For this episode BJ is joined by Parthenon Huxley, whose power pop career stretches all the way back to Chapel Hill in the late seventies, alongside the likes of Don Dixon and Mitch Easter. It's an inspirational tale of making it without making it in the music business.
Hear conversations BJ had with Coleman York from Canadian power pop band Numbers and Graham "Kidder" Hammonds from punky UK power poppers the Incredible Kidda Band? And the songs on this episode? Proof positive that even the highest quality material may not bring a band success.
Legendary Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome graces Rock and/or Roll with his presence. Listen to hear Cheetah discuss: the evolution of punk rock, Peter Laughner, Cheap Trick, Stiv Bators, GG Allin, Ron Weasley...all this and more.
I wrote a book! It's called This band has no past: How Cheap Trick Became Cheap Trick. For this very special, one of a kind episode, BJ presents various clips from some of the many interviews that he conducted for the book.
Episode 70, originally released April 2, 2015:
Since this is episode number seventy BJ decided to take a look at his own personal top ten favorite albums that were released in the corresponding year of 1970.
Episode 74, originally released on April 30, 2015:
Since this is episode number seventy-four BJ decided to take a look at his own personal top ten favorite albums that were released in the corresponding year of 1974.
BJ has enlightening conversations about power pop (and the music business) with guitar player Marco Delmar from The Elektrics (who released two albums with Capitol) and keyboardist Dave Hearn from HAWKS (who released two albums with Columbia). What role did a young Jon Bon Jovi play in creating a unique percussion sound? Who turned down a tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers? Listen to find out.