How difficult is it for five people to get into one studio?
For the third consecutive podcast, we are down a man. This time, Michael Cunningham is back and the lovable, huggable Dr. Gonzo is out.
However, the four remaining co-hosts (Big Money, Cunningham, Mike Duquette and Michael Parr) do not suffer in Dr. Gonzo’s absence. Actually, enough material was recorded for two podcasts. So take that, Zachary!
Anyhow, this two-parter finds us hopping into the Blerd Radio Time Machine (not unlike the Great Space Coaster) and taking a trip back in time…landing in 1993. It’s a transitional year that brought forth everything from the falls from grace of pop icons to hip-hop’s nexus shifting Westward. In part one, you’ll hear:
-Michael Parr provides us with a Michael Winslow-esque soundtrack for our time travel adventures.
-A tip of the hat to the film “Addams Family Values” and props to the late Raul Julia.
-WTF Moment #1 of 1993: Michael Jackson being charged with child molestation, being forced to strip for the LAPD, and broadcasting his innocence Live From Neverland Ranch.
-WTF Moment #2 of 1993: Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol. Or, wait…maybe there *is* a pronunciation.
-We briefly discuss old people who stay with MTV too long (Kurt Loder, Jon Norris, Su Chin Pak, Sway)
-It’s the 20th anniversary of the releases of two seminal albums: “Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)” and The Breeders’ “Last Splash.”
-Cunningham does the best RZA impression in the history of the world.
-Has West Coast hip-hop not aged as well as East Coast hip-hop? And what of the revolution in Southern hip-hop that had yet to occur in 1993?
-What the hell is President Obama doing in the “Whoomp! There It Is!” video?
-What the hell is Drake doing in a movie called “Charlie Bartlett”?
-Cunningham explains “intrinsic ethos” as it pertains to artists today (Lupe Fiasco) and yesterday (Ice Cube/2Pac)
-Why are we talking about Drake and Lupe Fiasco on a podcast dedicated to 1993?
-Cunningham Goof #1: This is not Faith Hill
-Cunningham Goof #2: Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre were not members of the N.W.O.
-Cunningham redeems himself by offering up the most white people-friendly version of 2Pac’s “Strictly 4 My N—–” album title possible.
-Is Lenny Kravitz underrated?
-We discuss how to properly pronounce “Vanessa Paradis”
-And finally, we examine the subtle differences between musically harkening back to a particular era (a la Amy Winehouse) and directly ripping off the sound of specific artists (like our pal Lenny.)
Part two will be up very soon, so don’t fret! Your favorite artist will be covered!
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