Bill and Brian are joined by podcaster Steve Fiorillo (inthemixpod.libsyn.com) to talk about Meat Loaf's legendary album Bat Out of Hell - Songs by Jim Steinman (1977, Cleveland International/Epic). Steve talks about inheriting his love of Mr. Loaf from his mother and...
It's Bonus Song Thursday! And Bill is joined by special guest, musician and songwriter Tyler Plazio (soldiersofsuburbiaband.com), as we get really tangential to discuss that time that Billy Corgan teamed up with David Bowie to perform "All the Young Dudes" at Madison Square Garden...
Bill and Brian are joined by podcaster James Anderson of Unabashedly Obsessed (unabashedlyobsessed.com) to talk about the Smashing Pumpkins breakthrough album Siamese Dream (1993, Virgin). James tells the story of playing N64...
It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian quickly derail their own conversation about Saves the Day and their growth on their Stay What You Are follow up In Reverie by espousing the coolness of Nada Surf and their...
Musician and songwriter Matt Koerner (feenynj.com) joins Bill and Brian to talk about early aughts pop punk innovators Saves the Day and their breakthrough album Stay What You Are (2001, Vagrant). Matt shares...
It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian take a listen to and chat about some Four Seasons, songs that belong to the dance floor, and we read some listener emails about songs that make commercials.
The Eagles may be the first country-rock band to have had a hit single of any real magnitude (1972’s “Take It Easy”), but – and this next fact gets overlooked continually by rock historians – they’re not technically the oldest country-rock band with multiple Top 40 hits to their name. That notable designation belongs to ...
In this final installation of our tribute to intriguing one-hit-wonders of the early '70s, we showcase discs from Jim Weatherly, Grand Central Station, First Class, Dave Loggins, Prelude, and the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band!
In this third part of four, we showcase discs from Skylark, Billy Swan, Rick Derringer, Cross Country, Stories, and Ian Thomas!
For our inaugural column, let’s cram in the earplugs and continue babying our $12 stadium kiosk beer as we travel back to the gritty streets of “Me Decade” New York City, to Lou Reed’s and the 1974 glam rock masterpiece, Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal.
In Part 2 of this four-part series, we showcase discs from Argent, R. Dean Taylor, Teegarden & Van Winkle, Flash, Jo Jo Gunne, and Climax!
We remember the late, great rocker by delving deeper into his discography of credits and singling out sixteen memorable guest spots that Petty - often with his Heartbreakers bandmates in tow - made on his friends' and heroes' albums!
We begin a theme month devoted to '70s one-hit-wonders with this Part 1 of 4 on early-'70s one-hit wonders with a musical legacy beyond their lone Top 40 hit! Featured in this installation is albums from the likes of Free, Bobby Bloom, the Ides of March, the Jaggerz, Alive and Kicking, and Hotlegs!
Rating and reviewing every studio album by U2 from Zooropa through Songs of Innocence and helping you select the band's best hits package and live album!
Not really the one-hit-wonder that everyone thinks they are - they actually have three Top 40 hits to their name, in fact - Katrina and the Waves have plenty of other fun songs besides just the immortal "Walking on Sunshine," and thanks to the songwriting chops of its lead guitarist (and former Soft Boy) Kimberley Rew, this self-titled debut is loaded with them!
In this second half of our Lost and Found feature on The Tubes, we look at the David Foster-produced Outside Inside, which gave the band a surprise Top Ten hit in "She's a Beauty" and also contains the most hilariously double-entendre-laden song Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White has ever had a hand in writing!
The Tubes didn't exactly have a reputation for being the most commercial of bands (or a particularly family-friendly one, either!) when it first signed with Capitol Records after being dumped by A&M in 1980. They're also not the most likely of bands to hire David Foster as a producer, but it happened, and the pairing works so, so much better than it has any right to on these two deliciously satirical discs!
Rating and reviewing every Journey studio album from Frontiers through Eclipse (as well as both of Steve Perry's solo albums) and helping you determine the best Journey hits compilation and live disc!
He never had a Hot 100 hit as a performer, but the hard-to-categorize singer-songwriter Kenny Rankin - equal parts pop, jazz, folk, and R&B - had some very famous fans (including two Beatles!) and is a clear influence on the much more commercially successful Jason Mraz, who's covered this all-killer-no-filler disc's "In the Name of Love."
Rating and reviewing all of Journey's studio albums from their heavily prog-rock-flavored, Steve-Perry-less self-titled debut through their 1981 hit-packed classic Escape!
What do the NES game Super Mario 2, the song "You Light Up My Life," Sting, the movie The Boy Who Could Fly, and Phil Collins' "A Groovy Kind of Love" all have in common? They've all got some connection to this fun 1989 album from Stephen Bishop!
This charming guy has made cameos in multiple cult-classic big-screen comedies, sung two of the most beloved soft-rock 45s of all-time, penned a Number One hit for Phil Collins, and can count Eric Clapton among his biggest fans. Yet he remains one of the most criminally underrated singer-songwriters of his generation. Join us as we delve into a pair of Stephen Bishop's best albums, beginning with this 1976 debut!
You likely know their names, but did you realize the artists in this back half of this week's Common Thread column are former soap opera stars? Join us as we take a look at discs from Lauryn Hill, Ricky Martin, Natalie Imbruglia, Jesse McCartney, and Kylie Minogue to wrap up our month-long salute to screen actors who either began or have moonlighted as musicians!