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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 15: Holiday(ish) Music Monday

Now that our Thanksgiving feasts have digested, it’s time to get straight into the holiday swing! This week, we begin to feature the Christmas music that it seems everyone is yearning for lately.

The Goo Goo Dolls have released a very enjoyable new album, It’s Christmas All Over (Warner). You can hear their new track, “This is Christmas” which has that GGD vibe that you know and love. In 1994, the great blues pianist, Charles Brown released Cool Christmas Blues (Craft Recordings) which was nominated for a Grammy, it is just now seeing its first vinyl reissue! Brown was involved with two classic Christmas tunes during his career (“Merry Christmas Baby” and “Please Come Home For Christmas”), you’ll have to tune in to hear which one we play this week. Popular pop princess, Meghan Trainor also comes by to drop some presents under the tree as we explore her latest release, A Very Trainor Christmas (Epic).

This week, we also celebrate many 50th anniversary reissues released in 2020 (that’s 1970 for those of you playing at home). You’ll hear what Jim Morrison really wants for Christmas from the recently reissued Morrison Hotel (Rhino) release and we pick a track from the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty (Rhino) reissue and remaster. Ray Barretto’s Barretto Power (Fania/Craft Latino) salsa classic is also 50 years old this year and it’s been reissued as an all-analog vinyl pressing—let’s take that one out for a spin as well, shall we?

Of course, we wade through other usual eclectic fare: Sturgill Simpson’s new bluegrass release Cuttin’ Grass, Vol. 1, Sharon Jones’ recent compilation of covers, Just Dropped in to See What Condition my Rendition Was in, and AC/DC’s hotly anticipated new Power Up album. There’s more, but you’ll have to tune in to hear it. Happy December!

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth,
Episode 14: Thanksgiving Wish (Bone)

Thanksgiving is a little different this year, there’s no denying it. However, even though these are complicated times, it doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of things to still be very grateful and thankful for. That’s what we celebrate on this week’s episode of Radar and we do it with some help from some of our favorite musicians who share with us an overarching theme of thanks.

You’ll hear Gregory Porter, Sly and the Family Stone, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen and much more; old favorites and new. I don’t know about you, but the holiday season for me is always synonymous with those four Liverpool lads, The Beatles, so they of course stop by as well. We also have a “Thank You” contest between ZZ Top and Sam & Dave, make sure to tune in and see how that one turns out.

All in all, it’s an opportunity to bask in a glow of gratefulness with some of our favorite musicians and performers; we can use their comfort and support now more than ever. So, a Thanksgiving toast to all of our loyal Radar listeners and readers: may you enjoy this special season with your closest of loved ones and may you also recognize that—even during these very weird times—we all still have much to be thankful for.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 13: Joe Wong

Joe Wong is a great musician, but he dabbles in a little bit of everything. Not only is his new release Nite Creatures a great addition to the modern psychedelic canon, but he also hosts a popular podcast called, The Trap Set which focuses on musicians, particularly drummers. When he’s not doing those two things, he’s composing music for film and television notably for Netflix’s Russian Doll andMaster of None.

Here, Joe and I discuss his new album, Nite Creatures which was recently released on Decca records and it’s a big, sprawling psychedelic delight featuring a 24 piece orchestra consisting of members of the London Symphony Orchestra and the L.A. Philharmonic and of course a harpist, you’ve got to have a harp. Joe and I also dig into his composition and production process. We talk about his influences yet manage to identify how his unique voice stands out in a crowded musical world.

Are you the kind of person who thinks of great ideas throughout your day, different things you might be able to do? Directions to take and creations to work on? Joe Wong is like that, but he has the determination to take these ideas and turn them into something tangible. That’s not an easy thing do to, c’mon let’s find out more together.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 12: Music Monday

This week we begin by spinning some old Philly soul 45s that I recently found. Their condition was near the point where I might not normally let them follow me home, but I’m glad I made an exception: they cleaned up well and sound great.

We play some favorites from folks who were kind enough to allow us to interview them for the Radar program, A Girl Called Eddy’s latest gets a spin (on white vinyl, of course). If you haven’t heard her newest sophisticated gem released on Elefant Records, do yourself a favor and track it down. The vinyl pressing sounds great, too.

Little Richard also gets some serious airtime as we begin to cull through the ambitious reissue campaign from Omnivore Records which will culminate in the release of Richard’s unreleased country album, Southern Child; expect that on November 27 as a Record Store Day Black Friday title.

