All of our great music interviews from 2011. You can find our entire collection of shows here.
That cool music you hear in the movie Pulp Fiction - that's surf music, and here's how it all happened.
When most people hear the words "surf music," they immediately think the Beach Boys, yet there's so much more to that under-appreciated style. During a span of about five years between the late Fifties and early Sixties, surf music was king - helping literally shape the sound of the electric guitar, a crucial element to all the rock music that followed, while also producing durable songs like "Wipe Out," "Miserlou," and "Pipeline," that have continued to be included in movies and commercials. Author Kent Crowley has written a new book called Surf Beat - Rock n' Roll's Forgotten Revolution, which chronicles the rise and fall of this genre, as well as it's resurgence in the Nineties with the movie Pulp Fiction. Icon Fetch talks to the author about the long process of gathering information for the book, and some of it's unlikely heroes, including Frank Zappa, Ritchie Valens, and Bobby Fuller.Listen Now!
Their album was dead in the water, but the Spin Doctors kept plugging away...and it paid off.
They're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Pocketful of Kryptonite, their debut album, with a deluxe 2-CD set from Legacy Recordings, featuring a remastered version of the original CD, plus an entire disc of rare early recordings from the band that has never been released commercially. Icon Fetch sits down with Doc's guitarist Eric Schenkman, who takes us through the early days, how they got signed to a major label, and what influence John Popper of Blues Traveler had on the band.Listen Now!
--For 30 years, he's created radio ready music that never gets played on the radio--
Melodic rock, power pop, or just plain good music - whatever you call it, Tommy Keene has been making it for the last 30 years. Hot on the heels of 2010's 2-CD anthology, we sit down again with Keene to talk about his brand-new studio album Behind the Parade. Unique to this project, he recorded most of the instruments himself at his home studio. Yet, the signature Tommy Keene sound, with chiming guitars, memorable hooks, and big drums (courtesy of session-ace Rob Brill), are all intact. We also touch on the crazy video he made for the first single, "Deep Six Saturday."
Can't get enough Tommy Keene? Click here for our first interview with him from 2010.
--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."Listen Now!
Rick Derringer was just 17 years old when his band hit with "Hang on Sloopy" - how did he deal with fame at such an early age?
Hippiefest 2011 is coming to a city near you. Featuring Rick Derringer, Dave Mason, Gary Wright, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, it proves to be a night filled with great songs and performances. Icon Fetch gives you a preview of the tour with interviews by both Rick Derringer and Gary Wright. With Rick's interview, we hear the story behind the smash hit "Hang on Sloopy," which he sang on at the tender age of 17. With Gary's chat, we hear about his involvement in a new film about his friend, the late George Harrison. Plus, both give insight into the current Hippiefest 2011, which is touring the country.Listen Now!
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