The Leftscape Podcast: ‘Changing the Game: Bad Wolves Guitarist Doc Coyle (Episode 21)’

This week, The Leftscape is excited to share an extended interview with Doc Coyle, guitarist for the platinum-selling band Bad Wolves and host of The Ex-Man podcast. A day before heading out on a major tour of Europe, Doc took the time to share candid thoughts on leaving his former band God Forbid (Such life transitions are a primary focal point for The Ex-Man), how meteoric success with their cover of the Cranberries song “Zombie” changed the game, and the strange circumstance of having become part of the story of Cranberries singer Delores O’Riordan’s untimely passing. In conversation with Robin Renée, he takes listeners on an astute journey through his thoughts on the experience of people of color in rock/metal music, opening possibilities within black culture, artists speaking up about politics (or not), the problems with hyperbolic partisan thinking, and the need to turn the dial toward empathy.

In the news segment, Mary McGinley expresses frustration as it seems no one is taking Donald Trump to task for the truth about his self-made man myth having been revealed in the New York Times. As major world events are happening including the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, she mainly sees people being distracted by lesser matters (See Kanye West’s visit to the White House.). Mary’s comments lead to a discussion of a painting by Panhandle Slim (Scott Stanton) of Kanye wearing a Devo energy dome. Robin is psyched that Devo has been nominated for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Fans can vote!

Kanye West wearing a Devo energy dome, "Freedom of Choice" lyrics - painting by Panhandle Slim

A few of the week’s celebrations are United Nations Day, National Food Day, National Bologna Day (Is this separate because bologna isn’t considered an actual food?), Business Women’s Week, Chemistry Week, and Massage Therapy Week. Among things that happened on this day are the last performance of Harry Houdini in 1926 and the founding of the United Nations in 1945. Birthdays include The Big Bopper, Kevin Kline, Bob Kane, Bill Wyman, Drake, and Denise Levertov. Wendy Sheridan and Mary McGinley go on a journey through their favorite Kevin Kline movies and get a bit turned around about the plot of Sophie’s Choice. Wendy likes Kline’s current recurring role as Mr. Calvin Fischoeder in Bob’s Burgers.

 The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Changing the Game: Bad Wolves Guitarist Doc Coyle (Episode 21).”

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