There is plenty of new music on the radar this week: we take a spin through Tom Petty’s Wildflowers and More release, check out the new albums from Dawes and Darlingside, and hear a few more tracks from the latest Van Duren reissues. You might even learn some best practices of how to make your parakeet an accomplished conversationalist.

You never know what to expect on Radar—join us for this week’s journey.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 11: Van Duren

Here in the 21st Century we’ve foolishly convinced ourselves that we are all knowing. This certainly applies to the canyons of music that is lazily available at our streaming fingertips. However, one of the reasons that record collectors collect records is because they know this misguided assumption of complete access isn’t true: countless amounts of music and media have yet to be digitized and released to the general public. Some of it – if it still exists at all – must be discovered, cleaned up and shared with the masses. Record collectors shed jealous tears when their secret favorites are “discovered” by all, but for the artists who’ve been stuck in the shadows, such releases spell a new lease on their creative life.

Van Duren grew up in the fertile 1970s Memphis, Tennessee music scene and rubbed elbows with another band who dealt with long-delayed critical acclaim, Big Star. Van Duren’s relationship with Big Star wasn’t cursory, in fact he even auditioned to join the band…twice! He also had performed with drummer Jody Stephens and Chris Bell in an attempt to create a new group after Big Star disbanded. Van Duren’s first two albums, Are You Serious? (1978) and Idiot Optimism (1980) have both become highly sought after and expensive items in the record collecting world. Now, they are finally seeing a new remaster and reissue by Omnivore Records thereby giving them the care and appreciation they rightfully deserve.

We join Van Duren, still in Memphis, and discuss these two fabled albums and the bumpy showbiz road that Van Duren traveled on the way to their creation. We talk about Emmitt Rhodes, secret cassette tapes, authentic American rock and roll, and private recordings that still remain undiscovered.

It’s hard to remember that feeling the first time you heard your favorite band, or song. The way the music surged through your veins in a way that was simultaneously new yet familiar. We play our favorite music over and over through the years, and while we still love it, that sensation of hearing those songs takes on an ever so slightly melancholic sheen, it’s just never the same as the first time you heard it. Well, if you’ve never heard Van Duren before, get ready because you might just become an instant fan. I know I did. Here comes that feeling again…you’re welcome.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth,
Episode 10: Halloween Spooktacular

After the year we’ve had, a good Halloween feels like the right ticket. 2020 has been all masks and fear so far, but now we can have a few laughs, too. In fact, I approached this year’s Halloween show a little tentatively; there are – of course – many more important things going on out there. But, if you listen to the program, you can hear me start to really let go and have fun; the childlike silliness of the holiday felt comfortable and welcome. Hopefully, you’ll also get caught up in the goofiness that ensues.

And I enjoyed discovering some new music, too! After many years of creating Halloween programs, I was glad to find a few new things to share. Of course, Alice Cooper, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Danzig ring the doorbell in the hopes of scoring some treats – and wearing those same, old costumes to boot – but things that were new to me like Method Actors and Otis Redding’s “Trick or Treat” also come by for a visit.

So, take a break from the struggle and strife and allow yourself to get a little caught up in the playful nature of Halloween and live a few vicarious hours through the character of your choice. But, no more tricks this year, please. Only treats.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 9: Peggy Lee Centennial

Welcome! Let me show you to your seat, can I get you a cocktail? This week on Radar, we visit a truly golden age of Hollywood. Who better to join us on this journey than the always glamorous, sophisticated, beautiful and talented Peggy Lee?

2020 marks Peggy Lee’s 100th birthday—her centennial—and as such there are several projects to discuss: the Grammy museum hosted a panel discussion about Peggy including Billie Eilish, K.D. Lang and others, and many of Peggy’s albums have been reissued, on vinyl of course, particularly the Ultimate Peggy Lee, the forthcoming Ultimate Christmas, and an exciting reissue of Ms. Lee’s much-revered Black Coffee album.

Peggy Lee was iconic, a true original: with her sultry take on a song and her platinum blonde hair she must have radiated star quality from the stage. While her vocal contributions to jazz and popular music were many, she achieved other notable accomplishments during her seven decades in showbiz. She was a composer who wrote and co-wrote more than 200 songs, with many collaborators, including all of the original lyrics in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, and of course she voiced some of the film’s characters.

Her songs, including “Fever” and “Is That All There Is?” hit the charts 100 times, she was nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, won in 1969, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. She was also a no-nonsense businesswoman who wasn’t intimidated by any industry giant.

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Joey Molland,
The TVD Interview

Joey Molland has seen it all. During his time in Badfinger, he witnessed the ups and downs of rock and roll stardom, rubbing elbows with The Beatles no less, and being taken under their collective wings to be the big, blockbuster breakout of Apple Records. Badfinger’s power pop legacy is undisputed.

