Who among us doesn’t have a guilty pleasure they listen to?
Join Tom (the wolf of dog street), Tommy (the dog of wolf street/the Prince of snarkness) and fellow Pissfreaks of pissnation like myself to listen to music in all six ways (for the longest time people thought there were only four ways, but Tom found another two).
Everyone from Coldplay to Britney Spears to Lou Bega is critiqued. There’s surprisingly some pop punk bands like Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday and Yellowcard covered too which I love.
There’s also bands I already knew about like Aerosmith, Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters who I rediscovered a new love for.
And Toto had more than just one hit song, Africa!
And I’ve also been introduced to some artists who aren’t as bad as I thought they’d be, like Incubus, Soulja Boy and even Hannah Montana (my hot take is Hannah Montana is just a softer Paramore). The guest obviously did a good job defending them.
It’s really interesting to learn the history of the band, facts only fans would know and to listen to the deep cuts as well as the hit singles.
Tom and Tommy research the artist thoroughly for embarrassing stories and interviews (mostly involves Googling ‘[band name] sucks/piss/gay’). And there are some really bad stories which the guest has to defend (sometimes they end up hating the band too).
In the segment ‘They went to Jared’, friend and foe of the podcast, owner of the comedy club the Comedy Attic in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana and real creator of the podcast, Jared Thompson, gives his (often scathing) review of the artist in question.
Most of the time he makes good points against the band in question, but scoring zero for Barenaked Ladies? C’mon!
Next to interrogate the band is the Facebook page where more comedians have their say whilst telling hilarious personal history with the bands.
After the intense grilling, Tom, Tommy and the guest rate the playlist out of six (their six song playlist). There have been times where the guest ranks their own playlist lower than Tom and Tommy…
Now and again, the guest realise the band are awful like Ahri Findling. I still stand by Yellowcard.
The scores have also caused controversy and friction too, like Tommy not liking Limp Bizkit…
Here are ten of the best episodes of Stand By Your Band to get you started.
Other music podcasts I thoroughly recommend checking out are:
Punch up the Jam – a music podcast which dissects ridiculous lyrics and tries to make the song better
Who Cares About the Rock Hall? – a deep dive into the Rock Hall of Fame; who deserves to get in and who shouldn’t?
The E Word – Emo isn’t dead. A deep dive into the emo scene and bands, past and present
Ongoing History of New Music – Learn a wide range of music genres and eras in succinct 30 minute segments.
Song Exploder – Artists choose a song to discuss in-depth and break down, everything from lyrics to recording.
Soundtracking with Edith Bowman – Fun interviews with film composers behind famous scores and cult classic movies.
Dissect – A thoroughly well researched and analysis of songs by Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce.
James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds – 2016 was apparently the best year for music muses Acaster. He invites his friends to review an LP from 2016 and decide whether they agree with him.