MACK #82: Dave On . . . The Best of The Best

Hello friends! We’re back with a brand new episode, Dave On . . . The Best of the Best!

A while back, Episode 58 in fact, we did a show all about the worst songs from the best bands. So this week I figured we’d spin that one around and get Dave to weigh in on the best songs from a list of the best bands. 

As I was making the list of bands I truly thought this would be an easy one for our Dave. He knows so much about so many bands, I was sure he’d just rattle off songs and we’d be off to the races.

Nope!

He does know the bands but has listened to their songs so much he has a bit of a skewed vision as to what’s their best. I felt at times like I was torturing him by trying to get him to name just one. I realized eventually I should have just asked for their best albums. It would have been way easier, and a heckuva a lot faster for him to shout out “QUADROPHENIA!” as opposed to naming every song on the album before settling on one. I guess that may be a semi-spoiler alert but do you really think you know which song he chose?

Also, there are a few bands he has no trouble naming what he considers to be their best songs. There’s one band in particular that he has A TON of trouble with. In the end Dave winds up making two song revisions to the list. 

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Dave’s Reaction: Rare Americans – Berlin

I was doing some exploring here on youtube for something new to get Dave’s reaction to and came upon this video from Rare Americans.

I thought the video and the song were both pretty great so I figured I’d see what Dave would have to say about either or both of these things.

Do you think he liked it? Do you think he has advice for these young whippersnappers?

Hit play to find out.

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Dave’s Reaction: Grady Tate — Be Black Baby

Hi again!

I was finally able to get Dave to sit still for a few more reaction videos!

This one was recommended by @wiggybloogy on twitter.

Dave knew all about Grady Tate and has the utmost respect for this jazz-funk-swing drummer and singer.

However, he does have some questions, comments and a few Dad jokes that he shares with us during this reaction video.

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MACK #80: 1985

Ah 1985, I remember it well!

So well, in fact, I was a little taken aback when Dave picked that particular year for the subject of this podcast. As far as I could recollect there was nothing happening in 1985 that would have been of any interest at all for him.

Turns out he confused 1985 for 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1987. Welp, be that as it may, this episode is all about 1985.

Dave and I go over the top ten songs, movies and albums from that year, listen to some clips and chime in with our own memories and semi-hot takes.

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Dave’s Reaction: Jamiroquai — Cosmic Girl

A Jamiroquai request!

This time we’ve got Dave reacting to Cosmic Girl.

Will this be the Jamiroquai song that turns him against the band once and for all?!

Not likely.

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Thanks for stopping by and let us know in the comments if there’s a song you’d like to see Dave react to. Keep in mind, not all bands are Jamiroquai and he can be harsh with his criticisms. Even if you’re the Rolling Stones!

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MACK #78: Dave On . . . The Blues

Hiyo! It’s time for another Dave On episode, this week Dave talks to me about The Blues!

We chat about the origin of blues, what makes a song a blues song, and Dave basically shits on anyone who isn’t bluesy.

We play a lot of music and also go through a Top Ten Blues Songs Of All Times list from American Blues Scene. Well, we thought it was the Top Ten Blues Songs Of All Times list but it turns out it was the Top Ten Blues Song INTROS Of All Times. So our bad on that, but be that as it may, Dave is not happy about most of the list which is delightful for me. When I told him that the list wasn’t what we thought it was he said “WHO WOULD DO THAT? WHO MAKES A LIST LIKE THAT?” So, my guess is, had we known the true purpose of said list he’d have shat all over it anyway.

Shat is a word that needs to be used more often. Past tense people! Let’s make it a thing!

Anywhooooo, lots of blues, lots of clips lots of me not understanding what Dave means.

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Dave’s Reaction: Neal Francis — Changes

Well well well, what do we have here? Another reaction video!

This time we present “Changes” by Neal Francis.

Dave had not heard of Neal nor had he heard of his previous band, The Herd, but he has some very good things to say about this song and its musicians.

The video, however, was not his thing.

Hit Play and find out what Dave liked and what he didn’t like. Also be sure to enjoy the brief but meaningful cameo appearance our kitchen skylight makes near the end of this video.

Find out more about Neal Francis at www.NealFrancis.com

If you have any musical suggestions for Dave please let us know either on gab or twitter!

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Dave’s Reaction: Mark-Almond — Lonely People

Here we are with another fun reaction video!

This time around @wiggybloogy (on twitter) seems to have tried to trick our Dave with this track.

While Dave didn’t recognize the two main players, he did figure out who was on drums. He also accurately picked out the year this song came out.

After the song is over he looks over the track’s personnel listing and gives us a little insight on the players, almost all of whom he is familiar with.

This was a great pick since it featured so many New York session musicians that Dave really digs.

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Dave’s Reaction: The Haggis Horns – Haggis Express

I tried to please Dave with this one but Dave is Dave and he hears things differently than me. And maybe you too.

Somehow he has a knack for figuring out where bands are from. Not sure how he does that. It’s a superpower maybe. Occasionally he gets it wrong so maybe he hasn’t yet learned to control that superpower. Anywhooooo, pretty quickly he picks out that these guys are not from this side of the pond. Fee Fie Fo! He is also 100% correct about which gentlemen are the drummer and bassist. That’s our Dave!

That all being said, he doesn’t dislike everything here but certain elements seem “square” to him and apparently there’s not much worse for him than square funk. Some stuff he likes though, which made me feel a little better because — truth be told — I found this to be really fun to listen to.

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Dave’s Reaction: Michael Kiwanuka — You Ain’t The Problem

Another great suggestion from our friend, @wiggybloogy.

Dave doesn’t hold back and let’s us know pretty much right off the bat that he doesn’t love this one. He’s not happy with the arrangement and he thinks the material is wishy washy. Props to that one guitar player and the drummer though, he would have loved to hear more from them.

He’s also a bit confused as why there are so many people in the band.

As far as English bands go, this one doesn’t seem to be in the same league as Jamiroquai for Dave.

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Dave’s Reaction: Bang — Windfair

Dave was so engrossed in this listening session that I had to remind him to talk about what he was hearing. And then, he became distracted by the album cover, which he thinks is a pretty good indication of what caused this bands demise.

This was an interesting pick for Dave (thanks @wiggybloogy!) who had never heard of the band, and wasn’t quite sure what genre he’d put them in.

On a scale of Zero to Jamiroquai I’m not sure where he ranks these guys, but he didn’t shit all over them, so they have that going for them!

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Dave’s Reaction: John Martyn — Dreams By The Sea

Our favorite comedy writer, @wiggybloogy on twitter, recommended this song for Dave.

Dave had never heard of the song nor the artist before, but somehow he managed to figure out two pretty distinct traits about John Martyn just by listening for 3 and a half minutes. I was especially impressed with one of them! Dave has some sort of music listening/deciphering gene that I am completely devoid of.

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MACK #75: Dave On Disco Songs That Don’t Suck

Hellooo my disco loving and/or hating friends!

This week I asked Dave if he could come up with ten disco songs that didn’t suck. When he said “Yes!” too quickly I should have realized that something was wrong.

But I didn’t so here we are.

There is a fine line between disco and funk. And, for the most part, the songs Dave picked don’t suck because they are funk tunes. Also he starts his song countdown at 10 but realizes he only came to the table with five. Oh Dave.

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