My Classic Album with Mike Norris


Episode 13: 30 Years of 'Hysteria' with Rob Wylde
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30 years after Def Leppard poured some sugar on us and warned us that love bites, 'My Classic Album' celebrates the phenomenal 'Hysteria'.

Mike is joined by Tigertailz and Midnite City frontman Rob Wylde who was just ten years old when 'Hysteria' was unleashed on the world. Mike and Rob look into the extraordinary story of the making of the album including the horrific accident and inspirational comeback of drummer Rick Allen.

Who was the producer and songwriter initially recruited to produce 'Hysteria' when Mutt Lange was unavailable?

Which song on the album do Mike and Rob believe could have been a single despite Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen calling it 'the weakest on the album'?

Do Def Leppard really want Jesus to go to Hell?

PLUS Mike reads out your thoughts and comments and reveals the 'Hysteria' track you chose as your favourite!

All this and much more in our 30 Years of 'Hysteria' special!

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Episode 12: 'Tapestry' with Esther O'Connor
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Carole King's most celebrated collection of songs is the focus of this month's 'My Classic Album' as chosen by Esther O'Connor from Scottish Country stars Ashton Lane!'

Mike and Esther chat about the impact 'Tapestry' had on its release; not only on Carole King's career but on generations of female singer songwriters.

How did the likes of Joni Mitchell and James Taylor contribute to 'Tapestry' as well as the growth of King as an artist?

What event inspired Carole King to write 'You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman'?

Which song on the album was rewritten and rerecorded for the TV series 'Gilmore Girls'?

PLUS Mike shares his thoughts on 'Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie', the new collaborative album from the Fleetwood Mac duo!

All this and more on the latest episode of 'My Classic Album'.

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Episode 11: 'Hotter Than Hell' with Beth Blade
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Members of the Kiss Army unite for June's episode of 'My Classic Album' as Mike is joined by rock's next big thing Beth Blade (lead singer of Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters) to celebrate 'Hotter Than Hell'

Mike and Beth explore why Kiss are so criminally underrated outside of their fiercely loyal fanbase and why their 'difficult' second album may actually be one of their best.

How did the band feel about relocating to LA to record the album?

Which song did drummer Peter Criss love so much he threatened to quit the band if he didn't sing it?

What are Beth's thoughts on meeting Gene Simmons??

All this and more PLUS Mike discusses Iron Maiden's gig at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle as their 'Book of Souls' tour powers on!

All this and more on the latest episode of 'My Classic Album'.

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Episode 10: 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' with Ben Dumbreck
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nner Groove Records' Ben Dumbreck joins Mike for Episode 10 of 'My Classic Album' and brings the debut album of Arctic Monkeys with him.

Mike and Ben look back to 2006 and chart the incredible rise of Arctic Monkeys from unsigned Internet favourites to the band with the fastest selling debut album in UK history!

What role did Myspace have in catapulting the band to stardom?

Why does the song 'Dancing Shoes' give Mike flashbacks to his university days?

How did Ben find seeing Arctic Monkeys live at this hugely important time in the band's career?

All this and more PLUS Mike discusses Amy Macdonald's pit-stop at Newcastle City Hall on her 'Under Stars' tour.  

So much to get through on the latest episode of 'My Classic Album'.

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Episode 9: 'Sweet Baby James' with Bruce Carroll
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Grammy and Dove Award winner Bruce Carroll joins Mike to chat about 'Sweet Baby James', the breakthrough album from American singer-songwriter James Taylor.

Bruce looks back on discovering Taylor's music in the early 1970's and the effect it had on him and society as a whole at that time.

Who did James Taylor write the title track of 'Sweet Baby James' for?

Which band does Mike cite as a potential influence on track 'Sunny Skies'?

Why did 'Fire and Rain' prompt Carole King to write 'You've Got a Friend' as a response to the song?

PLUS Mike shares an anecdote from his stag weekend at a Steel Panther show! It's all right here on Episode 9 of 'My Classic Album'.

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Episode 8: 'Blue' with Samantha Preis
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Mike is joined by US singer-songwriter Samantha Preis to discuss the album that inspired her and so many others to start their own emotional journeys into music. Joni Mitchell's quintessential album 'Blue' is this month's Classic Album!

Samantha chats about just what makes this album so special to her as well as the impact it has had on her both as a music fan and as a musician and lyricist.

What is the heartbreaking story behind 'Little Green'?

How do Joni's experiences writing 'California' remind Samantha of experiences from her own life?

Which hard rock band made 'This Flight Tonight' their own to the point where Joni joked at live shows that she covered it?

