Song-poems were records created when random citizens wrote "poems" (lyrics) and sent them, along with a check, to various companies which employed musicians who would set those words to music, record the song and press it to vinyl. It was basically a scam and many of the records ended up in thrift shops and record stores where they at some point were discovered by collectors of the odd and obscure. On this episode one of those collectors, Bob Purse, shares with us some of his favorite songs discovered from more than two decades of seeking these things out. You can find more songs and info on Bob's blog pages:
You can also check out the Song-Poem database Bob references here:
Seaweed formed in Tacoma, Washington in the late eighties, found success with an indie label (the mighty Sub Pop), then signed with a major (Hollywood) and you can guess the rest.
This episode also includes the second installment of "Dad Rock." This time around BJ and his daughter discuss Let It Be by The Beatles.
If you've never heard it before, allow this episode to be your introduction to the great 1982 self-titled album by Single Bullet Theory.
And then at the end of the episode you will find the first in what will be a continuing series of segments sarcastically called "Dad Rock" wherein BJ encourages his 13 year-old daughter to listen to old records and share her thoughts. For this first installment of "Dad Rock" she listened to Revolver by The Beatles.
BJ is joined once again by fellow huge Dokken fan Brian Sword from The Double Stop for a frank discussion about which five songs each thinks are the worst songs from those three classic Dokken albums from the eighties.
Steven M. Krikorian adopted the stage name Tonio K, naming himself for Thomas Mann’s short story Tonio Kroger but shortening it to Tonio K in reference to Franz Kafka’s The Trial and it’s protagonist Josef K. His first album Life in the Foodchain was released in 1978 and became a critical smash. He would release three more albums and an EP in the eighties and then revert to a career as a professional songwriter for other artists.
In early 1972 Pink Floyd were in the middle of creating one of the most successful and iconic albums in history when they took an unexpected break, flew to France and wrote and recorded an entirely separate album in just two weeks. That very same month, February of 1972, Pink Floyd's enigmatic founding member Syd Barrett surprisingly resurfaced, fronting a new band called Stars.
The Flying Nun television series starring Sally Field ran on ABC from September of 1967 to September of 1970. New Zealand is a sovereign island country situated in Tasman Sea about 1,200 miles east of Australia comprised of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island—and around 600 smaller islands. Flying Nun is a record label launched by New Zealander Roger Shepherd in 1981 to document the many bands and artists active on the South Island who were developing what would become known as the Dunedin Sound. On this episode, part two, BJ plays a selection of songs from some of the more obscure examples of these Flying Nun bands.
The Flying Nun television series starring Sally Field ran on ABC from September of 1967 to September of 1970. New Zealand is a sovereign island country situated in Tasman Sea about 1,200 miles east of Australia comprised of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island—and around 600 smaller islands. Flying Nun is a record label launched by New Zealander Roger Shepherd in 1981 to document the many bands and artists active on the South Island who were developing what would become known as the Dunedin Sound. On this episode, part one, BJ plays a selection of songs from some of the more famous or well-known of these Flying Nun bands.
Actor and musician Cameron Dye joins BJ to discuss his career in film and music, the main focus being the 1987 film Scenes from the Goldmine and the awesome soundtrack that never was.
You can watch the film here.
BJ is joined by frequent guest Joe Royland for a discussion about the often excellent, sometimes overlooked material Ratt produced in the wake of the breakout success of their debut album Out of the Cellar and then each counts down his top ten favorite songs Ratt released after the Cellar.
Continuing the celebration of Freddie's birthday BJ is joined again by Eric Miller from the Pods & Sods Network for a discussion about the solo careers of Queen's members and then each counts down his top ten favorite songs from that solo output.
BJ is joined once again by Brian Sword for another episode of "Best of" wherein the pair force themselves to pick the five best songs by the worst bands. This time around they subjected themselves to the entire Creed discography, the mission being to find the least objectionable Creed songs.
BJ made the trek to Nashville for the third year in a row to take part in the Rock N Pod Expo. On this episode you'll hear the interviews he recorded at the expo, plus a live panel discussion about life in the music business that featured insights from Dave Ellefson, Jason Bieler and Drew Fortier.
On this episode BJ exposes you, the lucky listener, to a great lost album from 1982, Illuminations by Leggat, a short-lived band formed in 1981 in Toronto by brothers Hugh and Gord Leggat. Released by Capitol Records only in Canada as a ten song double album, it's an impressive piece of work.
BJ let Lee McCormack from Tramps Like Us take the lead on this episode, which is devoted to Lee's favorite artist of all time. After a quick overview of Steve Earle's life in music Lee and BJ each counts down his top ten favorite Steve Earle songs.
BJ is joined by friend of the show Jon Lamoreaux, host of The Hustle, for an interesting (and mildly combative) discussion about the merits of the half century partnership that is Hall & Oates, and then each counts down his top ten favorite Hall & Oates songs.
Friend of the show Craig Cohen recently had the opportunity to speak with CJ Ramone and wanted you all to hear it. Thanks Craig!
Check out CJ's new solo album The Holy Spell that comes out next week.
Have you read the news in the Soho Tribune? On this, the fourth episode in the Motley Crue series, BJ is joined by Bakko and Loose Cannon from Cobras and Fire. Listen in as they conduct a gynecological exam on Motley's fourth album Girls Girls Girls.