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Options March 4, 2017: Cage

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Artist Track
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside  Cage   Options
Lazy Eggs  I'm A Clown   Options
Laura Cantrell  It's A Heartache (from More Super Hits of the 70s!)   Options
Little Milton  She Put a Spell on Me   Options
Ernest Ranglin  Everybody's Talkin'   Options
Alex Chilton  Let Me Get Close to You   Options
Fabulous Beats, The  Above & Beyond   Options
Country Cutups, The  Chug A Lug   Options
LaVerne Baker  Batman To The Rescue   Options
Sonny and the Sunsets  Heart Of Sadness   Options
Spooner And The Spoons  Hey, So You Wanna Marry?   Options
Robby Fulks & Joy Lynn White  Tupelo County Jail   Options
Margie Hendrix  One Room Paradise   Options
Nat King Cole  Just One of Those Things   Options
Pezband  Fab Girlfriends   Options
Glad  Sweet Melinda   Options
Brad Paisley  Don't Breath   Options
Junior Parker  Wait for Another Day   Options
Muffs, The  The Best Time Around (demo)   Options
Wayne Carson  Me And My Little Noise Maker   Options
Bobby Blue Bland  36-22-36   Options
New Musik  Straight Lines   Options
John Buck Wilkin  Apartment 21   Options
Jerry Fuller  Don't Let Go   Options
Isley Brothers, The  Move Over And Let Me Dance (pt1)   Options
Jubilaries  Run Joe   Options
Sprague Brothers, The  Right or Wrong   Options
William Penn and the Quakers  California Sun   Options
Big Bopper  White Lightnin’   Options
Betty Everett  Hound Dog   Options
NRBQ  That's Alright   Options
Sir Douglas Quintet  The Rains Came   Options
Zebera  Wind Up Toy   Options
Joan Jett  Insecure   Options
Strangers, The  Take The Time   Options
Dwight Yoakum  3 Pears   Options
McCoys, The  All I Really Want Do   Options
Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant  Comin' On   Options
Crickets, The  He's Old Enough To Know Better   Options
Buddy Rich  Not Exactly A Huge Fan Of Country Music...   Options

CLICK HERE Cheap Trick on "Live At Daryl's House"

CLICK HERE to vote for the best Power Pop song of all time

CLICK HERE to hear from the amazing Bob Washington, the voice of K-Tel

CLICK HERE for a new song titled "People Are Disgusting" from Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE to listen to "Musicians fighting Spotify are ‘so f-cking dumb,’ music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz says"

CLICK HERE to read a Mike Love sympathetic piece titled "Beach Boys seek to overcome discord with new wave of Love"

CLICK HERE to listen to a new NPR interview with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for an interesting piece about a journalist trying to interview Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE for "Jerry Lewis at 90: His Mouth Runneth Over"

CLICK HERE to read the report on Kippington Lodge's 1967 BBC audition - Includes phrases "painful" & "tone deaf" then CLICK HERE to have a listen & decide for yourself

CLICK HERE for the 1988 piece "Who Does Chuck Berry Think He Is?"

CLICK HERE for "The Truth of the Flamin' Groovies' Story is Stranger Than Fiction"

CLICK HERE for info about the tuning used on Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough"

CLICK HERE to see the March 25th Hot 100 chart - when Happy Together was number one!!

CLICK HERE for detailed Pet Sounds credits

CLICK HERE for a piece on how they come up with radio ratings & Delilha's radio show

CLICK HERE to see a Thought Leader gives a talk on Thought Leadership

CLICK HERE to find out Why Classic Rock Isn’t What It Used To Be

CLICK HERE to find out Why You Can’t Get a Ticket to the NBA Finals … … and every other major event on the planet

CLICK HERE for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

CLICK HERE to hear "How Music Taste Evolved"

CLICK HERE to check the stats

CLICK HERE for Ringo's isolated drums from "Oh Darling"

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell in a BBC interview with some woman with a lot of plastic surgery

CLICK HERE to see some paintings by Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE to see The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE for a free download of The Michael Shelley Band live at WFMU's Monty Hall

CLICK HERE to see Michael Shelley get interviewed on a NJ public access TV show "Destination Montclair"

CLICK HERE if you have the stomach to read Rolling Stone's ridiculous "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time"

CLICK HERE to go "Inside the Strange, Hidden World of Offstage Touring Musicians"

CLICK HERE to watch The Cactus Blossoms live at WFMU April 18, 2015

CLICK HERE to watch James Hunter sing "Somethings Calling" live at WFMU Dec 7, 2015 - just so so so good

CLICK HERE for a nice piece on former guest on this show (and the drummer for The Beatles) Bernard Purdie

CLICK HERE to test your sense of pitch

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

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 info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

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 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 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 for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

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 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 for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

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, 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 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 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.

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:02am Listener Baby:

Baby!!! Good morning to you. Good morning to all of you people of great taste out there. Oh, and good morning Frank. Let's fire this this up. This is a very important day. Everyone, please contribute to this essential entity. We all love this thing called WFMU. Let all give a little. Thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03am Frank Above:

Hahaha, Baby is always first! Good morning, Baby. Good morning Michael. Good morning everyone!
Avatar 11:03am Michael Shelley:

Fundraiser starts tomorrow Baby - but I love the excitement!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05am Listener Baby:

Doh. Give anyway, goddammit. What is tomorrow, but another day. But I do feel a little foolish.
Avatar 11:06am glenn:

howdy. and congratulations, new jersey, for leading the u.s. in percentage of population holding valid passports.
  11:08am Clarke:

mawnin' all!! we have about an inch of snow on cape. unpredicted.
Avatar 11:09am Mailman Tom:

I was disappointed by the Arrival, too. I thought the movie Hell or High Water was pretty great. A very interesting combination of Cops and Robbers, and Cowboys and Indians.
  11:09am Clarke:

i am sure graboff on lap steel here??
  11:09am tranewreck:

Love your music Michael, rarely agree with your film reviews.
  11:10am Steve G:

Arrival was great! Time traveling octopus(es?) What's wrong with that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am Listener Baby:

@Steve G. You have a point there. What could go wrong with that unbeatable combo? Answer: EVERYTHING
  11:12am Clarke:

i don't know anything about who won oscars, or for that matter any current events -- i would like to keep it that way. don't fill me in!! i am The Ostrich!! goo goo ga joob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am myron feld:

Michael, did you or any listeners attend the Soul Clap last night at Warsaw? A wildly good show, jam-packed with more stars than there are in heaven!
  11:14am Clarke:

does that mean yo la tengo was there??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am myron feld:

Clarke, sort of: 2/3 of YLT were dance judges.
  11:16am Clarke:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17am Frank Above:

Cheers to hydration!
  11:18am Clarke:

frank above and beyond....
Avatar 11:19am glenn:

first recorded by wynne stewart, if memory serves.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am Frank Above:

way beyond
  11:21am Clarke:

anyone watching that Sun Records show offa CMT?? it is okay - the locations and sets are wonderful... not sure about the acting....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

GeorgeMartin speculated that not only was Liverpool a seaport that got Murican rekkids even before London (the 'Cunnard Yanks') - but there was an AirForce base near there in WWII...& Lennon noted that before Rawkers there were Cowboys w/ Guitars - presumably via Movies?...BeauBrummels also blended C&W w/ Beatles pretty early, I think...@Clarke: I got cable so noted that in passing. I ain't even seen Soundbreaking yet...
  11:23am Clarke:

also they allege that sam phillips was boffing marion (sp?) keisker (sp?) -- anyone confirm?? i haven't (yet) read the guralnick bio of sam...
  11:25am Clarke:

in fact, it is a pretty explicit show, strangely.
Avatar 11:25am glenn:

deny the allegations, and defy the alligators.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Crocodenial & the Allegegators...
  11:27am Clarke:

colin escott is creative director - so it is pretty fairly well-done - but a bit too over-dramatic, like most 'television'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

  11:30am Clarke:

grammy loser is winner in my book
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am Listener Baby:

I think it would have been surreal for Robbie to have won a Grammy. Just another day in the upside down world. Maybe it's best he didn't?
Avatar 11:32am JakeGould:

Hey folks! marathon starts tomorrow, but you can pledge now: pledge.wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

AwardShows get it right just enuff to squeak by & confuse the issue - more often in less commercial, less spotlighted categories.
Avatar 11:33am glenn:

robby does a pretty good version of flowers in the dell, one of my favourite fred eaglesmith tunes. hint, hint.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35am Listener Baby:

@R-Rabbit You are correct. They throw crumbs every now and then. But it's clear what it's all about. They can't hide that fact.
  11:36am Clarke:

but the 'charts' cannot reflect who gets the most listens. the voting for films is so political - awards shows jumped the shark long long ago...
Avatar 11:38am JakeGould:

All modern sci-fi movies stink because they are all about some parenting issue being resolved by black holes and space.
  11:38am Clarke:

what happened at the end of oscars? (in brief)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Listener Baby:

How much of Chris Cross do we get to meet?
  11:39am Clarke:

i didn't mind The Martian, actually
  11:39am Mika:

Idan Raichel
Very popular Israeli / world artist
  11:40am David in ATL from NJ:

So how much is the meet and greet w/Los Straitjackets?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Mike Sin:

re: business strategy
The ol' Pareto Principle usually always applies -- 80% of your revenue comes from the 20% of your customers. In regard to customer relationships, most business ended up taking all their cues from the airline industry and their frequent-flyer programs.
Avatar 11:42am JakeGould:

To be fair, “The Martian” does not fall into that category. So hey.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Listener Baby:

I wonder if they influenced Shoes, or the other way around? There is a thread to their sounds..
  11:43am Clarke:

how so? i was surprised that i liked it.
  11:45am Clarke:

shoes were around first in champaign - pezband was in chicago...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am Listener Baby:

Just sonics, a similar cold, sterile kind of thing? Hard to put my finger on it, But when I hear Pez Band, Shoes always come to mind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

My advice to Hollywood - esp. the SciFi makers: Take some of that $400mil - & hire *one* good starving Writer. Even truly great Directors too often lack a decent Writer. SciFi became ActionAdventure - a vaild Genre of its' own - but not about Ideas. It's Cops & Guns & ArmyRecruitment Ads in Space. Since there's now literally more FutureShock in one's plam device than one can comprehend - & the streets & industries have indeed become a survival epic - perhaps this is understandable...
I adopted the term 'GuitarPop' for when the drummer is maybe not hyped enuff to call it 'PowerPop' ?...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am Mike Sin:

re: Glad
Many tracks from that 1968 LP seem to have that Paul Revere and the Raiders approach after some of the country influences seeped in.
  11:50am Clarke:

EARLY paisley - yes. later: nooooo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

(...*palm device...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Listener Baby:

Great band name!
  11:53am Kevin:

Michael, I think you would like a song called "Bandera Highway" by Rosie Flores.
  11:54am Clarke:

i think kim's ability to program a drum machine gives her demos an edge that most don't have
Avatar 11:55am Michael Shelley:

Thx kevin - will check it out!
  11:57am Clarke:

they told me i won!!! rocktobah!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Listener Baby:

I bought this record Wild to hear it. The 80's were bad. It's true.
  12:04pm Clarke:

but this is good bad!
Avatar 12:04pm Michael Shelley:

I have it on 10" & 7"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Listener Baby:

Yes. True.
  12:05pm Clarke:

so these guys have a full album or just a single?
  12:06pm listener #126464:

PIX Penthouse Party
  12:06pm Clarke:

what is the rest of the 10-inch like??
Avatar 12:06pm Michael Shelley:

they suck
  12:08pm Clarke:

ha ha
  12:12pm Clarke:

oh, he sounded like Otis Rush!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...a regimen EricClapton was not processed thru...
  12:14pm Clarke:

processed, flol
Avatar 12:14pm glenn:

otis had better hair.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...perm came later...
  12:15pm Clarke:

chuck chill - word!
  12:15pm Mike tp:

I like Joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Jimi: ...'well - I wear my hair this way because it's the only way it looks good'...
  12:18pm miasma:

Thank you for the music. The J. Hendrix tune, it's not on your playlist, I don't think?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@miasma: A sideman for the Isleys!
  12:19pm Clarke:

jimi was on session with Isley Bros.
  12:20pm George in WO:

Fun stuff as always, Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Listener Baby:

Pretty smooth, CD-wise, today Baby. Whatever you did, it's working great. Maybe I won't donate??
Avatar 12:23pm Mailman Tom:

Rumored to have been the last song the Big Bopper performed before boarding the ill-fated plane.
  12:23pm miasma:

Thanks. Two years ago, I found on line and tracked down a sax player who had busked with Jimi in Boston and/or NYC. They split up because the sax guy had a family and didn't want to go out of town with Jimi. In the interim, said sax player had addiction and spent time in jail. Now, a survivor, he plays small gigs around NYC. Saw him in a small dive in NJ, where he played along to tracks, with his wife running the equipment. He had great sound and facility - one could see why he and Jimi played together.
Avatar 12:27pm JakeGould:

Yeah! You can pledge right here: pledge.wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Listener Baby:

Is there anything that can be done, off-site, Baby?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Frank Above:

Social media, Baby. Spread the word!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Listener Baby:

Good idea.
Avatar 12:29pm glenn:

moby grape.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Listener Baby:

L-Spoonfull NRBQ CCR Beach oys.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Listener Baby:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

BeachMen, bYRdS, Stooges...&?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Tommy in Neversink:

Bruce Springsteen...2nd place
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Listener Baby:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Frank Above:

Great Q track!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Listener Baby:

First ever with Tom
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

ArthurLee&Love, Elevators...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Listener Baby:

Love!! what am I thinking??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Frank Above:

I think to be considered the biggest "X" band, you either needed to have made a tremendous impact in a relatively short period of time or had significant longevity along with an above-average impact.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Listener Baby:

We've produced some pretty amazing bands. Yay USA!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Frank Above:

Anyway, Michael's probably right in that it's the Beach Boys.
Avatar 12:33pm Nutley Sam:

@Frank Above: Ramones and Ventures!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...oh...Velvet Someones?...slightly international...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Frank Above:

Ramones are easily Top 5.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Listener Baby:

Frank. Probably true. But A LOT of bad music produced by them. They don't dinged for that?
Avatar 12:34pm glenn:

on the other hand, you've also produced a country run by whackaddodle lunatics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm ChrisB.:

Re Meet & Greets for $$: I've seen John Doe a couple times at City Winery. He comes to the merch table, signs stuff, poses for photos, etc. No extra charge.
Avatar 12:34pm glenn:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Frank Above:

Baby, it's true. But their good VASTLY outweighs their bad.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Listener Baby:

Top ten all time favorite, Baby. Thanks!! Sir Doug!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Frank Above:

Glenn, every country has their dark days. Unfortunately, these seem to be ours.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Listener Baby:

Vastly it does. But it's there none the less.
Avatar 12:35pm JakeGould:

As much as I like the Ramones, it’s only the first four albums that are worth much in the big picture.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Frank Above:

Velvets could be up there too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Frank Above:

Jake, but the impact of those first four albums is tremendous!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

R-A-M-O-N-E-S - MC☆5
BrianWilson & Co. - they walloped TheBeatles & Wh♂ - the BestHarmonies - impossible to imagine Music w/out them.
Ramones didn't make my Top20AlbumsEver - tho' they changed Everything.
Avatar 12:37pm Mailman Tom:

There's a sucker born every minute
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Frank Above:

I think you'll get more bang for your buck paying $60 for Chris Cross than you would paying $700 to meet Sting.
Avatar 12:38pm JakeGould:

@FrankAbove: Oh, I don’t deny that! Those first four albums are amazing! But past those I really can live without their attempts at pop-metal and such.
Avatar 12:38pm glenn:

personally, i would rather drink my own blood than come within five miles of a sting concert.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Frank Above:

I think the albums up to Pleasant Dreams are essential. I still like the ones after that, but it could be argued that they aren't nearly as important or good.
Avatar 12:39pm JakeGould:

@glenn: My first concert was Sting. “Dream of the Blue Turtles” at Radio City. That was when you might convince yourself he was still passable.
Avatar 12:40pm glenn:

my first concert was b.b. king. a bird pooped on my head.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Listener Baby:

Baby.. We would be incorrect if we didn't include Los Lobos on that short list of the best we have.
Avatar 12:41pm glenn:

an outdoors concert, i should mention.
Avatar 12:41pm JakeGould:

Speaking of Joan Jett… First three albums with some extra weight on that first album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm ChrisB.:

Further to the meet & greet experience: go see a band you like in a small venue. Chances are they're hanging around and would be glad to make your acquaintance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Philthy woman:

RIGHT ON, yes, you can be beautiful and old
Avatar 12:41pm glenn:

los lobos is great, and also the loudest band i've ever seen.
  12:42pm Clarke:

love me some early lobos; however, they are pretty much a jam band these dayz - ugh.
Avatar 12:42pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Frank Above:

Cheap Trick should at least be in the discussion, I think.
Avatar 12:43pm JakeGould:

@FrankAbove: What? Of what point in their discography you can forget them?
Avatar 12:43pm Michael Shelley:

Frank - did you watch that Live At Drylls House?
Avatar 12:44pm JakeGould:

@MichaelShelley: To be fair, I’ve seen a lot of bad plastic surgery on people who want to defy age and Joan Jett seems like she’s just overly made-up and not overly cut-up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:45pm Frank Above:

Jake: Are we still talking Ramones or Cheap Trick?
  12:45pm DG:

Los Lobos are definitely one of the great America bands. Saw them live many times; their version of "Crossroads" will make you think you're listneing to Cream. Then they'll do a traditional norteno, then a moody, slower piece, then a blues. Versatile & still great. (You listening, Hall of Fame?)
Avatar 12:45pm JakeGould:

@FrankAbove: Cheap Trick. I think? Did Bun E. Carlos get a facelift?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Frank Above:

Michael: whose performance?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm Frank Above:

Michael: Actually, it doesn't matter. I haven's seen any Daryl's House performances in a bit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

What wigs me out is when people get the facelift & they all look the same - & not like themselves. Then - I suppose if it's successful, we might not even notice...
Avatar 12:47pm Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm Frank Above:

Jake: The first 5 albums are essential. After that it gets spotty. But I think they're in the conversation due to their longevity.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm Frank Above:

Thanks Michael!
  12:49pm DG:

And yeah, the latter Ramones albums aren't as good, but they actually branched out beyond the 3-chord short songs, sometimes successfully. Case in point: "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg" is great (as is much of "Animal Boy"), "Halfway to Sanity" too. Don't know that much after that, but the covers album ("Acid Eaters") is certainly not as good as it could have been.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Frank Above:

Jake: To clarify, I put "Budokan" in the 5 essential list. In fact, it might be their most significant, because the true spirit of Cheap Trick is captured in their live performances. I don't think the studio recordings quite do them justice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Quoth Someone: Having seen how much you can take out & still be Rawk'n'Roll - TheRamones now see how much you can put back in & still be TheRamones.
  12:53pm Clarke:

i would say that Cheap Trick has made more consistent product than any other and stayed more true to their original sound than any other - aside from Beach Boys. speaking of demo's - anyone heard any of the Red Ant Demos from Cheap Trick?!? wow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Frank Above:

Thanks for the tip, Clarke. I'll check out those CT demos.
  12:55pm Clarke:

oh man - frank!! there is some guy sharing the files online for red ant stuff...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Listener Baby:

If you want to talk consistent. Los Lobos leads the pack? 35 years, no bad albums.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hm - maybe CheapTrick was *too* into JeffLynne...
  12:56pm Clarke:

uhhh - i haven't heard any lobos of late that made me want to buy their product.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Frank Above:

Clarke, I'll look it up. I've got some homework to do after Michael's show, so I'll add it to my list.
  12:57pm Clarke:

i saw Lobos this past summer and walked out
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Tommy in Neversink:

Why would people applause this ?
  12:58pm Clarke:

i would submit that once they lost louie perez on drums - they lost a LOT
Avatar 12:58pm Jimmy Wipper:

Clams, nothing but clams.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...the Jazz Police - they live inside of my head...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Tommy in Neversink:

I play jazz and country...both are challenging in different ways
  12:59pm Clarke:

no, i WON!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Frank Above:

I said you were right!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...& there's CountrySwing inbetween - blah blah...
- Thx MS !
Avatar 1:01pm JohnEBGood:

Allman Brothers Band! Rock on Mike!!
Avatar 1:02pm JohnEBGood:

Allman Brothers Band! Rock on Mike!!
  3:01pm Peter:

Regarding "Move Over and Let Me Dance (pt 1)," Michael, how did you get the guitar so out in front in the mix like that? All I could find on Youtube, the 45s, were versions with Jimi buried so back you could barely hear his playing. Never heard that song before, so a thank-you.
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