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The Chain

The Chain

By Britt Aylen
A podcast about different pieces of music and the commonalities that link them together.
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This episode of The Chain has got it all - Young MC, pizza, Paul McCartney, Kenny G, coffee, Sia and more… Follow The Chain on Twitter - @TheChainPod, and Instagram - also @TheChainPod.  Britt is @brittaylen pretty much everywhere. For the “official playlist” with the featured songs between each episode, check out The Chain - The Podcast Playlist on Spotify. And if you want all the songs mentioned (but just the songs), try The Chain - Music from the Podcast on Spotify. Articles and videos from this episode, plus a few bonuses: Young MC Explains The History Behind His Hit Song Bust A Move Delicious Pizza visits KTLA 5 Morning News Delicious Pizza Cafe Review / Hollywood Kenny G Says He’s Responsible For The Starbucks Frappuccino McCartney joins Starbucks' record label Sia's full interview with Mania TV in 2008 Sia meet Fans in a Starbucks Delicious Pizza - official website Delicious Pizza carries on the Delicious Vinyl music tradition From Sonic Youth to Sia, the surprising history of Starbucks’ record label Starbucks Stops Selling CDs, Because CDs Are Finally Over The Secret History of Delicious Vinyl, the LA-Based Indie Label that Birthed Some of the Most Iconic Rappers
08:41
October 15, 2020
Touching Bass
In this episode of The Chain, we take a look at one of the instrumentalists behind both Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know and Young MC’s Bust A Move.  We also spend way too much time theorising about Dave Coulier. The Chain is on Twitter - @TheChainPod, and Instagram - also @TheChainPod.  Britt is @brittaylen pretty much everywhere. If you want to hear the featured songs between each episode, check out The Chain - The Podcast Playlist on Spotify. From this episode: You Oughta Know: an oral history of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill engineer Chris Fogel: “Flea was surprisingly way out of time on You Oughta Know” Will Alanis Morissette Reveal ‘You Oughta Know’ Ex? | WWHL Dave Coulier on Alanis Morissette | Where Are They Now | Oprah Winfrey Network The guys of Full House joke about Alanis' “You Oughta Know Dave Coulier Talks About His Relationship With Alanis Morissette And Inspiring 'You Oughta Know' Alanis Morissette - Music Mag 2011 Also worth watching: Rick Beato’s What Makes This Song Great? Ep. 30 Alanis Morissette
06:47
October 8, 2020
Pull the Plug
In this episode of The Chain, we look into the history of MTV Unplugged, and how Eric Clapton came to record the best-selling live album of all time. The Chain - Music From the Podcast on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6QsSyFFDN6fytPcdJVtzxw The Chain is on Twitter - @TheChainPod, and Instagram - also @TheChainPod.  Britt is @brittaylen pretty much everywhere. If you want to hear the featured songs between each episode, check out The Chain - The Podcast Playlist on Spotify. This week, Britt was a guest on When Albums Collide with Judd & Pedro, discussing Sheryl Crow & Susanna Hoffs’ self-titled albums.  Find it on Apple Podcasts, Great Australian Pods, Facebook, Spotify, Instagram, Google Podcasts… or wherever you get your podcasts. In this episode: Eric Clapton for MTV Unplugged on the official Eric Clapton YouTube channel Eric Clapton on For One Night Only via BBC Sounds I Want My MTV, The Uncensored Story of The Music Video Revolution by Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks via Amazon Further reading: MTV Unplugged: A History via 34th St 17 Electric Facts about MTV Unplugged via Mental Floss
06:48
September 24, 2020
Out of Credit
 Who took the credit for writing Georgia on My Mind? And what does it have in common with Layla by Derek and the Dominos? Find out in this episode of The Chain. For more info about this podcast, you can follow The Chain on social media - @TheChainPod on Twitter and @TheChainPod on Instagram.  You can also find Britt on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Official Spotify Playlist, with the songs in between each episode can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2ni4nNB9nwWvaUMIfxOow8 From the episode: Nashville Songwriters Association International: How Songwriters Get Paid Rita Coolidge on Fox 11 Los Angeles via YouTube Layla’s 40th: The Where’s Eric! Interview With Bobby Whitlock Delta Lady: A Memoir - Rita Coolidge (with links to purchase at a bookstore near you) via HarperCollins Wild Tales - Graham Nash (with links to purchase at a bookstore near you) via Penguin
09:56
September 17, 2020
State the Facts
How did a John Denver song become the Official State Song of Colorado when he was born in New Mexico?  And what’s the deal with Tennessee’s state rap?  This episode of The Chain is all about US state emblems. The Chain - The Podcast Playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2ni4nNB9nwWvaUMIfxOow8 The Chain - Music from the Podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBYHwH1Vb-c&list=PLiU0TyJs0SSRXDfl5bWT2_8_Dz1NGXQkz Follow Britt and The Chain: @TheChainPod and @brittaylen on Twitter, @TheChainPod and @brittaylen on Instagram and Britt Aylen on Facebook. Featured in this episode: Congressman David Scott on Ray Charles via C-Span.
