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What is this song?? Is it set in the 1970s or 1870s? Is it all lies or just wishful puppy love? And is Brandy getting played?? Guest: Jon Gabrus. Listen to him on Headgum's new miniseries Corked. Walk-in music: ‘Who Is She 2 U’ by Brandy; ’The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ by Roberta Flack; ‘Princes of the Universe’ by Queen. Follow Punch Up The…
 
You know the rules, and so do I" Uh, what rules are you talking about there, Rick? Everything ok Rick? Why do you have that knife in your hand Rick? Do you usually keep that pair of leather gloves in your trench coat pocket? Did you really just bring me to this deserted warehouse to "Rick Roll" me Rick? Why...do you have that knife Rick? WHAT ARE T…
 
Grab a bottle of Trader Joe's wine and tuck into this episode on your way to Hooters after not cuddling your girlfriend, after all, everyday can't be her birthday. It's just what this undeniable classic intended! Guest: Carl Tart of fellow Headgum podcast, XOXO, Gossip Kings. Walk-in music: 'The Hallelujah Chorus' by The Roches; 'Poontang' by The U…
 
Punch Up The Jam has been nominated for Best Music Podcast in The People's Choice Podcast Awards! You can vote by "saving your nomination" after you sign up here. Voting closes Sunday, July 31st, so vote while you can! Evan is joined by Rachel Green and Kirsten O’Brien of Boss Bitches to settle the question at the heart of most modern utilitarian p…
 
Is this song a fun romp or barbaric atrocity? Evan enlists horror movie experts Sammy Smart and Emily Gonzales (Too Scary; Didn't Watch) to dissect and dismember this terrifying and insane dance hit. Diversions include: trademark lawsuits in which the judge gets very cheeky, haircuts shaped like eyebrows, and the mullet of pants. Guest: Sammy Smart…
 
This song was slandered as “The Worst Song of the 80s”. Why?? It rocks! But as Andrew and Evan get way way into, it also sucks in unique and exciting and dumb ways. An absolutely devastating ep, with crucial insights into: what is hoopla; pre-boomer boomer attitudes, why you always go back to the mamba, calling in favors at MTV, and what is the dif…
 
Imagine a world that is in every possible respect different from our own. Yeah, just give it a whirl. It's easy if you TRY. ...So says history's biggest imagination bully, John Lennon. We rip off the uplifting latex face mask of this song and bare the dark soul within: this song thinks it's better than you. Our very very prepared guest Arthur Meyer…
 
ARE YOU OKAY? Gianmarco Soresi stops by the podcast to discuss goths, outsized teenage emotions, music made in response to 9/11, debate the attractiveness of a sulky man, and much more. Read the bad, bad book that is this episode because unlike your jock boyfriend, this podcast just gets you. Guest: Gianmarco Soresi Walk-in music: 'Get Free' by The…
 
Pharrell originally pitched this song to Prince, and we can confidently say, we’re glad Prince said no! This song rules! Makes you think, maybe Prince should have said no to more things! Negin Farsad returns to the pod bringing some personal history with this Pharrell feat. Jay-Z classic, and frankly more personal history than we needed as she reco…
 
If you spent 6 weeks in a Swiss chalet, you'd probably write a beloved, feel-good rock hit too. Evan and comedian Amy Miller get into airplane etiquette like a couple of 90's stand-ups, an Elmer Fudd-ELO conspiracy like a couple of academic theorists, and wax problematic on humans having koala babies. Tune in to hear Evan punch-up this classic! Gue…
 
I’m beggin, beggin you, to listen to this tale of how evil bond-style supervillains are conspiring to take over society with This One New Sound that is actually old and grates on your ears. Daniel Thrasher stops into the pod before going out on tour to share the reason he hates this Måneskin song (apparently it’s a C#). Michael Gregory guest hosts …
 
Evan's losing his mind and has Friend of the Pod and Beachboyologist Tim Daniels (The Complete Guide to Everything) in for triage. The Beach Boys: They got around in every way you’re thinking. In the fictional but sort of autobiographical world of this song there’s drag racing, hot promiscuous sex, bragging about fat stacks, and “cool head”, yikes.…
 
