Jheri Curl Chronicles
The Jheri Curl Chronicles
Hosted by Mike Joseph. The Jheri Curl Chronicles is a look back at the R&B, soul, funk and dance tracks that defined the ’80s. Host Mike Joseph plays a mixture of tracks spanning multiple genres and revealing the richness of a sound that’s still prevalent in pop music today.
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Category: 80s, Dance, Music, R&B, Soul


About Mike Joseph

Mike Joseph is a music industry veteran of nearly a quarter-century. He is a freelance writer whose work has been featured on sites including Popmatters.com, Popdose.com, The Boombox, and Ultimate Classic Rock. He’s run his own site, Popblerd.com (blerd=black nerd) since 2010, and co-hosts the Blerd Radio and Jheri Curl Chronicles podcasts. He’s putting the finishing touches on the book version of The Jheri Curl Chronicles: An Encyclopedia Of ’80s Soul, which he hopes to have published in 2017.


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  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 121: Music Nerd Talk With Eli & Gunther
    by Mike Joseph on March 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    The JCC is back with another episode featuring returning guest Eli Taylor of the Objective Subjectivity blog (objectivesubjectivity.tumblr.com) and special guest Gunther of Radio-Active Records in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Along with host Mike Joseph, a bunch of classics from the '70s, '80s and '90s are played, including hits by De La Soul, Brandy and George Michael. They also discuss the fine art of crate digging, childhood memories, the progressive politics of TLC's "Creep", the recent college admissions scandal and much more. Listen in for great music and interesting talk! Playlist: Still Not A Player-Big Pun & Joe Creep-TLC Need You Tonight-INXS Push It- Salt -N- Pepa Epic-Faith No More How Deep Is Your Love-Dru Hill Secret-Madonna Sittin’ Up In My Room-Brandy Your Woman-White Town Return To Innocence-Enigma Turn The Beat Around-Vicki Sue Robinson More More More-Andrea True Connection Outside Your Door-Meshell Ndegeocello Anytime-Brian McKnight Here Comes The Rain Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 120: Special Guests Ryan Whitman & DEMAR
    by Mike Joseph on March 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Two very special guests join the JCC on this show: singer/songwriters Ryan Whitman (making his third appearance on the show) and DEMAR. Amidst some lively discussion (and a visit from Lush Vibes Radio host Calvin Williams), host Mike Joseph plays a mixture of '80s and '90s soul and dance classics by Jodeci, Whitney Houston, TLC and more; as well as new music from both invited guests. Playlist: Rhythm Is Gonna Get You (12" Remix)/Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine This Time I Know It's For Real/Donna Summer I'm Your Baby Tonight (Live)/Whitney Houston Someday (Unplugged)/ Mariah Carey Come & Talk to Me (Remix) /Jodeci The Real Thing/Lisa Stansfield You Bring Me Joy/Anita Baker Saving Forever for You/Shanice Love To Love You Baby/Donna Summer If You Asked Me To/Patti LaBelle Baby-Baby-Baby/TLC La Isla Bonita/Madonna Twisted /Keith Sweat Sometimes I Miss You So Much/P.M. Dawn Fire/Demar Love You Down/Ready for the World Roni/Bobby Brown Body Heat/Ryan Whitman Will You Be Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 119: Mystery Theme
    by Mike Joseph on March 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Yes, this latest JCC show has a theme, which is a super-specific nerdy chart fact that's not revealed until the end of the show. However, this show-as with all shows-can be enjoyed regardless of if you're aware of a theme or not. It's just great music. Host Mike Joseph plays classic old school hits by Whitney Houston, New Edition, The S.O.S. Band, The Four Tops and more. The show also contains news about Janet's Vegas residency, The Oscars and more. Playlist: If It Isn’t Love/New Edition I Wanna Dance With Somebody/Whitney Houston Do I Do/Stevie Wonder Funkytown/Lipps Inc She’s A Bad Mama Jama/Carl Carlton Don’t Push It, Don’t Force It/Leon Haywood Just Be Good To Me/SOS Band Freak-a-Zoid/Midnight Star Are You Man Enough/Four Tops Fairweather Friend/Johnny Gill I’m So Into You/SWV Let Me Be The One/Five Star Another One Bites The Dust/Queen 777-9311/The Time Close To You/Maxi Priest It Seems To Hang On/Ashford & Simpson Butterflies/Michael Jackson Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 118: Dre Day
