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CA06 – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence

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It’s Remfry’s pick for Classic Album’s and finally, he’s getting the chance to dive deep into the full-length debut album by Long Island post-hardcore heroes Glassjaw. Remfry ties himself up in knots trying to describe how much Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence means to him, whilst Steve manages to approach the album from a slightly more balanced viewpoint (although he does think it’s bloody brilliant!) They discuss the 7 years leading up to the release of the album, how it fit in (or rather didn’t) with everything else going on around it in heavy music, the fallout with Roadrunner records and the controversy surrounding the lyrics. Oh and they also discover that Daryl Palumbo was in Busted! (sort of). 

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CA05 – Roots

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Welcome back to another one of Riot Act’s Classic Albums Series. This week Steve’s up, and his pick is the, critically acclaimed yet often misunderstood, 6th album from Brazilian thrash/death/nu-metal pioneers Sepultura. 

The boys look back at Sepultura’s career till that point, and try and work out what exactly was the inspiration behind making the record, we look at the point in heavy music around the records release, it’s recording process, it’s phenomenal success, the tragedy that enveloped in and the unfortunate unravelling that happened soon after. An unravelling that ended up destroying the classic Sepultura lineup. We also look at the aftermath of everyone involved in the records career and ask if this was their creative high-point.

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CA04 – In Rainbows (0110) I Part 2

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In the second part of our Radiohead Classic Albums series, Remfry and Steve skip ahead 10 years to 2007 which saw the band’s seventh full-length studio album, In Rainbows, unleashed onto an unsuspecting world.

Released using a revolutionary digital pay-what-you-want model, In Rainbows has since far surpassed the initial controversy surrounding its release and cemented itself as a classic in the band’s extensive back-catalogue. Remfry dissects how the band’s contract finishing with EMI led them to experiment with such a risky strategy and, alongside Steve, they discuss if the gamble paid off for the band or not.

They also discuss the impact it had on how we all consume music today, the sometimes (very) lengthy gestation period of Radiohead songs, the utter ridiculous criticism that Radiohead are a band for the mind rather than the heart and the merits and flaws of the 0110 theory, a conspiracy that claims OK Computer and In Rainbows are meant to compliment one another and create a whole new listening experience when the tracks are interlinked in a specific way.  

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CA04 – OK Computer (0110) I Part 1

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It’s about bloody time Riot Act discussed Radiohead, the critically-lauded British art rock Oxfordians who changed the face of modern music forever. Seeing as we’ve never really talked all that much about them on the show before, Remfry greedily picks two albums which may (or may not) be interlinked in a manner that conspiracy nuts go crazy for. 

This first part concentrates on the undisputed classic OK Computer, the band’s third album released 21st May 1997. Routinely considered one of the best albums of all time, Remfry and Steve discuss the impact the album had on a music scene in flux, the arduous recording process, the band’s legendary debut headline appearance at Glastonbury, the 1998 documentary film Meeting People is Easy, the hacked Minidiscs scandal that erupted in 2019 and more. There’s also an interesting and somewhat surprising diversion when talk turns to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and 70s BBC sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

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CA03 – The Wall | Part 1

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It’s Steve’s pick for a classic album this week, and he has chosen to finally dip into an album that we here at Riot Act have been threatening to do since the very inception of the podcast; Pink Floyd’s 1979 prog-rock opera The Wall.

In the first part of our mammoth 2 part look at the project, we are joined by Haggard Cat man, friend of the podcast and Pink Floyd megafan Matt Reynolds. The boys discuss their various feelings about the band, their previous work, the lead up to the record (including blow by blow accounts of the Roger Walters meltdown that inspired the album), the various problems that the band encountered during the writing and recording process and the result of it all. One of the most famous, iconic and divisive albums ever created.

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CA03 – The Wall | Part 2

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In episode 2 of our look at Pink Floyd’s The Wall project, Steve and Remfry are once again joined by Matt Reynolds from Haggard Cat to discuss the aftermath of the record, and the continuation of Roger Walters vision. This includes tales from the mammoth, history making live show that totally redefined what a rock band were capable of achieving. A look into the Alan Parker directed movie of the same name, starring Bob Geldoff, and the many problems with it, from the creative tug of war that Parker and Walters went through, to the mixed reception that the final product received. And, finally, a look back at where Pink Floyd went next, and a discussion about where the albums sits in the pantheon of truly classic albums.

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CA02 – Antichrist Superstar

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In the second episode of our Classic Album series we let Steve make his first entry. His initial pick is Marilyn Manson’s commercial breakthrough from 1996, Antichrist Superstar. He and Remfry are joined by Metal Hammer magazine editor and Manson superfan Merlin Alderslade to talk through the album itself, from its build up and inception, the fraught recording process and the records, oddly prophetic, concept and narrative. Before digging into the critical and commercial reception the album received, and the resulting controversy that it stirred up, from middle America to court rooms to Ozzfest stages, which contributed to making Marilyn Manson into one of the biggest stars of the 90s.

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CA01 – Use Your Illusion

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In the first of our new Riot Act Classic Albums series, Steve and Remfry discuss not one, but two records released on September 17th 1991 by unquestionably the biggest band in the world at that time … Guns N’ Roses. 

They talk about the extravagances of the ‘blockbuster album’ era, the relative merits and failings of each record individually, Izzy Stradlin’s often underappreciated contribution to G N’R, the controversies that dogged the band at this time, the firing of original drummer Steve Adler plus much much more across 2+ hours. 

Not only that but Steve also attempts to compile his own version of Use Your Illusion that would fit neatly on to one compact disc (that’s a 150 minute album condensed down to just 80 minutes kids it ain’t as easy as it looks!)

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