It happened to Elton John, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Sting, and most recently U2: US radio and music video outlets overplaying the hits by these most popular musicians, in the programmers’ misguided attempts at gaining a bigger audience. But the unfortunate by-product is that these listeners/viewers burn out on the saturation repetition to the peril of the musicians, and the predictable backlash unfortunately is misdirected at the musicians, who had no control over how their songs were appropriated. No one on the planet knows this better now than my guest Phil Collins while sharing his second solo album,”Hello I Must Be Going.”.
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“Can’t Buy a Thrill” in November 1972 from Steely Dan this first varied assortment of smart pop from the songwriters Donald Fagen and Walter Becker sounds the least like any Steely Dan album which would follow, but my guests Donald Fagen & the late Walter Becker explain why that’s the case In the Studio.
George Harrison’s “Cloud Nine” comeback album thirty-five years ago included “When We Was Fab”,”Devil’s Radio”, the #1 cover of “Got My Mind Set on You”, & the bluesy title song “Cloud Nine”. The late George Harrison is my guest from In the Studio archives.
Was “Who Came First” a question or a declarative statement in October 1972? Pete Townshend joins me In the Studio for the answer on the golden anniversary of his first of many great solo albums, which we feature here.
To mark the fiftieth anniversary of their breakout live album “Full House”, it is only fitting that we throw down a J Geils Band house party hosted by lead singer Peter Wolf In the Studio.
A half century ago, YES’s Close to the Edge was stunningly popular, with Top Five sales in both the U.S. and UK. In these thoughtful, detailed classic rock interviews, YES lead singer/lyricist Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, extraordinary drummer Bill Bruford, and keyboard innovator Rick Wakeman provide a surprisingly candid recounting of the undisputed peak of the Progressive Rock era.
In the first half of the Eighties, Pink Floyd was M.I.A. for five long years, conspicuous in their absence for instance at the largest one day gathering of rock royalty, Live Aid, in July 1985. It was not until the end of that year that Roger Waters’ official departure from Pink Floyd was revealed to the other band members, and this bowling ball revelation left the group with the musical equivalent of the dreaded 7-10 split. David Gilmour spills the beans & spills his guts, & drummer Nick Mason analyzes the net effect, here In the Studio for “A Momentary Lapse of Reason”
Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Tom Hamilton join me In the Studio in this classic rock interview for the back story on “Permanent Vacation” & “Magic Touch”,”Dude Looks Like a Lady”,”Rag Doll”, and the #3 power ballad “Angel” which erased all doubts…to the tune of over 5,000,000 sold beginning in August 1987…
It was their third album,”Shabooh Shoobah”, where INXS finally made the leap to America and the UK late in 1982 with “The One Thing”and “Don’t Change”. For the story of INXS’ formative years, the band’s keyboard player/ songwriter Andrew Farriss, guitar-playing brother Tim Farriss, and guitar/sax man Kirk Pengilly, tell of the tough and tender early days forming in the most remote city in the world, Perth Australia; surviving the one-nighters there, in Sydney and in Melbourne; allying with a talented singer from Hong Kong-via-Hollywood, the mercurial snake-hipped Michael Hutchence;
Def Leppard lifers Joe Elliott and Ric Savage join Redbeard In the Studio for the mega-hit “Hysteria”.