Episodes
Brian reveals the amazing story behind one of the biggest rock hits of the 1970's while exploring the biography of Paul Pena - a blind musician with one of the strangest career arcs on record. This episode is brought to you in part by OMIO: Visit OMIO.com and use the code OMIO5 at checkout to [...]
Published 07/21/21
The guys geek out about their love of the Ramones and unravel the tale of the original member who left punk for the world of hip hop. The show is brought to you by: HelloFresh: https://hellofresh-ca.o5kg.net/c/2544961/791027/7893 Code: HFAFF80 SHOW NOTES: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramones https://groovyhistory.com/phil-spector-ramones-album https://www.nme.com/news/music/ramones-19-1332648 https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/28392/5-artists-reportedly-held-gunpoint-phil-spector Youtube...
Published 07/14/21
The guys draw the line between a piece of tech and the biggest band in the world, the loudest band in the world and the weirdest band in the world. Hear the story of how when they all came together,  it led to the lyrics that ride atop one of the most iconic rock n [...]
Published 07/07/21
Brian takes the bait and falls down the Andrew W.K. conspiracy theory wormhole. Is the "Party Hard" maven an actual person or an industry plant from one of rock n roll's legendary drummers?   This episode is brought to you by OMIO. Get 5% off your next booking when you use the code LISTENR5 at [...]
Published 06/30/21
Murdock dives into the deep end of nostalgia and his childhood obsession with metal to discover if Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. really had vodka in that bottle while floating in the pool and filming for The Decline of Western Civilization, Part 2.   This episode is brought to you by OMIO. Get 5% off your [...]
Published 06/23/21
Inspired by news from the KISS camp, Brian and Murdock explore misperceptions and lore around Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter. Did they really serve the Devil? Did they really put their blood into a comic book? And what was with Paul's ear? SHOW NOTES Paul interview 2021: https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/1445256/Kiss-Paul-Stanley-Gene-Simmons-end-of-heavy-metal-band-after-world-tour-rock-music KISS Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss_(band) Wicked Lester:...
Published 06/16/21
Brian and Murdock get the lowdown on the music and lifestyle of the 1980's Sunset Strip (and find out if Slash REALLY DID audition for Poison) by welcoming rock journalists Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock to the show. Check out Tom and Rich's amazing oral history NÖTHIN' BUT A GOOD TIME: The Uncensored History of [...]
Published 06/09/21
The guys get out all the details of the rise, the wreck and the ultimate return of Rick Allen and the boys from Def Leppard.   This episode is sponsored by OMIO. Omio: Plan, book and love the journey. Terms & Conditions apply. https://omio.sjv.io/c/2544961/1078765/7385   SHOW NOTES: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def_Leppard Behind the Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8zYR-Ah9RM Artists as tax [...]
Published 06/02/21
The guys celebrate the start of summer by flipping through their playlists and picking their favorite songs of the year so far. Listen to the playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2vpCXIJr2smNNT3lbuQ0Om?si=27ee0c2b652141ff
Published 05/28/21
Brian examines the connection between that one line in Spinal Tap and that band of studio musicians who owned the early eighties with "Rosanna" and "Africa." This episode is sponsored by Relief Factor. Get the QuickStart package (normally $70) for $19.95 HERE. SHOW NOTES: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosanna_(song) https://rulefortytwo.com/secret-rock-knowledge/chapter-14/tragic-gardening-accident/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Porcaro...
Published 05/26/21
The guys get listener mail from an upset source; Murdock reveals that Jimi Hendrix got kidnapped once - and never even knew it...   SHOW NOTES: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/book-excerpt-the-man-who-saved-jimi-hendrix-from-the-mafia-187900/ https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/jimi-hendrix-so-high-kidnapped-by-mafia/?amp
Published 05/21/21
The guys welcome legendary music journalist Joel Selvin to join them in a discussion of Jan and Dean (featuring kidnaps and train wrecks), the Monterey Pop Festival and hanging out with Dennis Wilson. This episode brought to you by: Baxter Blue - get 10% off your next purchase of blue light, sleep, or kids glasses [...]
Published 05/19/21
The guys pay tribute to video vixen Tawny Kitaen in the wake of her passing, examining her outsized influence on Whitesnake and early Tom Hanks. This episode is brought to you by Baxter Blue. Click here for 10% off.   SHOW NOTES: Bachelor Party trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMvLcJiEj7w&t=42s The Seinfeld appearance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2JIHzPVRn8 "Here I Go Again" video: [...]
