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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.


External Website: www.popblerd.com

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  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 60: Seafaring Strangers With Julian Velard
    by Mike Joseph on January 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    The JCC radio show does a bit of a stylistic turn for this episode, which co-stars singer and songwriter Julian Velard. Julian's playlist contains yacht rock favorites from typical JCC artists like DeBarge, Brenda Russell and Aretha Franklin, but also contains music from Bill Champlin (later of Chicago) and Dan Fogelberg as well as newer songs by Mac DeMarco and John Mayer. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 59: Divas!
    by Mike Joseph on January 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Episode 59 of the Jheri Curl Chronicles pays tribute to some of the fantastic divas to grace soul, dance and rap music during the '80s and early '90s. This set features songs by Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Taylor Dayne, Salt 'n Pepa, Loleatta Holloway, Mariah Carey and many more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 58: 21st Century Curl
    by Mike Joseph on January 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    The artists from the "jheri curl" era (late '70s through early '90s) continued making music into the 21st century, and here are some more recent songs by those legendary artists. In this episode (which co-stars Shane of Radio Free Brooklyn's "Everybody Plays The Fool"), there are featured tracks by Prince, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Michael Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, George Michael, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 57: Instant Kool! (With Special Guest Jacob Slichter)
    by Mike Joseph on December 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    The special guest on the latest JCC is Jacob Slichter, who is a best-selling author and is the drummer for Grammy-nominated rock band Semisonic. Jacob, who cut his teeth in a funk band growing up in Illinois, curated this episode's selections. You'll hear songs by En Vogue, TLC, Stevie Wonder, Ramsey Lewis, The Bar-Kays and more...as well as Semisonic's cover of Prince's "Erotic City"! Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 56: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (w/Special Guest Mike Duquette)
    by Mike Joseph on December 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Mike Duquette (from theseconddisc.com, a popular music reissue site) joins Mike Joseph to talk about the soul and rap acts in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We play songs by inductees James Brown, Little Richard, Run-D.M.C., Nina Simone, Bill Withers and Earth, Wind & Fire as well as artists who were nominated but not inducted this year, including LL Cool J & Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 55: When R&B Rocks!
    by Mike Joseph on December 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    R&B birthed rock 'n roll, but at some point it became unusual for soul singers to use overtly rock elements in their music. In the '80s, several artists bucked that trend, and this episode of JCC is a tribute to them. Artists featured include Michael Jackson, Shalamar, Prince, Tina Turner and many more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 54: In The Mix (12" Versions)
    by Mike Joseph on December 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    The latest episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles features extended 12" versions of hits by DeBarge, Phil Collins, Sheila E., Luther Vandross and many more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 53: Turkeys & Cheese
    by Mike Joseph on November 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    The Jheri Curl Chronicles celebrates Thanksgiving by offering up some of the cheesiest soul music of the '80s (as well as some of the biggest "turkey"s (and we say that lovingly). You'll hear music from Lionel Richie, Eddie Murphy, Marvin Sease, Joe Tex, Joeski Love, Salt 'n Pepa, and so much more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 52: 7 Inches Of Pleasure, Part II
    by Mike Joseph on November 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    The Jheri Curl Chronicles offers up two hours of your favorite soul, funk, rap and dance jams of the '80s, and for the second time in the show's history, host Mike Joseph digs into his vinyl collection and plays nothing but 45s. You'll hear pops, crackles (and a couple of skips), but you'll also hear great music from Bobby Brown, Shirley Murdock, Bobby Womack, Teena Marie and many more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 51: Even MORE Number Ones
    by Mike Joseph on November 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    This episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles radio show features a selection of R&B and hip-hop chart toppers from De La Soul, Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross, Cameo, Marvin Gaye and many more. Host Mike Joseph is also joined by the team from the new Radio Free Brooklyn show "It's All Nice On Ice". Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 50!: With Special Guests Amanda, Shane and Elann
    by Mike Joseph on November 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    The Jheri Curl Chronicles celebrates its 50th episode with a mix of songs including Michael Jackson's immortal "Thriller" for Halloween, Run-DMC's "Jam Master Jay" (in commemoration of the legendary DJ) and songs by Salt 'n Pepa, The System, The Notorious B.I.G., Eddie Murphy and more. Host Mike Joseph is also joined by Radio Free Brooklyn hosts Amanda ("Empty Orchestra" and "Reciprocity Radio"), Shane ("Everybody Plays The Fool") and Elann ("Lost And Rewound") Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 49: It Takes Two! (Duos)
    by Mike Joseph on October 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    The latest episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles plays hits by some of the greatest duos of the '80s. You'll hear songs by Wham!, Rene & Angela, Eric B. & Rakim, The Brothers Johnson, Everything But The Girl, and many more of your favorite two-person groups! Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 48: Chart Geekery With Special Guest Chris Molanphy
    by Mike Joseph on October 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    The latest episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles includes hits by The Whispers, Rufus and Chaka Khan, The Jacksons, Fatback and more. Our special guest for this episode is Chris Molanphy, journalist (Pitchfork.com, many more) and host of the "Hit Parade" podcast on Slate. We discuss the Billboard charts, NYC radio in the '80s, and much more! Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 47: Connect The Dots
    by Mike Joseph on October 16, 2017 at 1:14 am

    We're not afraid to try new and different things on the Jheri Curl Chronicles, and on this episode, each song played ties in to the song before and after it. We connect Grace Jones with Millie Jackson, Lionel Richie with Lakeside, Culture Club with Stevie Wonder and so much more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 46: 1979
    by Mike Joseph on October 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    The Jheri Curl Chronicles celebrates the music of 1979! Revel in the dawn of the "Jheri curl" era with classics by Michael Jackson and Prince, as well as jams from Donna Summer, Slave, Sylvester, Chic, Sister Sledge and many more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 45: A Tribute To Stevie Wonder
    by Mike Joseph on October 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Episode 45 of the Jheri Curl Chronicles celebrates the music of the great Stevie Wonder. Focusing on the '80s, Mike Joseph plays songs that Stevie wrote, produced, played on and/or performed. In addition to Stevie's own hits, appearances are made by Jermaine and Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, and reggae group Third World. Mike is joined for this episode by Shane, host of Radio Free Brooklyn's "Everybody Plays The Fool" (Mondays, 9 PM EST) Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 44: Movie Songs!
    by Mike Joseph on September 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Film and music can combine for some memorable moments, and this episode of the JCC features some of the '80s hottest soundtrack jams. You'll hear songs from "Fame", "Batman", "The Goonies" and two Spike Lee joints, brought to you by amazing artists like El DeBarge, Luther Vandross, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Force M.D.'s and more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 43: A Tribute To NYC
    by Mike Joseph on September 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Two hours of classic '80s jams from your favorite NYC-bred urban contemporary artists. We play hits from soul crooners Freddie Jackson and Luther Vandross, sprinkle in dance jams by Alisha, and of course there's plenty of hip-hop by Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, Big Daddy Kane and more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 42: A Tribute To Teddy Riley
    by Mike Joseph on September 4, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    A tribute to the architect and inventor of the New Jack Swing sound, featuring hits by Guy, BLACKstreet, Michael Jackson, Keith Sweat, Bobby Brown, Tom Jones, Heavy D and more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 41: Guest Host Shane Loves The '70s!
    by Mike Joseph on August 27, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    With host Mike Joseph indisposed, Shane (host of Everybody Plays The Fool on Radio Free Brooklyn) guest hosts the Jheri Curl Chronicles and breaks format!! Shane jumps back a decade and plays two hours of your favorite soul music of the '70s in this episode. Listen →

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