(All Episodes are Narrated, Researched and Produced by Adam Hampton)
Freddie Mercury (Part 1)
In Part 1 we explore the first chapter of the life of the legendary front man Freddie Mercury. Together we take an in depth look into his childhood beginnings right up until the beginning of the 80's where Freddie leads the band Queen to become known as the greatest rock band on the planet at the time.
Featuring the meaning behind the lyrics including Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody To Love, Don't Stop Me Now, Another One Bites the Dust, Killer Queen, We Will Rock You, Love of My Life, We are the Champions and many more.
Be sure to catch Part 2 of Freddie's story as we explore the next chapter of his life, music and career leading up to his death and the legacy the legend left behind.
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.
This week we explore the life and music of the very talented singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran. From his childhood through to his days busking and attempting to make it in the music industry as he battles and overcomes a number of obstacles to reach his dreams performing with his childhood idols in Eminem, Eric Clapton, 50 Cent and Elton John to playing in front of sold out stadium crowds around the world, breaking many records along the way.
Together we take a look at the meaning behind the songs A-Team, Lego House, Small Bump, Drunk, Sing, Don't, Afire Love, Photograph, Castle On the Hill, Shape of You, I Don't Care, Beautiful People and many more.
In this episode we explore the life and music of the rebel juggernaut P!nk. Together we learn about Pink's happy start to life before her world was turned upside down by her parents divorce causing her to rebel and get involved in the wrong crowd. She would however pull herself out of a life of drugs and crime through her passion for music and overcome many obstacles along the way to become known as the superstar entertainer with the acrobatic skills, deep and honest lyrics and raw and powerful voice we know and love today.
Along the way we take a look at the success and meaning behind the songs: Family Portrait, Don't Let Me Get Me, Stupid Girls, Trouble, Who Knew, So What, Just Like a Pill, What About Us, True Love, Just Give Me A Reason, Try, Beautiful Trauma 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)
In Part 2, we wrap up Robbie's incredible story so far. We begin with his attempt to make it big in the USA, his incredible performance at Knebworth, the ups and downs of his career as he deals with his addictions to prescription medications and scrutiny over his album Rudebox, we take a look at Robbie's interest in the paranormal, Robbie's reunion with Take That, the story behind him meeting his wife Ayda and the taming of one of the wildest party boys of the music industry as Robbie settles down to become a proud father of 4.
Together we take a look at his next 8 studio albums, 2 compilations, his live album, his reunion double album with Take That and 3 of his rarities as well as exploring the meaning behind the lyrics as we take a look at songs such as Feel, Come Undone, Sexed Up, Something Beautiful, Nan's Song, Tripping, Radio, Misunderstood, Sin Sin Sin, The 80's, The 90's, Rudebox, Bodies, You Know Me, Candy, Love My Life and many more.
In this episode we explore the life and music of the "Guitar Hero" Slash. We take a look at Slash's upbringing, raised in Stoke on Trent, England before relocating to the Sunset Strip in LA with his parents both working within the music industry exposing him to the bright lights of the industry. Together we learn what Slash and David Bowie had in common and what Slash's first love was before music. Come with us as we journey through Slash's beginnings in bands like Road Crew and even auditioning for Glam Rock band Poison. We explore his turbulent career with Guns N Roses before venturing out as a solo performer and initiating his own bands such as Slash's Snakepit, Velvet Revolver and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.
Together we take a look at the incredible life journey of the enchanting, mystical and courageous Stevie Nicks. From her early days raised in Pheonix, Arizona as she was taken under the wing of her beloved grandfather to her first encounter with Lindsay Buckingham before performing together in the Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band and as a duo named Buckingham Nicks. Stevie would slave away working around 3 jobs at once before the pair were scouted by Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. From there Stevie would prove all the doubters wrong with her incredible live performances, unique but strong vocals and her heartfelt songwriting ability that cast a spell on fans from all over the world.
Despite losing her way at times she would become an inspiring female figure in Rock n Roll as she attempted to make it in a man's world, she battled relationship drama's, affairs, scandals and drug addiction, as well as striking out as a solo artist and would eventually earn her rightful place as the only woman in history to make the Rock N Roll hall of fame twice, opening the door for other female musicians to follow in her footsteps. Sit back and enjoy as this is one hell of an inspiring and incredible story.