Of course, the highs of every rock and roll story descend to lows and Badfinger’s story is a notoriously bleak and complicated one. But Joey manages to stay positive and spread some feel-good vibes on his latest release, Be True to Yourself which encapsulates much of the Badfinger power pop sound in a modern setting. Produced by Mark Hudson (Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne) Be True to Yourself also features a cadre of musical friends: Julian Lennon, Micky Dolenz, Jason Scheff, and Steve Holley.

Join us as we discuss the the creation of his new album with Mr. Molland and the long and winding road he traveled to get from there to here.

The new album is called Be True To Yourself and why don’t you tell us a little bit about the title and that particular song?

Yeah, the title, what can I say? The song came from a conversation I had with my brother, Frank. My eldest brother. He was considerably older than me, and I don’t know if you come from a large family, but it was one of the first times in my life that I’d actually had a conversation with my brother. He was already in his 20s when I was born, you know? So I was a little kid, so we didn’t really hang around together. You know what I mean? So I just had a talk with him and yesterday we talked about the future, we talked about faith, and we talked about government stuff. You know, all the things that you talk about with your friends. And that’s where this song was born—from that conversation.

I’d had the melody for a couple of years and I’d never really gotten a hold of a lyric that I wanted to put with that melody, so it was great to finally get some lyrics and it was fortunately for me, when we started discussing doing a record, Mark Hudson and myself, and that was one of the songs that he really liked and really enjoyed. We’ve got at least five songs’ worth of Mark Hudson’s songwriting talent in there, too. I enjoyed it. The idea Be True to Yourself seemed like a reasonable thing to call an album, and that’s what we were trying to do. That’s what I was trying to do, anyway. Write songs that I liked. I don’t know much about writing hit songs. I just have to play what I’ve got, you know? Just like in the old days. I always had the exact same approach. We’d play our songs and the ones we liked, we’d work on them and they’d be the ones we’d record, you know?

I’m happy the people seem to like the stuff that’s on this particular record. It seems to be a good thing, and I think it’s a good title. I think it’s a good way to think about things.

I think it is, too. Tell me about working with Mark Hudson. He’s worked with Aerosmith and Ringo Starr and now Joey Molland. How did you hook up with him, and how did you arrive at working with Mark Hudson on this new record?

Over the years, I’ve done lots of kind of Beatle related events and I started to meet Mark at them. You know, people get him because of his big affiliation with Ringo and his friendship with the other Beatles, and we just started to be friends backstage, really. We think alike. Mark is a hilarious person. I don’t know if you’ve met him, but he’s a hilarious guy. He’s a great guy to hang around with, and of course he’s a brilliant producer. Grammy winning. He’s just a brilliant, super talented guy. Sings like a bird. He’s all about the show and as long as it’s got a song to back it up, and I got really lucky for him to produce. He’s the reason the album sounds so good. The people that he works with like Mario McNulty who he’s another Grammy winner and well known for working with the likes of David Bowie and several other majors.

So, that’s what Mark attracts. People know his talent and they know his way of producing. He’s so focused, you know? And he’s entertaining while he’s doing it. He drives the bus, he really does. He doesn’t really apologize. He’ll pull himself way out, he’ll pull himself in the record with you. I really enjoyed it. It all came together, our friendship. Did I have songs? Would I like to make a record? So I said yes to all those questions. I’m really knocked out, you know?

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 8: Music Monday

Welcome to the first all music episode of Radar which you can listen to right here at The Vinyl District, but also on WFDU, 89.1 FM on your actual radio in New York City! While Radar strives to bring you interviews with current movers and shakers in the entertainment industry, we’d like to also have an opportunity to share all of the great new music that is released every week. While there is much new music to be heard, there are also heaps of reissues and re-releases that we’d like to share as well. Of course, we’ll play you the vinyl copy whenever possible.

For instance, on this week’s episode, you’ll enjoy some reissues from Prince, The Supremes, Richard and Linda Thompson, Lou Reed and more, but we’ll also hear brand new music from Bob Mould, Bette Smith, Sad13 and Joe Wong. We also get to some rarities, Omnivore will reissue two albums by Van Duren who was a contemporary of Big Star in the 1970s Memphis scene. We’ll also take Plantasia out for a spin: you’ve certainly seen the iconic album cover if you’re a record collector, but have you ever really listened? Brooklyn’s Sacred Bones is reissuing this very difficult to find album. It’s scarcity lies in the fact that when it was originally released you could only receive it with a purchase in a plant store, or with the purchase of a Simmons mattress. I’m not kidding.

