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Options March 7, 2015: Let The Good Times Roll!

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Artist Track
JD McPherson  Let The Good Times Roll   Options
Bobby Sherman   Well All Right   Options
Steve Earle  You Know The Rest   Options
Art Neville  That Rock And Roll Beat   Options
Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five  Decon Jones   Options
Bucky  Hi Fido   Options
Manfred Mann  My Name Is Jack   Options
Marty Stuart  Hollywood Boogie   Options
Otis Redding  Chain Gang   Options
Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson  Valarie   Options
Tony Alamo  The Robot Walk   Options
Sturgill Simpson  Life of Sin   Options
Willie Tomlin  Check Me Baby   Options
Helio Mendes & Trio Vagalume  Mas Que Nada   Options
Mitch Easter  Fox On The Run (from Even More Super Hits of the 70s)   Options
Blond  Six White Horses   Options
Jennie C. Riley  Generation Gap   Options
PP Arnold  If You See What I Mean   Options
Jackie Mittoo  Some Kind Of Memphis   Options
Philistines Jr., The  The Logical Song (from Even More Super Hits of the 70s)   Options
Love  Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale   Options
Red Foley & Ernest Tubb  Tennessee Border   Options
Bobby Byrd  Signed, Sealed, Delivered   Options
Gary Calamar  Giddy   Options
Kinks, The  This Is Where I Belong   Options
Roy Clark  Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young   Options
Linda Jones  Last Minute Miracle   Options
Nat King Cole  Too Little, Too Late   Options
Fountains Of Wayne  Red Dragon Tattoo   Options
Bread  Let Your Love Go   Options
Wynn Stewart (not Johnny Paychek at all!)  I'm Gonna Kill You   Options
Roy C  Open Letter To The President   Options
Marshall Crenshaw  I Just Want to Celebrate (from Even More hits of the 70s)   Options
Tinted Windows  Messing With My Head   Options
Cheap Trick  Lookout   Options
Tripwires, The  Get Young   Options
Muffs, The  Cheesy   Options
Tim Moore  Rock and Roll Love Letter   Options
nutty lady  Illegal Photographers   Options
Dan Deacon  Driinking Out of Cups   Options

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CLICK HERE for Video Premiere: The Philistines Jr. - The "Logical Song" (from Even More Super Hits of the Seventies)

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Better Records, whcih sells old lp pressings that sell for astronomical prices, e.g: The Police’s Synchronicity: $350

CLICK HERE for "Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes"

CLICK HERE for "It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit"

CLICK HERE for a cool archive of old magazines

CLICK HERE for "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

CLICK HERE for a Muppets/Biz Markie laugh

CLICK HERE to see some interesting uncut footage of Paul McCartney shot by Albert Maysles

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Francis Macdonald's excellent blog post about Kim Fowley

CLICK HERE for Gay Robot

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

CLICK HERE for "Metal Album Covers Redesigned"

CLICK HERE for 1971 tapes of Bob Dylan getting rightfully testy with A.J. Weberman (who used to go through and sell Dylan's garbage)

CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing

CLICK HERE for my new year wished to you

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

CLICK HERE to watch Big Al Anderson get interviewed on TV

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 tricky but worth it recipe for Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls, which were my favorite thing I made for Thanksgiving

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 the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

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 mastering 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"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

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

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 optical illusions

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 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 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 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 "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 to play the web Theremin

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 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 recommends - OR - buy it HERE for for £20 (about $30), 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 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 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 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 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 for Nick Martellaro version of Los Shakers' Always You

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 some classic Jerry. 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 11:06am Sem Chumbo:

Laissez les bons temps rouler: make it so, please, MS!
Avatar 11:07am Juke Joint Jonny:

But I like baloney…
Avatar 11:14am Michael Shelley:

I haven't had baloney in 40 years - w/mayo on Wonder bread
Avatar 11:18am Juke Joint Jonny:

I admit, it's just memories of baloney for me too.
  11:20am SeanG:

uh oh--that song is stuck in my head now
Avatar 11:22am Michael Shelley:

I warned you
Avatar 11:23am glenn:

ewww. mayo.
  11:25am Marc:

A couple of WFMU DJs played "Both Sides Now" by the late great Leonard Nimoy. It's definitely a Number One Hit
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:26am Baby:

Avatar 11:29am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am Stevel:

Happy Saturday to all. Working and hanging out alone at home with WFMU providing the soundtrack. Sounds like paradise to me.
Avatar 11:32am Michael Shelley:

Reminds me - NEXT Saturday - if you live in California - DEKE DICKERSON at www.vinesonthemarycrest.com
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:33am Dano59:

Re Amy - yes, Michael. Lioness-Hidden Treasures, compiled by Mark Ronson. CD and 2-LP. It's really glorious.
Avatar 11:35am Michael Shelley:

Thanks - will get on it!
Avatar 11:37am glenn:

who played guitar on the sturgill simpson track?
Avatar 11:39am Juke Joint Jonny:

Mas Que Nada! Número um!
Avatar 11:39am Michael Shelley:

99% sure its the guy in his band = lp recorded live in the studio
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:41am Baby:

Holy crap... Is that next Saturday??? Yikes.
Avatar 11:42am glenn:

laur jomets, according to wikipedia.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:42am Frank Above:

Again with the baloney!
Avatar 11:44am Michael Shelley:

On of the BEST guitarists I have EVER seen play live - blew my mind
Avatar 11:44am glenn:

clicky star for mitch.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 11:46am Jimmy Wipper:

  11:47am Brendan:

Reminds me of ELO never seen nothing like you
Avatar 11:48am glenn:

i love how the classic rock lovers sneer at country music, and at the same time fail to grasp that pretty much country guitarists could wipe the floor with their rock gods.
Avatar 11:49am glenn:

oops. pretty much ALL country guitarists.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Andrew Waterloo:

I always amused that classic rock fans will brag about listening to a rock band with a jazz drummer, but will then remind you that jazz is terrible.
Avatar 12:00pm Michael Shelley:

true, but in my experience Jazz fans are the most dismissive of other genres
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:05pm Jimmy Wipper:

Maybe it's sacrilege, but my favorite version of this is by Tennessee Ernie Ford.
Avatar 12:06pm Michael Shelley:

no bad versions
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Stevel:

Loved The Logical Song. Very true to the lyrics. (I like the original OK, but I've probably heard it enough.)
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Frank Above:

Great bass playing on the Bobby Byrd track!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:08pm Jimmy Wipper:

I agree--no bad versions!
Avatar 12:10pm Sem Chumbo:

Nice Mariachi band horns woven in there. Sweet.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Frank Above:

Avatar 12:11pm Michael Shelley:

Frank- on fire!
Avatar 12:11pm totallybiased:

I license tunes to Gary. Nice spin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Andrew Waterloo:

I feel the same about Logical Song. I heard it for the first time in a really long time about a year ago and really enjoyed it for the first time.
Avatar 12:13pm Roberto:

I recall Hova played this Kinks about a week after 09/11/01. Perfect sentiment.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Tim 07030:

Where I belong today is where I am: in my apartment avoiding Hoboken St. Patrick's Day.
Avatar 12:14pm Michael Shelley:

please explain: www.rawstory.com...
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Frank Above:

Gotta stay warm this winter somehow Michael!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Tim 07030:

@Roberto, it was also the last song Yo La Tengo ever played at Maxwell's. Not as heavy of course, but equally perfect
Avatar 12:17pm Roberto:

It's a bloody good song no matter what the circumstances!
Avatar 12:18pm herb.nyc:

(1) me and roomie played that Supertramp record a lot in the college dorm. and i always laugh when Tom Scharpling mocks the band. (2) i learned of love via the Luxury Condos record (3) i have the first 2 Superhits & love them; dumb me cant recall if John Denver is covered. probably no; je t'aime John. oh, i no see pbs docu on him, yest. (4) wait, i meant i learned of Love via the Luxury record. big difference! (5) sorry to ramble. me love the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm Andrew Waterloo:

@Michael, sometimes a little knowledge is a very dangerous thing.
Avatar 12:21pm Michael Shelley:

Info on all 3 Superhits at www.wfmu.org...
John Denver = yes
Avatar 12:22pm glenn:

a little learning is a dangerous thing, actually.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Arne:

bombastic show today. love it! over and out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Parq:

"Red Dragon Tattoo" seemed a little slower in tempo and a little less intensely performed than I remember it. I thought maybe it was a demo take, but I guess it's just my faulty memory.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Uncle Michael:

May I just rest here a moment while the rollercoaster I've been riding pauses at the platform.
Avatar 12:27pm glenn:

this...... doesn't sound like wynne stewart at all.
Avatar 12:28pm DeemerDave:

Let Your Love Go wasn't a hit? I heard that song a million times during my youth.
  12:28pm Joe:

One of the stranger entries in the love-as-disease / death-as-a-cure country motif. Totally great.
Avatar 12:29pm Michael Shelley:

All the songs I play are the same genre - the #1 hit genre
Avatar 12:30pm Michael Shelley:

DDave - it reached #28 - Bread had 12 top 40 songs AMAZING
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm drr:

Roy C! Mr Infidelity, Georgia.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Uncle Michael:

Rare Earth was absolutely my tea-bag.
Avatar 12:35pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Marshall Crenshaw FTW. No surprise there.
Avatar 12:35pm DeemerDave:

Must have reached #4 in Boston. Thanks Mike.
Avatar 12:35pm glenn:

lapsang souchong?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Parq:

Rare Earth holds a special place in my heart. My first New York major-label show (my second anywhere) was Sly, and Rare Earth was the opening act (the second-billed actually; the opener was some doll doing a pre-Chris Rita Coolidge impression).
Avatar 12:36pm glenn:

huh. how'd that happen?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Parq:

Kris, sorry.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:36pm Dano59:

Johnny Paycheck has a killing song too .. pardon me-i've got someone to kill (rec'd to me by Johnny Dowd)
Avatar 12:36pm herb.nyc:

john denver = yes? thanks for "just not saying no"
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Baby:

baby... You are on fire!!
Avatar 12:39pm glimbit:

Dang: "The Philistines J..." This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Evergreen Social Media Associates.
Avatar 12:40pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar 12:43pm glenn:

i've got someone to kill is on the anti death penalty compilation, the name of which escapes me.
  12:45pm mike east:

Digging the sounds michael. Looking forward to shots part iii
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:46pm Dano59:

That whole Hot Stampers business is ridiculous. it has as much to do with P.T. Barnum's theory on the 60-per-hour rate of suckers' births as the bored obsessions of investment bankers with little or no tastes in music.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:47pm Dano59:

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 12:48pm Dano59:

Glenn - The Executioners' Last Songs? that might be J. Dowd or (usual suspect) Jon Langford...
Avatar 12:48pm DeemerDave:

Kim Shattuck and the Cheeseburgurlars!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Tim 07030:

Lonesome Bob sings "Pardon Me" on the Executioner's Last Songs record.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm drr:

What's up with Scott Schinder's Kickstarter?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm drr:

This sounds like Amanda, the Power Child.
Avatar 12:59pm DeemerDave:

Sad, Why end the show on such a downer Michael?
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