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Artist Track
Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers  Government Center   Options
Les Harris  And the Bull Walked Around Olay   Options
Tennessee Ernie Ford & Jeanne Gayle  Potatoes Are Cheaper   Options
Solomon Burke  Tonight My Heart She Is Crying   Options
Lalo Schifrin  Rapaz De Bem   Options
Electric Soft Parade  Summertime In My Heart   Options
Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs  Monkey See Monkey Do   Options
Carmol Taylor  Sugar Creek Bottom   Options
Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva  Swingin on a Star   Options
Liz Phair  Help Me Mary   Options
Cast of 1943 movie "State Fair"  Main Title   Options
Laura Cantrell  Can't Wait   Options
Junior Brown  My Wife Thinks You're Dead   Options
Bee Gees, The  Paperback Writer   Options
Sam & Dave  Rich Kind of Poverty   Options
Gladiators, The  Sweet Soul Music   Options
Student Teachers, The  What I Can't Feel   Options
Gordian Knot  If Only I Could Fly   Options
Ed O'Melia  Truck Driver's Twist   Options
Odetta  Mama Told Me Not To Come   Options
Attack, The  You Know He Did   Options
Queers, The with Lisa Marr  Brian Wilson   Options
Tripwires, The  2-4-6-8 Motorway (from "More Super Hits of the Seventies")   Options
Al Terry  If I Win, I Win   Options
Jimmy "T99" Nelson  I Sat And Cried   Options
Kay Starr  Comes A-Long A-Love   Options
Roy Loney  Down the Road A Piece   Options
Kinks, The  Don't Ever Let Me Go   Options
Luke Wills' Rhythm Busters  Four Or Five Times   Options
Esther Phillips  I'm In Love   Options
Jay Sherman-Godfrey  Nothing   Options
Mama Cass Elliot  Darling Be Home Soon   Options
James Govan  Oh Baby What You're Doing To Me   Options
Babysitters, The  Smash Bang Boom   Options
Sandy Nelson  El Greco   Options
Merle Travis  Shut Up And Drink Your Beer   Options
Lee Dorsey  A Mellow Good Time (part I)   Options
Lee Dorsey  A Mellow Good Time (part II)   Options
Jonathan Richman   A Poem For Mojo Magazine   Options


More Super Hits of the Seventies

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 the evolution of The Tonight Show theme

CLICK HERE to find out about folks buying old lps in the USA to sell in Europe

CLICK HERE to find out if Is it time to re-evaluate Ringo Starr?


CLICK HERE for the "best" news bloopers of 2013

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE for the first issue of "BOMP!" magazine

CLICK HERE to see Jerry Lewis and Al Goldstein show of gadgets in 1976 on "A.M. New York"

CLICK HERE to hear how drums can sound different depending on where they're played

CLICK HERE for a piece about the 70's music scene in Austin

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 mentions - OR - buy it HERE for for £17 (about $28), 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 York Times piece from Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and CLICK HERE to read one from Chris Collingwood

CLICK HERE for the unfortunately titled but otherwise interesting "60 Great Albums You Probably Haven’t Heard"

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 about "The Albums Everyone Can Love"

CLICK HERE to read the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

CLICK HERE for info on Nothing To Hide which was amazing

CLICK HERE for Shelby Lynn w/ Darrly Hall

CLICK HERE for " Portraits of Unrelated Doppelgangers Who Have Found Their Match"

CLICK HERE for photos of Nashville session cello player Byron Bach's ledger from Paul Lukas' excellent Permanent Record web site

CLICK HERE for another of my links to stories about Will Smith's annoying kids - and one person's reply to a tweet from one of them

CLICK HERE for Dave Edmunds'new song

CLICK HERE to see a guy really get into a Bon Jovi song

CLICK HERE if you're a BEATLE fan!


CLICK HERE for The Spampinato Brothers live at The Hamilton

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 to read 20th Century Headlines Rewritten To Get More Clicks

CLICK HERE I think this hurts ants, but it looks cool - I want one

CLICK HERE to check your News IQ

CLICK HERE for a long documentary on The Everly Brothers!

