266 episodes

Chris DeMakes A Podcast, hosted by Chris DeMakes of the legendary punk rock band Less Than Jake, features guests who have written iconic songs, exploring their backstory, creation, inspiration, and significance. Each episode offers an in-depth exploration into a specific track from renowned artists, with guests providing untold stories and fascinating details. From chart-toppers to hidden gems across various genres and eras, the podcast offers a rich listening experience. Chris's passion for music and songwriting fuels engaging discussions on lyrics, melodies, production techniques, and cultural context. Combining informative storytelling, interviews, and analysis, the podcast appeals to music lovers, die-hard fans, and anyone curious about the songwriting process. It provides insight into the artistry behind timeless songs, making it perfect for those seeking inspiration or simply wanting to immerse themselves in musical magic.

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    • 4.9 • 775 Ratings

Chris DeMakes A Podcast, hosted by Chris DeMakes of the legendary punk rock band Less Than Jake, features guests who have written iconic songs, exploring their backstory, creation, inspiration, and significance. Each episode offers an in-depth exploration into a specific track from renowned artists, with guests providing untold stories and fascinating details. From chart-toppers to hidden gems across various genres and eras, the podcast offers a rich listening experience. Chris's passion for music and songwriting fuels engaging discussions on lyrics, melodies, production techniques, and cultural context. Combining informative storytelling, interviews, and analysis, the podcast appeals to music lovers, die-hard fans, and anyone curious about the songwriting process. It provides insight into the artistry behind timeless songs, making it perfect for those seeking inspiration or simply wanting to immerse themselves in musical magic.

    SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "80s Hard/Soft Summer Rock Playlist" episode

    SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "80s Hard/Soft Summer Rock Playlist" episode

    In this episode of The After Party, Chris DeMakes and Chris Fafalios take a nostalgic trip down memory lane as they create the ultimate summer playlist. Each Chris picks a standout song from every summer of the 1980s, with DeMakes choosing hard rock anthems and Fafalios selecting soft rock classics. Tune in to hear their dynamic discussion as they cover everything from the electrifying riffs of AC/DC to the smooth melodies of Peter Cetera. Whether you're a fan of rock or just love great music, this episode is sure to hit all the right notes!

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    Check out the playlist on Spotify and Apple Music!

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1iouiUL3zRkV8mr43yWrTw?si=De8MLcckTyuJGqCAZ6KeJQ

    Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/80s-hard-soft-summer-rock-playlist-from-the-chris/pl.u-38oWMyEtP6e1MN
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    • 33 min
    Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford discuss joan's "want u back"

    Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford discuss joan's "want u back"

    In this episode, Alan Benjamin Thomas and Steven Rutherford sit in to shed light on the creative process behind joan’s infectious 2021 single “want u back”. The indie-pop duo out of Little Rock provide insight into the crafting of the uptempo anthem that resonates with audiences worldwide. By fearlessly incorporating any musical element that lends itself to the song, joan’s approach to songwriting is as inspiring as their music is catchy. Tune in to discover the behind-the-scenes magic of creating an irresistible, fan-favorite hit.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    A discussion on Andrew Gold and his song "Thank You for Being a Friend"

    A discussion on Andrew Gold and his song "Thank You for Being a Friend"

    Join host Chris DeMakes and co-host/producer Chris Fafalios as they embark on a musical exploration of Andrew Gold's iconic 1978 single "Thank You for Being a Friend" in this week's episode. While most listeners may recognize it as the beloved theme song from The Golden Girls, DeMakes and Fafalios dive into the rich layers of this timeless track, uncovering its sentimental and tongue-in-cheek charm. As they dissect Gold's impressive musical legacy, they reveal how this song is not only uplifting but also a heartfelt tribute to friendship. Tune in as they pay homage to an extraordinary songwriter and musician whose work continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.

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    • 56 min
    Matt Skiba discusses Alkaline Trio's "Time to Waste"

    Matt Skiba discusses Alkaline Trio's "Time to Waste"

    In this episode, Alkaline Trio guitarist and vocalist Matt Skiba takes listeners behind the scenes of the band's fan favorite 2005 single, "Time to Waste". Matt opens up about the writing and recording process, shedding light on the band's bold approach to incorporating big production elements, exemplified by the haunting piano intro that sets the tone. He pays homage to the late Jerry Finn, emphasizing Finn's significant contributions to the song's creation. Furthermore, Matt shares the inspiration behind the lyrics, including the surprising, never-before-told backstory behind the infamous "hide the cutlery" line. Join in for an intimate exploration of the creative process and untold stories behind this iconic track, straight from the artist's perspective.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sonny Sandoval discusses P.O.D.'s "Youth of the Nation"

    Sonny Sandoval discusses P.O.D.'s "Youth of the Nation"

    P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval sat in for this episode in which listeners are invited to explore the creation of their iconic 2001 hit single, "Youth of the Nation." Against the backdrop of tragedies like Columbine and other shootings that shook the nation, Sandoval shares how the band was inspired to craft a powerful and inspiring anthem that resonated with a generation in turmoil. With the guidance of producer Howard Benson, P.O.D. entrusted their vision to explore new sonic territories, resulting in a timeless track that remains as relevant today as it was over two decades ago.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Taylor Rice and Ryan Hahn discuss Local Natives "When Am I Gonna Lose You"

    Taylor Rice and Ryan Hahn discuss Local Natives "When Am I Gonna Lose You"

    In this episode, Taylor Rice and Ryan Hahn of Local Natives unveil the behind-the-scenes journey of crafting their 2019 single, "When Am I Gonna Lose You." They reveal that the song underwent a staggering 57 different versions, each a labor of love to achieve perfection. From Taylor's raw personal inspiration to Ryan's lyrical contributions and producer Shawn Everett's innovative techniques, they showcase the magic that brought this hauntingly beautiful track to life. The emotional resonance of the composition mirrors the ride up California's coastline described in the song, offering an intimate glimpse into the artistry that defines this modern masterpiece.

