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.
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:
You can also check out the Song-Poem database Bob references here:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.