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A roadmap that reveals the highways, byways, ley lines and subterranean tunnels connecting rock, soul, pop, folk rock, R&B, garage, punk, funk, jazz, world music, and soundtracks from the twilight of the 1950s to the dawn of the 1970s. Larry Grogan is a DJ, writer, podcaster, collector, and the man behind Funky16Corners.


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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Approx. start time
Funky16Corners  Testify! Intro   Options Best of Funky16Corners Volume One  Funky16Corners  2017  MP3  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Richard and Mimi Farina  Reflections In a Crystal Wind   Options Reflections In a Crystal Wind  Vanguard  1965  LP  0:01:11 (Pop‑up)
Richard and Mimi Farina  Chrysanthemum   Options Reflections In a Crystal Wind  Vanguard  1965  LP  0:04:41 (Pop‑up)
Richard and Mimi Farina  Allen's Interlude   Options Reflections In a Crystal Wind  Vanguard  1965  LP  0:07:08 (Pop‑up)
Richard and Mimi Farina  Children of Darkness   Options Reflections In a Crystal Wind  Vanguard  1965  LP  0:10:00 (Pop‑up)
 
Marty Wilde  Ice In the Sun   Options Diversions  Philips  1969  LP  0:18:40 (Pop‑up)
Al Jones  Come Join My Orchestra   Options Alun Ashworth Jones  Parlophone  1969  LP  0:21:05 (Pop‑up)
Money Jungle  Away Away   Options 45RPM Single  President  1972  45  0:22:52 (Pop‑up)
Matchmakers  Sandy   Options Bubble Gum a Go Go  Chapter One  1971  LP  0:25:37 (Pop‑up)
Genesis  Am I Very Wrong   Options From Genesis To Revelation  Decca  1969  LP  0:28:45 (Pop‑up)
Freedom  The Better Side   Options Black on White (Nero su Bianco)  Atlantic  1969  LP  0:32:14 (Pop‑up)
Stackridge  Everyman   Options 45RPM Single  MCA  1971  45  0:36:49 (Pop‑up)
Love  The Daily Planet   Options Forever Changes  Elektra  1967  LP  0:41:02 (Pop‑up)
Love  The Red Telephone   Options Forever Changes  Elektra  1967  LP  0:44:27 (Pop‑up)
Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks  Canned Music   Options Striking It Rich  Blue Thumb  1972  LP  0:49:08 (Pop‑up)
Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks  Slow Movin'   Options Orignal Recordings  Epic  1969  LP  0:52:37 (Pop‑up)
Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks  I Scare Myself   Options Striking It Rich  Blue Thumb  1972  LP  0:55:42 (Pop‑up)
 
Merl Saunders Trio and Big Band  Ode To Billie Joe   Options Soul Groovin'  Galaxy  1968  LP  1:08:48 (Pop‑up)
John Coltrane and Don Cherry  Focus On Sanity   Options The Avant Garde  Atlantic  1966  LP  1:12:04 (Pop‑up)
Ornette Coleman Quartet  Lonely Woman   Options The Shape of Jazz To Come  Atlantic  1959  LP  1:24:11 (Pop‑up)
Jack Wilson  The Sphinx   Options Something Personal  Blue Note  1967  CD  1:29:04 (Pop‑up)
Jack Wilson Quartet  Ramblin'   Options Ramblin'  Vault  1966  LP  1:34:08 (Pop‑up)
Ben Sidran  Now I Live and Now My Life Is Done   Options Puttin' In Time On Planet Earth  Blue Thumb  1973  LP  1:41:15 (Pop‑up)
Ben Sidran  Puttin' In Time On Planet Earth   Options Puttin' In Time On Planet Earth  Blue Thumb  1973  LP  1:49:47 (Pop‑up)
 
Rex Garvin and the Mighty Cravers  I Gotta Go Now (Up On the Floor)   Options 45RPM SIngle  Like  1966  45  2:00:55 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm doctorjazz:

Purty! (Hi Larry!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Doc!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Charlie:

<3 this Farinas song so much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Jeff Golick:

Nice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Funky16Corners:

Hi Charlie! Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm Funky16Corners:

Ya think maybe Jimmy Page was thinking of this song when he wrote 'Over the Hills and Far Away'?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Charlie:

Ha! Never thought of that before, but, yeah, wouldn't be surprised...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Funky16Corners:

It's not just the melody, it's the textural changes as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Charlie:

"Why have the breezes of summer, dear, been laced with a grim design?" -- one of my fave lines ever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Funky16Corners:

I love this first Genesis album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Charlie:

I am sadly remiss in not knowing this album. I see I will have to rectify that situation!
Avatar 7:32pm Photocopy Cha Cha:

Hey there! Good tunes so far. I wonder why this is supposed to be the worst Genesis album (at least Gabriel era) - never heard this as an entity, but the weekly Genesis fix at Dark Night Of The Soul often includes a tune from it.
Avatar 7:33pm zivilars:

Hi everybody, hi Larry! Have to go to bed soon, but joining a few minutes one of my favourite shows. My time zone doesn't mean well for me when it comes to Testify, but luckily, there's the WFMU archives ... Have a great day all you out there, thanks for the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm Funky16Corners:

I think people that are into the seriously PROG Genesis stuff see it as too conventionally pop. The songs and production are fantastic but it is definitely straight on 1968/69 popsike
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm Funky16Corners:

