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The Show About The Music We Loved Before We Knew Any Better. Also, Good Music If There's Time.

The Show About The Music We Loved Before We Knew Any Better. Also, Good Music If There's Time.
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The Show About The Music We Loved Before We Knew Any Better. Also, Good Music If There's Time.




157 - PS3 Owner (Eighteen Visions - Victim)

This week we revisit early 2000's metalcore, and then flash-forward 6 years to when it got extremely bad, with Eighteen Visions' "Victim." We discuss the band's transformation over their career, from interesting and good to opening for Hinder. Music We Like: Touche Amore's Green, Daughters' Satan in the Wait, R'n'R, Doomriders, and Suicide File.


156 - Western Waxing (Paula Cole - Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?)

This week Leigh joins me to talk about not being allowed to listen to Alanis, not wanting to shave her armpits, and a song we both still kind of like: Paula Cole's "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? We go over the amazingly misinterpreted lyrics of this song, including anti-feminists misreadings by Spin Magazine, Rush Limbaugh, and former congressman Allen West. Music we still like: Swirlies - They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the Glittering World of the Salons and Lisa Loeb's Silly...


155 - FILM (Dashboard Confessional - Vindicated)

Welcome back to the show! This week we're returning to mid-00's radio demo with Dashboard Confessional and Spider-Man 2. We cover the history of this song, including the fact that it was written in 10 minutes by an inspired Chris Carraba after a screening of Spider-Man 2. We also suss out the creepiness of these lyrics, one listener's overtly creepy interpretation of these lyrics, and Cohost Tony reminisces about carrying around a watercolor portrait of Chris Carraba in his three-ring...


(Preview) Poopiate of the Masses (Lick It Up / I Wanna Be Bad)

We're still on vacation! In the meantime, get bonus content from This week it's bonus clips from our conversation with Joshua Toomey of Primer 55, including: Primer 55 opening for Limp Bizkit, weird lyrics from folks artists, and lots of stage banter from Paul Stanley. AND Bonus clips from our Willa Ford episode, including: Poo jokes, and a conversation about their place in society, Amanda Bynes' connection with this song, excerpts from a truly amazing Bro...


Cypher Soul Patch (Willa Ford - I Wanna Be Bad - With rap and with vocorder ALSO ALBUM VERSION)

This week we talk about Willa Ford, an aspiring bad girl whose career was cut short by a tragic event in 2001. Returning guest Laura Mee recalls this song helping hone her edge during the transition from Utah to California, and from pop to pop punk. We talk about the precedent set by the song with likely paved the way for the “dirty” eras of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera; A weird, Eminem-based rap verse by someone who is not Eminem; And an outfit featuring what we all agree to be...


153 - Brad's Memorial (Sublime - Date Rape)

This week on a very special episode of That Awful Sound, we take a self-guided Sublime tour around Long Beach, visiting important historical markers such as the Sublime mural, ONS liquor store, Cal State Long Beach (where 40 oz to Freedom was recorded), Bradley Nowell’s gravesite, and a random head shop in order to bring you a jam-packed episode on the band’s breakout single, Date Rape. How did this song exist? Why? Do Sublime fans invalidate whatever good intentions this song might’ve...


152 - Be Good To Yourself (KISS - Lick It Up)

This week we talk to Joshua Toomey of the Talk Toomey Podcast about playing in Primer 55, almost playing in Pressure 4-5, and interviewing Wes Borland on his podcast Talk Toomey Also, we revisit KISS and their 1983 single Lick It Up, their first appearance without makeup and what counterintuitively helped reignite their career.


151 - Sustained (Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos)

This week Michael "Matchbox" Muñoz joins me to talk Enrique and his massive hit "Bailamos" and it's weird relationship with Wild Wild West, including a music video tie-in and a gushing review from Will Smith himself. Plus: old online news copy and all the cringe-y wordplay that entails, lyrics about defiant, life-threatening dancing, and some of the most bizarre youtube comments we've ever had go to for hours of bonus content


150 - Follow The Leader (Unwritten Law - Seein Red)

This week I talk “Seein Red’” with Nick Guenzler (@TerminalRadness) by Unwritten Law and not Chevelle We remember how the vast majority of us were tricked into thinking this band was punk, the various physical altercations between the lead singer and his bandmates, and the lazy-yet-bizarre music video featuring 5 clones of the singer making out with 5 clones of his girlfriend. Music We Like: BAMBARA - Shadow on Everything, and Iceage - Beyondless


149 - Dust In Piece (Megadeth - Train of Consequences)

This week Cahn rejoins me to FINALLY cover another member of the Big Four: Megadeth, and their ultra-literal "Train of Consequences." How much of this song is about horse racing? Did their drummer ever figure out how the rotating room effect works? Did Paul Schaffer ever get to shred on harmonica with another metal band? I'm afraid this episode raises more questions than it answers. Music We Like: Sleep - The Sciences, J Cole - KOD, Goastsnake - Flower of Disease, DJ Dione - Pain Till I...


