This english punk rocker was raised in New York City, USA. After his sister was born his family moved back across the pond, where he fell in love with the english punk scene. He played guitar for the band Generation X. After the band breaks up, he takes his shot at being a lead singer and with the help of some local musicians, he ditched the glasses, bleached his hair and bought a studded leather jacket.
After several radio hits in America and back in his homeland of England, he started branching out and became one of the most played artists on a brand new television channel, MTV. With the popularity of his music videos, his stardom skyrocketed. He could be scene in movie, tv and live performances around the globe. While on vacation in Thailand, he and his friend Harry Johnson accidentally buy heroin, piss off the President of Cambodia and are forcibly removed by the Thai Army after 3 weeks of drugs, alcohol and prostitutes. Buckle up for the furiously feverous fast paced fun of Billy Idol.
A country music mega-star who came up through the ranks with er mother, but it was her own daughter that would bring down the house. Hear the tale of Wynonna Judd and her daughter Grace Kelly the meth Chef.
He was born and raised along side 30,000 marine recruits at Paris Island, South Carolina. His father was a retired Naval Officer, who'd won an Oklahoma bar in a poker game. After struggling thru middle school and high school, he gets accepted into the United States Naval Academy, but he drops out after only a year. He went on to Hampden-Sydney College, a liberal arts college for men. He dropped out after a year. He started a folk trio called the Journeymen. They were fairly well-received, thanks in part to the tv show Hootenanny. After three successful albums with the J-Men, he started a co-ed group, named after the Hell's Angels ladies auxiliary group the Mama's, they called themselves the Mamas & the Papas. they have several Bill Board Top 10 Hits; California Dreaming, Monday Monday and San Fransisco, just to name a few. Aside from performing, he helped plan, promote and play at the Monterey Pop Festival, including the accompanying film, Monterey Pop. After years of fame and hanging out with HollyWood socialites, his drug use increases. Tiring of the US, he moves to London, England for a while. He hangs out with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones and David Bowie. After being convicted of drug trafficking, he got the Mamas & the Papas back together, wrote Kokomo , on the side, for the Beach Boys and won a Grammy for that song for the film Cocktail, he had a liver transplant and eventually died of heart failure. One of the fore-fathers of festivals, four-tracks and folk music, it's the jam of John Phillips!
Smack it up, flip it, rub it down, oh noooooo, it's episode 69 (hee-hee). Meet a young man with dreams of musical fame and fortune. He grew up in the States, but through hard work and study he earned a spot at London's prestigious Royal Academy of Music as a flautist. While attending Uni for flute playing this exceptional young man had a plan, a grand plan the likes of which hand't been seen outside of a Brad Pitt & George Clooney movie about highly skilled thieves. One night our flautist friend performed at a concert and after the show his adventure began. After a break in and millions of dollars of stolen property had gone un-noticed for weeks, the police finally caught up to our flautist felon and the famous feather he stole. That's right, he stole hundreds of bird bodies. His goal; to tie salmon fishing lures, fly-tying and with the extra money from the underground feather network, he bought himself a gold flute. Plump up your plumage, hang up your hackles and enjoy as we spin the tale of the cat burglar who stole birds.
Born on the mean streets and raised by his mother, a local drug queen. After his mother was killed by rival drug lords, he started selling drugs in middle school. He told his grandma he was in after school programs, but in actuality he was slinging dope and carrying a starter pistol. The jig is up when he gets caught carrying his gun to school by the metal detectors at the entrance. From this point on, he straight up told his grandma that he sells drugs and carries a gun, in school. He drops out of school early, mainly due to racking in over $10K in monthly drug profits.
Like most budding artists, he starts out by performing in a friends basement and fell in love with the art form. After playing at parties and producing several mix tapes, he gets signed to a record label. From here, it's off to the races. He rubs elbows with Eminem, Dr. Dre and many of the most popular artist of the day.
He owns every business under the sun; books, music, beverages, mines, Boxing Promotion, apparel, shoes, video games, luxury underwear, a vodka company & so many more. Pull on your best bullet-proof vest, gather up some lawyers and listen to the the Finical Flummadiddle of 50 Cent.
He's one of the legends of Glam Rock and Hair Bands. He was born and raised in California, USA. In middle school he started hi journey to rock legend status by singing in bands at the age of 14-15. At the prompting of their drummer, Tommy Lee, the newly formed band, the Motley Crue, takes an interest in the young singer. They poach his away from his current band at the time, Rock Candy. As the frontman for this new soon to be mega group, he tours the world, has many hit records and makes millions upon millions of dollars. Global stardom isn't all blondes and booze. He quickly embraces the rockstar lifestyle; abusing drugs and alcohol, which lead to DUIs and court dates. He is the driver of a horrific car crash that takes the life of Finnish rocker Razzle.
Besides having his own plastic surgery, he rearranges some faces on his own and assaults some folks. During one incident, actor Nicolas Cage has to restrain him and remove him from the situation. He gets married, several times and has a few kids. His partying lifestyle eventually breaks up the Motley Crue. They also blamed his Indy Car Racing for tearing them apart. His solo career has it's ups and down, but eventually the Motley Crue will reform, to tour the world in 2020, lol! Grab your craziest friends, some ripped jeans, a can of hairspray and egg burritos, it's time for the vandemonianism volisher: Vince Neil!
What started out as the most awesome birthday party ever turned into Germany’s Love Parade. This became one of the largest Techno Events in Europe. Dozens of customized audio trucks, loaded with thousands of dollars in audio equipment manned by the greatest DJs on the planet toured the city blasting out the latest and greatest the Techo, Scrance and Gabber music at that time.
