Famous Lost Words” unearths the greatest interviews of all time.
Hosted by songwriter and legendary MuchMusic Veejay Christopher Ward and longtime CHUM FM radio producer (and archivist) Tom Jokic, “Famous Lost Words” is a weekly podcast on the iHeartRadio Canada app. It’s a deep dive into the extensive iHeartRadio archives – featuring classic interviews that haven’t been heard since they first aired.
Ep 512 - Special! - Our Fave moments so far!
We wrap up Season 5 with some of our favourite moments from our previous 79 episodes!
Stevie Nicks talks about her “coke & brandy days”
George Michael on why his very public “outing” might have been the best thing to happen to him
George Harrison takes a swipe at Paul McCartney that leaves Christopher shocked
Tom gets personal with Alanis Morissette
Pink talks about what guys used to expect from her on a date
Canadian legend Buffy Sainte Marie talks about how she was banned from American TV networks – and didn’t find out for 10 years
Steve Perry gets mocked by his bandmates from Journey
The Bee Gees get carried away with Marilyn Denis
And Christopher tells the funniest Robert Plant story you’ll ever hear
Plus Carly Simon, Bob Ezrin and Gloria Gaynor
And we end off the season with an epic episode “When Rock Stars Attack”, including… the late Helen Reddy?!
Ep 511 - Special - One Hit Wonders!
Having a hit record is hard enough – try doing it twice! Today’s special episode is filled with the stories behind the songs you know so well… from the artists that you don’t.
How did the real-life “Sharona” and “Jenny” feel about the songs written for them? (Spoiler – one of them loved it. The other? Not so much.)
Also - What group turned their failure as a bar band into a #1 hit? And why did one group have to hide their identity before a radio station agreed to play their song?
Plus, Ivan from Men Without Hats explains how getting thrown out of Ottawa discos inspired “The Safety Dance” and Marc Almond from Soft Cell talks about the surprising success of “Tainted Love”.
We’ve also got the stories behind “Video Killed The Radio Star”, “Shannon”, “I Can Help”, “Harden My Heart”, “What I Am”, plus the disco smashes “Knock On Wood” and “I Love The Night Life” (which both Christopher & Tom try to sing… and it’s not pretty).
And we end it all with One Hit Wonder Cool Song Facts!
Ep 510 - Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, Eurythmics' Dave Stewart
The Beach Boys were a weird combination of genius and fun. This week, we feature Mike Love and Dennis Wilson from the mid ‘70s. Mike talks about his cousin Brian Wilson and Dennis discusses the importance of recreating the Beach Boys’ distinct sound onstage during their tours.
We also have a late ‘60s interview with the great Eric Clapton, talking the dissolution of Cream and the difficultly of living up to his reputation. Oddly, he also addresses the “Paul Is Dead” rumours and you may be surprised at what Clapton has to say about them.
Plus, we have a fantastic interview with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics as he talks about his very close continuing relationship with Annie Lennox – and what happened the first time Aretha Franklin heard Annie sing.
Ep 509 - Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley of KISS, Roger McGuinn from The Byrds
If there is one thing that Christopher can’t understand, it’s Tom’s love for KISS. That argument is front and centre in this episode, which features clips from Gene Simmons from the ‘70s and Paul Stanley from 1999. Gene talks about everything from the importance of their live shows, to whether the makeup will ever come off (Gene says no – four years later, he changes his mind). Paul is much more likeable in his segments, whether talking about his family, starring in “The Phantom Of The Opera” or getting along with his “brother”, Gene. Some great clips plus a rollicking chat between our two hosts.
Then we have an amazing interview from the late ‘60s as Roger McGuinn talks about the biggest songs of The Byrds. McGuinn explains how they were influenced by Bob Dylan and how they in turn influenced Dylan back. McGuinn also talks about dealing with the backlash of “Eight Miles High”.
Ep 508 - Stevie Nicks, Matchbox Twenty, Motorhead, Cool Song Facts
When Marilyn Denis interviewed Stevie Nicks in 2001, it led to a deep friendship between the two. During that chat, Stevie talked about Fleetwood Mac, her “coke & brandy days”, her Klonopin addiction, her friendship with Tom Petty and the best song she’s ever written.
Tom couldn’t help but fawn over one of his favourite rock stars, Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, in a 2003 Chat. Rob talks about his unusual childhood, the sudden success of M20, the Grammy-winning hit “Smooth” and the tragedy that led to the hit song “3 am”. A very in-depth (but slightly embarrassing) conversation.
We were absolutely thrilled to discover a 1980 interview with Lemmy and Philthy Phil from Motorhead in our archives! They reveal their biggest influences (Joni Mitchell? huh!), how growing fame was affecting them and the very cool thing that happened to them the first time they walked into a bar in Canada!
Plus, Tom and Christopher share some more Cool Song Facts – including the weird origin story of “Smoke On The Water”!
Ep 507 - Steve Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Meatloaf, Cool Song Facts
Steve Perry was none too pleased with his bandmates from Journey at the time of this 1994 interview. Tom asks Steve to describe the drama behind the scenes and Steve does, in painful detail. Christopher describes his one and only (rather unusual) encounter with Steve.
Meanwhile from 2001, Jennifer Lopez talks to Marilyn Denis about her personal life, her music and the movie role that made her cry.
We also have a 2006 chat with Tom and Meatloaf, which is interrupted when Tom’s cell phone rings. Meatloaf answers Tom’s phone – much to everyone’s surprise. It’s a very funny moment.
And Christopher and Tom close out the show with some Cool Song Facts about Elton John, The Beatles, Elvis Costello and a Motown secretary who became a famous singer didn’t show up for work!
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Great music interview highlights from the archives!
Famous Lost Words podcast is fantastic! It's a ton of great audio from interview clips with pop and rock musicians over the last 40 years or so. The co-hosts are enthused and funny, and thankfully they've cut out all the nonsense from rockstar interviews and left us with only the interesting bits. I really recommend you give it a try. I bet you'll dig it!