660272 In 1978 the members of Foreigner wanted the world to know that they were passionate and excitable, and they thought the best way to do so would be to record the unusually high temperature of their blood. Was this the most effective way to secure a secret rendezvous? It's unclear, just as no one to this day knows what country they were Foreigners from, or which one they were visiting when they got that name. Joe Dator and guest Mark Simpson check it and see.

5700-rawFrank Santopadre of "Gilbert Gottfried's Colossal Podcast" puts on his vagabond shoes and steps behind the microphone to take on Frank Sinatra's (and Liza Minelli's) "New York, New York".  Where did it come from, and how did it become the signature song of New York City? Do any native New Yorkers actually like it? If you can listen to the answers here, you can't listen to them anywhere. Just here.

Listen to the amazing colossal Frank Santopadre every week on "Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast" where Frank and Gilbert interview and discuss the celebrated, the elevated, and the unjustly underrated.



blue-oyster-cult-dont-fear-the-reaper-single1Comics genius Bob Fingerman doesn't fear the reaper, nor do the wind, the sun, or host Joe Dator. So why are they talking about Blue Öyster Cult's somber classic? Maybe they want to find out if Romeo and Juliet are really together in eternity, or how a cult formed around oddly colored bivalves in the first place. Or maybe they've just had enough. You can be like they are, and give it a listen.

You can find all of Bob's great work, including his classic comics series "Minimum Wage", at www.bobfingerman.com!


Skid Maher from the Glass Cannon podcast stops by to talk about an "American Woman", and what it would sound like if a bunch of Canadian guys told her to get away from them. Along the way we discuss nerd culture, war machines, Jack Benny, the theremin, and if passive-aggressively dissing a woman is such a good idea when you're having trouble seeing colored lights.

Check out Skid Maher on the highly entertaining Dungeons & Dragons podcast "The Glass Cannon". The show is great addictive fun, whether you play the game of Dungeons & Dragons, or if you are in fact in a Dungeon or are a Dragon and it's not a game it's your reality.



Stevie Wonder's #1 hit from 1972 gets the SYSO treatment, so get ready for black cats, rabbits feet and throwing salt over your shoulder. Or don't, since the song doesn't mention any of those things. Why not? Was this Motown's answer to Heavy Metal? And is a baby still any good after it's been sitting around for 13 months? Host Joe Dator and guest Susan Kruglinski are left Wondering.


Norway has produced Henrik Ibsen, Edvards Grieg & Munch, and a whole lot of guys named Thor, but none of them has had more lasting impact than a-ha's "Take On Me". Who were a-ha? What the høëk was going on in that video? How did one Norwegian change your Japanese dining experience forever? Host Joe Dator and returning guest Paul Castiglia brave the fjords and possible moose bites to take on this 80s pop classic.

artworks-000071878065-lmtl13-t500x500In 1977 London, a perennial classic was created that endures to this day. I'm talking, of course, about the movie "Star Wars" which Alex Robinson & Pete The Retailer talk about every day on their podcast Star Wars Minute. Also, they're here today to help dissect Dire Straits' classic "Sultans Of Swing", which features fewer starships and laser swords, but just as many questionable bar bands. Did Guitar George really know all the chords? Did he know any? And was Harry truly doing alright? Step inside and find out. You wont see too many faces, but that's because it's a podcast and there aren't any pictures.

Alex and Pete can be found at starwarsminute.com for all your Star Wars needs, and alphabeatical.com for all your Beatles wants.


A very special SYSO welcoming Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber, host of the long-running radio show "Crap From The Past". Ron stops by to drop some real knowledge about Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight", and it's not all a pack of lies! There's talk of Genesis, drum sounds, urban myths and enough information to drown in, so don't expect anyone here to lend a hand.

To hear more from Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber and listen to his "graduate level course in pop music" visit crapfromthepast.com!


dontstopmenowFreddy Mercury was gonna have himself a real good time that night, and thankfully he chronicled his feelings about it in Queen's classic "Don't Stop Me Now". How accurately remains undetermined, though, unless he knew something about rocketships and tigers' method of locomotion that modern science doesn't. Did someone actually tell him to stop? How much like a racing car was Lady Godiva? Did Freddy really end up having a ball? That last part seems like a given, but Joe Dator and returning guest Andy Rash are still trying to figure it out. Don't stop them!

Check out Andy Rash's terrific illustration work and his unique Iotacons at rashworks.com and iotacons.blogspot.com!


In the 80s, while Pac Men roamed the Earth and Valley Girls were busy gagging on spoons, the serendipitously named Billy Idol gave the decade one of its most iconic hits, "White Wedding". Ostensibly a song about Billy's sister's wedding, but definitely not about Billy's sister's wedding, the song has baffled archaeologists for three decades. Now, Joe Dator tries to decide if he should throw guest Paul Castiglia the Idol, or if it belongs in a museum.