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Doug Lubahn, bassist for the band Clear Light, also played bass for the Doors on three of their albums, Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, and Soft Parade.

On stage, the Doors didn't use a bassist. Keyboard wizard Ray Manzarek would provide the bass line using the lower register of his Vox Continental organ. In the studio however, the Doors relied on several session bassists. Doug was one of them. In fact, Doug was once offered a permanent position as the Doors' bassist.

In this interview, we talk with Doug about his early days in the music business, his first major-league band, Clear Light, that band's glimpse of fame as they played a cameo role in the motion picture, The President's Analyst, and his day-to-day experiences working with the Doors, including his relationship with Jim Morrisson.

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Rat Scabies was the drummer for the seminal English punk band, The Damned. Indeed, they were the first English punk band to put out first a single (New Rose, 1976) and then an album (Damned Damned Damned, 1977) on an enterprising little independent record label called Stiff Records. Here, we discuss the formation of the Damned, the appearance of members of The Clash on the Damned's third LP, Machine Gun Etiquette, his career with The Damned and his current projects, one of which is the documentary, The Damned – Don't You Wish That We Were Dead?


Singer-songwriter Matt Venuti plays with his band, The Venusians as well as solo. He plays two unique percussion instruments, the Hang and the Gubal. This interview took place the week of a splendid solo performance at Vishnu's Couch yoga studio in Binghamton, NY.

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Woodstock veterans Canned Heat were not just another blues/boogie band. They had some top talent on their team - to name just a few, frontman and major-league blues record collector Bob Hite, musicologist, harpist and bottleneck guitar player Alan Wilson (one John Lee Hooker once remarked that Wilson played his own music better than he himself did!), and a gifted drummer who'd begun his career in the mid-1950s playing with Mexico's top pop acts.

It is with this drummer, Fito De La Parra, that I speak this time. We discuss his career before and with Canned Heat, for whom he still plays.


In the fifties, he was known for his covers of R&B tunes. But there's much more to “Mr. White Bucks” than that. By his early twenties, he was a college student (Columbia), a happily-married father, a television personality and a best-selling pop singer. He has starred in over 20 films, not to mention emceeing television variety and talk shows in the 1950s and 60s, one of which showcased a then-new band from England called Pink Floyd. He's appeared in TV programs like Rod Serling's “Night Gallery”.

We discuss the storied career of the star who started out as the emcee of a teen talent show in Nashville.


Dum Dum Girls (named, yes, for Iggy Pop's "Dum Dum Boys") began as a bedroom recording project for their front woman, Dee Dee Penny. In this interview, I talk about the band's beginning, Penny's spiritual relationships with poet Patti Smith and the late Lou Reed and the band's upcoming tour and new album.


You're probably familiar with his 1976 signature song, Dream Weaver. But did you know that Gary Wright was a close friend of former Beatle, George Harrison, and played on a lot of his albums? Did you also know that he began his career in show business at age 9, or that he had his own band, Spooky Tooth in the mid-seventies? Today I talk about those things and more, including his autobiography, which is now in stores.


Jerry Yester was playing with the Lovin' Spoonful even before he stepped in to replace Zal Yanovsky. We discuss his career on the LA coffehouse folk music circuit before the Lovin' Spoonful, his eventual involvement in it while still in the Modern Folk Quartet, his role in replacing departing Spoonful member Zal Yanovsky, and his plans for the future. We also talk about his brief relationship with Frank Zappa and his "Straight" record label.


Best known for her signature songs, "Brand New Key" and the anthemic "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)", Melanie got her big break at the original Woodstock festival. To say she was performing 'without a net' would be putting it midly, but our lady pulled it off spectacularly.

In this interview, we talk about her Woodstock experience, as well as the stories behind her hit songs and her musical career, which began when she went to the wrong Brill Building audition studio!


David Laflamme is best known as the violinist and front man for the band, It's A Beautiful Day. We talk about how the band got its name and how its signature song, White Bird came about.

Turns out LaFlamme is also an inventor. He designed a radically-improved electric violin, which we talk about in addition to his band's history, and his plans for the future.


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