As the parade grew, so did their critics. After years of battling the local government for permits and permissions, the Love Parade had changed into a Music Festival in the Ruhr Valley area of Germany. In 2010, at an old railway shipyard, equipped to handle 250K people, a crowd crush takes the lives of more than a dozen people when 1.5 million people attempt to attend the festival.
Pop on your party boots and glow clothes, let’s see if we can get into the greatest amateur circus on earth, it’s the 2010 Love Parade Music Festival!
A California kid, raised in his Mom's music school, his musical dreams seemed to come easy to him. After becoming too good to teach, his guitar teacher told his Mom there was nothing more he could teach her son, he studied music theory and the piano, While in middle school he and his buddy Garni started a band called The Whore, then after a while they started a cover band called Violet Fox, and another called Mildred Pierce.
At the age of 16, after his last project the Katzenjammer Kids faded, he had his day job teaching at his Mom's music school; Musonia and at night he dominated the LA Club scene with his latest band: Quiet Riot! Initially, not popular in the US, they were very well received in Japan's rock movement at the time. After unenthusiastically auditioning for Ozzy Osbourne at the urging of friends, he blows the roof off the studio. Ozzy was so impress he offered him the job on the spot, only to forget ever meeting the kid from California.
After living w/ Ozzy and his family in England, he became one of the most influential lead guitarists of all time, but while touring the US w/ the Blizzard of Ozz, a terrible bus accident would change the Rock 'N Roll landscape forever. Recalibrate you receivers to hear the really rare rowdiness of Rock Royalty, Randy Rhoads!
Her father was a a lineman for the county who died when she was only 3 years old. She started her showbiz journey as a chorus girl for the local Shriners. He was born the son of a mayor and congressman, but there was a revolution and he and his family had to move to Miami Florida and start again. Now in the US, he started singing and playing his Congo drum. Like a lot of couples, they met at work, hit it off and the rest is television sitcom history. Their show was a mirror of their actual life and the viewing audiences loved it. He was a bandleader and Congo player and she was a house wife who always tried to sneak into the show.
She gets called out as a Communist, appears in front of the House Un-Americian Committee and put on an FBI watchlist by McCarthy himself. He pulled a pistol on some folks and got arrested for shooting at their shoes. He’s the man who brought Conga Line Dancing to the US, she’s the largest single filler of time on television, he’ll pull a pistol and more than just her hair was red, it’s the the Ballad of Babalu and I Love Lucy Too!
In this episode, we'll talk about somebody from the new school, modern music maker, a SoundCloud rapper and he's from the wildest state in the union, Florida! The son of a Haitian immigrant, he was raised in the Golden Acres housing project in Pompano Beach. At a young age he started rapping at a local trap house, after school. He starts fighting and breaking into houses, shortly after he is expelled from school, in the fifth grade. After dropping out of middle school, he breaks into the music game as one of the Brutal Youngnz, he then joins the Kolyons and finally releasing his solo mixtape, Project Baby in December 2013. When Drake posts a video of himself dancing to your song, "Skrt", you know you've made it!
Two years into the game, he can't shake his past of youth detention stays and probation. Breaking habits is hard and even more so when you're young and famous. After being arrested numerous times, he ends up in Broward County Jail in Florida, and then he was transported to South Carolina to serve some time there, then back to Florida again, and at some point he ends up at a high security prison in Kentucky where he is today, we'll get there. He's got a string of songs and albums on the Billboard Charts, He's made Instagram Live videos starring himself breaking the law with guns, drugs and his kids. He broke house arrest to walk professional boxer Adrien Broner to the ring. He's a mumble rapper to the highest degree. Sit back, get a snack, there's a lot to unpack when it comes to the fact there's no one like Kodak Black!
Born in jolly Ole England, he knew what he wanted to do from a young age. After meeting and befriending little Andy Ridgely in middle school, they start a ska band and eventually they land on the idea of a dynamic duo, Wham! Wham becomes an overnight sensation, gaining massive success on the Billboard Charts. Wham becomes the 1st pop music group to tour modern China. He wins video music awards for his music videos that he's not even in.
Son of a Folk Tuba player and raised in the Baptist church, his life was a rollercoaster between the bible and the blues. At the age of 9, he started preaching sermons at his local church and singing hymns. After hearing a bottleneck guitar playing blues musician, he changed his focus from God and switched it to guitar. At a house folic in Lyon, MS while he was playing his guitar and singing the blues, a gunman busts into the party and started shooting. Like all good musicians, he put down his guitar and pulled out his pistol. After shooting the shooter, once the smoke settled, he got arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison. After an appeal from a local plantation owner, his case is re-examined and he is released after serving 2 years in one of the worst prisons in America.
After failing out of the music industry, they found him working in a train station in Rochester, NY and thanks to the folk music revival of the 1960's, he becomes a world wide sensation, With a world tour on the horizon, he'd been out of the game so long he needed to be retaught how to play guitar and who better than guitarist from the Canned Heat, Alan Wilson. From being plucked from obscurity, to thrust into the spotlight, tune in to the musical poetry of the pistol packing purveyor of the popular, it's the King of the Delta Blues, Son House.
Son of a major car dealer and raised in mansion with a horse paddock and a pond, listen to the musical history of Bobby Shazam. A child of the 80's, he falls in love with rap and break dancing. He teaches himself the wheels of steel, the 1's & 2's and after meeting Mike Clarke he signs a deal with Jive Records and starts as the opening act for Boogie Down Productions. A regular performer at many of Detroit's East Side house parties, he came up along side other local rappers like; Esham, Insane Clown Posse and Slim Shady himself, Eminem.
