020 - 'STICKY FINGERS' WITH DIZZY REED

Legendary bands collide on 'My Classic Album' as Mike teams up with Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reed to break down 'Sticky Fingers' by the Rolling Stones!

Together Mike and Dizzy dissect an album that saw the Stones begin the 1970's as the band they wanted to be armed with songs that would become as iconic as the band themselves.

 

What kind of influence would new guitarist Mick Taylor have on the sound of the band?

Which songs on 'Sticky Fingers' were the first songs that Dizzy learnt to play on guitar?

Why does Dizzy not normally trust the opinions of professors on rock n' roll and who is the man to change his mind?

 

All this and more on this huge edition of 'My Classic Album'.

 

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Sticky Fingers
By The Rolling Stones

019 - 'ENEMA OF THE STATE' WITH JEROD MCBRAYER

'My Classic Album' returns after a short break with an album that created the template for the pop-punk album genre for years to come.

Worth Taking's Jerod McBrayer joins Mike to talk about Blink-182's breakthrough album 'Enema of the State'. Together Mike and Jerod reminisce about an album that encapsulates the life of a teenage boy at the turn of the Millennium.

Which song on the album is named after Mark Hoppus' boat?

What are Jerod's thoughts regarding Tom DeLonge's theories around aliens and UFOs?

How many WWE references can we fit in to one interview?

 

All this and more on the latest edition of 'My Classic Album'.

 

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Enema Of The State
By blink-182

018 - 'DIRE STRAITS' WITH QUINT STARKIE

Singer songwriter Quint Starkie joins Mike for the last episode of 'My Classic Album' in 2017!

Dire Straits' self titled debut album is the subject of this month's podcast and together Mike and Quint explore just what made this album so special amongst a hugely punk orientated music scene in the late 1970s.

What are Quint's memories of hearing Dire Straits for the first time?

Why did Mark Knopfler initially have an issue with 'Sultans of Swing'?

How does a track like 'Lions' still resonate strongly in today's society?

PLUS Mike reviews 'Jupiter Calling', the latest album from the Corrs and reveals which classic album YOU chose as the My Classic Album of 2017.

All this and more on this edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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017 - 'SHEER HEART ATTACK' WITH GREG HART

This month we venture deep into 'the Lap of the Gods' as the legendary Queen finally get the 'My Classic Album' treatment for their third album 'Sheer Heart Attack'.

Cats In Space guitarist Greg Hart joins Mike to discuss an album that both agree is the seminal album by Freddie Mercury and the gang. Together they discuss their mutual love of Queen and how the band's work on 'Sheer Heart Attack' would influence their output for years to come as well as how it has shaped the music of Cats In Space.

Was 'Stone Cold Crazy' a precursor to thrash metal?

Why should you NEVER put 'In The Lap of the Gods' on a shuffled playlist?

Did Roger Taylor unwittingly pioneer the sound of punk?

PLUS Mike reviews 'Judas', the latest album from hard rockers Fozzy. Not only that but we look back on the past year of 'My Classic Album' and invite YOU to vote for your Classic Album of the Year for 2017.

All this and more on this edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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016 - 40 YEARS OF 'BAT OUT OF HELL' WITH JACQUELINE DILLON AND ELLEN FOLEY

'My Classic Album' gets all revved up as Mike finally gets to talk about HIS classic album; the iconic 'Bat Out of Hell'.

On this special episode to celebrate 40 years of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman's defining album, Mike is joined by Meat Loaf fan and Steinman confidante Jacqueline Dillon. Together Mike and Jacqueline go back to the very beginning of their own journeys with 'Bat' as well as discuss the album's eventful history from its roots in the musical 'Neverland' through to its phenomenal sales of 43 million copies! Not only that but as always all seven tracks on the album get the 'My Classic Album' treatment.

How did Jacqueline's love of 'Bat Out of Hell' lead to a long time association with Jim Steinman?

Which track on the album hides an Eagles influence in the backing vocals?

Why did a performance of 'For Crying Out Loud' play a pivotal role in the album's success?

Not only that but vocalist Ellen Foley who appeared on 'Paradise By The Dashboard Light' joins 'My Classic Album' to discuss her memories and thoughts about 'Bat Out of Hell' forty years on! Ellen and Mike also chat about Pandora's Box as well as Ellen's reunion with Meat Loaf on last year's 'Braver Than We Are'. This is a conversation not to be missed!

PLUS: Mike reads out your thoughts and memories on 'Bat Out of Hell' as well as revealing which song YOU voted as your favourite track on the album!

So much to fit in on this bumper edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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015 - 'PARALLEL LINES' WITH BIG BOY BLOATER

This month Mike is 'Hanging on the Telephone' (or Skype to be more precise) with Big Boy Bloater as they break down Blondie's classic album 'Parallel Lines'.

Mike and Bloater look back at the impact that producer Mike Chapman had on the band in the studio and how that hard work translated into an album that changed everything.

What were Mike's initial thoughts of Blondie upon starting work on the album?