Also, Hello Photocopy and Zivilars!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm Funky16Corners:

So eerie....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Charlie:

well that's timely (I wonder who it will be tomorrw, you or me?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, I think Arthur was seeing into the future with that one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Charlie:

I've been expecting Dan Hicks...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Funky16Corners:

Well that's a happy coincidence!
Avatar 7:51pm Photocopy Cha Cha:

I guess the 2003 LOVE forever changes gig (with stockholm strings & horns) is probably my favourite live experience ever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:52pm Funky16Corners:

The album they put out of that tour is unbelievably good. It's almost like Arthur knew the end was near,
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Funky16Corners:

I saw Arthur at Maxwells when he was being backed by the guys from Das Damen, before he went to prison.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm Funky16Corners:

It was spare, but still such an honor to see him sing and play in person
Avatar 8:01pm Photocopy Cha Cha:

They also put out an ep called Love On Earth Must Be around 2004. It is pretty difficult to get hold of, and probably the whole pressing had defects. I have never heard a listenable one either (once found a rip somewhere) so can't really comment whether the new songs were good or not. They played a few the second and also last time I saw them with Arthur Lee in 2004 in London (In 2005 they were supposed to perform in London on the 7. of July 2005, but there was the transport terror attacks, they postponed the gig by a week and Arthur Lee did not show up. Johnny Echols was there though.)
Avatar 8:02pm WR:

Hi Larry & drummer streamers, listening but busy at work so not commenting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm Funky16Corners:

Hey WR!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm Funky16Corners:

@Photocopy - I think Johnny Echols still performs as Love now and again
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Funky16Corners:

Released in 1966, but originally recorded in 1960
Avatar 8:21pm Photocopy Cha Cha:

@8:10 Funky16Corners: I had forgotten about he did this as Love Band, but did not know he still does it, just googled and yes, now it is called Love Revisited, and same line-up as before, i.e. members of Baby Lemonade (like it was the three times I saw LOVE with and also once without Arthur Lee)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm Funky16Corners:

I think it's cool that he's still around to play, but Love without Arthur or Bryan MacLean isn't Love (to me, anyway)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Funky16Corners:

I think that the folks who put together the tour for Arthur, with the strings and everything were doing something special, for Arthur first and foremost, but for us all as well. You can hear it in his voice, that this was the realization of a lifelong dream.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:28pm doctorjazz:

Love this Ornette, just beautiful!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:28pm Funky16Corners:

Yeah, this stuff, the first few Quartet LPs are just amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:28pm Charlie:

agreed. Ornette.
Avatar 8:30pm Photocopy Cha Cha:

@8:26 Funky16Corners: I have never heard the recordings, but the two gigs - 2003 & 2004 - were pretty magical. The 2005 one with Johnny Echols was surprisingly good but no Arthur, no LOVE.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:30pm Funky16Corners:

I remember when I first clicked with Ornette, it was like having my ears rewired. What seemed like chaos before came into focus, and blew my mind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm doctorjazz:

Got assigned grilling for dinner, missed some of the set, great stuff, will have to come back to it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm Funky16Corners:

It will live in the archive!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:35pm doctorjazz:

Glad I got to see Dan Hicks, fun show he put on.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:35pm Funky16Corners:

Sadly I never got to see him live.
  8:36pm Dean:

First time I heard Ornette, it clicked without a hitch. ABBA, on the other hand: I still don't get them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm doctorjazz:

Ramblin' and Lonely Women were the 1st Ornette tunes I ever heard (on The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:37pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Dean!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Funky16Corners:

This is actually the first Ornette tune I ever heard. I bought this album when I was in high school because it looked cool.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Funky16Corners:

Roy Ayers, BTW on both of the Jack Wilson tracks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm doctorjazz:

You could play Dancing Queen a hundred times in a row, I'd never you're of it (haven't listened to anything else by then, though).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm doctorjazz:

(...never tire, that should say...)
  8:41pm Dean:

My sense is that they do bad pop, but in a way the badness of which is enjoyable. I simply haven't found that way. (Trust me, I love a lot of bad pop groups.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Funky16Corners:

It's Abba's world. We just live in it, driving around them (most of the time, anyway, I like a few of their songs a lot) and continuing on our way to more substantial/nutritious things.
Avatar 8:47pm Bri The Beatnik:

This sounds like if Velvet Underground did Jazz
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm Funky16Corners:

Hey Bri! This (and the track I'll play after it) are very much in that vein. At other times Sidran sounds like he's trying to be a cross between Mose Allison and Bob Dorough. I prefer his more instrumentally inclined stuff.
Avatar 8:50pm Bri The Beatnik:

Interesting!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Funky16Corners:

BTW the drums on both of these tracks are played by Clyde Stubblefield, from James Brown's band
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm doctorjazz:

Quitting time? Thanks, Larry!
Avatar 8:56pm Bri The Beatnik:

Cool!
Avatar 8:57pm WR:

Great show Larry. Helped keep me in a groove as I work. Laters all.
Avatar 8:58pm Photocopy Cha Cha:

ABBA is NOT bad pop - you can enjoy it in a completely unironic way.

But hey, thanks Larry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01pm Funky16Corners:

Thanks for listening, all!
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