Author Archives: Shap

ROOTS with ROBB: The Eurythmics!

I’m hard pressed at the moment to think of too many other artists who put out so many consistent albums through through 1 decade while changing sounds and styles than the Eurythmics, except for maybe their biggest influence, David Bowie.  From elements of New Wave, Post-Punk and Krautrock on their debut, to their Synth-Pop heydays,…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Lynyrd Skynyrd!

Is it really as simple as saying the roots for Lynyrd Skynyrd are simply the Allman Brothers?  Yeah, kinda.  But in the debate for who are the ‘kings’ of Southern Rock, there’s definitely a worth-while debate to be made between the two.  Robb and I break that down on today’s episode.  Plus, has there been…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB Classic Album: Lou Reed TRANSFORMER

If there’s one thing you take away from this episode, it’s that Robb’s ‘Desert Island’ would be a depressing place.  This album, along with Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks are two of his desert island albums.  I don’t know the rest.  Maybe I should ask him one day on an episode (future show idea!).  If…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Britney Spears!

Britney Spears is often referred to as ‘The Princess of Pop.’  But how much of her place on the pop throne is of her doing?  An artist like Britney is difficult to do a ‘Roots’ on because there’s so many cooks in the kitchen.  Yes, her music is all created by some of the best…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: The Pixies!

The Beatles, the Stones, Pixies.  If you think one of these isn’t like the other, you’d be right…and wrong.  But when it comes to influencing and changing music, the Pixies belong on that list.  Without the Pixies, the 90s alternative boom wouldn’t have happened.  Just read Kurt Cobain’s comments on their influence on him and…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Steely Dan!

For this week’s roots, we were on a quest to find absolutely perfect music.  It might not be perfect for us (maybe you either) but there are people who think Steely Dan are just that.  And their studio craft is impeccable!  But that doesn’t always mean you’re going to like it.  Really, what it came…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Rank GnR Appetite for Destruction Tracks!

We’ve done Guns n’ Roses roots before, but decided to re-visit Appetite for Destruction on its own.  Why?  Why Not!  So we decided to each rank all 12 songs on the record from 12 to 1 in order of our personal favorites.  Listen to the show and refer to the lists below for our rankings.  There…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Garbage!

What do you get when you take 3 music producers from Madison, Wisconsin, and pair it with a sparkplug of a female Scot…you get Garbage!  I was fortunate to discover them at a festival show in 1996 and was hooked from the first song.  Be sure to watch a full concert from 1996 below, and…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: Billy Squier

Billy Squier’s career took off like a rocket in the early 80s cranking out arena sized hooks and hits.  On this episode we take a look at the roots for his successful songs (Zeppelin and Queen). The 2nd half of the show is bonus content that focuses more on his decline and why he fell…Read more »

ROOTS with ROBB: The Animals!

Besides the Beatles, Stones and the Who, we really haven’t dabbled in much from the British Invasion.  The Animals definitely were part of of that movement.  When they arrived in the states for the first time, there was a parade from the airport to their hotel with a throng of screeching girls lined up to…Read more »