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 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 →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 100: With Special Guests Shane and Calvin!
    by Mike Joseph on October 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    For the milestone 100th episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles, host Mike Joseph plays his usual selection of '80s and '90s classics, including songs by Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson and Teena Marie. He also plays newer tracks that reference the old school by Janet, Mariah and NKOTB. For this show, Mike is joined by Shane (host of "Everybody Plays The Fool" on RFB) and Calvin (host of the brand new show "Lush Vibes Radio". Janet Jackson "R&B Junkie" New Kids On the Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson "80s Baby" Mariah Carey "Dedicated (feat. Nas)" Tyrone Brunson "The Smurf" A Tribe Called Quest "Buggin' Out" Bits & Pieces "Don't Stop The Music" Boyz II Men "Thank You" Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame "Weak At the Knees" Level 42 "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" Toto "Africa" Teena Marie "Lovergirl" Michael Jackson "Sunset Driver" Tony! Toni! Toné! "What Goes around Comes Around" George Benson "Never Give Up On a Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles #99: Look At Our Records! With Special Guest Tom Gallo
    by Mike Joseph on October 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Episode 99 of the JCC features special guest Tom Gallo, host of the Look At My Records podcast and the radio show of the same name on Radio Free Brooklyn. This all-vinyl set features '80s and '90s classics by Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Prince, Rufus and Chaka Khan, NaS and many more. It is also the very first Radio Free Brooklyn appearance by newbie/volunteer Stephen Chupaska! Kwamé & A New Beginning "Ownlee Eue" De La Soul "Eye Know" Gang Starr "Ex-Girl to Next Girl" Crooklyn Dodgers "Crooklyn (feat. Buck Shot, Special Ed & Master Ace)" Apache "Gangsta Bitch" George Michael "Spinning the Wheel" Souls of Mischief "93 'til infinity" Quincy Jones "Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me" Prince & The Revolution "I Would Die 4 U" Black Box "Everybody Everybody" Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, C.L. Smooth & Pete Rock "Mecca & the Soul Brothers" Rufus & Chaka Khan "Sharing The Love" NAS "The World Is Yours" Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth "In the House" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles #98: House Music All Night Long
    by Mike Joseph on October 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    House music emerged from Chicago's Black gay clubs in the mid '80s and sparked a revolution in dance and electronic sounds. On the latest JCC, host Mike Joseph celebrates with two hours of house classics from CeCe Peniston, Clivilles & Cole, Frankie Knuckles, Michael Jackson and many more. The Goodmen "Give It Up" Nuyorican Soul "It's Alright, I Feel It (feat. Jocelyn Brown)" Jungle Brothers "I'll House You" Mr. Fingers "Can You Feel It" Ten City "That's the Way Love Is (Underground Mix) [Extended Version]" 808 State "Pacific" Cece Peniston "We Got a Love Thang" Michael Jackson "Remember the Time" Queen Latifah "Come into My House" Frankie Knuckles "The Whistle Song" Ralphi Rosario "You Used to Hold Me" Janet Jackson "Throb" Angel X "Work This Pussy (Revised Mix) [feat. Sweet Pussy Pauline]" Sounds Of Blackness "The Pressure, Pt. 1" Adeva "Warning (7'' Edit)" Clivilles & Cole "Pride (A Deeper Love) [feat. Deborah Cooper] [Underground Club Mix / Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles #97: Special Guest Derek Kirch
    by Mike Joseph on October 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Singer/songwriter/guitarist Derek Kirch (from the band Charred Oak) joins Mike Joseph for another installment of the JCC. This time around, the playlist draws heavily from the '60s and '70s, blurring the lines between rock and soul. Phil Collins "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" Aretha Franklin "The weight" Wilson Pickett "Hey Jude" Labelle "Wild horses" Jimi Hendrix "Spanish Castle Magic" Ann Peebles "I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home Tonight" Betty Davis "He Was a Big Freak" Steely Dan "Kid Charlemagne" The Pointer Sisters "Dirty Work" Bruce Hornsby & The Range "every Little Kiss" Paul Simon "You Can Call Me Al" Living Colour "Elvis Is Dead" Dr. John "Right Place Wrong Time" Sam & Dave "You Got Me Hummin" Little Feat "Dixie Chicken" Quincy Jones "Takin' it to the Streets" Bobby Womack "A Woman's Gotta Have It" Thin Lizzy "Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in Its Spotlight)" Aretha Franklin "Good to Me as I Am to You" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles #96: Special Guest B-Ski!
