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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,, The Boombox, and Ultimate Classic Rock. He’s run his own site, (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 #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 →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles #92: Michael Goldwasser Returns Plus R.I.P. Aretha
    by Mike Joseph on August 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Singer/songwriter/producer Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars, Jason Mraz) returns to the guest's chair on the latest JCC. Together with host Mike Joseph, they go deep discussing classic hits and musicians from the '80s, pay tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, and also get into some new music from Goldwasser's R&B project, Goldswagger. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 91: Guest Host Billy C Turns It Out!
    by Mike Joseph on August 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Mike Joseph is away on business this week, so the reins of the JCC are turned over to Billy C, host of "Cosmic Debris" and "The Attitude Adjustment Hour" on Radio Free Brooklyn. Billy turns in a list of songs that are ever-so-soulful and hail from multiple eras. Artists featured in this playlist include Michael Jackson, Sly & The Family Stone, LaBelle and D'Angelo! MFSB - TSOP featuring The Three Degrees Heatwave - The Groove Line Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Sly & The Family Stone - Dance To The Music Tony! Toni! Tone! - If I Had No Loot George Clinton - Why Should I Dog You Out? Trouble Funk - Pump Me Up Soul II Soul - Get A Life L.T.D. (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again LaBelle - What Can I Do For You? Charelle featuring Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love Imagination - Just An Illusion Johnny Kemp - Just Got Paid Sister Sledge - He's The Greatest Dancer Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy With It Earth, Wind & Fire - In The Stone Kirk Franklin Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 90: Special Guests Calvin & Colby
    by Mike Joseph on August 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The JCC continues to bring you two hours of the best old school urban music. This episode's playlist includes music by Stevie Wonder, War, Michel'le, Boogie Down Productions and more. Host Mike Joseph is joined by special guests Colby Smith (who hosts "Young Persons' Radio" on Radio Free Brooklyn) and musician Calvin Williams. They discuss the greatness of Rick James' "Fire & Desire", Calvin's idea for a new show based on ambient music, the recent passing of Charlotte Rae, and more. Donna Summer "On the radio" Stevie Wonder "Did I Hear You Say You Love Me" O'bryan "I'm Freaky" War "You Got The Power" Instant Funk "Dark Vader" Boogie Down Productions "My Philosophy" Aretha Franklin & Eurythmics "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" Public Enemy "Prophets of Rage" Terence Trent D'Arby "Sign Your Name" The Commodores "Nightshift" Michael Jackson "Man In the Mirror" Rose Royce "Golden Touch" Color Me Badd "I Adore Mi Amor" Rick James "Fire and Desire" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 89: Special Guests DJ Catskillz, Charles & Chris
    by Mike Joseph on August 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    This episode of the JCC finds host Mike Joseph joined by a trio of guests; Chris Cruz and Charles Hendricks make return appearances, and DJ Catskillz (Catonia Whalen) guests on the show for the first time. In between conversations about music and pop culture, music is played by George Michael, Michael Jackson, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and more. Michael Jackson "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" The Time "Jungle Love" Talk Talk "It's My Life" Nina Simone "The Pusher" Shannon "Let the Music Play" Billy Ocean "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" David Bowie "Modern Love" Grace jones "Pull Up to the Bumper" Prince "When Doves Cry (Edit)" Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch & Loleatta Holloway "Good Vibrations (feat. Loleatta Holloway)" Cameo "Candy" Bell Biv DeVoe "Poison" Jody Watley "Looking for a New Love" Inner City "Good Life" Backstreet Boys "Don't Go Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 88: Before The Curl
    by Mike Joseph on July 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The Jheri Curl Chronicles generally plays music from the '80s. On this installment of this show, Mike Joseph steps back a few years and plays two hours of classics from the late '70s. Disco, funk, and classic soul are all represented, with hits from The Emotions, Earth Wind & Fire, Prince, Minnie Riperton and more. The Emotions "Best of My Love" Parliament "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" Rick James "Mary Jane" Chic "I Want Your Love" Faze-O "Riding High" Switch "There'll Never Be" Earth, Wind & Fire "Fantasy" Jermaine Jackson "Castles of Sand" The Doobie Brothers "What a Fool Believes" Prince "Crazy You" Raydio "More Than One Way to Love a Woman" Marvin Gaye "You Can Leave, But It's Going to Cost You" The Isley Brothers "Voyage to Atlantis" Deniece Williams "Free" Stevie Wonder "If It's Magic" Stephanie Mills "Put Your Body In It" L.T.D. "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again" The Jacksons "Things I Do For You" Sylvester "Dance (Disco Heat)" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 87: A Tribute To 1988!
