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Chris DeMakes A Podcast is a captivating audio show dedicated to exploring and celebrating the backstory of one iconic song from an artist's extensive back catalog. Hosted by musician and songwriter Chris DeMakes of the band Less Than Jake, this podcast offers a deep dive into the creative process, … read more

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February 22nd, 2024

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Ep. 195: Jonathan Higgs discusses Everything Everything's "Cold Reactor"

February 26th, 2024

1:02:39

In this episode, Jonathan Higgs of Everything Everything shares the story behind the writing and recording of "Cold Reactor," the lead single from …

Ep. 194: Jonathan Anastas discusses D.Y.S. "Wolfpack"

February 19th, 2024

57:43

Sitting in this week is Jonathan Anastas, bassist of the influential Boston straight edge hardcore band D.Y.S. Jonathan recounts the writing and …

Ep. 193: Rob "Bucket" Hingley discusses The Toasters "2-Tone Army"

February 12th, 2024

54:59

Rob "Bucket" Hingley is not only the founding member of The Toasters but also the visionary behind Moon Ska Records, which played a crucial part in …

Ep. 192: Geoff Rickly discusses Thursday's "Signals Over the Air"

February 5th, 2024

1:06:56

This week, Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly sits in to discuss the writing and recording of the band’s 2003 single “Signals Over the Air”. Taken from the band’s third album War All the Time, the song is a dynamic …

Ep. 191: Jonah Matranga discusses Far's "Mother Mary"

January 29th, 2024

1:04:20

Far's 1998 album Water & Solutions is considered an influential record by a number of beloved bands. Filled to the brim with haunting melodies, …

Ep. 190: Keith Buckley discusses Many Eyes "Revelation"

January 22nd, 2024

1:10:34

Keith Buckley returns to the show, this time to discuss the writing and recording of Many Eyes' 2023 single, "Revelation." Deeply personal lyrics delivered with a mix of ferocity and melody over heavy grooves make this …

Ep. 189: Andy Jackson discusses Hot Rod Circuit's "The Pharmacist"

January 15th, 2024

1:00:05

Hot Rod Circuit guitarist and vocalist Andy Jackson sits in this week to discuss the writing and recording of the band’s 2002 single “The Pharmacist”. While it may seem that the song is detailing a story of love gone …

Ep. 188: Mitchy Collins discusses lovelytheband's "broken"

January 8th, 2024

1:01:28

lovelytheband took the music world by storm in 2018 with their breakout single "broken," which went on to become one of the most successful singles …

Ep. 187: Mark Tremonti discusses Creed's "Higher"

January 1st, 2024

1:01:07

In this week's episode, guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti discusses the writing and recording of Creed’s iconic 1999 single, "Higher." This rock …

End of 2023 Recap

December 25th, 2023

1:06:43

Chris and Chris take a look back at the amazing guests that sat in for episodes of the show in 2023.


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Ep. 186: Jaret Reddick discusses Bowling For Soup's "Girl All The Bad Guys Want"

December 18th, 2023

1:21:11

In this episode, Jaret Reddick takes a look back at the creation of Bowling For Soup's Grammy-nominated 2002 hit, "Girl All The Bad Guys Want.” The …

Ep. 185: Eric Bazilian discusses Joan Osborne's "One Of Us"

December 11th, 2023

1:09:36

Eric Bazilian makes his triumphant return to the show, this time to dive into the fascinating backstory of his iconic song “One Of Us,” made famous by Joan Osborne in 1995. Eric recounts the spontaneous genesis of the …

Throwback Thursday: Joe Escalante discusses The Vandals "Oi to the World!"

December 7th, 2023

49:48

This week's Throwback Thursday episode is from all the way back on December 14th of 2020, when Joe Escalante sat in for Episode 29 of Chris DeMakes A …

Ep. 184: Ryan Cabrera discusses his song "On The Way Down"

December 4th, 2023

1:10:32

In this week's episode, singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera takes a trip down memory lane, diving into the fascinating story behind his 2004 hit single “On The Way Down”. Ryan reveals the ins and outs of the song's writing, …

Ep. 183: Karl Alvarez discusses Descendents "I'm The One"

November 27th, 2023

1:03:52

Descendents bassist Karl Alvarez takes center stage in this episode, focusing on the band's 1996 single, "I'm The One." An enduring fan favorite, the song is driven by its raw and relatable lyrics that navigate the …

Ep. 182: Greg Hetson discusses Circle Jerks "Back Against the Wall"

November 20th, 2023

54:44

In this episode, Circle Jerks guitarist and all-around punk rock icon Greg Hetson discusses the writing, recording, release, and legacy of the 1980 Circle Jerks song "Back Against the Wall." Recorded essentially for …

Ep. 181: Duncan Redmonds discusses Snuff's "Nick Northern"

November 13th, 2023

1:11:47

Snuff's 1996 single "Nick Northern" served as the gateway into the band for many listeners, as it was featured on a popular punk compilation of the …

Throwback Thursday: Max Collins discusses Eve 6's "Inside Out"

November 9th, 2023

1:01:10

In today's Throwback Thursday episode, we take a look back to June of 2021, when Max Collins sat in for Episode 54 of Chris DeMakes A Podcast to …

Ep. 180: Jason DeVore discusses Authority Zero's "One More Minute"

November 6th, 2023

1:10:34

Authority Zero vocalist Jason DeVore sits in to share the story behind the creation and recording of the band's 2002 single, "One More Minute," from their album A Passage In Time. Together with producer Dave Jerden, the …

Throwback Thursday: Blake Schwarzenbach discusses Jawbreaker's "Boxcar"

November 2nd, 2023

45:05

This week's Throwback Thursday episode comes from April 19th, 2021, when Blake Schwarzenbach sat in to discuss the writing, recording, release, and legacy of Jawbreaker's classic track "Boxcar".


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Ep. 179: Spencer Charnas discusses Ice Nine Kills "Hip To Be Scared"

October 30th, 2023

1:29:00

Ice Nine Kills vocalist Spencer Charnas makes his triumphant return to the show, this time to discuss the creative process behind the 2021 single "Hip To Be Scared." The spine-tingling track was inspired by the iconic …

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Halloween #1 Hits" episode

October 26th, 2023

39:11

First released on October 31st of 2022, this episode of The After Party dives into an array of songs from over the years that sat at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Halloween Day.


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Ep. 178: Chris Freeman discusses Hot Mulligan's "*Equip Sunglasses*"

October 23rd, 2023

1:03:48

In this episode, Hot Mulligan guitarist Chris Freeman dives into the creation and recording of the fan-favorite track "*Equip Sunglasses*". While …

Throwback Thursday: Mummy Cass discusses Here Come The Mummies "Pants"

October 19th, 2023

50:52

This Throwback Thursday, we're taking it back to October 11th, 2021, when Mummy Cass sat in to discuss the writing and recording of the 2008 Here …

Ep. 177: Rou Reynolds discusses Enter Shikari's "(pls) set me on fire"

October 16th, 2023

1:05:30

In this episode, Enter Shikari vocalist Rou Reynolds takes center stage as he unravels the compelling story behind the writing, recording, and …

Ep. 176: Efrem Schulz discusses Death By Stereo's "Forever and a Day"

October 9th, 2023

1:11:48

Death By Stereo frontman Efrem Schulz takes center stage in this episode as he unveils the backstory of Death By Stereo's 2005 single, "Forever and a …

Ep. 175: Wheeler Walker Jr. discusses his song "Fingerblast"

October 2nd, 2023

59:13

This week, Wheeler Walker Jr. sits in to discuss the making of his daring new single, "Fingerblast". All aspects of this raunchy and rockin' song are explored, with insights into its creation and musical influences. …

Ep. 174: Joe Jack Talcum discusses The Dead Milkmen's "Punk Rock Girl"

