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Celebrating the greatest songs in modern music history with love and excitement, and interviewing some of the writers and artists behind them. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
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This week we're talking about the catchiest little ditty about cheating on your spouse you ever did hear, and we are joined by the brilliant and funny Rupert Holmes to tell the tale. An instant Mount Rushmore interview with a delightful guest. In this episode: - “JFK had a terrible back, so yoga’s out.” - We debut a brand new game, "Stump the Genius" - We discover the genius of renaissance man Rupert Holmes and his various award-winning endeavors, and - A never-revealed factoid about the recording of "Escape"! Want MORE show? Join us on PATREON for weekly reaction mini-sodes, new ways to interact with us, and chances to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Connect with us on socials for Shenanigans, merch, and more! Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod greatsongpodcast.com Co-Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Ari Marucci, & Brad Callahan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
One of the most gut-punching songs of the 21st Century is about the Man of Steel admitting he's not so strong, and it comes from a band that's not really a band. Does that about cover it? Very special interview with Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik about the song, its rise to international popularity after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and so much more. Also: - The Rock-a-Fire explosion for absolutely no reason - Superman, Sherlock Holmes, and the Public Domain - Who wouldn’t want to fly? - “There’s always a great song in every room if I can see it.” Want MORE show? Join us on PATREON for weekly reaction mini-sodes, new ways to interact with us, and chances to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Connect with us on socials for Shenanigans, merch, and more! Facebook.com/greatsongpod and Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod for deeper discussions and community Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod greatsongpodcast.com Co-producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Ari Marucci, & Brad Callahan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
American Idol Season XIV standout and runner-up Clark Beckham joins us to talk about his funky, fun single "Must Be Hard Being You," life beyond Idol, and more, including: - The tightest band Clark has ever heard - Clark’s heart is gripped by dinosaurs - Clark and JP were basically roommates - “You’re a bad mofo, and I’m too old to be full of crap.” Want MORE show? Join us on PATREON for weekly reaction mini-sodes, new ways to interact with us, and chances to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Connect with us on socials for Shenanigans, merch, and more! Facebook.com/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod greatsongpodcast.com Co-Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Ari Marucci, & Brad Callahan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
Restless Heart was a country music sensation, but they weren't always beloved by the powers-that-be. We'll talk about it with frontman Larry Stewart in a very fun interview episode centered around their beautiful, classic love song, "I'll Still be Loving You." Also in this episode: - 80s Country and Wendy’s - A borrowed riff? - How baseball and mono joined forces to bring Larry Stewart into the music business. Want MORE show? Join us on PATREON for weekly reaction mini-sodes, new ways to interact with us, and chances to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Connect with us on socials for Shenanigans, merch, and more! Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod greatsongpodcast.com Co-producers: Andrea Konarzewski & Ari Marucci --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
Our excitement for being back together for Season 6 couldn’t be contained in just one episode—we had to bring along Peaches and Herb to explain how we really feel! The soul classic “Reunited” is a delight for friends and lovers everywhere, and we’re super pleased to dig into it and interview Peaches herself! In this episode: - Dino and Freddie trying to corner the Grammy Best Song market! - Our new thesis statement - A goosebumps-inducing revelation from Linda Check out Linda’s new music and more at lindapeachestavani.com. Want MORE show? Join us on PATREON for weekly reaction mini-sodes, new ways to interact with us, and chances to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Connect with us on socials for Shenanigans, merch, and more! Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod greatsongpodcast.com Co-Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Ari Marucci Produced and edited by Rob Alley --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
Season 6 starts with a bang! Neil Diamond, the Jewish Elvis, gives us one of the most iconic singalongs of all time, and yer boys are back to break it down. In this episode: - Neil’s almost-stage-names, the *better*  of which is “Noah Kaminsky” - Red Sox lore and a what-if baseball scenario - Why Neil Diamond took 20 years between talk show appearances, and a piece of disaster audio you CANNOT miss. Want MORE show? Join us on PATREON for weekly reaction mini-sodes, new ways to interact with us, and chances to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Connect with us on socials for Shenanigans, merch, and more! Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod greatsongpodcast.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
To give you something to chew on between seasons, we present our dive into the music of classic '80s movie Ernest Goes to Camp! We'll dig into our favorite songs and tidbits, plus: - The actor from the film who turned out to be a total fraud, - How one of us spent a weekend with an onscreen character, and - The CCM supergroup connected to this movie's soundtrack. Plus we'll be announcing the start date for Season 6, so listen to the end to catch it.   As always, connect with us online for fun and shenanigans, including upcoming chances to win a  **p r i z e  o f  u n s p e a k a b l e  v a l u e**   facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod twitter/insta: @greatsongpod Archives and merch: greatsongpodcast.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
