Ep 09: (Songs We Hate by Artists We Love) Paul Simon – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

This episode begins a short series of themed episodes.  The theme is Songs We Hate by Artists We Love.  For Episode 9, Steve’s pick is 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon from the album Still Crazy After All These Years.

Steve and Drew begin their first set of a themed episodes with a polarizing one. Steve details his love/hate relationship with this Paul Simon classic and the strange Muppets connection to it.

Ep 08: The Velvet Underground – Heroin

For Episode 8, Drew’s pick is Heroin by The Velvet Underground from the album The Velvet Underground & Nico.

Drew and Steve chat about The Velvet Underground’s influential, unique and improvisational approach to writing songs as displayed in Heroin.

**Correction Note: At around 20:45 Drew says that I’m Waiting for the Man is the first song on the album and he realized after we finished recording that he was totally wrong.  Sunday Morning is the first song on The Velvet Underground & Nico.  Drew apologizes, please save the hate mail for your elected officials.

Ep 07: The Cure – Just Like Heaven

For Episode 7, Steve’s pick is Just Like Heaven by The Cure from the album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.

Steve talks about how this song fits in (or doesn’t fit in) with the rest of The Cure’s ambitious double album.  Later Drew and Steve reminisce on how this song brings up memories of their high school days.

Ep 06: Otis Redding – Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)

For Episode 6, Drew’s pick is Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song) by Otis Redding from the album Complete and Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul.

Drew and Steve discuss Otis Redding and his place among American musicians in pop music history.  Drew makes a plea to end the parenthetical song title and converts Steve to his side in the process.

Ep 05: Rage Against the Machine – Sleep Now in the Fire

For Episode 5, Steve’s pick is Sleep Now in the Fire by Rage Against the Machine from the album The Battle of Los Angeles.

Steve tells the story behind this song’s music video and Drew reveals the moment of his sexual awakening.

Ep 04: Patti Smith – Gloria

For Episode 4, Drew’s pick is Gloria by Patti Smith from the album Horses.

Drew shares how a poem called “Oath” turned into one of rock music’s most unique covers.  Steve tells the story of the first time he listened to this song in its entirety.

Ep 03: Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands

For Episode 3, Steve’s pick is Grandma’s Hands by Bill Withers from the album Just As I Am.

Steve and Drew both reminisce about their own grandparents and can’t help but notice that this song was sampled for a 90’s hit

**Correction Note: Towards the end of the episode, Steve tells a story about his grandfather visiting the site of a plane crash at O’Hare airport.  Steve said the crash happened in the early 90’s and involved a Boeing 747.  Although his grandfather did in fact go to the site of the crash, Steve couldn’t have been more wrong on the details. Please forgive his mistake.  After recording, he looked up the crash and realized his error.  The crash was in 1979 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and involved a DC-10 that crashed shortly after takeoff.  If interested in learning more about it, please visit this link.

Ep 02: The Kinks – Picture Book

For Episode 2, Drew’s pick is Picture Book by The Kinks off of The Village Green Preservation Society album.

Drew shares a nostalgia driven song off of one of his all-time favorite albums and Steve is reminded of that awful uncle everyone seems to have.

Ep 01: Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond

For Episode 01, Steve and Drew begin with Steve’s pick of Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd off of the Wish You Were Here album.

Steve fawns over one of his favorite guitar players and Drew reveals the dangers of listening to this song alone and in the dark.