Published 05/12/21
The guys follow a listener suggestion into the world of a martial-arts-master-turned-movie-star and his vintage guitar collection. This episode is brought to you by Baxter Blue. Hit this link for 10% off your purchase*! *Restrictions may apply SHOW NOTES: 2009 Seagal and Billy Gibbons hangout: https://www.vintageguitar.com/3813/albert-kings-flying-vs/ History Channel documentary clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2MUzYR_2eM Grunge.com piece on Seagal’s [...]
Published 05/05/21
The guys take on a listener letter and end up exploring the world of album art: it's origins, a married couple who created a ton of it, and how the iconic 1984 album cover came to be. This episode brought to you by SPARK from Positive Grid! Get $10 off when you use the code [...]
Published 04/28/21
The guys celebrate a new Offspring album by examining rockers throughout history who did more college than drugs. SHOW NOTES: Dexter gets his degree: https://variety.com/2017/music/news/the-offspring-dexter-holland-phd-molecular-biology-1202424779/ Dexter's actual dissertation: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll40/id/364391/rec/1 Rock stars w advanced degrees: https://www.master-degree-online.com/top-10-rock-stars-with-advanced-degrees/  
Published 04/23/21
Murdock examines the excess of that one tour in the '70's where ZZ Top recreated Texas - with mixed results. This episode brought to you by SPARK from Positive Grid! Get $10 off when you use the code RRBS3 until 4/28/21. SHOW NOTES: Johnny Black piece on the 1976 tour: https://www.loudersound.com/features/fly-on-the-wall-29-may-1976-zz-top-take-texas-on-the-road Bill Ham: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Ham Ralph [...]
Published 04/21/21
Brian breaks down TWO rumors about Mamas and the Papa's voice Mama Cass: Did a ham sandwich kill her? - AND - Did she die in the same place as another major musical legend?   Episode sponsored by: SPARK by Positive Grid - https://www.positivegrid.com/spark/ Get $10 off the week of 4/14 when you use the [...]
Published 04/14/21
The guys answer a listener letter asking for the history on "backmasking" - recording messages backwards on rock n roll records meant to be played forwards. Get ready to go deep on The Beatles, Led Zep and even that annoying Napoleon XIV track. This episode brought to you by SPARK by POSITIVE GRID - Get [...]
Published 04/07/21
In an addendum to Episode 34, the guys go ALL the way back to the BEGINNING of sampling to uncover the origin story of possibly the MOST sampled song in music history - "Amen Brother."   SHOW NOTES: The Winstons Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Winstons The drum break: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2UltDBPW0w The full song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrrWhCbZAyY BBC interview from 2015: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32087287 [...]
Published 04/02/21
Brian tackles the tale of Iron Butterfly and their replacement bass player, Phillip Taylor Kramer - a rocker turned scientist who quit showing up. This episode is sponsored by Away Travel: PODGO.CO/AWAY SHOW NOTES: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Philip_Taylor_Kramer The WaPo long read from 1995: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1996/10/06/far-out/e7bfbaa7-8f9a-4cec-88dc-45d6d2d03f3d/ The Unsolved Mysteries episode - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_amjG-naxU The 1999 story:...
Published 03/23/21
The guys answer a listener letter asking if the Beastie Boys were involved in causing the crackdown on sampling in rap music. SHOW NOTES: https://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00152816.html https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.55725/title.russell-simmons-addresses-beastie-boys-def-jam-fallout-i-just-wasnt-mature-enough# https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_Brothers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul%27s_Boutique https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_O%27Sullivan...
Published 03/17/21
The guys mashup and freak out over the similarities between two big hits from two big 80's hitmakers. Plus - that time Phil Collins played on both Live Aid stages, got lampooned on South Park and thought he was at the Battle of the Alamo in another life... This episode brought to you by Away [...]
Published 03/10/21
Brian's Google searches uncover a series of mysterious deaths that all trace back to one band - and take the guys on a trip into the world of go-go music history along the way.   SHOW NOTES: Go-go music Wiki: https://www.google.com/search?q=go+go+music&rlz=1C1GCEB_enUS893US893&oq=go+go+music&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j0l4j69i60l3.2162j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Rare Essence Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rare_Essence Rory Felton killer arrested:...
Published 03/05/21
The guys get out their research knives and forks and dig into Meat Loaf - after getting a listener email wondering about claims of Meat meeting the supernatural during a recording session. ** This episode brought to you by Away Travel: https://www.awaytravel.com/**   SHOW NOTES: Grunge.com story on Meat Loaf: https://www.grunge.com/168905/the-tragic-real-life-story-of-meat-loaf/ Meat Loaf on Larry [...]
Published 03/01/21