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Options January 3, 2015: Goons!

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Artist Track
Above, The  Goons   Options
Above, The  You Make It Real   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   Stinky Passed The Hat Around   Options
Joe Tex  Grandma Mary   Options
Weine Renlidens Orkester  Pop Ivar   Options
Paley Brothers, The (with The Ramones)  Come On Let's Go   Options
Dana Gillespie  Pay You Back With Interest   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   Me and My Big Loud Mouth   Options
LaVerne Baker  Wrapped, Tied and Tangled   Options
Yolks, The  I Want Your Number   Options
Glyn Johns  Today You're Gone   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   Blackeyed Joes   Options
Melvin Lastie & Harold Battiste  Ignat   Options
Groove Holmes  Hallelujah I Love Her So   Options
Geraint Watkins  My Love   Options
Rivieras, The  Arizona Sun   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   Slow Suicide   Options
L.C. Cooke  Magic Words   Options
Roxy And Cat  O Miranda   Options
George Harrison  Blow Away   Options
Feathers, The  Them Onions   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   Hey Ma! (Hide The Daughter)   Options
Spinners, The  Ooh Child   Options
Billy Taylor  St. Thomas   Options
Nick Lowe  Born A Woman   Options
Camps, The (aka The Crickets)  Batmobile   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   Hey Worm   Options
Willie Johnson  Say Baby   Options
Dahlmanns, The  He's A Drag   Options
Cyrkle, The  Red Chair Fade Away   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   A Sleeping At The Foot of the Bed   Options
King Curtis  Instant Groove   Options
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers  Astral Plane (live)   Options
Rincon Surfside Band  Hawaii   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   Salty Boogie   Options
Darondo  Saving My Love   Options
Pearl Bailey  The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea   Options
Kik, The  Simone   Options
Mamas and the Papas  No Salt on Her Tail   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens   May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose   Options
Tavares  Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel   Options
?  I'm So Perplexed Without You Baby  

CLICK HERE for my New Years wishes to you

CLICK HEREfor a listen to "96.3 Your Place for Music and More?"

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch the best news bloopers of 2014

CLICK HERE to hear Nick Lowe sing some holiday songs on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE to watch Los Straightjackets do Nick Lowe's "I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass" and CLICK HERE to watch Los Straightjackets do "Linus & Lucy"

CLICK HERE to watch Big Al Anderson get interviewed on TV

CLICK HERE to see the stuff that Burt Reynolds is auctioning off

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets or CLICK HERE to listen

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!

CLICK HERE to watch Mad Magazine's never aired 1974 tv special

CLICK HERE for a project trying to collect a unique sound for all 565 towns in New Jersey

CLICK HERE for a tricky but worth it recipe for Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls, which were my favorite 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 to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments

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 a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!

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

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

I love THIS!

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

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

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.

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 #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:05am Uncle Michael:

I love the WhoKinks!
  11:25am Marc:

Ryan Seacrest is nauseating.
  11:30am Marc:

Taylor Swift is more nauseating.
  11:37am JakeGould:

I’m not that upset with Taylor Swift. But Ryan Seacrest is bleagh. No personality. All of those New Year’s Eve things on TV are just… They could all be CGI generated at this point.
Avatar 11:37am drewo:

The camerawork in Birdman is amazing. Most of the movie was shot in extremely long takes, as if the director was shooting a play (appropriate as the setting for Birdman is a playset). Cinemaphotography aside, it was an okay movie and Ed Norton was fun to watch.
  11:38am Listener John:

I think that Jimmy Buffett must have heard "Blackeyed Joe's" before he wrote "Cheeseburger in Paradise." The list of foods & what goes on a cheeseburger sound and rhyme the same. Just a thought . . .
Avatar 11:38am Michael Shelley:

The lack of imagination in the presentation of New YEars Eve TV is really astounding.
  11:40am JakeGould:

Also, as a born and bred New Yorker… Times Square is not the most amazing place on Earth to focus all of one’s attention on.
Avatar 11:41am Michael Shelley:

YES, Birdman has style - but not enough substance
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Fuzzy:

@Listener John: I think so too -- was just doing some Google-fu to find out, but the results were inconclusive.
  11:41am ?:

Speaking of the food list check out "Red's" by the Morrells: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X87mfrXqcwA

Those guys and the Skeletons seem very Shelley-esque but I don't think I've heard them on here. C'mon, Michael!
Avatar 11:46am drewo:

27 degrees in Tucson this morning. This should be the low point for the entire winter.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Gaylord Fields:

What says rock 'n' roll more than name-dropping Barry Goldwater in your song?
  11:47am paul:

Is there an "Indiana Sun" version of that song?
Avatar 11:50am Juke Joint Jonny:

A little late to the party, but let me throw in the observation that Pitbull is apparently the new King of New Year's Eve now Dick Clark's kaput. For my money the only tv worth watching is Kathy Griffin torturing Anderson Cooper on the CNN.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50am Gaylord Fields:

