.org // Encore performance the following Sunday morning 12a-2a // Find us on Facebook: subculturema

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