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February 21, 2020
BJ and Jon Lamoreaux get to the church on time to finish off Jon's holy trinity with a discussion of David Bowie's eighties output and then each counts down his top ten favorite Bowie songs from that decade.
February 14, 2020
Let's celebrate the 300th episode with some more great AOR!
February 6, 2020
Song-poems were records created when random citizens wrote "poems" (lyrics) and sent them, along with a check, to various companies which employed musicians who would set those words to music, record the song and press it to vinyl. It was basically a scam and many of the records ended up in thrift shops and record stores where they at some point were discovered by collectors of the odd and obscure. On this episode one of those collectors, Bob Purse, shares with us some of his favorite songs discovered from more than two decades of seeking these things out. You can find more songs and info on Bob's blog pages: https://bobpurse.blogspot.com/ https://inches-per-second.blogspot.com/ You can also check out the Song-Poem database Bob references here: http://songpoemmusic.com/
January 31, 2020
Seaweed formed in Tacoma, Washington in the late eighties, found success with an indie label (the mighty Sub Pop), then signed with a major (Hollywood) and you can guess the rest. This episode also includes the second installment of "Dad Rock." This time around BJ and his daughter discuss Let It Be by The Beatles.
January 24, 2020
Tim Hardin was an extremely talented songwriter and performer who spent decades struggling with heroin addiction.
January 17, 2020
Same name, different band.
January 10, 2020
If you've never heard it before, allow this episode to be your introduction to the great 1982 self-titled album by Single Bullet Theory. And then at the end of the episode you will find the first in what will be a continuing series of segments sarcastically called "Dad Rock" wherein BJ encourages his 13 year-old daughter to listen to old records and share her thoughts. For this first installment of "Dad Rock" she listened to Revolver by The Beatles.
January 3, 2020
In early 1977 many in the music world began to speculate about a mysterious record by a band calling itself Klaatu. Who were the anonymous men behind this album? And could it be The Beatles, clandestinely reunited?
December 27, 2019
To close out the year BJ plays some of his favorite songs released in 2019.
December 24, 2019
Very Christmas!
December 20, 2019
BJ is joined once again by fellow huge Dokken fan Brian Sword from The Double Stop for a frank discussion about which five songs each thinks are the worst songs from those three classic Dokken albums from the eighties.
December 13, 2019
The third time was the charm. Two different versions of "The Sounds of Silence" had previously been released before the remixed hit version finally broke through, topping the charts at the beginning of 1966.
December 6, 2019
Steven M. Krikorian adopted the stage name Tonio K, naming himself for Thomas Mann’s short story Tonio Kroger but shortening it to Tonio K in reference to Franz Kafka’s The Trial and it’s protagonist Josef K. His first album Life in the Foodchain was released in 1978 and became a critical smash. He would release three more albums and an EP in the eighties and then revert to a career as a professional songwriter for other artists.
November 29, 2019
BJ discusses the life and music of great songwriter and reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff.
November 22, 2019
LMNOP was the musical outlet for guy named Stephen Fievet from Atlanta who always maintained an element of mystery, a talented songwriter whose up tempo and melodic songs often camouflaged dark themes.
November 15, 2019
In early 1972 Pink Floyd were in the middle of creating one of the most successful and iconic albums in history when they took an unexpected break, flew to France and wrote and recorded an entirely separate album in just two weeks. That very same month, February of 1972, Pink Floyd's enigmatic founding member Syd Barrett surprisingly resurfaced, fronting a new band called Stars.
November 8, 2019
Right back atcha with two weeks in a row of killer AOR.
October 25, 2019
BJ and Brian Sword pick the five worst songs from the Ozzy Osbourne albums released in the eighties.
October 18, 2019
The Flying Nun television series starring Sally Field ran on ABC from September of 1967 to September of 1970. New Zealand is a sovereign island country situated in Tasman Sea about 1,200 miles east of Australia comprised of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island—and around 600 smaller islands. Flying Nun is a record label launched by New Zealander Roger Shepherd in 1981 to document the many bands and artists active on the South Island who were developing what would become known as the Dunedin Sound. On this episode, part two, BJ plays a selection of songs from some of the more obscure examples of these Flying Nun bands.