CLICK HERE if you're a fan of funky drums

CLICK HERE for a song about Chinese Food - usually I'd suggest ignoring this kind of thing, but this is so misguided, and just plain bad, it needs to be seen - it make you ponder: what kind of world are we living in?

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for Johnny T's NYC Tourist Tips !

CLICK HERE for "If you thought CBGB’s bathrooms were full of shit check out the movie"

CLICK HERE to find out who's getting the "Baby Blue" money from Badfinger's song being on Breaking Bad

CLICK HERE for info on wealth inequality

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 read producer Steve Albini’s incredible four-page letter to Nirvana

CLICK HERE for a 1958 film "The Capitol Tower"

CLICK HERE for interesting reviews of Haribo Gummy Candy Sugarless Gummy Bears 5-Pound Bag

CLICK HERE to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments

CLICK HERE for an article by WFMU's Joe McGasko: "Johnny Cash: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Him"

CLICK HERE to read: Hal Blaine picks five essential drum records

CLICK HERE the girl from The Like's new band JJAMZ

CLICK HERE for info on the new Nashville DVD

CLICK HERE for " The Weirdest Photos Of Mike Love You Can Find "

CLICK HERE to read: Hal Blaine picks five essential drum records

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

CLICK HERE for info in the Fête Paradiso at Governors Island

CLICK HERE for The Beach Boys reunion show live In Japan - full show

CLICK HERE and page down to the Violent Femmes Trivia section

CLICK HERE for twelve seconds of The Limonaire Organ in action at Governors Island

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for Deke Dickerson's 2013 Tour Documentary--PART ONE!

CLICK HERE for a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!

I have low expectations for THIS and even lower ones for THIS

CLICK HERE to read about how Adam Schlesinger? from Fountains of Wayne writes songs

CLICK HERE to watch The Beach Boys pretend to record "Good Vibrations"

CLICK HERE for The Mighty Hannibal "Midnight Hour" on The !!!! Beat

CLICK HERE for Rock Aficionados Try to Spin Old Vinyl Into Gold in New Investing Track

CLICK HERE for Ted Nugent

CLICK HERE for "Iconic NYC Music Venues, Then And Now" slideshow

CLICK HERE for "Ex”-Cheap Trick Drummer Bun E. Carlos in Lawsuit With “Former” Band Mates"

CLICK HERE for Sinatra doing his thing

CLICK HERE for 45 minutes of Elvis Costello & The Attractions at their peak

CLICK HERE to see the results of THE LES PAUL AUCTION

CLICK HERE to watch the full "Beach Boys Live in Concert 50th Anniversary"

CLICK HERE to see listener Bjarne from Norway who tattooed the Woof Moo Logo on his hip area

CLICK HERE for some live Magic and CLICK HERE for the proper chords.

CLICK HERE for Celebrity Make Unders – What Would Celebrities Look Like If They Were Everyday People?!

CLICK HERE to listen to almost every top 10 of the top 40 era.

I love THIS!

CLICK HERE for a short documentary on Donnie And Joe Emerson!

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 to see Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins sixth-grade metalheads from Flatbush, Brooklyn

CLICK HERE to hear David Letterman ask: "Are Those Your Drums?"

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 another of the worst people in the world!

CLICK HERE for a not quite right piece called "The Rising Cost of New Vinyl"

CLICK HERE for 10 of the all-time greatest disc jockeys - with audio clips of their chatter

CLICK HERE this train wreck is a great microcosm of what is wrong with the world.

CLICK HERE for Nina Simone: nutty but good.

CLICK HERE to read: KISS' Paul Stanley: 'I Don't Need The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame'

CLICK HERE to read: An Open Letter From a Bar Owner to Musicians!

CLICK HERE for "22 geniously defaced textbooks & exam papers"

CLICK HERE to see Robin Zander's "son"

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

CLICK HERE for Kim Shattuck.

CLICK HERE for a nice piece on The Cowsills!

I love THESE Beach Boy videos!

