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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!


Direct download: JCC_May_18.mp3
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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.

We also plug Thomas's amazing writing and Mike's JCC radio show, on which you can hear the full versions of a lot of the songs discussed in this podcast. Enjoy! 

Direct download: 84_Number_Twos.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

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!

Direct download: JCC18.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:40am EDT

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.


Direct download: JCC_Feb_17.mp3
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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 Michael Jackson Rockwell

"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!)
-A comparison of "Encore" and the Cheryl Lynn song even white people everyone knows.
-"Encore" was the first R&B chart topper for Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, who we'll go on to discuss about 5,000,000 times over the course of the rest of this series.
-When bad fortune turns into good fortune: Prince fired Jimmy & Terry from The Time after a snow storm in Atlanta (which was probably, like, an inch), but then they became JIMMY JAM AND TERRY LEWIS. This turns into a meteorology lesson. It also turns into a brief history of "The Gong Show".
-We jump forward into the '90s for a minute and compare/contrast the soundtracks to Boomerang (helmed by L.A. Reid & Babyface) and Mo' Money (helmed by Jam & Lewis).
-Yep, there's another "Michael Jackson Hair On Fire" joke. Sorry.
-We connect Rockwell, Diana Ross, and LMFAO by the power of Berry Gordy's penis.
-Who is THIS (alligator) woman?
-Larry Blackmon, and "queer" vs. "gay".
-Sidebar: Black Ivory is awesome. Check out this and this for proof.
-There's a shout out to Cameo's dearly departed Wayne Cooper.
-Brenda Richie. So complicated.
-What is "super soft adult contemporary"?
-Of course, there has to be an in-depth discussion of the "Hello" video.
-The unattractiveness of Yarbrough & Peoples.
-No wonder they got a future gangsta rapper/actor to appear in the video.

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!

Direct download: JCC15.mp3
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