Welcome to History in Five Songs with Martin Popoff!

As the show notes explain…

This 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 sturdy house in which this week’s theory can reside unbothered by the elements.

It’s on Spotify, iTunes and a few other places you might get your podcasts, but here are two good links:

As of my October 2019 site update, I’ve done:

  • Episode 1: Led Zeppelin in Hair Metal
  • Episode 2: The Birth of American Heavy Metal
  • Episode 3: Doom Metal
  • Episode 4: Guitar Tapping
  • Episode 5: Double Bass Drums
  • Episode 6: Proto-Metal Pt. 1
  • Episode 7: Proto-Metal Pt. 2
  • Episode 8: Dirty Hair Metal
  • Episode 9: Who Invented Heavy Metal?
  • Episode 10: New Wave of British Heavy Metal
  • Episode 11: ‘Honorary’ New Wave of British Heavy Metal Pt. 2: From the UK
  • Episode 12: ‘Honorary’ New Wave of British Heavy Metal Pt. 2: Not Even British!
  • Episode 13: Choirs of Angels
  • Episode 14: Twin Leads
  • Episode 15: Metallica’s Production
  • Episode 16: 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: The Five Heavies
  • Episode 17: New Wave of Swedish Heavy Metal
  • Episode 18: The Birth of American Power Metal
  • Episode 19: The Birth of European Power Metal
  • Episode 20: Martin Birch
  • Episode 21: Original Punk for Metalheads
  • Episode 22: How Lars Ulrich Invented Hair Metal
  • Episode 23: Hair Metal Goes Grunge
  • Episode 24: Rick Rubin When It Mattered
  • Episode 25: Go to Vancouver and Try Harder
  • Episode 26: Twice Bad Timing: Angel, Moxy, Rex, Starz and Teaze
  • Episode 27: The (blank) Deep Purple
  • Episode 28: Brain Augmentation for Rush Fans
  • Episode 29: Neil Peart: 12-Panel Man
  • Episode 30: The Roots of Grunge
  • Episode 31: The Very, Very Strange Story of Ram Jam
  • Episode 32: Swan Song Records
  • Episode 33: Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time
  • Episode 34: Off the Deep Purple End
  • Episode 35: Circumstances: Rush and Judas Priest in the ‘70s
  • Episode 36: Who Invented Punk?
  • Episode 37: Halford and Dickinson – The Doppelheadbangers
  • Episode 38: Second Wave Heavy Metal: European Division
  • Episode 39: Hard Rock Shark-Jumping
  • Episode 40: Second Wave Heavy Metal: American Division
  • Episode 41: Jason Bonham
  • Episode 42: The AC/DC Family
  • Episode 43: The Birth of Thrash
  • Episode 44: Montrose and Van Halen
  • Episode 45: Shocked by Synths
  • Episode 46: The Foreigner Effect
  • Episode 47: Bands of Individuals
  • Episode 48: Access Denied: Canucks in the ‘80s
  • Episode 49: Weird Solos
  • Episode 50: White Album Contrivances
  • Episode 51: Paul “Tonka” Chapman
  • Episode 52: Firing Robert Plant
  • Episode 53: Blue Album Covers
  • Episode 54: Heavy metal? Not us.
  • Episode 55: Tom Werman and Twisted Sister
  • Episode 57: Faith No More and Commericalism
  • Episode 56: The Motörhead Family
  • Episode 58: Blues for Metalheads
  • Episode 59: Tormented by EPs
  • Episode 60: Give the People What They Want
  • Episode 61: The Next Van Halen
  • Episode 62: Problem with Top NWOBHM
  • Episode 63: Bluesy Hair Metal
  • Episode 64: NWOBHM or Not?
  • Episode 65: 300th Anniversary Tour
  • Episode 66: Strictly Commercial
  • Episode 67: Eddie Van Halen
  • Episode 68: Smarty Pants Metal
  • Episode 69: Heaviest US Albums of the ‘70s
  • Episode 70: Imaginos and Re Imaginos
  • Episode 71: Southern Rot
  • Episode 72: Lee Kerslake and Ken Hensley
  • Episode 73: Crazy Ideas
  • Episode 74: Not in the Rock Hall
  • Episode 75: This Album’s Too Long
  • Episode 76: Singer Equals Band
  • Episode 77: Southern Rock by Proxy
  • Episode 78: Proggers Gone Solo
  • Episode 79: NWOBHM Compilations
  • Episode 80: Five Females: A Wyrd Congruence
  • Episode 81: Novelty Singles
  • Episode 82: Queen and Novelty
  • Episode 83: New Way to Rank Zep
  • Episode 84: Top Five Single Live
  • Episode 85: Outshined
  • Episode 86: Worst Five Single Live
  • Episode 87: The Mod Revival
  • Episode 88: Kiss and Trends
  • Episode 89: This Album’s Too Long
  • Episode 90: Live Albums of New Songs
  • Episode 91: World’s Biggest Living Rock Stars
  • Episode 92: World’s Biggest Dead Rock Stars
  • Episode 93: Chameleons
  • Episode 94: The Next Led Zeppelin
  • Episode 95: Rough Patch Successes
  • Episode 96: Part II Albums
  • Episode 97: No Longer Punk
  • Episode 98: Cusp Albums
  • Episode 99: Gotta Move
  • Episode 100: Answering Your Questions
  • Episode 101: Not Under-Rated
  • Episode 102: Here Comes Success!
  • Episode 103: The Start of Punk in Canada
  • Episode 104: Heavy Metal Shuffle
  • Episode 105: Half-Time Shuffle
  • Episode 106: Over the Top
  • Episode 107: One and Done
  • Episode 108: How Bands Deal with Loss
  • Episode 109: Best Last Songs Ever
  • Episode 110: You had to be there
  • Episode 111: You didn’t have to be there
  • Episode 113: The Last Great NWOBHM Albums
  • Episode 112: Self-Produced Albums
  • Episode 114: Anthem
  • Episode 115: Best First Songs Ever
  • Episode 116: Recording Badly on Purpose
  • Episode 117: The Birth of Post-Punk
  • Episode 118: Hair Metal’s Twilight Years
  • Episode 119: Reggae in Hard Rock

Also, come on over and join the facebook group for the podcast. It’s pretty active with debate and suggestions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/915971612134877/