September 25th, 2023

1:04:56

In this episode, vocalist and guitarist Joe Jack Talcum provides an engaging look into the creation of the timeless classic from The Dead Milkmen, "Punk Rock Girl". He shares the story of how so many iconic Philadelphia …

Ep. 173: Brandon Hardesty discusses Bumpin Uglies "Island Time"

September 18th, 2023

1:07:13

This week, Bumpin Uglies guitarist and vocalist Brandon Hardesty discusses the creative process behind the fan-favorite song "Island Time." Brandon reveals the intimate inspiration behind the track: his wife's cherished …

Ep. 172: Devon Kay discusses Devon Kay & The Solutions "Millenial Homesick Blues"

September 11th, 2023

1:15:11

Devon Kay's enthusiasm and sense of humor shine through both in this episode's conversation and in the 2023 Devon Kay & The Solutions single …

Ep. 171: A discussion on Christine McVie and Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop"

September 4th, 2023

53:07

In this episode, host Chris DeMakes and producer Chris Fafalios engage in a thought-provoking discussion about the legendary musician and songwriter Christine McVie and her iconic Fleetwood Mac hit, "Don't Stop." They …

Throwback Thursday: Tom Higgenson discusses Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah"

August 31st, 2023

1:04:43

This Throwback Thursday episode is from December 27th, 2021 (Episode #83), in which Tom Higgenson takes listeners on a journey through the creation of the beloved Plain White T's hit single, "Hey There Delilah." …

Ep. 170: Alexia Roditis discusses Destroy Boys "Fences"

August 28th, 2023

1:03:25

In this episode, guitarist and vocalist Alexia Roditis delves into the process behind the writing and recording of "Fences". The song captures the essence of remaining trapped in despair due to its familiarity, …

Ep. 169: Andrew Dost discusses Fun.'s "We Are Young"

August 21st, 2023

1:12:36

In this episode, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Andrew Dost details the writing, recording, and release of Fun.'s "We Are Young," a song that …

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "The Biggest Songs of the 1950s" episode

August 17th, 2023

38:25

Get ready for a sneak preview of The After Party podcast, the exclusive bonus episode available to members of the Chris DeMakes A Podcast Supporting Cast each week. In this episode, Chris and Chris dive into the biggest …

Ep. 168: Mike Herrera discusses MxPx's "Stay Up All Night"

August 14th, 2023

1:06:53

Bassist and vocalist Mike Herrera takes listeners behind the scenes of MxPx's latest single "Stay Up All Night," diving into the story of its creation and recording process. Mike candidly shares what keeps him inspired …

Throwback Thursday: Huey Lewis discusses Huey Lewis & The News "The Power Of Love"

August 10th, 2023

53:55

In this special Throwback Thursday episode of Chris DeMakes A Podcast, released originally on January 24, 2022, listeners are treated to an incredible conversation with music icon Huey Lewis. The episode delves into the …

Ep. 167: Howard Jones discusses his song "New Song"

August 7th, 2023

1:13:27

Legendary singer-songwriter Howard Jones is a pioneer of electronic music, and he made his first mark on the world with the release of "New Song" in …

Ep. 166: Howi Spangler discusses Ballyhoo!'s "Walk Away"

July 31st, 2023

1:15:06

Howi Spangler is the guitarist and vocalist of Maryland beach rock legends Ballyhoo! In this episode, he breaks down the writing, recording, and release of the fan favorite 2011 single "Walk Away", which is an uplifting …

Ep. 165: Kenny Vasoli discusses The Starting Line's "Island"

July 24th, 2023

1:19:10

In this episode, bassist and vocalist Kenny Vasoli delves into the creative process behind "Island”, The Starting Line's highest ever charting …

Ep. 164: Mikey Erg discusses The Ergs! "Pray For Rain"

July 17th, 2023

1:10:38

Youthful desperation and exuberance shine through in the fan favorite song "Pray For Rain" from The Ergs! 2004 debut album Dork Rock Cork Rod. In …

Ep. 163: Nick Wheeler discusses The All-American Rejects "Move Along"

July 10th, 2023

1:38:45

The 2006 All-American Rejects single "Move Along" is an anthem of perseverance in the face of adversity. In this episode, guitarist Nick Wheeler details the writing and recording of this hit song that features …

Ep. 162: Aaron Barrett and Scott Klopfenstein discuss Reel Big Fish's "Sell Out"

July 3rd, 2023

1:21:31

In 1996, Reel Big Fish became the poster boys for the third wave of ska, as "Sell Out" propelled the band onto radio and MTV. In this episode, Aaron and Scott detail the writing, recording, release, and legacy of the …

Ep. 161: Bill Stevenson discusses Descendents "Clean Sheets"

June 26th, 2023

1:10:14

Legendary drummer, producer, and songwriter Bill Stevenson makes his return to the show to discuss the writing and recording of "Clean Sheets", the fan favorite song from the 1987 Descendents album All. From the song's …

Ep. 160: Fat Mike discusses NOFX's "The Decline" (Part 2)

June 19th, 2023

1:02:01

In Part 2 of a conversation with Fat Mike, the NOFX frontman dives into the writing, recording, release, and legacy of the epic punk rock masterpiece "The Decline".


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Ep. 159: Fat Mike discusses NOFX's "The Decline" (Part 1)

June 12th, 2023

56:03

In 1999, NOFX released "The Decline", an 18 minute punk rock opus that many consider to be the band's most ambitious and impressive feat. This is Part 1 of a conversation with vocalist and bassist Fat Mike about …

Ep. 158: John Feldmann discusses Goldfinger's "Superman"

June 5th, 2023

1:07:50

John Feldmann was the first ever guest on Chris DeMakes A Podcast, and to celebrate the 3 year anniversary of the show, he makes his triumphant return to discuss the writing, recording, release, and legacy of …

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Time Capsule: June 1989" episode

June 1st, 2023

37:06

Today marks the 3 year anniversary of the first episode of Chris DeMakes A Podcast! To celebrate, here is a sneak preview episode of The After Party podcast. In this episode, Chris and Chris take a look back at what was …

Ep. 157: Sean "Slug" Daley discusses Atmosphere's "The Best Day"

May 29th, 2023

1:03:38

Minneapolis hip hop duo Atmosphere have blazed a prolific musical path that has spanned decades. In this episode, rapper Sean "Slug" Daley breaks …

Ep. 156: John Oates discusses Daryl Hall & John Oates "Maneater"

May 22nd, 2023

1:00:50

Hall & Oates are the bestselling musical duo of all time with a whopping 29 hit songs (6 of which went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100). The 1982 smash hit single "Maneater" is arguably the biggest, spending 4 weeks …

Ep. 155: Shawn Stern discusses Youth Brigade's "I Hate My Life"

May 15th, 2023

59:46

In the early 80s, Youth Brigade helped blaze the trail for generations of punk rock bands that followed. In this episode, guitarist and vocalist …

Ep. 154: Jon Snodgrass discusses Drag the River's "Me And Joe Drove Out To California"

May 8th, 2023

1:07:50

Singer-songwriter Jon Snodgrass is a beloved and well-respected lifer from the DIY punk rock world, known for his distinctive voice, his countless …

Ep. 153: Bert McCracken discusses The Used's "The Taste of Ink"

May 1st, 2023

1:07:24

In 2002, The Used took the world by storm with their debut self-titled album, which was an irresistible mix of emotional lyrics, soaring melodies, and unbridled aggression. In this episode, vocalist Bert McCracken …

Ep. 152: Luke Esterkyn and Greg Gueldner discuss Stroke 9's "Little Black Backpack"

April 24th, 2023

1:01:40

In early 2000, Stroke 9's single "Little Black Backpack" took the radio waves by storm. The song was anything but ordinary, featuring dramatic …

