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The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)

The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)

By The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)
The podcast that takes karaoke exactly as seriously as it should be taken.

Every episode, hosts Adam Wainwright and Ed Cunard discuss an aspect of karaoke or music and play a short round of trivia on that topic, where one of them challenges the other with five questions related to the topic, along with an Impossible Bonus question.

Then, they're joined by someone (karaoke hosts and singers, musicians, actors, comedians, authors) with a connection to that topic—and feature that guest singing karaoke when possible.
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Is There Any Better or Equal Hope in the Karaoke World?: Karaoke in Fictional Settings with Brad Williams ("Once Upon a Wasteland")
Before anything else, this episode starts with a pre-roll on the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. For more information on what a staggering amount of the podcast community is doing, please visit podvoices.help, and for more information about abortion support systems, please click this link: Abortion Advocacy Links — podvoices.help. With everything happening around us right now, stepping into a fictional world for karaoke sounds like a great escape, doesn't it? And that’s what Adam and Ed do--they crawl out through the fallout and investigate the possibilities for karaoke in worlds that aren't the real world. What’s karaoke like in the Star Trek universe? Does the Mos Eisley Cantina have a karaoke night, and is it safe to attend? What about the Yakuza video game series? And what about Fallout? The music of the Fallout franchise is the focus of this episode’s Karaoke Bullpen Trivia (preceded by perhaps the most obnoxious karaoke parody intro to date). There’s also a callout–shoot us a twitter DM or email for a chance to win a Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) t-shirt just for telling us what you think karaoke in your favorite fictional universe looks like. There’s so much of an emphasis on Fallout because the guys had a chance to talk to Brad Williams, the creator behind Once Upon a Wasteland, a queer love story set in the Fallout 76 world. Brad talks about his long history of karaoke, including why he got into it in the first place, singing Frank Sinatra songs to a strip club at closing time, and so much more (including his rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel.” As always, you can find get all that karaoke podcast goodness on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Midroll promo for The MODUS Files. Brad Williams' karaoke career began in Pennsylvania in the mid-1990s, when he was belting out (mostly) Frank Sinatra tunes to patrons with varying levels of interest in a variety of bars and clubs. Though he mostly traded in the karaoke stage for choral work and the occasional musical several years ago, he still dusts off the songbook when peer pressure gets too powerful to resist. More recently, Brad has been a voice actor for several video game podcasts, including CHAD: A Fallout 76 Podcast, The MODUS Files, and True Vault Escapades. Last October, he launched his own audio drama podcast, Once Upon a Wasteland, with his partner, Vitriol from the Vitriol Plays Twitch channel. Twitter: https://twitter.com/ReticentDuet Show Twitter: https://twitter.com/onceupon76pod Twitch: https://twitch.tv/ReticentDuet IMDB: https://imdb.me/reticentduet
01:20:23
June 29, 2022
Life, Love, and the (Karaoke) Blues: Deceptive Lyrics, Murder Ballads, and Women in Music and Karaoke with Courtney E. Smith
What’s creepier than being misunderstood? Adam and Ed kick off with a “women of the blues” Karaoke Trivia Bullpen challenge before diving into the karaoke songs that are often sung without really contemplating the meaning behind those lyrics. Which boy band from the ‘90s is like “if bubble gum pop and Jean-Paul Sartre had a baby?” Which dance pop hit would chart on a “nice guys” forum in addition to the Billboard charts? Why is the song that was #1 on the charts the week Ed was born creepy as hell? The guys deviate from the main topic of the interview because let’s face it–no one wants to hear two middle-aged white males talk about the experiences of women in music (and karaoke), so who better to bring on than Courtney E. Smith (author: Record Collecting for Girls, and the creator of the murder ballad podcast “Songs in the Key of Death”). She talks about why being a bad singer at karaoke is better for everyone involved, the worst karaoke-related date she has ever been on, and, surprisingly, a great experience singing “Picture” with a total stranger. Yep, that “Picture,” the bane of this show and the runner up to last season’s “Song to Ban From Karaoke” question. She cruises through the “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” quickfire challenge, and then puts Adam and Ed through the ringer with a rapid-fire take on the “Fire Away” response of her own. As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. The guys are still taking calls for the annual karaoke advice episode, so make sure to leave them a voice message on their Podinbox page (or, y'know, DM them or email them--but the new voice option is so much more fun). Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Midroll promo for Cycle Chats. Courtney E. Smith is the author of Record Collecting for Girls, a former music programmer at MTV and worked as a music writer at CBS Radio and Refinery29. Twitter: https://twitter.com/courtneyesmith Instagram: https://instagram.com/thecourtneyesmith 
01:14:44
June 15, 2022
Pride at Karaoke, and Finding Your *New* Karaoke Voice After Two Years on Testosterone
June’s a lot of things, but the first thing it is here at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) is Pride month. We’re kicking things off with announcing three new pieces of merch (all proceeds from which will go to The Trevor Project and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, so if you want to support that, buy those, and if you want to support the show, buy something else, too). The Karaoke Trivia Bullpen focuses on queer music from the 1920s to today, and then Adam and Ed dive into queer issues at karaoke, including inclusivity in karaoke bars and how to navigate pronouns in songs. Then, Adam and Ed bring their pal Jay McInnis on stage–he’s a poet who has been published all over, and a fixture of Ed’s local karaoke scene now that he’s been on testosterone for a while and has a voice he’s willing to sing in bars with. As an added bonus, Jay reads one of his original poems and, as this is The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly), it’s about karaoke. As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Jay McInnes is an internationally published poet and LGBTQ advocate. His work has been published under the nom de plume Jay Douglas or, more recently, Jay Orlando. Jay grew up in a small Appalachian town and writes a lot of being trans and hunting deer, among other things.
