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Published on April 14th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 784: Music Questions That Almost No One Seems to Ask [Music and Podcast Embedded]

I think one of the greatest gifts humans have is a sense of curiosity. That ability to question things around to learn why things are the way they are pushes us forward.

Here are my three favourite questions that I think everyone should ask: (1) Are we alone in the universe? (2) Who really killed JFK? And (3) what do dogs dream about when they twitch in their sleep?

But there are plenty of questions we don’t ask that we probably should. For example:

  • When a prisoner about to be executed by lethal injection, why does the doctor swab the IV site with alcohol first?
  • Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?
  • And how about this: what’s the size of a fart?

I think you’ll agree with me when I say that these are questions should probably have some answers.

After discussing important stuff like this with some friends, I got to thinking: can we find the same sorts of unasked questions in the world of music? Turns out we can. This is stuff we should be curious about. And are there answers to these questions? Let’s find out.

(Oh, and if you must know, the volume occupied by a fart ranges between the size of a bottle of nail polish and a soft drink can. You’re welcome.)

Songs heard on this week’s show:

Collective Soul, Why (Part 2)

Nirvana, In Bloom

Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the UK (Denmark Street demo)

Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Diner

Roll the Tanks, Record Players

Front 242, Headhunter

Power Station, Get It On

RHCP, Suck My Kiss (Live)

Nickelback, Rockstar

Official playlistist (and we’re pretending that’s a real word) Eric Wilhite provides this.

For the podcast version of the show, subscribe to the Ongoing History feed at iTunes. New shows go up every Wednesday.

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We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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3 Responses to The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 784: Music Questions That Almost No One Seems to Ask [Music and Podcast Embedded]

  1. Chris says:

    Any way we can get these on soundcloud or something? I hate itunes, and I don’t want to have to download the program just to listen to a(n albeit amazing) podcast.

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