    by Mike Joseph on February 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Mike Joseph returns for another two hours of your old school favorites, playing music by The Whispers, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan and more. This episode of the JCC also pays tribute to Dr. Dre (celebrating a birthday this week) by playing tracks from Michel'le, Eazy-E and more. In between music, there's discussion about winter weather, new music and the Jussie Smollett case. Playlist: Nicety/Michel'le Crazay (feat. Sly Stone)/Jesse Johnson Lovey Dovey/Tony Terry Me, Myself & I/De La Soul Hey Ladies/Beastie Boys Use Ta Be My Girl /The O'Jays Turn On Some Music/Marvin Gaye Got To Be There/Chaka Khan The Formula/The D.O.C. Roots, Rap, Reggae/Run-DMC Zungguzungguguzungguzeng/Yellowman When a Man Loves a Woman/Jody Watley U Got The Look/Prince Let Me Ride/Dr. Dre Cruisin' In /The Whispers Easin In/Edwin Starr Nickel Bags/Digable Planets Only One Can Win /The Sylvers Two Can Win/J Dilla Eazy-Er Said Than Dunn/ Eazy-E Too Funky/George Michael You Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 117: Heart Songs
    by Mike Joseph on February 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Love is in the air, and the Jheri Curl Chronicles acknowledges Valentine's Day by playing nothing but old school jams with the word "heart" in the title. You'll hear songs about being in love, falling in love and even a few about falling out of love. Artists featured include Zapp, Kenny Loggins, El DeBarge, Aretha Franklin and more. Playlist: Heartbreaker (Zapp) Dial My Heart (The Boys) A Broken Heart Can Mend (Alexander O'Neal) Always In My Heart (Tevin Campbell) Heart To Heart (Kenny Loggins) Cross My Heart (Lee Ritenour) Open Your Heart (Madonna) Cross My Broken Heart (The Jets) My Heart Your Heart (The Whispers) Two Hearts (Stephanie Mills & Teddy Pendergrass) Cross My Heart (El DeBarge) Look Into Your Heart (Aretha Franklin) Take Good Care Of My Heart (Jermaine Jackson & Whitney Houston) Foolish Heart (Sharon Bryant) Heartbreaker (Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z) Tell It To My Heart (Taylor Dayne) Heartbeat (Taana Gardner) Take My Heart (Kool & The Gang) Time (Clock Of The Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 116: James Ingram Tribute & More
    by Mike Joseph on February 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    The music world lost a legend with the recent passing of pop/R&B superstar James Ingram, and the Jheri Curl Chronicles pays tribute with a handful of his best known songs, as well as a couple of songs he wrote for artists like Michael Jackson and Shalamar. This latest installment of the JCC also features classics from Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, A Tribe Called Quest and more. Michael Jackson "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" James Ingram "It's Real" Bobby Brown & Whitney Houston "Something in Common" Intro "Love Thang" Weldon Irvine "We Gettin' Down" The Pointer Sisters "Happiness" Syreeta "I Love Every Little Thing About You" Diana Ross "My Old Piano" Slave "Are You Ready for Love" A Tribe Called Quest "Go Ahead In the Rain" Main Source "Peace Is Not the Word To Play" Gladys Knight & The Pips "Save the Overtime (For Me)" James Ingram "Always" Mica Paris "My One Temptation" L.T.D. "Where Did We Go Wrong (feat. Jeffrey Osborne)" Robert Palmer Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 115: Shane Guest Hosts/Tribute To Allen Toussaint & James Ingram
    by Mike Joseph on February 4, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Shane (host of Everybody Plays the Fool on Radio Free Brooklyn; http://eptf.podomatic.com) subs in for Mike for this episode of the JCC. New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint is the main topic of this show-and most of the songs played were written/produced by him, otherwise featured him, or sampled his music. Artists included are Sylvester, Jay-Z, Kool & The Gang, Patti LaBelle and more. The show also includes a tribute to the recently deceased James Ingram. Janet Jackson "R&B Junkie" Heavy D & The Boyz "A Better Land" Irma Thomas "Old Records" Kool & The Gang & Eumir Deodato "Night People" Patti LaBelle "Release" De La Soul "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" Sly & Robbie "Yes We Can Can" The Pointer Sisters "Going Down Slowly" Sylvester "Happiness" Etta James "Sweet Touch of Love" Chocolate Milk "Girl Calling" Candi Staton "A Dreamer of a Dream" Eric Gale "You Got My Life in Your Hands" Jay-Z "D'evils" Tony Terry "Read My Mind" Dee Dee Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 114: Philly Soul & More
