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Options November 29, 2014: Guests: Peter Guralnick & Michael Spörke

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Artist Track
Above, The  Goons   Options
Yolks, The  You Don't Live Here No More   Options
Osborne Brothers, The  Muddy Bottom   Options
Darondo  Lucious Lady   Options
Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee  A Little Bird Told Me   Options
Tinted Windows  Nothing To Me   Options
Harper and Rowe  You And Me   Options
Arlie Duff  It'll Be Alright   Options
Detroit Junior  Talk Fast   Options
God Help The Girl  A Loving Kind Of Guy   Options
Bobby Fuller Four  Julie   Options
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss  Gone, Gone, Gone   Options
William Bell  Never Like This Before   Options
King Kennytone  Suzzy Twist   Options
Searchers, The  September Gurls   Options
Searchers, The  I Pretend I'm With You   Options
George Hamilton IV  If You Don't Know (I Ain't Gonna Tell You)   Options
B52's, The  52 Girls   Options
Normie Rowe and The Playboys  Shakin' All Over   Options
Blitzen Trapper  To Be Young   Options
R.B. Greaves  Birmingham Alabama   Options
Mel Brown  Greasy Spoon   Options
Los Straitjackets  Aerostar   Options
Big Mama Thornton  I Smell A Rat   Options
Michael Spörke  Interview   Options
Big Mama Thornton  That Lucky Old Sun   Options
Solomon Burke  Maggie's Farm   Options
Peter Guralnick  Interview   Options
Charlie Rich  Feel Like Going Home   Options
Critics, The  Dan Is The Man/One More Time   Options

CLICK HERE for a trick but worth it recipe for Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls, which were my favourite thing I made for Thanksgiving

CLICK HERE for a dose of Power Pop from the excellent stereohysteria podcast!

CLICK HERE for Joe Belock's interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for an interview with Tim K. Smith director of the new WFMU documentary

CLICK HERE to see Glyn Johns sing

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about Linda Ronstadt's "You’re No Good"

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about T. Rex’s ‘Get It On

CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

CLICK HERE 23 Telltale Signs You Live In A Hipster Neighbourhood (sic)

CLICK HERE for a beginner’s guide to the sweet, stinging nostalgia of The Beach Boys

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for the LANDR website - where robots master your music for free

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

CLICK HERE for Bill Murray on The Howard Stern Show 10/08/14

CLICK HERE for another piece about how the streaming music business model is doomed for eternity to be a disaster for musicians

CLICK HERE for forty photos of The Brown Sisters

CLICK HERE for a piece about masteribg that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE to watch a great piece on The Ramones!

CLICK HERE for Phil Baugh's "Country Guitar"

CLICK HERE to watch Lou Reed act like a total a-hole

CLICK HERE to watch the BBC Documentary "Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours" (if you're not too sick)

CLICK HERE for "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

CLICK HERE for the "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for the N.Y. Times story about the Brazilian bus magnate who’s buying up all the world’s vinyl records

CLICK HERE for a difficult crossword puzzle created by listener Alex which was rejected by the New York Times. Hint: knowing the music of The Zombies will help!

CLICK HERE for a piece from a guy who played in a prison band with drummer Jim Gordon

CLICK HERE for a piece on the dynamic between Lennon & McCartney

CLICK HERE for a documentary about record collectors

CLICK HERE for a piece on The Angelettes


CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for a new Stereohysteria podcast featuring Robbie Fulks' music and an interview.

CLICK HERE to see what Sotheby's is selling in their "A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk" auction

CLICK HERE for a a piece by bass player Ernie Brooks remembering his days in Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers

CLICK HERE for a funny video with info on Jay Gonzalez's Kickstarter campaign.

CLICK HERE for something odd: on the website of session guitarist Jay Graydon (he plays the guitar solo on Steely Dan's "Peg") he lists playing guitar on Cheap Trick's studio version of "I Want You To Want Me" among his 1977 credits.

CLICK HERE for some audio Illusions - "Can You Trust Your Ears"?

CLICK HERE for info about Fender's plans name Bono and the Edge from U2 to its board, and a video about the company's business troubles.

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE to read or download the liner notes for "More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for "The Jarmels" "A Little Bit of Soap" - don't think this is the original lead singer - but he does a great job

CLICK HERE for info on Joel Selvin and his book "Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business Of Rhythm and Blues"

CLICK HERE for Bert Berns Info!

