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Thursday, May 18, 2017

RA/OR 181 - CASSETTE LABELS



BJ is joined by his old friend Darrell (aka Caleb Fraid) to discuss the homegrown cassette label scene that both were a part of in the mid-nineties.




THE MOUNTAIN GOATS - PURE MILK
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS - THE WATER SONG
ZERO SERIES - CHAIN O' LAKES
BOX BOY - YOUNG GIRL'S SPIT
SIMON JOYNER - THE SIMULTANEOUS OCCURENCE OF TRUE LOVE AND NAUSEA AT AN OMAHA BURGER KING OCT. 12, 1992
CONOR OBERST - YOU SHOULD BE IN SWEDEN
CHARLIE MCALISTER - ROLLER COASTER
JOHN - WHERE THE FIREFLIES GLOW
CREEPER LAGOON - EYES OF HAZEL
CREEPER LAGOON - BITTER PILL
ASRIELLE - PAPERCLIPPERSHIPS
ASRIELLE - MEASURE
SALIVA - FELIPE'S MID-DAY DELIGHT
CALEB FRAID - HEADACHES START
CALEB FRAID - SHIRLEY TEMPLE
CALEB FRAID - STRIKE ANYWHERE
CALEB FRAID/BJ KRAMP - I KNEW YOU BEFORE
SITZPINKLER - HURT CLOUD
BJ KRAMP - INFINITY IS ABSTRACT
CALEB FRAID - MONTHLY DUES
BJ KRAMP - SISSY SPACEK



Friday, May 12, 2017

RA/OR 180 - TRIUMPH'S TRIUMPHS






BJ is joined once again by Joe Royland, host of Sit and Spin, for a discussion about that other Canadian power trio and each counts down his top ten favorite Triumph songs, or Triumph's Triumphs.

Friday, May 5, 2017

RA/OR 179 - WORST OF KISS (70s & 80s)




Terry Means generously contributed $50 to the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo fund and in so doing garnered himself the opportunity to join BJ and Brian Sword for a "Worst of" episode of his choice and Terry chose KISS. Get ready to rock and roll all nite and part of every day as each of the three lists what he thinks are the five worst KISS songs of the seventies and the five worst KISS songs of the eighties. Ah yeah!

Friday, April 28, 2017

RA/OR 178 - RUSTY WILLOUGHBY INTERVIEW







Rusty Willoughby (far left) was the creative force behind the Seattle pop punk band Flop which recorded three albums in the first half of the nineties including a lost classic released by Epic Records in 1993 called Whenever You're Ready. On this episode BJ is joined by old friend (and Rusty's biggest fan) Chris Standish and together they have a great conversation with the man himself, Rusty Willoughby, about his songwriting career with Pure Joy, Flop, Llama, and solo. 

Find Rusty's music here.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

RA/OR 177 - WORST OF LED ZEPPELIN








BJ is once again joined by Brian Sword from The Double Stop podcast for another volume of "Worst of..." this time each has chosen what he thinks are the five worst Led Zeppelin songs.

Friday, April 14, 2017

RA/OR 176 - POWER METAL


On this episode BJ plays some of his favorite songs from the Power Metal genre. It's fast-paced and melodic. Enjoy!

HELLOWEEN - EAGLE FLY FREE
HELLOWEEN - JUST A LITTLE SIGN
GAMMA RAY - SEND ME A SIGN
EDGUY - ARROWS FLY
HAMMERFALL - LIVING IN VICTORY
SONATA ARCTICA - THE CAGE
DRAGONFORCE - FURY OF THE STORM
POWER QUEST - NEVERWORLD
AXENSTAR - THE BURNING
BLIND GUARDIAN - TURN THE PAGE
SENTIMENT - COMING HOME
SABATON - KILLING GROUND
NEONFLY - MORNING STAR
DRAGONFORCE - OPERATION GROUND AND POUND

Friday, April 7, 2017

RA/OR 175 - NO SHAME 7 (WITH ROCK & METAL COMBAT)





Parental Advisory! BJ is joined by Ralph Viera and Ian Wadley from the Rock and Metal Combat podcast for a highly offensive round of No Shame.




