Every year Chris and Aaron over at Decibel Geek celebrate Kissmas In July with a month full of Kiss related episodes. In 2015 BJ joined in on the fun with two episodes called Kiss Konnections. July 2017 is almost over but Kiss Konnections III is here just in time!
The Nits formed in Amsterdam in 1974 and have released almost 20 albums in 40 years but none of them came out in the US (they are mostly available on iTunes now). They were a clever and creative band, always innovative and capable of greatness, as the songs you will hear on this episode will attest.
BJ Kahuna and Brian Sword are joined by past guest Randy W. Hall from That Dandy Classic Music Hour. who contributed $50 to the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo fund in order to acquire the rights to talk shit about one of his favorite bands in a public forum.
For this episode special guest Terry Means contributed $50 to the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo fund and in so doing garnered himself the opportunity to join BJ and Brian Sword for a "Worst of" episode of his choice and Terry chose KISS. Get ready to rock and roll all nite and part of every day as each of the three lists what he thinks are the five worst KISS songs of the seventies and the five worst KISS songs of the eighties. Oh yeah!
Rusty Willoughby was the creative force behind the Seattle pop punk band Flop who recorded three albums in the first half of the nineties including a lost classic for Epic Records in 1993 called Whenever You're Ready. On this episode BJ is joined by old friend and biggest Rusty Willoughby fan on earth Chris Standish and together they have a great conversation with the man himself, Rusty Willoughby, about his songwriting career with Pure Joy, Flop, Llama, and solo.
Hello, welcome to Rock and/or Roll.
This one I'm calling "The Episode."
And on this episode every song
Starts with "The" then it's one word long
The Trooper sounds the show begins
But on this episode no one wins
The sound of Built to Spill and Chicken Shack
Like Maiden said, "There's no turning back."
BJ is joined by co-host Brian Sword for this first in what will become another Rock and/or Roll series we're calling "Worst of..." and we're starting in the most logical place. BJ and Brian have each picked what they think are the five worst, or five of the worst, Beatles songs. Remember, opinions are like assholes.
Kyuss is one of those bands that was ahead of its time. A few years later and they might have been huge. They developed their own sound, accidentally on purpose, and made unique, interesting, compelling music. It wasn't metal, it wasn't grunge. It was Kyuss.
Written to order in 1954 by Alex North and Hy Zaret for a long forgotten film, within a year "Unchained Melody" had become a hit multiple times and has since been recorded by 670 different artists. On this episode we'll explore the history of the song and hear more than 30 different versions that span 60 plus years.
Back on episode number 28 of the podcast BJ played some of his favorite songs from a wide variety of movie soundtracks. With this episode BJ revisits the concept, but this time focuses on great songs that were buried on random movie soundtracks in that glorious decade of the eighties, when new wave and AOR met, got married and had babies.
Another band, another episode. The Only Ones had something special, but they came along at a time when it was difficult to stand out and easy to implode. Yet as you'll hear on this episode the band made some great music in the short time that it existed.
Nils Lofgren got his first record deal before he was out of his teens and he made four records with that band, Grin, before launching a solo career in 1975 with one of the best records of that decade. Although he never matched the quality of his first solo record Lofgren has had a long and very respectable career as a songwriter and as a member of the E Street Band. Listen as BJ plays his favorites from the Lofgren discography.
Way back in March of 2014 BJ took a closer look at the wide variety of bands that have been damned to the purgatory of "hair" metal. On this episode we'll hear even more great songs by bands lost to history because the style and image they reveled in became unfashionable.
Screaming Trees was a classic sounding rock band lost in limbo between the eighties and nineties, between the eras of hair metal and grunge. The band never really found its place but they made some great music, much of which you will hear on this episode.
On March 31, 1992, a mere six months after Guns N' Roses released two albums on the same day, Bruce Springsteen released two albums on the same day. They were called Human Touch and Lucky Town and are considered by most Springsteen fans to be low points in the Boss' career. In keeping with the twins theme Rock and/or Roll is releasing two episodes of Gettin' Bossy on the same day! On this episode, entitled Lucky Touch, BJ and his Gettin' Bossy co-host Brian Sword from The Double Stop take a look at the ten song album Bruce wrote and recorded in three weeks time. He was supposed to be writing one more song for Human Touch but instead wrote a second album's worth of material to be released on the same day and called Lucky Town. Then BJ and Brian have each taken the 24 songs that made up the Human Touch and Lucky Town albums and from that group of songs chosen and sequenced one album's worth of material in the spirit of "what could have been." On this episode Brian Sword describes the album he constructed from the available material, an imaginary album called Lucky Touch.
On March 31, 1992, a mere six months after Guns N' Roses released two albums on the same day, Bruce Springsteen released two albums on the same day. They were called Human Touch and Lucky Town and are considered by most Springsteen fans to be low points in the Boss' career. In keeping with the twins theme Rock and/or Roll is releasing two episodes of Gettin' Bossy on the same day! On this episode, entitled Human Town, BJ and his Gettin' Bossy co-host Brian Sword from The Double Stop take a look at how Bruce ended up out in sunny California instead of New Jersey making an album with studio musicians instead of the E Street Band. Then BJ and Brian have each taken the 24 songs that made up the Human Touch and Lucky Town albums and from that group of songs chosen and sequenced one album's worth of material in the spirit of "what could have been." At the end of this episode BJ describes the album that he constructed from the available material, an imaginary album called Human Town.
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.