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Part Gilbert and Sullivan - Part Ziggy Stardust: Meet Mad Crush

Mad Crush weaves storytelling and song for work that Billboard magazine called 'aural performance piece.'
Mad Crush weaves storytelling and song for work that Billboard magazine called 'aural performance piece.'
Mad Crush weaves storytelling and song for work that Billboard magazine called 'aural performance piece.'
Mad Crush weaves storytelling and song for work that Billboard magazine called 'aural performance piece.'

 After most fans had retired their copies of “Ziggy Stardust,” John Elderkin whipped out his pen and decided to write a sequel to the legendary David Bowie album. This desire to tell stories along with his love for music would meet in a band called Mad Crush.

The band Mad Crush; John Elderkin on acoustic guitar and vocals, Joanna Sattin vocals, Chuck Garrison on percussion, Laura Thomas on violin and Mark Whelan on electric guitar; joins host Frank Stasio to talk about the genesis of the group and play music from their new album.

The strumming of the acoustic guitar gives the feel of the Americana music of old, but Elderkin’s goal was to create three-minute-long character sketches. Much like the back and forth between Johnny Cash and June Carter, Elderkin and singer Joanna Sattin get sassy and poke fun as they sing stories about life and love. Elderkin and Sattin are  joined by Chuck Garrison on percussion, Laura Thomas on violin and Mark Whelan on electric guitar. Mad Crush will release their self-titled album on Nov. 16 with a performance at The Arcana in Durham on Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. The band joins Frank Stasio to talk about the genesis of the group, play music from their new album and perhaps even ponder the genius of Bowie.

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.