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This week we're dissecting one of Rob's favorite albums, the Meat Puppets 1994 album Too High to Die, the album that, along with Nirvana's Unplugged in New York, cast the band into the national spotlight. Meat Puppets drummer and band historian Derrick Bostrom joins us for a thorough, if curmudgeonly, conversation about the band's penchant for weirdness, frustrations with the industry, and hopes for the future. Thanks so much for listening! --- Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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, and Tim Jahr --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
Lester Chambers is part of the legendary Chambers Brothers, whose blend of folk, rock and psychedelic soul broke minds and barriers from the 1960s on, and who are at the forefront of Questlove's award-winning 2021 documentary, Summer of Soul. This week we're covering The Chambers Brothers' absolutely iconic track "Time Has Come Today" in all its 11-minute glory, and spotlighting Lester's current involvement in Moonalice, a record-breaking group in their own right. Get ready for a real trip and some real talk! Thanks for listening! Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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, and Tim Jahr --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
An American classic song deserves and American classic guest, so we had to bring in the big guns--Uncle Dave Barnes returns to the third man chair to help us break down the John Cougar Mellencamp stalwart, "Jack and Diane." We'll break down the song into its best and funniest bits, and get into our usual shenanigans, which are even more shenanigany than usual with Dave in the room. Plus: - Hot Takes! - “Everything is singable.” - The “Weird Al” Yankovic parody that almost was -  Minds are blown about the structure of the song Enjoy, and thanks so much for being a Producer! --- Get tickets to see Dave's Christmas show and his tour with Lady A here! --- Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
It's time to spend a little time with the breezy rock boys from San Diego! Yes indeed, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot is here to talk about the band's newest release, this is our Christmas album, his changing methodology over 25 years of recording and touring, and his beloved Padres. All that and more, including: Al Pacino’s cat! A bag of yams! “God doesn’t need a lawyer; your job is to be honest.” Thanks so much for being a Producer! --- Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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, and Tim Jahr --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
The inescapable hit from the album that was almost literally off the charts, Norah Jones' "Don't Know Why," was written by today's guest, Jesse Harris! We'll talk all things Jesse with him, including his brand-new album, Silver Balloon. Plus the hard-hitting coverage of Norah Jones and the phenomenon that was her debut album Come Away With Me, and: Rob sings the wrong lyrics a hundred times! “Would you please stop rubbing me?” First appearance of a new chart! “That chord almost made me call on the name of the Lord.” --- Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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, and Tim Jahr Transcript (transcribed by baby aliens): --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
Our most special guest of all time—Rob’s amazing wife Crystal—joins the show as we celebrate and dive into Rob and Crystal’s new EP, “Wedding Songs and Love Stories,” available today at your favorite streaming service, as well as on Bandcamp. Get the album at robandcrystal.com or https://robandcrystalalley.bandcamp.com. Album graphic design by the incomparable Zeke Tucker. @zeketucker on Instagram --- Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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, and Christopher Cudnoski --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
Yacht rock time once again at The Great Song Podcast, and we’re sailing the high seas of Destin, Florida(?) with the captain of our hearts, Sir Bertie Higgins! This absolute earworm will have you reaching for the margarita mix and grilling shrimp by the basket, swaying with an old love. Plus: How this song is an auditory message in a bottle that really worked! The top 5 movie quotes of all time “I lip synced the whole tour.” Bertie Higgins on Burt Reynolds, Roy Orbison, and playing the first US Rolling Stones show --- Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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, and Christopher Cudnoski --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
Just get past your initial reaction and admit you love this song. You do, we do, and that's fine. Now that we've said it out loud, let's dig into an era-defining hit from the glam rock days, with co-writer Alan Hewitt of...The Moody Blues? Yep! We'll cover all that and more, including pie chat, ghost guitarists, and more Harriet Beecher Stowe than you’d probably expect. Credit to “Full in Bloom” for the Beau Hill clip referenced in the show: https://fullinbloom.com/warrant-producer-beau-hill-talks-jani-lane-erik-turner-joey-allen-steven-sweet-mike-slamer-interview-excerpt/ Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. The Great Song Podcast is a Tiger Leap Production. Check out the other fine Tiger Leap podcasts like Curio with Dan Buck, Project SSA, and The Punnery. 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, and Christopher Cudnoski --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
The greatest hard rock bassist of ALL TIME joins the show to celebrate five years of The Great Song Podcast! Billy Sheehan's cred is unquantifiable, and his work with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Mr. Big and SO many others proves it without a doubt. Billy sits down with us to talk about the new project from Talas, his career and style, and much more. Get ready for a wild ride! Thanks for listening, and here's to the next five years! Plus: - Pat Boone Does Dio  - “This song already has a hand in my shirt.”  *Editor’s Note* Our interview audio for this episode is straight from Zoom, as opposed to our typical multi-track approach. That being said, it’s slightly lower in quality than what you have come to expect from us. Due to a last-minute situation, this was all we had to work with. Thanks for understanding.  Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more!  Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod.   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, and Christopher Cudnoski --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
Episode 10.08 ’70s September closes with one of the greatest hits of the decade, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl),” and we’ve got writer/singer/guitarist Elliot Lurie here to tell us about the true Brandy, the massive integration of the song into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and much more! Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, Tim Jahr, and Christopher Cudnoski --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
