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Music writers Jeff Giles, Jason Hare and Mike Joseph (all formerly of popdose.com) spend an hour (or so) breaking down the “imperial phases” of some of the great pop artists of their childhoods!

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From the cotton fields of Nutbush, Tennessee to the hills of Zurich, Tina Turner is one of the most inspirational success stories in rock music history. In this episode of FM to MTV, Jeff Giles, Jason Hare and Mike Joseph discuss her journey and the music she made along the way. 

Much of this podcast discussion is framed around the recent HBO documentary Tina! (it's a must watch), and in addition to the topics covered in the documentary, the panel discusses the genre ambiguity of Tina's '80s and '90s hits, the insurmountable odds against which her success took place, childhood impressions of Tina, some interesting choices in song selection and duet partners (hello Barry White!) and an incident in which she shot a member of the Jackson family. And as usual, the episode is supported by a Spotify playlist containing some of Tina's best music.

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We blabbed so much about Phil Collins and Genesis that the episode had to be split in two. In this installment, me (Mike), Jason and Jeff talk about Phil's drumming (and a very cool trick he'd do in concert), his late-career unraveling, Genesis's upcoming concert tour (for which official dates have been confirmed since we recorded this episode) and we talk about our favorite PC/Genesis songs. There's also a Playlist! If you use Spotify, click here for a listing of our favorite Genesis songs. Enjoy!

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The name "Phil Collins" is synonymous with the '80s, and the FM to MTV team of Jason, Jeff and Mike had so much to say about Phil (and Genesis, the band from which he spawned), that it covers two episodes. 

Part One covers the panel's introductions to Phil's music and his ubiquity for a solid decade. Solo records. Band records. Concerts. Production for artists including Frida of ABBA, Philip Bailey of Earth Wind & Fire, Eric Clapton. Charity work. Even films. How the hell did a short, balding (and eventually just bald), pasty British guy become a superstar on the level of Prince or Michael Jackson?

Was it his incredibly soulful voice? His creative videos? The drum sound that defined an entire decade of music (with apologies to the Linn drum popularized by Prince?) Maybe a little of all those things. It might have also helped that Phil was one of the few artists to maintain a thriving solo career while making frequent returns to his mothership band. This episode covers all of the above and more.

Plus, check out the Spotify playlist tailor made for this episode, covering some of the panel's favorite Phil songs. 

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The latest episode of FM To MTV finds Jeff, Jason and Mike exploring the career of singer/songwriter/king of the soundtrack Kenny Loggins. Kenny is an interesting case, with a varied and eclectic career that has seen him amass a hell of a Rolodex and score hits in just about every feasible music format of the '70s, '80s and early '90s, but never really form an identity of his own. 

Discussions within the discussion: Loggins' relationship with Michael McDonald (which resulted in a sea of hits for both), the biographical arc of his solo compositions, and the oddity The Unimaginable Life, a book and album that explored Loggins' second marriage in intense (and often uncomfortable) detail. 

Buy "The Unimaginable Life" on Amazon

The somewhat improbable/borderline nonsensical video for "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)"

Kenny shows off his White boy dance movies while performing "This Is It" on TV in 1980.

A playlist compiled by Jeff, Jason and Mike with their favorite Loggins songs.

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In this episode of the FM to MTV podcast; Jeff, Jason and Mike go deep into the catalog of those singing sisters from Oakland: Ruth, June, Anita and Bonnie Pointer. While the focus is on the group's early '80s run of hits; the crew touches on the wildly diverse set of songs that initially gained the family fame. Discussion points include the randy streak that ran through many of the Pointers' hits, the vocal versatility that sometimes rendered them anonymous (how many of you who were around at the time knew immediately that "Automatic" was a Pointer Sisters song?) and their ability to spice up songs by songwriters ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Steely Dan. You'll also find out about Anita Pointer's dalliance with Stevie Wonder (it's in her book!), and we manage to work a tribute to Saved By the Bell's Dustin Diamond seamlessly into the discussion. 

 

More about Jeff, Jason and Mike here.

