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Friday, July 6, 2018

RA/OR 235 - DIRECT-TO-VIDEO





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.

TONY SCIUTO - OUT OF THE DARKNESS
FROM ALL AMERICAN MURDER
MARK MANCINA - IT’S NOT OVER YET
FROM NIGHT WARS
STEPHEN BUTLER - ALWAYS ON MY MIND
FROM FINAL MISSION
THE NIGHT BROTHERS - CRY OF THE CITY
FROM KNIGHTS OF THE CITY
CAMERON DYE AND CATHERINE MARY STEWART - I WAS JUST ASKING
FROM SCENES FROM THE GOLDMINE
WARREN BENNETT - STATION IN THE SKY
FROM RIDERS OF THE STORM
JOHN PAYNE - RIDE THE STORM
FROM RIDERS OF THE STORM
TUESDAY KNIGHT - IVORY TOWER
FROM MAD ABOUT YOU
JIM MANZIE - THE WAY OF ALL FLESH
FROM TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE
LEA HART - DANGER IN THE STREETS
FROM INSTANT JUSTICE
BILLY BUTT - THE RIGHT TO FIGHT
FROM TWIN DRAGON ENCOUNTER
MARY ELLEN QUINN - LIPS ON THE MOON
FROM VICIOUS LIPS
HOT PURSUIT - FIRE WITH FIRE
FROM STEELE JUSTICE
DEBBIE LYTTON - NIGHT PATROL
FROM TOMBOY
MIRAGE - STANDING IN THE RAIN
FROM THE PISTOL: BIRTH OF A LEGEND
JOSEPH WILLIAMS - TURN IT UP
FROM SPACECAMP
THE HEAT - TOO FAR TOO FAST
FROM DISTANT THUNDER
GENE MILLER - ABOVE AND BEYOND
FROM THE DOUBLE O KID
MICHAEL BREWER - SAY YOU WON'T
FROM REVENGE
RICK RISO - BRAVE HEART
FROM THE BONE YARD



Friday, June 29, 2018

RA/OR 234 - B-SIDES






B-sides: otherwise unreleased songs that appear on the singles but not the albums.

ADAM AND THE ANTS - BEAT MY GUEST
THE BOOMTOWN RATS - IT'S ALL THE RAGE
THE RECORDS - SO SORRY
DEVO - TURNAROUND
OZZY OSBOURNE - SPIDERS
GREAT WHITE - SLOW RIDE
PRINCE - HORNY TOAD
TALKING HEADS - PEOPLE LIKE US
BIG COUNTRY - ALL OF US
CYNDI LAUPER - HEADING TO THE MOON
FLEETWOOD MAC - SILVER SPRINGS
CHEAP TRICK - ALL I REALLY WANNA DO
CHEAP TRICK - THROUGH THE NIGHT
MEN AT WORK - CRAZY
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BE TRUE
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - JANEY DON'T YOU LOSE HEART
DOUGHBOYS - GOOD COP BAD COP
DOUGHBOYS - SHAWN'S STORIES
THE WILDHEARTS - HIT IT ON THE HEAD
THE WILDHEARTS - ACTION PANZER
THE DARKNESS - OUT OF MY HANDS
THE DARKNESS - PLANNING PERMISSION
TEENAGE FANCLUB - MY LIFE
TEENAGE FANCLUB - EVERY STEP IS A WAY THROUGH
TEENAGE FANCLUB - THE SHADOWS

Friday, June 22, 2018

RA/OR 233 - THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK





The Transformers: The Movie is a six 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, 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!

Friday, June 15, 2018

RA/OR 232 - THE VANDALS TOOK THE HANDLES






For your listening enjoyment BJ presents a collection of cover versions of Bob Dylan songs.

