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Pop Shots – A Look at the #1 Songs of My Birthday
Monday, October 16, 2017

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Being that yesterday was my birthday, I decided I wanted to do something special for this week’s Pop Shots. At first I was going to list my top five songs that have been #1 on October 15th, but as I went through all the Billboard Hot 100 charts from that special day I realized there were way more than five songs I wanted to talk about. With that in mind I came up with a new concept, and put together a list of every song that was #1 on my birthday, starting with the year I was born.

So after a little bit a research, and a whole lotta music being played, here is that list, complete with music video highlights! Of course, since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

The 1970s


Being that the only birthdays I had in the ‘70s were my actual day of birth, and my first birthday, I don’t have much of a ‘70s birthday playlist. While I was completely unaware of Exile, and their hit “Kiss You All Over,” before putting this column together, I think we can all agree Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” is one heck of a soundtrack for a first birthday!

1978 Exile – Kiss You All Over
1979 Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough

The 1980s


The ‘80s were, by far, my best decade for birthday #1s, with some of the greatest songs of all-time being in the top spot on October 15th. The majority of these hits are songs I still crank up to this day (and I bet you do, too)! Queen, John Cougar Mellencamp, Bonnie Tyler, Whitesnake, and Janet Jackson are just some of the names in this incredible lineup. The only way this decade could’ve been better is if in 1985 I hadn’t missed out on having a-ha’s “Take On Me” at #1 on my birthday by just four days.

1980 Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
1981 Lionel Richie & Diana Ross – Endless Love
1982 John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack & Diane



1983 Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
1984 Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You
1985 Ready For The World – Oh Sheila
1986 Janet Jackson – When I Think of You
1987 Whitesnake – Here I Go Again



1988 UB40 – Red Red Wine
1989 Janet Jackson – Miss You Much

The 1990s


The ‘90s were a time when two names completely took over the #1 spot on my birthday – Mariah Carey, and Boyz II Men. Between the two of them, they had the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 on my birthday six times during the decade, including five years in a row! Ironically, none of those times were for their duet, “One Sweet Day.”

1990 George Michael – Praying For Time
1991 Mariah Carey – Emotions
1992 Boyz II Men – End of the Road
1993 Mariah Carey – Dreamlover
1994 Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love to You
1995 Mariah Carey – Fantasy



1996 Los Del Rio – Macarena
1997 Elton John – Candle in the Wind 1997
1998 Monica – The First Night
1999 Mariah Carey w/ Jay-Z – Heartbreaker

The 2000s


For a decade that gave us some great music, the ‘00s didn’t exactly hook me up with birthday greatness. In fact, the decade saddled me with the original American Idol song (“A Moment Like This”), Soulja Boy’s “Crank That,” and Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” Oh well, at least in 2000 Christina Aguilera was inviting me to “Come On Over,” and in 2006 I was able to bring “SexyBack.”

2000 Christina Aguilera – Come On Over
2001 Alicia Keys – Fallin’
2002 Kelly Clarkson – A Moment Like This
2003 Beyonce w/ Sean Paul – Baby Boy
2004 Ciara w/ Petey Pablo – Goodies
2005 Kanye West w/ Jamie Foxx – Gold Digger
2006 Justin Timberlake – SexyBack



2007 Soulja Boy – Crank That (Soulja Boy)
2008 T.I. – Whatever You Like
2009 Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

The 2010s


I’d say the jury’s still out on the current decade when it comes to my birthday #1s, but I have to face facts, even with two years of potential greatness left, any decade that sticks me with The Chainsmokers, and Meghan Trainor, is gonna take a miracle to save. I guess I can take solace in the fun bit of trivia that in 2012 an Adam was at #1 on my birthday. That’s some serious Adam power, yo!

2010 Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
2011 Adele – Someone Like You
2012 Maroon 5 – One More Night
2013 Lorde – Royals



2014 Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
2015 The Weeknd – The Hills
2016 The Chainsmokers w/ Halsey – Closer
2017 Cardi B – Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)

And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.

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Vid Pick: UZOO – Double O Flow
Friday, October 13, 2017

UZOO is a crew that has steadily been taking over the Connecticut hip-hop scene over the past few years, and after taking a listen to their songs, it’s pretty obvious as to why.

With a Wu-Tang-like variety of styles, flows, and personalities – as well as roster size – each verse provides something different, making UZOO’s songs feel like a batting lineup where everyone is an all-star you can’t wait to see come up to the plate.

