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Options October 31, 2015: HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!!

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Artist Track
Otis Redding  Trick Or Treat   Options
P.F. Sloan  Halloween Mary   Options
Jerry Lee Lewis  TREAT Her Right   Options
Lee Dorsey  CANDY Yam   Options
Flames, The  SCARE Him   Options
Cars, The  CANDY O   Options
Teddy Durant  The Beast Of Sunset Strip   Options
Mike Lunsford  SUGAR Sugar   Options
New Edition  CANDY Girl   Options
Roberto Paiva And Francisco Egydio  Frankenstein   Options
Jekyll And Hyde  Frankenstein Meets The Beatles   Options
Jumpin Gene Simmons  Haunted House   Options
Willie Mitchell  Papa's Got A Brand New BAG   Options
Sarah Vaughan   Witchcraft   Options
Lyres, The  Someone Who Will TREAT You Right   Options
Tremeloes, The  I Want CANDY   Options
Pee Wee King  The Ghost And Honest Joe   Options
Gene Bowlegs Miller  Frankenstein Walk   Options
Eartha Kitt  I'd Rather Be Burned As A Witch   Options
Mark Bacino  SUGARY   Options
Spellbinders, The  Castin' My Spell   Options
Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers  Transylvania Twist   Options
Charlie Walker  Tell Her Lies and Feed Her CANDY   Options
Chuck Willis  SUGAR Sugar   Options
Gene Moss  I Want To Bite Your Hand   Options
Thumbs Carllile & The Opry Almanac House Band 3/8/66  CANDY Girl   Options
Maury Laws  The Mummy   Options
Gene Moss  Ghoul Days   Options
Woggles, The  TREAT Her Like A Lady   Options
Baron Daemon & Vampires  Ghost Guitars   Options
Harlan County  Dr. Handy's Dandy CANDY   Options
Meters, The  WICHita Lineman   Options
Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello  So Like CANDY (demo)   Options
Harpers Bizarre  Witchi Tai To   Options
Jim Gatlin  The Way You're TREATing Me   Options
Pac-Keys, The  Greasy Pumpkin   Options
Ghouls, The  Be True To Your Ghoul   Options
Glenn Barber  I Created A Monster   Options
Frankie Stein And His Ghouls  Dr. Spook Twist   Options
Catanooga Cats, The  My Girlfriend Is a Witch   Options
R. Dean Taylor  There's A GHOST In My House   Options
Cheap TRICK  Dream Police (no strings version)   Options
Rappin Charlie Brown  WORD!   Options
Carvel Halloween Commercial  Duppy!   Options
The Haunted Mansion at Longbranch   
Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers   
Sally Brown  Restitution!   Options

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE for the Glyn Johns interview in Tape Op!

CLICK HERE for Bruce Swedien: Recording Michael Jackson!

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE to find out "Why Do All Records Sound the Same?

CLICK HERE for a cover of a Michael Shelley song!

CLICK HERE for The Cactus Blossoms on The 30 Minute Music Hour

CLICK HERE for "Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World"

CLICK HERE for a new Q&A with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read about "The Endless Fall of Suge Knight" (yikes!)

CLICK HERE for Barack Obama on WTF

CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

CLICK HERE to see SEVEN videos of The Cactus Blossoms' amazing live performance at WFMU

CLICK HERE for a video of David Myhr's cover of Oh Susie, featured on "Even More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for a documentary and discussion of The Columbia House Record Club

CLICK HERE to test yourself and find out "How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?"

CLICK HERE for an article about Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with files of the isolated tracks to listen to

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 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 "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 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 and Los Straitjackets or CLICK HERE to listen

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!

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

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 a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story


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

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 a short film of two craftsmen at work

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 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 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 Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

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 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.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am Baby:

Baby!! Good-est of morning to you and yours!!
Avatar 11:05am Michael Shelley:

Avatar 11:07am Sonny Rickles:

Happy Halloween from spooky San Diego!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Baby:

Very scary indeed. In that I admit to knowing you.
Avatar 11:24am dk50b:

Happy Halloween all. The Cars were my first concert, Dec '80 at the Garden. Best part was seeing XTC open right before Andy's panic attacks.
Avatar 11:27am Michael Shelley:

dk - I was there too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am Fuzzy:

@dk: Cool! Saw them on their last tour at the Garden -- I forget who opened, or even what year it was...long time ago!

