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”.
She Loves You Tanks, Hendrix’s Last Show, And The End Of Marc Bolan: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Zeptember 16th: In which we meet the geezer who went to bat for The Stones in Parliament…hear Jimi Hendrix’s last public performance with Eric Burdon and WAR…BB King’s favorite BB King appearance…and Kenny Jones f***s up with The Who in Seattle.
Zeptember 15th: In which we see high tech car audio…for the day…in car ads from the 60’s….The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour…and Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright’s piano on Dark Side of the Moon…soloed so you can hear how awesome it is…
Magical Mystery Seattle-Style Traffic Jam, Quadrophenia Hits Silver Screen : This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Zeptember 14th: In which Little Richard loosens up and ends up being the single biggest influence on The Beatles…Don Kirshner scores hits with a cartoon…
Graham Falls Out Of Van, The Beatles’ Magic Alex, Nirvana 86’d From Own Party: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Zeptember 13th: Early video from The Hollies, The strange Magic Alex singing on the Beatles bus, The Plastic Ono band with Clapton playing to Yoko noises…..and…..more!
The Monkees Debut, Johnny Cash Checks Out, And HBD To The Professor: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Zeptember 12th: In which we peruse the trailers for Magical Mystery Tour and La Bamba, the first-ever full Monkees episode, Fleetwood Mac get back together for Bill, and The Professor’s part of Letterman’s drum solo week!
A Third Attempt At “Love Me Do”, The Magical Mystery Tour Begins, And Chong Sells Bongs: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Zeptember 11th: In which we hear from two other Beatle drummers…Meet Mick Jagger’s brother…Tommy Chong on getting busted for what is now legal here…and the strange story of the song The Seahawks come out of the tunnel to…
Zeptember 10th: In which we see the Beatles and Stones do the song John and Paul wrote in front of Mick and Keith that made ’em think “Hey! We can do that!” and the Seattle band’s song that conquered the world.
Zeptember 9th: In which Rock and Roll goes mainstream as Elvis plays the Sullivan Show…The Beatles go proto-metal with a Paul McCartney tune, and Seattle’s Nirvana conquers MTV and it’s silly little awards ceremony….
The Monkees Casting Call, Zeppelin’s First Single In England Is 29 Years Late: This Day In Classic Rock [Videos]
Zeptember 8th: In which some famous people tried out for The Monkees…and were rejected…of course they weren’t famous….yet. And what would it be like if The Beatles had played Stairway To Heaven on Ed Sullivan? You can find out inside!
Zeptember 7th: In which The Beatles sing “Happy Birthday” to a television programme, Led Zeppelin play their first show but they aren’t Led Zeppelin, and The Who’s Keith Moon succumbs to his own “I’m Keith Moon…I need more!” philosophy.