We take a look at the meaning behind a large number of Stevie's most memorable songs and ones you may not know too much about including Dreams, Landslide, Stand Back, Sara, Rhiannon, Gypsy, Edge of Seventeen, Leather and Lace, Has Anyone Ever Written a Song For You, Gold Dust Woman, Silver Springs and many more.
Prince (Part 1)
This week we explore the first of two chapters on the life and career of Prince. We take an in depth look at his childhood years and the moments that shaped him as a person and as a musician as he faces a number of physical, mental, financial and racial barriers growing up to releasing his debut album at just the age of 19. The highly talented multi-instrumentalist would go on to produce, write and play all the instruments on his first 5 albums, striking controversy due to his outrageous fashion sense, outlandish stage persona, his high falsetto vocals and his sexually explicit lyrics that often came under scrutiny. Prince would forge an image of his own by the mid 80's with his breakthrough album 1999 and his highly successful Purple Rain film, soundtrack and single cementing him as a household name and a star of the music industry.
We take a look at Prince's first 6 albums as well as exploring the meaning behind the lyrics as we take a look at songs such as I Wanna Be Your Lover, When Doves Cry, Let's Go Crazy, Purple Rain, The Beautiful One's, Little Red Corvette, 1999, I Would Die 4 U, Uptown, Controversy and many more.
Prince (Part 2)
In Part 2 we take a look at the second half of the Prince story. We begin right where we left off in Part 1, followed by some of the craziest and incredible moments of this legends career including the evil but legendary Black Album, Prince's long term feud with his record label comes to a head, Prince turns himself into a Symbol, Prince falls in and out of love as tragedy strikes sending him on a path to find god and change his once controversial ways. We learn what Prince was like behind closed doors, his beliefs and interests, his incredible encounters with Michael Jackson and finally the tragic death of the legendary icon that will forever be remembered as a pioneer in music and a once in a lifetime performer.
Together we take a look at Prince's incredible catalogue of albums and the meaning behind his incredible songs and more, including Kiss, Raspberry Beret, Sign O the Times, U Got The Look, My Name Is Prince, Diamonds and Pearls, Money Don't Matter Tonight and many more.
(All Episodes are Narrated, Researched and Produced by Adam Hampton)
Kurt Cobain (Part 1)
Come with me in Part 1 of 4, as we begin our journey with the incredible story of Kurt Cobain beginning with his upbringing in the gloomy, logging town of Aberdeen, Washington. But as a child Kurt was described as a happy, loving and energetic child until his world was turned upside down by the divorce of his parents. Together we will explore in a great deal of depth what led Kurt to becoming a musician, his relationship with the Melvins and Tracy Miranda, how he formed the band Nirvana and we take a look at the meaning behind the songs on Nirvana's debut album Bleach including About A Girl, Negative Creep and more. Along with the many struggles Kurt endured on his path to success such as bullying, brushes with the law and dealing with his parents neglect resulting in Kurt becoming homeless. There is so much jam packed in this epic episode, so make sure you check it out.
Kurt Cobain (Part 2)
In Kurt Cobain Part 2, we journey through the Nevermind album and Courtney Love era of Kurt Cobain’s life. In this episode we learn about how Kurt came to meet Courtney, we find out about her background story as well as the introduction of Dave Grohl to Nirvana as the replacement drummer for Chad Channing. We take a look at all the most interesting songs from the Nevermind album such as Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come as You Are, In Bloom and more as well as the story behind the songs and the famous album cover. Also included is the famous Nirvana performance at the Reading festival, Guns N Roses vs Nirvana, Kurt and Courtney’s heroin struggles, the birth of their daughter Frances and the lead up to Nirvana’s 3rd album In Utero. Which will be explored further in Part 3.
Kurt Cobain (Part 3)
In Kurt Cobain Part 3, we explore the deep, dark, cryptic messages hidden in the song and music video for Heart Shaped Box, we look into the meaning behind a range of songs on the In Utero album including Scentless Apprentice, All Apologies and more and together we take an in depth look into the famous MTV Unplugged performance where Nirvana stole the show with their incredible performance. Next week in Part 4, we take an in depth look at the fall of Kurt, his death, conspiracy’s and the legacy he left behind.
