Nils Lofgren has been a member of Bruce Springsteen's E. Street Band since 1984. He's also played in Neil Young's band, all the while maintaining a successful solo career. Old School, Lofgren's first full-length album of his tunes in five years, features guest appearances by Paul Rodgers of Bad Company, Lou Gramm of Foreigner, and Sam Moore of Sam & Dave. Icon Fetch talks to the multi-instrumentalist about recording his latest effort at home, his love of dogs, and the passing of his dear friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons. He also touches on his online guitar classes.
Thomas Dolby, the man behind such enduring hits as "She Blinded Me With Science," and "Hyperactive," is readying his first new studio album in 20 years, A Map of the Floating City, an eclectic mix of styles recorded at Dolby's own home studio, and featuring several guests, including Mark Knopfler and Regina Spektor. Icon Fetch talks to the video pioneer about doing most of the work himself this time around. He also tells a great story about playing with David Bowie at the monumental Live Aid concert in 1985. Hear the Icon Fetch interview with Thomas Dolby by clicking below.
We talked with Dolby back in March of 2011 about the release of the EP Oceanea. He also tells us the story behind "She Blinded Me With Science." Listen to that interview by clicking below.
Nina Blackwood was one of the original five VJs that played all that crazy music in the early days of MTV. Unbelievably the network quietly just celebrated it's 30th anniversary. Icon Fetch sits down with the former Ohio resident about how she got chosen to join the fledgling network and what those early days were like, when it seemed like new music was spilling over everywhere. We also touch on some of her current projects, including the nationally-syndicated Nina Blackwood's Absolutely 80's, and her daily slot on Sirius/XM's 80's on 8 channel.
--One of her videos was banned in the early days of MTV--
Terri Nunn fronted the Eighties synth band Berlin, who first rose to prominence with their controversial single "Sex (I'm a...)" in 1982. MTV refused to play that steamy bit of erotica, but did put other Berlin tracks like "The Metro," and "No More Words" into heavy rotation. The band eventually hit pay dirt with "Take My Breath Away" from the Top Gun Soundtrack, which rocketed to number one in 1986. But, that stab at commercialism tore the band apart and Nunn went solo. Now, she is readying her first set of original material in nine years, which she hopes to release later this fall. Icon Fetch talks to the former actress about co-hosting the new podcast "Between the Sheets" with Gaye Ann Bruno, recording her new material and the story behind "Take My Breath Away."
She never fit into the "rock star mold" that the record company wanted her in. Now she's playing by her own rules
Debora Iyall fronted the Eighties band Romeo Void, who scored a pair of MTV hits in the biting "Never Say Never," and the funky "Girl in Trouble is a Temporary Thing," before calling it quits in 1985. After a brief stint as a solo artist, Iyall left the music business altogether to concentrate on art and teaching. Now, she's got a brand-new album of material called Stay Strong. Icon Fetch talks her about the different directions her new music has taken, the inspiration behind some of the songs, and how Michael Jackson inspired her song "A Girl in Trouble."