EPISODES
  • Modern English - I Melt with You

    The Story Behind the Song is getting better all the time, so we're thrilled to be launching Season 2 with Modern English's post-punk dance classic "I Melt with You." The 1982 track launched the band to international success, became a frequently covered favorite, and featured in dozens of movies and TV shows.

    On this episode of TSBTS, Modern English singer and songwriter Robbie Grey joins host Peter Csathy to discuss the surprisingly apocalyptic origins of the song and how it set the stage for Modern English's enduring career -- right up to their new album, 1 2 3 4. He also discuss why it was so important to release that record's single, "Not My Leader," now.

    Make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes. We'll be dropping an archival episode next week, with another brand new episode arriving on Monday, March 11th (listen to this episode to see what song we'll be featuring!).

    Get tickets to Modern English's upcoming tour dates -- including the Totally Tubular Festival tour with the likes of Men Without Hats, Bow Wow Wow, Thomas Dolby, and more -- here.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Threads at @pcsathy and at Deep Cuts Media.



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    38m | Feb 26, 2024
  • The Story Behind The Song Is Back for Season 2!

    The Story Behind the Song is back with a new format for Season 2 beginning Monday, February 26th! We're switching to a weekly format, where brand new episodes will alternate with classic ones from the SBTS vault.

    So get ready for fresh interviews with The Killers, Heart, The B52s, Violent Femmes, Jewel, Huey Lewis, and Modern English as they reveal the real-life stories behind their most iconic hits!

    Make sure to subscribe to The Story Behind the Song wherever you get your podcasts so you can catch all of Season 2. While you're at it, show us how much you love the show by rating and reviewing on Apple Podcasts.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on X/Twitter @pcsathy and Deep Cuts Media.



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    1m | Feb 21, 2024
  • Don McLean - "American Pie": The Story Behind the Nostalgic Classic

    Don McLean earned the title of America's Troubadour with his iconic 1971 hit song "American Pie." This eight-and-a-half-minute folk rock track is considered a cultural touchstone in the annals of Americana, tracking the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation through oft-debated reference-rich lyrics about "the day the music died."

    On this episode of The Story Behind the Song, McLean joins host Peter Csathy to talk about how it took 10 years to write "American Pie," the song's legacy, and more. Then make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    Also, check out Don McLean's holiday album Christmas Memories (Remixed and Remastered) here.

    This month, we’re on a mission to spread the word about The Story Behind the Song. If you love our show as much as we like bringing it to you, we need you to hop over to Apple Podcasts, hit the follow button, and leave us a review. Not only is it a quick and easy way to show your support, but it’ll also give you the chance to win some exclusive Consequence merch. Then, head to this link and submit your info along with a screenshot of your review. We’ll be shouting out our winners in December, so make sure to follow and review soon. Thank you for all your support and for helping The Story Behind the Song grow!

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on X/Twitter @pcsathy and Deep Cuts Media.



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    43m | Dec 18, 2023
  • The Story Behind The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry" with Lol Tolhurst

    The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry" is a classic post-punk song about a lost love and the protagonist's inability to move on. An English rock band formed in 1978 in Crawley, West Sussex, by Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey and then drummer Lol Tolhurst. While Robert Smith has remained the only constant member, Tolhurst and Smith met as children before later founding the band together. 

    On this episode of The Story Behind the Song, Tolhurst joins host Peter Csathy about his time in the group, writing "Boys Don't Cry,” his new book, Goth, a History, and his new album, “Los Angeles”, recorded with Budgie of Suzie and the Banshees, and producer, multi-instrumentalist, Garrett Jackknife Lee.

    Check out the new album here and learn more about Lol Tolhurst here

    This month, we’re on a mission to spread the word about The Story Behind the Song. If you love our show as much as we like bringing it to you, we need you to hop over to Apple Podcasts, hit the follow button, and leave us a review. Not only is it a quick and easy way to show your support, but it’ll also give you the chance to win some exclusive Consequence merch. Then, head to this link and submit your info along with a screenshot of your review. We’ll be shouting out our winners in December, so make sure to follow and review soon. Thank you for all your support and for helping The Story Behind the Song grow!