Kurt Cobain (Part 4)
In this final installment of the Kurt Cobain story, we explore Kurt’s final months of life in the lead up to his death, what events transpired leading him to take his own life and the effect this had on his fans, family and friends. We take an in depth look at the conspiracies that have continued to re-surface suggesting Kurt was instead murdered as well as reflecting on the life and career of Kurt Cobain and the legacy he left behind.
Tones And I
This week we explore the journey so far of rising Australian pop star Toni Watson aka Tones And I. We follow Tones beginnings in the Mornington Peninsula, before she took the leap from her average day job in retail to chase her dream of busking on the streets of Melbourne and Byron Bay. We explore Tones first taste of success with the track Johnny Run Away and the moment the song Dance Monkey catapulted her into the spotlight around the world, breaking many records along the way. But it wouldn’t all be easy for Tones as she would face many obstacles including bullying via social media over her style of music, voice and appearance and the sudden realisation that she has a monster task of overcoming the dreaded one hit wonder tag. We also take a look at the meaning behind all of her music to date and where her bright future lies. This is one inspiring underdog story you won’t want to miss.
Those that remember Milli Vanilli will no doubt recall the massive controversy surrounding them lip syncing on their hit records leading to an infamous Grammy win only to be stripped of the award once the truth was exposed. This scandal led to severe life altering consequences for Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan with one of them never fully recovering and sadly losing their life. But do you know the full story? Come with me as we explore Rob and Fab’s upbringing, the time the two met and the moment they signed their lives away to one of the biggest web of lies in music history. We ride the high’s and low’s of life as a pop star and the moment the truth was exposed. But did Rob and Fab really know what they were getting into, What consequences would lie ahead, did they really deserve the backlash they received and what happened to the pair?
Known to the world as the man from South Korea that brought us Gangnam Style. In this episode we explore the story of PSY from his early days raised in the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea to the time he discovered the wonders of music in many forms leading him to pursue a career of his own as a composer and musician. Together we delve into how PSY was first discovered, we take a look at his first albums and singles which dominated the charts in South Korea and the many controversial moments that would almost see his career be destroyed. Along with all of this we look at the mass success of Gangnam Style and the dancing craze that swept the world as well as life after the mega hit and what PSY is up to these days.
In this episode we delve into the story of much loved singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman as we explore her journey from poor but humble beginnings where she was raised by her strong independent mother. The moment she left the rough neighborhood in which she resided in Cleveland Ohio to pursue a passion of hers as a Veterinarian only to realise that her true passion lied with folk music and spreading her messages of peace, love, acceptance and protest. We take a look at the moment that catapulted Tracy into the limelight with her performance at Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday celebrations at Wembley Arena, we take a look at the meaning behind all of her brilliant songs such as Fast Car, Bang Bang Bang, Across The Lines and many more and we journey through the biggest moments of her career to what she is doing today.
This week I bring you the story of Dominic Harrison aka YUNGBLUD as we follow his journey from a cheeky, outspoken and misunderstood boy from Doncaster in the North of England to becoming a leader of a youth movement and inspiration to the misfits and those often neglected or mistreated within society. We take a look at the musicians that inspired him to explore his outrageous fashion sense and influence his musical tastes such as Freddie Mercury, Oasis and Lady Gaga, the moments that led him to signing his very first record deal leaving behind a potential career in acting or theatre, the relationships he formed along the way with Lewis Capaldi, Machine Gun Kelly and Halsey and we analyse the meaning and story’s behind YUNGBLUD’s music including King Charles, Tin Pan Boy, I Luv Ya Will Ya Marry Me, Parents, Polygraph Eyes, California, Medication, Cotton Candy, Mars and many more.
Lady Gaga (Part 1)
This week is the story of the controversial modern day icon Lady Gaga. In Part 1 we take an in depth look into the childhood of Stefani Germanotta aka Lady Gaga, what music or musicians influenced her to dream of being a star and what were the key moments that shaped her vision as an artist and as a role model to her little monsters (fans). We take a look at many of her most memorable moments from the Fame era of her career such as the infamous meat dress and before she was signed to a record label as she worked as a go go dancer and then as part of a wild rock musical duo with Lady Starlight. We learn of the many obstacles she had to overcome such as bullying, sexual assault and attempting to make it in a cookie cutter popstar industry.
