R.E.M. “Murmur” quietly emerged April 12, 1983 and has never left my essential music list, along with its follow-up “Reckoning”. Michael Stipe & Peter Buck are here In the Studio for “Murmur” 40th anniversary. Songs include “Radio Free Europe”,”South Central Rain”,”Can’t Get There from Here”,”Driver 8″, and an ultra-rare live acoustic performance of “Maps and Legends” from McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica.
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“Let’s Dance” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1983, and if David could have moonwalked like Michael Jackson, Bowie probably would have won. it was no surprise that multi-media maven David Bowie, who seemed tailor-made then for the dawn of the MTV era in America when “Let’s Dance” was released, would later be among the first to embrace computer-generated gaming and virtual reality, which David discussed at length here, reprised on the album’s fortieth anniversary.
With a band named after a Jimi Hendrix album, and their debut album Brother thirty years ago sounding like Free meets Lynyrd Skynyrd, how could I not love this Carolina band? Great guys too in Cry of Love , including the trueheart guitarist Audley Freed who grew up idolizing Southern Rock icons Allen Collins and […]
Mick Jagger joins me from the In the Studio archive on the thirtieth anniversary of his third (and easily best) solo effort,”Wandering Spirit”. Jagger is in fine voice throughout and surrounded by crack studio musicians who bring their “A” game because, well hey, it’s Mick bleedin’ Jagger, okay?
Ray Davies of the seminal London band The Kinks, with the conclusion of my interview in conjunction with their live & unplugged “best of” collection, “To the Bone”.
Legendary Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and even Queen vocalist Paul Rodgers with me February 1993 in a studio somewhere in the desolate outskirts of Los Angeles, proving that even a legend needs an audience when there’s a new song needing singing, even if it’s only an audience of one. Here’s an exclusive performance of “Burning Love”.
The Sting and I…We had already done multiple interviews when he was in The Police and now Sting had released three solo albums, including Fall 1987’s “Nothing Like the Sun”, by the time we reconvened in 1991. Sting had lost both parents by then, the most recent his father, and was clearly wrestling with his star ascending amidst pain and personal loss.
It’s the 50th anniversary of the Edgar Winter Group’s “They Only Come Out at Night”. Edgar shares songs including “Tobacco Road”,”Keep Playing That Rock’n’Roll”,; “Dying to Live”; “Easy Street” from 1974’s “Shock Treatment”; and three hits from “They Only Come Out at Night”, “Free Ride”,”Hangin’ Around”, and the #1 song in 1973, “Frankenstein”. The late Ronnie Montrose also is interviewed.
“Document” was the mainstream breakthrough for R.E.M. in a five album stubbornly eclectic alternate route to the top of the US album sales chart in September 1987. Guitarist Peter Buck and singer Michael Stipe are my guests In the Studio for the “Document” 35th anniversary..
He had already influenced the sound of Pop music earlier in the Eighties by moving drummer Kenny Aronoff up front in the mix on the #1 hit “Jack and Diane” and “Hurt So Good”, and with his ninth album “The Lonesome Jubilee” in August 1987, John Mellencamp not only influenced Pop and Rock but infiltrated the citadel sound of Nashville as well. Almost instantly, acts as diverse as Paul Simon and The Talking Heads took notice. John Mellencamp is my guest In the Studio.