The Spindle: Devo, “Whip It”

You’ve probably heard Devo’s “Whip It”—but have you heard all the stories behind it? On this all-new episode of The Spindle podcast, Marc and John welcome guest Evie Nagy, author of the 33.3 book Devo’s Freedom Of Choice, to dive into the tales of this deep and weird single, which somehow made the top 20 despite people (wrongly) assuming that it was about masturbation. Find out what “Whip It” really means, this week on the Spindle!

The Spindle: “One Nation Under A Groove” Parts I & II

Today on The Spindle, Marc and John drop the needle on the biggest single by Funkadelic, 1978’s “One Nation Under A Groove” Parts I & II. Riding the top of the Billboard Soul charts for six weeks, this song was Funkadelic’s National Anthem, a call for unity catalyzed by gigantic funk hooks. Devoted to hitting the “one,” the group turns well-worn words into new mantras, all in service of a groove that seemed like it could last forever.

The Spindle: Screaming Trees-“Change Has Come”

On this all-new episode of The Spindle podcast, Marc and John double their fun with a 2×7″ EP from the Screaming Trees, 1989’s “Change Has Come” b/w “Days” and “Time Speaks Her Golden Tongue” b/w “Flashes.” Released on Sub Pop Records and produced by grunge pioneers Jack Endino and Steve Fisk, the Seattle band featured vocalist Mark Lanegan, guitarist Gary Lee Conner, bassist Van Conner, and drummer Mark Pickerel. Representing the transitionary era between the Trees’ SST Records and major label run, the EP hits—folding in psychedelia, garage rock, and revved up alt-rock.

The Spindle: Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, “Orphans” b/w “Less Of Me”

Short songs, short shows, short-lived bands: Lydia Lunch was big on making a point quickly and moving on. For this episode of The Spindle, John and Marc drop the needle on 1978’s “Orphans” b/w “Less Of Me” by Teenage Jesus & The Jerks. Led by Lunch on guitar and vocals with bassist Gordon Stevenson and Bradly Field and produced by Robert Quine (Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Lou Reed, Matthew Sweet), the Jerks might not have lasted very long, but they made an impression. Press play on this episode to learn why.

The Spindle: The Monkees “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”

You’re walking ’round like you’re front page news, pressing play on a new episode of The Spindle. On this episode, the guys focus on The Monkees’ 1967 hit “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” with a couple detours into other versions of the song, including Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Sex Pistols, and Minor Threat. As post-modern as it gets, The Monkees were (and are) a pop phenomenon, and this single illustrates why. 

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