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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 …

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Hook (Blues Traveler) - Episode 118

Feb. 16, 2018

John Popper and company deliver one of the cleverest--nay, maybe THE cleverest--single in pop history. Why does it sound instantly familiar, and, hey wait a minute, are those lyrics insulting?? Also: doxxing, spoiler alerts …

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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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Changing (John Mayer) - Episode 110

Dec. 22, 2017

The older, wiser, John Mayer 3.0 is our subject this week. From his 2017 album "The Search For Everything" comes this introspective song about growth. We also break down our favorite Mayer moments, and stay tuned through the…

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Maybe I'm Amazed (Paul McCartney) - Episode 108

Dec. 8, 2017

It's McCartney time! Sir Paul makes his first appearance in the Great Song zeitgeist with his signature hit. Other topics include chromaticism and the lads losing a potential Little Caesar's sponsorship. Join our Facebook gr…

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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…