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Well Disguised aspires to be a thinking person's podcast about rock music, specifically the rock considered lowbrow by those who are "better." It's for those who believe Jimmy Page is the true King of Rock and Roll and who laughed when David Lee Roth said "rock critics like Elvis Costello because rock critics look like Elvis Costello." If you have grown up, but don't have loud guitar out of your system, then you are of our kind.

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Well Disguised aspires to be a thinking person's podcast about rock music, specifically the rock considered lowbrow by those who are "better." It's for those who believe Jimmy Page is the true King of Rock and Roll and who laughed when David Lee Roth said "rock critics like Elvis Costello because rock critics look like Elvis Costello." If you have grown up, but don't have loud guitar out of your system, then you are of our kind.

    Purpendicular

    Purpendicular

    In 1996, Deep Purple released their first record with Steve Morse on guitar, meaning Ritchie Blackmore was gone, this time for good. What does that album mean? To me, it sounds like being middle-aged. I explain why on this episode.
    You hear me discuss the delightful Deep Purple Podcast on this episode. You can find those guys here or wherever you get your podcasts: https://deeppurplepodcast.com/

    • 33 min
    Mississippi Bones--My New Favorite Band

    Mississippi Bones--My New Favorite Band

    I won't claim this is a "deep dive" or some expert breakdown of what makes Mississippi Bones one of the most fantastic bands I've stumbled across in recent years. And that's because it isn't. This is just Dave and I telling how we did get into the band, the twists and turns as we talked about doing this episode, and just basically geeking out about a group that really scratches that itch. Bands like Mississippi Bones still make me inordinately happy. Look, just about all my favorite rock stars are millionaires and senior citizens too, but bands like this keep me going. Maybe even help keep me young.
    Lots of show notes here:
    Mississippi Bones Bandcamp page: https://mississippibones.bandcamp.com/
    Mississippi Bones merch: https://mississippibones.storenvy.com/products
    Mississippi Bones Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mississippibones
    Muzzleland Press, where Jonathan Raab is editor: https://www.muzzlelandpress.com/
    Buy "The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre" here (I really need one of those affiliate deals): https://www.amazon.com/Hillbilly-Moonshine-Massacre-Jonathan-Raab-ebook/dp/B015L4DC1I/ref=pd_sim_1/140-4273967-8404026?pd_rd_w=kfiGxandpf_rd_p=bc5856f7-ca30-40b6-8d37-7814a2494e00andpf_rd_r=K17SAY0CN40AJDAF3QY6andpd_rd_r=259263a5-1da2-44d8-b506-61dcff8ccb31andpd_rd_wg=0Hrtzandpd_rd_i=B015L4DC1Iandpsc=1
    The Adventure Zone is a Maximum Fun podcast you can listen to wherever, but check it out here: https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/adventure-zone/?_sort=date_asc
    North by South, the excellent music podcast hosted by Ry (Sabbath Bloody Podcast) and Clay (Skynyrd Reconsydyrd) is here: https://anchor.fm/northbysouthpod
    This is all Ry's fault.

    • 36 min
    Glenn Hughes--Artist of the Decade

    Glenn Hughes--Artist of the Decade

    Glenn Hughes--bassist, singer, rocker, Hall of Famer, soul man, and cool guy--got some of the attention he deserved in 2016 when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with other members of Deep Purple. But that overshadows what I consider to be his real accomplishment...no one had a better decade from 2010-2019 than Glenn Hughes. With Black Country Communion, California Breed, and the awesome solo record "Resonate" Glenn was the most powerful force in rock as he entered his 60s. Listen as I explain why.

    • 39 min
    Gearheads Unite: Clutch

    Gearheads Unite: Clutch

    Who Wants To Rock?
    My friend and frequent collaborator Dave returns to discuss my favorite band, Clutch. It only took 29 episodes to get to the best band on the planet!
    Here's the format: I divided up Clutch's 12 studio albums, assigned them randomly, and then Dave and I picked our favorite song from each, leaving us with one playlist. It's probably a good way to introduce Clutch to the unfamiliar and something tp argue about for the dedicated Gearhead.
    Hope you enjoy! Also, while I usually release every other Tuesday, I'm going to take an episode off. See you again in August.
    As promised in the episode (and sorry for the muddy audio within), here's a link to the Spotify playlist from the episode. Let me know what you think!
    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1pYZGFYC4mZIb8qzZhTfnU?si=fb9b98d55bb346b7

    • 57 min
    Hit Kings, or, Every Song a Smash

    Hit Kings, or, Every Song a Smash

    When Huey Lewis and the News prepped "Sports" they needed to sell records. It was to be the band's third release and without moving some product, the band might have had to dissolve and find something else to do. So, rather than write a killer album, the band chose to write killer songs, all aimed at radio with the hopes at least one would break through. Of course, five of them did and "Sports" is one of the biggest records of all time.
    What other records share this ? That is what this episode of Well Disguised is about. (It's also about how pop stars today are all young but many of the hitmakers of the 80s were relatively middle-aged, but that part is less well developed.)
    During the episode I reference a video where Terence Trent D'Arby fronted INXS. You can find that here:
    https://youtu.be/SIbkTKJDiC0

    • 32 min
    The Devil Made a Believer Out of Me

    The Devil Made a Believer Out of Me

    This is not your typical "Satanic Panic" story about rock and heavy metal. Instead, I'm asking a different question. The history of heavy music is littered with stories about witchcraft, Devil worship, demons, hexes, seances, mysterious happenings and other such phenomena. And these aren't random nobodies who have talked about this stuff, but instead some of the biggest rock stars on the planet. Which begs the question--if you believe the black magic, might you also be more likely to believe in God as well?
    The audio from Dave Mustaine's ABC interview was pulled from here: https://youtu.be/FwDbiajBEbk
    Similarly, Ronnie James Dio's interview is here: https://youtu.be/U8Ln5GW-3as
    Monster Magnet's "All Shook Out" is from the 2000 record "God Says No." Enjoy on the official YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/kRw-DFLyHkg

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

AnthonyW72 ,

Great Variety Rock Podcast

This is a great podcast for fans of rock music. Features a cool variety of talk about rock artists, interviews and chats with authors of books about rock artists. Well thought out and very informative. I highly recommend this one.

sweeneyOZIL ,

Fantastic!

This guy is really really good!

AaronOnAir ,

Quality (and comforting) commentary!

It’s not easy to keep me engaged when your episodes are mostly monologues, but John has the voice, the style, and the music knowledge to do just that! He’s an honest, endearing, and educational personality that makes Well Disguised well worth your time!

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