Episode 31: A Hypothetical

Hello everybody! This week’s ridiculous episode can be found above, and can be downloaded by right-clicking HERE!

Topic:

“Q: Assume everything about your musical tastes was reversed overnight. Everything you once loved, you now hate; everything you once hated, you now love. For example, if your favorite band has always been R.E.M., they will suddenly sound awful to you; they will become the band you dislike the most. By the same token, if you’ve never been remotely interested in the work of Yes and Jethro Tull, those two groups will instantly seem fascinating. If you generally dislike jazz today, you’ll generally like jazz tomorrow. If you currently consider the first album by Veruca Salt to be slightly above average, you will abruptly find it to be slightly below average. Everything will become its opposite, but everything will remain in balance (and the rest of your personality will remain unchanged). So- in all likelihood- you won’t love music any less (or any more) than you do right now. There will still be artists you love and who make you happy; they will merely be all the artists you currently find unlistenable.

Now, I concede that this transformation would make you unhappy.

But explain why.”

-Chuck Klosterman, from Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Idea

Songs Used:

  • Kanye West – “Black Skinhead” (NOTE: In the episode, we state that the song we used is “New Slaves”, but we switched at the last minute)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen x Nine Inch Nails – “Call Me a Hole
  • Vampire Weekend – “Step

Bands Mentioned:

  • Kanye West
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Public Enemy
  • Michael Jackson
  • 2Pac
  • Ira Kaplan / Yo La Tengo
  • Kim Gordon / Sonic Youth
  • Carrie Brownstein
  • J Mascis
  • Devo
  • Sun Ra
  • Cannibal Corpse
  • Napalm Death
  • Courtney Taylor-Taylor / Dandy Warhols
  • The Produce Department
  • Tango Alpha Tango
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • The Cribs
  • Daft Punk
  • The Knife
  • Yes
  • Jethro Tull
  • Wilco
  • Radiohead
  • Britney Spears
  • Joy Division
  • John Coltrane
  • Nickelback
  • Thrice
  • Breaking Benjamin
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Spice Girls
  • Wheatus
  • Depeche Mode
  • Johnny Cash
  • Marilyn Manson
  • The Smiths
  • Insane Clown Posse
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Beatles
  • Metallica
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