Episode 108: Diminishing Returns

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Thanks to David Greenwald and Dave Harris (represented here by Liz Phair) for joining us on this week’s show! You can listen above, or download the episode right here.

Topic:

  • Diminishing returns: is inspiration finite?
  • Which formerly great artists lost their creative spark over time? Why does it happen?
  • Which artists that lost their muse returned to greatness later on?
  • Do we perceive the drop-off in quality differently because of former greatness? Would albums that are the result of “diminishing returns” beĀ perceived differently if made by other bands?

Songs:

  • Simon & Garfunkel – “Mrs. Robinson”
  • Weezer – “Beverly Hills”
  • Horse Feathers – “Violently Wild”
  • Faith No More – “Motherfucker”

Bands:

  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Ride
  • Faith No More
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Bel Biv Devoe
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Michael Jackson
  • U2
  • Jay-Z
  • Britney Spears
  • Run the Jewels
  • Shane MacGowan
  • KISS
  • Motley Crue
  • Stevie Nicks / Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie / Fleetwood Mac
  • Pink Floyd
  • Black Kids
  • British Sea Power
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
  • King Rat
  • Despot
  • Gruff Rhys
  • Willis Earl Beal
  • Sebastien Grainger / Jesse Keeler / Death From Above 1979
  • Biblical
  • Lite
  • Mike Watt
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Animal Collective
  • Wolf Parade
  • Weezer
  • David Bowie
  • The Cure
  • Steve Earle
  • Kim Deal / Pixies
  • ABBA
  • Billy Corgan / Smashing Pumpkins
  • Jimmy Eat World
  • Jesse Lacey / Brand New
  • The National
  • Arcade Fire
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • Tom Waits
  • Jeff Tweedy / Wilco
  • Ryan Adams
  • Prince
  • Princess
  • Robert Pollard / Guided by Voices
  • Kevin Barnes / of Montreal
  • Wayne Coyne / Flaming Lips
  • Nas
  • Polyphonic Spree
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Jens Lekman
  • Beirut
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • Interpol
  • Craig Finn / The Hold Steady
  • Art Brut
  • Savages
  • Gang of Four
  • Television
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Sound Garden
  • Cold Cave
  • Death Grips
  • Lift to Experience
  • Lorde
  • Horse Feathers
  • Alialujah Choir
  • Circa Survive
  • Title Fight
  • Tera Melos
  • Alvvays
  • Spoon
  • Future Islands
  • Foo Fighters
  • Dan Auerbach / The Black Keys
  • Trombone Shorty
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band
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