Patrick Foster is out this week, so Rob Gates and Kevin Goff join Jim to talk about classic rock artists and how they responded to the industry in the ’80s. Today, we talk about three legacy artists who made big comebacks in the MTV decade: Steve Winwood (formerly of Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith), the Beach Boys (who scored a No. 1 single in the ’80s) and Roy Orbison (who had a bittersweet ’80s revival).
Legendary session drummer Hal Blaine died on March 11, 2019, at age 90. Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar, died on March 16 at age 81. We pay tribute to these important figures in pop music. (Recorded on the back deck, with guest Jasper Colt.)
Today, guest host Mike Wagner of Houston talks about the art of the backing vocal.
One more guest episode! Mike Wagner of Houston fills in today and talks about songs with great “middle eights.” What’s a middle eight, you ask? Mike will explain. Features music by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and the Replacements.
Cory Branan not only makes Perfect Pop picks, he gives us a lesson in music theory. Songs by the Animals and Beach Boys.
More celebrity Perfect Pop picks. JD McPherson (a rockabilly guy) blows our minds with his love of Madonna and Duran Duran. The Beach Boys pick is perhaps less surprising.
We interview Dave Kinzer, who has compiled the most amazingly comprehensive set of lists about 1960s popular music. In “The 60s Music Compendium,” he categorizes every song that hit the Billboard Hot 100 in that decade — nearly 7,000 songs — over a variety of attributes.