06:29
September 3, 2020
Parental Advisory
In this episode of The Chain, Dee Snider from Twisted Sister teams up with a beloved US folk musician in an unlikely alliance against the Parents Music Resource Centre. The Chain is on Twitter - @TheChainPod, and Instagram - also @TheChainPod.  Britt is @brittaylen pretty much everywhere. If you want to hear the featured songs between each episode, check out The Chain - The Podcast Playlist on Spotify. From this episode: The entire 1985 senate hearing on C-Span. Tipper Gore on Nightwatch via YouTube.
17:24
August 27, 2020
Don't Rock the Vote
Let’s get political in a new episode of The Chain - linking Foo Fighters’ Times Like These to Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It. Listen via the official Spotify playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2ni4nNB9nwWvaUMIfxOow8 And follow The Chain on social media - @TheChainPod on Twitter and @TheChainPod on Instagram.  You can also find Britt on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. From this episode: Foo Fighters on The West Wing, The West Wing on IMDb Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on politics and music on PBS NewsHour via YouTube Dave Grohl on George W Bush for Rolling Stone Magazine via The Economist Foo Fighters: Back and Forth on IMDb and on iTunes Dave Grohl in Harp Magazine, 2004 Dave Grohl talks to Lauren Laverne on XFM Dee Snider on CNN via Blabbermouth Dee Snider: "Donald Trump is a friend of mine" via Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on YouTube United Australia Party - Australia’s Not Gonna Cop It on YouTube Dee Snider talks 'Who Will Rock You?,' politics, and Twisted Sister's early days for Yahoo Entertainment on YouTube Dee Snider on The Today Show via Twitter Universal Music vs Clive Palmer Further reading: Why Politicians Keep Using Songs Without Artists' Permission - Rolling Stone Don't Get It Twisted: 'We're Not Gonna Take It' Can Be Anyone's Protest Song - NPR
14:17
August 20, 2020
Counting the Beat
What makes common time so common? And what is an asymmetrical meter? This episode of The Chain links Blondie’s Heart of Glass to Foo Fighters’ Times Like These through metric modulation. For more info about this podcast, you can follow The Chain on social media - @TheChainPod on Twitter and @TheChainPod on Instagram.  You can also find Britt on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. From the episode: Don't Trip on the 3/4 Measure: Changing Meter in Blondie's "Heart of Glass" via Rebel Music Teacher Unusual Markers: Mixolydian Mode & Asymmetrical Simple Meter in the Foo-Fighters' "Times Like These" via Rebel Music Teacher Blondie - Heart Of Glass Piano Tutorial via Piano Go Life Why is 4/4 so Common? via David Bennet Piano David Bennet Piano on YouTube and Patreon The 17 Best Songs In 7/4 Time Signature via Stereogum Sound on Sound: Sounding Off: Messing With Meter
06:20
August 13, 2020
Machine Learning
 How does a 1000 year-old invention link Arctic Monkeys’ I Wanna Be Yours to Heart of Glass by Blondie? And why has Britt been emailing the owner of an LA recording studio? Find out in this episode of The Chain. For more, follow The Chain on social media - @TheChainPod on Twitter and @TheChainPod on Instagram.  You can also find Britt on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Featured in this episode: The Ultimate Guide To Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' via the NME Arctic Monkeys’ YouTube Channel: The Making of Suck It And See VOX Studios on Show Us Your Junk Leon Theremin’s Rhythmicon played by Andrei Smirnov at the Ableton Loop Conference Roland CR-78 audio samples via Wikipedia How 'Heart of Glass' was made by Eagle Rock Productions How we made: Heart of Glass via The Guardian How Blondie Created 'Heart of Glass' via The Wall Street Journal Further info: Engineering the Sound: Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' on Happy Mag Blondie - Heart Of Glass on BBC Radio 2’s The Record Producers Roland CR-78 In The Air Tonight Tutorial Vox Recording Studios, Los Angeles via Sound on Sound
06:43
July 30, 2020
Poetic Licence
 Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Jim Morrison, Alex Turner and John Cooper Clarke all feature in this episode of The Chain - as we discuss the link between The Passenger and I Wanna Be Yours. Follow The Chain on social media: @TheChainPod (Twitter) and @TheChainPod (Instagram).  And if you want to, you can follow Britt on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. From the episode: Iggy Pop and Josh Homme talk about their Post Pop Depression album via The Guardian Iggy Pop - Stories Behind the Songs on EW David Bowie on Much Music David Bowie and Iggy Pop on the Dinah Shore Show Matthew Forbes reads the poetry of Jim Morrison on YouTube Arctic Monkeys interview on Q104.3 John Cooper Clarke on the official Arctic Monkeys YouTube channel Alex Turner and Matt Helders on MSN Canada Listen via the official playlist (The Chain - The Podcast Playlist on Spotify) to hear the featured songs between each episode.