With UZOO having recently released a video for their single “Double O Flow,” I caught up with UZOO member Joey Batts – a Connecticut hip-hop legend in his own right – to find out more about the song, the video, and how such a diverse array of artists work so well together as a crew.

If “Double O Flow” is the first UZOO track someone hears, what makes it a perfect introduction to the crew?

I like the style of "Double O Flow.”

This is the first UZOO track produced by Hologram, and he brings a very unique style to the ZOO.

(When it comes to our production) Rudy, our main guy, comes from a strikingly different musical background. Alfredo is more of an old school sampling aficionado. Hologram, who is the producer of all Nu-Irth tracks (formerly Funk Gero), is just the master of this "style."

I think this track serves as an introduction to a bunch of lyrical rappers who enjoy working off of each other's energy. Sloth, Jaden, Criss, and, Ty do a marvelous job here.

How’d you come up with the concept for the video for “Double O Flow,” and how many trips to Spencer’s did you have to make for blacklights, and blacklight paint?

I have always wanted to do a blacklight video, and we wanted really bright colors in a fisheye lens, a la Busta Rhymes.

I went to Spencer's twice after asking Facebook for the best recommendation. My first time I purchased two broken light bulbs. Big ups to Spencer's.

Tell everyone about UZOO’s successful crowdfunding campaign, and the resultant album – The Youngest – that’s come from it.

We launched a Kickstarter campaign in the Spring of 2017 "needing" $6,000. We raised a little over $7,700.

Our friends, fans, and supporters really helped us make this album, and paid for some traveling expenses over the Summer, as well.

The Youngest was completed in August, and was released on September 19th.

How does a supergroup like UZOO exist without egos? How is it that you don’t have arguments over who’s on more tracks, who’s featured more prominently, etc.?

I think that UZOO exists, and works, while dealing with 10+ individual egos. I wouldn't say that we exist "without egos." That would be false. If anything, we have learned to work with one another, and we've figured out our strengths, and comfortability, within the group.

Some guys naturally want to work with others, and some are trying to push the envelop, and develop brand new ideas, and sounds.

We've never had arguments over who gets what beat/song, or verse.

We’ve always pushed one another to write better, and raise the energy, and most of the time, whoever gets to something first is the one who gets to drop a verse.

That rhymed. I didn't even plan it that way.

For more UZOO check them out at uzoocrew.com.

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NYC Scene Report – Dounia, Kiri T, & more
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This week’s NYC Scene Report features R&B artist Dounia getting her “Shyne” on, a pop gem from Kiri T, the “tender pop” of Strawberry Runners, and a drag queen inspire rock song from Native Sun.

* If you’ve been diggin’ the self-love, and positive vibes, of artists like Alessia Cara, NYC’s indie R&B scene has a new name to add to your playlist – Dounia.

At only 19 years old, Dounia is proving to be a confident, mature beyond her years, artist who is unafraid to be herself, most notably on her latest single, “Shyne” (which has nothing to do with the former Bad Boy rapper of the same name).

“Shyne” sees the Queens, by way of Morocco, artist singing about pursuing her dreams, and the expectations, along with the realities, of doing so. The highs, the lows, the fact that dreams take time – Dounia’s goals are lofty, and she’s clearly ready to put the work in.

Check out the video for “Shyne,” and vibe to this inspiring up and coming artist.


* After featuring her video for “Rearview Mirror” here last month, and seeing her live a few weeks ago, I have to say, I’m a fan of NYC pop artist Kiri T. Her latest single, “Better,” is another pop gem, and positions her as an artist on the verge of breaking through in a major way.

Kiri T describes the inspiration behind the song, saying, “I was in a relationship where this person only professed his love towards me when he's under influence. While he was very sweet and caring when he was high, he was emotionally abusive when sober.”

She adds that when it comes to the video for “Better,” “The lyrics are about all the destructive moments, and the bitter and sweet feelings I recalled from the experience, which we reflected in the overall aesthetic of the video. The blooming flowers, and burning petals, display how beauty can be destructive at the same time.”

Click play, and crank this one up.


* Strawberry Runners – the project of of indie songwriter Emi Night – will be releasing their debut EP, In The Garden, on October 20th, and it’s a release the band describes as “tender pop.”

This may make you wonder, what the heck is “tender pop?” Well, if you take traditional pop, slow it down a bit, and incorporate elements of singer-songwriter fare, you get tender pop.

