The Popdose Podcast: Episode 15

Happy Black Friday! If you’re a sensible human being, you’re reading this post shortly after waking up instead of reading it on your way back from a four-hour shopping spree at Best Buy. Perhaps you’re at work today, silently cursing your colleagues who made Thanksgiving a four-day weekend. Or maybe you’re lying on the couch, slightly comatose, wondering if it’s too early to eat your third turkey-related meal in the past two days. Perhaps you’re hiding from family in the other room, checking your e-mail for the seventh time in ten minutes. Or perhaps you’re getting ready to get in the car and drive back home to a world of sensibility, devoid of awkward conversation about government conspiracies and your grandmother’s incontinence problem. (If it’s not immediately clear from this paragraph, I have slept very little in the past two days.) In any case, my point is this: it’s a great time — nay, the perfect time — to listen to this fine, shiny new episode of The Popdose Podcast.

As Thanksgiving is a time when we get together with family, perhaps those we haven’t seen in a while, we decided an appropriate topic for this episode would be Reunions. We’re talkin’ ’bout the reunions we remember the most, for both good and bad reasons, the bands we still want to see reunite, the bands that should have stayed broken up, and…well, dammit, just listen to the podcast. It’s great.

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 15: Reunions (1:14:50, 68.6 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.
Download from null
You can also subscribe to the podcast’s RSS feed.

Show Notes

0:00 Intro: Jeff and Jason tell Dave all about the Jack Wagner concert at Mohegan Sun, and their current Mellowmas progress.

8:55 It’s time to talk Reunions! Jeff starts off by throwing us all for a loop: he’s talking Brady, people. From there, we go into a discussion of a zillion other bands. Ready? We discuss (deep breath): Jellyfish, Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel & his drummer Liberty DeVitto, Journey and Steve Perry, the Police, the Who, the Monkees, the Rolling Stones, the E Street Band (and Bruce’s homoerotic relationship with Little Steven), the Eagles, Steely Dan, Neil Young (and associated projects), the Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, Crowded House, the Kinks, the Everly Brothers, Uncle Tupelo, the Replacements, Bill Berry and R.E.M., Van Halen and DLR/Hagar, Corey Hart and his sunglasses, Guns N’ Roses, Queen + Paul Rogers, anybody still reading this?, Chicago and Peter Cetera, the Pixies, Hüsker Dü, faceless ’90s bands, boy bands (NKOTB, Backstreet Boys, New Edition and Bell Biv Devoe, N*Sync), Billy Pilgrim (who?), Jackopierce (who??) and Bone Pony (who???). It’s a long fruitful discussion. Trust me.

EnDOSEments

59:59: Jason endorses Cee-Lo Green’s new album, The Lady Killer. (Song: Cee-Lo Green, “Satisified”)

1:04:09 Jeff endorses Nathan Rabin’s new book, My Year of Flops: The A.V. Club Presents One Man’s Journey Deep into the Heart of Cinematic Failure. (Song: The Kinks, “Celluloid Heroes”)

1:07:25 Dave endorses the new Bruce Springsteen mega box set, The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story. (Song: Bruce Springsteen, “Darkness On the Edge of Town”)

Wrappin’ It Up

There you have it: a podcast perfect for your Black Friday. It’ll do on Saturday or Sunday too, but don’t you dare listen to it on Monday or the whole thing will make no sense. (Not true.) We’re sure we missed some bands/pop culture projects in this whole reunion discussion: please let us know how much we suck by leaving an appropriate comment. And for the love of God, leave us a review on iTunes, and don’t forget to visit our Facebook fan page as well as the Popdose Twitter feed. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next month!




  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    Another win for the Podcast. Reunions are always difficult for me because they’re almost always done for the wrong reason. Squeeze at the Borgata in Atlantic City, for starters.

  • http://www.popdose.com Ted

    You’re right about me being disappointed with the Police reunion. Granted, it was at the beginning of the tour and they weren’t quite in top form (plus they slowed the tempo down on many songs), but a friend of mine saw them when they returned to the Bay Area and said they had changed the set a bit, and solved the “tempo problem.”

  • EightE1

    Didn’t Martha Quinn play Bobby Brady’s wife in one of those Brady reunions?

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    I probably saw them midway through, and I was disappointed by most of their “reinventions.” Keys were changed, tempos dropped (presumably to avoid a ruptured Sting at the mic) and tensions were just radiating off of the stage. No one said a cross word to each other but, then again, no one said a word to each other at all. A chilly summer night, it was.

  • http://www.popdose.com Ted

    It’s weird with the Police. When they aren’t playing music together,
    they seem to get along just fine. However, when they start playing,
    that whole Sting/Stewart battle bubbles up.

    Dave: Elvis Costello may be an egotistical asshole who wore
    sunglasses during the whole show, but I LOVED the Brutal Youth tour.
    Probably one of the best shows I saw that year.

  • http://www.wingsforwheels.net dslifton

    Brutal Youth was an incredible tour! It’s only been in the last few years or so that Costello’s been wearing sunglasses on stage. He definitely wasn’t wearing them that night at the PG Equestrian Center in 1994. I was right up against the stage for that one.

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    And to tie this all up in a bow, Elvis Costello was the best part of that Police tour (as the opening act).