    by Mike Joseph on February 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Mike Joseph is joined in the studio by Jacob Block from La Reserve Records (http://www.lareserverecords.com/roster/overview). They play music from La Reserve artist Yellow Shoots as well as the JCC's typical selection of classic soul, funk and hip-hop. Philly artists are spotlighted, with music from Grover Washington Jr., Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Boyz II Men and more. We also pay tribute to the legendary Edwin Birdsong by playing two songs from the late artist. Michael Jackson "Jam" Blackstreet "No Diggity (feat. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen)" Grover Washington, Jr. "Mister Magic" DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "I'm Looking for the One (To Be With Me)" Boyz II Men & Michael Bivins "Motownphilly" Edwin Birdsong "Cola Bottle Baby" Eric B. & Rakim "Know the Ledge" Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight" Yellow Shoots "desert rose" Prince & The Revolution "Raspberry Beret" Gang Starr "Just To Get a Rep" The Stylistics "Hurry Up This Way Again" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 112: Guest Host Calvin Williams
    by Mike Joseph on January 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    The host of Radio Free Brooklyn's Lush Vibes Radio, Calvin Williams, fills in for Mike Joseph on this episode of the JCC, and plays a wide array of old-school soul, funk and dance classics. Check out hits by legends like Zapp, Weather Report, Change (with Luther Vandross on lead vocals) , Full Force, and more. Change “The Glow of Love” Janet Jackson “R&B Junkie” Earth, Wind & Fire “Touch (Remastered)” Patrice Rushen “Remind Me (Remastered Version)” Tony! Toni! Toné! “Little Walter” Zapp “More Bounce to the Ounce” A Tribe Called Quest “Can I Kick It?” Michael McDonald “Sweet Freedom” After 7 “Ready or Not” from After 7 Teena Marie “I Need Your Lovin'” Full Force “Ain't My Type of Hype” Al B. Sure! “Nite & Day” Company B “full circle” David Bowie “Let's Dance” Jermaine Jackson “Let's Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 111: With Special Guest Luke Griffin of The Bushwick Podcast
    by Mike Joseph on January 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Happy 2019! For the first JCC show of the new year, Mike Joseph is joined by Luke Griffin, the creator and host of The Bushwick Podcast. https://www.hearbushwick.com Luke and Mike talk about the changes New York City has experienced recently, and why Luke felt compelled to create a podcast to get to know his neighborhood. They also talk about-and play-a bunch of classic sounds from the '70s, '80s and '90s, pay tribute to Daryl Dragon of The Captain & Tennille, go in-depth on the weirdness of Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World" video, discuss Steely Dan's litigious nature and so much more. Playlist: Zapp "Computer Love" Soul for Real "Candy Rain" Steely Dan "Black Cow" Mark Morrison "Return of the Mack" D'Angelo "Lady" Mint Condition "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" Bobby Caldwell "What You Won't Do for Love" Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald "On My Own" Brownstone "If You Love Me" Guy "Piece of My Love" Michael Jackson "You Rock My World" The Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 110: Party All The Time!
    by Mike Joseph on December 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    It's almost New Year's, and for The Jheri Curl Chronicles, that means two hours of nothing but non-stop party jams. Host Mike Joseph plays some of the most celebratory uptempo songs of the '80s in this mix. Featured artists include The Jacksons, Prince & The Revolution, and Rick James. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam "Let the Beat Hit 'Em" Madonna "Into the Groove" Laid Back "White Horse" Prince & The Revolution "Erotic City (Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive) [Extended Version]" Black Box "Everybody Everybody (feat. Martha Wash)" Technotronic "Pump Up the Jam" Naughty By Nature "O.P.P" Run-DMC "Peter Piper" Teena Marie "Square Biz" Young MC "Bust a Move" The Jacksons "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" DeBarge "Rhythm of the Night" Paul Hardcastle "Rainforest (Original Version)" The Bar-Kays "Freakshow On the Dance Floor" Midnight Star "No Parking (On the Dance Floor)" Salt-N-Pepa "Push It" Rick James "Super Freak" The Human League "Don't Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 109: The JCC Holiday Spectacular!