October 11, 2019
The Flying Nun television series starring Sally Field ran on ABC from September of 1967 to September of 1970. New Zealand is a sovereign island country situated in Tasman Sea about 1,200 miles east of Australia comprised of two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island—and around 600 smaller islands. Flying Nun is a record label launched by New Zealander Roger Shepherd in 1981 to document the many bands and artists active on the South Island who were developing what would become known as the Dunedin Sound. On this episode, part one, BJ plays a selection of songs from some of the more famous or well-known of these Flying Nun bands.
October 4, 2019
Actor and musician Cameron Dye joins BJ to discuss his career in film and music, the main focus being the 1987 film Scenes from the Goldmine and the awesome soundtrack that never was. You can watch the film here.
September 27, 2019
For your listening pleasure BJ has assembled a collection of clips from Rodney Bingenheimer's radio program Rodney on the ROQ. These clips were broadcast on 106.7 FM KROQ out of Los Angeles, between 1976 and 1986.
September 20, 2019
BJ is joined by frequent guest Joe Royland for a discussion about the often excellent, sometimes overlooked material Ratt produced in the wake of the breakout success of their debut album Out of the Cellar and then each counts down his top ten favorite songs Ratt released after the Cellar.
September 16, 2019
Let's close out Freddie's birthday celebration with this bonus episode featuring a killer collection of Queen live recordings.
September 13, 2019
Continuing the celebration of Freddie's birthday BJ is joined again by Eric Miller from the Pods & Sods Network for a discussion about the solo careers of Queen's members and then each counts down his top ten favorite songs from that solo output.
September 11, 2019
Daniel Johnston passed away last night. He was a true genius, naturally gifted. This is a segment about Daniel from an episode released in 2017.
September 5, 2019
Just in time for Freddie's birthday BJ is joined by Eric Miller from the Pods & Sods Network for a discussion about Queen's output in the eighties and then each counts down his top ten favorite Queen songs from that decade.
August 30, 2019
BJ is joined once again by Brian Sword for another episode of "Best of" wherein the pair force themselves to pick the five best songs by the worst bands. This time around they subjected themselves to the entire Creed discography, the mission being to find the least objectionable Creed songs.
August 23, 2019
BJ presents two dozen more power pop songs from the late seventies/early eighties for your listening enjoyment.
August 16, 2019
BJ made the trek to Nashville for the third year in a row to take part in the Rock N Pod Expo. On this episode you'll hear the interviews he recorded at the expo, plus a live panel discussion about life in the music business that featured insights from Dave Ellefson, Jason Bieler and Drew Fortier.
August 9, 2019
The Tate murders happened 50 years ago today.
August 2, 2019
BJ is joined by Richie from the Focus on Metal podcast for a discussion about the long career of British progressive hard rockers Magnum and then each chose his ten favorite Magnum songs.
July 26, 2019
On this episode BJ exposes you, the lucky listener, to a great lost album from 1982, Illuminations by Leggat, a short-lived band formed in 1981 in Toronto by brothers Hugh and Gord Leggat. Released by Capitol Records only in Canada as a ten song double album, it's an impressive piece of work.
July 19, 2019
It's time for more great, obscure tracks culled from BJ's record collection.
July 12, 2019
BJ let Lee McCormack from Tramps Like Us take the lead on this episode, which is devoted to Lee's favorite artist of all time. After a quick overview of Steve Earle's life in music Lee and BJ each counts down his top ten favorite Steve Earle songs.
July 5, 2019
BJ is joined by friend of the show Jon Lamoreaux, host of The Hustle, for an interesting (and mildly combative) discussion about the merits of the half century partnership that is Hall & Oates, and then each counts down his top ten favorite Hall & Oates songs.
June 28, 2019
BJ plays a selection of songs which were unfortunately released posthumously.
June 21, 2019
BJ pulls out his big ten inch...record collection and plays a great selection of songs.
June 14, 2019
We survived the Motley series! Let's cleanse the collective palette with some choice AOR!
June 7, 2019
Podcasts = Trouble. Craig Cohen was gracious enough to step in and help BJ put the Motley Crue series to rest.
