The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)

The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)

The podcast that takes karaoke exactly as seriously as it should be taken. Every episode, hosts Adam Wainwright and Ed Cunard discuss an aspect of karaoke or music and play a short round of trivia on that topic, where one of them challenges the other with five questions related to the topic, along with an Impossible Bonus question. Then, they're joined by someone (karaoke hosts and singers, musicians, actors, comedians, authors) with a connection to that topic—and feature that guest singing karaoke when possible.

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June 15, 2022 73 min

What’s creepier than being misunderstood? Adam and Ed kick off with a “women of the blues” Karaoke Trivia Bullpen challenge before diving into the karaoke songs that are often sung without really contemplating the meaning behind those lyrics. Which boy band from the ‘90s is like “if bubble gum pop and Jean-Paul Sartre had a baby?” Which dance pop hit would chart on a “nice guys” forum in addition to the Billboard charts? Why is the...

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June’s a lot of things, but the first thing it is here at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) is Pride month. We’re kicking things off with announcing three new pieces of merch (all proceeds from which will go to The Trevor Project and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, so if you want to support that, buy those, and if you want to support the show, buy something else, too). The Karaoke Trivia Bullpen focuses on quee...

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May 17, 2022 69 min

This week, The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) gets… weird (weirder?). After a Weird Al themed trivia challenge that ends up turning into a sing-a-long a few times, Adam and Ed get into what’s weird at karaoke (already a fundamentally weird endeavor). If you have any weird karaoke advice questions for them, they’ve signed up for Podinbox–leave a voice message with your question, and they may include that on the upcoming advice epi...

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Let's be honest--when it comes to talking about hip hop, you probably don't want to hear two middle-aged white guys wax philosophical about it. Hell, neither do your hosts Adam and Ed. But when it comes to talking about hip hop at karaoke, that? That's their wheelhouse. They talk about great hip hop songs to do at karaoke, songs that are surprisingly difficult to pull off, and the word you should never say on a karaoke...

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Karaoke is all about singing, right? That should be obvious, but what's a little less obvious is finding your voice. Do you sing like yourself, in your natural voice?  Do you try to imitate the original artist? Ed makes the bold claim that he is "the voice of karaoke" (and that isn't about the quality of the singing), and Adam and Ed talk about taking songs originally performed by women, and why that's a great w...

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In the movie BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT, one of the characters says “life’s a risk, carnal.” Life is absolutely a risk–and so is karaoke. After this episode's Karaoke Trivia Bullpen challenge, Adam and Ed talk about the risks and rewards of karaoke, and the risks associated with starting a mobile KJ business–chiefly, the cost it takes to set one up in the first place.

Why business? Are the guys transitioning into the world of busine...

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Hey, look at us, posting on a Friday! Today, we’re the podcast that takes etymology *exactly* as seriously as it should be taken. Well, we don't, but The Endless Knot (alliterative.net) does–it’s April Fool’s Day, and Operation Switcheroo, so we’ve switched places with Mark and Aven–their listeners are hearing one of our episodes, and you’re hearing one of theirs. Their notes for this one, from 2018, are as follows:

"We he...

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You know, doing this podcast has been a journey for Adam and Ed. Or, rather, it's been a step on their own personal karaoke journeys, and that's what this episode is all about. Even the Karaoke Trivia Bullpen focuses on journeys (and, for one question, at least, the band Journey). They relive some of their karaoke history and share some karaoke philosophy along the way. Their guest, too, was a big part of their karaoke jou...
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This week on "The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)," Adam and Ed reminisce about some fantastic karaoke regions--from Japan and the Phillipines, to New York City, Portland Oregan, Florida and, of course, western Pennsylvania, where they both cut their baby karaoke teeth and became the karaoke-obsessed people they are today. Naturally, the Karaoke Bullpen Trivia Challenge has a place connection, too, as Ed quizes Adam about ...

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This week, Adam and Ed get a little serious–they talk about all things health and wellness, and how they relate to karaoke. Even the Karaoke Trivia Bullpen focuses on it, as Adam quizzes the notoriously morose Ed on songs about happiness. But they also share some of the benefits of singing and karaoke.

