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Options August 3, 2019: Summer Love Sensation

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Artist Track
Bay City Rollers  Summer Love Sensation   Options
Soup Greens, The  That's Too Bad   Options
Laura Cantrell  All the Girls Are Complicated   Options
Little Richard  All Around The World   Options
Four Knights, The  Period   Options
NRBQ  It's Not Too Late   Options
Bystanders, The  My Way Of Thinking   Options
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith  What Is an American?   Options
Brook Benton  Do It Right   Options
Pezband  Please Be Somewhere Tonight   Options
Surfaris, The  I'm Into Something Good   Options
Ray Pennington  Who's Been Mowing The Lawn (While I Was Gone)   Options
Lowell Fulson  Lady In The Rain   Options
Clark Terry & Chico O'Farrill  Spanish Rice   Options
Astro Chimp  Summer Girl   Options
Orpheus  Walk Away Renee   Options
Homer And Jethro  Two Tone Shoes   Options
Gary Allen  Achin' All Over   Options
B52's, The  Hero Worship   Options
American Breed, The  I'm Gonna Make You Mine   Options
Little Jimmy Dickens  Hillbilly Fever   Options
Garnet Mimms  A Little Bit Of Soap   Options
Jimmy Cliff  Let's Dance   Options
Coolies, The  Blueberry Crumble   Options
Jets, The  Worker In The Night   Options
Robbie Fulks  Every Kind Of Music But Country   Options
Sugar And Sweet  Hands Out Of My Pockets   Options
Ian Lloyd  Slip Away   Options
Cat Stevens  I Loved Them All   Options
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys  Love That Man   Options
Jerry Jackson  Hey Sugarfoot   Options
Sonny Bradshaw Seven  Love Is Blue   Options
Hi-Risers, The  Where Are You Tonight?   Options
Ventures, The  Summer in the City   Options
Lewis Clark  Dog Ain't A Man's Best Friend\   Options
Jeevas, The  Ghost (Cowboys In The Movies) aka The Bike That I Ride   Options
Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse  Valleri   Options
Modern Lovers, The  Government Center   Options
Kim Fowley  Me   Options
Newscasters  It's Already August   Options
Rev. Johnny L. Jones  Troy's Supermarket   Options

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CLICK HERE for a detailed look at cymbals in 1920s jazz

CLICK HERE for The Liner Notes Project

CLICK HERE to hear the new number one hit from Juniper

CLICK HERE to hear a lovely short BBC radio piece where Nick Lowe talk about Fatback Louisiana USA by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Harlan County by Jim Ford

CLICK HERE for the old switcheroo: A new episode of the Casey's Musical Dustbin Radio podcast where Michael Shelley is the interview subject.

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell interviewed on the Stereo Hysteria podcast

CLICK HERE to read "How the Beach Boys’ Lost Late-Sixties Gems Got a Second Life "

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Sonny Curtis on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE to find out what happened when Jonathan Richman moved to Maine in 1981

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Lou Reed archivist Don Fleming on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis' interview & performance on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis LIVE & unplugged at Paste studios!

CLICK HERE for info on the new compilation "Back Patio Bliss" produced by listener Baby!

CLICK HERE for a free download of the new album "Matt Gets Blue" from Matt Lucas

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CLICK HERE for an interesting short film about R. Stevie Moore

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CLICK HERE to read Michael Shelley's comic "Oh No, It's Tinnitus!"

CLICK HERE for very funny excerpts from a notebook where record store clerks logged "anytime we got a dopey phone call, boneheaded comment, or generally batshit customer experience"

CLICK HERE for Quincy Jones on Paul "the worst bass player I ever heard" McCartney, Michael "stole a lot of stuff" Jackson, Astrology, and who killed Kennedy!

CLICK HERE for "Replacing Ringo? The Story Behind Bernard Purdie and The Beatles"

CLICK HERE for a map, with audio links, to whatever the #1 song is in 3000 places around the world

CLICK HERE for a step-by-step guide to repairing damaged record sleeves

CLICK HERE for testimony given by Taylor Swift in Colorado district court

CLICK HERE for the animated guide to compression

CLICK HERE to check out drummer Jim Gordon's discography

CLICK HERE to listen to/download 1000s of digitized 78s

CLICK HERE to watch Robbie Fulks cover NRBQ at FMU

CLICK HERE for selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds

CLICK HERE for an interview with Brian Wilson where he says "Mike Love is probably the greatest lyric writer in the world. I think he’s my favorite lyric writer. He just wrote a lot of good songs"

CLICK HERE for "Student Group Apologizes for Playing ‘Transphobic’ and ‘Problematic’ Lou Reed Song"

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CLICK HERE for 28:46 of "NRBQ & Friends"

CLICK HERE for "Marty Stuart: The Story of Clarence White & The Parsons/White StringBender "

CLICK HERE to find out "How the Nashville Number System revolutionized recording sessions"

CLICK HERE for the 1988 piece "Who Does Chuck Berry Think He Is?"

