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Episode 66 - John Cecil (The Misfits)( 0:59:18)       
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John Cecil (Zombie Beach) joins the show to discuss The Misfits, a band who answer the question "what if the Ramones were fronted by Elvis and sang almost exclusively about pulp horror?" We dig into the band's music and career, the creative and personal tensions at their core, and the continuing artistic career of their frontman Glen Danzig. Find out more about Zombie Beach here:
Published: 16/02/2024 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 65 - Angus Dingwall (Spec Ops: The Line)( 1:19:38)       
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A show about great trash, problematic faves, and difficult art hosted by Hugh Dingwall. Produced by Manawatū People's Radio with the support of New Zealand On Air. This episode I talk to my brother Angus about the (at the time) controversial game Spec Ops: The Line, which used a franchise reboot of an existing tactical shooter series to attempt a series of powerful critiques of the modern military shooter genre, player culpability in videogame violence, and war in general. Did it succeed? In a word, mostly. CW for discussions of graphic violence and spoilers for a videogame from 2012.
Published: 9/02/2024 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 64 - Stuart Drake (Blink 182)( 0:57:26)       
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Way back when I talked to Stuart Drake (The Fatalities) about Sonic the Hedgehog, he said to get in touch if I ever wanted to talk Blink 182, and sure enough there is a new Blink 182 album out - so now seemed like the time. We chat about the band, their history as a (kind of fractious) group, their role in popularising pop punk as a genre, and the surprising level of vulnerability they bring to their songwriting. Find The Fatalities at
Published: 8/12/2023 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 63 - Matthew Jenkin (AI)( 0:59:3)       
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AI (or something that goes by that name at least) is the current global tech fad du jour. People have cited it as the thing that will save/doom us all, a pointless waste of time, and a means of committing fraud and plagiarism with much greater speed and efficiency than ever before. Which of these assessments are true? Kind of all and none of them. Matthew Jenkin (who actually knows things about computers) joins the pod this week to discuss the whole field.
Published: 3/11/2023 9:00:00 p.m.
Episode 62 - Shannon Strucci ("Lupin III and the Mystery of Mamo")( 0:58:35)       
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Most Kiwis, if they know Lupin III at all, probably know him from the Miyazaki Hayao-directed "Castle of Cagliostro" which is on NZ Netflix as part of the Studio Ghibli Collection. "Cagliostro" is good, but presents a kinder and gentler version of the master thief than the majority of Lupin media. "The Mystery of Mamo" is the previous Lupin movie, and hews closer to the madcap violence and lechery of the original manga. It's weird, experimental, (and has a surprise Hitler cameo!) Shannon Strucci is an internet commentator, podcaster, amateur Lupinologist, and made the video essay that inspired this podcast. We talk about "Mamo" and the wild world of Lupin III generally, and it is a Good Time.
Published: 15/09/2023 9:00:00 p.m.

Everyone has something they love, but wouldn't feel comfortable recommending to the general public. This is a weekly series of fascinating chats about problematic faves, great trash, and our complicated relationships with art and culture.

Host: MPR - Manawatu People's Radio

Produced By: Manawatū People's Radio

Language: English

Category: Society and Culture

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