Ongoing History of New Music

Published on April 23rd, 2017 | by Alan Cross


The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 785: Rock’n’Roll Rehab [Music and Podcast Embedded]

When you’re a rock star, you exist in a bubble where everyone is afraid to tell you “no” regardless of how crazy things might get. But then again after a while, “crazy” seems “normal.” Perspective is lost. And when the pressures of fame get to a person, they may turn to unhealthy ways of dealing with the situation. Drugs. Alcohol. Self-destructive behaviour.

This is a show filled with stories involving substance abuse issues in the world of alt-rock. Some have happy endings while others are sad and tragic. All of the people mentioned in this show have gone right to the edge–and some of them didn’t come back.

Songs heard in this show:

Amy Winehouse, Rehab (Cliched, maybe, but it belongs here.)

RHCP, Under the Bridge

Depeche Mode, Walking in My Shoes

Mad Season, River of Deceit

Alice in Chains, Grind

Nirvana, You Know You’re Right

Hole, Celebrity Skin

Nine Inch Nails, Hurt

Official playlistist Eric Wilhite has contributed this:

For the podcast version of the show, subscribe to the Ongoing History feed at iTunes. New shows go up every Wednesday.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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5 Responses to The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 785: Rock’n’Roll Rehab [Music and Podcast Embedded]

  1. Dominique says:

    x929 in calgary no longer runs the shows.

    also, please update the upcoming shows at

  2. Chris says:

    Hey Alan!
    Been a fan for many years and we’ve met a few times, you were always great! Anyway, I always thought Depeche Mode’s drug song was “Never Let Me Down Again”. Thoughts??

    • Alan Cross says:

      Thanks! And you know something, I’ve never thought about the subject of that song until now. Interesting…

    • markosaar says:

      What about Clean?

      Haha … when I was young for some reason thought Never Let Me Down Again was religious, about Jesus specifically.

      Maybe three months ago I was walking around listening to it and suddenly went, “WAIT A MINUTE THIS IS TOTALLY ABOUT HEROIN!!”

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