I catch up with singer/songwriter Joe “Bean” Esposito, who has had a very memorable career. He wrote Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” and sang “Heaven Knows” with her as a member of the Brooklyn Dreams. Joe is best know for his cult hit “You’re the Best” from the Karate Kid. He also co-wrote “Hearts on Fire” from Rocky IV.
I catch up with Dave Bickler, former lead singer of Survivor, who just released his solo album, Darklight. Dave talks about putting the album together. Dave fronted Survivor for their biggest hit, “Eye of the Tiger”. He tells me how the song came about and how it catapulted the band into stardom. Dave was part of one of the biggest advertising campaigns in history, Budweiser’s “Real Men of Genius”.
I catch up with Daphne Maxwell Reid, who played Aunt Viv on the later seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She tells me why she originally turned down the chance to audition for the role. She talks about the time that Donald Trump guest starred. Daphne talks about her experience at Northwestern University and what she is up to now.
I catch up with Chris Duffy, the lead singer of Waterfront. The band had a big hit back in 1989 with “Cry”. Chris fills me in on what he’s been up to and why the band released just their debut album before breaking up. Waterfront reunited a few years ago and released “Ghosts of the Good”.
I catch up with Vince DiCola, who composed the music for both Rocky IV and Transformers: The Movie. Vince tells me how he landed both iconic movies. He collaborated with Frank Stallone on the Staying Alive soundtrack. Vince has a big show coming up on September 20th at the Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles.
I catch up with Brian Vander Ark, lead singer of the Verve Pipe, who spent four years in the army before beginning his music career. The Verve Pipe hit it big with “The Freshman”. Brian tells me the long journey of the song and why the follow up album failed. Their song, “Colorful”, was featured in the movie, “Rock Star”. Brian had a role in the movie. The Verve Pipe still put out albums, including a couple of children’s album and performs.
I catch up with Robin Wilson, lead singer of Gin Blossoms, whose latest album Mixed Reality comes out Friday. Robin talks about the lasting effect of their hit album, New Miserable Experience, that album featured the hits “Hey Jealously” and “Found Out About You”.
I catch up with Mike Reiss from The Simpsons, whose new book, Springfield Confidential, comes out June 12. We touch upon more than just The Simpsons. Mike was a writer on Airplane II, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, ALF, Sledge Hammer! and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. Mike and his writing partner, Al Jean, were show runners of quite arguably the best seasons of The Simpsons, seasons three and four. Mike talks about the memorable Michael Jackson and baseball episodes. We touch upon The...
It’s the one-year anniversary show! I catch up with John Oates, who recently released his memoirs, Change of Seasons. We discuss why he chose to write about his life. We get the stories behind some of Daryl Hall and John Oates’s biggest hits.
I catch up with Leslie Easterbrook, who played Callahan in the Police Academy movies. She tells me about her experience making the original, why she wasn’t in the second one and if she has an update regarding the proposed remake. Leslie played Rhonda Lee on Laverne and Shirley. She talks about working with Penny Marshall. Leslie sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XVII. She has a great story about it.
I catch up with Joe Bouchard, founding member of Blue Oyster Cult, who talks about his latest album, Playing History. Joe was part of BOC for their major hits, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “Burnin’ for You”. Joe gives his thoughts on the iconic Saturday Night Live skit and which cast member portrayed him. Joe left the band in 1986. He talks about why he left and what he has been doing since.
I catch up with Jack Hues of Wang Chung, whose biggest hits included “Everybody Have Fun Tonight” and “Dance Hall Days”. Jack tells me about the band’s name and I try to get out of him the meaning of “everybody Wang Chung tonight”. The band had music featured on “The Breakfast Club” and did all of the music for the “To Live and Die in LA” soundtrack.
I catch up with Jean Louisa Kelly (Uncle Buck, Mr Holland’s Opus), who tells me how she got started in the business and why it was like working with John Candy on Uncle Buck. Jean tells me why she left acting for a bit and went to college. She talks about how special her role in Mr. Holland’s Opus really was. Jean has released a few albums, including her latest, For My Folks, she tells me why this one is so special to her.
I catch up with actress Robyn Ross, who played Brooke on Nickelodeon’s Fifteen. She tells me how she got the part, her experience on the show and just how bitchy Brooke really was. Fifteen is where Ryan Reynolds got his start in the business. Robyn tells me how it almost didn’t happen. Robyn talks about her role in the movie, Suck it Buttercup, a powerful movie on the dangers on prescription drug use. Robyn can currently be seen on CW’s Riverdale.
I catch up with former actor Chris Demetral (Dream On, The Adventures of Jules Verne), who tells me how he got started in the business, growing up on the set of Dream On, and his experience guest starring on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Chris had the recurring role of Jack on Lois and Clark, he talks about why he left the show. Naturally the movie Blank Check comes up. Chris gives his thoughts.
I catch up with singer-songwriter Rachael Sage, who discusses her 13th full-length album, Myopia, which is coming out on May 4th. Rachael talks about touring with Howard Jones and his thoughts on Rachael’s cover of “No One Is To Blame”. Rachael runs her own label, MPress, and talks about why she created the label.
I catch up with singer-songwriter Martin Page, who is behind the smash hits “We built this city” by Starship and “These Dreams” by Heart. Martin has worked with Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s writing partner as well as Maurice White from Earth Wind and Fire. He also played keyboards on Ray Parker Jr’s Ghostbusters. Martin fronted the 80’s band Q-Feel, who had the hit “Dancing in Heaven” from the movie Girls just want to have fun. He finally released his solo album in 1994 with “In the house of...
I catch up with Dave Wakeling of The English Beat. They were one of the most influential bands of the early 80’s. The band’s hits include “Save it for Later”, “I Confess” and “Mirror in the Bathroom”. Their music fused punk rock, soul, reggae and ska. The Beat broke up after releasing their third album. Dave and Ranking Roger formed General Public. Dave reformed The English Beat and has toured extensively. The English Beat are releasing their first album in 30 years.
I catch up with Bill Wadhams of Animotion, who tells me how the band came about the song “Obsession”, which was originally recorded by Michael Des Bes Barres and Holly Knight. Their version failed to chart but Animotion’s went to number six. Bill tells me why he was hesitant about the song and why he left the band before the third album. He reunited with Astrid Plane and released their first album with Animotion, Raise Your Expectations, in almost 30 years.