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's better than New York's 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. They had a line up which included:
After being BANNED in Evansville, Indiana by the Mayor, the festival was moved to 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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