48:41
June 01, 2022
Let's Get Weird with Karaoke
This week, The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) gets… weird (weirder?). After a Weird Al themed trivia challenge that ends up turning into a sing-a-long a few times, Adam and Ed get into what’s weird at karaoke (already a fundamentally weird endeavor). If you have any weird karaoke advice questions for them, they’ve signed up for Podinbox–leave a voice message with your question, and they may include that on the upcoming advice episode. All that weird leads right into the interview with Lauren Carey from the Beer’d Al Podcast, who is the biggest Weird Al fan that Adam and Ed have ever met. She’s also got an intense love of karaoke (and posts more karaoke footage on Twitter than Adam and Ed do), and talks about that karaoke love, where her love of Weird Al sprung from, and embracing her own weirdness. As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even TikTok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Lauren Carey is the host of the Beer'd Al Podcast (Where we talk about two of the greatest things in the world: Beer and "Weird Al.") and has been a karaoke enthusiast for nigh on 20 years. https://www.beerdalpodcast.com • https://twitter.com/BeerdAlPodcast • https://www.instagram.com/beerdalpodcast/?hl=en • https://www.facebook.com/beerdalpodcast
01:09:00
May 17, 2022
Hip Hop at Karaoke: The Don't, the Do, and the Deuces
Let's be honest--when it comes to talking about hip hop, you probably don't want to hear two middle-aged white guys wax philosophical about it. Hell, neither do your hosts Adam and Ed. But when it comes to talking about hip hop at karaoke, that? That's their wheelhouse. They talk about great hip hop songs to do at karaoke, songs that are surprisingly difficult to pull off, and the word you should never say on a karaoke mic if you look like them. Yeah, that one. After that, they talk to Young Deuces of the Geekset podcast about his love of karaoke, hip hop, and nerd culture. His passion is infectious, which means his latest project, "The Black Geek Documentary," will also be as engaging as this interview--if you want to help crowdfund that documentary, here's the link to the info on it (The Black Geek Documentary GoFundMe Trailer - YouTube), and here's the crowdfunding page for it: (Fundraiser by Rudy Strong : The Black Geek Documentary (gofundme.com)). Let's help him crush that goal, because this project is going to be *great.* As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Young Deuces is a part of Geekset, an emerging collective that started as a podcast reaching global notoriety by being the only place that blends Hip-Hop Culture & Geek Culture in one place.  Think Comic Book Men meets Drink Champs & you have Geekset.  Lead by 1 Artist, 2 Music Producers & an Engineer, Deuces, Bacardi, Lib & Didge have successfully become the hub to curate and combine the two.  From releasing podcast episodes to delivering convention coverage to breaking down properties, Geekset has it all. http://www.twitter.com/GeeksetPodcast http://www.instagram.com/GeeksetPodcast http://www.facebook.com/GeeksetPodcast http://www.youtube.com/GeeksetPodcast https://www.linkedin.com/company/geekset http://www.twitch.tv/Geekset
01:13:43
May 04, 2022
Finding Your Karaoke Voice (or Voices) with Comedian and Impressionist Bobby Hedglin-Taylor
Karaoke is all about singing, right? That should be obvious, but what's a little less obvious is finding your voice. Do you sing like yourself, in your natural voice?  Do you try to imitate the original artist? Ed makes the bold claim that he is "the voice of karaoke" (and that isn't about the quality of the singing), and Adam and Ed talk about taking songs originally performed by women, and why that's a great way to expand your karaoke repertoire. In terms of impersonation, Ed goes into trying to sound like the artist, and Adam talks about the Stanislavski method and embodying a character, if not a voice.  The trivia challenge is all over the place--it covers sampling, comedy songs, and iconic voices, and that's all inspired by this episode's guest: Bobby Hedglin-Taylor is a standup comedian and impressionist who integrates actual karaoke into his act and can sing in 50 different voices. He talks about that, how he finds the voices he does, and how doing singing impersonations made his own natural singing voice better. If you're listening on day one and are in the NYC area, you can catch his New York Queer Comedy Festival Highlight Show Thursday April 21st, 9:30PM at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club. As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even TikTok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Bobby Hedglin-Taylor is standup comedian, a circus and aerial designer who has worked on and off Broadway, in summer stock and regional theater as well as rock concerts and cruise ships, and he’s just published his first book, a tribute to his late mother called #ShitMyMamaSays–a humorous look at life while dealing with dementia.  Now available on Amazon. His next book, Escape to Ravioli Mountain- a Memoir in Food, is currently in the editing stage. Recipes and amusing anecdotes from growing up in a dysfunctional Italian family on a mountaintop in rural Pennsylvania. All this and he can cook too! Find him on social media: Facebook-Escape to Ravioli Mountain join his mailing list - EscapeToRavioliMountain@gmail.com Instagram and TikTok @BobbyHedglinTaylor @EscapeToRavioliMountain Twitter- @YwalkWhenUcnFly
