Monthly Archives: February 2016


On this past episode of “Sophisticated Boom Boom” on WFMU I aired an interview that I did with Lesley Gore from October 2013 and played many of the records she highlighted during the interview. Lesley was just coming out of a very dark time, having lost her apartment of many years due to a fire. There were still lots of unpacked boxes scattered around her new apartment when I visited so it seemed like life was only just getting back to normal. As this interview wasn’t conducted with radio in mind, you’ll notice the sound of her and I moving around in her squeaky leather chairs, her iPhone going off, and me talking over her quite a bit (I couldn’t help it! I was over-excited!). You can listen to the interview here: And here’s a tribute to Lesley Gore, which I wrote for the Guardian shortly after she passed away. xo-Sheila  


My vintage vinyl + erotica party, Sh-Boom returns to Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, 11237) this Friday February 19th with guest DJs Drew Redmond (Norton Records) and Avi Spivak (Rebel Rouser) and go-go girl Anna Copa Cabanna, and lotsa sexy vintage visuals that will get naughtier as the night goes on….. Expect 60s girl groups, freakbeat, Northern Soul, soundtracks, doo wop, French Yé-Yé, R&B, easy listening, Japanese pop, and songs with whips + heavy moaning. Hope to see you there! xo-Sheila Sh-Boom’s facebook event page:

Lesley Gore interview on Sophisticated Boom Boom 2/19

Hey gang: It was quite strange to watch last night’s Grammys and get my head around the alarmingly long list of artists we lost in 2015. Lesley Gore was one of those artists and today marks the one year anniversary of her passing. This Friday February 19th, I’ll be paying tribute to Lesley on Sophisticated Boom Boom by airing an interview we did in October 2013 as well as journeying through her extensive 60s + 70s pop catalogue. This interview was never intended for broadcast—it was for a writing assignment. But I thought it wouldn’t be right to keep this interview to myself.  I remember having a really hard time personally at the time of the interview, and almost dreading having to sit before a woman I so much loved and admired when really, I just wanted to crawl into a hole. But the interview ended up being a real gift. Lesley, too had been going through a hellish period (her apartment had recently burnt down, she was being sued by her landlord), yet listening to her enthuse about “You Don’t Own Me,” working with Bob Crewe and Ellie Greenwich, women’s rights, the … Read more


Hello friends! I know I’ve fallen terribly behind in keeping my Sophisticated Boom Boom playlists up-to-date, so I’ve compiled episodes #23 – #33 below. Daddy Roll ‘Em: November 20, 2015: Baroque Hoedown: November 27, 2015: Xxxo: December 5, 2015: L’amour A Plusieurs: December 11, 2015: I Want A Boy For Xmas: December 18, 2015: Year of the Cat: January 1, 2016: Go Go Mini Mini Shimmy Shimmy Yé-Yé!: January 8, 2016: Drown My Heart: January 15, 2016: You Can Be Wrong About Boys: January 22, 2016: I Feel Like Layin’ In Another Woman’s Husband’s Arms: January 29, 2016: Cheerful Little Earful: February 5, 2016:  In other radio news, the WFMU marathon— my station’s annual fundraiser is coming up fast. From March 6th – March 20th WFMU will attempt to raise enough money to keep the station alive and kicking, whilst maintaining their wonderfully liberating status as America’s longest running independent, non-commercial, non-corporate, freeform radio station. So if any of you have been enjoying “Sophisticated Boom Boom” or the many other glorious shows on WFMU, I and the station would be most grateful for your support! I shall post more … Read more