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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

1:50:55 | Feb 5th, 2018

This week we cover, without a doubt, our worst video yet: Soul Asylum's "Runaway Train," which features murdered mee-maws, child prostitutes, and the lead singer sitting on ACTUAL missing children. Also: what this video has in common with Toto's Afri...Show More

46:25 | Feb 1st, 2018

Here's the bonus Patreon Cahntent for the last two episodes. Today, everyone's an All-Star. Aaliyah: Mike Sees The Offspring, Puddle of Mudd, Cold, and Adema / Shaina Gets Whatever Happened to be in Her Car Signed By Andrew WK / A Commenter Has A The...Show More

1:45:16 | Jan 29th, 2018

To get deleted scenes from this episode, including extra Live Journal entries from Billy Corgan, subscribe at for as little as $1/month and also get weekly bonus episodes delivered straight to you podcast app, plus free and...Show More

1:35:04 | Jan 22nd, 2018

This week Shaina and Michael return to help dissect an amazing, bizarre, and just-plain-great song from 1998: Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody." Timbaland's mouth sounds. Baby sounds. Music Video Falconry. A four-hour push to write, record, and relea...Show More

1:41:56 | Jan 15th, 2018

This week our resident Limp Bizkit expert Aaron Brock returns to help us dissect the good-except-for-Fred-Durst N 2 Gether Now featuring Method Man and a beat from DJ Premier. We're talking embarrassingly weak bars, poser Limp Bizkit hats from our ch...Show More

1:33:49 | Jan 10th, 2018

A song I hate from 2008, The Killers’ “Human,” dares to ask the question no one understood: are we human or are we dancer? Not “denser.” Not “dancers.” Dancer. We cover Brandon Flowers’ battle with the media on behalf of the world’s dumbest lyric, wh...Show More

1:29:42 | Jan 1st, 2018

Happy 3rd Anniversary to that Awful Sound! I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by finally talkin' Genie in a Bottle with longtime friends and cohosts: Michael "Mikey Goo" Muñoz and Shaina "One Time" Turian. I had to cut a ton of great ...Show More

1:38:08 | Dec 25th, 2017

Weekly bonus episodes available at The Regular Dog is Back! This week we cover The Christmas Shoes, a song so reprehensible it spawned one of our most cynical, most blasphemous episodes yet. We tackle the subject of Christm...Show More

1:18:15 | Dec 18th, 2017

Sorry Folks! I worked 6 days, 70hrs last week, while sick, so no new episode. We'll be back next week with a very special Christmas episode! In the meantime, here's one of my favorites.  This week we “Meet Virginia,” a monster brought to life by mom ...Show More

1:42:13 | Dec 11th, 2017

This week we're covering the semi-woke, semi-forgotten single from Papa Roach's 3x platinum Infest: "Between Angels & Insects." Inspired by a wild assortment of works (Fight Club, Buddhism, and a 1994 British period drama with the same name), the son...Show More

1:40:56 | Dec 4th, 2017

Welcome to our first Nickelback-related video! Spoler alert: it sucks. This is the song from the Spider-Man soundtrack performed by a butt rock supergroup made up of Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, Saliva Frontman Josey “Joe C” Scott, and the douch...Show More

1:42:42 | Nov 27th, 2017

Subscribe to the brand new Minion Death Cult on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or wherever you listen to podcasts This week we “watch lots of crotch” and paint this episode white as we take on Kid Rock’s eerily prescient, “Cowboy,” which foreshad...Show More

1:39:52 | Nov 20th, 2017

This week the podcast gets  p o l i t i c a l  as we take on a truly awful, literally genocidal, stand-for-the-anthem anthem, "Salute the Brave" by hick-hop artist Hosier and Facebook vlogger Adam Calhoun. Make sure to subscribe to our brand new podc...Show More

1:34:47 | Nov 13th, 2017

We have a dispatch from Travis’s stint at Ozzfest, a pitch for a new #Beardvape-adjacent product, JP’s mom reveals her funeral playlist, MuDvAyNe gets poetic, and a truly wild music video including a CGI iron lung on a beach Music We Like: Flying Lot...Show More

01:24 | Nov 9th, 2017

On this jam-packed, 48 minute bonus episode we have a live musical performance to commemorate Cahn’s first visit to the show, Alex Jones’ fascination with Danzig, a Danzig-themed county fair, women as ouiji boards, Music We Like, and the climactic en...Show More

1:33:33 | Nov 6th, 2017

Cahn Curtis is back and exhausted in his disappointment in Danzig’s masochistic, Disney-released 5th album, Blackacidevil, and its lead single, “Sacrifice.” We’ve got sub-NIN industrial metal, lyrics possibly written by JB Smoove, Danzig helps with p...Show More

1:37:12 | Oct 30th, 2017

New T-Shirt, Posters, and Stickers available at &  Happy Halloween! This week we cover the apparently spooky "I Miss You," from Boxcar Racer + Mark Hoppus supergroup: Blink 182. We try to figure out...Show More

1:48:18 | Oct 23rd, 2017

This week we're joined by Luca Cimarusti to talk about Starting Line's gross video for Three's A Charm featuring a gut-busting joke where an old man has a threesome with highschool students. We struggle with these turned (the other way) phrases, sing...Show More

