WTF Podcast

Episode 397 - Marshall Crenshaw / Thomas Dolby

Enjoy a doubleheader of musical goodness. In back-to-back interviews, musicians Marshall Crenshaw and Thomas Dolby share their similar career trajectories with Marc. Both had huge hit songs in the ‘80s, both became disillusioned with the record industry, and both found new success by playing on their own terms. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Adam & Eve and Hulu Plus.


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mark June 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

Nice to hear both of these guys’ stories.  About the Jimi Hendrix thing…here’s a counterpoint…

Nighthawk Taylor June 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I’ve seen Crenshaw play both solo and in bands over the years.  He gets better and better. He does superbly what many cannot - play fabulous new solo arrangements of his original material.  More importantly, it’s his essential goodness as a person that comes through in his music.  That is what made Buddy Holly great, and that’s why Crenshaw is a gem.

Carlos Weintraub June 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Great interview.  Here’s an awesome interview with Marshall.

William Culkin June 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Did anyone else get a file read error when they tried to listen to todays podcast?

Cat Admirer June 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Re: “What was it about that guy?” Here’s Nick Lowe’s theory on Buddy Holly: he was the first fan of rock n roll to make rock n roll:

P.S. Side 2 of Low is much meatier than things commonly called ambient; but meanwhile, Side 2 of Heroes is almost like a movie of sounds. Get to your record store and pick up Heroes on vinyl! Stat!!


Gloria June 16, 2013 at 7:05 am

These 2 interviews took me back to high school/college.  LOVED Dolby’s work in the 80s as well as his work with Prefab Sprout.  What a treat.

travis Foyil June 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm

sweet episode- I love hearing about early electronic music.

Ethan June 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

I’ve gotten into the habit of keeping a pen and paper handy to write down all the influences of these artists so I can grab those albums. I haven’t been disappointed by it so far.

CAA June 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I wore the hell out of my tape of Marshall Crenshaw’s first album when I went overseas as an exchange student after high school. I listened to it over and over on my cool new tool called a “Walkman” (and for the sake of honesty, I listened to Roxy Music’s Avalon just as much). Both kept me sane. But I really like Field Day better. And some later works, even if not as consistent, still contain gems.

I wasn’t a fan of Dolby, but I loved the insights on technology and how important MTV was in the day. He was a good interviewee. Much appreciated.

Justin Kuvich June 21, 2013 at 3:52 am

Marc, this was a really cool episode! I especially liked the Thomas Dolby conversation. I learned a lot about both guys.

Thank you

Tim Bishop July 26, 2013 at 2:07 am

I loved every bit of this “two-fer”, but Dolby’s Rufus Wainwright anecdote had me laughing out loud. In traffic. At a stop light.

I hope I can turn this awkward moment into art somehow.

Michael November 24, 2013 at 2:00 am

I loved the live performance by Marshall. I wish more musicians would do stuff like this on WTF.