I have to tell you about this guy Dave Kapulsky. He’s one of those people who became my Facebook friend despite the fact that I had no idea who he was, or how we got to be friends. So there I was, trolling around Facebook one Saturday night last year (quite a thrilling life I lead, isn’t it?), and I saw a post from Dave, promoting his radio show, which was about to start.

If I hadn’t seen the post, and if Dave’s show wasn’t about to start, I would never have listened, and my Saturday nights wouldn’t be half the fun that they are these days.

Dave, professionally known as Dave the Rave, has a show he calls Relics & Rarities. There is a one hour syndicated version that plays on radio stations around the country at various times. But for me, it’s the five hour show he does between 10 pm and 3 am eastern time every Saturday night at Top Shelf Oldies that I listen to.

The show is a stunning mix of music, for the most part from the ’60s, but there are no hard and fast rules for Dave’s playlist. He plays psych, rock, garage, doo wop, and a healthy dose of classic soul. You won’t hear a lot of hits, or any commercials. In between songs you get commentary from a guy with a great personality, an encyclopedic knowledge of music, and a very large record collection.

I’m telling you all of this because this week’s record was one that I heard on Dave’s show last Saturday night. I’ve always liked the Tymes, but I know them, as most people do, from big hits like “So In Love,” and “Wonderful! Wonderful!” The point is, Dave goes deeper. As soon as I heard “Here She Comes”, I went directly to Amazon and downloaded the song. That usually happens three or four times a night when I listen to Dave’s show.

“Here She Comes” wasn’t a big hit like those other Tymes classics. It only made it to #92 on the pop chart in 1964. But it’s a great song, and a perfect example of what draws me to Dave’s show.

So if you find yourself at home one Saturday night, or when you get home from your night out, tune in Relics & Rarities on your Internet dial. Your Saturday nights may never be the same. And be sure to come into the chat room. It’s filled with nice people, many of whom know a lot about music, and all of whom love music as much as you and I do.

I think Dave is off this coming week, so you’ll have to wait until next week, but I assure you that it’s worth the wait.

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Ken Shane

Ken Shane lives in Narragansett, R.I. He is a freelance writer and far and away the oldest Popdose writer. In fact, he may be the oldest writer, period. He wants you to know that he generally does not share his colleagues' love for the music of the '80s, and he does not forgive them for loving it. (Ken passed away in November 2022. R.I.P. —Ed.)

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