Jheri Curl Chronicles logoGuess what? We’re spinning off a new series in the Blerd Radio family.

The Jheri Curl Chronicles finds Blerd Radio founder Mike Joseph and pop culture writer Thomas Inskeep (proprietor of the Rock Me Tonight blog) discussing every song to hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles (later Hot Black Singles) chart during the 1980s. Each episode will feature five songs, in chronological order of when they hit pole position.

This pilot episode (featuring a few audio hiccups that will not be present in future installments) starts off with a tribute to Prince, who will not be discussed in earnest for a while yet.

The songs discussed are:

-Rock With You by Michael Jackson (#1 for 6 weeks)

-The Second Time Around by Shalamar (1 week)

-Special Lady by Ray, Goodman and Brown (1 week)

-And The Beat Goes On by The Whispers (5 weeks)

-Stomp! by The Brothers Johnson (1 week)

Peripheral topics discussed include:

Shalamar’s “This Is For The Lover In You”, Babyface’s remake, and the remix of Babyface’s version featuring Ghostface Killah

Ray, Goodman & Brown’s previous incarnation as The Moments, which produced the #1 hits “Love On A Two Way Street” and “Look At Me (I’m In Love)”

“Do They Turn You On”– a classic album cut from The Whispers

The re-purposing of “Stomp” (featuring Shaq, Coolio and Luniz!) and The Brothers Johnson classics “I’ll Be Good To You”, “Tomorrow” and “Strawberry Letter 23” by Quincy Jones

Tevin Campbell’s “Safer On The Ground”, his first new single in a decade and a half…

…and much, much more! Stay tuned for future episodes in this series as well as a continuation of the OG Blerd Radio podcast and the Constant Conversations spin-off.

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