There’s more to hear in this episode, so I won’t give away all the goods. Consider these shows a sampler: just click play to hear the best of what’s been recently released, then create your own adventure and track down the things you like most to explore them more deeply. And don’t forget to let us know what you like!

In fact, we’d like to hear from you so much that we’ve set up a special hotline to do just that! Simply call 862-239-5885 and leave a message telling us how you feel about something that you heard, or educate us as to a music release we should look into, or, just tell us about the weather in your neck of the woods. It’s your opportunity to be on the radio in NYC, so go for it.

We’ll also look into offering giveaways and contests, but first, the music. Always the music first.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 7: Mike Viola

There’s no denying it, no use in hiding from the reality—I am a big Mike Viola fanboy. There is something about his writing, his producing and guitar playing that I just identify with. And don’t get me started on his vocals; high-grade accuracy that sound like they are on a supersonic space mission to an exploding star somewhere in the far reaches of the galaxy.

He’s a Massachusetts guy who had an early start in the music biz, even becoming known as superkid for the athletic rock and roll prowess he embodied at such an early age. His young career was so on fire he even starred in a Zips shoes commercial as a rockstar heartthrob who was on the run from his adoring fans. Of course, you can search for that video on the internet. Since then, he’s had an active and wide-ranging career: he’s voiced the main track from Tom Hanks’, That Thing You Do in the ’90s, had success with his band Candy Butchers, wrote music for films such as Get Him to the Greek and Walk Hard, and composed and produced much music along the way.

2020 may have been one of the weirdest years that most of us have experienced in our lifetime, but it’s been musically fruitful for Viola. On this episode of Radar, we talk to Viola who has a new album—Godmuffin—arriving this December, but we also discuss his production of the latest Mandy Moore album Silver Landings which was released earlier this year. We also discuss the realities of 2020 which leaked into his life, as it did for all of us, specifically the loss of Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger who Viola was very close with as a friend and a musical co-conspirator. Our conversation gets pretty deep, but not serious enough to talk about The Godfather and Ozzy, too. There’s no reason not to tune in and hear how superkid is evolving into a pretty super adult.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth,
Episode 1: Val Emmich

Do you have our brand new podcast on your radar? If not, catch up now with Episode 1.Ed.

If you haven’t already, meet Val Emmich, he’s a New Jersey renaissance man: author, actor, and musician. He’s a real Jersey boy and a fellow alum of Rutgers University. You’ve probably seen him and not realized it. He’s been on 30 Rock—as Liz Lemon’s younger love interest—and had a major role in HBO’s Vinyl.

If you’re into curling up with a good book, you’ll want to check out his delightful novel, The Reminders which was published by Little, Brown and Company in 2017. In fact, his writing abilities are so admired that when the creators of the Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen were looking for an author to write the young-adult version of their show, they chose Val. Of course, it debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

But, wait. What we’re here to discuss is Val’s excellent musical career. After building a loyal fanbase in the early 2000s, Emmich was signed to Epic Records’ Red Ink imprint who released his Slow Down Kid album. Val hasn’t slowed down and has independently released an impressive catalog of music during the last two decades. His latest release, Acting the Optimist is a tightly knit, efficient 10 track album; it’s loud, clever, focused, and continues to unfurl itself after several spins.

Originally recorded as a Zoom chat, join Evan and Val as they discuss the album’s emotional creation, life during pandemic times, songwriting, and more. You’ll hear that discussion and the entire record in this episode.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 6: Cousin Brucie

The word “icon” is thrown around alot these days, but some folks just qualify as goshdarn icons with no tired cliches attached. When it comes to radio icons, if you had to pick a few big ones, Cousin Brucie Morrow would be right there near the top of Modulation Mountain. He’s been there, done that: seen it all, even introduced The Beatles at Shea Stadium with Ed Sullivan. His voice was hard to miss on the radio in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s until he moved to satellite radio in 2005.

But there was something that was always calling Cousin Brucie back to the radio radio. In this case, it was John A. Catsimatidis who literally called Brucie during his shows every Saturday night. After Catsimatidis purchased WABC in 2019, he knew he wanted to hear great music on his station and there was only one person who he saw fit to bring it back to a New York City audience via the airwaves: Cousin Bruce. Brucie returns to the station where his career began in 1961 with a new show on Saturday night at 6pm where he goes head-to-head on the airwaves in the same time slot as yours truly.