To get a listen to some tender pop, click play on Strawberry Runners’ “Brother.” I promise it doesn’t include Hulk Hogan yelling “brother” at all. Although, if they ever decide to do a remix …


* On very rare occasions a song’s description can be so interesting that I’m immediately all in on wanting to give it a listen. Such was the case with Brooklyn-based rock band Native Sun’s latest single, “Sister.”

The band explained the inspiration for the song, saying, “‘Sister’ tells the story of the drag queens that used to take over Don Pedro’s on Monday nights and create the most genuine and bold performance art I’d seen in my life. I was living around the corner from the bar, as the song says. It simply serves the purpose of capturing a time and place, what I would see, and the diverse characters that would appear throughout the night.”

Native Sun added “Sister” – which will be on the band’s debut EP, Songs Born From Love and Hate, due out October 20th – is, “Dedicated to the eternal creatures of the night searching for the world's love and acceptance.”

Give this awesome rock song a spin!


For more of the best of NYC’s indie music scene, come back next Wednesday, and check out the archives for previous columns.

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Stacking The Deck with Chaser Eight
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stacking The Deck is a feature exclusive to Adam’s World where I bring packs of 1991 Pro Set Superstars MusiCards to artists, and we discuss who they find in each pack.

One of the preeminent hard rocks bands in the state of Connecticut, Chaser Eight have built up a reputation for wowing audiences with their explosive live performances. I can speak to this having brought numerous friends to Chaser Eight shows, and every single one of those friends becoming fans of the band by the end of the night.


I caught up with Chaser Eight frontwoman *AUDRA*, guitarist Pat Walsh, and keyboardist/guitarist Aaron Tagliamonte (although Aaron let *AUDRA* and Pat do all the talking, and is not photographed), at the official Chaser Eight headquarters in CT, where we chilled out on their dock, opened some packs of MusiCards, and talked a whole lotta music. The artists we found sparked stories of musical heroes, and a general wondering of what the heck was up with the Goo Goo Dolls back in ’91.



The Doors

*AUDRA*: I went to Redscroll in Wallingford and bought a Doors album yesterday. It was called 13. I just didn’t have it on vinyl.

There’s this experience with having vinyl playing throughout the house, and we blast the vinyl throughout the house. It’s nice to hear all these people you grew up listening to on tape, and then CD, and now the computer, it’s nice to have those be blasted on vinyl.

The Doors were huge for me. I grew up listening to them. My mother was the one who got me into music, and she played all of the classics. My first concert ever was with her. I was 13 years old, we went to see The Allman Brothers.

So for me, just listening to The Doors’ music, I don’t think they specifically inspired me to write any songs, I just think having them in my ear, and hearing such good music, that kind of influences me, where I’m like, “Shit, I want to do that!” That’s where I kind of found that.

Pat: I never had a Doors phase. I like their songs that are really short, like “Love Me Two Times.” I don’t like the 18 minutes church organ solos. Not my cup of tea.

Until you get a church organ in Chaser Eight.

Pat: Dear God, I’ll be out by then.

{laughs}

Aaron, don’t get a church organ and play eight minutes solos, alright?



The Pretenders

*AUDRA*: Not only is Chrissie Hynde just amazing, she’s just got that … when Chrissie Hynde opens her mouth you know it’s her, and that’s such a cool thing to have.

I feel like in the current age of pop music, I don’t like to say this, but it’s been happening to me, the voices are melding on the radio. I’m having a difficult time telling people apart. With someone like Chrissie Hynde, and one of my other favorites, Stevie Nicks, the first note that comes out of their mouths you’re like, that’s them! There’s no denying it.

(Chrissy Hynde’s) songwriting is fantastic, and I think, for me, any woman in the arts, any lead singer in music, she’s such a huge inspiration, because I gotta tell ya, it’s not fucking easy being a woman in this business. You’re starting off behind the eight ball, because you’re getting judged immediately, like, “A girl signing rock music?”

I think these women that did break through, and made it, and were so good at what they do, that gives little girls like me, who are picking up a guitar at ten, that hope that women CAN do this. You CAN do it. You gotta be good, but you gotta be good anyway.

Pat: I can’t relate to being a woman in rock, yet. Maybe someday.

Except for Van Halen I was not into ‘80s hard rock, but I love this aesthetic of music, The Pretenders, The Police, all that stuff, and it sounds better and better every year. I don’t know why. I just love it more.

