Modern Musicology

Modern Musicology covers topics on rock and pop ranging mostly from 70s, 80s and 90s (with occasional excursions into 60s and 00s).

Anything is fair game — classic rock, R&B, folk, punk, prog, rap, metal, and more.


Modern Musicology #70 - The Music of Saturday Night Live

#70 – The Music of Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live! This week we turn our attention to one of the greatest television institutions in history — SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — and its amazing musical legacy. We talk about some of our favorite musical performances ever (and some of the worst, too), what artists the show introduced us to that

Modern Musicology #69 - John Robb Interview

Modern Musicology #69 – John Robb Interview

This week on Modern Musicology we have the extreme pleasure of chatting with bassist, author, radio and TV presenter, journalist, DJ, publisher, and founder of Louder Than War JOHN ROBB, talking about his new book The Art of Darkness: The History of Goth, which releases in the US on Tuesday, May 16. We chat with John

Modern Musicology #68 - Rock's Greatest Comebacks

Modern Musicology #68 – Greatest Comebacks

Greatest Comebacks This week we recount the stories of the greatest comebacks ever in pop music! The discussion includes bands and artists that actively left music and then reentered the scene, as well as those who bounced back from disastrous periods in their career. Our topic ranges from Elvis (of course) and Tina (of

Modern Musicology Bonus Episode - Taylor Swift the Eras Tour Review

Modern Musicology – Taylor Swift The Eras Tour

The Eras Tour Alan and his two buddies Daniel and Tillman caught Taylor Swift – The Eras Tour on April 30 in Atlanta, GA … and here’s their review! What did they think of the show? What about favorite songs or moments? And what was their favorite era?? They cover it all, from the performance to

Modern Musicology #67 - It's a SPARKS Show!

Modern Musicology #67 – It’s a SPARKS Show!

SPARKS Show! This week, with Stephanie and Alan away for the week, the podcast is taken over by Rob and Anthony, who take the opportunity to do a deep-dive on one of their favorite bands, SPARKS! They discuss how they became Sparks fans, what they love about the band, seeing the band live, the Mael Brothers’ importance

Modern Musicology #66 - The 27 Club

Modern Musicology #66 – The 27 Club

The 27 Club There have been a shocking number of artists who have all died at the same very young age, early into what was already a hugely successful and influential career, but should have been a long and legendary career. They are The 27 Club. We discuss the major figures

Modern Musicology #65 - The Albums of 1978

Modern Musicology #65 – The Albums of 1978

The Albums of 1978 The musical archaeologists of Modern Musicology are on an expedition to uncover albums that are celebrating 45th Anniversaries — The Albums of 1978! It was a great year with amazing game-changing debuts from Prince, Van Halen, The Police, The Cars, Kate Bush, Generation X, Devo, and many more. It was a

Modern Musicology #64 - Two- or Three-Hit Wonders

Modern Musicology #64 – 2- or 3-Hit Wonders

2- or 3-Hit Wonders You always hear about one-hit wonders . . . well, what about 2- or 3-hit wonders? This week the Modern Musicology team (Anthony Williams, Stephanie Seymour and Rob Levy) talks about those acts that made it beyond one hit. But what makes a two- or three-hit wonder? Some

Modern Musicology #63 - Michael Derosier and Steve Fossen of HEART

Modern Musicology #63 – Steve Fossen & Michael Derosier of HEART

Heart is one of the greatest American rock bands, and this week we have the privilege of chatting with two of the band’s original members — bass player Steve Fossen and drummer Michael Derosier! Steve and Mike played on the first six albums, from 1975 to 1982, and can be heard on hits

Modern Musicology #62 - Tony Levin Interview

Modern Musicology #62 – TONY LEVIN Interview

Rock Legend TONY LEVIN This week we had the extraordinary honor of chatting with the legendary Tony Levin! We talk with Mr. Levin about the imminent release of the new Peter Gabriel album and his preparations for the upcoming Peter Gabriel tour. He then regales us with stories from throughout his impressive career,

Modern Musicology #61 - Gary Clark Interview

Modern Musicology #61 – Gary Clark Interview

This week we’re excited to welcome Gary Clark to the show! Gary began his career in the late 80s as frontperson of the Scottish band Danny Wilson, writing and singing the band’s 1987 international hit “Mary’s Prayer.” Throughout the 90s and 2000s, he recorded one solo album and two albums as a

Modern Musicology #60 - Punk Photographer Theresa Kereakes

Modern Musicology #60 – Theresa Kereakes

This week Alan and Stephanie — joined by Steph’s husband Bob Perry — chat with Theresa Kereakes, one of the 150 or so core members of the original LA punk rock scene. Theresa began taking photos at a very young age, and by extension, she chronicled the early LA punk scene with her camera. Her famous photos

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