WPKN Archives: Connections: Talking Heads, Punk, New Wave and Indy with Special Guest Chris Frantz

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Connections... with Eric Cocks

Original Aired:
Friday, April 21st, 2017
4:01PM to 6:55PM

2 hours, 54 minutes

Friday, April 21st, 2017 4:00PM

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Episode: Connections: Talking Heads, Punk, New Wave and Indy with Special Guest Chris Frantz

April 21, 2017 special edition of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks, Chris Frantz and Deb Guhl. Includes in depth conversations about several Talking Heads songs, along with the stories behind writing and recording these classics. Also a wide variety of music that came to be called punk or new wave, along with music that inspired the sound, the feel or the attitude of independence that made the music so vital. 

Along the way, drummer, producer and songwriter Chris Frantz tells some amazing stories about the early days of CBGB's, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, The Ramones and encounters with Chrissy Hynde, The Buzzcocks and others while on tour. Also how Seymour Stein signed Talking Heads to Sire Records, the first Talking Heads recording session and more. Many great laughs and spontaneous humor throughout the show. 

In addition to Talking Heads, music includes The Ramones in mono, The Patti Smith Group, Richard Hell & The Void-Oids, Bo Diddley, previously unreleased Alex Chilton, Little Richard, Plastic Bertrand, The Who, Bob Dylan, Blondie, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, The Shangri-Las, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Buzzcocks, M, The Blues Magoos, Lou Reed, The Specials, The Squeaky Chairs and whatever happened in the moment. 

Great thanks to my good friends Chris Frantz and Deb Guhl for joining me on air throughout the show for this very special special, which was also a low key fundraiser for WPKN. You can still donate by calling 203-331-9756 or online at wpkn.org. Tell 'em Eric, Chris and Deb sent you. 

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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.

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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.

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