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The SLIS podcast covers 80s and 90s alternative rock and current bands that carry the torch. We interview rock stars, do reviews, retrospectives and the occasional old guy rant. *Theme song: ‘Hold It’ by Interstelar. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/slis/support

Smells Like Infinite Sadness Michael Taylor

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The SLIS podcast covers 80s and 90s alternative rock and current bands that carry the torch. We interview rock stars, do reviews, retrospectives and the occasional old guy rant. *Theme song: ‘Hold It’ by Interstelar. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/slis/support

    Episode 36: The Mission UK's Wayne Hussey Discusses Charity Single 'TOS2020' Featuring All Your Favorite Musicians

    Episode 36: The Mission UK's Wayne Hussey Discusses Charity Single 'TOS2020' Featuring All Your Favorite Musicians

    Wayne Hussey is goth-rock royalty. Between his tenure as guitarist in The Sisters of Mercy to founding the The Mission UK, the frontman/guitarist has created some of the most iconic and evocative work in the genre...and beyond. 

    Never content to rest on his laurels, Hussey remains a creative force, as evidenced on The Mission's 2016 epic 'Another Fall From Grace.' And now he's lending his musical talents to a host of charities for Covid-19 frontline workers with a new charity version of one of his biggest hits.

    Hussey has remade The Mission's 1988 classic 'Tower of Strength' (retitled as 'TOS 2020') with a huge host of musicians (christened as The ReMIssion International) that reads like a Who's Who of alternative icons, including (deep breath) Andy Rourke, Billy Duffy, Budgie, Evi Vine, Gary Numan, James Alexander Graham, Jay Aston (who we've interviewed for this podcast), Julianne Regan, Kevin Haskins (who we've ALSO interviewed for this podcast), Kirk Brandon, Lol Tolhurst, Martin Gore, Michael Aston, Michael Ciravolo, Midge Ure, Miles Hunt, Rachel Goswell, Richard Fortus, Robin Finck, Steve Clarke, Tim Palmer and Trentemøller.

    In this episode, Hussey and I discuss what inspired remaking 'Tower of Strength', the Herculean task of assembling such an intimidating list of collaborators (and how he got Jay and Michael Aston to appear on the same track), his thoughts on being a musician during a pandemic, his other recent creative pursuits and more.

    So check it out, and be sure to stick around afterwards, when we'll be playing the radio edit edition of 'TOS2020', And you can purchase the new single in a variety of digital and physical formats by visiting the band's official website.




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    • 48 min
    Episode 35: 25 Albums Turning 25 in 2020-The Best Albums of 1995

    Episode 35: 25 Albums Turning 25 in 2020-The Best Albums of 1995

    Following last year's podcast episode celebrating the best albums from 1994, co-host Chris Logan and I dive in to the best 25 albums from 25 years ago, in this case the year 1995. '95 was another great year for alternative rock in all its disparate forms, and it was a particularly eclectic one as well, from anthemic rock from The Smashing Pumpkins, Faith No More, Radiohead, Oasis and Filter, to the emergence of stoner rock with Monster Magnet and Kyuss, and different variants of shoegaze (Slowdive, Garbage, Hum). 

    It was also a year that showed an increased interest in electronic music, from ambient (Aphex Twin), techno (Moby, The Chemical Brothers), trip-hop (Tricky) and jungle (Goldie), to singular heavyweights like Bowie and Bjork, who dabbled in all of the above.

    So take a trip down memory lane and tell us your favorites from 1995 via message or comment.


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    Episode 34: Talking Book's Billy Gould Discusses New Album 'Talking Book II', Upcoming Faith No More Tour and More

    Episode 34: Talking Book's Billy Gould Discusses New Album 'Talking Book II', Upcoming Faith No More Tour and More

    Billy Gould has had a busy 2020. Not only has he reunited with Faith No More (for which he plays bass and is a founding member), he's just released 'Talking Book 2,' the long awaited follow-up to 2011's 'Talking Book' by the band of the same name.