All this PLUS a review of Amy Macdonald's latest album 'Under Stars' right here on Episode 8 of 'My Classic Album'.

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Episode 7: 40 Years of 'Rumours' with Neil O'Donaghue and Ken Calliat
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On 4th February 2017, Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' will be 40 years old! Join us and look back at one of the most loved and best selling albums of all time...

Mike is joined by Neil O'Donaghue, Fleetwood Mac fan and the man responsible for Together Mike and Neil look back on the emotional, heartbreaking and iconic story behind the making of this phenomenal album.

Which song was famously dismissed by a prominent radio presenter because he "couldn't find the beat?"

What was Stevie Nicks' process when writing and recording 'Dreams'?

Why didn't 'Silver Springs' (the 'Rumours' track that never was) make the album and how did it find it's own lease of life nearly twenty years later?

Not only that but Mike is also joined by 'Rumours' producer and engineer Ken Caillat! Ken has so many stories from his time in the studio with the band and shares a few with Mike exclusively for 'My Classic Album'.

What was Ken's initial reaction to the album in its early stages?

Which tracks stand out to Ken as particularly strong 40 years on?

What on Earth is Kowlooning?

All this and more on this very special edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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Episode 6: 'The Queen Is Dead' with Nathan Stephens-Griffin
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Episode 6 of 'My Classic Album' is here! Mike is joined by member of DIY pop group Martha and old school chum Nathan Stephens-Griffin. Together they look back on the Smiths 1986 classic 'The Queen Is Dead'.

Nathan talks about discovering both the album and the band during his teenage years and how Morrissey's lyrics inspired him and continue to to this day.

Which track on the album does Nathan call one of the best pop songs of all time?

Who is the Mr Shankly ridiculed on Track 2 of the album?

Which track was the song that introduced Mike to the Smiths?

All this and more on this episode of 'My Classic Album'.

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Episode 5: 'Time Out of Mind' with Adrian Nation
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Mike is joined by guitar maestro Adrian Nation for a look back at Bob Dylan's 'Time Out of Mind', the 1997 album that started a resurgence for the legendary singer-songwriter after losing steam in the 1980s.

Find out about the production process in the studio and the huge role that producer Daniel Lanois had in contributing to the sound of the album.

Which song was victim of a stage invasion when Dylan performed it at the Grammys in 1998?

Which song on the album is Dylan's longest studio recording at 16 and a half minutes and what on Earth is it about?

What was Mike's wife's reaction to Dylan's original version of 'Make You Feel My Love', the smash hit for Adele that originates from this very album?

All this and more in this episode of 'My Classic Album'

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Episode 4: 'Good Old Boys' with Reed Turchi
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On Episode 4 of 'My Classic Album', Mike teams up with blues rock musician Reed Turchi to learn about Randy Newman's 1974 album 'Good Old Boys'; a collection of songs about the history and life of people in the Southern states of America such as Louisiana and Alabama.

Which song from the album has a greater resonance in America after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005?

Which of the great tracks from this album is being performed by Reed at his live shows?

Who is the 'Naked Man' and why is he naked?

All these questions and more will be answered on this edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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Episode 3: 'Led Zeppelin II' with Andy Barkess

On Episode 3 of 'My Classic Album', Mike is joined by Andy Barkess as they 'Ramble On' about the album that arguably kick started hard rock and heavy metal: 'Led Zeppelin II'

Which song is heavily inspired by the work of JRR Tolkien?

Do accusations of plagiarism affect the way Andy listens to the album?

Which song outs Mike as a fan of teen drama 'One Tree Hill'?

All these questions and more will be answered on this edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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Episode 2: 'OK Computer' with Ian Matthews
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On our second edition of 'My Classic Album', Mike welcomes Ian Matthews to the show for an all encompassing conversation about Radiohead's 1997 classic 'OK Computer'.

Why does Ian contend that Radiohead aren't a depressing band?

How does the album share similarities with 'Revolver'?

Who ate all of Radiohead's sandwiches???

Listen to this edition of 'My Classic Album' for the answer to all of these questions and more!

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Episode 1: 'Revolver' with Robin Ellwood
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On this first edition of 'My Classic Album', Mike and his special guest Robin Ellwood discuss the Beatles album that changed everything. Almost 50 years since its release, 'Revolver' has become acclaimed by critics and fans alike. Mike and Robin look back to 1966 when Robin bought 'Revolver as his first ever album!

What songs do the guys cite as their favourites?

How does it pair up to 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band?

Who the hell is Doctor Robert?

Listen to this first edition of 'My Classic Album' for the answer to all of these questions and more!

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