The Blerd Radio Podcast

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"

The S.O.S. Band "Just Be Good To Me"

Midnight Star "Freak-a-Zoid"

Klique "Stop Doggin' Me Around"

Sonny Charles "Put It In A Magazine"

Champaign "Try Again"

Lionel Richie "You Are"

Jennifer Holiday "I Am Love"

Irene Cara "Flashdance...What A Feeling"

DeBarge "I Like It"

Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson "Say, Say, Say"

Here's how we'll fill in the blanks on these singles (and so much more!):
-What the hell is Evelyn King wearing while performing "Betcha She Don't Love You" on Soul Train?
-The S.O.S. Band's career revival, courtesy of upcoming producers (and former members of The Time) Jimmy "Jam" Harris III and Terry Lewis.
-An ongoing theme this episode of strange/odd/real talk about relationships.
-Beats International's slammin' mash-up of "Just Be Good To Me" and "The Guns Of Brixton" by The Clash.
-Richard X and Kelis's remake of S.O.S.'s "The Finest" AND his mash-up of Whitney Houston and Kraftwerk.
-How did "No Parking On The Dance Floor", Midnight Star's best known song, not even crack the top forty on Billboard's Soul Singles chart upon release?
-Think it's coincidence that Atlantic Starr released a song called "Freak-A Ristic" around the same time as "Freak-A-Zoid"? Why they hating?
-Klique's affinity for Jackie Wilson covers.
-Who the hell is Sonny Charles, and how did he have a Number Two record with a song that neither of us remembers?
-Champaign's career as the Air Supply of the R&B charts (this is not a diss) and their singer Pauli Carman's amazing Jheri Curl.


-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).
-Lionel Richie's upcoming tour, with opener (it feels weird for me to even type this) Mariah Carey.
-Jennifer Holiday having the soul sucked out of her on "I Am Love".
-The Flashdance Soundtrack, and the hot bear-ness of Michael Sembello.
-Why the cover of Sembello's debut album makes us wonder if there really is a chance for either of us to go back in time and boink him.

-Thomas doesn't like either of Irene Cara's soundtrack smashes, but he does like this song.
-More gushing over DeBarge, and the fact that El does NOT sing lead on their first hit.
-Clearly the better of the three Jackson/McCartney duets.

Comments and questions are always welcome. Never hesitate to drop us a line, and thank you for listening!!

Direct download: JCC83No2s.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Blerd Radio Presents: The Jheri Curl Chronicles Podcast (Episode 13)

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 (?)

-Discuss "Ain't Nobody" songwriter David "Hawk" Wolinski almost reneging on his offer to give the song to Rufus and instead submit it to the King of Pop.

-Split opinion on two Mary J. Blige Chaka Khan covers.

-Look back at the 1984 Grammy Album Of The Year race, in which every nominated album turned out to be a classic (arguably the only time that has ever happened.)

-Wonder whether we should forgive Lionel for his daughter Nicole.

-Shut the door on whether that breakdown in "All Night Long" is Jamaican or even pidgin Jamaican.

-Give props to Robert Christgau (the Dean of American rock critics) and his assessment of DeBarge's In A Special Way album.

-Marvel at the fact that El DeBarge sounds virtually the same (and also looks damn good) despite years of substance abuse.

-Juxtapose the "milquetoast" quality of "Joanna" to the relatively unique flavor of the other four songs discussed (hey, even "All Night Long" was interesting, at least.)

-Cheer on Patti's first solo #1 single, released at a time when she didn't even have a recording contract.


-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!!

Direct download: JCC833.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:20am EDT