The song that launched a million emo kids! Have you ever felt like you can’t wake up? Did you try having a random dude yell CANT WAKE UP at you? Evan, set adrift as a solo host, sorely missing his cohost Andrew (who’s on paternity leave), pulls in the next best thing, his other brother Michael, who proceeds to hit a home run with a stunning GUEST P…
 
With Ahms Wahd O-PAHNN. Why would we ever want to punch up this beloved song about daddy issues?? Evan and Andrew interrogate YouTube legend Markiplier (Mark Fischbach) about his childhood connection to this sensitive but rockin' tune. Many groundbreaking ideas and questions come to the surface: How NOT to do your album art photoshop, Why does Scot…
 
All we are is dust in the wind, dude. This crucial insight has been blowing the minds of rock fans for decades. Dust. Wind. Think about it man!! Andrew & Evan get into the nitty-gritty on this classic hit and are shocked, shocked to discover that the band Kansas is actually from Kansas!! And somehow this song is the first thing the singer ever lear…
 
It's the hit of the century! It sounds like it's from the 1980s and the 2080s at the same time! Everyone and their pet alien loves this song, and that's why, to punch it up, we knew we had to enlist the help of Connor Ratliff, a legend in the podcastiverse for his dedication to dissecting utter minutiae. And Connor did not disappoint, at one point …
 
MONDAYS AMIRITE???? Is the very controversial claim at the heart of this huge 80s hit from the Bangles. Evan and Andrew investigate whether Mondays are really persecuting The Bangles orrrrrr was this song perhaps written by an alien who had just learned about human jobs? No, in fact, it was written by Prince, and this episode reveals that he plagia…
 
“I’m not a perfect person,” begins this very imperfect song by perfectly named Hoobastank. NO DURR. Mano Agapion (Drag Her, Podcast Killed The Video Star) absolutely hoobed in with some stanky insights, and we can now call this song what it is: abuse. Even more shocking discoveries are made about the SoCal ska scene, Ross from Friends, and Biff fro…
 
Andrew comes to the pod this week with a barnyard axe to grind: Why ain’t there country music for them northerners? Down On The Farm by Tim McGraw proves the PERfect vessel for his punch up which turns out inventing an entirely new subgenre of music!! Evan is both aghast and delighted. Dana Schwartz (Anatomy: A Love Story; Noble Blood) saves the da…
 
Khruangbin: indie darlings that combine world music with vintage soul, all while making you feel like you stumbled into one of those Chill Beats Study Music For A Rainy Day playlists. Incredible music with one HUGE problem that results in a....punch up that is serious? That probably should win a Grammy? For those keeping score at home, Evan thinks …
 
You want it...that way? WHAT WAY?!? Evan and Andrew are joined by Backstreet Boys' superfans Jack Douglass and Erin Breslin to get to the bottom of WHAT WAY the Backstreet Boys so desperately wanted, while also wanting so desperately for their fire, their one desire, to NOT also want even as they were wanting it. Wow. Along the way, our gang also d…
 
You know that feeling when you wanna say something really respectful, that recognizes someone’s personhood and beauty both inner and outer? Akon had that feeling, and it ended badly. Andrew and Evan bring in Actual Music Podcaster Justin Richmond to help figure out this completely insane song, and on their journey they find similarities to Point Br…
 
Evan and Andrew alchemically transmute this very podcast into High Art, thanks to a secondhand exposure to the Icelandic witch that humans know as Björk. With the help of known witchcraft expert Negin Farsad, they plumb the depths of not just Björk’s lyrics & music, but her otherworldly powers. Guest: Negin Farsad Walk-in music: 'The Entertainer' b…
 
Toxic relationships: they suck, we can all agree. Or DO we??? Gaby Dunn (Bad With Money) joins Evan and Andrew to get to the bottom of WHY for Jiminy Cricket’s sake does Diana Ross respectfully choose to stay with this dude?! Well the answer will SHOCK you. Walk-in Music: 'Shame' by Evelyn "Champagne" King; 'Love Like This' by Faith Evans. Follow P…
 
Our intrepid hosts explore the sub-sub-sub genre of pop-punk songs about high school love triangles by Berklee College of Music graduates. There’s a lot to unpack! Jazz chords, Miley Cyrus’s thanksgiving plans, and screaming the word NINTENDO, for starters. Along the way, Evan and Andrew use their intimate knowledge of loving but occasionally antag…
 
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