Jesse Thorn talks to the singer/songwriter Bill Withers, of Lean on Me and Just the Two of Us fame, about making it in the music business and then retiring from performance. Plus comedy writer Joe Randazzo shares his secrets to an "unpredictable career in comedy" as outlined in his new book Funny On Purpose, and Jesse explains why his great American hero is one of the kid spellers from the 2002 documentary, Spellbound. Show notes
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The Sound of Young America: The Legacy Collection is an effort to highlight some of the older shows in our vast audio archive. We were pretty much podcasting before anyone actually listened to podcasts, so I'm guessing you haven't heard these shows.
This week, it's an hour-long visit with our friends Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster, of The Best Show on WFMU. The Best Show is a weekly three-hour decent into madness. Tom hosts, and a variety of oddballs -- many real, some imagined -- call in to discuss their problems, play on-air games and discuss their insular world. Tom is generally a genial host, but when provoked, he transforms into a despot, wielding his catchphrase, "GET OFF MY PHONE" at any and all offending parties.
TBSOWFMU is best known for Wurster's calls. Jon assumes one of a variety of personae and calls Tom, often with a perfectly reasonable comment or response to a question or contest. Slowly, over the course of twenty or thirty minutes, things spin out of control. Often, Tom is left incredulously blubbering his dissent in response to a stream of bizarre proclomations on the other side of the phone.
This episode of The Sound of Young America features an interview with Jon & Tom as well as a selection of material from one of the compilation CDs they release on their label, Stereolaffs.
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