50: Grab Bag V

It’s the 50th episode of “Music Raygun.” Can you believe it? Did you think we’d last? Did you expect us to make it this far? Is anyone even listening? Anyway, the first 50 were only the beginning. There’s a lot of “Music Raygun” still to come. But this time we’re opening up the old grab bag once again. That means the theme of this episode is no theme at all. We’re talking about a random assortment of music we like. And we hope you’ll like it too.

49: Dance III (w/ Isabel Nelson)

It’s our third dance-themed episode. And that means the lovely Isabel Nelson is back in the room. She pops and locks (not really) with fellow dancer Kirk and uncoordinated buffoon Paul. This episode has Janelle Monae, the movie “Fast Forward,” and a “Soul Train” line. It’s got Christine and the Queens, “Dance Fever,” and soul music on “The Lawrence Welk Show.” Plus much more. You’re going to want to see all the actual dancing from this episode’s videos. So be sure to check out the video playlist.

48: Happy Holidays II

Merry everything and happy always to you raygunners. It’s that special time of year when, for some people, the spirit of Christmas somehow transforms a lot of music that normally would be cheesy and unlistenable into something warm and cheerful. Kirk and Paul are two of those people, so here’s another holiday treat of an episode. Even if you don’t like Christmas music, there’s something here for you to enjoy. Like Kool Moe Dee. Or Tom Waits. Or GG Allin. What says Christmas better than GG Allin?

47: Nile Rodgers

We’re taking a look at the career of Nile Rodgers, the genius guitarist, songwriter and producer behind Chic as well as hits from by Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, David Bowie, INXS and Daft Punk, all of whom are featured on this episode. And that’s not even to mention the hits he wrote and/or produced for Madonna, Duran Duran, the B-52s, Bryan Ferry, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga and more. Nile Rodgers is a titan of music and an interesting character, and this episode is lots of fun.

46: TV Theme Music

We’re doing something different on this episode of “Music Raygun.” Instead of talking about pop music, we’ll listen to some classic TV themes. From which TV shows, you ask? Here are some hints: a working-class sitcom from the ‘70s, a working-class sitcom from the ‘80s, a British sci-fi show from the ‘60s, a children’s show from the ‘70s, and more. But hey, you ask, don’t you cover any pop-culture shows from more recently than the 1980s? Hahahahaha, what the heck podcast do you think you’re listening to?

45: Boy Bands

Back in January 2017, your hosts recorded what’s now the show’s lost pilot episode. (Paul accidentally destroyed the file trying to teach himself audio editing.) The subject of that episode: What was the first boy band? And that discussion came from Paul and Kirk having the same debate with their co-workers many months earlier. Now, finally, it’s our long-awaited boy bands episode. This ‘90s-heavy episode takes you from Menudo to One Direction, with most of the big names in between, and some you might’ve forgotten you remember.

44: Halloween II

Clanking chains. Creaking door. Spiderweb. Boo. It’s Halloween. This time of year gives us an excuse to do what rock and roll was invented for: worshipping Satan. And that’s what we’re doing on this episode of “Music Raygun.” There’s a visit from the god of hellfire to bring us fire. Lou Reed tears the flesh from off of his own skull. The Beach Boys sing a Charles Manson song. And perhaps the most terrifying thing of all: Simon and Garfunkel. It’s the spookiest podcast of the year.

43: Bass Guitar

We’re gonna add some bottom so that the dancers just won’t hide. Your thumbs’ll slap and your fingers will pop because it’s time to take a deep dive into bass guitars and bass guitar players. We’re talking Verdine, Bernard, the Ox, Flea, Bootsy, Thunder Thumbs and more. There are Stingrays everywhere you look. And the question on absolutely every bass guitar player’s lips: What would River Phoenix think? All of that and so much more on this funky episode of “Music Raygun.” It’s on the one, baby.

42: Off-Brand Picks

On this episode of “Music Raygun,” we’re talking about off-brand picks! What does that mean? This topic was all Kirk’s idea. Because even though he has a self-described “narrow” enjoyment of music, there’s still plenty of stuff he likes that people may be surprised to learn he knows and enjoys. Meanwhile, Paul’s tastes are broader in general, so his picks for this episode go pretty far afield of the show’s normal scope. Basically what that means is things get a bit weirder than usual in this one.

41: New Jack Swing

This episode has been a long time coming. Paul and Kirk talked about having new jack swing as a topic back when they first conceived of “Music Raygun.” Why did it take so long to get here? Because this is the most important music in Kirk’s life. And he needed a lot of time to marinate in exactly what he wanted to say about it. So steel yourself, because not every music podcast out there is treating Guy, Today and even Basic Black with this much reverence.