DJ Mike Show #206 – 4/10/2021: Interview with Vic Wayne of Star Collector!

DJ Mike Lidskin spent ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, and now hosts 30 hours of programming a month at Woody Radio. His two shows, “The Show With No Name” and “The Saturday Thing”, feature the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch the DJ Mike Shows live on Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. PST and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. PST at Woody Radio,

Artist | Track | Album
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Sun Up | The Underground Garden
Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield
The Amplifier Heads | Freaks | Music For Abandoned Amusement Parks
The Handcuffs | She Ain’t No Fluffer | Single release
Nolan Voide | I’m Not Myself Anymore | The Forever Endeavor
Jim Basnight and the Moberlys | Tonight | Seattle – New York – Los Angeles
Alpha Cat | Something of Value | Pearl Harbor 2020
Frank Black | Whatever Happened to Pong? | Teenager of the Year
Frank Black | Thalassocracy | Teenager of the Year
JonEmery & The Unconventionals | Did It All Wrong | HeartBroke Motel
The Rain Parade | This Can’t Be Today | Emergency Third Rail Power Trip
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Sparklejet | The Comeback | Beyond The Beyond
Petrified Max | The Lucky Couple | Year Gone By
The Blasters | Never No More Blues | Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Anton Barbeau | High Noon | Magic Act
John Stevens | (I Wear My) Heart on My Sleeve | Living Room
Gretchen’s Wheel | interloper | such open sky
R.E.M. | Ignoreland | Automatic For The People
Keith Kenny | Move Along | Lifetime Ago Motel
Lisa Mychols | I Go Wild | Single release
Heiskell | Sick Of Nothing | Clip-On Nose Ring
Cornershop | Brimful Of Asha (Fatboy Slim Remix) | Luaka Bop 10th Anniversary: Zero Accidents On The Job
Phyllis Johnson | Someday | Single release
Weezer | Buddy Holly | Weezer
Jet Electro | For Sale By Owner | Jet Electro
The Corner Laughers | (Now That I Have You I’m) Bored | Poppy Seeds
The Rolling Stones | Respectable | Some Girls
Tamar Berk | in the wild | the restless dreams of youth
Danny Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Don Hawkins | So Much To Learn | Stutter Step

Vic Wayne of Star Collector interview
Star Collector | Stranger (Renting Space In My Head) | Game Day
Star Collector | Cayenne & Caramel | Game Day
Star Collector | Game Day | Game Day
Star Collector | Funeral Party | Game Day

Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | New Songs Old Stories
NRBQ | Chicken Hearted | Ridin’ In My Car
Krista D | Plethora | Single
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
Josh Caterer | I Only Have Eyes For You | The Hideout Sessions
Rosie Abbott | I Don’t Mean To Block Your Sunlight | Big Stir Singles: the Ninth Wave
The Who | Going Mobile | Who’s Next
The Brothers Steve | Carry Me | #1
Duncan Faure | Man of a Thousand Dreams | Pronounced Four Uh
The Armoires | Paris 1919 | Incognito
The Cleaning Ladys | Where I Live | Whaduya Want Fer Free?
Felsen | Greetings from the Ghost of Heavy Metal Rock and Roll | I Don’t Know How to Talk Anymore
Chris Church | Fall | Game Dirt
Sex 66 | My Dying Day | Grew Up Down
Elvis Costello | 13 Steps Lead Down | Brutal Youth

On this show, I got to chat with Vic Wayne, the frontman of Vancouver band Star Collector. Star Collector’s been around for a while, but it had been about a decade and a half since their last album, and in the intervening years, the loyal fans had been craving a new album, and their new album, “Game Day”, earned them lots of new fans. Including me.

The album is a collection of ten superbly rockin’ tracks. Guitar and vocal driven, with memorable melodies that stay with you. Sonically, they reside in the same neighborhood as Jody Porter’s last couple of albums. It starts out with the band plugging in for the leadoff (and title) track, Game Day, which could have easily garnered MTV airplay back in the late 80’s-early 90’s. It’s crunchy and melodic, always a sweet spot for me. And the album never really lets up either. That said, it never stays “samey” sounding. Plenty of variety.

Talking to Vic was a pleasure. I found out that among his early influences were The Monkees and Alice Cooper, and that explains a lot of what goes into Star Collector’s sound. And when we get to the end of the interview, we end up planning a big night on the town in Vancouver, utilizing our combined “superpowers”. You’ll want to hear all of this. You’ll also want to get yourself a copy of Game Day. It rocks.


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