Ep. 151: Chris Shiflett discusses his song "West Coast Town"

April 17th, 2023

1:09:23

Chris Shiflett's music career has been nothing short of incredible. Having spent the past few decades as the Foo Fighters' lead guitarist (and as a member of legendary punk rock band No Use For A Name before that), …

Ep. 150: Josh Caterer discusses Smoking Popes "Megan"

April 10th, 2023

1:13:34

In 1997, Smoking Popes released their major label debut album Destination Failure. Buried deep in the record's track listing was "Megan", a heartfelt song that resonated with fans and became one of the band's signature …

Ep. 149: Russ Rankin discusses Good Riddance's "Darkest Days"

April 3rd, 2023

55:59

The aggressive punk rock sound of Good Riddance took a step toward the melodic side with the release of their 2006 album My Republic, which featured the standout single "Darkest Days". In this episode, vocalist Russ …

Ep. 148: Mick Conroy discusses Modern English's "I Melt With You"

March 27th, 2023

1:15:10

"I Melt With You" is one of the most iconic songs of the 80s, having withstood the test of time and bringing joy to generation after generation. In this episode, Modern English bassist and vocalist Mick Conroy discusses …

Ep. 147: John Hampson discusses Nine Days "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)"

March 20th, 2023

1:21:48

The upbeat power pop sound of "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" became a smash hit for Nine Days in the year 2000, propelling the band to MTV and Top 40 …

Ep. 146: Dave King discusses Flogging Molly's "Drunken Lullabies"

March 13th, 2023

1:09:54

Flogging Molly’s 2002 single “Drunken Lullabies” is a punk rock classic, combining traditional Irish elements with a breakneck tempo, meaningful …

Ep. 145: JT Woodruff discusses Hawthorne Heights "Ohio Is For Lovers"

March 6th, 2023

1:14:45

Hawthorne Heights caught fire in the mid 2000s, thanks in part to the success of their debut single "Ohio Is For Lovers". In this episode, guitarist and vocalist JT Woodruff details the inspiring (and sometimes …

Ep. 144: Ben Lee discusses his song "Catch My Disease"

February 27th, 2023

1:10:37

Ben Lee's infectious (no pun intended) 2005 single "Catch My Disease" earned him an APRA Award for Song of the Year, and it gained international acclaim when it was featured on the American television drama series

Ep. 143: John Parr discusses his song "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)"

February 20th, 2023

1:10:13

Most people know the hit song "St. Elmo's Fire" from the soundtrack of the 1985 film of the same name, but it was the true story of Paralympic athlete Rick Hansen that inspired John Parr to write this classic single. In …

Ep. 142: JB Brubaker discusses August Burns Red's "White Washed"

February 13th, 2023

1:03:41

In this episode, guitarist JB Brubaker opens up about the inspiration and creation of "White Washed", a fan favorite from melodic metal mainstays August Burns Red.


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Ep. 141: KT Tunstall discusses her song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"

February 6th, 2023

1:13:29

In 2004, KT Tunstall was a last minute addition to an episode of Later...With Jools Holland. Her performance of "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" …

Throwback Thursday: Karina Deniké discusses Dance Hall Crashers "Go"

February 2nd, 2023

52:49

This week's Throwback Thursday is from March 1st of 2021, when Karina Deniké sat in to discuss the writing, recording, and release of the classic Dance Hall Crashers song "Go", taken from their 1995 album Lockjaw.

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Ep. 140: Sam Reid discusses Glass Tiger's "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)"

January 30th, 2023

1:05:39

In 1986, Canadian rock band Glass Tiger's ultra-catchy single "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" took the airwaves by storm, rising all the way to #2 …

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Time Capsule: January 1993" episode

January 26th, 2023

34:33

Chris and Chris travel back in time to January 1993 to explore everything that was happening in popular culture.


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Ep. 139: Vaden Todd Lewis discusses Toadies "Possum Kingdom"

January 23rd, 2023

1:00:36

In this episode, Toadies vocalist and guitarist Vaden Todd Lewis discusses the writing, recording, and release of the band's 1994 hit single "Possum Kingdom". The song's eerie lyrical content matched with its unique …

Ep. 138: Joe Lynn Turner discusses Rainbow's "Street of Dreams"

January 16th, 2023

1:07:17

In this episode, legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner discusses the wild true story behind Rainbow’s 1983 hit single “Street of Dreams”.


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Ep. 137: Justin Currie discusses Del Amitri's "Roll To Me"

January 9th, 2023

1:04:01

Glasgow's Del Amitri has had a long and storied career, releasing five albums that reached the Top 10 in the UK and selling over 6 millions albums …

Ep. 136: Neil Sanderson discusses Three Days Grace's "I Hate Everything About You"

January 2nd, 2023

1:04:53

Neil Sanderson is much more than just the drummer of Three Days Grace. Aside from providing the hard-hitting backbone of the band's signature sound, …

Ep. 135: Yotam Ben Horin discusses Useless ID's "State of Fear"

December 26th, 2022

59:26

Useless ID's 2005 single "State of Fear" combines infectious melodies with punk rock spirit to create an anthem that speaks to fans around the world. In this episode, guitarist and vocalist Yotam Ben Horin discusses the …

Ep. 134: Tony Scalzo discusses Fastball's "The Way"

December 19th, 2022

1:11:14

A newspaper story about a missing couple sparked the idea for Fastball's 1998 hit single "The Way". In this episode, bassist and vocalist Tony Scalzo details the writing, recording, and meteoric rise of this unique and …

Ep. 133: David Paich discusses Toto's "Africa"

December 12th, 2022

1:09:27

Generation after generation has enjoyed the feel-good sound of Toto's "Africa", making it one of the most beloved songs of all time. In this episode, vocalist and keyboardist David Paich discusses the writing, …

Ep. 132: Keith Buckley discusses Every Time I Die's "Planet Shit"

December 5th, 2022

1:10:30

Every Time I Die's 2021 single "Planet Shit" is an intense commentary on the current state of society. In this episode, vocalist Keith Buckley …

Ep. 131: Vinnie Caruana discusses I Am The Avalanche's "Brooklyn Dodgers"

November 28th, 2022

1:08:31

When a demo of the song leaked on the internet, I Am The Avalanche's "Brooklyn Dodgers" became a fan favorite before it was even released. In this episode, vocalist Vinnie Caruana discusses the writing and recording of …

Ep. 130: Fletcher Dragge discusses Pennywise's "F**k Authority"

November 21st, 2022

1:20:32

Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge is not a fan of being told what to do, and the band's 2001 single "F**k Authority" became a rallying cry for fans …

Ep. 129: Roger Joseph Manning Jr. discusses Jellyfish's "New Mistake"

November 14th, 2022

1:23:40

This week, Jellyfish's Roger Joseph Manning Jr. breaks down the writing, recording, and release of the band's epic 1993 single "New Mistake". Decades after Jellyfish's disbandment, the legend of this underappreciated …

Ep. 128: Kristopher Roe discusses The Ataris "In This Diary"

November 7th, 2022

1:18:35

In this episode, Kris Roe breaks down the inspiration and writing of "In This Diary", the personal and heartfelt single from The Ataris' 2003 album So Long, Astoria.


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Ep. 127: Art Alexakis discusses Everclear's "Santa Monica"

October 31st, 2022

1:13:39

In this episode, Everclear's Art Alexakis details the inspiring story behind the band's 1995 breakout hit "Santa Monica".

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Ep. 126: Scott Russo discusses Unwritten Law's "Seein' Red"

October 24th, 2022

1:11:05

Unwritten Law vocalist Scott Russo details the personal story behind the writing of the band's 2002 hit single "Seein' Red".

