All of our great music interviews from 2012. You can find our entire collection of shows here.
Marshall Crenshaw released his debut album right at the peak of New Wave’s popularity in 1982, when the world was embracing silly haircuts and synthesizers. Full of melodic hooks, it recalled a time when rock was a little more straight-forward, and featured the hit single “Someday Someway.” Crenshaw has parlayed that success into a career that’s lasted over 30 years, with many twists and turns along the way. His latest endeavor is perhaps his boldest yet - a series of vinyl EPs, via a subscription service, which Crenshaw plans to release over the next two years, all funded by his fans through a successful Kickstarter program. We chat with Crenshaw about why he prefers singles over albums, and how he feels about his first album 30 years later. Listen Now!
Dickie Goodman is the King of Novelty - he holds the record for most novelty singles to hit the Billboard charts - at 17. Things began In 1956 when Goodman, along with his partner Bill Buchanan produced an odd record called “The Flying Saucer” - which took snippets of popular songs and spliced them into a fictitious news report about aliens landing on Earth.
He’s taken the Do It Yourself mentality to a whole new level. Australian Claude Hay has built his own instruments, his own studio, even customized his touring van. When he plays live, he’s a one-man show, using looping technology to essentially play all the instruments himself. We talked to Hay when he released Deep Fried Satisfied back in 2010. Now, he returns with his 3rd album, entitled I Love Hate You. The title track is about his touring van, which he's tricked out with a bar, but also has left him stranded on several occasions. He also talks about recording in his home studio, which is fitted with a giant Darth Vader head which lights up. Listen Now!
Icon Fetch talks with Ann Wilson of Heart about the amazing year that saw she and her sister render a stunning performance of "Stairway to Heaven" that brought down the house during the Led Zeppelin tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors. She tells us how Robert Plant reacted to her rendition, and why she was so excited to do that particular song. She also touches on how surprised she and Nancy were at being 2013 inductees into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. We also run through the flurry of activity from the band that saw them release a career-spanning box set, Strange Euphoria (review); their memoir, Kicking and Dreaming (review); and a blistering new studio album, Fanatic (review). Wilson also reveals plans for 2013, which include a spotlight on their album Dog & Butterfly, celebrating its 35th anniversary.Listen Now!
Gary US Bonds' hit "Quarter to Three" still stands as one of the greatest party tunes of all time. That song was one of many smash hits that he had in the early Sixties. Now, Bonds serves up his first-ever holiday album, "Christmas is ON!," featuring ten tracks - eight of which were written either by Bonds or members of his band. We talk with the legendary singer about how he got in the holiday spirit while recording the album in the heat of the summer. We also talk about how the Beatles put American artists like him out of work in 1964, and how a chance meeting with Bruce Springsteen put him back on the charts.Listen Now!
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