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#158 The Case of the Missing Hit

54:33 | Mar 5th

57 recommendations

A man in California is haunted by the memory of a pop song from his youth. He can remember the lyrics and the melody. But the song itself has vanished, completely scrubbed from the internet. PJ takes ...Show More


stephaniebayonne1 recommended:Mar 7th

Hilarious and so fun to listen to! What an awesome story.

jenna recommended:Jul 3rd

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
😂 Funny
💯 A must listen
🤯 Unbeliveable

jdurham1015 recommended:Sep 24th

Loved it!!

I thought this episode was:

😊 Delightful

arnieoland recommended:Sep 27th

Loved this episode! I’ve listened to it 3 times!

I thought this episode was:

💯 A must listen
👍 Well-produced

massromantic recommended:Sep 30th

I love a good mystery, but I'm not always in the mood for true crime. This is a super fun journey!

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
😂 Funny
🧐 Intriguing

danny recommended:Mar 5th

PJ did a great job tracking this one down.

gml recommended:Mar 6th

This episode goes in my top 3 of greatest episodes ever

mmMar 6th

@gml Been seeing a bunch of buzz on this everywhere today. Looking forward to listening!

gmlMar 6th

@mm omg it’s so good

mmMar 6th

@gml OMG!!! I was almost laughing tears when they kept on playing the guy’s vocal version of the song again and again 🤣🤣🤣 I want part 2 of this episode where we get reactions from all those OG music critics and producers, and the guy’s wife.

mmMar 6th

@gml Also added the episode to this playlist I’m slowly curator on origins of ear worms. Each episode coincidentally are easily one of the “best of” episodes for each podcast. “Origins of Musical Ear Worms 🎵👂🐛 "

alicekoMar 6th

@gml LOVED this episode

alicekoMar 6th

@mm @gml Can you add Strong Songs and Punch Up The Jam to that list 😬

mmMar 6th

@aliceko Those ones don’t count. This playlist is only for episodes for ear worms with a wacky rabbit hole mystery origin story only 😝

gmlMar 7th

@mm #1 is the this american life about the guy who stole the birds from the British Museum.

mmMar 7th

@gml No.....Shut. Up. That sounds like an incredible episode already. 😝

rmmiller364Mar 7th

@mm @gml omg I LOVE that episode of TAL. I need to go recommend that one

gmlMar 8th

@aliceko @mm Are you singing the song in your head? I am

mmMar 8th

@gml 🙉🙉🙉

alicekoMar 10th

@mm @gml @danny @olivier @rmmiller364 For your listening pleasure!

gmlMar 10th


mmMar 10th

@gml @aliceko I can't believe there are only 35k views on that youtube video!!!

mmMar 10th

@gml @aliceko I just tried to listen to them at the same time and it was wild 👀

gmlMar 10th

@mm @aliceko That’s hardcore. I’m copying.

mmMar 10th

@gml Not as hardcore as listening to it non-stop! 😝😝😝

rmmiller364Mar 11th

@aliceko @gml oh man, that is one bad song

mmMar 12th

@rmmiller364 The original one or the one from memory? Or both :p

rmmiller364Mar 12th

@mm haha, why not both?

gmlMar 13th

@rmmiller364 @aliceko @mm here, I made this handwashing guide for you all:

mmMar 13th

@gml O.M.G. This is next level. Sharing this masterpiece in this week's community newsletter as a PSA for sure. 🤣 Also, some of those hand motions + lyrics are just...a #5 & 6...

rmmiller364Mar 14th

@gml woooooow

gmlMar 14th

@rmmiller364 @aliceko @mm Um, I don’t want to brag but Evan Scott Olson just followed me on twitter. For real.

mmMar 15th

@gml Check your email inbox or alerts tab tomorrow morning 😉

mm recommended:Mar 6th

A guy has an ear worm stuck in his head so Alex helps him out. Turns out to be a rabbit hole of a journey in music history. Hilarious episode. Magnificent execution. An episode that showcases the magic of Gimlet and Spotify together. ✨

alicekoMar 6th

@mm Soooo good

nrichwineMar 12th

How did Tyler remember all that?! Wow!!!

mmMar 12th

@nrichwine I’m actually still blown away. Is there an equivalent term for “photographic memory” but for music?!?

nrichwineAug 24th

@mm I can't believe I just thought of this five months later but how about *phonographic* memory for our guy Tyler?

mmAug 24th

@nrichwine PHONOGRAPHIC 🤯 Perfect word.

ian recommended:Mar 6th

Such an excellent episode! Amazing how well Tyler remembered the song.

mmMar 6th

@ian I was just thinking this morning about Tyler’s “photographic” memory for the song despite his off tune singing. I’m still amazed.

rmmiller364 recommended:Mar 7th

So good! They leave no stone unturned in their quest to figure out this mystery. I like that we got to learn a bit about the music industry in the 1990s in the process

michelle_ebooks recommended:Mar 7th

ok, the hype on this ep is real!! it’s SO good. what a fun ride! i loved learning about niche music industry things i didn’t know i wanted to know

readingsusan recommended:Mar 7th

This is an amazing podcast episode. It’s a must listen.