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SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Favorite Descendents Songs" episode

October 20th, 2022

37:05

This episode of The After Party was released to members of the Chris DeMakes A Podcast Supporting Cast on May 9th, 2022, as a follow-up to the Milo …

Ep. 125: Stephen Egerton discusses Descendents "Everything Sux"

October 17th, 2022

1:16:13

Stephen Egerton has been a punk rock guitar icon with Descendents and ALL since the mid 80s, but it wasn't until 1996's Everything Sucks album that …

Ep. 124: Slade Echeverria discusses Anarbor's "18"

October 10th, 2022

59:17

Anarbor's song "18" was not released as a single from the band's 2013 album Burnout, which is why the song's enormous presence many years later on TikTok came as a surprise. In this episode, vocalist and bassist Slade …

Throwback Thursday: Chris Carrabba discusses Dashboard Confessional's "Hands Down"

October 6th, 2022

55:52

Back on November 9th of 2020, Chris Carrabba sat in to discuss the 2002 Dashboard Confessional fan favorite single "Hands Down". He dives into all aspects of the song, from the experience that inspired the vivid lyrical …

Ep. 123: Hoodie Allen discusses "All About It (feat. Ed Sheeran)"

October 3rd, 2022

1:04:44

Brooklyn-based indie artist Hoodie Allen dropped his debut album People Keep Talking in 2014, which was a vibrant mix of pop and hip-hop. In this episode, he discusses the creation and release of the single "All About …

Throwback Thursday: Brendan B. Brown discusses Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag"

September 29th, 2022

1:09:18

Brendan B. Brown of Wheatus sat in for Episode #69 back on September 20th, 2021, to discuss their 2000 hit "Teenage Dirtbag". In the year since this was recorded, the song has reemerged in a huge way thanks to a TikTok …

Ep. 122: Dan Wilson discusses Semisonic's "Closing Time"

September 26th, 2022

1:19:41

Grammy Award winning songwriter Dan Wilson sits in this week to discuss the writing, recording, and release of Semisonic's 1998 hit single "Closing Time".


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Throwback Thursday: Elizabeth Stokes discusses The Beths "Future Me Hates Me"

September 22nd, 2022

51:33

With the recent release of The Beths' new album Expert In A Dying Field, it seemed like the perfect time to throw it back to Episode #44 from March 29th, 2021, when Liz Stokes sat in to discuss the writing and recording …

Ep. 121: Cory Branan discusses his song "The Prettiest Waitress In Memphis"

September 19th, 2022

59:55

"The Prettiest Waitress In Memphis" might not be the best representation of Cory Branan's sound, but this rockin' song has stood out amongst his fans as a favorite both musically and lyrically. In this episode, Cory …

Throwback Thursday: Mark McGrath discusses Sugar Ray's "Every Morning"

September 15th, 2022

1:10:01

Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath sat in for Episode #38 back on February 15th, 2021, to discuss the band's 1999 hit single "Every Morning". Mark's humility and sense of humor really shine in this episode, which has made it a …

Ep. 120: Travis Shettel discusses Piebald's "American Hearts"

September 12th, 2022

1:07:36

At every Piebald show, you're sure to see the crowd light up and raise their fists in the air to sing "HEY! You're part of it!", the anthemic chorus of the band's 2002 single "American Hearts". In this episode, vocalist …

Ep. 119: Stefan Babcock discusses PUP's "Robot Writes A Love Song"

September 5th, 2022

1:05:16

PUP vocalist and guitarist Stefan Babcock stops by to get into the nuts and bolts of the band's 2022 single "Robot Writes A Love Story". This quirky …

Ep. 118: A discussion on George Michael's "Faith"

August 29th, 2022

53:19

"Faith" was the second single from George Michael's debut solo album of the same name, which went on to produce SEVEN hit singles. In this episode, …

Throwback Thursday: Robin Wilson discusses Gin Blossoms "Til I Hear It From You"

August 25th, 2022

1:12:46

Robin Wilson sat in for Episode #22 of Chris DeMakes A Podcast back on October 26th of 2020. He discussed the band's 1995 hit single "Til I Hear It From You", which was the lead single from the Empire Records …

Ep. 117: A discussion on Biz Markie's "Just A Friend"

August 22nd, 2022

56:41

The unique vocal delivery and hilarious lyrics of Biz Markie's single "Just A Friend" launched the song into the Top 10 of the Billboard charts in 1990. Since then, the infectious chorus has remained lodged in the …

Throwback Thursday: Frank Turner discusses his song "Recovery"

August 18th, 2022

58:12

This week, we're throwing it back to April of 2021, when Frank Turner stopped by for Episode 46. He and Chris discussed the 2013 single "Recovery", a fan favorite song with a relatable (and somewhat hilarious) backstory.

Ep. 116: A discussion on Freddie Mercury and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”

August 15th, 2022

1:00:04

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is widely regarded as one of rock’s all time greatest songs, despite breaking pretty much every rule as to what constitutes a hit …

Throwback Thursday: Jim Adkins discusses Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle"

August 11th, 2022

46:35

This week, we're throwing it back to Episode #42 from back in March of 2021, when Jimmy Eat World's Jim Adkins sat in to discuss the writing, recording, and release of the 2001 hit single "The Middle".


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Ep. 115: A discussion on Amy Winehouse's "Rehab"

August 8th, 2022

57:25

The 2007 Grammy for Song of the Year went to "Rehab", an upbeat and autobiographical classic from the iconic Amy Winehouse. In this episode, Chris and Chris dive into every aspect of the song, as well as the career of …

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man” episode

August 4th, 2022

44:39

Prince's "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man" might not be his most well-known song, but it is an UNDENIABLE jam! In this sneak preview of The …

Ep. 114: A discussion on Tony Sly and No Use For A Name's "International You Day"

August 1st, 2022

53:27

The month of August is dedicated to songs by artists who are no longer with us. Listeners voted on who they wanted to hear episodes about, and Tony Sly of No Use For A Name was an overwhelming choice. In this episode, …

Ep. 113: Dave Pirner discusses Soul Asylum's "Somebody To Shove"

July 25th, 2022

59:59

Soul Asylum vocalist and guitarist Dave Pirner discusses the writing and recording of "Somebody To Shove", the lead single from the band's 1992 …

Ep. 112: Chris Cresswell discusses The Flatliners "Hang My Head"

July 18th, 2022

1:14:42

Vocalist and guitarist Chris Cresswell dives deep into the writing and recording of "Hang My Head", a fan favorite single from The Flatliners. The song is taken from the band's 2017 album Inviting Light, and it deals …

Ep. 111: Brann Dailor discusses Mastodon's "Blood and Thunder"

July 11th, 2022

1:03:54

Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor discusses the writing and recording of the song "Blood and Thunder", which was the lead-off track on the band's 2004 Moby Dick inspired album Leviathan. The record became an instant metal …

Ep. 110: Dave Hause discusses his song "We Could Be Kings"

July 4th, 2022

1:21:33

Singer-songwriter Dave Hause discusses the writing, recording, and release of his heartfelt 2013 single "We Could Be Kings". From the original …

Ep. 109: Darryl "DMC" McDaniels discusses Run-DMC's "It's Tricky"

June 27th, 2022

1:08:04

Rap pioneer Darryl "DMC" McDaniels breaks down the writing, recording, release, and legacy of Run-DMC's iconic 1986 smash hit single "It's Tricky".


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Kate Bush "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" is the SONG OF THE SUMMER (37 years after its release)

June 23rd, 2022

13:04

Chris Fafalios hosts this mini episode, which is all about the phenomenon that is Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)".

