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Mark Blankenship and Sarah D. Bunting are journalists, friends, and music fans who love talking about pop music of all stripes.
 
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We really earn our parental warning sticker with our discussion of Cee Lo's gleefully obscene hit "F##k You." We also discuss virtuosic singing, reality show cats, and the best music video Sinead O'Connor never made. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by George Harrison. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! Y ...…
 
We're ranking every song on Hole's grunge-grrrrl classic album "Live Through This," and we may never stop screaming about milk. Special guest John Ramos joins us on this rediscovery of songs we blasted nonstop 25 years ago. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Bettie Serveert. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! Y ...…
 
Which songs are better because of how they're used in a TV show? Exhibit A is "The Night We Met" by Lord Huron featuring Phoebe Bridgers, which gets us talking about John Travolta, our favorite teachers, and the country's relationship to death during the Civil War. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is from the documentary Death and th ...…
 
A straightforward chat about Joni Mitchell's "Help Me" unexpectedly leads to cole slaw, The Amazing Race Canada, and how to paint on a grain of rice. But that's Joni Mitchell, right? She inspires all kinds of things! Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Prince. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can em ...…
 
Thanks to Styx's low-key insane rock anthem "Come Sail Away," we're talking about benevolent aliens, the Monroe Doctrine, and the moistest balladry known to man. Plus, there's a birthday chart reading with an unexpected connection to horror films! Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Aimee Mann. Want to leave us a ...…
 
When is a terrible musical a wonderful musical? When the musical is "Co-Op." We're talking about the original cast recording for the flawless episode of Documentary Now!, and we're geeking all the way out over it. We're also talking about Sondheim, the demands of good parody, and (of course) cocaine. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro ...…
 
We're ranking songs called "Jump," and that's got us talking about everything from Gerald Ford to childhood fights to the secret randiness of calypso music. Oh, and there's a sidebar about Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Jenny Jump. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talk ...…
 
What actually happens in "The Freshmen" by The Verve Pipe? What happens to us when we have to listen to it? Which result is more tragic? Listen on to find out! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Barenaked Ladies. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talks ...…
 
We decidedly disagree about Linda Ronstadt's "When Will I Be Loved," but don't worry! Our mutual love of other Ronstadt songs (and our mutual hatred of the goddamned Everly Brothers) saves our pod marriage in the end. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Nerf Herder. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You ...…
 
We love the song "Toxic," but do we love what the culture has done to Britney Spears? Join us as we shake our thangs, ponder the peculiar fates of early-aughts pop divas, and look at the bottom of Shonda Rhimes' resume. Plus, we answer a listener voicemail! Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Chuck Berry. Want to ...…
 
Have you ever been horny in a legendary way? Then listen to our discussion about Ashley McBryde's country music anthem "American Scandal." We're joined by special guest Allen E. Read to talk about lyrics that make you worry about your boyfriend, a moratorium on Marilyn Monroe references, and musicians who sing about being famous. Plus, we ponde ...…
 
As we rank every song on 10,000 Maniacs' "In My Tribe," we embrace our love for buzzkill liberals who sing about our national shame. We also imagine life in Natalie Merchant's family, analyze the meaning of audible breathing in songs, and ponder what Collucci can't do. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Phoebe Bridgers. Want to l ...…
 
It's the end of Pride Month, so you'd better believe we're talking about the gloriously gay "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" by Scissor Sisters. And we're Mark and Sarah, so you'd ALSO better believe this gets us talking about Apollo, Dionysus. secret sexy slang, and true crime books. Plus, we answer a listener's voicemail question about our favorit ...…
 
We could listen to Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" on a perpetual loop, and we're investigating why. Along the way, we stop at their hit "Something So Strong" and a couple of '80s-related tropes we're always happy to see. Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Tim Finn, Dave Dobbyn, and Bic Runga. Want to le ...…
 
Will our friendship survive our intense disagreement about Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money"? Probably! For one thing, we're united in our general enthusiasm for RiRi. For another, we have to work together to enact our revenge fantasy against employers who don't pay their freelancers in a timely manner. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, ...…
 
After a patron vote, we're talking about "Pink Houses," the somewhat muddled Americana anthem by John Cougar Mellencamp Watson Crick Donoghue IV. It makes us consider the value of good-enough rock and the importance of mastering your lyrical tone. Plus, we talk about sports a little! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Neil Young. ...…
 
Bobby Darin's version of "Mack The Knife" lets us cover our favorite nerdy bases, including theater history, true-crime history, and handsome men in white tuxedo jackets. We also ponder whether Darin was a proto-gangsta rapper, and we get pissed all over again about Kevin Spacey. Plus, we answer a listener voicemail! SHOW NOTES Stereogum's #1s ...…
 
