Hoobastank - Crawling in the Dark

Hoobastank - Crawling in the Dark

This week Ray Harkens of Taken joins the show to talk about his affinity for early 2000’s post grunge and butt rock, through the lens of Hoobastank’s “Crawling in the Dark”

Taken also has a new EP, their first recordings in over a decade, and you can hear the title track now on Spotify or other streaming services.

“If we weren’t a hardcore band, I think we would probably sound a little bit like Trust Company or Hoobastank”

In This Episode: FOUR different interpretations of the totally straightforward lyrics, one involving an animated mole prince, and another involving adolescent masturbation. Also we have Michael seeing the band on the “Sprite Liquid Mix” tour in 2002, a totally sick Mountain Dew commercial featuring Hoobastank and a pre-fame Channing Tatum, and a song meanings comment about one young man’s potential to save the world.

Music We Like: Hot Water Music - A Flight And A Crash, Slow Meadow - Costero, At The Gates - A Stare Bound In Stone, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Shiggy

Chill Ass Girl (Dido - Thank You)

Chill Ass Girl (Dido - Thank You)

This week we cover my love/hate relationship with Dido's "Thank You," a seemingly melancholy song that is actually just about a cool boyfriend.

You better believe we cover the song's intersection with Eminem's "Stan," how the movie "Up" ripped off Dido's spite house in this music video, and plenty of bizarre youtube comments.

Music We Like: Thundercat - Drank (Chopped & Skewed), Sunflower Bean - Twentytwo in Blue, and Hot Snakes - Jericho Sirens

Luke Bryan - That's My Kind of Night

This week Aimee-Beth wants to talk about ironic (?) country (?) club anthem (?) "That's My Kind of Night" by Luke Bryan

Is this song making fun of hip hop or desperately trying to crib from it? Both? Are the static shots of cowboy boots a joke? Is this music video a rejected Monday Night Football promo? Who knows?

Music We Like: Greater Pyrenees - Self-Titled, Frodus - And We Washed Our Weapons in the Sea, Depeche Mode - Violator 

Livers & Shakes (Matchbox Twenty - Unwell)

Livers & Shakes (Matchbox Twenty - Unwell)

This week we cover "Unwell" by Matchbox TWENTY. The song Is about mental illness and Rob Thomas thinks “impaired” is a cool word.

The video is completely terrible, features early CGI, a puppet version of Carlos Santana, and Rob's evil, big-nosed bandmates.

Music we like: Courtney Barnett - Nameless Faceless, Cave In - Jupiter, EARTHGANG - Royalty

 

Trevi Fountain (Gym Class Heroes - Cupid's Chokehold)

Trevi Fountain (Gym Class Heroes - Cupid's Chokehold)

This week we take on "Cupid's Chokehold" by Cobra Starship / Fallout Boy / Supertramp supergroup: Gym Class Heroes.

Tony tells us about his connection to the track, which consists entirely of white girls wanting to be the Katy Perry to his Travie McCoy. Lead singer Travie McCoy falls in love with girls, has them prepare pancakes, and refuses to pay bills.

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A Necessary Lesson in Humility (Shanice - I Love Your Smile)

A Necessary Lesson in Humility (Shanice - I Love Your Smile)

This week Michael and I are joined by Josh Hallmark of the Our Americana Podcast Network (our-americana.com) to talk about Shanice’s “I Love Your Smile” and the 6th grade musical performance that resulted in him changing schools.

I'd never heard this song before, but it rules. It's got 250 doo's, expensive Janet Jackson laughter, a video about turning the tables on a stalker-y photographer, and a bout of depression nested in an otherwise feel-good, catchy-as-hell pop jam.

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Music We Like: Emily Haines' Choir of the Mind, Sparta's Wiretap Scars, and Snapcase's Progression Through Unlearning 

Uke Dad (Hinder - Lips of an Angel)

Uke Dad (Hinder - Lips of an Angel)

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This episode is a listener request from Jack, who thought he could fake his way into “cool” music with this album. Boy was he wrong.

We cover the way-too-late-but-somehow-successful “Lips of an Angel” by DIY butt-rockers Hinder. With some of the worst vocals and the absolute worst stage presence, the singer spins a tale of talking dirty to an ex while his current girlfriend applies lotion in the next room.

We discover this song’s weird, record-breaking ties to early internet music technology including Myspace autoplays and cellphone ringtones, hear from commenters who definitely shouldn't be using this song as a blueprint for their own relationships, and FINALLY reveal the origin of this show’s chill Cali vibes.

BOOM to the Heart! (Soul Asylum - Runaway Train)

BOOM to the Heart! (Soul Asylum - Runaway Train)

This week we cover, without a doubt, our worst video yet: Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train," which features a murdered mee-maw, a child prostitute, and the lead singer sitting on ACTUAL missing children.

Also: what this video has in common with Toto's Africa, what it's like to hear a 25 year-old megahit for the first time, and a comment section featuring some of the most deranged and most sensible comments we've had on the show.

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Billy Corgan Spotlight (Zwan - Honestly)

Billy Corgan Spotlight (Zwan - Honestly)

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This week we take on Billy Corgan, Zwan, and the brutal, public breakup of the early 2000's supergroup.

We find BC/WPC at his most petty and vindictive, raging at the "vile creatures" from Slint, Chavez, and A Perfect Circle on his live journal and in the Chicago tribune. All this could be forgiven if he weren't trying to look happy in this music video.

Music we like: Acid Bath - Paegan Terrorism Tactics, Yo La Tengo - Shades of Blue, Mournful Congregation - The Incubus of Karma, Mastodon - Blood Mountain

Cocaine Cavern (Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody)

Cocaine Cavern (Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody)

This week Shaina and Michael return to help dissect an amazing, bizarre, and just-plain-great song from 1998: Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody."

Timbaland's mouth sounds. Baby sounds. Music Video Falconry. A four-hour push to write, record, and release this track as the lead single to Eddie Murphy's Dr. Doolittle, who also appears in the video.

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Music We Like: Basement - Promise Everything, Dan Auerbach - Waiting on a Song, Hey Colossus - The Guillotine 

Mic Check It Out (Limp Bizkit & Method Man - N 2 Gether Now)

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This week our resident Limp Bizkit expert Aaron Brock returns to help us dissect the good-except-for-Fred-Durst N 2 Gether Now featuring Method Man and a beat from DJ Premier.

We're talking embarrassingly weak bars, poser Limp Bizkit hats from our childhoods, signed Fred Durst photos, and, once again, youtube commenters who don't normally like rap but like this song "for some reason"

Music we like: Marika Hackman - I'm Not Your Man, Turnstile - Real Thing, and The Most Unwanted Song

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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 Patreon.com/thatawfulsound. $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)

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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