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Ep. 108: Matt Thiessen discusses Relient K's "Be My Escape"

June 20th, 2022

1:08:32

Relient K vocalist, guitarist, and pianist Matt Thiessen sits in to discuss the writing, recording, and release of the hit 2004 single "Be My Escape". Despite the song's unorthodox arrangement, it was a major factor in …

Throwback Thursday: Fat Mike discusses NOFX's "Linoleum" and "Linewleum"

June 16th, 2022

45:19

On February 7th, 2021, Fat Mike sat in for Episode #37 to discuss the writing and recording of NOFX's 1994 classic "Linoleum", as well as the 2021 …

Ep. 107: Chad Price discusses All's "Original Me"

June 13th, 2022

1:02:25

Chad Price brought the song "Original Me" with him when he joined All in 1993. Little did he know, the song would become the opening track on the …

Ep. 106: Fee Waybill discusses The Tubes "She's A Beauty"

June 6th, 2022

1:05:07

"She's A Beauty" became a huge hit in 1983, launching The Tubes to mainstream success on radio and MTV. In this episode, vocalist Fee Waybill discusses the unusual inspiration for the song, as well as the writing, …

Ep. 105: Reese Roper discusses Five Iron Frenzy's "Zen and the Art of Xenophobia"

May 30th, 2022

1:00:47

Five Iron Frenzy vocalist Reese Roper breaks down the 2013 single "Zen and the Art of Xenophobia", a song that calls out religious hypocrisy.

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Throwback Thursday: Matt Skiba discusses Alkaline Trio's "Radio"

May 26th, 2022

53:47

Matt Skiba sat in for Episode 14 of Chris DeMakes A Podcast back on August 31st, 2020, to discuss the Alkaline Trio classic "Radio", taken from their 2000 album Maybe I'll Catch Fire.


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Ep. 104: Brett Gurewitz discusses Bad Religion's "Stranger Than Fiction"

May 23rd, 2022

1:04:53

In thie episode, Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph Records owner Brett Gurewitz opens up about the writing of the 1994 single "Stranger Than Fiction", taken from the album of the same name. Packed with literary …

The Journey Ep. 6: Jesse and Justin Bivona

May 19th, 2022

38:18

The rhythm section of The Interrupters shares their musical journey.

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Ep. 103: Aimee Interrupter and Kevin Bivona discuss The Interrupters "In The Mirror"

May 16th, 2022

1:09:02

With the new album In The Wild scheduled for release on August 5th, 2022, Aimee and Kevin from The Interrupters sit it to discuss the writing, …

Throwback Thursday: Bill Stevenson discusses Descendents "One More Day" and The Lemonheads "Steve's Boy"

May 12th, 2022

54:46

Back in June of 2020, Bill Stevenson was the guest for Episode 4 of Chris DeMakes A Podcast. In what would go on to become one of the most talked …

Ep. 102: Milo Aukerman discusses Descendents "Hope"

May 9th, 2022

1:10:10

Descendents vocalist Milo Aukerman discusses the writing, recording, release, and legacy of the classic song “Hope” from the band’s 1982 album Milo …

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party “Time Capsule: June 1989” episode

May 5th, 2022

36:33

This sneak preview episode of The After Party podcast coincides with the release of the newest episode of Chris DeMakes A Podcast, because June of 1989 is when Skid Row’s “18 and Life” was released.


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Ep. 101: Rachel Bolan discusses Skid Row's "18 and Life"

May 2nd, 2022

1:11:03

Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan discusses the story behind the band's 1989 hit single "18 and Life". The song's vivid and serious lyrical content set …

Defeat DeMakes Episode 7

April 28th, 2022

30:48

In an epic battle of music trivia knowledge, Chris DeMakes takes on Kansas City's own Ash Lawrence.

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Ep. 100: Chris Ballew discusses The Presidents of the United States of America's "Lump"

April 25th, 2022

1:11:23

Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, "Lump" became a massive hit for the Seattle-based rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. In this episode, bassist and vocalist Chris Ballew details the writing, …

Ep. 99: Sondre Lerche discusses his song "Bad Law"

April 18th, 2022

1:15:18

Norwegian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sondre Lerche tells the story behind his 2014 single "Bad Law", an indie-pop gem that's equal parts danceable and chaotic.

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The Journey Ep. 5: Roger Lima

April 14th, 2022

32:14

Bassist and vocalist Roger Lima reflects back on his musical upbringing that led to a 30+ year career in Less Than Jake.

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Ep. 98: Jamie Woolford discusses The Stereo's "New Tokyo Is Calling"

April 11th, 2022

1:10:07

20 years since the release of their last album, The Stereo has reunited with a new record and podcast. In this episode, guitarist and vocalist Jamie …

Throwback Thursday: Deryck Whibley discusses Sum 41's "Fat Lip"

April 7th, 2022

56:05

Sum 41 guitarist and vocalist Deryck Whibley sat in the last episode of 2020 to discuss the smash hit single "Fat Lip", which was celebrating its 20 year anniversary at the time. This episode sparked a lyric debate that …

Ep. 97: Pete Steinkopf discusses The Bouncing Souls "True Believers"

April 4th, 2022

52:52

Bouncing Souls guitarist Pete Steinkopf tells the story behind the band's 2001 punk rock anthem "True Believers".

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The Journey Ep. 4: Jaret Reddick

March 31st, 2022

37:08

From his metal roots to his Grammy nomination, Bowling For Soup frontman Jaret Reddick details the path that got him to where he is today.

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Ep. 96: Millie Manders discusses Millie Manders and the Shutup's "Silent Screams"

March 28th, 2022

1:00:56

Millie Manders shares the heavy and deeply personal story behind the writing of "Silent Screams".

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SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party “Losing Streak is now officially a CLASSIC ALBUM” episode

March 24th, 2022

34:03

This sneak preview of The After Party podcast was recorded in November of 2021 in honor of the 25 year anniversary of Less Than Jake’s CLASSIC album Losing Streak.


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Ep. 95: Jon Foreman discusses Switchfoot's "Meant To Live"

March 21st, 2022

56:22

In this episode, Switchfoot guitarist and vocalist Jon Foreman discusses the existential themes of the band's 2003 hit single "Meant To Live".

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Defeat DeMakes Episode 6

March 17th, 2022

36:54

Challenger Tom Brantley tries to take down Chris DeMakes in a gauntlet of music trivia.

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Ep. 94: Holly Knight discusses Pat Benatar's "Love Is A Battlefield"

March 14th, 2022

1:07:25

Acclaimed songwriter Holly Knight has written hit songs for everyone from Aerosmith to Tina Turner. In this episode, she discusses the writing of …

The Journey Ep. 3: Matt Yonker

March 10th, 2022

37:48

Drummer Matt Yonker tells the story of how he got to where he is today, from a kid singing along to Gene Simmons to behind the kit in Less Than Jake.

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Ep. 93: Dan Potthast discusses MU330's "Neighbor"

March 7th, 2022

1:02:36

Singer and guitarist Dan Potthast shares the story behind MU330's ode to insecurity "Neighbor", taken from their 1997 fan favorite album Crab Rangoon.

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Throwback Thursday: Mark Hoppus discusses blink-182's "What's My Age Again?"

March 3rd, 2022

51:33

Mark Hoppus sat in for Episode 21 back in October of 2020, and the episode spread like wildfire thanks in large part to a factoid about the writing of "What's My Age Again?" that had never been shared before. This week, …

Ep. 92: Dan Estrin discusses Hoobastank's "Crawing In The Dark"

February 28th, 2022

1:11:17

Hoobastank stormed onto the rock radio airwaves in 2002 with "Crawling In The Dark", the first single from their self-titled major label debut album. In this episode, guitarist Dan Estrin details the story behind the …

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Songs We Never Get Sick Of" episode

February 24th, 2022

38:44

The After Party is a weekly podcast that's available to the Supporting Cast of Chris DeMakes A Podcast. If you enjoy this sneak preview and you're interested in being part of the Supporting Cast, you can head to

Ep. 91: Brian Fallon discusses The Gaslight Anthem's "45"

February 21st, 2022

1:05:47

The Gaslight Anthem's undeniable pop sensibility matched with earnest lyrical content launched the band to #3 on the Billboard charts upon the release of their 2012 album Handwritten. In this episode, guitarist and …

Defeat DeMakes Episode 5

February 17th, 2022

34:29

Challenger Jeff Worden puts his brain to the test in front of the ENTIRE WORLD in a music trivia battle against Chris DeMakes.