1:51:26 | Oct 16th, 2017

This week we discuss our love/mock relationship with Red Hot Chili Peppers and their 1993 Coneheads tie-in, "Soul to Squeeze." This song is totally about d r u g s , we get some of the best scatting we’ve had on the podcast, Emma finds a sentient bas...Show More

1:35:09 | Oct 9th, 2017

If you want to support the show, tell a friend about us! If you want to support the show and get an extra episode every week, subscribe at for as little as a $1/mo to get a private feed of weekly bonus episode in your podca...Show More

1:42:30 | Oct 2nd, 2017

This week, against my will, we’re making fun of Actually Good Song “Ironic” by Alanis Morrisette. My guest Shaina Turian and I share memories about growing up with Jagged Little Pill, and Cohost Emma scoffs from the sidelines.  We generally try to av...Show More

02:03 | Sep 29th, 2017

Michael has a true story about Mexico, Radiohead is on NOW That’s What I Call Music, Rockabye is a bad song, Michael is Tal Bachman, Giantess fetishists must be brought out of the shadows, Tal Bachman has a weird character named Ian Starglow, Helleni...Show More

1:45:13 | Sep 25th, 2017

This week we take on BTO royalty and totally-real human, Tal Bachman, and the totally-normal story behind his hit single “She’s So High.” We address the overbearing wholesomeness of 90’s pop rock in general and resolute niceguy-ness in these lyrics, ...Show More

1:37:25 | Sep 18th, 2017

This week we have a super fun episode about a song you probably don't remember by a band you definitely don’t remember: Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX’s “Loose” by Primer 55.  We analyze the “new style” found in probably the most generic rap metal song in ...Show More

1:49:10 | Sep 11th, 2017

This week we revisit the sick & twisted mind of Jimmy Urine and Mindless Self Indulgence with their 2005 single "Shut Me Up." Is this the most shocking band we've ever covered? This isn't your daddy or mommy's episode of That Awful Sound, and we get ...Show More

1:30:34 | Sep 4th, 2017

This week we get too drunk and cover NuNuMetal band Orgy and their y2k cybergoth single, “Fiction (Dreams in Digital).”  Our guest Kevan describes the complications of buying an Orgy CD as a minor, we discuss how art in general has a bad track record...Show More

1:50:45 | Aug 28th, 2017

This week we’re taking on Hoobastank and their gigantic, sorry-about-the-domestic-violence mega-hit, “The Reason,” whose music video features an inexplicable jewel heist. (probably a good idea in retrospect) My guest Michael remembers this being the ...Show More

1:44:43 | Aug 21st, 2017

We're back from vacation! This week we're talking about Limp Bizkit's intensely lame stab at the Mission Impossible theme, which, for some reason, is called "Take A Look Around" and almost entirely about hitting back at critics. I talk about how this...Show More
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1:36:11 | Aug 14th, 2017

Still on vacation! We'll be back next week with a new episode, but until then, enjoy the re-release of episode 7 In our second Awful Band Spotlight, Travis returns and Matt Booth makes his debut to talk with me about a good-band-gone-bad of epic prop...Show More
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1:35:55 | Aug 7th, 2017

Since I’m on vacation, I dug through the vaults to pull an previously unavailable episode for you: our Metallica Awful Band Spotlight (Episode 3) We discuss our love for the band, dissect 3 music videos from their unfortunate later era, cover “Lulu,”...Show More

1:48:08 | Jul 31st, 2017

This week we revisit the song that made my guest rip off his Avenged Sevenfold shirt, peel off his fingerless gloves, and stomp on his leather fedora flat: “Bat Country” We discuss the Guns N Rose-ification of the band on their third album, the time ...Show More

1:36:19 | Jul 24th, 2017

This week we return to the abundant well of 311, with the much-too-pleasant lead single from their 1995 self-titled album, “Don’t Stay Home.” Emma has to create a new ranking system to convey exactly how much she loves this band, we feel pity for wha...Show More

1:47:35 | Jul 17th, 2017

This week my guest Leigh tells us about being “indoctrinated” into the world of New Kids On The Block by an over-enthusiastic Blockhead cousin, and we discuss the lyrically reprehensible and musically unreasonable “Give It To You” by Jordan Knight. W...Show More

1:47:13 | Jul 10th, 2017

This week we’re revisiting “Barbie Girl,” the anomalous, insanely popular European dance song by Danish band Aqua.  My guest Angie remembers associating this song with “evil” and “pain,” Emma relates her thorough knowledge of Barbie and Ken’s anatomy...Show More

1:55:20 | Jul 3rd, 2017

This week we discuss our second Christian song in two weeks (the first of course being OPM’s seminal hit “Heaven is a Halfpipe”), “Pitiful” by Blindside, Christianity’s answer to Refused.  Emma shares her memories of relating to this song despite her...Show More

1:47:56 | Jun 26th, 2017

This week we take on seriously chill Cali / stoner / Christian? / skater anthem? “Heaven is a Halfpipe” by goateed punsters OPM. We’ve got a blatant stab at radioplay that is as confusing as it is repetitive, comments from the singer 15 years after t...Show More

