Ian Anderson 1:56 p.m., Jan. 27
Local Pyle of Pioneers
This Sunday's edition of the Local Pyle, FM94/9's local music show hosted by Tim Pyles, won't be touting the current crop of San Diego-based artists but will be looking back at the earliest days of the area's music scene.
On April 1 at 8 p.m., local music historian "Action" Andy Rasmussen will join Pyles for an hour of music from the 1950s to the 1970s, with airplay for such long forgotten groups as the Lyrics, the Hard Times, and the Roosters. Pyles has done this once before and now intends to make it a regular part of future shows. "The biggest surprise is how awesome this scene has been over the years," Pyles said. "I'm happy to play these tunes. We must never forget who blazed the path for our scene today."
Rasmussen, a bassist who lives in National City, recorded during the 1980s with such '60s-influenced groups as the Bomboras and the Loons and currently performs with his own band, the Hi-Tones, first caught the bug for collecting San Diego vinyl after discovering the music of '60s-era Cardiff-based rockers the Lyrics. "During the '80s, I was part of the group the New Breed, and we played a lot of garage rock," Rasmussen recalled. "It was when digging for tunes in that genre that I discovered the Lyrics. Hearing that great high-energy music really pushed me in that direction, to find more rock 'n' roll from San Diego. That got the ball rolling."
Rasmussen now feels a duty to spread the word about the area's musical pioneers. "San Diego was a very vital city in the birth of rock 'n' roll, it was certainly happening here."
Currently working on an album with the Hi-Tones for release later this year, Rasmussen will follow that with a compilation of San Diego-based rock 'n' roll rarities, sourced from his own collection.
Rasmussen is hopeful that exposing these tunes to a wider audience on Pyles's program will encourage listeners to investigate San Diego's musical past. "I hope that new musicians listening to these songs have a sense of pride in that these guys were our rock 'n' roll forefathers," he said. "For me it's important that this music not get lost. The originators of the scene we inhabit now are ageing; some aren't with us anymore. I'm trying to document what there is of the era before it's gone, while we still have a lot of these guys to talk to and tell their story. Luckily, the music is still as vital as ever."