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Ep. 90: Tim Heidecker discusses his song "Fear of Death"

February 14th, 2022

1:11:53

After having Natalie Mering (better known as Weyes Blood) on the Office Hours Live podcast, Tim Heidecker teamed up with her and a whole group of …

The Journey Ep. 2: JR Wasilewski

February 10th, 2022

36:45

Less Than Jake saxophonist and vocalist JR Wasilewski details the journey of his musical career.

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Ep. 89: Genesis Owusu discusses his song "Don't Need You"

February 7th, 2022

1:01:25

Australia’s Genesis Owusu took home the 2021 ARIA award for Album of the Year, and this genre-bending artist’s upward trajectory has continued ever since. Fresh off a recent performance on The Late Show with Stephen …

Throwback Thursday: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones "The Impression That I Get"

February 3rd, 2022

48:10

On March 8th of 2021, Joe Gittleman and Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones sat in for Episode 41 of the podcast to discuss the writing, recording, and release of their 1997 hit single "The Impression That I …

Ep. 88: Raine Maida discusses Our Lady Peace's "Clumsy"

January 31st, 2022

1:02:37

Our Lady Peace had already achieved quadruple platinum status in Canada from their debut album, but it was their 1997 follow-up album Clumsy that …

Defeat DeMakes Episode 4

January 27th, 2022

31:07

Chris tries to defend his music trivia crown against challenger Ryan Swinford.

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Ep. 87: Huey Lewis discusses Huey Lewis & The News "The Power Of Love"

January 24th, 2022

1:01:58

Written for the soundtrack of the 1985 blockbuster film Back To The Future, "The Power Of Love" was the first single from Huey Lewis & The News to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In this episode, Huey breaks down …

Ep. 86: Glen Phillips discusses Toad The Wet Sprocket's "All I Want"

January 17th, 2022

1:23:11

Toad The Wet Sprocket didn't set out to write mainstream hits, but the undeniable single "All I Want" put the band on the map in 1992. In this episode, singer and guitarist Glen Phillips details the writing, recording, …

Defeat DeMakes Episode 3

January 13th, 2022

30:02

Chris DeMakes looks for redemption in a music trivia battle with challenger Dylan Coulombe. If YOU'D like to be a contestant on Defeat DeMakes, head …

Ep. 85: Eric Bazilian discusses The Hooters "And We Danced"

January 10th, 2022

1:09:41

Eric Bazilian's passion for the art of songwriting not only helped launch The Hooters to massive heights, but also put him on the map as a songwriter and producer for an array of other artists. In this episode, Eric …

The Journey Ep. 1: Buddy Schaub

January 6th, 2022

31:57

Less Than Jake trombonist Buddy Schaub discusses the path that led him to where he is today, from his earliest musical memories to the highlights of his long and illustrious career.

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Ep. 84: Sadie Dupuis discusses Speedy Ortiz's "Doomsday"

January 3rd, 2022

1:21:33

The recently re-released single "Doomsday" is a raw and deeply personal Speedy Ortiz track. In this episode, singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis details the unique writing process behind this emotional song.

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2021: The Year In Clips

December 30th, 2021

28:04

Producer Chris Fafalios takes a look back on some noteworthy moments from the podcast over the course of 2021.

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Ep. 83: Tom Higgenson discusses Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah"

December 27th, 2021

1:15:16

The heartfelt single "Hey There Delilah" has stood the test of time, not only because of it's relatable lyrics, but also due to the undeniable melodies that transcend language. In this episode, Plain White T's singer …

Defeat DeMakes Episode 2

December 23rd, 2021

28:11

Challenger Tym Lemoine puts Chris DeMakes to the test in the second episode of this music trivia game show.

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Ep. 82: Dee Snider discusses Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It"

December 20th, 2021

1:41:48

In an extra special holiday episode, Chris sits down with his childhood idol Dee Snider to discuss the writing, recording, release, and legacy of …

Ep. 81: Shawn Harris discusses The Matches "December Is For Cynics"

December 13th, 2021

1:11:52

The dark and unique sound of "December Is For Cynics" sets it apart from what listeners may usually expect from a holiday song. In this episode, …

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Our Favorite TV Theme Songs" episode

December 9th, 2021

37:45

In this sneak preview of The After Party podcast, Chris and Chris discuss their favorite TV theme songs. If you'd like to hear the entire back catalog of episode of The After Party, head over to

Ep. 80: Shaun Morgan discusses Seether's "Remedy"

December 6th, 2021

1:13:44

Seether have been a staple of rock radio for the past few decades, and the 2005 single "Remedy" was the South African band's first song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock chart. In this episode, vocalist and …

Ep. 79: Des Rocs discusses his song "MMC"

November 29th, 2021

1:06:06

Des Rocs doesn't follow the conventional methods of songwriting or recording, which is evident in his genre-bending single "MMC". In this episode, …

Ep. 78: Chris Conley discusses Saves The Day's "At Your Funeral"

November 22nd, 2021

1:17:27

Saves The Day's Chris Conley has a decades-long legacy of unique lyrics and undeniable melodies. In this episode, he breaks down the every aspect of the 2001 single "At Your Funeral", the first track on the band's …

Defeat DeMakes Episode 1

November 18th, 2021

31:21

In the debut episode of our new podcast game show Defeat DeMakes, Chris takes on challenger Justin Hiltz in a battle of music trivia knowledge. Does Justin have what it takes? Take a listen to find out.


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Ep. 77: Michael Sweet discusses Stryper's "To Hell With The Devil"

November 15th, 2021

58:37

Stryper was the first Christian heavy metal band to gain acceptance in the mainstream, and it was their 1986 platinum-selling album "To Hell With The Devil" that launched them to the heavens. In this episode, singer and …

Ep. 76: Kip Winger discusses Winger's "Headed For A Heartbreak"

November 8th, 2021

53:42

Winger bassist and lead vocalist Kip Winger discusses the 1989 hit single "Headed For A Heartbreak", a Lydian mode masterpiece that didn't follow the …

Ep. 75: Christian "MC Bat Commander" Jacobs discusses The Aquabats "Super Rad!"

November 1st, 2021

1:20:19

From child actor to superhero lead singer to award-winning television producer, the story of Christian Jacobs is beyond fascinating. Christian not only shares his journey, but also the story behind the 1997 single from …

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party Halloween episode

October 28th, 2021

14:08

Please enjoy this sneak preview of The After Party Halloween episode. If you're a member of the Chris DeMakes A Podcast Supporting Cast, you can hear …

Ep. 74: Spencer Charnas discusses Ice Nine Kills "The American Nightmare"

October 25th, 2021

1:12:37

Ice Nine Kills vocalist and horror movie aficionado Spencer Charnas discusses the writing, recording, and release of the 2018 single "The American Nightmare".

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BONUS EPISODE: Albums that became "classic" this year

October 21st, 2021

10:32

Chris DeMakes A Podcast producer Chris Fafalios takes a quick look back on some noteworthy albums that are celebrating 25 year anniversaries in 2021.