Friday, March 31, 2017

RA/OR 174 - JANE DORNACKER



Jane Dornacker was a comedian, actress, singer, songwriter, mother. Approximately one million New Yorkers listened to her last words live on the radio. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

RA/OR 173 - THE EPISODE


Hello, welcome to Rock and/or Roll
This one I'm calling "The Episode" 
And on this episode every song 
Starts with "The" then it's one word long
The Trooper sounds the show begins 
But on this episode no one wins 
The sound of Built to Spill and Chicken Shack 
Like Maiden said, "There's no turning back."




CHICKEN SHACK - THE LOSER
SKIDS - THE OLYMPIAN
VOIVOD - THE PROW
ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN - THE GAME
THE FIXX - THE STRAIN
URGE OVERKILL - THE BREAK
TROUBLE - THE SLEEPER
BACKYARD BABIES - THE CLASH
ELECTRIC BOYS - THE CHANGE
ELVIS COSTELLO - THE IMPOSTER
SPLITSVILLE - THE POPULAR
RUSH - THE PASS
BUILT TO SPILL - THE PLAN
THE UNFORGIVEN - THE LONER
WARREN ZEVON - THE OVERDRAFT
NEW MODEL ARMY - THE CHARGE
WARRANT - THE POWER
SPARKS - THE WILLYS
ULTRAVOX - THE VOICE
ANDREW WK - THE SONG
FATES WARNING - THE ARENA
MAGNUM - THE PRIZE
DOKKEN - THE HUNTER

Friday, March 17, 2017

RA/OR 172 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: LIVE ALBUMS



BJ raided his record collection again, this time looking for live albums, and it made for a killer playlist. Give it a listen.




SCORPIONS - ALL NIGHT LONG
TOKYO TAPES
UFO - THIS KID'S
STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
THIN LIZZY - MASSACRE
LIVE AND DANGEROUS
BLUE OYSTER CULT - HARVESTER OF EYES
ON YOUR FEET OR ON YOUR KNEES
SLADE - IN LIKE A SHOT FROM MY GUN
ALIVE
KISS - I STOLE YOUR LOVE
ALIVE II
GODDO - LET THAT LIZARD LOOSE
LIGHVE: BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
Y&T - FOREVER
OPEN FIRE!
GOOD RATS - DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD?
LIVE AT LAST
MICHAEL STANLEY BAND - WILD SANCTUARY
ALL ACCESS
CRACK THE SKY - MAYBE I CAN FOOL EVERYBODY (TONIGHT)
LIVE SKY
SHOES - TOO LATE
SHOES ON ICE
AC/DC - ROCK N ROLL DAMNATION
IF YOU WANT BLOOD...YOU GOT IT
STAMPEDE - THERE AND BACK
THE OFFICIAL BOOTLEG
VARDIS - LIVING OUT OF TOUCH
100 MPH
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT
LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY
LOU REED - SWEET JANE
ROCK 'N' ROLL ANIMAL
U2 - BAD
WIDE AWAKE IN AMERICA
RICHARD THOMPSON - TIME TO RING SOME CHANGES
SMALL TOWN ROMANCE
BRUCE SPRINGSEEN - NO SURRENDER
LIVE 1975-1985
CHEAP TRICK - LOOKOUT
AT BUDOKAN

Friday, March 10, 2017

RA/OR 171 - WORST OF THE BEATLES





BJ is joined by special co-host Brian Sword from The Double Stop for the first episode in a new series we are calling "Worst of..." and we're starting in the most logical place. Remember: opinions are like assholes...

Friday, March 3, 2017

RA/OR 170 - AOR??????? AOK!!!!!!!







It's time for volume seven in our ongoing series: AOR? AOK! Kick back and enjoy 21 great melodic rock songs from the eighties and early nineties.

MELVIN JAMES - LOVING YOU IS STRANGE
MAMMOTH - ALL THE DAYS
THE WORKS - SLAVE TO THE THRILL
WALL OF SILENCE - LAST NITE
JEF SCOTT - ONLY YOU
WHITE SISTER - BREAKIN' ALL THE RULES
DAVID LONDON - IDOL MAKER
ROXAN - YOU DON'T BELONG
8084 - BAD MAN
WALK THE CHALK - LISTEN TO THE RAIN
THE BELIEVERS - HEARD EVERY WORD
PRIVATE LIFE - LAST HEARTBEAT
MONRO - SOME GIRLS
ICE TIGER - PARADISE
TIME GALLERY - THE FEELING IS GONE
DOMINOE - THE DICE
TURBO RED - RIGHT TIME
THE ELEMENT - THE ELEMENT
LIASON - OCEAN VIEW
ALBERTO SIMONINI - MOON-TWICE
FLAME - DON'T LOOK DOWN

Friday, February 24, 2017

RA/OR 169 - POWER POP VI






Yes, it's that time again: more power pop! You're gonna love the music on this episode.

