For episode 55 of Love That Album, I am enjoyed by the pummeling princess of Power Pop, Ms Wendi Freeman.
We spent time discussing two terrific power pop classics – only one of which has made it to the podcast due to a technical botch on my part, Cheap Trick’s album from 1977, “In Color” (incorrect spelling from my side of the world, but I’m quoting). Two pinup guys, a guitar geek, and a guy who looks like a chain smoking second rate lawyer, somehow managed to combine melodic pop and hard rock to create a first class album. Debate rages on as to the radio-friendly nature of the original album against the re-recorded version of it many years later produced by Steve Albini. One of us feels the original production took the balls out of the songs, and one of us feels the subsequent production failed to take into account the sweet nature of some of the tunes by turning everything up to 11. Who thought what? Download the episode and find out.
For his Album I Love segment, Eric Reanimator kicks down the door of public opinion to champion the Goo Goo Dolls album of 1993, Superstar Carwash. He makes a convincing case.
Don’t forget to also download the new bonus episode featuring my chat with the former lead singer and songwriter of the Ice Cream Hands (now of The Zhivagos), Charles Jenkins.
You can download both shows from iTunes by searching for “love that album”. You can stream or download them at “http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com”.
You should also be downloading Wendi's two brilliant podcasts, Double Page Spread (http://doublepgspread.tumblr.com/) about the comic world, and The Trashy Trio (http://trashytrio.libsyn.com/) discussing sleazy movies. To borrow from the Gents, she really does bring class to the trash. As if that wasn't enough she's also the drummer of Daemon Familiar (http://daemonfamiliar.com/).
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