Very special guest Dave Barnes returns to co-host our Season Five Finale! This week we cover Southern Rock’s magnum opus, “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd—aka Bro-hemian Rhapsody. In this episode: -Yeah yeah, southern rock, but…wait, they’re pros! - The tragic plane crash that devastated Skynyrd, and how it almost killed Aerosmith too - The other mega-hit the piano from Freebird was played on - An undefeatable pro wrestling duo - A fascinating deep dive into the solo section—guarantee you’ve never noticed everything that’s going on before! - Dave’s disappointing first slow dance  ------------- Check out Dave’s new podcast, Dadville!  https://podlink.to/Dadville Buy or stream Dave’s latest album, Dreaming in Electric Blue! https://davebarnes.lnk.to/DEIBAlbum ------------- As always, leave us a review to help the show get in front of more folks, and connect with us for Shenanigans, merch, and more. Join our Facebook group for weekly threads and fun conversations: Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod Archives and merch available at greatsongpodcast.com See you in Season 6! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
The penultimate episode of Season Five hits us right in the middle of the feels with one of our all-time favorite songs, and one that couldn't be more relevant for the moment in which we find ourselves. "Show the Way" by David Wilcox is full of hope, and we hope if you aren't yet familiar with him that you'll come to love him through this song and our subsequent interview. Oh by the way, David is so brilliant he makes us sound totally unprepared, so enjoy that. Check out David's incredible Musical Medicine page at davidwilcox.com and find some remedies for what's ailing you. -- As always, hit us with those reviews at Apple Podcasts to help push the show forward to more folks, and connect with us on socials: facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @greatsongpod greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch and more. Thanks for listening! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
The happiest, most commercial song of the 2010s is the divisive topic for our 6th installment of Rivalry Week. Rob loves it; JP hates it--it's the absolutely ubiquitous "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors. Grab your banjo and sing along! In this episode: - JP hits Rob with a SERIOUS flurry of knockout blows - The Milennial Whoop!  - The actual best days of our lives - Famous Stutters in rock songs As always, leave us a review to help the show get in front of more folks, and connect with us for Shenanigans, merch, and more. Join our Facebook group for weekly hint threads and fun discussions: facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod Archives and Merch at greatsongpodcast.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
It's Rivalry Week time once again, and this season we kick off with a song JP loves and Rob HATES. It's Edwin McCain's smash ballad, "I'll Be." Let us know who you side with! Join our Facebook group for weekly threads and fun discussions! facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @greatsongpod Archives and merch at greatsongpodcast.com. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
"All the girls in the world beware!!!" As a happenstance, our episode for the week of Memorial Day in the US brings us a classic from the kings of Assembly-Line Rock, Grand Funk Railroad, and we've got a riveting interview with Grand Funk guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Mark Farner! Also in this episode: - The Mount Rushmore of Dad Bands  - The Shea Stadium record Grand Funk holds over the Beatles, and the time Led Zeppelin pulled the plug on them—literally!  - The magic and mystery of 432Hz tuning  - The WORST cover version of “Some Kind of Wonderful” As always, leave us a review to help the show get in front of more folks, and connect with us for Shenanigans, merch, and more. greatsongpodcast.com Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
The storyteller's storyteller give us the ultimate song about fathers and sons. Grab your tissues for Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle." In this episode: - One of the most charitable artist-activists of all time - The tragic end of Harry’s life - Our list of “dad songs” - Covers by Johnny Cash, Ugly Kid Joe, and…DMC? As always, leave us a review to help the show get in front of more folks, and connect with us for Shenanigans, merch, and more. greatsongpodcast.com Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
One of our all-time favorite artists and writers, CCM legend Nichole Nordeman, joins us to talk about her life and career. Check out her latest projects at nicholenordeman.com! In this episode: - The Enneagram 9: Feeling, seeing, and writing all sides of the thing - You can always find a more interesting word! - What it’s like to have Prince cover one of your songs As always, leave us a review to help the show get in front of more folks, and connect with us for Shenanigans, merch, and more. Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod greatsongpodcast.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
What can you say about Mariah Carey? She’s one of the most revered and celebrated artists in history, and arguaby the greatest singer of all time. - ‘90s R&B, man.  - Mariah’s embarrasing “Aaron Rodgers at the NFL Draft”  moment” - Feel the beats, lose the meats!    - Y’all know JP was in a Mariah Carey video? - Rob might ruin this song for you.  As always, leave us a review to help the show get in front of more folks, and connect with us for Shenanigans, merch, and more. Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod Merch and archives at greatsongpodcast.com. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
Very special guest Dave Barnes returns to co-host this episode on one of the all-time greats from the 1980’s, Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World!” Also in this episode: - Roland Orzabal is not who you think he is! - Dave Barnes, King of the Quick Aside(TM), and a surprising foray into Frozen 2 - The shuffle. The shuffle? THE SHUFFLE. - We play a new game called “Tears OR Fears” - Get Dave’s new album “Dreaming in Electric Blue” at davebarnes.com and streaming platforms everywhere! Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @davebarnesmusic for great stuff and tons of laughs.  As always, leave us a review to help the show get in front of more folks, and connect with us for Shenanigans, merch, and more. Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod Shirts and archives at greatsongpodcast.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
Out on bail, fresh out of jail…and that’s just JP!  This week is our love letter to one of the most mind-blowing collaborations of all time…2Pac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love!” In this episode:   - “So much rhyming!”    - What exactly is G-Funk?     - Special appearances by Casey Kasem and Shaq   - J-Flexx Anderson and the world of hip hop ghost-writing   - Tupac auditioned for WHAT movie role?? And as always, hit us up online and join the fun! facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod Twitter/Instagram: @greatsongpod Archives and Merch at greatsongpodcast.com. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
It’s one of the great misheard lyrics of all time: “Wrapped up like a douche, another runner in the night.” This week we go straight to the source: Chris Thompson, lead singer of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, joins us to talk about the song, the weird methodology of Manfred Mann, and yes of course, being the mouthpiece of maybe the most oft-misheard lyric in rock history. -  Chris’s odd audition for the band, and how he maybe never actually got the gig - The transition from Bruce Springsteen’s original version to the Manfred Mann version - Timing is everything!  As always, leave us a review to help the show get in front of more folks, and connect with us for Shenanigans, merch, and more. greatsongpodcast.com Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
Canada’s greatest export Nickelback is the topic today, and we can’t wait to talk about the fresh maple syrup that is their legendary track, “Photograph.” In this episode: - Chad Kroeger, the original Tiger King? The lead singer’s obsession with big cats and holding live tigers while he tracks vocals. - Finding inspiration in the grimy places: using a thesaurus and words like “sludge” and “scumbag” to create the songs and aura of Nickelback - How many cigarettes does Chad Kroeger smoke before each onstage performance? (Answer: it’s more than you think.) -  Hold up, NONE of the band ever wear underwear? As always, leave us a review to help the show get in front of more folks, and connect with us for Shenanigans, merch, and more. greatsongpodcast.com Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . And if you’ve read this far, you deserve to know that this episode is NOT about “Photograph,” or Nickelback at all, and all of the bullet points about them are totally made up. It is, in fact, our April Fools’ Day episode about Rick Astley’s hit pop classic, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, and yeah, we hope we got you pretty good. In this episode: - The origin and phenomenon of Rick Rolling  - The happiest minor song ever?   - “Bass Patch 1” and Synths, synths, and more synths!  - 1980’s Brit-pop Motown and Rebecca Black’s Friday - We play “Which Rick is Older?” --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
The one and only Diva of Divas, Aretha Franklin, is up to the mic today, with her legendary classic, “Respect.” We’ll talk about Aretha’s history (and her shared birthday with Rob), her music, her writing and arranging chops and of course that inimitable voice! Also in this episode: - Opening acts who topped their headliners - What award SHOULD be named after Aretha Franklin - Songs that spell out words - Greatest Cover Songs of All Time…sort of As always, leave us a review to help the show get in front of more folks, and connect with us for Shenanigans, merch, and more. Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod greatsongpodcast.com Twitter/Instagram: @GreatSongPod --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/support
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Jack Anderson

Wow. Guys. You two had joyfully gained my respect after listeng to several random episodes featuring some of my favorites songs and artist. But COME ON, man, you guys completely missed the mark several times in this episode. I normally feel like you both have done an impressive amount of multi-faceted research. I kinda feel like you phoned it in. Boston's music was a solid constant in my teenage years - everyone I knew LOVED Boston. Universally, when you heard the first notes of a Boston song, the reaction was "Awright!!" or "Yeah!!". I mean you didn't even mention any of their other monster tunes- Rock N Roll Band, Smokin', Something About You, Feelin Satisfied, Don't Look Back, Peace of Mind (OK, JP mentioned this one), and the classic Foreplay / Long Time. Amanda was notable as a pop-ish hit, but not one of my faves. You made a reference to Kurt Cobain and chuckled about a comparison to Brad Delp. They have at least one thing in common--they both ended their own lives, tragically. You mentioned the fact that the song took 5 yrs to produce, but didn't discuss Scholz's perfectionism in producing the Boston sound that became notorious & legendary. And what about the line of electronic guitar accessories (Rockman, Power Soak, etc.). Finally, you started talking about the album cover for the band's first album- ALL of their album covers were spacecraft-themed and super cool. I liken them to Journey's album cover. You guys have shown me that you can do better- I will still listen to your podcast because it is fun, sometimes nostalgic, and always informative to me. Keep having fun, but don't short-hit the research!

Mar 16th
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