Prisoners of Rock and Roll

Prisoners of Rock and Roll is a bi-weekly podcast about music, the people who make it, and the almighty, ever-lasting power it has over all of us. We've covered everything from Anthrax to Frank Sinatra, the history of the blues to the history of punk, and from Johnny Cash to the Joshua Tree. We also play clips, discuss music news, and sentence a song every week to The Electric Chair for being terrible. Check us out -- you might learn something! Check us out at

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56 - Live Aid: When Music Fought Famine
We look at Live Aid, one of the biggest concerts ever thrown.
102 min
55 - The Weird World of Les Claypool
We dive into the whacky world of Les Claypool, including Primus, South Park, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Oysterhead, and all of the other cool projects he's involved in.
105 min
54 - A Prisoners of Christmas Party
The 3rd annual Prisoners of Rock and Roll Christmas party. We open up the studio and invite our favorite musicians who have recorded a Christmas tune to come celebrate.
105 min
53 - Heavy Metal History
We look at the history of heavy metal music from it's evolution out of hard rock to today.
97 min
52 - Is Rock Dead?
Is rock and roll dead? We play some songs from some modern rock bands and share our thoughts.
109 min
51 - Rock and Jock! Music & Sports
In honor of the World Series, we look at the best songs to hear at a sporting event.
88 min
50 - Happy Birthday to Us! A Look Back at 2 Years
In episode 50 of the Prisoners of Rock and Roll, we’re taking a look at the Prisoners of Rock and Roll! We’re jumping in our Magical Mystery Musical Wayback Machine and talking about our favorite shows from the last two years.
104 min
49 - Listen Up Y'All, It's the Beastie Boys
We talk about the career of the Beastie Boys, their unique style of rock / rap, their videos, their social activism, and more.
101 min
48 - The Songs Led Zeppelin Ripped Off
We take a look at all of the songs that Led Zeppelin "borrowed" over the course of their career.
103 min
47 - God Save the Queen: The Sex Pistols
We take a look at the music and antics of Sex Pistols.
102 min
46 - Woodstock: Peace, Mud, and Music
We discuss the original Woodstock: the hippies, the drugs, the music, and the impact.
109 min
45 - The Greatest Drummers of All Time
Wee talk about the best drummers of all time.
122 min
44 - Truckin' With the Grateful Dead
We talk about the Grateful Dead.
104 min
43 - Back to the Beach: The Songs of Summer
We discuss the best songs of summer.
94 min
Update -- Where The Heck Have We Been?
A quick update on our schedule.
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42 - Rock The Mic with the Golden Age of Hip Hop
We take a look at the Golden Age of Hip Hop, starting with the pioneers who started hip hop in the wake of disco up to the late 1980s.
115 min
41 - Rock Around the Clock - Music of the 50s
We explore the music from the first decade of rock and roll.
108 min
40 - Hold Those Lighters High! Power Ballads
We're talking about the top 10 hair band power ballads of all time.
93 min
39 - "Dear Loser" -- The History of Sub Pop Rec...
We explore the history of Sub Pop Records and its impact on grunge music.
95 min
38 - The Hottest Band in the World: Kiss!
We take a look at Kiss. The music, the makeup, and, of course, the merchandise!
134 min
37 - Return of the King: The Elvis Comeback Spe...
By 1968, Elvis had been out of the spotlight for a decade. And then he took the stage in a black leather outfit and reminded EVERYONE that he was the King of Rock and Roll.
96 min
36 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs
We discuss 10 artists who deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
116 min
35 - The Faces of David Bowie
We take a look at the characters he portrayed in his music, including Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, and more. 
107 min
34 - Does Rush Suck?
We don't like Rush, so we objectively listened to 2112 to see if our opinions change.
103 min
33 - Revisiting the Music of 1992
A look back at the grunge, alternative, rock, metal, and hip hop of 1992.
141 min
32 - The Day the Music Died: American Pie
We go line by line through American Pie and talk about all of the music and cultural references in it.
97 min
31 - Coal In Your Stocking: Bad Christmas Music
It's our second annual Christmas episode, where talk about some of the worst holiday tunes of all time.
106 min
30 - Behind The Wall with Pink Floyd
We going track by track through The Wall and tell the story of Pink as he descends into madness.
104 min
29 - The Resurrection of Johnny Cash
We discuss Johnny Cash's resurgence in the late 1990s and early 2000 once he started working with Rick Rubin.
106 min
28 - The Life and Music of Bob Marley
We take a look at Bob Marley's life, music, and tragic death at just 36 years old.
100 min
27 - Motown's Secret Weapon: The Funk Brothers
Motown Records produced a staggering 100 top 10 hits from 1961 and 1971. And the legendary session band called the Funk Brothers played on almost all of them.
94 min
26 - The Brilliance of MTV Unplugged
We talk about the amazing (and infamous) episodes of MTV Unplugged.
137 min
25 - Exiled with The Rolling Stones
We honor the passing of great Charlie Watts by going track by track through Exile on Main Street.