One thing this white rapper will tell you, he hates being compared to Vanilla Ice and blames Rob Van Winkle for setting his career back a couple of years and making it harder to succeed in the music business. With his metoritc rise to the top, he marries BayWatch beach runner, Pamela Anderson. With the ups come the downs, he gets into a fist fight at the MTV VMA Awards with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, he punched out a strip club DJ in Nashville and has a traditional Atlanta Waffle House Brawl. Baw-wit-the-baw, it's time to get raw, it's the roll of Kid Rock!
Her dad leaves to pursue a career in Jazz banjo, raised by her mom’s mother-in law, truancy sends her to the House of Good Shepard Childs prison and after finally being paroled to her mother. At age 10 she drops out of school to work at her mother's diner. She finds a job running errands in a brothel, where she 1st the hears West End Blues. Her mother leaves her for NYC.
Only days after being in reunited with her mother in NYC, she’s sex trafficked at the brothel her mom works at. Luckily, it’s raided by the police, but since sex work is illegal, her and her mom are sent to prison. After release, she started singing in night clubs in Harlem, New York. She changes her name and dives straight into the NYC Jazz scene. She makes her record debut with Benny Goodman, Riffin’ the Scotch becomes her 1st big hit!
He is a child of Florida, thrust into the spotlight at a young age, this celebrity sibling found massive success with Nickelodeon and Disney, singing and acting to the joy of children and pre-teens around the world. He burst into fame by opening for his brother's band, the Backstreet Boys. As a young man, he dated Hillary Duff and Lindsay Lohan at the same time! Besides girl problems, he has money problems. His parents mismanaged his earnings so badly, at the time of his 18th birthday, he received only $2 million dollars out of an estimated $200 million dollars he had earned to date and then we briefly discuss the Coogan Law. He files bankruptcy and owes the IRS $1.3 million in back taxes, but in only a year, he pays all of his outstanding debts.
Like a young Vanilla Ice, he enjoyed racing motorcycles and stars in the movie Supercross, which is said to be based on his life. He and his family get all real on the reality television show; House of Carters. We breakdown the mysteries of Florida cuisine, why buyings is better than renting and how to be "the acoustic douche at the party." He's never done meth or crack, but he has beat Shaq. It's the magnificent musical minor, the little brother like no other, it's time for the Commiserate Chronicle of Aaron Carter!
We talk about the Kid from Gower Gultch, he called every man he met son, it's the King of Western Swing; Spade Cooley!
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He was thrust into the limelight at a super young age, acting in tv commercials. He made his break thru as little brother, bass player Danny Partridge in the Partridge Family. He studied karate under the living legend Chuck Norris and he featured those skills on several episodes of the television show CHiPs. He has several black belts and national championships.
After drugs took a toll on his bank account, he spent some time living in his car. After a radio interview he was offered gig as a DJ.
He boxed for a while. He boxed Barry Williams, TV’s Greg Brady. He boxed music’s own, the "Stormin’ Mormon" Donny Osmond. He fought to a draw against admitted steroid user from MLB, Jose Canseco and he is undefeated against trans prostitutes. Come on get happy, it the Ballad of bad boy Danny Boom-Boom Bonaduce.
He chainsawed his neighbors patio, brought a BB gun onto a plane and he's the only original member of Puddle of Mudd, it's Wes Scantlin!
She moved around a lot as a child. She was a tomboy and everybody knew she was different. Having never completed high school, she finally got her GED. She ran with a rough crowd of socialites like, Nicole Richie, Kim Kardashian and Ivanka Trump.
A victim of the Bling Ring and Guerrilla artist Banksy, even world famous DJs; deadmau5 and Afrojack all talked mad smack about her and her skills on the 1s & 2s, the wheels of steel. FYI, she is the highest paid DJ in the world, making $374,000 per hour. Seriously tho, her music is on par with the likes of; Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan and maybe even Hillary Duff.
She's had her share of personal stalkers, coming by way of bicycle, classic Cadillac and plane. She's been busted herself, for DUIs and a purse containing cocaine. That's not your purse? It's not expensive of fashionable enough to be yours? But it has your credit cards and ID in it...
It's the Destroyer of Worlds or at least celebrity. The woman who invented being famous for being famous. They call her Ms. Blue Baller. It's time for the personal history of Paris Hilton.
We take a look into the darker side of musical crimes in this one. He was a Jazz musician and a college student in Maryland, USA. We talk about the fact that we don't really talk about serial killers much, the use of a murder shed and why we'll probably never go this serious of crime again.
Listen to the real life story of a real life psychopath. It's way more murder than crime or music in this one. Maybe skip this one, it's the reticent recount of murderer Melvin Rees.
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We start in Europe to bring you a uniquely American musical sensation. It all started in Paris, France with successful music producers; Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo (Jack & Hank). Jack knew how to write a catchy tune and Hank was good at business. After a move to New York City to capture the US market, the fellas recorded a couple of Jack's song's with local back-up singer Victor Willis.
They had a hit with their song "San Fransisco", but weren't an actual band yet! So in need of some People to populate the Village, Jack and Hank place an ad in the local newspaper which read, "Macho types wanted, MUST dance and have a mustache." After auditioning many different mustachioed men, Jack and Hank had found a roster that they liked and the Village People we're finally formed. There have been approx. 23 Villagers in and out of the Village People over the years, there were some good times and some not so good times.
After being on the run for 5 months, for drug & weapon charges and then featured on the tv show America's Most Wanted, the California cops finally apprehend the Village People's cop, Victor Willis. Listen to the origins of the Village People, learn about the legal troubles of their Cop and let us lend some levity to these Disco Legends. He robbed a woman in Reno just to watch her cry, it's Victor Willis and the Village People!
As a child he lands his own radio show, singing and playing songs on his guitar. Listeners would call in asking for more of the singing kid. As soon as his career starts to take off, the world goes to war. Getting a section 4-F, he grinds out the war at a ship building factory back in the states.
