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The Ferris Wheel Serious Rock Talk Podcast

88 EpisodesProduced by Kennedy, Wheeler, & Dr. ClarkeWebsite

This award-winning podcast looks at classic rock - and the people who made/make it - with enough knowledge, irreverence, and low-level insanity to make it worthwhile. It's all about Rock Talk.

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The Top 100 Classic Rock Artists - NOT!

June 17th, 2022


Top 100 Classic Rock Artists - NOT! - Some lists are pretty good. Others induce gas pains The three amigos attack this list with a gusto usually seen only in crazed hyenas. Listen in.

Why Elvis Never Left the Building

June 6th, 2022


Why Elvis Never Left the Building. Dr. Clarke, empowered by a Himalayan vacation, stands calmly before The King, deciphering many facets of fame, talent, and jumpsuits. Elvis is Alive - and we have proof.


The Golden Era of Rap & Hip-Hop

May 27th, 2022


The Golden Era of Hip Hop & Rap. Every art form has a 'golden era' and /hip hop/rap is no exception. Ferris Kennedy risks his reputation & …

The Doors & the Five Factors that Made Them Famous

May 9th, 2022


The Doors & the Five Factors that Made Them Famous. Unless a band can conquer the Five Factors, it'll likely never have lasting success. Using The Doors as a great example of what happens when musicians hit 5 home …

What Was So New, About New Wave!!!

April 22nd, 2022


New Wave music: What is it? Where did it come from? What killed it off? Steven Wheeler exhibits unexplored courage and tenacity as he prowls the bowels of CBGBs, shaking down ghosts for explanations, finally passing out …

Bryan Adams and his Global Success

April 5th, 2022


Bryan Adams & His Global Success: How did he do it? Against so many odds?Adams is the ultimate rock music success story. Pure talent and …

Which Rock Stars Could You Live With?

March 25th, 2022


Most Rockers wear dirty socks and don't make their beds. Eric Clapton hates to brush his teeth (so we're told from an unreliable source). If forced …

All About Rap N' Hip Hop... and in the beginning

March 14th, 2022


Get ready as Ferris Kennedy delivers a primer on one of the most influential movements in popular music. Take a breath and deep dive with Mr. Kennedy …

Who Sold the Most Albums? You Will Be Shocked

March 4th, 2022


Beatles? Stones? Zeppelin? Elvis? We're not saying. You must listen to the podcast. As a bonus, we offer up personal lists of the Top 20 Rock Guitarists—and it's a little disturbing.

Dynamic Duos: Why Breakin' Up is Hard To Do

February 18th, 2022


Jagger-McCartney. Richards-Lennon. (That doesn't look right). Rock duos are responsible for creating some of the greatest songs of all time. But how did the individuals make out before and after their partnership? And …

Forty-One Final Albums of Great Bands

February 7th, 2022


Not every band gave us an Abbey Road at the twilight of their careers. Some final albums are terrible, even though the band itself once produced great music. We provide Hendrix-like feedback on 41 final albums—the good, …

Rock and Roll Front Men: What It Means to be Great.

January 28th, 2022


We all have our favorite front men - but are there similar qualities that bind together the notion of 'greatness'? Yes Virginia, there are. Ferris …

The Guess Who: Canada's Great Rock Band or What?

January 17th, 2022


Dr. Clarke builds a strong case for crowning the Prairie Princes the Kings of Canadian Rock. Listen in and check out his inviolable reasoning.

The Final Concerts of Rock Gods / Top 10 Reunion Tours

January 7th, 2022


Medicated Wheeler gets cranked on raw cappuccino and really takes no prisoners as he describes the end for some rock gods and the back-from-the-dead, $career$ resurrection of others.


2021 End Of Year Show - Part Two

December 31st, 2021


The Ferris Wheel Serious Rock Talk Podcast says "farewell to 2021" Get entertained. We sum up the music and personalities of the year that was - with interesting asides and exclusive insights. Part Two of Two.

2021 End Of Year Show - Part One

December 31st, 2021


The Ferris Wheel Serious Rock Talk Podcast says "farewell to 2021" Get entertained. We sum up the music and personalities of the year that was - with interesting asides and exclusive insights. Part One of Two.

