Can I Pod With Madness - Kerrang, Metal Hammer and rock in the 1980s

Can I Pod With Madness - Kerrang, Metal Hammer and rock in the 1980s

Can I Pod With Madness is a podcast in which we meticulously review a copy of Kerrang! or Metal Hammer, from 1987-1989 (mostly). Expect lots of talk about Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, KISS, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and Lisa Dominique. Also some waffle about what was on telly that week, what was in the charts and general aimless nostalgia. Bringing the metal back to where it belongs! Insta/twitter: @Podwithmadness


February 13, 2024 50 mins

Vixen are our cover stars in this issue, so the casual sexism starts early! WASP are celebrating their lead guitarist (who - spoiler alert, bails out of the band in 6 months time) and cranking out a Jethro Tull cover. There’s reports of secret Aerosmith gigs, so we may rebrand as a mystery podcast. We’ve got features on Quireboys (mostly drunk) and Gary Moore (mostly angry about Kingdom Come). Motley Crue are up to their usual anti...

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In a change from the intended episode we don't even get to Kerrang in this one, but we do talk about Steve Wozniak, reminisce about Feeder's Just a Day, discover Feeder's Just a Day 2, remember the first lockdown and spin off into a conversation about Eurovision and our favourite entry ever from 2006, Lithuania's LT United with We Are The Winners. Also DEEP KUTZ brings us 1987 by Diamante, and we ask whether she's inspired by Stran...

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Kicking off a new year and a new podcast with yet more Gen Patter, as we question whether Gen Z are into Zorro, and wonder whether it’s too late in the game to change the name of the podcast. Simply Red are reappraised, despite not appearing in this week’s issue of Kerrang! However - we do get Atomkraft, WASP, The Accused, Dogs D’amour, Paul Sabu, and Zodiac Mindwarp. 

Kommunikation features opposing views about Faith No More (stil...

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Like a Christmas Gift For You, but less problematic (thanks Phil!) here’s a very special BONUS podcast that we recorded way back in April.

We basically spend this bonus episode promoting Reels Ov Steel, the Heavy Metal Movies podcast, who probably have way more listeners than we do, but what you gonna do? This led us to discuss what constitutes a good example of a metal movie. Can you make a case for something being metal just beca...

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Welcome to our Christmas Pod (for the third time). We thought we were done but then there was some IMPORTANT BREAKING KISS NEWS to cover (sorry... “kover”). Along the way we talk ABBA (obviously), The Millennium Dome, Spice Girls and horror movies that make you cry (or possibly just me). Damn you Guillermo Del Toro! 


We attempt to delve into Kerrang’s Kerristmas Kwizz, but due to bad planning it doesn’t really work. At least it g...

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Welcome to our Christmas Pod (for the second time). It's 1988 and behind the glorious Simon Bisley cover we're looking at a whole bunch of Festive Feechas, once we're done gatekeeping the work of Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin. 

Uriah Heep are playing a Christmas festival, there's some surprising news about Marillion and we explore the connection between mystical unicorns and Gary Moore.

Most of the Korrespondents in this issue are wri...

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It's Christmas time, so naturally we spend about an hour talking about going to For The Love of Horror, the UK's premier horror convention. If you want to hear us going on and on about The Lost Boys you're in the right place!

Otherwise it's business as usual as we delve into a festive edition of Kerrang from 1983. The stars of Metal are asked what they want for Christmas and most of their answers are variations on the same theme. S...

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We're back under the Metal Hammer this week as we take a look at a pre Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Iron Maiden. They're in a reflective mood (doing promo for their video 12 Wasted Years) but that leads us to talk Tiswas, Going Live, Live and Kicking and CD:UK. Along the way we get sidetracked by Stephen King, Mr Blobby, You and Me (Duncan the Dragon vs Cosmo and Dibs), Casper’s Brainy Book and various other nostalgic reminiscences...

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In this spooky Halloween Special, we discuss going to The Happiest Place On Earth, ruminate on the difference between Millennials and Generation X and face up to the fact that we're now fully fledged Disney Adults.

We ask what makes a great Halloween playlist and whether it should include Monster Mash or not (also we keep alluding to an amazing Monster Mash fact that we never get around to, sorry). 

We're looking at Kerrang in Octo...

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This is Can I Pod With Madness so why the hell are we talking about Elvis Costello, The Fine Young Cannibals and Freiheit? Well we've put away childish things (temporarily) and decided to get all sophisticated by looking at an issue of Q Magazine, the *modern* guide to music and more. 

