Your time has come. It's a matter of dance and death as BJ is joined by Lee McCormack from the Tramps Like Us podcast to discuss Iron Maiden in the 21st Century and each picks his top ten favorite songs from the five Maiden albums released since 2000. It's the final frontier as we close the book of souls on the Iron Maiden series.
A briefcase, a lunch and the man on the edge was Bruce Dickinson. A solo career in his sights, Dickinson left Iron Maiden in 1993 and would be replaced by Blaze Bayley, former frontman of a raucous rock and roll band called Wolfsbane. Blaze would make two somewhat forgotten albums with the band and then be unceremoniously replaced by the man he'd replaced. On this episode BJ speaks with Blaze Bayley himself about the role he played in the Iron Maiden story.
This is thirsty work as Mark Cicchini from Three Sides of the Coin joins BJ to discuss his on again/off again relationship with Iron Maiden over the course of the band's career and how it all came to a head with the last two records of the original Bruce Dickinson era. Iron Maiden in the nineties: confusing and confused.
Seven holy paths to hell and your trip begins. For this episode BJ is joined by Craig Smith from the Pods & Sods Network to discuss Iron Maiden's aptly titled seventh album. You want to know the truth, son? Lord, we'll tell you the truth.
Rolling, turning, diving and going in again. It's do or die when BJ lives to fly and flies to live with Chris Czynszak and Aaron Camaro from the Decibel Geek podcast as they discuss Iron Maiden's fifth album Powerslave released in 1984.
The bugle sounds and the charge begins! For the fourth episode in the Iron Maiden series BJ is joined by author DX Ferris to discuss Iron Maiden's classic fourth album Piece of Mind released in 1983.
Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of this episode, for it is a human number, its number is three, for this is the third episode in our series on Iron Maiden and this time around BJ is joined by Ryan McKay and A.D. Adams from The Shabby Road Record Show for an entertaining discussion about the band's third album The Number of the Beast.
For the first episode in a ten episode series devoted to the discography of Iron Maiden BJ is joined by author Martin Popoff for a discussion about the origins of the band and the creation of the self-titled debut album released in 1980.
The sixties were a time of strong emotion and social change and the music spoke. Now Rock and/or Roll brings back the spirit of the sixties with the greatest songs of an unforgettable era! Spirit of the sixties brings you songs which live on as a symbol of free expression.
The sixties were a time of strong emotions and social change and the music spoke. Now Rock and/or Roll brings back the spirit of the sixties with the greatest songs of an unforgettable era! Spirit of the sixties brings you songs which live on as symbols of free expression.
BJ is once again joined by fellow record collector and CheapKISS Records owner Chris Grey, last time it was songs from Radio Station compilations and this time each has selected 12 songs from his collection Various Artists compilations from the late seventies and early eighties. It's all here: power pop, punk, AOR, metal.
BJ is joined by Jon Lamoreaux, host of a great podcast called The Hustle, to finish off our series on Def Leppard. Join them as they attempt to figure out how the band arrived at a point where the album X made sense, and should any rock band exist for 40 years.
Show the world a brand new face. It's taken us all this time but we've made it to Slang. This week BJ is joined by Pat Francis from the Rock Solid podcast for a look back at Def Leppard's 1996 foray into alternative or modern rock.
Do you wanna get rocked? Well this might be the wrong episode. It's still the Def and/or Leppard show as BJ is joined by Eric Miller from The Pods & Sods Network for a frank discussion about the band's triple platinum 1992 release.
Break the bubble! Break it up! We're still talking Def Leppard. This week BJ is joined by Joey Haynie from the Rock Strikes Ten podcast for a discussion about the band's massive diamond certified 1987 comeback album.
Burn a building! Burn! Burn! Burn! Our series on Def Leppard continues and for this episode BJ is joined by frequent guest Greg Renoff, author of an amazing book from last year called Van Halen Rising, for a discussion about the band's smash hit album from 1983.
Our celebration of the Def Leppard catalogue continues as BJ is joined by Julian Gill, author of a spectacular book about the band's history called Leppard Tracks, to discuss the band's classic second album released in July of 1981.
