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LYRICS FOR LUNCH

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Famous Monsters: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Part 1)

In the mid-1960s, the success of the Four Tops’ first Motown single “Baby I Need Your Loving” was the envy of an evil genius who responded by puppetmastering the Righteous Brothers' chart-topper "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"—and just like that "Blue Eyed Soul" was born. This week in the continuation of our Famous Monsters series: The appropriation of soul music, Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, the McMartin preschool trial, and ... a Karen murder. Sources: https://www.songfacts.com/facts/the-righteous-brothers/youve-lost-that-lovin-feelin https://societyofrock.com/the-story-behind-youve-lost-that-lovin-feelin-by-the-righteous-brothers/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303343404577519042622092010 https://www.britannica.com/art/blue-eyed-soul https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/music-black-culture-appropriation.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=73F0357B264979EEE94F8CD7E0EAF8D7&gwt=pay&assetType=PAYWALL https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200811-why-be-my-baby-is-the-perfect-pop-song https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=8993130 https://www.grunge.com/258491/the-tragic-real-life-story-of-ronnie-spector/ https://www.the-sun.com/news/2166243/phil-spector-ronnie-spector-assassinate-stage-gold-coffin/ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/dec/12/ronnie-spector-i-love-metoo-and-times-up-because-mens-time-is-up https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/evil-deeds/201303/dangerous-genius-the-rise-and-fall-phil-spector https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/apr/14/phil-spector-lana-clarkson-murder https://www.biography.com/musician/phil-spector https://www.npr.org/2021/01/17/528954909/phil-spector-legendary-record-producer-and-convicted-murderer-has-died-at-81 https://www.npr.org/2021/01/17/528954909/phil-spector-legendary-record-producer-and-convicted-murderer-has-died-at-81 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/17/arts/music/phil-spector-dead.html --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lyricsforlunch/support

1hr 37mins

30 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Hallelujah! It's the Shrek Song — Part 2

This week, we look at how Leonard Cohen's most-popular work was co-opted by pop-culture to become the poster song for Big Emotional Moments and Sad Montages everywhere. Plus!—An update on the long-lost versus (hint, there are more than 15!), Aviv's dad tells a Bible story, and why author Alan Light calls "Hallelujah" a musical Rorschach test. Some additional sources:  Michael Barthel Alan Light The Forward New York Times --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lyricsforlunch/support

1hr 52mins

23 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Hallelujah, it's the Shrek Song — Part 1

How Leonard Cohen's initially rejected, melancholic tribute to love, sex, euphoria, and disappointment became the poster song for Big Emotional Moments everywhere. In part one of this two-part series, we look at the inception of Cohen's most-famous work, the meaning behind his iconic lyrics, how the many verses came to be, and how, over the span of four decades, the song has become one of the most performed standards of all time.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lyricsforlunch/support

1hr 35mins

16 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Famous Monsters Part 2: I Desire to Whip It — Devo's Satirical Stuntery and the Man Who Shot Reagan

In the second edition of our Famous Monsters series (with Lindsay's mic still haunted by the ghost of Charles Manson) we do a deep Devo dive into the art-rock band responsible for the 80s megahit "Whip It." Forged in the wake of the Kent State massacre, Devo weirded out audiences for years before their biggest success was inspired by Roy Orbison, Thomas Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow, and the drummer for Captain Beefheart. For their next album, however, Devo would find their strangest collaborator yet—would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley. Additional sources: https://dangerousminds.net/comments/de-evolution_devo_talks_groupies_the_gop_and_the_future https://www.salon.com/2017/09/16/33-13-devo-excerpt/ https://www.vice.com/en/article/43p97n/devo-mark-mothersbaugh-gerald-casale-anniversary-interview-2018 https://www.spin.com/2010/07/secret-history-devo/ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/devo-sixties-idealists-or-nazis-and-clowns-119053/--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lyricsforlunch/support

1hr 31mins

9 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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Famous Monsters Part 1: The Beach Boys and the Manson Murders

In 1968, a chance encounter set off a chain reaction that led to (arguably) the most famous murder in american history. This encounter also led to the 1968 Beach Boys track "Never Learn Not To Love," a song credited to Dennis Wilson, brother of Beach Boys wunderkind Brian Wilson. However, the truth behind the song is far more sinister--first written by Charles Manson. Today we discuss the tragedy of the Wilson Brothers and the bizarre truth of how they contributed to the Manson Family’s Helter Skelter--in the first episode of a mini-series we’re calling Famous Monsters--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lyricsforlunch/support

1hr 23mins

2 Jul 2021

Rank #5

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What Gives Toto's "Africa" its Staying Power?

In the early '80s, yacht rock group Toto needed a hit or else risk being dropped by its record label. Keyboardist David Paich, allegedly inspired by his catholic upbringing and late-night Africa documentaries, penned much of what would become Toto's biggest hit in less than ten minutes. But is "Africa" a harmless monument to kitsch--or a prime example of poorly aged cultural appropriation and harmful stereotyping? This episode examines the lore behind the writing of perhaps the most memeified song of all time--and what it means today and yesterday. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lyricsforlunch/support

1hr 17mins

25 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Talking Heads' Ballad of Manic Middle-Class Monotony

Well, how did we get here? This week we've got the story behind Talking Heads' sleeper hit "Once In A Lifetime," a 1980s preacher-inspired tune that permeates pop culture even today -- perhaps because it's so damn relatable to the masses. Special appearance by Kermit The Frog. You're welcome. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lyricsforlunch/support

1hr 12mins

18 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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"Who Let the Dogs Out?" And Other Unanswered Questions

Is "Who Let the Dogs Out" proof that time travel exists? Or that telepathy is real? Is it just an earworm infinitely floating through space and time? These questions and more as we uncover the origin of the Baha Men's biggest hit. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lyricsforlunch/support

1hr 27mins

11 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Taylor Swift’s “the last great american dynasty”: An ode to Great Gatsby-esque "Holiday House" heiress, Rebekah Harkness

On her Grammy-winning album Folklore, Taylor Swift regales listeners with a tale of the eccentric dance patron and philanthropist Rebekah Harkness — who once owned Swift's Watch Hill, Rhode Island mansion (aptly named "Holiday House"). But there are way too many peculiarities to Rebekah's story than could ever fit within 3 minutes and 50 seconds. That's where we come in. From fish tanks filled with Scotch to missing bodily remains — with appearances from Salvador Dali, LBJ, and B.K.S. Iyengar along the way — our detailed retelling of Rebekah's life and death has got a little something for everyone.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lyricsforlunch/support

1hr 55mins

4 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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N.W.A's Anti-Establishment Rallying Cry "Fuck Tha Police"

Last summer, 32 years after its release, streams of N.W.A's "Fuck Tha Police" surged nationwide in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police. Here, Lindsay and Aviv recount the story behind the song as depicted in the 2015 movie Straight Outta Compton: Paintball wars, Arsenio Hall, the return of Lindsay Lohan Cool J, separating fact from movie fiction, FBI letters ... and  the making of the biggest protest anthem of our time -- and why it's as important as ever.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lyricsforlunch/support

1hr 34mins

28 May 2021

Rank #10