CLICK HERE for more Jerry. the whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

CLICK HERE to see Google interview Nick Lowe after his Live@Google performance in Mountain View. To get the two tracks for free from this performance CLICK HERE

There's some controversy about the coin toss that decided who would get seats in the plane that crashed on February 3, 1959 and killed Buddy Holly, Richie Vallens & Big Bopper. CLICK HERE for "An open Letter & Challenge to Dion from Tommy Allsup" then CLICK HERE for Dion's version from "The Wanderer Talks Truth"

CLICK HERE to explore & watch a short film on The Cosimo Code, an attempt to catalog every Cosimo Matassa 45!

CLICK HERE for "I Was a Teenage Fake Zombie"

CLICK HERE for Los Shakers - Siempre tú

CLICK HERE for info on an amazing new drug: Unpretentiousil!

CLICK HERE for info session guitarist Vincent Bell.

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 see Beastie Boy Mike D's lovely $9 a square foot wallpaper!

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.

CLICK HERE to go to a useless website like THIS ONE.

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/25/14 11:05am Mike East:

cool version of gov't center! morning michael! off to the grocery store. catch ya' on the airwaves.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/25/14 11:28am Greg from Bloomfield:

You are EN FUEGO, Michael...
  Sat. 1/25/14 11:32am mike east:

What Liz Phair album is that? A friend was recently telling me I need to checkout a life changing album of hers... Somehow passed me up.

Recently watched Nashville on your recommendation. Dug it.
  Sat. 1/25/14 11:34am r i s k y:

What the hell is Mike talking about exactly?
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:35am JakeGould:

Mike, the album is called “Exile in Guyville.”
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:36am Michael Shelley:

  Sat. 1/25/14 11:37am mike east:

Cool I will have to checkitout
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:38am JakeGould:

I also don’t believe I had to explain which Liz Phair album was the good one. The rest of her work is passable.
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:39am missing bite marks:

@Mike are you referring to Nashville the movie or TV series? I'm at my library website and have this choice to make.
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:39am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:42am Michael Shelley:

tapeop.com new issue has interview with Brad wood who produced the Liz Phair lp
  Sat. 1/25/14 11:43am mike east:

Altman movie
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:43am dissatisfied twiner:

Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:44am Juke Joint Jonny:

Man, groove on this Junior Brown cut is soooooooo laid back. And cooks.
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:44am Michael Shelley:

Never seen the TV show!
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:46am leatherstockings district:

@Michael from the TV show summary it sounds like the plot from Black Swan with (presumably) Nashville music backgrounds. Aging country star threatened by rising star...
  Sat. 1/25/14 11:48am Ben Kracauer:

I presume you are heard on Bob Brainen's show the London Jazz Four-Paperback Writer-Take A New Look At The Beatles (LP)
  Sat. 1/25/14 11:49am damn kid:

What's a paperback?
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:49am Michael Shelley:

I did - great stuff
  Sat. 1/25/14 11:53am Ben Kracauer:

nice tie in
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 11:53am CTEmpress:

Worth tearing up the house and the computer to get speakers that work! Just in time for The Gladiators!
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:02pm P-90:

@LeatherWh: "Black Swan"?!?! That plot is as old as fiction itself! Familiar with "All About Eve", or "A Star is Born", two prominent variations from the last century or so?
Actually they're talking about Robert Altman's movie from 1975 which more of a big-ensemble, multiple-story-line satire of US politics and society of that time. Q.: what temp in J-town now? Up to 28F in NYC
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/25/14 12:04pm Parq:

Okay, here we are talking about the Black Swan, and Michael's playing a tune by someone called Odette. Let's here it for pleasant coincidences.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/25/14 12:05pm Parq:

Or, Michael, am I not giving you enough credit for being quick?
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:06pm Boris Car Loft:

Yes, i discovered a more complete description on the library website and could then see it was a Robert Altman movie which would have cued me into its value. I really liked Black Swan because I came from that environment (visual art not dancing) and for other reasons. If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it.

