What the Riff?!?
What the Riff?!?
Rob Marbury, Wayne Rowan, Bruce Fricks and Brian Dickhute
Every week, “WHAT THE RIFF?!?” takes a look at a ROCK AND ROLL album that debuted or peaked on the U.S. Billboard charts during a random month between 1965-1995. Four friends discuss the artists and 4 tracks from the album as it plays in the background. Then we riff on 4 “staff picks” of other artists that were also in the charts during that month and year. You’ll hear some familiar tunes as well as some deeper cuts and entertainment tracks as we share a little look into the culture and happenings of that day— having fun recalling that “old time rock and roll.” We hope to bring back memories for you — and we encourage you to find and purchase the tracks and albums from iTunes, Spotify or your other favorite music service. You’ll find each episode with a short blog on this site. Please subscribe so you don’t miss any release! We also invite you to follow us and learn more about us @whattheriffpodcast on Facebook.
1970 - October:  Three Dog Night  “Naturally”
Wayne riffs on the fifth album from Three Dog Night, “Naturally” from October of 1970 (One Man Band / Joy to the World / Liar / I Can Hear You Calling). ENTERTAINMENT TRACK: Main theme from the children's series “H.R. Pufnstuf”) STAFF PICKS: “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor — Rob. “It Don't Matter to Me” by Bread — Bruce. “Knock Three TImes” by Dawn — Lynch. “Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go” by Bettye LaVette — Wayne. COMEDY TRACK: “Bridget the Midget” by Ray Stevens. **(NOTE: What the Riff?!? does not own the rights to any of these songs and we neither sell, nor profit from them. We share them so you can learn about them and purchase them for your own collections.)
Feb 19
30 min
1975 - October:  E.L.O.  “Face the Music”
Bruce riffs on the fifth solo studio album by the Electric Light Orchestra, aka ELO, “Face the Music” released in October, 1975 (Fire on High / Strange Magic / Night Rider / Evil Woman). ENTERTAINMENT TRACK: "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" by Diana Ross (from the motion picture “Mahogany”) STAFF PICKS: “Fool for the City” by Foghat — Wayne. “They Just Can't Help It (Games People Play)” by The Spinners — Rob. “Lyin' Eyes” by the Eagles — Lynch. “Bad Blood” by Neil Sedaka — Bruce. INSTRUMENTAL TRACK: "Will o' the Wisp” by Leon Russell.
Feb 12
41 min
1985 - August:  R.E.M.  “Fables of the Reconstruction”
Rob riffs on the third studio album by R.E.M., “Fables of the Reconstruction” from August of 1985 (Driver 8 / Green Grow the Rushes / Maps and Legends / Can't Get There from Here). ENTERTAINMENT TRACK: “Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo (from the motion picture “Weird Science”) STAFF PICKS: “Drive” by the Cars — Lynch. “Take on Me” by a-ha — Bruce. “Summertime Girls” by Y&T — Wayne. “Dancing in the Street” by David Bowie and Mick Jagger — Rob. NOVELTY TRACK: “Tequila” by The Champs. **(NOTE: What the Riff?!? does not own the rights to any of these songs and we neither sell, nor profit from them. We share them so you can learn about them and purchase them for your own collections.)
Feb 5
37 min
1985 - April:  Toto  “Toto IV”
Lynch FINALLY riffs on the fourth studio album from Toto, “Toto IV” featured prominently on MTV during April 1985 (Rosanna / Make Believe / I Won't Hold You Back / Africa). ENTERTAINMENT TRACK: Main Theme from the motion picture “Ladyhawke” STAFF PICKS: “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves — Wayne. “Summer of '69” by Bryan Adams — Bruce. “High On You” by Survivor — Rob. “Silent Running” by Mike + the Mechanics — Lynch. INSTRUMENTAL TRACK: “Moments In Love” by Art of Noise. **(NOTE: What the Riff?!? does not own the rights to any of these songs and we neither sell, nor profit from them. We share them so you can learn about them and purchase them for your own collections.)
Jan 29
44 min
1993 - April:  Porno for Pyros  “Porno for Pyros”
Wayne riffs on the debut album from Porno for Pyros eponymously named “Porno for Pyros” from April of 1993 (Cursed Female / Cursed Male / Pets / Packin' .25). ENTERTAINMENT TRACK: “I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers (from the motion picture “Benny and Joon”) STAFF PICKS: “Daughter” by Pearl Jam — Lynch. “Woman” by Brother Cane — Rob. “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” by Digable Planets — Bruce. “Lollipop Serenade” by Insane Jane — Wayne. INSTRUMENTAL TRACK: “Beer :30” by The Reverend Horton Heat. **(NOTE: What the Riff?!? does not own the rights to any of these songs and we neither sell, nor profit from them. We share them so you can learn about them and purchase them for your own collections.)