CRASH STREET KIDS - INTO YOU
PHIL NEAL - STANDARD QUESTION
THE HI-FI's - LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE
THE WET - IT'S ALRIGHT
STEVE BLIMKIE AND THE REASON - IT ONLY HAPPENED TWICE
THE NOVELS - I'M BEING FOLLOWED
THE PROMISES - VALERIE
HEROES - BABY'S HAD A TASTE
THE IRONICS - MISDEMEANORS
THE BOYFRIENDS - BOYFRIEND
ARLIS - NO WAY BABY
THE LOOKALIKES - JUST WHAT YOU GOT
THE SWEAT - YOU GOTTA LOTTA NERVE
KEE & THE KICK - BLOWIN' COLD
GENTZ - 98.6
CRACKERS - YOUR HEART
THE MAPS - I'M TALKING TO YOU
BACKSEAT ROMEOS - ZERO AMBITION
MANDARINES - YOU'RE TELLING LIES
BOULEVARD - COMING ON STRONG
NIGHTMAN - SECRETARY
REACTION FORMATION - LOOKING AT YOU
HOT DATES - THE THRILL IS GONE

Friday, February 17, 2017

RA/OR 168 - KYUSS







Kyuss is one of those bands that was ahead of its time. A few years later and they might have been huge. They developed their own sound, accidentally on purpose, and made unique, interesting, compelling music. It wasn't metal, it wasn't grunge. It was Kyuss.



Monday, February 13, 2017

BONUS EPISODE: CHAIN REACTION




Just in case that last episode wasn't up your alley here's a special related and yet unrelated bonus episode.



RATT - CHAIN REACTION
RHABSTALLION - CHAIN REACTION
U.F.O. - CHAINS CHAINS
GILLAN - UNCHAIN YOUR BRAIN
RAVEN - BREAK THE CHAIN
TOKYO BLADE - BREAK THE CHAINS
DEATH SS - CHAINS OF DEATH
LOUDNESS - HEAVY CHAINS
VIRGIN STEELE - CHAINS OF FIRE
SHY - CHAINED BY DESIRE
TALL STORIES - CHAIN OF LOVE
COLLISION - CHAINS
CRASHDIET - BREAKIN' THE CHAINZ
SMALL JACKETS - BALL'N CHAIN
DOKKEN - UNCHAIN THE NIGHT

Friday, February 10, 2017

RA/OR 167 - UNCHAINED MELODY





Written to order in 1954 by Alex North and Hy Zaret for a long forgotten film, within a year "Unchained Melody" had become a hit multiple times and has since been recorded by 670 different artists. On this episode we'll explore the history of the song and hear more than 30 different versions that span 60 plus years.



Thursday, February 2, 2017

RA/OR 166 - MORE COWBELL




You got a fever and the only prescription is...

DRIVIN' N' CRYIN' - FLY ME COURAGEOUS
TOM PETTY - JAMMIN' ME
SKID ROW - MONKEY BUSINESS
RAMONES - SUZY IS A HEADBANGER
THE JAM - 'A' BOMB IN WARDOUR STREET
URGE OVERKILL - SISTER HAVANA
DAVID BOWIE - DIAMOND DOGS
THE BEATLES - YOU CAN'T DO THAT
ALICE COOPER - COLD ETHYL
CINDERELLA - SHAKE ME
GWAR - ROCK N ROLL NEVER FELT SO GOOD
NEW YORK DOLLS - PRIVATE WORLD
MOTLEY CRUE - SHE GOES DOWN
LOU REED - VICIOUS
WARREN ZEVON - JOHNNY STRIKES UP THE BAND
THE CLASH - CLAMPDOWN
BIG STAR - IN THE STREET
GUNS N' ROSES - THINK ABOUT YOU
DEF LEPPARD - FOOLIN'
PINK FLOYD - PIGS (THREE DIFFERENT ONES)
W.A.S.P. - MISSISSIPPI QUEEN


Friday, January 27, 2017

RA/OR 165 - SOUNDTRACKS II: EIGHTIES BOOGALOO






Back on episode number 28 of the podcast BJ played some of his favorite songs from a wide variety of movie soundtracks. With this episode BJ revisits the concept, this time focusing on great songs that were buried on random movie soundtracks in that glorious decade of the eighties, when new wave and AOR met, got married and had babies.

