We are very happy to welcome Trevor Steel of The Escape Club into our studios. Trevor was happy to share band stories including where he was when he found out "Wild, Wild West" had hit number one, the terror he faced trying to make the underwater video for "I'll Be There" and to talk about some new music from The Escape Club "We Can't Go Wrong".
Dave and Holly venture outside the studio to experience an actual concert going experience. The Pasadena Daydream Festival curated by Robert Smith of The Cure. Here all about our strategy to experience as much of the the music as possible while still being able to consume tacos and donuts and beer. Don't forget to enhance your experience by listening to the What Difference Does It Make podcast Spotify playlist. We feature two songs from each artist. The first track is the first song they played at the Festival. The second song is our personal pick. Enjoy! https://spoti.fi/2KZ2iwR
For part 2 of our Pasadena Daydream Festival Preshow tailgate party, Dave lays down his rules for preparing for a concert. Holly provides the opposing viewpoint. Based on the Part 1 lottery picks, Holly takes the lead in discussing most of the larger font bands. Dave gets Mogwai while Holly provides some insight into Throwing Muses, Deftones, Pixies and The Cure. And we both wonder how much dancing there will be at the show. Listen to a selected song from each band on our What Difference Does It Make Spotfiy playlist. https://spoti.fi/2KZ2iwR
Dave and Holly have a drawing to determine which 5 of the 10 bands that each will discuss for the Pasadena Daydream Festival curated by Robert Smith of The Cure. Dave picks 4 of the 5 smaller font bands for part 1 and drops some knowledge about KælanMikla, Emma Ruth Rundle, The Twilight Sad and The Joy Formidable. Holly shares her insights about Chelsea Wolfe. Hear the music discussed on our Spotify What Difference Does It Make Podcast playlist https://spoti.fi/2KZ2iwR
It's the final part of our "What Difference Does It Make Podcast" interview with Nick Longo of Longo Designs. Nick lets us know that sometimes fonts work for bands like NWA and Pink Floyd, most hair metal fonts had a similar look and never, ever. ever use Hobo, Papyrus or Comic Sans fonts! We also can't like Nick leave without taking our 80s trivia quiz.
What makes an iconic Artist Logo? It's a lot to consider but sometimes simplicity is best. Branding Specialist Nick Longo of Longo Designs breaks it down for us and lets us know why KISS, AC/DC and Aerosmith, among many others were able to tap into something iconic and help define the band.
In part 2 of our interview with Nick Longo of Longo Designs, we dissect the two iconic Rush album covers, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures and discuss why the Pretenders debut and The Talking Heads Remain In Light album covers were so effective. Nick brings great insight into our talk. So give a listen!
In part 1 of our extensive interview with Brand Builder Nick Longo, we discuss why the What Difference Does It Podcast logo works so well, after all he is the person that created it. We also talk about what defines 80s artwork. why Van Halen's 1984 cover perfectly defined the band and why The Police's 1983 album Synchronicity is a perfect example of how do do it right with just colors and font. Learn more about Nick through his Deeply Graphic podcast and on his Longo Designs website.
In our season 3 finale, we wrap up the year that was 1982 on the KROQ charts. The Go-Gos take a vacation, Sparks make some predictions and Foster Farms gives a unique twist to Human League's "Don't You Want Me". Plus Dave goes on Urban Dictionary and learns all about a Sex Dwarf. It's a great send off to the year that was 1982. Our theme music is provided by Joel Graves of New Monkey Studio. You can also hear the entire 106.7 songs on our What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist. https://spoti.fi/2Evkc8d
Dave and Holly discuss going to a Go-Go with The Rolling Stones, Aidan Quinn and Darryl Hannah dancing to Romeo Void and Toni Basil strutting her stuff with the Monkees Davey Jones. Plus Adam Ant pays tribute to Monty Python. All this and more as we make our way down the KROQ 1982 countdown. This episode features songs number 20 to 11. Hear all the music discussed on the What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist. https://spoti.fi/2Evkc8d
In part two of our super summer salute to the splendid songs of summer, Dave learns about that "It Take Two" was sampled heavily from the song "Think (About It) by Lyn Collins. Holly learns that Kimberley Rew is a part of the Waves in Katrina & The Waves and is SHOCKED! to learn that he is a dude. Meanwhile, Holly's daughter Chelsea somehow maintains her cool in the presence of two clueless Gen X'ers and then ends our summer fun with a Rush song centered around the summer of '42. Good times! Follow along on the What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist. https://spoti.fi/2ZR16Bw
We welcome special guest Chelsea Cantos into our What Difference Does It Make studio. Holly's daughter just wanted to tag along and see how the "magic" happens but she happily strapped on the "cans" and became a big part of our show offering up her unique perspective as we look into some favorite songs from the 80s. Another very special guest is the first appearance of the WDDIM Theme song as created by Joel Graves. We'll be mentioning him more on future episodes. Hear all the music discussed on our Spotify playlist. https://spoti.fi/2ZR16Bw