    Listen to the full conversation with Lol Tolhurst and more in this episode. Then, make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on X/Twitter @pcsathy and Deep Cuts Media.



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    56m | Nov 20, 2023
  • The Story Behind The Shins' Timeless Indie Gems "New Slang" and "Phantom Limb"

    One of the most renowned American indie rock bands, The Shins have carved a lasting legacy with their distinctive blend of folk, pop, and indie rock. Formed in 1996 by frontman James Mercer, a chance inclusion of “New Slang” in the indie movie classic Garden State helped to take their indie buzz mainstream just as their breakout sophomore album, Chutes Too Narrow, propelled them to indie stardom.

    On this episode of The Story Behind the SongPeter Csathy speaks with The Shins’ James Mercer just after the passing of former The Shins’ bassist Neal Langford to discuss how Neal helped push him to perform, the conception of “New Slang” and also the more recent “Phantom Limb.”

    Listen to the full conversation with The Shins James Mercer and more in this episode. Then, make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on X/Twitter @pcsathy and Deep Cuts Media.



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    43m | Oct 16, 2023
  • The Story Behind Air Supply's Soft Rock Smash "All Out of Love" with Graham Russell

    Air Supply, the Australian soft rock duo has been melting hearts and serenading souls since 1975. In 1979, they created a succession of hits worldwide, including eight top-five hits on the US Billboard Hot 100: "Lost in Love”, "All Out of Love", "Every Woman in the World", "The One That You Love", "Here I Am", "Sweet Dreams", "Even the Nights Are Better”, and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All”.

    On this episode of The Story Behind the SongAir Supply's own Graham Russell joins host Peter Csathy to talk about perhaps the most endearing song in that string of smashes: "All Out of Love." Russell discusses how how “All Out of Love” came together, and how Clive Davis' input made the song an international success. He also talks about how he met Russell Hitchcock in the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, how they became more famous, and their impact on popular culture.

    Air Supply are in the midst of celebrating their 45th anniversary on "The Lost in Love Experience" tour; get tickets to their upcoming dates here.

    Listen to the full conversation with Air Supply’s Graham Russell "I'm All Outta Love" and more in this episode. Then, make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on X/Twitter @pcsathy and Deep Cuts Media.



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    44m | Sep 18, 2023
  • The Story Behind Run-DMC's Hip-Hop Classic "It's Tricky" with Darryl "DMC" McDaniels

    Run-DMC (Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, and Jason "Jam Master Jay," Mizell) was more than just a hip-hop group. They were a force of nature that transformed music, fashion, and history. Their deceptively simple, endlessly catchy lyrics and energetic live performances made them stars, and their use of rock and roll samples helped to break down the barriers between the two genres.

    In this special bonus Hip-Hop 50 episode of The Story Behind the Song, Peter Csathy talks to McDaniels himself about the group's history, their impact on popular culture, what it means to be a hip-hop legend. Of course, they also go into the story behind what is often cited as one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time, "It's Tricky." Also, the two discuss Darryl's upcoming appearance at the Park City Song Summit where Darryl will be on a panel with Public Enemy’s Chuck D to discuss hip-hop’s 50th anniversary.

    This episode is co-presented by the Park City Song Summit. You don’t want to miss out on this powerful, important music and wellness experience, so enter to win one of two sets of VIP Park City Song Summit tickets here, or get 20% all of PCSS' ticketed events by using the code SUMMIT here.

    Listen to the full conversation with Run-DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels about “It's Tricky," Park City Song Summit, and more in this episode. Then, make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on X/Twitter @pcsathy and Deep Cuts Media.



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    1h 0m | Aug 28, 2023
  • The Story Behind Culture Club's Reggae-New-Wave Smash "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" with Boy George

    One of the most popular and influential bands of the 1980s, Culture Club was the original new wave boyband. They fused new wave, pop, and reggae to create a unique sound that was both catchy and stylish.

    The Story Behind the Song's Peter Csathy returns to talk to the ever-flamboyant and wise Boy George to discuss "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me."

