“Rock in Retrospect” focuses on the lives, careers and legacies of artists who made a significant impact on the music industry. Host Nick Bambach invites a guest to discuss their favorite artists and why they matter. We also occasionally create episodes focusing on awards shows and music-related institutions such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Oscars, the Kennedy Center Honors and the Grammys. If you enjoy stimulating and often-humorous discussions about music history in a laid-back environment, then this is the podcast for you! New episodes air on Fridays.
2024 Rock Hall Nominees Draft
1:48:48For our first episode of 2024, let's start with a draft....more precisely a Rock Hall Nominees Draft! Tom Lane, Mark Lempke, David Schnelwar, Michelle Bourg and Greg Peurach return to discuss who they believe will be nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Performers category in 2024. To spice things up, we're gonna predict the ballot in a draft-style format! Over the course of 5 rounds, we each select 5 artists and make the case on why they should appear on the ballot. There's a lot of strategic decisions involved but this is a fun, engaging conversation on the direction we think the Rock Hall is heading next year. Get your pencils sharpened, fill out those scorecards and see if you agree (or disagree) with our picks!
2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Recap
1:28:52Returning guests Darren Hines and Greg Peurach discuss their experience attending the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. We share some funny stories about the venue as well as our favorite musical performances, speeches and moments. It was a memorable night that we won't forget anytime soon.
Movie Talk: Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour
1:39:14On this very special Movie Talk episode, I invited Swifties Jordan Raycine, Kailyn Champlin and Sam Ratner to discuss all things Taylor Swift and her smash hit movie The Eras Tour. We talk about how they became fans of Swift's music, their experiences seeing the movie with rowdy crowds, their thoughts on the best moments during the movie, and their favorite songs from her prolific catalog.
The Ultimate Halloween Playlist
1:13:31Horror movie fanatic Peter Waters returns to help us pick the 31 greatest horror-themed songs to celebrate Halloween and we're calling this episode The Ultimate Halloween Playlist! Listen to which songs made the cut and we'll also hear some great stories along the way!
Movie Talk: Reinventing Elvis: The '68 Comeback
1:17:30Tom Lane returns to discuss the new documentary Reinventing Elvis: The '68 Comeback (2023) about the making of Elvis' triumphant NBC special. It marked the King of Rock & Roll's return to mainstream relevance and why he earned the honorific title. John Scheinfeld's film is currently streaming on Paramount+.
1:26:44This week we pay tribute to the late, great Jimmy Buffett. One of the most successful and prolific singer-songwriters of the last half-century, Buffett captured the hearts and imaginations of millions of fans across the world. One of those fans is Dr. Mark Lempke (Host of The Also--Rans) who talks about Buffett's life, career and impact on both the music industry and popular culture. Other topics discussed include Buffett's extremely loyal fanbase (affectionately known as "Parrot Heads"), his distinctive style as both a musician and a songwriter, some of our favorite songs from his extensive catalogue, and why he needs to be inducted into both the Rock & Roll and Country Music Halls of Fame.
Movie Talk: Wham!
1:16:15The Douche Caravan Returns! Jon Lamoreaux (The Hustle), Patrick Dupuis (The EETF Podcast) and Michael Bagford return to talk about Chris Smith's Netflix documentary Wham! centering on the iconic 80s duo. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley took the world by storm during that decade and ended at the top of their game. We talk about all things Wham! for this week's hilarious yet insightful episode!
1:44:42Paul Kagebein, a friend and fellow music fan who also works at a library, joins Nick to discuss the career and legacy of pop-punk icons Blink-182. Topics discussed include their brash music videos, our favorite hits and albums tracks, their recent reunion at Coachella and their continuing influence on contemporary artists of all genres. A really fun, insightful episode spotlight one of the biggest rock bands of the 25 years!
Movie Talk: Love to Love You, Donna Summer
1:15:34Josh Fitzgerald (Movies That Rock: The Podcast) returns to share his thoughts on the recent documentary Love to Love You, Donna Summer (2023). Lots of topics discussed including Summer's artistry, her catalog of iconic hit songs and albums, her controversial star persona and her status as the "Queen of Disco." Dim all the lights as you listen to this insightful and highly humorous episode!