*AUDRA*: I also like that she never sexualized herself. She went out there in pants and a shirt, and slung the guitar on, and played. It was – listen, I’m a girl that plays guitar, and you’re gonna have to deal with it.

Plus she did a guest spot on Friends, and Phoebe critiqued her when she was playing “Smelly Cat.” To me that just shows you’re a good sport.



The Who

Pat: Pete Townshend. He’s a great guitar player, and he kind of eschewed the whole Eric Clapton, guitar god, (idea) and was always more into just writing interesting music, and using new technology, and coming up with good, interesting, songs.

So Pete Townshend is definitely a hero of mine, except for that chapter where he was involved in child porn. I am less into that.

*AUDRA*: The thing I love about The Who the most is that they didn’t give a fuck on stage. They got on to these late night shows, and they would kick the drum set off the platform, smash the amps, they didn’t give a shit about being this prim and proper English band. They cared about giving you rock n roll, and making it destructive. Not that we’re destructive. We don’t have the money to destroy our equipment.

I made a vow to myself, and my mother, actually, that I would never destroy any of my equipment.



Goo Goo Dolls

*AUDRA*: I’ve never seen them look like this ever. They look like they belong in Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

I had to look at the back of the card just to make sure it was the same Goo Goo Dolls.

Pat: These cards are from ’91, so this is from before they had any hits.

Hipsters now kinda look like this. Like, they could be attending a Phantogram concert.

*AUDRA*: Totally. They’d be so in right now.

Would we have bought the Goo Goo Dolls as the Goo Goo Dolls if they still looked like this?

*AUDRA*: No, because I think part of the appeal of the Goo Goo Dolls was how handsome Johnny Rzeznik was.

Pat: I know he was definitely a heartthrob, but man, there he does not look it.

*AUDRA*: That’s what I’m saying. I think the appeal of the Goo Goo Dolls was once they started, and especially when they did the song for City of Angels, “Iris,” he was such a heartthrob, with the earrings, and the quaffed hair.

Pat: He totally reinvented himself.

*AUDRA*: I think, for me, growing up the influence of the Goo Goo Dolls, it wasn’t like they had a huge impact on my life, I think it was just the fact that they were writing good rock music.

Pat: They had super catchy tunes.

I think if we were to see them in concert today they could play for 90 minutes …

Both: We’d know every song.

*AUDRA*: I think that comes back to the ability to write a song. Either you have it, or you don’t, and it’s not only writing the song, because there are many ghostwriters, and songwriters, who don’t perform their own songs, it’s the ability to write the song and then you have to go out there and sell it to the audience, and he sells that deeply emo dude (vibe). He sells that.



Lynyrd Skynyrd

*AUDRA*: I grew up listening to Skynyrd. My mom plays piano, so any band that had a piano player in it, she was big into that. We also lived in New Mexico for a while, so she was big into Southern rock. I grew up listening to this Southern rock base of having 50 people in your band, but making it sound amazing.

I think the other thing about them, obviously a tragedy happened to them, but I think in relation to us, we’re not the original members that we started out with.

When we formed it was me, Bill, and Pat. We had been playing together since we were 15. Then we brought on Aaron and Pete, and we were together for three years. Then all of a sudden Pete was like, “I’m out.” Then last year Bill was like, “I’m out.”

It’s an adjustment period to bring new people in, because we really think of ourselves as a family. Pat and I being the two songwriters, we get into spats with each other, but we’re fine.

No one’s been thrown off of this dock.

*AUDRA*: Right. Exactly.

Pat: The day is young.

*AUDRA*: Right. {laughs} I think they’re totally an example of you lose people, and now you have to rebuild. It’s unbelievable what they did.

Have you ever had someone yell, “Play “Freebird!” during one of your shows?

Pat: Oh God, so many times.

I don’t like Skynyrd, I don’t like their Confederate flag waving fans, and the thing I hate the most is the years of, “Play ‘Freebird,’ man!”

There’s some DVD I have, I think it’s Jeff Buckley, it may be somebody else, someone yells it on the DVD, and he goes to the mic and says, “No. Fuck you.”

*AUDRA*: For me, I like the music. I like a big band. I think a big band does cool things. I like a lot of their songs. I like songs like “Gimme Back My Bullets.” I think that has balls. “The Needle and the Spoon” is a great song. “I Know a Little.” I think they have great music, and they survived a terrible tragedy and kept going, and that’s perseverance.


