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CA12 Cave In – Antenna I Part 2

In the second part of our look into the mighty mighty Bostonians Cave In, Remfry dives deep into Antenna, the band’s third studio album and their first (and last) on major label RCA. Continuing their streak of confounding fan expectations and creative exploration, Antenna marked yet another stylistic shift in their sound. Some longtime fans balked, but Cave In’s dedicated free-thinking fans were treated to 12 slabs of melodic, hook-laden songs of exquisite quality. Steve and Remfry discuss the major-label post-harcore boon of the early 2000s, the interlinking classic EP Tides of Tomorrow and Remfry’s experience seeing the band opening for Foo Fighters in 2003 as well as their stunning tribute to bassist Caleb Schofield at Roadburn Festival in 2008. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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CA12 Cave In – Jupiter I Part 1

On this week’s Classic Albums Series podcast, Steve and Remfry travel back in time (and space, LOL!) to dig into the second album from Boston metalcore brutes turned space rock innovators Cave In; 2000’s masterpiece Jupiter. We look at the Boston scene of the late 90’s and how Cave In risked the ire of punk rockers to create, in our opinion, the first ever amalgam of hardcore and prog rock, the influence it had on the scene, the legacy of the record and why we believe that Cave In deserve a place in this list despite not being the most commercially successful band. Plus, we hear from Cave In’s own Stephen Brodsky, who answers some of our questions and reminisces on the creation and recording of the record

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CA11 U2 – The Joshua Tree I Part 1

Although here at Riot Act we don’t believe that podcasts can be free (we believe that podcasts are sacred), with the world awakening this morning to a special dawn, a dawn that signifies exactly two years since Riot Act was born, Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman present you with a very special gift to signify this occasion. 

A free, whether you asked for it or not, double header Classic Album series podcast on Irish megastars U2. In the first part we look at the bands 1987 behemoth The Joshua Tree, an album that turned U2 from hotly tipped and much loved arena rock heroes to the single biggest band on planet Earth. From the coming of Age at Live Aid in 1985, to the exploration and discovery of American artists that inspired the album, to the double Grammy winning, multi-million selling success that came in the aftermath of the record, we look at the story of one of the biggest albums of all time. Then we delve into the backlash that came U2’s way as the pressure the band felt and the fatigue the public felt toward the band threatened to destroy them.

Two specials, two albums, one band, that you never asked for, we’re giving it to you regardless. Happy birthday us. You’re very welcome.

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CA11 U2 – Achtung Baby I Part 2

Although here at Riot Act we don’t believe that podcasts can be free (we believe that podcasts are sacred), with the world awakening this morning to a special dawn, a dawn that signifies exactly two years since Riot Act was born, Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman present you with a very special gift to signify this occasion.

In part 2 we look at the bands first record of the 90’s, and potentially the album that saved U2’s career; 1991’s Achtung Baby. Starting from the existential crisis that gripped U2 in the aftermath of the poorly received Rattle And Hum project, to the Berlin sessions that were full of soul searching, radical musical direction changing and eventually where U2 found the inspiration for the next chapter of their career, and ending up looking at the band embracing excess, irony and rock superstardom as a means to hit back at their detractors. We look at the influence of the album on artists as diverse as Nine Inch Nails and Jack White, how it stands up today and how U2 ended up inside a lemon on the next stage of their journey. 

Two specials, two albums, one band, that you never asked for, we’re giving it to you regardless. Happy birthday us. You’re very welcome.

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CA10 Blur – Parklife

In this weeks Classic Album special Steve gets the chance to pick one of the most important albums in his formative musical years; the third album from Britpop superstars Blur, 1994’s Parklife. 

We examine the what it was that made the band embrace their quintessentially British sound, how it paved the way for the onset of Britpop’s commercial peak, why they railed against America and the grunge movement that was dominating at the time, the huge success of the record, which saw the band win a record number of BRIT Awards and turned them into one of the biggest bands in the country, the role both Robbie Williams and Kurt Cobain played in making Damon Albarn a heartthrob, where the band went next after their war with Oasis and, crucially, does the music still hold up in 2020 and is Parklife worthy of its classic status… no spoilers, but it’s the first time Steve and Remfry butt heads on the quality of an album in this series. 

And it’s not about you joggers who go round and round and round… PARKLIFE! Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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CA09 Weezer – Pinkerton

It’s Remfry’s pick and this time we head back to 1996 (again!) to discuss Pinkerton, the sophomore album by geek rock wunderkinds Weezer. He delves into the fascinating history of this album, which was famously derided on release and considered a massive critical failure. The boys pick apart the initial concept for the album, a space opera entitled Songs From the Black Hole, which, whilst abandoned, sowed the seeds for many of the songs and b-sides that would appear on Pinkerton. And there’s also the patented Riot Act Politically Correct Assessment (RAPCA) on the album’s ‘troubling’ lyrics. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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CA08 Lamb of God – Sacrament | Part 2

In the second part of our celebration of Richmond metal legends Lamb Of God, Steve picks up the baton as we look at the bands critical and commercial smash fourth album Sacrament. Continuing on from the aftermath of As The Palaces Burn the boys look at where LOG went next, from their signing to major label Epic, the release of the hugely successful Ashes of the Wake album, the recording of Sacrament, its release, the success that took them into the top ten of the Billboard Top 200 and onto mainstream television and our recollections of the Sacrament touring cycle and the amazing live shows it brought. Finally, opinions are split as we close up the entire podcast with a discussion on what is the very best album of Lamb Of God’s career. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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CA08 Lamb of God – As the Palaces Burn | Part 1

It’s Remfry’s pick and it’s time for a bit of heavy metal, courtesy of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene, which Steve and Remfry spend a little time unpicking via Wikipedia. They also discuss Devin Townsend’s controversial production job and how the album came to sound the way that it does, until the 10th anniversary re-issue and remix by Josh Wilbur and Remfry argues his rhetoric as to why he feels As the Palaces Burn is the best album of Lamb of God’s career. 

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CA07 Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible | Part 1

In the first part of a double Classic Album Series, Steve and Remfry look back at Manic Street Preachers third album The Holy Bible. The boys talk about the mindset of the band going into recording, from the death of their manager Phillip Hall to the pressure the ever growing cult surrounding enigmatic guitarist Richey Edwards put on them, and the general feel of alternative rock in 1994 in the aftermath of the death of Kurt Cobain. They then deep dive into the record itself, picking apart the themes and ideology of what is certainly one of the darkest, most nihilistic and disturbing albums in the history of popular music, before retracing Edwards steps after his mysterious disappearance in early 1995. Part two is available at patreon.com/riotactpodcast.

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CA07 Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go | Part 2

In the concluding part of this Manic Street Preachers double headed Classic Albums Series podcast, Steve and Remfry discuss the bands commercial behemoth and phoenix from the flames that was 1996’s Everything Must Go record. Starting at the point of not knowing if they were still to be a band after guitarist Richey Edwards disappeared in early 1995, through to the band writing the iconic A Design For Life, the stylistic shift, both artistically and visually, after The Holy Bible and the critical and commercial acclaim they achieved once the record was released. We finish by trying to sum up exactly what happened, and how it happened, during this period, and what the legacy of the Manics truly is over a quarter of a century after their most definitive era. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.