01:07:27
April 20, 2022
A Cool Thing About Karaoke: Taking Risks with Good People
In the movie BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT, one of the characters says “life’s a risk, carnal.” Life is absolutely a risk–and so is karaoke. After this episode's Karaoke Trivia Bullpen challenge, Adam and Ed talk about the risks and rewards of karaoke, and the risks associated with starting a mobile KJ business–chiefly, the cost it takes to set one up in the first place. Why business? Are the guys transitioning into the world of business podcasts? Of course not. Their guest, though, Joey Held, talks to all kinds of artists and entrepreneurs in his podcast “Good People, Cool Things,” and reached out to us because he loves talking to karaoke people as well–for nearly 20 years, he’s been on both sides of a karaoke night, as a singer and as a host. They all compare notes on the progress of a goal they all share–singing karaoke in all 50 states, discuss one key rule to providing a great karaoke performance, and have a great time doing it all. Who knows–they may even end up on Joey’s podcast someday, as karaoke is a very cool thing. This episode briefly mentions a karaoke charity event that took place in Pittsburgh where proceeds went to RAINN. If you’d like to contribute to RAINN, you can do that at their web site: RAINN | The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Joey Held is a writer, podcaster, and author based in Austin, TX. He's the founder of the Crisp Bounce Pass newsletter; host of the Good People, Cool Things podcast; and author of the book Kind, But Kind of Weird: Short Stories on Life's Relationships. He's never met a pun or dad joke he didn't like, and he prefers a wireless mic when performing karaoke.
01:06:32
April 06, 2022
The Endless Knot of Karaoke. Sort of.
Hey, look at us, posting on a Friday! Today, we’re the podcast that takes etymology *exactly* as seriously as it should be taken. Well, we don't, but The Endless Knot (alliterative.net) does–it’s April Fool’s Day, and Operation Switcheroo, so we’ve switched places with Mark and Aven–their listeners are hearing one of our episodes, and you’re hearing one of theirs. Their notes for this one, from 2018, are as follows: "We head back to the Endless Knot Cocktail Bar to talk about the history of the Mai Tai, the Tiki craze, Polynesian mythology, cultural appropriation, and World's Fairs. And then we turn to Rome's relationship to Greece, and discuss whether Horace wrote the Exotica music of the ancient world!" As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3.
57:08
April 01, 2022
The Real Karaoke Is the Friends We Made Along the Way
You know, doing this podcast has been a journey for Adam and Ed. Or, rather, it's been a step on their own personal karaoke journeys, and that's what this episode is all about. Even the Karaoke Trivia Bullpen focuses on journeys (and, for one question, at least, the band Journey). They relive some of their karaoke history and share some karaoke philosophy along the way. Their guest, too, was a big part of their karaoke journey--Tabitha Ashley was there when Adam and Ed really began developing into the diehard karaoke fiends they are today. They talk about the old days, of course, but the main focus is on Tabitha, who has made the leap from a person who sings at screens in bars to releasing music of her own--you can find her music wherever you stream your music, or via her web page www.tabithaashley.com. As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even TikTok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com, and you can buy great karaoke and podcast swag at www.sungpoorly.com/store--it's a great way to support your favorite or second favorite karaoke podcast. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Tabitha Ashley is a singer/songwriter residing in Pittsburgh, PA. She lives with her husband, three children, and two dogs. Tabitha considers her music to be mostly symphonic hard rock. She writes most of her songs late at night when the distractions of everyday life aren’t so intrusive. She loves the quiet time, and it brings her peace when she can bring her innermost thoughts and emotions to paper. Tabitha also works as a photographer and has owned her own studio for 15 years. In addition to serving clients at her local business, she enjoys writing/illustrating children’s books and exhibiting in art shows in her spare time.
