That Awful Sound

Alexander Edward

The show about the music you liked before you knew any better. Every week Alexander Edward and guests revisit an embarrassing song and music video, mining it for cringeworthy moments and savoring the painful memories they generate. Also, good music i...Show More

04:38 | Oct 8th, 2018

Sadly, the show must not go on. I may be back in the future, and you can continue to hear me once a week on Minion Death Cult at, but as of now the show is on hiatus. Thank you to everyone for listening and for supporting. If you'...Show More

1:26:26 | Aug 27th, 2018

Welp, it's finally here. The episode where I let Cahn and Aimee yell at me about how good Dave Matthews Band is, while I yell at them about how insane these lyrics are. Seriously, folks, this episode is rotten with Dave Matthews' sexual scat and spor...Show More
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1:40:57 | Aug 20th, 2018

This week Shaina and Michael join me to revisit Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication," a mournfully chill song about how Californian culture is copulating with the rest of the world--to mixed results. How did Anthony Kiedis's "cleansing trip to Th...Show More

1:03:12 | Aug 15th, 2018

Following in Kid Rock’s carpetbagging cowboy boot steps, Uncle Kracker released his debut album featuring this banal, confusingly confident single about: Heroin (duh you stupid idiot) Adultery Being Secretly Gay Being Openly Very Cool Also: a music...Show More

54:22 | Aug 6th, 2018

This week I take on the sad superman song from 9/11. What more could you possibly need to know. Watch this video right now because it's incredibly dumb. Music I Like: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Sparkle Hard

1:42:12 | Jul 30th, 2018

This week Michael Munoz brings his gringo expertise, and Leigh harnesses her SaNdLeR background to discuss a godawful song and video from The Offspring. It's a wretched reboot of Pretty Fly For A White Guy featuring a cringeworthy pastiche of latino ...Show More

49:23 | Jul 23rd, 2018

3, 2, 1, Kaboom. This week I blow up the moon, and this podcast, by doing my first ever official solo episode. (I think I had a solo Grammys show like 3 years back, but we all know the Grammys don't actually matter) I'm here to dissect one of the mor...Show More

1:24:16 | Jul 16th, 2018

This week we revisit early 2000's metalcore, and then flash-forward 6 years to when it got extremely bad, with Eighteen Visions' "Victim." We discuss the band's transformation over their career, from interesting and good to opening for Hinder. Music...Show More

1:22:04 | Jul 9th, 2018

This week Leigh joins me to talk about not being allowed to listen to Alanis, not wanting to shave her armpits, and a song we both still kind of like: Paula Cole's "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? We go over the amazingly misinterpreted lyrics of th...Show More

1:38:01 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Welcome back to the show! This week we're returning to mid-00's radio demo with Dashboard Confessional and Spider-Man 2. We cover the history of this song, including the fact that it was written in 10 minutes by an inspired Chris Carraba after a scre...Show More

02:38 | Jun 20th, 2018

We're still on vacation! In the meantime, get bonus content from This week it's bonus clips from our conversation with Joshua Toomey of Primer 55, including: Primer 55 opening for Limp Bizkit, weird lyrics from folks artist...Show More

1:30:46 | Jun 11th, 2018

This week we talk about Willa Ford, an aspiring bad girl whose career was cut short by a tragic event in 2001. Returning guest Laura Mee recalls this song helping hone her edge during the transition from  Utah to California, and from pop to pop punk....Show More

1:36:34 | Jun 4th, 2018

This week on a very special episode of That Awful Sound, we take a self-guided Sublime tour around Long Beach, visiting important historical markers such as the Sublime mural, ONS liquor store, Cal State Long Beach (where 40 oz to Freedom was recorde...Show More

1:34:56 | May 28th, 2018

This week we talk to Joshua Toomey of the Talk Toomey Podcast about playing in Primer 55, almost playing in Pressure 4-5, and interviewing Wes Borland on his podcast Talk Toomey Also, we revisit KISS and their 1983 single Lick It Up, their first appe...Show More

