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That Was A Hit?!? Disastrous Love Songs; Siberian Punk; Tom Brosseau Plays Live

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kenny Rogers' song 'What About Me?' was a big hit in 1984, reaching No. 15 on the charts. Kenny Rogers' song "What About Me?" was a big hit in 1984, reaching No. 15 on the charts.

In this episode: With Valentine’s Day coming up Friday, Soundcheck asked That Was A Hit?!? regular Mario Correa to bring in a few love songs that, really, had no business on the pop charts. From disaster movie themes to songs about potential threesomes, we take a listen.

Then: Bryan Swirsky has been digging up, researching, and translating Soviet-era underground punk records for a decade. He’ll join us to talk about the differences between Siberian and Yugoslavian and Ukrainian punk groups, and why their forgotten musical legacy is important.

And: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Brosseau performs “Cradle Your Device” and more in the Soundcheck studio.

Guests:

Tom Brosseau and Mario Correa

That Was A Hit?!?: Disastrous Love Songs Edition

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, it’s important to pay tribute to the less successful entries in the love-song genre. Mario Correa -- writer and Entertainment Weekly Radio host -- offered up these three “disastrous love songs” for Soundcheck's occasional series That Was a Hit!?!.

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