The Secret History of Rock: Episode 001

Banana Fafana

16 October 2011



  1. Stories behind songs
  2. Unsung heroes
  3. 1991
  4. Before they were famous
  5. Made in Canada
  6. Uselss information


  1. Lithium (Demo)/Nirvana
  2. China Girl/Iggy Pop
  3. Wonderwall/Oasis
  4. The One I Love/REM
  5. Elevataion/US
  6. Superman’s Song/Crash Test Dummies
  7. Unbelievable/EMF
  8. The Sweater Meryn Cadell
  9. Alive (Mama Son Demo Version)/Pearl Jam
  10. Liza Jane/David Jones and the King Bees
  11. The Laughing Gnome/David Bowie
  12. Starman/David Bowie
  13. Best Unsaid/David Brook
  14. With or Without You (Live from Paris)/U2
  15. Hard Sun/Indio
  16. Home for a Rest/Spirit of the West
  17. What I Like About You/Romantics
  18. Middle of the Road (Live)/Pretenders
  19. I Am Here (12-inch remix)/Grapes of Wrath

Next week:  Band names, music and technology, going solo, 1984, great b-sides

Missed a show?  Click the YouTube link to listen on-demand! 


Fredericton: 105.3 FM The Fox , Sunday 10a-12n

Halifax:  Live 105 (105.1), Sunday, 6p-8p

Kingston:  98.9 The Drive, Sunday 6p-8p

London:  98.1 Free-FM, Sunday 9a-11a

Ottawa-Hull: Live 88.5, Saturday, 10a-12n

St. Catharines:  97.7 HTZ-FM, Sunday 10a-12n

Toronto:  97.3 Boom-FM, Sunday, 10p-12m

Victoria:  The Zone (91.3), Sunday, 8a-10a

And there are more stations that have signed on and will join the network in the coming weeks.  If you’re interested in having The Secret History of Rock on your station, contact Christian at [email protected] 

Alan Cross

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.

12 thoughts on “The Secret History of Rock: Episode 001

  • October 16, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I'm listening live in Halifax, the Secret HIstory isnt on at the moment. Do you know when syndication might happen out here? Anywhere where I can listen asap?

  • October 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I'm listening to boom 97.3 right now, and I'm not hearing the show. 🙁 Am I missing something…?

  • October 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    p.s. Thank you, Ian!

  • October 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Same here, I am streaming it on 98.9 but there is an 80's show on Boom 97.3 right now. WTF?

  • October 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Any plans to release these shows via podcast? Just curious since streaming them over the internet on these radio stations… well none of the airing times fit my schedule and I'd really like to hear these shows. Thanks in advance!

  • October 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    @oldsouthkyle, and other Alan Cross fans/Boom 97.3 listeners: I emailed the programming contact at Boom 97.3, here's his response.

    "We are still working out some details with the show and have put it on at 10pm tonight. The regular time slot for it will be Sundays at 6pm. When we get it where we want it "musically" we will advertise it's time. We are hope that will be next Sunday."

  • October 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks Liane!

  • October 17, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Listening to it on Boom now. (10pm)

  • October 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I second the request for a podcast version. Website streaming is great, but podcasting eliminates timezones and appointments…

  • October 19, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Any chance this will be linked to a podcast?

  • December 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Great hits from the pasts influences much the future musicians nowadays.
    Bands like The Beatles have many similarities with present boy bands.


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