148 - The Gammy Leg (Hole - Malibu)

Subscribe at for weekly bonus content and a monthly bonus episode, including our first-ever Britney Spears episode, Oops I Did It Again! No Show Notes! It's Late! This Episode is good!


147 - Sh*tsten Beybor (Busta Rhymes & Janet Jackson - What's It Gonna Be)

Sorry for the late release, folks! Had family in from out of town at the last minute, and this episode was a LONG one to edit. We cover the amazing, $2.4 million video featuring oceans of goo, Janet Jackson in a dominatrix outfit, and Busta Rhymes as a shape-shifting lion dragon sperm. Music We Like: Coltrane - A Few of My Favorite Things, Ghastly Sound, - The Bottom, Tweak Bird, Lightning Bolt, Torche - Restarter, and Sammus - Pieces in Space


146 - Booty Chatter (Bubba Sparxxx - Ugly)

This week we cover southern white trash anthem "Ugly" by Bubba Sparxx featuring: more mouth sounds from Timbaland, wild VEVO edits and even wilder intact lyrics, breakdancing in pig sh*t, and Missy Elliot on a goddamn tractor. Music We Like: Todd Terje - It's Album Time, Invisible Inc. - Fine Print, Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer


Hoobastank - Crawling in the Dark (Feat. Ray Harkins of Taken)

Subscribe at for a ton of bonus content including a dozen youtube comments cut for time and other cringeworthy ephemera from the Hoobastank era. This week Ray Harkens of Taken joins the show to talk about his affinity for early 2000’s post grunge and butt rock, through the lens of Hoobastank’s “Crawling in the Dark” Taken also has a new EP, their first recordings in over a decade, and you can hear the title track now on Spotify or other streaming services. “If...


144 - Chill Ass Girl (Dido - Thank You)

This week we cover my love/hate relationship with Dido's "Thank You," a seemingly melancholy song that is actually just about a cool boyfriend. You better believe we cover the song's intersection with Eminem's "Stan," how the movie "Up" ripped off Dido's spite house in this music video, and plenty of bizarre youtube comments. Music We Like: Thundercat - Drank (Chopped & Skewed), Sunflower Bean - Twentytwo in Blue, and Hot Snakes - Jericho Sirens


143 - Denim Daddy (Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You)

This week we cover the Dandy Warhols' "Bohemian Like You" from 2001 and like 5 car commercials. What exactly is bohemian about this song? How many times could the Rolling Stones successful sue over one song? Music We Like: Booji Boys - Weekend Rocker, Against Me - Shapeshift With Me, Portugal the Man - Waiter: You Vultures!


142 - Luke Bryan - That's My Kind of Night

This week Aimee-Beth wants to talk about ironic (?) country (?) club anthem (?) "That's My Kind of Night" by Luke Bryan Is this song making fun of hip hop or desperately trying to crib from it? Both? Are the static shots of cowboy boots a joke? Is this music video a rejected Monday Night Football promo? Who knows? Music We Like: Greater Pyrenees - Self-Titled, Frodus - And We Washed Our Weapons in the Sea, Depeche Mode - Violator


Ashlee Simpson - Pieces of Me

Unique episode title and show notes cancelled due to me being too chill for 3/11 day. This is episode is good though.


Livers & Shakes (Matchbox Twenty - Unwell)

I had good show notes but the internet deleted them. the song Is about mental illness and Rob Thomas thinks “impaired” is a cool word the video is completely terrible, features early-CGI, and his evil, big-nosed bandmates. music we like: Courtney Barnett - Nameless Faceless, Cave In - Jupiter, EARTHGANG - Royalty


139 - Trevi Fountain (Gym Class Heroes - Cupid's Chokehold)

This week we take on "Cupid's Chokehold" by Cobra Starship / Fallout Boy / Supertramp supergroup: Gym Class Heroes. Tony tells us about his connection to the track, which consists entirely of white girls wanting to be the Katy Perry to his Travie McCoy. Lead singer Travis McCoy falls in love with girls, makes them prepare pancakes, and leans into the sloppy manchild role. Bonus content available every week, and a full bonus episode every month once we hit our goal of $250 at...