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




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...


I Love Your Smile - Deleted Scenes Clip

Why Can't Music Be Like When I heard It In The Car? We're only $9 away from our monthly goal of $250! As soon as we hit it, Patreon subscribers will start getting an exclusive, full-format episode every month


A Necessary Lesson in Humility (Shanice - I Love Your Smile)

This week Michael and I are joined by Josh Hallmark of the Our Americana Podcast Network ( to talk about Shanice’s “I Love Your Smile” and the 6th grade musical performance that resulted in him changing schools. I'd never heard this song before, but it rules. It's got 250 doo's, expensive Janet Jackson laughter, a video about turning the tables on a stalker-y photographer, and a bout of depression nested in an otherwise feel-good, catchy-as-hell pop jam. Help us reach...


137 - Uke Dad (Hinder - Lips of an Angel)

Help us reach our goal of $250 at, and I'll start releasing an extra full-length episode for subscribers every month. We're only $55 away! This episode is a listener request from Jack, who thought he could fake his way into “cool” music with this album. Boy was he wrong. We cover the way-too-late-but-somehow-successful “Lips of an Angel” by DIY butt-rockers Hinder. With some of the worst vocals and the absolute worst stage presence, the singer spins a tale of...


136 - BOOM to the Heart! (Soul Asylum - Runaway Train)

This week we cover, without a doubt, our worst video yet: Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train," which features murdered mee-maws, child prostitutes, and the lead singer sitting on ACTUAL missing children. Also: what this video has in common with Toto's Africa, what it's like to hear a 25 year-old megahit for the first time, and a comment section featuring some of the most deranged and most sensible comments we've had on the show. Hear over an hour of deleted material from this wild episode at...


Honorary All-Star (Aaliyah / Billy Corgan Bonus Content)

Here's the bonus Patreon Cahntent for the last two episodes. Today, everyone's an All-Star. Aaliyah: Mike Sees The Offspring, Puddle of Mudd, Cold, and Adema / Shaina Gets Whatever Happened to be in Her Car Signed By Andrew WK / A Commenter Has A Theory About The Baby Noise BPC: Matt Lip-Syncs to Backstreet Boys in 3rd Grade Despite His Mormon Upbringing // The Logical Fallacies found in All In The Family by Korn and Fred Durst // Billy Corgan Gets His Ego Stroked on Alex Jones // Billy...


135 - Billy Corgan Spotlight (Zwan - Honestly)

To get deleted scenes from this episode, including extra Live Journal entries from Billy Corgan, subscribe at for as little as $1/month and also get weekly bonus episodes delivered straight to you podcast app, plus free and discounted merch. This week we take on Billy Corgan, Zwan, and the brutal, public breakup of the early 2000's supergroup. We find BC/WPC at his most petty and vindictive, raging at the "vile creatures" from Slint, Chavez, and A Perfect...


134 - Cocaine Cavern (Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody)

This week Shaina and Michael return to help dissect an amazing, bizarre, and just-plain-great song from 1998: Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody." Timbaland's mouth sounds. Baby sounds. Music Video Falconry. A four-hour push to write, record, and release this track as the lead single to Eddie Murphy's Dr. Doolittle, who also appears in the video. Get deleted scenes from this and every episode delivered straight to your podcast app by subscribing at for as little...


133 - Mic Check It Out (Limp Bizkit & Method Man - N 2 Gether Now)

This week our resident Limp Bizkit expert Aaron Brock returns to help us dissect the good-except-for-Fred-Durst N 2 Gether Now featuring Method Man and a beat from DJ Premier. We're talking embarrassingly weak bars, poser Limp Bizkit hats from our childhoods, signed Fred Durst photos, and, once again, youtube commenters who don't normally like rap but like this song "for some reason" Music we like: Marika Hackman - I'm Not Your Man, Turnstile - Real Thing, and The Most Unwanted...


132 - Are We Human Or Are We Danzig (The Killers - Human)

A song I hate from 2008, The Killers’ “Human,” dares to ask the question no one understood: are we human or are we dancer? Not “denser.” Not “dancers.” Dancer. We cover Brandon Flowers’ battle with the media on behalf of the world’s dumbest lyric, what it means to be “dancer,” and why, in Flowers’ own words, listeners are “idiots” if they don’t get it. Music We Like: Noname - Telephone, The Jesus Lizard - Liar, Return to Forever - Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy Bonus Weekly Episodes and...


131 - Ego Goo (Christina Aguilera - Genie in a Bottle)

Happy 3rd Anniversary to that Awful Sound! I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by finally talking' Genie in a Bottle with longtime friends and cohosts: Michael "Mikey Goo" Muñoz and Shaina "One Time" Turian. This was a super fun, super freaky, and super freewheeling episode, so put Baby New Year to bed, and keep an eye on that come-count.


130 - Eggnog Pedicure (The Christmas Shoes)

Weekly bonus episodes available at This week we cover The Christmas Shoes, a song so reprehensible it spawned one of our most cynical, most blasphemous episodes yet. We tackle the subject of Christmas Momdeath the only way we know how: an exploration of Christian foot fetishes, a grown man's obsession with THAT LITTLE BOY, and the purpose this song serves in the American psyche. Music We Like: Oxbox - Thin Black Duke, Bugg - S/T, and BROCKHAMPTON - SATURATION...


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