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The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For April 12

by Marshall Crenshaw
George Clinton and engineer Jim Vitti mixing P-Funk (courtesy of United Sound Systems,

This week's "The Bottomless Pit" is one of my favorites so far, ever. It's an hour-long salute to Detroit's United Sound Systems, a recording studio with a deep and illustrious legacy. Launched back in 1933, and moved to its present location in 1943, there's a ton of popular music history connected to this place.

Berry Gordy, Jr. did his first Tamla Records productions at United Sound. "Boogie Chillen" by John Lee Hooker, a record that shook the world in 1947 and is still selling, was recorded at United. Aretha Franklin, the MC5, Anita Baker, Johnnie Ray, Charlie Parker, Jack Scott, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Parliament, Brides of Funkenstein ...I could go on all day.

I'll explore as much of United's great history as I can during my hour of airtime tonight, but I'll barely be scratching the surface.

Hopefully you'll join me for "The Bottomless Pit," tonight at 10pm EDT, on 90.7FM WFUV and streaming online.

You can also find The Bottomless Pit in the FUV archives for up to two weeks after broadcast.