Music That Made Me & the Universal Music Warehouse Fire

Most music lovers can point to a song that made them: perhaps one that helps define them, or just one of those songs that defines a time in their life. This week, Jim and Greg share some of the music that made them. They also talk with music journalist Jody Rosen about his investigative article for The New York Times Magazine about the Universal Music Group Warehouse fire and the hundreds of thousands of master recordings that were lost.

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Jody Rosen

Journalist Jody Rosen wrote an article called The Day the Music Burned for The New York Times Magazine a couple weeks ago that has musicians, fans and the music industry buzzing. In 2008, a fire ripped though a Universal Studios Hollywood warehouse. At the time, Universal Music Group (one of the largest record labels in the world) downplayed the fire, and it didn‘t get much media attention. However, Jody Rosen’s extensive reporting has revealed a much larger tragedy. He found that hundreds of thousands of master tapes, or original music recordings, were lost from artists ranging from Billie Holiday to Nirvana. Jim and Greg talk to Jody about what was lost.


Music That Made Me

As life-long music lovers, Jim and Greg's lives are full of musical milestones. This week, they each choose four songs that represent who they are: it's Music That Made Me.

Featured Songs

  1. Marvin Gaye, Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), What's Going On, Tamla, 1971
  2. The Stooges, Studio Dialogue (#1), 1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions, Rhino Handmade, 1999
  3. Bryan Adams, Summer of '69, Reckless, A&M, 1984
  4. Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nevermind, DGC, 1991
  5. Muddy Waters, Mannish Boy, (single), Chess, 1955
  6. Freda Payne, Band of Gold, Band of Gold, Invictus, 1970
  7. Wire, Reuters, Pink Flag, Harvest, 1977
  8. Patti Smith, Gloria, Horses, Arista, 1975
  9. Susan Sarandon, Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture), Ode, 1975
  10. Ramones, Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones, Sire, 1976
  11. The Isley Brothers, Fight the Power, Pts. 1 & 2, The Heat Is On, T-Neck, 1975
  12. Public Enemy, Fight the Power, Fear of a Black Planet, Def Jam, 1990
  13. Eleventh Dream Day, Death of Albert C. Sampson, Prairie School Freakout, Amoeba, 1988
  14. Nirvana, Heart-Shaped Box, In Utero, DGC, 1993
  15. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Thrasher, Rust Never Sleeps, Reprise, 1979
  16. Lady Gaga, Telephone (feat. Beyoncé), The Fame Monster, Interscope, 2009
  17. Mekons, Into the Sun, Deserted, Bloodshot, 2019
  18. Shafiq Husayn, Cycles (feat. Hiatus Kaiyote), The Loop, Nature Sounds, 2019
  19. The Amazons, Mother, Future Dust, Fiction, 2019
  20. Baroness, Throw Me an Anchor, Gold & Grey, Abraxan Hymns, 2019
  21. Courtney Barnett, Everybody Here Hates You, Everybody Here Hates You (Single), Mom+Pop, 2019