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.


March 3, 2023 50 min

            We’re finishing off season 8 with a real banger! 

First up is one of the best interviews from the archives – a 2007 chat with Mike Reno of Loverboy. Mike is a gifted storyteller as he explains the origins of the band’s name, why a legacy band creates new music, and why they were embraced by MTV immediately.

            Mike also talks about their late bassist Scott Smith, who was declared missing when he was swept overb...

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          This week: a fascinating in-depth interview with The Bee Gees, circa 1976. Roger Ashby talks about the recent success of the “Main Course” album (with songs like “Nights On Broadway”, “Jive Talkin’” and “Fanny”), as well as their latest album, “Children of The World”, where they dabble in disco for the first time (“You Should Be Dancing”).  They also discuss their vocal influences, including The Everly Bros and The Mills ...

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January 20, 2023 26 min

David Crosby was a towering figure in music history. As a founding member of The Byrds and then with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, he was there at the start of the folk rock era and was an essential element in the sound of those bands. His unique approach to vocal harmonies helped to define those groups and their influence is heard to this day.

  Christopher interviewed Crosby in 1989 as he was un...

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Special tribute episode: 

In light of the recent passing of Lisa Marie Presley at the age of 54, we have two interviews.  One is with Lisa Marie from 2005, promoting her second album. Lisa Marie is very candid and personal during this chat with Roger Ashby and Marilyn Denis, as she talks about her music, her childhood, and trying to raise her kids in a normal way. As you can imagine, the whole thing is tinged with tragedy.

The seco...

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What is the great song lyric ever?  Tom & Christopher argue about Bob Dylan and Paul Simon before Tom comes up with the best (and funniest) answer.

          This week, our show features two Canadian superstars… Shania Twain and Celine Dion.

          Frist, we have Tom’s 2003 chat with Shania as she talks about touring and how her songs and concerts are a celebration.  Tom asks her about a secret staff of darker songs and find...

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What is the greatest year in music history?  Christopher and Tom weigh in and, not surprisingly, their answers are very different.  It prompts a rather lively and contentious discussion.

          Plus we pay tribute to the many artists we lost in 2022. But don’t expect this to be a mournful show.  Think of it more as a celebration of these artists.   Included this week:

  • Olivia Newton-John talks about her career
  • Meatloaf on how “Par...
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              This week, a relaxed and very interesting chat with The Tragically Hip circa 1991.  Gord Downie and the band are promoting their second album, “Road Apples”. They talk about working in New Orleans, road testing their new songs and how many chances a song gets in the studio before they toss it out. They also talk about the time they were booked into a hip hop club as well as the time they played an Alberta gig on the worst...

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    This week – a 2005 interview with Madonna as she promotes her album “Confessions On A Dance Floor”.  Madonna is predictably smart and passionate about her music, but she can also be a bit cranky.   WARNING – this interview contains perhaps the most awkward moment in FLW history.

                Then, a wonderful ‘80s interview with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. Chrissie talks about the influences of the ‘60s on her music, how mothe...

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    This week: an extraordinary 1989 interview with the legendary Tina Turner. Tina talks about her rise to fame, how her stage act was her own personal fitness routine, how she chooses her songs and whether or not she considers herself sexy.

                Then, a fun 2003 chat with Cher during her first farewell tour. Cher discusses the highlights of her stage show, what she loves about her fans… and why the cops were called when one of...

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                This week – the finale of our epic 3-part series on The ‘60s!  It’s a show chock full of highlights…

  • Van Morrison explains how “Brown Eyed Girl” almost got banned from the radio
  • Neil Sedaka talks about the creation of “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”
  • Gene Pitney on writing one of the ‘60s biggest hits, touring with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars and hanging with The Stones
  • Dick Clark talks about the early days of American Band...
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    In part 2 of our ‘60s series, Christopher and Tom try to choose the ultimate ‘60s all-star band. Christopher puts together a great line-up, but Tom’s choices raise a few eyebrows! 

              Other highlights this week:

  • Art Garfunkel tells the story behind Simon & Garfunkel’s last (and most contentious) hit, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
  • The wild history of The Mamas & The Papas – as told by one of the Papas.
  • James Brown descri...
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    This week, The ‘60s! In what promises to be an amazing series of shows, we present some of the biggest artists from music’s most impactful decade.

  • We hear about the genius of Brian Wilson and the creation of the classic, “Good Vibrations”.
  • The moment that the Righteous Brothers got their name and how they ended up recording two of the biggest songs in music history
  • Aretha Franklin explains how success has given her freedom
  • Graham Nash...
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            This week: an amazing 1993 backstage chat with Keith Richards. Keith is in his glory fronting The Expensive Winos. In fact, you can almost hear the dread at the prospect of returning to The Stones!  Keith talks about the joy of touring, how “God joins the band” at outdoor concerts and the time he taught Mick how to play “Gimme Shelter”.  He also talks about his history in Toronto, including the time he was arrested for hero...

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              FLW is back with Season 8!  We begin an epic season with an in-depth 2003 interview with Sting. This is Sting at his Sting-iest, in conversation with the incomparable Marilyn Denis. He’s funny and self-deprecating, charming and a tad insufferable.  He talks about his childhood, why his grandmother called his early work “Broken Music”, the longevity of his marriage, and how the events of 9/11 affected his work.  And yes, S...

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    August 29, 2022 7 min

    We're excited to announce the launch of Season 8 of Famous Lost Words.  Coming this season:

    Sting in a long-form 2003 interview with Marilyn Denis - featuring a moment that makes Tom laugh, but makes Christopher cringe.

    Keith Richards in a backstage chat in 1993.  Keef is talking about his touring band "The Expensive Winos".

    Tina Turner in conversation with Christopher in 1989. Great chat with a true superstar.

    Plus a t...

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    Lamont Dozier was one of the giants of songwriting. Known mostly for his work with the Holland brothers at Motown, Lamont was not only a gifted writer, but a wonderful storyteller.  

        In this tribute, we revisit Christopher's chat with Lamont in his home studio, plus we replay some highlights from our 2021 Motown specials as Dozier talks about creating some of the biggest hits of the '60s.

          Lamont Dozier passed away...

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    August 8, 2022 8 min

    Upon hearing the news of the passing of Olivia Newton-John, we want to revisit an entertaining 1978 chat with her. Olivia talks about her breakout as a country artist, her place in the music world, and working with John Travolta in her new movie, "Grease".

    Olivia Newton-John passed away August 8, 2022 at the age of 73.

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    When we learned about the passing of Andy “Fletch” Fletcher from Depeche Mode, we agreed that it would be a good idea to go back into the archives and revisit an interview from 2005.  It’s only 9 minutes long, but it covers a lot of ground…

    In the interview, Fletch talks about:

  • their breakout in the early ‘80s – and why their style and sound pissed off some rock critics
  • the loyalty of their fans
  • their current album “Playing The Angel...
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    As we wind up our tribute to the recent Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductees, we present an excellent series of interview clips with Carly Simon.  Just as she is in her songwriting, Carly is direct, honest and sensitive. She talks about how critics can be terribly hurtful (and how one review set her off), her inspiration for writing, her relationship with then-husband James Taylor and why she occasionally took her fans out to lun...

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    This week, we’re honouring the newest inductees into the R&R Hall Of Fame.  This time, it’s Lionel Richie.  This chat is from 2001 and it’s Lionel in conversation with Marilyn Denis.  He talks about his favourite songs from his solo career and The Commodores – and his biggest regret. He also talks about working with Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson and much much more.  This interview is originally from episode 506.

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