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Options February 10, 2018: Guest: Frank Allen of The Searchers!

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Searchers, The  September Gurls   Options
Searchers, The  When You Walk In The Room   Options
Sir Douglas Quintet  If You Really Want Me To, I'll Go   Options
Lee Dorsey  A Lover Was Born   Options
Reverend Cleophus Robinson  Strange Things Happening Every Day   Options
Terraplanes, The  It's Hip   Options
Searchers, The  Livin' Lovin' Wreck   Options
Simon Crum (Ferlin Husky)  Excuse Me Stranger   Options
Fieldstones, The  The Fieldstones   Options
Above, The  Didn't I Blow Your Mind (This Time)   Options
Searchers, The  Everybody Come Clap Your Hands   Options
Searchers, The  I Pretend I'm With You   Options
Searchers, The  Don't Hang On   Options
Frank Allen  Interview   Options
Searchers, The  Hearts in Her Eyes   Options
Chaparralls, The  Snakes Crawl At Night   Options
Zu Zu Blues Band  Zu Zu Man   Options
Neil Sedaka  Love Will Keep Us Together   Options
Del Shannon  For a Little While   Options
Clarence "Frogman" Henry  I'm A Country Boy   Options
Marshall Crenshaw  Something's Gonna Happen   Options
Bucky  African Record Player   Options
Faith Healer  Sufferin' Creature   Options
Margaret Glaspy  Emotions and Math   Options
Play It Safe Vol. 4  Part 3 (your sister's kid)   Options

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Listener comments!

Avatar 9:07am Undead83:

Hi there Michael, great opening set
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00am Listener Baby:

Baby. All we have in this life, is our families, our friends, and our wig-hats. Please keep that in mind whilst you rock and inform all of us. Love, Baby.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:02am Uncle Michael:

I thought I was supposed to take my wig-hat offa my head.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03am Listener Baby:

@Uncle Michael. Placement is optional.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am Listener Baby:

Can you say "compression"??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05am Uncle Michael:

My head is in a vice.
  11:16am clarke:

late again
  11:16am BriJet:

Good Morning All!
  11:17am clarke:

wha'd i miss?? wighattery?
  11:17am phat:

Zigaboo on drums!
  11:18am clarke:

i too woke with a headache UM, but went for a run, and that blew it out...very spring-like on cape cod, for a while there, at least...
Avatar 11:19am TDK60:

Maybe my 1st time posting here.[?] "When You Walk In The Room" = a beautiful tune. Is it possible The Searchers came up with "jangle" *even before* The Byrds and the Fab 4?!
  11:19am clarke:

baby - how wuz that wedding?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Listener Baby:

Great! Tons of great faces I've not seen in decades. Lots O' love in the room. I turned around and drove home that same evening. That wasn't so fun.
  11:21am clarke:

yeah - too much driving
  11:22am clarke:

who is still alive with the 'Farmers??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23am Listener Baby:

Too much! Only guy is Jerry. Not quite the same. I'll leave it at that.
  11:24am clarke:

ok - did you happen to ask the whereabouts of Rolly Fingers??
  11:25am clarke:

i imagine some trailer near joshua tree, ha ha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Listener Baby:

No go.
  11:26am clarke:

fieldstones RULE!!
  11:28am clarke:

this song actually slows down a little bit... cool!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am Uncle Michael:

clarke, my vice was the compression Baby mentioned on "When You Walk In The Room." I'm assuming that was some latter day remaster.
  11:29am clarke:

ahh - well, a metaphorical headache is easier to cure
  11:30am Bob:

What the fudge is THIS? You've been holding out on the Fieldstines.
  11:31am Andrew:

Sounds like you went Raiford's in Memphis
  11:32am Bob:

Isn't John Batiste the most annoying hack in the history of television bandleaders?
  11:34am clarke:

that's where frank is...
  11:35am clarke:

blowing minds!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35am Uncle Michael:

yay...more super hits!
  11:36am clarke:

even for a guy who is down on covers - YAY for superhitz!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am myron feld:

