Welcome, everyone! This is Hear Me Out, the podcast where Winston Noel and Alden Ford, along with a special guest each episode, explore the songs we love, no matter what literally everyone else says.
We are not music officials. We are not music critics or music snobs. We are unqualified on every level to provide any cogent analysis of why a song is good or bad. All we know is, there are songs we just can’t stop loving, even though the world passed its harsh judgment on them long ago. So every episode we sit down with one choice for each of us, along with our guest, and discuss the sublime highs and humiliating lows of these gentle pariahs of pop music. Join us, won’t you? And we know what you might be thinking about some of our choices. But just hear us out. We might win you over.
Or not. Some of these songs are genuinely terrible.
New episodes every Wednesday! Enjoy, share, and let us know what you think!
LIVE EP! We hit the Summerland tour and see who everyone in the music industry refers to as the Big Four: Spacehog, Eve 6, Soul Asylum, and Everclear. It was actually great and fun! Except for Everclear. Note from Tim: Listen to The Chinese Album.
Nicole Drespel (UCB, Broad City, 30 Rock) sits down with us to talk vanilla. Delicious, creamy, boring vanilla. But don’t be fooled, there are some firsts on the show today: Winston actually feels worse about his song by the end, and someone brought in THEIR FAVORITE SONG. Enjoy!
Winston’s pick: Coldplay-Speed of Sound Alden’s pick: Fastball-Out of My Head Nicole’s pick: Donna Lewis-I Love You Always Forever
In the spirit of Billy Joel lyrics, we will be literal in this blurb. Alden and I sit down at a table with Anthony King (Broad City, Playing House) and the three of us talk about bad songs that we like. And it was recorded. Enjoy!
Alden’s pick: The Smashing Pumpkins-Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Winston’s pick: Pat Benetar- We Belong Anthony’s pick: Billy Joel-All For Leyna
This week, we sit down with the delightful Langan Kingsley (UCB’s Beige, What I Did For Love, and Langan Dice Kingsley: The Dicewoman Cometh) to chat about 3 artists you might want to punch in the face regardless of your political affiliation. We discuss the disturbing difference between Claudio Sanchez’ biker appearance and his tiny mosquito voice, nihilistic Canadian hippies, and selling a drug-addled philanderer to millions of screaming 14-year-old girls. Because in the end, aren’t we all just signs? But instead of words written on us it’s faces and clothes. Think about it, myan!
Oh, and Winston gets SUPER angry.
Winston’s pick: Coheed & Cambria – A Favor House Atlantic Alden’s pick: Five Man Electrical Band – Signs
Langan’s pick: Backstreet Boys – The Call
It’s season three! Or season two and a half! We’re kind of like Mad Men that way. We’ve got the great Aaron Burdette (UCB’s Stone Cold Fox) to talk to us about trumpets, reincarnation, and the most repetitive song ever. DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK CAUSE WE NEVER LEFT.
Winston’s Pick: Galieo – The Indigo Girls Alden’s Pick: Lovely Day – Bill Withers Aaron ‘s Pick: Girl’s Not Grey – AFI
We’ve got Kevin DeBacker and Eric Brown (Besties) on the show and we’ve actually got some decent songs on the show this week! But don’t worry, we’ve also got terrible ones. And there are great segues (2014 resolution!) connecting them all.
Winston’s Pick: Over My Head (Cable Car) – The Fray Alden’s Pick: Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne Kevin’s Pick: Power of Love – Celine Dion Eric’s Pick: Like A Prayer – Madonna
Curtain Up! Light the Lights! We’ve got nothing to hit but the heights! And by heights, we mean lows. Today’s episode is all musical theater songs! And who better to join us than a bona fide musical theater star, Amber Petty (50 Shades! The Musical).
Winston’s Pick: Morning Glow – Pippin Alden’s Pick: What You Own – Rent Amber’s Pick: Close Every Door – Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat