Tag Archives: Rock and Roll

Glenn Tilbrook

It was an absolute thrill to chat with Glenn Tilbrook, who has been an inspiration to me as a songwriter ever since I discovered I could. Squeeze is one of my all-time favorites and I was overjoyed when Glenn told me the story of how he and Chris Difford wrote “Up the Junction,” my favorite Squeeze song.  Squeeze is about to begin the U.S. leg of their “Squeeze Songbook 2019” tour, which comes to the Chicago Theatre on August 31st (Glenn’s birthday!)

Stu Cook

Stu Cook is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as member of Creedence Clearwater Revival.  Stu called in to talk about the last go-round for Creedence Clearwater Revisited, who are on their “Final Revival” tour.  Getting to pick Stu’s brain for some bass-playing advice is something I’ll never forget.

Jim Peterik

Music legend Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survivor, 38 Special) called in for a discussion about songwriting, producing, and his new album “Winds of Change,” which features collaborations from Dennis DeYoung, Mike Reno, Kevin Cronin and more, and also featured a “lost track” with vocals by the late great Jimi Jamison.

Henry Rollins

The legendary Henry Rollins joined the show to talk about his role in a new four-part docuseries Punk, which debuts March 11 on EPIX.  We also discussed how music and fashion were attached to the English punk rock scene, why he embraced the punk rock community as a teenager, and the reason he turns down most punk rock documentaries (and why he chose to appear in this one).

John Flansburgh

They Might Be GiantsIt was a thrill to chat with John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants.  The Big Wakeup Call has just become an affiliate of the They Might Be Giants Radio Network, and we’ll be featuring a new, exclusive Dial-A-Song tune every week.  John and I had a fun conversation where unabashed flattery sits comfortably alongside genuine questions.  A great visit with one of my all-time favorites.

Martin Barre

Legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre joined the show to talk about his upcoming appearance at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago and his new album “Roads Less Traveled.”

John McFee

unnamed (4)John McFee from the Doobie Brothers called in to talk about their current tour and plans for a new album.  We also discussed his former band Clover, who backed Elvis Costello on his debut album, and what it’s like to still be “the new guy” in the band after 40 years.

John Lydon

TPIIR US Poster WebSex Pistols and PiL legend John Lydon returned to the show to discuss a new documentary, The Public Image is Rotten, as well as his upcoming show at Thalia Hall in Chicago on October 22nd.  John also shared his thoughts on music streaming, self-funding a band, and making sweater vests cool.

Pistols fans:  Hear our interviews with Steve Jones & Paul Cook!

Seymour Stein

Siren Song.inddSeymour Stein, America’s greatest living record man, called in to talk about his new autobiography Siren Song; My Live in Music.  I had a set of questions prepared about The Smiths, Ramones, and Talking Heads, but instead Seymour took my question about working with infamous label honcho Morris Levy and ran with it!  An amazing story, and I want to hear more.  Next time we’ll get to the bands.

Steve Dorff

dorffSteve Dorff, a new inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, called in to chat about his new book I Wrote That One, Too: A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney.  We discussed his inspiration for the book, writing a book vs. writing a song, his songwriting process, and becoming a songwriter in Junior High School.

Note: Not the greatest audio quality due to a phone gremlin, but still understandable.