Music Podcasts

Focusing on a creative peak in an artist's career, #JCsMusicology tells the story of how greatness was achieved. "Must Listen!" - RuPaul "If you are a stan - this is Christmas." - Questlove "Check this out." - Maxwell "This is incredible. I love it." - Darren Hayes "The 10 best things to do this week" - The Guardian "Meticulously stitched together by John Cameron. Get ready to go deep." - MuuMuse




Focusing on a creative peak in an artist's career, #JCsMusicology tells the story of how greatness was achieved. "Must Listen!" - RuPaul "If you are a stan - this is Christmas." - Questlove "Check this out." - Maxwell "This is incredible. I love it." - Darren Hayes "The 10 best things to do this week" - The Guardian "Meticulously stitched together by John Cameron. Get ready to go deep." - MuuMuse




#JCsMusicology - Michael Jackson (1983 - 1988)

In this edition of #JCsMusicology, we explore the real story behind the creation of Michael Jackson's Bad album. It explores the extensive recording sessions at Jackson's home studio, Havenhurst, shedding light on the significant contributions of John Barnes and Bill Bottrell, often overshadowed by the narrative of Jackson's collaboration with Quincy Jones and his "A-Team". Interview Credits: Diane Collins, "The Unauthorised Interview", Ebony/ Hulu, MBC ("Arabic interview"), Bad: Special Edition, Bad 25 (Spike Lee), Private Home Movies, Kingvention (https://www.kingvention.com/), Oceanachine (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX6Dp_10ymyAavg3o9NcTsg) and The MJ Cast (https://www.themjcast.com/). Special Thanks: Damien Shields (https://www.amazon.com/Books-Damien-Shields/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ADamien+Shields), Lucas Cava (https://lucascava.medium.com/), Adez and The MJ Cast. Please note: The audio quality of this episode has been comprimised, due to it's runtime.


#JCsMusicology - Janet Jackson (1996 - 1998)

In this edition of #JCsMusicology, we explore Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope album, track by track. Following a three-year world tour and the release of a greatest hits album, Janet Jackson began writing her most personal and introspective songs. Detailing depression, domestic violence and early incarnations of social media, this collection of songs would be configured into what many regard as her greatest work, The Velvet Rope. Interview Credits: Access Hollywood, BBC, Electric Circus, Kelly Alexander Show, Lady of Soul Awards, Larry King Live, Le Mag, Hey Hey It's Saturday, MTV, Much Music, Musique Plus, NBC, O-Zone, Oprah, RAI Uno, Sen Kvaall, TMF, Witness and Z100 Radio.


#JCsMusicology - Prince (1987 - 1988)

In our Season 3 return of #JCsMusicology, we take a trip through the making of Prince's Lovesexy album. 1987 was a big year for Prince, with the release of Sign O The Times, opening Paisley Park and establishing a new band, he was set to cap the year off with the release of The Black Album. After a drug-induced epiphany and a new acquaintance, Prince cancelled the release, sending thousands of copies for destruction. He then commences work on its rebuttal and replacement, Lovesexy. Using rarely heard early versions and unheard session tapes, we explore the makings of Prince's spiritual declaration. Interview Credits: 07.5 WBLS, MTV Presents Prince, The Electrifying Mojo, Oprah, Entertainment Tonight, VH-1 To 1, CNN Cover Version, BET Talkback, Fast Forward, Larry King, MTV News, NBC Today Show, The View, TROS, BET - Words and Music, CBS Early Show, CNBC, Much More Music, Tavis Smiley and The Biz. Special Thanks: The heavens above.


#JCsMusicology - Michael Jackson (1977 - 1980)

In this episode of #JCsMusicology, we deconstruct each song from Michael Jackson's first solo album as an adult artist - Off The Wall. Once The Jackson's gained more independence with the group work, allowing the to write and produce the vast majority of their albums going forward, Michael also began to plot his own emancipation. By staring in The Wiz and meeting up with Quincy Jones, a significant musical partnership was formed and a team was assembled. Using demos and multitrack tapes, we learn how one of the greatest albums in history was crafted. Interview Credits: Roundtable, Sylvia Chase, WBLS Frankie Crocker, Countdown, John Pigeon, Robbie Vincent Show, Steve Rosen, Diane Collins, Spotlight Special, Mexico Deposition, 2001 Special Edition, Make it Funky, BBC, Ebony, NVLP, Joy, Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, Red Bull Music, Artist Series and Sweetwater. Special Thanks: Chris Cadman (https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Jackson-Off-Wall-Record/dp/1530949378), Brice Nijar (https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Make-HIStory-insight-album/dp/1533296723) and Andy Healy (http://www.mj101series.com/).