KILLING JOKE - EIGHTIES 
WEIRD SCIENCE
PHOEBE CATES - HOW DO I LET YOU KNOW 
PRIVATE SCHOOL
PAUL ENGEMAN - SCARFACE (TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT) 
SCARFACE
THE ALARM - WHAT KIND OF HELL 
BACHELOR PARTY
BONE SYMPHONY - ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER 
REVENGE OF THE NERDS
COMMUTER - YOUNG HEARTS 
THE KARATE KID
REAL LIFE - FACE TO FACE 
ONCE BITTEN
HUBERT KAH - THE PICTURE 
ONCE BITTEN
HUBERT KAH - ANGEL 07 
GOTCHA!
DWIGHT TWILLEY - KEEP ON WORKING 
HEAVENLY BODIES
ANDI SEX GANG - THE QUICK AND THE DEAD 
PHENOMENA
CHARLENE - FIRE 
THE LAST DRAGON
KARLA DEVITO - WE ARE NOT ALONE 
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
JUDE COLE - BACK TO SCHOOL 
BACK TO SCHOOL
CHERRY BOMB - HUNGRY CITY 
HOWARD THE DUCK
PETE SHELLEY - DO ANYTHING 
SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL
THE MARCH VIOLETS - TURN TO THE SKY 
SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL
E.G. DAILY - MIND OVER MATTER 
SUMMER SCHOOL
SOUTHERN PACIFIC - SHOOT FOR THE TOP
POLICE ACADEMY 4: CITIZENS ON PATROL 
PAT BENATAR - SOMETIMES THE GOOD GUYS FINISH FIRST 
THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS
ALICE COOPER - I GOT A LINE ON YOU 
IRON EAGLE II
SHARK ISLAND - FATHER TIME 
BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
CHEAP TRICK - YOU WANT IT 
SAY ANYTHING...



Friday, January 20, 2017

RA/OR 164 - THE ONLY ONES





Another band, another episode. The Only Ones had something special, but they came along at a time when it was difficult to stand out and easy to implode. Yet as you'll hear on this episode the band made some great music in the short time that it existed.

Friday, January 13, 2017

RA/OR 163 - NILS LOFGREN





Nils Lofgren got his first record deal before he was out of his teens and he made four records with that band, Grin, before launching a solo career in 1975 with one of the best records of that decade. Although he never matched the quality of his first solo record Lofgren has had a long and very respectable career as a songwriter and as a member of the E Street Band. Listen as BJ plays his favorites from the Nils Lofgren discography.



Friday, January 6, 2017

RA/OR 162 - "HAIR" METAL 2







On episode 35, back in March of 2014, BJ took a closer look at the wide variety of bands damned to the purgatory of "hair" metal. On this episode BJ plays even more great songs by more bands lost to history simply because the style and image they reveled in became suddenly unfashionable.

MADAM X - COME ONE COME ALL
DAGGER - GIVE 'EM WHAT THEY WANT
SNATCH - STARRY EYES
ROCK CANDY - HEAD OVER HEELS
GLORIOUS BANKROBBERS - SPITFIRE
SWEDISH EROTICA - DOWNTOWN
CRASH 'N' BURN - DANCIN' WITH THE DEVIL
DANGER DANGER - DON'T BLAME IT ON LOVE
CHILD'S PLAY - DAY AFTER NIGHT
XYZ - WHEN THE NIGHT COMES DOWN
SWEET FA - WHISKEY RIVER
LOSTBOYS - FLYING FREE
VAIN - WAKE UP
SAINTS AND SINNERS - LESSON OF LOVE
FRAIDY KATT - COOL CRUEL LADY
WILDSIDE - HAIR OF THE DOG
STEELHEART - GIMME GIMME
SPREAD EAGLE - THIS IS MY WORLD
TUFF - RATTLE MY BONES
RHINO BUCKET - I WAS TOLD
UNDER NEATH WHAT - BAD KARMA CHAMELEON
T RIDE - LUXURY CRUISER
L.A. GUNS - I WANNA BE YOUR MAN (SINGLE VERSION)

Friday, December 30, 2016

RA/OR 161 - FREEDOM ROCK






Hey man, is that Freedom Rock? Yeah, man! Well turn it up, man!

