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Bob Ezrin & Das Racist Review

Bob Ezrin, the "producer's producer" talks about working on classic albums by Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss and Peter Gabriel.

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After 31 years and 15 albums, R.E.M. announced it's calling it a day. Jim and Greg will dive into the band's career in more detail next week, but they point out what a groundbreaking band the Athens, GA natives were. No group other than U2 transitioned so easily from an arty indie band of the 1980's to arena superstars in the new millennium. Perhaps they would've been smart to pack it in after drummer Bill Berry quit in 1997, but their record deal running out gave them the reason now.

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Bob Ezrin

Jim and Greg are joined by super producer Bob Ezrin. And when we say super, we're not just referring to his commercial success, but to his sound. Bob Ezrin makes big, epic albums like The Wall, Destroyer and 10 with metal god Alice Cooper. He also produced Lou Reed's Berlin and the self-titled solo debut from Peter Gabriel. He talked to our hosts about reuniting with Cooper for Welcome 2 My Nightmare and shared studio tidbits. Now we know what a prankster Roger Waters was and how Ezrin captured the crying sounds in "Oh Jim." And who knew Peter Gabriel had such a good sense of humor?

If you enjoyed Bob Ezrin's conversation with Jim and Greg, here are some of our other favorite“behind-the-scenes”interviews:

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Das Racist Relax

Wesleyan University seems an unlikely springboard for a hip hop act, but Das Racist are anything but usual. The group gained a following after releasing some free mixtapes and appearing at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival. Now their full length debut is here. It's called Relax, and Greg explains that it's a fitting title. The two rappers, Heems and Kool A.D, appear to be very easy-going to those that aren't paying attention. But their songs are much more complicated. They combine humor with fantastic, dadaist references. Jim compares them to the Beastie Boys, or the Bomb Squad on drugs. Both hosts give Relax a Buy It rating.

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Featured Songs

  1. R.E.M., Endgame, Out of Time, Warner Bros/Wea, 1991
  2. Alice Cooper, Welcome to My Nightmare, Welcome to My Nightmare, Atlantic, 1975
  3. Alice Cooper, I'm Eighteen, Love It to Death, Warner Bros/Wea, 1975
  4. Pyotr Il‘vich Tchaikovsky,“Fantasy Overture From ’Romeo And Juliet,'”The Nutcracker, Op.71 / Romeo and Juliet / Fantasy: Overture, HDC, 2010
  5. Alice Cooper, Under My Wheels, Killer, Warner Bros., 1971
  6. Alice Cooper, I Am Made of You, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, HIP-O, 2011
  7. Alice Cooper, School's Out, School's Out, Warner Bros., 1972
  8. Peter Gabriel, Solsbury Hill, Peter Gabriel 1: Car, Charisma, 1977
  9. Peter Gabriel, "Modern Love, "Peter Gabriel 1: Car, Charisma, 1977
  10. Peter Gabriel, "Excuse Me, "Peter Gabriel 1: Car, Charisma, 1977
  11. Lou Reed, Caroline Says II, Berlin, RCA, 1973
  12. Lou Reed,“Oh, Jim”Berlin, RCA, 1973
  13. Lou Reed, The Kids, Berlin, RCA, 1973
  14. KISS, King of the Night Time World, Destroyer, Casablanca Records, 1976
  15. KISS, Beth, Destroyer, Casablanca Records, 1976
  16. Pink Floyd, Hey You, The Wall, EMI, 1979
  17. Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb, The Wall, EMI, 1979
  18. U2 and Green Day,“Beautiful Day (Live at the Superdome),”Unreleased, 2006
  19. Peter Gabriel, The Book of Love, Scratch My Back, Real World Records, 2010
  20. Das Racist, Happy Rappy, Relax, Red General Catalog, 2011
  21. Das Racist, Michael Jackson, Relax, Red General Catalog, 2011
  22. Plies, Just (The Tip), Just (The Tip), Atlantic/Slip N' Slide, 2011
  23. Blondie, Call Me, Autoamerican, Chrysalis Records, 1980
  24. Handsome Furs, Repatriated, Sound Kapital, Sub Pop, 2011
  25. St. Vincent, Neutered Fruit, Strange Mercy, 4AD, 2011
  26. Yoko Ono, Kiss Kiss Kiss, Double Fantasy, Capitol, 1980
  27. Graham Central Station, The Jam, Ain‘t No ’Bout-A-Doubt It, Warner Bros., 1975
  28. R.E.M. ""Uberlin," Collapse Into Now, Warner Bros., 2011

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