Episode 16: California Girls, Part 2

It wouldn’t be summer without a sequel that nobody asked for.

Apparently, there are some “California Girls” songs that we forgot about last week so Vintown and Sammerz are coming at you with a sequel to talk all about them.

The first one is David Lee Roth’s cover of the Beach Boys classic. We talk about his decision to go solo, the song’s success in comparison to other Van Halen songs, the Crazy from the Heat EP, and more.

We delve into the YouTube comment section of a VHS rip of “California Girls”. Things start off okay with your run of the mill stoners and admirers of Dave’s fighting skills, but then things take a turn for the worse with Katy Perry haters, racists, and liars? Oh my.

Our second song is Gretchen Wilson’s “California Girls”, a song that neither of us knew existed until earlier this week. Honestly, it was better that way, but we talk about it anyway. There isn’t much out there about this one so we even delve into Gretchen’s experiences in Plane Hell.

The comment section is filled with people who don’t quite get that the song isn’t that serious and they are mad as hell about it. Plus, an appearance from Gretchen herself?! No way!

Get more California Girls than you ever wanted by listening to this episode.

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Episode 15: California Girls

It’s time to kick off the summer and what better way to do that than listening to Vintown and Sammerz talk about some “California Girls.”

We kick the episode off by going back to 1965 and talking about the original “California Girls” by the Beach Boys. We talk about the song’s acid-fueled writing, Brian Wilson’s shitty dad, the song’s influence on Paul McCartney, and it’s ranking among the greatest songs of all time.

The comment section is filled with insightful comments and insights like “California girls not hot anymore” and “woke people no like girls no more”.

We follow that song up with the greatest of all California Girl songs, “California Gurls” by Katy Perry! We have some great quotes from Katy on how she came to write the song and how she ended up choosing Snoop Dogg for a guest spot. Plus, racist radio stations!?

The YTC on this one exists just to make us feel old. There’s also a bunch of people complaining that the lyrics/music video may have been PG-13. Heaven forbid!

A fun episode and return to form from a couple of big ol’ KatyCats.

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Episode 14: Stranger Things Soundtrack

Get ready to kill off Barb with Vintown and Sammerz as they talk about two of the biggest songs from Netflix’s Stranger Things: “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush and “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” by The Clash.

The show starts with talk about “Running Up That Hill” which has become the biggest hit in Kate Bush’s career over the past week. (And they say Gen Z can’t do anything right.) We talk God, interpretive dance, Big Boi from Outkast, and the song’s incredible rise over the past two weeks.

We then delve into the YouTube comments where people really want you to know they heard this on Stranger Things. Hey, did I mention this song is on the new season of Stranger Things? Because it is. It’s on the new season of Stranger Things. However, some have been fans long before the show (Stranger Things) and they really want you to know that too.

The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” appeared on season one of Stranger Things so we talk about that next. We talk about the show’s writing, it’s Spanish background singing, Levi’s, One Direction, Rugrats, and this new show called Stranger Things. Have you heard of it? It’s really good.

The show closes out with a delve into the YouTube comments of The Clash’s hit where people are really frickin’ bent that you discovered this song from a show instead of the old fashioned way: being born a long time ago. These commenters gots to go, y’all.

A fun episode about a crazy new show on Netflix. Listen between your next binge session of Stranger Things.

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Episode 13: Emo Girls

You may think based on the title of this episode that we’re talking about that MachineGOON Kelly song and you would be wrong! After what Willow’s dad did, can you imagine?

This week Vintown and Sammerz are talking about two mid-2000s emo criers: “MakeDamnSure” by Taking Back Sunday and “Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional. Not only that, but they have a special guest to help them do it, Music Was Better’s official emo correspondent: Ashley!

We start off with “MakeDamnSure” as we get into the lyrics, the song’s MySpace and AIM legacy, its ranking on the best songs of 2006, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. Craig and Manny shippers, this one’s for you.

The YouTube comment dive is interesting as always with hero moms, problematic relationships, and the kind of america-style-squeamishness we’ve come to know and love.

Things get slightly more upbeat with “Hands Down”. We share some personal stories, talk lyrics, Dashboard’s downer reputation, and One Tree Hill. Teen dramas in the 2000s really loved this emo shit, y’all.

If you think there are some people in the YTC talking about their past relationships, you would be right! Hey, one of two ain’t bad. We celebrate all DC fans here, from a bitch for love to a fat, 39-year-old drunk.

The songs may be emo, but this episode is anything but.

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Episode 12: Top Gun Soundtrack

This week, Vintown and Sammerz feel the need… the need to talk about the Top Gun soundtrack’s two biggest hits: “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins and “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin!

We enter the “Danger Zone” first to talk about the song’s writing, the multiple bands and artists that were asked to make it before Kenny Loggins, and the artist’s inspiration for singing it.

The YouTube Comments are their own danger zone with bad war takes, a girl’s thoughts of her dad in tighty whities, and someone who is very upset about Rick Rolls in 2022.

The show takes a quick detour to talk about Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” from the new movie. Do you think these Top Gun fans are happy about a new song being made? Of course, they’re not. Music was better on the original Top Gun soundtrack!

Our second song is Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away”, but is it even really by Berlin? Find out that answer as well as details about the steamy scene between Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis, the role this song had in Berlin’s break-up, Michael Jordan, and Jessica Simpson.

The YTC is filled with some interesting characters on this one with people thinking this song is about a ghost stewardess, creepy reply guys, Hollywood cokeheads, and more.

Military propaganda never sounded so good.

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Episode 11: Somebody’s Baby to Hold on to Me

It’s baby time on the podcast this week as Vintown and Sammerz cover “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne and “Baby Hold On” by Eddie Money.

We start the show with Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby”. We talk about the movie it was written for, Lawyers in Love, and the fact that Browne had to go to therapy just to talk about his feelings for the song.

The YouTube comments for this one are a romantic place with guys dating out of their league, kisses on a cruise ship, reconnections, and Death Cab for Cutie.

Our second song is Eddie Money’s first hit, “Baby Hold On”. We discuss Mr. Money’s inspiration for this song, his terrible early career choice, his real name, Doris Day, and more.

The YTC are filled with touching memorials, rap scrap, Goofy hip hop, Kid Rock, and another stalker?! Seriously, guys. Get it together.

A fun episode that you should listen to, baby.

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Episode 10: We’re Not Gonna She Bop

This week Sammerz and Vince look at two song’s from the infamous PRMC “Filthy Fifteen”: Cyndi Lauper’s hit “She Bop” and Twister Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It”.

The show starts with discussion about Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop”. Hey, do y’all know what this song is really about? It ain’t dancing! We talk about that and the gay porn magazine that inspired it, Cyndi’s nude recording, and the dystopian music video that looks awfully familiar. (Just look out the window!)

The YouTube comment section is an interesting mix of people from all walks of life. Some of them want to go back to the 80s while others just remember it. There are also shots at Drake, inappropriate dads, and Cyndi Lauper’s mom swinger question mark.

“We’re Not Gonna Take It” was also listed on the Filthy Fifteen, but Dee Snider was all like “hey, I’m not going to take that” and stood up to the U.S. government. We discuss his testimony and the song’s repeated use by politicians.

The YTC are really on one with this song as the Gen Xers are really trying to hold onto something, dads are embarrassing their kids at Target, and a fight for the Little Mermaid is on the horizon. Plus, Vince reads the longest comment in show history from a really cool and smart Gen Xer.

This is one podcast episode that you’re gonna want to take.

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Episode 9: Miss You vs. I Miss You

It’s an old fashioned song-off as Vintown and Sammerz put The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You” up against Blink-182’s “I Miss You” in a battle for YouTube comment supremacy. Or they just picked these songs because they have similar titles, whatever.

1978’s “Miss You” was the last of the Stones’ #1 hits on the Billboard charts. We kick off the show talking about that fact as well as the song’s disco influences, Mick Jagger’s divorce, John Lennon’s claims of theft, and more.

We then delve into the YouTube comments where a lot of people want you to know that they are (insert age) and still listening to their favorite band. Would you like to blast this one on the streets of London? Does this song make you think of the Vietnam War? You ever just pop some MDMA and listen to the best tunes from every era? If so, you’re a YouTube commenter who just got talked about.

Our second song is Blink-182’s “I Miss You” and we finally get to the bottom of who the heck these Jack and Sally characters are that everyone keeps talking about. We also get into the song writing process, spin buys, and some hip cats known as the Chainsmokers. (Is it just me or is smoking bad for your health? Just my opinion.)

The YTC are a heck of a lot of fun as everyone is sad about dating or their parents. The nostalgia is strong and the kids ain’t alright, but they sure do love their “junk 182”. We search for the meaning of ‘hello there’ and much more.

You don’t want to “miss” this one.

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Episode 8: Citizen King and Green Day with Tyler Maas!

You may have heard of a podcast with two people reading YouTube comments from music videos, but a podcast with three people reading YouTube comments from music videos? “That’s ridiculousness,” Rob Dyrdek might say if asked about this particular topic.

He’d be wrong, of course, because this week Vintown and Sammerz are joined by Tyler Maas of the My First Band podcast and Milwaukee Record to discuss Citizen King’s late 90’s one-hit wonder, “Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out)” and Green Day’s breakthrough hit “Longview”!

We kick things off with Milwaukee’s own Citizen King as we discuss the history of the band, the song’s film legacy, Malcolm in the Middle, and more.

The YouTube comment section is always a fun ride and this song’s is no different, featuring a deep dive into whether or not this song sounds kinda almost sort of reggae even if it’s not really reggae.

Our second song is Green Day’s ode to depression and masturbating all day: “Longview”. Tyler tells us about his band’s parody version of the song, we talk about the big influence that the illicit street drug known as “acid” had on the writing, the video director’s next level literal use of a monkey in the video, and more.

We finish up by digging into the YTC and if you thought there wouldn’t be comments about today’s youth being a generation of followers or cramped cocks, you’d be wrong. Why would you think that? Use your head, pal. It’s the whole point of the show.

A fun episode with a fun guest, you’re not going to want to miss this one.

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Episode 7: 420 – “Listen to the Music” & “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”

This week on Music Was Better, Vintown and Sammerz smoke some marijuana cigarettes as they get you ready for 4/20 with songs from The Doobie Brothers and Bob Dylan.

The episode starts off with a group of guys who loved smoking weed so much they named their whole band after the stuff: The Doobie Brothers. We take a look into their first major hit, “Listen to the Music”. The song has a very stoned history as Tom Johnston was clearly smoking that good stuff when he thought this song would end all wars and bring world peace. If “We Are The World” couldn’t do it, then it can’t be done.

We then delve into the YouTube comment section where one guy doesn’t even know what band this is and another has some real “luzzer” parents.

Our second song is Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” also known as “the everybody must get stoned” song. We learn how, despite the beliefs of stoners worldwide, Dylan swears this is not a drug song. In fact, he’s never even written a drug song! Okay, Bob, whatever you say. We definitely believe you.

In the comments, someone really wants to know what Muppet Bob Dylan sounds like and another person learns the hard way why you don’t allow a heroin addict and ex-convict into your home. It’s like a PSA in comment form.

A very fun episode from two real potheads all wacked out on bong water.

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