Top 5 The Who / Pete Townshend

The Who may be the world’s loudest band, but they may also be the most creative.  While the song writing and recording got more and more complex, they never stopped taking their unique version of Rock ‘n’ Roll to the stage demonstrating that they were never shy of the spotlight.  Roger Daltrey the shirtless and bellowing front man.  Pete Townshend the ever-active bordering on violent guitar player.  John Entwistle the calm and quiet giant on bass, and Keith Moon the manic wild man behind the drum kit.  While their contemporaries were getting a lot of the accolades, The Who broke barriers as song writers with complex songs and concept albums, iconic live performances at the Monterey Pop festival and Woodstock, and making solo records while remaining a group.  Throughout it all Pete Townshend remains the driving force behind the Who as the main songwriter and creative engine that has driven the group for almost 60 years.  That is why on this episode Mike and Louis not only discuss their favorite Who recordings, but also their favorite Pete Townshend solo songs.

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We would like to thank our producer and editor Billy Gardella, Larry Gendron for our logo, Jay Reason for graphics and technical support, and our executive producer Ethan Isaac and everyone at the Factory Underground.

#thewho, #petetownshend, #rogerdaltrey, #johnentwistle, #keithmoon, #babaoreilly, #thekidsarealright, #tommy, #woodstock, #magicbus, #mygeneration

Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/5v5-podcast-the-who-pete-townshend/pl.u-RxDJCVmWao

Top 5 90’s Alternative Rock

According to pop culture author and essayist Chuck Klosterman, the 90’s may be the last decade to be easily defined by itself. After the fury of Grunge abated, Rock became dominated by what was called Alternative music. From singer songwriters to just short of heavy metal, everybody was included under the Alternative umbrella. It was a time of inclusion and collaboration with Hip-Hop, Punk Rock, Hardcore all coming together as an “alternative” to the mainstream. On this episode we discuss our favorites from our first full decade as bona fide adults and our top 5 90’s Alternative Rock songs.

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We would like to thank our producer and editor Billy Gardella, Larry Gendron for our logo, Jay Reason for graphics and technical support, and our executive producer Ethan Isaac and everyone at the Factory Underground.

#alternativerock, #120minutes, #chuckklosterman, #jonbrion, #magnolia, #the90s, #aimeeman, #thepushstars, #bobmould, #fionaapple, #davidsylvian, #paulweller, #thejam, #stonetemplepilots, #grunge, #lush, #sonicyouth, #delamitri

Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/paul-weller-stanley-road/pl.u-b49gCGKg8d

Top 5 The Beatles

At the end of the last episode, we promised that the next subject would take us closer to the present, but then we both watched the Get Back Documentary by Peter Jackson and had to talk about it.  The Beatles are ubiquitous; not only as a result of their recordings, but also because an argument can be made that they influenced (directly or indirectly) every song and artist in popular music from their debut forward.  On this episode we discuss our favorite songs, our reactions to the new documentary, and everything we can think about associated with the fab four!

Thanks to our producer and editor Billy Gardella, Larry Gendron for our logo, Jay Reason for graphics and technical support, and our executive producer Ethan Isaac and everyone at the Factory Underground.

Follow up us on social media and listen to the episode’s companion playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube.  Go to www.the5v5podcast.com for details and links.  Also please subscribe, rate, and review wherever that is available.

#thebeatles, #paulmccartney, #johnlennon, #ringostarr, #georgeharrison, #abbeyroad, #getback, #peterjackson, #disney+, #billypreston

Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/5v5-podcast-the-beatles/pl.u-ApGNFXxaZV

Top 5 Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Sometimes Young

CSN & Sometimes Y are not quite a band and not quite a super group.  More accurately they are a collective of solo artists collaborating to make their individual songs better.  Since 1969 they came together and split apart working solo, in duos and trios and sometimes as a quartet.  Alongside their peers (Joni Mitchel, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and others), they basically invented the singer songwriter genre that would go on to dominate the 1970’s and influence contemporary artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Brandi Carlisle.  Louis and Mike discuss CSN&Y’s roots, how the group came together in the middle of the burgeoning LA Music scene, and of course their five favorite songs from all configurations of the group. 