1:48:49 | Jun 19th, 2017

After popping up on the show recently, we’re finally talking about (həd) P.E. and their y2k, Limp Bizkit sound-alike, “Bartender.” Misspelled lyrics, sexy football metaphors, singer Jahred’s unique beliefs, and my guest’s (and his parents') relations...Show More

1:34:34 | Jun 12th, 2017

Guest Matt Zeidner joins the show to talk about Godsmack’s “Voodoo,” his first foray into dark-lite (or XxDaRkLiGhTxX) music. WARNING: this video contains an Actual Wiccan Ceremony conducted by the Official Witch of Massachusetts. (for reals) Why is ...Show More

1:49:57 | Jun 5th, 2017

This week we're taking on Boyz II Men and their super-literal, shockingly generous song about a man willing to make love to his girl on her special night. It's "Ill Make Love To You." We also have a weird, wonderful music video about a man brazen eno...Show More

1:47:17 | May 29th, 2017

This week it’s a super fun episode as Michael Munoz joins us to make fun of Disturbed and their tragic modern take on the story of Job, “Prayer.” We cover the religious and anti-religious lyrical themes, the 9/11 controversy surrounding the video, an...Show More

1:40:01 | May 23rd, 2017

It's fairly ironic (or is it appropriate?) that I was unable to release this episode yesterday, because Emma Maatman and I are revisiting “Blue Monday,” Orgy’s “aggro-fied-for-the-1990s” version of the New Order classic. We cover the angst-filled ton...Show More

02:32 | May 18th, 2017

Distinguished burps, political merit badges, shilling for Apple products, egotistical local businessmen, the horrors of modern feminism, an argument about Bono, and plenty more deranged comments about the Spice Girls. Hear the full 28 minutes and eve...Show More

1:51:53 | May 15th, 2017

This week it's a ridiculously fun episode on Spice Girls' Wannabe from 1996. Emma laments having to be the Baby Spice in her friend group; I discover the stigma against my childhood crush, Sporty Spice; we reveal the strange and wonderful etymology o...Show More

2:06:15 | May 8th, 2017

It's the 100th Episode Spectacular! We're returning to our roots by covering one of our favorite targets: Metallica and another Load-era, mid-tempo slogger, "The Memory Remains." Possibly more importantly, we're also covering the new Hetfield-narrate...Show More

03:10 | May 4th, 2017

A quick tease for this week's bonus Patreon episode: nearly an hour discussion of the mind-numbingly hilarious Fyre Fest Fiasco. Emma stops by to help me read from a  NYT article about the aftermath that left "upwardly mobile millennial influencers" ...Show More

1:48:43 | May 1st, 2017

This week it's a thoroughly disgusting episode of That Awful Sound: we’re revisiting the undiluted raunch in Methods of Mayhem’s “Get Naked.” Tommy Lee flops around naked in a bucket hat. Lil Kim rides a giant mechanical rooster. Fred Durst, George C...Show More

1:11:27 | Apr 24th, 2017

This week we're revisiting the unreliable witnesses in Creed and their utterly sour lead single, My Own Prison.  We're chatting about how they fit into our christian (or non-Christian) backgrounds, the band's absurd claim that they aren't actually a ...Show More

1:43:08 | Apr 17th, 2017

Warning: very simple description for this week's episode on account of me being drunk for Easter, but let it suffice to say that this episode contains: mouth sores, a story about my guest getting her period during a slow dance at her christian school...Show More

1:23:32 | Apr 10th, 2017

This week we cover the the copyright-respecting second single “Zip-Lock,” from Bowling Rock troubadours, Lit; It’s a song about pockets?  We have a broader conversation about how musical tropes seem novel when you’re younger, bands deliberately writi...Show More

1:45:04 | Apr 3rd, 2017

This week we cover Nice Guy Anthem(TM) “Flavor of the Weak” by American Hi-Fi. What kind of dirt does the singer have on this girl? How much does he know about her boyfriend? What does he have against marijuana and Nintendo, two things that are argua...Show More

1:28:25 | Mar 27th, 2017

This week we dive back into Angie’s wheelhouse, “80’s songs that a lot of people hate.” We’re revisiting Toto’s Africa: a song about a man who sees “death and suffering” in Africa on TV and then compares the continent to a woman he wants to have sex ...Show More

1:29:05 | Mar 20th, 2017

This week we cover a music video so terrible, we had to do it twice. It’s Mest’s “Cadillac,” an early 2000’s pastiche of pop punk, hip hop, and cali beach vibes that is so unbearable, even those of us who didn't listen to the band are embarrassed.  G...Show More

1:29:27 | Mar 13th, 2017

This week we cover “Truly Madly Deeply,” a song my guests and I always knew better than to like and which seems to have caused us to lose our minds. We mostly skip over the 5 minute video, which contains nothing except turtlenecks, “duster ideas,” an...Show More

1:52:47 | Mar 6th, 2017

This week we cover Limp Bizkit’s hyper-aggressive “Break Stuff,” a song and video that literally broke apart my guest’s parents’ marriage. He shares this story, other parental connections to the show, and we remember how badass all these cuss words a...Show More

1:37:30 | Feb 27th, 2017

This week we cover No Doubt’s Spiderwebs and its unthematic video in which the band performs for an unreceptive wedding party. We’re chatting about the pre-sexual camera-humping of Gwen Stefani, Sam Rami-style cinematography, and whether Joan Stefani...Show More

