This week is a special mid-hiatus episode featuring guest-host Susan Kruglinski and host-guest Joe Dator ("Songs You're Sick Of"). What song are they talking about? You'll have to listen to the show to find out, and you'll also learn how such a tawdry ruse could be pulled on a host, and why he would give in to it, anyway.
It's a Songs You're Sick Of Halloween spooktacular when we sink our fangs into "Thriller"! Every year Michael Jackson's 1983 hit crawls out of its crypt to play. And play and play and play. How did it become such a perennial holiday classic? Joe Dator and Susan Kruglinski dig up the answers, exhume some of Vincent Price's many , many commercials, and cut into the connective tissue between "Thriller" and "Stranger Things". Along the way they howl about other Halloween songs, wine coolers, Count Floyd, and ask if the thing with forty eyes had too many or too few. It's a creepy SYSO that goes bump in the night (if you play it at night, and bump into something).
Styx had one of their most enduring hits in 1983 with the conceptual "Mr Roboto". In it the band introduced audiences to Kilroy, who, according to the album, Was Here, and apparently stayed just long enough to tell an inadequate fragment of a science fiction story and teach America two words in Japanese. Those words were "Domo Arigato" and, after a concept album, a film, a live stage show, and 33 years to ponder, it's still unclear why Styx wanted us to say 'thank you" to a robot. Guest Tim Young dials in direct from Tokyo, Japan to make sense out of racist robot masks, music censorship and the other Japanese words in the song that no Americans ever bothered to learn.
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1985 was a big year for all-star charity singles and "We Are The World" was the first. Actually, no it was the second, but compared to "Do They Know It's Christmas" it had the most Huey Lewis in it, and the least Duran Duran. It also had Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles and about 3,000 other stars all singing their hearts out. How did this happen? Was that really Dan Aykroyd in the back? And would they have raised more money if Bob Dylan had stayed home? Returning guests Frank Santopadre and Susan Kruglinski came to the studio in separate limos to heed a certain call.
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Elton John built and test-flew "Rocket Man" in 1972, but it was Captain James T. Kirk who lifted it soaring into the stratosphere. Did he ever make it to Mars, and was there anyone there to raise his kids? Why didn't he learn any science? Skid Maher of the Glass Cannon podcast attempts reentry to the show to boldly figure out what Sir Elton was singing about and why William Shatner's 1978 performance of it was so spaced out (see below).
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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.
Frank 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.
Comics 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.
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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.
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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.