The original idea was to mix things up a bit and not talk about the same bands all the time, but we do happen to have landed on an issue with a pret...

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In another format breaking episode, we're jumping in the Delorean and rolling up into 1984. It's a completely different rock scene, with Heavy Pettin, Raven and Charon, although there's still a Deep Purple feature so we’re not exactly in uncharted territory. Also lots of Meat Loaf!


In a first (and probably last) we've got Prince on the cover, and a whopping great feature on him, which gives us a chance to gush over our favourite ...

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We’re back with the rear end of Kerrang 240. We’ve got Ladykillers! No longer a pervy request for readers to send in saucy pics, it’s now a salute to WOMEN IN ROCK. We look at a few WOMEN IN ROCK (and possibly invent some, “borrowing” a game from The Word Podcast). We talk about Grace Slick (and Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship), and, in number 38 in our continuing series of people we didn’t expect to see in a metal m...

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It's a monster length podcast as we go balls deep into K240, and have to come up for air halfway through, yes that's right kids, it's another two parter.


When we're not dredging up half remembered kids' TV themes, we're examining Bret Michaels' contribution to the genre of Christmas music and investigate the unfathomable social media activity of the members of Def Leppard.


Also in this issue: The Grip, Vixen, Last Crack, The So...

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In this unprecedented format shattering episode we are bringing it bang up to date with an edition of Kerrang from 1991! What is the rock scene like in this new decade, in the brave new age of Grunge?

Surely Guns N' Roses won't be on the cover again? Well they are, but only in an inset. Otherwise we've got Thunder, Little Angels and Suzie Hatton. Suzie who? We investigate!

There's a review of the soundtrack to Bill and Ted's Bogus ...

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Axl Rose appears on the cover in one of his many disguises, and we're plunged back in time to the heady days of October 1987, when Kerrang deemed it appropriate to feature T'Pau, Then Jericho and Jethro Tull. Finally a Tull feature! We examine how well preserved Ian Anderson is now, in comparison to how wizened he seemed in ‘87, and ponder the finer points of Christmas music. 

In addition, Kerrang give us the best Mötley Crüe artic...

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July 26, 2023 49 mins

Top Ten Stadium Rock (Channel 4, 19th February, 2000), a retrospective TV programme now so old it needs its own retrospective. In two parts! 


We look at Bon Jovi’s foray into the Star Wars universe, and applaud Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach for being the most entertaining interviewee on this programme (although we fail to mention his stint in Gilmore Girls). Van Halen’s yin and yang of Dave and Eddie is examined, with a side order of...

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July 12, 2023 50 mins

As promised many moons ago we're finally getting around to Top Ten Stadium Rock (Channel 4, 19th February, 2000), a retrospective TV programme now so old it needs its own retrospective. 


So join us for lots of talk about the same bands we always talk about. KISS! Heart! Poison! ZZ Top! Motley Crue! Yes, that’s only five, this is such a big subject we’re splitting it into two episodes. 


Also what exactly is “Stadium Rock”? How d...

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Doro out of Warlock, but soon to be just Doro adorns the cover of this, the earliest edition of Metal Hammer we own. It's Halloween and there's weird stuff going on in the pages of this issue, though not the kind of weird stuff you might expect. 


Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is out and about in Germany, with some stories that probably need a content warning because they’re fucking gross, while Rush's Alex Lifeson can't see the point ...

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May 30, 2023 52 mins

Can I Pod With Madness episode 11 Metal Hammer Vol 3, No 17, (August 27, 1988) again - Special Ed


This episode, we take a deep dive into everyone’s favourite zombie cyborg murderer, mental patient and part time Egyptian deity, Eddie, off of the Iron Maiden album covers. Where did he come from? What’s his story? How long does he spend every morning doing his hair? We wonder what other musical mascots are out there - this Metal Ham...

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Ozzy is appearing at a charity show for Desmond Tutu, which we can find no evidence of, so perhaps this is proof of the Mandela Effect. Status Quo are Running All Over The World, due to a cunningly rerecorded version of their chug rock classic. Joan Jett’s in a movie with Michael J Fox. We fondly recall trying to play Slayer tunes on Guitar Hero. 


Def Leppard are ruthlessly mocked for not getting their follow up to Hysteria done ...

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