CLICK HERE for the Abbey Road crossing cam

CLICK HERE to find out if we need to be touching

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions

CLICK HERE to play Name That Drum Fill

CLICK HERE to read "Phish Has Been a Band for Thirty Years Now and They Have Sucked the Whole Time" and then CLICK HERE to read "This Is What Happens When You Make Fun Of Phish On The Internet"

CLICK HERE for the story of Be Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson and how he says his record label ripped him off

CLICK HERE to watch the famously hard to find MC5 documentary

CLICK HERE to read about a recent Jerry Lewis show

CLICK HERE for the new release of 5 Style 1996 live on WFMU

CLICK HERE for Paul Lukas' excellent piece about cultural criticism

CLICK HERE to read "A Portrait of the Worst Guy Ever"

CLICK HERE for proof that Michael Nesmith is a nut

CLICK HERE to see some wise asses I'm a fan of

CLICK HERE to find out how Sweden’s domination of the international pop charts started

CLICK HERE to hear Bernard Prurdie talk about all kinds of things - including saying "Ringo's not on anything"

CLICK HERE for a film excerpt "Session Men - Memphis"

CLICK HERE for a laugh

CLICK HERE for a good Kirsty MacColl documentary from the BBC

CLICK HERE for Roz Chast's piece “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

CLICK HERE for a brief history of the baritone guitar"

CLICK HERE for a two hour documentary about Louis Prima

CLICK HERE for "The Making of 96 Tears"

CLICK HERE for a Rolling Stone piece about The Jerky Boys

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Dues" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley & Henry Gibson singing "One, I Love You" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE and tell me if you think this is really edited from the news, or if it was performed knowingly

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see the set list of the Cheap Trick show i saw last week

CLICK HERE to see drummer Joff from the band Bucky so some drawings of old people

CLICK HERE if you want see a lady call for President Obama's execution. My mind keeps returning to his video and what it means about how screwed up our county is.

CLICK HERE for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

CLICK HERE for my July 2007 interview with Mighty Hannibal

CLICK HERE for the website of the guy who shot Bigfoot

CLICK HERE to see why the cowardly anonymous culture of the internet drives me even more crazy then art does

CLICK HERE for a little background on the Buddy Rich tapes

CLICK HERE for a weird Tonight Show episode where Jerry Lewis fills in for Johnny, with guest Bob Hope

CLICK HERE for the Jim Keltner Discography

CLICK HERE for the The Knack - this clip (with hard panned guitars) will help you understand the division of guitar parts in this song - which is not quite what I thought it was

CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"

CLICK HERE Rolling Stone's 500 Worst Reviews of All Time, according to Schmidtt

CLICK HERE for the 1966 Esquire Magazine piece "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold"

CLICK HERE for a dumbly titled, but interesting piece on Tom Wilson

CLICK HERE to find out about folks buying old lps in the USA to sell in Europe

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE for the first issue of "BOMP!" magazine

CLICK HERE to see Jerry Lewis and Al Goldstein show of gadgets in 1976 on "A.M. New York"

CLICK HERE for Nick Lowe's odd appearance on the Adam Carolla show.

CLICK HERE for a $400+ out of print book about Pub Rock that Nick Lowe mentions - OR - buy it HERE for for £17 (about $28), including postage, on Will Birch's website

CLICK HERE for a reminder that you have to be 恋のホワン・ホワン (or HERE, or HERE , or HERE , or HERE, or HERE!)

CLICK HERE for info on an odd e-book "Nick Lowe: A Long Career That Never Gets Stale." It is 4 pages long and "sells" for $1.99. The same author has one about Dean Martin that was reviewed like this: "This pamphlet was complete gargbage. A sixth grader could have written a better essay. All of this author's works should be removed from Amazon."

CLICK HERE for a new interactive video from Bob Dylan

CLICK HERE, but only if you have golden ears

CLICK HERE for some amazing RARE STAX MUSIC from tapes Robert Gordon pulled out of the debris when the STAX building was being torn down!

CLICK HERE for STAX at The White House

CLICK HERE to read the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

CLICK HERE for photos of Nashville session cello player Byron Bach's ledger from Paul Lukas' excellent Permanent Record web site

CLICK HERE if you're a BEATLE fan!


CLICK HERE for The Turtles "Happy Together" (vocals only)

CLICK HERE to read the story behind Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” bass line

CLICK HERE I think this hurts ants, but it looks cool - I want one

CLICK HERE for a long documentary on The Everly Brothers!