After years of trying, he got his big break auditioning for the Grand Ole Opry and then he gets rejected almost immediately. Like most Opry rejected musicians, he ends up as with the likes of Elvis Presley as a member of the popular television show the Louisiana Hayride. After interrupting a record company CEO’s ping-pong match to sing him a song, he’s offered a 6-song contract!
From a young age, he was a musical prodigy. At the age of 5 he taught himself piano and 14 other instruments. He sang in the church choir like an angel, but burned down his house playing with lighters like a little devil. Raised in the mean streets of Long Island NY.
After graduating culinary school, while attending University, he pairs up with a graphic design student named Chuck and together they start a rap group called Public Enemy! At 1st, Rick Rubin, of Def Jam Records, didn’t understand the purpose of a hype man and almost singed Chuck to a solo deal, but you can’t deny a man wearing a wall clock around his neck!
After getting busted for scalping baseball tickets and serving his time, he moves back in to his mom’s house and gives rehab a try, for a little while at least. With the reality TV monster calling, he moves to California and switches his career to the small screen. Press Play-Record and get ready to save, its the Flawed Fable of Flavor Flav!
This man had a dream, a dream where Satan was HIS servant and Giuseppe told that Devil what to do. He even made Beelzebub entertain him, by playing his violin. As the songs will tell you, the Devil plays a pretty good fiddle son, so we’ll give the Devil his due, but Giuseppe Tartini has the 1st Stradivarius ever made and he thinks he’s better than you... Devil!
He kidnapped his wife and pissed off her family, an old Sicilian family, wink-wink. Her Uncle was a powerful Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church. The Bishop put a death mark on Tartini. He disguised himself as a monk and fled the country. Taking refuge in Ancona, Italy, this is where he honed his skills on the violin and composed other-worldly concertos, as if plucked straight from the muzak soundtrack of Hell’s elevator.
Luckily, Giuseppe was so good at the violin, his reputation spread far and wide and because of this, the “green light” was removed from Giuseppe and he could finally return to his home, with his wife and live the rock star life he so deserved. Tune in for the Tome of Giuseppe Tartini!
Pop on your porkpie hat, raise up your Ray-Bans and hit the mean streets of Chicago's Southside. Hear a tale about brothers who aren't even related. They start a blues band 50 years too late to the game and have a few run-ins with the law along the way. They met and went to school together at St. Helen's of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage. Whether running from rollers or rocking for the Lord, these fellas have each others backs, no matter the situation. With the ritual of cutting their fingers, using an E string fallen from the famed Elmore James' guitar, they truly became brothers in blood and in the blues.
After learning how to perform blues and soul music in the janitor's room at their orphanage as kids, they started on the wildest ride the brothers/ not-brother would every take, becoming musicians. Car chases, robberies and missing persons reports are just a few of legal setbacks you'll hear about. James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker and Cab Calloway are just a few of the musical legends, who like Ben, had never heard of this amazing Rhythm & Blues Review.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is a distinct pleasure of the management to present to you, the evenings star attraction. Here they are after their exclusive 3-year tour of Europe, Scandinavia and the sub-continent. Won't you welcome, from Calumet City, Illinois, the show band of Joliet Jake & Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers Band!
He was raised on the mean streets of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. No seriously, he saw his buddy die in a knife fight at 11 years old! Not wanting the thug life, he teamed up w/ some friends & family to form the pop group New Edition, which includes members named: Bell, Biv and DeVoe!
Hear about that one time Ben stole milk from a store, the Universal Backlot Fire, Kevin Costner's lack-luster movie career and how Ke$ha stole a song from my high school band, 21 Daze. Break out your parachute pants and put on your Air Walks, it's time to remember the 80's! We can do what we want to do, right Ted? It's the Ballad of Bobby Brown!
We cover the musical stylings of the Canned Heat. Episode highlights include:
What do you get when you have 200K people come to see 40+ of the greatest rock bands of the 70's, with only 3 cops and 300 wooden toilets? It's the Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival! The plan was simple, throw a rock 'n roll festival that could compete with both New York's Woodstock Music Festival and California's Altamont Free Concert in 1969. They had a line up which included:
After being BANNED in Evansville, Indiana by the Mayor, the festival was moved to Bull Island, Illinois, but the only way to access the festival grounds was a single road from the Indiana side, this created a lawless wasteland. Just walk down "Alice in Wonderland Avenue", a makeshift row of drug vendors for all of your festival drug needs. After watching the naked people wash themselves in the waters of the Wabash River, head over to the Turd Fields to... well, you get the idea and don't forget to stop by the food trucks for a truck burning or two!
For all it's troubles, attendees universally claim it was a an amazing concert weekend, with very little violence. Thanks in part to the "karate experts" from Chicago and Los Angles, the promoters hired to keep the peace. Grab your friends, hike 6 miles up to the stage and ready yourselves to rock for the Epoch of the Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival!
We're introduced to the land of Hoboken, NJ USA, site of the very 1st baseball game played in the states. He was born in America, his parents, were Italian immigrants. His mother would translate for Italians during their immigration and court proceedings. She also was a midwife and ran a secret abortion service for local Catholic Italian girls, which earned the the nickname Hatpin Dolly and she even served a little bit of jail time for preforming back alley abortions. Franks father was an illiterate amateur boxer, fighting under the name Marty O'Brien. As a bantam weight fighter, he had amassed a record of 1-8 with 6 KO's, him, not his opponents. Eventually retiring from the Hoboken fire department as Captain!