Thanks to our producer and editor Billy Gardella, Larry Gendron for our logo, Jay Reason for graphics and technical support, and our executive producer Ethan Isaac and everyone at the Factory Underground.

#CSN, #CSN&Y, #davidcrosby, #stephenstills, #grahamnash, #neilyoung, #ourhouse, #laurelcanyon, #davidgeffen, #jonimitchel, #woodstock, #laurelcanyon, #canyoncountrystore

APPLE MUSIC

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/5v5-podcast-crosby-stills-nash-sometimes-young/pl.u-vM5YCRWmpP

Top 5 The Rolling Stones

When Yankee great Joe DiMaggio made appearances at sporting events and mall openings, he would insist upon being introduced as the world’s greatest living baseball player.  At a time when Ted Williams, Wille Mays, Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron still walked the earth, it was a false claim, but like being the King of Pop or the King of All Media, say it enough and it will become true in people’s minds.  There is no similar controversy surrounding The Rolling Stones.  They ARE the greatest Rock n Roll band of all time both from the studio and from the stage.  There was no one before and they created the template for all that followed. 

On the first episode of the second season of the 5v5 Podcast, Mike and Louis discuss The Rolling Stones legacy including Charlie Watts recent passing, The Beatles vs Stones debate, good saxophone, the dynamic between Mick and Keith, the fact that Bill Wyman is still alive, and of course their top 5 song choices. 

We apologize for some of the audio issues in this episode.  Sometimes the challenges of recording remotely (Louis is in New Hampshire and Mike is in Connecticut) rears its ugly head.  Also please note we are trying something new.  The Spotify version of this episode will include several of our song choices embedded into the episode.  For those of you listening via another service, please go to www.the5v5podcast.com to gets links to the companion playlist for this episode which will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.  The playlists include all of Mike’s and Louis’ picks as well as other songs discussed during the episode. 

#therollingstones, #thestones, #mickjagger, #KeithRichards, #thefaces, #charliewatts, #startmeup, #ronwood, #billwyman, #brianjones

APPLE MUSIC

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/5v5-podcast-the-rolling-stones/pl.u-YyRgHogXE1

Top 5 New Wave (Second British Invasion)

As the Punks grew up and learned to play their instruments, the music changed and became more sophisticated. At the same time executives in the music business wanted to shy away from the the rawness and violence Punk Rock projected so Punk Rock was repackaged and marketed as many new forms of music; Post Punk, The New Romantics, Synth Pop, and most notable New Wave!

New Wave was a combination of the youthful rebellion of Punk, the technology of progressive rock, and rhythms and soul of R&B. Early on the British were best examples of this new genre. Spurred on by MTV British bands flooded the us airwaves and charts dominating Rock n Roll throughout the 1980’s.

On this episode Mike and Louis discuss the music of their teenage years growing up in rural NH in the 1980’s.

Follow us on Instagram (@5v5Pod) and listen to our companion playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. As always more information about the show and the episode can be found at www.The5v5Podcast.com. #newwave, #secondbritishinvasion, #depechemode, #thecure, #duranduran, #thesmiths, #morrissey, #postpunk, #newromantics, #synthpop, #flockofseagulls, #mtv, #artofnoise, #musicvideos #bandaid, #cultureclub

APPLE MUSIC

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/5v5-podcast-new-wave-second-british-invasion/pl.u-RxjRtVmWao

Top 5 Grunge Songs

We hated the term then and it is basically meaningless now, but what was called Grunge in the late 1980’s to about 1992 changed Rock n Roll forever. Louis and Mike discuss the music of their angry young manhood and they try to defend and define a musical movement that exploded while it was exploited by the music industry and Madison Avenue.  

