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.
Promo Mode - Andrew Farriss discusses his new EP Love Makes the World
INXS's Andrew Farriss returns to the show to discuss his new EP, Love Makes The World. As we learned in July, Andrew has been readying a country album, but when Covid hit it became fuzzy what the result of this project would be. Love Makes The World is an excellent 5-song album that includes his latest single, "All The Stars Are Mine." Andrew details the thinking behind the release and what to expect next.
A Discussion of the Death and Legacy of Eddie Van Halen with Marq Torien
We lost another legend. Eddie Van Halen was one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. To discuss his life and the impact he had on music we brought back BulletBoys frontman Marq Torien (ep151). Not only did those bands share a producer in Ted Templeman, the BBoys were heavily influenced by Van Halen and were championed by them early on. Marq tells us what Eddie meant to him and where he ranks in rock history.
Episode 284 - Youth of Killing Joke/The Orb/The Fireman
Producer/Musician Youth is one of the most creative and innovative musical minds of the last 40 years. Starting out as the bassist in pioneering doom rock band Killing Joke, he left after three albums and went on to become one of the most important dance music producers the UK has ever created when he formed The Orb and brought genres like trance and dub to the forefront. He also produced landmark albums by Crowded House, The Verve, james, Embrace, Echo and the Bunnymen, U2, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney (as the Fireman), and even Killing Joke when he returned in the 90s. Recently he teamed up with Blow Monkeys frontman Dr. Robert for the funky single "Get Yourself Together" which is just as great as everything else he's done. We cover all of it and more!
Recap 2020 v.3
Months continue feeling more like years, but it's still time for another check-in. Jon and Jan recap the last three month's worth of episodes, announce a cd giveaway, play an important brand new song by a former guest, and answer some listener questions.
Episode 283 - Peter Cox of Go West/Solo
Many, including me, consider Go West frontman Peter Cox one of the greatest blue-eyed soul singers the UK has ever produced. With musical partner Richard Drummie, Go West competed in the synth pop genre well in the 80s with hits like "We Close Our Eyes" and the gigantic "King of Wishful Thinking". But that partnership, like many others, needed a break so Peter went on to have an excellent and varied solo career touching on blues, rock and even country, that continues to this day while also touring with Go West, playing festivals all over Europe. Here Peter discusses all of it, including his main influences (you'll be surprised), his pre and post Go West musical life, and how he feels about his legacy. There isn't enough Go West or Peter Cox music out there, but I hopefully this reminds everyone how great he is.
Episode 282 - Mickey Curry of Bryan Adams/Hall & Oates
We close out our series of big time drummers with the great Mickey Curry! Like the others, Mickey has done a lot of fun things that we talk about, but two of his biggest partnerships have been with Hall & Oates and Bryan Adams. We go deep on both artists, his favorite moments and contributions like Live Aid and others. In addition, we discuss his playing with The Cult, Steve Winwood, Carly Simon, Rpy Orbison, Dion and Tom Waits. What is abundantly clear is that Mickey's career has lasted so long because he's a really good hang. Enjoy!
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Love this podcast and Jon as host
So much fun, great stories, and really good interviews. Glad I found this
Day one fan
The hustle is my favorite podcast. Do you think you’ll be able to interview Steve porcaro ( Toto) or Steve Lukather ? Also would love a deep dive with Wang Chung masonic album. Keep rock
Terrific interviews with “deep cut” guests
I came to this podcast late and it’s interesting to hear how it’s evolved. Used to focus on musicians’ 2nd or 3rd act after they got out. Now it’s a real mix. John has become a unique interviewer who draws out great stories and backstories from a wide range of writers, musicians and producers. I especially love hearing the producers’ stories and perspectives.