It's time for an XL episode, because we couldn't choose just one song to help us chronicle the 50+ year career of the band that created the Americana genre. Founding Dirt Band member John McEuen joins us as we talk about a handful of our favorites from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Also: Rob’s terrible Norm Macdonald impression Sparsely-worded choruses galore! “And we wondered what took so long.” “He was a nice, drunk guy.” Working in the Disneyland magic shop with Steve Martin -- Get more of this show, and enjoy our other show, The Catch-Up with Rob and JP, exclusively on Patreon! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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, and Christopher Cudnoski --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
An all-time rock monster of a song, and a perfect '70s rock gem, Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" stands tall as a peak (pardon the pun) example of what American rock music could be. And there's a great story to the song, which we'll learn courtesy of Mountain's own Corky Laing, who brought the song to the band. Plus: “When I play Mississippi Queen, I think of Jesus Christ” Guitar pickup ash trays! “If you need to beat up a tornado, you throw on Mississippi Queen.” Mountain’s Corky Laing walks us through the creation of this iconic rock track “A lot of our brothers and sisters never made it back:” Nantucket Sleighride and the reality of an often-greedy industry The name of the real Mississippi Queen revealed The pep-talk/wake-up call Corky Laing got from Warren Haynes A bonus Jimi Hendrix story, an extra PG-13 joke and more, only on the Patreon version! Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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, and Christopher Cudnoski --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
It's '70s September, and we're rocking out with one of the all-time "dark metal" classics--the über-famous, über-controversial, ümlaut-loving Blue Oyster cult and their signature hit, "Don't Fear the Reaper." Rolling Stone's Song of the Year for 1976 gives us plenty to chew on, especially with BOC's Joe Bouchard to walk us through some history, including: - Ghost stories, seances and haunted hotels - The Barry Manilows of Heavy Metal - The Genesis of the Ümlaut in rock - Being covered by Metallica ---- Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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, and Christopher Cudnoski --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
"Come On Eileen" is one of the most beloved and enduring UK hits of the '80s, and former Dexys Midnight Runners musical director and violinist Helen O'Hara is here to tell us all about it! '80s August wraps up with a 4th straight #1 hit as we kick off Season 10. Also: - How this song is twice-stolen - The original lyrics and topics of “Come On Eileen” - An arsenal of fiddles! - Helen being “more about listening than looking” - Helen’s gas station snack food of choice Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. 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, and Christopher Cudnoski --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
Just who is MC Skat Kat, and what's he hiding? Well it's a complicated answer, but part of it involves a lot of awesome Prince stories, a lesson in helpful premature confidence, and some rotoscoping animation. Paula Abdul's debut album "Forever Your Girl" remains one of the landmark debut albums, and we're digging into the smash hit duet "Opposites Attract" this week with the singing voice of MC Skat Kat, OneGunn. Enjoy! -- Become a Producer and get bonus episodes and other goodies here Join our Facebook group here Follow along on Instagram and Twitter Produced by 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, and Tim Jahr. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
'80s August and Season 10 slam forward with another #1 hit! "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (Tonight?) is one of the '80s most enduring rock hits, and Cutting Crew frontman and writer Nick Van Eede is with us to discuss the legendary track, along with a surprising number of revelations, including, and we kid you not--how the tragic death of Kobe Bryant almost saved the life of an American brand icon, and how Cutting Crew was directly connected. Seriously. Also: - Elon Musk and Oprah? - Private mini concerts! - Van Eede on recording the original demo of Cher’s iconic hit “Believe,” and what he received for it ---------- Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. Patreon Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, and Tim Jahr --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
We're kicking off Season 10 with '80s August, and with one of the HUGEST bands of that decade, and really, of all time. One of Australia's greatest exports, INXS, delivered one of the ultimate '80s albums with Kick, and Andrew Farriss was half of the duo that wrote the whole shebang. He joins us to recall his favorite sentiments from the iconic video shoot, fighting with the record company over Kick's release, and more. Plus: - The Mount Rushmore of Aussie artists - The Riff Sherriff - Scratch 'n Sniff audio and more! Thanks for your support, and here's to an amazing Season 10! Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod Visit greatsongpodcast.com for archives, merch, and more! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @greatsongpod, and join the Facebook group at Facebook.com/groups/greatsongpod. Patreon Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, and Tim Jahr --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
Jacob Yoffee and Roahn Hylton are making it happen in LA. This powerhouse duo of composer/producers are nominated for an Emmy for their main title song for ABC's "The Wonder Years," and their diverse body of work continues to grow and impress. Their production credits to this point include names no less impressive than Lebron James, Kevin Hart, and oh yeah, a little Nicki Minaj ditty called "Superbass." You may have heard it. We'll chat with Jacob and Roahn about scoring for film and TV in our final 'tween season stop before Season 10 begins. Listen for:  - The unlikely retreat that brought Jacob and Roahn together - “Gremlins got me somehow.” - Being removed from the Academy Awards because of Hollywood politics --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
Our postseason tour of the music industry continues with a guy living our dream life--rubbing elbows with music stars and legends as both an editor for Premier Guitar magazine, and as a podcaster and podcast producer. You'll love Jason's candor, and there might be more SNDPM (sweet name drops per minute) here than any other episode ever. Also: - Podcasting tips and hard knocks! - The incredible attitude, output, and work ethic of Cory Wong - The mind-blowing timing and roster of the Van Halen tribute podcast Jason produces for Dweezil Zappa, “Runnin’ With the Dweezil.” - The podcaster who routinely scoops Jason's guests - The behind-the-scenes perspective of the John Mayer episode of Wong Notes, and the one question that was a must-ask. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/message
Guitar god Martin Miller is one of the new-school virtuosos of the instrument, and his YouTube channel is absolutely chock full of incredible music, not the least of which are his mind-blowing medleys. As our music industry bonus tour continues, Martin talks with us about rehearsing meticulous music with a studio band, getting surprised with his signature model Ibanez, and much more. Enjoy! martinmillerguitar.com greatsongpodcast.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/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. 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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