57:15
March 23, 2022
Oh, the Places You'll Go (and Drink, and Sing)
This week on "The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)," Adam and Ed reminisce about some fantastic karaoke regions--from Japan and the Phillipines, to New York City, Portland Oregan, Florida and, of course, western Pennsylvania, where they both cut their baby karaoke teeth and became the karaoke-obsessed people they are today. Naturally, the Karaoke Bullpen Trivia Challenge has a place connection, too, as Ed quizes Adam about places in songs. Some of the great karaoke bars mentioned: Winnie's in NYC and Backstreets Sports Bar in Cape Coral, Florida. And, of course, the idea of finally taking this podcast on the road and hitting up some new towns and making some new friends along the way. Speaking of new friends--the guys are then joined by Jennifer Howell of the "Every Rom Com" podcast, who has also done a lot of karaoke in her time--everywhere from Massachusetts to Korea to Portland, Oregon. She shares some of her favorite karaoke places and memories and brings some of her movie love in as well before playing the "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" quickfire game. And, for the first time this season, the show features its guest singing karaoke!  As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Jennifer Howell is the host, producer and editor of Every Rom Com, the podcast that has fun taking romantic comedies seriously. When she’s not podcasting, Jennifer works as a page at the Madison Public Library, spends time with her husband and cat, and tries to figure out the perfect ending for her horror screenplay. Jennifer spent time as a karaoke nerd at the Ambassador in Portland, Oregon, before moving to Busan and Gyeongju, South Korea to teach English from 2009-2016. Her favorite karaoke songs include “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Wannabe”, “Bette Davis Eyes”, “Dancing in the Dark” and her special party trick of singing Disney’s “Colors of the Wind” in German.
58:11
March 09, 2022
Drink Water. Express Your Feelings. Sing Karaoke.
This week, Adam and Ed get a little serious–they talk about all things health and wellness, and how they relate to karaoke. Even the Karaoke Trivia Bullpen focuses on it, as Adam quizzes the notoriously morose Ed on songs about happiness. But they also share some of the benefits of singing and karaoke. As the fellas both say, neither of them is licensed or certified for anything, which is why they bring in Angel Shamsa (https://angeluniversal.com), a holistic health coach and shaman, for a more official look at some of the benefits of karaoke and singing can have for the person doing it, as well as her own health and wellness story–and, obviously, her karaoke story as well. In addition to Angel, here are some other resources for your mental and physical health: The National Institute for Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help Healthline Mental Health Resources https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health-resources#finding-therapy US Health Resources & Service Information https://www.hrsa.gov/ As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok, sometimes. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3.
56:15
February 23, 2022
The Second the Singalong Starts It'll Be Sensational: Cover Songs, Karaoke, and... Frank Turner?
Disclaimer: there is no actual singalong, but Adam and Ed do interview Frank Turner, the musician and songwriter responsible for that line from his song “The Gathering,” part of his ninth album F.T.H.C. releasing 11 February 2022. Prior to the interview, Adam and Ed debut their new, more formal trivia game "The Karaoke Trivia Bullpen" with some questions on songs Frank Turner has covered, and then cover some topics at the intersection of karaoke and professional music: is a karaoke performance a cover song? What do musicians have to say about karaoke? What are the barriers to making music, and creativity in general? Essentially, the concept is the same as in any episode: it's about loving music, and how people engage with it (and everyone knows how Adam and Ed engage with it). Frank might be a surprising choice for a karaoke podcast, but Adam and Ed are both big fans of his work. They heard an interview Frank did with Liam Bird on Liam’s podcast Punks in Pubs--Frank told a story about getting kicked out of a karaoke bar after singing Meatloaf (which they’ve excerpted here). He expands on that story, tells another unhinged karaoke story, and then the three of them sort out all sorts of music and karaoke related questions. He even left a piece behind--starting in Episode 4, the quickfire game has a question rephrased because, not surprisingly, Frank Turner turns a phrase more cleverly than Adam and Ed do.  FTHC is the ninth solo album from British punk and folk artist Frank Turner. Initially striking out as a vocalist in the punk rock band Million Dead, Turner then turned his focus towards a folkier, acoustic-based solo career. Since that time, he has reached international acclaim as a chart-topping, award-winning singer-songwriter. Taking inspiration from early '80s US hardcore band logos, FTHC stands for Frank Turner Hardcore. Photo credit: Ben Morse (ben-morse.com) As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok, sometimes. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com.  Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3.
48:04
February 09, 2022
Looking Back, Looking Forward, and Looking Moderately Good Doing It (Bonus)
This week, The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) finishes up its look back on its inaugural season, including the final four quickfire rounds. In these fifty-nine minutes, you'll hear from: Terry and Naomi Clark (owners of Black Parakeetz in Nyack, NY): 4:33 Honey Leavitt (host, "The Honey Leavitt Show" podcast): 17:12 Christian Swain (host, "Rock N Roll Archaeology" podcast): 25:48 Douglas Wolk (author, "All of the Marvels"): 35:32 Then, Adam and Ed reveal some data from the first season, including this season's winner (loser?) of everyone's favorite karaoke question, "If you could magically strike one song from every karaoke playlist forever, which song would you choose?" They also wax nostalgic on some good memories from the first season, and cast their shiny, hopeful eyes towards what season two will bring this February. As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media–the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. The discussion continues at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast Facebook group. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3.  