May 31, 2019
Lee McCormack talks to Jimi LaMort about the work he did with Mötley Crüe remixing Shout At The Devil for Generation Swine.
May 24, 2019
Do you...do you wanna bleed? It's time for candlelight and songs of life as BJ is joined by Joey Haynie from Rock Strikes Ten to discuss Motley's reunion album Generation Swine.
May 17, 2019
Let's hear what John Corabi was up to before he joined Grungy Crue.
May 10, 2019
It's power to the podcast as BJ is joined by the cross-eyed derelicts from Growin' Up Rock, Steven Michael and Hooligan Hollywood Pooni, for a discussion about Motley Crue's self-titled album from 1994.
May 3, 2019
Friend of the show Craig Cohen recently had the opportunity to speak with CJ Ramone and wanted you all to hear it. Thanks Craig! Check out CJ's new solo album The Holy Spell that comes out next week.  https://fatwreck.com/products/the-holy-spell  https://cjramone.bandcamp.com/album/the-holy-spell
April 26, 2019
BJ skydives naked from an aeroplane with Chris and Aaron from Decibel Geek as the three discuss Motley Crue's fifth album Dr. Feelgood. And I'd say we're still podding cast.
April 19, 2019
On this bonus episode BJ talks Motley with producer Tom Werman.
April 12, 2019
Have you read the news in the Soho Tribune? On this, the fourth episode in the Motley Crue series, BJ is joined by Bakko and Loose Cannon from Cobras and Fire. Listen in as they conduct a gynecological exam on Motley's fourth album Girls Girls Girls.
March 29, 2019
Everybody knows that podcasts ain't allowed in school. BJ is joined by Ryan McKay and A.D. Adams from The Shabby Road Record Show for a frank discussion about the debacle that is Theatre of Pain.
March 15, 2019
It's a steel-belted scream when BJ is joined by Ken Mills, Lee McCormack and Joe Royland for a fun roundtable discussion about Motley Crue's classic second album Shout at the Devil.
March 1, 2019
Get a piece of the action as BJ kicks off the Motley Crue series with a discussion about the band's first album Too Fast For Love with frequent guest Fistful of Dave.
February 15, 2019
BJ and Jon Lamoreaux from The Hustle discuss the career of R.E.M. and how this once very significant band has seemingly faded from the public consciousness.
February 1, 2019
BJ and returning guest Craig Cohen discuss the various incarnations of Black Sabbath that took shape as Tony Iommi shepherded the band through the turbulent decade of the eighties and then each counts down his top ten favorite songs the band produced in those ten years.
January 18, 2019
It's long overdue but BJ finally spins 24 more great examples of late seventies/early eighties power pop.
January 4, 2019
There may be nearly 40 different species of wild cat running around out there, but only four make it into the big cat club: the lion, tiger, leopard and jaguar. Many bands have chosen to name themselves after one of these variants, including cheetah, panther and cougar. Hear them roar on this very special episode.
December 28, 2018
In the wake of the recent dissection of the Use Your Illusion albums let's take a listen to what Izzy Stradlin has been up to post-Guns.
December 21, 2018
On September 17th, 1991 Guns n' Roses released two CDs on the same day, crammed with 30 songs and more than 2 1/2 hours of music. This was a questionable way to follow up one of the most critically praised and commercially successful debut albums of all time. On November 16th, 2018 BJ Kahuna and Brian Sword released two episodes of Rock and/or Roll on the same day, crammed with more than 2 1/2 hours of commentary. On this episode, Use Your Illusion II, each counts down his five least favorite songs from the 30 songs included on these gratuitous collections.
December 21, 2018
On September 17th, 1991 Guns n' Roses released two CDs on the same day, crammed with 30 songs and more than 2 1/2 hours of music. This was a questionable way to follow up one of the most critically praised and commercially successful debut albums of all time. On November 16th, 2018 BJ Kahuna and Brian Sword released two episodes of Rock and/or Roll on the same day, crammed with more than 2 1/2 hours of commentary. On this episode, Use Your Illusion I, each counts down his five favorite songs from the 30 songs included on these gratuitous collections.
December 7, 2018
This makes a dozen episodes in the AOR? AOK! series. I'm gonna run out of room for the commas and exclamation points!
