Only Three Lads - Classic Alternative Music Podcast

O3L is a lively podcast celebrating the Golden Age of Alternative Music from 1974-99.

E111 - Cruel World Special

May 13th, 2022

Hey, we know what you're thinking...is it next Tuesday already?!?

Nope, but we're bringing you this one early, because we're getting excited for Cruel World - a festival geared towards classic alternative music lovers like us: new wavers, goths, punks, and synth-poppers alike.  It's a concert lineup that we could have only conjured up in our, um, most inappropriate dreams:  Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, The Church, English Beat, Public Image Ltd, The Damned, Berlin, Missing Persons, and a whole slew of modern bands who share a similar musical aesthetic.

The festival takes place in Pasadena, CA on May 14th & 15th, 2022.  Join Uncle Gregg & Brett as we discuss the Top 5 bands that we are looking most forward to seeing (and things like jeans and tattoos).  Even if you can't go to the show, we reckon that you'll still enjoy this one...especially since we're sure you'll see it all on YouTube soon enough.

Enjoy the weekend.  If you're at the show and see an O3L t-shirt, say hi!

 

E110 - Label Spotlight: SST Records (with author Jim Ruland)

May 10th, 2022

It's an O3L party!  We've got nothing better to do than listen to O3L and have a couple of brews (or ginger ales), because this week we discuss the ultimate American punk rock label, SST Records.  SST was founded in 1978 by Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn as a vehicle for his band's records, but over the years has released classic underground music by the likes of Hüsker Dü, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Soundgarden, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Screaming Trees, Bad Brains, Descendents and many more.  

Our guest Lad this week is author and music journalist Jim Ruland, who has written the definitive chronicle of the label with his new #1 Amazon best seller Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise & Fall of SST Records.  In this insightful and exhaustive book, Ruland recounts SST's remarkable rise, dysfunctional operation, and infamous downfall.  Through it all, they changed the alternative rock landscape forever.

Purchase Jim's book here:

Corporate Rock Sucks: The Rise and Fall of SST Records: Ruland, Jim: 9780306925481: Books (amazon.com)

E109 - Label Spotlight: Creation Records in the ’80s (with Wally Salem from The Beautiful Music)

May 3rd, 2022

We go all the way back to the dawn of Creation for this one...that is, Creation Records.  This week, we celebrate Creation B.O. (Before Oasis) and the 69 amazing singles the classic UK indie released from their formation in 1983 through 1989.

Creation's music first and art-for-art's-sake aesthetic not only produced some absolutely wonderful records, but has served as a source of inspiration for many indie labels that followed.  One such label is Canada's The Beautiful Music, founded by our special guest Lad Wally Salem in 2002.  TBM boasts a tremendous catalogue of indie pop, Post Mod and Janglewave, featuring many musicians with connections to not only Creation, but other seminal labels like Sarah, Postcard, Whaam! and Tangerine.  Wally is not only a lovely human being, but is extremely knowledgable with great stories and connections to the music.  His vision is simple: he just wants this beautiful music to be heard.

For more information on The Beautiful Music:  the Store - thebeautifulmusic.com

 

E108 - Top 5 ’70s Punk Albums

April 26th, 2022

Oi!  Get ready for the most anarchic O3L ever, as we dive into '70s punk albums this week. 

Because we're so punk, you may want to send the kids away before listening to this one, because we talk about the outrageous things that we punks talk about: Mucus!  The Monkees!  Debby Boone's secret punk rock past!  Booties!  Tiger Beat!  The Blue Lagoon!  The Flying Nun!  An anti-drug message (unless you're on a cruise, then let your freak flag fly)!

And now for a special message from the Lads...

Gregg: Hi, my name is Uncle Gregg and this is my 108th visit to Oversharers Anonymous.

Brett: Rissoles!

E107 - Top 5 Albums of 1979

April 19th, 2022
1979...the greatest year for alternative music ever?!? As Exhibit A, we submit to the jury the fine list of '79 albums hand selected by Uncle Gregg, Brett and the Third Lads of the O3L Community.
 
Appearing this week is none other than The Scurvee, a hot band guaranteed to appeal to disco freaks and Jugaloos alike!
 
#musicpodcast #musicpodcasts #classicalternative #alternativerock #indiepop #indierock #1979albums #70smusic #1stwave #newwave #punkrock #postpunk #powerpop #londoncalling

E106 - Top 5 American Power Pop Songs of the ’70s (with MIMI BETINIS from Pezband)

April 12th, 2022
In this week's sparkling, poptastic O3L, we tackle our Top 5 (mostly) American (mostly) Power Pop Songs of the '70s.
 
Our Third Lad is a true '70s Power Pop hero - singer, songwriter and guitarist from Pezband, Mimi Betinis. Pezband released three albums chock full of melodic pop and explosive rock n' roll during their original run: Pezband (1977), Laughing In The Dark (1978), and Cover To Cover (1979). In the 21st century, Mimi has continued to write and record solo material, performed with Pezband, and worked on reissues, unreleased material, and remixes. During the show, Mimi treats us to two Pezband treasures: their last ever recording, a 2016 cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee," and a sneak peek into an upcoming best of project with a remix of their classic "Baby It's Cold Outside."
 