Summer is here so Holly and Dave start imagining going on a Duran Duran type tour and heading to Sri Lanka or hanging out to the beach and listening to Haircut 100. However you may enjoy the change in season, come back with us to 1982 and give the What Difference Does It Make podcast a listen and then hear the music on the What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist. https://spoti.fi/31OUXaH
In Part 3 of our salute to Father's Day, Dave switches gears and talks about some of the songs that mean the most with him and his daughters, while Holly talks abut the songs that mean the most with her father as well as the artists that connect with her resident expert (RE) and their two children. Expect to hear stories of odd encounters with Kindergarten teachers, desperate searches for a Baby Spice Doll and trips to Atlantic City on this ep. Follow along with all the music discussed on the What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist. https://spoti.fi/2R6jwex
Dave and Holly continue to salute their Fathers. We get a history lesson about the Edmund Fitzgerald and learn about Holly's parents ability to solve the Hawaii 5-0 crime within 12 minutes of a 60 minute show. We also get a special surprise guest to enter our studio and surprise Holly. Hear the music discussed (except for Lenny & The Squigtones) on our What Difference Does It Make Father's Day playlist https://spoti.fi/2IebvQw
In the first of our 3 part feature for Father's Day, Dave and Holly reflect on the songs of their youth and the artists that they learned about thanks to their Dads. Dave remembers going to his first concert and smelling something "funny" in the air. Holly thinks about gambling and "mother's little helper". Thanks Dad! As always, you can hear the music and the "What Difference Does It Make Podcast" Spotify playlist https://spoti.fi/2I1WhxY
In our "bits and chunks" episode of What Difference Does It Make, we discuss a couple Levis commercials, Principal Vernon from The Breakfast Club and the love affair between Gloria Jones and Marc Bolan. In between the discussions, we manage to talk about songs 40 to 31 that KROQ listed on their year end chart from 1982. Listen to the music on the What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist. https://spoti.fi/2Evkc8d
A lot to unravel in this episode. Tattoos on Jews, John Cusack or Adam Levine, Stan Ridgway singing inside a pot full of beans and we learn about King Cotton and Roscoe's Rap. It's all inside our KROQ countdown from 1982 as we discuss song 50 to 41. Follow along on our What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist https://bit.ly/2IXJFdl
There's a lot to love about this episode, bad singing, long bus rides, Welcome Back Kotter, Carly Simon and of course our Moms. We talk about the songs that helped shape our lives through song. Happy Mother's Day! You mean the world to us. Follow along on our What Difference Does It Make Spotify Mother's Day playlist https://spoti.fi/2USvEjs
In this very special episode, Dave and Holly take a break from the 80s to salute our moms. We discuss the music that our Moms introduced us to and in Holly case, music she passed on to her children. These are songs that influenced and helped shape who we are today. This is the first part of a two part episode. Listen to all the music discussed on our What Difference Does It Make Spotify Mother's Day playlist https://spoti.fi/2USvEjs
Holly and Dave try to get water? milk? blood? from a turnip in this episode and discuss Inglorious Bastards, Area Codes, prank phone calls and Simon, Holly's WAZE guy. We also manage to discuss songs 60 to 51 from KROQ's original 1982 year end list. You can hear the music on the "What Difference Does It Make podcast" Spotify playlist https://bit.ly/2IXJFdl
Dave and Holly have an "interesting" episode. They begin by wondering if the word "interesting" is an effective word to describe something of interest. Holly gives a shout out to her most interesting high school teacher, Holly quizzes Dave on interesting Australian colloquialisms and we also manage to talk about music and the interesting songs that came out of KROQ in 1982. Follow along with us on our Spotify "What Difference Does It Make Podcast" playlist.
In this episode Holly and Dave discuss how nice it would be to be Nick Lowe and unexpectedly receive a million dollar check for a song you wrote 20 years ago. Dave worries about parking on the dance floor while hanging out at the record machine. He also annoys Holly by putting "The" in front of every band name like "The Adam and The Ants". Give a listen to all songs discussed on the What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist.
After a month hiatus due to St. Patrick's Day and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Holly and Dave are back at it going back to 1982 and talking about the songs we heard back in 1982 on KROQ Roq of The 80s in Los Angeles. In this episode we go through songs 90 to 80. We realize that the Translator's "Everywhere That I'm Not" would not be as effective in the social media era, Dave learns that Mink Deville, much like Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull is a band name and not an actual person in the band, Holly does her Joey Tribbiani impersonation and Dave destroys the studio. You can follow along to the songs on our What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist
In anticipation of the 2019 Inductees, Dave and Holly spend most of their time talking about wanting to see Janet and Def Leppard in Vegas and The Cure in Australia. Dave struggles with the spelling of Leppard and Holly struggles with trying to guess the individual's that will induct each artist into the Rock Hall. Dave also gets to fanboy on Radiohead and Holly gets to fangirl on The Cure. Hear the music on the "What Difference Does It Make" Spotify playlist.