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Ep. 73: Donald and John Tardy discuss Obituary's "Slowly We Rot"

October 18th, 2021

1:04:13

Death metal pioneers Obituary released their landmark debut album "Slowly We Rot" in 1989. In this episode, drummer Donald Tardy and vocalist John Tardy discuss the writing, recording, and release of the album's classic …

Ep. 72: Mummy Cass discusses Here Come The Mummies "Pants"

October 11th, 2021

1:03:47

Direct from the crypt, Mummy Cass details the writing, recording, and release of the 2008 Here Come The Mummies single "Pants".

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SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Classic Albums Revisited: Dookie"

October 7th, 2021

18:08

Sneak preview of the upcoming episode of The After Party, in which Chris and Chris do a track-by-track look back on Green Day's classic 1994 album "Dookie". This entire episode will be released on October 11th, 2021, to …

Ep. 71: Bill Manspeaker discusses Green Jellÿ's "Three Little Pigs"

October 4th, 2021

1:07:38

Bill Manspeaker is the eccentric creative mastermind behind Green Jellÿ. In this episode, Bill details the insane and inspiring story behind the 1993 hit single "Three Little Pigs".

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Ep. 70: Max Rainer discusses Wilderado's "Surefire"

September 27th, 2021

1:00:42

Wilderado guitarist and vocalist Max Rainer discusses the writing, recording, and release of the Tulsa-based band's 2019 moody indie rock single …

Ep. 69: Brendan B. Brown discusses Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag"

September 20th, 2021

1:20:10

Wheatus guitarist and vocalist Brendan B. Brown discusses the writing, recording, release, and legacy of the smash hit single "Teenage Dirtbag", an underdog anthem that has stood the test of time since the turn of the …

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Guilty Pleasures" episode

September 16th, 2021

22:16

Another little peek into The After Party podcast! If you'd like to hear the rest of this episode, PLUS an entire back catalog of episodes, PLUS a new episode every Monday, you can check out the Supporting Cast program …

Ep. 68: Kevin Martin discusses Candlebox's "Far Behind"

September 13th, 2021

1:06:17

Candlebox's 1993 smash hit single "Far Behind" is still in regular rotation on rock radio today. On this episode, lead singer Kevin Martin discusses …

Ep. 67: Pierre Bouvier discusses Simple Plan's "Perfect"

September 6th, 2021

1:06:07

Simple Plan vocalist Pierre Bouvier breaks down the writing, recording, and release of their 2002 smash hit single "Perfect".

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Ep. 66: Ty Tabor discusses King's X "Goldilox"

August 30th, 2021

1:05:29

With a career that spans over four decades, King's X have a strong cult following that would go to the end of the world for the band. In this …

Ep. 65: Dan Marsala discusses Story Of The Year's "Until The Day I Die"

August 23rd, 2021

1:04:17

"Until The Day I Die" was the breakout hit that took the St. Louis based Story Of The Year from local band to MTV and radio stations all over the world. In this episode, lead singer Dan Marsala details the writing, …

Ep. 64: Josh Todd discusses Buckcherry's "Crazy Bitch"

August 16th, 2021

53:20

Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd breaks down the writing, recording, and legacy of "Crazy Bitch", the song that launched the band into the stratosphere in the mid 2000s.

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Ep. 63: J. Navarro discusses The Suicide Machines "Break The Glass"

August 9th, 2021

59:36

Suicide Machines frontman J. Navarro takes a look back at the writing, recording, and release of "Break The Glass", which is a classic fan favorite from the legendary Detroit ska-punk mainstays.

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Ep. 62: Brett Detar discusses The Juliana Theory's "We're At The Top Of The World"

August 2nd, 2021

1:03:35

Juliana Theory singer Brett Detar sits in to discuss the writing, recording, and release of The Juliana Theory's fan favorite song "We're At The Top …

Ep. 61: Brendan Kelly discusses The Lawrence Arms "The YMCA Down The Street From The Clinic"

July 26th, 2021

1:09:16

The always interesting and hilarious Brendan Kelly breaks down the writing, recording, and release of the fan favorite from The Lawrence Arms, "The YMCA Down The Street From The Clinic".

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Ep. 60: Mike Park discusses Skankin' Pickle's "I Missed The Bus"

July 19th, 2021

1:01:40

Singer, songwriter, saxaphonist, and Asian Man Records founder Mike Park discusses the writing of legendary ska=punk band Skankin' Pickle's first ever song, "I Missed The Bus".

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Ep. 59: Chrissy Costanza discusses Against The Current's "Wasteland"

July 12th, 2021

1:03:28

Against The Current lead singer Chrissy Costanza breaks down the inspiration, writing, and recording process for their 2016 fan favorite single "Wasteland".

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SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Summer of '91: A Look Back At The Jams" episode

July 8th, 2021

24:41

Check out this sneak peek at this week's episode of The After Party podcast, which is available to our Supporting Cast program at ChrisDeMakes.com!

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Ep. 58: VÉRITÉ discusses her song "Younger Women"

July 5th, 2021

1:06:28

Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter VÉRITÉ discusses her heartwrenching 2020 single "Younger Women". This deeply personal song was written and recorded early in the Covid-19 lockdown, and she shares the story behind …

Ep. 57: Ken Block discusses Sister Hazel's "All For You"

June 28th, 2021

1:01:16

"All For You" has maintained mainstream staying power for decades now. Sister Hazel frontman Ken Block details the song's evolution, from the very …

Ep. 56: John O'Callaghan discusses The Maine's "Black Butterflies and Déjà Vu"

June 21st, 2021

1:09:03

The Maine's John O'Callaghan discusses the trippy origins and unique recording experience of a fan favorite song.

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Ep. 55: Butch Walker discusses Marvelous 3's "Freak Of The Week"

June 14th, 2021

1:17:36

Butch Walker has made his mark on the world of music as both a songwriter and a producer. In this episode, he takes us back to the writing, recording, and release of his first hit song.

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Ep. 54: Max Collins discusses Eve 6's "Inside Out"

June 7th, 2021

1:13:11

Eve 6 frontman Max Collins tells the story behind the band's first big hit, which he wrote at an astoundingly young age.

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Ep. 53: Derek Sanders discusses Mayday Parade's "Kids In Love"

May 31st, 2021

1:03:33

Mayday Parade vocalist Derek Sanders stops by the podcast to discuss the writing, recording, and release of the 2009 fan favorite single "Kids In Love".

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Ep. 52: Rosie Frater-Taylor discusses her song "Think About You"

May 24th, 2021

1:05:55

With a mix of jazz, folk, pop, and soul, London-based singer-songwriter Rosie Frater-Taylor is an extremely promising new artist and a force to be …

Ep. 51: Joey Cape discusses Lagwagon's "May 16th"

May 16th, 2021

1:12:41

May 16th has become a holiday for Lagwagon fans all over the world. In this episode, Joey Cape discusses the personal origins behind the song, as …

Ep. 50: Matt Embree discusses Rx Bandits "Ruby Cumulous"

May 10th, 2021

1:01:55

Matt Embree tells the deeply personal and heartbreaking story behind the 2014 Rx Bandits single "Ruby Cumulous".

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Ep. 49: Chad Gilbert discusses New Found Glory's "My Friends Over You"

May 3rd, 2021

1:05:18

New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert discusses the writing, recording, and release of their 2002 single “My Friends Over You”, which was the song that propelled the band to MTV superstardom.

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Ep. 48: Jenn Fiorentino discusses her song "Survive"

April 26th, 2021

1:01:21

Toronto-based singer-songwriter and YouTube sensation Jenn Fiorentino breaks down the writing, recording, and release of her 2019 single "Survive".

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Ep. 47: Blake Schwarzenbach discusses Jawbreaker's "Boxcar"

April 19th, 2021

57:56

Blake Schwarzenbach stops by the podcast to discuss the writing, recording, release, and legacy of Jawbreaker's "Boxcar".