    The two discuss the song's mix of love, loss, and social commentary, and how it resonated with audiences around the world. Additionally, as Boy George and Culture Club continue to tour and perform, how the song has grown from its origins to be something more powerful and healing in Boy George's life.

    Listen to the full conversation with Culture Club's Boy George about “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and more in this episode, and watch some of the interview highlights on YouTube. Then, make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on X/Twitter @pcsathy and Deep Cuts Media.



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    1h 3m | Aug 21, 2023
  • The Story Behind The Police's Reggae-Rock Hit "Roxanne" with Stewart Copeland

    The Story Behind the Song's Peter Csathy is back to talk to legendary The Police drummer Stewart Copeland to talk about "Roxanne."

    Definitely known as "The Police Song," "Roxanne" is a song that changed the fortunes of the English rock band The Police. The song was written by lead singer and bassist Sting for their debut album Outlandos d'Amour, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. But it would not have found its rhythmic magic if Stewart Copeland hadn't reenvisioned the song's bossa nova and turned it into a reggae-rock anthem.

    Stewart Copeland also discusses his two recent grammies from DIVINE TIDES with Ricky Kej and the release of The Police's Police Deranged for Orchestra album, which learn more about here.

    Listen to the full conversation with The Police's Stewart Copeland about “Roxanne" and more in this episode, and watch some of the interview highlights on YouTube. Then, make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    53m | Jul 17, 2023
  • The Story Behind Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Smash "Time" with Nick Mason

    In this episode of The Story Behind the Song, join host Peter Csathy as he chats with Pink Floyd's Nick Mason to discuss “Time” from the epic The Dark Side of the Moon. 

    In the interview, Nick Mason reflects on the band's origins, the tragic story of founding member Syd Barrett's last contribution to Pink Floyd before exiting the band, The Beatles' influence on the band, and Nick Mason’s new band A Saucer Full of Secrets. 

    Listen to the full conversation with Pink Floyd's Nick Mason about “Time" and more in this episode, and watch some of the interview highlights on YouTube. Then, make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    46m | Jun 19, 2023
  • The Story Behind Def Leppard's Glam Metal Smash "Pour Some Sugar on Me"

    In this episode of The Story Behind the Song, join host Peter Csathy as he chats with Def Leppard's Joe Elliot to discuss the unlikely story of how "Pour Some Sugar on Me" became the last entry into Def Leppard's second album Hysteria.

    In his interview, Joe Elliott humbly reflects on the group's success and so much more: how he came up with the group's name, why they changed the spelling, Def Leppard's connection to Def Jam, how Mutt Lang refused to work on the album and then changed his mind, how the writing of "Pour Some Sugar on Me" began while Joe Elliot was playing around during a tea break, producer Mutt Lang immediately forced the entire group to add the song to the album, and how American strippers took the song from being a flop into a national sensation one dance at a time. 

    Be sure to check out Drastic Symphonies Def Leppard's collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which is out May 19th - order here - and features original Leppard audio combined with new vocals and guitars to create epic symphonic arrangements as well as Def Leppard's new book which comes out June 13th you can pre-order here.

    Listen to the full Def Leppard's Joe Elliot conversation about "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and more in this episode, and watch some of the interview highlights on YouTube. Then, make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    1h 1m | May 15, 2023
  • The Story Behind Howard Jones' Synth-driven New Wave Classic "New Song"

    In this episode of The Story Behind the Song, join host Peter Csathy as he chats with UK-based singer-songwriter Howard Jones to discuss how he broke all the rules when he arrived as a one-man band and topped the charts with "New Song," a song he wrote to be his debut and artist manifesto to the world.

    Literally singing, "I don't wanna be hip and cool. I don't wanna play by the rules," Jones was literally ahead of his time as Jones' use of drum machines and synthesizers ruffled so many feathers that the musicians union tried to ban him.

    In his interview, Howard Jones recounts being influenced by David Bowie, that epic Live Aid concert in 1985, his thoughts about AI and songwriting, and his 40th-anniversary tour, which kicks off later this year.

