By 1993, Ratt had broken up and Cinderella split with their drummer. Singer Stephen Pearcy and drummer Fred Coury then joined forces in a new hard rock band called Arcade. Promoting their debut album, Arcade played RPM in Toronto on July 17 1993 — their only Canadian date. They stopped by MuchMusic’s Start Me Up program (one of the only shows still playing rock music) for a quick chat with Michael Williams, who was introducing them on stage later that night.
With former bands never mentioned by name, Arcade discuss their current lineup and the Toronto Grand Prix. Was Pearcy wasted?
Up to bat: Erica Ehm (MuchMusic)
Pitcher: Duane Ward (Toronto Blue Jays)
Catcher: Gerald McGhee (Brighton Rock)
Umpire: Greg Fraser (Brighton Rock)
In 1991 Brighton Rock released their third album Love Machine, featuring backing vocals by Duane Ward of the Toronto Blue Jays! Erica Ehm got to play ball and ask questions of all of them. Questions about:
Warrior Soul are a heavy band with a charismatic lead singer named Kory Clarke. Though their subject matter varied over the years, Kory was never afraid to get political. In this interview from 1991 supporting their second LP Drugs, God and the New Republic, Kory addresses controversial lyrics like “the goddamn president can go to hell.” Check it out. From MuchMusic’s Power 30.
“…Give us some time to work on what we wanna do now. Which is…so different, that it’s gonna take time. You can’t just go ‘we’re gonna do something different’ and just crank it out. I mean you gotta experiment and it’s going to take a lot of songwriting and trial and tribulations. So it’ll be four years between albums for us at least.” — Nikki Sixx
These are two of the interviews that made me really, really excited for the future of Motley Crue. Nikki and Mick did a pair of MuchMusic interviews in the same day that aired on different programs. Mars and Sixx were engaged and enjoying themselves. I’ve edited the two interviews together here for you. The first is a live session with Steve Anthony. They take live questions in front of that big glass MuchMusic window with a legion of fans outside. The second is a brief one in the basement with Teresa Roncon from the Power 30.
Out of Sight was a cool movie. Based on a classic Elmore Leonard novel, the headliners (among a star-studded cast) were a couple young newcomers named George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. He was still known as a TV doctor and she was not yet “J Lo”. MuchMusic’s Terry David Mulligan spoke to both in this brief clip from MuchMusic’s FAX program (hosted by Rebecca Rankin). From an era when George Clooney was not yet a superstar.
This clip is unfortunately symptomatic of MuchMusic’s waning years. Less music videos, and more mainstream programming. But since Clooney kicks a million asses, and Out of Sight was brilliant, please enjoy this video!
Ah, 1998, a simpler age for simpler folks. We had just finished upgrading all our cassettes to CDs. Those old LPs that were gathering dust in the garage finally hit the curb and the landfill where they belonged. The digital age had arrived! Time for another new format to sweep away the old.
Are you ready for Digital Versatile Disc?
This segment was from the MuchMusic news program FAX, during a period when they used “videographers” carrying cameras on their shoulders at all times, to catch those always-breaking stories. Oh, the late 1990s.
Canadian rock sensation Aldo Nova made his very first visit to the MuchMusic studios in July of 1991, on the Pepsi Power Hour hosted by Michael Williams. Getting down to business, Aldo plays an unplugged “Modern World” from his brand new album Blood on the Bricks!
This nearly 20 minute segment is Williams and MuchMusic at their finest. Aldo is engaging and frequently demonstrates songs on acoustic. Subjects covered:
Signing a deal / starting out with “Fantasy”
Producing early Celine Dion recordings
“Blaze of Glory”
His band and working with a singer instead of singing himself
The late, amicable Dan Gallagher was always enthusiastic about every band he interviewed. He drew a good interview out of King’s X, and asked some deeper questions that got the band thinking. You’ll also see some live footage from the Faith Hope Love tour.
What is King’s X?
What does Faith Hope Love mean?
How much does Ty hate making music videos?
Spirituality in music — does it belong?
I really love Jerry’s answer on that question.
Thanks for hanging this week for a whole lot of old VHS clips. Winter is the perfect time to work on projects like this!
It’s a clean, sober and healthy looking Vince Neil! Once again, MuchMusic had Terry David Mulligan with all the hot questions. This chat includes a surprise announcement of Motley’s next album Decade of Decadence.
TDM raises the following subjects:
What does Bob Rock bring to the Crue?
How will the Crue celebrate its 10th anniversary?
Thoughts on the next 10 years
Music of the 80s
“In 18 months there won’t be 20 teenagers left in America that would be caught dead listening to Motley Crue.” – Creem magazine
“If you coulda gotten a camera up in a tree, you mighta been able to talk to Ted.” – Tommy Shaw
Who doesn’t love a bromance? Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades formed a lasting one with Damn Yankees and it’s obvious in this summer 1990 interview. They finish each others’ sentences and talk over each other like excited kids. MuchMusic’s Michael Williams hosts this excellent interview as they discuss:
Getting signed to a label
Working with Ron Nevison
Terrible Ted and the “wimp police”
Tommy’s “critically acclaimed” solo career. Haha!
You’ll even see Michael’s Ted impression. Check out why live Much interviews were always best.