This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Fred Wesley. Fred is considered by many to be the greatest trombone player of all time. He served as bandleader for James Brown’s band The J.B.’s, was a pivotal member of many of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic bands, and is a former member of the Count Basie Orchestra. During the show he discussed how he entered the music business, what James Brown and George Clinton were like to work with behind the scenes, and his impact on the world of hip hop. We were knee-deep in the funk!
This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Mojo Nixon. Mojo is a musician best known for his hits Elvis Is Everywhere, Jesus at McDonald’s, Don Henley Must Die, and Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant with My Two-Headed Love Child. Has also appeared in several films including Super Mario Bros., Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Forever, Great Balls of Fire!, and Buttcrack. During the show he discussed how he got started in the music business, his foray into the world of acting, his upcoming reunion with Skid Roper, and how Elvis Presley’s go-kart brought him to tears. We were brought to tears by the power of Mojo!
This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Naoko Yamano. Naoko is best known as the founder, guitarist, and singer for the legendary band Shonen Knife. Hailing from Osaka, Japan, Shonen Knife has been a staple of the underground music scene for more than 30 years, touring with bands like Nirvana, Fugazi, Redd Kross, and Sonic Youth. During the show she discussed how she formed the band, why food and cuddly animals have such a big influence on her songwriting, and how Shonen Knife has lasted more than 30 years in the rock world. East met West on The Five Count!
This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Ralph Johnson. Ralph is best known as the drummer and vocalist of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. Earth, Wind & Fire were one of the most successful bands of the twentieth century and are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are best know for their hits Shining Star, September, Boogie Wonderland, and Serpentine Fire. During the show he explained why Earth, Wind & Fire has been so successful for so long, warned us of his many black belts in various areas of martial arts, and discussed starring in one of the greatest films ever, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The funk never stops rolling on The Five Count!
This installment of The Five Count was a special two-hour celebration of our eight-year anniversary! The first hour of the show featured an exclusive interview with Marc Storace. Marc is best known as the singer for the band Krokus. Hailing from Switzerland, Krokus is known for hits like Screaming in the Night, Midnight Maniac, and Headhunter. During the show he discussed how he got his start, explained why he didn’t leave Krokus to join AC/DC, and told us Krokus is back and better than ever. We believe him!
The second hour of the anniversary show featured a live, in-studio performance by the band #sexjail! Dressed in sequined robes and sandals with socks, #sexjail blasted their way through a blistering set of all your favorites, comprised mostly of DMX covers. They also penned some heart-wrenching love ballads for Ton. No less than 30 gallons of Kwikade were consumed. Thanks everyone for helping us celebrate!
This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Busdriver. Busdriver is a rapper and producer who has pushed the boundaries of hip hop for more than 20 years. In addition to releasing solo albums, he’s also a member of Physical Forms, Flash Bang Granada, Project Blowed, and has worked with bands like Deerhoof and Islands. During the show he discussed how he got started in the business, his unique style, the state of hip hop today, and why he’ll never be commercially successful. Get on the bus, yo!
This was a special Mother’s Day version of The Five Count, featuring an exclusive interview with sitar goddess Gabby La La. Gabby is a vocalist and musician, well-versed in the arts of sitar, accordion, and ukulele. She has also performed with Colonel Claypool’s Bucket Of Bernie Brains, Weapon Of Choice, Snow Angel, and Les Claypool’s Fancy Band. During the show she discussed the cutthroat world of sitar playing, her personal and professional relationship with Les Claypool, and how she recorded her latest album using a Nintendo DS. Mothers of the world rejoiced!
This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with “Fast” Eddie Clarke. Eddie is best known as the former guitarist for Motorhead, performing on classic albums like Overkill, Bomber, Iron Fist, and Ace Of Spades. He’s also a founding member of the band Fastway. During the show he discussed his days with Motorhead, why he’s not a big fan of Wendy O. Williams & The Plasmatics, and his band Fastway. We badgered Southern Minnesota for pledge dollars to help repair the damage caused by moshing in the studio!
This show marked the 400th episode of The Five Count and featured an exclusive interview with Mike Schank. 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 and has 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 at the Bella Music Fest! It doesn’t get much better than that!