S1E42 – Big Dipper – “SLAM” with Bill, Gary, Jeff and Steve (aka Big Dipper)

S1E42 – Big Dipper – “SLAM” with Bill, Gary, Jeff and Steve (aka Big Dipper)

In the late '80s, Big Dipper released four record…


In the late '80s, Big Dipper released four records on the very hip Homestead label, which won them critical acclaim and a decent-sized fan base in the US and Europe. When their Homestead contract expired, the band looked for a new label that could get them to the mythical 'next level'. Big Dipper signed to Epic. The band came home with a record they thought would be well-received. From an business/existential standpoint, "Slam" was a disaster. Was Big Dipper to blame for falling down the corporate mineshaft, or was the reaction to the record just predictable hipster backlash against anything associated with a major label? Or was it something in between? The whole band weight in on this special episode. Hear Big Dipper's Porky Prime Cuts on “Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology”: https://www.mergerecords.com/supercluster-the-big-dipper-anthology

Steve Michener

Steve grew up in the fertile music scene of Boston in the 80s where he was an itinerant bassist for many a band, perhaps least-famously, Big Dipper. Since then, he has retired from the music business and moved to the West Coast to become an RN but still searches out exciting music, new and old, if only to sneer at it.