    Listen to Howard Jones' full conversation about "New Song" and more in this episode, and watch some of the interview highlights on YouTube. Then, make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    38m | Apr 17, 2023
  • The Story Behind Toto's Iconic, Instantly Recognizable "Africa," with David Paich

    There is something about the drums and trans-inducing hook of Toto's Africa. that draws you in every time you press play. The song is an earworm that has been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify alone!

    David Paich of Toto joins us on the Story Behind the Song to talk about this timeless and cross-generational song, which celebrates its 40th year this year and almost didn't see the light of day to make it onto Toto IV.

    How did David Paich come up with Africa's hook and lyrics? What did the band think about the Weezer cover in 2017 to have their biggest hit in years? Find out about all that and more on the Story Behind the Song.

    Listen to the latest episode learn about it all from David Paich of Toto on The Story Behind the Song, and then make sure to like, review, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    36m | Mar 20, 2023
  • The Story Behind Devo’s Seminal Synth-Rock Single “Whip It”

    In this special bonus episode of The Story Behind the Song, join host Peter Csathy as he revisits his interview with Gerald Casale of Devo about the band’s seminal 1980 single “Whip It.”

    Released as the second single off Devo’s Freedom of Choice, “Whip It” remains instantly recognizable with it’s hooky synthesizer lines, over-the-top vocal delivery, and overall silly tone. While it quickly became an anthem of fun, the tune was originally expected to flop. Devo’s left-field creativity proved to be too out-there for their label, who braced for the worst. Instead, it peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains a relevant favorite over 40 years later.

    In this previously unreleased interview, Casale tells the tale of how the song came to be, speaks to the influence of R&B, and how the tune changed the trajectory of the band (who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year)

    Listen to Casale’s full conversation about Devo’s “Whip It” and more in the episode above, and watch some of the interview on YouTube. Then make sure to like, review, and subscribe to TSBTS wherever you get podcasts for updates on all our new episodes.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    50m | Feb 20, 2023
  • The Story Behind A Flock of Seagulls' New Wave Classic "I Ran (So Far Away)"

    For the first episode of the New Year, The Story Behind the Song is celebrating the 40th anniversary of A Flock of Seagulls by diving into their new wave classic "I Ran (So Far Away)." The track and the band's look were some of the defining styles of the '80s, and their presence in our collective pop culture psyche flies right into today.

    On the episode, A Flock of Seagulls frontman Mike Score recounts the origins of the band, the hair, the song, and so much more. He also shares his experience of becoming an international sensation while not finding popularity in his home country and a connection to Bon Jovi that you might not be aware of.

    You can listen to this episode of The Story Behind the Song now, and then make sure to like, review, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can also watch a segment of the interview on YouTube.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    44m | Jan 16, 2023
  • The Story Behind Nirvana's Era-Defining Anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit," As Told by Producer Butch Vig

    Some songs are songs and some songs are bangers. Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit was lightening in a bottle. It propelled Nevermind to the top of several album charts at the start of 1992 and was an event that is often marked as the point when grunge entered the mainstream. To tell the tale behind the song, we speak to songwriter, super record producer, drummer and co-producer of the alternative rock band Garbage, Butch Vig

    Butch recounts how he went from recording indie bands in Madison, Wisconsin to a fateful recording session with Nirvana that resulted in a mix tape that sparked a bidding war with major labels fighting to sign Nirvana. Then, he tells how he was called back to recreate that magic for Nevermind and how he translated Nirvana’s epic live sound into an epic album and, of course, the monumental Smells Like Teen Spirit. 

    Then, Butch discusses his recent project with Silversun Pickups and Garbage. 

    Listen to the latest episode of The Story Behind the Song now, and then make sure to like, review, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

    You can keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    47m | Dec 19, 2022
  • The Story Behind Billy Idol's Post-Punk Classic "White Wedding"

    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of his signature songs, Billy Idol joins The Story Behind the Song podcast to discuss "White Wedding."

    Who can forget that epic music video of Billy Idol attending a goth wedding where the bride is played by Perri Lister, Idol's real-life girlfriend at the time?

    We also learn about how his recent banger "Cage" was actually inspired by COVID and his granddaughter.