    Gould rounds out the musical trio, which also features Jared Blum and Dominic Cramp of Gigante Sound, and 'Talking Book 2' (out April 24 on Gould's Koolarrow Records label) is a rich tapestry of sound, a set of dense instrumentals that are deeply evocative, feeling like a soundtrack to a film that doesn't exist.

    In this episode of the Smells Like Infinite Sadness Podcast, Gould and I discuss the new album, from its origins to the importance of sequencing, as well as how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting Faith No More's upcoming summer tour (and the effect of the pandemic on musicians in general), the 20th anniversary of their 1995 underrated classic 'King For a Day, Fool For A Lifetime' and much more. 

    So give it a listen, and stay tuned afterward where I'll be premiering  'Heridor', a track off the new album.


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    • 25 min
    Episode 33: Our Picks For the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Episode 33: Our Picks For the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    On this week's episode of the SLIS podcast, co-host Chris Logan and I choose our picks for the 2020 inductees for the RRHOF.  It wasn't easy given next year's artists for consideration include Soundgarden, Depeche Mode, Motörhead, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Nine Inch Nails, The MC5, T.Rex, Thin Lizzy, Pat Benatar, Todd Rundgren, The Doobie Brothers, The Notorious B.I.G, Whitney Houston, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, and The Dave Matthews Band.

    We discuss why our choices belong in the RRHOF, what the odds are that our selections actually get in, and give a bit of history and insight into all of the artists up for consideration in 2020.

    Be sure to send us a voice message on Anchor or on Twitter to discuss your favorite choices and predictions for next year's inductees--we might might give you a shoutout in future eps! And click here to listen to our episode from earlier this year where we discussed the musicians inducted into the 2019 RRHOF.


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    • 1h 21 min
    Episode 32: 25 Albums Turning 25 in 2019-The Best Albums of 1994

    Episode 32: 25 Albums Turning 25 in 2019-The Best Albums of 1994

    Following our podcast episode ranking the best albums from 1989, co-host Chris Logan and I dive in to the best 25 albums from 1993 turning 25 this year. '94 was a HUGE year for alternative rock, hip-hop and metal, with bands like Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Ween, Suede and more releasing instant classics, killer debuts from the likes of Weezer and Portishead, great soundtracks like The Crow, and under-the-radar gems from The Cult, Danzig and more. 

    So give it a listen and tell us your favorites via message or comment.  And be sure to check out my recent interview with Medicine's Brad Laner. 


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    • 1h 40 min
    Episode 31: Medicine's Brad Laner Talks New Covers Album 'Scarred For Life'

    Episode 31: Medicine's Brad Laner Talks New Covers Album 'Scarred For Life'

    On this week's podcast my special guest is Brad Laner, best known as the guitarist and songwriter for Medicine, one of the most interesting and uncompromising alternative acts of the 90s. 

    Laner’s unique guitar tone and playing style led to the band being associated with the UK shoegaze scene, so much so that they were the first American band signed to Creation Records. The group are perhaps most iconically remembered for performing in the film The Crow (their song Time Baby III, featuring Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Frazer was also featured on the soundtrack). 

    Laner has also done a variety of other projects, including the Electric Company, and has worked with artists like M83, and has been sampled by the likes of Caribou and Brian Eno. In this week's episode, Laner and I discuss Medicine's new album Scarred For Life (Drawing Room Records October 4th 2019), their first new album since 2014’s Home Everywhere, and the first album to feature the band’s original vocalist Annette Zilinkas. 

    The albums features a diverse and unexpected collection of cover songs, including tracks from artists like Judee Sill, Slaphappy and The Monkees, all given Laner’s unique sonic stamp. 

    We chatted about what inspired this collection of covers, what it was like to reunite with Zilinkas, his memories of the alternative rock heyday of the 90s, his thoughts on touring and being a musician in the 21st century and much more. So give it a listen and stay tuned afterwards when I’ll be playing the title track off the new album.


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    • 38 min

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