Andy Timmons shares his 10 Essential Brian May and Queen songs. Andy has been a lifelong Queen fan, even crediting Brian May with his discovery of harmony while studying songs from A Day At The Races as a young guitarist (a story he shares in this episode for the first time), but it was the recent success of the Bohemian Rhapsody film that inspired him to revisit the entire Queen catalog for a very serious, deep dive. Through sharing his ten essential Brian May/Queen songs, Andy tells great stories about connecting with these songs personally, the talent behind them and what sets these songs apart, the unique qualities of Brian’s guitar tone, playing, and singing, even personal experiences of playing with a 1947 King George Sixpence – the same coin Brian famously uses to play his Red Special.
We close out the episode with Andy’s gorgeous solo guitar rendition of Queen’s You Take My Breathe Away/Bohemian Rhapsody – a MUST hear!!
Do you have favorite songs that are buried in films and on soundtracks from yesteryear? So do we and lots and lots and LOTS of them! So we’re breaking out the VCRs and dusting off the old vinyl for a sidecast series presenting short, sweet, and random collections of soundtrack gems. Hosts Jon Lamoreaux of The Hustle Podcast, Joe Royland of Sit & Spin with Joe, and Eric Miller of Pods & Sods each bring two songs to share, hence the six-pack. Not a ton of research, not a ton of pontificating, just three friends sharing some of the greatest (albeit often obscure) soundtrack songs the world has ever known.
In Volume Two, we’re unpacking some classics by George Hamilton, The Oceans, some cat named Bret Reilly, Thomas Dolby, Luscious Jackson and Eddie Van Halen.
BONUS DEMO EPISODE:
Little Known and Untrue History, Gene Simmons
A silly little sidecast idea from Eric. In the spirit of the 1970s TV series In Search Of combined with the Pods & Sods recurring joke, “little known and untrue fact.” Think In Search Of meets Behind the Music meets John Hodgman. Deadpan farce, fake history. This episode is brief (less than 10 minutes) and incomplete, just a start really. I’m throwing it out as a bonus as we’ve wrapped our annual series, KISSMas for it’s final year and wanted to clean the KISS decks a bit. Hope you enjoy!
Do you have favorite songs that are buried in films and on soundtracks from yesteryear? So do we and lots and lots and LOTS of them! So we’re breaking out the VCRs and dusting off the old vinyl to launch a new sidecast series presenting short, sweet, and random collections of soundtrack gems. Hosts Jon Lamoreaux of The Hustle Podcast, Joe Royland of Sit & Spin with Joe, and Eric Miller of Pods & Sods each bring two songs to share, hence the six-pack. Not a ton of research, not a ton of pontificating, just three friends sharing some of the greatest (albeit often obscure) soundtrack songs the world has ever known.
In Volume One, we’re unpacking some classics by The Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley, Chris Cornell, masters of 1979 funk Bell & James, Robert Tepper, Force One Network, and Tommy Shaw.
What do you do to follow up a disastrous video that, although charted quite successfully, negatively impacted your career trajectory? How about when you’re stuck between label pressure in a changing landscape of hair metal and keyboard oriented rock? Well, if you’re Billy Squier you toil away on an album until you come up with Enough Is Enough. In this episode of the sidecast series, Songs of The Knight: A Billy Squier Retrospective, we take a detailed look at 1986’s Enough Is Enough. 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 and track by track with Billy’s fifth album. We get into the featured duet with Freddie Mercury, Love Is The Hero, the co-write he did with Freddie Lady With A Tenor Sax, our thoughts on the album cover, the fine art of singing Whoo-hooo, what challenges did Billy face at this time in his career, his guitar playing, his singing, his adventurous songwriting, and much more. Finally we wrap this episode in the series with Jon’s personal ranking of Billy Squier’s discography.
Chris Trapper of The Push Stars shares his 10 Essential Colin Hay songs. Chris has gone from being a fan of Colin’s solo work to a longtime partner on the road and a dear friend to the legendary Men At Work frontman. Through sharing his ten essential Colin Hay songs, Chris tells great personal stories about how he first discovered Colin’s solo work, how he first starting performing with him at festivals and as an opening act, firsthand memories of Colin’s struggles with lawsuits, death, life, career ups and downs, and what about Colin’s work, humility, humor and spirit inspires and influences him.
Oh, and which of Colin’s songs does Chris consider a classic on par with Imagine and A Change Is Gonna Come? Listen and find out.. it’s a good one.
Danny Vaughn of Tyketto joins Eric in conversation to take a track by track look back at the band’s 1994 sophomore release, Strength In Numbers. Produced by legendary producer Kevin Elson, their follow-up to Don’t Come Easy had a difficult journey making it’s way onto shelves following the whole wave of grunge that displaced many bands of the time. Danny shares his personal memories and all the details behind the album’s creation and journey.
A solid fan favorite, Strength In Numbers features some songs that were should-have-been monstrous AOR hits of the day – Rescue Me, Catch My Fall, Standing Alone. But the album also demonstrated the band was interested in growing and branching out. They were writing deeper, smarter, and more varied songs at the time. There are some healthy and authentic dashes of blues, Springsteen-esque singer-songwriter, mandolins, harmonicas, Bo Diddly beats, sweeping almost-progressive rockers and so much more.
For the 25th anniversary of the album, Tyketto will be doing some touring where they’ll perform the full album in its entirety – get those details here. They also have a new live CD and DVD that captures and ambitious performance featuring horns and strings. On the solo front, Danny has a new super-interesting solo album of “odd songs” in the works and well as his duet project with Dan Reed of Dan Reed Network.
If you’re familiar with Tyketto, you’ll enjoy this in-depth discussion of this classic album. If you’re new to the band, hopefully you’ll listen and discover a truly solid rock album from 1994 that you may have missed the first time around.