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The Story of Run-DMC's Collaboration With Aerosmith, Opinions on Emily King

Jim and Greg talk with author Geoff Edgers about his 2019 book Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever. They discuss how Run-DMC's 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith came about and its impact. Plus, a review of soulful singer-songwriter Emily King's latest album, Scenery.

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By the mid 1980s, Aerosmith was far from their 1970s heights. Run-DMC, which consisted of rappers Joseph (Run) Simmons and Darryl (DMC) McDaniels, as well as Jammaster J, was a young rap group with two solid selling albums under their belt. But, like nearly all of the hip hop acts of the early '80s, they had yet to cross over into the mainstream.

Run-DMC and Aerosmith… two groups that couldn't be further apart musically, came together in 1986 to record“Walk This Way.”The refreshed track ended up being a surprising hit for both bands. Jim and Greg talk with author Geoff Edgers who writes about this collaboration in his new book Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever. The book gives the inside story of that collaboration and its lasting influence.

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Emily King Scenery

Singer-songwriter Emily King's third album in ten years, Scenery, is a departure from her earlier work. The New York City native went upstate to record this album and both Jim and Greg say she's found her voice as an artist. Greg calls King a“lithe vocalist”who deftly employs subtlety, rewarding close listening. She's hard to categorize as she moves between genres like soul, funk, gospel and a little bit of rock, but Greg calls that a strength. Jim has had a stressful week and appreciates the peace he's found in her music, calling it“wonderful, meditative, beautiful, seductive and peaceful.”He says the key is "Go Back," a song he says is about commencement, moving from one part of her life to another.

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“The Next Movement”The Roots

This week, it's Greg's turn to take a trip to the desert island jukebox and play a song he can't live without. He celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Roots' album Things Fall Apart by picking "The Next Movement." Greg notes that the late '90s/early 2000s were a golden era for hip hop, combining conscious rappers like Common and Black Thought with singers like Erykah Badu and D'Angelo. This blend is brilliantly on display throughout Things Fall Apart, and particularly on the track“The Next Movement.”Greg highlights lyrics that recognize the significance and rising popularity of black culture, and notes that every track on this record is solid as ever today.

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Hooked On Sonics: Nothing

Nothing "It has been stuck with me forever" is how Domenic Palermo, founder of the band Nothing, thinks of the track "Plainsong" from the Cure. Palermo talked with Sound Opinions about“Plainsong”for our series Hooked on Sonics where we talk with an artist about the song that got them interested in music. Palermo says he was first introduced to the song by his mom when he was about 10, but it wasn't until later in life that the lyrics truly spoke to him.

Featured Songs

  1. Run-DMC, Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith), Raising Hell, Def Jam, 1986
  2. Emily King, Blue Light, Scenery, ATO, 2019
  3. Aerosmith, Let the Music Do the Talking, Done With Mirrors, Geffen, 1985
  4. Billy Ocean, Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run), Suddenly, Jive, 1984
  5. Run-DMC, Sucker M.C.'s (Krush Groove 1), Sucker M.C.'s (Krush Groove 1)(single), Profile, 1983
  6. Liquid Liquid, Cavern, Optimo - EP, 99, 1983
  7. Blondie, Rapture, AutoAmerican, Chrysallis, 1980
  8. Funky 4 + 1, That's The Joint, That's The Joint (single), Sugar Hill, 1980
  9. Aerosmith, Walk This Way, Toys In The Attic, Columbia, 1975
  10. Run-DMC, My Adidas, Raising Hell, Def Jam, 1986
  11. Beastie Boys, Rock Hard, Rock Hard (single), Def Jam, 1984
  12. Aerosmith, Draw The Line, Draw The Line, Columbia, 1977
  13. Kurtis Blow, Takin' Care of Business, Kurtis Blow, Mercury, 1980
  14. Aerosmith, Rag Doll, Permanent Vacation, Geffen, 1987
  15. Aerosmith, Heart's Done Time, Permanent Vacation, Geffen, 1987
  16. Public Enemy, Can't Truss It (live on Saturday Night Live), Apocalypse 91… The Enemy Strikes Black, Def Jam, 1991
  17. Rage Against the Machine, People of the Sun, Evil Empire, Epic, 1996
  18. Whodini, Friends (instrumental), Friends (single), Jive, 1984
  19. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Summertime, Homebase, Jive, 1991
  20. Emily King, Remind Me, Scenery, ATO, 2019
  21. Emily King, Caliche, Scenery, ATO, 2019
  22. Emily King, Can't Hold Me, Scenery, ATO, 2019
  23. Emily King, Look At Me Now, Scenery, ATO, 2019
  24. Emily King, 2nd Guess, Scenery, ATO, 2019
  25. Emily King, Go Back, Scenery, ATO, 2019
  26. The Roots, The Next Movement (feat. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Jazzyfatnastees), Things Fall Apart, MCA, 1999
  27. Nothing, Zero Day, Dance On The Blacktop, Relapse, 2018
  28. The Cure, Plainsong, Disintegration, Elektra, 1989
  29. Jets To Brazil, I Typed For Miles, Orange Rhyming Dictionary, Jade Tree, 1998
  30. Electric Light Orchestra, Telephone Line, A New World Record, United Artists, 1976
  31. Funkadelic, Funk Gets Stronger, Part 1, The Electric Spanking of War Babies, Warner Bros., 1981
  32. Peter Gabriel, Come Talk to Me, Us, Virgin, 1992
  33. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Crosstown Traffic, Electric Ladyland, Reprise, 1968
  34. David Bowie, Moonage Daydream, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, RCA, 1972