Jan 22
39 min
1967 - September:  The Four Tops  "Reach Out"
Bruce riffs on the fourth studio album by The Four Tops, “Reach Out” from September of 1967 (Bernadette / Standing In the Shadows of Love / Last Train to Clarksville / Reach Out I'll Be There). ENTERTAINMENT TRACK: “Light My Fire” by The Doors (performed on the Ed Sullivan Show) STAFF PICKS: “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison — Lynch. “The Letter” by The Box Tops — Rob. “Testify” by Parliament — Wayne. “Funky Broadway” by Wilson Pickett — Bruce. INSTRUMENTAL TRACK: “Groovin'” by Booker T. & the M.G.'s. **(NOTE: What the Riff?!? does not own the rights to any of these songs and we neither sell, nor profit from them. We share them so you can learn about them and purchase them for your own collections.)
Jan 15
31 min
1970 - July:  Crabby Appleton “Crabby Appleton”
Wayne riffs on the debut studio album from Crabby Appleton, “Crabby Appleton” from July of 1970 (Peace by Peace / Try / Catherine / Go Back). ENTERTAINMENT TRACK: Main Theme from the motion picture “Chisum”) STAFF PICKS: “Ride Captain Ride” by Blues Image — Rob. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder — Lynch. “The Long and Winding Road” by the Beatles — Bill. “Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nath & Young — Wayne. INSTRUMENTAL TRACK: “Killer Joe” by Quincy Jones. **(NOTE: What the Riff?!? does not own the rights to any of these songs and we neither sell, nor profit from them. We share them so you can learn about them and purchase them for your own collections.)
Jan 8
34 min
1993 - December:  Ian Moore “Ian Moore”
Rob riffs on the debut studio album by Ian Moore, “Ian Moore” from December of 1993 (Nothing / Revelation / Harlem / How Does It Feel). ENTERTAINMENT TRACK: Main Theme from the motion picture “Wayne's World 2” STAFF PICKS: “Good” by Better Than Ezra — Wayne. “She Hates Me” by Puddle of Mudd — Lynch. “Purple Haze” by The Cure — Bruce. “Like the Weather” by 10,000 Maniacs — Rob. NOVELTY TRACK: “(I Know I Got) Skillz” by Shaquille O'Neal featuring Def Jef. **(NOTE: What the Riff?!? does not own the rights to any of these songs and we neither sell, nor profit from them. We share them so you can learn about them and purchase them for your own collections.)
Jan 1
44 min
1983 - July:  The Police  "Synchronicity"
Lynch riffs on the fifth studio album from the Police, “Synchronicity” on the charts in July of 1983 (King of Pain / Synchronicity II / Wrapped Around Your Finger / Every Breath You Take). ENTERTAINMENT TRACK: “Stayin' Alive” by the Bee Gees (from the motion picture “Staying Alive”) STAFF PICKS: “Our House” by Madness — Wayne. “Big Log” by Robert Plant — Rob. “Rock and Roll is King” by ELO — Bill. “Electric Avenue” by Eddie Grant — Lynch. INSTRUMENTAL TRACK: “An Ending” by Brian Eno. **(NOTE: What the Riff?!? does not own the rights to any of these songs and we neither sell, nor profit from them. We share them so you can learn about them and purchase them for your own collections.)
Dec 25, 2023
40 min
1974 - November:  Linda Ronstadt  "Heart Like a Wheel"
Bruce riffs on the fifth solo studio album by Linda Ronstadt, “Heart Like a Wheel” released in November, 1974 (I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love with You) / You're No Good / Faithless Love / Willin'). ENTERTAINMENT TRACK: "Dance of the Reed Flutes" (from the nature documentary “Animals Are Beautiful People”) STAFF PICKS: “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” by John Lennon — Lynch. “I Can Help” by Billy Swan — Wayne. “Must of Got Lost” by the J. Geils Band — Rob. “Wishing You Were Here” by Chicago — Bruce. COMEDY TRACK: “Wildwood Weed” by Jim Stafford. **(NOTE: What the Riff?!? does not own the rights to any of these songs and we neither sell, nor profit from them. We share them so you can learn about them and purchase them for your own collections.)
Dec 18, 2023
34 min
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