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Options February 13, 2010: Includes an interview with Emitt Rhodes

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Emitt Rhodes  Somebody Made For Me   Options
Merry-Go-Round, The  Gonna Fight The War   Options
Emitt Rhodes  You Should Be Ashamed   Options
Merry-Go-Round, The  We're In Love   Options
Emitt Rhodes  She's Such A Beauty   Options
Palace Guard, The  Falling Sugar   Options
Emitt Rhodes  Promises I've Made   Options
Emitt Rhodes  Lullabye   Options
Merry-Go-Round, The  Live   Options
Emitt Rhodes  Live Till You Die   Options
Emitt Rhodes  Interview   Options
Emitt Rhodes  With My Face On The Floor   Options
Merry-Go-Round, The  A Clown Is No Good   Options
Emitt Rhodes  Fresh As A Daisy   Options
Merry-Go-Round, The  Gonna Leave You Alone   Options
Merry-Go-Round, The  Saturday Night   Options
Emitt Rhodes  Let's All Sing   Options
Emitt Rhodes  Long Time No See   Options
Merry-Go-Round, The  Early In The Morning   Options
Emitt Rhodes  Side We Seldom Show   Options
A MINUTE WITH  Scott Schinder   Options
Bangles, The  Live   Options
Pat Cooper  Tomorrow with Tom Snyder   Options
Longmont Potion Castle  Coaxial Flutter   Options
90 Rock  Name That Tune   Options
Indian Movie Soundtrack  He's A Great   Options
Spanky  Mary Had a Little Lamb   Options

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Listener comments!

  11:13am Jennifer Baron:

We are tuning in here in Pittsburgh, where we've been waiting eagerly for weeks for this amazing chance to hear Emitt's music and firsthand perspectives. Thank you so much for calling attention to one of pop music's greatest figures! Emitt's melodies and musicianship have always and have continued to inspire my own bands.
  11:14am david:

Hey, we've got about 1-2 inches of snow down here in Atlanta. Can we some help down here with shoveling? So far so good, Michael but I'll be monitoring closely.
  11:26am Peter:

IMHO, the Bangles version cuts this. They really had the Rickenbackers ringing on it.
  11:26am BigJay:

As a frustrated musician, I only dream about doing one song in my life as good as "Live" ...can't wait to hear Emitt talk about it .
  11:28am Greg:

My wife's band The Garment District played "Live" (one of the best pop songs ever written) in honor of Emitt at a recent fundraiser concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IAtieU7W6Q
  11:41am frenchee:

Holy toledo! Talk about yer bombshells.
  11:52am Jay:

Not a happy camper.This is almost painful to listen to.
  11:52am Jane Doe:

Yikes! Not quite what we expected.
  11:54am TCJimmy:

Juicy interview! Can we expect to hear tearful John Mayer-esque apology coming from Emitt in the coming days.
  11:57am dave:

holy cats.
  11:57am lil bob:

messy,but good... and painful!
  11:57am bobby:

what am i missing with his fixation with who is gay ?
  11:59am Jay:

I was about to mention that. What was in the water in Hawthorne, CA? Some brilliant, messed up kids ...
  12:01pm Jane Doe:

Hang in there, Michael.
  12:01pm Peter:

Can we have a drinking game for every time he says "gay"?
As for Hawthorne, I think there were a lot of oil refineries and drills in the area. (I remember reading, "The Nearest Far Away Place", a bio of Brian Wilson).
  12:02pm Jay:

Drinking game? OK. It's Saturday - what the hell. He just said "Gabe Kaplan". Does "Gabe" count?
  12:08pm lil bob:

...I don't deal with rejection well either...
  12:16pm Jay:

Ok. I'm about to get really drunk.
  12:17pm lil bob:

Bottoms up!
  12:18pm paul:

"He'd be alive if he were in jail"???
  12:18pm dave:

it's a testament to michael's interview skills that this thing keeps lurching roughly forward.
  12:18pm Jay:

Whoa. This is getting daaark.
  12:19pm Hatch:

"Do you know why the sun shines?" - Emitt Rhodes

I can't believe you didn't edit all this stuff out. Wow. It's a pretty amazing interview, I must say.
  12:20pm Jane Doe:

I imagine there's stunned silence in the studio.
  12:20pm Michael:

I DID edit some stuff out.
  12:21pm paul:

This is the guy that usually sits next to me at the bar.
  12:22pm JSG:

I don't know about this crowd, but I like my music interviewers to have a grasp of basic physics.
  12:22pm Jay:

One of the best things I've heard in my many years of listening to FMU. Wow.
  12:23pm Jane Doe:

Perfect song to wrap up with!
  12:24pm lil bob:

I want more...
  12:24pm anemone:

Congratulations on a great interview, MS!
  12:25pm paul:

Ground Control to Emitt Rhodes.
  12:25pm Peter:

Michael, you're a hardier soul than me. I tuned to Law & Order, and am waiting for the playlist to update.
  12:25pm BigJay:

Is Fergie gay?
  12:25pm Jennifer Baron:

Thanks for playing my all-time fave Emitt Rhodes song now - With My Face on the Floor. Regarding the dark turn the interview has taken, from what we have heard and read in past published and relayed firsthand interviews, this is what Emitt repeats over & over. I hope to hear more about his approach to songwriting and instrumentation!
  12:25pm james:

Incredible interview, Mike!
  12:27pm paul:

In mathematics, the Pythagorean theorem (in American English) or Pythagoras' theorem (in British English) is a relation in Euclidean geometry among the three sides of a right triangle (right-angled triangle in British English. Rock on.
  12:29pm Jane Doe:

e=mc squared An equation derived by the twentieth-century physicist Albert Einstein, in which E represents units of energy, m represents units of mass, and c2 is the speed of light squared, or multiplied by itself. (See relativity.)

Because the speed of light is a very large number and is multiplied by itself, this equation points out how a small amount of matter can release a huge amount of energy, as in a nuclear reaction.
  12:33pm paul:

I think it's only right that you now play "I Am the Cosmos" by Chris Bell.
  12:34pm frenchee:

There's a stunned silence here for sure! What a great interview and what a complicated guy. For the drinking game I think you should include the word "horrid." Dennis Wilson: horrid. Music biz: horrid.
  12:36pm Parq:

I was off the puter for much of the interview and, frankly, too stunned to say anything for most of it. Irwin, a long time ago, wrote something to the effect of, some musicians should just shut up and play music. Nuff said.
  12:38pm Steve:

That was the most compelling interview I've ever heard. It's gonna be hard to listen to Rhodes' music without lamenting his life. Thanks Michael.
  12:39pm lil bob:

Now to get Irwin to listen to his own advice.
  12:40pm Smarty Had a Party:

It's Hackamore Brick, not Hackmore Brick
  12:42pm Jennifer:

Well it's nowhere near as bad as the way I feel now when listening to "Wolf King of L.A.!!!!"
  12:44pm drr:

Really sad, but a great interview.
  12:44pm John:

Great interview. Been a fan of Emitt's for 40 years. I actually found it refreshing for a change to hear somebody speak their mind without worrying about who is offended. Still, the guy seems to have had a train wreck of a life. Hope he can pull it together and find some joy before he dies.
  12:44pm lil bob:

I thinkI'd have more than a leg up on crazy to be this fucking great and yet so f'n marginalized! i'm more than 1/2 way there w/o any hint of genius. Thanks Michael.
  12:48pm paul:

Jennifer, I thought the same thing when "Nothing's Too Good For My Little Girl" by the mamas & papas popped up during an itunes shuffle.
  12:49pm Jennifer:

To me it's a pretty simple, though deeply deeply disturbing and tragic equation that was played out again and again within the music industry (Roky, Brian Wilson, Gene Clark) = adding the evil exploitative music biz preying on brilliant yet fragile and often abused people with drugs, fast infusions of cash, and a false sense of fame/success, plus literally stealing from them, is a deadly mix and sadly one that almost defines the entire music & film industries.
  12:50pm gregg:

Loneliness, drugs, personal flaws, lack of success, and a traumatic childhood trump talent once again. it seems he is subject to the fallacy of judging an entire group based on a bad personal experience. so sad. that's life as Emitt and Frank Sinatra would say. compelling interview enhanced by the contrast between you and him, Michael.
  12:51pm lil bob:

Shut him down! that was cold. ha
  12:52pm jim:

Atlanta got snow?
  12:52pm Peter:

Thanks for the Bangles, Michael. I think Hoffs is the only woman to have a Rickenbacker signature model.
  12:53pm Parq:

Just happened to run across this:

  3:23pm Mark from New Paltz:

That reminded me of the irresistible but abhorrent urge to look at the car crash while driving by it. Great radio, Michael!!
  11:19pm V:

Parq - re. your comic - funny!
hopefully Emitt will grow out of gay fixation. Geniuses can be weird tho'.
  11:16am John W:

You are a great interviewer Michael. And thanks for making me aware of Emitt's music. I gotta buy his records now. I am gay and I appreciate Emitt and his music.
  12:24pm Bruce P:

Thank you so much for airing this. I hope that ER gets his work together and puts out another album. I'll buy.
  3:45pm Scott M:

Here is my two cents about Emitt's frequent gay references in this interview. I knew the roots of most of this history from ER and other sources beforehand from my past research. But its very clear to me now. Emitt finds these early music years very traumatic. And it is understandable that he should as well. The abuse and child rape he recalls really colors over his enjoyment of these memories. I think these infrequent interviews cause him to reflect more on the abuse and loss of that time rather than the music which is so transcendent. Perhaps as fans our expectations of hearing self-realized nostalgia from Emitt is asking too much.
  9:37am stuart:

(It's Tuesday, and I just started listening to this show.)
I am an Emmit fan since hearing "Listen Listen" on the radio back in the 1960s. I've read various interviews with Emmit which were done in the last 10-15 years (anyone can easily find these on the internet, as I did), so I cannot imagine that anything he said to Michael will be surprising.
  11:34am stuart:

Now that I've listened to the show, he did not sound as brain-damaged as he seemed in print. Otherwise, there were no surprises. Great interview !
  4:04pm Matt:

Guitar playing's still there.
  2:02pm Bruce:

Just an FYI, Russ Shaw died during the first big wave of AIDS.
  1:18am Brad:

I gave this a good listen and Michael, I have to say that it was very uncool of you to try to corner Emitt Rhodes into saying that he doesn't like gay people. It's as if you were looking for a scandalous sound-byte to put "spice" into your career. If Emitt was gracious enough to do an interview with you, you should have been gracious enough to be supportive of him.
  9:38am B.R.:

Brad - you are an idiot. Did you listen to the same interview I did? I sounded to me that Michael goes out of his way to ignore Emitt's gay comments. Then, finaly simply asks him to explain if he doesnt like gay people - a FAIR question, one that any interviewer should have asked. Have you ever listened to Michael's show - if you have you should know that the idea that Michael does anything to get a sound-byte is rediculous. Are you saying that a host should never ask tough questions - if the guest is "gracious" enough to do the interview? I have to disagree. In the end Emitt explains his feelings about homosexuals - and it kind of makes sense.
  6:41pm bobsyeruncle:

Amazing interview, Michael. Very well done. Yes, Emitt has some "set pieces" that he will trot out in interviews that make things look all doom and gloom. And the gay stuff is pretty bad. But driving it all is the honesty that makes his best songs timeless. As someone who's known him for many years, I can vouch that he's actually a sweet (not in the gay sense, Emitt!) guy who's got a generous heart. He's an artist. The real deal.
  2:26pm Rick:

Great interview Michael! Highly entertaining!
  12:05pm LOU RUSSO:

GREAT GREAT show and interview, Thanks you so much! Bob Brainen (who you mentioned) and I were band mates for about 4 years, we both totally LOVE Emitt's music and even covered it. I'm not surprised by his "Life sucks and then you die" attitude, although a lot of fans are. The first thing that struck me 'how can sing so high and speak so low?", and then YOU asked him that very same question! You asked all the right questions (but you didn't specifically ask him about the Beatles (whether he actually tries to emulate them or not). I can't wait (but probably will for a long time) for his new album. Thanks again Michael, ---Lou Russo
  12:06pm LOU RUSSO:

GREAT GREAT show and interview, Thanks you so much! Bob Brainen (who you mentioned) and I were band mates for about 4 years, we both totally LOVE Emitt's music and even covered it. I'm not surprised by his "Life sucks and then you die" attitude, although a lot of fans are. The first thing that struck me 'how can sing so high and speak so low?", and then YOU asked him that very same question! You asked all the right questions (but you didn't specifically ask him about the Beatles (whether he actually tries to emulate them or not). I can't wait (but probably will for a long time) for his new album. Thanks again Michael, ---Lou Russo
  12:40am oatstao:

cool you had Emitt on.. when I first listened to his albums and then Merry Go round on vinyl I found on my journies, I was always confused why he's barely known. !!! Good for you to expand him into the current stream of thangs. Peace from west coast canada
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