09:27
July 22, 2020
Banshees for Beginners
What is the link between Dear Prudence by The Beatles, and Iggy Pop’s The Passenger? Find out in the third full-length episode of The Chain. The Banshees for Beginners playlist can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/05wbOmjQVyzoKSRjlHz1R6 Keep up with The Chain on social media - @TheChainPod on Twitter and @TheChainPod on Instagram.  You can also find Britt on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Featured in this episode: Siouxsie Sioux and Steven Severin on Pop Formule Rock Family Trees: Banshees and Other Creatures The Sex Pistols on Today Queens of British Pop (and here’s more of Shirley Manson raving about Siouxsie for NME) Iggy Pop on 120 Minutes
09:11
July 15, 2020
Fine-Tuning
In this episode, Britt takes a trip to India (not really) to find the link between Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name and The Beatles’ Dear Prudence. A huge thank-you to Brett Marley for voicing the angry tweet, and to Rhys Auteri for his expert explanation of drop D tuning. Keep in touch with The Chain on social media - @TheChainPod on Twitter and @TheChainPod on Instagram.  You can also find Britt on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Stuff from the episode: Tom Morello and Twitter respond to people only just realising Rage Against The Machine are political via NME A guitar lesson with Tom Morello via LNWY Donovan interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine David Lynch talks to Paul McCartney for the Transcendental Meditation YouTube Channel Prudence Farrow on Witnify More interesting things: For the resources regarding Rodney King and #BlackLivesMatter, visit this episode's post on TheChainPod.com. More on Drop D Tuning via Bax Music “No one was to know that sooner or later she was to go completely berserk under the care of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. All the people around her were very worried about the girl because she was going insane. So we sang to her.” - John Lennon on the end of the Esher demo of Dear Prudence Analysis of the theory and production of Dear Prudence, via Ethan Hein on YouTube Stems: Deconstructing Dear Prudence on YouTube Two great Rolling Stone articles about The Beatles’ time in America: The Beatles in India: 16 Things You Didn't Know and How the Beatles in India Changed America The Beatles in India via Wikipedia
11:01
July 8, 2020
Chart Campaigns
In the first full episode of The Chain, we take a look into the history of digital downloads on singles charts, and find the link between The Chain by Fleetwood Mac and Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine. For more, follow the show on social media - @TheChainPod on Twitter and @TheChainPod on Instagram.  You can also get in touch with Britt via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Stuff from the episode: The BBC F1 coverage intro from 2019. Love Actually clip via Movie Clips / Love Actually on IMDb. BBC’s The Christmas No. 1 Story. Tom Morello on BBC 6 Music with Matt Everitt. John Morter on BBC Breakfast. Piers Morgan interviews Simon Cowell on ITV2. Paul McCartney talks to Sky News about the Christmas No. 1 campaign (via The Guardian). X Factor Favourite for UK Christmas No. 1 via Billboard. Further reading/listening/watching: The BBC F1 coverage intro from 1978. Jon Morter’s website. The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz 2015 on YouTube - featuring mystery guest Jon Morter.
09:13
July 1, 2020
Introducing The Chain
The Chain is a podcast about different songs and the things that link them together.  This episode introduces the concept, and the first song in the chain -- which happens to be The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.  You can follow this podcast on Twitter @TheChainPod and Instagram @TheChainPod, and there's more info at TheChainPod.com.  Britt can also be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. --  Stuff mentioned in the episode:  More of Ken Caillat's interview from Stevie Nicks - Through the Looking Glass.  Dug By Us on Spotify (the playlist version), and their socials: Twitter & Instagram.
02:54
June 28, 2020