    by Mike Joseph on December 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    It's sort of Christmas in JCC land. This means that the usual assortment of classic hits from the '80s (and adjacent) are joined by a heaping selection fo holiday jams from Run-DMC, Luther, Wham! and many others. No guests on this episode, just Mike Joseph and some of the best music from the golden era of urban contemporary. Playlist: New Kids On The Block "Funky, Funky, Xmas" Sweet Sensation "Hooked On You" The Time "I Don't Wanna to Leave You" Daryl Hall & John Oates "Say It Isn't So" Hot Streak "Body Work" Janet Jackson "If" Wings "Arrow Through Me" Brown Sugar "I'm in Love With a Dreadlocks" Jeffrey Osborne "New Love" Run-DMC "Christmas In Hollis" Mariah Carey "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Diana Ross "Chain Reaction" Heatwave "Turn Around" Troop "All I Do Is Think of You" New Edition "All I Want for Christmas Is My Girl" Ray Parker Jr. "Jamie" Earth, Wind & Fire "Thinking of You" Patrice Rushen "I Was Tired of Being Alone" Tevin Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 108: With Special Guests Rob Righthand & Derek Kirch
    by Mike Joseph on December 17, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    The Jheri Curl Chronicles is back with an all new episode co-starring musicians Rob Righthand & Derek Kirch. Along with host Mike Joseph, they play a bunch of classic songs spanning the decades (from Ray Charles to LL Cool J), plus they discuss music, food and much more! Playlist: Prince & The Revolution "Let's Go Crazy" Art of Noise "Kiss (feat. Tom Jones)" The Time "Jungle Love" Kool & The Gang "Jungle Boogie" Larry Graham & Graham Central Station "The Jam" The Whispers "It's a Love Thing" James Brown "The Payback" LL Cool J "The Boomin' System" Marley Marl "Foundation Symphony (feat. Larry 0, Seven Shawn, J. Wells & Miss Man)" The Police "Synchronicity I" Ray Charles "Night Time Is the Right Time" Rick James "Give It to Me Baby" Michael Jackson "Rock With You" Greg Phillinganes "Lazy Nina" The Jacksons "Blame It On the Boogie" Jackson 5 "Feelin' Alright" Brick "Get Started" Earth, Wind & Fire "Serpentine Fire" Led Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 107: With Special Guest Nisse Greenberg
    by Mike Joseph on December 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Producer, storyteller and educator Nisse Greenberg is Mike Joseph's guest on the latest Jheri Curl Chronicles. They play classic tunes by Kool & The Gang, Parliament and Cameo and add in newer tracks by The Internet and Janelle Monae. In between, they discuss the art of crying, why it's important to sing in the supermarket, and how music can be therapeutic. Cameo "We're Goin' out Tonight" Anchorsong "Slider" Curtis Mayfield "Move On Up (Extended Version)" Janelle Monáe "I Like That" Omar "There's Nothing Like This" The Internet "Come Over" D'Angelo, Fela Kuti & Macy Gray "Water No Get Enemy (feat. Nile Rodgers, Roy Hargrove, The Soultronics & Positive Force)" The Quantic Soul Orchestra "She Said What? (Rap Descarga) [feat. J-Live]" Parliament "Flashlight" Grover Washington, Jr. "Jet Stream" Grover Washington, Jr. "Sassy Stew" Masego & FKJ "Tadow" DaVido "Fall" The Internet "Gabby (feat. Janelle Monáe)" Arrested Development Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 106: Special Guests B-Ski & Julian Velard
    by Mike Joseph on December 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    In the latest JCC show, Mike Joseph is joined by singer/songwriters Brian "B-Ski" Collazo and Julian Velard. In between playing classic jams from the '80s and '90s, the three talk about cultural differences, growing up in New York City, the evolution of freestyle music (and reggaeton!) and Bob Dylan's songwriting skills. Club Nouveau "Why You Treat Me so Bad" TKA "Louder Than Love" El General "Te Ves Buena" Jaya "If You Leave Me Now" D Train "You're the One for Me" Mint Condition "U Send Me Swingin'" Tamia "So Into You" The Pointer Sisters "I Need You" Ill Al Skratch & Brian McKnight "I'll Take Her (feat. Brian McKnight)" Deniece Williams & Johnny Mathis "Without Us" Color Me Badd "Thinkin' Back" Hi-Five "Never Should've Let You Go" Alexander O'Neal "If You Were Here Tonight" P.M. Dawn "A Watcher's Point of View (Don’t Cha Think)" Raphael Saadiq "Tick Tock" Pebbles "Mercedes Boy (Remix)" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 105: Chill Curl
