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Options January 18, 2020: Guests: Lance Osborne the Fab Four Archivist & an unplugged set from The Kings!

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Artist Track
McCoys, The  Hang On Sloopy   Options
Explorers Club, The  Ruby   Options
Jerry Lee Lewis  He Took It Like A Man   Options
Percy Mayfield  Sugar Mama, Peachy Papa   Options
Peggy Lee  Sneakin' Up On You   Options
Pilot  January   Options
Beagles, The  Can't Buy Me Love   Options
NRBQ  Sorry Charlie   Options
Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson  We Got Our Bag   Options
Pearl Harbour & Explosions  You Got It   Options
Bobby Fuller Four  Take My Word   Options
Supremes, The  Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)   Options
Only Ones, The  Another Girl, Another Planet   Options
Strangeloves, The  Honey Do   Options
Kings, The  Interview   Options
Kings, The  This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide (live in Studio A)   Options
Kings, The  Interview   Options
Kings, The  Should Have Been Me (live in Studio A)   Options
Kings, The  California Girl   Options
Soul Finders, The  The Happening   Options
Lance Osbborne, The Fab Four Archivist  Interview   Options
Merseyboys, The  She Loves You   Options
Jesse Dayton  Just What I Needed   Options
Eddie Floyd  I'll Take Her   Options
Above, The  Goons   Options
Bee Gees, The  In My Own Time   Options
Billy Stewart  Strange Feeling   Options
Momo-Sei  One Toke Over the Line   Options
Everly Brothers, The  Stick With Me Baby   Options
Jingles' Owner  Punks Vs. Freaks   Options

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CLICK HERE for The Fab Four Archivist's "Replacing Ringo? The Story Behind Bernard Purdie and The Beatles"

CLICK HERE for a great piece called "Bernard Purdie ... did he really record with The Beatles?"

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

CLICK HERE for Martin Mull's "Soundstage: 60 Minutes to Kill" from 1975

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 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 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"?

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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."

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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 11:00am Frank In Queens:

  11:02am egould310:

  11:05am Andres Nutley:

Avatar 11:05am dale:

singer of the left banke passed - this has that baroque poppy sound.
  11:06am davefromtoronto:

holy "happy together" ripoff batman!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08am Handy Haversack:

O Canada!
  11:11am Michael:

Hello from San Diego
  11:14am davefromtoronto:

i was gonna say they're like that band that rips off the beach boys
sound but it's the same band?!? can't they write music that doesn't
steal from a good band? shame on them!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Hughie Considine:

I love Peggy Lee reappropriating "one-eyed cat" ...
  11:16am Dean:

Pilot. Thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17am Greg from ZONE 5:

Morning, Michael and all!
Thought that Peggy Lee was Bobbie Gentry! But it wasn't. It was Peggy Lee.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am Brian C.:

@Michael, Looking forward to the interview with the Kings! Growing up where I did (in WNY) tuning in Toronto radio was a treat
  11:24am davefromtoronto:

if the beatles performed their tunes like that
would they still have been big?..
  11:24am rich the greeb:

@greg I was thinking the exact same thing!
Avatar 11:24am dale:

brian c - chum or q107?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am Doug in JC:

These guys sound like kermit the frog
  11:25am Vinnie Favale:

Hi Michael...not sure if this has ever come up but if I'm not mistaken Bernard Purdie was the drummer on the Sgt Pepper movie soundtrack...which had a wide range of Beatle songs on it and that was produced by George Martin. Maybe he conflated playing drums on Beatle songs and being produced by Gorge Martin into a Beatles session?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Brian C.:

@Dale, I liked CHUM and Q107 but I loved CFNY 102.1
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am WR:

Wonder if those copycats recordings paid publishing etc or if the just hit and run, getting what $$$ the could get and dissolved.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Brian C.:

Neil Peart fun fact, he copied CFNY's slogan when he wrote "Spirit of Radio"
Avatar 11:27am dale:

never got that one - rock 102 from buffalo must have drowned it out for me.
  11:29am Dean:

Vox magazine (Dec. 1, 1993, issue) includes a two paragraph bit about Purdie's claim. An excerpt: "[H]is recent allegations that he appeared on 21 Beatles tracks have brought denials from both Ringo Starr and George Martin. According to Purdie, Starr did not play on any early Beatles' recordings. He alleges that Brian Epstein took the tapes to the US where Purdie provided new drum tracks, after which he was paid and told to keep quiet."
Avatar 11:30am Michael Shelley:

Vinnie - he claims pre-date that soundtrack, but, YES, it might be part of his confusion...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am Brian C.:

What I learned later was that Canadian stations had to play a certain % of Canadian music, so lots of cool stuff (Teenage Head, Rough Trade, BB Gabor, etc I forget… so long ago!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am Hughie Considine:

Was Freda Payne's "Band of Gold" the electric sitar's most essential moment in the pop charts?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am Brian C.:

…and of course Echo Beach
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am Handy Haversack:

@BrianC, which part was the slogan? Just "Spirit of Radio"? "One likes to believe in the freedom of music"?
  11:32am davefromtoronto:

don't forget pagliaro!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am Hughie Considine:

This really shoulda been a hit. Maybe the world wasn't ready for the Pearl Harbor joke?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am Frank In Queens:

"Begin the day with a friendly voice..."?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:34am Hughie Considine:

I mean by the time of the Ben Affleck movie, the world was used to it.
Avatar 11:35am dale:

metro metropolitan life, you can survive but it alllll depends...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37am Brian C.:

@Handy Haversack: Just the title, I don't know the whole story
Avatar 11:39am dale:

i keep hoping to hear disgusteen n this station. todd o phonic played top down for me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Handy Haversack:

Gotcha! I think I just like the idea of a radio station having a slogan that uses "one" as the pronoun! Very civilized.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am Listener Baby:

A groggy, sleep deprived good day to all! Hi Baby.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Brian C.:

…nor do I know anything else about Rush
Avatar 11:41am Juke Joint Jonny:

Heard this in a museum Friday! Soundtrack for the Anna Sui show at The Museum of Art + Design. Only Ones were better than the show btw
  11:44am Dan in Meadville:

Thanks for The Only Ones! Perfect!
Avatar 11:45am Juke Joint Jonny:

This set is killing it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50am Frank In Queens:

So, "Honey Do"; bubblegum or not bubblegum?
  11:50am davefromtoronto:

get him on the mic!
Avatar 11:56am Juke Joint Jonny:

Yes, bubblegum. Bubblegumm = good.
Avatar 11:57am SmokinJ:

Groovy shit! 8-)
  11:57am Michael Straus:

Can you ask the King's about their Heatwave show?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Hughie Considine:

have a good time all the time. that's my philosophy
  11:58am Michael:

They played at the outdoor heatwave concert back in 1980
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Handy Haversack:

The story of that 1977 tour with KISS is amazing.
Avatar 12:02pm dale:

i saw that rush doc - never paid attention to them until i saw it.
  12:02pm Dean:

DJ Cummerbund has a great mash-up featuring Rush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B88TVYzhCPY
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Frank In Queens:

JJ Jonny, follow up question: Is "I Want Candy", "Night Time", and "Cara-Lin" bubblegum?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Frank In Queens:

A Rush discussion on Michael Shelley's show! I never thought I'd see the day!
Avatar 12:04pm Juke Joint Jonny:

Some super pop there, not sure if there is a definitive line for bubblegum
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Frank In Queens:

OK, gotcha. Thanks Jonny. I think I agree. I have a hard time classifying anything pre-1968 as bubblegum.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Devin B.:

SO cool! Just got a copy of Partyitis a couple weeks ago.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Handy Haversack:

Sounds great!
  12:26pm sufferwords:

Interview in 78... lots a Cocaine around in 78
  12:26pm andy fuchs:

This is not much different that Carol Kaye claiming all the Motown cuts she may have not played on....her resume (and Purdie's) is so good, why did she need to lie ? Same with Purdie...nice man, killer drummer, a pleasure to play with... but woah...
  12:34pm phat:

it's actually surprising how bad this version of She Loves You is.
  12:36pm Frank Zaatar:

This cover of Yeah Yeah Yeah is the refutation of the movie Yesterday (not to mention Back to the Future)--give anybody else the same song and the same arraangement, and it's just not the same.
  12:36pm Bambi Kino HQ:

Sie liebt dich!
  12:37pm Cooh John:

egould310, sorry I am late to the show. O-H........
  12:38pm Frank Zaatar:

Komm gib mir deine Hand!
  12:40pm Cooh John:

......I-O. Ric Ocasek BGSU alum.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Handy Haversack:

Beer for Bee Gees!
  12:48pm scott:

BeeGee TaxMan?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Listener Baby:

This one is most def on the Taxman lick CD, Baby
Avatar 12:52pm dale:

guy and ralna's version is better
Avatar 12:52pm Sonny Rickles:

way better than the original
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Listener Baby:

The Three O'Clock did a pretty good version.
  12:53pm scott:

Larry Weiss explained to me the importance of a NYC rail token, wait, that was toke.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Handy Haversack:

The time, it flies! Thanks, Michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Tommy in Neversink:

I don't want to brag but I was brought in to overdub a tambourine part on a Bay City Rollers record
  12:56pm illswami:

Listen to 'I Feel Fine' closely- use headphones. Tell me that is Ringo drumming? I love Ringo- but that is not Ringo- its a session pro. You can compare it to 'live' recordings of the Beatles doing the song with Ringo
Avatar 12:57pm dale:

tommy - that is totally boast-worthy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Tommy in Neversink:

The thing is if the drum part is wrong everything else will be off.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Tommy in Neversink:

thanks Dale
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