@Parq I will have to study the connection to Odette, am guessing she has album or single by the same name. Coincidence is king.
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:07pm P-90:

@Parq: Synchronicity or Swingin' DJ? Good question, didn't notice the reference, GREAT version of that song either way
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:10pm P-90:

@Whoo: Odette is the protagonist off the ballet Swan Lake, central to the movie
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:11pm applebutter:

Yes, thanks. That is a complex reference. cool.
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:13pm Michael Shelley:

  Sat. 1/25/14 12:15pm arne (from berlin):

satisfying indeed. and fun. btw: it's freezing cold this side of the atlantic as well. -10°c. brrrrrr....
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:18pm Elias:

No, no. He's using metric seconds.
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:19pm Michael Shelley:

Doll hairs
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:20pm CTEmpress:

I Sat and Cried when I realised I would never have this slice o soul: mo than satisfyin'!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/25/14 12:22pm jmd:

The band swings but she's square?
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:23pm Johnny Larch:

M-Nice to hear the Student Teachers! Keep those oldies coming!
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:24pm Michael Shelley:

I dont think the band quite swings
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:24pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:27pm Juke Joint Jonny:

But who doesn't (to varying degrees) repeat themselves? It's how you produce a style.
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:28pm JSG:

Kinks: that's the blueprint for a proper guitar solo.
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:28pm Michael Shelley:

There was no negitive judgement meant there.
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:28pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Bless you for playing this. Cotton Thompson vocal = soul.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 1/25/14 12:31pm Snortley:

Chuck Berry had a few numbers that consisted of the same tune, same arrangement, just different lyrics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 1/25/14 12:39pm Parq:

Speaking of movies, this song originates in "You're a Big Boy Now", which is a pretty good 60s movie, actually. Mama Cass's phrasing is phenomenal here, by the way.
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:40pm fire hose whoplash:

I think all artist "explore" themes in their work, not so much as 'repeating' but applying in modified experiments. Some riffs, images, dancesteps, etc. are just too rich to abandon without a proper 'beating to death'.
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:41pm Whooda:

Of course there are times and artists when a successful turn is used for commercial return. Therefore, dead to art.
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:43pm Robert:

Anybody notice the similarity between "If I Could Fly" and "5:00 World"?
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:44pm Michael Shelley:

I remember when my high school friend John returned from college with the idea that Rock and Roll was a "derivative medium" - which is very correct
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:48pm P-90:

@Parq: "You're a Big Boy Now"! I haven't even thought about that movie in years! Coppola's first non-Corman film, I believe. Quirky and COMPLETELY of its time.

@Michael Shelly: Sound's like John's folks got their money's worth from that college
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:50pm JSG:


Must read for what you're talking about.
Avatar Sat. 1/25/14 12:51pm beaver cleaver:

I remember when 'sampler' artists were being attacked by those being sampled. For example Kieth Richards was complaining his work was being plagiarized and the younger artist laughed and noted that the Stones pulled their influence DIRECTLY from the blues artists before them.
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:53pm P-90:

@"Shut Up and Drink Your Beer": one of those things I hear and reflexively think: "nice Speedy West-style steel", then realize in this case that's because it WAS Speedy
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:55pm P-90:

@ Whoo: not to mention Keef's guitar style being "sampled" from Chuck Berry
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:56pm Robert:

What's impressed me in recent years is the amount of stuff on TV especially that is CRAMMED with implicit allusions to other works, and it's just a matter of whether you know those and can pick out the pattern, and you'll bust out laughing where nobody else does.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 1/25/14 12:57pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Oh my God I fucking love Jonathan.
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:57pm P-90:

Groundhog Day: I never thought about the total # of days, I guess I kinda assumed it was a year or two altogether
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:58pm Robert:

What if nobody shows up, as for B.J. Snowdon?
  Sat. 1/25/14 12:59pm Robert:

What bugs me about J. Richman is that his post card schedules are way behind!
  Sat. 1/25/14 1:02pm Robert:

P-90, juding by his improvement at the piano, I figured on a couple of years -- but we don't know how long before he started lessons, and then whether he went to them every day.
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