Which Classic Rockers Should Be On Mt. Rushmore?

December 24th, 2021


So many rock n’ rollers are witless, untalented, pencil-neck geeks. But a few, very few, stand out. And it’s those people who should go on the side …

Classic Rock Stars: Who’s Underappreciated or Overrated?

December 13th, 2021


Few moments are more depressing than someone rattling on about their favorite rocker and you just can’t share in their enthusiasm – at all... Some rock stars are just creations of marketing departments. Others drag …

The Monkees: A Legit Band or What?

December 3rd, 2021


The Monkees is one of the best-selling bands of the 1960s. So why the blow-back? Why the ‘pre-fab four’ put downs? Dr. Clarke mounts a compelling case for the defense of Mickey, Mike, Pete and Davey. As a bonus - later …

Suggestive Lyrics In Classic Rock

November 22nd, 2021


Classic rock isn't all about sex, just around 90% of it is... Dr. Clarke takes his scalpel and dissects some of the more suggestive offerings. You are promised a very good time.

Four Great Producers You Should Know - Phil, George, Rick, & Mutt!!!

November 12th, 2021


Music is all relative, and sometimes that artist or band you think are brilliant with their debut album, or that last masterpiece they did which is now spinning on your turntable, it was not just them, they had a super …

All About Canadian Classic Rock

November 1st, 2021


It's all about Canadian Classic Rock, so you think you know who is Classic Rock in Canada.  Well, we thought so to.  The Ferris Wheel Classic Rock Show is back for another season and we are kicking it off with the …

Supergroups - Ferris Wheel Classic Rock Edition

October 1st, 2021


Supergroup, are a rock group made up of classic rock members of other rock bands who may be a successful rock group, whose members have successful …

Great Classic Rock Bands You Should Like??? - Part 4

September 19th, 2021


Is there a band you truly admire, is it because you like their music, or was it because they are so popular it just happened. Is that band you like …

Great Classic Rock Bands You Should Like??? - Part 3

September 18th, 2021


Is there a band you truly admire, is it because you like their music, or was it because they are so popular it just happened. Is that band you like …

Great Classic Rock Bands You Should Like??? - Part 2

September 17th, 2021


Is there a band you truly admire, is it because you like their music, or was it because they are so popular it just happened. Is that band you like …

Great Classic Rock Bands You Should Like??? - Part 1

September 16th, 2021


Is there a band you truly admire, is it because you like their music, or was it because they are so popular it just happened.  Is that band you like …

An Appreciation of Rock Drummers

September 10th, 2021


There's the joke - "What do you call a drummer with no girlfriend?...Homeless." Sadly, there's a thin reality to that. Often overlooked and underappreciated. A drummer can make or break a band like no one else. In this …

Surviving on a Desert Island With One Album

September 3rd, 2021


You know the score. It's a tough one. You must confess to yourself what exactly is your favorite rock album. It's tough, perhaps impossible - and there's no room for cowards. So listen in as the three amigos toughen up …

Progressive (Prog) Rock: What is it? & Where is it?

August 23rd, 2021


Prog Rock. What is it? Where did it come from? How much does it weigh and does it drink too much? The Ferris Wheel Classic Rock Show shows you what it's all about. Listen in and stay strong.

Woodstock 50th Anniversary

August 13th, 2021


Is Woodstock the number one rock festival of all time? Maybe. The point is, at the Ferris Wheel Show it’s always peace, love, noise, substances and confusion, just like the original concert. That’s why you must listen …

The Best Rock Songs To Cover

August 6th, 2021


Everyone who has a band wants to be like the Beatles? Maybe the front man wants to be Like Diamond David Lee Roth if they are athletic, or maybe they want to be like Freddie Mercury and seize the moment with the …

The 27 Club: Beware the Siren's Song

July 26th, 2021


The 27 Club: Beware the Siren's Song. Like the Hotel California, once you check in to the 27 Club, you can never leave. What is it about this much-dreaded group that attracts so many rockers? Is it fate or just bad …

What Is Classic Rock Reprise - Part 2

July 16th, 2021


Classic Rock is a radio format which developed from the Album Oriented Rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. The guys tend to take a stab at …

