Are We Human Or Are We Danzig (The Killers - Human)

Are We Human Or Are We Danzig (The Killers - Human)

A song I hate from 2008, The Killers’ “Human,” dares to ask the question no one understood: are we human or are we dancer?

Not “denser.” Not “dancers.” Dancer.

We cover Brandon Flowers’ public battle on behalf of the world’s dumbest lyric, what it means to be “dancer,” and why, in Flowers’ own words, listeners are “idiots” if they don’t get it.

Music We Like: Noname - Telephone, The Jesus Lizard - Liar, Return to Forever - Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy

131 - Ego Goo (Christina Aguilera - Genie in a Bottle)

131 - Ego Goo (Christina Aguilera - Genie in a Bottle)

It's the 3rd anniversary of That Awful Sound! I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by finally talkin' Genie in a Bottle with longtime friends and cohosts: Michael "Mikey Goo" Muñoz and Shaina "One Time" Turian.

I had to cut a ton of great stuff for time, including probably a dozen amazing YouTube comments, and the only way to hear them is at $1/month gets you a private feed of every bonus episode in your podcast player

This was a super fun, super freaky, and super freewheeling episode, so put Baby New Year to bed, keep an eye on that come count, and enjoy!

130 - Eggnog Pedicure (The Christmas Shoes)

130 - Eggnog Pedicure (The Christmas Shoes)

The Regular Dog is Back! This week we cover The Christmas Shoes, a song so reprehensible it spawned one of our most cynical, most blasphemous episodes yet.

We tackle the subject of Christmas Mom-death the only way we know how: an exploration of Christian foot fetishes, a grown man's obsession with THAT LITTLE BOY, and the purpose this song serves in the American psyche.

Music We Like: Oxbox - Thin Black Duke, Bugg - S/T, and BROCKHAMPTON - SATURATION III

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

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 Control, For Against - Echelons, Quicksand - Interiors (again)

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 butt rock supergroup featuring Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, Saliva Frontman Josie “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 buddy Oliver on the Video Negative podcast

Music We like: Quicksand - Interiors, Less Art - Strangled Light, and Renounced

127 - Allegedly Uneducated (Kid Rock - Cowboy)

127 - Allegedly Uneducated (Kid Rock - Cowboy)

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.

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, MINION DEATH CULT, a show about the deranged politics of the internet, and partly inspired by this episode.

A video with 2.5 million views, "Salute the Brave" has lyrics about killing liberals, carpet-bombing Afghanistan, and "screaming at America." The music video has plenty of salutes, guns, and cucked protesters.

Music We Like: Bad History Month - Dead and Loving it, No Warning - Torture Culture, Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference, and Christian Scott - The Anthem

125 - Age of Aroma (MuDvAyNe - Death Blooms)

125 - Age of Aroma (MuDvAyNe - Death Blooms)

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.”

124 - Loudiamondphillips (Danzig - Sacrifice)

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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.

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

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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; and guest Nick Guenzler struggles between his personal relationship with the band and the overwhelming cringe-iness of the song;

We of course also cover Tom Delonge’s infamous “WHERE ARE YOU” verse, his attempts at sincere-face in the music video, and a youtube comment tailored so specifically to us that it’s scary.

Music We Like: King Krule - OOZ, Fearing - A Life Of None, and Tones on Tail

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.

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

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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,” Skeletal Family - “Futile Combat”

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

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In this episode: Rockabye is on 32 album releases, including “World’s Best Dad: Super Tracks for Super Dads” and “American Anthems II”; Shawn Mullins creepily whispers a Jack Nicholson impression in the verse of this song that no one seems to remember, but there’s a reason; The Music Video feat. the punk daughter from Face/Off and a looming, leering, Shawn Mullins; and YouTube comments including one from the ACTUAL author of these lyrics

Music We “Like”: Virgo Rouge, who is single handedly bringing back the “dead” music industry with her eclectic apartment psych rock

119 - Irony Babies (Alanis Morrisette - Ironic)

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This week, against my will, we're making fun of Actual Good Song "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette. My guest Shaina Turian and I share memories about growing up with Jagged Little Pill, as cohost Emma scoffs from the sidelines.

We desperately try to avoid the tired, “this isn't ironic” commentary 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 cool that Alanis didn't care about the definition of “irony” when writing this song, and whether the characters in the music video are figments of her imagination or degenerative clones.

Also: How Futurama struck back against this song, the “massive amount of scatting” going on in 90’s fem rock, and smoking weed out of Bugles

Music We Like: Jagged Little Pill, Ariel Pink's "Dedicated to Bobby Jameson," and Cass McCombs' "Mangy Love"

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 pull the trigger on its hyper-literal concept, and I present a thoeory about the lyrics that involves neither the drugs, class barriers, or nice-guyism that Tal would have you believe.

Music We Like: The Stills’ “Logic Will Break Your Heart,” Hot Water Music’s “Light It Up," and Metz’ “Strange Peace,”

117 - Fudgefinger (Primer 55 - Loose)

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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 particular hairstyles in the nu metal community, contracting conjunctivitis in a push pit, an odd amount of singer J-Sin’s personal acquaintances in the comment section.

Music We Like: Lil Uzi Vert’s “Luv Is Rage 2” and Old Baby’s “Love Hangover”

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 treble; question his purported love of black metal; and gasp at totally rAnDoM acts of violence in the music video, which was directed by the creator of Invader Zim, is DEFINITELY on drugs, and helped a youtube commentator finally realize class consciousness and anti-racism.

Music We Like: Mogwai - "Every Country’s Sun", Graham Nash - "Songs For Beginners," Neil Young - "Hitchhiker"

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

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This week we get too drunk and cover Nu Nu Metal 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), 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 reason, and Emma gives the worldwide debut performance of a parody version of the song I found online that takes late-90’s establishment Democrats to task.

Music We LIke: Racetraitor’s “By The Time I Get To Pennsylvania,” Godflesh’s “Songs of Love and Hate in Dub,” and Vijay Iyer Sextet’s “Far from Over”

114 - Danger Cracker (Hoobastank - The Reason)

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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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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 speed, Tay-K, and Trouble