Audio Posts

A Chat With Bad Bad Hats’ Kerry Alexander & Chris Hoge…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with Kerry Alexander & Chris Hoge of the band Bad Bad Hats. Hailing from Minneapolis, Bad Bad Hats have been making music since 2012. Their new album Lightning Round is out now! See them live Aug. 18 at First Avenue in Minneapolis!

An Evening With The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Tom Bailey. Tom is best known as the frontman for the Thompson Twins. Known for hits like In the Name of Love, Lies, Doctor! Doctor!, and Hold Me Now, the Thompson Twins have sold millions of albums dating back to the late ‘70s. During the show he discussed playing with the Thompson Twins at the height of their success, his decision to start writing new pop music after taking a lengthy hiatus, and his new album Science Fiction. See Tom Bailey live on Sept. 3 at the Minnesota State Fair!

During the rest of the show Ton announced his possible candidacy for city council, we discussed who we would invite to The Five Count Christmas Variety Show, and we celebrated Ton’s birthday! He doesn’t sound a day over 60!

An Evening With Vixen’s Janet Gardner…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Janet Gardner. Janet is best known as the singer and guitarist for the band Vixen. Known for songs like Love Made Me, Cryin’, and Edge of a Broken Heart, Vixen has been making albums since 1988. During the show she discussed the early days of Vixen, her memories of appearing in the film Hardbodies, and Vixen’s new album Live Fire. It’s available now on Rat Pak Records!

During the rest of the show we discussed our favorite Danny DeVito acting roles, shared our favorite Mankato club memories, paid tribute to pro wrestler Nikolai Volkoff, and helped a man from Montgomery pick up women by impressing them with his canning skills. His specialty was stewed tomatoes!

The Five Count Celebrates Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band…

This edition of The Five Count was a celebration of the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest films ever made, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! During the show we explained why The Bee Gees are better than The Beatles, discussed why unattractive people can’t be music stars nowadays, tried to figure out why everyone thinks Sgt. Pepper’s is one of the worst films of all-time, and Ton mourned the loss of Minnesota Vikings Training Camp in Mankato. Luckily, he’s slowly overcoming that grief with the help of Peter Frampton!

A Chat With Varsity’s Stephanie Smith & Pat Stanton…

The Five Count recently had a chance to speak with Stephanie Smith & Pat Stanton of the band Varsity. Hailing from Chicago, Varsity’s new album Parallel Person is available now! See Varsity at The Kitty Cat Klub in Minneapolis on June 29!

An Evening With James Brown & The J.B.’s’ “Sweet” Charles Sherrell…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with “Sweet” Charles Sherrell. “Sweet” Charles is best known as the former bandleader and bassist for James Brown & The J.B.’s. Performing on classics like Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud, Mother Popcorn, and Give It Up or Turnit a Loose, he also appeared with James Brown in the film Rocky IV. During the show he discussed his early days playing with Jimi Hendrix, his days playing with James Brown, and his new album Universal Love. Get your copy today!

During the rest of the show we spoke on the phone to a hairdresser’s husband, Ton told the story of how he escaped an escape room, and we explained the benefits of baptizing children at New Ulm’s Bavarian Blast festival. Two birds with one bratwurst!

The Five Count Gets Real Sweaty…

Things got real sweaty for this installment of The Five Count! During the show we celebrated National Nude Day, discussed why all the aerobic studios closed down, spoke with a mailman about the dos and don’ts of leaving gifts for your mail carriers, and played enough sweat-inducing tunes to cause a bad rash. We also dubbed Ton the Crocodile Dundee of swamp ass!

The Five Count & The Singing Cowgirl…

During this episode of The Five Count we discussed the logistics of making our own parade float, Ton tried to figure out why he can’t remember anything that’s happened over the past 10 years, and we spoke with “The Singing Cowgirl” Lisa Murphy about her music career and love for John Denver! We were also treated to an in-studio performance, including a rendition of Annie’s Song that made Ton cry!

The Five Count Feels The Madness (Dead Horse Rewind)

On this Independence Day, we decided to enter the audio vaults and dig up an episode of the show from the very first year of The Five Count’s existence. This episode is from April 30, 2005 and was filled with pre-pubescent voices and a lot of hostility. An angry Chinese guy called in to reprimand us for being sophomoric, Jeff Goldblum called in to talk about toilets, and Randy “Macho Man” Savage called in to tell Hulk Hogan to go to heck. Luckily, we calmed the waters before the show was over! Happy Independence Day!

An Evening With The Simpsons’ Mike Reiss…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Mike Reiss. Mike is best known as a longtime writer and producer for the TV show The Simpsons. He’s also written for shows like ALF, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and co-created The Critic. During the show he discussed the longevity of The Simpsons, what it’s like behind the scenes when writing the show, and his new book “Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons.” Find it at a bookstore near you!

During the rest of the show we argued the pros and cons of the fanny pack making a comeback, spoke with local celebrity Stunt Monkey about Harley Davidson moving production overseas, discussed the tips and tricks of competitive hot dog eating, and did The Bartman! Whoa, mama!