(All Episodes are Narrated, Researched and Produced by Adam Hampton)
Freddie Mercury (Part 1)
Freddie Mercury (Part 2)
In Part 2 we explore the final chapter of the life of Freddie Mercury. We delve into Freddie's reckless party lifestyle during the 80's, Queen's controversial tour of South Africa, the time Freddie went solo, the reunion of Queen and their mighty performance at Live Aid, Freddie's diagnosis with AIDS and the sad end to the life of the legend as we then discuss the legacy he left us with.
We also take a look at the meaning and stories behind the tracks I Want To Break Free, Scandal, One Vision, Show Must Go On, Radio Ga Ga, Under Pressure and many more.
Robbie Williams (Part 1)
In Part 1 of this double episode, we explore the life and career of the born entertainer Robbie Williams. We begin with his upbringing in working class Stoke on Trent in England, the moment he joined the popular boy band Take That and his turbulent time as a member of the 5 piece. Robbie's struggles with addiction and the life of a young popstar, as he dreams of becoming a household name as a solo artist with the songs Angels, Kids, Rock Dj and Millennium place him on the road to success becoming one of the biggest artists in the UK and around Europe.
We take a look at Robbie's first 4 albums with Take That and first 4 as a solo artist as well as exploring the meaning behind the lyrics as we take a look at songs such as No Regrets, Ego a Go Go, Strong, Supreme, Singing For the Lonely, Angels, Rock Dj and many more.
Robbie Williams (Part 2)
Prince (Part 1)
Prince (Part 2)
Kurt Cobain (Part 1)
Kurt Cobain (Part 2)
Kurt Cobain (Part 3)
Kurt Cobain (Part 4)
Tones And I
Lady Gaga (Part 1)
Lady Gaga (Part 2)
In this episode featuring Lady Gaga. We explore the second chapter of the life, music and career of Lady Gaga beginning with the award winning Born This Way album, we learn about her alter ego Joe Calderone, her struggles with Fibromyalgia, her relationship with Taylor Kinney and the critically panned Artpop album.
Included are the stories behind songs such as Born This Way, Applause, Edge Of Glory, Government Hooker, Judas, Hair and many more.
Lady Gaga (Part 3)
In this final installment of the Lady Gaga story, we explore the albums Joanne, Chromatica and Cheek To Cheek featuring Tony Bennett as well as Gaga's struggles with relationships, alcohol and mental health, her mighty performance at the Super Bowl half time show, her award winning acting roles including her emotional speech at the Oscars for the award winning song Shallow from A Star Is Born and what Gaga is planning on doing next.
Also included are the stories behind the songs Joanne, Free Woman, Rain On Me, Stupid Love, 911 and many more.
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper - The Day The Music Died
In this episode we delve into one of music’s biggest tragedy’s that came to be known as “The Day The Music Died”. From their childhood days to the heights of their young careers we explore what life was like for Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Jiles Perry Richardson Jr aka The Big Bopper before their promising careers were cut short while travelling via a charter plane during the cold, windy, winters night on February 3rd 1959 only for the plane to crashland into a cornfield. Together we examine the impact this tragedy had on the lives of those close to them, what potentially caused the crash and the legacy they all left behind on the music industry as we know it today.
You may remember him as the "singer who already blew his shot". But this is one story that you just can't miss.
In this incredible episode we go on an inspiring journey through the life so far of Mike Posner from his early days raised in Detroit to his first major shot at fame with the hit song Cooler Than Me only for his hopes and dreams to be shattered after losing his desire for stardom, battling his own inner demons and a lack of follow up success. We take a look at how Mike's life and career unraveled as he is shelved by his label, he offloads songs which become hits with the likes of Maroon 5 and Justin Bieber and he loses loved one's along the way, inspiring him to search for meaning in life outside of music as he treks across America from coast to coast, has a second chance in the industry through the song "I Took A Pill In Ibiza", he performs free "ninja shows" for his fans and does the unthinkable, climbs to the summit of Mt Everest all of which would totally change the man he is today and provide him with the life experience's to become an all round better songwriter, musician and human being.
Robert Johnson (Part 1)
Robert Johnson (Part 2)
Were back with this brand new installment of the Robert Johnson story as we take a look at Robert's life on the road alongside Johnny Shines and Honeyboy, the interesting story's behind Robert's only 2 recording sessions where he produced tracks like Crossroads, Love In Vain, Preachin' Blues and many more as we take an in depth look at the meaning behind these tracks, the relationships he shared along the way and how Robert quickly fulfilled the rumour of him being a man of the devil, leading to his demise and pushing the boundaries resulting in his death. As we look into who killed Robert, what his final moments looked like and how his legacy was carried on. Enjoy!!!
AC/DC (Part 1)
In this first installment of the AC/DC story, we discover the background story's of the pivotal members of the band including the upbringing and teenage years of Bon Scott and Malcolm & Angus Young. We learn what it was like for Malcolm & Angus to be raised in Sydney, Australia after immigrating from Scotland, how they coped with having a famous brother in George Young as he fronted popular Aussie band the Easybeats and how this influenced their path to becoming musicians.
