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Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles (Episode 5)

Ladies and gentlemen out there in podcast land, Thomas Inskeep and I would like to welcome you to the FIFTH episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast. Yes, folks, we're taking you down memory lane for a discussion about songs that hit #1 on Billboard Magazine's Hot R&B Singles chart in the '80s.

If you've missed an installment, never fear. You can find them by clicking on the link for each respective episode.

Episode 1 | Episode 2  | Episode 3 | Episode 4

In this episode, we're firmly planted in the year 1981. The five smashes we discuss during this episode are:

Chaka Khan's "What Cha Gonna Do For Me"

Rick James' "Give It To Me Baby"

Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch Bus"

Evelyn "Champagne" King's "I'm In Love"

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie's "Endless Love"

And here are some show notes/secondary topics brought up as these songs are discussed.

-The origins of "What Cha Gonna Do For Me", which was written by Hamish Stuart (of the Average White Band) and California singer-songwriter Ned Doheny, whose name we have lots of trouble pronouncing. Thankfully, the Chaka video above demonstrates how to pronounce "Doheny" properly.

-This Chaka soundalike single by Tata Vega, also written by Ned Doheny.

-Chaka's longtime producer, the esteemed and continental Arif Mardin.

-"Give It To Me Baby"'s kinship with the title track to the biggest selling album in history.

-Rick's excellent (and scandalous) autobiography, co-written with the amazing David Ritz.

-Was "Double Dutch Bus" an early example of a "viral" hit like "Watch Me Whip" and "Teach Me How To Dougie"? Also, why did Raven Symone cover it?

-Kashif and Morrie Brown's assistance with Evelyn King's transformation from teenage disco queen to mature artist, and "I'm in Love"'s status as one of the first all-synthesized songs to top the R&B charts.

-Our girl Janet knew what time it was when she sampled "I'm In Love" back in 2004.

-Diana's parting gift to Motown with "Endless Love", which she recorded and released on her longtime label, even though she'd just signed with another record company.

-Did you know that the movie Endless Love marked the movie debut of Tom Cruise?

-...and of course, we bring up Luther and Mariah's karaoke cover.

Direct download: JCC5.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles (Episode 4)

Good day, lovely folks. Welcome to the fourth episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles podcast, a show in which me and my compatriot Thomas Inskeep discuss every song to hit #1 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart during the 1980s. When we last left off, we were just getting started with 1981. If you haven't yet caught up, check out the first three episodes of the series.

Episode 1 | Episode 2  | Episode 3

The five tracks featured in this episode are...

"Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)" by The Gap Band

"Don't Stop The Music" by Yarbrough & Peoples

"Being With You" by Smokey Robinson

"Sukiyaki" by A Taste Of Honey

"A Woman Needs Love" by Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio

And here are some show notes/secondary topics brought up as these songs are discussed.

-The Gap Band's Charlie Wilson is easily one of the most influential and imitated singers in R&B music history.

-"Burn Rubber" was one of the biggest hits from The Gap Band's decade-long run as R&B chart kings. They were one of the most successful acts of the era, and one of the acts with the least crossover success.

-Yarbrough & Peoples' astounding level of "meh"-ness.

-The "warm bath" theme returns with Smokey's yacht rock (yacht soul?) classic.

-The conversation switches to Smokey's incredible duet with Rick James, "Ebony Eyes", which didn't hit the Top 10. Then we revisit Rick & Teena Marie's legendary "Fire & Desire", a song which didn't even receive a single release.

-The "Ebony Eyes" video, which we surmise had the second-largest cocaine budget of any video during the '80s.

-Did A Taste of Honey deserve the 1979 Best New Artist Grammy?

-Ray Parker Jr.'s past as a virtuoso funk guitarist, then move away from Raydio, his move away from R&B, and his classics "The Other Woman", "You Can't Change That", and "I Still Can't Get Over Loving You".

Enjoy the show!

 

Direct download: Jcc4.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:51am EST

Blerd Radio 2016 | Episode 7

The Blerd Radio Time Machine gets fired up again! Big Money (me), Michael Parr and Dr. Z all hop in and travel back twenty (gulp) years to land in 1996 for the latest podcast!

1996 was a pretty big year in pop culture--it was an election year, and a watershed year for music (particularly for new artists). Here are just a few of the topics discussed during the show.

-The bombing at the Olympics in Atlanta

-The 1996 presidential election: Bill Clinton vs. Bob Dole, and the Whitewater scandal.

-Cloning takes its first step forward, courtesy of Dolly The Ewe.

-Radio deregulation, which led to every single terrestrial station you listen to being owned by either Clear Channel or the IHeartRadio family.

-The "East Coast/West Coast" hip-hop rivalry, and the death of Tupac Shakur on September 13th.

-An eventful 1996 for The Artist Then Known As The Artist Formerly Known As Prince: the icon severs ties with Warner Brothers, releases the 3-CD set Emancipation, gets married, and suffers a family tragedy.

-KISS reunites and slaps the makeup back on! Their first public appearance is opposite the aforementioned Mr. Shakur on the Grammy Awards.

-Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day" becomes the longest-running #1 single of all time.

-The Fugees break through, becoming the world's #1 cover band.

-Everyone does the God damn Macarena.

-Alternative rock is huge, and the term is vast enough to include Oasis and Metallica. During this conversation, I plug Steven Hyden's new book Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me.

-Underappreciated music of 1996: De La Soul's Stakes Is High, Chuck D.'s The Autobiography Of Mistachuck, The Heads' No Talking, Just Head and Kool Keith's Dr. Octagonecologist. Also, you should watch this video.

-The glorious one-hit wonderdom of "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand" by Primitive Radio Gods.

-New artists of 1996: a list that includes Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Fiona Apple, No Doubt and more...with special focus on Jay-Z and Sublime's enduring self-titled album.

-Big-name flops of 1996, and the cultural re-examination of Weezer's Pinkerton; in addition to our own re-examinations of Pearl Jam's No Code and George Michael's Older.

-TV & movies of 1996: The debuts of TVLand and MTV2, as well as Robin Williams' stellar year.

-How a movie about natural disasters spawned the angriest Van Hagar song ever.

-Finally, as it should be, a few words about anal leakage.

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Direct download: 1996.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:58am EST

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