1:37:22 | Feb 20th, 2017

This week we cover “Dragula” by Rob Zombie, a song and video we all loved that holds up surprisingly well. With almost nothing bad to say about the video, we turn to a comment section filled with borderline insane people, including but not limited to...Show More

1:18:15 | Feb 13th, 2017

This week we “Meet Virginia,” a monster brought to life by mom rock juggernauts Train in their 1998 single. She’s not like other girls. Also: rhyming words with themselves… twice, remorseful memories of bullying girls in high school with Nickelback l...Show More

1:27:44 | Feb 6th, 2017

This week we talk about “the opposite of jazz fusion”: Green Jelly’s claymation video for “Three Little Pigs." In this episode: Guest Derek’s appreciation of songs made up of just one riff, a healthy discussion on the merits of anthropomorphic pig as...Show More

1:48:38 | Jan 30th, 2017

This week I'm talking exclusively to Emma Maatman about her single-digit, pre-tween relationship with Backstreet Boys and the excellent video for the historically complicated "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)". We cover the most confidently dinky beat i...Show More

1:33:27 | Jan 23rd, 2017

This week we're covering Crazy Town... again? Guest Matt Zeidner explains how, at age 12, this was the perfect blend of hip hop and punk rock (as clearly stated in the song), and how a particularly terrible lyric held a personal meaning for him. Also...Show More

1:35:00 | Jan 16th, 2017

This week Cahn returns to chat about the INCREDIBLE "Chattahoochee" from 1993. Is this the music video America needs right now? I think so. On the docket: Alan Jackson's penchant for writing songs based on phrases he hears; the average temperature of...Show More

1:32:34 | Jan 9th, 2017

This week guest Travis Duscay finally admits musical fallibility as we return to one of his adolescent favorites, The Bloodhound Gang, and their hackneyed, overbearingly ironic "Fire Water Burn." Does repeating a punchline twice make it three times a...Show More

2:07:59 | Jan 2nd, 2017

It’s the 2 year anniversary of That Awful Sound! For this special episode we revisit New Found Glory’s lovesick, middle school anthem “Dressed to Kill” and its cringey video featuring a y2k-era nice-guy stalker lusting after an equally psychotic Rach...Show More

1:40:53 | Dec 27th, 2016

This week we dive into the women-empowering, yet totally insane video for TLC's Unpretty: forced boob jobs, CGI ladybugs, gang wars (for some reason), and onscreen bulimia. Music we like: Mariachi El Bronx, Baroness's "Shock Me," and Ty Segall's new ...Show More

1:23:35 | Dec 19th, 2016

This week we have an emergency broadcast! We’re talking about Lit’s current foray into country music and their new transparent, pandering single, “Fast.” How many of Real America’s erogenous zones can you tap into with one video? What’s the coolest k...Show More

1:24:35 | Dec 12th, 2016

This week we cover 311’s All Mixed Up and I reveal the various reasons this song stimulates the 311 pleasure center in my brain, recall how these lyrics got me all mixed up as an 8 year-old, and we cringe our way through an extremely unfortunate appe...Show More

1:36:39 | Dec 5th, 2016

"There’s something about being a 7th grade girl, your sexual awakening is really awkward, but if he looks kind of like an alien, it makes it less awkward." No show notes due to seasonal, work-related exhaustion. Enjoy the show!

1:22:42 | Nov 28th, 2016

This week Emma reflects on the uncomfortable experience of hearing Offspring’s libertarian protest anthem, Why Don't You Get A Job, as an 11 year-old girl trying to get into punk music. Also: what this dumb song has in common with the Beatles, The Si...Show More

43:50 | Nov 25th, 2016

It's the long-promised third Awful Sound-Off with Aimee-Beth! You wrote in, we responded. Psychedelic Smash Mouth, sage advice from an older brother, stern mothers, and secret skateboard lessons. Thanks for writing in! Continue to do so at AwfulPodca...Show More

1:36:38 | Nov 21st, 2016

This week! Aimee-Beth returns to help me dissect the cringe-y music video and bizarrely outdated lyrics for “I Will Buy You A New Life” by desperate-ex-husband-in-band-form Everclear.  Aimee recalls enjoying the emotional honesty (read: oversharing) ...Show More

1:27:16 | Nov 14th, 2016

This week my brother-in-law stops by to chat about butt rock/post grunge band Default and their 2001 single, "Wasting My Time." We discuss the Canadians' unfortunate choices both in this video and their career in general, not least of which would be ...Show More

1:29:33 | Nov 7th, 2016

This week we take on ska-punk/alternative rock/post grunge/funk metal band Jimmie’s Chicken Shack and their three-minute cringe compilation of a music video for Do Right. Jimi Haha undermines the victim-playing message of the song with incriminating ...Show More

26:08 | Nov 3rd, 2016

This is a new mini-episode and segment that rose organically from a surprisingly negative reaction I had listening to Velvet Underground's Heroin. I know this is a bad opinion, and Cahn is here to tell me why. Make sure to tell me just how wrong I am...Show More

