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American Pie (w/Don McLean) - Episode 613

Nov. 11, 2020

An absolutely iconic piece of art, "American Pie" is one of the greatest single songs in pop music history. And we've got the man behind it, the brilliant Don McLean, to chat with us on the show! In this episode: - “It’s as …

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Good Lovin (The Rascals) w/Felix Cavaliere - Episode 612

Nov. 4, 2020

True rock royalty joins us for Hall of Fame week, and we couldn't be more thrilled to welcome a member of one of the most important acts in rock history, as The Rascals/Young Rascals frontman Felix Cavaliere joins us to chat…

Pop '70S '60S Country/Folk/Americana Interview Yacht Rock

Hooked on a Feeling (w/BJ Thomas) - Episode 611

Oct. 28, 2020

BJ Thomas is a big deal. Multiple Grammys, Oscar winner, you name it he's done it. Plus he's like super handsome. In this episode we break down one of his many signature hits, plus: - Sweetest candies by volume - Turns out i…

Pop '90S Interview Christian & Gospel

Flood (Jars of Clay) w/Dan Haseltine - Episode 610

Oct. 21, 2020

The halfway point of Season Six is a big one, with a massive crossover hit from the '90s, and a seminal piece of CCM, Jars of Clay's "Flood." We'll get into all the greatness of the song, it's instant and unique recognizabil…

Pop '80S Interview Movie And TV Songs

Dirty Dancing Double Feature: "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" + "Hungry Eyes" w/Franke Previte Interview - Episode 609

Oct. 14, 2020

Our first-ever Double Feature! This week we're covering two songs, both featured on the same movie soundtrack, and both co-written by the same guy, Franke Previte! In this XL episode we'll talk about: - Weird stuff in popcor…

Pop '70S Interview Yacht Rock

Biggest Part of Me (Ambrosia) w/Burleigh Drummond Interview - Episode 608

Oct. 7, 2020

It's a stone-cold groove, man. And the chords, my gosh, the chords!! The boys drool over the sheer musicality of one of the most versatile bands in pop-rock-blue-eyed-prog-soul history, and we chat with the man behind the gr…

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Escape (The Piña Colada Song) + Rupert Holmes Interview - Episode 606

Sept. 23, 2020

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 …

Rock Pop '00S Interview

"Superman (It's Not Easy)" - Five For Fighting w/John Ondrasik Interview - Episode 605

Sept. 16, 2020

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…

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Must Be Hard Being You (Clark Beckham) - Episode 604

Sept. 9, 2020

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 h…

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Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond) - Episode 601

Aug. 19, 2020

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 whic…

Rock Pop '10S Non-Interview Rivalry Week

Best Day of My Life (American Authors) - Rivalry Week 6 - Episode 518

June 3, 2020

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 ba…

Pop '90S Singer-Songwriter Non-Interview Rivalry Week

I'll Be (Edwin McCain) - Rivalry Week 5, Episode 517

May 27, 2020

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 fu…

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Cat's in the Cradle (Harry Chapin) - Episode 515

May 13, 2020

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 tra…

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Always Be My Baby (Mariah Carey) - Episode 513

April 29, 2020

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” mo…

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World (w/ Dave Barnes) - Episode 512

April 22, 2020

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 …