Jeff Harris (Behind The Grooves) joins us for an in depth look at the year 1988 in our continuing series of 80s-centric episodes. In this episode, we look at the top ten Billboard singles of the year and follow up with some favorites from the year as honorable mentions.
Tom Bailey of The Thompson Twins joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early life discovering music and growing up with a musical family, how he got into discovering the keyboards via The Beatles, what the working structure was within The Thompson Twins in terms of creativity, are there any songs hidden in their vault, what it’s been like returning to the stage after 20+ years, was he nervous that the audience would still be there, the journey back to pop music in recent years, inspiration behind his song Come So Far, his first self-title debut solo album Science Fiction, will it be another 20 years before his next album, and much more!
Megan and Eric are back together to welcome the authors of the forthcoming book MIXING LINKS: THE MONKEES ON DISC – Derek Miner and Craig Smith. In this first installment, we learn about how they discovered The Monkees, the birth of MONKEESMIXOGRAPHY, how it became a book (and what to expect when it is released) and much more!
Kicking off our Billy Squier sidecast series, Songs of The Knight: A Billy Squier Retrospective, we’re taking a look at Billy’s early life in music, his two A&M albums with Piper and his solo debut from 1979, Tale of The Tape. Joined by podcast friends Jon Lamoreaux of The Hustle Podcast and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll Podcast, Eric and his co-hosts go in-depth on the details of these early records in Billy’s career, we share personal stories about getting into Billy’s music, what it means to us, we go off on more than one tangent (as three podcast guys are wont to do) involving Bill Aucoin, KISS, Escape Club, Queen, and even The Greenberry Woods, we share thoughts on particular tracks and how these first three albums are a harbinger for things to come in Billy’s discography. Finally we wrap this debut episode in the series with Jon’s personal top ten list of Billy Squier songs. We hope you’ll follow us as we work through Billy’s entire discography!
The legendary Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Free, The Firm, The Law, and Queen + Paul Rodgers joins Eric in conversation to discuss his early life discovering music and the soul singers that inspired him to find his voice, his early days of songwriting, the success experienced by Free at an early age, was he ever tempted to wade into the Prog waters of the 70s UK scene, where his thoughts were at the time of leaving Bad Company, connecting with Jimmy Page to form The Firm, are there any Firm songs left in the vault, looking back at his time touring with Queen and some of the challenges in performing their material, his thoughts on their Cosmos Rocks album, his current solo band and their latest live CD and DVD release Free Spirit, thoughts on his upcoming tour with Jeff Beck and Ann Wilson, working with animal rescue, his looking forward to us moving into the Age of Aquarius and much more!
Kicking off our Michael Jackson sidecast mini-series, we’re taking a look at Michael’s proper solo debut album from August 1979, Off The Wall. Joined by dear friend and serious, SERIOUS Michael Jackson fan Beverly Brown and frequent and beloved guest/the musical encyclopedia himself Jeff Harris of Behind The Grooves, Eric and his co-hosts go in-depth on the release of the record, going track by track with facts, thoughts and commentary. Also discussed are some of the other songs that didn’t make the cut, how this affected his relationship with his brothers, and much more. Finally we each pick our favorite songs and which one would we cut if forced.
Joined by dear friend and serious, SERIOUS Michael Jackson fan Beverly Brown and frequent and beloved guest/the musical encyclopedia himself Jeff Harris of Behind The Grooves, Eric kicks off a new sidecast series looking at the discography of Michael Jackson. Over the upcoming weeks and months, we’ll be doing episodes on Off The Wall thru History, with perhaps a little Janet and some bonus episodes thrown in. This introductory episode gives some info on each of the three co-host’s appreciation, history and fandom of MJ’s work and some memorial thoughts on this day, the ninth anniversary of his passing.