Only Three Lads - Classic Alternative Music Podcast

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

E83 - Top 5 Instrumental Songs (with Armistead Wellford & Mike Richmond from LOVE TRACTOR!)

October 26th, 2021

This week, our picks are "talkin' loud and sayin' nothing" (in a good way), as we cover some of the finest instrumental tracks of the O3L era...and beyond!

Guess who's back?!?  It's Armistead Wellford and Mike Richmond from the almighty Love Tractor.  Anything goes this week - not only do you get the classic alternative jams that you'd expect from O3L, there's also prog, funk, jazz fusion, soundtrack music and more.  

There's also plenty to celebrate in the Love Tractor world, as their 1988 Mitch Easter-produced masterpiece Themes From Venus gets the lovingly remastered, deluxe reissue treatment on November 19th, complete with previously unreleased bonus tracks and new artwork.  Order yours today at https://www.hhbtm.com/product/love-tractor-themes-from-venus/.  Plus, the band has been hard at work in the studio on brand new music!

It's fun to be happy, so get on the party train and join us!

E82 - Top 5 Rap & Hip-Hop Albums (with DC Glenn, aka DC the Brain Supreme from TAG TEAM!)

October 19th, 2021

Party people!  Get ready for an O3L episode like you've never heard before.  This week, we head into the world of rap & hip hop - and these are all albums that we think would appeal to classic alternative fans.

What a thrill it was to have hip-hop legend DC Glenn, aka DC The Brain Supreme, from TAG TEAM as our special guest this week!  With his musical partner Steve Rollin, Tag Team rose to prominence in the early '90s with one of the most greatest party jams of all time, "Whoomp!  There It Is".  The song has been so ubiquitous and enduring over the past 28 years that Tag Team were back again in 2021 with everyone's favorite GEICO commercial, "Scoop!  There It Is".  Sprinkles! 

DC shares some amazing stories about the song, career and some valuable and inspirational life lessons about tenacity, triumph, education and creating your own opportunities to thrive and become invaluable.  There is some serious TED Talk level greatness going on here, folks.  The main episode contains our abridged conversation with DC, but you don't not want to miss the entire conversation in our special bonus episode.

So, can YOU rock the party?!?

For more on DC The Brain Supreme:

https://www.tagteambackagain.com

 

On all social media platforms:

@dcglennatl

@tagteamwhoomp

 

#scoopthereitis #sprinkles #tagteam #whoompthereitis

 

E82 Bonus - Learn How to Learn - In Conversation with DC the Brain Supreme (DC Glenn)

October 19th, 2021

This bonus episode contains our complete conversation with DC Glenn, aka DC the Brain Supreme!

What a thrill it was to have hip-hop legend DC Glenn, aka DC the Brain Supreme, from TAG TEAM as our special guest this week!  With his musical partner Steve Rollin, Tag Team rose to prominence in the early '90s with one of the most greatest party jams of all time, "Whoomp!  There It Is".  The song has been so ubiquitous and enduring over the past 28 years that Tag Team were back again in 2021 with everyone's favorite GEICO commercial, "Scoop!  There It Is".  Sprinkles! 

DC shares some amazing stories about the song, his career and offers some valuable and inspirational life lessons about tenacity, triumph, education and creating your own opportunities to thrive and become invaluable.  There is some serious TED Talk level greatness going on here, folks.  The main episode contains our abridged conversation with DC, but you don't not want to miss the entire conversation in our special bonus episode.

So, can YOU rock the party?!?

For more on DC The Brain Supreme:

https://www.tagteambackagain.com

 

On all social media platforms:

@dcglennatl

@tagteamwhoomp

 

#scoopthereitis #sprinkles #tagteam #whoompthereitis

E81 - Top 5 Collaborations

October 12th, 2021

Uncle Gregg and Brett.  Laurel and Hardy.  Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat.  Sometimes, beautiful art can come out of the power of collaboration.  This week, the Lads tackle the best collaborations of the classic alternative era.  And, as they say, it's a real whoppa!  

 

A public apology from Brett:

"I accused Diane Warren of writing a song that she actually had no hand in composing, which led to additional less-than-kind comments about Ms. Warren.  For the factual error, I am deeply, deeply apologetic.  But she's still the worst."

 

An imaginary response from Diane Warren:

"That's OK.  I'll go back to counting my millions of dollars in my mansion.  Enjoy your non-monetized podcast, chump!"

 

Drat...You win this time, Diane Warren!

 

Believe us, you, uhhh, don't want to miss a thing.

 

NOTE: We usually record the show in the morning when we're relatively fresh.  This week, we recorded late at night, and it definitely captured a different vibe.  In fact, so much so that we had to cut some controversial moments from the intro of the main episode.  If you can handle it, listen to the uncensored, unfiltered, unedited intro in a short bonus episode..."O3L After Dark."  But don't say we didn't warn you...

 

E81 Bonus - O3L After Dark

October 12th, 2021

Put on your smoking jacket and pour yourself a stiff drink, because this is O3L After Dark.

