Welcome to the “I’m In Love With That Song” Podcast. Each episode, we’ll take one of my favorite songs and dive deep into it, listening to all the nuances that make it a great song. You may be unfamiliar with some of these songs, while others you’ve probably heard a hundred times, but I bet if we listen closely, we can discover something new. Of course, there’s no definitive answer to what makes a great song—beauty is in the ear of the beholder—these are just my personal favorites, but I hope you love these songs, too. We're proud to be a part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.
Something Happens - "Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello (Petrol)"
Every once in a while you hear a song by a band you've never heard of and it knocks you out. This was one of those songs for me. A band from Ireland comes out of nowhere (as far as the USA is concerned), gets some radio play with a great song, and then is largely forgotten here. Same ol' story. Should'a been a big hit, if ya ask me. But what do I know? Listen to this track along with me and see if you love it as much as I do.
"Hello Hello Hello Hello Hello (Petrol)" (Written by Something Happens) Copyright 1990 Virgin Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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Big Star - "The Ballad of El Goodo"
Sometimes, when times are tough and it seems like the world's against you, a song like this can keep you going. A stunning mix of jangling guitars, sparkling harmony vocals, and a heart-wrenching lead vocal by Alex Chilton, this is my favorite song from my favorite album by the band often referred to as "the greatest band you've never heard".
"The Ballad Of El Goodo" (Alex Chilton & Chris Bell) Copyright 1972 Ardent/Koala Music Inc/Birdees Music Corp./Irving Music Inc USA
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Deep Purple - "Burn"
I'll happily go out on a limb and say Deep Purple was THE hard rock band of the '70's. They could shift from monster guitar riffs to complex classical-influenced passages to outright improvised jams-- all within one song. Built around a trio of top-of-their-game players (guitar, organ & drums), with a series of distinctive, powerful singers & bassists -- the lineup changes so iconic they became known as Deep Purple Mark I, Mark II, Mark III, etc. This episode, we'll break down the classic Mark III track, "Burn", and listen to all the ingredients in this witch's brew.
"Burn" (Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Jon Lord and Ian Paice) Copyright 1974 Purple (USA) Music
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Merry Clayton - "Country Road"
Merry Clayton never had a big hit, but her voice can be heard in dozens of songs you know (we've listened to one of them here before-- see episode #42). One of the legendary background singers profiled in the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, most of her solo work is largely unknown-- which is a shame, because there's some great music on those albums. Take this example from her first album, Gimme Shelter. Merry takes this James Taylor classic to a whole new place, one of my favorite cover songs of all time.
"Country Road" (James Taylor) Copyright 1970 Blackwood Music Inc./Country Road Music Inc. (BMI)
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BONUS HOLIDAY SONG: He 5 - "Silent Night"
It's our annual BONUS HOLIDAY EPISODE - This time, we travel back in time & around the world for a truly psychedelic Christmas trip with the He 5. See you on the other side!
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Humble Pie - "Thunderbox"
Some songs call for you to speak out & demand action. Some songs explore the deepest depths of your soul. Some songs are timeless expressions of love. This song... it just kicks ass. Humble Pie was a guitar riff machine, and Steve Marriott was 5' 5" of vocal dynamite. Add a trio of the finest backing singers-- Venetta Fields, Clydie King and Sherlie Matthews-- and you've got a party.
"Thunderbox" (Clemson/Marriott) Copyright 1974 Almo Music Corp/Rule One Music (ASCAP)
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Customer ReviewsSee All
Just listened to the Something Happens podcast. Never heard of the song before but your podcast brought it to life for me. Great catchy song. Again, I love your breakdowns and I can sense your delight. One of my favorite music podcasts out there. Thanks!
Great Bite Sized Podcast.
Each show is about 20-30 minutes, great to listen on short drives, in the morning or whatever. Tears apart each song, often with separated tracks which is very cool to hear. Each episode I hear new things about songs I’ve heard plenty of times before. I find myself listening more critically to other music as well. Entertaining and informative, a great listen.
A more personal Song Exploder!
Love Brad's take on all these songs. He does a great job of highlighing and breaking down the episode's chosen song in a personal way. Always a few good nuggets of vital information on why the song works or how the individual parts led to success in the studio and charts. It's also very personal. It is about his take ways and not exactly what the original artist might say, but Brad is knowledgable enough to have an expert opinion without showing off. One of my fav podcasts on Pantheon!