Famous Lost Words

Famous Lost Words

Famous Lost Words” unearths the greatest interviews of all time. Hosted by songwriter and legendary MuchMusic Veejay Christopher Ward and longtime CHUM radio producer (and archivist) Tom Jokic, “Famous Lost Words” is a weekly podcast on the iHeartRadio Canada app. It’s a deep dive into the extensive iHeartRadio archives – featuring classic interviews that haven’t been heard since they first aired.

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October 8, 2021 42 min
      In 1978, Steven Tyler and Aerosmith made the mistake of starring in the movie flop “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. It was beginning of a downturn for the band’s fortunes. This week’s interview comes from that time period – as they gamely try to hype the film and talk about the band’s past success. Tyler even explains why they dropped one of their biggest hits from their setlist. We also hear from Joe Perry – who talks...
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In our Season 7 debut, we feature a fantastic 1989 interview with The Rolling Stones. Burying the hatchet after the turmoil of the mid ‘80s, Mick and Keith are positively giddy as they talk about the “Steel Wheels” album and tour.  Keith says he knew they were going to be okay when they spent 5 minutes in a room together and didn’t want to kill each other. We also pay tribute to the late, great Charlie Watts with a clip of him des...
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September 15, 2021 3 min
We're pumped that the new season of Famous Lost Words is only days away!   Among the goodies we've unearthed... A fantastic 1989 chat with The Rolling Stones, which finds Mick and Keith happy to be reunited after the sniping of the mid '80s.  Plus, Christopher and Tom reflect on the profound impact of drummer Charlie Watts A wonderful 2014 chat with Taylor Swift, who talks about her move from country to pop and the ded...
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July 1, 2021 85 min
Our Season 6 finale is a celebration of Canadian music as we speak to some of Canada’s greatest performers about their cities and experiences.  -        Randy Bachman on the Winnipeg concert that changed his life.  -        Blue Rodeo on how a trip to New York made them better musicians and prepared them to conquer the Toronto scene and the Canadian charts.  - Nelly Furtado on how her diverse upbringing influenced her music - Chant...
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Our first all-‘90s episode reflects the wildly divergent music of that decade: The Goo Goo Dolls talk about their unexpected success Posh Spice explains Girl Power amid the early days of Spice-mania Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty recalls the stories behind their biggest hits Amanda Marshall gets a huge boost from Elton John Jewel goes from living in a van to wearing a $14,000 dress to the Grammys Tom Cochrane reaps the rewards of ye...
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This week: an incredible 2004 Janet Jackson interview, recorded just weeks after her infamous Super Bowl appearance. Janet is reticent at first, but then she relaxes and talks about everything from her childhood, her love of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder (who were family friends), her personal life, her live performances and yes, the Super Bowl. A great chat.  We also have an early ‘80s interview with Robert Palmer as he explains ...
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Who do you prefer – The Beatles or Stones?  Tom catches Christopher off-guard with a new game as he puts Christopher on the spot!  We learn that he loves Joni (we knew that) but Journey?… not so much.             We’ll also continue with our epic tribute to songwriting!  Elton John talks about writing with Bernie Taupin. George Michael explains how the craft of songwriting is a reward even greater than fame. Taylor Swift reveals h...
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This week – an epic episode (epic-sode?) on great songwriters! Paul McCartney talks about working with John Lennon. John Mellencamp explains why he doesn’t get fancy with his lyrics. Joni Mitchell reveals the funny reason she first took up the guitar. Gordon Lightfoot breaks down the craft of creating songs. Carly Simon talks about how being in motion helps her be creative. And Neil Young explains why the thing that makes him a goo...
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In one of the best interviews from our archives, we have a chat with Peter Gabriel from 1986, as he talks about “So”, which is about to become the biggest album of his career. Peter also talks about his work with Amnesty International and how he feels about “charity fatigue”. Gabriel also fights back at the notion that he has sold out just because “So” is a success. He also discusses the myriad of reasons behind his split with Gene...
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We start this week’s show with Supertramp. And the more you listen, the more you can hear the rift between Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies. Then, during our extensive Peter Cetera chat, the old wounds between him and the rest of the guys in Chicago are laid bare.   Are you sensing a theme here?             For the rest of the episode it’s the stories of famous breakups! Ozzy Osbourne on why he couldn’t wait to get the heck away fr...
