The Secret History of Rock: Episode 006

Sorry I didn’t get this up earlier, but I’ve been travelling a lot.  I still am, actually, because I’m needed in Phoenix for a couple of days.

Here’s a summary of Episode 6 of The Secret History of Rock.  It’ll be available for on-demand streaming in the YouTube player on the right side of the page in a day or so.  

Meanwhile, feel free to browse through all the other shows.  And if you have a comment or question, just shoot me an email, okay?



  1. Small Town Heroes
  2. The English Beat Family Tree
  3. A Brief History of Backwards Messages
  4. 1988
  5. Rock’n’Roll Hotels
  6. Useless Information





  1. 3 Doors Down/”Kryptonite”
  2. Three Days Grace/”I Hate Everything About You”
  3. Nirvana/”Come As You Are”
  4. English Beat/”Mirror in the Bathroom”
  5. General Public/”Tenderness”
  6. Fine Young Cannibals/”Johnny Come Come”
  7. Beck/”Loser”
  8. Depeche Mode/”Master and Servant”
  9. Pursuit of Happiness/”I’m an Adult Now
  10. Morrissey/”Every Day is Like Sunday”
  11. INXS/”Devil Inside”
  12. RCHP/”Under the Bridge”
  13. Echo and the Bunnymen/”People Are Strange”
  14. Stone Temple Pilots/”Plush”
  15. Blur/”Girls and Boys”
  16. Payolas$/”Eyes of a Stranger”
  17. Coldplay/”Vida La Vida” (Thin White Duke Remix)




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.

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