1:36:05 | Oct 31st, 2016

It’s Halloween on That Awful Sound! Former Rob Zombie Superbeast Cahn Curtis joins me to discuss and dissect “Never Gonna Stop,” which, while not being terrible, still represents the end of his obsession with the artist. We hear about how Cahn sold h...Show More

1:14:50 | Oct 24th, 2016

This week we're covering the terrible rap metal your older brother wasn't listening to: Suicidal Tendencies side-project, Infectious Groove's "Therapy" featuring Ozzy. Guest Jerry "Wazzup" Woolbright remembers being introduced to this band in second ...Show More

1:23:20 | Oct 17th, 2016

Disclaimer: Slightly spicier language found in this episode This week: first-time guest Chris Arias shares his memories of Aaron Carter’s Aaron’s Party, second-time guest Jerry Woolbright remembers being too old for this sh*t, and together we dissect...Show More

1:08:00 | Oct 10th, 2016

This week Sloane Sache joins me for the first time to talk about Harvey Danger's Flagpole Sitta, and try to figure out what these misheard lyrics actually are. Turns out we both still kind of like this song, but there's plenty to make fun of, includi...Show More

1:49:48 | Oct 3rd, 2016

This week we’re revisiting the titans of fart rock, Smash Mouth, and their 1999 single, “Then The Morning Comes.” We cover the meme-ification of the band and singer Steve Harwell, the incessant rhyming in the lyrics, fake sleaziness and forced nostal...Show More

1:25:51 | Sep 26th, 2016

First Ever Awful Sound Reissue! Wasn't able to get a new episode edited in time, so here's one from the back catalogue that I particularly enjoy. Back to the normal schedule next week. To celebrate the return of the show, we're dissecting two unlikel...Show More

57:06 | Sep 19th, 2016

This week we’re discussing and dissecting Usher’s inaccurately titled “Nice & Slow,” and returning guest James Hernandez talks about dedicating slow jams on the radio to his middle-school crushes and making the switch from RnB to Slayer. We’ve got he...Show More

1:44:34 | Sep 12th, 2016

This week we have an episode that I’m shocked was possible. I’m talking to Kevan Aguilar, who was more than happy to subvert expectations by sharing his summer-long love affair with the incredibly awful Kottonmouth Kings. We’re dissecting Peace Not G...Show More

1:33:36 | Sep 6th, 2016

This week we’ve got a scoff-heavy episode as Derek Chacon and James Hernandez help me dissect the goth silliness of Coal Chamber’s “Loco.” Derek recalls a weird goth kid in his guitar class introducing him to the band, loving their edgy darkness as a...Show More

1:28:18 | Aug 29th, 2016

This week we’re covering the totally insane video for Livin’ on the Edge by immortal creepsters Aerosmith. My guest, Alexander Shaw, recounts his adolescent love for the band, allowing Stephen Tyler far too much influence over his fashion choices, an...Show More

1:14:22 | Aug 22nd, 2016

This week we have another anthem from the Post Breakup genre with Fallout Boy’s poppy, idiom-ridden crossover hit, “Sugar We’re Going Down.” We cover the fairly funny music video and, with help from dozens of overzealous contributors, anal...Show More

1:21:07 | Aug 15th, 2016

This week on That Awful Sound​ podcast we cover "You're So Last Summer" from early 00s "emo" "boys" Taking Back Sunday, its made-for-MySpace lyrics, and the apex (nadir?) of ironic hip hop in pop punk with a music video featuring Flava Flav for some ...Show More

1:13:57 | Aug 8th, 2016

This week Aaron Brock and Kenny Geary return to help me cover Price William’s favorite band, Linkin Park, and their blessedly short debut single, “One Step Closer.” We go over their straight-forward, impossible-to-misinterpret lyrics and the random c...Show More

1:18:18 | Aug 1st, 2016

This week Aaron Brock and Kenny Geary return to help me cover Crazy Town's infamous RHCP sampling, pet name spewing, single entendre of a song "Butterfly," and we keep a close eye on our drinks amid the greasy energy of the water-color crack-rave hap...Show More

1:52:08 | Jul 25th, 2016

On this episode of That Awful Sound podcast, guest Shaina Turian and I revisit the TRL-retired, Todd McFarlane-directed, sentient bullet-featuring video for Korn’s mega-hit “Freak On A Leash.” We cover why Korn can’t be a Chill Rap Rock band, how fre...Show More

1:17:47 | Jul 18th, 2016

This week Angie Burian and I revisit the incredibly urgent “Separate Ways” by karaoke kings, Journey. We dissect the infamous music video (named 13th worst by MTV), and its cocaine-fueled, sleeve-adjusting, invisible-intrument-playing stars. Also: wh...Show More

1:17:40 | Jul 12th, 2016

This week we’re revisiting the CD single Michael Muñoz’s estranged grandma gave him as a peace offering: Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca. We’ve got trumpets upon trumpets, deceptively emo lyrics, and a fun drunk driving accident. Plus: Barbara Wal...Show More

1:24:42 | Jul 4th, 2016

This week, first-time guest Tony Boswell details his childhood love of Cypress Hill’s orchestra-filled crossover hit, “Rock Superstar,” and how rap rock in general was a way to connect with both sides of his multicultural family. We dissect the song'...Show More