ROBERT HAZARD - BLOWIN IN THE WIND
THE WANDERERS - THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN
THE BRAKES - LIKE A ROLLING STONE
THE SPINATRAS - MY BACK PAGES
THE DOGS - MR. TAMBOURINE MAN
MAU MAUS - A HARD RAIN'S (A GONNA FALL)
TELEVISION - KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR
GREG KIHN - SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES
COUNTRY GENTLEMAN - IT'S ALL OVER NOW BABY BLUE
DAN MCCAFFERTY - BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER
THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES - ABSOLUTELY SWEET MARIE
THE DAILY FLASH - QUEEN JANE APPROXIMATELY
ROGER TAYLOR - MASTERS OF WAR
PJ HARVEY - HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
BRYAN FERRY - IT AIN'T ME BABE
THE MARMALADE - I SHALL BE RELEASED
NICK DRAKE - DON'T THINK TWICE IT'S ALRIGHT
THE WATERBOYS - GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
NICO - I'LL KEEP IT WITH MINE
SANDY DENNY - TOMORROW IS A LONG TIME
ELLIOTT SMITH - WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE (LIVE)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - I WANT YOU (LIVE 1975)
CHEAP TRICK - PLEASE MRS. HENRY (LIVE 1977)




Thursday, June 7, 2018

RA/OR 231 - NEIL YOUNG vs. THE EIGHTIES





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.

Friday, June 1, 2018

RA/OR 230 - SOUNDS LIKE BRUCE (CO-RELEASE WITH TRAMPS LIKE US)







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.

THE LONG RYDERS - SPECTACULAR FALL
JACK LEE - GOOD TIMES
THE BEAT - WORKING ON A GOOD THING
THE PLIMSOULS - EVERYDAY THINGS
THE CRETONES - COST OF LOVE
PAUL WARREN & EXPLORER - THE OTHERS
JULES AND THE POLAR BEARS - YOU JUST DON'T WANNA KNOW
WILLIE NILE - HEAVEN HELP THE LONELY
WILLIE NILE - IT'S NOT OVER
PAGLIARO - TIME RACE
NILS LOFGREN - I WAIT FOR YOU
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN - I CAN'T FORGET TOMORROW
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN - EVERY BOY AND EVERY GIRL
DL BYRON - 21st CENTURY MAN
THE BOOMTOWN RATS - JOEY'S ON THE STREET AGAIN

Friday, May 25, 2018

RA/OR 229 - BEST OF AOR? AOK! (with Greg Snazz)





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...

Friday, May 18, 2018

RA/OR 228 - BULLETBOYS' FREAKSHOW (with Greg Renoff and Jimmy D'Anda)





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.




Friday, May 11, 2018

RA/OR 227 - JOHN CALE (with Derek Brown)







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.

Friday, May 4, 2018

RA/OR 226 - POWERAGE TURNS 40 (with Julian Gill)





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.

Friday, April 27, 2018

RA/OR 225 - TWENTY ONE PILOTS (BJ's Daughter's Favorite Band)






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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

RA/OR 224 - CLASSIC LIT






For this episode BJ has put together a fun playlist of songs which share a title with a classic literary work.

METALLICA - FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
WARRANT - UNCLE TOM'S CABIN
QUEEN - BRIGHTON ROCK
BILLY SQUIER - CATCH 22 (LIVE)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - NIGHT
DIRTY LOOKS - TURN OF THE SCREW
KISS - ODYSSEY
THE HERD - PARADISE LOST
WARRIOR SOUL - THE WASTELAND
THE KINKS - ANIMAL FARM
NEW YORK DOLLS - FRANKENSTEIN
JOHNNY THUNDERS - IN COLD BLOOD
NEW MODEL ARMY - GREAT EXPECTATIONS
HYSTERIC NARCOTICS - CHARLOTTE'S WEB
CHEAP TRICK - LOLITA
TOMMI GUNN - ON THE ROAD
RHETT FORRESTER - GONE WITH THE WIND
FREHLEY'S COMET - STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND
THE GRAPES OF WRATH - TRAVELLIN'
STEPPENWOLF - NONE OF YOUR DOING
SOUL ASYLUM - GULLIBLE'S TRAVELS





Thursday, April 12, 2018

RA/OR 223 - THE KINK KULMINATION






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.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

RA/OR 222 - THE KINK KREATION





In part one of a two part examination of the Kinks BJ describes the origins of the band and we begin to hear how the band progressed.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

RA/OR 221 - AOR?????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!!



