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Over/underrated: a music podcast with Fran and Babs

Over/underrated: a music podcast with Fran and Babs

By Barbara Mendes-Jorge
Do you believe the hype? Fran & Babs talk about bands and artists potentially given undue credit & musicians who should be more famous
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Ep 10 - Hair Metal: Bon Jovi (Overrated) & Skid Row (Underrated) - with Matt Hoss
For the last episode of season one, Fran and Babs are joined by a special guest, the multi-talented Matt Hoss: comedian, podcaster, Twitcher, author and lover of HAIR METAL!  Matt became enamoured with hair metal - or is it glam rock? - as a teenager, and still holds a torch for the genre. In this episode, he tries to convince us Skid Row should definitely be more famous (even though they're problematic, which we also discuss) and joins Fran and Babs in having a cathartic rant and tour through the worst of Bon Jovi's back catalogue (we apologise in advance, Bon Jovi fans)... You can find the playlist for this episode on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists we've discussed during the episode. Catch Sebastian Bach as Gil from Gilmore Girls covering Hollaback Girl on YouTube. The book Babs mentioned is Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them, an essay collection edited by Rhian Jones and Eli Davies. Matt's website has links to all of his work - we highly recommend checking out his podcasts, especially Castival and Miffs. You can stream and buy his stand-up debut Here Comes Your Man - and a few other things - on his Bandcamp page.   Follow him on Twitch @MattHossComedy for regular comedy broadcasts - and you can also find him @MattHossComedy on all the socials. Matt has also written a speculative fiction book about the environmental end of the world called PURIFY which you can buy online here.  We are taking a short break but we'll be back in the springtime 🌻 meanwhile: download, subscribe and get in touch - especially if you have any suggestions for future themes or musicians to discuss! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com. Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.
01:14:15
February 18, 2021
Ep 9 - Special Episode: Boy Bands vs. Girl Bands, Part II - with Dan Bull
We've CONTINUED our discussion, picking twenty more overrated and underrated tracks by boy bands and girl bands...but this time, we have a special guest accompanying us! Dan Bull from the Track by Track podcast joins Fran and Babs and while the trio are in agreement for a lot of the overrated picks, the deep cuts lead to a few more disagreements...  You can find the playlist for this episode on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists we've discussed during the episode. We recommend checking out Dan's Track by Track podcast, a warm and fun show analysing brilliant pop albums, track by track! You can check it out here.  Download, subscribe and get in touch! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com. Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.
01:14:47
February 11, 2021
Ep 8 - Special Episode: Boy Bands vs. Girl Bands, Part I
Yep, we've tweaked the format again 😁 this week we're discussing twenty overrated and underrated tracks by boy bands and girl bands from across the years...find out which boy band Babs spoke about for so long Fran had to cut 'about 20 mins' out and which notorious girl band's cover of The Smiths is Fran and Babs agree is 'not as bad as you would think....'? You can find the playlist for this episode on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists we've discussed during the episode. The Point Break documentary is on YouTube, as is the hilarious Luke McQueen Car-boot Kareoke with Abz from Five video. Download, subscribe and get in touch! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com. Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo
01:25:20
February 4, 2021
Ep 7 - New Zealand: Crowded House (Overrated) & Ladyhawke (Underrated)
Crowded House are the closest Fran and Babs have come to a musical fall-out, but thankfully they both put their differences aside to discuss how good Ladyhawke is... Babs highly recommends checking out the Young At Heart compilation which someone has kindly put together on Spotify. Relatedly, the Spotify playlist The '80s All Lined Up is one of platform's best.  The playlist for this episode 'Over/underrated - Ep 7: New Zealand, Crowded House (Overrated) & Ladyhawke (Underrated)' is on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists discussed during the episode. Download, subscribe and get in touch! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com. Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.
01:00:05
January 28, 2021
Ep 6 - Punk: Sex Pistols (Overrated) & Mad Sin (Underrated) - with Kate Allvey
Our first episode with a special guest to help us broaden our musical horizons! Punk professor Kate Allvey from the Straight Talking English podcast joins to ask if anyone likes the Sex Pistols' music and introduces us to the German kings of psycho horror, Mad Sin... Listen to Kate's podcast and follow her on Twitter @Str8talkEnglish.  You can check out Kate and Babs' Retro RAW special episode of their university radio show Trivial Rebellion on Mixcloud.  Comedian and podcaster Gabriel Ebulue investigated the My Way curse on the BBC Radio 4 documentary Karaoke Rage. You can watch Mad Sin x Beethoven on YouTube and donate to the Corona Crisis Friendship Fund at the Psychobilly Store.  The playlist for this episode 'Over/underrated - Ep 6: Punk, The Sex Pistols (Overrated) & Mad Sin (Underrated) - with Kate Allvey' is on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists discussed during the episode.  Download, subscribe and get in touch! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com. Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.