Prohibition of alcohol in the United States helped the family to flourish, by running a tavern called Marty O'Briens. Local officials refused to enforce the law of the land and it was rumored that they were supplied their hootch from the Italian Mafia. While being raised in a bar with a player piano, the young lad would sing for spare change. After attending his senior year of high school for only 47 days, he dropped out to pursue his dream of becoming the next Bing Crosby. He gets his 1st big break because his mom told the local singing group, the 3 Flashes, to let her little boy join and they needed somebody with a car to drive them around. A legend was born that day!
After being arrested and charged with Seduction and then finding out the woman in question was already married, the police then dropped the seduction charge and change it to an Adultery charge! One of the most popular teen idols of the time, he hung out with the who's-who and did what's-what. All the ladies wanted him and all the fellas wanted to be him. Parents lock up your daughters, daughters get out your poodle skirts and pull up your bobby-socks. It's the Chairman of the Board, Ole Blue Eyes himself, it's time to listen to the Serenade of Frank Sinatra!
The son of a 911 Dispatcher and a New York City transit worker. He was one of 6 kids, but he regularly hung out with his cousins watching Kung-Fu movies. While regularly riding the train from Brooklyn to see their other cousin on Staten Island, the guys would make beats and write rhymes to pass the time. We learn that drugs from the city have an incredible markup on Staten Island and these three cousins can rap! After starting their 1st rap group the Force of the Imperial Master, aka the All In Together Crew, they do some re-brand and eventually re-form as the Wu-Tang Clan!
He's the only guy to take a limo to collect his welfare check, fresh off a Billboard Top 10 Hit. While on the run from the police during a Federal manhunt, he records some tracks to finish up an album and then snuck on stage for the group's release party, with 50 police just outside working crowd control. Hear about the time he saw a child get run-over by a car, so he ran to the street and lifted the car off her and saved her life.
Ben and I have sidebars on: the fighting abilities of Quentin Tarantino, how some people end up with screwed up names during the birthing process and we discuss the possible link between heavy cocaine usage and young people with heart attacks. Tune in your earholes to the Opera of ODB!
He can sing, dance and act, he's a triple threat. Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts USA to a delivery driver Dad and a bank clerk/ nurses aide Mom. The youngest of 9 children, with siblings who are also in show business as singers and actors. At a young age, he ran with a rough crowd. Drugs, gangs and violence were a common theme, he developed a cocaine addiction by age 13. His older brother Donnie, tries to get him off the streets and away from his thieving ways; assaulting people and boosting cars, but he ends up in jail.
After serving his time for assaulting a couple people, he gets a job as a brick layer, but again his brother Donnie tries to help him out. Donnie sets him up with some singers, dancers and rappers known as the Funky Bunch. After making a splash in the music world, he does a series of underwear ads for Calvin Klein as a young model who can't keep his pants up. He enters the film world with the help of Danny DeVito and Leonardo DiCaprio. While still big in Germany with his music group One Love, he doesn't completely give up on music yet, but his movie roles were getting bigger and bigger (insert Boogie Nights joke here).
Ben and I discuss the recent advancements in our podcast production, the violent chicken sandwich wars of the USA and how porn sets the trends in media technologies past, present and future. We dive deep into that one time Ben tried to sweet talk some Canadian cops in Windsor, Ontario Canada for a drunk guy he didn't know or like. The studio gets invaded by some dogs, we talk about the Irish and hear this week's mid-break song sent in by listener Sola. Listen to the Myth of Marky Mark, it's Mark Wahlberg!
He taught himself guitar and learned to play piano in a pool hall in St. Louis. He's worked as an elevator operator, a radio DJ and sat in with traveling musicians who came thru his town. From blues and boogie-woogie big bands, he splits off and invents Rock 'N Roll with his song Rocket-88. Young Elvis Presley use to watch him play piano at the clubs. He discovered Blues Icon BB King. His main competition coming up was Sir John's Trio featuring Chuck Berry. Little Richard copied the piano opening for Good Golly Miss Molly note for note from him. Phil Spector produced his wife at the time, Tina Turner's first songs. They open for the Rolling Stones on both European and US tours and he even goes on to sing a duet with our first podcast guest ever, Rick James!
He got introduced to cocaine from his friends in Las Vegas, "The King", Elvis Presley and comedian Redd Foxx. Liking the side effect of reducing the need for sleep, so he could write more music, he spent an estimated $11 Million dollars on cocaine over his lifetime. When the SWAT team busted into to his state of the art recording studio, Bolic Studios, he had a .357 magnum, a live hand grenade and was trying to flush 7 grams of cocaine down the toilet. A short while later he watched as Bolic Studios burned to the ground for 18 hours!
Ben & I have sidebars on: the duties of and responsibilities of an elevator operator, the climbing habits of porcupines and venison recipes to sneak people venison. Ben recommends some blues bars in Chicago and we answer the age old question about Ramen, to drain or not to drain? Hear an amazing theory about holes that basically sums up the universe, it's the Tale of Ike Turner!
He was a God fearing, church singing, Sunday School student until the day he found out his Dad wasn't really his Dad! Following in his birth Father's footsteps, he becomes a local juvenile delinquent and gets arrested 20 different times in his home town of Lafayette, Indiana. With the fear of being charged as a career criminal, he moves to California and starts his namesake band; AXL. After teaming up with Traci Guns and his band LA Guns, they merge with Axl and Hollywood Rose and create one of the most successful bands of all-time: Guns'N Roses! Welcome to the Jungle Baby, it's time for our episode on rock n' roll singer and famous frontman Axl Rose!
Ben & I have sidebars on how Saturday Night Live works, amazing martial arts movies with Bruce & Brandon Lee and the proper attire for the mosh pit. Hear about several times Axl inspired mosh pits and incited riots throughout Canada, he personally wrote Indonesian President Widodo to talk capitol punishment and we go over that one time when Axl got into a fist fight with fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger at actress Rosario Dawson's Birthday party at midnight in the streets of New York City. Listen right now to the Requiem of Axl Rose!