Classic Rock Intro To The Good Dr. Clarke

July 16th, 2021


As we dug deep into the FWCRS Vault, this was the first episode of the permanent trio. As Kennedy and Wheeler were performing pilot episodes, they …

What Is Classic Rock Reprise - Part 1

July 16th, 2021


Classic Rock is a radio format which developed from the Album Oriented Rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s.  The guys tend to take a stab at …

How George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh Changed Rock

July 5th, 2021


The lecture comes from the heart. Harrison has never regarded himself as a solo performer, nor has he ever wanted to be one. Far less has he ever …

Classic Rock In Canada - Part 4

July 4th, 2021


Do you think you know Canadian Music, well so did we until we did the four part series of this beautiful country.  From the east coast to the west …

Classic Rock In Canada - Part 3

July 3rd, 2021


Do you think you know Canadian Music, well so did we until we did the four part series of this beautiful country.  From the east coast to the west …

Classic Rock In Canada - Part 2

July 2nd, 2021


Do you think you know Canadian Music, well so did we until we did the four part series of this beautiful country.  From the east coast to the west …

Classic Rock In Canada - Part 1

July 1st, 2021


Do you think you know Canadian Music, well so did we until we did the four part series of this beautiful country.  From the east coast to the west …

Van Halen - Making Sense of The Line Up Changes

June 25th, 2021


Ever wonder why there have been numerous line up changes in one of the Greatest Classic rock band, so did Kennedy, and even though he has admitted that David Lee Roth is the best, he still gives credit where it's due, …

Why Is Pet Sounds Among The Best Albums Ever

June 14th, 2021


The best Beach Boys album, one of the best of the 1960s. The group here reached a whole new level in terms of both composition and production, …

Classic Rock One Man Bands, So They Say

June 4th, 2021


When we went back into the vault, we never knew that Kennedy was not perfect, or seemed that Clarke was the brains on a certain bet of who produced …

Classic Rock's 30 Burning Questions, with more fuel to the Fire!!!

May 24th, 2021


Was there ever a time you had a question that needed an answer. Well you are in luck, as the guys dig deep into their VAULT.  The 30 burning …

72 Times Classic Rockers Changed Their Names!!!

May 14th, 2021


Like DMX said in the Hip/Hop Rap World, What's My Name... The Ferris Wheel Classic Rock Show go down a list of those famous artists we all love & know, we reveal what their actual birth certificate really says.  Mom …

R.E.M.: Not Everybody Hurts

May 5th, 2021


Darlings of college rock but too moody to stay on campus while hanging with the post-punk and alternative rock crowds. Discover what all the noise …

Foo Fighters: How to Take Medicine at Midnight

May 5th, 2021


You start in the garage with heavy rock, garnish with grunge, then bake it up with punk and some beauty ballads. They play stadiums and when they leave, they take the garage with them. Listen in while Ferris Kennedy …

David Bowie: Yes, There's Life On Mars w/special guest Cosmo

May 5th, 2021


The three amigos are joined by an outstanding star DJ and Bowie freak to deliver an episode that has as much panache, color and style as Bowie's …

The Doors: People Really Are Strange.

May 5th, 2021


In this episode, Dr. Clarke parlays two visits (count 'em, 2) to Jim Morrison's Paris grave site, inspiring a unique, special interpretation of a seminal classic rock band that's like no other - before or since.

Pink Floyd - Are They Really From The Dark Side Of The Moon?

May 5th, 2021


Wish You Were, under this Division Bell, on the Dark Side of the Moon.  We are all animals with the same Atom Heart Mother.  We all like to Meddle with the Pipers at the Gates of Dawn, who are behind The Wall. I have …

Bon Scott Vs. Brian Johnson: AC/DC's Biggest Question?

May 3rd, 2021


Bon vs. Brian: AC/DC's Big Question. Is one singer better than the other? You didn't believe you'd ever get an answer to this classic rock conundrum. Ferris Kennedy puts his reputation on the line and delivers!

