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Behind The Song Video - "A Whiter Shade of Pale"

In this episode of Behind The Song, Janda takes a look at the lyrics of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”

Behind The Song Video - "Where The Streets Have No Name"

In the first episode of Behind The Song for 2021, Janda dives deep into the lyrics of U2’s “Where The Streets Have No Name.”

Behind The Song Video - "I Believe In Father Christmas"

In another special Christmas episode of Behind The Song, Janda digs into the lyrics of the Christmas classic “I Believe In Father Christmas” from Greg Lake.

Behind The Song Video - "2000 Miles"

In this special Christmas edition of Behind The Song, Janda takes a look at the lyrics to The Pretenders’ “2000 Miles.’

Behind The Song Video - "Alice's Restaurant"

In our special Thanksgiving episode of Behind The Song, Janda dives into the Turkey Day classic “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” by Arlo Guthrie.


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Dig deep into the lyrics of classic rock songs and the storytellers that created them in “Behind The Song,” a podcast by The Drive’s Janda Lane. Hear what was happening behind the scenes while some of the most iconic songs in rock history were being written.

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How Joan Jett embraced her “Bad Reputation”
“Bad Reputation” is a song Joan Jett wrote while being rejected over and over by people in the music business, after realizing that she herself had gotten a bad reputation simply by being in her scandalously young former band, The Runaways. She and her producer, Kenny Laguna, were turned down so many times by record labels in the US, in fact, that they finally decided to take matters into their own hands to release her debut solo album. Dig into the very rock ‘n roll story of Joan Jett’s rise from LA teen rocker to a platinum-selling member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in this episode of the Behind The Song podcast. Watch the video episode and subscribe to the Behind The Song Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@behindthesongpodcast Host: Janda Lane Music Producer: Christian Lane
Supertramp’s singalong hit about the ideal gift
“Give A Little Bit,” the opening track on Supertramp’s 1977 album, Even In The Quietest Moments….is a song that appeals to our better angels, with an idealistic message of unity and generosity. Written by Roger Hodgson when he was still a teenager, the song went on to become one of many worldwide hits for the band, has been used to represent charities ranging from UNICEF to The Red Cross, and even ended up being a princess’s favorite song. Take a closer look at this singalong song and its unifying beauty in this episode of the Behind The Song podcast. Watch the video episode and subscribe to the Behind The Song Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@behindthesongpodcast Host: Janda Lane Music Producer: Christian Lane
The country song that became Def Leppard’s only US #1 hit
When you think about Def Leppard, country music is probably the last thing that comes to mind. This band helped usher in the second wave of British heavy metal and made it appealing to the masses with a polished, pop element to their songs that are all a far cry from the country genre. But on their fourth album, 1987’s Hysteria, an album created after the horrifying car accident that took drummer Rick Allen’s arm, the band said yes to recording a little song that their producer Mutt Lange brought to them, an acoustic number he had originally written as a country tune that became “Love Bites,” their first chart topper in the US. Unpack the lyrics and history of this song and the incredible triumph of the Hysteria album in the new episode of the Behind The Song podcast. Watch the video episode and subscribe to the Behind The Song Youtube channel: https://bit.ly/2DBF4wJ Host: Janda Lane Music Producer: Christian Lane

Janda-bio150Janda hosts middays on The Drive.

Janda is an enthusiastic transplant to Chicago, having recently arrived from Los Angeles. She has hosted radio programs across the country, including at KCRW – Los Angeles, 91X – San Diego, Soundbreak.com – Los Angeles, KNDD – Seattle, WAVF – Charleston and WEND – Charlotte. Her experience also includes work behind the camera as a video director and producer and as a music curator.

Janda’s interests outside of radio and music include all kinds of film and TV shows, thriller fiction, food, her family and her cats Ollie and Liam. When she has any spare time, she studies traffic maps and practices saxophone and guitar. Her favorite artist of all time is David Bowie, and her favorite color is red.

Janda says, “I’m thrilled to be here in Chicago, the best city in the world, and at The Drive, the best station with the best fans in the world!”