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Confessions of a Podhead: My Very Talky Playlist for Podcasting

David Wild

Recently, I was interviewed on one of my favorite podcasts, “Fitzdog Radio” with Greg Fitzsimmons, a comedian and writer who I’ve admired for many years. Our free-flowing conversation about music and television and comedy was — at least for the two of us — genuinely entertaining and interesting. Because this was a podcast and not any other more shallow form of modern media, Greg made the decision right then and there in his comfy home office studio to turn our chat into a two-part episode — an honor usually reserved for actually funny and famous people like say Norm Macdonald. Usually I’m that frightening-looking guy who pops up on radio or television to give a stray sentence or two of what sounds like credible cultural commentary, but Greg artfully tapped into my inner blowhard, and we ended up putting on a show of almost Springsteenian length.

That openness to the moment is the reason that I have in recent years become a confessed Podhead, a podcasting addict openly and happily hooked to my favorite podcasts like the fascinatingly revealing and riotously funny “The Adam Carolla Show and the obsessively brilliant and wonderfully soul-searching “WTF with Marc Maron.” There’s lots more where that came from, including the recent addition “Mohr Stories with Jay Mohr,” as well as others I subscribe to — albeit for free — like “The Rock and Roll Geek Show,” “Sound Opinions,” “The Moth Podcast,” “The Tobolowsky Files,” “Inside MusiCast,” “Doug Loves Movies,” “The David Feldman Show,” “Smodcast,” “Showbiz Sandbox” and “For Crying Outloud.”

With all the mass media in our lives today, I believe we remain desperate for good or even decent conversation. That said, here’s my very talky playlist for Greg Fitzsimmons and for all the podcasters out there who are elevating the art of conversation in these fallen times. As Tracy Chapman might say if she were more chatty, I believe that when we’re talking about podcasting, we’re “Talkin’ About A Revolution.”

At least I hope so.

As always, please add your own songs for podcasting below, then subscribe away. But as all the above podcasters would probably say, listen to the one I was on first.

EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ – Bill Withers

TALK OF THE TOWN – The Pretenders

WE BETTER TALK THIS OVER – Bob Dylan

TALK TO ME BABY – Elmore James

TALKING AT THE SAME TIME – Tom Waits

WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE – Cliff Richard

DON’T START ME TALKIN’ – The New York Dolls

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ME – Toby Keith

TALK TALK – Talk Talk

TALKIN’ LOUD AND SAYING NOTHIN’ – James Brown

I WILL TALK AND HOLLYWOOD WILL LISTEN – Robbie Williams

TALK MORE TALK – Paul McCartney

DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS – Rick Springfield

TALK – Keb’ Mo’

IF I COULD TALK I’D TELL YOU – The Lemonheads

TALK – Coldplay

PEOPLE GONNA TALK – James Hunter

COME TALK TO ME – Bon Iver

REAL TALK – R. Kelly

IF YOU TALK IN YOUR SLEEP – Elvis Presley

AIN’T TALKIN’ ABOUT LOVE – Van Halen

TALKING TO YOU (IS LIKE TALKING TO MYSELF) – Daryl Hall

TALKIN’ OLD SOLDIERS – Elton John

SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE TALK – Lucinda Williams

TALK TO ME – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

JIVE TALKIN’ – Bee Gees

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT – Bonnie Raitt

TALK TO ME – Barry Mann

LOOSE TALK – Carlene Carter with Carl Smith

TALKIN’ ABOUT A REVOLUTION

I’M LOOKIN AT YOU BUT I’M TALKING TO MYSELF – Utopia

TALK TO YA LATER – The Tubes

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