Bob Ezrin

Bob Ezrin & Amber Mark

Bob Ezrin, the“producer's producer,”has been behind the boards for many blockbuster epic albums over the years. He shares stories with Jim and Greg about working on classic albums by Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Peter Gabriel. Plus, up-and-coming R&B singer Amber Mark shares the song that got her Hooked on Sonics, and Greg drops a quarter into the Desert Island Jukebox.

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Bob Ezrin

Back in 2011, Jim and Greg were joined by super producer Bob Ezrin. When we say super, we're not just referring to his commercial success, but to his sound. Bob Ezrin makes big, epic albums like The Wall, Destroyer and collaborated on a staggering 10 records with metal god Alice Cooper. He also produced Lou Reed's Berlin and the self-titled solo debut from Peter Gabriel. He talked with Jim and Greg about reuniting with Cooper for Welcome 2 My Nightmare and shared studio tidbits. Now we know what a prankster Roger Waters was and how Ezrin captured the crying sounds in "Oh Jim." And who knew Peter Gabriel had such a good sense of humor? This interview was one of our favorites so we thought we'd share it again.


Hooked On Sonics: Amber Mark

Amber Mark Amber Mark is a young, up-and-coming singer whose sound is a mixture of R&B, soul and pop. Mark recently made a splash with her EP 3:33am, a record about the sudden passing of her mother. Critics lauded her strong voice and evocative lyrics, and she's currently signed to the British independent label PMR with distribution through the famous Interscope Records. Amber Mark shares that the artist that got her "Hooked on Sonics" is Michael Jackson, and the song that made her love music was the percussive "Working Day and Night" from his Off the Wall album. Listen to Amber tell the story of first hearing the song and the unique experience of sitting in the V.I.P. section at Michael's concert in Munich.



“It's O.K.”Dead Moon

2017 has been a challenging year for many people, and Greg's pick for the desert island jukebox gave him some solace from the recent turbulence. Inspired by a cover he saw performed by Ted Leo, Greg chose "It's O.K." by the Portland punk band Dead Moon. Led by a husband and wife duo, Dead Moon was extremely DIY - doing almost all of their own recording and surrounding duties. Recently, Fred Cole (the husband in the duo) passed away. Greg wanted to play this song as a tribute to him, and to encourage others that even though "we‘ve all seen better days…it’s okay, yeah we love you anyway."

Featured Songs

  1. Alice Cooper, I'm Eighteen, Love It to Death, Warner Bros, 1970
  2. Amber Mark, Way Back, 3:33am, PMR, 2017
  3. Alice Cooper, Welcome to My Nightmare, Welcome to My Nightmare, Atlantic, 1975
  4. Pyotr Il'vich Tchaikovsky, Fantasy Overture From ‘Romeo And Juliet’, Op.71 / Romeo and Juliet / Fantasy: Overture, HDC, 2010
  5. Alice Cooper, Under My Wheels, Killer, Warner Bros, 1971
  6. Alice Cooper, I Am Made of You, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, HIP-O, 2011
  7. Alice Cooper, School's Out, School's Out, Warner Bros, 1972
  8. Peter Gabriel, Solsbury Hill, Peter Gabriel 1: Car, Charisma, 1977
  9. Peter Gabriel, Modern Love, Peter Gabriel 1: Car, Charisma, 1977
  10. Peter Gabriel, Excuse Me, Peter Gabriel 1: Car, Charisma, 1977
  11. Lou Reed, Caroline Says II, Berlin, RCA, 1973
  12. Lou Reed, Oh Jim, Berlin, RCA, 1973
  13. Lou Reed, The Kids, Berlin, RCA, 1973
  14. KISS, King of the Night Time World, Destroyer, Casablanca, 1976
  15. KISS, Beth, Destroyer, Casablanca, 1976
  16. Pink Floyd, Hey You, The Wall, EMI, 1979
  17. Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb, The Wall, EMI, 1979
  18. U2 and Green Day, Beautiful Day (Live at the Superdome), Unreleased, n/a, 2006
  19. Peter Gabriel, The Book of Love, Scratch My Back, Real World, 2010
  20. Amber Mark, Lose My Cool, 3:33am, PMR, 2017
  21. Michael Jackson, Working Day and Night, Off the Wall, Epic, 1979
  22. Dead Moon, It's O.K., Crack in the System, Tombstone, 1994
  23. Phoenix, Long Distance Call, It's Never Been Like That, Astralwerks, 2006
  24. Patti Smith, Redondo Beach, Horses, Arista, 1975
  25. Rotary Connection, Christmas Love, Peace, Cadet Concept, 1968
  26. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Colorado Christmas, The Christmas Album, Rising Tide, 1997