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.
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.
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.
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 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.