By Jon Lamoreaux
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What does it take to maintain a career in music? We track down members of bands that flirted with stardom and find out what their lives are like now. How did it feel to get that first big break? What was fame like at its peak? What was the transition back into normal life like? And what have you been doing since?
||CleanHey, where's the new episode?||If you're listening to this, it means you still haven't re-subscribed to the new feed. Here's wha...||10/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
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||CleanEpisode 23 - Walter Egan||Walter's the self-proclaimed "Forrest Gump of rock" and the man behind one of the most enduring h...||10/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 - Peppy Castro of Blues Magoos/Barnaby Bye/Wiggy Bits/Balance||Peppy's music career goes back 50 years, from his one-hit-wonder 60s band Blues Magoos, to his on...||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - Walter Wray of King Swamp/LiTTLe MaCHiNe||Walter Wray was the lead singer of the excellent alternative rock band King Swamp who had a minor...||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 - Dr. Robert of The Blow Monkeys||In the States, the Blow Monkeys are best known for their #14 1986 hit "Digging Your Scene" and th...||9/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 - Bertie Higgins||Bertie Higgins is the man behind one of the quintessential yacht rock classics of all time, "Key ...||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 - Todd Duncan of The Crazy 8s||The Crazy 8s were an American ska band in the 80s and 90s out of Portland. While they had some re...||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - Johnny Vatos of Oingo Boingo||Oingo Boingo are still one of the most beloved bands of the last 35 years. When they called it qu...||9/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - Christopher Thorn of Blind Melon||Your band gets launched into worldwide fame as your debut album sells four million copies. Shortl...||8/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - Jimmer Podrasky of The Rave-Ups||Jimmer was the frontman of the seminal 80s college rock band The Rave-Ups who were forever immort...||8/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 - Jeff Murphy of Shoes||Here's another "first day of MTV" band. After over 40 years as a group, we felt Shoes deserved an...||8/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - Slim Man of Bootcamp/Solo||In honor of MTV's 34th birthday, we talk to a guy that was there on day one. Slim Man was the dri...||8/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - Rich Spina of Love Affair/Herman's Hermits||Not everyone would be able to go from frontman to sideman. To go from lead singer of your own mod...||7/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - Chaz Jankel of The Blockheads/Beloved 80s Movie Soundtrack Fame/Solo||I first heard Chaz Jankel on the soundtrack to Real Genius, but it turns out the guy has had a st...||7/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - Jim Walker of JVA/Beloved 80s Movie Soundtrack Fame||Jim Walker recorded a beloved (but obscure) song for a beloved (but obscure) cult 80s teen movie ...||7/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - Canada Rocks! - with Holly Woods and Barry Connors of Toronto/Robb Reiner of Anvil||This week we hit Canada to talk to two awesome rock bands from the Great White North. First up is...||6/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Baxter of Re-flex||Baxter was the lead singer of the British new wave band, Re-flex, who had one hit in the states w...||6/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Clive Farrington of When In Rome||Clive is the man behind one of the most enduring hits of the 80s, 1988's "The Promise", which was...||6/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - Brian Canham of Pseudo Echo||Brian Canham fronts the Australian band Pseudo Echo, who hit it big in 1986 when their cover of "...||6/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - Marge Raymond of Flame||Do you know anyone that's sung on some of the biggest hits in rock history, been friends with Bru...||6/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - AndyO of Blue Zoo||AndyO was the lead singer of the 80s British band Blue Zoo whose biggest hit was "Cry Boy Cry", r...||5/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Paul Collins of The Beat||The self-proclaimed "King of Power Pop" tells the brutally honest story of his career ups and dow...||5/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Mister Zero of The Kings||Mister Zero is the guitarist and primary songwriter of the Canadian power pop band The Kings who ...||5/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1a - Intro to The Hustle - "By Way of Explanation..."||An explanation of the mission and inspiration behind the Hustle podcast.||5/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Bruce Blackman of Starbuck||Bruce Blackman was the lead singer of the 70s band Starbuck, who had a #3 hit in 1976 with "Moonl...||4/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
The best music journalism and interviews
Jon Lamoreaux is great at this. A podcast for everyone who loves music. Or who loves the hosts on Satellite radio's Underground Garage. I feel like this podcast is for all artists who got turned away by Terry Gross and NPR.
Jon's podcast is strong right out of the gate. This idea, of focusing on musicians who once had fame in the palm of their hands and now hustle for gigs and attention, is a great place to explore the music world. And Jon, who's guested on "Sound Opinions" and is a veteran journalist himself, does a great job shingling light on it all.
Fascinating look behind the scenes after the glory fades
Love this - it's like VH1 "Where Are They Now" in a podcast but introduced me to a new band I hadn't heard of and actually made me care about them! The interviewer goes in depth to ask the questions you're wondering like what do you do after the music career ends when you've been a star with a #1 hit, how do you actually make money (and how much), plus how the music industry today is different from what it used to be from the artist's perspective. The host is clearly a guy who loves music and is very knowledgeable and passionate about shining a light on musicians who deserve more attention. Be sure to listen to the intro too - fascinating.