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What happens when the world’s most famous musician is forced to stay at home during lockdown? Why, he records an album, of course!  In a new interview, Paul McCartney tells us what he’s done during “rockdown” – including the creation of “McCartney III”. He also explains how working with his daughter Mary is very much like working with his late wife Linda. The 78-year-old former Beatle also talks about his many upcoming projects and...
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In part 2 of our Motown tribute, Stevie Wonder talks about his very first hit and how his music reflects who he is.  Michael Jackson explains how the Jackson 5 were discovered. Lionel Richie talks about attending “Motown University”. Legendary songwriter Lamont Dozier shares the very funny story behind “Stop! In The Name Of Love”. Martha Reeves tells us how her first big break came when Mary Wells failed to show up for a recording ...
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            This week, a spectacular tribute to Motown. We begin with the legendary Smokey Robinson talking about his start with the label, his biggest hits, writing for others and his favourite Motown performer. Smokey also talks about Diana Ross, The Temptations and other Motown legends. In the most powerful interview clip, Smokey reveals the considerable challenges in being a black-owned company in America during the civil right...
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February 26, 2021 42 min
       We’ve got an excess of INXS this week! First up is a 1982 chat with Michael Hutchence from the band’s early days, talking about honing their sound in Australia, plus his partnership with Andrew Farriss. Then, we have a new interview with Andrew himself, who looks back at those heady days in the ‘80s and ‘90s when INXS toured the world and ruled the charts.       We also have a new interview with Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go...
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February 19, 2021 42 min
   Famous Lost Words is back! In our Season 6 premiere, it’s a tribute to Eddie Van Halen, in which we discuss Eddie’s career and play ‘80s-era interview clips of his bandmates.  And Tom talks about his very embarrassing real-life encounter with Eddie and Valerie Bertinelli. Plus, we have a classic interview with the legendary Roy Orbison, who talked about his unlikely rise to stardom – and how $8 changed his life. Famous Lost Wo...
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December 8, 2020 54 min
On this special episode of Famous Lost Words, we honour John Lennon on the 40th anniversary of his death. We dig deep into the archives for a career-spanning collection of incredible interview clips with Lennon – from the early days of the Beatles through his solo years. The centrepiece of this episode is an exclusive 1974 chat with John. Plus we’ll talk to the legendary Canadian broadcaster who conducted the interview, John Donabi...
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We wrap up Season 5 with some of our favourite moments from our previous 79 episodes! Stevie Nicks talks about her “coke & brandy days” George Michael on why his very public “outing” might have been the best thing to happen to him George Harrison takes a swipe at Paul McCartney that leaves Christopher shocked Tom gets personal with Alanis Morissette Pink talks about what guys used to expect from her on a date Canadian legend Bu...
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October 2, 2020 52 min
Having a hit record is hard enough – try doing it twice!  Today’s special episode is filled with the stories behind the songs you know so well… from the artists that you don’t.  How did the real-life “Sharona” and “Jenny” feel about the songs written for them?  (Spoiler – one of them loved it. The other? Not so much.) Also - What group turned their failure as a bar band into a #1 hit?  And why did one group have to hide their ide...
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The Beach Boys were a weird combination of genius and fun. This week, we feature Mike Love and Dennis Wilson from the mid ‘70s. Mike talks about his cousin Brian Wilson and Dennis discusses the importance of recreating the Beach Boys’ distinct sound onstage during their tours. We also have a late ‘60s interview with the great Eric Clapton, talking the dissolution of Cream and the difficultly of living up to his reputation.  Oddly,...
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     If there is one thing that Christopher can’t understand, it’s Tom’s love for KISS.  That argument is front and centre in this episode, which features clips from Gene Simmons from the ‘70s and Paul Stanley from 1999. Gene talks about everything from the importance of their live shows, to whether the makeup will ever come off (Gene says no – four years later, he changes his mind). Paul is much more likeable in his segments, whet...
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