In this episode we talking about the Possum, George Jones! A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, "No Show" Jones wrote several Country Classics, including "He Stopped Loving Her Today", and "White Lightening." His youth was spend dealing with an alcoholic father and having five sisters. To escape his home life, George would busk on the streets with his guitar. After getting a gig playing guitar on a radio show, George started his journey to musical stardom.
George Jones brushed elbows with the greats of country music; Merle Hagard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny PayCheck and even the King,Elvis himself! (check out their episodes for more on Country Music Mayhem) Ben & I discuss George's arrest record, including the time he got a DUI on a lawnmower and this one time, when he flushed $2,500 down the toilet for fun! Ben details a method on dealing with gofers/groundhogs, we come up with a nickname, Bumper-Deuce and all the Scooby-Doo copycats. Learn all that and more in the Genesis of George Jones!
Our first PART TWO, Elvis Presley!! This time, we dive into the crazy meeting between Elvis and then President Richard Nixon. Hear about Elvis and his crew, the Memphis Mafia manhunt a guy through an airport, stopping a plane and we detail the Los Angles warrant for Elvis arrest. Ben & I discuss the finer points in the rise of ass-chugging alcohol, the fact that Quigon Jin was the first force ghost in Star Wars history and we try our hardest not to steal quotes from the Canadian sensation television show, Letterkenny. Kick off your blue suede shoes, fry up a mess of peanut-butter and banana sandwiches, sit back and enjoy the Epoch of Elvis Presley, Part 2!!
This star was so big we had to split the episode into 2 episodes! As a youth he was described as a loner, hillbilly kid who brought his guitar to school and played it at lunch time. Not the best singer, he was told by his music teacher that he couldn't sing, he also failed an audition for the vocal quartet the SongFellows, for not being able to harmonize and once he was told by Hillbilly Singer, Eddie Bond to stick to truck driving, cause you'll never be a singer. Discovered while making a record for his mama, shortly after he had an opportunity to play the Grand Ole Opry. Unfortunately, he was not well received, but soon after he crushed it on their main competition's TV show: the Louisiana Hayride. We tell you how Mr. Steal-Yo-Girl fought his way through a flock of girls at a gas station to freedom and after getting drafted into the US Army, he got extorted for thousands of dollars while stationed in Germany.
Ben and I stumble upon the Kylie Jenner Lip Gluing Challenge, we talk about the coolness of senior year of high school and the remaking of Back to the Future. Ben will teach you how to spot a South African accent, the proper to deal with extortionists and the difference between a late-life crisis and your buddy secretly becoming an Elvis impersonator. Finally, we beg for your impersonations of us, all that and more right here in Part 1 of the Posey of Elvis Presley!
It’s a long ride on the struggle bus this episode. You’ll hear about a popular 8th grader who used his Christmas money to buy crack to expand his drug dealing empire. He gets busted by an undercover cop at college and gets kicked out. Ninjas invade his home to steal his ice-cream cone necklace to claim a $10K country set by his former friend and partner. This guy gives Pete Doherty a run for his money for are most arrested guest ever at 22 times. Ben & I talk about the time he flipped his truck into a river, the time I fought off a street gang trying to take my candy and we review proper Catholic school fight etiquette. FYI, when you’re invited to a street fight, always remember to bring a roll of pennies. Open your head mounted audio ports to receive the Motet of Radric David aka Gucci Mane!
Raised as a military brat, this music legend's childhood covered half a dozen states, attended a few different universities and while his father commanded US Naval forces during the Gulf of Tonkin, he lived with his grandmother. After graduating UCLA with a film degree, he and his buddy start the psychedelic rock band the Doors. While playing his trippie-hippie rock, he would incite riots from stage, trash talk police while being arrested and maybe get naked at concerts?!? Listen in as Ben & I recall failing out of French class, feuding with young Star Wars fans and the trouble with trucks. Open your ear-holes and tune in for some music history in the Madrigal of Jim Morrison!
At the age of 12 he started work as a Radio DJ in rural Texas, playing his guitar and spinning records. He made friends with another Texas rock n' roller, Buddy Holly and even played bass in Holly's band the Crickets. His best friend was Willie Nelson and his roommate was the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. Ben & I try alcoholic seltzer water for the 1st time! We do a terrible skit about the Day the Music Died. Ben teaches everybody how to get a $10,000 raise and another week's vacation. And in this episode, you'll learn how to spent $1500 a day on cocaine, how to fact check a DEA warrant and how they created the super group the Highwaymen. Finally, hear about a $25,000 piss in the Jingle of Waylon Jennings!
We head back to New York City and hit the Punk scene again. This gal hitchhiked around the States as a teenager, travelled Europe as a topless dancer, meditated with monks of Asia and even worked at a Dunkin' Donuts shop. While in NYC she answers a newspaper ad to become a performer in experimental art troupe; Captain Kinks Theater. From the stage of the live sex shows, the Metal Priestess was born. Also, Ben and I talk about family sized breasts, the proper way to wear electrical tape and then we go on location for a BONUS Mini-Podcast about Johnny Thunders with Uncle Chris! Our music history lesson for this week; Wendy O. Williams, lead singer of punk rock sensations the Plasmatics!
It's time for our 1-Year Anniversary Show and it's a big one! Listen along as we accurately and factually recall the life and times of one of the most influential musical icon of our time. Hear all about his youth as a boxer, his time picking peanuts and growing up in his Auntie's brothel. It's been a hell of a year for our little podcast and we're super happy you're all still hear and listening. We share some British YouTube comments we received on past shows, talk about old times & older friends and cap it all off with a SpeakPipe from somebody called the Sexy Texas Cowboy. Buckle in for some car chasing, two-fisted shot-gunning and learn a few names for PCP, all right here in our 1-Year Anniversary Show. It's James Brown!!!