VINNIE VINCENT INVASION - LET FREEDOM ROCK
ALVIN LEE AND MYLON LEFEVRE - ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM
THIN LIZZY - FREEDOM SONG
DEEP PURPLE - FREEDOM
BIRTHA - FREEDOM
ALKANA - FREEDOM LADY
PRO-PAIN - FOUL TASTE OF FREEDOM
TESLA - FREEDOM SLAVES
ALICE COOPER - FREEDOM
GOREFEST - FREEDOM
STRATOVARIUS - FREEDOM
ANGRA - FREEDOM CALL
FREEDOM CALL - FREEDOM CALL
GUN - FREEDOM
THE THREE JOHNS - DR. FREEDOM
KING'S X - FREEDOM
BUFFALO - FREEDOM
URIAH HEEP - SWEET FREEDOM
DEVO - FREEDOM OF CHOICE



Friday, December 23, 2016

RA/OR 160 - SCREAMING TREES




Screaming Trees was a rock and roll band lost in limbo between the eighties and nineties, stuck between the eras of hair metal and grunge. The band never really found its place but they made some great music, much of which you will hear on this episode.



Thursday, December 15, 2016

RA/OR 159 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: COVERS EDITION





For this special edition of Vinyl Countdown BJ raided his record collection in order to gather together some of the most interesting and/or entertaining cover versions he could find.

JOAN JETT - I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE
PETE STRIDE/JOHN PLAIN - HE'LL HAVE TO GO
FLAME - THIS OLD HEART OF MINE
THE TREMBLERS - GREEN SHIRT
BANANARAMA - NO FEELINGS
THE KNACK - HEARTBEAT
JASON AND THE SCORCHERS - ABSOLUTELY SWEET MARIE
YIPES - COME SEE ABOUT ME
SMALL TALK - STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE
THE RODS - YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON
HEAVEN - KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR
MAMA'S BOYS - MAMA WEER ALL CRAZEE NOW
SLAYER - IN A GADA DA VIDA
LEATHERWOLF - BAD MOON RISING
THE FAST - PAINT IT BLACK
THE ELEKTRICS - GO NOW
BAD BOY - HAVE I THE RIGHT
DAVID JOHANSEN - BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP
MICK RONSON - WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT
DERRINGER - LAWYERS GUNS & MONEY
GREAT WHITE - CAN'T SHAKE IT
DAVID GILMOUR - THERE'S NO WAY OUT OF HERE

Thursday, December 8, 2016

GETTIN' BOSSY 004 - LUCKY TOUCH





On March 31, 1992, a mere six months after Guns N' Roses released two albums on the same day, Bruce Springsteen released two albums on the same day. They were called Human Touch and Lucky Town and are considered by most Springsteen fans to be low points in the Boss' career. 

In keeping with the twins theme Rock and/or Roll is releasing two episodes of Gettin' Bossy on the same day! On this episode, entitled Lucky Touch, BJ and his Gettin' Bossy co-host Brian Sword from The Double Stop take a look at the ten song album Bruce wrote and recorded in three weeks time. He was supposed to be writing one more song for Human Touch but instead wrote a second album's worth of material to be released on the same day and called Lucky Town.

Then BJ and Brian have each taken the 24 songs that made up the Human Touch and Lucky Town albums and from that group of songs chosen and sequenced one album's worth of material in the spirit of "what could have been." On this episode Brian Sword describes the album he constructed from the available material, an imaginary album called Lucky Touch.



GETTIN' BOSSY 003 - HUMAN TOWN





On March 31, 1992, a mere six months after Guns N' Roses released two albums on the same day, Bruce Springsteen released two albums on the same day. They were called Human Touch and Lucky Town and are considered by most Springsteen fans to be low points in the Boss' career. 

In keeping with the twins theme Rock and/or Roll is releasing two episodes of Gettin' Bossy on the same day! On this episode, entitled Human Town, BJ and his Gettin' Bossy co-host Brian Sword from The Double Stop take a look at how Bruce ended up out in sunny California instead of New Jersey making an album with studio musicians instead of the E Street Band.

Then BJ and Brian have each taken the 24 songs that made up the Human Touch and Lucky Town albums and from that group of songs chosen and sequenced one album's worth of material in the spirit of "what could have been." At the end of this episode BJ describes the album that he constructed from the available material, an imaginary album called Human Town.



Thursday, December 1, 2016