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Bill KImber & The Couriers  I Want To Hold Your Hand   Options
Gene Sculatti  What Is A Rock Critic?   Options
Martin Denny  Caravan   Options
Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots   Disco Duck   Options
Marshall Crenshaw  What The Hell I Got?   Options
U.S. Music With Funkadelic  Baby, I Owe You Something   Options

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CLICK HERE for the multi part fascinating documentary about Dream Theater's search for a new drummer

CLICK HERE for info on the Top 100 Most Expensive Cassettes on Discogs

CLICK HERE for a detailed look at cymbals in 1920s jazz

CLICK HERE for The Liner Notes Project

CLICK HERE to hear the new number one hit from Juniper

CLICK HERE to hear a lovely short BBC radio piece where Nick Lowe talk about Fatback Louisiana USA by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Harlan County by Jim Ford

CLICK HERE for the old switcheroo: A new episode of the Casey's Musical Dustbin Radio podcast where Michael Shelley is the interview subject.

CLICK HERE to hear Laura Cantrell interviewed on the Stereo Hysteria podcast

CLICK HERE to read "How the Beach Boys’ Lost Late-Sixties Gems Got a Second Life "

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Sonny Curtis on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE to find out what happened when Jonathan Richman moved to Maine in 1981

CLICK HERE to read Michael's recent interview Lou Reed archivist Don Fleming on the Please Kill Me website!

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks And Linda Gail Lewis' interview & performance on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis LIVE & unplugged at Paste studios!

CLICK HERE for info on the new compilation "Back Patio Bliss" produced by listener Baby!

CLICK HERE for a free download of the new album "Matt Gets Blue" from Matt Lucas

CLICK HERE for the program MP3 Tag

CLICK HERE to test if you hear Yanny or Laurel

CLICK HERE for an interesting short film about R. Stevie Moore

CLICK HERE for info on Copyright Termination Experts

CLICK HERE to read Michael Shelley's comic "Oh No, It's Tinnitus!"

CLICK HERE for very funny excerpts from a notebook where record store clerks logged "anytime we got a dopey phone call, boneheaded comment, or generally batshit customer experience"

CLICK HERE for Quincy Jones on Paul "the worst bass player I ever heard" McCartney, Michael "stole a lot of stuff" Jackson, Astrology, and who killed Kennedy!

CLICK HERE for "Replacing Ringo? The Story Behind Bernard Purdie and The Beatles"

CLICK HERE for a map, with audio links, to whatever the #1 song is in 3000 places around the world

CLICK HERE for a step-by-step guide to repairing damaged record sleeves

CLICK HERE for testimony given by Taylor Swift in Colorado district court

CLICK HERE for the animated guide to compression

CLICK HERE to check out drummer Jim Gordon's discography

CLICK HERE to listen to/download 1000s of digitized 78s

CLICK HERE to watch Robbie Fulks cover NRBQ at FMU

CLICK HERE for selection from the British Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings, which cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds

CLICK HERE for an interview with Brian Wilson where he says "Mike Love is probably the greatest lyric writer in the world. I think he’s my favorite lyric writer. He just wrote a lot of good songs"

CLICK HERE for "Student Group Apologizes for Playing ‘Transphobic’ and ‘Problematic’ Lou Reed Song"

CLICK HERE to see how Steve Keene does it

CLICK HERE for 28:46 of "NRBQ & Friends"

CLICK HERE for "Marty Stuart: The Story of Clarence White & The Parsons/White StringBender "

CLICK HERE to find out "How the Nashville Number System revolutionized recording sessions"

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

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

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

CLICK HERE to listen to a new interview with Jonathan Richman

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

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 Truth of the Flamin' Groovies' Story is Stranger Than Fiction"

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 for a great documentary about The Cactus Blossoms

CLICK HERE for "Rob Freeman Recording The Ramones"

CLICK HERE to see 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 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 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 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

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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 garbage. 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 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.