100 min
24 - Guitar Picks: Top 6 Guitar Players
We each share our top 6 guitar players of all time.
135 min
23 - Rock and Roll Debate: London Calling vs. T...
We debate the self-titled album from The Ramones versus London Calling by the Clash. It’s Hey Gabba Gabba versus the Only Band That Matters! 
125 min
22 - Live From McCusker's Tavern: The Road Trip...
We’ve put together the ultimate road trip playlist. We play some clips, share some insight, and talk about some great music to check out while on the road. 
105 min
21 - The Crossroads to the Blues
We explore the more than 150 year history of the Blues. We’re going to visit the plantations and juke joints of the deep south and then move to Memphis, St. Louis, and Chicago where it went electric and became the foundation for rock and roll.
112 min
20 - Songs We Hate: The Electric Chair Episode!
We talk about the songs we and our listeners hate.
52 min
19 - Jukebox Heroes: The Ultimate Jukebox Playlist
We put together a list of the greatest bar songs of all time. Grab a cold one and turn up the radio!
86 min
18 - I Want My MTV!
We talk about the golden era of MTV, the best music videos of all time, and the other shows on the network.
124 min
17 - Monterey Pop Festival: One Really Groovy W...
We discuss the Monterey International Pop Music Festival and the amazing performances by Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, and more.
129 min
16 - No More Mr. Nice Guy: The History of Shock...
We look at famous shock rockers like KISS, Gwar, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, and Rob Zombie, as well as a handful of other artists and their outrageous antics.
165 min
15 - Thrashing, Smashing, and Mosh Pits -- Heav...
We discuss the Big Four of thrash metal: Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer.
144 min
14 - The Kings of Cool: Frank Sinatra and The R...
The Rat Pack was a group of entertainers that made movies, recorded music, performed on stage, drank booze and chased broads -- usually all in the same day and all while wearing a suit. In this episode, we take a look at America’s first supergroup of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. We talk about their legendary shows at the Sands and the influence they had on everything they touched.  Episode Playlist Spotify Apple Music Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts
144 min
13 - U2: The Road to the Joshua Tree
In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, we’re talking about U2, the most successful band to ever come out of Ireland. Over the course of their 45-year career, they’ve stayed relevant by consistently evolving their sound and reinventing themselves. On today’s episode of Prisoners of Rock and Roll, we’re going to talk about their legendary career then get up close and personal with the Joshua Tree, their smash hit and one of the best selling albums of all time.  Episode Playlist Spotify Apple Music Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email
101 min
12 - What the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Got Wron...
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released the list of nominees for the class of 2021, and it’s one of the most diverse groups of artists to ever be up for induction, including 7 first time nominees, 9 people of color, and 7 women. The artists are from heavy metal, punk, R&B, hip hop, new wave, rock, afrobeat, and singer-songwriters. In this episode, we share our thoughts on the class of 2021, cast our votes for who gets in, and point out where the Hall has been getting it wrong by snubbing some artists (including Motley Crue). Get ready for a hall of fame podcast experience! Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network. Episode Playlist Spotify Apple Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email
142 min
11 - The Hairband Countdown
Hair metal was one big rock and roll circus that burst onto the scene and ruled the airwaves, concert venues, and MTV in the 1980s. They embraced the idea that rock and roll is about having a good time and they took it to cartoonish levels of excess. Join us as we raise our cigarette lighters in salute to our top six hair bands of all time. Cue the song by Europe -- it’s the hairband countdown! Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network. Episode Playlist Spotify Apple Music Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email
112 min
10 - Bruce Springsteen: Songs of Hope and Dreams
Bruce Springsteen is famous for writing songs about characters in the trenches of everyday life, trying to make a place for themselves and make sense of it all. His concerts are legendary nearly religious experiences that routinely last over three hours. In this episode of Prisoners of Rock and Roll, we talk about how The Boss went from a working-class kid at the Jersey Shore to one of the biggest rock and roll stars in the world with Born in the USA. Plus, we share some personal encounters with Bruce and send a song to The Electric Chair. Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network. Episode Playlist Spotify Apple Music Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email
108 min
9 - Mohawks & Safety Pins: The History of Punk ...
The history of music is filled with counterculture movements, and none of them gave the middle finger to society louder or angrier than punk. We take you through a brief history of punk music, starting with the garage rock of the late 60s that inspired it up through the commercialized pop punk that sold tens of millions of copies. We talk about some of the most interesting characters and influential bands of the movement, including the holy trinity of punk music: The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and the Clash. Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.  Episode Playlist Spotify Apple Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email
104 min
8 - 1991, The Greatest Year in Music History
1991 was one of the strangest and greatest years in modern music history. It's a year that brought us huge releases from U2, Van Halen, and Guns n' Roses, as well as debuts from Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana. It's also a year where Do the Bartman, Rico Suave, and Ice Ice Baby were on the charts. On today's episode of Prisoners of Rock and Roll, we jump in our music time machine and discuss at all of the great (and terrible) music that came out 30 years ago. Episode Playlists Great Music from 1991 Songs from 1991 That Stink Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email
102 min
7 - New Year's Eve Special! Good Riddance 2020.