She attended the best performing arts schools throughout England, like all of them. After years of practice & musical education, she signed a record deal at the age of 19. She had a mean right hook and every once and a while, she'd throw a flurry of punches into a crowd. It's Amy Winehouse. We discuss the practice of mutually agreed divorce, what to tell your spouse after a night out drinking & maybe doing cocaine w/ your buddy and I help Ben sing commercials from the '80's this week. Also, you'll learn about Amy dating Pete Doherty, a song about rehab called rehab and how to win a Grammy from the comfort of your own home. Pay heed to the Warble of Amy Winehouse, this week on Crime In Music.
What can you say about a guy who remembers his own birth, hosted a TV sculpting show for kids when he was only 9yrs old and his best friend from high school on was Frank Zappa? He drives a bread truck for a while, sold vacuums door to door and created one of the greatest rock 'n roll albums of ALL TIME. To create such amazing music, he kept his band locked in a house and forced them to practice 14hrs a day for months, with only a cup of beans for food and you'd get fired from the band by being pushed down a flight of stairs! Come listen to the Ballad of Capt. Beefheart, Don Van Vliet. You'll learn about Beefheart superfan, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Brave New World author Aldus Huxley and cult classic movie, the Big Lebowski in this episode of Crime In Music!
Drop that zero and get with a hero.... hear-o-bout a childhood of moving from Florida to Texas and back again, the drug run that started a rap career, national jet-ski championships(sit-down style), drag racing, Bucky the Wallaroo, motocross, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hammer-Pants & Ice. Stop collaborate and listen to the Rap of Rob Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice! Ice, ice baby to go, to go, VIP we outta here...
Born into the prominent Dutch Van Cortlandt/ Van Rensselaer family dynasty, hear about this modern day 'lil Lord and his journey to world domination. One of the original folk rock music hippies of the 1960’s, learn about forming a legendary music group at a Mama Cass house party, how to spend thousands of dollars a minute fixing a crack pipe and talking JFK assassination conspiracies in-between songs at concerts. One of only a handful of people to perform at the Monterrey Pop Festival, Woodstock & Altamont Free Concert, all in the same year (1969 heh-heh). You'll learn about the Vatican's favorite records, pirates bribing cops and proper boat maintenance. We repeat some lines and some crimes, in the Chorus of David Crosby!
FYI: Here's a list of the bands we talk about in this episode: Buffalo Springfield, the Hollies, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Jackson Browne, the Monkees, Art Garfunkel, Phil Collins, the Indigo Girls, James Taylor & Sir Elton John.
This is our MOST arrested guest of all time! We'll tell you about Earl Simmons, aka DMX. Hear about his time in Children's Prisons, the importance of Breaking 2: Electric Boog-a-loo, our beatbox skills and how-to do a sweet Vince McMahon impression.Earl continues the trend of musicians escaping jail and raises the bar by impersonating a Federal Agent while trying to commandeer a civilian vehicle outside JFK Airport. Check out our Ditty of DMX!
This one's a little different. You'll learn how to cut concert costs, tell only your closest friends and still throw the mother of all field parties! Here's Step 1: Hire the Hell's Angels as security! Hear about knife fights, long barreled pistols, bikers beating on nudists, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, CSN&Y, the Flying Burrito Bros. and the Rolling Stones, this concert has it all! Listen to our Anthem for the Altamont Free Concert!
Thrust into fame at a young age as a baby model, she posts a lot of bail money in her middle years all while taking the entertainment world by storm. Learn about her time tagging toes for the county, what court ordered alcohol bracelets are and a criminal record so long... we had to print a Rap Sheet to save my writing hand. Listen to the Lullaby of Lindsay Lohan!
We go Down Under for this episode about Rolf Harris, inventor of the Wobble Board. We get a lesson on oil painting Queen Elizabeth II, national teenage swimming championships & bush ranging. Learn how an Australian literately became one of the 1st guys EVER on British TV. He had Children's drawing shows and a Late Night Talk Show, Okay?!? Can you tell what it is yet? Tune in and find out, in this week's episode of Crime In Music!
Hear the dirge of Pete Doherty. He got arrested 3x's in 1 day, had heroin fall out of his pocket while in court for a DUI and broke into his bandmates apartment to steal some records! We say, "AGAIN" a bunch of times in this episode. If you've ever wondered what they mean when they say, Sex, Drugs & Rock n' Roll, we'll tell you Pete's version of living that the dream. He's dated models like Kate Moss and musicians like Amy Winehouse. Will Pete ever get his driver's license back, can Ben & I evade Dog the Bounty Hunter & his wife(Beth)??? Listen and find out in this episode of Crime In Music!
It's the ballad of Johnny Paycheck. Working his way up from ghost writing major country hits for artists like Tammy Wynette and Ray Price, fronting for George Jones band and even having to take a job as a bass player, Johnny-Donny does it all in the world of country music. We have another double Navy deserter, guest star on the Dukes of Hazzard and on a side trip to the bar, before he went to his Mom's house for the holidays, hear why Johnny shoots a guy in the head during an emphysema-style bar brawl over deer meat and homemade turtle soup! Merle Haggard posts his bail after a secret recording session behind bars. Give a listen to the tale of the Ohio Kid, Donny Young....... Johnny Paycheck!
Foxy Brown! We answer the age old question: what does the Fox say? Nail salon fights, running down babies in her Range Rover and busting thru the glass ceiling of the rap industry, this woman is quite a wonder!