We take a look at how AC/DC came to be, who came up with their famous name and image and the early members that came and went in the bands early stages including original glam rock esque front man Dave Evans who made way for the charismatic, wild man Bon Scott. As we take a look at Bon's interesting life before joining AC/DC as he experiences brushes with the law, loads of sex, drugs and even marriage, becoming a pivotal member of three all very different but unique bands such as The Spektors, The Valentines and Fraternity as well as the drink driving motorcycle accident that almost cost Bon his life and his dream of being a rock and roll star.
AC/DC (Part 2)
We take a look at the period from 1974 to 1980 where Bon Scott, Angus and Malcolm Young led AC/DC to conquer the rock scenes in Australia, Europe and the UK before they were set to go global with the US market finally warming to them with the release of the Highway To Hell album. Bon was excited for the future with early work kicking off on the "Back in Black" project only for Bon to tragically pass away at the age of just 33 after a heavy night out drinking, leaving the band in limbo and wondering whether or not they should continue on.
Also included in this episode are AC/DC's feuds with punk rock, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, we take a look at the deeper meaning behind the lyrics on the albums High Voltage, TNT, Dirty Deeds, Let There Be Rock, Powerage and Highway To Hell as we discover just how great of a poetic lyricist Bon actually was and we get introduced to Mark Evans, Cliff Williams, Phil Rudd and producer Mutt Lange.
AC/DC (Part 3)
In this episode we meet Brian Johnson for the first time as he auditions for the role of lead vocalist after the tragic death of Bon Scott. We examine the decade of the 80's including the record breaking album Back In Black as AC/DC become for the time being the biggest rock n roll band in the world only for a number of inconsistent follow up albums and scandals, which lead the band through a tough period including their alleged links to serial killer Richard Ramirez aka "The Night Stalker", Phil Rudd's exit from the band and Malcolm's struggles with alcoholism which see's him sidelined for a period of time.
AC/DC (Part 4)
In the final installment of the AC/DC story we begin with the 90's with the Razor's Edge album and their hit song Thunderstruck before journeying to the current day to find out what the boys are up to these days. Also included are the controversy's surrounding the death of 3 concert goers at an AC/DC gig, the banning of some of AC/DC's songs in the city of New York, Phil Rudd's countless run ins with the law, the triumph of the Black Ice album, AC/DC appeal to a new generation, Brian Johnson battles hearing loss, Malcolm Young's struggle with dementia among other health concerns and the sad deaths of George Young and Malcolm Young leaving Angus as the last original member standing.
Eminem (Part 1)
In this episode I bring you the 1st of a multiple part episode featuring the modern day king of controversy, Eminem. In what is arguably the most intense and crazy story covered on the podcast so far. We venture into the tormented upbringing of Marshall Mathers as he battles violent and severe bullying that would almost cost him his life, abandonment at the hands of his father, the loss of his beloved Uncle Ronnie, the friendships he formed along the way with his D-12 crew and his hype man Proof, the birth of his daughter Hailie, Eminem's early battle with alcohol and drugs and the toxic relationships with his mother Debbie and wife Kim that would constantly weigh him down.
Eminem (Part 2)
Eminem (Part 3)
Eminem (Part 4)
Eminem (Part 5)
Coolio (Part 1)
Coolio (Part 2)
In this episode we wrap up the Coolio story as we take a close look at Coolio's battle to remain a commercially successful artist after the ridiculous heights of Gangster's Paradise. With his 3rd studio album failing to take off, Coolio's world comes crashing down resulting in the breakdown of his marriage, being shelved, "sabotaged" and released by Tommy Boy Records, further troubles with drugs and a number of run ins with the law. As Coolio fights to remain a household name by appearing on numerous reality tv programs such as Celebrity Big Brother, Wife Swap and Fear Factor just to name a few. We unpack all the major moments leading up to Coolio's untimely death during 2022, the legacy he left behind and the many interesting conspiracy theories that arose after his death due to a series of intriguing interviews Coolio conducted in the lead up to his passing.
Billie Eilish (Part 1)
Billie Eilish (Part 2)
In Part 2 of the Billie Eilish story we take an in depth look at the meaning behind the songs from Billie's debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? including in depth analysis of songs like Bad Guy, All The Good Girls Go To Hell, Bury A Friend and many more. We also discover when Billie first entered into a relationship with Brandon Adams aka Q, the multiple awards she received during this time, the records she broke, her battle with sleep paralysis and the mental health struggles she endured as she rose to fame becoming the hottest artist on the planet during this time as she made waves with her fashion, stage presence, her incredible vocals and both Finneas and Billie's incredible production and song writing talent. All that and much more in this episode. Enjoy!
Billie Eilish (Part 3)
Jeff Buckley (Part 1)
In this episode we explore Jeff Buckley's challenging upbringing, raised by his hard working mother and estranged from his professional musician father Tim Buckley, who sadly chose his passion for music over his unborn son. We also delve into Jeff's influences, relationships and how he came to be signed by Columbia Records after wooing patrons of the Sin-e Café and impressing at a Tim Buckley tribute concert. All that and more in this intriguing episode.
Jeff Buckley (Part 2)
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