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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 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 →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 83: Jazz Fusion (with special guest Calvin Williams)
    by Mike Joseph on June 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    This episode of the JCC gets smoothed out on the jazz tip, with some great fusion jams. Host Mike Joseph is joined by musician Calvin Williams, who curated a playlist containing gems from George Duke, Lee Ritenour, Santana, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jaco Pastorius and more. Jeff Lorber Fusion "Rain Dance / Wanna Fly" Herbie Hancock "Lite Me Up!" Chick Corea "Earth Juice" Santana "Hold On" Marcus Miller "Much Too Much" Roy Ayers "Searching" Azymuth "Dear Limmertz" Jean-Luc Ponty "Ethereal Mood" Billy Cobham "Moon germs" Frank Zappa "Fifty-Fifty" George Duke "Reach Out" The Brecker Brothers Band "D.B.B." Stanley Clarke "Time Exposure" Lee Ritenour "Cross My Heart" Jaco Pastorius "Portrait of Tracy" Weather Report "Birdland" Donald Byrd "Mr. Thomas" George Benson "Breezin'" John McLaughlin & Mahavishnu Orchestra "Gita" Al Di Meola "Dark Eye Tango" Wayne Shorter "Endangered Species" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 82: Guess The Sample With Elann Danziger
    by Mike Joseph on June 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Elann Danziger (from Radio Free Brooklyn's "Lost & Rewound" guest hosts the show and delivers a two-hour set of songs popularly known as samples on more recent pop, R&B or hip-hop tracks. You'll hear the Tom Tom Club, Chic, Stevie Wonder and more in this episode. Track list below: Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride Lamont Dozier - Shout About It Gangsters - Strung Out on the Boogie Odyssey - Hang Together Vicki Sue Robinson - Hot Summer Nights Chic - Soup For One Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood Scherrie Payne - I’m Not in Love/Girl You’re in Love Prince - Let’s Work Dreamboy - Let’s Go Out ESG - Dance Rhetta Hughes - Angel Man Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F (Beverly Hills Cop Theme) BT Express - Star Child (Spirit of the Night) Crown Heights Affair - I Don’t Want to Change You BB&Q Band - On The Beat Was (Not Was) - Wheel Me Out Suzy Q - I Can’t Give You More Gap Band - Early in the Morning The Bloods - Button Up Man Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 81: Class Of '93
    by Mike Joseph on June 16, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Mike Joseph celebrates his graduation year (and a great year for music overall) with some of the biggest hits of 1993. The playlist includes music by The Pharcyde, Jamiroquai, Janet Jackson, Meshell NdegeOcello, and more. Salt-N-Pepa "Shoop" Naughty By Nature "Hip Hop Hooray" Run-DMC "Down With The king" SWV "Right Here (Human Nature Duet) (Demolition 12" Mix)" H-Town "Knockin' da Boots" Kris Kross "Alright (Extended Remix)" Janet Jackson "That's the Way Love Goes" UB40 "Cant Help Falling in Love" The Pharcyde "Passin' Me By" Digable Planets "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" Toni Braxton "Another Sad Love Song" Meshell Ndegeocello "I'm Diggin' You (Like an Old Soul Record)" Tony! Toni! Toné! "fun" Jamiroquai "When You Gonna Learn? (Digeridoo)" A Tribe Called Quest "midnight" The Goodmen "give it up" Souls of Mischief "93 'Til Infinity (LP Version)" Mary J. Blige "Love No Limit" Janet Jackson "If" Robin S. "Show Me Love (Stone's Club Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 80: Mike's Birthday Show
    by Mike Joseph on June 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    This show was recorded the day before Mike Joseph's birthday, and contains a motley crew of friends and former guests who are helping him celebrate. The theme is "party songs", and the setlist features a variety of uptempo show starters, including hits by Prince, Mobb Deep, Jesse Johnson, Michael Jackson and more. Set list: The Gap Band "Party Train" Prince "Controversy" Shannon "Let the Music Play" Michael Jackson "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" Kool & The Gang "Celebration" The Bar-Kays "Freaky Behavior" Marvin Gaye "Got to Give It Up" Rick James "Give It to Me Baby" Funkadelic "One Nation Under a Groove" Luther Vandross "Never Too Much" Michael Jackson "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" The Time "777-9311" Shalamar "A Night to Remember ((12" Inch Version))" Onyx "Slam" Laid Back "White Horse (U.S. Edit)" Mobb Deep "Shook Ones, Pt. II" Prince & The Revolution "Let's Go Crazy" Dazz Band "Let It Whip" Jesse Johnson "Crazay (feat. Sly Stone)" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 79: Sax Appeal
