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#312 – Chris Barron – Spin Doctors, Losing His Voice, and Angels & One-Armed Jugglers

photo by Jesse Dittmar

Chris Barron is the lead singer of the Spin Doctors, who after much perseverance, enjoyed massive success in the early Nineties with hits like “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and the accompanying album, Pocket Full of Kryptonite, which went five times Platinum.  Barron took some time out from the band to start work on his second solo record. During the process, he dealt with a paralyzed vocal cord, and the fear that he might never sing again.  Thankfully, Barron’s voice returned, and with the help of a bevy of New York’s finest musicians, he’s put together an eleven track song cycle titled Angels and One-Armed Jugglers.

Barron takes us through the stories behind several songs, including one about his neighbor who inspired the title of the album.  Plus, he talks about the massive success the Spin Doctors enjoyed, as well as the story of “Two Princes.”

#309 – Jay Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel – New Album – Dance Underwater

UK’s Gene Loves Jezebel formed in the early 80’s and had their biggest success in the US with songs like 1986’s “Desire” and “Jealous,” which hit #1 on the Alternative charts in 1990.

Now, the band is back with their first new record in 14 years, Dance Underwater, which contains a killer single, appropriate for the time, “Summertime.”

We talk with Jay Aston about bringing the original lineup of the band back together for this new record, and working with David Bowie’s producer, Tony Visconti.  Plus, he sheds light on the difficulties of having his brother, Michael, tour with his own version of the band and the confusion that it causes fans of their music.