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Options April 2, 2016: Guest: Jimmy Curtiss

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Artist Track Comments
Changing Colors  Da-Da-Da-Da   Options co written & co produced by Jimmy Curtiss 1969 Tower 45 a-side 
Jimmy Curtiss  Laughing At The Rain   Options Laurie 1967 
George Jones  What's Money?   Options  
Johnny Taylor  Strange Things (Happening In My Heart)   Options  
Darondo  I'm Gonna Love You   Options  
Irene Kral  Wonderful Life   Options  
Jimmy Curtiss  You're What's Happening, Baby   Options written by E. Maresca/E. Wright, produced by Ernie Maresca 1965 Laurie 
Jimmy Curtiss  The Girl From The Land Of A Thousand Dances   Options written by E. Maresca/E. Wright, produced by Ernie Maresca 1965 Laurie 
Joe Pain   Sugar Creek Bottom   Options  
Ann Peebles  I Take What I Want   Options  
Cheap Trick  No Direction Home   Options  
Jimmy Curtiss  Francesca   Options co written by Jimmy Curtis 1969 "Life" lp 
Benny Spellman  Love Is Universal   Options  
Kelly & Gail  When You Take More Than You Can Give   Options written by Jimmy Curtiss, Colpix 1966 
Sweet Bippies, The  Bubblegum Music   Options produced and co-written by Jimmy Curtiss 1968 A&M 45 a-side 
Los Bravos  Two People In Me   Options co-written Jimmy Curtiss 1969 Parrot b-side 
Hobbits,The  Artificial Face   Options written by Jimmy Curtiss 1968 Decca lp "Men & Doors - The Hobbits Communicate" 
Jimmy Curtiss  Interview   Options  
Jimmy Curtiss  Psychedelic Situation   Options Laurie 45 A side 
Bellfuries, The  Bad Seed Sown   Options  
TV Slim  Don't Reach Across My Plate   Options  
Klaus Wunderlich  What The World Needs Now Is Love   Options  
Jay Gonzalez  Punch Of Love   Options  
Jay Gonzalez  Knowing Me, Knowing You (from: Super Hits Of The 70s: HIt EXPLOSION!)   Options  
Quotations, The  Cool It   Options  
Tennessee Ernie Ford & Hellen O'Connell  Hey Good Lookin'   Options  
Joe McDade  Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)   Options  
James Hunter Six  Stranded   Options  
Explorers Club, The  Quietly   Options  
A MINUTE WITH   Scott Schinder   Options  
Porky Chedwick & Mick Jagger  WJAK   Options  

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CLICK HERE to see The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE for a free download of The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE to see Michael Shelley get interviewed on a NJ public access TV show "Destination Montclair"

CLICK HERE if you have the stomach to read Rolling Stone's ridiculous "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time"

CLICK HERE to go "Inside the Strange, Hidden World of Offstage Touring Musicians"

CLICK HERE to watch The Cactus Blossoms live at WFMU April 18, 2015

CLICK HERE to watch James Hunter sing "Somethings Calling" live at WFMU Dec 7, 2015 - just so so so good

CLICK HERE for a nice piece on former guest on this show (and the drummer for The Beatles) Bernard Purdie

CLICK HERE to test your ability to tap your mouse to the beat

CLICK HERE to test your sense of pitch

CLICK HERE for a story about the new Emitt Rhodes album and CLICK HERE to to buy it & watch a video about it

CLICK HERE for Mitchell Kezin' IndieGoGo Campaign Page for "BUT FOR NOW: The Music & Mojo of Bob Dorough"

CLICK HERE to see a BBC Allen Toussaint Documentary

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Esquerita

CLICK HERE to help Joey Spampinato through cancer treatment

CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE for a huge trove of downloadable, remixable stems

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

CLICK HERE for the Glyn Johns interview in Tape Op!

CLICK HERE for Bruce Swedien: Recording Michael Jackson!

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE to find out "Why Do All Records Sound the Same?

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE for The Cactus Blossoms on The 30 Minute Music Hour

CLICK HERE for "Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World"

CLICK HERE for a new Q&A with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read about "The Endless Fall of Suge Knight" (yikes!)

CLICK HERE for Barack Obama on WTF

CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

CLICK HERE for a video of David Myhr's cover of Oh Susie, featured on "Even More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for a documentary and discussion of The Columbia House Record Club

CLICK HERE to test yourself and find out "How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?"

