91 episodes

Make it Stop is a podcast dedicated to dissecting terrible albums. Hosted by musicians Heather Mack and Mike Dunn and featuring a variety of quirky guests from the Boston arts and music scene, Make it Stop braves the putrid depths of the worst albums ever made. By the end, you'll be begging them for more...while screaming "make it stop!" Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

Make it Stop: A Bad Music Podcas‪t‬ Heather Mack; Mike Dunn

    • Music Commentary
    • 4.1 • 46 Ratings

Make it Stop is a podcast dedicated to dissecting terrible albums. Hosted by musicians Heather Mack and Mike Dunn and featuring a variety of quirky guests from the Boston arts and music scene, Make it Stop braves the putrid depths of the worst albums ever made. By the end, you'll be begging them for more...while screaming "make it stop!" Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

    The Clash - Cut the Crap (w/ Brandon, Jack and Meagan from Time and Place)

    The Clash - Cut the Crap (w/ Brandon, Jack and Meagan from Time and Place)

    They were the only band that mattered, but by 1985 they were in tatters. The Clash's swan song Cut The Crap is infamous in the music world, regarded by some as the worst album ever made. Having split with co-frontman and primary songwriter Mick Jones, Joe Strummer soldiered on with a few savvy studio musicians and his egomaniacal manager Bernard Rhodes. Together they set out to prove that they didn't need no Mick Jones and they could do it all themselves. Laden with studio trickery, drum machines, and 40 layers of identical sounding buzzsaw Les Pauls, the album is truly a chore to listen to, an all-time misfire from one of the greats. Mike and Heather are joined by Brandon, Meagan and Jack from Time and Place, because we knew they loved The Clash and we wanted to traumatize them. Fingerpop!

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Green Day - Father of all... (w/ Ben Stein)

    Green Day - Father of all... (w/ Ben Stein)

    In 1994 three meth addled young punks from Oakland released an album that changed the musical landscape for decades, building the bridge that shepherded California pop punk from the fringes to the mainstream. 26 years and 10 albums later as, presumably, meth addled old punks, they released an album that changed nothing but the minds of longtime fans holding out one last hope for a return to form, shepherding soulless hockey anthems from the pro tools interface to the rink to the graveyard. Green Day’s Father of All M***********s was an easy pick for our worst of 2020 list, and as lifelong Green Day apologists we figured it warranted a deep dive. We’re joined by friend of the show and ska trumpeter Ben Stein. The album clocks in at a paltry 26 minutes, but it packs enough nostalgia-shattering trauma over that span to make basket cases of us all.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Vanilla Ice - Mind Blowin' (w/ VQ of BLOWW and Izzy Da Rosa)

    Vanilla Ice - Mind Blowin' (w/ VQ of BLOWW and Izzy Da Rosa)

    It's Black History Month, which means it's the perfect time for another round of Eviscerating White Nonsense with returning white rapper roundup participant VQ of BLOWW and Boston comedian Izzy Da Rosa. The object of our ire this time is of course the ultimate Great White Embarassment Vanilla Ice and his 1992 follow up to his megahit debut album, the incredibly misinformed and extremely poorly executed "Mind Blowin". Featuring profoundly sad attempts to flex his 'gangsta rap' chops, references to smoking bales of 'hootie mac', and painfully corny sex tomes that dry up our collective vaginas quicker than old roller rink pizza under a heat lamp, this is a truly awful album. However modern day attempts to contextualize the infamous Ice invite us to consider - was Robert Matthew Van Winkle really all that bad, after all? Spoiler alert: yes, yes he was. Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.

    • 2 hr 5 min
    The Stooges - The Weirdness (w/ Kira Roessler of Black Flag and Sophia Belle)

    The Stooges - The Weirdness (w/ Kira Roessler of Black Flag and Sophia Belle)

    Things get spicy on this week's Make It Stop as Heather and Mike are joined by veritable hardcore legend Kira Roessler (Black Flag, Dos, Awkward) and local up-and-coming musician Sophia Belle (Home Despot) to discuss The Stooges' 35-years-in-the-making fourth album The Weirdness (2007). As Heather, Mike and Sophia do their best to malign Iggy Pop and his history-making and genre-defining band for their iffy production choices, cringe lyrics and uninspiring arrangements, Kira takes them all to task, vehemently defending the band and making us all ask important questions such as: Does our criticism has any value? Why do we have to be such assholes? Is our own music really any better than this? And why exactly do we have such a problem with lyrics about dicks turning into trees? You won't want to miss this one, Stoppies. Part of the Pantheon Podcast network.

    • 2 hr 34 min
    Worst Music of 2020

    Worst Music of 2020

    2020 is coming to an end, may it rot and burn in hell, and as expected an unimaginably awful year brought us a slew of unimaginably awful albums. Mike and Heather can barely keep it together as they lament the slow death of culture and the creeping Post Malone-ification of all music. Everything sucks and it's going to suck forever. Genres become meaningless as all music melts into one big endless lo fi hip hop beat to study to Youtube stream. Personal taste becomes homogenized across the board by algorithms. It's a hellscape all around, and now we bring you the 10 worst songs from the 10 worst albums bestowed up on us by this cursed year. Some real heavy hitters here. Stoppie discretion is advised.

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    • 2 hr 19 min
    Duck Dynasty - Duck The Halls with Alex and Liv

    Duck Dynasty - Duck The Halls with Alex and Liv

    Stoppies, we know you know what Christmas is all about - materialist accumulation, wealth hoarding, Judeo-Christian values, heteronormative baking rituals, duck sex, beards. Thank the Christian God that we found an album that perfectly embodies that spirit. This Holiday Season we're talking about Duck Dynasty's 2013 Christmas Cash-in album Duck The Halls, and we're diving right in while our little webbed feet waddle in the air. Heather's music deprived husband Alex and Mike's heathen life partner Liv join in so we can flex our strong family values. It's just what you always wanted to find under the tree - a painful retread of the 2013 Tea Party-style culture wars and an exploration of how Duck Dynasty paved the way for Trump's takeover of the right. O Come All Ye Faithful. Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

LAney2694 ,

Brutally funny, and unfazed by hallowed ground.

If your in the market for a podcast about bad albums, and are okay with what some might dismiss and discredit as musical heresy (Say, openly hating on Tool or subjecting Marilyn Manson to ruthless, yet on-point, psychoanalysis), Make It Stop is for you. Whether you like your musical humor to focused on the big targets, or utterly heretical in the ultimate act of punching upward, you’ll find at least one episode that’ll get a laugh out of you.

P.S., Heather and Mack, I would really love to hear you two tear a Nine Inch Nails album to shreds.

wingxs ,

These two are my spirit animals.

I've always been curiously fascinated with "bad" pop culture; be it a cringeworthy song or an abysmal film, and am *so* glad that I stumbled across this podcast. The hosts are ridiculously amusing and truly hilarious - and their dynamic is really the soul of this show, which is ripe with some of the worst albums and songs I've ever had the (dis?)pleasure of hearing. Listening to 'Make It Stop' hasn't failed to make me laugh. The music choices are always entertaining, and the brand of humour is just so up my alley. Love!

pickapath ,

It’s really good

MIS distinguishes itself from other bad-music-review podcasts by actually being funny and clever

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