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Holy Diver (Series Finale)

Holy Diver (Series Finale)


This is it. After 6+ years, 11 seasons and 275 episodes, the boys are putting the record back in the sleeve. And what better way to say farewell than do wholly dive into one of our longest-running references and in-jokes, Dio's absolutely epic and iconic "Holy Diver." In this nearly two-hour series finale, we'll squeeze the delicious juice from Ronnie James Dio's signature hit, get into his time with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and more. We'll also dig back into our own history and do all the things one should do when closing up shop--we'll reminisce, hear from a few favorite friends (and a couple new surprises!), and present the Top Five songs we should have ended the show with. What else can we say? Thanks for listening. It's been fun. Share some memories and say goodbye on Facebook or Instagram. --- Send in a voice message:
It's the Summer of '99 all over again, and we're shredding your memories with the one and only Mark Tremonti! He's talking with us about his pinball obsession, his new Christmas project, why he abuses his nose live, and of course his favorite gas station snacks. Enjoy! Join us on socials for extended play fun. --- Send in a voice message:
One of the greatest rock songs of the 1990s, Everclear's "Santa Monica" gives us shivers of joy every time we hear it! And we've got frontman and songwriter Art Alexakis to chat with us about the song, his favorite rock album, his life of recovery, and much more. Plus: - Unfortunate last names - The Art Alexakis "Yeah" - And our usual shenanigans. Enjoy! --- Send in a voice message:
Your favorite new rock band is The Effect, and we can prove it! Fresh off a debut single and moments before a follow-up, we chat with Trev Lukather (yep, son of Toto's Steve) and Nic Collins (yep, son of Phil) about getting together on this next-gen collaboration. You'll hear about using live tracks responsibly, loving work that didn't necessarily end well, and what songs of their progenitors you should be more familiar with, including the Steve Lukather+Eddie Van Halen collaboration that got buried by a record label. --- Send in a voice message:
The most overwhelming American Idol winner in history sits in with the boys as our official kickoff of the home stretch of episodes before we call it a day. Phillip Phillips' "Gone Gone Gone" is an energetic frenzy of emotion, and so are we! Buckle up for a deep dive and our usual shenanigans. --- Send in a voice message:
We're feeling sentimental as we come toward the end of the show, so we wanted to dedicate this week to our incredible wives (mostly in hope that they'll listen to an episode). And what better song to do it than the syrupy-sweet classic, "You Are The Woman" by Firefall? We'll dig deep, you'll learn about a Moose Call, and in a great interview, Jock Bartley of Firefall will tell us (among other things) about a really grim reality of the record industry we've never heard about before. --- Send in a voice message:
One of the all-time "traveling down the dusty old road" songs, a fixture of classic rock radio and biker gangs everywhere, Blackfoot's "Highway Song" has a feel that just won't quit. And we've got Blackfoot founder and long-time Lynyrd Skynyrd lead guitarist Rickey Medlocke to tell us all about it. A great storyteller and affable guy, he'll tell us all about his history with Blackfoot and Skynyrd, his beef with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the importance of honoring his Indigenous heritage, and much more. --- Send in a voice message:
Mount Rushmore country group. Mount Rushmore Gospel group. Mount Rushmore beard. What more can we say but Happy Halloween! Enjoy this early drop as you walk random neighborhoods with your kids tonight, and enjoy our coverage of the Oak Ridge Boys classic, "Elvira!" --- Send in a voice message:
Fresh off an album release and listening party experience, Rob and JP sit down with favorite guest artist Dave Barnes, who just dropped his Beatles-infused album, Featherbrained Wealth Motel, for one last romp before we close up shop. We'll get all the insight, have all the laughs, and as a bonus, we're each bringing our Top 5 Pop Choruses to the table for debate. --- Send in a voice message:
This episode has it all. Tragedy, Seinfeld, Playgirl, the Addams Family—dripping with gold 'til the very last second. Country music star Darryl Worley joins us for a trip down memory lane and at least one other side road as we dig into his hit, “Awful, Beautiful Life.” He talks with us about 20 years of “Have You Forgotten,” the impact of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the Nashville songwriting community, *that* infamous photo shoot, and much more. --- Send in a voice message:
Yacht rock royalty on the show this week, as we dig into one of the sunniest jams of the genre! Pablo Cruise's resident maestro Cory Lerios talks with us about the band's signature hit, scoring a bazillion episodes of Baywatch, and much, much more. Plus we listen through all our favorite things love will do!  --- Send in a voice message:
It's our 6th Anniversary episode, and we're diving deep into one of our favorite shows and favorite fictional bands--California Dreams! Not only that, but we're partying with frontman and lead guitarist Jay Anthony Franke, aka the lovely and talented Jake Sommers! --- Send in a voice message:
One of the most singable (and covered) pop songs in history, Dancing in the Moonlight has a story much darker than you might imagine. We'll get into all that and much more with King Harvest's Rod Novak! --- Send in a voice message:
It's back-to-back TG's with another absolute legend, T Graham Brown, who is an icon not only in country music, but maybe the most prolific jingle artist of all time! We'll talk to him about those earworm Taco Bell ads, get real about his addiction and recovery, and much more in a fantastic interview from a real pro. Plus our usual shenanigans! Thanks for listening! --- Send in a voice message:
Country legend TG Sheppard joins us to talk about one of his many signature songs, his amazing #1 streak, changing his name to keep from getting fired, and getting a bus from Elvis. Plus sexy country time, and we guess what TG really stands for. --- Send in a voice message:
A Patreon exclusive, now released to the world! Dr. John is one of the most instantly recognizable voices and most colorful characters in pop music history! (And you won't believe what he got arrested for, but that's another story.) Video version exclusively on Spotify! --- Send in a voice message:
The Righteous Brothers classic "Unchained Melody" draws the ire of your humble hosts in this Us vs. the World Rivalry Week episode! Favorite guest Joey Abbott joins us to roast a classic, and we also learn about: - Why it's called "Unchained Melody" to begin with - Whoopi Goldberg's non-eyebrows - The UK absolutely CANNOT get enough of this song ------- Visit for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Patreon Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Brad Callahan, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, Tim Jahr, Christopher Cudnoski, Pete Kim, and Jason Rak --- Send in a voice message:
One of Joe Walsh's biggest songs landed on both the Eagles' Hotel California follow-up and the soundtrack to a true cult classic, The Warriors. This week we've got Joe Walsh's drummer and co-writer Joe Vitale to talk all about his time with Joe, with Crosby, Stills and Nash, and of course Eagles. And a bonus special guest drops in to make some time and try to guess the plot to The Warriors. Enjoy! --- Visit for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Patreon Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Brad Callahan, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, Tim Jahr, Christopher Cudnoski, Pete Kim, and Jason Rak --- Send in a voice message:
Movie Month continues with this legendary '90s AC track from the movie Now and Then, Sophie B. Hawkins' "As I Lay Me Down." We'll talk with Sophie about being a commanding leader who knows what she likes, fighting record companies who wanted to over-bake her songs, and of course our usual shenanigans as we cover the track as only we can. Plus: “I’m falling and I’m naked and I’m gonna land on my teeth!” --- Send in a voice message:
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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. Y

Mar 16th
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