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Fake zombies and Drake's bedtime routine: stories about music

Surprising ways Drake, Fred Astaire, and Charles Mingus spend their time outside of the studio.

This week, a repeat of one of our favourite episodes, from February 2017.

Six podcasts with deep cut stories about music


Analyse the origins behind Rihanna's "Work," and tour with a cover band who pretended to be the real thing. BBC Soul Music, Tuner, Pessimists Archive, Between the Liner Notes, Leave a Message After the Tone, Studio 360. 54:25

1. BBC Soul Music

Did you know The Way You Look Tonight was first sung by Fred Astaire to Ginger Rogers while she was washing her hair? Hear how the song impacted different people at poignant times in their lives. Full episode link here.

2. Tuner

When Rihanna released her song Work, one publication described its style as "tropical house-flavored." That didn't sit well with music writer Bianca Gracie who argued that the song owes more of a debt to "dancehall." Full episode link here.

3. Pessimists Archive

In the early 1900s, recorded music was accused of muddling our minds, destroying art, and even harming babies. What was everyone so afraid of? Full episode link here.

4. Between the Liner Notes

In 1969, there were two different bands called "The Zombies" touring the United States. Problem was, neither band was real. Hear how schemers took advantage of an era where most fans didn't know what rock stars looked like. Full episode link here.

5. Leave a Message After the Tone

Anonymous people leave messages about what they hypothesize Drake's bedtime routine is like. Full episode link here.

6. Studio 360

Jazz musician Charles Mingus was a celebrated musical mind and one of the most important composers of his generation. He also wrote a step-by-step guide on how to get your cat to poop in a toilet. Listen or watch the instructional video below. Full episode link here.

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