Men At Work managed to occupy the peak slot in America for 15 weeks. The songs “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under” followed the Business As Usual debut album from Men At Work to #1 sales for all three in the U.S., something never before done by a rookie band, not even the Beatles.
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the breakout album “Strong Persuader” by my guest In the Studio, Robert Cray.
Hard-charging San Francisco juggernaut Journey unveiled a defining album for the decade with “Escape” in July 1981, containing “Don’t Stop Believin’ “,”Stone in Love”, “Who’s Crying Now”,”Open Arms”, and “Mother, Father”. For the fortieth anniversary of this timeless effort, the Journey songwriting triumvirate of Steve Perry, founding guitarist Neal Schon, and new recruit then Jonathan Cain all recall their daring “Escape”.
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Ric Savage, & Phil Collen join Redbeard “In the Studio” for their fortieth anniversary of “High’n’ Dry”.
Sales of Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle”, which includes “Rock ‘n Me”,”Take the Money and Run”,”Wild Mountain Honey”,”Serenade”,”Mercury Blues”, and the title song have exceeded five million copies of Rolling Stone magazine’s Album of the Year 1976, plus a berth on that mag’s 500 Greatest Albums All Time list.
“2112” by Rush was an amalgam of hard rock, progressive rock, science-fiction and Ayn Rand socio-economics right about the same time that The Ramones, The Dead Boys, and Ian Dury and the Blockheads were singing “Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll”. So things were about to get interesting in 1976. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush join me here In the Studio
It is the forty-fifth anniversary of Boz Scaggs “Silk Degrees” , one of the albums which musically defined America’s bicentennial year in much the same way as “Frampton Comes Alive”, “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Year of the Cat”. More accurately this Boz Scaggs interview falls under “Ultra Rare”, as the Dallas Texas native, long residing in the San Francisco Bay wine country, has led one of the more private lives in contemporary music.
Grand Funk Railroad “Closer to Home” interview with Mark Farner and Don Brewer In the Studio.
Until “No Jacket Required”in February 1985, Phil Collins was best known as the drummer who surprised everyone by more than capably replacing band mate Peter Gabriel as the lead singer for Genesis.
Eligible for Hall of Fame induction for twenty-two years, Styx has continued to be one of the top touring ticket sellers year after year to this day, continued to record and release spectacular high-concept high-tech rock such as 2017’s The Mission , yet surprisingly been unable to conjure up even a single nomination for Rock Hall of Fame consideration.