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Episode 96: One Hit

Thanks to Jacob Heiteen for joining us this week! You can listen to the episode above, or download it right here.

Topic:

  • One-Hit Wonders
  • What exactly makes something a “one-hit wonder”? What qualifies as a “hit”?
  • Where do one-hit wonders come from? Why do they become so popular?
  • Can a song be a one-hit wonder if produced by a highly popular/influential band?
  • Do record sales/airplay work as a way to judge if a song is or isn’t a one-hit wonder, or even just a “hit”?
  • What makes a song a “hit” in the first place?
  • Do they still exist in the internet age? Does a YouTube play count tell you as much as sales used to?
  • Why do people love the concept of the “one-hit wonder” so much?

Songs:

  • John Williams – “Jurassic Park Theme”
  • Len – “Steal My Sunshine”
  • Swans – “Song For a Warrior”
  • Castanets – “Tell Them Memphis”

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Episode 17: The Question of Quantifying Quality

Here we go, our Grammy special! As usual, click HERE  to listen, right-click to download! And many thanks to our first guest-host, Jordan Portlock, for filling in for Arya!

Topic:

  • Grammys, and the nature of award shows
  • Do award shows turn out to be self-congratulatory, or do they serve a purpose?
  • Is it better that nominees are chosen by the musicians’ peers, or should it be chosen by the people?
  • NPR’s All Songs Considered: “How Much Does It Cost to Make a Hit Song?”

Songs used:

Bands Mentioned:

  • Lawless Religion
  • Groves
  • Pathologies
  • Radiohead
  • Pearl Jam
  • Nirvana
  • Bob Dylan
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Woody Guthrie
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Boyd Tinsley / Dave Matthews Band
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Wampire
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • The Birthday Party
  • Frank Ocean
  • Jack White
  • Fun
  • Arcade Fire
  • Stone Roses
  • Jesus & Mary Chain
  • Esparanza Spalding
  • Phoenix
  • Michael Jackson
  • Blink-182
  • Katy Perry
  • The Beatles
  • Radiohead
  • Menomena
  • Milli Vanilli
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Justin Bieber
  • Lady Gaga
  • Black Keys
  • Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All
  • Chris Brown
  • The Lumineers
  • Adele
  • Chris Cornell
  • Timbaland
  • Chris Cornell / Soundgarden
  • Scott Stapp / Creed
  • Chad Kroger / Nickelback
  • Eddie Vedder / Pearl Jam
  • Billy Corgan / Smashing Pumpkins
  • Morrissey / The Smith
  • Stephen Malkmus / Pavement
  • Rolling Stones
  • Eminem
  • Panic At The Disco
  • The Format
  • James Blake
  • Parenthetical Girls
  • Ramona Falls
  • Tomahawk
  • John Wesley Harding
  • Carrie Brownstein
  • Peter Buck
  • Colin Meloy
  • Chris Funk
  • Ben Gibbard
  • Storm Large
  • k.d. lang
  • Eugene Mirman
  • Presidents of the United States of America
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • They Might Be Giants
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