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    #039 Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) Interview 1992

    #039 Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) Interview 1992

    In the interview, Butler talks about:
    - What happened to his solo career
    - Why he left the Ozzy band
    - How he reconnected with Dio
    - The difficulty in finding a vocalist
    - The making of the Wayne’s World soundtrack
    - The bleak outlook of the Dehumanizer album
    - A rare Black Sabbath press kit
    - His thoughts on all the Black Sabbath’s critics
    - Whether he thinks Sabbath was the first heavy metal band
    - Black Sabbath’s musical influences
    - Whether it feels right to be in Sabbath at age 43
    - What he thinks about Ozzy retiring.
    - Spinal Tap
    In this episode, we have Black Sabbath bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler. At the time of this interview in 1992, Butler was 43 years old and was promoting Sabbath’s new album and an upcoming concert date in Indianapolis. In the interview, Butler talks about what happened to his solo career, why he left Ozzy’s band, what he thinks about music critics, and the Wayne’s World soundtrack.
     
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    #038 Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) Interview 1995

    #038 Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) Interview 1995

    In the interview, Pollard talks about:
    - His creative time of the day
    - Upcoming records to be released
    - Working with Matador Records
    - What makes him happy
    - Giving hope to all other garage musicians
    - The collectability of his records and “hoarding” a few himself
    - Luna Music in Indianapolis
    - The business side to making money in the music biz
    - His love for The Beatles when they are “goofing around”
    - Whether he thinks kids are getting dumber
    - What he has tortured himself with over the years
    - What it’s like being a musician and living in Dayton, Ohio
    - Who he thinks is a “fucking creep”
    - Working in the studio
    - How the band Ween acted like rock stars
    - Writing a song for Tom Hanks


    In this episode, we have one of the most prolific songwriters of the past 30 years, Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard. At the time of this interview in 1995, Pollard was 37 years old and was promoting an upcoming concert date in Indianapolis. In the interview, Pollard talks about the collectability of his records and “hoarding” a few himself; the business side of making money in the music biz; who he thinks is a creep; and how he gives hope to all other garage musicians.
     
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    #37 Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead) Interview 1992

    #37 Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead) Interview 1992

    In the interview, Welnick talks about:
    -His love for Bob Marley
    - If being in the Grateful Dead was anything like he imagined
    - His vision as a child that came true
    - What it was like auditioning for the Grateful Dead
    - The differences between being with The Tubes and being in the Grateful Dead
    - The time Robin Williams performed with him
    - How he integrated himself to the Grateful Dead’s way of playing live
    - His songs that the Grateful Dead will be playing live
    - If it was tough to fit in
    - The luxury of being in such a popular band
    - Working with Todd Rundgren
    - Bruce Hornsby handing off the “baton” to him


    In this episode, we have Grateful Dead and The Tubes keyboardist Vince Welnick. At the time of this interview in 1992, Welnick was 41 years old and was promoting the Grateful Dead’s two sold-out shows at Deer Creek Music Center in Indiana. In the interview, Welnick talks about what it was like auditioning for the Grateful Dead; his former band The Tubes; and how being in the Grateful Dead felt like being a part of a “big, old, wonderful family.”
     
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    #036 Paul Stanley (KISS) interview from 1996 6

    #036 Paul Stanley (KISS) interview from 1996 6

    In the interview, Stanley talks about:
    - How the 1996 tour is going to be a better Kiss concert than the 1974 shows.
    - The familiarity of playing with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss
    - Parasitic friends and business associates
    - If there will be more reunion tours
    - How fast tickets are selling
    - How KISS fans are the greatest fans in the world
    - His thoughts on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    - The founding of the Kiss Army and Bill Starkey, the founder
    In this episode, we have the Starchild, Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley. At the time of this interview in 1996, Stanley was 44 years old and was promoting the Kiss reunion tour. In the interview, Stanley talks about the Kiss Army and its founder, Bill Starkey; the familiarity of playing with Ace Frehley and Peter Cross; and how Kiss fans are the greatest in the world.
     
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    #035 Kurtis Blow interview from 1997

    #035 Kurtis Blow interview from 1997

    In the interview, Blow talks about:
    - Whether he thinks God cares about pop music
    - How he had it all and now has nothing
    - What hip-hop fans should go back and listen to
    - How early hip-hop had a code of ethics not to use swear words
    - Why he got out of the music business
    - How he foresaw how big hip-hop would get
    - The language of a rap
    - Why rap artist don’t typically have long careers
    - Why white America has gravitated toward rap
    - The first time rap was used for a commercial
    - How Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train, broke Kurtis’ heart
    - If he became the overlord of music, what the first thing he’d change would be


    In this episode, we have hip-hop pioneer Kurtis Blow. At the time of this interview in 1997, Blow was 38 years old and was promoting his three-CD compilation, “The History of Rap.” In the interview, Kurtis talks about how Don Cornelius, host of Soul Train, broke his heart; what hip-hop fans should go back and listen to; and how he foresaw how big rap music would become.
     
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    • 23 min
    #034 Lars Ulrich (Metallica) interview from 1997

    #034 Lars Ulrich (Metallica) interview from 1997

    In the interview, Ulrich talks about:
    - Pat Boone’s version of “Enter Sandman”
    - Metallica’s songwriting process
    - How the internet can be a “frightening instrument.”
    - Being on the Ferrall on the Bench show and whether he and Scott Ferrall are friends
    - What motivates him
    - The challenges of touring with a huge stage
    - The cover art for “Load”
    - The weirdest encounter he has ever had with a fan
    - Whether he’s enjoying himself on tour
    - How he’s looking forward to “some of that horseradish down at the old St. Elmo’s joint” (an Indianapolis insider tidbit)

    In this episode, we have Metallica’s co-founder and drummer Lars Ulrich. At the time of this interview in 1997, Ulrich was 34 years old and was promoting the band’s concert date in Indianapolis. In the interview, Lars talks about Metallica’s songwriting process, the weirdest encounter he has ever had with a fan, what motivates him, and how the internet can be a “frightening instrument.”
     
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    • 23 min

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