58:59
January 19, 2022
From Broadway, to Japan, to Seattle... and some Adele on the way (Bonus)
This is the second of the season-ender clip shows, bringing back some of listener's favorite "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" quickfire rounds and, as a treat, Adam singing some Adele.  In this episode, you'll hear again from: Episode 11: Dana Babal of Non-stop Broadway (6:31) Episode 12: Ayumi Shinozaki (15:36) Episode 13: Mike Wiston and Joe Rubin (21:45) Episode 14: Brian Raftery (33:18) Episode 15: Andrew Crawford (42:02) Episode 16: DJ Baby Van Beezly (49:01) Two more bonus clip shows to go, and then Adam and Ed will be back with new interviews, new trivia segments, and all sorts of new things in February. As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media–the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. The discussion continues at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast Facebook group. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3.
01:00:48
January 12, 2022
We Asked, They Answered... Ten Times Over (Bonus)
Between the holidays and, er, an infection of the... novel variety, we've been pushed back from doing interviews and scheduled episodes. To absolutely and blatantly misquote Rakim, "it's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you / without a karaoke podcast to step to" so, to make up for the delay, we're releasing this bonus episode. If you've never listened before, it'll give you both a taste of the tone of the show and one of its most popular segments. If you've already been with us, stroll down memory lane with us as we collect (and slightly re-edit) the first ten "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" quickfire segments: Episode 1: Zachary Mattis (2:47) Episode 2: Christopher Price (4:05) Episode 3: Ben Dumm (10:43) Episode 4: Jonathan Barnes (17:37) Episode 5: Chris Smith (23:37) Episode 6: Jess Demaio (30:03) Episode 7: Thomas the Red (36:50) Episode 8: Gabe and Leigh Cetra (46:19) Episode 9: Garvaundo Hamilton (52:39) Episode 10: Mara Wilson (59:13)  There will be more bonus episodes to follow (obviously, we have ten more quickfires to post), and we'll resume all new interviews, trivia challenges, and that sweet, sweet karaoke discussion later this month. As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media–the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. The discussion continues at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast Facebook group. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3.
01:13:09
January 05, 2022
These People, These Karaoke Monsters
It’s all about fandom this week: how Adam and Ed are karaoke nerds, and how they are nerds in other ways as well. Adam claims to not be a comics nerd–will he pass the “Challenge of the Nerdy Songs?” They share the nerdiest karaoke-related things they’ve been a part of, and then want to share a give-away with you–-instructions in the show--and if you're the winning entry, you’ll get a Kindle copy of guest Douglas Wolk’s newest book All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told, and they’ll read the winning submission on a future episode. Wolk talks about his latest book, of course, but this is a karaoke podcast–they found ways to work that into a karaoke-focused discussion: the appreciation of different kinds of art (and karaoke is an art), and how karaoke looks in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in the comics proper. He’s got great advice for anyone who wants to get into comics or karaoke and shares the best place for a top-notch karaoke experience in Portland, Oregon. There’s also a little “inside baseball” when he talks about how he created the theme music for his podcast “The Voice of Latveria.” As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media–the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. The discussion continues at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast Facebook group. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Comics writer, critic and journalist Douglas Wolk is the author of the Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, and the host of the podcast "The Voice of Latveria." A National Arts Journalism Program Fellow and USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, Wolk has written about comics, graphic novels, pop music and technology for magazines, newspapers and sites including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Believer, Slate and Pitchfork. His latest book All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told is about his experience reading 27,000 Marvel superhero comic books.
51:14
December 15, 2021
Karaoke Archaeology
This week, The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) looks back at history through another music trivia challenge, and then dives headfirst into the history of karaoke, the thing that unites Adam and Ed in holy bromance-trimony despite all their obvious differences. They cover where it originated, who created it, how it came to the US, and some things that laid the groundwork for its popularity in the USA--and how does cartoonist Max Fleischer fit in to that?  Then, they’re joined by guest Christian Swain (host of the Rock N Roll Archaeology podcast) who brings some historical perspective on the longevity of certain songs at karaoke (and rock and roll in general), how karaoke changed people’s minds about music and performance, and the worst band names of bands he’s ever been in. He even sings an answer in the "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" quickfire game. You can dig deep into rock and roll history with Christian’s podcast Rock N Roll Archaeology, and even deeper into all sorts of music podcasts in the Pantheon Podcast Network. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the Northern California area, you should absolutely check out his band TinMan, or hire them to rock out your next big event. As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), and on social media–the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even TikTok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. The discussion continues at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast Facebook group. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3, wherever fine music can be streamed.
