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CLICK HERE for info about Denny Tedesco's "The Wrecking Crew"
|Partridge Family, The||Come on Get Happy|
|Beach Boys, The||Wouldn't It Be Nice (sessions)|
|Roy Rodgers||I'm An Old Cowhand|
|Rufus & Carla Thomas||Don't Mess Up A Good Thing|
|Louis Jordan||Chicken Back|
|Sam Elwitt Orchestra||In Another Land|
|Rip Chords, The||Bunny Hill|
|Dick Clark||Open Letter To An Older Generation|
|Mamas & The Papas||Glad To Be Unhappy|
|Bobby Vee||High Coin|
|Hal Blaine & the Young Cougars||Nashville Coupe|
|Monkees, The||For Pete's Sake (Master Backing Track)|
|Lee Hazlewood||These Boots Are Made For Walkin'|
|Crystals, The||Da Doo Ron Ron|
|T-Bones, The||No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)|
|Sonny & Cher||The Beat Goes On|
|Glen Campbell||Wichita Lineman|
|Cactus Blossoms, The||Stoplight Kisses|
|Dr. Horse||Jack That Cat Was Clean|
|English Beat, The||Ackee 1,2,3|
|Who, The||Love Is Like A Heatwave|
|Carl Smith||Rocky Top|
|Drifters, The||I Count The Tears|
|Jonathan Richman||Wait Wait|
|Chet Atkins||I Feel Fine|
|JD McPherson||It's All Over But the Shouting|
|Ray Charles||I Don't Need No Doctor|
|Babysitters, The||Smash Bang Boom|
|5th Dimension, The||Let The Sunshine (Reprise)|
|Lewis Pruitt||Crazy Bullfrog|
|Sly and the Family Stone||M'Lady|
|Mike Love||Greaterst Hits|
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CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions
CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of the book "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" or CLICK HERE to read Carol's review of The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010
CLICK HERE to see part one of a short behind the scenes film about Brian Wilson's new album "No Pier Pressure"
CLICK HERE for Brian Wilson's new song "The Right Time" (feat. Al Jardine) live on SoundStage. and
CLICK HERE for "Wild Honey" feat. Blondie Chaplin & Ricky Fataar
CLICK HERE for a great 2012 Rolling Stone piece about the 2012 Beach Boys reunion
CLICK HERE to see Cory Branan's "You Make Me" (in 3-D if you have the red and blue glasses)
CLICK HERE for the Stereohysteria podcast episode featuring Deke Dickerson
CLICK HERE for a chart that shows musician deaths by genre
CLICK HERE for info on The Incredible Flamin' Groovies Movie Kickstarter Campaign
CLICK HERE if you have $1500 and are curious what's on these " CBS Demo Tapes from the 50's, 60's and 70's Nashville"
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 "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 "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"
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 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 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 HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"
CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!
CLICK HERE to watch Mad Magazine's never aired 1974 tv special
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 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 for Ock TV
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 play Name That Drum Fill
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 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 if you're a BEATLE fan!
CLICK HERE for ROCKPILE live
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 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 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
Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.
Good morning Baby!
dave from toronto:
i hope the wc movie is better than the book.
what a disappointment that was...
The 2 projects are not related - the movie is indeed better.
dave from toronto:
that's good to hear.
i missed your intro. the director is the son of one of the crew?
Yes - Denny is the song of guitarist Tommy Tedesco
Of course there was a real group called the Rip Chords, they just didn't have much connection to the records that Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston made in their name. Also, Dave, the Wrecking Crew movie is pretty great and has zero connection to that mediocre book that came out a few years ago.
How many of these stupid “Open Letter from a White Guy” songs are there?
A lot, Jake.
yes - The "Rip Chords" were created - they were not a real group
man that Dick Clark things was campy, pretty funny!
WRONG, Michael. They were a vocal group who recorded before they worked with Bruce and Terry, and they continued touring to promote the records that Bruce and Terry made after they started producing the records. Look it up.
dave from toronto:
hey michael - did you ever hear anyone confirm or deny carol kaye saying the name "the wrecking crew" was made up by hal blaine way after the fact? in the 90's i think she said.
Ask Scott - he knows everything - in ALL CAPS no less
I don't know everything, but I know everything about the Rip Chords.
dave from toronto:
alright scott - what's the deal?
Not the guys who play on the record. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odRhTYdvZ24
My fave Wrecking Crew tracks: Banana Splits and Jonny Quest theme
Great questions during this interview -- really interesting.
I will definitely want the DVD when it comes out, but if you can possibly see it in a theater, do so. I don't care how big your TV screen is -- seeing it projected onto a movie screen is a completely separate experience, especially if you think of it as cinema and not just as a big TV doc.
and then there is Wichita Lineman.....
Miss Georgia Peach:
Never been so happy to hear "6 hours"!
I agree with you Michael. Music made by Millennials do lack the human touch
And as for Wichita Lineman, check out this astonishingly simple, pure version by some NYC locals
On TODD's Show:
dave from toronto:
hey - that's from the grass roots song "live for today"
Dave, I found this on only one source, so I can't vouch for its accuracy, but according to the page posted below, Doc Pomus was encouraged to sue, but said the hell with it.
shelley is human ,,, are you havin a laff
dave from toronto:
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