20 episodes

Songs You Should Know celebrates the greatest songs of the Rock era. Join Jimbo & the Mickster as they discuss the history, trivia, and influence of songs ranging from the turn of the century to the modern day. If it is a classic Rock song, or a song that influenced classic Rock songs and artists, then it is fair game!

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Songs You Should Know celebrates the greatest songs of the Rock era. Join Jimbo & the Mickster as they discuss the history, trivia, and influence of songs ranging from the turn of the century to the modern day. If it is a classic Rock song, or a song that influenced classic Rock songs and artists, then it is fair game!

    Episode 20: KISS Songs You Should Know #20: Kiss

    Episode 20: KISS Songs You Should Know #20: Kiss

    This one is for this Mickster, in tribute to one of the first bands he ever idolized (back when he was 12 years old.) Formed in New York City in January 1973, Kiss is about to embark on their “End of the Road” final world tour. Yes, we know they’ve done a final tour before (in 2000). But this time they really mean it. They promise. Probably. “People change their minds, and in this case that goes along with being a living, thinking person” said Paul Stanley back in 2002. This episode focuses on three songs from the original incarnation of the band, who were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014: Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Join us as we take a look at Rock and Roll all Night, Detroit Rock City, and Black Diamond, in addition to numerous other sound clips and curiosities!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 19: The Eagles Songs You Should Know #19: The Eagles

    Episode 19: The Eagles Songs You Should Know #19: The Eagles

    The Eagles were originally Linda Ronstadt’s backup band and had their first major hit with the first song on their first album in 1972 (“Take it Easy,” from their debut album, simply titled “Eagles.”) They went on to masterfully craft songs that have sold over 100 million albums. In fact, their 1976 “Greatest Hits” volume was the first LP ever certified platinum, and has sold 29 million copies to date. The band broke up in 1980, and multiple members pursued solo careers. They reunited in 1994 and toured throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Sadly, founding member Glen Frey passed away in 2016.

    • 41 min
    Episode 18: Queen Episode 18 - Queen

    Episode 18: Queen Episode 18 - Queen

    Were they Glam Rock? Heavy Metal? What were these guys? They were an indescribable mutation of both, with a rich dash of opera, theatrics, and even rockabilly thrown in. Queen had eight gold and six platinum records. Their lead guitarist has a PhD in astrophysics. They were indescribably unique. In this episode, Mick and Jimbo talk about Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, and Bohemian Rhapsody. And, of course, so much more.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 17: The Carpenters Episode 17 - The Carpenters

    Episode 17: The Carpenters Episode 17 - The Carpenters

    Mick and Jim have discussed the pioneers of country western, punk, hard rock, disco, and everything in between. In this episode we tackle the Carpenters, icons of soft rock during the 1970s. Karen and Richard, brother and sister, carved out their own space in music history and owned the 70s as much as any other artist or group. They sold millions of albums and produced densely layered tracks that have come in time to be regarded as pioneering. Sadly, Karen died of cardiac arrest in 1983 after a long struggle with anorexia nervosa.

    • 59 min
    Episode 16: AC/DC Episode 16 - AC/DC

    Episode 16: AC/DC Episode 16 - AC/DC

    Malcolm Young of AC/DC left us on November 18, 2017, from complications of dementia. He was only 64. He anchored AC/DC’s sound from the beginning, in 1973. His younger brother Angus may have been the public face of the band, but Malcolm was a key writer and leader. He was the guy the rest of the band watched for cues on stage. In this episode, Jimbo and the Mickster pull AC/DC songs from the vault that range from the early Bonn Scott era to the later Brian Johnson classics. The band name “AC/DC” was famously inspired by an emblem from the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret.

    • 57 min
    Episode 15: Pioneers of Punk The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and the Clash

    Episode 15: Pioneers of Punk The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and the Clash

    Punk developed in the early to mid-1970s and was rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as “proto-punk” music. Punk bands rebelled against what they saw as the “excesses” of mainstream rock at the time, seeking to get back to the raw early roots of rock and roll, sometimes to the point that actually knowing how to play one’s instrument wasn’t that important . . . as long as you had something to say. In Britain, Punk often arose as a reaction to poor economic conditions. In this episode, Jimbo and the Mickster discuss some of the contributions of the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and the Clash . . . each of which helped define the initial era of punk.

    • 1 hr 5 min

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