1:37:17 | Jun 27th, 2016

This week Matt Booth and I "back-muse" Teenage Dirtbag, the self-produced, nakedly sensitive, “comfortably pathetic” song I ended up kind of loving. Matt remembers using these lyrics to experiment with cussing, and I remember how weird the song sound...Show More

1:41:10 | Jun 20th, 2016

This week Michael Muñoz returns to dissect childhood favorite “Slide” by the Gru Gru Dolls and its long-winded promises, half-assed marriage proposal, and very aggressive statements about abortion. We run down the ultra-literal music video, Johnny Go...Show More

1:39:06 | Jun 13th, 2016

Warning! Explicit Adam Sandler content! This week we have a first for the show: a song by fart-comedy legend Adam Sandler called “Steve Polychronopolous.” My guest Leigh shares her storied personal history with the comedian, including the time his jo...Show More

1:50:07 | Jun 6th, 2016

This week Travis Duscay returns for our “spiritual” sequel to the Woodstock ’94 episode: Woodstock ’99! We revisit the festival that qualified as an EPA Superfund site and was described by Kurt Loder as a “concentration camp” to analyze Creed and Rob...Show More

1:53:43 | May 30th, 2016

This week we have a very special episode: our unofficial Awful Band Spotlight on AFI. Devyn Trujillo (voted “most goth” by the AFI message boards) and Travis Duscay (voted “most frequent guest” by me) help turn what was supposed to be an episode on “...Show More

1:09:42 | May 23rd, 2016

This week we're working through Anney, aka Booty Rising's complicated relationship with the Avril Lavinge song by the same name. She recounts living a double life, calling Avril a poser in AOL chatrooms but listening to her in secret, and we examine ...Show More

1:16:32 | May 16th, 2016

Episode 50! Two brand new guests join me to confess their middle school love of edgy pop punk(?) band Good Charlotte and the very 80's "Girls & Boys." One remembers this being her perception of "hardcore" music, while the other grew too cool for the ...Show More

1:13:37 | May 9th, 2016

This week Aimee-Beth returns to dissect “Take A Picture” from Definite Industrial Rock band Filter. Are these the most soaring and pretentious lyrics ever written about a naked alcoholic terrorizing an airplane? Would this video be better with our mo...Show More

1:01:49 | May 2nd, 2016

This week Aimee-Beth Diamond returns to revisit the inexplicably well-known band Alien Ant Farm and their single "Movies." We bask in the glory of living adjacent to these guys and argue about whether the singer's annoying stage presence and persiste...Show More

1:15:08 | Apr 27th, 2016

Today we’re dissecting Ozzy’s “Dreamer,” a bland rehash of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which somehow manages to be even cornier than the original. Add 11 year-olds in Maxim Magazine makeup, and you get this truly cringeworthy video. I also vent the issu...Show More

1:10:24 | Apr 18th, 2016

Cahn returns to talk about witnessing the “atrocity” that was Metallica’s 1996 album, Load. We focus on the grunge-era chugger “Until It Sleeps,” the limitless GIF potential in its music video, and Cahn reveals far too much about his dad.Is this what...Show More

1:07:50 | Apr 11th, 2016

Today we're revisiting the triple-produced, lyrically incoherent, y2k teen movie staple "Right Now" by aging pop-punkers SR-71. Is the subject of this song clingy or controlling? Is the singer super cool or super pathetic? And did he ever recover fro...Show More

1:43:29 | Apr 4th, 2016

Today we’re revisiting the sex jokes, cool-guy one-liners, and the anti-psychology crusade of Dexter Holland in The Offspring’s She’s Got Issues. Zooey Deschanel has a completely different take on her character in the music video, we remember confron...Show More

2:05:57 | Mar 28th, 2016

Awful Spotlight #4! We’re covering three videos from Scott Weiland’s eclectic career, hand-picked by my guest, a feral human raised by a family of Wildmen. We dance the Musty Queer to Weiland’s Bowie-inspired single “Barbarella,” feel confused on beh...Show More

1:47:44 | Mar 21st, 2016

Today we enter new territory as we revisit two mesmerizing videos from late 90’s/early 2000's rap giants Birdman and Lil John. We’re talking platinum football fields, custom PT cruisers, 3/4 of the Kings of Comedy, ridiculously graphic lyrics, and I ...Show More

28:39 | Mar 16th, 2016

Listener response time! It’s a special episode today as I respond to the huge reaction you guys had to our Lit episode (still kind of surprised people remembered them). I’m reading emails, Instagram and Facebook comments with stories of angry letters...Show More

1:12:05 | Mar 14th, 2016

Today I'm talking with Nick and Matt about another "truly Californian" band from Orange County (sorry). Mark McGrath knocks his four front teeth out and breakdances on broken glass, we examine the band's secret funk metal past, and co-writer and dire...Show More

1:06:26 | Mar 7th, 2016

This week we're revisiting "My Own Worst Enemy" by 90's #bowlingrock stalwarts Lit. We chat about how unfortunately influential this video was to our younger selves, touch on their evolution from hair metal act Razzle to grunge band Stain to the band...Show More

1:31:21 | Feb 29th, 2016

This week, my guest and I dissect Real Slim Shady, perhaps the goofiest of sound fx wizard Eminem’s interchangeable shock-rap tracks, and Get Back by Zebrahead, a rap-metal song which, much like Real Slim Shady, is a nonsensical mishmash of pop cultu...Show More