bkxb recommended:Mar 8th

Fantastic episode!

jspinelle recommended:Mar 8th

I added Reply All back to my queue after hearing all the buzz about this episode. I love how seriously they took the song and it was great to hear from all the critics, producers, etc. I totally listened to some Barenaked Ladies after finishing this!

basicallydan recommended:Mar 8th

Listen to this. I won't say anything else, please just listen to this.

domesticfoul recommended:Mar 9th

Having lived through the late ‘90s, I found this incredibly enjoyable.

mmMar 9th

@domesticfoul Do you remember any similar instances of songs that disappeared?!?

domesticfoulMar 9th

@mm I can’t! I was totally expecting to recognize the song when they first played it, but definitely not...I loved when they got Steven Page on the phone to explain what was going on in the music industry at that time. Explains a lot about what was playing on the radio in 97-99.

mmMar 9th

@domesticfoul The angst the seasoned music critic woman felt was probably the angst we all felt listening to this! Yes, Steven Page nailed it on the head. I wished they did a post-discovery interview with him with champagne and confetti for solving the mystery! And a reaction from those guys from Ro...Show More

domesticfoulMar 9th

@mm ah, that would have been great!

isla recommended:Mar 9th

My partner and I actually WTFed out loud on multiple occasions during this one.

nrichwine recommended:Mar 12th

Ooh, I love finding obscure music! I want to see what this song could be.

drcongo recommended:Mar 18th

I loved this episode. This is the Reply All guys at their best and it made me feel happy in the middle of a pandemic, which is no mean feat.

mmMar 18th

And for a special treat, check out this handwashing song guide by @gml inspired by this episode:

lebresco recommended:Mar 26th

Loved this! Such a fun episode that had me grinning ear-to-ear the entire listen.

katierpaugh recommended:Apr 2nd

This was such an interesting journey to follow

hotdocs recommended:Apr 8th

"A podcast about the internet that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it." - The Guardian

hsfargis recommended:Apr 8th

This was just awesome. From the "man in California" being able to remember a complete song from 20 years ago to the band who was able to *almost* recreate it, and then finding out the guy who wrote it was from my hometown! 11/10 will listen again.

jennx recommended:Aug 19th

Joining the hype for this episode. What a fun story! didn’t expect to learn so much about the music industry in the 90’s

I thought this episode was:

😊 Delightful
😂 Funny
💯 A must listen

egott25 recommended:Aug 25th

I thought this episode was:

😂 Funny
💎 A Hidden Gem
💡 Educational
🎶 Musically superb
🤯 Unbeliveable

renixcherokee recommended:Apr 27th

Great story and his perseverance not only paid off, but brought other ppl (in this case musicians) together to collaborate. Listen to this one, its Inspiring!

phocks recommended:May 2nd

This episode delivers the goods. Listen to it now.

morrily recommended:May 18th

I thought this episode was:

😊 Delightful
🥳 Entertaining
😲 Fascinating
😂 Funny
🤣 Absolutely hilarious
👍 Well-produced

johanoomen recommended:May 23rd

I thought this episode was:

💔 Heart-breaking

yote recommended:Jun 15th

I thought this episode was:

🌅 A beautiful story

gustborges recommended:Sep 4th

This one is quite funny.

I thought this episode was:

😂 Funny
💬 A great conversation

aliceko recommended:Mar 7th

Pretty sure THIS is the episode that can turn podcast virgins into podcast enthusiasts. The suspense, the excitement, the miracle... I listened to this at the gym and couldn't wipe the goofy smile off my face while listening. I want to write something about the ending SO BAD, but I don't want to rui...Show More

olivierMar 7th

@aliceko totally! I couldn’t stop giggling and laughing while listening to this episode. Once again PJ and Alex totally kill it. I’ve been telling all my friends to listen to it.

write2tg recommended:Mar 8th

An entertaining episode that reveals some interesting ideas about earworms but also about human memory. It reminded me of a BBC article I had read some time back. I tried to locate it for the listeners and here it is: From ...Show More

rmmiller364Mar 8th

@write2tg thank you for this article! I feel like I am especially susceptible to ear worms (my husband says he rarely gets them). In fact, recently all the “songs to sing while washing your hands” memes have been tough because 97% of those songs are ones that will burrow into my head and drive me cr...Show More

write2tgMar 8th

@rmmiller364 I totally get that! I am not too bad with ear worms but yes once in a while... I let the parasites live off me ;-)

khssand recommended:Mar 10th

Just WOW! If this is waiting in your queue - move it to the top. 😊

peachtree recommended:Mar 28th

So satisfying.

tvidatko recommended:Jul 2nd

Awesome! I want to listen this episode again right away 😂 I really love this detective like work of podcasts ♥

I thought this episode was:

🥜 Nuts
🥳 Entertaining
😲 Fascinating
😂 Funny
💯 A must listen

operatic recommended:Mar 29th

This is a perfect, standalone, feel-good listen!