This is the 10th volume of AOR? AOK! and it's a good one.




ENGLAND 402 - DAY AFTER DAY
LAURENCE ARCHER - HIDING AWAY
ARLEN SALTE - IN THE POWER OF LOVE
FRANK RYAN - FIRE IN THE DARK
CHANNEL - I'M BY YOUR SIDE
ZINATRA - ONLY YOUR HEART
BRINX - RAIN ON THE CITY
BECKETT - HOW CAN THE GIRL REFUSE
ROMEO - IT AIN'T WORTH IT
ROBBIN JULIEN - HERE WE GO
NUMBER NINE - WE'RE THE FUTURE
THE PRESS - DO YOU CARE ANYMORE
BRIAR - TO MY DOOR
DELLA STREET - GEMINI
DISTANCE - NO WAY OUT
SHARON O'NEILL - LOSING YOU
MONEY TALKS - IN A TRANCE
SEASONS IN COLOR - STAY IN TIME
ASK A STRANGER - STARLIGHT
PATRICK SIMMONS - KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR

Monday, March 19, 2018

RA/OR 220 - TOP 20 KISS SONGS









Inspired by Eddie Trunk c/o Terry Means BJ counts down his top 20 favorite KISS songs.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A RETROSPECTIVE OF MUSICIANS LOST TO GUN VIOLENCE








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.

Friday, March 9, 2018

RA/OR 219 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: THIRD ALBUMS







BJ raided his record collection looking for third albums and put together a killer playlist.

ALICE COOPER - SECOND COMING
SAXON - TO HELL AND BACK AGAIN
BLACK N BLUE - RULES
THE BOOMTOWN RATS - SOMEONE'S LOOKING AT YOU
THE KNACK - SWEET DREAMS
ROXY MUSIC - MOTHER OF PEARL
THE CONNELLS - UPSIDE DOWN
DESCENDENTS - CHEER
ALDO NOVA - IF LOOKS COULD KILL
THE GO-GO's - CAPTURE THE LIGHT
SQUEEZE - ANOTHER NAIL IN MY HEART
TOM PETTY - WHAT ARE YOU DOIN' IN MY LIFE
SPARKS - HERE IN HEAVEN
BLUE OYSTER CULT - FLAMING TELEPATHS
BLACK SABBATH - INTO THE VOID
OZZY OSBOURNE - SLOW DOWN
QUIET RIOT - LOVE'S A BITCH
PAT BENATAR - TAKE IT ANYWAY YOU WANT IT
RATT - IT DOESN'T MATTER
LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH - DO WHAT THOU WILT
SOUL ASYLUM - CRASHING DOWN
KIX - SCARLET FEVER
KING KOBRA - IT'S MY LIFE
LED ZEPPELIN - OUT ON THE TILES

Friday, March 2, 2018

RA/OR 218 - JOHN PRINE






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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

RA/OR 217 - BEST OF HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH







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.

Friday, February 16, 2018

RA/OR 216 - ROB ZABRECKY FROM POSSUM DIXON



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.








Thursday, February 8, 2018

RA/OR 215 - THE WILDHEARTS







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:

Sick of Drugs
TV Tan
Show a Little Emotion
29 X the Pain
I Wanna Go Where the People Go
Two Way Idiot Mirror
Someone That Won't Let Me Go
Bang!
Everlone
Slaughtered Authors

Honorable mentions:

There's Only One Hell
Mazel Tov Cocktail
Putting It On
News of the World
Do the Channel Bop
Vanilla Radio
Geordie In Wonderland
Hard Way 
Bi-Polar Baby
Red Light Green Light
Girlfriend Clothes
Schizophonic
Sky Babies
etcetera



Tower Records In Store SXSW 2004

Here's a link to an article BJ wrote about The Wildhearts for the Decibel Geek website in 2013.

Friday, February 2, 2018

RA/OR 214 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: BATTLESHIP II







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.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

RA/OR 213 - VINYL COUNTDOWN: BATTLESHIP







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.




