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What Difference Does It Make

Welcome to What Difference Does It Make. Dave and Holly talk all things 80s, but mostly music. Proud member of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

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KROQ Countdown Song Numbers 40 to 31 from 1982

In our "bits and chunks" episode of What Difference Does It Make, we discuss a couple Levis commercials, Principal Vernon from The Breakfast Club and the love affair between Gloria Jones and Marc Bolan. In between the discussions, we manage to talk about songs 40 to 31 that KROQ listed on their year end chart from 1982. Listen to the music on the What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist. Follow us at https://www.wddimpodcast.com

46mins

24 May 2019

Rank #1

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Nick Longo Interview on Artist Logos Part 1

What makes an iconic Artist Logo? It's a lot to consider but sometimes simplicity is best. Branding Specialist Nick Longo of Longo Designs breaks it down for us and lets us know why KISS, AC/DC and Aerosmith, among many others were able to tap into something iconic and help define the band. 

26mins

9 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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1983 Pop Culture Part 1

We kick off a new season of What Difference Does It Make by diving into the year 1983. Before we do our deep dive into the music we go down the rabbit hole (as we mention that phrase too many time to mention) and talk movies and fashion. Actually, Dave talks movies and Holly talks fashion. It was a good year for pop culture but I'm betting Holly will not like this 1983 movie soundtrack playlist featuring Frank Stallone, Barbra Streisand and Tangerine Dream. The one song she would like "Spring Break" by Cheap Trick is unfortunately not on Spotify however you can hear it on YouTube.

34mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Mother's Day Music Favorites

In this very special episode, Dave and Holly take a break from the 80s to salute our moms. We discuss the music that our Moms introduced us to and in Holly case, music she passed on to her children. These are songs that influenced and helped shape who we are today. This is the first part of a two part episode. Listen to all the music discussed on our What Difference Does It Make Spotify Mother's Day playlist

34mins

3 May 2019

Rank #4

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Pasadena Daydream Preshow Podcast Part 2

For part 2 of our Pasadena Daydream Festival Preshow tailgate party, Dave lays down his rules for preparing for a concert. Holly provides the opposing viewpoint. Based on the Part 1 lottery picks, Holly takes the lead in discussing most of the larger font bands. Dave gets Mogwai while Holly provides some insight into Throwing Muses, Deftones, Pixies and The Cure. And we both wonder how much dancing there will be at the show. Listen to a selected song from each band on our What Difference Does It Make Spotfiy playlist.

27mins

28 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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Nick Longo Interview Album Covers Part 1

In part 1 of our extensive interview with Brand Builder Nick Longo, we discuss why the What Difference Does It Podcast logo works so well, after all he is the person that created it. We also talk about what defines 80s artwork. why Van Halen's 1984 cover perfectly defined the band and why The Police's 1983 album Synchronicity is a perfect example of how do do it right with just colors and font. Learn more about Nick through his Deeply Graphic podcast and on his Longo Designs website.

24mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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Nick Longo Interview Album Covers Part 2

In part 2 of our interview with Nick Longo of Longo Designs, we dissect the two iconic Rush album covers, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures and discuss why the Pretenders debut and The Talking Heads Remain In Light album covers were so effective. Nick brings great insight into our talk. So give a listen!

33mins

2 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Halloween Remastered

It's not a repeat if you haven't heard it before and it's the perfect time to revisit Dave's favorite holiday and the one Holly tolerates because candy is involved.  We talk about our favorite songs and movies that Holly has yet to see...I'm still waiting to discuss Ed Wood with her. Holly thinks Echo & The Bunnymen's "Killing Moon" is a love song until she learns the terrifying truth. And Dave is still trying to pronounce Nastassja Kinski's name.Listen to all songs discussed on our What Difference Does It Make Podcast Spotify playlist. 

45mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Nick Longo interview on Artist Logos Part 2

It's the final part of our  "What Difference Does It Make Podcast" interview with Nick Longo of Longo Designs. Nick lets us know that sometimes fonts work for bands like NWA and Pink Floyd, most hair metal fonts had a similar look and never, ever. ever use Hobo, Papyrus or Comic Sans fonts!  We also can't like Nick leave without taking our 80s trivia quiz. 

21mins

16 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek Tribute

Holly and Dave celebrate the music of Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek. Two artists that knew how to exhibit their own brand of cool and were able to create some of the most memorable mainstream pop hits that somehow still rocked. Both men had a keen sense of humor and seemed to be devoted family men. We talk about their music and what it meant to us. Give a listen to some of our favorite songs on our What Difference Does It Make podcast playlist.

