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The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)

The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)

The podcast that takes karaoke exactly as seriously as it should be taken. Every episode, hosts Adam Wainwright and Ed Cunard discuss an aspect of karaoke or music and play a short round of trivia on that topic, where one of them challenges the other with five questions related to the topic, along with an Impossible Bonus question. Then, they're joined by someone (karaoke hosts and singers, musicians, actors, comedians, authors) with a connection to that topic—and feature that guest singing karaoke when possible.

Is There Any Better or Equal Hope in the Karaoke World?: Karaoke in Fictional Settings with Brad Williams ("Once Upon a Wasteland")
Jun 29 2022
Is There Any Better or Equal Hope in the Karaoke World?: Karaoke in Fictional Settings with Brad Williams ("Once Upon a Wasteland")
Before anything else, this episode starts with a pre-roll on the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. For more information on what a staggering amount of the podcast community is doing, please visit podvoices.help, and for more information about abortion support systems, please click this link: Abortion Advocacy Links — podvoices.help. With everything happening around us right now, stepping into a fictional world for karaoke sounds like a great escape, doesn't it? And that’s what Adam and Ed do--they crawl out through the fallout and investigate the possibilities for karaoke in worlds that aren't the real world. What’s karaoke like in the Star Trek universe? Does the Mos Eisley Cantina have a karaoke night, and is it safe to attend? What about the Yakuza video game series? And what about Fallout? The music of the Fallout franchise is the focus of this episode’s Karaoke Bullpen Trivia (preceded by perhaps the most obnoxious karaoke parody intro to date). There’s also a callout–shoot us a twitter DM or email for a chance to win a Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) t-shirt just for telling us what you think karaoke in your favorite fictional universe looks like. There’s so much of an emphasis on Fallout because the guys had a chance to talk to Brad Williams, the creator behind Once Upon a Wasteland, a queer love story set in the Fallout 76 world. Brad talks about his long history of karaoke, including why he got into it in the first place, singing Frank Sinatra songs to a strip club at closing time, and so much more (including his rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel.” As always, you can find get all that karaoke podcast goodness on the website ( and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Midroll promo for The MODUS Files. Brad Williams' karaoke career began in Pennsylvania in the mid-1990s, when he was belting out (mostly) Frank Sinatra tunes to patrons with varying levels of interest in a variety of bars and clubs. Though he mostly traded in the karaoke stage for choral work and the occasional musical several years ago, he still dusts off the songbook when peer pressure gets too powerful to resist. More recently, Brad has been a voice actor for several video game podcasts, including CHAD: A Fallout 76 Podcast, The MODUS Files, and True Vault Escapades. Last October, he launched his own audio drama podcast, Once Upon a Wasteland, with his partner, Vitriol from the Vitriol Plays Twitch channel. Twitter: Show Twitter: Twitch: IMDB:
Life, Love, and the (Karaoke) Blues: Deceptive Lyrics, Murder Ballads, and Women in Music and Karaoke with Courtney E. Smith
Jun 15 2022
Life, Love, and the (Karaoke) Blues: Deceptive Lyrics, Murder Ballads, and Women in Music and Karaoke with Courtney E. Smith
What’s creepier than being misunderstood? Adam and Ed kick off with a “women of the blues” Karaoke Trivia Bullpen challenge before diving into the karaoke songs that are often sung without really contemplating the meaning behind those lyrics. Which boy band from the ‘90s is like “if bubble gum pop and Jean-Paul Sartre had a baby?” Which dance pop hit would chart on a “nice guys” forum in addition to the Billboard charts? Why is the song that was #1 on the charts the week Ed was born creepy as hell? The guys deviate from the main topic of the interview because let’s face it–no one wants to hear two middle-aged white males talk about the experiences of women in music (and karaoke), so who better to bring on than Courtney E. Smith (author: Record Collecting for Girls, and the creator of the murder ballad podcast “Songs in the Key of Death”). She talks about why being a bad singer at karaoke is better for everyone involved, the worst karaoke-related date she has ever been on, and, surprisingly, a great experience singing “Picture” with a total stranger. Yep, that “Picture,” the bane of this show and the runner up to last season’s “Song to Ban From Karaoke” question. She cruises through the “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” quickfire challenge, and then puts Adam and Ed through the ringer with a rapid-fire take on the “Fire Away” response of her own. As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. The guys are still taking calls for the annual karaoke advice episode, so make sure to leave them a voice message on their Podinbox page (or, y'know, DM them or email them--but the new voice option is so much more fun). Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Midroll promo for Cycle Chats. Courtney E. Smith is the author of Record Collecting for Girls, a former music programmer at MTV and worked as a music writer at CBS Radio and Refinery29. Twitter: Instagram:
Pride at Karaoke, and Finding Your *New* Karaoke Voice After Two Years on Testosterone
Jun 1 2022
Pride at Karaoke, and Finding Your *New* Karaoke Voice After Two Years on Testosterone
June’s a lot of things, but the first thing it is here at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) is Pride month. We’re kicking things off with announcing three new pieces of merch (all proceeds from which will go to The Trevor Project and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, so if you want to support that, buy those, and if you want to support the show, buy something else, too). The Karaoke Trivia Bullpen focuses on queer music from the 1920s to today, and then Adam and Ed dive into queer issues at karaoke, including inclusivity in karaoke bars and how to navigate pronouns in songs. Then, Adam and Ed bring their pal Jay McInnis on stage–he’s a poet who has been published all over, and a fixture of Ed’s local karaoke scene now that he’s been on testosterone for a while and has a voice he’s willing to sing in bars with. As an added bonus, Jay reads one of his original poems and, as this is The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly), it’s about karaoke. As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Jay McInnes is an internationally published poet and LGBTQ advocate. His work has been published under the nom de plume Jay Douglas or, more recently, Jay Orlando. Jay grew up in a small Appalachian town and writes a lot of being trans and hunting deer, among other things.
Let's Get Weird with Karaoke
May 17 2022
Let's Get Weird with Karaoke
This week, The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) gets… weird (weirder?). After a Weird Al themed trivia challenge that ends up turning into a sing-a-long a few times, Adam and Ed get into what’s weird at karaoke (already a fundamentally weird endeavor). If you have any weird karaoke advice questions for them, they’ve signed up for Podinbox–leave a voice message with your question, and they may include that on the upcoming advice episode. All that weird leads right into the interview with Lauren Carey from the Beer’d Al Podcast, who is the biggest Weird Al fan that Adam and Ed have ever met. She’s also got an intense love of karaoke (and posts more karaoke footage on Twitter than Adam and Ed do), and talks about that karaoke love, where her love of Weird Al sprung from, and embracing her own weirdness. As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even TikTok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Lauren Carey is the host of the Beer'd Al Podcast (Where we talk about two of the greatest things in the world: Beer and "Weird Al.") and has been a karaoke enthusiast for nigh on 20 years. • • •
Hip Hop at Karaoke: The Don't, the Do, and the Deuces
May 4 2022
Hip Hop at Karaoke: The Don't, the Do, and the Deuces
Let's be honest--when it comes to talking about hip hop, you probably don't want to hear two middle-aged white guys wax philosophical about it. Hell, neither do your hosts Adam and Ed. But when it comes to talking about hip hop at karaoke, that? That's their wheelhouse. They talk about great hip hop songs to do at karaoke, songs that are surprisingly difficult to pull off, and the word you should never say on a karaoke mic if you look like them. Yeah, that one. After that, they talk to Young Deuces of the Geekset podcast about his love of karaoke, hip hop, and nerd culture. His passion is infectious, which means his latest project, "The Black Geek Documentary," will also be as engaging as this interview--if you want to help crowdfund that documentary, here's the link to the info on it (The Black Geek Documentary GoFundMe Trailer - YouTube), and here's the crowdfunding page for it: (Fundraiser by Rudy Strong : The Black Geek Documentary (gofundme.com)). Let's help him crush that goal, because this project is going to be *great.* As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Young Deuces is a part of Geekset, an emerging collective that started as a podcast reaching global notoriety by being the only place that blends Hip-Hop Culture & Geek Culture in one place.  Think Comic Book Men meets Drink Champs & you have Geekset.  Lead by 1 Artist, 2 Music Producers & an Engineer, Deuces, Bacardi, Lib & Didge have successfully become the hub to curate and combine the two.  From releasing podcast episodes to delivering convention coverage to breaking down properties, Geekset has it all.