November 30, 2018
BJ put out a request for word suggestions on the Facebook page and on this episode he plays songs inspired by the words provided.
November 16, 2018
BJ is joined once again by Lee McCormack from Tramps Like Us to discuss the high points of Neil Diamond's fifty plus year career as a songwriter and performer.
November 2, 2018
John Kastner from the classic Canadian punk bands the Asexuals and the Doughboys tells BJ all about his experiences in the music business, from hand to mouth punk tours in the eighties to signing with a major label in the nineties and eventually going into artist management.
October 19, 2018
BJ is joined once again by Joey Haynie from Rock Strikes Ten for a discussion about the life and crimes of Alice Cooper in the 1980's, from new wave to hair metal and everything in between, and then each counts down his top ten favorite Alice songs from that tumultuous decade.
October 5, 2018
Titanic Love Affair formed at the University of Illinois in the late eighties and released two albums and an EP in the nineties before the band's driving force, the late Jay Bennett, joined Jeff Tweedy's post-Uncle Tupelo band Wilco. On this episode BJ celebrates this great, unsung band.
September 21, 2018
BJ is joined by Gerald Collier from one of his favorite rock bands of the nineties, Best Kissers In The World, for a frank discussion about his adventures in the music industry.
September 8, 2018
BJ plays songs from the records he picked up on his annual Nashville Rock N Pod Expo road trip.
August 31, 2018
BJ had a great time at the Nashville Rock N Pod Expo last weekend. Hear him interview Troy Lucketta of Tesla, Paul Taylor of Winger, Joe X. Dube and Brendan Harkin of Starz and Ben and Dakota Denman. And for an encore BJ takes the Canadian Inquisition.
August 24, 2018
Gimme an A! Gimme an O! Gimme an R! What's the spell?
August 17, 2018
Make "Hey" while the sun shines.
August 11, 2018
On this first episode in a new recurring series BJ focuses on one specific album that has been overlooked and this time around it's a 1980 record by the British band Interview called Snakes & Lovers.
August 3, 2018
BJ is joined by Craig Cohen from Slycast and Lee McCormack from Tramps Like Us to discuss the trials and tribulations of punk legends the Ramones in the eighties and then each counts down his top ten favorite Ramones songs from that decade.
July 28, 2018
For this episode BJ is joined by Jon Lamoreaux from The Hustle podcast to talk about Jon's favorite band, Crowded House, and then each counts down his top ten favorite Crowded House songs.
July 21, 2018
For this episode BJ is joined by podcaster and comedy writer Courtney Cronin Dold for a discussion about Kiwi art rockers turned new wave pioneers Split Enz.
July 6, 2018
In a world where producers were greenlighting low budget films to be released directly to video there would be no soundtracks, but there would still be music. There were songs in those movies. Otherwise unreleased songs. Great songs. These are those songs.
June 29, 2018
B-sides: otherwise unreleased songs that appear on the singles but not the albums.
June 22, 2018
The Transformers: The Movie is a 6 million dollar animated film that came out in 1986, co-produced and directed by Nelson Shin, who also produced the original The Transformers television series on which the film was based. The origins of that cartoon series was a line of toys produced by Hasbro, based on designs which originated in Japan, toys that were vehicles which transformed into robots. The film spawned an amazing hard rock soundtrack which is the focus of today’s episode. On this episode you will hear conversations BJ had with Stan Bush, who wrote and sang the first single from the soundtrack, "The Touch," Vince Dicola, who wrote the song "Dare," also sung by Stan Bush (Vince also wrote the score for the film), and members from the three bands featured on the soundtrack: Jerry Best, bassist from Lion, who recorded a heavy metal version of The Transformers theme, Ernie Petrangelo, guitarist and songwriter from Rhode island metal band NRG, responsible for the killer track "Instruments of Destruction," and Larry Gillstrom, guitarist from Canadian heavy metal band Kick Axe, who were credited as Spectre General for the soundtrack, they contributed two songs, "Nothing’s Gonna Stand In Our Way" and "Hunger." This episode is a deep dive into one of the funnest movie soundtracks of the eighties. It's more than meets the ear!