Not all Pagans are People Against Goodness And Normalcy, but this guy kinda was, it's Norwegian Black Metal pioneer Varg Vikernes! Historically flammable Norway is the scene for this episode about rampant church burnings, how to carjacking a family while on "leave" from prison and why everybody is just trying to be happy, even if that means stocking up on hundreds of pounds of explosives in case the Americans, Russians or Royal Family decide to attack. Travel with us like Vikings as we set sail down the dark and stormy soul of the Wolf, Count Grishnackh, Varg Vikernes.
It was soooooo long ago! From the 1800's, King of the 12-Strings; Huddie Ledbetter, better know as Leadbelly! Another amazing tale of life on the road. With nothing but a skinny guitar and a blind guy, Huddie heads out on the road to Dallas, Texas, leaving the comfort brothels, saloons & 15 women a night, behind. Yup, 15 a night! From name changes, chain gangs and out running the search dogs, we cover it all in this episode about one of music's most influential folk musicians!
Going all the way back to 2018, it's Tekashi69/ 6ix9ine/ 69..! Journey along w/ us from gang life to Gram groupies and maybe a Grammy for a young man with a colorful look and Slovakian access to SoundCloud, we'll get there. Kidnapping, gang shootouts and even an on going Federal RICO case are explored in this episode about Daniel Hernandez, aka Tekashi69.
His mama tried to raise him better, oh she tried, she tried...... she didn't succeed, Mighty Merle Haggard everybody! Hopping trains at 10 yrs old, escaping children's prisons, local jails multiple times & we say “again” a lot in this episode. Literally born in a train box-car, childhood was tough for young Merle. He tried to walk away from his life of crime several times, but it wasn't until he met his hero, Lefty Frizell, that Merle started to change his ways! Hop a train with us, sit a spell & hear the story of: Merle Haggard, the Poet of the Common Man!
Learn about Canadian hood life in this episode, with drinking, fighting & rapping with Snow White himself, Darrin O'Brien aka Snow! It's hard coming up when everybody at the party thinks you're a Narc, but Darrin did it and more! You'll learn how to speak patois, shoot a video in 2-days and earn the respect of the 5th floor jail house.
He wanted to be one of the Beach Boys, but he had a gig as a fill-in drummer for the Who, it's Keith Moon! You'll learn how to explode a toilet, piss off your neighbors and throw a birthday party that'll knock you're teeth out. Hear a 'skit', stories of Flint and the time Ben got ran over, seriously, he got ran over! Give a listen to all this and more! Thanks everybody, enjoy!
It's episode number 10, our MEGA show and who's more MEGA than Purple Passion himself, Rick the Sizzler, JB, Justin Bieber! We dive deep into the bastards tale of spitting, speeding and selecting your porn name. Learn how to pick up easy Canadian girls, mishandle a monkey and get kicked out of TWO different countries. Hear our 1st listener feedback ever on our MEGA 010 Episode! Thanks Everybody!!!!!!!!!!
It's creator & legend of Rock n' Roll: Chuck Berry! Follow along w/ us, learn the origins of the duckwalk and hear about a fart that'll blow your hair back, baby! We say 'baby' a lot in this episode, describe a crime spree w/ dad jokes, explain children's prisons and the Mann Act makes an appearance!
Spit out of the bottom end of the porn industry, drinking, drugs and high-seas piracy, country singer Mindy McCready is our 1st lady to make the show! Talented from a young age, she was a born singer and signed to a record label at age 18! Dean Cain makes an appearance! Find out how it all crashes down around her and why it's LeeAnn Rimes fault!
He left home when he was only a child to play music on the road. Born into the Great Depression & the Dust Bowl, Dupree Bolton was a master of the Jazz Trumpet. Hear a tale of drugs, counterfeiting and learn a lot about prison jazz, give a listen to Dupree Bolton!
Classic Music lovers, it's a mad, mad, mad, madrigal world as we break down the Price of Genosa's breakdown! An entitled, rich, royal with a love of all things musical and little else, it's Prince Carlo Gesualdo! He may or may not be the origin story of vampire tales throughout Europe. Did he leave his victims bodies in caskets on the front steps for all to see? Did he kill a baby?!? Grab your lute and give a listen as we go waaaaaaaaay back for the murderous, madrigal master: Carlo Gesualdo.
Brick by brick, we deconstruct Wall of Sound creator Phil Spector and his musical and murderous contributions. At first, he was a musician. He once played LIVE on the Ed Sullivan Show. He became a producer, he motivated the Ramones with fire-power to finish one of their recording sessions. Later, he enjoyed cruising the night club scene to pick up B-List celebrities with his trade-mark blue limosuine! It get's weird...
Oi! Think Romeo & Juliette, but with better music and cooler clothes. The English punk scene has it's characters and this guy is one of them. From being paid to STOP singing, to the Top of the charts and of course, Nancy. It's time to break some glass with Sid Vicious, this time on Crime In Music, Oi!
Writin' rhymes before his teens, rappin' on answering machines, did some time, but he's no fiend, listen to the lullaby of Lil' Wayne!
Hello Again! This week, the tale of one of Ohio's most wanted, musicians! Hard times growing up, harder times once he was grown. Hear all about Ohio's prison system, life with Shel Silverstein & Jimmy Buffett as your roommates and how to get a record contract by living in a herse; it's the Tale of David Allan Coe.
We tell the tale of James Abrose Johnson Jr., from Buffalo, NY. Meeting musical legends like; John Coltrane, Etta James and Miles Davis, while collecting book with his mother at the age of 10, Little Ricky James Matthews starts his journey into musical fame and fortune. Count how many times Ricky James flees the country, befriends music royalty and even saves Jim Morrison's life, all in our 1st ever episode of Crime in Music!
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