My first big concert was Rush at the SD Sports Arena in '83 -- Golden Earring opened for them.
Avatar 11:28am DeemerDave:

I saw them at the Gahden, not the Garden.
Avatar 11:29am BEAVO:

I can't hear Candy Girl without thinking of Salma Hayek's stripper scene from Dogma.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:29am Fuzzy:

@Beavo: true dat!
Avatar 11:30am DeemerDave:

Fuzzy: be careful mentioning Rush around here. The locals don't take kindly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am Fuzzy:

I know a lot of folks hate on Rush! Only like Permanent Waves/Moving Pictures era myself. I was young once, just a phase, man!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:34am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...& orange ya glad to be here on Halloween??...
Avatar 11:36am Michael Shelley:

Not a real fan of RUSH's music - but listener BABY turned me on to a documentary about them which I LOVED. Highly recommended. They come off as the nicest people.
Avatar 11:38am dk50b:

Mike-Guess Mamk HS had a good sized contingent. We don't know each other but you roomed with a good friend and fellow MHS musician in your LA days. XTC kicked The Cars' butt performance wise.
  11:39am johnk77:

geddy lee is smart, low key, and funny in person.
typical canadian;>
Avatar 11:43am Michael Shelley:

Yes - the cars just stood there - I saw them 3 times.... do you live in Bama?
Avatar 11:46am dk50b:

I avoided liking Rush because they were lumped as heavy metal therefore couldn't be good. Plus a guy at college was in the "Neil Peart is God" club further raising my distaste. Since realized they're in a class of their own. Memories of first hearing The Spirit of Radio in drafting class at MHS came back when I learned the song's about CFNY which I listened to in college.
Avatar 11:50am DeemerDave:

Michael: They're Canadian. Of course they are the nicest people.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Baby:

One of the two or three movies I've ever seen, where I rewound it, and watched it again right away. And I do NOT like Rush.
Avatar 11:52am dk50b:

Mike-The doc was great. Learned how Geddy got his nickname and great stuff of success despite their hard to label music. There's also an amazing Jam doc playing now on Showtime.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am drr:

so what is this Rush documentary called?
  11:55am Mitchell:

"Beyond the Lighted Stage." The doc is spectacular for sure. There's also a featurette in the extras of them just all eating dinner and slowly getting drunk in a nice restaurant, they really are wonderfully likable guys.
  12:00pm Miss Georgia Peach:

Loved the Eartha Kitt song! Never heard it before
Avatar 12:01pm dk50b:

Mike-No I live in Maplewood. Haven't spoken to Torin since the Caroline No show at Nice Guy Eddie's in the early '90's.
Avatar 12:02pm Michael Shelley:

Who are you?
Avatar 12:08pm Michael Shelley:

Speaking of high School
did you see this
  12:09pm Eric:

they couldn't have made it "I want to bite your neck"? haha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm ChrisB.:

Gene Moss, Dracula's Greatest Hits has great cover art by Jack Davis.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm adrian in mpls:

this is great!
Avatar 12:10pm dk50b:

David K, MHS '81. Attended many Rabies shows, found your super cool show with no clue you went to MHS or knew Torin!
Avatar 12:11pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar 12:12pm Michael Shelley:

SMALL world
Avatar 12:18pm Tomophobic Tom:

Avatar 12:18pm Tomophobic Tom:

  12:19pm David in ATL from NJ:

Thanks for the Woggles, Michael!

Another great version from SCTV's Count Floyd:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Fuzzy:

Heh, I'm MHS Class of '82...Marlborough High School, that is...
  12:25pm lloyd michigan:

  12:26pm paula pc:

beautiful cover
Avatar 12:26pm Tomophobic Tom:

It really is great.
  12:29pm lloyd michigan:

Where is this PM/EC duet from?
  12:31pm combokid:

Great Show Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm drr:

dammit not witchy tai tai
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm drr:

not all earworms are good
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm myron feld:

got any Paul Frees cued up?
  12:33pm DG:

Wow, is this the demo? (the original is on Costello's "Mighty Like a Rose"). I really wish someone (Paul? you out there?) would release an album of all the songs they wrote together (they also did a show in the U.K. at one point). There's 12 or so that appeared on various Costello & McCartney albums, but 2 never came out...can probably find them online.
  12:34pm lloyd michigan:

This was a live radio broadcast, beautifully mixed and the sound quality is superb. Not only was this the ONLY time Paul and Elvis performed live together, it's McCartney's sole performance with a string quartet.
Performing Beatles classics Eleanor Rigby, Lady Madonna, For No One and Yesterday.
Avatar 12:36pm dk50b:

Thx Mike. Still pissed I'm so out of the loop found about the Rabies reunion on your show. Always preferred them to later versions, when Torin was bitten by the R.E.M. bug, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Anyone wants to know what the hell were taliking about, Soundcloud link..soundcloud.com...
Avatar 12:40pm Marc Francis:

I bounce back and forth between Canada and the U.S. for work and regular life. I find that Canadians are nice and polite but Americans are much more friendly.
Avatar 12:40pm Marc Francis:

Just sayin....
Avatar 12:47pm dk50b:

@Fuzzy-Would've guesed Meatwad HS. RIP ATHF whatever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Melissa Jean:

hello hello!
  12:50pm paula pc:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm SeanG:

this sounds really good right now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Fuzzy:

Avatar 12:51pm dk50b:

Now I can only think of Apu's version
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm adrian in mpls:

@dk50b - ha! me too
  12:55pm lloyd michigan:

Avatar 12:58pm dk50b:

Another of my Cheap Trick permanent associations is poor Conan's Tonight Show cold open with Surrender as the music.
Avatar 1:05pm dk50b:

Avatar 2:29pm cee:

man what a good show
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