Which track on 'Parallel Lines' was called 'the tenderest new wave love song put to vinyl' by Rolling Stone?

Why did some Blondie fans have such a problem with 'Heart of Glass'?

PLUS Mike reviews 'Dark Matter', the first studio album in nearly ten years from singer songwriter Randy Newman.

All this and more on the latest edition of 'My Classic Album'

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014 - 'FULFILLINGNESS' FIRST FINALE' WITH MARC DANZEISEN

One of Stevie Wonder's most introspective albums gets the 'My Classic Album' treatment as Riverdogs drummer Marc Danzeisen drops in to chat with Mike about the Grammy Award winning 'Fulfillingness' First Finale'.

Marc reveals just how albums like 'Fulfillingness' First Finale' and 'Innervisions' kick started a love affair with R&B which endures to this day as Mike and Marc look in depth at an album bursting with guest appearances from the likes of Minnie Riperton and the Jackson 5.

What was the reaction from the American public to anti-Nixon single 'You Haven't Done Nothin''?

How did Stevie Wonder's horrific car crash in 1973 contribute to a more reflective and thoughtful album?

Which song on 'Fulfillingness' First Finale' did Mike initially find the least accessible only later for it to become one of his favourites on the whole album?

Plus Marc reveals all about the night he got to jam with the Motown legend himself!

All this and more on the latest episode of 'My Classic Album'.

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013 - 30 YEARS OF 'HYSTERIA' WITH ROB WYLDE

30 years after Def Leppard poured some sugar on us and warned us that love bites, 'My Classic Album' celebrates the phenomenal 'Hysteria'.

Mike is joined by Tigertailz and Midnite City frontman Rob Wylde who was just ten years old when 'Hysteria' was unleashed on the world. Mike and Rob look into the extraordinary story of the making of the album including the horrific accident and inspirational comeback of drummer Rick Allen.

Who was the producer and songwriter initially recruited to produce 'Hysteria' when Mutt Lange was unavailable?

Which song on the album do Mike and Rob believe could have been a single despite Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen calling it 'the weakest on the album'?

Do Def Leppard really want Jesus to go to Hell?

PLUS Mike reads out your thoughts and comments and reveals the 'Hysteria' track you chose as your favourite!

All this and much more in our 30 Years of 'Hysteria' special!

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011 - 'HOTTER THAN HELL' WITH BETH BLADE

Members of the Kiss Army unite for June's episode of 'My Classic Album' as Mike is joined by rock's next big thing Beth Blade (lead singer of Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters) to celebrate 'Hotter Than Hell'

Mike and Beth explore why Kiss are so criminally underrated outside of their fiercely loyal fanbase and why their 'difficult' second album may actually be one of their best.

How did the band feel about relocating to LA to record the album?

hich song did drummer Peter Criss love so much he threatened to quit the band if he didn't sing it?

What are Beth's thoughts on meeting Gene Simmons??

All this and more PLUS Mike discusses Iron Maiden's gig at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle as their 'Book of Souls' tour powers on!

All this and more on the latest episode of 'My Classic Album'.

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010 - 'WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT' WITH BEN DUMBRECK

Inner Groove Records' Ben Dumbreck joins Mike for Episode 10 of 'My Classic Album' and brings the debut album of Arctic Monkeys with him.

Mike and Ben look back to 2006 and chart the incredible rise of Arctic Monkeys from unsigned Internet favourites to the band with the fastest selling debut album in UK history!

What role did Myspace have in catapulting the band to stardom?

hy does the song 'Dancing Shoes' give Mike flashbacks to his university days?

ow did Ben find seeing Arctic Monkeys live at this hugely important time in the band's career?

ll this and more PLUS Mike discusses Amy Macdonald's pit-stop at Newcastle City Hall on her 'Under Stars' tour.  

So much to get through on the latest episode of 'My Classic Album'.

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Music Credit: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese

009 - 'SWEET BABY JAMES' WITH BRUCE CARROLL

Grammy and Dove Award winner Bruce Carroll joins Mike to chat about 'Sweet Baby James', the breakthrough album from American singer-songwriter James Taylor.

Bruce looks back on discovering Taylor's music in the early 1970's and the effect it had on him and society as a whole at that time.

Who did James Taylor write the title track of 'Sweet Baby James' for?

Which band does Mike cite as a potential influence on track 'Sunny Skies'?

Why did 'Fire and Rain' prompt Carole King to write 'You've Got a Friend' as a response to the song?

PLUS Mike shares an anecdote from his stag weekend at a Steel Panther show! It's all right here on Episode 9 of 'My Classic Album'.

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008 - 'BLUE' WITH SAMANTHA PREIS

Mike is joined by US singer-songwriter Samantha Preis to discuss the album that inspired her and so many others to start their own emotional journeys into music. Joni Mitchell's quintessential album 'Blue' is this month's Classic Album!

Samantha chats about just what makes this album so special to her as well as the impact it has had on her both as a music fan and as a musician and lyricist.

What is the heartbreaking story behind 'Little Green'?

