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69 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Brittany Murphy: Somebody To Love Happy Feet
Today we're talking about the actress Brittany Murphy and her cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love" from the 2006 animated penguin film Happy Feet, as well as the fantastic Stevie Wonder cover by Fantasia, Patti LaBelle, and Yolanda Adams on the same soundtrack.
73 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Kelly Osbourne: The Os-Bourne Identity Crisis
In 2002, Kelly Osbourne parlayed her role in her family's reality show into a major label record deal and a buzzy pop punk single featured on MTV. In 2005 she debuted an entirely new synthpop sound, and though audiences seemed to be warming up to this new iteration of Kelly, the effort proved to be her swan song. Today we're talking about her final single, "One Word."
62 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Whitney Houston: A Million Reasons To Love Million Dollar Bill
Today we're talking about "Million Dollar Bill," Whitney Houston's last single released during her lifetime, which, after more than 25 years topping the charts, hit number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100.
72 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Jennifer Lopez: Hold It, Don't Drop This Single
In the 90s, pop singer Jennifer Lopez rode a wave of success, starting as a Fly Girl on TV's "In Living Color" and ending the decade as a certified triple threat. But after a string of hit movies and albums, 2007's Brave proved a threat to no one and its second single "Hold It Don't Drop It' failed to chart.
81 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Leona Lewis: No Bleeding Love Lost
Following her win on the third series of The X Factor, this artist dominated worldwide charts in 2007 with the album Spirit and it's breakout single "Bleeding Love," but by 2009 her particular brand of mid-tempo musings were providing diminishing returns and her sophomore effort Echo garnered far fewer accolades. Seeking to reignite her career with a new sound in 2011, she released the up-tempo EDM track “Collide,” intended to be the lead single from her third studio album, Glassheart. But a public feud with an up and coming DJ/Producer and threats of a lawsuit overshadowed the track’s release and it ultimately disappeared from the album’s final track listing. Today we’re talking about Leona Lewis, and her song, “Collide.”
86 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
VINCINT: VINCINT + PRIDE
Today we're talking about VINCINT, and his debut album There Will Be Tears, along with some other queer artists we're bopping along to as we come to the end of this Pride month.
75 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Imperial Teen: Purveyors Of An Unlikely Pride Anthem
Get out your rainbow can of Bud Light and get ready to reapply your SPF every 90 minutes because it is June, which means that it’s Pride season. This week we’re talking about Imperial Teen, the alternative rock band that hit it big with 1999’s “Yoo Hoo,” the quintessential 90s soundtrack for accidentally murdering your best friend in the trunk of your car with an oversized piece of candy during a birthday prank gone wrong. In 2002 the band released their third album On featuring the song “Our Time” which I consider my overlooked pride anthem.
74 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Kelis: The Culinary Chanteuse
This week we're talking about "4th of July," the 2nd single from singer Kelis' 5th album, the unexpectedly dance-focused Flesh Tone, and why this song, and her whole discography, deserve more credit and love than she currently receives.
73 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Rachael Yamagata: We Were So Worn Down We Forgot To Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month
The month of May has come and gone, and we have missed AAPI Heritage Month in its entirety. But as the saying goes, better late than never! Today we're talking about Rachael Yamagata, the singer-songwriter behind the 2003 single "Worn Me Down."
62 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Estelle: Freak, But Not Like Me
British multi-hyphenate Estelle took the US by storm in 2008 with her double-platinum, grammy-winning single “American Boy.” She followed it up in 2010 with the David Guetta produced track “Freak,” a sex-positive dance anthem intended to be the lead single for her highly-anticipated third album. But when the album, 2012’s All Of Me appeared, “Freak” was nowhere to be found. Today we ask, what happened?
63 minutes | May 25, 2021
Diana Ross and The Wiz: A Brand New Day For The Much-Maligned Movie Musical
This week, we're talking about "A Brand New Day," a showstopping number from 1975's The Wiz, a movie musical starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson and which to this day, we still haven't seen.
87 minutes | May 18, 2021
Jordin Sparks: How Am I Supposed to Sing with No Airtime?
Riding high of the success of her debut album and Grammy-nominated single "No Air" pop singer Jordin Sparks set out to keep the momentum going with her sophomore effort, 2009's Battlefield. But after a string of lukewarm singles, a cancelled tour and perennially delayed third album, all indications were that the air had been let out of Jordin's career. Today we're talking about her song, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head."
78 minutes | May 11, 2021
Ariana Grande: No Thank You, Next Single
Tween TV star turned pop singer Ariana Grande was riding high off the commercial success of her first two studio albums, 2013's My Everything and 2014's Yours Truly. But a minor scandal and a scrapped single in 2015 turned this girl next door into a dangerous woman. Today we’re talking about her 2015 non-album single, “Focus.”
94 minutes | May 4, 2021
Toni Braxton: The Real Elusive Chanteuse
This week, we're talking about Toni Braxton, the R&B superstar who unbroke our hearts in the 90s but who many people assumed fizzled out in the early-aughts. Jason is here to tell you how that almost happened but didn't, and why her last three albums, including one released just last year, are among the best work of her career.
96 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Little Mix: We Had A Little Mix-Up And Forgot To Talk About Little Mix
In 2011, girl group Little Mix broke a long standing X Factor curse by becoming the first group to win the singing competition. In the decade that followed, they went on to become one of the biggest girl groups worldwide, except in the United States, where Little Mix got little attention. Today we're talking about their 2020 single "Break Up Song." Also: Did Barry burn his neck with retinol serum? Does Jason know the names of the members of Little Mix? Will we ever, in fact, talk about Little Mix in this episode?
89 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Diana Gordon: The Wynter of Her Discontent
This week, we're talking about Diana Gordon, and why even though you think you don't know her, Sorry, you absolutely do. Also: Falling down stairs, getting blackout drunk on airplanes and what its like having a celebrity like your civilian tweets.
72 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
P!nk: She’s Not Dead, But Her Singing Career Almost Was
The pop music public embraced P!nk’s 2001 evolution from R&B tough chick to feisty pop-rocker with her sophomore "surprise, I'm white" effort, 2001’s multi-platinum Missundaztood. She doubled down on her rocker edge with 2003’s Try This but a falling out with her main musical collaborator and clashes with her label made for a rushed, uneven product that US audiences didn’t embrace. Today we’re talking about the second single from that album, “God Is A DJ.”
86 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Fantasia: Chicken Soup For Rock-Soul
This week, we're talking about "Lose to Win," the 2013 single from singer Fantasia - who, despite winning season 3 of American Idol and originating the role of Celie in the Broadway adaptation of The Color Purple, still doesn't get the adoration we think she deserves.
84 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Carly Rae Jepsen: Don't Call Us, We'll Call You, Maybe
Canadian Idol Bronze Medalist Carly Rae Jepsen tunneled a hole straight into the center of our collective craniums with her 2012 earworm "Call Me Maybe" and scored the world's biggest song of that year. But after her album Kiss failed to generate the same heat, her future as a pop sensation seriously hit the skids. In 2015, she returned with the album EMOTION featuring the song "Your Type." And although the album basked in the glow of critical acclaim, a cult fandom and hipster credibility, the majority of music consumers sent it straight to voicemail.
76 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Years & Years: An Episode We Spent Minutes & Minutes Prepping For
This week, we're talking about the UK pop group Years & Years, and their single "Take Shelter" from their 2015 debut album Communion. Also: It's A Sin on HBOmax, Sex Education in San Francisco in the 90s, Jason's endless search for "queer joy" in music and most importantly, negotiating the process of leasing a new car.
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