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Options February 7, 2015: Guest: Joan Jett biographer Dave Thompson

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Artist Track
Arrows  I Love Rock and Roll   Options
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts  Any Weather (Blackhearts version)   Options
Marty Stuart  Country Boy Rock and Roll   Options
Jackson 5  2-4-6-8   Options
King Kennytone & His Western Toppers Band  Nwayo Twist   Options
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts  Bits and Pieces   Options
Bobby Fuller Four  California Sun   Options
Marvin Rainwater  So You Think You've Got Troubles   Options
Robert Parker  Secret Service   Options
Runaways, The  Queens Of Noise   Options
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts  Love Is All Around   Options
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts  Real Wild Child   Options
Eyes  Love Is Swinging Thing   Options
McCormick Brothers  McCormick's String Picnic   Options
Lonesome Sundown  I'm Gonna Stick To You Baby   Options
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts  Insecure   Options
Dave Thompson  Interview   Options
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts  Bad Reputation   Options
Iguana, The  Good News   Options
Hank Williams  I've Been Down That Road Before   Options
Marion Williams  People Got to Be Free   Options
Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee  How It Lies   Options
Yolks, The  I Want Your Number   Options
Sonny Curtis  The Straight Life   Options
Laura Cantrell  What You Said   Options
Sonny Charles and The Checkmates LTD  Black Pearl   Options
They Might Be Giants  Starry Eyes (from "Even More Super Hits of the 70s")   Options
Normie Rowe and The Playboys  You Got Style   Options
Tune Wranglers, The  It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)   Options
Don Covay  Everything Gonna Be Everything   Options
Don Covay  Daddy Loves Baby   Options
Don Covay  Baby Please Do Something   Options
Uniques, The  Mother and Child Reunion   Options
Cheap Trick  He's A Whore   Options
Above, The  You Make It Real   Options
Dennis Diken With Bell Sound  Let Your Loved One Sleep   Options
Joan Jett  I Love Rock and Roll (Steve Jones & Paul Cook version)   Options

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CLICK HERE for a great piece on the end of Guitar Center

CLICK HERE for "Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes"

CLICK HERE for "It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit"

CLICK HERE for a cool archive of old magazines

CLICK HERE for "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

CLICK HERE for a Muppets/Biz Markie laugh

CLICK HERE to see some interesting uncut footage of Paul McCartney shot by Albert Maysles

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Francis Macdonald's excellent blog post about Kim Fowley

CLICK HERE for Gay Robot

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: The exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

CLICK HERE for "Metal Album Covers Redesigned"

CLICK HERE for 1971 telephone tapes of Bob Dylan getting rightfully testy with A.J. Weberman (who used to go through and sell Dylan's garbage) regarding an article published by Weberman

CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing

CLICK HERE for my new year wished to you

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch the best news bloopers of 2014

CLICK HERE to hear Nick Lowe sing some holiday songs on Fresh Air

CLICK HERE to watch Los Straightjackets do Nick Lowe's "I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass" and CLICK HERE to watch Los Straightjackets do "Linus & Lucy"

CLICK HERE to watch Big Al Anderson get interviewed on TV

CLICK HERE to see the stuff that Burt Reynolds is auctioning off

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 to watch Mad Magazine's never aired 1974 tv special

CLICK HERE for a project trying to collect a unique sound for all 565 towns in New Jersey

CLICK HERE for a tricky but worth it recipe for Flaky Buttery Crescent Rolls, which were my favorite thing I made for Thanksgiving

CLICK HERE for a dose of Power Pop from the excellent stereohysteria podcast!

CLICK HERE for Joe Belock's interview with Jonathan Richman

CLICK HERE for an interview with Tim K. Smith director of the new WFMU documentary

CLICK HERE to see Glyn Johns sing

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about Linda Ronstadt's "You’re No Good"

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about T. Rex’s ‘Get It On

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

CLICK HERE 23 Telltale Signs You Live In A Hipster Neighbourhood (sic)

CLICK HERE for a beginner’s guide to the sweet, stinging nostalgia of The Beach Boys

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for the LANDR website - where robots master your music for free

CLICK HERE for info on the Silverball Museum in Asbury Park

CLICK HERE for Bill Murray on The Howard Stern Show 10/08/14

CLICK HERE for another piece about how the streaming music business model is doomed for eternity to be a disaster for musicians

CLICK HERE for forty photos of The Brown Sisters

CLICK HERE for a piece about masteribg that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE to watch a great piece on The Ramones!