    by Mike Joseph on September 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Mike Joseph welcomes NYC-based singer/songwriter B-Ski to the JCC. They discuss his debut on "It's Showtime At The Apollo", musical influences, their mutual friend Julian Velard, and they play a bunch of classic jams from the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Playlist: Bell Biv DeVoe "She's Dope! (A.K.A. Dope!)" Bob James "(Take Me To the) Mardi Gras" De La Soul "Keepin' The Faith" The Whatnauts "Help Is On The Way" Bobby Brown "Good Enough" The Human League "Human" Ralph Tresvant "Sensitivity" The Isley Brothers "Groove With You" Boyz II Men "Please Don't Go" Jackson 5 "Maybe Tomorrow" BSKi "You're a Dream (To Wake up To)" Carl Anderson "Buttercup" Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam "Head to Toe" Cortijo y Su Combo "El Negro Bembón" The Pharcyde "Ya Mama" Tony! Toni! Toné! "(Lay Your Head on My) Pillow" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles #95: Ryan Whitman Returns!
    by Mike Joseph on September 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Singer/songwriter Ryan Whitman returns to the JCC to discuss his love for Brandy (the singer, not the drink), "A Different World", and play a selection of classics from the '80s and '90s. Taylor Dayne "Tell It to My Heart" 702 "Steelo" Bobby Brown "Every Little Step" Toni Braxton "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" Sade "Paradise" Chaka Khan "Through the Fire" Martika "Love...Thy Will Be Done" Shanice "Fall For You" Babyface, Mariah Carey, Kenny G & Shelia E. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" Jasmine Guy "Try Me" Patrice Rushen "Feels So Real (Won't Let Go)" Patti LaBelle "New Attitude" The Braxtons "So Many Ways" Aaliyah "No One Knows How to Love Me Quite Like You Do" Ryan Whitman "Raspberry Kisses" Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine "Anything for You" Rose Royce "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) [Soundtrack Version]" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles #94: Nuttin' But Love
    by Mike Joseph on September 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The latest JCC show features classic old school jams by Heavy D & The Boyz, Barry White, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and more! Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine "Betcha Say That" Patti LaBelle "It's Alright With Me" Meli'sa Morgan "Fool's Paradise" Luther Vandross "Heaven Knows" Keith Sweat "Something Just Ain't Right" Janet Jackson "Skin Game" Queen Latifah "U.n.i.t.y." Adeva "Respect (Extended Version)" Heavy D & The Boyz "Nuttin' But Love" El Debarge "Slide" Club House "Good Times/Superstition" Average White Band "Let's Go Round Again" Aretha Franklin "Can't Turn You Loose" Cuba Gooding & The Main Ingredient "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend" Fine Young Cannibals "She Drives Me Crazy" Bobby Brown "On Our Own" Jimmy Riley "Sexual Healing" Barry White "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me" Steve Winwood "Night Train" Living In a Box "Living in a Box (Extended Mix)" Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio "For Those Who Like to Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 93: MJ Day!
    by Mike Joseph on September 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    This latest episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles was recorded on August 29th-Michael Jackson's birthday. To celebrate, Mike Joseph (joined by fellow Radio Free Brooklyn host Shane of Everybody Plays the Fool) plays two hours of Michael Jackson or Michael Jackson-associated music. Not only will you hear classics from the King of Pop, but you'll hear songs he appeared on or produced by Diana Ross, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason and more. You'll also hear covers of his hits and songs that sampled him. Michael Jackson "Jam" The Jacksons "This Place Hotel" Diana Ross "Eaten Alive" Dave Mason "Save Me" Michael Jackson "Can't Get Outta the Rain" Rockwell "Somebody's Watching Me" Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson "Say Say Say" Jackson 5 "Buttercup" Kris Kross "Jump" Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson "Scream" Kanye West & T-Pain "Good Life (feat. T-Pain)" Janet Jackson "Don't Stand Another Chance" Michael Jackson "The Way You Make Me Feel" Eddie Murphy Listen →