Extremism in the playing of rock 'n' roll is no vice.
  11:52am AZ Dave:

27 degrees was the high at my place yesterday. 6000 feet, just outside Prescott. Sunny all day, though.
  11:53am Moammar:

Speaking of excellence in right-wing rock n roll, check out the records made by George Wallace Jr. while his dad was governor, but before he became Alabama secretary of state.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:55am Greg from Bloomfield:

Gaylord! After hearing Rex's Xmas show, I immediately bought those TV pilot books and gifted them to my friend. He just texted me "Vicki Lawrence played Mrs. Dracula, who moved from Transylvania to the midwest with her husband."
Avatar 11:55am Juke Joint Jonny:

Gaylord, did the Rivieras really break up, or are they just denying the world their creativity ala John Galt?
Avatar 11:56am the Canterbury wood-elf:

Wow, that brief Roxy and Cat song just stole my heart! Who are they? Can't find anything online...
Avatar 11:58am DeemerDave:

Never enough George Harrison. Thanks Michael, and Happy New Year!
  11:58am Roger SAYRE:

Ditto: Roxy and Cat, WHo are they?
  11:58am Gerry Bucheck:

Michael, you have an unmatched talent for playing tunes I don't realize I miss hearing. Great George cut!
Avatar 11:59am Michael Shelley:

Roxy & Cat:
Avatar 12:00pm Michael Shelley:

and it is a fundraiser - so buy a copy (as I did)
  12:08pm CeeDubbles:

Anyone else having flashbacks to the wedding scene in Mike Nichols' 'Working Girl?'
  12:09pm Toddophonic:

Some of those George Wallace Jr. records are great, especially "Think".
Avatar 12:22pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Thanks Michael, it's for a great cause too, I'm going to spread the word about this one!
Avatar 12:24pm Michael Shelley:

While you're there - buy the Bucky CD - it is one of my all time favorite albums!
Avatar 12:26pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Still no wiser as to who R&C actually are, but that's cool. Some things should remain mysteries...
Avatar 12:27pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Where's my thing! Where's my thing?! Oh, it's here. In my bag.
Avatar 12:30pm Michael Shelley:

Elf - do some digging (email Joff @ Bucky) & let us know!
  12:31pm Marc:

Faye's outro theme. I miss Faye's "Hello Children."
Avatar 12:32pm drewo:

Love Juniper's reading of the Harry Harrison chestnut. Happy New Year Mr. DJ.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Baby:

  12:34pm rw:

I wonder how many guys have given that Modern Lovers song on a mixtape to their crush. (Any version)
Avatar 12:35pm Michael Shelley:

  12:38pm rw:

Too bad about Little Jimmy. Nice to hear all these songs though. RIP. Elly May too.
  12:41pm Eroad Island:

Yes rw, Modern lovers made some great woo material including, well, every track "Roadrunner" "Astral Plane" "Old World" "Pablo Picasso "She Cracked" "Hospital" (creepiest) "Someone I Care About" "Girlfriend" "Dignified & Old" "I'm Straight" — "Government Center" — "I Wanna Sleep in Your Arms" "Dance With Me"
Avatar 12:41pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

@MS Just sent him an email, will let you know what I find out...
  12:45pm sd:

dorando -- awesome. who are these guys?
Avatar 12:46pm Michael Shelley:

Check for Dorando on Youtube - he had an awesome TV show
Avatar 12:47pm Michael Shelley:

What about the apostrophes
  12:47pm rw:

Eroad, Yeah, but I mean that one specifically since it's so clearly about, well... you know. Love the Modern Lovers. I'm gonna send a copy of that LP to my crush now...
Avatar 12:49pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

@MS That should be reported immediately:
  12:49pm Ron W.:

The Kik "Simone" is a remake of "The Dancer" (1966) by the Australian band, the Allusion. The Allusions song is the better version.
Avatar 12:50pm Michael Shelley:

Ron, I disagree
Avatar 12:50pm Sean B.:

Fantastic to spend this Sat. afternoon here with this great music Michael.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm ChrisB.:

Look for Little Jimmy and a galaxy of 60's Nashville stars in the cheap-o movie "Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar," starring Arnold Stang and The Bowery Boys.
Avatar 12:51pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks so much Sean!
Avatar 12:51pm Sean B.:

Thank you sir!.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Baby:

Inspired choice, Mike.
  12:52pm mike east:

Great show today Michael. Be safe getting home as the snow begins to fall
Avatar 12:53pm Coder:

@ChrisB I've never heard of that movie that but it sounds like cinematic genius! Have to see it!
  12:53pm Marilynn:

Holy shite, you read my mind all the way to Boston! Tavares is pretty much always on my mind and I am dancin'. Thanks!
  12:54pm myron feld:

Must be an LA thing:

  12:57pm Ron W.:

Mike: That's cool.
By the way, the two main guys from the Cyrcle , also wrote the "7Up The Uncola" jingle, which was once available as a Sundazed vinyl single. Great show!
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