June 15, 2018
For your listening enjoyment BJ presents a collection of cover versions of Bob Dylan songs.
June 8, 2018
BJ is joined by Lee McCormack from the Tramps Like Us podcast to discuss the schizophrenic recorded output of Neil Young in the eighties and then each counts down his top ten Neil songs from that decade.
June 1, 2018
BJ raided his record collection at the behest of Lee McCormack, the host of Tramps Like Us: A Bruce Springsteen Podcast, the quest being to find songs that sounded like Bruce Springsteen, and then Lee played 15 of them on his show, so this episode is a co-release with Tramps Like Us.
May 25, 2018
May 27, 2018 is the 5th anniversary of the first episode of the podcast and what better way to celebrate five years of Rock and/or Roll than with some AOR! And not just any AOR. For this episode musician and listener Greg Snazz phoned in all the way from Japan with his list of the 20 best AOR songs he's heard on the podcast, and then some. So let's take a walk down MemAORy Lane...
May 18, 2018
BJ and guest co-host Greg Renoff, author of Van Halen Rising, are joined by drummer Jimmy D'Anda of the Bulletboys for an in depth discussion about the band's killer second album Freakshow.
May 11, 2018
On this episode BJ and Derek Brown, guitarist and keyboardist for the Flaming Lips, present an overview of the life and solo career of founding member of the Velvet Underground John Cale and each then picks his top ten favorite John Cale solo songs.
May 4, 2018
Julian Gill from the KISSFAQ podcast drops by to help BJ celebrate the 40th anniversary this month of the release of AC/DC's classic album Powerage.
April 27, 2018
BJ is joined by his 11 year-old daughter for a discussion about her favorite band, Twenty One Pilots, and she counts down her top 15 favorite TOP songs, plus BJ plays his two favorites.
April 20, 2018
For this episode BJ has put together a fun playlist of songs which share a title with a classic literary work.
April 13, 2018
For this second episode devoted to Ray Davies and the Kinks BJ delves deeper into the band's astonishing late sixties output, especially the essential The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society album.
April 6, 2018
In part one of a two part examination of the Kinks BJ explains the origins of the band and we begin to hear how the band progressed.
March 30, 2018
This is the 10th volume of AOR? AOK! and it's a good one.
March 19, 2018
Inspired by Eddie Trunk c/o Terry Means BJ counts down his top 20 favorite KISS songs.
March 16, 2018
This is a special episode compiled by our friend Eric Miller of the Pods & Sods Network, in solidarity with the student protests of March 14.
March 9, 2018
BJ raided his record collection looking for third albums and put together a killer playlist.
March 2, 2018
John Prine is a songwriter's songwriter. His songs can be literary or funny, serious or clever, but he’s never pretentious, he just has something to say and he makes you think or feel. On this episode BJ looks back at Prine's early career.
February 23, 2018
Rock and/or Roll listeners are familiar with the "Worst of" series where BJ and special guest co-host Brian Sword pick the five worst song by the best bands. Now with this new series "Best of" they've decided to turn that idea on its head and force themselves to pick the five best songs by the worst bands, starting with Hootie and the Blowfish.
February 16, 2018
BJ has a conversation with Rob Zabrecky from Possum Dixon about the great band's tumultuous decade and the career in magic he has cultivated since.
February 9, 2018
For this episode BJ has enlisted help from the two biggest Wildhearts fans he knows, his old friends Dan and Chris. Hear them reminisce about their shared discovery of and enthusiastic fandom for the Wildhearts, including a brief overview of the one of a kind band's career, and then at the end the three attempt to narrow down the band's astonishing catalog to just ten essential songs.
February 2, 2018
BJ's record collection: 41 squares, about 80 records per square. The listeners provided the coordinates and BJ plays a song from whatever record they hit.
January 26, 2018
BJ's record collection: 41 squares, about 80 records per square. The listeners provided the coordinates and BJ plays a song from whatever record they hit.
January 19, 2018
No, it's not the last episode. Not yet at least! This episode is about the classic L.A. post punk band The Last.
January 11, 2018
R.I.P. Fast Eddie Clarke. Thanks for all the kick ass rock and roll.
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