The Special Podness: Life Goes By

This is our final episode of the podcast for now, and in it we’re going under the hood to discuss where Pat’s inspirations as a songwriter, discuss the band’s time on Weezer’s Enlightenment Tour, shows with Audioslave and The Foo Fighters, airplay on LA rock station KROQ, and how The Special Goodness leveled up by connecting with Epitaph Records.

The Spindle: New Order, “Temptation” b/w “Hurt”

Released at the dawn of the remix era, New Order’s “Temptation” b/w “Hurt” came in two formats—33 ⅓ speed 7” and 45 RPM 12”—on the same May 10, 1982. With this single, bassist Peter Hook, keyboardist/guitarist Gillian Gilbert, drummer Stephen Morris, and guitarist/vocalist Bernard Sumner stepped out from Joy Division’s shadow to establish themselves as a distinct entity. Painstakingly played alongside sequencers, Hook’s melodic bass to Sumner’s mantric vocals are unmistakable.

Click Vortex: Hardcore UFOs

Look up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a…click? In the first half of today’s show, we’re talking about musicians who have seen UFOs, including George Clinton of Parliament/Funkadelic,Stevie Nicks, Frank Black of The Pixies, and Kendrick Lamar on this episode. Then, we explore the lounge jazz of Paul McCartney’s side project Thrillington, the artistic spirit of Linda McCartney, Electric Light Orchestra, Roy Wood, and the true crime rock & roll saga of drummer Binky McKenzie.