6 PM – 10 PM
It’s true that KZOK’s Scotty Vanderpool is a living, breathing, walking, talking treasure-trove of useless rock and roll information, but much of that knowledge has come from first-hand experience. Scott began playing drums and singing in unpopular original rock and roll bands in the early 80’s, and has been wallowing in the beer, sweat, and filth of Seattle’s nightclubs ever since. He learned his way around an audio mixing console at the Evergreen State College, recorded albums for other unpopular original rock and roll bands, and ran live sound in clubs where some of the bands eventually became quite popular indeed. He was at the mixing desk at the Fabulous Rainbow Tavern for Soundgarden’s earliest shows; Nirvana’s second show in Seattle was as the opening act for his now long-defunct Chemistry Set; He was at the very first Green River show, a band that would eventually morph into Mudhoney and Pearl Jam; He shared practice spaces with Alice in Chains and The Presidents of the United States of America; When Bono of U2 was dragged off the stage at Astor Park to be passed around the crowd on the hands of fans during their first Seattle appearance, he handed the microphone to Scott, who filled in nicely on the song An Cat Dubh; He worked at the now legendary Sub-Pop record label back in their “What Part Of We Have No Money Don’t You Understand?” days for his friends Bruce Pavitt and Jon Poneman, who eventually handed over his local music radio show “Audioasis” on the UW’s KCMU to Scott just as Sub Pop was starting to take off nationally, and as he moved over to the commercial end of the dial at the now-legendary KXRX and later KISW, he was able to help many of his friends from Seattle’s bar scene achieve international superstardom. Some of them have even managed to avoid going back to day jobs. Scott continues to play in bands like Down With People, The Young Pioneers (we were in the 80’s anyway), Value Ape, and the ultra-psychedelic Green Pajamas, who have been avoiding fame since 1984. His radio day job keeps him off the streets, but he says “I’ll be playing until they pry the sticks from my cold, dead fingers”.
Paul Joins The Quarrymen, John Makes The Mistake That Nixon Will Use: This Day In Classic Rock [Video]
Rocktober 18th: Watch Elvis get in a fist fight…not a real one or anything, but he did today in ’57….you don’t mess with The King. The first video ever played on MTV, a propaganda film telling you to stay away from that evil stuff John Lennon was doing, and more in today’s bitchin’ videos…
Rocktober 17th: See the best-ever cover of the Rolling Stones Start Me Up by Spinal Tap’s folkie alter ego, Take a tour of Montague Square in London where 2/3 of the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix lived, the Glastonbury Festival, and more…
Rocktober 16th: In which Little Richard records his first record, The Beatles scream like schoolgirls, full documentaries on Chuck Berry (John Lennon screams for him too), CBGB, live Grateful Dead and BTO…and more!
Beatles Ditch Best To Record With Ringo, Hendrix Signs Bad Contract: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Rocktober 15th: In which The Beatles talk about their days in Hamburg, early performances from Hendrix before he was famous, and the Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson tape, made family-show safe for your viewing protection…
Rocktober 14th: The first-ever “rock video”…and the one female co-star from one of Elvis’s movies he didn’t sleep with…motoring enthusiast Eric Clapton in his Porsche…live Moody Blues, Nazareth, Them, and CCR….
Rocktober 13th In w-which we learn Wh-Wh-Who had a huge hit trying to sound like M-M-M-Mods on S-S-S-S-Speed? And stop sending stuff to Ringo! Just stop it! Can’t you see he’s busy?
Rocktober 12th: In which The Beatles record Run for Your Life, Chrysler unveils a car record player that eats records (and none of them were any good anyway), Floyd Fans fall from stands, Gene Vincent dies, and…..more
Rocktober 11th: Video and audio today, rare and otherwise, from “The Million Dollar Quartet”, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones 1981 Kingdome show (were you there?) and more!
Gibson Makes Guitars, Eleanor Rigby Found In Liverpool, Ringo Cracks The Ton: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Rocktober 10th: Oooh! Check out Ringo’s new MOTOR! Led Zeppelin live in the Kingdome circa 1977, Black Sabbath live in Paris circa 1970, tours of The Gibson Guitar plant and Bonham’s grave, and some quality time with Diamond Dave on his birthday…
Rocktober 9th: in which we get tons of John Lennon video on his birthday, The Who’s lead bass player John Entwhistle gets his bass isolated on a Who classic so you can hear just how good he was…