    You can listen to the latest episode of The Story Behind the Song now, and then make sure to like, review, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

    Keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    45m | Nov 21, 2022
  • The Story Behind Danny Elfman and Oingo Boingo's Halloween Classic "Dead Man's Party"

    In various incarnations for the last 40 years, true renaissance man Danny Elfman has delivered it all. As performer, frontman, composer, conductor, and visualizer, he is the consummate multi-dimensional innovator. Always unconventional, always out of place -- and always slightly dangerous because of it -- the man and his body of work is genius -- and also all a bit mad.

    The frenetic and haunted mind of so many mediums, Danny Elfman was meant for Halloween. For this special Halloween edition of The Story Behind the Song, Elfman -- Jack Skellington himself -- joins host Peter Csathy to discuss his jaw-dropping body of work and his remarkable journey. He begins with Oingo Boingo's 1986 "new wave" classic "Dead Man's Party," and takes us up to "sorry," a raging, shocking track form his recent album, Big Mess.

    (A remix version of the album, Bigger. Messier., was released in August, and the video for Boy Harsher's remix of "Happy" from that LP dropped last week.)

    Listen to the latest episode of The Story Behind the Song now, or watch video of the chat via Consequence.

    You can also keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    49m | Oct 31, 2022
  • The Story Behind Blue Öyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper," Cowbell's Crowning Achievement

    Classic rock legends Blue Öyster Cult may be the first band to feature an umlaut in their name, but the band -- which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year -- was no gimmick. They released a string of major hits in the '70s, with their most transcendent classic of course being 1976's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." The record that still haunts as deeply as ever, continually finding new ways to enter the zeitgeist.

    Of course, that's partially due to that iconic cowbell. The use of the instrument was given even more attention thanks to Will Ferrell's classic 2000 Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Christopher Walken’s inimitable deadpan as Bruce Dickinson incessantly demanding, “More cowbell!”

    Interestingly, Dickinson wasn't even involved in making the record -- and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" isn't about what you might think it is. In this 14th episode of The Story Behind the Song podcast, Blue Öyster Cult's Buck Dharma discusses "The Reaper" with host Peter Csathy, touching on the song's lasting impact, its position in the modern music pantheon, and, of course, that cowbell.

    Listen to the podcast above, or watch a segment of the discussion via YouTube. Make sure you're following The Story Behind the Song wherever you get your podcast, as there will be a special Halloween episode featuring Danny Elfman discussing Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party." You can also keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.

    Blue Öyster Cult are currently on the UK leg of their 50th anniversary tour, but they have more US dates lined up for November. Get tickets here.



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    42m | Oct 17, 2022
  • The Story Behind Metric’s Breakout Hit “Help I’m Alive”

    Metric are an enigmatic, shape-shifting band -- always has been, always will be. Born out of Canada in 2001, they have built a discography that now spans eight studio albums that are difficult to box into any one genre (or two, for that matter). Part indie rock, part pop punk, part dance, part electronic -- why even try to put a label on it? The point is that it all works.

    At the center of it all is Emily Haines, who sings, writes songs, and plays synths and other instruments. Haines rocks it effortlessly with authenticity, energy, and swagger, despite confessing to suffering from deep bouts of stage fright. It's actually a topic she addressed on Metric's breakout single "Help I'm Alive," with its thumping beats and searing lyrics like, "I tremble, I tremble/ They're gonna eat me alive/ If I stumble."

    Haines joins The Story Behind the Song host Peter Csathy to talk about "Help I'm Alive" and how it and Metric's fourth album, 2008's Fantasies, helped save the band. Also on this episode, Haines discusses the dark but euphoric "Doomscroller," the 10-minute track that kicks off Metric's latest album, Formentera.

    Listen to the latest episode of The Story Behind the Song now, or watch the full discussion via Consequence. This is the first of a trio of Halloween-themed bonus episodes coming this month on TSBTS, with future episodes centered on Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (October 17th) and Danny Elfman discussing Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party" (October 31st). So, make sure to like, review, and subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts to be alerted when each new episode drops.

    You can also keep an eye on the Consequence Podcast Network for updates on all our series, and follow host Peter Csathy on Twitter @pcsathy and at Creative Media.



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    51m | Oct 3, 2022
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