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Author: Dan Hanzus and Bob Castrone

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Dan Hanzus and Bob Castrone love listening to music- almost as much as they love hanging out in a garage and talking about it. On The Throwback Podcast, lifelong friends revisit important albums from their past and go through them--track by track-- with fresh ears. From the classics to the cringeworthy, every week is a throwback.
134 Episodes
People love the countdown episodes! Sure, July 1997 was only like, what, eight years ago, so it barely qualifies as a throwback, but that's not gonna stop Dan and Bob from revisiting a loaded alternative rock countdown. Tonic, Live, Sugar Ray, and more -- it's '97 baby!
Imagine a world where there's a podcast about Better Than Ezra and the hosts don't try to be funny by asking "who is Ezra anyway????" It seemed impossible... until now. The guys are back in the nü garage and ready to listen to the Patreon-poll winning Friction COMMA Baby by Louisiana's Tawl Curly & Company. Enjoy COMMA the show.
Today is the greatest day I've ever known … because Dave Dameshek is making his Throwback Podcast debut to talk about one of the favorite bands of his Chicago twentysomething years. Smashing Pumpkins week!
Roll the windows down, crank the stereo up, bust open a brewski, drop out of high school, punch your mom in the face- it's time to RAWK! Hundreds and hundreds of straight-up RAWK tracks have been released over the past 21 years, so naturally it's time for a couple of old white guys in a garage to countdown a few of their faves. From the The Hives to The Hold Steady, from Audioslave to Against Me, we've got it all. Well... not quite. But a few great ones, at least.



If you stepped inside The Darkroom on Ludlow in 2005 there was a 97% chance you'd hear a song off Antics. And a a 98% chance you'd bump into Carlos D. For that reason, the time has finally come for Bob and Dan to Take You on a Cruise with Interpol. Over a year ago New York's drabbest boys in black won a Patreon poll, but it's taken until now for the guys in the garage to push PLAY. Let's do it.  
Well... you can only reside in the Nü Garage for so long before you cover some nü metal, right? Limp Bizkit's Significant Other sold 16 MILLION copies to 16 MILLION people with questionable taste, and now it's time for Dan and Bob to honor their Patreonies' wishes and cover the über successful album. Maybe it won't be as bad they suspect... right? Maybe? Let's see.
MAY '87 - Top 10 Countdown

MAY '87 - Top 10 Countdown


Thirty-four-freaking-years ago the Billboard Top 100 was littered with unbelievable songs that defined the 80's. From U2 to Prince, from Crowded House to Starship, from Kool to His Gang, let's jump into the wayback machine and countdown the Top 10 hits of the first week of May, 1987. It's what we do best.



The boys are back in the Nü Garage for an all nü episode of the Throwback Pod! And what better way to celebrate their return from a long, unplanned hiatus than with one of the BEST ALBUMS EVER TACKLED ON THE POD! It's time to dig into 1995's The Bends, a great album and an even better soundtrack to Bob's legendary Kelsey Grammer story.
What if Dan Hanzus produced Oasis' third album? What if he was able to convince Liam & Noel to include their best unreleased tracks & b-sides that were unbelievably strewn aside in the 90's? What would Be Here Now look like and sound like with a completely re-imagined tracklist? Would Dan have been able to save Oasis from Oasis? Let's find out. 
Welcome to the Black Parade. 
NIRVANA - In Utero