Finding Your Karaoke Voice (or Voices) with Comedian and Impressionist Bobby Hedglin-Taylor
Apr 20 2022
Finding Your Karaoke Voice (or Voices) with Comedian and Impressionist Bobby Hedglin-Taylor
Karaoke is all about singing, right? That should be obvious, but what's a little less obvious is finding your voice. Do you sing like yourself, in your natural voice?  Do you try to imitate the original artist? Ed makes the bold claim that he is "the voice of karaoke" (and that isn't about the quality of the singing), and Adam and Ed talk about taking songs originally performed by women, and why that's a great way to expand your karaoke repertoire. In terms of impersonation, Ed goes into trying to sound like the artist, and Adam talks about the Stanislavski method and embodying a character, if not a voice.  The trivia challenge is all over the place--it covers sampling, comedy songs, and iconic voices, and that's all inspired by this episode's guest: Bobby Hedglin-Taylor is a standup comedian and impressionist who integrates actual karaoke into his act and can sing in 50 different voices. He talks about that, how he finds the voices he does, and how doing singing impersonations made his own natural singing voice better. If you're listening on day one and are in the NYC area, you can catch his New York Queer Comedy Festival Highlight Show Thursday April 21st, 9:30PM at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club. As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even TikTok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Bobby Hedglin-Taylor is standup comedian, a circus and aerial designer who has worked on and off Broadway, in summer stock and regional theater as well as rock concerts and cruise ships, and he’s just published his first book, a tribute to his late mother called #ShitMyMamaSays–a humorous look at life while dealing with dementia.  Now available on Amazon. His next book, Escape to Ravioli Mountain- a Memoir in Food, is currently in the editing stage. Recipes and amusing anecdotes from growing up in a dysfunctional Italian family on a mountaintop in rural Pennsylvania. All this and he can cook too! Find him on social media: Facebook-Escape to Ravioli Mountain join his mailing list - EscapeToRavioliMountain@gmail.com Instagram and TikTok @BobbyHedglinTaylor @EscapeToRavioliMountain Twitter- @YwalkWhenUcnFly
A Cool Thing About Karaoke: Taking Risks with Good People
Apr 6 2022
A Cool Thing About Karaoke: Taking Risks with Good People
In the movie BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT, one of the characters says “life’s a risk, carnal.” Life is absolutely a risk–and so is karaoke. After this episode's Karaoke Trivia Bullpen challenge, Adam and Ed talk about the risks and rewards of karaoke, and the risks associated with starting a mobile KJ business–chiefly, the cost it takes to set one up in the first place. Why business? Are the guys transitioning into the world of business podcasts? Of course not. Their guest, though, Joey Held, talks to all kinds of artists and entrepreneurs in his podcast “Good People, Cool Things,” and reached out to us because he loves talking to karaoke people as well–for nearly 20 years, he’s been on both sides of a karaoke night, as a singer and as a host. They all compare notes on the progress of a goal they all share–singing karaoke in all 50 states, discuss one key rule to providing a great karaoke performance, and have a great time doing it all. Who knows–they may even end up on Joey’s podcast someday, as karaoke is a very cool thing. This episode briefly mentions a karaoke charity event that took place in Pittsburgh where proceeds went to RAINN. If you’d like to contribute to RAINN, you can do that at their web site: RAINN | The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. And if you want to support the podcast and snag yourself some great karaoke and podcast swag doing it, our store has all of that and more–www.sungpoorly.com/store. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Joey Held is a writer, podcaster, and author based in Austin, TX. He's the founder of the Crisp Bounce Pass newsletter; host of the Good People, Cool Things podcast; and author of the book Kind, But Kind of Weird: Short Stories on Life's Relationships. He's never met a pun or dad joke he didn't like, and he prefers a wireless mic when performing karaoke.
The Real Karaoke Is the Friends We Made Along the Way
Mar 23 2022
The Real Karaoke Is the Friends We Made Along the Way
You know, doing this podcast has been a journey for Adam and Ed. Or, rather, it's been a step on their own personal karaoke journeys, and that's what this episode is all about. Even the Karaoke Trivia Bullpen focuses on journeys (and, for one question, at least, the band Journey). They relive some of their karaoke history and share some karaoke philosophy along the way. Their guest, too, was a big part of their karaoke journey--Tabitha Ashley was there when Adam and Ed really began developing into the diehard karaoke fiends they are today. They talk about the old days, of course, but the main focus is on Tabitha, who has made the leap from a person who sings at screens in bars to releasing music of her own--you can find her music wherever you stream your music, or via her web page www.tabithaashley.com. As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even TikTok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com, and you can buy great karaoke and podcast swag at www.sungpoorly.com/store--it's a great way to support your favorite or second favorite karaoke podcast. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Tabitha Ashley is a singer/songwriter residing in Pittsburgh, PA. She lives with her husband, three children, and two dogs. Tabitha considers her music to be mostly symphonic hard rock. She writes most of her songs late at night when the distractions of everyday life aren’t so intrusive. She loves the quiet time, and it brings her peace when she can bring her innermost thoughts and emotions to paper. Tabitha also works as a photographer and has owned her own studio for 15 years. In addition to serving clients at her local business, she enjoys writing/illustrating children’s books and exhibiting in art shows in her spare time.
