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.
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.
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!