Theme Songs, Episode 5: Secretly Inappropriate

Our theme this week: songs that, despite their popularity, were secretly (and sometimes) wildly inappropriate. Dave and Steel are joined by Steel’s old friend Katie and play shockers by Benny Mardones, Bob Seger, Lour Reed, The Police, Dave Matthews Band, and Clarence Carter. The lesson of this episode in case you didn’t already know it: all the creepiest, skeeziest characters in music (life?) are men. Watch out, everybody, and stay safe.

Here’s a gallery of some of the men whose music is featured on today’s show.

Featured image by Piano Piano!

Theme Songs, Episode 4: Story Songs

Crane Wife art by Carson Ellis

This week’s theme: “Story Songs,” featuring songs that tell a story and tell it well. This week Dave and Steel were joined by their old friend Alan and share miniature gems from The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Cat Power, Jens Lekman,¬†Bishop Allen, and Steve Earle.

Featured image: art from The Crane Wife by Carson Ellis

Theme Songs 3: Desert + Island = Desert Island

This week’s theme was Desert + Island = Desert Island. Steel and Dave discuss and play desert music, island music, and pick their ‘desert island’ songs. The episode features music by U2, Steve Reich, Tinariwen, The Mantles, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, The Silver Jews and Otis Redding.

Dave’s pick for his “Desert Island” song, “Random Rules” by the Silver Jews isn’t available on Spotify. Here it is on Youtube, however

Featured image by MacBeales

Theme Songs, Episode 2: “That Wasn’t What I Was Expecting”

This week’s theme was ‘That Wasn’t What I Was Expecting’ and we featured songs by bands whose musical sound doesn’t match their name. On this week’s episode Dave & Steel are joined by their old friend Spencer to play music from bands with misleading names, including Los Campesinos!, The Final Solution, Yo La Tengo, Dr. Dog, Chinese Man, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones.

Featured image: The faces of the three folks calling themselves “Yo La Tengo.” That feeling you’re experiencing? That’s called cognitive dissonance.

Theme Songs, Episode 1: Firsts!

This week Dave and Steel present the first episode of their new podcast Theme Songs. This week the theme is “Firsts!” and they play groundbreaking music by Kono Michi, Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Bill Haley & His Comets, Harry Belafonte, Bruce Springsteen, Domenico Modugno, Beck, Patty Griffin, and the Rolling Stones.

We hope you enjoy the new format. If you want to suggest a theme for a future episode of Theme Song, drop us a line at themesongspodcast AT gmail DOT com.

Featured image: super awkwardly-posed image of Bill Haley and his Comets from the mid-1950s.