Sat, 27 May 2017
Hello friends! Mike and Thomas are back in the groove with another episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles, our trip through every song that hit #1 (and #2) on Billboard Magazine's Top Soul Singles chart during the '80s. We are now fully into 1985, and there's a very tangled web involving many of the five songs we focus on in this episode.
Here are the songs we'll be covering:
"Missing You" by Diana Ross (former Motown artist, song was written by Lionel Richie, dedicated to Marvin Gaye, who'd died the year before)
"Nightshift" by The Commodores (current Motown artist, formerly employed Lionel Richie as lead singer/pianist/saxophonist, dedicated to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson, who'd also died the year before).
"Back In Stride" by Maze featuring Frankie Beverley (a band mentored by Marvin Gaye)
"Rhythm of the Night" by DeBarge (Motown group)
"We Are The World" by USA For Africa (co-written by Lionel Richie and former Motown artist Michael Jackson; song written and sold with the intention of preventing large groups of people from dying)
Of course, a JCC podcast wouldn't be a JCC podcast without a ton of side trips; so you'll hear plenty of stuff about...other stuff that I won't share with you right now because I want you to listen to the podcast!
Sun, 14 May 2017
After a bit of a hiatus, Thomas and Mike are back with a new episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast. This one backtracks slightly from Episode 17, and the twosome discuss the #2 R&B hits of 1984. What are those songs, you ask?
-What's Love Got To Do With It? by Tina Turner
-Somebody Else's Guy by Jocelyn Brown
-Let The Music Play by Shannon
-Automatic by The Pointer Sisters
-You, Me And He by Mtume
-Freakshow On The Dance Floor by The Bar-Kays
-Don't Look Any Further by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett
-The Last Time I Made Love by Joyce Kennedy & Jeffrey Osborne
In addition to these songs, Thomas and Mike discuss quite a few ancillary details about the artists who performed them; including Angela Bassett's Oscar-nominated performance as Tina Turner, The Bar-Kays' extreme adaptability to whatever sound was popular in Black music at the time, the incredibly creepy "Don't Look Any Further" video, "Let The Music Play" leading the freestyle music vanguard, the tangential connection Morrissey and George Michael have to the movie "Breakin'" and so much more.
Tue, 14 March 2017
We have now crossed into the second half of the 1980s! The 17th episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast (which does a deep dive into every song that hit Number One on Billboard's R&B singles chart during the 1980s) finds Mike Joseph and Thomas Inskeep discussing two chart-topping songs by New Edition ("Cool It Now" and "Mr. Telephone Man), as well as smash hits by Chaka Khan, Eugene Wilde, Midnight Star, and Ashford & Simpson. As usual, there are also a million side tracks and detours (including discussions about Ray Parker Jr.'s blatant plagiarism, the two OTHER cover versions of "I Feel For You" and the queerness of Nick Ashford), but it all ties together! Thanks for listening!
Sat, 25 February 2017
The Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast is back after a 6 week siesta! Join Mike Joseph (me) and Thomas Inskeep as they chat about every single to hit #1 on Billboard's R&B charts in the 1980s.
This episode contains a double dose of Prince, as we discuss his first two chart-toppers of the decade, "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy". Of course, both songs come from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack to the film "Purple Rain", and as appropriate for Oscar season, we go deep on the 1985 ceremony.
The 1985 Oscars nominated an additional THREE songs featured in this podcast, including Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It For The Boy", Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters", and the eventual winner, Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love You". The other two #1s featured in this podcast-that have no movie tie-ins whatsoever-are O'Bryan's "Lovelite" and Billy Ocean's "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)"
As is common with the JCC podcast, sidebars abound. Among the other topics covered: Thomas's love for Foreigner's "Waiting For A Girl Like You", the defense of Stevie Wonder's post-"Woman In Red" work, Don Cornelius's considerable influence in the music industry, the awesome 2-CD hits package on Deniece Williams that BBR Records recently released, and so much more.
Sat, 14 January 2017
It's a brand new episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast, in which Mike Joseph and Thomas Inskeep talk about the #1 R&B singles of the '80s five at a time. The latest episode finds us at the beginning of 1984, discussing these five songs:
"Encore" by Cheryl Lynn
"Somebody's Watching Me" by
"She's Strange" by Cameo
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
"Don't Waste Your Time" by Yarbrough & Peoples
-Thomas's karaoke favorites, and his karaoke philosophy (which is quite wise!)
We also shout out the Jheri Curl Chronicles radio show, which you can stream live on Wednesdays at 10PM EST on Radio Free Brooklyn. You can find archived episodes on Mixcloud. Of course, you can also follow the JCC crew on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Enjoy the show!
Fri, 23 December 2016
Guess what, listeners? It's time for another Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast. In this episode, Thomas and I take a little break to discuss the #2 R&B singles of 1983! 11 songs are discussed, so we pack a lot into a little over an hour. Here are the songs that peaked at the penultimate position on Billboard's Top Soul Singles chart in 1983.
