Canadian power trio Rush meets the cartoonist power trio of Joe Dator and his guests, Benjamin Schwartz and Liam Francis Walsh, and just like in the Great Compu-Brain Forest Warlock Battle of 2112, the Canadians win.

Be sure and stick around at the end of the episode for a historic SYSO exclusive!

To see very funny cartoons by my guests look for Ben at twitter.com/BentSchwartz and Liam at liamfranciswalsh.com



The real meaning behind Paul McCartney & Wings' "Jet" flies way over the heads of Joe Dator and his guests, Pete The Retailer and Alex Robinson.

To hear more from Pete and Alex check out their fine podcasts AlphaBeatical and the now legendary Star Wars Minute.



Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" is still running after 40 years, so Joe Dator and his guest Dan Yaccarino take a peek under the hood.

For more about the amazing Dan Yaccarino visit yaccarinostudio.com or ask any child.


I thought that they were Angels, but to my surprise, they were Joe Dator and his guest, writer Susan Kruglinski talking about Styx's 1977 smash hit "Come Sail Away". Oh, and maybe they were also aliens, too. It's not 100% clear.

That's right, all you Laylas and Major Toms and Roxannes and, I don't know, Aqualungs? Whatever. There aren't a lot of male names in rock songs, OK? The first episode of Songs You're Sick Of will premiere on iTunes June 3rd! Featuring yours truly as your host, and my very first special guest(s). Spoiler alert: It's going to be... a person or persons! How exciting is that? Very. You'll be able to subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed then. In the meantime feel free to click the links on the right to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or drop us a line at podcast@songsyouresickof.com. Mark your calendars for June 3rd, 2015. You probably should anyway. Those bills aren't going to pay themselves.


Good question! You should be proud you asked it! I know I am.

Hi. I'm Joe Dator. By day I'm a cartoonist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, MAD, and countless others. By night I am New York City's only licensed ostrich farmer. But in all the other times - dawn, dusk, pre-dusk, post-dawn, what have you - I'm a radio listener. For most of my life I've listened to what's called "classic" rock on the radio and I've heard the same songs over and over and over. You all know the ones I mean. "Stairway To Heaven," "Hotel California," "Dream On," "Born To Run," "Tom Sawyer." I've heard them so many times in fact, that I really don't hear them at all. So, I decided it was time to take a close look at what I was listening to, in spite of that defying several laws of physics.

Now, I'm not a musician, or a musicologist, or a music critic, and I Am Definitely Not Music (I Don't Write The Songs). My concern is with lyrics. Nobody usually pays much attention to the lyrics in rock songs, including and sometimes especially their authors. My future guests and I will devote each episode to one song, going down the list of classics, and trying to answer the eternal question "What's going on in this song?"

And those future guests? Expect to hear the voices of a lot of cartoonists, because that's mostly who I know. Funny, charming folk, known for their good nature, small stature, and hairy feet. Other future guests may include all manner of comically inclined gents and ladies, guaranteed to bring forth laughter. Does anybody remember laughter?

Will we only cover songs from the classic rock playlist? At first, but there is room on this show for all genres and all decades. This show is about iconic songs. New wave, soul, hip-hop - if it's been played countless times on the radio, it's classic, and we'll do it.

And there you go! But I know I'm not who you all came here to see, so let's have a big hand for Foghat!