Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Completely Conspicuous 305: And the Cradle Will Rock...

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1980. Listen to the episode below or download it directly (right click and "save as").

Show notes:
- Recorded via Skype
- Roller disco was once a thing
- Brian: Mainstream American rock was in a slump
- Just missed Brian's top 5: Queen's The Game
- Lennon's Double Fantasy and McCartney II
- The legend of Linda
- Others include Peter Gabriel's Melt, the debut of the Lounge Lizards
- Jay: Blizzard of Ozz, Permanent Waves, Heaven and Hell, Empty Glass
- Townshend's writing style had changed
- Max Webster's Universal Juveniles
- Band combined Rush and Zappa influences
- 1980 was one of four years in Zappa's recording career he didn't release an album
- Brian's #5
- Pretenders' debut was amazing
- Jay's #5
- Back in Black was surprising given Bon Scott's death months earlier
- The expanding umbrella of classic rock
- Brian's #4
- Ozzy's solo debut reinvented his image
- Singers who don't write lyrics
- Jay's #4
- Jay: Melt is my favorite Gabriel album
- The greatness of Gabriel's early solo work
- Brian: Face Dances would be considered a great Townshend solo album
- Brian's #3
- Interesting debut from the Feelies
- Unlikely but successful Feelies comeback in recent years
- Rooting for local acts
- To be continued

The Harmonica Lewinskies - Jesus Christ is Just Rock and Roll
Idiot Genes - Soaked Pillow
Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Chrome Canyon De-mix)

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Harmonica Lewinskies song is available for free download (in exchange for your email address) at Bandcamp.
The Idiot Genes song is on the album Lousey. Download the song for free at Bandcamp.
The Tame Impala song is on the album Lonerism on Modular Recordings. Download the remix of the song for free at Epitonic.

The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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