Discord and Rhyme: An Album Podcast
056: Elvis Presley - From Elvis in Memphis (1969)

056: Elvis Presley - From Elvis in Memphis (1969)

September 22, 2020

Get ready for an Elvis podcast that doesn’t contain “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Heartbreak Hotel” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” or “All Shook Up.” Come on, you’ve already heard those songs on a hundred movie soundtracks and diner mini-jukeboxes. Instead, Phil is leading Elvis obsessee Ben and utter Elvis novice Rich through From Elvis in Memphis, the 1969 album that briefly put him back in the spotlight after almost a full decade of starring in terrible movies. Buoyed by his hit comeback special, the King adopted a “country soul” sound that blends country songwriting with the sonic palette of gospel, soul, doo-wop and R&B. Elvis has a truly frustrating discography where the iconography often overshadows the actual music, but From Elvis in Memphis is one for us album nerds, and one for the ages.

Cohosts: Phil Maddox, Ben Marlin, Rich Bunnell

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/elvis-presley-from-elvis-in-memphis-1969

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055: Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie (1989) (feat. Victor Krummenacher)

055: Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie (1989) (feat. Victor Krummenacher)

September 8, 2020

After spending the last couple of decades converting all of his friends into Camper Van Beethoven fans, Will is now doing the same for all of you - with the help of one of the band members! Victor Krummenacher, CVB bassist and swell guy, was kind enough to talk to Will about the making of Key Lime Pie and some general band history, and you can hear that interview in this episode before we start our usual discussion. (The full recording is available on our website, for you completionists out there.) Key Lime Pie is a terrific album full of unconventional song structures, clever lyrics, and interesting sounds, and we hope you all like it as much as we do. Rated Explicit for naughty language.

 

Cohosts: Chris Willie Williams, Rich Bunnell, Amanda Rodgers, Dan Watkins

 

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/055-camper-van-beethoven-key-lime-pie-1989-feat-victor-krummenacher

 

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Motown: The Complete No. 1’s - Disc 3, Tracks 19-23

Motown: The Complete No. 1’s - Disc 3, Tracks 19-23

September 1, 2020
It's the last of this Motown disc, including "Tears of a Clown" Redux, some more of our best pal Stevie Wonder, and a Diana-less Supremes hit.
  • The Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
  • Stevie Wonder - Heaven Help Us All
  • Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - The Tears of a Clown (US Version)
  • The Supremes - Stoned Love
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips - If I Were Your Woman
Cohosts: Phil Maddox, Ben Marlin, John McFerrin  
 
Theme music: "The Motown Song" by Rod Stewart feat. the Temptations
 
Closing credits music by Kenneth Kraylie, originally composed by Andy Partridge with new lyrics by Adam Smith of the Hector Collectors
 
054: The Traveling Wilburys - Vol. 1 (1988)

054: The Traveling Wilburys - Vol. 1 (1988)

August 25, 2020

Sometimes we choose albums to cover on the show because they’re important and we want to analyze them, and other times we choose albums because they make us happy. The Traveling Wilburys fall firmly into that second group. Their music may not have been especially important or ground-breaking, and the history of music wouldn’t be any different without them - but the world would certainly be poorer without this album in it. Amanda, Rich, Ben, and John spent a very happy 90 minutes talking about why we love these songs, and why one of them is Amanda’s very favorite song of all time.

Cohosts: Edith Wilbury (Amanda Rodgers), Charlie T. Wilbury III (Ben Marlin), Dewey Wilbury (Rich Bunnell), Levi Wilbury (John McFerrin)

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/054-the-traveling-wilburys-vol-1-1988

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Motown: The Complete No. 1’s - Disc 3, Tracks 13-18

Motown: The Complete No. 1’s - Disc 3, Tracks 13-18

August 18, 2020
We're back with another batch of Motown songs! Even though these are especially great, you know we are incapable of staying on topic, so digressions include electric sitars, Karen Carpenter, and (inevitably) the Moody Blues. Also some dumb Genesis jokes.
 