    by Mike Joseph on May 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Saxophones were a prominent instrument in much '80s music, and the latest JCC show pays tribute to the iconic musical instrument. Every track played features a sax solo or a saxophone otherwise featured in the song. You'll hear music from Teena Marie, Freddie Jackson, Tina Turner, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and more. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five "freedom" Phil Collins "Sussudio (2016 Remastered)" Sheila E "Sister Fate" Paula Abdul "Forever Your Girl" Glenn Frey "You Belong to the City" Janet Jackson "He Doesn't Know I'm Alive" Cameo "I Just Want to Be (12" Version)" Howard Hewett "I'm for Real" Whitney Houston "Saving all my love for you" The Jets "You Got It All" David Sanborn "Chicago Song" Sheena Easton "The Lover in Me" Deniece Williams "Do What You Feel" Teena Marie "My Dear Mr. Gaye" Kenny G & Kashif "Love On the Rise" Duran Duran "Rio" Prince "Hot Thing" Kool & The Gang "Too Hot" LL Cool J "Going Back to Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 78: Karaoke Favorites
    by Mike Joseph on May 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Are you a fan of '80s soul music? Are you a fan of karaoke? JCC host Mike Joseph devotes this show to songs he's performed in front of an audience. Even if you don't care about karaoke, you'll enjoy the features hits by Michael and Janet Jackson, as well as Prince, The Notorious B.I.G., Bobby Caldwell, Vanity 6 and more. Prince "P Control" Rod Stewart "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" The Jacksons "Shake Your Body (Down To the Ground)" David Bowie "Let's Dance" Childish Gambino "Redbone" Janet Jackson "What Have You Done for Me Lately" Vanity 6 "Nasty Girl" The Notorious B.I.G. "Hypnotize (2014 Remastered Version)" Nate Dogg & Warren G "Regulate" Kendrick Lamar "i" Todd Rundgren "Hello It's Me" Bobby Caldwell "What You Won't Do for Love" Luther Vandross "Never Too Much" Mint Condition "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" Justin Timberlake & The Benjamin Wright Orchestra "Set the Mood Prelude / Until the End of Time" Michael Jackson Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 77: With Special Guest Ryan Whitman
    by Mike Joseph on May 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Singer/songwriter Ryan Whitman joins Mike Joseph for a new episode of the JCC. Ryan curates this episodes's musical selections, which includes classics by Whitney Houston, Shanice, Prince and more. Ryan also discusses his musical and songwriting inspirations and has a very special message for Gloria Estefan. Lionel Richie "All Night Long (All Night)" Whitney Houston "I'm Every Woman" Prince & The Revolution "Raspberry Beret" Chaka Khan "I Feel for You" Cheryl Lynn "Got to Be Real" Faith Evans "You Used To Love Me" Toni Braxton "You Mean the World to Me" Brandy "I Wanna Be Down" Shanice "I Love Your Smile (Single Version)" Lil' Kim "Crush On You (feat. Lil' Cease) [Remix]" Janet Jackson "Got 'Til It's Gone" Bobby Brown "Every Little Step" Stevie Wonder "All I Do" Rose Royce "I'm Going Down" P.M. Dawn "I'd Die Without You" Sade "Kiss of Life" Brownstone "If You Love Me" Natalie Cole "Miss You Like Crazy" Klymaxx "I Miss You" Ryan Whitman "If Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 76: (Parentheses)
    by Mike Joseph on May 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The latest JCC show consists of songs with parentheses in the title. Two hours of classic old school jams from Michael Jackson, Loose Ends, New Edition, Information Society, Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson and more. Playlist: Loose Ends "Hangin' On a String (Contemplating)" Parliament "Gloryhallastoopid (Pin the Tale On the Funky)" Rene & Angela "Save Your Love (For #1)" Jermaine Jackson "Come to Me (One Way or Another)" Beastie Boys "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" Patrice Rushen "Feels So Real (Won't Let Go)" New Edition "A Little Bit of Love (Is All it Takes)" New Kids On The Block "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)" Shalamar "You Won't Miss Love (Until It's Gone)" James Brown "Hot (I Need to Be Loved Loved Loved Loved)" Information Society "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)" George Benson "Lady Love Me (One More Time)" Prince "17 Days" Alexander O'Neal "You Were Meant to Be My Lady (Not My Girl)" Gladys Knight & The Pips "You're Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 75: What's Wrong With Mike?