38mins

21 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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Rock Hall Inductees 2019 Part 2

In anticipation of the 2019 Inductees, Dave and Holly spend most of their time talking about wanting to see Janet and Def Leppard in Vegas and The Cure in Australia. Dave struggles with the spelling of Leppard and Holly struggles with trying to guess the individual's that will induct each artist into the Rock Hall. Dave also gets to fanboy on Radiohead and Holly gets to fangirl on The Cure. Hear the music on the "What Difference Does It Make" Spotify playlist.Follow us at https://www.wddimpodcast.com

42mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Pasadena Daydream Wrap Up Show

Dave and Holly venture outside the studio to experience an actual concert going experience. The Pasadena Daydream Festival curated by Robert Smith of The Cure. Here all about our strategy to experience as much of the the music as possible while still being able to consume tacos and donuts and beer. Don't forget to enhance your experience by listening to the What Difference Does It Make podcast Spotify playlist. We feature two songs from each artist. The first track is the first song they played at the Festival. The second song is our personal pick. Enjoy!

20mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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Dan "The Sound Man" McGrath Interview

The week we talk to Dan McGrath, composer of The Strictly Come Dancing series in the UK and self-proclaimed 80s music nerd. Dan talks about his love of Depeche Mode, Gary Numan and Yazoo and shares a few encounters he's had with Annie Lennox and his ultimate favorite, David Bowie. You can listen to a few of Dan's favorite songs on our What Difference Does It Make Podcast playlist. 

33mins

11 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Father's Day Music Favorites Part 2

Dave and Holly continue to salute their Fathers. We get a history lesson about the Edmund Fitzgerald and learn about Holly's parents ability to solve the Hawaii 5-0 crime within 12 minutes of a 60 minute show. We also get a special surprise guest to enter our studio and surprise Holly. Hear the music discussed (except for Lenny & The Squigtones) on our What Difference Does It Make Father's Day playlistFollow us at https://www.wddimpodcast.com

22mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Nick Bedding: Record Promotions Guy. Part One Interview

In the first part of our interview, Nick Bedding talks about his first exposure to music in his hometown of Croydon which is South of London to his move to Valencia, California which is north of nowhere. We'll hear about first music. first shows, first fashion mistakes and first jobs. It's quite a journey and and all began with The Specials "Gangsters". Give a listen to the Nick Bedding Spotify Playlist and hear the music Nick loves.

34mins

27 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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Father's Day Music Favorites Part 3

In Part 3 of our salute to Father's Day, Dave switches gears and talks about some of the songs that mean the most with him and his daughters, while Holly talks abut the songs that mean the most with her father as well as the artists that connect with her resident expert (RE) and their two children. Expect to hear stories of odd encounters with Kindergarten teachers, desperate searches for a Baby Spice Doll and trips to Atlantic City on this ep. Follow along with all the music discussed on the What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist.Follow us at https://www.wddimpodcast.com

40mins

14 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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1983 Pop Culture Part 2

The "olds" try not to be poseurs and stay woke in this Part 2 special looking back at Pop Culture of 1983. We are primed and ready as continue to talk about fashion and television and for some reason we talk about promise rings and Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pebbles. Listen to our What Difference Does It make Spotify playlist to hear the songs discussed.

28mins

8 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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New Year's Eve Music Favorites

Happy New Year! We discuss our new year's traditions, new year's resolutions, the history behind toasts and of course, all our favorite music we play to usher in the new year. Follow along on our What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist.

40mins

27 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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1982 KROQ Countdown Song Numbers 50 to 41

A lot to unravel in this episode. Tattoos on Jews, John Cusack or Adam Levine, Stan Ridgway singing inside a pot full of beans and we learn about King Cotton and Roscoe's Rap. It's all inside our KROQ countdown from 1982 as we discuss song 50 to 41. Follow along on our What Difference Does It Make Spotify playlist https://bit.ly/2IXJFdl Follow us at https://www.wddimpodcast.com

48mins

17 May 2019

Rank #19

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Nick Bedding: Record Promotions Guy Part Two Interview

In part two of our interview with Record Promotions Guy, Nick Bedding, we talk about how Nick learned his chops from some of the best promo people around like Phil Costello, Jeffrey Naumann and Claire Parr.  It's a fun listen as Nick takes us through his career arc and offers up his take on the future of record promotion. We also get to hear the story of how Nick eats edamame. Give a listen to the Nick Bedding Spotify playlist

52mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #20