WPKN Archives: Connections with Eric Cocks: Bowie, Dylan, Kinks, Beatles, new music and Special Guest Chris Frantz

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Connections... with Eric Cocks

Original Aired:
Friday, January 15th, 2016
4:08PM to 6:55PM

2 hours, 47 minutes

Friday, January 15th, 2016 4:01PM

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Episode: Connections with Eric Cocks: Bowie, Dylan, Kinks, Beatles, new music and Special Guest Chris Frantz

Jan 15, 2016 episode of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks. New and vintage music, a tribute to David Bowie and a conversation with my good friend Chris Frantz, drummer and founding member of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club. 

Through his music, art, film roles, style, images and presentation, David Bowie was a shape shifter… always willing to change. Always willing to take chances, try something new and see where that might lead him, and then be willing to change again. During the course of the show, I play a small percentage of Bowie songs that I love, mixing them in with songs by artists who were also willing to change, including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys and Bobby Darin. (I would have liked to have also added Harry Nilsson, Neil Young, Brian Eno and others.) 

The show is largely improvised, playing whatever felt right in the moment. There's also music from Hillary Bratton (covering Barry Reynolds), Paper Pilots, Gracie and Rachel, Tycho, Warren Zevon, Dusty Springfield, Nick Lowe and Tom Tom Club. 

About half way through the show, I'm joined by my very special guest, Chris Frantz. (Tina Weymouth had planned to be here, but was under doctor's orders not to talk and to rest her throat.) 

Chris and I talk about David Bowie, the upcoming rare Tom Tom Club show on Jan 23rd at Fairfield Theatre Company Warehouse, the origins of Tom Tom Club and play a number of songs, including rare remixes, having a few laughs along the way. 

Also a brief appearance by Mike Stand from The Squeaky Chairs.

Thanks to Chris for joining me. 

Thanks to David Bowie for the wonderful music, art and entertainment. 

Thanks for tuning in! 

Previous episodes of Connections are available in the WPKN archives, including interviews with Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Producer Tony Visconti (Bowie, T-Rex and many more), New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, Grammy Award winning singer and author Janis Ian and more. Also special features on Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, Bob Marley and the British Invasion.
Here are some direct links: 

Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge 1965-1966 and more (Nov 4, 2015)
(The first hour and a half explores previously unreleased songs and outtakes): 


Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge Part 2, New Music and Tony Visconti Interview (Dec 18, 2015) 

Direct link to Interview/Conversation with Producer, Arranger, Engineer and Musician Tony Visconti (Dec 18, 2015): 

Connections with Eric Cocks (New and vintage music, plus rare demos by Alan Menken and much more, Nov 20, 2015): 

Connections: The Beatles and Dylan in Mono on Vinyl and more… 

Connections: Dylan's Basement Tapes and other stuff… 

May 15, 2015 Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz: 

Roz Chast: Guest DJ and Interview with New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author: 



Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos: Interview/Conversation

Janis Ian Interview: 
Connections: Beatles, Dylan, Nilsson, Kinks, Elvis, Beach Boys and new music (August 2015): 

Connections with Eric Cocks: Odds and Ends, New and Vintage… 

Connections at Night (including music and comedy geared for late night listening): 

Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz and Jeff Slate (May 2014): 


Connections: Music of the Heart (Sep 2015): 

For more info, updates and occasional videos, please check the FaceBook page: Connections on WPKN


Show: Connections... with Eric Cocks

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Explores the connections between songs, songwriters, musicians, producers and people... often in surprising ways.

Vital, intelligent music with true artistic vision. Or just because it sounds good...

Includes extended features on specific artists such as Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Beatles and far more. Also comedy by Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner and others with a rock and roll renegade attitude. In depth explorations of early electronic music (and how it relates to current music). Vital new music that deserves to be heard. Surf music. Garage bands. British invasion. Rock and Roll. John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, The Blues Magoos, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Dr Fiorella Terenzi, Beethoven, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, Nilsson, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Tame Impala, Grimes, The Pretenders, Blondie, Caitlin Rose, Juana Molina, Mojo Mancini, Elliott Randall, Marshall Chapman, Jessy Lanza, Big Star, demos, rarities, unreleased new music and far more may be part of any given show. Also live interviews of performers, writers, producers, engineers, session musicians and people behind the scenes. Plus unexpected surprises...

Previous in depth interviews include Sam Phillips, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, author/comedian Paul Krassner, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Neil Innes of The Rutles, Tommy James, legendary session musician Carol Kaye, Warren Zanes, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Rod Argent of The Zombies, Oscar Winning Composer Alan Menken, Patty Larkin and more. All are available in archives for about 385 days. (Maybe that'll get extended some day.) Stay tuned for future interviews and special features.

The show will keep changing over time.

Tune in every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon of each month at the new  time of  4 to 7 pm eastern. Also special editions at other times. Available live over the air at 89.5, online at http://wpkn.org, tunein radio or listen later in the WPKN archives.

For further info, updates, news, videos and special features, please check the FaceBook site: Connections on WPKN

Thanks for tuning in!

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