1:35:39 | May 21st, 2018

This week Michael "Matchbox" Muñoz joins me to talk Enrique and his massive hit "Bailamos" and it's weird relationship with Wild Wild West, including a music video tie-in and a gushing review from Will Smith himself. Plus: old online news copy and al...Show More

1:46:09 | May 14th, 2018

This week I talk “Seein Red’” with Nick Guenzler (@TerminalRadness) by Unwritten Law and not Chevelle   We remember how the vast majority of us were tricked into thinking this band was punk, the various physical altercations between the lead singer a...Show More

1:39:41 | May 7th, 2018

This week Cahn rejoins me to FINALLY cover another member of the Big Four: Megadeth, and their ultra-literal "Train of Consequences." How much of this song is about horse racing? Did their drummer ever figure out how the rotating room effect works? D...Show More

1:31:13 | Apr 30th, 2018

Subscribe at for weekly bonus content and a monthly bonus episode, including our first-ever Britney Spears episode, Oops I Did It Again! No Show Notes! It's Late! This Episode is good!

1:41:03 | Apr 25th, 2018

Sorry for the late release, folks! Had family in from out of town at the last minute, and this episode was a LONG one to edit. We cover the amazing, $2.4 million video featuring oceans of goo, Janet Jackson in a dominatrix outfit, and Busta Rhymes as...Show More

1:28:54 | Apr 16th, 2018

This week we cover southern white trash anthem "Ugly" by Bubba Sparxx featuring: more mouth sounds from Timbaland, wild VEVO edits and even wilder intact lyrics, breakdancing in pig sh*t, and Missy Elliot on a goddamn tractor. Music We Like: Todd Ter...Show More

1:41:26 | Apr 9th, 2018

Subscribe at for a ton of bonus content including a dozen youtube comments cut for time and other cringeworthy ephemera from the Hoobastank era. This week Ray Harkens of Taken joins the show to talk about his affinity for e...Show More

1:26:34 | Apr 2nd, 2018

This week we cover my love/hate relationship with Dido's "Thank You," a seemingly melancholy song that is actually just about a cool boyfriend. You better believe we cover the song's intersection with Eminem's "Stan," how the movie "Up" ripped off Di...Show More

1:35:09 | Mar 26th, 2018

This week we cover the Dandy Warhols' "Bohemian Like You" from 2001 and like 5 car commercials. What exactly is bohemian about this song? How many times could the Rolling Stones successful sue over one song? Music We Like: Booji Boys - Weekend Rocker...Show More

1:35:04 | Mar 19th, 2018

This week Aimee-Beth wants to talk about ironic (?) country (?) club anthem (?) "That's My Kind of Night" by Luke Bryan Is this song making fun of hip hop or desperately trying to crib from it? Both? Are the static shots of cowboy boots a joke? Is th...Show More

1:42:10 | Mar 12th, 2018

Unique episode title and show notes cancelled due to me being too chill for 3/11 day. This is episode is good though.

1:45:46 | Mar 5th, 2018

I had good show notes but the internet deleted them. the song Is about mental illness and Rob Thomas thinks “impaired” is a cool word the video is completely terrible, features early-CGI, and his evil, big-nosed bandmates. music we like: Courtney Bar...Show More

1:50:35 | Feb 26th, 2018

This week we take on "Cupid's Chokehold" by Cobra Starship / Fallout Boy / Supertramp supergroup: Gym Class Heroes. Tony tells us about his connection to the track, which consists entirely of white girls wanting to be the Katy Perry to his Travie McC...Show More

02:08 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Why Can't Music Be Like When I heard It In The Car? We're only $9 away from our monthly goal of $250! As soon as we hit it, Patreon subscribers will start getting an exclusive, full-format episode every month

1:43:49 | Feb 19th, 2018

This week Michael and I are joined by Josh Hallmark of the Our Americana Podcast Network ( to talk about Shanice’s “I Love Your Smile” and the 6th grade musical performance that resulted in him changing schools. I'd never heard this...Show More

1:42:56 | Feb 12th, 2018

Help us reach our goal of $250 at, and I'll start releasing an extra full-length episode for subscribers every month. We're only $55 away! This episode is a listener request from Jack, who thought he could fake his way into...Show More