Rob Harvilla's 60 Songs that Explain the 90s

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I am digging this series of podcasts from Mr. Harvilla. Anyone else listening to them?

Thus far, he's done 45 - 60 minutes on the each of following songs:

You Oughta Know
Hey Jealousy
C.R.E.A.M.
The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
November Rain
Mind Playing Tricks On Me
All I Want For Christmas is You
Mayonaise
I Want It That Way
Make 'Em Say Uhh!
Cannonball
Enter Sandman
You Get What You Give
Gonna Make You Sweat
Nuthin' But a G-Thang
Just a Girl
No Scrubs
Hunger Strike
Juicy
Man! I Feel Like a Woman
Stinkfist
Common People
Dreaming of You
I Got 5 on It
Scenario
Hyperballad

I have enjoyed his writing in the past, and he's got some pretty good angles for most of these pods. The I Got 5 on It episode, in particular, was really enjoyable to me.

TrumpPence a Bag (B.L.A.M.), Sunday, 25 April 2021 19:29 (seven months ago) link

some nice couplings there:

The Rain (November Rain) (Supa Dupa Fly)
Mayonaise (I Want It That Way)
Gonna Make You Sweat (You Get What You Give)
Just a Girl (Nuthin' But a G-Thang)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 25 April 2021 19:49 (seven months ago) link

Sounds interesting, but appears to be a Spotify thing, not available as a podcast.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 25 April 2021 19:59 (seven months ago) link

It pulls up via PocketCasts, someone might have a bootleg RSS feed.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 25 April 2021 20:36 (seven months ago) link

It is a Spotify thing - it's from The Ringer, and they're now owned by Spotify.

TrumpPence a Bag (B.L.A.M.), Sunday, 25 April 2021 21:19 (seven months ago) link

two terrible tastes that taste worse together

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 25 April 2021 21:19 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Loved the latest episode on Nothing Compares 2 U

nate woolls, Thursday, 3 June 2021 07:40 (five months ago) link

Thank you for recommending this. I've been making my way through and have really been enjoying Harvilla's voice. Good, simple concept of using 60 songs to tell bigger stories of trends, artist trajectories, and different genre pockets.

So far my favorites have been "All I Want For Christmas is You" and "Make 'Em Say Uhh!" Had a good laugh in the latter when he said, "Mystikal had the same relation to the beat as the Kool Aid Man had to a brick wall."

Indexed, Monday, 14 June 2021 18:38 (five months ago) link

From the episode on Third Eye Blind:

We're talking songs that make you want to smooch your also-married-to-someone-else high-school sweetheart in the back of your minivan in the parking lot at your 15-year high school reunion.

enochroot, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 23:34 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

holy fucking shit @ young Rob's interpretation of "Take Me Home Tonight"

possibly the funniest thing I've ever heard (in the "My Heart Will Go On" ep)

Assume you mean Eddie Money's song? I was thinking how it and the PSB' "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" appeared within a year of each other, and the way each brings in this legendary female pop voice halfway through the record in a way that's so haunting. I'd do a poll if it wouldn't be so wildly lopsided. (I do like "Take Me Home Tonight.")

clemenza, Thursday, 4 November 2021 17:52 (four weeks ago) link

yes, Eddie Money's song. As a young boy, Rob thought the song was a cautionary tale about the possible results from a one night stand. The lover from that night, voiced by Ronnie Spector, shows up at Eddie's doorstep to plead "Feed my little baby. Feed my little baaaaabbbaaaaay." The idea that she's singing "feed my little baby" and like that is just too much.

Definitely an interesting/creative mishearing.

clemenza, Thursday, 4 November 2021 19:46 (four weeks ago) link

I knew who the Jerky Boys were through my older brother, but I never owned an album or saw the movie. I cannot believe Pablo, Honey is named after a Jerky Boys call. I even started listening to PH more after Turrican's thread (and blowout). How does a band survive this?

Oxnard Jeweler (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 18 November 2021 18:30 (two weeks ago) link

the "no scrubs" episode was the only one i've heard and it was pretty enjoyable

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Thursday, 18 November 2021 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

I wish they'd put all of the songs referenced in each episode in the playlist

Oxnard Jeweler (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:01 (two weeks ago) link

I've listened to most of them. Highly recommend the "Wonderwall" episode.

Indexed, Thursday, 18 November 2021 19:06 (two weeks ago) link

These are really good. I started bingeing them which was a mistake because Rob's normally very satisfying vocal cadence starts to feel gimmicky, but as long as I don't listen to more than 2 in a row I find most of the episodes immensely enjoyable, and usually pretty insightful. He also has really good guests most of the time, who actually have specific knowledge about the artist or scene in question and aren't just the usual suspects on the podcast circuit. And the interviews never overstay their welcome.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 22 November 2021 21:07 (one week ago) link

Rob occasionally drops an oddly sensual "yeah" while the guest is talking.

Oxnard Jeweler (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 22 November 2021 21:48 (one week ago) link


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