    by Mike Joseph on April 30, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    The team from It's All Nice on Ice ( joins Mike Joseph for a new JCC show. This show features music by Sade, A Tribe Called Quest, Rick James, and Devo. The special guests turn out to offer Mike an assist as he seems to be a bit under the weather. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 74: With Special Guests Young Charles & Aaron Ford
    by Mike Joseph on April 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The latest episode of the JCC features a return appearance by Aaron Ford and the first show appearance by Young Charles. In addition to playing classic jams by Barry White, Slave and Michael McDonald, we discuss Prince's legacy, Nina Simone's Rock Hall induction, the shock that comes with discovering that Bobby Caldwell isn't black, our hatred towards New York's transit authority, and much more. Prince & The New Power Generation & Eric Leeds "Gett Off" Barry White "Playing Your Game, Baby" Rick James "Mary Jane" Weldon Irvine "We Getting Down" Minnie Riperton "Baby, This Love I Have" The Intruders "I'll Always Love My Mama" The Turtles "I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're the Royal Macadamia Nuts)" Bobby Caldwell "Open Your Eyes" Michael McDonald "I Keep Forgettin (Every Time You're Near)" Timmy Thomas "Why Can't We Live Together" Nina Simone "Sinnerman" The Whatnauts "Help Is On The Way" Slave "Just a Touch of Love" ESG "U.F.O." Edwin Birdsong "Cola Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles 73: Hip-Hop, Freestyle & Shenanigans with Mike, Chris and Chris
    by Mike Joseph on April 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The latest JCC show features special guests Chris Cruz and Chris Calabrese (of RFB's "It's All Nice On Ice"). The trio discusses reunion concerts, Jesus, Santeria and more. The playlist includes hits by Eric B & Rakim, Yo-Yo, Don Blackman, Rick James, Big L, Lauryn Hill, and Jocelyn Enriquez. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 72: Music Discovery with Special Guest Eli Taylor
    by Mike Joseph on April 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Blogger Eli Taylor ( joins Mike Joseph for an episode in which they discuss the music discovery process, a theme central to Taylor's blog. The playlist includes songs by OutKast, TLC, Michael Jackson, Prince, Duran Duran and Robyn. Cee-Lo "My Kind of People" Steely Dan & Tom Scott "Peg" Robyn "Show Me Love" D’Angelo and The Vanguard "The Charade" Janet Jackson "R&B Junkie" Michael Jackson "Dirty Diana" Beyoncé "Rocket" Rihanna "Shut Up and Drive" Public Enemy "Pollywanacraka" Duran Duran "Lonely In Your Nightmare" TLC "Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes" A Tribe Called Quest "Check the Rhime" De La Soul "Bitties In The BK Lounge" Amy Winehouse "He Can Only Hold Her" Prince "A Million Days" Seal "If I Could" Stevie Wonder "Knocks Me Off My Feet" Little Brother featuring Darien Brockington "All For You (feat. Darien Brockington)" Beastie Boys "Shadrach" Outkast with Erykah Badu "Humble Mumble (with Erykah Badu)" Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 71: Special Guest Elann Danziger
    by Mike Joseph on April 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The latest episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles features special guest Elann Danziger, who hosts Lost & Rewound on Radio Free Brooklyn each Thursday afternoon. The playlist for this show contains songs by James Ingram, Biz Markie, Lakeside, George Duke, Sylvester and more. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 70: Summer In The Winter