As the fellas both say, neither of them is licensed or certified for anything, which is why they bring in Angel Shamsa (https://ang...

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Disclaimer: there is no actual singalong, but Adam and Ed do interview Frank Turner, the musician and songwriter responsible for that line from his song “The Gathering,” part of his ninth album F.T.H.C. releasing 11 February 2022.

Prior to the interview, Adam and Ed debut their new, more formal trivia game "The Karaoke Trivia Bullpen" with some questions on songs Frank Turner has covered, and then cover some topics at the ...

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February 1, 2022 1 min

Hey, look! We made a trailer with clips from the show. If you haven't listened yet, this is meant to entice you, probably? If you've already listened and subscribed... this is like a teeny-tiny "Best Of" episode, maybe?

So, yes, we did a marketing! 

Theme song "Gasoline" provided by Ben Dumm and The Deviants. Check out Ben's latest project The Ben Dumm Three on the streaming platform of your choice. 

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This week, The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) finishes up its look back on its inaugural season, including the final four quickfire rounds. In these fifty-nine minutes, you'll hear from:

Terry and Naomi Clark (owners of Black Parakeetz in Nyack, NY): 4:33
Honey Leavitt (host, "The Honey Leavitt Show" podcast): 17:12
Christian Swain (host, "Rock N Roll Archaeology" podcast): 25:48
Douglas Wolk (author, "All...

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This is the second of the season-ender clip shows, bringing back some of listener's favorite "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" quickfire rounds and, as a treat, Adam singing some Adele. 

In this episode, you'll hear again from:

Episode 11: Dana Babal of Non-stop Broadway (6:31)
Episode 12: Ayumi Shinozaki (15:36)
Episode 13: Mike Wiston and Joe Rubin (21:45)
Episode 14: Brian Raftery (33:18)
Episode 15: Andrew Crawford ...

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Between the holidays and, er, an infection of the... novel variety, we've been pushed back from doing interviews and scheduled episodes. To absolutely and blatantly misquote Rakim, "it's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you / without a karaoke podcast to step to" so, to make up for the delay, we're releasing this bonus episode. If you've never listened before, it'll give you both a taste of t...

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December 15, 2021 51 min

It’s all about fandom this week: how Adam and Ed are karaoke nerds, and how they are nerds in other ways as well. Adam claims to not be a comics nerd–will he pass the “Challenge of the Nerdy Songs?” They share the nerdiest karaoke-related things they’ve been a part of, and then want to share a give-away with you–-instructions in the show--and if you're the winning entry, you’ll get a Kindle copy of guest Douglas Wolk’s newest b...

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December 1, 2021 75 min

This week, The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) looks back at history through another music trivia challenge, and then dives headfirst into the history of karaoke, the thing that unites Adam and Ed in holy bromance-trimony despite all their obvious differences. They cover where it originated, who created it, how it came to the US, and some things that laid the groundwork for its popularity in the USA--and how does cartoonist Max Fl...

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November 17, 2021 67 min

This week, Adam gets put on the spot with a sexy song challenge, and then Adam and Ed reminisce on flirting, dating, and relationships of all kinds that start and continue through karaoke.

Then, Adam learns the true meaning of “bless your heart” and Ed reveals how kink free he actually is when Honey Leavitt of the Honey Leavitt Show (a comedy podcast about human sexuality, dating, love and relationships) takes our quickfire game in...

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The title says it all--it's just simple math. Now that things are opening up and karaoke is becoming safer and easier to access, Adam and Ed talk about the places they do karaoke, the things they like in a karaoke place, and some of their all-time favorite karaoke spots, including some new ones Ed found on a work trip to Cincinnati (check out the blog on the web site to see more about that).

The focus on karaoke spots dovetails...

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October 20, 2021 70 min

This time around, the guys don't dilly-dally or chat about their personal lives--there's so much karaoke fun to be had that they jump right into it. Adam hits Ed right off the bat with a Broadway challenge, and then they dive into one of the biggest karaoke argument springboards--the rotation. If you have a strong opinion on how a karaoke rotation should or shouldn't be run, hit them up at sungpoorly@gmail.com or on...

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