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 11:08am Greg from ZONE 5:

Morning, Michael & WGME!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am fleep:

Awed to be in your expertitude, greetings!
  11:11am gene sculatti:

Thanks, Michael, for spinning my side!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am ParUbi:

I'm lucky enough to live near Jerry's in Pittsburgh
  11:13am David Colangelo:

Mike. Around 3rd. weekend of December 2018. You played a song , that was the most requested song of the year...it’s refrain was “I like, like , like you...can you ID that song...?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Hughie Considine:

I have a very specific question for the experts. Are you familiar with the Donovan song "The Love Song" from Barabajagal? There is an amazing vocal cameo in the middle, exhorting listeners to do the Vulture -- "Yeah baby, the Vulture!" I've cherished this moment since childhood and always wanted to know who sang this part. Can anyone enlighten?
  11:16am JSG:

The basics? Who put the bomp, etc. And that Book of Love thing.
  11:17am Adam from Sparta:

The used-record part of the resurgence is what, half the market?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17am ParUbi:

it's kind of a yearning for concreteness
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:18am Hughie Considine:

You attend much better to record you have selected than for an endless stream.
  11:18am godmankey:

Cynical old farts complaining about the youths. I'm out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:18am ParUbi:

I finally bought a turntable to explore those cheap used records
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19am Hughie Considine:

LPs are like the stock market now. Like, the Who catalog is not highly valued; the Stones fetch more, for example.
  11:20am Jon Noe:

Play some music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Hughie Considine:

It's actually pronounced "Berk-lee" Michael -- Kidding.
  11:23am Andres Nutley:

When my parents retired and sold their house my mom took all my dads records to good will. We are talking about hundreds of albums from salsa and Latin rock, Cumbia I mean pretty much a collection of late 20th century Latin music. Man I am sure it was some pay back for something he did to her 20 years prior.
  11:25am JSG:

Caravan: Juan Tizol & Duke
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am ParUbi:

Yeah, I think all of my parent's extensive classical collection went to the landfill when they moved.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Jeezy:

I'd like to hear the experts' thoughts on Soundcloud rap. Lil Tecca, that 6-9 guy, Travis Scott, etc? My teen loves it.
  Swag For Life Member 11:27am tadpoles:

One thing that must be mentioned in the ebb & flow of vinyl is eBay. Pre-eBay you would scour used record stores in frustration for that one item you wanted and were probably willing to pay top dollar for. With eBay all of a sudden there were 10 copies out there in the cybersphere of record stores for you to pick from.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am ParUbi:

The CD format seems such an expendable 'container' for digital files, though. Especially with minimal inserts.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am Hughie Considine:

Right up there with 'rock star' is 'icon,' which gets thrown around way too much.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am Greg from ZONE 5:

Sturgeon's law states that 90% of *everything* is crap.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am Listener Baby:

Because Dave Grohl is in every freaking one
  11:31am Joe R.:

in tech, “rockstar developer” is much-discussed cliche
  11:33am Izzy:

Wynton Marsalis was in the Big Star doc, wasn't he?
  11:34am Andres Nutley:

Kweder ! Gotta check it out!
  11:34am Andres Nutley:

  11:34am Andres Nutley:

Go Diamond Dave!!
  11:35am Melissa:

The doc. about Nina Simone is superb. "What Happened Miss Simone"
  11:36am Jon Noe:

Alexa stop.
  11:38am Larry O:

Amazon prime tv has a lot of music documentaries. It seemed as if the Captain Beefheart doc couldn’t bear to mention the captain’s masterpiece “Big Eyed Beans From Venus” because the album had a ‘commercial’ producer - Ted Templeman
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am Greg from ZONE 5:

Saw IDLES on Thursday—they had their opening band come out on stage at the end, they all did a song together, it devolved into complete chaos and BOOM. Show over. No encore, everybody left happy.
  11:39am Nancy:

I saw Big Thief last week. Adrianne Lenker said shed had a migraine for two days. There was very little audience ask for an encore. I think we all just felt bad for her. There was plenty of energy for the band and their performance
Avatar 11:41am Hoboken Jack:

The Feelies actually defeated me one night at Bell House; I left as yet another excellent encore began because I had to wake up early the next morning.
  11:41am Larry O:

I was at the Laura Nyro Carnegie Hall concert with over 10 encores (maybe over 15). My girlfriend took me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Devin B.:

Had the same experience with the Feelies a couple years back
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:42am Listener Baby:

Problem with encores with is what the artist chooses to play. See: Pump It Up
  11:48am sufferwords:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am common:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am RomanDogBird:

wait, other shows??
  11:53am Joe R.:

Songs that I consider guilty pleasures have more to do with lyrics (sexist, racist, creepy) than music these days
Avatar 11:54am Sonny Rickles:

Disco Duck is my least favorite song of all time!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am RomanDogBird:

i like when the duck says mama
Avatar 11:55am Sonny Rickles:

wow and you're actually playing it
  11:56am flashback:

I turn wfmu on and the last thing I expected to be on is disco duck
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Hughie Considine:

This is a terrible song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am RomanDogBird:

i am always expecting to hear disco duck on wfmu
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am common:

Still love disco duck
  11:57am peter kaprelian:

What is with Elvis at the end of disco duck?
  11:58am Lou Dobbs:

Enjoying the show, but, "Congrats, you have an all-mail panel." https://allmalepanels.tumblr.com/
  12:01pm P-90:

I can’t believe they’re just now getting around to the MC5
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Hughie Considine:

Kraftwerk were more influential than the Beatles or Chuck Berry. They overturned the guitar group paradigm by adding electronic drums and all of today's pop music owes more to Kraftwerk than the Beatles, much less Chuck.
  12:02pm Jett:

Sculatti is the man!
  12:02pm Andres Nutley:

@Hughie damn that's a pretty interesting point!
  12:03pm Cranky and Old:

What about when they shine the lights in your eyes during the light shows at live concerts when you are up close- is that a new thing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm ParUbi:

@Lou_Dobbs-- that's a good point! Worth reflecting on.
  12:06pm Izzy:

Cactus Blossoms are excellent!
  12:08pm P-90:

Idk Becker sure looked/sounded plugged in to me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm katsavage:

Could not stand Neil Young as a kid. Mum could not stop playing "Like A Hurricane." Drove me up the wall for 17 years. Now... Well.
  12:13pm plasticguitarman:

To say Carlos doesn’t have restraint is BS
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

....what Carlos doesn't have is the name Hendrix...
Not alk Sinatra us his Best for that matter...but back in Modernism - I thot he was the AntiRawk Square...but thing w Crooners is : I came to laugh & stayed to pray as they say...
  12:14pm plasticguitarman:

And I also want to say foooeyy!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Only critique of Carlos is he only does the one thing.
But - it's his thing - & it's great...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I'm saying that what keeps Carlos from being Best.
  12:18pm Izzy:

Pick Little Willie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Tommy in Neversink:

I thought I could do what musicians do and turned out I could do want some do and could not do what others do
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Best Gittar not credited enuff: Ron Asheton...Leigh Stephens.. Wayne Kramer...
  12:24pm P-90:

You go see Rihanna, or Selena Gomez, for example, or John Mayer, you will see a lot of ladies crowding the stage down front
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

They're mixing for earbuds now see...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm purpleknif:

Chose my system 20 some years ago. Knew it was good when I heard Chrissy Hynde sigh in the beginning of Mystery achievement . Sold!
  12:32pm bobo:

The entire Margret Glaspy album!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Listener Baby:

Baby. Plimsouls records. Ruined
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Remix MC5 'Back In the USA'.. .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Hughie Considine:

Yeah, Crowded House got Froomed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm listener 126464:

Froom ruined The Del Fuegos
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Richard S:

QUESTION FOR DISCUSSION: Whatever happened to the instrumental hit?
  12:36pm PJ:

re bad production: I saw the True Believers in 85 opening for Los Lobos, and they sounded incredible, great songs and great playing. Their debut album came out a couple of years later, and all the life had been sucked out of the band.

Around the same time, Jason and the Nashville Scorchers were a great live band, and their second EP Fervor sounded great, the first LP Lost and Found still had good songs but the production was not so good, and the next record sounded like crap.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Hughie Considine:

English Beat w/out Ranking Roger felt like a lounge act.
Avatar 12:38pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Have you ever heard about the heart surgeon who was so great they described him as "Beatlesque"?
  12:38pm PJ:

Mitchell Froom is another guy who sucks the life out of music. I like some of his stuff (Latin Playboys) but those Richard Thompson albums would have been better if they had been less overcooked (medium rare, preferably).
  12:38pm clarke:

i like when the dog says "MAMA!!!"
  12:38pm plasticguitarman:

Hey Rabbit- I get your point but re the restraint question listen to Samba Pa Ti which I’m sure you have but just as an example
I confess my Santana listening tilts toward his older stuff
  12:39pm Frank Zaatar:

Imperial Bedroom had me from the first note--that glissing bass note is the second-best opening note in a rock and roll album (Hard Day's Nght of course being the first).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Hughie Considine:

Guys like Mitchell Froom and Jeff Lynne make every record sound like them. A producer should serve the band, not the other way around.
  12:40pm Pro Crastinator LLP:

Maybe this is the inverse but I thought Pavement's earlyish (post-Gary) crappy live shows informed the the crappily produced (through Crooked Rain anyway) records .. all of which I couldn't get enough of
Avatar 12:40pm poptone:

how about the replacements Sire albums? anyone heard the new "Dont Tell a Soul" box set. works for me. thoughts or comments?
  12:40pm bobo:

Most latter Kinks...terrible mixing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Tommy in Neversink:

Terrible song great performance....Whitney Huston doing the Star Spangled Banner
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Hughie Considine:

The golden age of instrumental hits was pre-Beatles -- "Telstar" thru "Green Onions" ish
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm JeremyB:

Saw the pixies a little over a year ago... eVeryone was talking about the female vocalist, Paz, I think wether she was too much like Kim Deal, not enough like her, copying her... etc... all I cared about was that it sounded good- thinking of Geylords comment
  12:42pm Pro Crastinator LLP:

for example I never noticed the whispered chorus in "Range Life" until I saw them perform the song live ... went back and listened to my CD and my simple mind was easily blown
  12:43pm Frank Zaatar:

Poppa's Got a Brand New Pigbag!
  12:43pm Ralphus:

Some great 80s albums like XTC’s Big Express diminished by the mechanical linn drum sound.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Hughie Considine:

People knock the production on "Tim" a lot.
  12:43pm gdz:

So, let's see if I've got this right.... Disco Duck is good, and Mitchell Froom is bad? WTF?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Hughie Considine:

@ralphus - totally
  12:44pm sonnyspop:

Robyn Hitchcock’s Respect album. Great songs, terrible mix. Would love a re-mix. REM’s Monster was surprisingly re-mixed this year, but not fixed.
  12:44pm clarke:

All Shook Down is a special record to me, as well
  12:45pm PJ:

The Replacements are still a band I listen to a lot, much more than, say, REM or Husker Du, though I listened to those bands as much back in the day. my controversial opinion: Westerberg is the best songwriter of the past 40 years.
  12:46pm clarke:

ALSO: they said i won the Rocktober.
  12:46pm PJ:

Tommy Stinson also liked All Shook Down best of their albums.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Tommy in Neversink:

I always like interpreting the REM lyrics to suit my reality since I couldn't understand them anyway
  12:48pm PJ:

Question: who would the experts say is the best songwriter of the last 40 years? I have a feeling someone will choose Nick Lowe.
  12:48pm clarke:

REM is a band that didn't think they were "selling out" at all - BUT WERE TOTALLY SELLING OUT!
  12:48pm SeanG:

Pleased to Meet Me produced by the immortal James Luther Dickinson!
  12:50pm clarke:

dickinson (and joe hardy) completely fucked the replacements up!! and caused them to fire a very great drummer
  12:50pm PJ:

Another question: which bands don't have songwriters per se, but have consistently created great songs (at least for a while)? e.g., New Order (despite having the worst lyrics ever)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Tommy in Neversink:

True, REM was selling out in New York, Boston , Newark, Baltimore , DC and 50 other cities
  12:51pm Cooh John:

Viva Los Straitjackets! Heard a modern synth version of Popcorn by a dj who has WFMU ties.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm purpleknif:

Grew up close to Cleveland. This could have been on Polka Varities for sure.
Avatar 12:52pm SmokinJ:

So funny... Polka is a serious deal, here in WI where the Polka is the official state dance ! :) Keep Rockin' guys.. We love you all!
  12:53pm Listener Robert:

OK, so it may not have been intended as a polka, but it definitely is one.
  12:53pm clarke:

ira kaplan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Tommy in Neversink:

TOM WAITS is the best songwriter EVER
  12:54pm SeanG:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Hughie Considine:

Brian Wilson
Avatar 12:54pm newberry:

Bob Pollard
  12:55pm Listener Paul:

The Prince comment is spot on--consider Emancipation, a 3 CD set. It's fantastic, but there's no standout track. It's just three hours of excellence.
  12:55pm clarke:

much of the drums on XTX albums with the 'guest' drummers was a fairlight system in addition
  12:55pm PJ:

@Tommy in Neversink: I would also have to choose Tom Waits (an unpopular opinion at WFMU, for sure)
  12:56pm Pro Crastinator LLP:

top single: Stop Draggin My Heart Around

think about it, it's got everything (including absence of a guest rap)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Tommy in Neversink:

PJ I'm giving you a thumbs up
  12:57pm clarke:

NO, they said i won!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm listener 126464:

when do i pick up my prize?
  12:58pm clarke:

THEY said!!!
  12:58pm P-90:

Thanks, Distinguished Gentlemen.
  12:58pm PJ:

One unfortunate effect of 80's production was the insistence of using drum machines on records by rock bands that had good drummers.
  12:59pm Pro Crastinator LLP:

nice show
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