Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies talk about realizing rock and roll could be a career and sitting in the back of the tour bus with the black musicians in the US. Colin Newman of Wire discusses the differences between British punk and American punk.
Wire was so secretly influential in American music that frontman Colin Newman didn't even know it for a couple of decades. We discuss the reasoning behind that, as well as the band's history and the differences between punk in the US and the UK.
The Zombies are quietly one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Part of it is the songwriting. Part of it is the production on their masterpiece, "Oddesey
Wayne Kramer of the legendary proto-punk outfit The MC5 talks about his time in prison on drug charges and gives you the lowdown on The MC5's surprisingly religious roots. We're also jump starting the Secretly Canadian Records 20th anniversary celebration with a chat from founder Chris Swanson.
Secretly Canadian has grown from a bedroom label to an indie rock behemoth over the last 20 years, with three other labels, a distribution arm, a publishing division, and a management company. Chris Swanson was there for it all. We talked about the label's past and present.
The MC5 and guitarist Wayne Kramer used to take people to church, so to speak. The incendiary proto-punk band's fervency and social conscience were second to none. But it's still hard to believe that their schema was influenced by the actual church.
Andrew WK talks about learning to embrace the entirety of the human experience, including the parts that don't necessarily feel good. Comedian Aparna Nancherla talks about diversity in the writers room and the importance of developing your own voice.
Andrew WK's mantra, "party hard," sounds simple. And maybe it is. And maybe it's simultaneously a rallying cry for embracing what we consider the binary existence of good and bad to transcend the usual definitions of those constructs. No, seriously. Just ask Andrew WK.
David Bowie always did it his way. In life — and in death.