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Options June 14, 2014: Fickle Finger of Fate

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Artist Track
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie  Fickle Finger of Fate   Options
Jonathan Richman  You Can Have A Cell Phone That's OK But Not Me   Options
Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton  Milwaukee Here I Come   Options
Larry Willams and Johnny "Guitar" Watson  Mercy, Mercy, Mercy   Options
Smash!  El Garrotin   Options
Buzzcocks  What Do I Get?   Options
Ola And The Janglers  Behind Every Clever Woman There's Always A Clever Man   Options
Lefty Frizzell  If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time) (demo?)   Options
Isley Brothers, The  The Basement   Options
Chicory Tip  Cigarettes Women & Wine   Options
Smithereens, The  Maria Elena   Options
Mamas and the Papas  Twelve Thirty (Young Girls are coming to the Canyon)   Options
Tommy Cash  Why You Been Gone So Long?   Options
Ann Peebles  Chain of Fools   Options
Cheap Trick  I Want You To Want Me (First Album outake)   Options
Freddy Fender  Vamos A Bailar (what'd I Say)   Options
Elvis Presley  Three Corn Patches   Options
Carla Thomas  Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)   Options
Alex Chilton  Stuff   Options
Hamilton & The Hamilton Movement  Really Saying Something   Options
Little Jimmy Dempsey  But First A Word From Our Sponsor   Options
Brenton Wood  Birdman   Options
Mills Brothers, The  Nagasaki   Options
She & Him  Sweet Darlin   Options
Johnny Nash  What Kind Of Love Is This?   Options
Deke Dickerson  Snatch It And Grab It   Options
Roger Collins  Get Away From Me   Options
Tripwires, The  Sold your Guitar Blues   Options
Animals, The  I'm Gonna Send You Back To Walker   Options
Jeannie C. Riley  That's A No No   Options
Chuck Berry  I Want to Be Your Driver (alt version)   Options
Dick Hyman  Tell Mama   Options
Dwight Twilley Band  Shaking In The Brown Grass   Options
Gamma Goochee Himself  I'm Gonna Buy Me a Dog   Options
Interns, The  Just Like Me   Options
Buck Owens & Rose Maddox   Loose Talk   Options
Johnny Otis Show  You Better Look Out   Options
Chris Collingwood  Sundown   Options
Tony Hazzard  You Wont Be Leaving   Options
John Paul Keith  You Really Oughta Be With Me   Options
Golden Gate Quartet  Rock My Soul   Options
Ramones  Let's Dance   Options
Longmont Potion Castle  Moisturisation   Options

CLICK HERE for a funny video with info on Jay Gonzalez's Kickstarter campaign.

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 info about Fender's plans name Bono and the Edge from U2 to its board, and a video about the company's business troubles.

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE to read or download the liner notes for "More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for "The Jarmels" "A Little Bit of Soap" - don't think this is the original lead singer - but he does a great job

CLICK HERE for info on Joel Selvin and his book "Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business Of Rhythm and Blues"

CLICK HERE for Bert Berns Info!

CLICK HERE for the Abbey Road crossing cam

CLICK HERE to find out if we need to be touching

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

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

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 watch the famously hard to find MC5 documentary

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 to read "A Portrait of the Worst Guy Ever"

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 find out how Sweden’s domination of the international pop charts started

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 a good Kirsty MacColl documentary from the BBC

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 a two hour documentary about Louis Prima

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 for Ronee Blakley & Henry Gibson singing "One, I Love You" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE and tell me if you think this is really edited from the news, or if it was performed knowingly

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see the set list of the Cheap Trick show i saw last week

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 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 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 for info on the new Nashville DVD

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

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

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 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

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 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 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.

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 info on an amazing new drug: Unpretentiousil!

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 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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar 11:04am CTEmpress:

Mornin' Pal: looking forward to hearing the usual #1 hits and MAYBE some Sugar Pie DeSanto this AM :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05am Parq:

Everything ends. Except Four Seasons, for some reason. (The restaurant, not the group.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:06am Parq:

Porter and Dolly covered this? How damn marvelous.
Avatar 11:14am ChooChoo - ATL:

WOW! "Mercy, Mercy" is one of my favorite jazz pieces, found on Cannonball Adderly's PHOENIX LP. I've been listening to it for almost 40 years. I never knew it was a cover, never new it had lyrics. Love it!
  11:15am fourgrant:

My daughter just thought the Buzzcocks chorus was "buy 2 iPads"
Avatar 11:16am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am Baby:

Avatar 11:25am Michael Shelley:

Avatar 11:26am DeemerDave:

ooh. ooh, baby!
Avatar 11:40am CTEmpress:

Ann Peebles has so much great material: love her!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:42am Parq:

Choo Choo, I could be wrong, but I think the Cannonball version is the original, and it's one of those things where the instrumental was such a hit, they wrote lyrics so vocalists could cover it. I assume you know that the Cannonball version was a big top 40 hit.
Avatar 11:43am Michael Shelley:

Cannonball's version is the original - written by the keyboard player who went on to form Weather Report
  11:44am lloyd michigan:

Is this CT the lp version, a demo?
  11:45am lloyd michigan:

Avatar 11:49am ChooChoo - ATL:

One and all: thanks for the schooling. -- This issue is similiar to "Birdland" and Weather Report / Manhattan Transfer editions.
Avatar 11:50am Michael Shelley:

hard to say exactly - I think it was an attempt to make a version for that 1st lp - that they just didnt finish
  11:50am lloyd michigan:

I thought he was singing Three Cord Magic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Parq:

Interesting that "Mercy" was written by the keyboardist. When the track was on AM radio when I was a sprat, I remember it being so dominated by the electric piano that I assumed that was Cannonball's instrument. I was surprised to find out later that he was a sax man, and more surprised to find out still later that he was one of the giants of jazz for years before the release of "Mercy". Youth ...
  12:08pm lloyd michigan:

Was the Hamilton Movement from Indianapolis?
  12:14pm lloyd michigan:

Johnny Nash appeared in a film with the recently departed Ruby Dee. RIP, Ruby.
Avatar 12:19pm Michael Shelley:

Hamilton Movement produced by Robert Stigwood - so my guess is UK
Avatar 12:20pm CTEmpress:

Always loved this Animals cover: I play it!
  12:23pm lloyd michigan:

Thanks, MS.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Great show today, Michael!
Avatar 12:34pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks Greg!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Uncle Michael:

Michael, you should see how nice my yard looks, having been mowed to your show.
Avatar 12:41pm Michael Shelley:

Excellent - I mowed mine yesterday in between rain
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Uncle Michael:

Jubilee quartets send me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Rectitude:

Swimming pool
  12:54pm Zak:

Great show as always Michael but the Fender/Bono/Edge link takes me to optical illusions. Can you fix?
  2:24pm Michael Shelley:

fixed all the links - thanks for the tip!
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