Rank #1: Episode 16: AC/DC Episode 16 - AC/DC
Malcolm Young of AC/DC left us on November 18, 2017, from complications of dementia. He was only 64. He anchored AC/DC’s sound from the beginning, in 1973. His younger brother Angus may have been the public face of the band, but Malcolm was a key writer and leader. He was the guy the rest of the band watched for cues on stage. In this episode, Jimbo and the Mickster pull AC/DC songs from the vault that range from the early Bonn Scott era to the later Brian Johnson classics. The band name “AC/DC” was famously inspired by an emblem from the back of a sewing machine owned by their sister, Margaret.
Jan 13 2018
Rank #2: Episode 15: Pioneers of Punk The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and the Clash
Punk developed in the early to mid-1970s and was rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as “proto-punk” music. Punk bands rebelled against what they saw as the “excesses” of mainstream rock at the time, seeking to get back to the raw early roots of rock and roll, sometimes to the point that actually knowing how to play one’s instrument wasn’t that important . . . as long as you had something to say. In Britain, Punk often arose as a reaction to poor economic conditions. In this episode, Jimbo and the Mickster discuss some of the contributions of the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, and the Clash . . . each of which helped define the initial era of punk.
Dec 15 2017
Rank #3: Episode 14: Rod Stewart Songs You Should Know: Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart’s distinctive raspy singing voice, showmanship, and songwriting have kept him in the musical spotlight for over fifty years. Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and the early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group, and then with Faces, though his music career began in 1962 when he took up busking with a harmonica. Jimbo and the Mickster just touch the tip of the iceberg in our first look at Rod’s career on this Songs You Should Know podcast. We discuss such songs as Maggie May, Tonight’s the Night, and Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, as well as a fewer lesser known details of Rod’s career.
Nov 10 2017
Rank #4: Episode 13: Tom Petty Episode 13 - Tom Petty
Tom Petty was the soundtrack to so many of our lives. His unique songwriting capabilities captivated generations of rock and roll enthusiasts. He wasn’t the prettiest. He wasn’t the smoothest. But, dang if he didn’t have what it took to be a rock and roll star. In this episode, Mick and Jimbo talk about his influence on their lives, and on the lives of so many who were touched by the music he and the Heartbreakers created.
Oct 12 2017
Rank #5: Episode 12: Glen Campbell Songs You Should Know: Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell spent over 50 years in the music business. He recorded scores of record albums and starred in a hit TV show. He also made history in 1967 by winning four Grammy awards in two different categories . . . two for “Gentle on My Mind” in the Country and Western category, and two for “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” in the Pop category. He subbed for Brian Wilson in the Beach Boys, and then almost immediately went on to become a sensation in his own right. Unfortunately, we lost Glen to complications from Alzheimers this year, at the age of 81. In this episode, Mick and Jimbo discuss such hits as “Galveston” and “Wichita Lineman” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” among many others.
Sep 21 2017
Rank #6: Episode 11: Joe Cocker Episode 11 - Joe Cocker
Joe left us in December of 2014, but he left a legacy of gritty, spasmodic performances. He was one of a kind. He came to our attention with his cover of “A Little Help From My Friends” in 1968, and continued popping up in the public consciousness for years, culminating in a 1983 Grammy Award for the number one “Up Where We Belong.” He is listed at #97 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers” list. In this episode, Mick and Jim talk about “A Little Help…” as well as Joe’s take on “The Letter” and “Feelin’ Alright.”
Sep 21 2017
Rank #7: Episode 10: Hank Williams Sr. Songs You Should Know: Hanks Williams Sr.
Jimbo and the Mickster return after after a short summer hiatus to explore one country music legend with whom every rock and roll lover should be familiar: Hank Williams, Sr. In his short 29 year life (and only 6 years of major label recording,) Hank managed to pen and/or record a long list of classics, including Move it on Over, Your Cheatin’ Heart, and Hey Good Lookin’. We discuss those songs and others in this special look at “Country Songs Every Rock and Roller Should Know.” Consider this “Volume 1,” since once we delved into Hank Sr. we realized this was too big a topic for one show!
Jul 14 2017
Rank #8: Episode 9: Highlights from 1984
Prince underwent the transformation from “rock star” to “media superstar” in 1984, with the release of Purple Rain, both as a movie and an album. This is the same year Michael Jackson wins a record eight Grammy Awards, and Ronald Reagan nearly runs the table in his re-election bid. Of several hit singles spawned by the Purple Rain, Mick and Jimbo discuss “Let’s Go Crazy.” We also take a look at the genesis of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” her #1 followup to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” from her debut album She’s So Unusual. Finally, we dig into some “Ratt and Roll” with Ratt’s “Round and Round” because . . . well, just because. It was the Mickster’s graduation year, and it was part of the soundtrack of his life
May 05 2017
Rank #9: Episode 6: Highlights from 1975 Episode 6 - Songs from 1975, featuring Queen, Bruce Springsteen, and KC & the Sunshine Band
1975 saw the fall of Saigon, the Energy Crisis, and two assassination attempts on the President of the United States. On a more positive note, we also witnessed “The Thrilla’ in Manilla,” and the inaugural episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” In this episode, we take a look at three groundbreaking music releases from the same year: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” and . . . yes . . . “Get Down Tonight” from KC & the Sunshine Band.
Apr 01 2017
Rank #10: Episode 5: Highlights from 1972 Songs You Should Know: Highlights from 1972
Today we both mourn and celebrate the life of Chuck Berry. We are all Chuck’s children.
We also talk about 1972, and the emergence of Alice Cooper, Jackson Browne and Neil Young. “Alice” would go on to have multiple lives, Jackson would take a while to come back to the top of the charts (even while writing for and influencing many artists), and Neil would never achieve the same commercial success, even as he “steered for the ditch” and became a legend while doing so.
Mar 19 2017