India's Influence On Classic Rock

April 23rd, 2021


India's Influence on Classic Rock: It wasn't just the Beatles who brought Indian music to Western ears. Steven Wheeler traces the expanding and exciting influence of Eastern music on classic rock across the latter half …

All About the Summer of Love 1967

April 12th, 2021


All About the Summer of Love 1967 - In this exclusive show, Dr. Ian Clarke burns patchouli oil, wears love beads, and puts this magical summer under …

Classic Rock Stars Erased by Their Own Bands

April 2nd, 2021


Classic Rock Stars Erased by Their Own Bands - When Eric Clapton sang "I don't want to fade away" (from Bell-Bottom Blues) he was likely referring to a well-known penchant major rock bands have for axing …

Van Halen - From A to V - AKA Van Roth

March 22nd, 2021


Van Halen: From A to V. Ferris Kennedy gives you all there is to give on this classic rock band - from A to V. If you ever wondered what all the noise was about, get ready for an Ear-ruption!

CCR - Creedence Clearwater Revival

March 12th, 2021


The Wonderful, Tragic Tale of Creedence Clearwater Revival:  CCR is among the gods of classic rock. But their success ignited firestorms of lawsuits, …

Led Zeppelin - All You Need To Know

March 1st, 2021


Acknowledged as the most successful and influential band of the heavy rock era, with a catalog that continues to inspire. What The Beatles were to …

Who's On Third? A Look at the #3 Band in Classic Rock!!!

February 19th, 2021


Who's on Third? A look at the # 3 Classic Rock Band. You know who holds the # 1 and # 2 positions of best classic rock band. But who is # 3? Find …

Great Trios of Classic Rock - Looking at Threesomes

February 8th, 2021


"Not many classic rock bands have just three members. Trios have a different attitude and sound. In this episode, our own trio "Kennedy, Clarke & Wheeler" list some of the best threesomes "ever"

What Is Classic Rock? The Real Facts of The Guess Who's - Who???

January 29th, 2021


Can you define classic rock? We didn't think so. We're here to help. Through our careful selection of examples and rapier-like insights, you can …

How Did 101 Classic Rock Bands Get Their Names??? Part 2!!!

January 18th, 2021


Part 2: Amidst great odds, we continue with part two of how 101 classic rock bands got their often disturbing names. Hey. this kind of knowledge will make you special. Plus, Steven Wheeler reviews new vinyl from Chicago

How Did 101 Classic Rock Bands Get Their Names??? Part 1!!!

January 8th, 2021


Part 1: They said it couldn't be done, that we were jabbering fools.101 bands? No way....Well, now who's the fool?... In this exclusive two-part …

Classic Rock Songs Written Quickly!!!

December 28th, 2020


Classic Rock Songs Written Quickly - maybe too quickly. You be the judge. From 'Yesterday' to 'Losing My Religion', we confront the weird phenomenon of amazing classic rock songs "just showing up".

America vs. Canada Who has the Better Rock Bands Part 2

December 14th, 2020


America vs. Canada : Who has the Best Rock Bands? Part 2. Well hopefully after the first part you either agree with Kennedy or not.  In the second …

America vs. Canada : Who has the Best Rock Bands? Part 1

December 4th, 2020


America vs. Canada : Who has the Best Rock Bands? Part 1 You decide. Ferris Kennedy supplies semi-professional opinions, but you must live with your …

Digital Zombies - Is Resurrecting Dead Rock Stars Wrong?

November 23rd, 2020


In this dangerous episode, Dr. Clarke bravely enters the Gothic castle of digital reanimation, risking Vampiric Drain spell attacks as he attempts to stake a dark and evil phenomenon. Wish him well, as Kennedy & …

Best Last Song On A Album

November 13th, 2020


Ever listen to your favorite band, find that amazing song that is last on that specific album.  The sound it makes when you hear it on your turntable, or you skipped to that track on a compact disc. Did you search it or …

Aerosmtith - 50 Years of America's Greatest Rock Band, Still Rockin'

November 2nd, 2020


Aerosmith: The Boys from Beantown who made hair bands mainstream. 50 years & counting & they have come a long way from being "Toys In The Attic". They put the Rock in "Rocks", they were able to make you "Pump", …

Southern Rock - It's Just Like The Comfort With Tres Hombres

October 23rd, 2020


Can you define Southern Rock? No, you can't. It's a job for professionals, like us. Our podcast can actually make you sound smarter. So let's head off to where the sun always shines...

