Two records from 1983 achieved minor novelty fame, and then faded away, only to emerge 20 years later as the originators of a curious genre of pop music in the age of social media. This peculiar genre raises questions about how we should think about genre, musical aesthetics, and artistry in the time of industrially-produced music and digital reproduction. Guest voices include Jordan Roseman, aka DJ Earworm, Steve Stein, aka Steinski, philosopher Chris Bartel, and musicologist Christine Boone.
For the bonus content, Barry sits down with Steve Stein to talk through the entire Lesson 1 and Lesson 4 mixes from 1983 and 1986.
(Full transcript here, Episode 5-The Cops of Pop.)
Reading List for Episode 5.