The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 889: Ian Thornley, in his own words, part 2

The problem I have with so many interviews is that they’re conducted like interrogations. It’s as if the person conducting the interview has a list of question that he/she must get through or else.

Depending on the circumstances, that’s sometimes the route you must take. But there’s nothing more human than just sitting down for a simple chat. If you can get some people in a room and just get them talking, then everyone forgets they’re being interviewed.They get into a groove and start remembering things and riffing on subjects that aren’t included in any official bios or Wikipedia entries.

This is the whole purpose behind what I call “In Their Own Word” episodes. Not only do we learn about the artist from a different perspective, but we get to see them as actual human beings. We get to know them in ways we otherwise may not.

That’s exactly what happened when I had a talk with Ian Thornley. This is “In His Own Words,” part two.

Songs heard on this show:

  • Big Wreck, Ladylike
  • Thornley, Come Again
  • Velvet Revolver, Slither
  • Thornley, Make Believe
  • Big Wreck, Albatross
  • Big Wreck, Wolves
  • Big Wreck, One Good Piece of Me

Here’s Eric Wilhite’s playlist.

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, Halifax, 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.

If you ever miss a show, you can always get the podcast edition available through Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

3 thoughts on “The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 889: Ian Thornley, in his own words, part 2

  • May 15, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Hey Alan I really enjoy The Music Journal
    And the Podcast,Tonnes Of interesting info?
    What’s your take on the movie depiction of
    Lynrd Skynrd story around time of the fateful plane crash

    • May 15, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      I’m very interested in it. I remember hearing about the crash when it happened. A day or two earlier I bought a copy of the Street Survivors album with the artwork featuring them in flames. I’ve been kind of freaked out by the whole ever since.

  • May 20, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Hello Alan,

    I really enjoy the show, love heading out on a Saturday morning road trip just to listen to you on Live 885

    When I hear you on the recorded shows your voice sounds deeper and smoother, when you call into the radio station to speak with a host it sounds, lets say, not as nice – more tinny.

    Is this just due to the difference between recording into a microphone versus a cellphone/land line or is it due to a larger audio file on a recorded show vs. the amount of space a phone call is given during transmission and being squeezed into the smallest file format possible?

    Thanks and keep up the interesting work.


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