 

And here's a Spotify playlist containing the panel's favorite Pointer Sisters songs. 

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Elton John was one of the '70s biggest stars, but that star had begun to level off by the time the '80s rolled around. What happened to turned Elton from THE MAN to just another pop star? Jason, Jeff and Mike explore what turned out to be kind of a lost decade for the British piano man. Although he managed at least one Billboard top 40 hit every year, many of those '80s hits were somewhat forgettable. A few were outright embarrassing. There were lots of duets (with Cher, George Michael and Millie Jackson), there were odd song titles ("Sartorial Eloquence", "Lil' Frigerator"), there was LOTS of cocaine. 

 

After the episode, check out the fellas' Elton-centered Spotify playlist here. 

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Jeff Giles, Jason Hare and Mike Joseph take another stroll through the music they grew up listening to, and in this episode, the trio unpacks the career of a pop icon; Lionel Richie. From his days with The Commodores through his current incarnation as an American Idol judge, the FM to MTV panel dissects it all. You'll hear details about how Lionel Richie played a big part in the career launches of Richard Marx and Sheila E., you'll get details on Lionel's friendship with Kenny Rogers (which resulted in this amazing bit of TV), and there's even a guest appearance by Jason's mom, Mrs. Hare; who shares a story about seeing Lionel at his peak, during 1984's Cant Slow Down tour. Enjoy the episode, and make sure you subscribe, rate and comment!

Oh, also: here's a Spotify playlist containing some of Jeff, Jason and Mike's favorite Lionel Richie songs. 

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With co-hosts Jeff Giles and Jason Hare creating the tradition of Mellowmas on pop dose.com, it felt right that they-along with Mike Joseph-did an episode of FM To MTV that focused on the joyous (and painful) holiday music of their youth. So, here we are, dusting off those red boots and hopping on the sleigh to talk about the good, the bad, and the horribly dissonant songs and albums of Christmases past.

The threesome does a deep dive into everything from John Denver and the Muppets to The Salsoul Orchestra's scandalous cover model to Jeff's childhood reminiscing about...no holiday music at all? There's also a spirited discussion about the various Very Special Christmas volumes, a revisiting of the chestnut "New Kids Got Run Over By A Reindeer", Jeff's gym encounters with Johnny Mathis, Jason's attempt to join a Maurice Starr-certified boy band, and much more. Ho! Ho! Ho!

 

Also--a belated shout out to Terje Fjelde, who composed the beginning and ending theme music!

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Are you hip or are you square? Do you have heart AND soul? Do you believe in love? Well, you're gonna love to latest episode of the FM to MTV podcast, because we're covering one of the biggest acts of the '80s and early '90s (but really the '80s): the ever-ubiquitous Huey Lewis and the News. Jason, Jeff and Mike look back at the San Francisco band's glory years, spanning late 1983 through late 1987, when a Huey song was seemingly on top 40 radio constantly. They run through the hits, the key album tracks, Huey's status as something of a sex symbol, the News' place in the pantheon of great vocal groups and so much more. We also go into the music the band made after their heyday, and make a case for "The Power of Love" as arguably the best movie song of the '80s. Make sure you also check out the Huey Lewis & The News Spotify playlist featuring some of the panel's favorite songs.

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Jason, Jeff and Mike are back! Scratch that--Jason couldn't make this episode, so he's been temporarily replaced by Mike Duquette, music industry veteran and founder of the reissue website The Second Disc. The threesome collaborates to discuss the career of singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Ray Parker Jr. From his beginnings as a teenage prodigy in Detroit to his #1 Oscar-nominated smash "Ghostbusters", everything is covered; including the perpetual randiness of his lyrics, his interesting vocal mannerisms, the rumor that the smash hit "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" was stolen from him, the Huey Lewis "I Want a New Drug" lawsuit, his production efforts for everyone from New Edition to Jack Wagner,and the upcoming documentary that spotlights him. Listen to find out why Jeff calls Ray "the black AC/DC", and as a supplement, enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring our favorite RPJ cuts. 

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