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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January 21, 2022 11 min
Hearing the news about Meatloaf's passing reminded us of this fascinating chat with Meatloaf and Tom Jokic from 2006. He is promoting an upcoming live appearance in Toronto. We talked about the power of his "Bat Out Of Hell" albums and he explains his definition of success. He also talks about his acting career. Embarrassingly, Tom's cell phone rings near the end of the interview, and Meatloaf answers it!  It's ...
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We made it!  It’s the 100th episode of Famous Lost Words and our Season 7 finale. This week – some of our favourite stories ever! Roland Orzabal of Tears For Fears talks about his first hilarious meeting with our favourite Beatle. Ed Robertson explains how Barenaked Ladies made the cheapest music video in history – which ended up in high rotation at MuchMusic Christopher regals us once again with his epic story about having dinner ...
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First up this week is a new interview with Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran as he talks about their new album – as well as the deep history of the band… from being banned by MTV to being influenced by David Bowie – just a few years before they became friends with Bowie – plus the importance of fashion to the overall image. This interview is from 2021 – from “Marilyn Denis Does A Podcast”.             We also have a mid ‘90s chat with th...
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This week, we have a 2014 chat with a very enthusiastic Taylor Swift, who is happily promoting her first pure pop album, 1989. It’s a brief but very entertaining chat as Taylor riffs about her fans and her new sound.           We also have a 2020 chat between Peter Frampton and Marilyn Denis (courtesy of her show, “Marilyn Denis Does A Podcast”). Peter talks about the chaos of the “Frampton Comes Alive” era and how even he got sic...
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As Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated “Get Back” film finally gets released, we celebrate with our own Beatles special.  In this episode, we focus in on the final years of The Fab Four with some incredible Beatles audio -  stuff that would definitely make Peter Jackson envious!  Joining us this week is Beatles nut Jay Michaels of Newstalk 1010 in Toronto. Among the highlights: In 1969, Paul and George talk about their upcoming fil...
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This week – one of the biggest rock bands of the ‘80s, plus a guy who had one of the greatest award show performances ever – and then a band that defined the early new wave movement. And whaddya know...They’re all Canadian! We start with a 1986 interview with Mike Reno of Loverboy. This was a band at the peak of their game and their fame. Mike talks about touring with Van Halen, singing with Sammy Hagar, the rigours of the road – ...
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This week: a brand-new interview with the legendary Randy Bachman, who talks about the early days of The Guess Who and BTO, as well as his complicated relationship with Burton Cummings. Randy also tells the very funny story about the time his own father called the cops on him.? The amazing 7-disc “Bachman Cummings collection” is now available. We also have an entertaining 1986 chat with Neil Finn as he talks about the end of Split...
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The Doobie Brothers went through massive changes during their first commercial peak in the mid ‘70s. This week, we’ll feature both eras of the Doobies – the Tom Johnston era and the Michael McDonald years. They talk about the origin of the band’s name, the stories behind their biggest hits and the health issues that led to McDonald joining the group. All told, these interview clips from the various members tell a fascinating tale o...
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      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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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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