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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Head over to www.myclassicalbum.co.uk

Music Credit: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese


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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Music Credit: "This Is Rock" by Silvia Marchese