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Celebrating the greatest songs in modern music history and the creators behind them.

The Great Song Podcast Rob Alley

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    • 4.8 • 107 Ratings

Celebrating the greatest songs in modern music history and the creators behind them.

    Billy Sheehan (Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, etc.) - 5 Year Anniversary Show

    Billy Sheehan (Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr. Big, etc.) - 5 Year Anniversary Show

    The greatest hard rock bassist of ALL TIME joins the show to celebrate five years of The Great Song Podcast! Billy Sheehan's cred is unquantifiable, and his work with David Lee Roth, Steve Vai, Mr. Big and SO many others proves it without a doubt. Billy sits down with us to talk about the new project from Talas, his career and style, and much more. Get ready for a wild ride! Thanks for listening, and here's to the next five years! Plus:

    - Pat Boone Does Dio 

    - “This song already has a hand in my shirt.” 

    *Editor’s Note* Our interview audio for this episode is straight from Zoom, as opposed to our typical multi-track approach. That being said, it’s slightly lower in quality than what you have come to expect from us. Due to a last-minute situation, this was all we had to work with. Thanks for understanding. 

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     Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Brad Callahan, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, Tim Jahr, and Christopher Cudnoski


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) w/Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass

    Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) w/Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass

    Episode 10.08

    ’70s September closes with one of the greatest hits of the decade, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl),” and we’ve got writer/singer/guitarist Elliot Lurie here to tell us about the true Brandy, the massive integration of the song into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and much more!

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    Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, Tim Jahr, and Christopher Cudnoski


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    • 59 min
    Mr. Bojangles/Fishin' in the Dark/Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (w John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

    Mr. Bojangles/Fishin' in the Dark/Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (w John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)

    It's time for an XL episode, because we couldn't choose just one song to help us chronicle the 50+ year career of the band that created the Americana genre. Founding Dirt Band member John McEuen joins us as we talk about a handful of our favorites from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Also:

    Rob’s terrible Norm Macdonald impression

    Sparsely-worded choruses galore!

    “And we wondered what took so long.”

    “He was a nice, drunk guy.”

    Working in the Disneyland magic shop with Steve Martin

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    Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Brad Callahan, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, Tim Jahr, and Christopher Cudnoski


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Mississippi Queen (w Corky Laing of Mountain)

    Mississippi Queen (w Corky Laing of Mountain)

    An all-time rock monster of a song, and a perfect '70s rock gem, Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" stands tall as a peak (pardon the pun) example of what American rock music could be. And there's a great story to the song, which we'll learn courtesy of Mountain's own Corky Laing, who brought the song to the band.

    Plus:

    “When I play Mississippi Queen, I think of Jesus Christ”

    Guitar pickup ash trays!

    “If you need to beat up a tornado, you throw on Mississippi Queen.”

    Mountain’s Corky Laing walks us through the creation of this iconic rock track

    “A lot of our brothers and sisters never made it back:” Nantucket Sleighride and the reality of an often-greedy industry

    The name of the real Mississippi Queen revealed

    The pep-talk/wake-up call Corky Laing got from Warren Haynes

    A bonus Jimi Hendrix story, an extra PG-13 joke and more, only on the Patreon version!

    Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod

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    Patreon Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Brad Callahan, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, Tim Jahr, and Christopher Cudnoski


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    • 57 min
    Don't Fear the Reaper (w Joe Bouchard of Blue Öyster Cult) - Episode 1005

    Don't Fear the Reaper (w Joe Bouchard of Blue Öyster Cult) - Episode 1005

    It's '70s September, and we're rocking out with one of the all-time "dark metal" classics--the über-famous, über-controversial, ümlaut-loving Blue Oyster cult and their signature hit, "Don't Fear the Reaper." Rolling Stone's Song of the Year for 1976 gives us plenty to chew on, especially with BOC's Joe Bouchard to walk us through some history, including:

    - Ghost stories, seances and haunted hotels

    - The Barry Manilows of Heavy Metal

    - The Genesis of the Ümlaut in rock

    - Being covered by Metallica

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    Patreon Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Brad Callahan, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, Tim Jahr, and Christopher Cudnoski


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Come On Eileen (w Helen O'Hara of Dexys Midnight Runners) - Episode 1004

    Come On Eileen (w Helen O'Hara of Dexys Midnight Runners) - Episode 1004

    "Come On Eileen" is one of the most beloved and enduring UK hits of the '80s, and former Dexys Midnight Runners musical director and violinist Helen O'Hara is here to tell us all about it! '80s August wraps up with a 4th straight #1 hit as we kick off Season 10. Also:

    - How this song is twice-stolen

    - The original lyrics and topics of “Come On Eileen”

    - An arsenal of fiddles!

    - Helen being “more about listening than looking”

    - Helen’s gas station snack food of choice

    Join us on PATREON for early access, extended interviews, weekly reaction mini-sodes, full bonus shows, and more ways to be part of the show! patreon.com/greatsongpod

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    Producers: Andrea Konarzewski, Brad Callahan, Ari Marucci, Michael Conley, Peter Mark Campbell, David Steinberg, Randy Hodge, Chaz Bacus, Juan Lopez, Jason Arrowood, Howard Passey, Micah Murphy, Tim Jahr, and Christopher Cudnoski


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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

Amybeth1126 ,

The most fun, educational podcast about music!

I cannot wait each week for Wednesday’s new episode, going deep into a new song. I love so many things about this podcast- I love hearing the music theory that I definitely hadn’t thought about when listening to music, and I love that the hosts totally gush about their guest to their guest(featured musician). How fun their job must be, to get to research great music for a living, and talk to musicians! What a great find; so glad to get to spend an hour of my work day listening to music I love, and also to learn from Rob and JP!

thirddaypsycho ,

Great podcast, with a few requests

This is a great podcast, especially if you have a road trip planned. I’ve enjoyed hearing how each song is uniquely constructed, from the music itself to the history behind the songs. The interviews with the artists who made the tunes are so involved and well executed, too! My only requests would be to consider two of my favorite artists for a future episode. They have never (as of yet) been featured: Third Day (may I suggest “Call My Name”?) and Switchfoot. Also Burlap to Cashmere. Anything from their 2011 release.

chrisjonesthegreat ,

Simply great

If you are a fan of music and love when people go in depth about it, this is your show. The hosts are funny, fans and, genuinely nice dudes. The guests are great and they tackle the tunes we love, here’s to hoping for many more years of this great podcast for song nerds like myself. Keep up the excellent work, fellas.
Cheers guys!

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