LA Lloyd & Fred get into the all kinds of shenanigans starting with Van Halen stories about Alex's birthday in Toledo and a fantastic story about how David Lee Roth has his own agenda when it comes to creating a memorable radio interview with the 3rd album Women and Children first and the song "Everybody wants some" at the WABX studios in Detroit.
 
Fred tells his U2 story when they first came to America and them playing a club in Austin with about 100 people and the best marketing idea ever from a band.
 
Christopher Cross dominates radio across the Country with "Sailing" and Fred's first assignment in Texas is an in-store autograph signing with Christopher where a local high school band is in the parking lot playing "Ride like the wind" and hurricane Allen is bearing down on the city all at the same time.  
 
Recommended music:
Van Halen: "And the cradle will rock"
Van Halen: "Everybody wants some"
U2:  "I will follow"
Christopher Cross: "Sailing"
Christopher Cross: "Ride like the wind"
Ken talks to us about signing the Talking Heads, Pretenders and Madonna. Ken describes what it came down too to get the Heads and Pretenders signed to Sire Records which was distributed by Warner Bros Records. Ken tells us about a lost demo track called "Ain't no big deal" by Madonna that he wanted her to release but she never did.
 
Recommended music:
Intro: Pretenders "Precious"
Middle: Pretenders "Brass in Pocket"
Middle:Talking Heads: Psycho Killer
End: Madonna "Lucky Star" 
November 25, 2019

1979 (Episode 17)

This episode we talk about 1979 and the Romantics, The Knack, Elvis Costello, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Clash, The B'52's, Ambrosia and ZZ Top. 

The guys briefly touch on the dynamic Austin music scene with Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Fabulous Thunderbird's.
 
Lloyd touches on the hooky songs of the Clash, Romantics, The Knack and more and the explosion of MTV. Warner Bros releases The B52's and their first hit "Rock Lobster" 
 
Fred talks about Frank Beard from ZZ Top trying to sell Fred his house in a suburb of Houston, getting an advance listening session with Bill Hamm the manager of ZZ Top playing songs like "Tube Snake Boogie", "Cheap Sunglasses", "Party on the Patio" off the forthcoming ZZ Top album El Loco.
 
Tune in and enjoy the ride!
 
Recommended music:

intro: Romantics "What I Like About you"
middle: Knack "My Sharona"
middle: B 52's "Rock Lobster"
close: ZZ Top  "Cheap Sunglasses / "Pearl Necklace"
November 18, 2019

Promotion Woman (Episode 16)

This week's guest is Sue Emmer who was National Top 40 promotion person for Warner Bros at the Burbank offices and she tells us stories about George Harrison and how nice he was and that George wanted to personally hand out Gold albums  to each staff member for the Cloud Nine album with the hit "Got my mind set on you".  Sue tells us how the national staff went to Rod Stewart's home in Beverly Hills to preview his album "Da Ya think I'm Sexy"and when Prince came to the Burbank offices in his pajama's to play the entire staff his newest album. We talked about John Lennon's death and the impact it had on the staff and radio at that time in history. 
 
Sue is a beautiful woman who navigated a powerful position in Burbank at the home office and paved the way for other woman executives to come.
 
Recommended music:
Intro: Rod Stewart "Da ya think I'm sexy"
middle: George Harrison "Got my mind set on you"
End: Seal "Crazy"
November 11, 2019

Sultans of Swing (Episode 15)

The boys talk about the Grammy nominations of MC5, Todd Rundgren, Doobie Bros that Fred had worked with along with Pat Benatar, Kraftwork, T Rex and others.

In the box that Fred would get every week he recalls getting two debut albums and both albums go on to platinum status and set up the careers of Dire Straits and Rickie Lee Jones.

Fred shares some of the strategy of why some songs are released when they are and how the record company looks at the competition. How they choose a lead single and a follow up single.

Fred talks about the Warner Music office’s in New York that he had visited recently.

 

Recommended music:

Intro: Dire Straits “Sultan’s of swing”

Middle: Rickie Lee Jones “Chuckies in love”

Middle: Rickie Lee Jones “Last chance Texaco”

End: Dire Straits “Money for nothing”

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November 4, 2019

Women In Rock (Episode 14)

Where would rock and roll be without the women ?  Linda Ronstadt, Chrissie Hynde, Pat Benatar, Joni Mitchell, Grace Slick, Janis Joplin, Heart, Blondie and others. LA Lloyd and Fred explore the power of the women in rock. Linda Ronstadt sold over 100 million albums and dominated the 70's. and helped form the Eagles. Tune in and enjoy.

 

Recommended music:

Intro: Linda Ronstadt "Your'e No Good"

Middle: Chrissie Hynde "Tattooed Love boys"

End: Blondie

Ted Cohen was Artist Development for Warner Bros Records in Burbank and worked at WB for 14 years. He tells us stories about Little Feat, Doobie Bros, a girl named angel,  Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads, Van Halen, Roxy Music and Ted ends this episode with Prince.  No spoilers here you’ll have to sit back and listen.........

Recommended music:
Intro Fleetwood Mac “Bare Trees”
Middle: Doobie Bros “ Black Water” for Angel 
Middle: Roxy Music “Avalon”
End: Prince “ Head” 

Fred & Lloyd explore the power of  music and it's influence on politics, movies, commercials, Hollywood, Television and fashion. They talk about the Peace sign and bell bottoms, grunge, mohawks, punk, Madonna, heavy metal hair bands, rap artists and the clothes they wear, Nike shoes, country artists and their sparkles. They cover a lot of ground and its very funny.

Then Billie Elish and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins are now a topic of conversation and Fred worked the Smashing Pumpkins music so they discuss how these two artist broke out to the mainstream. 
 
Recommended music: 
Intro: David Bowie "Fashion"
Middle: Smashing Pumpkins "1979"
End: Billie Eilish "Bad Guy"
 
October 14, 2019

Camelot (Episode 11)

Camelot was what the employees called working for Warner Bros Records.

Stu Cohen tells us his story about getting hired at Warner Bros with an interview with Mo Ostin. Stu was the local New York rep for 5 years before moving to California to work at the Burbank offices. He talks about the access, limos, excess and having VIP everywhere in New York.

Stu recounts his days with Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac, Little Feat, Doobie Bros, talking Heads, Ramones and what he called his nemesis Prince.

Recommend music:
Van Halen: Eruption
Talking Heads: Take me to the river
Fleetwood Mac: Rhiannon
Prince: Cream 

LA Lloyd and Fred talk about limos’ and George Benson and all the live albums people are now doing. Fred meets Neil Young and talks about Nicolette Larson, Pat Metheny and Little Feat and riding the groove train when these bands really get going. Warner Bros released “For You” by Prince and we all know how that career turned out. Funkadelics and the Mothership. The Bunny gets Hot !!! and “Are we not men?” we are DEVO ! Fred wears a DEVO suit around University of Michigan campus.  Is Van Morrison grumpy ? LA Lloyd’s 1st 45 single he played in his radio career was Rod Stewart “Do you think I’m sexy” and more shenanigans. 

Recommended music:
Intro: George Benson “ On Broadway”
Middle: Funkadelics “One Nation Under a Groove”
Middle: Devo. “Whip it”
End: Van Morrison. “Wavelength”

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