This episode is dedicated to Mike’s friend Pete Jones (@TinyVibrations) who lost his long battle with cancer.  Pete was a warrior and one of the funniest and most talented people anyone would have had the privilege of knowing.  

Follow us on Instagram (@5v5pod) and listen to our companion playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.  As always more information about the show and the episode can be found at www.the5v5podcast.com.  #grunge, #nirvana, #seattle, #aliceinchains, #soundgarden, #pearljam, #subpop, #jackendino, #charlespeterson, #pixies, #mudhoney, #skinyard, #templeofthedog, #singlemovie, #cameroncrowe 

Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/5v5-podcast-grunge/pl.u-byv4cGKg8d

Top 5 Led Zeppelin Songs

No can argue that when it comes to pure Rock n Roll, there is none bigger or more influential than Led Zeppelin.  They were and may still be the biggest band in the world.  Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham came together out of the ashes of the Yardbirds, to take the art form to a level The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, and every other iconic Rock act could only imagine.  On this episode Mike and Louis welcome their first special guest, singer songwriter and artist Drexel Baker (@drexelbakerofficial)!  

 #classicrock, #ledzeppelin, #robertplant, #jimmypage, #johnpauljones, #johnbonham, #theyardbirds, #thenewyardbirds, #carmineappice, #vanillafudge, #mudshark, #ahmetertegun, #petergrant, #thesongremainsthesame

Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/5v5-podcast-led-zeppelin/pl.u-vrE4FRWmpP

Top 5 The Doors Songs

The Doors were both giant hit makers and subversive alternatives to the main stream. They burned bright helping to carry the culture from the hopefulness generated by the summer of love into the dark pessimism of the 1970’s.

On this episode Louis and Mike discuss their personal fan experiences with the Doors and their music and compare their top 5 songs.

Follow us on Instagram (@5v5pod) and listen to the companion playlists Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.  As always more information about the show and the episode can be found at http://www.the5v5podcast.com.  #thedoors, #jimmorrision, “lightmyfire, #lovemetwotimes, #peoplearestrange, #whenthemusicsover, #LAwoman, #ridersonthestorm, #raymanzerek, #johndensmore, #robbiekrieger 

Apple Music Playlist

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/5v5-podcast-the-doors/pl.u-YANqTogXE1

Top 5 Neil Young Songs

Neil Young is an original rebel.  A direct descendent of the founders of Rock & Roll, he helped to create multiple sub-genres while only adhering to his vision as an artist.  Neil Young is difficult, angry, and not trying to please his fans, and that is what makes him great.  In this episode Louis and Mike discuss their favorites songs and Neil’s career through the transom of their own lives and opinions.  

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#music, #neilyoung, #theband, #asylumrecords, #davidgeffen, #woodstock, #CSNY, #crazyhorse, #pono, #cinnamongirl, #rustneversleeps, #buffalospringfield, #cortezthekiller, #winnipeg, #storysongs, #murderballads, #laurelcanyon, #sunsetblvd, #pearljam, #grunge, #jonimitchel, #rickjames, #motown, #lioneltrains

Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/5v5-podcast-neil-young/pl.u-vrGBTRWmpP

Top 5 Bob Dylan Songs

No one has impacted the American music, literature, and culture more than Bob Dylan. In fact you could probably argue that he has impacted popular culture around the world on the level of Shakespeare or Beethoven. On our third episode Louis and Mike discuss their perspective of Bob Dylan through their 5 favorite songs.

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Top 5 R.E.M. Songs

On our second attempt to deliver you a shorter and more concise podcast episode we went longer and more rambling. After a small technological set back we took to Zoom and shared our top 5 R.E.M. songs and what the band meant to us as jaded Generation X kids reaching adulthood in the 1980’s. We hope you enjoy the episode and please stream the companion playlist on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

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Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/5v5-podcast-r-e-m/pl.u-LJ55CZ2K1R