Sound Opinions Show

Aug 12, 2015

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… The Rock Doctors attempt to cure another patient’s musical illness. Plus, the long-awaited new album from hip hop legend Dr. Dre.




Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of the influential early hip hop group N.W.A featuring Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and others, opened last week to huge box office sales. But hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot find that the film glosses over many of the group’s more troubling aspects, including its violence against women.


Producer Bob Johnston has died at age 83. Johnston was best known for his work with artists like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Johnny Cash. Johnston helped pave the way for Cash to record his classic Folsom Prison and San Quentin live albums. 


Another producer, Billy Sherrill, has also died at age 78. Sherrill introduced the “countrypolitan” sound into honky tonk music, producing classic tracks from Tammy Wynette and George Jones. He also did important work with the soul group The Staple Singers in the 1960s.


The song “Happy Birthday to You” has had a long, troubled history with copyright status. Despite being the most performed song in the world, a publishing company representing its songwriters still claims exclusive rights. But new evidence could finally put the song in the public domain. Intellectual property attorney Jeffrey Brown joins Jim and Greg to discuss the potential implications. 


As the Rock Doctors, Jim and Greg don their stethoscopes and attempt to help patients in need of musical medicine. This time, they try to revive Jessica from Montreal, who has grown bored with rock’s recent trends and needs some reinvigoration. Jim and Greg prescribe albums by Australian singer-songwriter Fraser A. Gorman and San Francisco garage-rocker Mikal Cronin.


Dr. Dre’s Compton is the hip-hop legend Dr. Dre’s first album in 16 years, released as a companion to the new biopic Straight Outta Compton about his former group N.W.A. The album features appearances from some of Dre’s protégés like Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Xzibit.


Jim nominates the 1985 song “(Knife in the) Marathon” by the band Breaking Circus to the Desert Island Jukebox. The band was part of a wave of art-punk music in Chicago in the ‘80s along with Naked Raygun and Big Black.


At the end of the show we hear comments from listeners.