#JCsMusicology - The B-Side #6 (Madonna, Kate Bush & Erykah Badu)

In this edition of #JCsMusicology, we look back - featuring deleted segments from the Madonna, Kate Bush and Erykah Badu episodes. https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - Erykah Badu (1994 - 2003)

In this episode of #JCsMusicology, we analyse the early works of Erykah Badu. Also known as Badulla Oblongata. Also known as Sara Bellum. Also known as Analogue Girl in a Digital World. As part of the holy trinity of Neo-soul albums in the late 90's, Erykah Badu realeased "Baduizm" to critical acclaim, generating four singles and two Grammy Awards. Her follow up, "Mama's Gun" would meet similar sucess with it's accolades and critical reception. Before taking a five year hiatus, her third studio album "Worldwide Underground" would be yet another progression in her artistic expression, accentuating live instrumentation and varying vocal styles. Interview Credits: Jools Holland, Planet Groove, Hamburg, Suite903, ASSR Studio Stories, Out Of The Box, Red Bull Music Academy, Editor, The Breakfast Club, BET, HOT 97, Lord Sear Special, New York Times, Rap Radar, Work Reel and NPR. Special Thanks: Lucas Cava (https://medium.com/@lucascava/baduizm-a-cultivation-of-wisdom-expressed-through-music-e20993b496dd), Pat McCaffrie, Daniel Aspén (https://www.discogs.com/user/fylaxx)


#JCsMusicology - Kate Bush (1987 - 1994)

In this episode of #JCsMusicology, we explore the enigmatic Kate Bush's work before her first hiatus. After the release of "Hounds of Love", which is often regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, Kate Bush would continue to develop as an artist with her follow-up album, "The Sensual World". After a four year gap, "The Red Shoes" would follow. In 2011, selections from each album would be re-recorded to create "Directors Cut", a cohesive album, that stands on it's own. Only a genius like Kate Bush could so sucessfully execute such an exentric project. Interview Credits: Roger Scott, The Sensual World Documentary, X-Ray, Aspel and Company, NPR, BBC Radio 6, Jamie Cullum, Larry Flick, Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2 and Radio 4. Special Thanks: Jake Clement Antill, Kate Finkelstein https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - Madonna (1987 - 1989)

In our Season 3 premiere, we analyse each track from Madonna's "Like A Prayer" album. Continuing her successful partnerships with producers Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray, in 1989 Madonna released the iconic "Like A Prayer", with a slight purple touch. It was indisputably her most thoughtful and introspective album up to that point, displaying a clear evolution in her artistry. Interview credits: Molly Meldrum, In Bed With Madonna Special thanks: Lucas Cava (https://medium.com/@lucascava/like-a-prayer-30th-anniversary-celebration-27027ad4abd8) https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - The B-Side #5 (Grace Jones, Janet Jackson & Joni Mitchell)

In this edition of #JCsMusicology, we look back at the previous three episodes, with the remixes from our Janet Jackson episode and an outtake from Joni Mitchell. https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - Joni Mitchell (1977 - 1979)

In this November episode of #JCsMusicology, we continue exploring the genius of Joni Mitchell's work. After a consistant run of renowned albums, each more innovative than the last, Joni Mitchell progresses her experimentation with "Don Jaun's Reckless Daughter" in 1977. This bold artistry proves auspicious, with the legendary Charles Mingus call on on her to articulate what he can no longer say. This gave rise to the "Mingus" album. Interview Credits: Whistle Test Extra, Saturday Live, Joe Smith, Much Music, Radio With Pictures, Public Access, Barney Hoskyns, CBS Morning Show, Hits Promo, KGSR Sunday Night News, The National Magazine, Woman of Heart and Mind, Malka Marom, CBC, Time Talks Luminato. Special Thanks: Lucas Cava (https://medium.com/@lucascava), JoniMitchell.com https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - Janet Jackson (1988 - 1991)

In this edition of #JCsMusicology, we celebrate thirty years of Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 album. You know the music. You know the message. Now know the story. Using multitracks to remix eight of the album's twelve songs, hear the music like never before, along with the narrative of how this groundbreaking production was made. Dedicated in memory of TabloidJunk (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3RWk6fq4p8-mt1WtELq5Kw). Interview credits: The Tube, Arsenio Hall Show, Mark Joseph, MTV Australia, Video Soul, Rock's Backpages, Larry King Live, Kelly Alexander Show (http://kellyalexandershow.com/), Questlove Supreme, Redbull Music Academy, Recording Academy, Hood Rich and Mark Stary (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mark-stary-music-podcast/id1053551308). Special thanks: Remixed By Nick (https://remixedbynick.com/), Lucas Cava (https://medium.com/@lucascava) https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - Grace Jones (1979 - 1983)

