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Black Velvet - Episode 122

March 16, 2018

Rob describes this song as "sweaty" and that's disgusting. But everything about it is magic. Be musically whisked away to the heart of the deep south with this...hold on, Alannah Myles is CANADIAN?? --- Send in a voice me…

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Who Can it Be Now (Men at Work) - Episode 121

March 9, 2018

Rob has burning questions. JP has quick answers that negate ALL of them. Find out the story behind Men at Work's 80's classic. Also in this episode: sax hooks, copyright infringement, and no mentions of Rascall Flatts. Join …

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Livin' on the Edge (Aerosmith) - Episode 117

Feb. 9, 2018

"There's something wrong in the world today, and everybody knows it's wrong." Tell you what it ain't--THIS. SONG. The boys from Boston get down in one of our all-time favorite rock songs. Also pedal tones, middle-aged thieve…

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End of the Innocence (Don Henley) - Episode 116

Feb. 2, 2018

The grumpiest member of the Eagles brings us this week's classic tune, co-written by another GSP alum, Bruce Hornsby. Also, apologies to Mickey Dolenz and a great many others. Join our Facebook group for weekly threads, fun …

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Don't Stop Believin' (Journey) - Episode 115

Jan. 26, 2018

Don't you dare stop! Don't even think about it! You hold on to that feeling til the bitter end! Rob and JP break down Journey's ubiquitous classic, and get into why it's still selling big numbers even today. Also Rob makes a…

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Africa (Toto) - Episode 113

Jan. 12, 2018

We bless those rains! Yes we do! Sway along in the warm breeze as we cover Toto's somehow-timeless classic, "Africa." Also, weird covers, the Purdie Shuffle, and Rob wheezes at a joke about Lars Ulrich. Join our Facebook gro…

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The Way It Is (Bruce Hornsby) - Episode 112

Jan. 5, 2018

By request...and not just by us! Bruce Hornsby's classic is our subject this week, and we are psyched to get into it! One of our favorite songs by one of our favorite artists...let's do this! Join our Facebook group for week…

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Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder) - Episode 111

Dec. 29, 2017

The great Stevie Wonder makes his first GSP appearance this week. Check out the amazing story of how this song played a part in waking Stevie Wonder from a coma after a car accident threatened his life. Plus Rob and JP get p…

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Piano Man (Billy Joel) - Episode 107

Nov. 30, 2017

One of the all-time classics, and one of our all-time favorite artists! Billy Joel's piano lounge anthem is our subject this week--learn about the debacle of Joel's first album release, and why Rob hates it when you mix up t…

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More Than a Feeling (Boston) - Episode 106

Nov. 24, 2017

Break out the afro wig and sway along as we break down Boston's biggest hit! Also: Who is Maryanne, GNR's drummer's awful timekeeping, and dropping out of college! Join our Facebook group for weekly threads, fun discussions,…

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I Shot the Sheriff (Bob Marley/Eric Clapton) - Episode 105

Nov. 17, 2017

A 2-time Hall of Famer! Rob and JP dive into Bob Marley's original and Eric Clapton's cover version of "I Shot the Sheriff." Also, Marley's drummer had 40 kids, so we'll get into that. Join our Facebook group for weekly thre…

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Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 (Pink Floyd) - Episode 104

Nov. 10, 2017

Rob and JP break down the themes and sounds of another classic British rock tune. Also, broccoli, narcoleptic teachers, and our favorite guitar solo entrances. Join our Facebook group for weekly threads, fun discussions, and…

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Friends in Low Places (Garth Brooks) - Episode 102

Oct. 27, 2017

Rob and JP dig deep into the song that launched Garth Brooks into the stratosphere! Plus Star Wars, the NY Yankees' "Bleacher Creatures," and the worst National Anthem performance of all time. Enjoy! Join our Facebook group …

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Walking in Memphis (Marc Cohn) - Episode 101

Oct. 10, 2017

Marc Cohn's 1992 debut single is widely acclaimed as the greatest song of all time. Wait, no it's not really--it's amazing but why are we starting with this one anyway? Rob Alley and JP Moser introduce themselves and the co…