Musicians

The Five Count’s 400th Show – An Evening With American Movie’s Mike Schank…

This show marked the 400th episode of The Five Count. We were joined by Mike Schank to help us celebrate. Mike is best known as Mark Borchardt’s sidekick and the co-star of the film American Movie. He’s also an accomplished guitar player, made a cameo on the TV show Family Guy, and appeared in the films Storytelling and Britney Baby, One More Time. During the show we discussed his rise to stardom after American Movie was released, his current music career, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. We also gave away tickets to see Primus. It doesn’t get much better than that!

An Evening With Thomas Dolby…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Thomas Dolby. Thomas is best known for his hit singles Europa and the Pirate Twins, Hyperactive!, and She Blinded Me With Science. He is also a renowned session musician and the composer of the soundtrack for the film Howard the Duck. During the show he discussed his success in the music business, his friendships with George Clinton and Michael Jackson, and his current project involving shooting time capsules into space. Southern Minnesota was collectively blinded by science!

An Evening With E.G. Daily…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with E.G. Daily. E.G. is best know for her role as “Dottie” in the film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. She is also a successful musician and has provided the voices for several animated shows, including “Tommy Pickles” in Rugrats and “Buttercup” in The Powerpuff Girls. During the show she discussed how she got started in showbiz, what it’s like working for Nickelodeon, and her time on the set of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. The entire show was adorable!

An Evening With Buddy Guy…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with blues legend Buddy Guy. Buddy has been a staple of the blues scene since the 1950s, and has been cited as a major influence from guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He’s also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the show he discussed how he got his first guitar, his early days playing with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and his thoughts on being idolized by guys like Hendrix and SRV. It’s uncanny how his life has almost paralleled Ton’s life.

An Evening With Coolio…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Ton’s new best friend, Coolio. Coolio is a Grammy Award-winner best known for his hit singles Fantastic Voyage and Gangsta’s Paradise. He also appeared in the films Batmas & Robin, Leprechaun: In The Hood, and Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday The Thirteenth. During the show he discussed his fantastic voyage through the world of hip hop, gave us some cooking tips, plugged his upcoming show in Mankato, and announced he’s buried the hatchet with “Weird Al” Yankovic. We also gave away tickets for another group playing in Mankato, the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. We keep it real on The Five Count!

An Evening With The Fat Boys…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Prince Markie Dee. Markie Dee is best known as one-third of the legendary hip hop group, The Fat Boys. He also starred in the films Krush Groove and Disorderlies, and produced albums for several artists including Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. During the show he talked about the early days of hip hop, the death of the Human Beat Box, and ripping off Freddy Krueger’s nose. As an added bonus, The Fat Boys’ Kool Rock-Ski also joined us on the air. Two Fat Boys for the price of one!

An Evening With Nitro’s Michael Angelo Batio…

This was a special two-hour edition of The Five Count. During the first hour we started campaigning for a possible “Funniest Local Radio Show” award, Ton confessed to cutting down the Rain Forest, and we updated the listeners on our “No Bathe November” progress. We also played the Residents’ Commercial Album in it’s entirety.

The second hour featured an exclusive interview with guitarist Michael Angelo Batio. Michael was the guitarist for the metal band Nitro. He is best known for his fast playing style and his custom-made “quad guitar” featuring four guitars in one. During the show he explained how he started the band Nitro, discussed the creation of his four-neck guitar, and announced his recent award of “Best Shredder” from Guitar World Magazine. Ton came in a close second. Get shredded!

An Evening With Alice Cooper’s Dennis Dunaway…

This Halloween edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Dennis Dunaway. Dennis was the bassist for the original Alice Cooper group. He appeared on the classic albums Love It To Death, School’s Out, Billion Dollar Babies, Killer, Muscle Of Love, and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the show he discussed the origins of the Alice Cooper group, shared stories about scaring parents around the globe, and talked about being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For a shock rocker, he was quite a gentleman.

An Evening With Suzi Quatro…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Suzi Quatro. Suzi’s musical career has spanned six decades and she is best known for her hit singles Can The Can, 48 Crash, Devil Gate Drive, and Stumblin’ In. She is also known for her roll as “Leather Tuscadero” on the TV show Happy Days. During the show she described how she started in the business, her days on Happy Days, and how she influenced today’s female rockers. Ton wore a leather jumpsuit in celebration.

An Evening With “Chip Fu” Of The Fu-Schnickens…

This edition of The Five Count was another two-hour show, filled to the brim with fu! During the first hour we filled our “kung fu” quota with the soundtrack for The Last Dragon. Ton pulled a hamstring while practicing his front kicks and spent most of the show in the bathroom. The second hour featured an interview with Roderick “Chip Fu” Roachford from the Fu-Schnickens. The Fu-Schnickens were known for their backwards rhyming, martial arts references, and their single What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock) with Shaquille O’Neal. During the show he discussed his impact on the world of hip hop, how rapping backwards is a skill most emcees don’t posses, and his friendship with Shaq. Where did you think the idea for “Shaq Fu” was born?