Oh, the Places You'll Go (and Drink, and Sing)
Mar 9 2022
Oh, the Places You'll Go (and Drink, and Sing)
This week on "The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly)," Adam and Ed reminisce about some fantastic karaoke regions--from Japan and the Phillipines, to New York City, Portland Oregan, Florida and, of course, western Pennsylvania, where they both cut their baby karaoke teeth and became the karaoke-obsessed people they are today. Naturally, the Karaoke Bullpen Trivia Challenge has a place connection, too, as Ed quizes Adam about places in songs. Some of the great karaoke bars mentioned: Winnie's in NYC and Backstreets Sports Bar in Cape Coral, Florida. And, of course, the idea of finally taking this podcast on the road and hitting up some new towns and making some new friends along the way. Speaking of new friends--the guys are then joined by Jennifer Howell of the "Every Rom Com" podcast, who has also done a lot of karaoke in her time--everywhere from Massachusetts to Korea to Portland, Oregon. She shares some of her favorite karaoke places and memories and brings some of her movie love in as well before playing the "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" quickfire game. And, for the first time this season, the show features its guest singing karaoke!  As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Jennifer Howell is the host, producer and editor of Every Rom Com, the podcast that has fun taking romantic comedies seriously. When she’s not podcasting, Jennifer works as a page at the Madison Public Library, spends time with her husband and cat, and tries to figure out the perfect ending for her horror screenplay. Jennifer spent time as a karaoke nerd at the Ambassador in Portland, Oregon, before moving to Busan and Gyeongju, South Korea to teach English from 2009-2016. Her favorite karaoke songs include “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Wannabe”, “Bette Davis Eyes”, “Dancing in the Dark” and her special party trick of singing Disney’s “Colors of the Wind” in German.
The Second the Singalong Starts It'll Be Sensational: Cover Songs, Karaoke, and... Frank Turner?
Feb 9 2022
The Second the Singalong Starts It'll Be Sensational: Cover Songs, Karaoke, and... Frank Turner?
Disclaimer: there is no actual singalong, but Adam and Ed do interview Frank Turner, the musician and songwriter responsible for that line from his song “The Gathering,” part of his ninth album F.T.H.C. releasing 11 February 2022. Prior to the interview, Adam and Ed debut their new, more formal trivia game "The Karaoke Trivia Bullpen" with some questions on songs Frank Turner has covered, and then cover some topics at the intersection of karaoke and professional music: is a karaoke performance a cover song? What do musicians have to say about karaoke? What are the barriers to making music, and creativity in general? Essentially, the concept is the same as in any episode: it's about loving music, and how people engage with it (and everyone knows how Adam and Ed engage with it). Frank might be a surprising choice for a karaoke podcast, but Adam and Ed are both big fans of his work. They heard an interview Frank did with Liam Bird on Liam’s podcast Punks in Pubs--Frank told a story about getting kicked out of a karaoke bar after singing Meatloaf (which they’ve excerpted here). He expands on that story, tells another unhinged karaoke story, and then the three of them sort out all sorts of music and karaoke related questions. He even left a piece behind--starting in Episode 4, the quickfire game has a question rephrased because, not surprisingly, Frank Turner turns a phrase more cleverly than Adam and Ed do.  FTHC is the ninth solo album from British punk and folk artist Frank Turner. Initially striking out as a vocalist in the punk rock band Million Dead, Turner then turned his focus towards a folkier, acoustic-based solo career. Since that time, he has reached international acclaim as a chart-topping, award-winning singer-songwriter. Taking inspiration from early '80s US hardcore band logos, FTHC stands for Frank Turner Hardcore. Photo credit: Ben Morse (ben-morse.com) As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media--the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok, sometimes. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com.  Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3.
We Asked, They Answered... Ten Times Over (Bonus)
Jan 5 2022
We Asked, They Answered... Ten Times Over (Bonus)
Between the holidays and, er, an infection of the... novel variety, we've been pushed back from doing interviews and scheduled episodes. To absolutely and blatantly misquote Rakim, "it's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you / without a karaoke podcast to step to" so, to make up for the delay, we're releasing this bonus episode. If you've never listened before, it'll give you both a taste of the tone of the show and one of its most popular segments. If you've already been with us, stroll down memory lane with us as we collect (and slightly re-edit) the first ten "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" quickfire segments: Episode 1: Zachary Mattis (2:47)Episode 2: Christopher Price (4:05)Episode 3: Ben Dumm (10:43)Episode 4: Jonathan Barnes (17:37)Episode 5: Chris Smith (23:37)Episode 6: Jess Demaio (30:03)Episode 7: Thomas the Red (36:50)Episode 8: Gabe and Leigh Cetra (46:19)Episode 9: Garvaundo Hamilton (52:39)Episode 10: Mara Wilson (59:13)  There will be more bonus episodes to follow (obviously, we have ten more quickfires to post), and we'll resume all new interviews, trivia challenges, and that sweet, sweet karaoke discussion later this month. As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media–the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. The discussion continues at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast Facebook group. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3.
