History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff

History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff is the show that aims to make grand and often oddball hard rock and heavy metal points through a narrative built upon the tiny idea of a quintet of songs. Buttressed with illustrative clips, Martin argues quickly and succinctly why these songs - and the specific sections of these tracks - support his mad professor premise, from the wobbly invention of an “American” heavy metal, to the influence of Led Zeppelin in hair metal or to more succinct topics like tapping and twin leads. The songs serve as bricks, but Martin slathers plenty of mortar. At the end, hopefully he has a sturdy house in which this week’s theory can reside unbothered by the elements. At approximately 7000, Martin has had published in books more record reviews than anybody in the history of music writing across all genres. Additionally, Martin has penned approximately 85 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock and record collecting. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.


Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 36m. Bisher sind 251 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 6 days 5 hours 12 minutes


episode 221: Recalled Reactions from 1976

In Episode 221, Martin recalls his 13 year old self's reaction to new releases from a banner year of music.


 September 19, 2023  41m

episode 220: Hair Metal Skips by ‘70s Bands

In Episode 220, Martin looks at bands that 'basically' skipped the hair metal route.


 September 12, 2023  42m

episode 219: Hair Metal Fails by ‘70s Bands

In Episode 219, Martin delves into '70s bands that didn't get the hair metal thing quite right.


 September 5, 2023  38m

Hair Metal Wins by ‘70s Bands

In Episode 218, Martin explore bands that came of age in the '70s and their forays into hair metal.


 August 29, 2023  42m

episode 217: This Band's (Police Album)

In Episode 217, Martin explores albums which share characteristics with each of the Police's five studio albums.


 August 22, 2023  38m

episode 216: Finding Value in Instrumentals

In Episode 216, Martin explores what makes an instrumental improve and elevate a song.


 August 17, 2023  38m

episode 215: Song Title Non-Starters

In Episode 215, Martin blabs about song titles that don't necessarily do the songs any favors.


 August 8, 2023  44m

episode 214: This Band's "Smoke on the Water"

In Episode 214, Martin rhapsodizes on bands' riff-heavy masterpieces.


 August 1, 2023  36m

episode 213: I can't unhear that.

In Episode 213, Martin pontificates on albums that cannot be unheard.


 July 25, 2023  40m

episode 212: Drummers. Who's left?

In Episode 212, Martin explores the (arguably) most "dangerous" position in the band.


 July 18, 2023  37m