01:08:20
January 21, 2021
Ep 5 - Brighton: Fatboy Slim (Overrated) & Blood Red Shoes (Underrated)
In the first episode of 2021, Fran is questioning whether Fatboy Slim deserves so much praise - he hasn't released that many new tunes recently - while Babs wants Blood Red Shoes to receive more accolades, especially from British rock fans... You can find the playlist for this episode 'Over/underrated - Special Episode: Best of 2020' on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists discussed during the episode.  Download, subscribe and get in touch! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com. Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.
57:35
January 14, 2021
Ep 4 - Special Episode: Fran and Babs' Best of 2020
Tweaking the format slightly to finish the year on a more positive note, Fran and Babs have each shared their 10 favourite songs of 2020 and discuss their top over/underrated musicians and moments of 2020. How melodic will Fran's playlist be? Will Babs' selection be filled with "angry, soulless" music? Ultimately - will they agree on a single song?!  You can find the playlist for this episode 'Over/underrated - Special Episode: Best of 2020' on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists discussed during the episode. Babs' 'Bah Humbug' alternative Christmas playlist is here. And you should definitely check out Compact Disk Dummies' cover of Britney Spears' Toxic.   Download, subscribe and get in touch! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com. Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.
01:21:44
December 24, 2020
Ep 3 - Leeds: alt-J Δ (Overrated) & Duels (Underrated)
Babs wants to convince you alt-J Δ aren't just your average nice posh boys, while Fran ponders where Duels disappeared to after burning bright in the mid-noughties.  You can find the playlist for this episode  'Over/underrated - Ep 3: Leeds, alt-J (Overrated) & Duels (Underrated)' on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists discussed during the episode.  Laura Snapes' Pitchfork review of Alt-J's An Awesome Wave is here and you can find the hilarious Alt-J parody song on YouTube. In Cold Blood is dissected by Alt-J on the podcast Song Exploder. The Guardian review of Duels' second album 'The Barbarians Move In' is here and the Duels x monkeys on bikes video is on YouTube.  Download, subscribe and get in touch! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com. Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.
46:28
December 17, 2020
Ep 2 - Athens GA: R.E.M. (Overrated) & The B-52's (Underrated)
Fran takes us through the best of R.E.M.'s back catalogue and Babs pleads with us to take The B-52's more seriously. You can find the playlist for this episode  'Over/underrated - Episode 2: Athens GA, R.E.M. (Overrated) & The B-52's (Underrated)' on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists discussed during the episode. Download, subscribe and get in touch! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com. Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.
49:35
December 10, 2020
Ep 1 - Britpop: Oasis (Overrated) & Shed Seven (Underrated)
Babs lets out years of rage against Oasis while Fran passionately discusses Rick Witter & the boys... You can find the playlist for this episode 'Over/underrated - Episode 1: Britpop, Oasis (Overrated) & Shed Seven (Underrated)' on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other artists discussed during the episode. The Oasis "shine" compilation is on YouTube. Download, subscribe and get in touch! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com.  Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.
50:26
December 10, 2020
Over/underrated: a music podcast with Fran and Babs (Trailer)
Yes, it's another podcast conceived and recorded in lockdown!  Fran and Babs (@flame_me_up) are music fans living in two different countries (England and Belgium). After meeting online thanks to a mutual love of music and comedy, they decided to start a podcast together as an outlet for their passionate opinions - so they came up with a format, hopped on Zoom to record, and lo - a new music podcast was born 👼🏽  How does it work? Well, we think of a topic, for example a place (Brighton) or a genre (Britpop). We then each pick a band or artist one of us thinks is overrated, and the other one thinks is underrated (see how we came up with that genius title?!).  We each then make a ten-track Spotify playlist showcasing why we think an artist is brilliant (or terrible), go off and listen to each other’s selections, then come back to discuss - and see if we can change each other's minds. We’ll make the playlists public so you can listen back to our selections and we’ll also include any other interesting songs discussed in each episode.  Sound like your kind of thing? Then please download, subscribe and get in touch! Follow us on social media - it's @OUmusicpod on Twitter, @overunderratedmusicpod on Instagram. You can also email us at overunderratedmusicpod@gmail.com.  Thanks to Mark Abbott for our logo.
02:33
December 10, 2020