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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.




129 - Coby Beef (Papa Roach - Between Angels & Insects)

This week we're covering the semi-woke, semi-forgotten single from Papa Roach's 3x platinum Infest: "Between Angels & Insects." Inspired by a wild assortment of works (Fight Club, Buddhism, and a 1994 British period drama with the same name), the song tackles the age old conundrum: money sucks, but bedazzled Affliction t-shirts rule. In this episode: Michael learned these tabs, Tony lost his dad, and I think this song is less bad (than Last Resort) Music We Like: Glassjaw - Material...

Duration: 01:42:12

128 - Alimony Pavements (Nickelback - Hero)

Welcome to our first Nickelback-related video! Spoler alert: it sucks. This is the song from the Spider-Man soundtrack performed by a butt rock supergroup made up of Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, Saliva Frontman Josey “Joe C” Scott, and the douchebag from Theory of a Deadman Sure, Nickelback himself is on this track, but the meat of the episode lies with Joe C and his weird antagonistic relationship with The Hives, The Strokes, and Chad Kroeger himself. Make sure to check out our...

Duration: 01:40:55

127 - Allegedly Uneducated (Kid Rock - Cowboy)

Subscribe to the brand new Minion Death Cult on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or wherever you listen to podcasts This week we “watch lots of crotch” and paint this episode white as we take on Kid Rock’s eerily prescient, “Cowboy,” which foreshadows Kid Rock’s turn toward bro country and hick hop, and unfortunately inspired many others to do the same. Also: A video probably directed by McG, the best side-effect of Kid Rock’s career, and of course his “prank” senate run.

Duration: 01:42:41

126 - For Your President (Hosier & Adam Calhoun - Salute The Brave)

This week the podcast gets p o l i t i c a l as we take on a truly awful, literally genocidal, stand-for-the-anthem anthem, "Salute the Brave" by hick-hop artist Hosier and Facebook vlogger Adam Calhoun. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podcast about the deranged politics of the internet, partly inspired by this episode: MINION DEATH CULT A video with 2.5 million views, "Salute the Brave" has lyrics about killing liberals, carpet-bombing Afghanistan, and "screaming at...

Duration: 01:39:51

125 - Age of Aroma (MuDvAyNe - Death Blooms)

We have a dispatch from Travis’s stint at Ozzfest, a pitch for a new #Beardvape-adjacent product, JP’s mom reveals her funeral playlist, MuDvAyNe gets poetic, and a truly wild music video including a CGI iron lung on a beach Music We Like: Flying Lotus - Post Requisite, Suffocation - ...Of the Dark Light, and Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire / Post Self “This song reminds me of a long prog song put inside a car crusher.”

Duration: 01:34:45

124 Bonus Teaser - What's Goin On? (Danzig - Sacrifice)

On this jam-packed, 48 minute bonus episode we have a live musical performance to commemorate Cahn’s first visit to the show, Alex Jones’ fascination with Danzig, a Danzig-themed county fair, women as ouiji boards, Music We Like, and the climactic ending to our Hot Topic Trek

Duration: 00:01:23

124 - Loudiamondphillips (Danzig - Sacrifice)

Cahn Curtis is back and exhausted in his disappointment in Danzig’s masochistic, Disney-released 5th album, Blackacidevil, and its lead single, “Sacrifice.” We’ve got sub-NIN industrial metal, lyrics possibly written by JB Smoove, Danzig helps with puberty, angry fans sacrifice each other to ensure a better harvest, an update on Tom Delonge's current headspace, and a dispatch from our sPoOkY trip to Hot Topic. Subscribe for only $1/month at to get weekly bonus...

Duration: 01:33:32

123 - The Mark, Tom, and Truman Show (Blink 182 - I Miss You)

Happy Halloween! This week we cover the apparently spooky "I Miss You," from Boxcar Racer + Mark Hoppus supergroup: Blink 182. We try to figure out whether Blink 182 or My Chemical Romance started this emo/goth/pop punk trend; wade through the deepest, darkest realms of genius annotations; guest Nick Guenzler struggles between his personal relationship with the band and the overwhelming cringe-iness of the song; we of course cover Tom Delonge’s infamous “WHERE ARE YOU” verse and his...

Duration: 01:37:11

122 - Crystal Blue (Starting Line - Three's A Charm)

This week we're joined by Luca Ciramusti to talk about Starting Line's gross video for Three's A Charm featuring a gut-busting joke where an old man has a threesome with highschool students. We struggle with these turned (the other way) phrases, singer Kenny's budding sexuality, what feels like 30 tongue-takes, and "pathetic" youtube commenters. Listen to Luca's band Luggage on your preferred streaming platform and buy their new tape at

Duration: 01:48:17

121 - Zing-A-Dong Bone (Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul to Squeeze)

This week we discuss our love/mock relationship with Red Hot Chili Peppers and their 1993 Coneheads tie-in, "Soul to Squeeze." This song is totally about d r u g s , we get some of the best scatting we’ve had on the podcast, Emma finds a sentient bass guitar in the comments section, Dana Carvey’s Turtleman character mourns 9/11, and we determine the Suicide Squad equivalents of each band member Music We Like: John Frusciante - “Niandra LaDes…”, Dot Hacker, The Coneheads, “Conehead Love,”...

