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 FM 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.... Show More

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This week - a brand new interview with the legendary Gordon Lightfoot, who talks about his earliest days as a struggling singer-songwriter, writing the Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald and why he decided not to sue Whitney Houston over the song "The Greatest Love Of All". The new documentary about Gordon's Life, "If You Could Read My Mind", is in theatres across Canada this weekend!   Plus, Alan Frew joins us live in studio. Ala... Read more

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May 17, 2019 2429 min

This week - when we talked to Def Leppard in 1980, they were barely out of their teens.  They talked about their hometown of Sheffield, being the opening act for the Human League and why they couldn't believe their good luck.  Tom and Christopher debate whether they deserve to be in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.    We also have a brand new interview with Lawrence Gowan – known to most Ca... Read more

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In celebration of tonight's series finale of "The Big Bang Theory", Tom talks to Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson about the incredible story behind the writing of the BBT theme - and why he needed his wife to help him out while he was in the shower!  Great story about one of the classic TV themes of all time.  Plus, Ed briefs us on BNL's summer tour plans. 

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May 10, 2019 2491 min

This week - one of our favourite interviews ever. When Tom talked to Alanis Morissette in 2002, she told us about dealing with the intense hurricane of fame from Jagged Little Pill and how it almost derailed her life completely.  Alanis also discusses what she looks for in a guy, how her art reflects her life and why she never feels guilty for the money she makes.  It's an intensely revealing and often very funny intervie... Read more

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This week, we go back 50 years with incredibly rare interview clips Simon & Garfunkel as they talk about how one song changed everything for them – and how even Paul Simon himself was surprised when it became a hit. We also have a 2014 chat with Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara – who has been red-hot for the last five years with pop songs that stand out for their depth and honesty. PLUS we have a brand new in... Read more

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It's another special '80s edition! Huey Lewis talks about the beginning of The News, making hits for the radio, and why "I Want A New Drug" could never have been their first single.  Andy Bell from Erasure explains how he convinced his idol, Vince Clarke, to hire him - and how he went from groupie to colleague. He also tells us about the moment that changed his life - and the lives of many others. Shee... Read more

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This week - in-depth conversations with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey from The Who - as they reflect on how the Stones and Beatles influenced them, how Canada embraced them, the death of Keith Moon and how they saw the future of the band from the vantage point of the early '80s.    Also, a 1978 interview with The Commodores as they talk about "Three Times A Lady", "Easy" and opening for The Jackson Five.    P... Read more

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This week - some of the most iconic artists in Canadian music history.  We have rare interviews with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Levon Helm from The Band.  Robbie talks about hooking up with Bob Dylan, Levon tells us about working in Canada and life AFTER The Last Waltz and Tom & Christopher discuss the long-standing feud between Robbie and Levon.     Also, we have an incre... Read more

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When we spoke to Tom Cochrane in 1991, “Life Is A Highway” was just about to make him a superstar.  Tom talks about being a songwriter as opposed to a rock star and why the song “Lunatic Fringe” was a political song for him (and still resonates today).           Also, a 1982 interview with Martin Fry of ABC as their dance classic “The Lexicon Of Love&rd... Read more

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This week: an exceptional late '70s interview with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin​ as he talks about how Zeppelin got started.  Robert's in a great mood in this interview.  It's a must listen.  We also have KC & The Sunshine Band from 1977, Boz Scaggs reflecting on his biggest hit, "Lowdown", a very spirited Pat Benatar talking about being a woman in ... Read more

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This week: an amazing interview with John Lennon & Yoko Ono from the mid ‘70s. John talks about his rivalry with Paul McCartney, why he recorded “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” and who REALLY deserved a songwriting credit on “Imagine”.         When Joe Walsh talked to us in 1978, he was not only a very successful solo artist (“Life’s Been Goo... Read more

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 We have incredible interviews with Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac from about 40 years ago. Stevie talks about everything from her wardrobe to her songwriting... and reveals something very personal about herself.  And Tom talks about the time they sent a Fake Fleetwood Mac out on tour!      Plus, we have Christopher's fantastic interview with David Crosby from 1989, lon... Read more

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This week: a fascinating 1978 interview with Billy Joel, talking about his career, his love of touring and the controversy behind his current hit, “Only The Good Die Young”.           Plus, Tom chats with Paul Stanley of KISS (his fave band ever!). Paul’s likeability is in stark contrast to Tom’s encounters with Gene Simmons.       &n... Read more

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This week: We’ve got a phenomenal in 1991 interview with REM, just as “Losing My Religion” was turning them into global superstars.  Michael Stipe and the band talk about success, the media and which album nearly broke the band apart.   Plus, in a brand new interview, Tom chats with one of his idols, Kim Mitchell of Max Webster!  Kim talks about his past hits, his radio career and his new proje... Read more

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This week: As “Bohemian Rhapsody” battles it out at The Oscars, we feature a 1980 interview with Queen – who talk about the release of “The Game” (their first album with synthesizers) and the success of the brand new single “Another One Bites The Dust”.           We also have a very early interview with Maroon 5 from 12 years ago – plus we&... Read more

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This week: a great interview with Angus Young of AC/DC from 1983.  Angus talks about everything from his schoolboy image to the departure of drummer Phil Rudd. Christopher and Tom discuss the worst interviews they’ve ever been a part of – including audio evidence of one very bad moment. Music legend Steve Winwood talks about every phase of his incredible career.   Plus the late great Barry White explained what... Read more

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This week:  a fantastic interview with Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora from 2000 - 13 years before their falling out.      We have Joan Jett just as she was about to become the breakout star of 1981.      Christopher's in-depth interview with Neil Finn (Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac) is the hidden gem this week. Have a listen!  And Motown songwriting legend Lamont Dozier talks about the early days of Hitsville USA - and explains ho... Read more

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This week: a great 1981 interview w Bryan Adams - talking about the dance hit that got him started (but he'd rather forget) and working with Loverboy & Lou Gramm. Also, classic interview clips with cranky, cantankerous Joe Jackson - and the results are pure entertainment. Plus - legendary Canadian broadcaster (and recently retired CHUM jock) Roger Ashby tells us some of the most hilarious stories you've ever heard - includin... Read more

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it's our Awesome Eighties Edition!  Hear Duran Duran just as they are about to break out with the new album "Rio", OMD talk about the WORST videos they ever made, Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles talks about recording the Prince song "Manic Monday", George Michael explains about how wonderfully cheesy the music of Wham was and Martha & The Muffins tell us where the heck "Echo Beach" is!  Plus Tom & Christopher argue about Air Supply an... Read more

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We kick off Season 3 with the The Beatles! Lennon & McCartney talk songwriting. George talks about meeting Ringo for the first time. And John talks about those crazy “Paul Is Dead” rumours. And we have some hilarious (and somewhat shocking) audio of a different type of mania... from the day in 1976 that the Bay City Rollers came to one Canadian city and just about turned it upside down. Plus Cool Song Facts – including the very ... Read more

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