Michael, if we ever meet in real life, I would like to tell you (separate) stories about a cinderblock club in Memphis and "Didn't I Blow Your Mind (This Time)."
Avatar 11:40am TDK60:

Now *that* is rhythm guitar!
  11:42am Dennis Diken:

The Searchers freakin' rule! "I Pretend I'm With You" - yeah! Dave Davies told me he and Ray were huge fans and wanted to be on Pye 'cause of the Searchers!
Avatar 11:47am TDK60:

Dennis, I am still wonderin' ... did The Searchers inadvertently invent "jangle"? Honest question.
  11:48am clarke:

hey, dennis - meant to give condolences to you and the guys....figure you are tired of hearing it, but.. there it is.
  11:49am clarke:

tdk - i remember reading about how the searchers double-tracked six string guitars as they didn't have a 12-'er in the beginning - but got one later
  11:50am Dennis Diken:

Thanks much Clarke, it means a lot. TD60 - probably?
  11:50am clarke:

but as far as just twang - the beatles were doing much twang in hamburg days, and probably before
  11:51am clarke:

and obviously twang came from country and western and rockabilly
  11:52am clarke:

cliff gallup!!
Avatar 11:53am TDK60:

Not to brag but I played bass with Bo Diddley once, in 1985. It was a gas. But many others played with Bo too.
  11:54am clarke:

i did
Avatar 11:56am TDK60:

It wasn't just the specific guitar brand, but the mix of instruments and vocals, and maybe a folk element?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am common:

that's pretty damn cool, tdk60
Avatar 12:03pm TDK60:

It was Common! I assembled the band, we practiced hard for a month. When Bo came to town he was impressed.
  12:04pm Marc15:

The single life is definitely the best life
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm common:

pretty great, tdk60. grew up on his records
  12:11pm clarke:

that's sad
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Matt Clarke:

Fantastic interview! God Save The Searchers
  12:12pm clarke:

sad that the searchers gave up just before they could have gotten some real attention
  12:13pm clarke:

i, for one, loved their new wave records and got them avidly as soon as they came out
Avatar 12:14pm TDK60:

Funny too. We'd been copying his peppy Fifties cuts. He told us (in the Eighties) he'd slowed down, we had to shift right away!
  12:17pm Dennis Diken:

The Smithereens opened for The Searchers at The Bitter End in '82 or '83. Quite a thrill!
  12:18pm clarke:

that was a good period
  12:20pm clarke:

i would say too many covers - but i say that all the time
  12:21pm clarke:

dennis - what are the first 'reens recordings?? available anywhere?
Avatar 12:21pm TDK60:

Interesting talk. I wonder if Frank, as a West Londoner, had found fun differences with the other Liverpool guys.
  Swag For Life Member 12:23pm tadpoles:

As a long time fan of the Searchers I was excited to see the Searchers were to be opening for the B.52's on their first trip to London in '79.

Big disappointment when for sickness or some reason they were replaced by the Troggs. Big disappointment! The B.52's were great though! Thanks for a great show Michael.
  12:26pm clarke:

i believe that michael jackson stole pretty much everything - because his records after quncy sure fell off the mark
Avatar 12:26pm TDK60:

I like Macca's bass. Maybe I should read Quincy's article to find out why I shouldn't?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm common:

I'm with you, Michael
  12:27pm clarke:

MS - you are big picture'ing too MUCH!!! ha ha
  12:28pm Jim H:

Oak Creek Canyon is not to be missed
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Matt Clarke:

@TDK60: he doesn't explain why Paul was the worst. It sounded just like jazz snobbery directed at rocknroll
  12:29pm Patster:

Totally get what you mean, Michael.
  12:30pm Guy Walker:

Advertising like Hollywood is overly self aware. It is as if you are invited into their workplace and they expect you to read into their message through their own eyes. This does result in an audience that is distant and removed, question their own relevance. Another reason to go cold turkey on the tube.
  12:30pm clarke:

pedal steel is SIIIIICK!!!
Avatar 12:30pm TDK60:

Mix tape: some '84-'85 Meat Puppets, Arizona punx turned desert psych.
  12:31pm Dennis Diken:

Clarke, not sure at this point, a lot is out of print. We'll be issuing things from our archives, including earliest recordings. Stay tuned! Thanks!
  12:31pm Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

In Vegas the best bookstore is Writer’s Block. Best restaurant is Locus of Siam, happily off the strip. And make sure you get up early in Grand Canyon and watch the sun come up. In Navajo country make sure you have fry bread and Navajo tacos.
  12:31pm egould310:

Don’t be discouraged. Michael, you’re starting to think for yourself. Keep following your reason.
Avatar 12:32pm TDK60:

Things are strange currently, DJ Michael.
  12:35pm Jim H:

Sand Rubies/Sidewinders: great AZ band for your playlist
  12:37pm clarke:

jim h - strange i was just going back through my fave old SR/winders stuff on youtube
  12:38pm clarke:

MS - am writing you a fun-filled travelogue...
  12:38pm Jim H:

clarke: cuacha is my fave! "I can't wait" "hole in my head" "more than that" etc. Great road tunes.
  12:39pm clarke:

jim - there are some reunion shows on the utube, as well, to varying degrees of good'ness.
  12:40pm Dennis Diken:

The Searchers covers were so well-chosen, it was as if they were their own. They reinvented The Drifters' "I Don't Want To Go On Without You," Jimmy Hughes' "Goodbye My Love," Barbara Lewis' "Someday We're Gonna Love Again, The Orlons' "Don't Throw Your Love Away," Ruby & The Romantics' "Does He Really Care For Me," etc. Kinda genius, in its way.
  12:42pm clarke:

DD - i am not so down on covers from the past - although i am wearing thin on those as well.. my problem is that someone clicked a switch where it is 'okay' to put out a covers album rather than write and record NEW material!!
  12:43pm DG:

Jones never says why McCartney was such a bad player, and he also says the Beatles were all awful musically (guess he never heard Harrison's guitar playing...and I guess their compositional skills don't factor into anything). He's either a jazz snob, or heard so little of their recorded output (or heard it & forgot it) that he's just going by that...I find it amazing the blind spots that some artists/creators have. A lot of the stuff in that interview is crazy, anyway....so it's age, or dementia, or something. I wonder if Jones told Paul how awful he was when he produced "The Girl is Mine" (which is pretty awful too).
  12:43pm clarke:

it's like: why are you spending valuable time not writing?
  12:44pm clarke:

and then, it also brings up the point of writer's block and/or laziness
  12:46pm clarke:

not nervous - NEVAAH!!!
  12:47pm Jim H:

clarke: don't disagree, but there are just so many GREAT songs out there. Question is: are they artifacts or living music worthy or revisioning? Like Searchers' September Gurls. Brilliant as well!
  12:47pm sweet corn Lizzie:

What you just said about finding the songs that in some other universe would have been the singles - that’s something I love about music and your show. Thanks!
Avatar 12:47pm TDK60:

I like Paul's simplicity, fullness. He's not Stanley Clarke.
  12:47pm clarke:

speaking of writer's block...
  12:50pm DG:

Funny you mention Stanley Clarke. He's a fan of Paul's, and plays on the "Pipes of Peace" album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm myron feld:

Faith Healer -- good pick!
Avatar 12:53pm TDK60:

Paul's bass on "Rain" is astonishing. Ah, Stanley!
  12:56pm clarke:

have a great week, ya'll !!! don't big picture!!! ;}
Avatar 12:57pm TDK60:

Thanks for The Searchers special.
  11:12am alan:

How the 80's gated drums came to be. Debatable, maybe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxz6jShW-3E
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