The Popdose Podcast: Episode 7

If you’ve listened to all of the previous episodes of The Popdose Podcast — hell, even if you’ve only listened to three minutes of any given episode — you’ve likely thought the following at some point: “Man, these guys are assholes.” Well, we’re not necessarily taking that as an insult (even though we know you meant it as one). Some people actually strive to be assholes. Do we? We’re not saying, but we’ll tell you this: we do not intend to be douchebags. What’s the difference? So glad you asked!

See, on today’s podcast, we’re talking about assholes. We’re talking about how one becomes an asshole, what qualities make them an asshole, and what famous assholes we can look to for inspiration, guidance, and perhaps even warning. That’s why we’ve gone with the brilliant title of The Popdose Podcast, Episode 7: Assholes. And don’t worry, we’re not the only assholes on today’s show; no, today we’ve invited a Special Guest Asshole to join us — someone who’s an expert on the subject. Click, download, listen away, and for the love of assholes everywhere, please leave us a review on iTunes!

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 7: A**holes (1:04:39, 74.0 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton, with special guest Chris Illuminati, co-author of Assholeology: The Science Behind Getting Your Way – and Getting Away With It.
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Show Notes

0:00 No time to waste, assholes! We jump right into our topic, starting with Jeff recounting a story of when he was an asshole to one of his brothers. It involves a turkey.

3:53 Jason shares his history of mouthing off to cops, and which family member he gets his assholish tendencies from.

9:03 It’s time for everyone’s favorite new game, Rock & Roll Assholes! We’re not going to spoil the show by revealing all the people we discuss, but we’ll tease you with a few: Daryl Hall, Murry Wilson, Don Henley, and Lou Reed. Also, Jeff names one specific artist that we’re almost positive has never been called an asshole before — ever.

30:29 Special Guest Chris Illuminati jumps onto the podcast, but unfortunately can’t get a word in edgewise before the three of us start in with the mother jokes. He tells us all about the origin of his awesome new book, and how he came to join the other two authors. He also illustrates the distinct differences between an asshole and a douchebag, and even breaks down the a-hole/d-bag demographics for the fine state of New Jersey. We test his knowledge on the previously-mentioned Rock & Role Assholes and others, and ask him to weigh in on specific asshole-ish scenarios. Chris Illuminati is clearly an expert in this field, and we’d like to thank him for joining us, and also give a big thanks to Don Povia at Hugging Harold Reynolds and the Blogs With Balls podcast — Don came in at the very last minute and made our chat with Chris technologically possible. You rock, Don!


52:46 Jeff endorses the Snowball USB Microphone from Blue Microphones, which he used for the first time during this podcast — with great results.

55:09 Dave endorses the medium of podcasting in general — go out and find some new shows to listen to! He specifically mentions The Sporkful as a new podcast he’s currently enjoying.

58:51 Jason endorses Super Mario Bros. Wii. It’s awesome and that is all you need to know. (Apologies for the digression into his triathlon training, but Dave started it.)

Wrappin’ It Up

1:01:15 Thanks again to Chris Illuminati for being such an awesome guest — go buy his book! Don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes, and to visit our Facebook fan page as well as the Popdose Twitter feed. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you in April!

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  • dslifton

    True story. When the three of us were first discussing the show, we were thinking about giving it a name. The first one I thought of was “These Guys Are Assholes!”

  • DwDunphy

    Chuck Berry much?

  • DwDunphy

    I hate emoticons, but I'm from Monmouth County. :-(

  • Michael Parr

    I was chatting with Jason Hare – of Acoustic '80s – as I was listening to this.

    Based on the conversation with Chris, I think it's fair to conclude that John Mayer is not an asshole, rather an enormous douchebag.

    Oh, I almost forgot; Fuck Mike Love.

  • dslifton

    Why else do you think I specifically mentioned it?

  • dslifton

    Yeah, Chuck definitely doesn't get the Sinatra Passhole.

  • Thierry

    I was surprised at how restrained and subdued you managed to stay when the topic of (Fuck) Mike Love came up. Did anyone else notice that unlike Brian Wilson and Al Jardine he doesn't appear in the new We Are the World video? I'm pretty sure that he was asked and turned'em down because, well, let's face it, if there's one thing that Mike Love hates, it's orphans.

  • DwDunphy

    I dunno. I was sincerely hoping to land in the douchebag camp – apparently they get the hot chicks.

  • DwDunphy

    Mike Love can't sing “We Are The World”, only “I Am The World”.

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  • MichaelFortes

    Best podcast so far, bar none. Thanks, assholes!

  • MichaelFortes

    Not be an asshole, but… Dave, stop it with those ums and uhs.

  • Ted

    Dave needs a better mic!

  • dslifton

    I don't need a better mic. I need a better soundman, because apparently I suck at it. But I made a few adjustments to my set-up and it seems to have fixed the problems I've had over the past two episodes.

  • Ted

    You had some clipping going on and there was very little low end on your mic. Jeff and Jason's sounded fine, but yours sounded all screechy. Glad you fixed the problem, though.

  • Todd Stump

    I read that Tom Scholz of Boston and Billy Corgan scrapped the tracks recorded by bandmates, and regularly re-recorded themselves. Where would the Perfectionist fall in the asshole world?

    Chunklet, which is awesome for many reasons, released an issue devoted to the Biggest Assholes in Rock.

  • Chris Holmes

    Dave is just naturally screechy.

  • dslifton

    You’re only saying that because I made a sex tape with Dustin Diamond.

  • Chris Holmes

    Shaved By the Bell?