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Free Fallin' (Tom Petty) - Episode 221

Oct. 5, 2018

A year after his passing, the lads honor Tom Petty by covering his signature song. Also, our top fictional bands, and how this song can be described perfectly in a six-second Vine. (RIP Vine and Tom.) As always, leave us a r…

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Life's Been Good (Joe Walsh) - Episode 220

Sept. 28, 2018

One of the most unique guys in rock brings us a delightfully cheeky song about stardom. In this episode: Intentional sloppiness Tambourines in church Sean Connery The harmonic series Want MORE show? Join us on PATREON for we…

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Reelin' in the Years (Steely Dan) - Episode 218

Sept. 14, 2018

We're Two Against Nature! Well... we've been called unnatural, anyway. Everyone's favorite jazz-rock outfit is this week's topic, and the song is the happiest sounding breakup song you've ever heard! Also: the most appropri…

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The Power of Love (Huey Lewis and The News) - Episode 217

Sept. 7, 2018

Feel the power! Lyric debates, Back to the Future, Musical Pseudonyms and way more in a big ol' fun episode about a classic 80s jam. Synth on, party people! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/greatsongpod/mess…

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25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago) - Episode 215

Aug. 24, 2018

Windows down, radio up! Chicago and company are providing the perfect road trip song about--wait, what's this song about? Also, bad horsies, Billy Joel breaks our hearts, and guitar innovations that are totally impractical. …

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500 Miles (The Proclaimers) - Episode 214

Aug. 17, 2018

DAAH-DADAT-DA!! Get yer Scottish accent ready for this week's singalong classic. Also in this episode:90's CCM artists and their web of lead singers, and how to pronounce "Auchtermuchty!" Join our Facebook group for weekly t…

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Martin Page (Interview) - Episode 213

Aug. 10, 2018

Buckle in for an XL Episode with a fantastic interview with Martin Page, whose hits include "We Built This City," "These Dreams" and so many more, and whose 1994 opus In the House of Stone and Light set records for its time …

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Right Now (Van Halen) w/Robby Wade - Episode 211

July 27, 2018

Robby Wade joins the boys for a lively back-and-forth, all centered around Van Halen's rock masterpiece, "Right Now." Pop open a Crystal Pepsi and grab your striped guitar, 'cause it's 5150 time! Join our Facebook group for …

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Summer in the City (The Lovin' Spoonful) - Episode 208

July 6, 2018

The ultimate Summer song? Hard not to make the argument when you're still in rotation 50 years after release, and oh yeah you came out ON the Fourth of July. Also we talk about the end of Rob's spelling bee career and Andre…

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Barracuda (Heart) - Episode 206

June 22, 2018

Ooooooooooh, Barracuda! Rob and JP lead into a lovefest about Heart's greatness as a rock band with - what else - a side conversation about MC Hammer and Deion Sanders. Also, Rob outs one of his friends in a super-embarrasin…

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In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins) - Episode 202

May 25, 2018

Drowning conspiracies, gated reverb and teenagers who can't wait 3 minutes for a groove...we cover all that and more as we get into another all-time smash, Phil Collins' signature hit, "In The Air Tonight." Join our Facebook…

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Where the Streets Have No Name (U2) - Episode 201

May 18, 2018

We're BACK for SEASON 2! Join Rob and JP as we get back to business--Jersey Mikes, dotted quarter delays, and our favorite 1-2 punches to open an album. All this and much more as we get into U2's classic from The Joshua Tree…

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Abbey Road Suite (The Beatles) - Episode 124

March 30, 2018

The last regular episode of Season 1 is the first ever double-lenth XL Episode! We take a deep dive into the delicious well that is Abbey Road and discuss the 16-minute mashup that comprises the last tracks the Beatles ever …

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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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Life is a Highway - Episode 120

March 2, 2018

A true Canadian classic--yeah, that's right, CANADIAN! Tom Cochran's ultimate road song gets us grooving this week in what's probably the funniest episode yet. Also - polyrhythms, Bob Dylan's harmonica, and we spend quite a …