Duration: 01:51:25

120 - The Hollywood Hills Have Eyes (Shawn Mullins - Rockabye/Lullaby)

If you want to support the show, tell a friend about us! If you want to support the show and get an extra episode every week, subscribe at for as little as a $1/mo to get a private feed of weekly bonus episode in your podcast player. (00:00) Rockabye is on 32 album releases, including “World’s Best Dad: Super Tracks for Super Dads” and “American Anthems II” (11:00) Shawn Mullins creepily whispers a Jack Nicholson impression in the verse of this song that no...

Duration: 01:35:08

119 - Irony Babies (Alanis Morrisette - Ironic)

This week, against my will, we’re making fun of Actually Good Song “Ironic” by Alanis Morrisette. My guest Shaina Turian and I share memories about growing up with Jagged Little Pill, and Cohost Emma scoffs from the sidelines. We generally try to avoid the tired, “this isn't ironic” observation and focus on what’s truly worth talking about: the disproportionate degrees of misfortune in the lyrics and their occasional similarities to a Mentos commercial, how it’s actually pretty good and...

Duration: 01:42:29

118 - Bonus Episode Teaser

Michael has a true story about Mexico, Radiohead is on NOW That’s What I Call Music, Rockabye is a bad song, Michael is Tal Bachman, Giantess fetishists must be brought out of the shadows, Tal Bachman has a weird character named Ian Starglow, Hellenists are being persecuted, and lots of other dumb youtube comments Subscribe at to get a private feed with weekly bonus episodes. $1/month gets you every weekly bonus episode, past and present.

Duration: 00:02:02

118 - Tantric Celibacy (She's So High)

This week we take on BTO royalty and totally-real human, Tal Bachman, and the totally-normal story behind his hit single “She’s So High.” We address the overbearing wholesomeness of 90’s pop rock in general and resolute niceguy-ness in these lyrics, take a dive into Michael Muñoz’s history with NOW Thats What I Call Music, and explain why KIDZ BOP is objectively the superior franchise We also discover the shocking truth behind the name “Bachman,” dissect a music video that cant quite...

Duration: 01:45:12

117 - Fudgefinger (Primer 55 - Loose)

This week we have a super fun episode about a song you probably don't remember by a band you definitely don’t remember: Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX’s “Loose” by Primer 55. We analyze the “new style” found in probably the most generic rap metal song in existence, aided and abetted by Incubus’s DJ and hed PE’s Jarod Gomes. What does “get loose” mean in this context? Why doesn't this vocalist sound the least bit loose? Also: literal nu metal cringe, decoding the sexual messaging behind...

Duration: 01:37:24

116 - My Chemical Valentine (Mindless Self Indulgence - Shut Me Up)

This week we revisit the sick & twisted mind of Jimmy Urine and Mindless Self Indulgence with their 2005 single "Shut Me Up." Is this the most shocking band we've ever covered? This isn't your daddy or mommy's episode of That Awful Sound, and we get offensive as hell as Emma traces her contamination with the MSI virus back to a single Juggalette on LiveJournal. We try and fail to censor Mr. Urine's over-the-top lyrics about drinking black coffee and about how music has both bass and...

Duration: 01:49:09

115 - The Gynoid Is High (Orgy - Fiction aka Dreams in Digital)

This week we get too drunk and cover NuNuMetal band Orgy and their y2k cybergoth single, “Fiction (Dreams in Digital).” Our guest Kevan describes the complications of buying an Orgy CD as a minor, we discuss how art in general has a bad track record of portraying comas as “beautiful” (including cultural titans like The Mars Volta and Monkeybone), and we give competing theories about whether this song is about A.I. or a G.G. (Gamer Girlfriend). Jay Gordon removes his ribs for a different...

Duration: 01:30:33

114 - Danger Cracker (Hoobastank - The Reason)

This week we’re taking on Hoobastank and their gigantic, sorry-about-the-domestic-violence mega-hit, “The Reason,” whose music video features an inexplicable jewel heist. (probably a good idea in retrospect) My guest Michael remembers this being the moment his beloved Hoobastank “sold out”, we draw a definitive line between real music and fake music, I remember being forced to sing Christian parodies of popular secular songs (like this one), lead singer DougRobb sings a Sonic the Hedgehog...

Duration: 01:50:44

113 - Limp Bizkit - Mission Impossible II Theme (AKA Now I know Why You Wanna Hate Me AKA Take A Look Around)

We're back from vacation! This week we're talking about Limp Bizkit's intensely lame stab at the Mission Impossible theme, which, for some reason, is called "Take A Look Around" and almost entirely about hitting back at critics. I talk about how this song definitely affected me for the worse, John Woo's bizarre entry into the Mission Impossible canon, and the painfully uneventful music video directed by Fred Durst himself. Music We Like: Meat Wave's "The Incessant," Chipmunks on 16...

Duration: 01:44:42

Awful Sound Re-Release - 7 - Green Day Spotlight

Still on vacation! We'll be back next week with a new episode, but until then, enjoy the re-release of episode 7 In our second Awful Band Spotlight, Travis returns and Matt Booth makes his debut to talk with me about a good-band-gone-bad of epic proportions, Green Day. We talk about why the band is important to us, 3 music videos that illustrate just how bad they've gotten, and the Broadway musical based on their album, American Idiot. Also in the episode: Travis has b33f with the title...

Duration: 01:36:10

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