Evelyn King "Betcha She Don't Love You"
Midnight Star "Freak-a-Zoid"
Klique "Stop Doggin' Me Around"
-Other songs that fall into the easy listening soul category include The Pointer Sisters' "Slow Hand", which was remade into a country smash by Conway Twitty (who, according to Thomas, was the Teddy Pendergrass of country music).
Comments and questions are always welcome. Never hesitate to drop us a line, and thank you for listening!!
Thu, 8 December 2016
Hello listeners! Welcome to the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast, in which Thomas Inskeep and I discuss every song to hit #1 on the R&B chart during the 1980s in bite-size installments of five songs each.
We were knee deep in 1983 when we concluded the last show, and in this episode, we close out the year and jump into 1984. It's a legendary list of songs! Here's what we discuss:
"Ain't Nobody" by Rufus and Chaka Khan
"All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie
"Time Will Reveal" by DeBarge
"Joanna" by Kool & The Gang
"If Only You Knew" by Patti La Belle
-Compare Chaka's career to that of art-house actress Tilda Swinton (?)
-Mention that "If Only You Knew" has one of her most beautifully understated vocals...
...and so much more.
Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy the show!!
Wed, 23 November 2016
Me and Thomas are back on the scene, bringing you a fresh episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast.
This episode finds us knee-deep in 1983, a year chock full of R&B goodness. The 5 songs we cover in this show are:
Save The Overtime (For Me) by Gladys Knight & The Pips
In between, we cover...
Gladys Knight & The Pips' fall from their mid '70s heyday, including a separation that briefly saw them recording as two separate entities.
The smooth production of the SOLAR Records camp; members of whom contributed to Gladys & The Pips' #1 success. The album Visions, which "Overtime" appeared on, also marked one of the first records to feature a Jam & Lewis credit.
Did you know that Gladys Knight & The Pips were the first act to record "Wind Beneath My Wings"?
"Juicy Fruit"'s risque (if you read between the double entendres) lyrics and how the Mtume camp manages to corral The System, Bernie Worrell, Miles Davis, Roberta Flack, Madonna and The Notorious B.I.G.
Mtume singer Tawatha's occasional side hustle as a background diva for The Dave Matthews Band.
Donna Summer's extreme versatility, which one does not always consider when discussing The Queen of Disco. Let it be known, though, that Donna was capable of singing new wave, Springsteen songs, standards and even adapting opera.
The Aretha & Luther Vandross disaster of '83; the diva fight to end all diva fights.
Rick James adapting to minimalist synth-funk with "Cold Blooded".
For the second time, we point you guys to the amazingness of the Rick/Smokey Robinson duet "Ebony Eyes"...and we again contemplate how much cocaine was involved in the recording of this song.
There's so much more...but you have to listen. Check us out in the player below, or you can download this to your computer to listen at your leisure. Our friends at LibSyn also have the show available for streaming, or you can subscribe to us on iTunes. So many choices!
Mon, 7 November 2016
From Metallica to Miles, we are covering all of the musical bases on Blerd Radio, the podcast that (usually) discusses the history and legacy of classic albums.
The panel acknowledges that Bitches Brew is not your typical album (no matter what genre you classify it is) and that it was groundbreaking for its time. The dense layers of sound provided by Miles, producer Teo Macero, and a sea of musicians at peak capabilities set the stage for what would later become known as jazz fusion. Miles may have sat out a solid chunk of the '70s, but the musicians who played on Brew went on to define the sound of rock and pop-influenced jazz for the next decade (via Weather Report, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, etc.)
This conversation discusses the album's unique recording and its iconic legacy, as well as the irascible main artist himself (who we posit is one of, if not the most important musician of the 20th century). We also attempt to define the sound of "rock and roll" in the months and years leading up to Bitches Brew's release, scratch our heads at the fact that several songs from the album were edited down for single release, and shout out the recent Miles biopic starring Don Cheadle as well as Dogfish Head's beer tribute to this classic album.
Mon, 31 October 2016
Turn the volume up to 11 and check out the latest episode of the Blerd Radio podcast. In this installment, Dr. Z, Michael Parr and Big Money are discussing Metallica's magnum opus, their self-titled 1991 album.
That album (otherwise known as The Black Album-not to be confused with Prince's Black Album...or Jay Z's Black Album..or The Beatles' White Album...or Jamal Lyon's Black & White Album) is a behemoth of the modern era. Over 17 million copies sold, winner of multiple American Music Awards and Grammys, and still in the top 100 25 years after its release. Metal "purists" these days may scoff at the album's quality, but the proof is in Metallica's continued success.
The album contributed to the vanquishing of the "hair metal" era, outlasted the grunge era, and inspired just about every hard rock subgenre to follow. The podcast discusses the influence of notorious taskmaster producer Bob Rock, the power dynamic of lead singer/guitarist James Hatfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, and the slight refinement of the sound Metallica put together over their four previous albums. Also discussed: everything the quartet has released in Metallica's wake, a few interesting observations regarding fellow thrash metal legends Megadeth (I'm gonna assume you all are aware of Dave Mustaine's connection to Metallica) and whether the black album truly is the crown jewel in Metallica's catalog.