Pezband were inducted into the Power Pop Hall of Fame in 2018.
 
Yeah, there's gonna be a couple of choices that will have discerning power pop purists crying "That's NOT Power Pop!" Speaking of which, that's also the name of the game where Mimi and Uncle Gregg face off to determine what's power pop...and what's NOT.
 
This one is fizzy, bubbly and refreshing. So play on!
 
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Pezband drummer Mick Rain, who we lost to COVID on August 14, 2021. Rest In Peace and Rock On, Mick.
 
#musicpodcast #musicpodcas ts #powerpop #1stwave #classicalternative #disco #pezband #mickrain #newwave #rickenbacker #oakpark
 
 

O3L After Dark, Volume II

April 7th, 2022

We had such a great time with Bill Goffrier from The Embarrassment and Big Dipper that we had to adjourn for a little while and reconvene after the sun went down.  And, if you recall our first After Dark micro-episode, we tend to go off the rails when we record at night!

Hey, it's not Andrew Dice Clay, but we do talk about things that three red blooded American lads talk about.  You know, like pop stars and Hilary Clinton.  

You have been warned!

E105 - Bonus - In Conversation with BILL GOFFRIER from The Embarassment and Big Dipper

April 6th, 2022

Part two of the three part O3L extravaganza with the marvelous Bill Goffrier from The Embarrassment and Big Dipper!

Hear nearly a half hour of our conversation with Bill that we couldn't fit into Episode 105.

 

Bill came up in the Wichita, KS punk rock scene of the late '70s, with The Embarrassment forging their own unique, nervy, nerdy brand of music that they dubbed "blister pop."  After the seminal group disbanded in 1983, Bill headed east to Boston to pursue a painting career, before getting drawn back into the music world with Big Dipper.  From 1985 - 1991, Big Dipper released three critically lauded indie albums before signing to major label Epic for what would turn out to be the fourth and final album of their initial run.  More recently, both bands have reunited throughout the years and Bill has returned to Wichita to fulfill his destiny as a renowned painter.

We delve into the history of both The Embos & Big Dipper, the development of the Wichita scene, the legendary house parties, major label woes, his art career, and much more!

Stay tuned for one more episode that we've culled from our time with Bill.  

  • April 7, 2022: O3L After Dark, Volume 2

E105 - Top 5 Albums of 1986 (with BILL GOFFRIER from The Embarrassment and Big Dipper!)

April 5th, 2022

Hide the cats, strap yourself in and get ready for an O3L three part extravaganza!

This week, we discuss the Top 5 Albums of 1986 with Third Lad Bill Goffrier, guitarist, singer and songwriter from not just one, but two groundbreaking bands of the O3L era, The Embarrassment and Big Dipper.  

Bill came up in the Wichita, KS punk rock scene of the late '70s, with The Embarrassment forging their own unique, nervy, nerdy brand of music that they dubbed "blister pop."  After the seminal group disbanded in 1983, Bill headed east to Boston to pursue a painting career, before getting drawn back into the music world with Big Dipper.  From 1985 - 1991, Big Dipper released three critically lauded indie albums before signing to major label Epic for what would turn out to be the fourth and final album of their initial run.  More recently, both bands have reunited throughout the years and Bill has returned to Wichita to fulfill his destiny as a renowned painter.

In this double-stuffed episode, we delve into everything from the formation of the bands, the legendary house parties, major label woes, Alice Cooper, ALF, destruction, the emotional death (and unlikely wardrobe) of Uncle Gregg's father, and Brett adds another nickname to the list??

But wait, there's more...

We spent such quality time with Bill that we have enough extra content for two more shows to follow!

  • April 6, 2022: In Conversation with Bill Goffrier
  • April 7, 2022: O3L After Dark, Volume 2

Trust us...we know what we're doing!  (We think...)

E104 - Top 5 Mod Songs (with CHRIS POPE from The Chords UK)

March 29th, 2022
Clucking Bell...it's another O3L! This week, we're getting all amphetamined** up and discussing our favourite MOD songs of the O3L era. Whether you're a mod or rocker, mocker or moth, put on your parka, pour yourself a pimple & blotch, and join us.
 
We are beyond excited to welcome our Third Lad this week, none other than CHRIS POPE from The Chords UK! As one of the best and most prominent bands to rise up during the 1979 Mod Revival, Chris penned The Chords' five star classic album, 1980's So Far Away, and five UK chart hits: "Now It's Gone", "Maybe Tomorrow", "Something's Missing", "The British Way Of Life" and "In My Street". A comprehensive box set, Rechordings 1978-81, was issued in 2019.
 
More recently, Pope has released three albums with The Chords UK, including the brand new LP Big City Dreams. We talk about the new record and the band's upcoming tour of the US west coast.
 
**No amphetamines were actually involved in the making of this episode.
 
#alternativerock #mod #modrevival79 #modsmayday #britpop #musicpodcast #musicpodcasts #2toneska #northernsoul #thechordsuk #purplehearts #thejam #weller #vespa #lambretta
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