Every artist has a story. Whether big or small, they've all seen the ups and downs and worked hard to maintain careers in music. We chat with some of the most interesting legacy artists in pop music and go in depth on their careers, how they feel about them, what it's like being a "rock star" and also hear their best stories. If you're a music junkie you will love these long form conversations with beloved figures from your life.
Deep Dive - Tris Imboden on Kenny Loggins' - Keep The Fire (1979)
This week we welcome back drummer Tris Imboden to talk about Kenny Loggins's 1979 classic Keep The Fire! Tris was a member of the incredible band that recorded this beauty and that featured the Grammy winning smash "This Is It". Tris fills us in on how the songs came to be and what it was like working for him. Not to mention what the deal is with that cover! Enjoy!
Episode 303 - Bill Schnee
This week is our first producer of 2021, 2x Grammy winning producer/engineer/mixer Bill Schnee! Bill was an integral part of creating the soft rock sound of the 70s that we think of thanks to his work with artists like Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, Pablo Cruise and Leo Sayer. Not to mention the Grammys he won for engineering the Steely Dan albums, Aja and Gaucho. This legend releases his memoir next week - Chairman at the Board - and recounts some stories from his amazing career with us. Huey Lewis and the News, the Pointer Sisters, and a fascinating Thelma Houston story also make appearances in this one. Bill is a smart, humble guy, but his ears and his talent helped make the 70s what it was. Enjoy!
Episode 302 - "The God of Hellfire" Arthur Brown
Thanks to his Satanic masterpiece "Fire" from 1968, Arthur Brown will forever be known as "The God of Hellfire". That spine-tingling hit topped the charts all over the world and cemented his image as the banshee with fire on his head and paint on his face. But Arthur has been a musical explorer ever since making progressive music in the spirit of Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa one minute, but then an album made entirely on a drum machine or dedicated to dancing the next. We get into the inspiration for his "crazy" persona, his spiritual side, what he did for a living during the lean years, and how he came to lend his voice to an all-star charity single "House of the Rising Sun". Enjoy getting to know this mysterious figure!
Episode 301 - Wayne Hussey of The Mission
Wayne Hussey's knack for writing deep, beautiful pop songs about struggles with the divine and a penchant for darkness are unlike anyone else. He has led his formidable band The Mission for over 35 years, giving a voice to the confused and unsure with songs like "Tower of Strength", Butterfly on a Wheel" and "Wasteland"among many others. Wayne discusses how his Mormon upbringing may have influenced his art, his short time in Dead Or Alive and Sisters Of Mercy, how he feels about being labeled "goth", the stories behind many of the songs, and how he pulled off the "modern Band Aid" with his TOS2020 Remission charity single. He's one of a kind! Enjoy!
Episode 300 - Aldo Nova
This week is the big 3-0-0!
Aldo Nova's career is an example of tenacity. He stormed out of the gates in 1982 with the self-titled debut and the huge hit "Fantasy" selling a couple million copies in the process. He eventually delivered the follow up, Subject... Aldo Nova, which was equally as strong, but did not move the same units and for the next 10 years he was forced to play catch up, including collaborations with Jon Bon Jovi, and loads of label interference that stifled his vision. Luckily, at a time when he could have been at his lowest, he pivoted into writing for other people, people you wouldn't expect like Clay Aiken and Celine Dion (who won him a Grammy). Here we talk about how his Italian family got to Montreal, his pioneering ways mixing heavy guitars with synths, the many ups and downs and his excellent new project - The Life and Times of Eddie Gage. Enjoy!
Episode 299 - Huw Gower of The Records/Solo
Who remembers the skinny tie, new wave power pop days of the late 70s? Over in the UK, a band called The Records were on that train and released the cult classic "Starry Eyes" in 1979. Guitarist Huw Gower bailed after one album though and immediately went to work with greats like David Johansen and Graham Parker among others. He has also released some stellar solo material over the years as well as many other projects. We talk with Huw about why he left the Records, what it was like working with others, and what he does now. Enjoy!
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As 80s kids this particularly appeals as so many of our childhood heroes are interviewed here. Fantastic host who really manages to get candid answers from the artists. His obvious love and knowledge for music is so infectious.
(plus quite frankly anyone who can get more than 5 words into a Leee John conversation deserves a medal)
Just discovered this podcast and love it! Listened to my indie heroes Miles Hunt and James Atkin so far and looking forward to catching up on some of the back catalogue. Jon comes across as a genuine fan. Fantastic!
A must listen !
A really good podcast and one that all serious music fans should hear. Jon has a good interviewing style and the overall feeling is he never rushes the subject, yet gets an awful lot of information out of them. An excellent selection of guests too, keep up the great work !!