We recorded Episode 81 late at night (which is unusual for us...we usually do the show in the morning when we're fresh and pure), so things got a little strange and controversial early.  We ended up editing it out of the main episode to keep it as family friendly as possible, but for anyone who wants to hear the show intro uncut and unhinged, we present it here for you.

For mature audiences only.  Or at least as mature as anyone who listens to O3L can get.

E80 - Top 5 Songs of 1999 (with Steven Morgan)

October 5th, 2021

We were dreaming when we wrote this, forgive us if it's goes astray...

This week, join The Boy With The Golden Ears and The Rocktor as we count down our top five songs from the year 1999.  Yes, it was the year of Britney, Xtina, boy bands, braided chin hair and Dawson's Creek (or was that Creek's Dawson??), but there was plenty of great alternative music that year too.  We mean, there had to be because the world was coming to an end, right?

We've got a great Third Lad this week too, Steven Morgan.  Yeah, we know what you're thinking...did you really get THE Steven Morgan, the sperm doctor!?!?  No, we think we did even better!  It's Steven Morgan, the British-born comedian, actor, and musician currently coming to you live and direct from (wait for it...) The Netherlands!  He's the man with the most piercing and utterly lickable blue eyes you've ever seen on an audio-only podcast!  Among his other accomplishments, check out his hilarious YouTube series Real Power Talk, where Morgan's various characters put musicians in all sorts of uncomfortable situations.  Brilliant!

 

E79 - Top 5 Then & Now (with Mike Hipple)

September 28th, 2021

Remember those old "Where Are They Now?" shows where they track down superstars from the past, only to find that they're now flipping burgers to support their smack habit?  Yeah, we do too...but that's not what we're talking about this episode.  Instead, we shine the spotlight on the artists from the O3L era who are still making vital, relevant music today.

Thus, we could think of no more appropriate Third Lad this week than Seattle-based Photographer/Author Mike Hipple.  Through Mike's incredible lens, he has published two essential books - '80s Redux: Your Favorite Musicians Today (2018) and the upcoming Lived Through That: '90s Musicians Today (out 19 October), both of which beautifully capture the imagery and spirit of the musicians of the era.  It is a captivating, humorous, and poignant look at the music we all love, its creators and the long and winding roads that life takes us down.

Visit www.hipphoto.com for more information on our special guest.  

E78 - Top 5 Nirvana Songs

September 21st, 2021

Here we are now...so let us entertain YOU!  This week, we switch gears to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of one of the seminal albums of the '90s, Nirvana's Nevermind by counting down our top five tracks by the Seattle legends.

As is befitting in an episode about the grunge pioneers, the conversation also veers towards The Monkees, The Spice Girls, deodorant, and some very, uh, colorful analogies about cheese graters and cat udders (do cats even have udders?!?).  Yep, in other words, it's an episode that smells like O3L.  Oh well, whatever, never mind.

Hop on our inner tube and join us down this lazy river of podcasting!

E77 - Top 5 Single Artist Compilation Albums

September 14th, 2021

Dust off yer ol' Best of Matthew Wilder album, because this week Uncle Gregg and Brett chew the phat (yeah, that's P-H-A-T, yo!) on some of their favorite classic alternative compilation albums.  We did Various Artists compilations in a previous episode, so this one focuses on albums for one band/artist.  You know, the greatest hits albums that have all the songs you love in one place...the records that served as your introduction to a band or artist you grew to love...the well curated essentials that gave the fans all of those rarities, deep cuts and b-sides.  It's a lot of phun (yeah, that's P-H-U-N, yo!).  

Also on the agenda: 

  • Uncle Gregg's new wheels!
  • What new album is Brett listening to?
  • What the blankety blank is Grimace (other than everyone's favorite purple blob)!?!?
  • Financial advice (here's a hot tip for y'all...don't trade half a billion dollars of crypto for two pizzas)!
  • Uncle Gregg and Brett's anger issues!
  • An open invitation to psychoanalyze the Lads!
  • ...and surprise!!  You're all two degrees from the Tiffany, the Mall Queen herself!

What does any of that have to do with single artist compilation albums?  We don't know either!

E76 - Top 5 #1 Hits of the ‘80s

September 7th, 2021

This week, we count down the classic alternative songs that went straight to the toppermost of the poppermost on some chart, somewhere in the world in the 1980s.  Yowsah, this was a tough one...

 

Because we have a hard time focusing sometimes, we also discuss kids' TV, some, uh, interesting  million dollar O3L tie-in product ideas, cookware, Halford's Batmobile, the return of ABBA...and, hey, what's that on page 602 of the Sears catalogue?  We also pay tribute to the late, great countdown master himself, Casey Kasem, from whom you will hear some rather colorful language.  Warning: This one's not for the kiddies.  Zoinks, Shaggy!

 

Until we're #1 in the charts, we'll aim to be #1 in your hearts!

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