01:15:50
December 01, 2021
Bless Your Heart, Phil Collins
This week, Adam gets put on the spot with a sexy song challenge, and then Adam and Ed reminisce on flirting, dating, and relationships of all kinds that start and continue through karaoke. Then, Adam learns the true meaning of “bless your heart” and Ed reveals how kink free he actually is when Honey Leavitt of the Honey Leavitt Show (a comedy podcast about human sexuality, dating, love and relationships) takes our quickfire game in decidedly new and salacious directions. She also talks about her own experiences with sexy songs, flirting at karaoke, and a specific bartender in East Atlanta who brought a memorable sexiness to a karaoke night there. In fact, everything was so sexy, the episode couldn’t contain her singing, so there’s no karaoke singing segment this week--you don’t want to explode your devices with all that Greg Allman hotness. (While most of the karaoke-related stories talked about on the podcast happen in places that require folks to be 21 or older, this episode in particular might be the one you use headphones for. Or not. You know your listening situation best.) As always, you can find more info on the website (https://www.sungpoorly.com), Twitter (@sungpoorly), Facebook (@sungpoorly), and you can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. Also, feel free to join the Facebook group: The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants.
01:07:45
November 17, 2021
Good Vibes + Good People = Great Karaoke Spots
The title says it all--it's just simple math. Now that things are opening up and karaoke is becoming safer and easier to access, Adam and Ed talk about the places they do karaoke, the things they like in a karaoke place, and some of their all-time favorite karaoke spots, including some new ones Ed found on a work trip to Cincinnati (check out the blog on the web site to see more about that). The focus on karaoke spots dovetails into an interview with the owners of a place that is now definitely on Adam and Ed's bucket list of karaoke spots they need to hit. Terry and Naomi Clarke, the owners of Black Parakeetz, the new paint, swig, and sing spot in Nyack, NY talk about what makes their spot unique and special, the thought that went into developing the place, and their plans for the future. Remember, if you're trying to get to Black Parakeetz, it's right across the Tappan Zee Bridge into Nyack, take the first exit, and then "two lights, two rights" and you have found Nyack's premiere karaoke lounge. You'll also get a snippet of Terry singing some Johnny Mathis. As always, we’ve got a web site (https://www.sungpoorly.com), we're on Twitter (@sungpoorly), and you can reach us via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. Also, feel free to join our Facebook group: The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants.
01:07:26
November 03, 2021
Rotating Around to Burleskaraoke
This time around, the guys don't dilly-dally or chat about their personal lives--there's so much karaoke fun to be had that they jump right into it. Adam hits Ed right off the bat with a Broadway challenge, and then they dive into one of the biggest karaoke argument springboards--the rotation. If you have a strong opinion on how a karaoke rotation should or shouldn't be run, hit them up at sungpoorly@gmail.com or on Twitter @sungpoorly. They also declare themselves the winners of the R. Kelly beef by default, as he's going to jail and can't fire back. Then, all the way from Seattle, DJ Baby Van Beezly joins us to nerd out about all the great karaoke nights she hosts--everything from corporate events, to weddings, to burlesque karaoke. If you want to see if her Cher is as great as she claims (spoiler: it is), stick around for her performance of "If I Could Turn Back Time." This episode runs a little long since she was just so great to talk with. If you live in or visit the Seattle area, check her out in person at the Queer Bar or at The Cuff Complex, but you should check out her stuff on Instagram regardless where you live--she's babyvanbeezly there. As always, you can find more info on the web site (sungpoorly.com), Twitter (@sungpoorly), and you can reach the show via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. Also, feel free to join the Facebook group: The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/tgsesp) Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants.
01:10:41
October 20, 2021
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Karaoke Me
This week, Ed reminisces about getting to see an outdoor punk rock show held in Episode 8 guests Gabe and Leigh Cetra's backyard, where he rocked out to the sounds Ben Dumm and Kepi Ghoulie (formerly of The Groovy Ghoulies). Then, to liven things up, Ed and Adam play a karaoke news based "two truths and a lie" style game we're calling "The Greatest News Ever Told (Poorly)." Does Adam win or lose? They also talk about the games we've played to amp up the karaoke experience--shoot an email to sungpoorly@gmail.com if you want copies of our Decision Roulette wheels, or to share how you've amped up your own karaoke nights. The fun continues with guest Andrew Crawford, a prolific member of the Facebook group "Friday Night Karaoke," who won a spot on this show as part of the FNK "Summer Mic Drop Challenge." He's been doing karaoke for DECADES as a singer, a host, and a competitor who has entered and won a bunch of contests. Follow Andrew's music on Youtube ("Andrew Sings!"), Instagram (andrewcrawford51), Smule and StarMaker (SS_AndrewSings on both platforms), or in the "Friday Night Karaoke" Facebook group. As always, you can find us on our web site (https://www.sungpoorly.com),  Twitter (@sungpoorly), and you can reach us via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. Also, feel free to join our Facebook group: The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast (https://www.facebook.com/groups/tgsesp) Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants.