Bands Better Than The Beatles - Just Let It Be

October 12th, 2020


Few rock bands are better than the Beatles...but they do exist. Or do they? That's what we were born to figure out. So listen in.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - More Than Just One Hot Minute

October 1st, 2020


More than just one hot minute, few rock groups of the '80s broke down as many musical barriers & were as original as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  Creating an intoxicating new musical style with funk & punk rock, …

The Eagles - Hell Did Freeze Over

September 21st, 2020


On September 21 in 1968, "All Along the Watchtower" was released by Jimi Hendrix, in 1974 BTO released "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet, & 1993 Nirvana's album "In Utero" was released. Now on this day 2020, The Ferris …

The Weird Death & Afterlife of Jim Morrison - The Ferris Wheel Rock Show

August 25th, 2020


Dr. Clarke, who has written about the Doors for over thirty years, debunks the mystery of Morrison's death and exposes the role of clever …

Aussie Rock - How To Listen Up While Down Under

July 3rd, 2020


Aussie Rock - How to Listen Up When Down Under: Steven Wheeler endured a 21-hour flight to Australia only to realize he could've developed the …

Kennedy's Rant - BNL, Journey, Supertramp, & Van Halen!!!

June 19th, 2020


Join Kennedy in his high flying rant on The Barenaked Ladies, Journey, Supertramp, & Van Halen.  These are topics that are close and dear to his heart. Then he flies off the handle... Here we go!!!

What the Hell is Happening With Paul McCartney?

June 9th, 2020


From writing silly love songs to wearing inappropriate haircuts (See 'mullets'), this energetic ex-Beatle has somehow held the world's attention for …

Dead Rock Stars & How They Got That Way

May 27th, 2020


Achieving stardom in the entertainment niche known as rock n' roll can be a life-threatening adventure. Generally, rock musicians are not renowned …

Nirvana was better than the Beatles: The Men Behind It!!!

May 16th, 2020


Of course Nirvana is better than the Beatles, in Kennedy's mind that is.  Is he just ranting to be heard or is he actually on to something? Well he did some research and laid it all out, even has Dr. Clarke saying " So, …

How Great Is Supertramp?

May 1st, 2020


"Supertramp - little more than prog rock poseurs or gifted purveyors of 1970s FM radio pop? Listen in as Steven (Medicated) Wheeler pronounces opinions on these elusive, top-shelf rock musicians."

#supertramp …

Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre.

April 22nd, 2020


Love Becomes A Funeral Pyre: Dr. Ian Clarke reviews the Mick Hall biography of the Doors. For those who love Jim Morrison and the Doors - and for others who wonder what all the fuss was about. Listen in!

Aberdeen!!! The Sound Of Teen Spirit!!!

April 9th, 2020


Take a journey in Aberdeen with Kennedy's favorite Grunge band of all time.  You have heard his madness, and his passion for Nirvana, and his love for Grohl as the greatest drummer of all time.  Let's take a ride on the …

Jackie Shane - The Lowest I Go Is To The Top Of My Head

March 30th, 2020


Jackie Shane: The Lowest I Go is to the Top of My Head. In this episode, Dr. Clarke discusses the great R & B singer Jackie Shane. Aside from her formidable performing skills, he highlights her compassion, her …

What If A Band Member Left? No Difference!!!

February 29th, 2020


Ever wonder if one of your favorite band made a drastic change, changes have been made on the rhythm part and went unnoticed but what if the lead …

What Is Classic Rock

February 9th, 2020


We hammer out our definition of classic rock. There are so many avenues and definitions, and the question is, who is right and who is wrong?  The answer is easy, The Ferris Wheel Rock Show has a suggestion.

Guitar Heroes Part 2

October 10th, 2019


A second part of the guitar heroes, to close off season 3 with some legends of the strings. Prepare yourself to be amazed and get ready season 4 is upon us.......

Guitar Heroes Part 1

October 3rd, 2019


Well, the listeners asked for it, and we delivered. For those who were happy and amused with the Drummer Show, and the Bass Players, we have arranged some guitar heroes.

The Bass Project

September 21st, 2019


The Guys take a look at the bass players that they put in their top ten.  Similar to the drummer show earlier in the season, they now have a bass show, keep your ear open for a Baba Booey Shout out in the 23 mins mark.

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