Our musical tastes change as we get older – one day you are listening to “Sesame Street Fever” as a precocious child. Then you grow up into a moody teenager and dive into the world of Japanese thrash and Norwegian techno because you’re cooler than everyone else. And then you hit your 30s and start listening to “Sesame Street Fever” again because your kids found it in the garage and it’s STILL AMAZING.
This week Richard and Michael dig deep into their youths to talk about the albums they remember loving as a kid. And no frontin’ – that means not retroactively making your choices cooler than they were. Jeff and his brother Sam are on board to keep them honest and ensure that this is a NO FRONTIN’ ZONE!
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Getting your music video played on MTV was the goal of almost every musical act in the 1980s and 1990s. (Yes, kids: MTV actually used to play music videos instead of a 24/7 loop of Real World/Road Rules Challenge). And there was nothing to make your music video stand out like have a celebrity – or multiple celebrities – show up for a cameo.
I mean, who could deny the celebrity firepower of Rodney Dangerfield, Milton Berle or Ally Sheedy. One of them appearing in your music video = instant hit!
We break down the best – and strangest – celebrity music video cameos ever. Jeff’s had enough of Michael and Richard’s shenanigans, so he’s brought in some help – his brother Sam! It’s double the Hopkins, double the judgments.
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SPOILER ALERT! No, that’s actually what we’re talking about in this episode. As social media becomes more ubiquitous – Facebook and Twitter feeds will be implanted straight into our eyes by 2025 – it’s harder to keep “shocking” twists shocking. You practically have to live like a hermit and NOT LOOK AT YOUR PHONE FOR HOURS if you don’t want those jerks on the East Coast to ruin all the fun of the “Riverdale” season finale.
So while we’re talking about Spoiler Alerts this week, we won’t spoil our choices (except for after the jump). Trust us: We wouldn’t dare ruin the surprise that Michael chose all spoilers from Korean soap opera as his picks. And definitely not the fact that Jeff is actually Richard’s father. That would just be awful.
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Few styles of rock music are as evocative of a particular time and place than surf music. As soon as the opening guitar or drum riff to a surf classic, you are instantly transported back to a time when it was all about catching some waves and soaking up the sun. Or, you are currently at Island’s taking advantage of their 2-for-1 Kona Longboard Happy Hour specials.
There are no better people to give their opinions on the most iconic surf songs than three guys whose experiences with surfing are limited to watching “Point Break.” There’s a decent chance we missed something that should be on the Mt. Rushmore of Surf Songs – let us know what it is.
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Way back in Episode 10 of this show (Editor’s Note: Yipes), we took a look at Video Games That Broke Your Heart. With more than a year of soul-crushing moments under our belts, we felt it was only right to expand this topic to include pretty much anything that has destroyed your spirit.
So why “things” and not “people?” Partially it’s because no one wants to hear about the girl who stood you up at your junior prom (Editor’s Note: THANKS A LOT DIANA!). But also because having a person break your heart at least gives you direct your anger toward. When it’s a thing or an event, it’s a lot tougher to make yourself feel better by assigning blame.
Except for this past Presidential Election. Plenty of blame to go around there.
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You know what is music to your ears? Music. But also an incredibly satisfying sound! Whether is the crackling of the fire on a cold winter day or the swish of a basketball going through the hoop, we all have sounds that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Is our podcast on your Rushmore of Satisfying Sounds? Probably not! But we think you’ll enjoy us talking about some of our favorite sounds just the same.
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There might be some controversy to the theory that having grandmothers as part of a family is why humans live longer than apes. But there’s no controversy about the statement that grandmothers are great. (Even if they aren’t “great grandmothers.” Which doesn’t mean they aren’t great…look, you get the point.)
This week we look at the Rushmore of Grandmas – real and fictional. Just not Richard, Michael or Jeff’s grandmothers, since that would be cheating. Some of these grandmothers are warm and caring. Others are foul and crass. But one thing they have in common is love. And being a lot older than us.
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When it comes to a road trip, sometimes it’s less about the destination and more about how you get there. But is this also true when it comes to time travel devices? Sure, you could just go into a plain room like in “12 Monkeys,” but where’s the sense of style with that? Let’s face it, driving a Delorean is cooler than going back to 1955 and having your mom try to get into your Calvin Kleins.
We explore the Rushmore of Time Travel Devices with the help of our good friend Paul Lurie, who suggested the topic. He is one of the best Duck Boat drivers in Boston, which means he knows a thing or two about cool forms of transportation. As far as we know, the Duck Boats aren’t time travel devices, though. Yet.
So join us for an episode that was prerecorded, which means it’s basically a time travel device right there. (And definitely not as cool as a Delorean.)
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There’s nothing like watching a great movie, only to have your blood boil every time a certain character appears onscreen. Sometimes the actor is giving a terrible performance. In other cases, they are TRYING to be annoying. And then there are great actors stuck portraying an awful character.
In wrestling it’s known as “X-Pac Heat” but here we’re just talking the Rushmore of Annoying Characters in Great Movies. Join Richard, Michael and Jeff as they overact, use grating accents and otherwise bug the hell out of you.
So, basically, it’s another show.
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Nothing says “America” like loading up the family in the Volvo and spending the afternoon at IKEA. And we mean “afternoon” since there’s no way you are getting out of there in less than two hours. After you’re done, you can unwind by spending the rest of the evening loading giant boxes of plywood furniture from your car to your apartment and then trying to find the right Allen wrench to put your coffee table together.
This week we tackle the Rushmore of all things IKEA. From the quality of their goods to the suspicious content of their meatballs, it’s a veritable “smorgasbord” of goodness. So grab a giant blue bag, drop the kids off at the playroom and get ready to shop ’til you drop.
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