    by Mike Joseph on November 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    The latest episode of the JCC is an experience in laid-back sounds, featuring a plethora of smooth soulful sounds from the '80s. The playlist includes hits from The Isley Brothers, Chaka Khan, Patrice Rushen and more. As the live edition of the show was recorded on Thanksgiving Eve, host Mike Joseph also discusses a few holiday traditions. Patrice Rushen "Remind Me" Mary J. Blige "Reminisce" Stephanie Mills "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)" Atlantic Starr "When Love Calls" Kashif "The Mood" Luther Vandross "See Me" Whitney Houston "I Belong to You" The Jones Girls "At Peace with Woman" Jonathan Butler "Sarah Sarah" Imagination "Body Talk" Chaka Khan "Papillon (Aka Hot Butterfly)" Loose Ends "Nights of Pleasure" Howard Hewett "I Commit to Love" George Duke "You" Jermaine Jackson "You Like Me Don't You" Steve Arrington "Mellow As a Cello" Massive Attack "Protection" The Isley Brothers "Voyage to Atlantis" Neneh Cherry "Twisted" Paul Davis Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 104: With Special Guest Jim Shearer
    by Mike Joseph on November 19, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Radio personality Jim Shearer (Sirius XM Volume, MTV2, VH-1's Top Twenty Countdown) is the guest on tonight's JCC! In between playing some great music from the '80s (and early '90s), Jim and host Mike Joseph talk about basketball, the Beastie Boys, musical memories from high school and much more! Beastie Boys "Shadrach" The D.O.C. "It's Funky Enough" LL Cool J "How I'm Comin'" Janet Jackson "rhythm nation" Sly & The Family Stone "Loose Booty" Bobby Brown "Humpin' Around" Hi-Five "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) (Mix Version)" Timex Social Club "Rumors" Jade "Don't walk away" Eugene McDaniels "Headless Heroes" Bell Biv DeVoe "Above the Rim" TLC "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" Lords of the Underground "Chief Rocka" Dino "Romeo" The Jackson 5 "I'll Bet You" Shannon "Let the music play" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles #103: The Evening Zoo
    by Mike Joseph on November 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    There's a full house in the Radio Free Brooklyn studio for the latest JCC show. Host Mike Joseph is joined by returning guests Mitch Ski The Rapping Comedian, Chris Cruz and Charles (Woohoo) Hendricks. Blake, Jordyn and Alex also join in the fun. Enjoy two hours of old school classics from Eric B & Rakim, Evelyn "Champagne King", Run-D.M.C. and more. Topics discussed include whether "I Ain't No Joke" by Eric & Rakim was a response record, whether MC Shan was really from Brooklyn, Doobie Brothers karaoke, and celebrity sightings of Nick Ashford. Playlist: UTFO "Roxanne, Roxanne" Evelyn "Champagne" King "I'm In Love (12" Version)" Yarbrough & Peoples "Don't Stop the Music" Fat Boys "Can You Feel It" Ultramagnetic MC's "Ease Back" Run-DMC "My Adidas" Komiko "Feel Alright" Sharon Brown "I Specialize In Love (7" Version)" T La Rock "It's Yours (12" Radio Mix)" Eric B. & Rakim "I Ain't No Joke" Divine Sounds "Do or Die Bed Sty" Maze & Frankie Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles #102: Digging In The Crates With Alec Reed!
    by Mike Joseph on November 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    A selection of soul and funk obscurities provides the backdrop for this JCC show. Host Mike Joseph is joined by record collector Alec Reed, and the two play songs from Womack & Womack, Donald Byrd, Sylvia and more. They also discuss the recently released Beastie Boys book, play a set of music by Brazilian artists, talk about Randy Jackson's recent appearance on Questlove's podcast and more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles #101: Nouveau Curl!
    by Mike Joseph on October 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Who says there's no good music made these days? This JCC mix features songs by 21st century artists that keeps the promise made by all the classic material made in the era that the show normally covers. Additionally, we are joined once again by the It's All Nice On Ice team. Chris and Jake offer up some comic relief during the mic breaks, and are accompanied by Stephen, a new RFB employee who also appeared on JCC99. The mix includes songs by SZA, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo and more. Ceelo Green "Est. 1980'S" Bruno Mars "Moonshine" SZA "Prom" Miguel "Coffee" Pharrell Williams "Hunter" Mayer Hawthorne "Reach Out Richard" Beyoncé "Love On Top" Bad Rabbits "F On Th J-O-B" Passion Pit "Where the Sky Hangs" Mac Miller "What's the Use?" Kendrick Lamar "Complexion (A Zulu Love) [feat. Rapsody]" Justin Timberlake "Strawberry Bubblegum" Childish Gambino "Feels Like Summer" Robyn "Dream On" Frank Ocean "Novacane" Drake "Hold On, We're Going Home Listen →