It was so popular last year that we decided to do it again! Join us this holiday season as we introduce you to twelve of our favourite podcasts in the 12 Days of Podmas.
As you grow older, there’s the definite fear of falling into cliches. There’s the ever growing realisation that you find yourself relating to Grandpa Simpson as he warns a young Homer Simpson that he once knew what “it” was until someone changed “it”. With the nature of life, there’s the developing culture that whatever a generation listened to when they were of a certain age was when “music was good.” That modern music just wasn’t doesn’t match up.
But what if the case is made that a certain decade of pop music was the peak of the genre? With The Naughtiest Noughty, Liam Milburn and Scott McGerty are tackling the 2000s, a decade where the “it wasn’t as good back then” crowd were already making themselves known. But pop music began to take on a variety of transformations and went through a spectrum of genres that no-one saw coming.
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Each week Liam and Scott go through a short period of weeks, eventually covering every song to get into the top ten between the years of 2000-2009. They analyse and assess the songs and pick a favourite for that week, and then they choose one to be their series winner that gets carried on until the next week.
One part nostalgia and another looking at the songs in the context of the time and through a modern day lens, their mission statement is to give every song a fair scrutiny to see if they were overlooked or overplayed. Which songs have held up and lasted whilst others have dated, revealing the flaws in the music business at the time.
There’s a variety of experience between the two hosts as well. In 2000 Liam was four years old whilst Scott was seventeen, so they approach the tracks with a different memory. Liam often finds himself with less of a memory of songs for obvious reasons, whilst Scott admittedly says he wrote off a few songs because of teenage bravado. But it’s good to see their contrasting views on how they approach some of the songs.
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But one of the great things to see develop throughout its first year is the growing sense of community and expansion of the format. They’ve released extra episodes called TNX to cover tracks they couldn’t fit on the main episodes. They’ve developed a good strong fanbase and they routinely respond to messages and talk about listener spreadsheets as they follow along.
Finally, they’ve had a few good interviews of artists and fans of the era of music. These include Mark from A1, Dr Fox, and Divina De Campo. All insightful interviews which help to provide a context on the impact of the songs covered in the main show. Well worth a trip down memory lane.