CLICK HERE for Phil Baugh's "Country Guitar"

CLICK HERE to watch Lou Reed act like a total a-hole

CLICK HERE to watch the BBC Documentary "Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours" (if you're not too sick)

CLICK HERE for "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

CLICK HERE for the "Top 50 most collectable records"

CLICK HERE for the N.Y. Times story about the Brazilian bus magnate who’s buying up all the world’s vinyl records

CLICK HERE for a difficult crossword puzzle created by listener Alex which was rejected by the New York Times. Hint: knowing the music of The Zombies will help!

CLICK HERE for a piece from a guy who played in a prison band with drummer Jim Gordon

CLICK HERE for a piece on the dynamic between Lennon & McCartney

CLICK HERE for a documentary about record collectors

CLICK HERE for a piece on The Angelettes


CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for a new Stereohysteria podcast featuring Robbie Fulks' music and an interview.

CLICK HERE to see what Sotheby's is selling in their "A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk" auction

CLICK HERE for a a piece by bass player Ernie Brooks remembering his days in Jonathan Richman's Modern Lovers

CLICK HERE for a funny video with info on Jay Gonzalez's Kickstarter campaign.

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 info about Fender's plans name Bono and the Edge from U2 to its board, and a video about the company's business troubles.

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE to read or download the liner notes for "More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for "The Jarmels" "A Little Bit of Soap" - don't think this is the original lead singer - but he does a great job

CLICK HERE for info on Joel Selvin and his book "Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business Of Rhythm and Blues"

CLICK HERE for Bert Berns Info!

CLICK HERE for the Abbey Road crossing cam

CLICK HERE to find out if we need to be touching

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions

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 watch the famously hard to find MC5 documentary

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 Paul Lukas' excellent piece about cultural criticism

CLICK HERE to read "A Portrait of the Worst Guy Ever"

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 find out how Sweden’s domination of the international pop charts started

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 a good Kirsty MacColl documentary from the BBC

CLICK HERE for Roz Chast's piece “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

CLICK HERE for a brief history of the baritone guitar"

CLICK HERE for a two hour documentary about Louis Prima

CLICK HERE for "The Making of 96 Tears"

CLICK HERE for a Rolling Stone piece about The Jerky Boys

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Dues" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley & Henry Gibson singing "One, I Love You" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE and tell me if you think this is really edited from the news, or if it was performed knowingly

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see the set list of the Cheap Trick show i saw last week

CLICK HERE to see drummer Joff from the band Bucky so some drawings of old people

CLICK HERE if you want see a lady call for President Obama's execution. My mind keeps returning to his video and what it means about how screwed up our county is.

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

CLICK HERE for my July 2007 interview with Mighty Hannibal

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 a weird Tonight Show episode where Jerry Lewis fills in for Johnny, with guest Bob Hope

CLICK HERE for the Jim Keltner Discography

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 Rolling Stone's 500 Worst Reviews of All Time, according to Schmidtt

CLICK HERE for the 1966 Esquire Magazine piece "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold"

CLICK HERE for a dumbly titled, but interesting piece on Tom Wilson

CLICK HERE to find out about folks buying old lps in the USA to sell in Europe

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE to see Jerry Lewis and Al Goldstein show of gadgets in 1976 on "A.M. New York"

CLICK HERE for Nick Lowe's odd appearance on the Adam Carolla show.

CLICK HERE for a $400+ out of print book about Pub Rock that Nick Lowe recommends - OR - buy it HERE for for £20 (about $30), including postage, on Will Birch's website

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 for a new interactive video from Bob Dylan

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 to read the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

CLICK HERE for photos of Nashville session cello player Byron Bach's ledger from Paul Lukas' excellent Permanent Record web site

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CLICK HERE for The Turtles "Happy Together" (vocals only)

CLICK HERE to read the story behind Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” bass line

CLICK HERE I think this hurts ants, but it looks cool - I want one

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for some videos from the BUCKY album 'Women, Ladies and Girls (Sing the Bucky Songbook).' (I especially like THIS ONE! {due to the great acting})

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

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

CLICK HERE for a 1958 film "The Capitol Tower"

CLICK HERE to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments

CLICK HERE for " The Weirdest Photos Of Mike Love You Can Find "

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!

CLICK HERE to watch The Beach Boys pretend to record "Good Vibrations"

CLICK HERE to watch the full "Beach Boys Live in Concert 50th Anniversary"

CLICK HERE for some live Magic and CLICK HERE for the proper chords.