1:53:38 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Today we return to the metalcore/fashioncore/brocore scene of the early 2000's with Atreyu's Ain't Love Grand and Bleeding Through's On Wings of Lead. We remember the strange phenomenon of tough guys in eyeliner and bleach-streaked mohawks busting MM...Show More

1:46:31 | Feb 15th, 2016

To celebrate the return of the show, we're dissecting two unlikely songs and videos from the cast of The X-Files: the titular track from David Duchovny's Weather Channel inspired, cliche-ridden debut album, "Hell or Highwater," and Gillian Anderson's...Show More

1:35:46 | Feb 8th, 2016

Today we're revisiting the corporate circus of Woodstock '94 as Travis Duscay and I analyze performances by Green Day and Live. Could something like this ever happen at a modern festival like Coachella? Was their mudfight the precursor to Billie Joe'...Show More

1:21:54 | Feb 1st, 2016

Today I'm joined by Albert "311" Albanez to talk about two bizarre novelties from the 90's: Scatman John's "Scatman," and Lou Bega's "Mambo #5." We explore the Scatland utopia described in the Scatman's 1995 hit concept album, Scatman's World; try to...Show More

1:09:30 | Jan 25th, 2016

Aimee-Beth returns to talk about Breakfast at Tiffany’s—a song by that band whose name you don’t know. We dissect their on-the-nose, breakfast-filled music video, fashion styles lost to the ages, and with the help of a few YouTube commenters, take Be...Show More

1:03:59 | Jan 19th, 2016

Guest Aimee-Beth details her love/hate relationship with Reel Big Fish, and I argue that this cover might be the superior version of the song. We also discuss how the overbearing dorkiness of the two frontmen would have appealed to middle-school kids...Show More

1:35:58 | Jan 11th, 2016

Aaron Brock returns to help me dissect Dad Jam Anthems, Two Princes and Blues Traveler's Run-Around. Why are these supposed hippies in Spin Doctors writing lyrics about medieval courtship rituals? Is the fake band in Run-Around a deliberate parody of...Show More

1:42:34 | Jan 4th, 2016

Season 2! I talk to returning guest Cahn Curtis about swing revivalists Cherry Poppin' Daddies' "Zoot Suit Riot" and Brian Setzer's Stray Cats' "Rock This Town." We discuss the swing revival of the 90's, whether or not Stray Cats are punk (they're no...Show More

2:08:07 | Aug 3rd, 2015

Today Nick Guenzler and Matt Booth return to talk about the disappointing career trajectory of Tom DeLonge. We're dissecting Blink 182's "All the Small Things," Box Car Racer's "I Feel So," and the incredibly masturbatory and highly entertaining Ange...Show More

1:24:19 | Jul 13th, 2015

Leigh Ann Diefendorf and I are talking about nonsense words as we dissect Crash Test Dummies' Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm and Kid Rock's Bawitdaba. My guest opens up about her embarassing taste in showtunes, watching VH1 instead of MTV, and we also discuss B...Show More

59:59 | Jul 2nd, 2015

Continuing with our theme of "Vaguely Folkish Alterna-Emo," I chat with Cahn about the bane of our 2006: Hey There Delilah by The Plain White T's. Cahn reminisces about being subjected to the song while on the clock, and I reminisce about hearing the...Show More

1:14:56 | Jun 25th, 2015

Cahn returns to the show and we debate how tolerable Bright Eyes' First Day of My Life is, while we generally agree that Dashboard Confessional's Screaming Infidelities is at best a "cool alternative" to traditional worship music.

1:15:34 | Jun 18th, 2015

Today I talk to friend Kenny about two Cool music videos directed by Cool Hollywood Director McG: The Offspring's Pretty Fly for a White Guy and Korn's Got the Life. No further description. It's midnight. I'm tired. Goodnight.

1:02:08 | Jun 11th, 2015

This week we tackle Monster Magnet's Space Lord--allegedly the first video broadcast on TRL. We delve into the world of self-appointed "sex-symbol" status, space breasts, and Marilyn Manson and Hole's co-headlining tour. I also read some listener ema...Show More

1:28:22 | Jun 4th, 2015

On today's episode I'm joined by Shaina to talk about our middle school years and dissect Marilyn Manson' Dope Show and Hole's Celebrity Skin. My guest talks about her transformation fom Xena superfan into goth kid, being called a poser at the mall, ...Show More

55:57 | May 28th, 2015

Today, Kevan returns to help me hone in on the infamously terrible 90's hit "Tubthumping" by Chumbawumba. We dissect the painfully awkward video, remember our adolescent impressions of the song, discuss the band's anarcho-punk background, talk about ...Show More

1:09:13 | May 21st, 2015

Today I talk to friend and musician Kevan Aguilar about the semi-alt rock of the late 90's, including The Wallflowers' odd contribution to the Godzilla soundtrack and Third Eye Blind's meth and sex-laden hit Semi-Charmed Life. I try to figure out the...Show More

1:17:58 | May 14th, 2015

We're finishing our Nu-Metal conversation today by remembering and dissecting Korn's "Falling Away From Me." We talk about how amazing it is that a music video about child abuse made it onto TRL, the crazy stories from their recording sessions, and g...Show More