  • Anonymous

    I personally enjoyed both Police reunion shows I saw (Oakland and Vegas) and totally appreciated the recasts, even the ones that didn’t work so well. The thing I kept noticing was how insane Sting’s basslines were, while he sang nearly perfectly the whole time. That and Andy being all business, and Stewart looking like he was enjoying himself the most of the three.

    No mention of the Cars reunion, huh? I’m looking forward to that one, even though Ben Orr is gone. Should be interesting at the very least.

    Buffalo Springfield is by far my favorite reunion show I’ve seen. Those guys sounded like they never stopped playing together. Hopefully it continues, as has been hinted recently.

    Most anticlimactic (not that it was bad, I enjoyed it, just didn’t quite live up to my expectations) was the Blake Babies. They had all changed so much, and the configuration was a little different from where they had left off in 1991, so it felt like a completely different band. Good in a different way, but the sparks of the live recordings I heard from the past were gone. At this point we’ll be lucky just to see Juliana Hatfield tour as a solo act again.

  • EightE1

    Oh, and another thing — about the Van Halen tour w/ Sammy Hagar in ’04. I caught them in Hershey, PA, on the second show of the tour, and it was one of the best shows I’d ever seen — one fucking great song after another after another. Shit must’ve totally fallen apart after that, because I’ve never read a good review from that tour — Jason’s mention here included. The shows described in those reviews bear no resemblance to the one I saw.

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    I’m slowly warming to the Cars reunion. If we get a band that is somewhere between Shake It Up and Heartbeat City, I’d be satisfied. It would be impossible to hit the sweet spot between the debut and Candy-O, though. And I’ll be utterly depressed if all they’re capable of is matching Door To Door.

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    I’m slowly warming to the Cars reunion. If we get a band that is somewhere between Shake It Up and Heartbeat City, I’d be satisfied. It would be impossible to hit the sweet spot between the debut and Candy-O, though. And I’ll be utterly depressed if all they’re capable of is matching Door To Door.

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    I had only one opportunity to see Van Halen, and it was really late in the game and tensions were severe. I’m thinking is was on the Best Of tour with the newer DLR tracks? It didn’t matter because I’d already assumed the show would crumble, and I never gave it another thought. I can’t even say if the show reached fruition.

    Van Halen at that point was like Guns ‘N Roses right now. You’re not actually buying a ticket for a show. You’re bidding on an auction for the possibility of a show.

  • http://twitter.com/tcote Thierry Côté

    Speaking of reunions, the fact that the Jayhawks will be playing a Toronto show in January with the TTGG-era lineup thrills me to no end. Based on the live album released a couple of years ago, the Raspberries’ reunion, if it hasn’t produced new music, has at least allowed that band to show how good they STILL sound live – I didn’t think Carmen had it in him to find his rock voice once again, but he sounded as good on Live from the Sunset Strip as he did on the original Raspberries albums.

    Reunions I’d like to see happen: The Jam (to finally put a stop to that From The Jam embarrassment), the Stone Roses (partly because none of the four originals have sounded great individually – but it would have to happen somewhat organically), the Grays (to see Brion, Falkner & Judge share the stage – talk about an overabundance of talent in one band!), Timbaland & Missy (Sorry Magoo! In any case, neither has been nearly as good or interesting since going their separate ways) and the Fugees (if only because Pras has got to be starving by now).

  • http://www.popdose.com Ted

    I saw the Brutal Youth tour at the Shoreline in Mountain View, CA, and Elvis had tinted glasses. He probably wore them to reduce the glare from the stage lights — sort of like the reason why Bono claims he wears them.

  • http://www.popdose.com Ted

    In Oakland, it was Fiction Plane who opened. The next time around it was Elvis — which was a better fit for the tour.

  • http://www.popdose.com Ted

    According to Quinn’s Wiki page, she did: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Quinn

  • http://www.wingsforwheels.net dslifton

    Naturally, after recording this, I remembered a couple of one-off reunions that happened on national television:

    Letterman bringing Sonny & Cher back together.

    Frank Sinatra bringing Dean Martin onto the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

  • http://www.jasonhare.com Anonymous

    Holy shit! I forgot all about that!

  • http://www.jasonhare.com Anonymous

    Yes. I believe both were live, unplanned, and awkward.

  • http://www.wingsforwheels.net dslifton

    Weren’t you reading about it from the Wikipedia page?

  • EightE1

    They should come back as a country band, just to fuck with everybody.

  • Anonymous

    …with every song being a duet with Todd Rundgren.

  • Anonymous

    They have to be at least capable of matching Panorama at this point, which would more than satisfy me if that’s what they do. I’d prefer that they not pander to anyone’s idea of a “hit” and just do what comes naturally. With that in mind, what I’m expecting to hear is something close to Troublizing with tighter band chemistry, which wouldn’t be so bad either.

  • http://www.popdose.com DwDunphy

    Aghk! No! Say it could never be!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OMSNGSWNHWYFCI7TCDDBOGIPBY L

    Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Promise’ box set companion book. Amazing original photos and stories from the Darkness tour. Limited Edition http://www.thelightinDarkness.com

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OMSNGSWNHWYFCI7TCDDBOGIPBY L

    Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Promise’ box set companion book. Amazing original photos and stories from the Darkness tour. Limited Edition http://www.thelightinDarkness.com