While we also take a look into the stories behind Gaga's music from the Fame and Fame Monster albums including Poker Face, Bad Romance, Love Game, Telephone, Alejandro, Paparrazi, I Like It Rough and many more.
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)
In this episode we delve into one of the most haunting and mysterious story's in music history as we go in depth surrounding the origins of Robert Johnson. Raised in the Delta/Mississippi region in the early 1900's filled with racism, paranoia and hard times working in the fields. How did an amateur musician seemingly become a pro blues musician overnight? Did he in fact sell his soul to the devil at the crossroads? Or did he acquire his skills elsewhere? We also discuss the major events that would cause him to venture down a more sinful path and much more. Tune in now for the first installment of this 2 part episode, with part 2 to be released next fortnight. Enjoy!
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.
But through all the pain, disapproval and hard work we follow Eminem's journey as he faces adversity being a white man in an African American dominated genre through the tough and dangerous underground rap battle scene of Detroit where Eminem through his incredible persistence to make it as a hip hop artist, earns himself a recording contract with legendary musician and producer Dr. Dre and his label Aftermath Entertainment. This is one hell of an episode, so strap yourselves in and enjoy.
**WARNING** The following episode contains serious adult themes such as Sexual References, Violence, Suicide, Self Harm and Drug References.
Eminem (Part 2)
**TRIGGER WARNING** The following episode contains serious and extreme adult themes such as Sexual References, Violence, Suicide, Self Harm, Drug References and Coarse Language. Listener discretion is strongly advised.
In this highly controversial and action packed episode we jump back into the Eminem story right from where we left off as Eminem first releases the Slim Shady LP, we see the death of D-12 member Bugz, Eminem is taken to court over his controversial songs by Kim, Debbie and his childhood bully and he faces extreme backlash and censorship from activist groups, offended by Eminem's no filter style lyrics. Eminem also releases the Marshall Mathers LP and Devils Night with D-12, Shady Records is established, Eminem battles with the life of fame, drugs and booze and his relationship with Kim and Eminem ends up in court on two counts for assaulting a bouncer that was caught kissing Kim and attacking Insane Clown Posse's Road Manager.
We also delve into Eminem's earliest feuds with Everlast and The Insane Clown Posse, the tragic night where Kim attempted to take her own life and the stories behind the biggest and best songs from his 2nd and 3rd studio albums such as The Real Slim Shady, The Way I Am, My Name Is, Braindead, Stan, Role Model and many more.
All this and much more in this action packed episode. Enjoy.
Eminem (Part 3)
We're back with the third installment of the Eminem story as we delve deeper into Eminem's troubled relationship with his estranged father after Eminem receives an interesting letter from him. We take a look at the incredible award winning film 8 Mile as Eminem makes his film debut. We take a look at Eminem's albums 'The Eminem Show", "Encore" and the 8 Mile Soundtrack and the meaning and interesting stories behind some amazing hit tracks like Cleanin Out My Closet, Mockingbird, Like Toy Soldiers, Without Me and many more. While we also witness some huge life adjustments for Eminem as his family grows some extra members and we watch as Eminem's prescription drug habits worsen due to his ever jam packed schedule leading him to ponder huge decisions about his future.
Eminem (Part 4)
In this episode we cover the key moments of Eminem's life and career from the Curtain Call Greatest Hits album to the Recovery album as Eminem faces near death after his drug taking habits reach a new low resulting in his most deadly overdose yet. We examine what led Eminem to this point such as the death of his good friend Proof, the break down of Eminem's second marriage to Kim, a frustrating case of writer's block and mental health issues. We discuss how Eminem recovered from his overdose and we analyse the tracks on Eminem's comeback album Relapse including We Made You, 3am, Beautiful and My Mom. Then we take a look at the hit album Recovery including the background story on tracks like The Monster, Not Afraid, No Love, Going Through Changes and many more as Eminem looks set to cement his spot as the best in the business as the self professed "Rap God".
Eminem (Part 5)
In the final installment of the Eminem story, we take a look back at the last few years of Eminem's career from the Marshall Mathers LP 2 to now. As we also delve into Eminem's feuds with Machine Gun Kelly and Donald Trump, his 2022 Super Bowl performance, Eminem attempts to patch things up with his mother as his father passes away, Eminem's commercial success starts to take a hit and a late night intruder threatens to take Eminem's life.
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