Dave and Holly talk about the the seven Inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2019. In this epsisode, we start off our conversation with Winger(?!?) and ending it with MTV's Real World. In between, we do manage to talk about our love for Stevie Nicks, The Zombies and Roxy Music. Holly desperately tries to guess which artist(s) have been assigned to officially do the induction speech for the ceremony. You can listen to some of our favorite songs from the artists on our Spotify playlist.
Dave and Holly celebrate Lá Fhéile Phádraig or St. Patrick's Day as some of you might call it by realizing they can't pronounce a lick of Gaelic. We fail to pronounce the names Feargal Sharkey (of The Undertones) or Liam Ó Maonlaí (of Hothouse Flowers) correctly. Dave even fails to remember that Declan Patrick MacManus now known as Elvis Costello might have a bit of Irish blood running through him. We do however, remember many of the great songs as we pay homage to some of our favorite Irish artists. Listen to the songs on our "What Difference Does It Make" Spotify playlist.
Two Jews from the San Fernando Valley talk about St. Patrick's Day and the music they love. Holly speaks of her love of U2 and experience visiting Dublin while Dave wants to have whisky in the jar or perhaps a pint (or two) of Sally Maclennane in hand whilst singing the Pogues classic tune. We also learn about the origin of the holiday and how to pronounce An Cat Dubh. Listen to the music on the "What Difference Does It Make" Spotify playlist
Simon LeBon may have said being on a boat for Duran Duran's Rio video was a joke but Holly and Dave knew this something to aspire to. We should all look this good whilst sailing. The real joke was the "Sex" song by Berlin. And there was nothing funny about German band Trio singing about not being loved, nor was Sparks being funny while being Eaten By The Monster Of Love. It's all under discussion on this episode of "What Difference Does It Make." Listen to the music on our Spotify playlist
Dave and Holly talk about the songs that we heard on KROQ in 1982. The first song on the list "I Had Sex With ET" by Barnes and Barnes leads into a podcast within our podcast, "Movie Talk" with Dave and Holly. We eventually start talking about some of our favorite artists including The Clash, Joe Jackson and Squeeze. Follow along on the Spotify playlist
Happy Valentine's Day! Dave and Holly talk about just a few of their favorite love songs from the 80s. Dave almost cries reading a Bruce Springsteen lyric and we also talk Grammys and Holly's favorite loves; Bryan Adams and Adam Levine. Hear all songs discussed on our Spotify playlist
Holly and Dave discuss their favorite songs of love from the 80s. Dave starts with an homage to singer/songwriter James Ingram and Holly uses this opportunity to talk more about The Cure and we wonder what exactly is a Bizarre Love Triangle. Follow along on our Spotify playlist.
In the final of our 3 part interview with Freddy Snakeskin. We talk about more about the air talent including Richard Blade and Swedish Egil and the beginning of the end for the ROQ of the 80s format. Freddy discusses his flip to MARS FM and once again landing back at KROQ HD2 ROQ of the 80s
Freddy Snakeskin talks about helping the innovator of the "ROQ of the 80s" format, Rick Caroll manage KROQ and then taking over for Rick and becoming the Program Director. Freddy also discusses the amazing on air talent including Rachel Donahue, Dusty Street, Jed The Fish, Rodney Bingenheimer and Sam Frees. We also touch upon the infamous KROQ trips to Hawaii.
Holly and Dave get to interview one of their radio heroes, the one and only Freddie Snakeskin, air talent and PD for KROQ Roq of the 80s. In part 1, Freddie talks about his origin story and the cast of characters that helped shape the station.
