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WCSB DJ Bob Hisnay, aka Radio Refugee, picks three albums you should check out

August 28, 2018

WCSB DJ Bob Hisnay, aka Radio Refugee, picks three albums you should check out

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Looking for some new music to spin? Cleveland’s college radio DJs have their thoughts about what they think you should be listening to, and often it’s music they’re playing on the airwaves.

WCSB, the college radio station run out of Cleveland State University, hosts a huge range of shows hosted by both students and community members. One of those community members is Bob Hisnay, aka DJ Radio Refugee.

Hisnay has been hosting his show “Radio Nine 2.0” since 2013, but he originally DJ’d at WCSB from 1981-85 with an original version of his show “Radio Nine.” Hisnay was also the radio station’s general manager from March 1984 until June 1985.

On the new version of “Radio Nine 2.0,” Hisnay plays some of his favorite albums from the ’80s. You can tune in to “Radio Nine” on Thursdays from 9 – 11 p.m. on WCSB, FM 89.3.

Here are the three albums Hisnay thinks you should be listening to:

New Order – “Power, Corruption and Lies”

“The Manchester band New Order released ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’ in 1983. This second album from New Order sees them fully evolve from their Joy Division days and their debut album ‘Movement’ as [the band landed] at the forefront of the mid-1980s synth-dance. 

The album is a mixture of their unique synth sound in Your Silent Face (sub-titled KW1, in tribute to Kraftwerk), 586, The Village and Ultraviolence . The most memorable track on the album features the classic bass riff of Peter Hook on ‘Age of Consent.’”

Kraftwerk – “Computer World”

“Kraftwerk’s 1981 release ‘Computer World’ still resonates today. Their use of electronics dates back to the late 1960s, and in this album the tracks foretold a future world. ‘Computer Love,’ ‘Home Computer,’ ‘It’s More fun to Compute’ and ‘Computer World’ are songs that came out in 1981, not 1991 or 2001. Truly brilliant.”

Philip Glass – “Koyaanisqatsi”

“My final choice is the American minimalist Philip Glass who composed the music to Godfrey Reggio’s film ‘Koyaanisqatsi.’ On this particular album, Glass has achieved what is to me near perfection with his repetitive structures, especially the track ‘The Grid.’ I have seen him perform this film score live 11 times, most recently earlier this year at the Kennedy Center, and it still send chills down my neck/back/spine.”

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