To commemorate that milestone, BJ takes a look back at his copious list of episodes, of which many are currently unavailable, plays some favorite clips and songs and reminisces with old friends.
LIST OF EPISODES with links
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Friday, May 26, 2023
10th ANNIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA
Friday, May 19, 2023
RAMASES & SELKET
Barry and Dorothy were an HVAC installer and a waitress until they decided they were the reincarnations of Egyptian gods and embarked upon an ill-fated music career. Two albums later one of them was dead.
Friday, May 12, 2023
Pavlov's Dog was a seven piece quasi-prog band from St Louis, managed by a crook, who made a few interesting records before its members scattered. Singer David Surkamp resurfaced in Seattle where he formed an exciting but short-lived band called Hi-Fi with a founding member of Fairport Convention, Ian Matthews.
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Friday, April 7, 2023
DOCTORS OF MADNESS: THE ALMOST PUNKS
Doctors of Madness formed in London in late 1974 and flamed out by the end of 1978, releasing three diverse albums that bridged the gap between glam and punk, but very few people seemed to notice.
Saturday, April 1, 2023
THE STORY OF STRAY
Stray formed in the late sixties when it's members were barely teenagers and they landed a record deal before they reached adulthood. Ahead of their time, they found little success, even with help from multiple mobsters, but the catalogue of albums they left behind speak for themselves. Even Iron Maiden cite them as an influence. This is their story.
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Saturday, March 4, 2023
AOR? AOK! XXII
BJ brings you 30 more killer AOR tunes.
Saturday, February 25, 2023
GARY HOLTON AND THE HEAVY METAL KIDS
The Heavy Metal Kids only existed for a brief few years (they released three albums), but they were almost perfectly placed to serve as a sort of bridge from glam to punk. This is the story of the band and the tragic fate of their flamboyant frontman, Gary Holton.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Monday, January 23, 2023
Friday, January 13, 2023
BREWER & SHIPLEY
BJ only just recently discovered that there's a lot more to Brewer & Shipley than "One Toke Over The Line."
Friday, December 30, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: BOB GIFFORD (THE RINGS)
BJ is joined by Bob Gifford from the Boston band The Rings for another tale of the trials and tribulations of flirting with success in the music industry in the seventies going into the eighties. The episode includes great music, as usual.
Friday, December 16, 2022
STUART HARPER (IRON VIRGIN)
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Unicorn were a UK country rock band produced by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour who made great records but failed to break through. Hear their story (and lots of their music) on this episode.
Saturday, December 3, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: THE SHIVVERS/THE TREND/THE MOSQUITOS
It's a power pop triple threat as BJ talks to Scott Krueger from The Shivvers, John McMulln from The Trend and Vance Brescia from The Mosquitos.
Friday, November 18, 2022
Scottish singer-songwriter Brian Spence shares the story of his musical journey, from a seventies glam rock band called Bilbo Baggins to a pair of classic AOR albums in the late eighties and beyond. Lots of fantastic music included.
Friday, November 4, 2022
JEFF SUMMERS (WEAPON/WILDFIRE/STATETROOPER)
As a member of Weapon, Jeff Summers wrote a NWOBHM classic called "Set the Stage Alight" which influenced, among others, Metallica. He later joined the bands Wildfire with original Iron Maiden frontman Paul Mario Day and Statetrooper with former MSG vocalist Gary Barden. Hear him share his metal memories.
Friday, October 28, 2022
LOST EPISODE: CARTOON THEME SONGS
An hour of cartoon theme songs from the eighties (with commercials).
JAYCE AND THE WHEELED WARRIORS
THE ADVENTURES OF THE GALAXY RANGERS
ROCK LORDS COMMERCIAL
DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH
SABER RIDER AND THE STAR SHERIFFS
RUBIK THE AMAZING CUBE
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS
SLIME PIT COMMERCIAL
CHUCK NORRIS KARATE KOMMANDOS
GALAXY HIGH SCHOOL
AERIAL BOTS COMMERCIAL
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
CROSS BOSS COMMERCIAL
THE PODDINGTON PEAS
DENVER THE LAST DINOSAUR
DENNIS THE MENACE
KOOL AID COMMERCIAL
CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS
THE ADVENTURES OF THE GUMMI BEARS
G.I. JOE SERPENTOR COMMERCIAL
STAR WARS: DROIDS
DRAGONBALL Z KAI
Friday, October 14, 2022
AOR? AOK! XXI
WHITE WOLF - TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE
TANGIER - ONE MORE TIME
TREAT - HIDIN'
VOYAGER UK - DON'T WALK AWAY FROM LOVE
FAHRENHEIT - TALKING 'BOUT LOVE
1927 - A DAY LIKE TODAY
OCEANS APART - DON'T SAY GOODBYE
THE EVIDENCE - OCEANS APART
SEQUEL - I'M LOSIN'
ANNICA - BLACK WAVE
THE CAUZE - LOVIN' MY LIFE AWAY
JOHN LAWRY - STARS IN THE NIGHT
ROBERT BERRY - YOUNG BLOOD
SOJOURN - STRAIGHT ON
VISION FIELDS - SHOW ME THE WAY
GALLEYBOYZ - FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE
ADRIAN DODZ - SOMEBODY BEAT ME TO THE PUNCH
TRANS AM - LEAVING YOU
GRINGOS LOCOS - SHOUT
HOT BOY - ALL THE LOVE
QUEEN OF SPADES - AMAZON CALLIN'
LISA NEMZO - COMBINATION TO YOUR HEART
SHARON O'NEILL - I'VE GOT YOU TO THANK
REBEL HEELS - WORLD OF MIRRORS
TRADIA - NEVER GONNA GO
BOYSTOWN - BOY INSIDE A MAN
NOTORIOUS - ARIANNE
Saturday, October 8, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: PARTHENON HUXLEY
Saturday, October 1, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: COLEMAN YORK (NUMBERS) / KIDDER (INCREDIBLE KIDDA BAND)
Hear conversations BJ had with Coleman York from Canadian power pop band the 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.