01:02:21
October 06, 2021
The Singing Machine is a Time Machine
Breakout your JNCO jeans and your... um... whatever people wore in the 2000s. This week, Adam and Ed get nostalgic for the '90s and 2000s. The music, the karaoke... ok, they don't really remember karaoke in the '90s and early 2000s (Ed really bombed the '90s- and 2000s- themed challenge), but their guest Brian Raftery (author of "Don't Stop Believin': How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life") joins to talk about that big boom period in karaoke, his travels in karaoke, and his book.  Does this episode have a giveaway? Yes! The only eligibility requirements are "sending an email" and "not being Adam Wainwright." Make sure you check out Brian's podcast "Gene and Roger," about Siskel and Ebert on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. As Brian didn't have a recording handy, Ed sings Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows" this time and is sorry.  As always, we're on Twitter (@sungpoorly), and you can reach us via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. Also, feel free to join our Facebook group that we announce this episode: The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast | Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/tgsesp Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants.
01:05:17
September 22, 2021
Home Is Where the Friday Night Karaoke Is
Back in Episode 4, Ed and Adam talked a bit about online karaoke, and what it was missing for them. In this episode, they cover events from the past week in their lives, like "what rhymes with Ivermectin?" and poetry and, well, other things. But then! Then get right into the important stuff: how one of karaoke's big selling points is the communities it fosters. Ed stumbled across an online group that brings that feeling back, and brings it back hard: Friday Night Karaoke (https://www.facebook.com/groups/fridaynightkaraoke). It's not surprising that such a great group (and, later, a great podcast) sprung from the minds of two great guys--Mike Wiston and Joe Rubin--who tell us about how it all got started way back when, and then grace us with a duet hearkening back to last episode's them. Guests: Mike Wiston, Joe Rubin. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Background barking provided by Woodford.
01:01:23
September 08, 2021
The Birthplace of Karaoke
This week on TGSESP, we decide it's time we acknowledge our bias as Western karaoke people and talk more about karaoke in it's birthplace, JAPAN. Highlights include: Adam's experiences in Japan, scanning our catchphrase, ASMR, a new challenge, a new segment ONLY for Ben Dumm, Ed's gastrointestinal distress, ACTUAL insight into karaoke in Japan, FAME, an adorable love story and our guest, coming straight to your ears from Japan, Ayumi Shinozaki schooling us and then singing for the good of the world. Guest: Ayumi Shinozaki - Host of 'Sparkleside Chats with Magical Girl Ayu' podcast Theme Song: 'Gasoline' by Ben Dumm and the Deviants Bed music in 'Heads Up' segment courtesy of Bensound
01:03:05
August 28, 2021
Broadway Babies
OK, normally in these descriptions it's a quick hit summary of what to expect. That is completely unnecessary since all you need to know about this one is it's AAAALLLLLLLL about Broadway baby. Ed and I let our geek flag fly as I school Ed on modern hits and Ed challenges me with some trivia. Our guest Dana Babel rounds out the show by talking about some concert karaoke and flooring us with a stirring rendition of a tune from Hadestown (he plays the guitar on the track too!). Guest: Dana Babal Social Media to Follow: https://www.facebook.com/NonStopBroadway Theme Song: Gasoline by Ben Dumm and the Deviants
01:07:47
August 13, 2021
Now This Here's a Story..
This week on TGSESP, we take a deep dive into the world of storytelling and how it applies to karaoke. While Ed and I clearly have stories for days, we thought it best to consult an expert so we were delighted to have Mara Wilson join us to talk about karaoke, kitties, storytelling, kitties, musicals, kitties, and so much more! Here's what else to expect: terrible Space Odyssey orchestrations, a deep dive into famous storytellers, Adam challenges Ed, and a rousing rendition of Britney Spears' 'Toxic'. Guest: Mara Wilson Twitter & IG: @marawilson Writing: mara.substack.com Donate: tinyurl.com/unhousedlosfeliz             tinyurl.com/unhousedLA Theme song 'Gasoline' by Ben Dumm and the Deviants
01:07:31
July 28, 2021
You Can Win Karaoke. For Real.
In this episode of TGSESP, we let our competitive sides show as we talk about what it means to "win" karaoke and then talk to the person who actually won karaoke. Here's what you can look forward to: fireworks playlist propoganda, a challenge to R. Kelly, more selfless promotion for Kettle Dad's Barbecue, karaoke challenges, competitions, and contests, plus a conversation with World Karaoke Champion 2020 Garvaundo Hamilton. Garvaundo's YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFQpOwe4QRQYdafg1J5SWZg Garvaundo's Insta: @GarvaundoHamiltonMusic For more info about the Karaoke World Championships check out KWCUSA.org Theme song 'Gasoline' by Ben Dumm and the Deviants
54:20
July 14, 2021
Let's Duet in Ways That Make Us Feel Good
On this week's episode of TGSESP, we recognize that karaoke feels good when you do it yourself but, is just better with a partner. In that spirit, we brought in two karaoke experts, that share in their love of karaoke and love of each other, to debate what the best karaoke duet song of all time is. Talking points include: dive bar Hallelujah, getting all stupid up in here, ethical judging, and stander or sitter. Guests: Gabe and Leigh Gabe's IG: @thebiggaber Follow Photo Joe and the Negatives on Facebook Theme Song: Gasoline by Ben Dumm and the Deviants
01:01:32
June 26, 2021
Karaoke is Funny?
World's collide on this week's episode of TGSESP as comedy and karaoke merge to make one big ball of warm soup. Ed demonstrates his knowledge (or lack there of) of Weird Al, Adam brings back an "old" segment, Adam and Ed both establish new "kill this song" canon and our guest Thomas the Red saves the entire show by bringing actual funny to the podcast. Guest: Thomas the Red Comedy Clip and 'A Whole New Hole' Courtesy of Thomas the Red Theme Song: Gasoline by Ben Dumm and the Deviants
58:54
June 11, 2021
Questions, Answers and Smooth Talk
This week's episode of TGSESP is all about answering your questions and dropping all the karaoke knowledge everywhere. Ed and Adam show off their smooth voices, a dog outshines both of them as co-host, Adam laments about the Yankees, Ed reminisces about days gone by, we feature some of Florida's best (or at least enthusiastic) karaoke singers, and our guest Jess saves the entire show by bringing a fresh perspective to Ed and Adam's old madness. Theme Song: Gasoline - Ben Dumm and the Deviants Let us know what you think and send your karaoke questions to us at sungpoorly@gmail.com
01:07:27
May 28, 2021
Party Boy and the Party Pooper
This week's episode of TGSESP is all about getting the party started as our guest Christopher Smith helps us weed through a randomly generated bracket of karaoke party songs to determine what is, in fact, the song to get the party started at karaoke. Ed and Adam go head-to-head on, well, everything, Ed names a new bathtub, all Adam wants is Kermit to be serenading him and talks, like, so much hate on ABBA. Theme Song: Gasoline - Ben Dumm and the Deviants Featured Music: Talk to the Mountain - Liz Armour featuring Christopher Matthew Smith Let us know what you think and send us your karaoke questions at sungpoorly@gmail.com
01:19:56
May 14, 2021
Online Karaoke, Tiktok, and Bathtubs, Oh My!
On this week's episode of The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly): Ed and Adam talk about being Phizer warriors, Adam has a new podcast idea, Ed shares way too much about how he's coped with not being able to go to karaoke, they get into an old man argument about Tiktok and welcome in their guest Jonathan Barnes who breaks down the how to's of online karaoke.
55:60
April 30, 2021
Rock Stars and Karaoke at the Bar
Spring is in the air as Adam and Ed talk about their (sorta) mutual love of baseball, what it's like for that person at the bar who's NOT there for karaoke and what you can do to help, special guest Ben Dumm gives them rock star insight on what it's like to be that person and Ben delivers one of the best answers yet in 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot'. 
55:30
April 16, 2021
The KJ: Professional Drunk Hoarder And So Much More
On this episode of The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly), Ed and Adam tap into their announcer voices, find out that they are vaccination twinsies, have a small disagreement around the word 'hyped', delve way too deep into what it means to be a karaoke DJ (NOT KJ), and reunite with a friend.  Guest: Chris Price, Owner of Crisp Entertainment  Featuring Music by Ben Dumm and the Deviants
01:02:39
April 02, 2021
A Karaoke Addiction Leads to Love
In the "inaugural" episode of The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Ed and Adam establish themselves as experts in their field, discuss the karaoke addiction that led to their love for each other, define the "perfect" karaoke week, talk to Zachary Michael Mattis who introduces them to Stanley Bigshoulders and Inda Blonde, put Zach through the first round of Hit Me With Your Best Shot, and Adam sings some Johnny Cash.
39:07
March 13, 2021
The Greatest Trailer Ever Sung (Poorly)
Hey, look! We made a trailer with clips from the show. If you haven't listened yet, this is meant to entice you, probably? If you've already listened and subscribed... this is like a teeny-tiny "Best Of" episode, maybe? So, yes, we did a marketing!  Theme song "Gasoline" provided by Ben Dumm and The Deviants. Check out Ben's latest project The Ben Dumm Three on the streaming platform of your choice. 
01:00
March 01, 2021