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Cars- Shake It Up 40th anniversary- Greg Hawkes, the late Ric Ocasek

The Cars' "Shake It Up" was their first album to contain a Top Ten Billboard  hit in the title song, so 1981's "Shake It Up", with its peak at #9 on Billboard  album sales chart as well as #34 for the entire year, was seen by many  as a return to high performance by the Boston band. Keyboard player Greg Hawkes joins me In the Studio with archival interview by Cars bandleader the late Ric Ocasek on "Shake It Up" fortieth anniversary.

Talking Heads- Little Creatures- 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, In the Studio for Talking Heads "Little Creatures".
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The Police- Regatta de Blanc- Sting, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers

"Outlandos d'Amour  has a certain grotesque, naïve charm about it," Sting offers in this interview about the second album by The Police, "but Regatta de Blanc  is infinitely a better record." Both the critics and the rock audience agreed, garnering two #1 hits in the UK with "Walking on the Moon" and "Message in a Bottle", plus topping the album sales chart there with Regatta de Blanc.
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The Cars- Candy O- the late Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes

The late Cars chief mechanic Ric Ocasek plus keyboardist Greg Hawkes tune up the story of 1979’s “Candy O” In the Studio.

Billy Idol- Rebel Yell 35th Anniversary

Billy Idol joins me In the Studio on the thirty-fifth anniversary of Rebel Yell to invoke the eleventh commandment: thou shalt have no Idols before Billy! -Redbeard

Simple Minds- Celebrate the Greatest Hits pt2- Jim Kerr

By 1995 there was a real question whether Scottish band Simple Minds could remain relevant in a third decade. Jim Kerr reveals just how close they came to packing it.