    by Mike Joseph on July 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    1988 was a groundbreaking year for urban music, with hip-hop and R&B going through changes that would shake up both genres. A youth movement, led by artists like Bobby Brown and New Edition and producers like Teddy Riley, blurred the lines between genres. Meanwhile, classic albums were released almost monthly in rap music. The playlist celebrating this year features classics from Guy, Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy and more. Host Mike Joseph is joined in the studio by special guest actor and filmmaker Leal Vona. Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock "It takes two" Guy "Groove me" Public Enemy "Don't Believe the Hype" New Edition "If It Isn't Love" Inner City "Big Fun" Billy Ocean "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" J.J. Fad "Supersonic" Salt-N-Pepa "Shake Your Thang (It's Your Thing)" E.U. "Da' Butt" Run-DMC "Mary, Mary" DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Parents Just Don't Understand" Eric B. & Rakim "Lyrics of Fury" Stetsasonic "Talkin' All That Jazz" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 86: The Comfort Zone
    by Mike Joseph on July 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The latest JCC show features music by Vanessa Williams, De La Soul, Ray Parker Jr., Babyface and many more. Vanessa Williams "The Comfort Zone" De La Soul "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)" The Time "ice Cream Castles" Joni Mitchell "Ladies' Man" New Edition "Mr. Telephone Man" Lakeside "Fantastic Voyage" The Bar-Kays "Boogie Body Land" The Whispers "Emergency" Nu Shooz "Should I Say Yes?" Whodini "friends" Prince & The Revolution "Baby I'm a Star" Boy George "Don't Cry" Earth, Wind & Fire "Let's Groove (Single Version)" Ray Parker Jr. "Electronic Lover" DeBarge "Be My Lady (Instrumental)" Chic "Burn Hard" Diana Ross "tenderness" Level 42 "Lessions in Love" Howard Johnson "So Fine" George Kranz "Din Daa Daa" Chubb Rock "Treat Em Right" Jean Knight "She Got the Papers But I Got the Man (Part 1)" Jeffrey Osborne "Don't You Get So Mad" Lionel Richie "The Only One" Babyface "Whip Appeal" New Edition "I'm Comin' Home" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 85: Heat Check
    by Mike Joseph on July 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The U.S. is in the middle of a heat wave, summer has officially arrived, and what better way to celebrate than two hours of old school dance, funk and soul jams that reference heat? All of the songs and/or artists in this show are titled "heat", "hot", "fire", "sweat" or "flame". The playlist includes hits by Shalamar, Chaka Khan, Talking Heads, and more. Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three "The Roof Is On Fire (Re-Recorded / Remastered)" Talking Heads "Burning Down the House" India "Dancing On the Fire" Patti Austin "The Heat of Heat" Martha Reeves & The Vandellas "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (Single)" Keith Sweat "Make You Sweat" Shalamar "Full of Fire" Roy Ayers "Hot" Gwen McCrae "Keep the Fire Burning" The Cure "Hot Hot Hot!!!" C+C Music Factory "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) (Radio Mix)" Heatwave "Eyeballin'" Cheryl Lynn "Keep It Hot" James "J.T." Taylor & J.T. Taylor "Long Hot Summer Night" The Chi-Lites "Hot On a Thing Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 84: This Is The Remix
    by Mike Joseph on July 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The latest JCC show features remixed versions of classic R&B, soul and hip-hop hits of the '80s and early '90s. Featured artists include Jodeci (featuring Ghostface Killah and Raekwon), Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson, Soul II Soul and lots more. Madonna "Like a Prayer (Live 1990 FM Broadcast)" Eric B. & Rakim "Paid In Full (Seven Minutes of Madness - The Cold Cut Remix)" Paula Abdul "Straight Up (Single Version)" Bell Biv DeVoe "Dope! (A.K.A. She's Dope!)" Janet Jackson "State of the World" A Tribe Called Quest "scenario" Michael Jackson "rock with you" Sybil "My Love Is Guaranteed (Remix)" Johnny Gill "Rub You the Right Way (Remix) (Remix)" Monie Love "It's a Shame (My Sister) [feat. True Image]" Daryl Hall & John Oates "Method of Modern Love (Extended Mix)" Chaka Khan "I Feel for You" Jodeci "Freek'n You (Radio Edit)" Ralph Tresvant "Sensitivity" The Notorious B.I.G. "One More Chance (Stay With Me Remix) [Soundtrack Version]" Prince "Little Listen →

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