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    Past guests of Chris DeMakes A Podcast include John Feldmann of Goldfinger, Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup, Roger Lima of Less Than Jake, Bill Stevenson of Descendants, Anthony Raneri of Bayside, Jen Razavi of The Bombpops, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, Howard Benson, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Ryan Key of Yellowcard, Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish, Cyrus Bolooki of New Found Glory, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Brian Baker of Bad Religion and Dag Nasty, Sierra Sellers, Trever Keith of Face To Face, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Mike Herrera of MxPx, Mark Hoppus of blink-182, Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms, Jeff Rosenstock, Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids, Steve Soboslai of Punchline, A Jay and Jeremy Popoff of Lit, Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes, Joe Escalante of The Vandals, Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, K.Flay, Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music, Donnie Vie of Enuff Z’Nuff, Shane Told of Silverstein, Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, Fat Mike of NOFX, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Kevin Bivona and Aimee Interrupter of The Interrupters, Karine Deniké of Dance Hall Crashers, Dicky Barrett and Joe Gittleman of The Mighty Mighty Boston’s, Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World, Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio, Elizabeth Stokes of The Beths, Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, Frank Turner, Blake Schwarzenbach of Jawbreaker, Jenn Fiorentino, Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, Matt Embree of Rx Bandits, Joey Cape of Lagwagon, Rosie Frater-Taylor, Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade, Max Collins of Eve 6, Butch Walker of Marvelous 3, John O’Callaghan of The Maine, Ken Block of Sister Hazel, VÉRITÉ, Chrissy Costanza of Against The Current, Mike Park of Skankin’ Pickle, Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms, Brett Detar of The Juliana Theory, J. Navarro of The Suicide Machines, Josh Todd of Buckcherry, Dan Marsala of Story Of The Year, Ty Tabor of King’s X, Pierre Bouvier of Simple Plan, Kevin Martin of Candlebox, Brendan B. Brown of Wheat’s, Max Rainer of Wilderado, Bill Manspeaker of Green Jellÿ, Mummy Cass of Here Come The Mummies, Donald and John Tardy of Obituary, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, Christian “MC Bat Commander” Jacobs of The Aquabats, Kip Winger of Winger, Michael Sweet of Stryper, Chris Conley of Saves The Day, Des Rocs, Shaun Morgan of Seether, Shawn Harris of The Matches, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Tom Higgerson of Plain White T’s, and many more!
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
775 Ratings

775 Ratings

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Do yourself an easy favor and listen to this utter gem in a sea of noise

No need for preamble, this podcast is so exceptional that it has made listening to any of the podcasts I previously enjoyed virtually impossible. Believe me, I have tried, and I soon find myself pivoting to a back-episode of Chris DeMakes a Podcast instead and being glad I did.

Let’s start with Chris DeMakes. The guy is so genuine, high-spirited, and extremely likable that you could listen to him interview anyone about any subject and it would be compelling. But as the frontman of a band that’s been going strong for over thirty years, he’s got a deep rolodex of widely-represented musicians to bring on as guests with the one constant remaining the same — these guests truly love the guy. And they’re very often floored at the depth of understanding he has about the songs they wrote and/or arranged and are frequently surprised to learn things they didn’t even realize about their own songs. We also can’t overlook Chris’ co-host and producer Chris Fafalios, who’s the perfect complement to Chris D and whose research and dedication here shines, greatly contributing to the infinitely-rewarding listening experience.



I’m a huge music fan, but by no stretch a musician, and the way these guys break down songs is so insightful and rich that it never feels too inside baseball for a non-musician like me. If a podcast that spends an hour breaking down a single song sounds like it could come off clinical, wipe away that notion because in these guys’ hands it is anything but.

And as a final token of just how wonderful these guys are, they consistently finish the show with a segment called Band You May Not Know, where they showcase smaller bands with big dreams and give them a generous showcase by playing whatever song the band considers their best track.

Though it’s certainly music-focused, this podcast is really for everyone. You listen to an episode and walk away feeling good. Every time. And that is a powerful gift these guys endlessly provide their listeners.

$cotty 2 Hottie ,

How have I lived this long without this in my life

I’m just gonna start with where has this Podcast been all my life??? I just found out about this last week and when I found out how old this is and how many episodes there are I felt like I found a treasure trove. If music means as much to you as it does to me then this is now your new favorite thing to listen to. Chris is intelligent creative and thorough in his approach to questioning his guest and breaking down the songs involved. He’s also thoughtful in his approach to conversation, he’s super friendly and never cuts the guest off. There’s no Podcast I’d recommend over this if you’re a music lover like me. My love for music grows more and more with every episode I listen to. Thank you Chris for doing this

Mr..cap. ,

Best podcast for anyone who loves music

I enjoy this podcast so much! It's the only one I listen to regularly. If you wanna learn more than you ever wanted to know about some of your favorite songs , or get introduced to new songs , as well as grow a deeper respect for many of the guest artists , then give this a listen. Plus Chris and Chris are great !

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