Dec. 1, 2021

Episode 19 - Karaoke Archaeology

Episode 19 - 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 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.