I am a self-described podcast fiend. About 1/3 of the podcast content I consume is sports adjacent. This is good for every time of the year except right now.
Lately I’ve had to look elsewhere to get my fix and this weekend I stumbled upon a podcast that I am loving:
This podcast is about 2.5 years old and as its title suggests, it reviews 60 songs that explain the decade of the ’90s. Currently there are 102 episodes of this podcast, which may raise an eyebrow; do they really take TWO episodes per song? But from what I understand the podcast was so good that 60 songs were expanded because people actually listened to it.
When I found this podcast I eventually settled on the Yellow Ledbetter episode as a try-out. The podcast is hosted by a guy named Rob Harvilla, I hadn’t heard of him either. Seemingly a quintessential nerdy white guy talking about music. After 5 minutes of him talking I was confused. He was rambling about the Spin Doctors first album Pocket Full of Kryptonite. Did I click on the wrong episode? No, I did not.
Rob continues on about the ‘good song percentage‘ of an album, and how cool it was in the early 90s to click the back button on a CD player to go revisit a good song. Eventually he gets to Pearl Jam, and ultimately lands the plane at Yellow Ledbetter, but I was… impressed? Intrigued? At how he’d done the episode. In fact, I’ve written this whole post with his voice in my head.
Podcasts with just one person are usually tough. But I’ve listened to 8 episodes and the way he guides the listener through with fun facts and personal anecdotes feels unique and endearing. I’m sure it’s not for everyone, but I find it great. The last half of each episode has a guest to talk about the band, so if you hate Rob, at least the second half will be bearable.
To entice you even further, here is the single most shocking thing I’ve learned since listening to this podcast:
I did not realize that the album / song Californication by The Red Hot Chili Peppers had the ford “fornication” in it, like sex, until this day, August 1st, 2023. They were the first band I ever saw in concert, and this has flown over my head until Rob showed me the light.
Give it a listen! You will 100% be able to find a song or band you like.