But, we’re not rivals. In fact, Brucie called me his “Cousin” which is really all I could have hoped to hear from this radio legend. He’s warm, he’s engaging. He’s one of those guys that you expect won’t have enough time for you and then makes you feel as if you’re the only one in the world. He’s had practice connecting with people and it shows. In this interview, we discuss his storied career, calming down a nervous John Lennon, his time on satellite, and how there’s no place like home on the radio airwaves beaming from an antenna and blanketing New York City.

Pull up a chair, cousin. We’re all family here.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 5: Paul Collins, Part 2

Paul Collins was in what he calls, “the greatest band that never was.” As an integral member of California’s first power-pop trio, The Nerves, Collins was an early architect of a sound that wasn’t quite punk or new wave, it was power pop, but it was more: it was 24 carat rock and roll. Their music was so tight, well crafted and full of youthful energy and spunk that Blondie chose to cover The Nerves’ song, “Hanging on the Telephone” on their massively successful Parallel Lines album; in fact, it was the lead-off track. Today, Parallel Lines has sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 million copies; anyone who ever put a needle down on side one of that record had to hear a Nerves song first.

TVD’s Radar returns with part 2 of our interview with rock and roll hero, Paul Collins who joins us to talk about his new book, I Don’t Fit In: My Wild Ride Through the Punk and Power Pop Trenches with The Nerves and The Beat.

The last time we visited with him, we discussed the exhausting quality of being ahead of your time, the benefits of having Eddie Money on your side, and receiving mixed signals from Blondie. This time around, we’ll get into what power pop is—and isn’t—that old place MySpace, being a rock and roll dad, and how you’re never fully dressed without a smile.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 5: Paul Collins, Part 1

Paul Collins was in what he calls, “the greatest band that never was.” As an integral member of California’s first power-pop trio, The Nerves, Collins was an early architect of a sound that wasn’t quite punk or new wave, it was power pop, but it was more: it was 24 carat rock and roll. Their music was so tight, well crafted and full of youthful energy and spunk that Blondie chose to cover The Nerves song, “Hanging on the Telephone” on their massively successful Parallel Lines album; in fact, it was the lead-off track. Today, Parallel Lines has sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 million copies; anyone who ever put a needle down on side one of that record had to hear a Nerves song first.

Today, music historians view The Nerves as a major rock and roll influence on modern music, but the band had challenges pushing through to the mainstream during their own time. Post-Nerves, Paul Collins wasted no time scrounging up the gumption for his second attack on worldwide success by creating another extremely influential rock band, The Beat (aka Paul Collins Beat). This time, Collins stepped from behind the drumset, wrote a barrel full of infectiously pure rock and roll and—with the help of Eddie Money, a record deal from CBS and management from Bill Graham—set out to take over the world.

Well, his career didn’t quite go the way he planned. In fact, most things didn’t and that’s what makes Mr. Collins’ new book I Don’t Fit In such a hypnotic read. It’s a rock and roll showbusiness story full of backstage realities, near misses, one-way plane tickets, addresses written on napkins, and smiles in the spotlight. But it’s also a tale of commitment and one man’s dogged pursuit of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Paul Collins and I discuss all of these things, and boy did we discuss: in-fact, we discussed so much that this will be a Radar two-parter, the first coming to you at the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend holiday, and the conclusion will find you when we see you again on the other side, in September.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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TVD Radar: The Podcast with Evan Toth, Episode 4: Liberty DeVitto

Liberty DeVitto is known in the music industry as the “songwriter’s drummer,” his resume deftly proclaims his rockstar cred: he’s performed on 13 platinum albums which have sold over 150 million copies and recorded and arranged the drum parts for 22 of Billy Joel’s 23 top-40 hits. 6 of those recordings went on to win Grammys.

However, Liberty’s new book, Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness makes clear that while his years with Billy Joel were outstanding, the other elements of the story of his life and ascension to the highest drum throne in the land are just as captivating. In fact, it’s possible to get so caught up in the early parts of Liberty’s autobiography that one forgets that a career in rock and roll superstardom is on its way.

Here, Liberty and I discuss vinyl, Billy Joel, The Beatles, why Ringo is so great, recording with Paul McCartney, growing up on Long Island, and the rock and roll wisdom that Liberty has learned along the way. Please welcome one of the most successful rock and roll drummers of all time and one of my musical heroes, Liberty DeVitto.

Evan Toth is a songwriter, professional musician, educator, radio host, avid record collector and hi-fi aficionado. Toth hosts and produces The Sharp Notes each Saturday evening at 6pm and TVD Radar on Sundays at 5AM on WFDU, 89.1 FM. Follow him at the usual social media places and visit his website.

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