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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…

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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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Do You Feel Like We Do (Peter Frampton) - Episode 103

Nov. 3, 2017

In which Rob and JP say they're here to discuss modern American music and proceed to spend the next 40 minutes breaking down a British rock anthem. Buy the original song here. Join our Facebook group for weekly threads, fun …