CLICK HERE for an article about Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with files of the isolated tracks to listen to

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

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of the book "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" or CLICK HERE to read Carol's review of The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010

CLICK HERE to see part one of a short behind the scenes film about Brian Wilson's new album "No Pier Pressure"

CLICK HERE for Brian Wilson's new song "The Right Time" (feat. Al Jardine) live on SoundStage. and

CLICK HERE for "Wild Honey" feat. Blondie Chaplin & Ricky Fataar

CLICK HERE for a great 2012 Rolling Stone piece about the 2012 Beach Boys reunion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story


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

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 a short film of two craftsmen at work

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 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 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 Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

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 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

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 Swag For Life Member 11:03am Aaron in Minneapolis:

Hey yall, wheres the link
  11:05am P-90:

Good morning Michael and everyone. Curious to hear what Jimmy Curtiss has to say.
  11:05am George K:

Good Morning, Michael and everybody.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am Aaron in Minneapolis:

Ah there's they are
Avatar 11:11am Daddy-o Dilly:

House cleaning marathon with a soundtrack of jaunty music courtesy of Michael Shelly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Aaron in Minneapolis:

Also, since they are probably still in Central Park, BABY!!!!
  11:13am Eddy in Australia:

  11:20am Eddy in Australia:

What *is* happening with Baby?
  11:38am George K:

What's with the vocals? Can barely hear 'em on Kelly & Gail Track.
  11:41am George K:

Or was it Francesca?
  11:44am Zap:

Chewy Chewy ...
  11:45am lloyd michigan:

no idea
  11:49am One Man:

Wow. So many acts tried to opt in to the bubblegum craze with mixed results. Bands like The Wrest couldn't get it - or The Sweet Bippies (IMHO). They sounded too "old." The Fun and Games came closer with songs like Elephant Candy. It was a hard sound to master. Joey Levine seemed to perfectly embody the "voice" of bubblegum. The there was the holy grail of bubblegum; it's Stairway To Heaven, if you will ... Quick Joey Small by Kasenetz-Katz. Wow. Love that stuff. An antidote to the Hendrix-Heavy sounds of that time that was too much for 10 year olds to handle. Great show, Michael.
  11:50am One Man:

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  11:53am Jack:

Cutting in and out .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am dale:

i used joey levine's music company on union square for commercial music about 10 years ago. he was a really nice guy.
  12:09pm ledzeppelinsucks:

I'm going to drop kick this computer into Puget Sound. Windows 10 is bloated BS. I had Linux on a hard drive that outlasted 3 lenovo laptops. That OS never crashed or got sick like this god damned virus sponge Windows swill.
  12:14pm George K:

I think Jimmy is referring to the TV show 'Laugh In' that he got the name The Sweet Bippies from.
  12:15pm Jack:

You bet your sweet bippy - laugh in
  12:15pm Clay Pigeon:

MetroMedia ... I associate that with Bobby Sherman.
Avatar 12:20pm Michael Shelley:

Agree - flipping through 45s, if you see the Metromedia label - most of the time it is going to be a Bobby Sherman 45
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm dale:

i associate honey comb cereal with bobby sherman records.
  12:22pm P-90:

Interesting. Another interview I wouldn't have heard anywhere else.
Avatar 12:24pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Indeed - a treasure.
Avatar 12:25pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks guys!
Avatar 12:26pm Michael Shelley:

And thanks to the anonymous listener who used devious methods to find Jimmy's contact info!
Avatar 12:27pm Melissa Jean:

rainy up here too; I love the invitation to radio all day long
  12:27pm Clay Pigeon:

Fantasy 45's - Creedence
  12:28pm Clay Pigeon:

That was a great interview! Thanks!
Avatar 12:30pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

From kiddehood & older siblings' 45s - will always associate the Buddha label w/ the aforementioned Quick Joey Small by Kasenetz-Katz - Cameo in red, white & black w/ '96 Tears' - Atco yellow & white w/ a trumpet w/ Cream 'Crossroads' - & also 'Inna Gadda Davida' - which I was very big on in 1st grade...& that black label w/ a spectrum rainbow was 'On the Road Again by Canned Heat: the 'spectrum' of harmonic notes that begins & ends it correlated perfectly to the visual...What was on the blue 'Bell' label w/ the silver Bell?...
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Pedro G.:

Thanks for the always great show, Mike. You're making the annually miserable task of doing the taxes at least tolerable.
  12:31pm JakeGould:

I’m always telling people not to reach across my plate or else I’ll stick them with my spork. So this song speaks to me.
Avatar 12:36pm Michael Shelley:

Mala = Box Tops
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Aaron in Minneapolis:

Wheres the Baby Mike? Still traveling?
Avatar 12:37pm Michael Shelley:

No - he's home... hope he's ok
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Pedro G.:

Of course the highlight of doing the taxes is deducting for contributions to WFMU.
Avatar 12:38pm Michael Shelley:

I got my REFUNDS already~!
Avatar 12:40pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...the sunshiny yellow & orange swirl of the Capitol label - w/ the Beach Boys transcendently singing the gaslighting of Manson via 'Never Learn Not to Love You'...
  12:41pm lloyd michigan:

Are the world's greatest music experts ever returning for a show?
  12:42pm Cooh John:

WOW! Can't wait for my super hits of the 70s explosion CD to listen to this song.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:45pm Listener Baby:

Baby. Sick as a dog
Avatar 12:46pm Michael Shelley:

EVERYBODY is sick!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Listener Baby:

Wait.. In your house????
Avatar 12:49pm Michael Shelley:

At the station - 50% of staff
Avatar 12:49pm Michael Shelley:

I'm not quite 100%
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Listener Baby:

Hope you skate, boy. It's nasty. Also, got a plane to jump on later. Can't wait for that. And respect to my homies inquiring of me.
  12:59pm lloyd michigan:

Make it stop.
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