New Year's Eve sure was different this year. Time Square was more or less empty and everyone was stuck at home instead of celebrating with friends and family. That sucks, but we’re here to help! We decided to record a short episode as the ball drops to look back at some music of 2020 and talk about some of the music that’s usually played at New Year’s Eve Parties. Grab your champagne as as we say good riddance to 2020 and here’s to better times ahead.   Episode Playlist Spotify Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email
25 min
6 - Merry Christmas Mother@#$%ers!!!
Ah, the holidays! It’s time for putting up decorations, eating too much, spending time with friends and family, and listening to Christmas music! On today’s festive episode of Prisoners of Rock and Roll, we spent hours wandering around malls and listening to the radio to hand pick the best songs for the most wonderful time of the year.  Episode Playlist Christmas Music That Doesn't Suck Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email
68 min
5 - Rock and Roll Debate: The Beatles vs. The R...
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. People have been debating this one in living rooms and bars around the world for over 60 years. Lennon and McCartney or Jagger and Richards? Yesterday or Gimmie Shelter? Everyone has an opinion, and we’re going to share ours when it comes to the Fab Four vs the bad boys of rock and roll.  Episode Playlist Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email
152 min
4 - Sun Records: Where Rock and Roll Was Born
If music is a religion, then Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee is one of it’s holy sites. Inside this former auto glass repair shop, a man named Sam Phillips invented rock and roll, discovered Elvis Presley, and brought us artists like BB King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash. This is where it all started. Sam opened his studio in 1950 because he wanted you to experience music and not just hear it. He wanted you to feel what he felt growing up around blues and gospel as a sharecropper in Alabama. He wanted you to feel what he felt walking down Beale Street in Memphis. On today’s episode of Prisoners of Rock and Roll, we’re going to go all the way back to the beginning and take a look at legendary Sun Studios, the artists that came out of it, and the amazing music that gave us good ol’ fashioned, American rock and roll.  Episode Playlist Sun Records Get In Touch Facebook Twitter Email
96 min
3 - Amazing Movie Soundtracks
People have been associating music with scenes from movies since before Judy Garland sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the Wizard of Oz over 80 years ago. Some of the most memorable scenes in the history of film have music playing behind them -- and some of the most memorable soundtrack songs are just as well known as “That song from The Breakfast Club” as “Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds.”On today’s episode of Prisoners of Rock and Roll, we’re going to talk about our favorite movie soundtracks, scenes, and songs. So refill your popcorn, grab a beverage, and sit down in that recliner. Let’s talk movie tunes. 
63 min
2 - The Top 6 American Rock and Roll Bands
America is second to none when it comes to going to inventing music: blues, salsa, country, jazz, hip hop, bluegrass, funk, doo wop, ragtime, surf music, punk, disco, and of course rock and roll. Unless you’re into the symphony, polka, or Australian didgeridoo, the music you’re listening to either came from or has deep roots in America. On today's episode of the Prisoners of Rock and Roll, each of us are going to share who we think are our top 6 American rock and roll bands of all time. This is a long one, boys and girls, so grab yourself a cold one.Facebook: www.prisonersofrockandroll.comEmail:
127 min
1 - Does Motley Crue Belong in the Hall of Fame?
Motley Crue has been making music for almost 40 years. Despite their enormous commercial success, they and most of the other hair bands from that era get written off because of their party lifestyle, spandex, and high hair. On this inaugural episode of the Prisoners of Rock and Roll, we’re going to make the argument that Motley Crue belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We'll discuss their rise to fame on the Sunset Strip, look at their skills as musicians, share some concert stories, and discuss some of their scandals. Facebook: www.prisonersofrockandroll.comEmail: prisonersofrockandroll@gmail.comShow NotesWebsites:Motley CrueRock and Roll Hall of FameVideos:The DirtVH1 Behind the Music: Motley CrueMotley Crue: The End Live in Los AngelesBooks: The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock BandThe Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock StarTattoos & TequilaTommylandArticles:Page 6: A Timeline of Motley Crue's Many Arrests (November 21, 2019)Rolling Stone: On the Road With Motley Crue All in the name of Rock and Roll (August 13, 1987)Rolling Stone: Inside 'The Dirt,' Netflix's raunchy, no-holds-barred adaptation of the glam-metal band's riotous 2001 memoir (March 5, 2019)
60 min
Introducing the Prisoners of Rock and Roll
What's up, cellmates?! Welcome to the Prisoners of Rock and Roll . We release an episode every two weeks where we talk about music, the people who make it, and the influence it has on all of us. We talk about our favorite bands, dive into music history, and settle once and for all some of those music arguments you have with your friends. We also have a segment called The Electric Chair where we sentence a song to death for its crimes against music. Check us out at Facebook, Twitter, or online.
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