Friday, January 19, 2018

RA/OR 212 - THE LAST




No, it's not the last episode. Not yet at least! This episode is about the classic L.A. post punk band The Last.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

RA/OR 210 - EIGHTIES SCORPIONS





BJ is joined by frequent guest Joe Royland for part two of an overview of the career of German heavy metal pioneers Scorpions and then each counts down his personal top ten favorite Scorpions songs from the eighties.



Friday, December 29, 2017

RA/OR 209 - SEVENTIES SCORPIONS






BJ is joined by frequent guest Fistful of Dave for part one of an overview of the career of German heavy metal pioneers Scorpions and then each counts down his personal top ten favorite Scorpions songs from the seventies. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

RA/OR 208 - WAR ON XMAS





ENUFF Z'NUFF - HAPPY HOLIDAY
DEAN GRAY - DR. WHO ON HOLIDAY
SEX PISTOLS - HOLIDAY IN THE SUN (LIVE AT WINTERLAND, SAN FRANSISCO, JANUARY 14, 1978)
PIXIES - HOLIDAY SONG (LIVE)
OLD 97's - LONELY HOLIDAY
GINGER - HOLIDAY
DEAD KENNEDYS - HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA (LIVE)
THE KINKS - HOLIDAY (BBC SESSIONS)
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM - HOLIDAY ROAD
JOHN CORABI - HOOLIGAN'S HOLIDAY (ACOUSTIC)
NAZARETH - HOLIDAY
WEEZER - HOLIDAY
SCORPIONS - HOLIDAY (LIVE COLOGNE, GERMANY 11-18-1988)

Friday, December 15, 2017

RA/OR 207 - AOR????????? AOK!!!!!!!!!



Just in time for the holiday season BJ delivers the gift of some more great AOR. 



PRICE/SULTON - STORIES
BRETT WALKER - NO SHORTCUT TO PARADISE
SYNCH - GIVE LOVE ANOTHER TRY
LINE - SOLITARY NITE
DESPERATE ANGEL - DESPERATE ANGEL
RAMPAGE - FIND A WAY
RONDINELLI - THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
PROTOTYPE - VIDEO KIDS
QWEST - DON'T SAY NO
HARLEQUIN - SAY GOODNIGHT
KEVIN MCKNELLY - YOU'RE ON MY MIND
JOJO - I CAN WAIT
DAVID PACK - WON'T LET YOU LOSE ME
THE MUGGS - COMEBACK
AIDEAN - TOKYO
MORITZ - CAUGHT UP IN THE ACTION
NIGHT WORK - STEALING YOUR HEART
SERGEANT - MAKE YOUR MOVE
THE CITY - INVISIBLE MAN
CLIMB - TRY ON
MARK POGUE & FORTRESS - WHO DO I BELIEVE

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

RA/OR 206 - SAIGON KICK'S WATER WITH BASSIST CHRIS MCLERNON







This week we take a look at another band following up a hit record with a challenging release. For this episode BJ is joined by bassist Chris McLernon for an in depth examination of Saigon Kick's excellent but unfortunately overlooked 1993 album Water.


Friday, December 1, 2017

RA/OR 205 - FAITH NO MORE'S ANGEL DUST WITH PRODUCER MATT WALLACE







How does a band like Faith No More follow up a platinum album and top ten single? On this episode BJ is joined by producer Matt Wallace, the man at the helm for the first four Faith No More albums, for a thorough examination of the band's 1992 schizophrenic masterpiece Angel Dust.

Friday, November 24, 2017

RA/OR 204 - NO SHAME FREE-FOR-ALL





BJ closes out Noshameber with a No Shame potluck featuring No Shame picks from nine different friends of the show: Jon Lamoreaux from The Hustle, Joe Royland from Sit and Spin, Craig Cohen from the Slycast, Lee McCormack from Tramps Like Us, Steve Wright from Podder Than Hell and listeners Jason Radtke, Douglas Levy, Jennifer Kjos and Terry Means.