There's actually an interesting (and obsessive) story behind Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag"

I have a soft spot for Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag," mostly as a fun karaoke song that namedrops Iron Maiden and a boyfriend who's a dick. But I've always been surprised by its lasting endure — it's even by covered by One Direction, and the band re-recorded a translation in Irish Gaelic. Not bad for a song that never even charted in the US.

But apparently — as I learned after reading this Rolling Stone article — there's a lot more going on in that tune than realized. Singer/writer Brendan B. Brown genuinely considers it to be his sort of magnum opus, loosely inspired by a horrific murder in his hometown, and he himself has never grown tired of it. In fact, he's been in the process of meticulously re-recording the band's entire first album — including "Teenage Dirtbag," with (ideally) all of the exact little cellphone trills — to make-up for the fact that the master tracks went missing. This isn't just about revisiting a 20-year-old album to make it sound better; it's about recreating it to exacting perfection (which is perhaps even more impressive when you realize that the album was recorded in Brown's mother's basement).

Brown’s re-recording project has cost him countless thousands of dollars, and hundreds of hours spent obsessing over bass lines and synth sounds fans almost certainly never noticed in the first place. His quest has sent him scouring the internet for gear that most closely resembles what the band originally used to record the album.

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Memory Palace episode about Bobby "Boris" Pickett, the guy who sang "Monster Mash

This episode of Nate DiMeo's excellent Memory Palace podcast is about one-hit wonder Bobby "Boris" Pickett, who wrote and performed the Halloween favorite, "Monster Mash" in 1962.

"If you want to really dig in," says Nate, "you should read, Monster Mash: Half Dead in Hollywood, his autobiography. If you have $1,500 you can buy a copy on Amazon.

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20th Anniversary Edition of "Your Woman"

Your Woman was a 1997 one-hit wonder from White Town, AKA Jyoti Prakash Mishra, notable for its ultra low-fi stylings, as if right out of the KLF's legendary Manual. A British musician whose second hit was the phrase "better than a no-hit wonder," Mishra recently created this 20th Anniversary Edition for everyone's enjoyment.

To celebrate TWENTY YEARS since the original charted around the world, here's a version that would have sounded pretty sweet 100 years ago. Enjoy!

The original:

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