21 episodes

Obscure Music History is an investigative music podcast, sneaking behind-the-scenes to take apart B-sides and rarities of unpopular music. And it's a comedy!

|| Produced by Tom Hogan. He is also the host of Missing Richard Mercer, and Polish Club's Sophomore Slump. For more projects, visit TomHogan.com.au

Obscure Music History Tom Hogan

    • Comedy
    • 5.0, 10 Ratings

Obscure Music History is an investigative music podcast, sneaking behind-the-scenes to take apart B-sides and rarities of unpopular music. And it's a comedy!

|| Produced by Tom Hogan. He is also the host of Missing Richard Mercer, and Polish Club's Sophomore Slump. For more projects, visit TomHogan.com.au

    Subtle Sam (Part 47) - Ever After Happily

    Subtle Sam (Part 47) - Ever After Happily

    After 45 chapters of non-music related information from our extensive biography of Subtle Sam, we return to music, much like Subtle Sam himself. Subtle Sam attempted to build upon his career as a film producer and writer. He invested into his new script Happily Ever After, but couldn't secure the fashion icon Linda Applestein in the lead role. Subtle Sam pulled the project completely, and subsequently sold the script to a small production company.

    Seeing promise in the script, veteran director Antonio Shalibri pulled some strings with some heavy investors. The project generated enough buzz to capture the eye of Linda Applestein's booking agency, and the model agreed to do the film. Subtle Sam's dream of Happily Ever After had finally become a reality! The film achieved mainstream success thanks to the director's choice of casting leading man Joshua Phoenix, a millionaire astrophysicist and part-time ski instructor. The natural chemistry between Applestein and Phoenix is undeniable, especially during the long passionate embraces. Following the movie's success, Subtle Sam made enough money to produce his debut album Subtle Sam Sings The Blues. He began working on the album shortly after Applestein and Phoenix announced their engagement.

    On Subtle Sam Sings The Blues we hear a different side to Subtle Sam. This Subtle Sam is yearning, displaying an outspoken ache for something more than he has, to live "Ever After Happily". Little is known about the context of the album, but the record got many reviews for being "remarkably earnest and suitably pathetic", resulting in a series of successful down-tempo country blues albums from the artist over the following decade.

    Subtle Sam did not attend the Applestein/Phoenix wedding. Reports say that on the day of the ceremony, Subtle Sam was rushed to hospital when he was discovered floating face down in a river, clutching a toaster. When the doctors managed to bring Subtle Sam to consciousness, his first words were "Well... that sure didn't work."

    We also look into Josh Cameline's famous cover of Every After Happily.

    • 11 min
    Subtle Sam (Part 1) - Hey, How Are You?

    Subtle Sam (Part 1) - Hey, How Are You?

    In Part 1 of our special profile on country actor-turned-singer Subtle Sam, we take a glance at his first release "Hey, How Are You?" from the film Leisurely Rider. In doing so, Obscure Music History explores how the film was a completely fictionalised depiction of the actual definitely-non-sexual completely-platonic just-friends i-love-you-like-a-brother relationship between Subtle Sam and his childhood neighbour Linda Applestein. || Special thanks to Mikey Burnside & Alice Marklew for this episode. "Hey, How Are You?" is available on Spotify and iTunes. For more information, including a screenshot of the film Leisurely Rider, visit https://obscuremusichistory.com/Subtle-Sam-Hey-How-Are-You-1938

    • 8 min
    HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA: An Obscure Music History Christmas

    HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA: An Obscure Music History Christmas

