On this Six-Pack episode, Matt Porter from The KISS Room and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll podcast join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to ride the winds of victory into Valhalla and discuss the music and Conan-like pageantry of Manowar. From loin clothes to tales of Thor and battles and triumphs, Manowar is certainly a unique band. Their musicianship is aggressive, smart, and solidly beyond reproach, their image and lyrical content is definitely testosterone-laden and fantasy based. Should they be winking with some of their songs a la Spinal Tap? Is it all kayfabe?? What do they think of the “metal” posers of their day?!? We discuss all of this and much more. But moreover, we play six fun and fist-pumping songs from this pioneering band in the power-metal, fantasy-metal genre!
So grab your broadsword, let the arrows fly, and ride with us into glory as we have some fun with a Six-Pack of Manowar!
On this Six-Pack episode, Lee McCormack of the Tramps Like Us Podcast and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll podcast join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to celebrate the work of master hit-writer Desmond Child. If you don’t know Desmond by name, you definitely know his work on huge hits by Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Joan Jett, Cher, Alice Cooper, KISS, Scorpions, Billy Squier, and dozens more. He started in the 70s with a disco-rock fusion group called Rouge before connecting with Paul Stanley to write I Was Made For Lovin’ You, which launched him as one of the most sought-after songwriters in the 80s and beyond. During his career, he’s been on all sides of the mic and the board, and we touch on all of it as we dig into a Six-Pack of this great Songwriting Hall of Famer!
So take a break from workin’ on the docks, cruise into a bar on the shore, live la vida loca and check out this Six-Pack of Desmond Child!
We’re culling together a dynamite Six-Pack of songs from all eras of the iconic German group – from the Uli days, thru the late 70s, thru both the early and late 80s, thru the 90s and beyond, we hit it all. Additionally, Ryan gives us a nice comparison of Uli John Roth, Matthias Jabs, and Rudolf Schenker from a guitarist perspective and we each whip out some of our best Klaus impressions!
So meet your girl, she’s dressed to thrill, walk around to catch the thrill, and join us as we have some fun with a Six-Pack of The Scorps!
On this Six-Pack episode, Matt Porter from The KISS Room and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll podcast join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to take a look at the work and career of Britny Fox. We’re breaking all the rules, spraying up our hair, throwing on some velvet overcoats, some purple spandex, throwing some spin-kicks, and digging into the late 80s metal scene of Philly. Matt shares memories of the early days seeming them live and some info about what Dean is up to these days, we get into the lineup changes, we get into the obvious Cinderella comparisons, and we definitely get into some of their classic work – hard pop-rock at it’s finest. Matt even shares a very rare track from a cassette in his personal collection as his final pick – worth hanging around for!
So hitch upon a star, dream on, bite down hard, and join us as we have some fun with a Six-Pack of Britny Fox!
On this Six-Pack episode, Reid Messerschmidt from The Irrationally Exuberant Podcast and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll podcast join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to celebrate the life and work of Daniel Johnston. Daniel is considered by some to be one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His work is extremely lo-fi, literally recorded at home directly onto a tape recorder, but it is also incredibly unguarded and human. He struggled with mental illness and compulsively created music and art throughout his troubled life, topics he regularly covered brilliantly in his work. Some chance high-profile fans, a very welcoming music scene in Austin in the late 1980s, and an undeniable talent has led to Daniel’s legacy as a songwriter, cult-like status, and very loyal fanbase. His life’s story wonderfully captured in a 2006 documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston… if you haven’t seen it, go check it out.
Daniel passed away this week at the age of 58, and so we wanted to pay tribute.
So sit back, kick your mom out of your basement, and join us as we honor the brilliantly unique Daniel Johnston.
On this Six-Pack episode, writer/podcaster from KISS FAQ Julian Gill and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll podcast join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to shake it ’til we break it. We’re talking Cinderella! We’re each bringing two of our favorite songs from Philadelphia’s iconic hard rock band. From Night Songs to Still Climbing (ehh.. sort of), we hit a little something from each, share trivia, trade opinions, and we try to get the steam out (anybody know what that means??)
So sit back, put your money in a big house, get yourself a pretty wife, and discover or rediscover the blues rocking brilliance of Cinderella.
On this Six-Pack episode, Ben Montgomery of the Records Revisited Podcast and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll podcast join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to celebrate the songs of Lindsey Buckingham. We’re each bringing two songs from Lindsey’s catalog – spanning from his Fleetwood Mac tenure, to his solo hits, to some of his deeper cuts. We cover quite a bit of terrain and share our personal thoughts on the songs – and on Lindsey’s mastery as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He’s an enigmatic dude, mixing bouncy pop with somber lyrics and sometimes quirky vocals. He definitely goes his own way musically, and for that we love him.
So sit back and discover or rediscover the brilliance of Lindsey Buckingham. But whatever you do, DO NOT LOOK DOWN!!
On this Six-Pack episode, an eager Lee McCormack of the Tramps Like Us Podcast and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll podcast join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to honk on some bobo. We’re talking Aerosmith. We’re talking the rock and roll purity of twelve bar blues, the brilliance of Joe Perry’s riff mastery, how does Joey Kramer stack up to Bon Jovi’s Tico Torres, does Steve Tyler tie scarves around things at home, and which is the rock and roll mustard – French’s or Grey Poupon? Serious and seriously fun conversation as we share two songs each by the Bad Boys of Boston – Aerosmith.
So sit back and let the music of Aerosmith do the talkin’
On this Six-Pack episode, Pat Francis of the Rock Solid Podcast and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll podcast join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to enlighten him on the work of Nick Lowe. Pat and BJ are both bringing three picks covering the Nick’s long and storied career. We get into Nick’s work as a producer, his brilliance as a songwriter, the instant timelessness to some of his songs, his craftsmanship in the studio, and so much more.
So sit back and discover or rediscover the brilliance of Nick Lowe.
We’ve got the flock in for Dokken! We’re taking stock in Dokken! We’re talkin’ Dokken! We’re talking the building blockins of Dokken!
On this Six-Pack episode, Richie Wagner of Audiobiography and BJ Kramp of Rock and/or Roll join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to assemble a six pack of Dokken gems. We each bring two Dokken songs covering the gamut – some hits, some personal favorites, and some deep cuts. We also share some personal memories of how we got into the band, what are their strengths, whatever happened to Richie’s friend Scott that cut off Unchain The Night on Richie’s taped copy of Under Lock and Key, and a bit more. Not a ton of research, not a ton of pontificating, just a few friends enjoying a tight little playlist of classics… from Dokken.