Hawksley Workman Guest DJs on the Morning Mix

Cindy Howes brought Hawksley Workman in for a Guest DJ set, and to talk a bit about his one man production "The God that Comes", which debuted for the first time in the US right here in Pittsburgh! Cindy asked Hawksley to pick his favorite glam rock, pop, and rock opera songs in honor of his new one man show, which is a hybrid of cabaret pop and glam rock.

Hawksley’s first pick for his set list is David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes”, fulfilling the glam rock requirement of Cindy’s request. Hawksley picked David Bowie, but he admits that he’s not actually a huge fan of the grandfather of glam rock. He likes the hits though, and regarding this song, “There’s something in the production that’s very watery, it’s very dreamy, there’s a tinge of evil around the whole thing, and it just feels kind of magical,” Workman says.

The second song Hawksley picked was “In the Meantime”, by Spacehog. Hawksley is a self-proclaimed pop music fanatic. He wasn’t as into grunge music while he was growing up in the 90s’. “"In the Meantime" by Spacehog to this day feels like one of the greatest pieces of pop excitement I’ve ever heard.” Hawksley also talks about how incredible the bass part in the song is.

The final song that Cindy asked Hawksley to pick is the rock opera song. “I was lucky. I grew up in this fun little church in my little town, and the minister there was obsessed with theater. We didn’t always do Christian oriented theatre, we did lots of British comedy and what have you, but I was able to do a few different productions of "Godspell", and the music has always stuck with me. I think it’s one of the best musicals ever written.”

The interview concludes with Hawksley giving a synopsis of what his one man play, “The God that Comes”, is all about. Listen to the interview to get all the details, but suffice to say it’s about gods, wine, sex, and an angry king.

 

Hawksley Workman’s Guest DJ Set:

 

David Bowie – "Ashes to Ashes"

Space Hog – "In the Meantime"

Godspell – "Day by Day"