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 theme about fistbumping, and much more.
Music We Like: Joni Mitchel, The Roches, & Brand New’s “Science Fiction”
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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. We've got kung-fu nose wheelies, exploding Oakley sunglasses, and intensely suspenseful soup-eating.
Music We Like: Meat Wave's "The Incessant," Chipmunks on 16 speed Tay-K, and Trouble
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 of "Good Riddance," Matt has tips for millionaires on writing punk songs, and I reveal why I was kicked out of my graduation ceremony (It wasnt for anything cool). Videos discussed in this episode: Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), Minority, Wake Me Up When September Ends, "Billie Joe Freakout."
Since I’m on vacation, I dug through the vaults to pull an previously unavailable episode for you: our Metallica Awful Band Spotlight (Episode 3)
We discuss our love for the band, dissect 3 music videos from their unfortunate later era, cover “Lulu,” their bland-yet-repulsive collaborative album with Lou Reed, and the documentary that revealed the bitter, hollow shells they had become: Some Kind of Monster.
Video 1: “We Did It,” a Frankenstein amalgam of discarded riffs from STanger, produced by Swizz Beatz and featuring Ja Rule.
Video 2: “I Disappear,” the band’s only standalone single, featured on the soundtrack for Mission Impossible II, and containing various half-assed movie references, the only upshot of which is James receiving a 67 Camaro with a fucked up transmission.
Video 3: “Stanger” the case of “the snare and the stone.” The band is tough. They want you to know that.