These are the interviews from the most recent editions of the weekly national radio broadcast of In The Studio .

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Talking Heads- More Songs...40th,Speaking in Tongues 35th Anniversaries- David Byrne, Jerry Harrison

"I think that Talking Heads were one of the first groups who tried not to be about a fantasy that was bigger than life, but tried to be about being strong within a life that was ultimately real."- Jerry Harrison
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Foreigner- Double Vision 40th Anniversary- Mick Jones

One of the most endearing things about Foreigner founder and beating heart to this day, Mick Jones, is that he has never been coy or clever in trying to hide his inspirations or aspirations for the band. Case in point is the song "Blue Morning,…
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ZZ TOP- Tres Hombres 45th Anniversary- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

The late legendary ZZ Top manager and producer Bill Ham was an old-school former independent record promoter from Houston that could smell a hit from a thousand miles away - but he  didn't hear the band's first and certainly most important…
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Kinks- One for the Road- Sir Ray Davies

"When we're on stage is the only time when it's not serious," muses Kinks kingpin Ray Davies, the seminal band's lead singer and masterful songwriter. "There's so much recording nowadays that's got to be so high tech and so intense. (Recording…
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The Police- Synchronicity 35th Anniversary- Sting, Stewart Copeland

You could debate whether the first four  albums by the Anglo-American band The Police, starting with 1978's Outlandos d'Amour,  the UK breakthrough Regatta de Blanc,  their 1980 worldwide hit Zenyatta Mondatta,  and Ghost in the Machine …
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Rolling Stones- Some Girls 40th Anniversary- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood

In the Studio writer/ producer alumnus Joe Rhodes pointed out to me once that, in spite of the reams of rock commentary written about the Rolling Stones over the past forty years since the June 1978 release of the Some Girls   album, precious…
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Jethro Tull- 50th Anniversary pt 2- Ian Anderson

The first decade of Jethro Tull's half century which we explored here last week, occupying that musical territory only big enough for itself, where ancient-sounding heath-covered acoustic numbers combined with sprawling progressive rock, fitting…
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Jethro Tull- 50 for 50, pt 1- Ian Anderson

Even though I only attended college for three days ( that's not a typo, days, not years or even semesters ), I got an education which served me a lifetime from the guy who roomed next to me in the freshman dorm. In those three days he introduced…
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Foreigner Live with the 21st Century Orchestra- Mick Jones, Kelly Hansen

It is only fitting that Mick Jones, the British ex-pat who founded Foreigner more than four decades ago, should be the last man standing of the original band nearly two decades into the twenty-first century. With the myriad of changes in both…
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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band- Stranger in Town 40th anniversary

While not completely copping to the charge by the late music writer Timothy White that the previously unknown success of Bob Seger's 1976 album Night Moves   was giving Bob "platinum paranoia"on the followup Stranger in Town , Seger did admit…
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The Cars- Heartbeat City- Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes

With The Cars now officially with a reserved parking spot inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it seems an obvious time to test drive the 1984 blockbuster album Heartbeat City  which rivals their legendary 1978 debut, The Cars , for musical…
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David Bowie- Let's Dance 35th Anniversary

New York City residents go to great lengths of time and expense to avoid, or at least mitigate, standing in line for the basics of living in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. That knowledge only serves to underscore the…
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Dire Straits- Rock Hall of Fame Best, pt 2- Mark Knopfler

When the song "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits became a worldwide hit in Summer 1985, the album Brothers in Arms  from which it came won a Grammy Award for best recorded sound, while the song won another for Best Rock Song that year. However,…
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Bon Jovi's "Prayer" Answered with Rock Hall of Fame Induction

The #1 fan vote-getter in this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan balloting is Bon Jovi. Since starting out in earnest in the early Eighties, living on a prayer of finding fame, fortune, and the rock respect of their many idols who came before…