The Blerd Radio Podcast
Blerd Radio 2013 | Episode 18: 1993 (Part Two)

How difficult is it for five people to get into one studio?

Oh wait, that's how we started the last podcast.

Here's part two of our time machine trip to 1993. Dr. Gonzo is, once again, MIA, but the remaining crew of Big Money, Cunningham, Mike Duquette and Michael Parr hold down the fort until the next podcast with a series of humorous and educational anecdotes about a pivotal year in pop culture.

What will you hear/learn?

-We shout out Billboard's Top 10 albums of 1993, where Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" uncomfortably shared space with Eric Clapton's "Unplugged" and Kenny G.'s "Breathless," which sold 3.6 MILLION COPIES in 1993. Just for reference's sake: Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is the best selling album of 2013 so far. Mr. G sold almost double that in one year.

-We attempt to figure out which of Garth Brooks' albums was in 1993, since the covers seemed to follow sort of, a...template?

-Cunningham indulges his Britpop fetish with a discussion about The London Suede.

-What's your beef with U2's "Zooropa?" The album that confounded millions of fans is now regarded as something of a cult classic (and rightfully so, if you agree with the gang.)

-Why did the NYPD love Fat Joe so much?

-Parr geeks out over The Smashing Pumpkins' "Siamese Dream" and his personal favorite track, "Mayonaise."

-Although two iconic bands of the '80s came back in 1993 (Duran Duran and Run-DMC, for those playing at home,) did 1993 represent the end of the "old guard" of the previous decade?

-We pay our respects to Frank Zappa (who passed in 1993) by asking the immortal question...can you enjoy his music without the aid of drugs?

-We also briefly discuss the 1993 passing of another icon, actor River Phoenix.

-We set a record for the most awkward time machine jokes of all time!

-Parr sets a personal record for most bands involved with in one year...a record that might have been broken since by Dave Grohl.

-It's Big Money's 20th workiversary and he's fishing for props!

-The podcast concludes with a lesson in "Pittsburgh-ese" from Cunningham.

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Direct download: 1993_Podcast_Part_2.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:40pm EST

How difficult is it for five people to get into one studio?

For the third consecutive podcast, we are down a man. This time, Michael Cunningham is back and the lovable, huggable Dr. Gonzo is out.

However, the four remaining co-hosts (Big Money, Cunningham, Mike Duquette and Michael Parr) do not suffer in Dr. Gonzo's absence. Actually, enough material was recorded for two podcasts. So take that, Zachary!

Anyhow, this two-parter finds us hopping into the Blerd Radio Time Machine (not unlike the Great Space Coaster) and taking a trip back in time...landing in 1993. It's a transitional year that brought forth everything from the falls from grace of pop icons to hip-hop's nexus shifting Westward. In part one, you'll hear:

-Michael Parr provides us with a Michael Winslow-esque soundtrack for our time travel adventures.

-A tip of the hat to the film "Addams Family Values" and props to the late Raul Julia.

-WTF Moment #1 of 1993: Michael Jackson being charged with child molestation, being forced to strip for the LAPD, and broadcasting his innocence Live From Neverland Ranch.

-WTF Moment #2 of 1993: Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol. Or, wait...maybe there *is* a pronunciation.

-We briefly discuss old people who stay with MTV too long (Kurt Loder, Jon Norris, Su Chin Pak, Sway)

-It's the 20th anniversary of the releases of two seminal albums: "Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)" and The Breeders' "Last Splash."

-Cunningham does the best RZA impression in the history of the world.

-Has West Coast hip-hop not aged as well as East Coast hip-hop? And what of the revolution in Southern hip-hop that had yet to occur in 1993?

-What the hell is President Obama doing in the "Whoomp! There It Is!" video?

-What the hell is Drake doing in a movie called "Charlie Bartlett"?

-Cunningham explains "intrinsic ethos" as it pertains to artists today (Lupe Fiasco) and yesterday (Ice Cube/2Pac)

-Why are we talking about Drake and Lupe Fiasco on a podcast dedicated to 1993?

-Cunningham Goof #1: This is not Faith Hill

-Cunningham Goof #2: Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre were not members of the N.W.O.

-Cunningham redeems himself by offering up the most white people-friendly version of 2Pac's "Strictly 4 My N-----" album title possible.

-Discussion of two more albums celebrating their 20th anniversaries: Nirvana's "In Utero" and Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way" leads to...

-Is Lenny Kravitz underrated?

-We discuss how to properly pronounce "Vanessa Paradis"

-And finally, we examine the subtle differences between musically harkening back to a particular era (a la Amy Winehouse) and directly ripping off the sound of specific artists (like our pal Lenny.)

Part two will be up very soon, so don't fret! Your favorite artist will be covered!

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Direct download: 1993_Podcast_Part_1.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:55pm EST

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