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Options September 13, 2014: Guest: P.F. Sloan

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Phil Sloan  She's My Girl   Options 45 on Mart 1960. written by Phil Sloan, produced by Joe Lubin, w/ the Hylton Shone Orchestra 
P.F. Sloan  Patterns Seg. 4   Options Written by P.F. Sloan, produced by Steve Barri 
P.F. Sloan  I Found A Girl   Options Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, produced by Steve Barri 
Jan & Dean  I Found A Girl   Options Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, Produced by Jan Berry 
Turtles, The  You Baby   Options Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, Produced by Bones Howe 
P.F. Sloan  Above and Beyond The Call Of Duty   Options From 1968 ATCO lp "Measure Of Pleasure" 
Murray the "K"  Sins Of The Family   Options 1965 Red Bird 45, Written by P.F. Sloan, Produced by Trade Martin 
Herman's Hermits  A Must To Avoid   Options Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri - Produced by Mickey Most 
Sandy Nelson  Secret Agent Man   Options Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, fom 1966 "in Beat" lp, produced by Written and produced by Dave Pell 
Fantastic Baggys, The  Debbie Be True   Options Written and produced by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri 
Kingsmen, The  That's Cool, That's Trash   Options Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri 
P.F. Sloan  I'd Have To Be Out Of My Mind   Options From 1965 lp "Songs Of Our Times" written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri 
Del Shannon  Where Were You When I Needed You?   Options Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri 
5th Dimension, The  Another Day, Another Heartache   Options Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri - Produced by Johnny Rivers & Marc Gordon, arranged by Jimmy Webb 
P.F. Sloan  The Sins Of The Family   Options From 1965 lp "Songs Of Our Times" written by P.F. Sloan 
P.F. Sloan  INTERVIEW   Options  
P.F. Sloan  In Celebration Of   Options From 2014 lp "My Beethoven" 
Philip & Stephan  meet Me Tonight Little Girl   Options 1964 Interferon 45, Written, produced & sung by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri 
P.F. Sloan  What Am I Doing Here With You?   Options From 1965 lp "Songs Of Our Times" written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri 
Fantastic Baggys, The  Anywhere The Girls Are   Options 1964 Written and produced & sung by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri 
Association, The  P.F. Sloan   Options 1971 written by Jummy web, produced by The Association & Ray Pohlman 
Ann-Margaret  You Sure Know How To Hurt Someone   Options Written by P.F. Sloan, produced by Steve Barri 
Searchers, The  Take Me For What I'm Worth   Options Written by P.F. Sloan 
P.F. Sloan  Halloween Mary   Options Written by P.F. Sloan, produced by Steve Barri 
P.F. Sloan  Another Day, Another Heartache (Demo)   Options Written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, from the album "Child of Our Times: The Trousdale Demo Sessions, 1965-1967" 

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE for the story behind Tom Tom Club

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

CLICK HERE for the "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for the N.Y. Times story about the Brazilian bus magnate who’s buying up all the world’s vinyl records

CLICK HERE for a difficult crossword puzzle created by listener Alex which was rejected by the New York Times. Hint: knowing the music of The Zombies will help!

CLICK HERE for a piece from a guy who played in a prison band with drummer Jim Gordon

CLICK HERE for a piece on the dynamic between Lennon & McCartney

CLICK HERE for a documentary about record collectors

CLICK HERE for a piece on The Angelettes


CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for a new Stereohysteria podcast featuring Robbie Fulks' music and an interview.

CLICK HERE to see what Sotheby's is selling in their "A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk" auction

CLICK HERE for a a piece by bass player Ernie Brooks remembering his days in Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers

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 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 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 someJerry. 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 glenn:

nudist camp? holy adam and eve, that's funny.
Avatar 11:11am Brian in UK:

Really liked his early 70s album Raised on Records.
  11:12am David in ATL from NJ:

Looking forward to your PF Sloan interview, Michael. Learning something new from each one.
  11:13am kyle:

I like the original version of "I found a girl" more than the Jan
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14am SSS:

Don't want to gush, but thanks for this tune.
  11:17am MMurphy:

Yeah baby!
  11:20am myron feld:

Meeuhzurray the Keeuhzay!
  11:28am Rob Foss:

Great show as usual Michael! All my music that I purchase now to download comes from stuff I hear on your show and FMU! You guys are unique in a great way. Listening from Texas; highlight of the week is your show and the interviews!
Avatar 11:36am Michael Shelley:

THANKS so much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Mike East:

Haven't been internet listening to the show in a while. Good time to catch up on some CLICK HERE link distractions.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Guido from Cologne:

Oh yes, I'm about as curious about the K-Tel story as about the P.F. Sloan intrview.
Avatar 11:42am fred:

@Mike East: I just saw you comment on Billy Jam's playlist. If you ever go to Belgium, don't mention stella artois! It's known there as the cheap crap that gives you a headache
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am Mike East:

@fred - hehe, I dig. I was looking for Peroni, which is similar, but less headache causing. Didn't have enough cash to get anything too fancypants this week. Cheap beer has a place in my fridge, too. Of course I have a pretty big fridge.
  11:50am JakeGould:

Love. Elvis taught him love. In a guitar store. Love.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am Jeezy:

OK, so that thing about him being 16 and having a trust was cut right off.. This interview is not live and was edited, correct?
Avatar 11:57am glenn:

baggies on fire, better throw them in the water.
Avatar 11:57am Michael Shelley:

OUCH: www.ebay.com...
Avatar 12:04pm fred:

@Mike East: I found a local beer that's delightfully bitter. Unfortunately I was the only one buying it, and I got the last bottle today. I don't think I'm enough of a market to get more
  12:19pm JakeGould:

Interviews like this make me realize something: That whole thing about “following your dreams” can turn into a nightmare if you don’t have perspective. Jesus.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Those people making death threats ought to be arrested. Doesn't seem right for them to get away with that.
  12:21pm JakeGould:

Ken, you really do not want to know how the “sausage” of art & entertainment is made.
  12:22pm frenchee:

This guy gets better and better! Whatta great interview, Michael.
  12:24pm frenchee:

Louie van....and Bobbie Burns!
Avatar 12:24pm SheWolf:

Well this is....interesting.
Avatar 12:25pm Brian in UK:

PF Sloan in the third person. Phew.
Avatar 12:25pm Juke Joint Jonny:

I woke up. The pain and sickness all over me like an animal. Then I realized what it was. The music coming up from the floor was our old friend, Ludwig Van, and the dreaded Ninth Symphony.
  12:26pm AppleOverEasy:

great interview....
  12:26pm frenchee:

I must get my hands on this book
  12:28pm JakeGould:

I want the audiobook of this book.
Avatar 12:31pm Whosondephone:

Old Casio keyboards are the best!
  12:33pm frenchee:

jakeGould, amen to that...if it's PF Sloan reading!
  12:33pm paul:

Wow. Well done, MS.
  12:38pm frenchee:

Indeed! I enjoyed "this interview was meant to be"
and his agreement.
One of your no. 1 hit interviews, MS, worth the wait
  12:38pm gd0:

Greetings form SF. Confession: I sometimes tune out the interviews. NOT TODAY. That was the most unusual and interesting conversation I've ever heard between two humans. Will get the book. Will revisit Sloan recordings.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Guido from Cologne:

Amazing interview!
Once again old story: manager gangsters abusing pre-mature geniuses who are going nuts in the end result.
  12:38pm Kathy:

I am constantly amazed at the stories you pull out of the ether about the real biz behind the biz. Amazing and enraging. Thank you Michael Shelley!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm ChrisB.:

What an incredible interview. Things really took a turn around 1967.
Avatar 12:39pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Guido from Cologne:

Just thinking about our leftist sholars who used to argue the Sloan hits were just sell outs ...
Avatar 12:45pm drewo:

Your show is always a musical education Michael. Thanks.
  12:46pm lloyd michigan:

This is our reward for enduring those Todd-hosted shows. :)
Avatar 12:48pm Brian in UK:

This Jim Webb song blew me away when I first heard it over here. Never knew he was so popular over your way.
Great interview Michael, your jaw must have been hitting the floor at times. Poor boy. Great talent.
  12:48pm frenchee:

Wha? Todd-o-Phonic was a great fill-in for MS. Get outta here PoW POW POW
  12:49pm lloyd michigan:

Poor Ann-Margret. Nobody ever gets her name right.
  12:50pm lloyd michigan:

Sorry, not a Todd fan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Mike East:

he's an acquired taste, lloyd
  12:53pm lloyd michigan:

  12:55pm lloyd michigan:

Michael, have ever had Dee Mullins on your show?
  12:55pm Moe:

As a child of 60's am radio and purchaser of 45's I remember p.f Sloan's name on writing credits especially eve of destruction, it just seemed like such a cool name, great interview...
  12:57pm lloyd michigan:

What did Scott recommend? Missed the title.
Avatar 12:58pm Michael Shelley:

  12:59pm lloyd michigan:

  12:59pm scott:

  1:00pm JSG:

Great show, Mike.
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