CLICK HERE Cheap Trick on "Live At Daryl's House"

CLICK HERE to hear from the amazing Bob Washington, the voice of K-Tel

CLICK HERE to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to read a Mike Love sympathetic piece titled "Beach Boys seek to overcome discord with new wave of Love"

CLICK HERE to listen to a new NPR interview with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for an interesting piece about a journalist trying to interview Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read the report on Kippington Lodge's 1967 BBC audition - Includes phrases "painful" & "tone deaf" then CLICK HERE to have a listen & decide for yourself

CLICK HERE for "The Truth of the Flamin' Groovies' Story is Stranger Than Fiction"

CLICK HERE for detailed Pet Sounds credits

CLICK HERE for a piece on how they come up with radio ratings & Delilha's radio show

CLICK HERE to find out Why You Can’t Get a Ticket to the NBA Finals … … and every other major event on the planet

CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE to see 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 sense of pitch

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

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 info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

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"

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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?"

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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

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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"?

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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 proof that Michael Nesmith is a nut

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

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

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

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

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

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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 Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

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

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

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!

  11:06am clarke:

  11:07am egould310:

‘Morning Michael, from a cool and cloudy Long Beach, California!
  11:10am clarke:

all the girls want to dance
but only some of the boys do
  11:11am P-90:

Such delicious guitar tone on the solo on that Laura Cantrell song
  11:12am P-90:

Actually: delicious tone on everything on that record
  11:14am clarke:

cant stay very long - just checkin' in. check... check..
  11:15am clarke:

whhhhhhicked scorchaaaah on cape cod!!! whoooo!
Avatar 11:17am Fredericks:

This Q sounds fine.
  11:20am clarke:

going to be a good weather week, on cape, tho MS!!
Avatar 11:20am Michael Shelley:

what about the sharks????
  11:22am clarke:

shark outlook is not so good (for humans). the sharks are having a GREAt time!!
  11:23am Pedro in Arlington:

Hi Mike. A while back you were asking for songs with perfect, different-from-the-rest-of-the-song bridges. I nominate the under-appeciated Fountains of Wayne song "New Routine." Even the lyrics of the bridge are superb: Talks his way into a job a LaQuinta, Falls for the manager who's moving back to Canada ..." FoW apparently never did it live. Damn shame.
Avatar 11:25am Michael Shelley:

P in A - Oh YEAH - that's a #1 HIT!
  11:25am clarke:

at high tide there is a natural sand bar that makes shallow swimming in the ocean fairly 'safe' at newcomb hollow. you'll want to get a town sticker for wellfleet, upon arrival. town office in wellfleet harbor office
  11:29am clarke:

gotta run, sorry!! c u soonlike!!
Avatar 11:31am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

i promise it wasn't me.

hi, everyone!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:36am Moammar:

Strong recommendation for a No. 1 hit: "9,999,999 Tears" by Lee Dickey.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

yeah, if you slowed this down too much, it would become a dirge. it's a lovely, sad sweet song, don't push it.
  11:55am davefromtoronto:

would this qualify as copyright infringement?
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 11:55am Listener Baby:

Hi. It's me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

good thing my neighbor's away this weekend!!!!! YEEAHHH!!!!
Avatar 12:00pm Juke Joint Jonny:

This B-52 selection is proving a hit in Queens
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm common:

Wow. Never heard this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Art:

My favorite B-52s song! And I'm seeing them tonight! (In San Diego.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

pay the freaks!
Avatar 12:02pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Listener Baby:

Lots of Stevie Wonder, Baby.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Listener Baby:

This song is the genesis of Hell Hole by Spinal Tap. I just know it in my bones.
  12:16pm davefromtoronto:

isn't "coolie" an offensive term?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

The Cars was the first album i ever bought! Still dazzling!
  12:28pm rebeldiva:

Oh my god! I forgot about this song...wow! Slip Away, such perfect pop!
  12:28pm DG:

Wow, haven't heard this Ian L. track in ages; it was popular on our college radio station (WCDB, Albany's finest). This should've been a hit.
Avatar 12:32pm SmokinJ:

Great set ms.. THX 8-)
Avatar 12:37pm Juke Joint Jonny:

No bad versions of Love is Blue, as this demonstrates
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Corey:

Thanks for the past couple of hours of #1's! Perfect soundtrack for the dog days of summer.
Avatar 12:51pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar 12:51pm Malcolm:

oh amy :'(
Avatar 12:51pm Malcolm:

Great show!
  12:54pm battleaxe:

Saw Jonathan at Solid Sound. Life affirming performance just like you described Michael...THANK YOU!
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Cat:

Greetings from Cville. Farmers Market & MS on FMU makes for a mighty fine Saturday.
Avatar #1 Hit Supporter Marathon 2021 Swag For Life Member 12:55pm listener 126464:

Thanks Michael.
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