It's Christmas Time. There's no need to be afraid. And yet, Holly has a hard time accepting this joyous holiday. We talk lyrical content, the wonder that is "Do They Know It's Christmas" and the Action/Christmas movie "Die Hard"
Dave and Holly discuss Christmas songs centering around skiing and lost girlfriends. Spoiler alert: George Michael is okay with it. Also more Holly, Jolly merriment in this happiest of holidays. Follow along on our Spotify playlist spoti.fi/2BLd8mY
In this episode, Holly takes the lead and names off her favorite Chanukah (always spelled with a CH never just an H) music. Dave just thinks of Christmas (also spelled with a CH) and is shocked, SHOCKED that Holly is unfamiliar with one of his favorite songs of all time. Our Spotify playlist can be found at https://spoti.fi/2BLd8mY
Dave & Holly continue their discussion of songs that make them think of Thanksgiving. Holly is Kind and Generous and thinks of Chocolate Cake. Dave thinks of Charlie Brown and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Follow along on our Spotify playlist https://spoti.fi/2Q1RSkJ
Dave and Holly discuss the songs that make them thankful during this time of year. Holly goes for the literal thank you songs while Dave dives into hippie mode and picks a couple songs for the freaks. Spotify playlist is https://spoti.fi/2Q1RSkJ
Dave and Holly continue their talk about their favorite albums from 1982. Holly seems to favor bands from Down Under like INXS and Split Enz while Dave goes for odd looking Englishmen like Elvis Costello and Richard Thompson. Listen to the music discussed on our Spotify playlist https://spoti.fi/2z057bJ
Dave and Holly talk about their favorite albums from 1982. Holly liked to dance and swoon citing Yaz and ABC. Dave liked to feel morbid citing Springsteen's Nebraska. However, they agree that 1999 was what made 1982 special. Thanks Prince! Our Spotify playlist is https://spoti.fi/2yLcXpt
Dave and Holly continue their discussion of their favorites songs honoring this haunted holiday. Dave seems to like goofy hip hop songs while Holly likes love songs. I guess they don't like scary things. Plus, Holly's 80's Heavy Metal knowledge is put to the test. Listen to all songs discussed on Spotify at https://spoti.fi/2PVPoRC
In our special two part edition of our favorite Halloween songs, we have a lively discourse on our favorite candies, Holly talks about her favorite Godfather of Goth, Robert Smith and Dave discusses all things Bela Lugosi and his favorite Godfather of Goth, Peter Murphy. Spotify playlist can be found at https://spoti.fi/2NQM9ZJ
We've reached number 11 as we do our deep dive into the top 106.7 songs played on KROQ in 1981. The women reign supreme as Chrissie Hynde, Lene Lovich and The Go-Go's, dominated the KROQ airwaves. In addition, Holly fawns over Adam Ant and Dave wonders whatever happened to Su Tissue of Suburban Lawns. Follow along on our What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist http://www.spoti.fi/2xPOduZ
Dave and Holly continue to count down the songs played on KROQ in 1981. Dave reminisces about The Waitresses and Square Pegs, attempts to remind Holly about the Adam Ant Prince Charming dance and making mixtapes. Holly reminisces about high school boyfriends in bands. Holly had a much better high school life than Dave. Spotify playlist is at spoti.fi/2xPOduZ
Holly and Dave discuss songs 39 to 30 of the KROQ countdown from 1981. Strange but true KROQ played Rush's Tom Sawyer in 1981 so Holly gets to geek out over her favorite prog rock band and Dave still doesn't know how to pronounce the drummer's name. Holly also gets to fan over The Go-Go's and Billy Idol. Give a listen to the Spotify playlist at https://spoti.fi/2xPOduZ
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Holly and Dave continue their discussion of the top 106.7 songs played on KROQ in 1981. In this Ep we go through songs 69 to number 40. So many dirty songs on this list. What Does Sex Mean To Me, indeed! Spotify playlist is at https://spoti.fi/2O3ONw4
Holly and Dave talk about the top 106.7 songs played on Los Angeles radio station KROQ in 1981. In this first part we get up to song #70. If you want to hear the music on Spotify you should go to https://spoti.fi/2O3ONw4
Holly sees Jeff Lynne's ELO and we see if there's any difference between shows from 1978 and 2018. Holly frets about the alleged meaning behind Livin' Thing and since this is an 80s podcast, we touch on ELO's 1981 album "Time".
Dave and Holly talk about the first 25 videos that were played on MTV on August 1, 1981. In this episode we agree that Iron Maiden seguing into REO Speedwagon is a horrible idea. Holly learns about Mr. Briefcase and she teaches Dave about the real meaning behind Phil Collins "In The Air Tonight"
Dave & Holly talk about the day that was August 1, 1981. The launch of MTV. We'll discuss the first 25 videos played. Part one includes everyone's favorite music trivia question, the musical direction of Styx and Holly learns the definition of brass when it's in your pocket.
Dave & Holly continue to discuss their love (and hate) of music from 1980. Dave does the dirty work and watches Forbidden Zone, the film debut for The Mystic Knights of The Oingo Boingo and scored by recent high school grad, Danny Elfman. We also discuss the ultimate Yacht Rock concert from Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins and Christopher Cross. Listen to the Episode 5 playlist on Spotify at https://spoti.fi/2LiRpJm
Dave & Holly discuss more music from the year 1980 and we discover that we need an assistant to help us remember everything. You can her the music interspersed through our conversation on Anchor or listen to the playlist on Spotify https://spoti.fi/2IYHRgr
This week Holly reports on seeing two of her favorite artists; Maroon 5 and Pink. Dave talks about Johnny Marr and Ray LaMontagne. We discuss set list strategies and I ask Holly if she can name a member of Maroon 5 not named Adam Levine