In this June episode of #JCsMusicology, we bow down to the incomparable Grace Jones. After a trilogy of disco albums to mix reception, a new trilogy of new wave, punk, r'n'b and reggae would inspire, provoke and change the conventionality of pop music in the 80s. We dive into the confronting "Warm Leatherette", the pop masterpiece "Nightclubbing" and the closing "Living My Life". Interview Credits: Music Box, BBC, AVROTROS, ountdown, The Don Lane Show, Thames TV, Redbull Music Academy, New York Public Library, Test Pressing, Radio 4, Nostalgie, BFI Southbank, TIFF, Dereck & Romaine, Mutabaruka Cutting Edge, Rush Hour. Special Thanks: Lucas Cava (https://medium.com/@lucascava), '77 Music Club (https://77musicclub.com/) https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - The B-Side #4 (Michael Jackson, Madonna & George Michael)

In this edition of #JCsMusicology, we look back at the previous three episodes, focusing on Michael Jackson, Madonna and George Michael, including outtakes and ideas explored for each episode. https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - George Michael (1984 - 1988)

In this April episode of #JCsMusicology, we explore the beginnings of George Michael. Begining with a couple of early credits, shared with the pop group, Wham! George Michael sets out to establish himself as his own artist. "Faith" would be released in 1987 and make him the biggest pop star in the world... For a while. We explore the songs of "Faith", tracking from their inception to success. Interview credits: Rock's Backpages, TF1, Younger Faith, Countdown, MTV, Parkinson Soecial thanks: Paul Simper (http://www.paulsimper.com/), Lucas Cava (https://medium.com/@lucascava), GM Forever (https://gmforever.com/category/the-man/interviews/) https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - Madonna (1990 - 1993)

In our Season 2 premiere, we study the immaculate Madonna, during her controversial and confronting Erotica era. Establishing her production team with "The Immaculate Collection" in 1990, Madonna works with Andre Betts and Shep Pettibone to create a much talked about, but very underrated peak in her catalogue. Tracking the album's evolution though archival interviews and the infamous "Rain Tapes", we give the Erotica project the perspective it deserved. Interview credits: 60 Minutes Australia, BBC Radio 1, Jonathan Ross, MTV, New Music and Channel 4 (France). Special thanks: Lucas Cava (https://medium.com/@lucascava/like-a-prayer-30th-anniversary-celebration-27027ad4abd8), Remixed By Nick (https://www.remixedbynick.com/) and Adam Schoales. https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - Michael Jackson (1993 - 1997)

In this season finale of #JCsMusicology, we pick-up from where we left off in 1993. Using archival interviews and never before heard audio, the podcast explores “HIStory: Past, Present & Future Book I” from itss early concept as a greatest hits album, to its remixed counterpart, "Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix". Credits: The MJCast (http://www.themjcast.com/episode-030-rob-hoffman-special/), Oprah, Brice Najar (http://bricenajar.com/en/home-2/), Entertainment Tonight, Prime Time, Amaru Don TV, BBC, BET https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - The B-Side #3 (Maxwell & Janet Jackson)

In this edition of #JCsMusicology, we look back at the previous two episodes, focusing on Maxwell and Janet Jackson, including some insight in the future editions. https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John Note: "The B-Side" episodes were previously refered to as "Quarterly Review".


#JCsMusicology - Janet Jackson (1992 - 1995)

In the October edition of #JCsMusicology, we'll be engaging in a track-by-track review of Janet Jackson's 1993 janet. album. Begining with the blockbuster duet, "The Best Things In Life Are Free", to the janet. album in it's entirety and the equally incredible b-sides; archival interviews and rare audio tell the story of this incredible era. This isn't Janet, Jam & Lewis - this is janet. Interview Credits: Kelly Alenander Show, David Ritz, Radio One https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - Maxwell (1996 - 2001)

In the August edition of #JCsMusicology, we'll be tracking the incredible beginnings of Maxwell. From the blockbuster debut, "Urban Hang Suite"; to the fan favourite, "Embrya"; to the commercial success, "Now". Telling the story using archival interviews and various alternate versions of his amazing music catalogue. https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John


#JCsMusicology - The B-Side #2 (Joni Mitchell & Sade)

In this edition of #JCsMusicology, we look back at the previous two episodes, with a deleted segment and insights into the editing process. There is also some brief discussion on upcoming episodes, primarily Madonna and Michael Jackson. https://www.facebook.com/JohnCameronProductions https://twitter.com/Cameron_John Note: "The B-Side" episodes were previously refered to as "Quarterly Review".