For more Chaser Eight, check out chasereight.com.

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Pop Shots – Stage Presence
Monday, October 09, 2017

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from Becky G being yanked off a stage, to a large stage prop falling on Marilyn Manson, to Tom Petty going to that great stage in the sky, and since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.

* During a recent show in Argentina, Fifth Harmony were performing “All in My Head (Flex)” when their support act, Becky G, attempted to join them. Security, however, didn’t recognize her, and she was swiftly yanked off stage. Being that Becky G was in the most recent Power Rangers movie, the security guard should consider himself lucky she didn’t shout, “It’s morphin’ time!”

* Christina Aguilera has launched a new perfume named Definition. With a name like that, I really hope it smells like an old dictionary.


* Fat Joe and Jay-Z teamed up to fill five planes with hurricane relief supplies, splitting the goods between Puerto Rico and Mexico. Meanwhile, politicians reclined in private jets, and flew to meetings where they just couldn’t seem come up with any ideas regarding what to do about the situations in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

* Requiring recovering time after a large stage prop fell on him during an NYC performance, Marilyn Manson was forced to reschedule nine concert dates (October 2nd through the 14th). You see, this is why it’s always safer to have a Stonehenge that’s in danger of being crushed by a dwarf.


* In more postponed concert news, Jennifer Lopez postponed three dates of her Las Vegas residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino following the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. J.Lo fans who were “Waiting For Tonight” had to, understandably, wait a few more nights.

* During what was supposed to be a promotional appearance on Good Morning Britain, Mariah Carey found herself being questioned by Piers Morgan about the aforementioned mass shooting in Las Vegas. Far be it from me to question another journalist’s sources, but when looking for a firearm, and firearm related violence, expert, Mariah Carey ranks just under the Geico gecko.


* Eminem’s longtime producer, Mr. Porter, has revealed the rapper has completed a new album. Back in the day, Em ripped another rapper for being old, noting the rival emcee was “pushing 40’s door down.” Em will be 45 next week. Perhaps his angriest raps will be about telling kids to get off his lawn.

* Cassie has a new single titled “Love a Loser,” featuring G-Eazy, and her upcoming short film of the same name was produced by longtime significant other Sean “Diddy” Combs. That’s right, her significant other helped her make a video for something called “Love a Loser.” Ladies and gentlemen, start your inferences!


* The nominations for the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) were revealed, and Taylor Swift led the pack with six nominations. Shawn Mendes was close behind with five nominations, while Kendrick Lamar, and Ed Sheeran, each had four. Contrary to my hopes, the Europe Music Awards are not awards given out by legendary Swedish rock band Europe.

* Music legend Tom Petty passed away at the age of 66. I am of a generation that remembers when the video for “Don’t Come Around Here No More” came out, and blew our young minds.


And with that, my time is up for the week, but I'll be back next week with more shots on all things pop.

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Vid Pick: Eamon – I Got Soul
Friday, October 06, 2017

Back in 2003, soul singer Eamon had one of the most unexpected breakout hits in recent memory with “F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back),” but just as quickly as the world was introduced to his music, he disappeared.

Fourteen years later he’s back, and with his new single, “I Got Soul,” and album, Golden Rail Motel, his music is even more heartfelt, and the vitriol has been left behind.

I caught up with Eamon to find out more about the deeply personal, and revealing, project, as well as one of the biggest highlights from his meteoric rise to fame, and his scheduled tour with Britney Spears that never happened.

Let’s talk about “I Got Soul.” This song is filled with personal revelations. Which truths about yourself did you find the most difficult to write about knowing the world would hear them?
 
I would say the most difficult is the first line about all the money I wasted on drugs, and specifically putting them through my nose, lol.

What's difficult is getting butt naked honest. That can get uncomfortable sometimes, but it's part of my story, and it still amazes me that I'm alive. It blows my mind that I'm actually here now doing this interview. I've seen a different ending for countless amounts of people.
 
Why was it important to you to get those truths out?
 
When I listen back to the verses in the song, I'm grateful none of those things identify me.

These things are shoved down our throats as what success looks like. The fakery and madness we see from celebrities on social media, I don't buy it.

I was inspired by our culture of individualism.

I'm frustrated by all of it, and it caused me to put pen to paper.

I've had a lot of these things, and from firsthand experience my life is so much better without them.


Where does the concept of soul fit into the musical landscape of 2017?
 
