Unsung is a Glasgow based music podcast where every Friday we talk about a different record and decide if it should be added to a discography of all time great albums. Then you vote and tell us if we're right or wrong. Stream and download the latest episode below, or subscribe using your favourite podcatcher.
Some of you have been asking for this for a while, and poor David has been chomping at the bit to do it since day one, so here it is: part one of our black metal mixtape. We talk about the history, the ideology, the murder, the politics and the music. Strap in - this is a biggie.
It’s episode 60, so it’s time for an entirely new feature: a head to head! Chris and Weaver couldn’t decide which …And They Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is better: 'Madonna’ or ‘Source Tags & Codes’. Which is best? You decide, obviously!
Last week we discussed Tori Amos’ career. This week Chris makes as to why her fourth album, ‘From the Choirgirl Hotel’ is her Unsung classic. We mostly agree on that, but there’s a lot of debate either way. Do you agree? Let us know!
We always knew trying to cover Tori Amos’ extensive, and extensively interesting, back catalogue was going to be tough, but we didn’t expect things to escalate to the point where we needed to split an episode in half. Yet here we are. We hope you enjoy this career retrospective.
It turns out that *shels are not only one of the most obscure bands we’ve covered, but also the first post-metal band we’ve reviewed on this here podcast. Weaver brings their debut in for consideration and we go on a whirlwind tour of the early 00s British post-hardcore scene that spawned them, and do a brief history of the genre.
We’re back to full power this week and we break a promise in the process by letting Mark pick the album instead of Weaver. However one of the most miraculous things happens: the bois agree on a punk album. It’s unheard of, frankly.
We’re a man down this week, and without David’s influence we cover all the topics you love: race, religion, abortion, consent, Veganism, sex, money, drugs and alcohol . Oh, and we talk about D’Angelo’s third album ‘Black Messiah’ too.
Happy new years Unsungers! It’s part two of our Xmas Xtravaganza and it’s 50% drunker than part one, if you can believe it. It’s also a surprisingly upbeat affair as we talk (mostly) about things we love, from records we wish we could put in to the discography but can’t, all the way to our favourite Dave Grohl Nexus so far. Enjoy!
In part one of our two part Christmas special, we feel it’s time for a little Unsung Christmas cheer as we take some questions from the fans and reflect on the past 52 weeks of the podcast. We also get a little drunk and a little lairy.
On this episode we celebrate the record where we got our name from: Helmet’s second album, and major label debut, ‘Meantime’. We also go deep on the band’s legacy and things get a bit chaotic as we try to decide if this album deserves a place in our discography.
You know the feeling. You’re listening to an album and simply cannot work out why the rest of the planet doesn’t realise that it is a total masterpiece. What the hell is wrong with everyone?
Each week hosts Mark Fraser (The Curator Podcast), David Weaver (Detour) and Chris Cusack (Bloc/Restless Natives), discuss and dissect exactly those kind of albums. Is something an under-rated classic? Did it have a huge and unrecognised impact on the music that followed it? Sure they might be a great band but what is their definitive release?
We’ll put our cases forward to you, the public, then you can vote via our site to decide if our choice really deserves “UNSUNG CLASSIC” status. Hopefully as we progress, we gradually build up a truly democratic picture of the classics that perhaps didn’t make the covers of Mojo or NME but left an indelible mark on our own lives.
We’ll also pepper this discography with interviews where we invite notable musicians to nominate their own unsung classics and speak frankly about their own back catalogues. Plus a few special “mix-tape” episodes where we pick a mix-tape title and each throw a name into the fray.
Interaction is the aim and hopefully, between our oddball patter and your comments, suggestions and feedback we can document some of the truly amazing musical work out there that continues to be criminally UNSUNG.