The Great Song Podcast

The Great Song Podcast

Celebrating the greatest songs in modern music history with love and excitement, and interviewing some of the writers and artists behind them.

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June 9, 2021 49 min

Well, here we go. We're giving one of the most iconic artists of all time the rivalry treatment, because one of us can't stand her. Take a listen and see who you side with on Madonna's body of work.

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Chris Isaak’s steamy “Wicked Game” is the focus of Rivalry Week 1 for Season 7, and we can’t wait to hear who you side with. In this episode:

- JP gets seasick

- The crazy story of how this song was produced and assembled

- The most boring Stump the Genius ever.

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The finale of Movie Month is the ultimate montage track, from the Cold War epic Rocky IV, Robert Tepper's "No Easy Way Out." Fire up your Lambourghini and head out alone with your thoughts as we dig deep into this amazing soundtrack classic. Also:

- JP catches Rob way off guard

- Rob catches JP way off guard

- "They can go f--- themselves." -Robert Tepper reveals his feelings about the Creed movies.

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One of the all-time great rock songs PERIOD is one of the great movie songs PERIOD. Movie Month continues with our favorite jam from Major League, and an interview with the man behind the song, writer and Americana artist Chip Taylor (who yes, is also the brother of Jon Voight and uncle of Angelina Jolie).

We'll talk Troggs, Jimi Hendrix, and X versions, and much more, including:

- Rob has trouble remembering LOTS of things, is...

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Movie Month continues with this closing-scene classic from 2004's Napoleon Dynamite. We'll dig into it with the usual gusto, and chat with When in Rome's Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann.

Also:

- Punk poetry

- A gross mouthpiece story

-Stump the Genius and more

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Movie Month kicks off with one of the most iconic soundtrack tracks of the 1980's, the great story of Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, and how they...well, they uh... oh it doesn't have anything to do with their actual movie. But it's FROM it, and it's GREAT, and that's all that matters. And we spend some time with the chin, er, voice behind the song, John Parr! A great start to a month full of movie tracks. 

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It's one of the most recognizable and beloved TV themes of all time, and man, just a darn great song. It makes us feel a warm sense of community and wistfulness and the nostalgia we love so much. So let's talk about it! Belly up to the podcast bar and order yourself a sarsaparilla or a cream soda, and let's dig into one of the great TV themes ever written with the man behind the song, Gary Portnoy.

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April 21, 2021 84 min
It's the #1 #2 UK hit of All Time, a synth-pop classic, and a darn catchy masterpiece, and many of our US listeners will say, "I've never heard this." Well you can thank JP for expanding your minds this week, and you can thank Rob for bringing one of his all-time favorite side-info explorations. Stick around til the end for an interview with the man behind the keys, Billy Currie, talking about the difficulty of reco...
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You know this song. You love this song. You wanna play this song? Of course you do. Grab a bass and we can teach you in 60 seconds. 

Time for a deep dive into perhaps the all-time most jammable song in rock history, with the man behind it, Mr. Dave Mason. Also a founding member of the legendary UK band Traffic (also featuring Steve Winwood), friend and player with Jimi Hendrix, and connected in rock history with Eric Clapton, Fleet...

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“King’s X invented grunge.”

“King’s X invented Drop D tuning.”

“The greatest ever cult band.”

Buckle in, everybody! Our biggest episode EVER is our gift to...well, ourselves, for our 150th episode. We're turning over every leaf of one of our favorite bands and giving you the best of the best from each album, and we chat at length with/freak out over lead singer and bassist dUg Pinnick. Seriously, this one's long. But man di...

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'90s Madness concludes with one of the most ubiquitous bands and albums of the decade, Gin Blossoms' New Miserable Experience and its many hit singles! We'll cover all things regarding this classic rock anthem, and chat with lead singer Robin Wilson about a great many things, including:

- Dash Riprock!

- Tambourine excellence

-The Moment of Truth that led to “Follow You Down”

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“Cracked Rear View” is the biggest-selling studio album since “Thriller,” and this week we're diving into it, and specifically one of the '90s' most beloved songs! We'll be talking with Hootie drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld about the explosive rise of the album and the band, the amazing video for this song, and more! Also:

- The power of getting revved up by David Letterman

- We ask Jim Sonefeld the question he...

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90s Madness continues with the singalong of singalongs, “All For You” by Sister Hazel! Lead singer Ken Block joins us to talk about the legacy of the band, the real life Sister Hazel, Lyrics for Life, and more. Also:

- How to tell the difference between Sister Hazel and Blues Traveler

- “Suck on that, Eddie Van Halen!”

- A van named Cleavon

- Ken Block’s karaoke choices

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The road that they walk on is paved in gold, and this episode is definitely gold too. Fastball singer and bassist Tony Scalzo joins us to talk about the band's signature tune, based on a true (if sad) story. Also--

- Miles Zuniga doesn't care about his guitar gear

- Tony Scalzo on classical music and prog, filming on Charmed, and “making serious music out of rock and roll.”

- Lots and lots of baseball.  I mean you had to kn...

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We're kicking off '90s Madness with one of the greatest rock hits of the decade, Stone Temple Pilots' signature cut "Interstate Love Song," and we brought along Uncle Dave to help us dig into it! Also in this episode:

- Five fresh Hot Takes from Rob and JP

- The perfect mashup of Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain?

- Rob analyzes a single chord to the absolute height of his dorkiness

- JP accuses STP of Riff thievery

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Get your sandals on and let's all head out to the yacht! This beautifully breezy hit from 1979 is the perfect companion to spending a day on the water in style. Even if you don't like Piña Coladas, you'll love this earworm from country-rock legends Poco! Also in this episode: - Beautiful, breezy yacht rock and over-pronounced R’s tt - Y’all know John Lithgow sang? You’ll wish you didn’t! Muahahahahaha - A crazy translat...
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One of the all-time most magical '80s tracks, full of so much magical '80s magic, is our delightful track this week. Did we say it's magical?

George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, aka Boy Meets Girl, join us to chat about their classic hit, writing "How Will I Know?" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" for Whitney Houston, and much more. Plus--

- An impromptu serenade/duet with George and JP

- The beauty of ...

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We kick off Season 7 with one of the biggest American rock bands in history, and one of their most iconic albums! Plus we chat with the album's titular inspiration, CCR drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford! In this episode:

- The “Do Not Play on Radio” list CCR landed on

- How CCR’s Woodstock performance almost got derailed by a paper rock

- Fogerty, California Swamp Rock, and random saxophone solos

- Doug “Cosmo” Clifford’s n...

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Season 6 comes to a close, and so does the longest. year. ever. The perfect metaphor for breathing in the last of 2020 and looking hopefully toward a new 2021, Adam Duritz and company give us the perfect heavy but meaningful close to an epic season. All the best going forward. Thanks for everything. - Rob and JP

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Uncle Dave, aka heartthrob and songster Dave Barnes, returns as special guest cohost as we get in the celebration mode for the holidays! Wham!'s "Last Christmas" has joined Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as the most ubiquitous Christmas songs of the last half century, and we'll dig into why, plus our usual shenanigans. Merry Christmas!

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