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Options December 17, 2011: Necessity

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Artist Track
Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra  Necessity   Options
Patience & Prudence  A Smile & A Ribbon   Options
Sprague Brothers, The  Tall Tall Trees   Options
Jimmy Holiday & Clydie King  Ready, Willing & Abel   Options
Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five  Two Little Squirrels (Nuts To You)   Options
Collin Blunstone  Mary, Wont You Warm My Bed?   Options
Keith West  Shy Boy   Options
Charlie Walker  I'll Go Down Swinging   Options
Pac-Keys, The  Greasy Pumpkin   Options
Nick Lowe  Love Gets Strange   Options
Chancellors, The  Little Latin Lupe Lu   Options
Autry Inman  Private John Q.   Options
Radiants, The  Hold On   Options
Blues Busters, The  I Can't Stop   Options
Squeeze  Third Rail   Options
Rip Chords, The  Big Wednesday   Options
Nancy Sinatra  Lay Some Happieness On Me   Options
Katie Webster & Ashton Conroy  Baby, Baby   Options
Fleetwood Mac  Think About Me (#3 rough version)   Options
Herd, The  Fairy Tale   Options
Candy Staton  I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart (Than A Young Man's Fool)   Options
Willie Bobo  Boogaloo In Room 802   Options
Jim Ford  JuJu Man   Options
Headcoatees, Thee  First Plane Home   Options
Dandies, The  Sha La La La Lee   Options
Roger Miller  My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died   Options
Sugar Pie DeSanto  Go Go Power'   Options
Revelons, The  The Way (You Touch My Hand)   Options
Sound Symposium, The  Darling Be Home Soon   Options
Tibby Edwards  Big Mamou   Options
Barbara Lynn  A New Kind Of Love   Options
Phil Spector's Wall of Sound Orchestra  Chubby Danny D   Options
Pernice Brothers  Bechamel   Options
Harry Nilsson  Cuddly Toy   Options
Harry Nilsson  Wig Job (Spindle Top version)   Options
Smithereens, The  Crazy Mixed Up Kid   Options
Syndicate of Sound  Little Girl   Options
Darwin Deez  Radar Detcetor   Options
Tom Carvel  Christmas Commercial   Options
Six Finger  Commercial   Options
Mr. Microphone  Commercial   Options
The Three Stooges  Twelve Days Of Christmas Session Outtakes   Options

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CLICK HERE to read a one sided and mostly dumb piece called 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music.!

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Listener comments!

  Sat. 12/17/11 11:07am James:

Morning, folks!
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:19am mrmucho:

hey Mike have you ever tried to get James Burton on the show for an interview? seems like a good candidate
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:22am Michael:

Ive tried James a few different times - he'd be perfect - Anybopdy got good contact info for him?
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:25am mrmucho:

Charlie McCoy is another one I though of...wait is that him playing right now?
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:28am Jane Doe:

How about Tony Burrows? You could talk to him about all the bands he's been.
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:31am paul:

"The Black Eyed Peas' “I Gotta Feeling” is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song"

Just shoot me now.
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:32am Hope:

"more popular" has never meant "better", and never will.
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:34am glenn:

i'm sure if you could get ahold of arlen roth, he'd be able to pass you on to james burton.
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:36am glenn:

also, for james burton fans ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOEwp7NBtLI
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:38am paul:

Just for the record, how many of these downloads? Some artists offer large price cuts on their downloads. Now, there is even a minimum purchase price for a record to qualify as a million seller.
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:45am Richard from Venezuela:

R.I.P Cesária Évora http://goo.gl/ygTG
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:45am paul:

The Rockpile doc is an avi file. Can't seem to open it with quicktime or itunes. Any suggestions? (I have a mac)
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:48am Bob:

You get the feeling Nick has really messed up Dave's head over the years.
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:49am ai:

For those using the app, what is the bar for anyway?
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:49am Mike Sin:

re: "Shy Boy"
So Mark Wirtz just basically took the backing track used for the Keith West recording and just dubbed Kippington Lodge vocals over the top for their later single, huh?
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:50am glenn:

there's a program called switch that may work. it's a free download, but i don't remember what site i got it from.
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:52am glenn:

looks like it's just for audio files, but here's the address anyway. ; http://www.nch.com.au/switch/index.html
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:55am Christopher:

is this a different version than the original?
  Sat. 12/17/11 11:55am Christopher:

ah... where's this come from?
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:03pm Michael from the Left Coast:

It's Candy Stay-ton, not Stanton
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:06pm Scott:

If you're using a Mac, there's a free program called Flv Crunch that will convert .avi files to mpeg or mp4. I think you can find it for free at www.download.com. I use it and it's always worked for me.
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:10pm paul:

thanks for the tip, scott
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:12pm Scott:

Actually, Paul, I'm selling Flv Crunch short. It does a lot of other stuff too, so it's definitely a handy thing to have around.
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:15pm Chonky McChonkerson:

I perused the "12 Disappointing" list you mentioned, Michael. Dunno where the writer ( who appears to be about 17 years old) got his "facts," but they're largely nebulous. Where did the numbers he gives come from? How does one determine that a Black Eyed Peas song is more popular that any Elvis or S&G song? C'mon, don't depress yourself, it's Christmas!
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:19pm Michael:

I agree Chonky - it's just so dumb
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:21pm glenn:

wait.... it's christmas? that explains so much.
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:22pm Michael from the Left Coast:

regarding the 12 "facts" I find it inconceivable that the cast of Glee had more than 50 chart hits--which is about what the Beatles had
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:23pm Larry:

Sugarpie Desanto tickets..soulful dress!
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:26pm Gaylord Fields:

Even if it's true, "50 chart hits" can mean 50 songs that reached No, 96 on the chart — I hope the person bakes a nice pie with the cherry-picked stats. Please don't give this nonsense any meaning or analysis. It's not worth it.
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:29pm Mike Sin:

Folks, do you ever get the feeling these articles are just written to get people talking about how stupid they are so they'll read them and click-through the pages? The hit count is all that matters to the writers of the articles, not whether anyone likes them.

You've read it. You're talking about it. You're clicking through the pages. That's all the writer really cares about.

Remember "Slim Whitman has sold more albums than the Beatles and Elvis combined." Same great successful marketing plan as this article.
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:30pm Gaylord Fields:

Here's one good statistic from me that will place that list in some sorely lacking perspective, and then I'll proceed to giving the list the attention it deserves: U.S. population ca. 1970 — 200 million; U.S. population ca. 2010 — 300 million.
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:31pm Chonky McChonkerson:

  Sat. 12/17/11 12:33pm Michael from the Left Coast:

Similar to Gaylord's point--we now have records that sell in the tens of millions--that was never the case until the 1970's--so the record buying market was far smaller in the 1950's and 1960's. Also, I daresay that some songs that weren't huge hits then had huge impact--for example, Ain't Too Proud to Beg by the Temptations never hit the top ten but yet we all know it--whereas I doubt that would be the case for most top ten hits today
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:33pm Gaylord Fields:

What Slim Whitman never mentioned is that he worked at Sam Goody's for years, yet neither Elvis nor the Beatles had retail record store experience!
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:36pm Michael:

Should have saved this for The World's Greatest Music Experts!
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:39pm paul:

Forget California Gurls? No way!
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:40pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Michael, the topic is still good for TWGME — Only the World's Biggest Music Nerds read the comment thread, you've got a bigger audience than that!
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:40pm DG:

Cuddly Toy! Alright! Viva Harry! (Saw the Monkees do this in Brooklyn this summer).
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:42pm Mike Sin:

Slim Whitman rules... and so did his marketing plan!

What's interesting is the low sales numbers one needs these days to make the top 100 album chart.

Applying these current numbers to, say, the '80s, Husker Du probably would have had a top 20 album or some such.

Anyway, this nerd would just like to say that Michael Shelley is delivering another fine show.
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:44pm Stu:

Harry should be in the Rock HOF! What is the deal with that? Love the show for years in Scotch Plains Mike -- keep up the great music!!!!
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:46pm paul:

How many "Glee" songs have made the charts? I'm curious.
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:46pm DG:

Glad to see so many people tearing apart that sloppily-written "Popular Music" piece. It ignores stuff like: Hendrix only had a 3-year-or so career on the charts, bands like Zeppelin didn't release many singles, and the "Glee" folks put out like 2-3 songs from each episode so of course they have more "charted" songs than the Beatles. When one of these artists has 5 songs in the Top 10 at one time, let me know.
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:55pm drewo:

Happy Holidays Michael. Thanks for the Carvel commercial.
  Sat. 12/17/11 12:57pm DG:

OMG, I haven't heard this bizarre (6 Finger) commercial in decades! Glad to see I didn't actually dream this.
  Sat. 12/17/11 5:51pm Mark R:

Wow! The Revlons. A true #1 hit. The b-side is also great!
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