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Options November 9, 2019: Moonshine Minnie

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Artist Track
Charlie Rich  Moonshine Minnie   Options
XTC  Mayor of Simpleton   Options
Lefty Frizzell   Mama   Options
Larry Williams  Iko Iko   Options
Rev. Cleophus Robinson  I Know Prayer Changes Things   Options
Ben Lee  How Can That Be   Options
Merseybeats, The   Sorrow   Options
Jerry Lee Lewis  Herman The Hermit   Options
Gladys Knight And The Pips   Billy, Come On Back As Quick As You Can   Options
Elevator Operators, The  On The Ground   Options
Travis Wammack  Find Another Man   Options
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys  Her Hair Is A Mess   Options
Hi-Risers, The  It's Still Saturday Night   Options
Lazy Eggs, The  I'm Gonna Love You   Options
Derailers, The  Genuine   Options
Jimmy Rushing  Hi-Ho Sylvester   Options
Heptones, The  Book Of Rules   Options
dB's, The  Love Is For Lovers   Options
Grass Roots, The  Sooner Of Later   Options
Charley Crockett  Change Yo' Mind   Options
Z.Z. Hill  Where She At   Options
Ella Mae Morse  Tennessee Saturday Night   Options
Bucky  African Record Player   Options
Lyres  Help You Ann   Options
Hombres, The   Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)   Options
Eddie Cochran  Nervous Breakdown   Options
Little Arthur Matthews  Hot Diggity Dog   Options
Dr. Feelgood  She Does It Right   Options
Rutles, The  Number One   Options
Gosdin Brothers, The  For Us To FInd   Options
Bo Diddley  (Extra, Read All About) Ben   Options
Les Paul & Mary Ford  I Ain't Got Nobody   Options
Hi-Risers, The  Where Are You Tonight?   Options
Liquor Giants, The  Dearest Darling   Options
Dukes Of Hamburg, The  I Feel Fine   Options
Joel Paterson  Can't Buy Me Love   Options
Jam, The  Town Called Malice   Options
Brian Wilson  Interview   Options

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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.

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

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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"

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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"

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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"

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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

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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

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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"

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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

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CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

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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.

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CLICK HERE for the story of Be Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson and how he says his record label ripped him off

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CLICK HERE for an recent Montclair Times article on Michael Shelley!

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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 11:00am Listener Baby:

  11:03am SeanG:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05am Listener Baby:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07am common:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am TheLoneliestMonk:

hey there mike.
how fierce was the wind whippin' off the hudson this morning?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am Sid:

"If you were the kitty, I'd be the litter." I'm thinking someone made a dare of some sort to incorporate those lyrics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:18am TheLoneliestMonk:

Avatar 11:19am Jimmy Wipper:

So does George Harrison!
  11:20am Doc:

Hey mike! Saras a fan of the mercybeats now. Thank you!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Pedro in Arlington:

Was in the basement so the sound was muffled. Were you drinking caffeinated stuff, Mike? I'm trying to ween myself off the jitter fuel.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27am suzyhotrod:

You did better than me. I played this record while bar DJing the other night and didn't catch that its a 33speed 7 inch. (...But you're also likely not as drunk as I was, since its 11am and all)
Avatar 11:29am northguineahills:

Thanks Mike, gotta run!
  11:35am clarke:

we do not like cd's
  11:36am CalZone!:

I like to slip the disc like an album. The plastic digipack is irksome
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37am Sid:

Much easier to file CDs in the plastic jewel case with the info on the "spine." Ripping one of my FMU premium CDs last night with no song data incorporated - really don't like that. Superhit Tsunami got that right.
  11:39am clarke:

greetings from sunny new orleans.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am Listener Baby:

Digi packs are cool, but not replaceable, if worn of damaged. Trad CD cases can always updated with a freshy.
  11:41am clarke:

olleH ybaB!!
Avatar 11:42am Michael Shelley:

PEDRO-I'm mostly caffeine free - I only drink it on long drives or in great restaurants or while in foriegn counties
SUZY - wish I was there! (currently sober!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:42am Listener Baby:

olleh Ekralc
Avatar 11:43am Juke Joint Jonny:

I throw the plastic case away and put the booklet and disc in a plastic sleeve thingie to save room. Sorry, environment.
  11:43am spodiodi:

i'm addicted to tea
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Listener Baby:

Baby. Are you going to Big Sandy? If you are, I need you to do something for me.
  11:44am Tim from LH:

Going to Long Branch to see The Hi-Risers, much easier than driving to Brooklyn.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:44am Sid:

Union Pool looks like fun - bar in former pool supply store.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45am Sid:

But yeah, the suburbs are way easier to deal with if you're not already in the city.
Avatar 11:45am Juke Joint Jonny:

More cowbell.
  11:46am spodiodi:

and vice-versa
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Goyim in the AM:

I heard it in this guy's voice so I did a quick google and, yup, they're German.
  11:47am clarke:

more bongo feet!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am Goyim in the AM:

No, wait, holy crap, there were TWO bands named Lazy Eggs! You played the Detroit Eggs. I mean, a name so good...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am Aaron in Minneapolis:

I remember seeing The Derailers every year at the Prairie Home Companion street dance, and their drummer was incredible .
Avatar 11:51am Juke Joint Jonny:

Mr. five-byfive
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am Hughie Considine:

I admit I first heard "Book of Rules" on a solo record by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.
  11:54am clarke:

true confessions, HC!!!
  11:54am SeanG:

killer bass on this track
  11:55am clarke:

shocking admissions!!!
  11:56am clarke:

i'm an UNsound guy!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Sid:

This brings back memories of FM106.3 at the shore. Major hit on that station - why I bought the album.
  11:58am scott:

That Derailers tune reminds me of the old Alka Seltzer TV ad song 'No Matter What Shape'
  11:59am clarke:

MS was it the trio version of dB's?? love that era!!
  11:59am OCMDtom:

Same here, tons of memories around song. Saw them at 930 club in DC with REM.
  12:00pm clarke:

(of course, i love all dB eras)
  12:02pm frankm:

Killer dBs song!- the whole album is great-
  12:02pm clarke:

yeah, did i win?? the rocktober??
  12:02pm egould310:

Thanks for the Bob Brainen update. I hope he’s back on the air soon. Loved his show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Sid:

Got my swag yesterday - 3 weeks. Great job. That orange cap is going to get used today. That whole dBs album (Like This) ~is~ great - both sides.
  12:05pm John in Montclair:

When this was a hit in the early 70s, the hits station in New Orleans had a customized version where the singers sang "W-T-I-XXXX' over the rhythm in the intro. I suppose they did that for lots of stations - and noticing that was the start of my music marketing career :)
  12:05pm clarke:

sure is, sid - i always thought it was SO brave for the dB's to tour as a trio, after stamey left. they discovered it was too difficult, but they sure were good in any configuration.
  12:08pm clarke:

i, too, grew up on WTIX nola
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Sid:

Holsapple certainly proved himself as a songwriter after Stamey - wrote that whole album.
  12:09pm clarke:

plus the ACE b-side: Darby Hall - probably my favorite song...uhhh, EVER!!
  12:11pm John in Montclair:

Clarke, you're not Clarke from Trinity / the Casuals are you?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Sid:

Amplifier - even though recycled - should've been a hit. Of course, MTV wouldn't play the video and the dBs, to their credit, wouldn't change the lyrics.
  12:12pm clarke:

indeed, suh - and you are the john as in johnny H?!!??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Hughie Considine:

Peter Holsapple wrote a great piece for the NY Times about Love Is for Lovers, sort of a requiem for an almost hit. Worth googling!
  12:13pm John in Montclair:

hhhhhaaaa figured :) - hit me up jb(lastname) at gmail
  12:14pm clarke:

i just moved back to nola, JH -- will try you on emai
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Sid:

This Lyres sounds like an alternate mix. Or live?
  12:17pm clarke:

i have the BEST story about this lyres song -- too long for this forum... sometime maybe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Sid:

This was a drivin' around cranking WLIR song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Granny Spicy Tuna (they/them):

lurking, listening and liking all this! hi, Michael and WFMU folx!
  12:19pm clarke:

jb honeycutt!!!
  12:21pm clarke:

lotta numbah ones here today, sir!!! carry ON!!
  12:22pm morphe':

A guy named Michael from Bklyn won tkts... from FMU???
Michael who?????

Ken might have to open an investigation????

Sorry Mikie - just joking- your integrity is Un-impeachable ..

The times in which we live!!!!
"Paranoia Strikes Deep.. Into Yer Heart It Will Creep.."

ps. can you please "stop playing those song"s (Z-effect) so I can cook my son's dinner..
  12:22pm clarke:

MS - jb plays bass with sam the sham - met and talked to him at an early Ponderosa Stomp - brilliantly funny fellow!! will try to figure out how to reach him
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Sid:

Here's the Holsapple "Love Is For Lovers" piece: opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...
  12:24pm clarke:

actually The Piledriver in athens knows how to reach the hombres guys
  12:24pm sweet corn Lizzie:

Great stuff today. I adore that DBs song.
We thought “Sooner or Later” was going to be “My Baby Loves Lovin” and I had to google to learn it was done by White Plains.
  12:25pm clarke:

John In Montclair - hope you just got an email fom moi?
  12:27pm SeanG:

Nice! just started reading Will Birch's book on Nick Lowe
  12:28pm clarke:

i don't think it is any secret that that series that Holsapple did for the ny times caused a large spell of writer's block for peter!! he emerged unscathed!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm lukavino:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Goyim in the AM:

Not only callouses, but Wilko had to get a red pickguard because he used to freak audiences out with the blood.
  12:30pm clarke:

wel... i guess pH was scathed but he EMERGED!!
  12:30pm lepson jooves:

there's great live video of this Dr Feelgood tune on YouTube from one of those UK performance shows
  12:43pm clarke:

for some reason, i remember seeing this documentary on les paul - and, if memory serves, he didn't get his tape decks until he got to cali??
  12:44pm clarke:

but, it also slipped my memory that ricky nelson is actually from NJ, too!
  12:45pm clarke:

the giants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12:45pm sweet corn Lizzie:

Wow I’ve been thinking about “Where Are You Tonight “ all week! Thanks!
  12:46pm clarke:

stellar shite, here!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Sid:

This Liquor Giants album, "Every Other Day at a Time," is another gem, especially the hidden track covers at the end.
  12:47pm clarke:

CRIMINALLY ignored!!!
Avatar 12:49pm Todd-o-phonic Todd:

New Charley Crockett album is insanely good. Hope to see some of you Wednesday night at Union Pool!
  12:52pm Tim from LH:

This Joel Paterson have the best LP cover ever.
  12:53pm SeanG:

hey there Todd! i'll be listening at 3pm
  12:54pm clarke:

outstanding shew, here!!! ever get the feeling....
  12:54pm SeanG:

you've been cheat-ed
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Corey:

Great show, Michael! Thanks!
  12:59pm Bob from South River:

Good show!...lord I was a Jam fan----caught them twice once in Trenton and in the old Palladium on 14th st
  1:00pm clarke:

ah ha ha!!!
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