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Rock School

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"The Russian invasion of Ukraine has well passed 100 days. To hurt Russia for its actions, businesses have pulled out of the country. That means a great many businesses that deal with music. This week we will list many of these music outlets an
"This week, back in 1979, Fleetwood Mac recorded the Trojan Marching Band for their song Tusk. That started us wondering. Are there other pop and rock songs that feature a marching band? Yes. We will also play some actual marching bands playing
"This week, we will speak with author Christy Alexander Hallberg about her new book Searching for Jimmy Page."
"Interpolation in music is a simple, specific thing. Instead of sampling a piece of music, taking the actual song, Interpolation, is reperforming the part and paying a great deal less than the Master License needed to sample. It's a way to take
"Caruso Sauce. Paganini Ravioli. Bizet Cake. Drinks. Sandwiches. Food trucks. It's amazing how many food and food-related items are named after musicians and bands. We have a full list plus we will talk about some non musician foods. Arnold Pal
"Donald Trump hosted the Celebrity Apprentice six times and then Arnold took over for a season. Believe it or not musicians played a big part in the show actually winning it a couple times. We will look back and also discuss how other countries
"There is a small group of songs that have charted twice. Not a remake or a remix but the exact same song. It charted twice often years apart. Today we will play a game. I'll tell you the song and the years that it charted. You then tell me why
"Gene Simmons of KISS has doubled down on his statement that rock music is dead. Some agree. Some do not and some have written songs about it. Is rock dead or is the rock YOU like dead? We will look at this from a lot of angles."
"Less than 3 percent of people 18 to 40 watched the Grammys. Furthermore, according to Spotify, the top 200 new songs playlist is responsible for less than 5 percent of total listenership. The most popular music now, both for investment and for
"Pink Floyd released a song to raise money for Ukraine. It is their first in decades. Other artists have done so as well. We will discuss the songs, play a few Ukrainian rock bands and speak with a local preacher who just returned from The Ukra
"The Golden Raspberry Award. It used to have a Worst Song catagory. Not anymore. But we will revist those that once made the cut in this award season. No one will be slapped during the show."
"There has much interest in the use of frequencies for health, healing and general feeling better. The most famous are the Solfeggio Frequencies. However there is now the idea of playing frequencies against each other, in headphones in order to
"What was the first song taken off of Mtv because of content? The first one censored. It wasn't the first one I thought of, or the second. I know Mtv was cable but back in the early 1980s, things were a bit different and the FCC still had a han
"This week will contain April 20. That's 4.20. It means smoking pot. But why? We will take an hour and discuss all the nicknames for pot and play songs dedicated to the herb. Enjoy. Dude."
"Here is an interesting trivia question. Name a song that does not have a chorus. We have a few. We will also discuss the idea of a refrain, which is not a chorus. That will certainly come up."
"The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated Dolly Parton. She said no. They said sorry, the ballots have already gone out. Dolly is not the first artist to turn down the Hall. We have both those who turned down their nominations and those that to
"The Oscars are this month. How about a show discussing musicians who have been nominated for an Oscar? Some have even won."
"This is a music podcast and radio show. The biggest music story right now is Joe Rogan and Neil Young. We have to talk about it. "
"This week we have an interview with author Marc Wasserman about his new book Skaboom. An American Ska and Reggae Oral History. It is a history of the music and its influence on culture, artists and other musicians. "
"Here's the game. Name a TV theme song that then became a hit on the pop chart. You cannot choose a song that was first a hit and then used for a TV show. This must be a song written for a TV show that then became a hit. We have a bunch for you
"It is quite common for a commercial to use a hit song but now and again a commercial will become so popular that the music in the commercial will be reworked and itself become a hit. We have 17 examples this week. Often the song completely ove
"My wife and cohost has joked many times that she listens to so much radio and audio book during her job that they should be paying her. Well, now there are multiple websites that claim they will do just that. I don't endorse any of them but I
"It happens now and again that a song will have its title changed after it is released and starts to become popular. The reasons why vary but collectors have started to gather up these title change songs. We have a long list and will tell you w
"Remember, pronounce it Mohg rather than Mooog. Robert Moog did not invent the synthesizer. He just made it so that it was in the reach of the regular musician. This week is the anniversary of his releasing the MiniMoog so here is an hour on ho
"Early Upload Due to Vacation. This is the second Anniversary show for 2022. We always take the first two weeks of a new year and give anniversries 10, 20, 30, 40 years and on back so you'll sound super smart when they come up during the year"
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