Martin Briley, primarily known for his lone hit from ’83 “The Salt in My Tears.” But, what people may not know is that he is a prolific songwriter who has penned songs for a diverse list of artists, including Pat Benatar, Celine Dion, Night Ranger and Barry Manilow. Briley has had a long, interesting career in the music industry, but has shunned the spotlight. He shares some of his experiences with Icon Fetch, from the unwanted fame that came from his video getting played on MTV, to a crazy stalker that traveled cross country to confront him. Click below for the Martin Briley interview.
Dwight Twilley is best known for a pair of #16 hits: “I’m On Fire,” from 1975, and “Girls,” from 1984, but he’s been making songs with catchy hooks his entire career. He’s set to release a brand new disc called “Green Blimp.” Icon Fetch talks with the power pop master about his notorious struggles with record companies, and how, with the support of his devoted fans, he’s been able to finance his latest project on his own. Click below for the Dwight Twilley interview.
Solomon Burke was one of the greatest soul singers of all time. Sadly, he passed away over the weekend at the age of 70. Icon Fetch had a chance to talk with Solomon back in May about his latest CD, “Nothing’s Impossible.” We’re going to re-air that interview, plus delve more into his classic music, as well as talk with some of the people that were influenced by his artistry. Click below to hear the tribute and to listen to the interview with Solomon Burke.
The Gin Blossoms had one of the biggest albums of the Nineties in New Miserable Experience, which yielded the hits “Hey Jealousy,” and “Found Out About You.” The band has just put the finishing touches on their fourth full-length, No Chocolate Cake, which is full of the jangly, melodic pop that helped them sell over five million records to date. Icon Fetch talks with guitarist and founding member Jesse Valenzuela about the recording process, how Badfinger helped influence one of the songs, and how he’ll NEVER play “Mustang Sally,” no matter how many requests he gets for it. Click below for the Jesse Valenzuela Gin Blossoms interview.
The Doobie Brothers have their first new release in ten years, World Gone Crazy, out now The album reunites them with longtime producer Ted Templeman, who was behind the console for all their blockbuster albums of the seventies. The disc’s first single, “Nobody,” is a re-recording of their first-ever 45 from back in 1971. Amazingly, this new version blows away the one from 40 years earlier. The band has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and is currently on tour in support of the new release. Icon Fetch talks with lead singer / guitarist / songwriter Tom Johnston about the great care that went into assembling this new record. He also speaks candidly about him having to leave the band in 1974 due to health issues and being replaced by Michael McDonald. Click below for the Tom Johnston Doobie Brothers interview.
The local music shops are a dying breed, but they used to be a part of our everyday life. Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again is a new book that serves as both a history of retail music and an homage to the mighty few independent stores who are still fighting the good fight. The book is packed full of great photos and testimonials from a wide range of artists, all championing the local vinyl dealer. Icon Fetch talks with one of the authors, Gary Calamar, about putting this labor of love together. Click below for the Gary Calamar interview.
Squeeze has made some of the greatest pop music of the last 30 years, with gems like “Another Nail in My Heart,” “Tempted,” and “Black Coffee in Bed.” These days, there’s a great deal of money in song placement in commercials and films. Problem is, with the lousy contract the boys signed in their teens, they have no say in the placement of old songs, nor do they receive any money for them. Here comes Spot the Difference to the rescue; 14 of Squeeze’s best-known classics meticulously re-recorded to painstaking detail…so much so, that they dare you to Spot the Difference. Click below for the Chris Difford Squeeze interview.
The Toadies had a monster hit in 1995 with “Possum Kingdom.” The parent album, Rubberneck, sold a million copies…then the band disappeared. Actually, they recorded a follow up, Feeler, which the record company rejected, killing the band’s momentum and sending them back to the drawing board. They eventually broke up in 2001. After a successful reunion album, No Deliverance, in 2006, they’ve decided to revisit the old songs from 13 years ago; the songs that were inexplicably seen unfit to release. Click below to hear the Clark Vogeler Toadies interview.
Singer/songwriter Jim Wolf’s debut, Sleeping With Strangers, is a concept album of sorts; it chronicles a relationship, start to finish, from the budding romance, commitment, and finally, breakup and recovery. Wolf used a total of seven different studios in the process, taking several years to complete. The Connecticut native talks with Icon Fetch about the girl behind the songs, the experience of moving to NYC, and shrugging off the comparisons to John Mayer, who is from the same hometown, and who also played in a high school band with Wolf’s older brother. Click below for the Jim Wolf interview.
It’s been 20 years since the release of Pantera’s landmark “Cowboys From Hell.” To celebrate, they’ve put together a deluxe 3-disc collection, featuring the entire album remastered, a disc of demos and a third disc of live material, recorded during the ensuing tour. But, the real treat of the collection is an unreleased Pantera song called “The Will To Survive.” Icon Fetch catches up with former Pantera bassist Rex Brown and gets his thoughts on the new set, and it’s place in metal history. He also gives his reflections on the loss of bandmate “Dimebag” Darrell, and updates us on his new project, Arms of the Sun. Click below for the Rex Brown Pantera interview.