It's out there, but it's not on mainstream radio, nor is it easy to find.

I often say whatever happened to hearing a man sing like he's gonna die because his lady left him? When's the last time we heard someone get as passionate over cigarettes and coffee the way Otis (Redding) did? 

It’s been a quit a while. Switching gears, how’d you come up with the concept for the video for “I Got Soul,” and how did you pull the entire thing off in one shot?
 
The motel concept was easy because the name of the album is Golden Rail Motel. The whole album, and visuals surrounding the album, are based on the Golden Rail Motel – the place where insanity, joy, death, and salvation occurs.

To go more into detail, I just texted the director, Douglas Quill. Here's his response
 
"To me, Golden Rail Motel represents the growing pains that Eamon experienced during his hiatus. It's not easy hitting rock bottom, particularly after having the career he had, and it's even harder to lace up your bootstraps having lost everything, and everyone around you. That takes a hell of a lot of courage, and faith, and that is what 'I Got Soul' is all about. 
 
I wanted to create a community full of rejects and outcasts. Not bad people, per se, just guys who are down on their luck, and later become inspired by Eamon's music.
 
The one take was a challenge which was overcome primarily in the preproduction. After having scouted the location multiple times, we designed a blueprint of the motel in order to visualize the choreography. On the day of we spent 11 hours prepping, lighting, and choreographing with actors. We shot a total of 8 takes in 1 hour, and in the final analysis we chose take #8.
 
It was an ambitious project, but we knew by the end of the day that we had something special that we were all proud to be a part of."


How different are you as a person, and a performer, from the “Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back)” days, and what aspect of your personal, and professional, growth are you most proud of?

(I’m) different.

I'm not on drugs, a little less immature, I'm no longer a victim with every circumstance in my life, I'm a volunteer quite often, and I'm a one woman, man.

But in a lot of ways I'm the same, too. I'm still a clown, and I'm still brutally honest like I've always been.

The professional growth aspect that I'm most proud of is the way I was able to go backwards to my youthful inspirations of music. I simply write what comes out of me naturally, and nowadays I sing like everything in my life is on the line. No holding back.

The personal growth aspect that I'm most proud of is, by far, my relationship with Jesus Christ. No joke, I was literally dead, but now I'm alive. He's gifted me a life that I don't deserve. He's more gracious than I could've ever imagined.
 
What do you remember as the height of the craziness surrounding “Fuck It (I Don’t Want You Back),” be it a party, a person who told you they loved the song, or an insane freebie you never imagined you’d be given?
 
At the time, it was the biggest song in the world. I saw Elton John at MTV in Europe one day, walked up to him, introduced myself, told him I was a big fan. He had no idea who I was, so I went on my way.

I had just finished my interview, and he was about to walk into the studio for his interview. Right before I walked out of the building, his publicist, or manager, was running, and yelled out, "Eamon! Can you come back to the studio? Elton wants to meet you.”

I was stunned, and of course I said yes.

We walk back to the studio, and he says, "I had no idea you were you. It's a pleasure to meet you. ‘F**k It’ is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard in my life.”

That is one of many stories that continue to amaze me of the craziness surrounding those times.

So grateful, man.
 
I remember you were supposed to open for Britney Spears’ Onyx Hotel Tour in the summer of 2004, but that particular leg of the tour was canceled due to a knee injury to Ms. Spears. I actually still have two press tickets to the Hartford date. Looking back on that tour cancellation, and seeing what you’re doing now musically, is any part of you almost glad that tour didn’t happen, or is there still a bit of sourness over how everything went down?
 
Would it have been cool to tour with the biggest star in the world at that time? I think so.

Am I sour? No way. I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be.

You ask great questions. I'm enjoying this interview. My manager told me, “This guy asks great questions. We've worked with him in the past.” Maybe we never get to have this interview if that tour happens.

Everything happens for a reason.

By the way, that's amazing that you have those press tickets! I need a picture of that.

Ask and you shall receive!

 
Staying with Britney, did you get to sign her cast? (If she had a cast. To be honest, I don’t remember)
 
Haha, I missed that one, not even an initial. 
 
Finally, tell everyone your plans for the rest of 2017.
 
Try to get as many people as possible to hear my first new album in over a decade, Golden Rail Motel.

I wanna go fishing for the first time since I was a kid.

And lastly I plan on having the greatest Christmas of all time with my family.

For more Eamon, check out eamonsongs.com.

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