NIRVANA - In Utero


You can't make a music podcast exclusively for people born in exactly 1980 without covering Nirvana's major label discography in its entirety. This week, the guys in the garage complete the trilogy by listening to the Steve Albini produced In Utero- the final studio album for Kur(d)t, Krist, & Dave. It's a cry for help, a F*ck Off to fans, and a fascinating way to say goodbye. 
New president. New Radicals. On the day Joe Biden assumed the highest office in the land, Bob and Dan were also celebrating the renewed relevance of a late-90s masterpiece created by a man who doesn’t even want you to remember his name. The legendary Matt "Money" Smith returns to the pod to dig into the song that has a special place in Joe Biden's heart AND to regale the guys with some more inside-KROQ dirt. All hail the bucket hat.
The schoolgirl outfit! Those pigtails! That song! Those hooks! Britney Jean Spears took off like a rocket and changed the pop landscape when she dropped her debut LP ...Baby One More Time on January 12, 1999. Back then, Dan and Bob were just college freshmen who normally wouldn't have been interested in bubblegum pop, but this wasn't normal. This was Britney. Let's go back 22 years and revisit -- or visit for the first time -- the album that started it all.   
2020 may have been an unmitigated disaster, but... actually, no, never mind, there is no 'but'. 2020 sucked. That said, the soundtrack to 2020 was pretty great! In this supersized double episode, Dan and Bob look back at the year that was, and pick their 15 favorite songs. Which one will end up on the vaunted Throwback Podcast Playlist? That's for YOU to decide. 
Back in the mid-90's there was a lot of hype around a "second British invasion" -- but outside of Oasis, Blur, and Radiohead, and a few decently sized blips on the Modern Rock radar, it never really materialized in the States. So while the folks in the U.K. were losing their minds over Pulp, Elastica, Supergrass, the Manic Street Preachers, James, and the bands that influenced them, young Bob and Dan were wandering around Pearl River wishing they had a podcast where an overseas listener could provide them with the ultimate Britpop Playlist. Lucky for them, that's exactly what happened. Enjoy this Patreonie-inspired masterpiece chock full of Listener Mail and Britpop classics. Crikey!
Aruba, Jamaica, ooh, we want to take you back to November 1988 (we'll get there fast but then we'll take it slow, I promise). Dan and Bob were just a couple of 2nd grade Karate Kid II fans back then, but that didn't stop them from doing the Locomotion and getting all up in their feels like the rest of America. If you love Yacht Rock but wrestle with the term "Yacht Rock", you're gonna love November '88.
It's Dealer's Choice Week on The Throwback Pod. This week, your daring dealer Dan goes back to 2007 to push play on Because Of The Times, the third offering from a gang of southern Strokes on the verge of becoming HUGE. This foreplay to Fiery Sex didn't take off in the U.S. but it definitely has a couple of big Fans in the garage. Sit back and get ready for the Entourage of 00's Music... and we mean that in a good way.
VAN HALEN - 1984

VAN HALEN - 1984


On October 6, 2020 we lost a legend. It's time to throw a little respect toward one of the greatest (or perhaps THE greatest) rock guitarist ever, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen by revisiting Van Halen's best selling album, 1984. If you love synthesizers and hot legs, this is the podcast for you.
Let's go back to 1993, when Pop Music was everything, Bob and Dan weren't friends, and a trio of Sisters With Voices were burning up the charts. None of that matters, though, in an episode where Bob has a revelation that changes EVERYTHING. 



IT'S BEEN building up to this: Barenaked Ladies week on the Throwback Pod. Following a Gretzky-like run on Canadian radio in the mid-90's, the melodic nerd rockers crossed the border and broke through big time with 1998's Stunt. From "One Week" to "It's All Been Done" to a Sleepy Sex Mix masterpiece, the boys dig into this Juno Award winning mega-seller. IT'S BEEN a long time coming.
Comments (11)

Susan Dawn

Fantastic selection of music! Is there an option to remove the juvenile commentary?

Oct 24th
Reply (1)


Thanks for the Cranberries episode BOIIYYYS 👍

Oct 9th


Will you guys do a Cranberries album please & thank you :)

Aug 9th
Reply (3)


If you bros are gonna cover an Everclear album, then "Sparkle & Fade" is the magical one 👍

Jun 16th

Leon Chan

Chasing waterfalls sucked.

Apr 7th

Mark Adam

5 stars

Feb 2nd

Дан Рерко

Without a doubt the best podcast for 90s and 2000s music out there!

Sep 21st
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