    Tom has a candid interview with music historian (and regular guest) George Greggenmeyer, looking at several unorthodox holiday songs whose other work we'll be hearing from over the next few episodes. That includes vocal group The Pink Smudges, lovebird duo Mary L & James R, country hero Subtle Sam, and the spectacular Josh Cameline. || All songs are available on the EP "An Obscure Music History Christmas", available on Spotify and iTunes. https://open.spotify.com/album/2PbpWMYJskNdRUiokrKoja?si=A8t3UgrQTDeAZa3OYPQ4jw || Special thanks to Ellie Downing for the title "Leave A Glass Of Whiskey For Santa (Leave The Bottle Out For Me)". Additional thanks to Frank Loesser, as I used an arrangement of his for the horn blasts and the solo, which I converted to MIDI and tweaked around a bit. I couldn't get a reply from the two emails I found so... if you're out there Frank Loesser, get in touch and let's sort something out! || Added note: I refer to Jesus as "some bastard kid" during one of the songs - this was a reference to the Jewish tradition of Mary & Joseph being pledged to each other, but not technically "married", at the time of Jesus' birth (Although since writing and recording the song, I've come across some variations on the understanding of the pledging ceremony). It's a deep joke about religious semantics, but probably just comes across as an insult. I'd just thought I'd clear it up while I could. Incidentally, I think Jesus sounds like a pretty cool dude, and he had to have had a sense of humour to have such regular dedicated friends, so I think he'd probably just laugh it off with a bit of a "that's a terrible joke, now please pass the wine" kinda way. Aaaanyway, let's move on. || https://obscuremusichistory.com/The-Pink-Smudges-Leave-A-Glass-Of-Whiskey-For-Santa-1942

    • 17 min
    Jâgèñflürg - Leben

    Jâgèñflürg - Leben

    Electronic dance troupe Jâgèñflürg were at the forefront of musical innovation; one of the pioneer groups of the electro genre. Their album Leben is considered way ahead of its time, on account of none of the technology existing before its release date. Simply astounding. We log on to Jâgèñflürg's mainframe and ask them about Life (or "Leben"). During the episode, three new songs are generated on the spot, and we also hear how they were influenced by classical composer Tracy Ore's philosophy "Music Is Everywhere". || https://obscuremusichistory.com/Jagenflurg-Leben-1975

    • 15 min
    Tracy Ore - Therefore I'm Not

    Tracy Ore - Therefore I'm Not

    Contemporary classical performer and composer, Tracy Ore, presents her profound and thought-provoking 20th century work "Therefore I'm Not". She also swings back through her catalogue, to give insight into her philosophical canon. || The original score of Therefore I'm Not can be found at https://www.obscuremusichistory.com/Tracy-Ore-Therefore-I-m-Not-1962

    • 6 min
    SPECIAL BROADCAST: Lenny Ziff - Is It Your Love I'm Buying?

    SPECIAL BROADCAST: Lenny Ziff - Is It Your Love I'm Buying?

    In this special episode broadcast, we delve into the International Sound & Radio Archives and uncover a long forgotten radio program which also happens to be named "Obscure Music History". The episode explores crooner Lenny Ziff's classic jazz standard 'Is It Your Love I'm Buying?' from the 1920s! || To follow Tom Hogan's new podcast mini-series, Missing Richard Mercer, visit http://missingrichardmercer.com. In this episode, we also name dropped fellow podcasters Welcome To Patchwork - https://omny.fm/shows/welcome-to-patchwork - and Childproof - https://childproofpodcast.com. Check out all the other nominations for the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards - https://australianpodcastawards.com/latest-news/finalists-announced || Obscure Music History is a podcast investigating historic rarities and B-sides of unpopular music. And it's a comedy! Produced by Tom Hogan. "Is It Your Love I'm Buying?", and all music from Obscure Music History, is available on iTunes and Spotify. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts from! For more information, visit ObscureMusicHistory.com. || http://www.obscuremusichistory.com/Lenny-Ziff-Is-It-Your-Love-I-m-Buying-1927

    • 10 min

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Absolutely wonderful

Super funny with hilariously on-point songs. I get excited about every new episode

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Perfect musical comedy

I’ve been a long-time listener of Obscure Music History, and this is a perfect evolution of the project.

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