    by Mike Joseph on March 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Nor'easter blues getting you down? Want to dream of sandy beaches and sunshine? I've got just the mix for you. The 70th episode of the JCC features summer-reminiscent hits by Sade, Dr. Dre, Loose Ends and more. Joining host Mike Joseph are Radio Free Brooklyn's own Billy C. and Shane. Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 69: Hip Hop Junkies with Special Guest Mitch Ski
    by Mike Joseph on March 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The latest JCC show features special guest Mitch Ski The Rapping Comedian, who is notorious for his '80s single "Brooklyn Blew Up The Bridge". In addition to playing some classic golden era hip-hop jams by Whodini, Boogie Down Productions and X-Clan, Mike Joseph and Mitch Ski discuss the recent death of Craig Mack, their shared home of Brooklyn, and why old school hip-hop still rules. Playlist below: Craig Mack "Flava In Ya Ear Remix (feat. The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes & Rampage)" MC EZ & Troup "Get Retarded" The Fatback Band "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" UTFO "Roxanne, Roxanne" Whodini "Funky Beat" Beastie Boys "Hold It Now, Hit It" Trends of Culture "Valley of the Skinz" MC Mitchski the Rapping Comedian "Brooklyn Blew Up The Bridge" Mc Shan "The Bridge" Boogie Down Productions "The Bridge Is Over" Herman Kelly & Life "Dance to the Drummer's Beat" Big Daddy Kane "Raw (Remix)" Eric B. & Rakim "Microphone Fiend" X-Clan "Funkin' Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 68: The Snowpocalypse Show
    by Mike Joseph on March 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    This episode of the Jheri Curl Chronicles finds host Mike Joseph having to throw together a show because his co-host couldn't make it to the studio on account of snow. So the songs played aren't themed like they normally are, but the mix of songs features hits from Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Keith Sweat, Billy Ocean, Diana Ross and more. The Boys "Crazy" Bobby Brown "My Prerogative" Mary J. Blige "You Remind Me" Hi-Five "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" The Egyptian Lover "Egypt Egypt" Ashford & Simpson "It Seems to Hang On" Diana Ross "My Old Piano" Wham! "I'm Your Man" Billy Ocean "Stay the Night" The Jacksons "Everybody" Shalamar "You Can Count On Me" Lenny Kravitz "Heaven Help" Rockie Robbins "You And Me" Everything But The Girl "Get Back Together" Greg Phillinganes "Behind the Mask" Ralph Tresvant "Do What I Gotta Do" Keith Sweat "Don't Stop Your Love" Steve Arrington's Hall of Fame "Weak At the Knees" Sly & The Family Stone "If You Want Me to Listen →

  • The Jheri Curl Chronicles Episode 67: Dad Songs Co-Starring Chris Lammer
    by Mike Joseph on March 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Chris Lammer (@chazzslumber) joins Mike Joseph on a new episode of the JCC. They talk about Chris's days as a college radio DJ and also pull the episode's playlist from Chris's DJ dad's record collection. The '70s are the primary decade referenced here, with songs by Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown and The Temptations, but music is also played by Prince, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson. Enjoy. Check out the playlist below. Dizzy Gillespie "Dizzy Atmosphere" Junior Parker "If You Can't Take It" The Temptations "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" James Brown "I Got the Feelin'" Hugh Masekela "Adede" Kool & The Gang "This Is You, This Is Me" Stevie Wonder "I Was Made To Love Her" Al Green "Let's Stay Together" Betty Wright "Pure Love" Gladys Knight & The Pips "I've Got to Use My Imagination" Sly & The Family Stone "Hot Fun In the Summertime" Betty Davis "F.U.N.K." The Impressions "Love Me" Rasputin's Stash "I'd Like to Know You Better" Tower of Power "You're Listen →

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