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Options January 17, 2015: Guests: Steve Boone of The Lovin' Spoonful & Francis MacDonald

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Artist Track
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Good Time Music   Options
Kim Fowley  Me   Options
Kim Fowley  2008 Interview Excerpt   Options
Kim Fowley  The Trip   Options
Francis Macdonald  Remembers Kim Fowley   Options
Kim Fowley  Schoolgirl X   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  It's Not Time Now   Options
Louis Prima  Jug Band Music   Options
Del Shannon  Summer In the City   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Do You Believe In Magic   Options
Steve Boone  Interview   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  You Didn't Have to Be So Nice   Options
Association, The  Darling Be Home Soon   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?   Options
Flatt and Scruggs  Nashville Cats   Options
Lovin' Spoonful, The  POW!   Options
D&Z  The Slurp   Options
Ventures, The  Summer In The City   Options
Beau Brummels, The  Good Time Music   Options
The Lovin' Spoonful  There She Is   Options
Lovin' Cohens, The  Noshville Katz   Options

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CLICK HERE for Kim Fowley's website

CLICK HERE to see an illustrated account of when (in 1969) 14-year-old Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room with a tape recorder

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: The exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

CLICK HERE for "Metal Album Covers Redesigned" - some really great graphic design - make sure to look at the before and after comparison at the bottom of the page

CLICK HERE for 1971 telephone tapes of Bob Dylan getting rightfully testy with A.J. Weberman (who used to go through and sell Dylan's garbage) regarding an article published by Weberman

CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing

CLICK HERE for my new year wished to you

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch the best news bloopers of 2014

CLICK HERE to hear Nick Lowe sing some holiday songs on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE to watch Los Straightjackets do Nick Lowe's "I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass" and CLICK HERE to watch Los Straightjackets do "Linus & Lucy"

CLICK HERE to watch Big Al Anderson get interviewed on TV

CLICK HERE to see the stuff that Burt Reynolds is auctioning off

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets or CLICK HERE to listen

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!

CLICK HERE to watch Mad Magazine's never aired 1974 tv special

CLICK HERE for a project trying to collect a unique sound for all 565 towns in New Jersey

CLICK HERE for a tricky but worth it recipe for Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls, which were my favorite thing I made for Thanksgiving

CLICK HERE for a dose of Power Pop from the excellent stereohysteria podcast!

CLICK HERE for Joe Belock's interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for an interview with Tim K. Smith director of the new WFMU documentary

CLICK HERE to see Glyn Johns sing

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about Linda Ronstadt's "You’re No Good"

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about T. Rex’s ‘Get It On

CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

CLICK HERE 23 Telltale Signs You Live In A Hipster Neighbourhood (sic)

CLICK HERE for a beginner’s guide to the sweet, stinging nostalgia of The Beach Boys

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for the LANDR website - where robots master your music for free

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

CLICK HERE for Bill Murray on The Howard Stern Show 10/08/14

CLICK HERE for another piece about how the streaming music business model is doomed for eternity to be a disaster for musicians

CLICK HERE for forty photos of The Brown Sisters

CLICK HERE for a piece about masteribg that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE to watch a great piece on The Ramones!

CLICK HERE for Phil Baugh's "Country Guitar"

CLICK HERE to watch Lou Reed act like a total a-hole

CLICK HERE to watch the BBC Documentary "Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours" (if you're not too sick)

CLICK HERE for "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

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 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 the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

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

CLICK HERE if you're a BEATLE fan!


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

CLICK HERE for a long documentary on The Everly Brothers!

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

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 to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments

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 a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!

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

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

I love THIS!

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 for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

CLICK HERE for How we made "You Really Got Me"!

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

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 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.

Listener comments!

  11:14am paul:

I was hoping you would place this. Thanks.
  11:15am paul:

"play" this
Avatar 11:17am drewo:

'Nuclear undertaker', excellent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Baby:

  11:25am myron feld:

A quote from a musician whose band Kim produced (told to me a long time ago): "When you meet Kim Fowley, for 45 minutes he's the most interesting person in the world. Then the 46th minute comes...."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am Guido from Cologne:

Ha! I have this ...
Never saw the connection to Teenage Fanclub.
  11:33am paul:

Great quote.
Avatar 11:34am Michael Shelley:

  11:39am dennis diken:

"It's Not Time Now"...one of many fabulous tracks from the Daydream album, one of my faves of all time. John Sebastian told me this was the band's "Johnny Cash" groove for this LP,"Nashville Cats" being the one for Hums. long live the Spoonful!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am Baby:

Never heard this!! Blowing my mind! WTF??
Avatar 12:07pm andaloudog:

Wow, Steve Boone death hoax. Dated today:
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Uncle Michael:

The problem *might* be that Mike Love is a...you know...*dick*.
Avatar 12:16pm Risky:

Stop Snitchin!
  12:20pm Marc:

"Summer In The City" is one of my all-time favorite songs because it was number one when I was born: August 20, 1966.
  12:28pm Marc:

Question: Did having a military dad lead to your reluctance to join the anti-Vietnam War movement?
Avatar 12:29pm JakeGould:

Been listening. Awesome interview.
  12:30pm Michael from the Left Coast:

Nurit Wilde eventually married Michael Nesmith!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Amanda:

Thank you for doing this interview! The Spoonful were approached to "be" the Monkees in the early stages, and the Turtles were heavily inspired by them (Howard Kaylan in his book cops to trying to straight-up copy their sound after first coming to NYC and hearing them). I love the Spoonful infinity!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Amanda:

Nurit Wilde famously had a relationship with Mike Nesmith while he was married and they have a son together, but they never got married.
Avatar 12:31pm V Priceless:

Great interview, Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Uncle Michael:

Terrific interview, Michael.
  12:32pm Michael from the Left Coast:

Thanks Amanda, you're correct
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Guido from Cologne:

How shall I say . tremendous interview!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Amanda:

Loved the interview -- Steve sounds like a lovely guy and I can't wait to read the book. Congratulations!
Avatar 12:33pm V Priceless:

Love me some Association! This is a wonderful version.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Amanda:

@Michael -- no prob, sorry to be nitpicky about it :-)

Darling Be Home Soon is probably in my top FIVE favorite songs of all time. John B. Sebastian 4eva.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Uncle Michael:

I always hear that song as being sung by a guy tripping, Amanda. That's probably a personal problem.
Avatar 12:37pm Michael Shelley:

Darling Be Home Soon is a wonder
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Gaylord Fields:

Great job, Michael! This interview just sold one more copy of the book. And one of the production things I appreciate about the Spoonful is that they had a knack for beginning their songs with unique and indelible hooks. I just hear the autoharp intro in "Magic" and my heart feel a little warmer. Same with the pounding drums of "Nice."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm ChrisB.:

Sort of forgot how many classic hits the Spoonful had. Impressive!
Avatar 12:40pm Jimmy Wipper:

Fantastic interview, Michael!
  12:42pm johnk77:

Brilliant interview, Michael.
For anyone interested in chart action in 1965,
heres is a link to a playlist of my favorite radio station
when I was 13 years old.
CKLW was a Canadian AM border blaster.
Thanks again!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Uncle Michael:

The Big 8!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Amanda:

Totally, @Gaylord. Also the unforgettable heavy, muddy guitar riff of "Jug Band Music"! RIP Zal
Avatar 12:43pm Juke Joint Jonny:

YAy! Say, Michael, are you going to play POW! three times in a row? I hope?
  12:43pm wfmu wtf:

GREAT INTERVIEW!! it was worth getting up today just to hear u say "FINK" !! lol
  12:45pm dennis diken:

those first 3 Spoonful LPs rank among my faves of all time. each member brought something wonderful to the band. I love the rhythm section and Joe had some fabulous lead vocals too. check "There She Is" and "Butchie's Tune" (another great Steve B co-write). and Zally is probably my favorite guitarist of all time. on "Wild About My Lovin'" when the solo hits - it's sends me!! John S gave us some of the best songs of the era. great interview Mikey!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Gaylord Fields:

@Amanda: How have we refrained from geeking out about the Spoonful when we've been together? Must be all that Monkeemania getting in the way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Amanda:

@Gaylord -- THIS STOPS TODAY. We'll put on the Hums reissue next time we see each other and geek out over it -- also over Dennis D's wonderful liner notes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Gaylord Fields:

@Uncle Michael: Ever watch "Radio Revolution," the documentary about CKLW? Consider it recommended.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Gaylord Fields:

That's a plan, @Amanda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Uncle Michael:

No, Gaylord. Thanks for the recommendation.
  12:51pm johnk77:

thanks for mentioning "Radio Revolution"
that documentary totally rocks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Uncle Michael:

And I dig me some Beau Brummels!
Avatar 12:52pm Jimmy Wipper:

Sundazed is reissuing the first two Spoonful albums in mono on vinyl.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Uncle Michael:

I might have to make today a Bradley's Barn kinda day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Amanda:

@Uncle Michael -- maybe the "tripping" angle comes from the Slade version.

Thank you again for a fantastic show of awesome interviews and good-time music, Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Uncle Michael:

I've never heard the Slade version, I don't think!
  12:54pm wfmu wtf:

how bour some Gants to close the show mike?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Uncle Michael:

"to keep our love from stinking"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm MattBelow:

Amazing show Michael! Dream come true to learn more about their history, which is confusing. You're A Big Boy Now soundtrack is real good too.
  12:59pm Elias (Fan Club Member #40):

Scott's minute was hilarious! Huzzah!
  1:00pm scott:

...and now we know why it is only a minute. Thank you very much for a fantastic show! OC
  1:01pm Jeff in Pahoa:

Great show!
  2:25pm Mark Dillman:

Kim Fowley says in this interview that he has positional vertigo. Wow. We have something in common.
  4:54pm Mike Love:

Steve Boone on Mike Love:
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