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for some videos from the BUCKY album 'Women, Ladies and Girls (Sing the Bucky Songbook).' (I especially like THIS ONE! {due to the great acting})

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE read producer Steve Albini’s incredible four-page letter to Nirvana

CLICK HERE for a 1958 film "The Capitol Tower"

CLICK HERE for interesting reviews of Haribo Gummy Candy Sugarless Gummy Bears 5-Pound Bag

CLICK HERE to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments

CLICK HERE for an article by WFMU's Joe McGasko: "Johnny Cash: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Him"

CLICK HERE for info on the new Nashville DVD

CLICK HERE for " The Weirdest Photos Of Mike Love You Can Find "

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

CLICK HERE for The Beach Boys reunion show live In Japan - full show

CLICK HERE and page down to the Violent Femmes Trivia section

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for Deke Dickerson's 2013 Tour Documentary--PART ONE!

CLICK HERE for a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!

I have low expectations for THIS

CLICK HERE to read about how Adam Schlesinger? from Fountains of Wayne writes songs

CLICK HERE to watch The Beach Boys pretend to record "Good Vibrations"

CLICK HERE for The Mighty Hannibal "Midnight Hour" on The !!!! Beat

CLICK HERE for Rock Aficionados Try to Spin Old Vinyl Into Gold in New Investing Track

CLICK HERE for Ted Nugent

CLICK HERE for "Iconic NYC Music Venues, Then And Now" slideshow

CLICK HERE for "Ex”-Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos in Lawsuit With “Former” Band Mates"

CLICK HERE for Sinatra doing his thing

CLICK HERE for 45 minutes of Elvis Costello & The Attractions at their peak

CLICK HERE to watch the full "Beach Boys Live in Concert 50th Anniversary"

CLICK HERE to see listener Bjarne from Norway who tattooed the Woof Moo Logo on his hip area

CLICK HERE for some live Magic and CLICK HERE for the proper chords.

CLICK HERE for Celebrity Make Unders – What Would Celebrities Look Like If They Were Everyday People?!

CLICK HERE to listen to almost every top 10 of the top 40 era.

I love THIS!

CLICK HERE for a short documentary on Donnie And Joe Emerson!

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

CLICK HERE to hear Gene Simmons say that Ace Frehley is a drugged racist with low self esteem who did nothing

CLICK HERE to see Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins sixth-grade metalheads from Flatbush, Brooklyn

CLICK HERE to hear David Letterman ask: "Are Those Your Drums?"

CLICK HERE for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

CLICK HERE for How we made "You Really Got Me"!

CLICK HERE this train wreck is a great microcosm of what is wrong with the world.

CLICK HERE for Nina Simone: nutty but good.

CLICK HERE to read: KISS' Paul Stanley: 'I Don't Need The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame'

CLICK HERE to read: An Open Letter From a Bar Owner to Musicians!

CLICK HERE for a nice piece about the the L.A. studio musicians who dominated the 70's sound.

I love THESE Beach Boy videos!

CLICK HERE for someJerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

There's some controversy about the coin toss that decided who would get seats in the plane that crashed on February 3, 1959 and killed Buddy Holly, Richie Vallens & Big Bopper. CLICK HERE for "An open Letter & Challenge to Dion from Tommy Allsup" then CLICK HERE for Dion's version from "The Wanderer Talks Truth"

CLICK HERE to explore & watch a short film on The Cosimo Code, an attempt to catalog every Cosimo Matassa 45!

CLICK HERE for info on an amazing new drug: Unpretentiousil!

CLICK HERE for Paul Anka's famous post-gig turned into a short film!

CLICK HERE for an recent Montclair Times article on Michael Shelley!

CLICK HERE to read how Big Star's "September Gurls" was recorded at Ardent Studios

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret"

Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.

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Listener comments!

Avatar 11:07am glenn:

i agree whole heartedly. peter guralnick's books are great.
Avatar 11:09am glenn:

at least, the books i've read are great.
  11:09am blee:

Really trying hard not to make a lewd Muddy Bottom wisecrack.
Avatar 11:10am BEAVO:

Peter Guralnick Elvisologist extraordinaire.
  11:10am blee:

Dorondo! Yes!
Avatar 11:14am Utopiast:

Bing Crosby never had it so good - Peggy Lee.
  11:16am Marc:

Happy Thanksgiving Michael to you and your family.
Avatar 11:17am Michael Shelley:

Thanks Marc
Avatar 11:20am Michael Shelley:

To Marc & everybody, I hope your Thanksgiving was peaceful. As we went around the table & said what we were thankful for - one of the things I said was "music" which is so true - and also for WFMU's listeners
Avatar 11:21am danil:

just looked up dorondo lovely lady and found darondo lucious lady. the resemblance is uncanny.
  11:21am Marc:

Since being off weekends at work (the only perk of seniority) I've been able to enjoy your show more often.
Avatar 11:21am glenn:

thanksgiving was six weeks ago for me. the euphoria has worn off.
Avatar 11:23am FernandoBelmondo:

I'm back from vacation and happy to able to listen to WFMU all day long again. Great start for the show, Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Baby:

Avatar 11:27am Michael Shelley:

How was your thanksgiving - did you stay in PR?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

'Talk Fast' reminds me of those great early Johnny Winter singles that I guess (?) he completely disowned cause he was totally ripped off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am Baby:

We did. Busy at the office BIG TIME! Should be today too. You guys good??
  11:33am Red:

"Julie" also recorded by MS
Avatar 11:34am Michael Shelley:

B- all good, lets talk soon
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:34am Baby:

  11:35am Red:

Peter Guralnick also a big champion of Sleepy LaBeef
Avatar 11:35am glenn:

jay bellerose on drums. best drummer i've ever seen.
Avatar 11:37am Michael Shelley:

G- he's something - where'd you see him?
Avatar 11:38am glenn:

with sam phillips. at hugh's room in toronto.
  11:44am JOFF!:

TWO AMAZING OPENING SONGS TODAY MICHAEL SHELLEY. Looking forward to P. Guralnick - his Sam Cooke book is amazing, my favorite cookbook... ha ha. Sorry.
  11:48am Juurakkotukka:

Did I heard it right that there was a Jonathan Richman interview?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am Brian in UK:

This was on a comeback album including Switchboard Susan I think. Great record.
  11:50am Juurakkotukka:

I found it now..the JoJo interview! Will listen to it after this weeks so! So exciting!!!
  11:50am dave from toronto:

they sound so much like gerry and the p-makers
  11:53am Ron:

Different George Hamilton -- George Hamilton IV the singer!
Avatar 11:53am Michael Shelley:

Joff - I think you'd really like that Above lp!
Avatar 11:57am ChooChoo - ATL:

Thanks for the B52's! I've NEVER heard this version of "52 Girls!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Gaylord Fields:

@Ron: No, I think I read somewhere he was called that because he could sometimes be found lying in bed hooked up to an IV bottle filled with Coppertone.
Avatar 12:00pm andaloudog:

Quivers indeed. Fave: The Lords. Lord Ulli: "Quivers down ze beckbone"
Avatar 12:01pm Michael Shelley:

  12:03pm JakeGould:

So the version of “52 Girls” that was just played. Where did that come from?
Avatar 12:03pm ChooChoo - ATL:

Thanks, Jake for asking that question.
Avatar 12:06pm Michael Shelley:

you are right - obnoxious to not say and to hint (I hate that!)
  12:06pm JakeGould:

ChooChoo: You’re welcome. Now if only you would be granted the freedom—as a carrot—to ask these questions on your own…
  12:12pm sd:

mangroveditplan goes to another shady website when you click on it
Avatar 12:16pm Michael Shelley:

that site is meant for informational purposes - but the "listen" link worked for me - I bought the 45 years ago at Tower Records on Sunset Blvd
  12:18pm sd:

everytime i click on it it goes to this: http://neocounter.neoworx-blog-tools.net/ i tried another blogger site and that didnt come up.
Avatar 12:22pm Michael Shelley:

It works for me - but, try this:
  12:23pm sd:

that works great . thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm fred:

The amazing Willie Mae rock camp for girls in NYC is named after Big Mama Thornton
  12:27pm JakeGould:

This works also from Discogs.com www.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

! - I wonder if not called 'Big' as much for her voice as anything! Got that Gospel power thing here...
  12:32pm JakeGould:

For shits and giggles I just did a Google search on the B-52’s original P.O. Box… Some real estate company now. As you were. www.whereorg.com...
  12:33pm SwazeyLane:

Nice version
  12:35pm JakeGould:

@Juurakkotukka: Yes there was one last week. It was good despite Michael’s build up to “I dunno about this…” because Jonathan Richman is Jonathan Richman and that is what you get. Anyone. I enjoyed it. And found him talking about being a mason completely in line with who he is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Interesting to know this about Sam Phillips explicitly. (But of course - he actually signed & recorded people.) Always felt R&B/Rock'n'Roll is still under-credited for integration & ending racial prejudice.
  12:59pm JakeGould:

Michael, the phone pranks you play during the show. Who? You?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Gaylord Fields:

I couldn't agree with Scott more about Charlie Rich's "Feel Like Going Home" — the best song by the best performer, bar none!
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