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Familiar Tunes: The Circus Music

Episode 335 • Apr. 30, 2023

Everyone's familiar with that classic circus tune, but did you know it actually has military roots? We're not clowning around here, listeners.

The History of Jukeboxes

Episode 334 • Mar. 10, 2023

Jukeboxes were one of the first ways to listen to popular music on demand, and their history goes back a lot farther than you probably think.

Did They Steal It? Super Mario vs. Croc

Episode 333 • Mar. 4, 2023

These two video game franchises have ties going back decades. So when one of them uses a melody from the other, can we safely call it an homage?

The Ice Cream Truck Jingle

Episode 332 • Feb. 5, 2023

We all love a good ice cream truck now and then. But after learning the dark origins of the classic jingle, it might be time to switch things up.

The Fastest Album Production Times

Episode 331 • Jan. 30, 2023

A new album will often take a band a couple of years to produce. So how is it possible that some have been produced in days, or even hours?

Familiar Tunes: Deck the Halls

Episode 330 • Dec. 17, 2022

Deck the halls with obscure knowledge, listeners! This song is super old. If you want more titillating details, this episode is for you.

Familiar Tunes: Jimmy Crack Corn

Episode 329 • Dec. 8, 2022

Jimmy Crack Corn, and you don't care... but we do, listeners. That's why we're talking about the troubled history of this American folk song.

What is Japanese City Pop?

Episode 328 • Nov. 28, 2022

This loosely-defined music genre was obscure to Western audiences in the 1970s-80s, but has seen a more globalized resurgence in recent years.

Familiar Tunes: La Cucaracha

Episode 327 • Oct. 13, 2022

You've heard this Mexican folk song countless times, but where did it come from? And more importantly, why does it make the best car horn?

How Popular is TOO Popular?

Episode 326 • Oct. 3, 2022

Can a band become so popularized and overexposed that it becomes their own undoing? It may sound counter-intuitive, but it's happened before.