How do Joni's experiences writing 'California' remind Samantha of experiences from her own life?

Which hard rock band made 'This Flight Tonight' their own to the point where Joni joked at live shows that she covered it?

All this PLUS a review of Amy Macdonald's latest album 'Under Stars' right here on Episode 8 of 'My Classic Album'.

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Music Credit: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese

 
 

007 - 40 YEARS OF 'RUMOURS' WITH NEIL O'DONAGHUE AND KEN CAILLAT

On 4th February 2017, Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' will be 40 years old! Join us and look back at one of the most loved and best selling albums of all time...

Mike is joined by Neil O'Donaghue, Fleetwood Mac fan and the man responsible for www.fleetwoodmac-uk.com. Together Mike and Neil look back on the emotional, heartbreaking and iconic story behind the making of this phenomenal album.

Which song was famously dismissed by a prominent radio presenter because he "couldn't find the beat?"

What was Stevie Nicks' process when writing and recording 'Dreams'?

Why didn't 'Silver Springs' (the 'Rumours' track that never was) make the album and how did it find it's own lease of life nearly twenty years later?

Not only that but Mike is also joined by 'Rumours' producer and engineer Ken Caillat! Ken has so many stories from his time in the studio with the band and shares a few with Mike exclusively for 'My Classic Album'.

What was Ken's initial reaction to the album in its early stages?

Which tracks stand out to Ken as particularly strong 40 years on?

What on Earth is Kowlooning?

All this and more on this very special edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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006 - 'THE QUEEN IS DEAD' WITH NATHAN STEPHENS-GRIFFIN

Episode 6 of 'My Classic Album' is here! Mike is joined by member of DIY pop group Martha and old school chum Nathan Stephens-Griffin. Together they look back on the Smiths 1986 classic 'The Queen Is Dead'.

athan talks about discovering both the album and the band during his teenage years and how Morrissey's lyrics inspired him and continue to to this day.

hich track on the album does Nathan call one of the best pop songs of all time?

ho is the Mr Shankly ridiculed on Track 2 of the album?

Which track was the song that introduced Mike to the Smiths?

All this and more on this episode of 'My Classic Album'.

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Music Credit: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese

005 - 'TIME OUT OF MIND' WITH ADRIAN NATION

Mike is joined by guitar maestro Adrian Nation for a look back at Bob Dylan's 'Time Out of Mind', the 1997 album that started a resurgence for the legendary singer-songwriter after losing steam in the 1980s.

Find out about the production process in the studio and the huge role that producer Daniel Lanois had in contributing to the sound of the album.

Which song was victim of a stage invasion when Dylan performed it at the Grammys in 1998?

Which song on the album is Dylan's longest studio recording at 16 and a half minutes and what on Earth is it about?

What was Mike's wife's reaction to Dylan's original version of 'Make You Feel My Love', the smash hit for Adele that originates from this very album?

All this and more in this episode of 'My Classic Album'

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Music Credit: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese

004 - 'GOOD OLD BOYS' WITH REED TURCHI

On Episode 4 of 'My Classic Album', Mike teams up with blues rock musician Reed Turchi to learn about Randy Newman's 1974 album 'Good Old Boys'; a collection of songs about the history and life of people in the Southern states of America such as Louisiana and Alabama.

Which song from the album has a greater resonance in America after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005?

Which of the great tracks from this album is being performed by Reed at his live shows?

Who is the 'Naked Man' and why is he naked?

All these questions and more will be answered on this edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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003 - 'LED ZEPPELIN II' WITH ANDY BARKESS

On Episode 3 of 'My Classic Album', Mike is joined by Andy Barkess as they 'Ramble On' about the album that arguably kick started hard rock and heavy metal: 'Led Zeppelin II'

Which song is heavily inspired by the work of JRR Tolkien?

Do accusations of plagiarism affect the way Andy listens to the album?

Which song outs Mike as a fan of teen drama 'One Tree Hill'?

All these questions and more will be answered on this edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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002 - 'OK COMPUTER' WITH IAN MATTHEWS

On our second edition of 'My Classic Album', Mike welcomes Ian Matthews to the show for an all encompassing conversation about Radiohead's 1997 classic 'OK Computer'.

Why does Ian contend that Radiohead aren't a depressing band?

How does the album share similarities with 'Revolver'?

Who ate all of Radiohead's sandwiches???

Listen to this edition of 'My Classic Album' for the answer to all of these questions and more!

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001 - 'REVOLVER' WITH ROBIN ELLWOOD

On this first edition of 'My Classic Album', Mike and his special guest Robin Ellwood discuss the Beatles album that changed everything. Almost 50 years since its release, 'Revolver' has become acclaimed by critics and fans alike. Mike and Robin look back to 1966 when Robin bought 'Revolver as his first ever album!

What songs do the guys cite as their favourites?

How does it pair up to 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band?

Who the hell is Doctor Robert?

Listen to this first edition of 'My Classic Album' for the answer to all of these questions and more!

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Music credit: "This Is Rock" by Silvia Marchese