CLICK HERE for Nick Martellaro version of Los Shakers' Always You

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

CLICK HERE to hear Gene Simmons say that Ace Frehley is a drugged racist with low self esteem who did nothing

CLICK HERE for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

CLICK HERE for How we made "You Really Got Me"!

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 info on an amazing new drug: Unpretentiousil!

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

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret"

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!

  11:07am lloyd michigan:

This color scheme is oddly disturbing. But great music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07am Baby:

Baby! It's raining!
Avatar 11:08am Lemmy Skynyrd:

leave Joan Jett alooooooone!!!...
Avatar 11:08am Michael Shelley:

How little rain have you guys had in the past 12 months?
  11:08am Emile:

Let's rock!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am Baby:

Less than 7"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10am Baby:

Oh, and the Maharishi called...
  11:11am lu:

  11:12am GUMBY:

Love that rockin Marty Stuart number
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am Stevel:

Got my copy of "No Sleep Till Canvey Island" yesterday (ordered it before last week's interview from Will Birch). Its better than advertised!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am Baby:

Baby. Have you seen The King of Broken Hearts yet?
  11:14am Paul:

mint minus
Avatar 11:16am Michael Shelley:

Steve - it may be my favorite music-biz book
baby - no! need to! have you?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17am Baby:

Hi Paul!! Hope all is great, man. Baby, have not myself.
  11:20am Paul:

Baby, all is just swell, thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Baby:

Glad to hear it! My props to your family.
  11:30am lloyd michigan:

The McCartney footage is really interesting. (Even if you did spell his name wrong, :) )
Thanks for posting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am jmd:

Hey Michael. The Emperor Has No Clothes link goes to the GC article, as does the GC link.
Avatar 11:34am Michael Shelley:

THANKS - Fixed - I think
  11:36am lloyd michigan:

Avatar 11:49am SmokinJ:

I think Joanie would LOVE to kick this guy in the nuts..
  11:50am Eric:

Yeah all that glam rock was deemed unacceptable for AOR
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Stevel:

Creem Magazine tried like hell to break British glam to the US.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Baby:

How about a little Ultimate Spinach?
Avatar 12:12pm glenn:

or some penultimate swiss chard?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Glenn L:

The Yolks!!!
  12:14pm lloyd michigan:

Reminds me of Anna by Arthur Alexander.
Avatar 12:16pm SmokinJ:

Beautiful track..
Avatar 12:17pm glenn:

coconut wine? eeeww.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Baby:

Another tune that would never get written in this day and age. Would be a huge hit in the South.
Avatar 12:19pm Todd-o-phonic Todd:

Great show, Michael! I'm still trying to break glam in the U.S.!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Parq:

That song by Miss Laura is one of those rare perfect love songs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Baby:

  12:25pm Johnny V:

I remember the Checkmates show! You should post the photo we took with them after.....I think Sonny accused someone of pinching his ass
right as the picture was taken!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Baby:

Fifteen thousand guys all playing at once.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Baby:

It was. Sick as a dog. Sad about that.
Avatar 12:27pm Juke Joint Jonny:

There were pockets of English glam in the USA. I can testify that Slade were big in Detroit, and I think Cleveland. And of course Mott as well.
Avatar 12:29pm Michael Shelley:

I think maybe one of us did pinch his ass!
I need to find that photo
  12:29pm Bort:

Two! Sonny Curtis songs on the playlist today.
Avatar 12:31pm Michael Shelley:

Bort - one is not enough! (nice license plate)
  12:32pm lloyd michigan:

Best premium CD was the one with Bigfoot and Bowling Green (live)!
Avatar 12:34pm Michael Shelley:

Thanks LM, I love that one too!
Avatar 12:35pm Juke Joint Jonny:

The Tune Wranglers are flat out sending me, Michael.
  12:35pm lloyd michigan:

Avatar 12:38pm Jimmy Wipper:

I think I went a few months last year where I played "The Straight Life" every day. Thanks for reminding me!
  12:44pm dennis diken:

your show is a national treasure Mikey!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Nice version of Mother & Child.
  12:48pm ted:

oooo yeah! killer cheap trick!
  12:54pm geokopp:

I love that Diken/Bell Sound album!
  12:55pm myron feld:

A little "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" nod there
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm CHRIStafariRI:

The Uniques' were Slim Smith's off-shoot of The The Techniques, who were Jamacia's answer to the Impressions. That piano intro to Mother & Child was from The Clarendonians' 1966 Rude Boy Gone Jail.
  12:58pm SeanG:

i love rocky road
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