Fergie's aggressively, deliciously stupid song "Fergalicious" gets us talking about intentional superficiality, women describing themselves as commodities, and all the reasons fifty year-olds don't have to give AF about anything. Plus, there's a listener-requested playlist about the best songs for preparing to go out! Our intro is by Andrew Byr ...…
 
k.d. lang's just-right cover of "Hallelujah" gets us talking about underrated singers, misunderstood lyrical intentions, and concerts that made us cry. There's also an unexpected sidebar about funny website names, because why not? Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Tracy Chapman. Want to request a song, buy a birthday char ...…
 
A listener request gets us talking about the tear-stained yet oddly belligerent nostalgia of Don Henley's "The End of the Innocence." We also talk about Michelle Pfeiffer, posturing ponytails, and (naturally) Viagra. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Rufus Wainwright. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, ...…
 
A chat about "You Haven't Done Nothin'," Stevie Wonder's chart-topping protest anthem, leads to imaginary fights with the Jacksons, musical smackdowns we love, and the irritating necessity of a chore wheel. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Cornershop. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Emai ...…
 
We're feeling wry and symbolic, so we're ranking every song on the Magnolia soundtrack. The Aimee Mann songs get us especially fired up, whether we love them or (in one case) hate them forever. But which song will land at number one? Listen on! PLUS: We have a phone number now! Wanna leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767. (That's 646-389 ...…
 
Lizzo's deee-licious R&B jams "Juice" and "Cuz I Love You" have us talking about songs that sound like multiple genres at once, women who rock body positivity, and artists who can balance the sincere and the ironic. Plus, sexy men cry, and we like it! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Adore Delano. Want to request a song, buy a ...…
 
We return to regular episodes with "Rio," as performed by our #MarchMASTAS winners Duran Duran. The conversation quickly turns to Simon LeBon's little durannie, then veers to bands that have fun being famous, sweet drum fills, and rivers as metaphors. We also have a listener-requested playlist of songs that are ideal at high school reunions! Ou ...…
 
The final challenge begins! The #MarchMASTAS tournament ends with Duran Duran facing Tears for Fears, and in this single, we talk about why that makes spiritual sense, which of our listeners equates Tears for Fears with childhood adventures, and what the hell a "union of the snake" actually is. The updated bracket is here! Email us at talkabout ...…
 
Only four BritBands remain! We've reached the penultimate round of #MarchMASTAS, and it's got us talking about what we really mean by "80s band," which Duran Duran member is the most kissable, and why U2 might be more British than we thought. Plus, there are more fantastic listener stories and song stylings from Eurythmics and Tears for Fears. ...…
 
The #MarchMASTAS Elite 8 has been chosen, and now it's time for the prospective regional champions to fight it out...after several hair's-breadth wins, one walloping, and even more wonderful stories from the listeners about 1986 summers, hiding in the drama room with The Cure, and the can-still-get-it-est front man left in the competish. Come f ...…
 
Some of the Sweet 16 match-ups are anything but, as #MarchMASTAS leads to beloved bands meeting each other in what we think will be close contests. Our overview episode contemplates head versus heart, legendary videos, anthems of pride, and the best Latvian-hockey soundtrack ever. The updated bracket is here! Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.co ...…
 
It's the #MarchMASTAS Round of 32! As we talk about the first-round winners from Sophistication Station and Rock This Island, we ponder the limitations of Asia (the band, not the continent) and lose our minds reading a listener's terrifying fanfic about the dude from Simply Red. Best British Bands Of The '80s: The Bracket Email us (talkaboutson ...…
 
We're continuing #MarchMASTAS with the Round of 32. In this single, we discuss the contenders from Moody-Broody and Florid & Fabulous who made it to the second round. We also read some of the amazing listener comments from last week and get detailed about the spiritual differences between Eurythmics and Depeche Mode. Best British Bands Of The ' ...…
 
And so we wrap up the #MarchMASTAS Round Of 64 with the Rock This Island region, and it's a one-hit wonderland of lost gems, milk on snare drums, and Sarah riding hard for "Der Kommissar." Which top seed do we predict heads to our Britpop Final Four? Listen and see -- and then go vote on our Facebook and/or Patreon pages. Best British Bands Of ...…
 
Get your Billy Porter on, people: #MarchMASTAS has stepped into the righthand side of the bracket, the Sophistication Station region! Tuxes, opera gloves, the Duran Duran side project that DIDN'T make the cut, and a sidebar about fights over Joey McIntyre. Predicted upsets ahoy! Go on and vote on our Facebook and/or Patreon pages. Best British ...…
 
MarchMASTAS continues with the bottom left portion of the bracket, the Florid And Fabulous region! All the extra-est moments of '80s British music, plus our predicted upsets...and Mark threatens pod divorce over Sarah's 6/11 matchup pick. Don't forget to vote on our Facebook and/or Patreon pages! Best British Bands Of The '80s: The Bracket Emai ...…
 