Friday, September 23, 2022
Legendary Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome (second from left) 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.
Friday, September 16, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: BRENT HOAD (SECRETS*) / JEFF ROOT (HOT DATES)
Continuing the power pop series, BJ presents conversations he had with
Brent Hoad from Kansas City's The Secrets* and Jeff Root from Boston's
Hot Dates. Whose alibi was opening for Pat Benatar? Who helped launch the comedy career of Steven Wright? Who watched Michael Jackson practice his choreography at a diner? Listen and find out.
Friday, September 2, 2022
I WROTE A BOOK! THIS BAND HAS NO PAST: HOW CHEAP TRICK BECAME CHEAP TRICK
It's called This band has no past: How Cheap Trick Became Cheap Trick, published by Jawbone Press.
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.
Where to order:
Friday, August 19, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: 20/20
Friday, August 12, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: STEVE BUTLER (QUINCY) / PHIL SOLEM (GREAT BUILDINGS)
BJ is joined by Steve Butler from Quincy and Phil Solem from Great Buildings. Both tell very engaging stories. Topics tackled include: murder, lawsuits and Randy Rhoads.
Friday, August 5, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: MARCO DELMAR (ELEKTRICS) / DAVE HEARN (HAWKS)
Friday, July 22, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: DAVID SWANSON
The Pop released a pair of singles and album independently before signing with Arista for their 1979 album Go! They managed one more EP with Rhino before splitting up in 1981. Hear David's story of moving from Chicago to LA in the early seventies to pursue his rock and roll dreams.
Friday, July 15, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: ARTHUR ALEXANDER (SORROWS)
BJ is joined by Arthur Alexander, guitar player and singer/songwriter from the classic power pop bands the Poppees, very early purveyors of the style that became power pop, and Sorrows, whose album Teenage Heartbreak is one of the greatest power pop albums ever released. We also learn how the band's second album, Love Too Late, was hijacked by a legendary producer.
Friday, July 8, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: GARY VALENTINE
Gary Valentine was an early member of Blondie, performing on the band's first album before leaving to form his own band in Los Angeles called The Know. Hear Gary's story on this episode, with lots of great music interspersed throughout.
Friday, July 1, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: STEVE BRIGIDA (ARTFUL DODGER)
Friday, June 24, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: JONATHAN PALEY
BJ presents an interview with Jonathan Paley, who recalls unwittingly wandering into some dive called CBGBs along with Jonathon Richman, auditioning for the Heartbreakers (Johnny Thunders, Richard Hell and Jerry Nolan), recording with the Ramones, being produced by Phil Spector, not to mention the story of the band he had with his brother Andy, the Paley Brothers, who recorded a power pop classic for Sire in 1978. The follow up would have been even better, but it never happened. Find out why...
Friday, June 17, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: GRAEME DOUGLAS / WILL BIRCH
Friday, June 3, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: BIG STAR
Friday, May 27, 2022
POWER POP SERIES: EPISODE ONE
For this episode, the first in what will be an extended series about the development of the power pop genre, BJ presents a brief overview, including interviews with Bob Jackson, who joined Badfinger towards the end of that legendary band's original run, and Cyril Jordan, who wrote the iconic "Shake Some Action" for The Flamin' Groovies.
Friday, May 20, 2022
AOR? AOK! XX
PALACE - NEVER WANNA SAY GOODBYE
STEVEN MCCLINTOCK - WHEN LOVE BREAKS
WIZ KIDZ - DOWN ON MY LUCK
P.M. HEAT - COULD IT BE YOU
BILOXI - ONE IN A MILLION
MONSTERS - RIOT IN THE NIGHT
DE-ARROW - CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND
MANITO PARK - SURRENDER
BRICKYARD - BREAK THE ICE
OSLO - STRANGERS EYES
VALOR - FOOL NO MORE
PAUL COTTON - ONE LONG LAST LOOK
MAGGIE BELL - I'M ON THE EDGE
GENE WALK GROUP - LONG ARM OF LOVE
FRICTION - DOWN AND LONELY
CHRIS ANDREW - HOLDIN' ON
TOWER CITY - WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN
ROBIN MILLER - FOREVER
ERIC RUSSELL - DON'T SLOW DOWN
TERRI NUNN - CONFESSION TIME
Friday, May 13, 2022
WARRANT "CHERRY PIE" ROUNDTABLE
Originally recorded in 2018 as a Rocknpod exclusive:
BJ is joined by Craig Smith from the Pods & Sods Network, Ian Wadley from Rock & Metal Combat, Steven Michael from Growin' Up Rock and Wallygator from the CGCM Podcast for a roundtable discussion about Warrant's unfairly maligned 1990 album Cherry Pie.
Friday, May 6, 2022
LOST EPSIODE: TV THEME SONGS
THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO
GIMME A BREAK
MY TWO DADS
RAGS TO RICHES
MISFITS OF SCIENCE
MY SISTER SAM
THE BEST TIMES
THREE'S A CROWD
GOOD MORNING MISS BLISS
JENNIFER SLEPT HERE
FATHERS AND SONS
JUST OUR LUCK
THE EDISON TWINS
DAY BY DAY
NICK AND HILLARY
NOTHING IN COMMON