These People, These Karaoke Monsters
Dec 15 2021
These People, These Karaoke Monsters
It’s all about fandom this week: how Adam and Ed are karaoke nerds, and how they are nerds in other ways as well. Adam claims to not be a comics nerd–will he pass the “Challenge of the Nerdy Songs?” They share the nerdiest karaoke-related things they’ve been a part of, and then want to share a give-away with you–-instructions in the show--and if you're the winning entry, you’ll get a Kindle copy of guest Douglas Wolk’s newest book All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told, and they’ll read the winning submission on a future episode. Wolk talks about his latest book, of course, but this is a karaoke podcast–they found ways to work that into a karaoke-focused discussion: the appreciation of different kinds of art (and karaoke is an art), and how karaoke looks in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in the comics proper. He’s got great advice for anyone who wants to get into comics or karaoke and shares the best place for a top-notch karaoke experience in Portland, Oregon. There’s also a little “inside baseball” when he talks about how he created the theme music for his podcast “The Voice of Latveria.” As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media–the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even Tiktok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. The discussion continues at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast Facebook group. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3. Comics writer, critic and journalist Douglas Wolk is the author of the Eisner- and Harvey Award-winning Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, and the host of the podcast "The Voice of Latveria." A National Arts Journalism Program Fellow and USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, Wolk has written about comics, graphic novels, pop music and technology for magazines, newspapers and sites including the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Believer, Slate and Pitchfork. His latest book All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told is about his experience reading 27,000 Marvel superhero comic books.
Karaoke Archaeology
Dec 1 2021
Karaoke Archaeology
This week, The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) looks back at history through another music trivia challenge, and then dives headfirst into the history of karaoke, the thing that unites Adam and Ed in holy bromance-trimony despite all their obvious differences. They cover where it originated, who created it, how it came to the US, and some things that laid the groundwork for its popularity in the USA--and how does cartoonist Max Fleischer fit in to that?  Then, they’re joined by guest Christian Swain (host of the Rock N Roll Archaeology podcast) who brings some historical perspective on the longevity of certain songs at karaoke (and rock and roll in general), how karaoke changed people’s minds about music and performance, and the worst band names of bands he’s ever been in. He even sings an answer in the "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" quickfire game. You can dig deep into rock and roll history with Christian’s podcast Rock N Roll Archaeology, and even deeper into all sorts of music podcasts in the Pantheon Podcast Network. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the Northern California area, you should absolutely check out his band TinMan, or hire them to rock out your next big event. As always, you can find more info on the website ( and on social media–the show is @sungpoorly on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and now even TikTok. You can reach Adam and Ed via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. The discussion continues at The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast Facebook group. Theme song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants. Make sure to check out Ben's newest music at The Ben Dumm 3, wherever fine music can be streamed.
Rotating Around to Burleskaraoke
Oct 20 2021
Rotating Around to Burleskaraoke
This time around, the guys don't dilly-dally or chat about their personal lives--there's so much karaoke fun to be had that they jump right into it. Adam hits Ed right off the bat with a Broadway challenge, and then they dive into one of the biggest karaoke argument springboards--the rotation. If you have a strong opinion on how a karaoke rotation should or shouldn't be run, hit them up at sungpoorly@gmail.com or on Twitter @sungpoorly. They also declare themselves the winners of the R. Kelly beef by default, as he's going to jail and can't fire back. Then, all the way from Seattle, DJ Baby Van Beezly joins us to nerd out about all the great karaoke nights she hosts--everything from corporate events, to weddings, to burlesque karaoke. If you want to see if her Cher is as great as she claims (spoiler: it is), stick around for her performance of "If I Could Turn Back Time." This episode runs a little long since she was just so great to talk with. If you live in or visit the Seattle area, check her out in person at the Queer Bar or at The Cuff Complex, but you should check out her stuff on Instagram regardless where you live--she's babyvanbeezly there. As always, you can find more info on the web site (sungpoorly.com), Twitter (@sungpoorly), and you can reach the show via email by sending a message to sungpoorly@gmail.com. Also, feel free to join the Facebook group: The Greatest Song Ever Sung (Poorly) Podcast ( song: "Gasoline" by Ben Dumm and the Deviants.