35 episodes

We take the cringiest music in modern memory and give it way more attention than it deserves. Equal parts comedy & storytelling, we take a deep dive into the artists you love to hate and learn some fascinating facts along the way. Behind every bad song there's a good story!

Polishing Turds: A Bad Music Podcast Nick Vitale & Cal Denissen

    • Music
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

We take the cringiest music in modern memory and give it way more attention than it deserves. Equal parts comedy & storytelling, we take a deep dive into the artists you love to hate and learn some fascinating facts along the way. Behind every bad song there's a good story!

    #32: THANKSGIVING SPECIAL 2022: Alice's Restaurant

    #32: THANKSGIVING SPECIAL 2022: Alice's Restaurant

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING! In this surprise minisode, Cal & Nick carve up the bizarre Turkey Day anthem "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Guthrie. Join us as we sip whiskey colas and ponder why this rambling, 18-minute folk song became a Thanksgiving tradition. 

    DID YOU KNOW??

    --"Alice's Restaurant" was based an actual events in Arlo Guthrie's life, including an arrest for littering which may have helped him avoid the Vietnam draft...

    --Arlo's father, the legendary Woody Guthrie, wrote a diss track against Donald Trump's dad back in 1954...

    --There truly isn't ever more in the back...

    We're thankful for all the love and support you've given us over the past two years. Enjoy!
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    • 51 min
    #31: BLACK EYED PEAS PART III: 2000-late

    #31: BLACK EYED PEAS PART III: 2000-late

    In our final installment of the Black Eyed Peas trilogy, we watch the band descend to new depths of vapid, pandering dance music. We review their much-maligned Super Bowl performance as well as the lesser-known-but-equally-perplexing Black Eyed Peas video game. Is this truly the most insufferable era of BEP's career, or are Cal and Nick simply 2000-late?

    DID YOU KNOW??

    --Will.i.am got one of his songs played on Mars? No, seriously...

    --For a very brief period in the late 2010s Black Eyed Peas actually decided to make good music again..

    --Cal has some hot takes on the popular children's TV show Bluey...
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    #30: BLACK EYED PEAS PART II: A Man At War With Himself

    #30: BLACK EYED PEAS PART II: A Man At War With Himself

    After years of grinding in obscurity, the Black Eyed Peas finally hit it big thanks to a handful of catchy pop hits as well as the addition of new member Fergie. But did they compromise too much of their soul to get to the top? Cal & Nick discuss the thorny nature of BEP's pivot toward commercialism in the 2000s.

    DID YOU KNOW??

    --"Let's Get it Started" once had a much more offensive title, and it was arguably changed for all the wrong reasons...

    --"My Humps" is actually a feminist anthem (at least according to will.i.am)...

    --Cal has no problem telling someone to "go away" at Portillo's...

    These  and other ear-popping facts in Part II of our Black Eyed Peas trilogy!

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    #29: BLACK EYED PEAS part I: Three Peas in a Podcast

    #29: BLACK EYED PEAS part I: Three Peas in a Podcast

    Before they were superstars, they were three dudes from the rough streets of L.A. Before their songs flooded the airwaves, they had to hustle to get anyone to notice them. Before they became a Verizon-sponsored Death Star of capitalism, they preached soul, positivity, and the value of skill over money. 

    In the first of a three-part series, we trace the surprising origins of a group that would become one of the most ubiquitous (and hated) bands of their generation, all the while pondering a tricky question: "What does it mean to sell out?"

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    • 1 hr 32 min
    #28: VIPER

    #28: VIPER

    Taking a break from covering the life and times of Artists You've Actually Heard Of, Cal & Nick meander through the bizarre and drugged-out world of Viper; perhaps the greatest Meme Rapper of all time. 

    Viper got famous for his 2008 song "You'll Cowards Don't Even Smoke Crack" (no, that's not a typo), and went on to self-release music at a pace that simply defies the imagination. His music sounds like the fever dream of a lobotomized mental patient. He is a musician and hustler, a gansta and a clown, a genius and a madman. 

    I won't say any more. Just listen. 

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    Supplemental material:

    Offering statement for Viper's company, FreeMoversInc: https://sec.report/Document/9999999997-10-015957/


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    • 2 hr 4 min
    #27: MILLI VANILLI PART II: "Gotta Push It! HARDER, HARDER!"

    #27: MILLI VANILLI PART II: "Gotta Push It! HARDER, HARDER!"

    Just when it seemed that Milli Vanilli couldn't ascend any higher, everything comes crashing down as the world learns the whole project was a sham. Rob & Fab are crucified by the media, and the scandal produces an ugly series of backstabbing and lawsuits. 

    In the wake of this disaster, both Rob & Fab and Frank Farian will try to revive their music careers, the results of which are... well... interesting. For certain parties, however, the scars of the scandal are too deep to overcome, and the story ultimately turns from comedy to tragedy...

    This shit gets REAL, folks. You definitely don't wanna miss out!

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    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

mainstreetcaffeine ,

Fun Listen

These two guys pair perfectly and stay in their appointed lanes of play-by-play action and color commentary. Really fun, and I dare say educational.

riddikuluspatronus1 ,

Awesome!

Funny and entertaining. The Holliday special had me laughing from beginning to end. Interesting conversation with a wide range of topics. Looking forward to more episodes!

Mxsandy12 ,

Super unique music pod

Love learning where bad music comes from, really fun show!

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