For this first in a series of episodes devoted to a celebration of the Def Leppard catalogue BJ is joined by Joe Royland from the Sit and Spin videocast for a discussion about the band's debut album from 1980.
BJ is joined by Ryan McKay and A.D. Adams from The Shabby Road Record Show for an unfiltered discussion about the elephant in the room of rock and roll: rock stars and their unabashed fondness for underage girls.
Believe it or not there is a thriving rock scene in North America that has been churning out great music for decades but very few people outside of the Canadian province of Quebec even know about it. This is because Quebec (population 8 million) is a predominantly French speaking province surrounded by English speaking provinces and the US below it and this has led to the development of what some people refer to as Francophone: Quebec based bands or artists that choose to perform in French and thus find themselves isolated to Quebec. A band from Quebec that performs in French will be heard by very few people outside of Quebec and that's just the way it is, until now. On this episode BJ is joined once again by Simon Fauteux, who was himself once a rock artist from Quebec who chose to perform in French. Simon has put together a list of 20 of the greatest songs by the most important rock artists from Quebec, from the seventies until today. Listen and learn.
It's about time! BJ is once again joined by podcasting legends Craig Smith and Eric Miller from The Pods & Sods Network for another round of No Shame wherein each proudly presents a list of ten songs he enjoys even though many rock fans would probably be ashamed and/or embarrassed to admit to liking such songs but hey, the theme is still NO SHAME and none is felt.
BJ has a conversation with Frank Secich, author of a new book called Circumstantial Evidence, about his experiences over the course of his career in rock and roll, from Blue Ash to Stiv Bators and beyond.
BJ is once again joined by Brian Sword from The Double Stop podcast for the second episode in an ongoing series they're calling "Gettin' Bossy." On episode #64 of the podcast the pair discussed Bruce Springsteen's 1982 album Nebraska and for this episode they decided to tackle the new Springsteen box set called The Ties That Bind: The River Collection. In October of 1979 Bruce Springsteen delivered a completed album to be called The Ties That Bind to his record label, only to change his mind before the record could be released. A year later he would release a 20 song double album called The River. During this period Bruce and the E Street band reportedly worked on as many as 90 songs and many of these outtakes are also included in the new box set. BJ and Brian decided to imagine an alternate reality wherein the original The Ties That Bind album had been released and working within this reality each constructed his own album from the remaining songs, those that eventually made it onto The River and those that did not, to create what could have been Bruce Springsteen's sixth album and follow-up to The Ties That Bind.
With the debut of Headbangers Ball in April of 1987 MTV began devoting an entire three hour block every Saturday night to nothing but hard rock and heavy metal. Are you ready for a blast from the past? Let's go back and experience a moment in time: Saturday into Sunday morning, October 8th into October 9th, 1988. For your listening enjoyment BJ has engineered an audio recreation of the entire episode of Headbangers Ball from that night.
On this episode BJ has an in depth conversation with Chip Z'Nuff about the early years of his great band Enuff Z'Nuff and how a power pop band came to be marketed as a hair metal band. Chip also gives us the inside scoop on Enuff Z'Nuff's near misses with reality TV and also the story behind his fellow Chicago band Life Sex & Death and the mysterious Stanley.
With over 100 episodes in the can that means that well over 1000 bands or artists have been played on the podcast thus far, some of them more than once but many of them only once. For this episode BJ revisited the previous episodes and chose 20+ bands or artists to give an encore. On this episode BJ plays another song by bands or artists that have only been played once before on the show.
Michel Pagliaro is a one of a kind artist and a true seventies rock visionary. Famous in Quebec but virtually unknown outside the French Canadian province, Pagliaro made music ahead of its time and yet with obvious universal appeal. On this episode BJ actually has a conversation with this elusive figure in the history of rock music. Many thanks to Simon Fauteux and Six Media Marketing for making this happen!
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BJ is joined by James Dickerson, author of Colonel Tom Parker: The Curious Life of Elvis Presley's Eccentric Manager, for a conversation about Parker's shady past and mysterious motives and how his conniving impacted the course of Presley's career.