MarchMASTAS gets underway in earnest at the top left of your tournament bracket: the Moody Broody region! We discuss the match-ups, make predictions, sing you some forgotten songs of the '80s, and choke on hairspray and longing. Don't forget to vote on our Facebook and/or Patreon pages! Best British Bands Of The '80s: The Bracket Email us (talk ...…
 
Welcome to our version of March Madness: #MarchMASTAS, a tournament bracket designed to determine which '80s Britpop band will reign supreme! We're devoting the entire month of March to this project, and in this Single, we'll be talking about our selection process, reviewing the regions and match-ups in the first round, and reminding you to vot ...…
 
It's the Oscars episode, and this year -- with an assist once again from Joe Reid -- we're contemplating one Oscar-winning A Star Is Born song, and one presumptive winner: "Evergreen," from the Streisand ASIB; and Gaga and Cooper's "Shallow," from the 2018 ASIB. What is the sound of one lavender ribbon flapping? Where is Diane Warren's parade? ...…
 
A discussion of the Cranberries' "Ridiculous Thoughts" gets us talking about the bands we loved in private, our ongoing feelings for My So-Called Life, and the preponderance of tank tops in 90s rock videos. Plus, Joe Reid is our special guest! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is a crucial TV theme from the 90s. Want to request a song ...…
 
At first we thought Shakira's "She Wolf" was a confusing mess, but then we realized it's a plea from an office temp whose co-workers are forest predators. Listen on to learn how we made this thrilling discovery. Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Mike Post. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, o ...…
 
Let's get happy as we get sad! We're talking about "Hey Jealousy," the Gin Blossoms classic that makes us think about bad breakups, unfortunate pain, and the type of joy a great song can provide. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by the Sundays. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talk ...…
 
Dolly Parton flies in on angel wings to sing with Kenny Rogers as we discuss "Islands in the Stream." We also talk about sensual grooming, Christmas hook-ups, and song parodies that may not realize they're parodies. Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by the Bee Gees. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart rea ...…
 
What if we were Romeo in podcast jeans? That's just one question in our look at Michael Penn's alt-rock classic "No Myth." We also deliver conspiracy theories about the VMAs, diverging ideas about what makes a good lyric, and fan fiction about Aimee Mann and Robin Wright. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Aimee Mann (with ...…
 
At long last, we discuss the Beatles, with a ranking of every song on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Which track does Sarah consider an all-time top 10? Which one makes Mark froth with rage? Listen on to find out! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by The Monkees. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just ...…
 
Can you guess how our discussion of Instant Funk's semi-classic "I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)" leads to visions of an Ikea orgy and a comparison of our most disgruntled-sounding Southern accents? If you guess correctly, then please explain it to us, because we're still not sure! Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro ...…
 
Sad Christmas can be fun! We're talking about a pair of heartrending holiday tunes, and it's got us thinking about everything from the cosmic mystery of death to adorable otters in hats. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Bing Crosby. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsong ...…
 
In Episode 4 of our MASTAS spin-off, Dan and Tracie and Sarah dig into the past, present and future of The Real Housewives of New Jersey's most polarizing personality. Scared to be around Danielle Staub? Turns out she real scared to be close to you, too. SHOW NOTES Bandcamp page: moneycantbuyyoupodcast.bandcamp.com The RAICES compilation: https ...…
 
If you think we have nothing to say about Brandi Carlile's soaring ode to the strength of the downtrodden, then the joke's on you! Also, the song is called "The Joke," and it's got us digging deeply into what makes us believe in a songwriter's message. Did you get excited when we mentioned MASTAS t-shirts? Buy one here! And if you want to be in ...…
 
We've seen a million podcasts, and we've rocked them all! The big hair and bigger chords of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead Or Alive" have us talking about New Jersey's identity crisis, the history of MTV Unplugged, and the appeal of uncool rock stars. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by The Association. Want to request a song, buy a birt ...…
 
Don't call it a podcast! We've been here for years! Okay, it IS a podcast, and this time it's about LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out." This leads to conversation about good-time hip-hop, LL's weird career, anthems for badasses, and (naturally) Shakespeare's Coriolanus. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by JVC Force. Want to req ...…
 
At long last, ABBA. Adam Grosswirth joins us to discuss three of the group's classic songs, plus unlikely Swedish museums and the naughtiest things you can scream out a window. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Madonna. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail ...…
 
When does sad music make us happy? When we're talking about Erasure's "Oh L'Amour"! We're also covering the hierarchy of '80s Brit bands, MASTAS bingo, and songs that protect you like armor. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne and our outro is by Duran Duran. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (tal ...…
 
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