Rare Earth - Get Ready | The Temptations - Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) | Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) | Edwin Starr - War | Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - The Tears of a Clown (UK Version) | Diana Ross - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
 
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Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, Mike DeFabio, Amanda Rodgers 
 
Theme music: "The Motown Song" by Rod Stewart feat. the Temptations
 
Closing credits music by Kenneth Kraylie, originally composed by Andy Partridge with new lyrics by Adam Smith of the Hector Collectors
 
053: Richard and Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)

053: Richard and Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)

August 11, 2020

Follow us back to Olde, Olde England for a look at Richard and Linda Thompson’s classic 1974 album I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight. Actually, 1974 wasn’t that Olde - by that point, the English had been enjoying color TV for eight long years. But Richard Thompson’s songs evoke an England that existed centuries before The Avengers and The Prisoner brightened the airwaves. His is an England of drunkards and scoundrels, of circus performers, of little beggar girls, and of pub singalongs after a hard day of working the fields. With crisp guitar playing and sublime harmonies, Richard and his then-wife Linda wring a timeless resonance out of these archetypes from long ago. Join host Ben, along with Will, Amanda, and Dan, for a discussion about one of our favorite folk-rock albums of the 1970s.

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/053-richard-and-linda-thompson-i-want-to-see-the-bright-lights-tonight-1974

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Motown: The Complete No. 1’s - Disc 3, Tracks 7-12

Motown: The Complete No. 1’s - Disc 3, Tracks 7-12

August 4, 2020
Get ready, get ready, 'cause here we come with a new Motown episode! In which John mathsplains the Jackson 5 and we tell the Beatles to suck it for the second time in this series.
 
The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back | Stevie Wonder - Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday | The Jackson 5 - ABC | Diana Ross - Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) | The Four Tops - It's All in the Game | The Jackson 5 - The Love You Save
 
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Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, John McFerrin, Amanda Rodgers
 
Theme music: "The Motown Song" by Rod Stewart feat. the Temptations
 
Closing credits music by Kenneth Kraylie, originally composed by Andy Partridge with new lyrics by Adam Smith of the Hector Collectors
 
052: XTC - The Big Express (1984)

052: XTC - The Big Express (1984)

July 28, 2020

We tried, we honestly tried to feature XTC as one of Discord & Rhyme’s earliest episodes, but technical issues derailed this podcasting train. Two years later, we’ve rebuilt our reserves of soul coal and dream steam, and Rich is ready to take John, Ben, and Dan aboard The Big Express, a relatively unknown but quintessential album from the Swindon trio. In 1984, the band was newly confined to the studio after eccentric frontman and lead songwriter Andy Partridge permanently swore off touring. Resultantly, the album finds him and bandmates Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory at their most kitchen-sink creative, as well as their most frustrating, which is a fundamental part of the proper XTC experience. So put your cleanest dirty shirt on, shake you donkey up, and get ready for some truly idiosyncratic songcraft.

 

Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, Ben Marlin, John McFerrin, Dan Watkins 

 

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/052-xtc-the-big-express-1984

 

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Motown: The Complete No. 1’s - Disc 3, Tracks 1-6

Motown: The Complete No. 1’s - Disc 3, Tracks 1-6

July 21, 2020
Heading back to the Motor City! This time around, we learn that this was a very dorky period for the Hot 100, plus more bonkers information about the Supremes and another Marvin Gaye classic.
 
The Temptations - Runaway Child, Running Wild | Marvin Gaye - Too Busy Thinking About My Baby | Jr. Walker & the All Stars - What Does it Take (To Win Your Love) | The Temptations - I Can't Get Next to You | The Originals - Baby, I'm for Real | Diana Ross & the Supremes - Someday We'll Be Together
 
Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, Ben Marlin, Phil Maddox
 
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Theme music: "The Motown Song" by Rod Stewart feat. the Temptations
 
Closing credits music by Kenneth Kraylie, originally composed by Andy Partridge with new lyrics by Adam Smith of the Hector Collectors
 
051: Alice Cooper - Killer (1971)

051: Alice Cooper - Killer (1971)

July 14, 2020

Kick off your shoes, take a seat in your comfiest electric chair, and join the Discord & Rhyme crew for a look at Alice Cooper’s 1971 shock-rock classic Killer. In this episode, Dan is joined by Mike, Phil, and Ben to discuss how there is much more to Alice Cooper than the elaborate stage show and persona. In particular, we break down what a great group of players the original Alice Cooper band was and how they managed to craft some of the most fun and exciting hard rock of the early ’70s.

Cohosts: Dan Watkins, Mike DeFabio, Phil Maddox, Ben Marlin

Complete show notes: https://discordpod.com/listen/051-alice-cooper-killer-1971

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