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Options March 21, 2015: 2015 WFMU Fundraisier with co-host Evan "Funk" Davies

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WFMU More Super Hits of the Seventies WFMU More Super Hits of the Seventies

CLICK HERE for the free 15 page LINER NOTES to "Even More Super Hits of the Seventies!"

Here's an alphabetical list of the amazing artists and songs - click on the band names for more info!:

1) amandla "Fly Like An Eagle"
2) Nikki Corvette with Prima Donna "It Don’t Come Easy"
3) Marshall Crenshaw "I Just Want To Celebrate”
4) Grace Denton "Ring The Living Bell”
5) Billy Dolan "Instant Karma"
6) Pete Donnelly and Shelby Lynne "O-o-h Child"
7) Mitch Easter "Fox On The Run”
8) Sam Elwitt "Baby Blue”
9) The Explorers Club "I Wanna Be With You”
10) Green "Superstar”
11) The Kanaloas “Saturday Night”
12) Nick Martellaro "Stayin' Alive”
13) The Mommyheads “What A Fool Believes”
14) David Myhr “Oh Susie”
15) The Philistines Jr. “The Logical Song”
16) Sam Phillips “(Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All”
17) They Might Be Giants “Starry Eyes”
18) The Woggles “Treat Her Like A Lady”

CLICK HERE for information on the first volume in this series "SUPER HITS OF THE SEVENTIES"

CLICK HERE for information on the second volume in this series " MORE SUPER HITS OF THE SEVENTIES"

CLICK HERE to see the cover of the 1975 K-Tel LP that provided inspiration compared to the Mike-Shell version!

CLICK HERE to see the 1975 K-Tel commercial that provided inspiration!

CLICK HERE to see the video for The Philistines Jr. "The Logical Song"

Thanks to:
-Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound for mastering the project (& doing some mixing too!)
-Steve McFarland for the package design & amazing Photoshop work on the front cover!
-Aaron Dunkel for the video editing!
-Jay Sherman-Godfrey who helped me sequence both volumes of this series!
-WFMU's Rex Doan for his voice over work!
-WFMU's Gaylord Fields for proofreading!
-All the bands and technicians who donated their time & creative genius to make this project happen!
-You for your pledge to the 2015 WFMU Fundraiser!
-Michael Shelley 2015

Artist Track
Green  Superstar (from Even More Superhits of the Seventies)   Options
Explorers Club, The  I Wanna Be with You (also from Even More Superhits of the Seventies)   Options
Laura Cantrell   All the Girls Are Complicated (we'll be giving this away in the next few minutes)   Options
Dale Hawkins  Who   Options
Laura Cantrell   Driving Down Your Street   Options
Nick Martellaro  Stayin Alive (also from Even More Superhits of the Seventies)   Options
Nick Martellaro  Always You   Options
Midnight Stars  poppy's Disco   Options
Box Tops, The  Happy Song   Options
Lyres, The  Help You Anne (we'll be giving this away in the next few minutes)   Options
Kanaloas, The  Saturday Night (also from Even More Superhits of the Seventies)   Options
Yolks, The  You Don't Live Here No More (we'll be giving this away in the next few minutes)   Options
Woggles, The  Treat Her Like A Lady (from Even More Super Hits Of The 70s)   Options
Ronee Blakley as Barbara Jean  Tapedeck in His Tractor   Options
Sam Elwitt  Baby Blue (from Even More Super Hits Of The 70s)   Options
Jonathan Richman  You Can Have A Cell Phone That's OK But Not Me   Options

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CLICK HERE for Video Premiere: The Philistines Jr. - The "Logical Song" (from Even More Super Hits of the Seventies)

CLICK HERE for Grace Denton's cover of Melanie's "Ring the Living Bell" (from Even More Super Hits of the Seventies)

CLICK HERE to subscribe to my Twitter account, which sends out radio show related tweets

CLICK HERE to watch 12 parts of "Strong Enough to Break" a documentary film completed in 2004 about the making of Hanson's third studio album "Underneath" that chronicles the bands struggle to complete the album in an increasingly corporate music business.

CLICK HERE to read "Squelching Creativity - What the “Blurred Lines” team copied is either not original or not relevant

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Better Records, whcih sells old lp pressings that sell for astronomical prices, e.g: The Police’s Synchronicity: $350

CLICK HERE for "Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes"

CLICK HERE for "It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit"

CLICK HERE for a cool archive of old magazines

CLICK HERE for "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

CLICK HERE for a Muppets/Biz Markie laugh

CLICK HERE to see some interesting uncut footage of Paul McCartney shot by Albert Maysles

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Francis Macdonald's excellent blog post about Kim Fowley

CLICK HERE for Gay Robot

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: 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"

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

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 Big Al Anderson get interviewed on TV

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

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 the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

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 mastering 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"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

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

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 optical illusions

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 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 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 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 "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 to play the web Theremin

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 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 recommends - OR - buy it HERE for for £20 (about $30), 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 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 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 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 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 for Nick Martellaro version of Los Shakers' Always You

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 some classic Jerry. 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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07am efd:

Get those pledges in, people! 800-989-9368 or use the pledge widget at the top of the page!
  11:07am lloyd michigan:

RIP, Michael Brown (The Left Banke)
  11:08am myron feld:

The Explorers Club makes any day better
  11:09am rereksnake:

I'm just sitting at the kitchen table typing this note. Just outside my window I can see birds hopping around on the grass picking out seeds or what have you. Robins, Orioles, Sparrows, Woodpeckers and a few others I don't know about. They have a feeder, and hang out there, too. Next to that, the Camellia has many flowers that have bloomed. The grass is still mostly dormant, but green is starting to show up (it's zoysia, so it takes a bit longer). Some squirrels are snooping around looking for nuts they hid last fall. I'm listening to WFMU.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17am Ken From Hyde Park:

If there are radio stations that aren't playing Laura Cantrell, there sure should be. This sounds nice as anything.
Avatar 11:17am herb.nyc:

Go Michael & Evan & WFMU. --Laura Cantrell! she facebooked about a show TODAY at pete's candy store, w'burg, late afternoon. and i learned of The Explorer's Club via Michael too, thx
Avatar 11:19am fred:

This Laura Cantrell is really good. I've been listening to it regularly since it came out. Pledge and get it as a gift, it's always nicer this way
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19am drr:

Dale Hawkins always sounds good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am tomasz.:

Laura is just great.
Avatar 11:22am fred:

@tomasz.: the only thing I hate about Laura Cantrell is that she never plays where I live
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23am Ken From Hyde Park:

@fred - Enlightened WFMU listeners like us know Laura's greatness. The winner of the CD can give it as a gift and pass the goodness on to others. Is that what you were thinking of?
Avatar 11:25am glenn:

she 's pretty damn great.
Avatar 11:25am fred:

@Ken: I'm not that forward thinking. I just meant that if someone doesn't have it, getting it as a gift from the station is a great way to get it, and supporting the station in the process is probably something she'd like
  11:26am Montmaster J:

Michael! Just wanted to let you know I've pledged and have really enjoyed the cuts you've played on the EVEN MORE cd. See you soon for the Schez.-Montmaster J
Avatar 11:31am glenn:

me neither. funny stuff.
Avatar 11:31am fred:

@Ken: come to think of it, it actually happened to me: I won "Humming by the flowered vine" and already had it. I gave one copy, but I kept the one I won because I got it from the station
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45am Stevel:

EMSHOTS!!! (Gotta love a lengthy acronym!) Pledge and take it home.

Is it true there are #1 and #2 editions available in the warehouse section? If so, I messed up. Don't have #1.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am drr:

#1 has another (killer) Bee Gees cover.
Avatar 11:50am fred:

@Stevel: yep, both are there. If you made a mouse pledge, upping it to $500 gets you a second one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Ken From Hyde Park:

I picture Homer Simpson spouting "Table Five" into Ned's microphone!
Avatar 12:07pm fred:

Why don't you set the show's goal now to make the station reach that million mark? A goal could help make your fans show their support
  12:10pm G:

less than 2k to 1 mill...
Avatar 12:16pm herb.nyc:

i won a Lyres cd from wfmu marathon, last year i think!!! (maybe someone will do a spoof, "i wanna Health Plan!")
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm scuzfink1:

I'm a swag for life guy who can't figure out how to apportion my pledge. I am also an old fan of Ms. Cantrell and was a big fan of the Radio Thrift Shop. I saw her at the Museum of TV and Radio at a live broadcast years ago and had to leave to work backstage at Cats and she walked my daughter to the theater so she could stay. I have been a listener since the early seventies and it is one of the reasons that at sixty-three I am still usually one of the hippest guys in the room. Death to oxymoronic classic rock! I know this is disjointed but it comes from the heart.
Avatar 12:31pm Mary Wing:

Just two Mouse pledges would put us over the $1 million mark!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm drr:

scuzfink1: same here. Betting Todd-O-Phonic Todd will have some thing good as a first time (to the best of my knowledge) premium-maker.
  12:36pm John from upstate:

The Quitters are awesome!

More Quitters!

The Quitters are king!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Mouses to the rescue!
  12:39pm G:

now one mouse would take it to just about 1mill
Avatar 12:40pm fred:

@scuzfink1: disjointed? Not at all, makes total sense to me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm drr:

also, cool story, scuzfink.
Avatar 12:46pm Mary Wing:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Avatar 12:48pm Austin Powers:

One millioooooooooon dollars.
  12:49pm gregg staten island:

drummer for twisted sister passed
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@gregg - Yes, A.J. Pero. Also dying this week was Bruce Crump, the drummer from Molly Hatchet. RIP to those gentlemen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm SeanG:

RIP Cell Phone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

MS show featuring his Jonathan Richman interview - www.wfmu.org...
  1:01pm Steve-O:

And so, we end another great Mike Shelley show.....thanks for the quality entertainment, guys.....and now, let's take a trip to Fool's Paradise.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm SeanG:

ever get the feeling you've been cheat-ed??
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