1:29:27 | May 7th, 2015

In this episode I'm joined by two friends from the hardcore scene, James Hernandez and Derek Chacon, to make fun of the nu-metal we liked as kids, but also to talk about how it possibly led us to hardcore music. We're remembering and dissecting Stati...Show More

1:21:58 | Apr 30th, 2015

Movie Themes! I talk to Alex Shaw of the Digital Drift podcast about two ridiculous movie themes: Wild Wild West from the film Wild Wild West and Deepest Bluest from the film Deep Blue Sea. We've got fake beatboxing, lots of nipples, cute cowboy outf...Show More

56:28 | Apr 23rd, 2015

In this very special episode, Alex Shaw of the Digital Drift podcast joins me to discuss the Goo Goo Dolls' Iris as well as the film for which the song was written, City of Angels. The first half of the episode is spent on sandpaper vocals and unnece...Show More

57:33 | Apr 16th, 2015

Continuing our conversation from last week, Albert and I tackle two videos from turn-of-the-century chill rap rock acts: Incubus's "Pardon Me" and Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Around The World." We discuss the plausibilty of spontaneous combustication, gh...Show More

49:35 | Apr 9th, 2015

In this episode, friend and fellow recovering 311 fan Albert Albanez visits the show to discuss and help dissect their 1999 music video, "Come Original." We decry the band's craven decision to sell out by releasing albums, try to decide which song is...Show More

1:30:54 | Apr 2nd, 2015

Travis and Macky return (sort of) to help dissect three songs and music videos from iconic butt rockers Creed, Godsmack, and Puddle of Mudd. We discuss the rampant persecution fantasies found in this theme, talk about the random slam dunks in the vid...Show More

1:32:17 | Mar 26th, 2015

Nick Guenzler (@TerminalRadness) returns for our most embarrassing episode yet! We dissect the mallcore phenomenon of the early 2000's by revisiting The Used's "Box of Sharp Objects", Senses Fail's "Bloody Romance", and Story of the Year's "Anthem of...Show More

1:34:42 | Mar 19th, 2015

In today's episode we dissect three music videos from 90's third wave ska revival: No Doubt's "Just A Girl," Reel Big Fish's "Sell Out," and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' "Impression That I Get." We also discuss Gwen Stefani's unfortunate descent into...Show More

1:18:09 | Mar 12th, 2015

Fantasy Metal! Our dorkiest, niche-iest episode yet. Today Angie (as heard on Episode 04) rejoins me to talk about a genre so deliciously ridiculous it has to be heard to be believed. We dissect Rhapsody's "Magic of the Wizard's Dream," featuring ACT...Show More

1:17:57 | Mar 5th, 2015

Part 2 of our unfortunately-titled episode, Second Chance Symphony! We continue our discussion on 90's musicians who went on to have successful careers writing songs for other artists. We dissect two songs and videos from 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Lin...Show More

1:04:50 | Feb 26th, 2015

Today I'm joined by my "good acquaintance" Cahn Curtis to talk about videos from artists who had a hit or two in the 90's, then went on to have successful careers writing songs for other artists. This episode is the first half of that theme, and we t...Show More

30:11 | Feb 23rd, 2015

Mini Episode 01! I give my less-than-hot, fiercely-indifferent take on the 2015 Grammys and share my picks for Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, and Best Metal Album. Also: a cringe-worthy Jack White interview and an argument in favor of complainin...Show More

1:33:41 | Feb 19th, 2015

Cheesy 90's Acts With Numbers in Their Names! This week Travis and Michael help me dissect three music videos: Eve 6's "Inside Out," Matchbox 20's "Real World," and 3 Doors Down's "Kryptonite." We also talk about be-numbered bands we still like and t...Show More

1:14:17 | Feb 12th, 2015

90's Boy Bands! In this episode I'm joined by two grizzled vets from the Boy Band Wars of the 1990s to dissect three ridiculous music videos from the era: NSYNC's "I want You Back" and "Bye Bye Bye," and Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life." We also t...Show More

1:36:59 | Feb 5th, 2015

In our second Awful Band Spotlight, Travis returns and Matt Booth makes his debut to talk with me about a good-band-gone-bad of epic proportions, Green Day. We talk about why the band is important to us, 3 music videos that illustrate just how bad th...Show More

1:05:55 | Jan 29th, 2015

90's Pop Rock! Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones," Smashmouth's "Walkin' On The Sun," and Jewel's "I was Meant For You."  In this episode we talk about the dark secret Smashmouth's singer has hidden in his garage (in a segment I probably should've cut out),...Show More

1:24:09 | Jan 22nd, 2015

In this episode, Devyn Trujillo joins us to dissect Atreyu's "Lipgloss and Black," HIM's "Wings of A Butterfly," and Aiden's "One Love." We talk to her about her gothy upbringing, and how a brief but memorable stint of listening to Atreyu led her to ...Show More

1:02:31 | Jan 15th, 2015

The 90's R&B Episode! We bring in our good friend Angela to talk about her personal relationship with 90's R&B and to tell her story about meeting a flash-in-the-pan 90's R&B group after winning a radio contest. I grasp for 90's R&B songs I actually ...Show More