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Ep. 46: Frank Turner discusses his song "Recovery"

April 12th, 2021

1:10:04

Not only is Frank Turner an incredible songwriter and musician, but he's also one of the most down-to-earth and friendly people you'll ever meet. In this amazing episode, he breaks down the writing, recording, and …

Ep. 45: Jim Lindberg discusses Pennywise's "Society"

April 5th, 2021

57:45

Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg discusses the writing, recording, and release of their classic 1997 single "Society".

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Ep. 44: Elizabeth Stokes discusses The Beths "Future Me Hates Me"

March 29th, 2021

1:01:43

New Zealand indie pop band The Beths released the song "Future Me Hates Me" on the album of the same name in 2018. Elizabeth Stokes joins Chris to discuss the inspiration, writing, recording, and release of this fan …

Ep. 43: Dan Andriano discusses Alkaline Trio's "Every Thug Needs A Lady"

March 22nd, 2021

58:11

Beloved Chicago songwriter, bassist, and vocalist Dan Andriano breaks down the inspiration, writing, recording, and release of Alkaline Trio's song "Every Thug Needs A Lady" from their 2003 album Good Mourning.

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Ep. 42: Jim Adkins discusses Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle"

March 15th, 2021

55:32

Despite the massive cult appeal of Jimmy Eat World's 1999 album Clarity, it was 2001's Bleed American album - and more specifically, the breakout hit …

Ep. 41: Dicky Barrett and Joe Gittleman discuss The Mighty Mighty Bosstones "The Impression That I Get"

March 8th, 2021

1:00:45

Dicky and Joe from the Bosstones tell the story behind their 1997 hit "The Impression That I Get", as well as their 2021 single "The Final Parade".

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Ep. 40: Karina Deniké discusses Dance Hall Crashers "Go"

March 1st, 2021

1:05:14

Co-lead vocalist Karina Deniké of the legendary Berkeley ska-punk band Dance Hall Crashers, discusses the writing, recording, and release of the song "Go" off of their 1995 album Lockjaw.

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Ep. 39: Kevin Bivona discusses The Interrupters "She's Kerosene"

February 22nd, 2021

57:10

The Interrupters guitarist Kevin Bivona discusses the writing, recording, and release of their hit single "She's Kerosene".

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Ep. 38: Mark McGrath discusses Sugar Ray's "Every Morning"

February 15th, 2021

1:18:44

Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath joins Chris to discuss the writing, recording, and release of Sugar Ray's chart-topping 1999 megahit "Every Morning".

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Ep. 37: Fat Mike discusses NOFX's "Linoleum" and "Linewleum"

February 8th, 2021

56:12

Legendary NOFX frontman Fat Mike joins Chris to discusses the writing, recording, and release of the punk rock classic "Linoelum", as well as the newly-released "Linewleum".

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Ep. 36: Alex Gaskarth discusses All Time Low's "Monsters"

February 1st, 2021

1:06:01

"Monsters" spent an amazing 17 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Alternative charts in 2020. In this episode, Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low discusses the writing, recording, and release of this massive hit.

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Ep. 35: Shane Told discusses Silverstein's "My Heroine"

January 25th, 2021

1:11:24

Shane Told of Silverstein (and the Lead Singer Syndrome podcast) tells the story behind their fan favorite song "My Heroine".

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Ep. 34: Donnie Vie discusses Enuff Z'Nuff's "New Thing"

January 18th, 2021

58:06

Chris and Donnie Vie discuss the writing, recording, and release of the 1989 Enuff Z'Nuff single "New Thing", which received steady radio and MTV airplay at the time.

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Ep. 33: Chuck Ragan discusses Hot Water Music's "Remedy"

January 11th, 2021

1:03:47

Chuck Ragan shares the story behind the writing and recording of the deeply personal 2002 Hot Water Music single "Remedy".

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Ep. 32: K.Flay discusses her song "High Enough"

January 4th, 2021

1:04:48

Kristine Flaherty (better known as K.Flay) discusses the writing, recording, and release of her 2017 single "High Enough".

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Ep. 31: Deryck Whibley discusses Sum 41's "Fat Lip"

December 28th, 2020

1:01:28

Deryck Whibley joins Chris in our 2020 finale to discuss Sum 41's classic single "Fat Lip", which just turned 20 years old this month.

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Ep. 30: Chris DeMakes discusses Less Than Jake's "Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts"

December 21st, 2020

1:43:34

Podcast producer Chris Fafalios takes over hosting duties, as Chris DeMakes becomes the guest in this episode about the Less Than Jake fan favorite song "Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts".

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Ep. 29: Joe Escalante discusses The Vandals "Oi To The World!"

December 14th, 2020

59:53

Joe Escalante of The Vandals discusses the writing of their holiday classic "Oi To The World!", which was launched into megahit territory when No …

Ep. 28: Travie McCoy discusses Gym Class Heroes "Cupid's Chokehold"

December 7th, 2020

1:04:04

Travie and Chris discuss all aspects of the 2005 Gym Class Heroes phenomenon of a single, "Cupid's Chokehold".

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Ep. 27: A. Jay and Jeremy Popoff discuss Lit's "My Own Worst Enemy"

November 30th, 2020

1:06:58

The Popoff brothers join Chris to tell the story behind the writing, recording, and release of Lit's massive 1999 single "My Own Worst Enemy".

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Ep. 26: Steve Soboslai discusses Punchline's "Universe"

November 23rd, 2020

1:06:11

Punchline singer and guitarist Steve Soboslai discusses the story behind their 2012 fan favorite single "Universe".

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Ep. 25: Matt Pryor discusses The Get Up Kids "Holiday"

November 16th, 2020

1:02:36

Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids tells the story behind the classic Something To Write Home About album opening track "Holiday".

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Ep. 24: Chris Carrabba discusses Dashboard Confessional's "Hands Down"

November 9th, 2020

1:08:34

Chris Carrabba discusses the story behind the writing, recording, and release of arguably the most beloved Dashboard Confessional song "Hands Down".


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Ep. 23: Jeff Rosenstock discusses his song "Nausea"

November 2nd, 2020

1:01:08

Jeff Rosenstock tells the heavy story behind his fan favorite song "Nausea".

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Ep. 22: Robin Wilson discusses Gin Blossoms "Til I Hear It From You"

October 26th, 2020

1:28:05

Gin Blossoms lead singer Robin Wilson discusses the writing, recording, and release of their 1995 hit from the Empire Records soundtrack, "Til I Hear It From You". In a Chris DeMakes A Podcast first, Robin also performs …

Ep. 21: Mark Hoppus discusses blink-182's "What's My Age Again?"

October 19th, 2020

1:03:24

Mark and Chris dive into the writing, recording, and release the pop-punk classic "What's My Age Again?" by blink-182.

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Ep. 20: Mike Herrera discusses MXPX's "Let's Ride"

October 12th, 2020

57:10

Chris and Mike Herrera get in-depth about the writing, recording, and release of the 2018 MXPX single "Let's Ride".

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Ep. 19: Laura Jane Grace discusses Against Me!'s "White People For Peace"

October 5th, 2020

1:03:06

In this episode, Laura Jane Grace breaks down the writing, recording, and release of Against Me!'s "White People For Peace".

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Ep. 18: Trever Keith discusses Face To Face's "Disconnected"

September 28th, 2020

1:03:06

Trever Keith discusses the writing, recording, and release of Face To Face's classic song "Disconnected".

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Ep. 17: Sierra Sellers discusses her song "Grown"

September 21st, 2020

58:07

R&B / neo soul artist Sierra sellers discusses the writing, recording, and relase of her song "Grown".

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Ep. 16: Brian Baker discusses Dag Nasty's "Can I Say"

September 14th, 2020

58:22

Brian Baker (of Minor Threat and Bad Religion fame) discusses the writing, recording, and release of the Dag Nasty classic "Can I Say"

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Ep. 15: Rick Nielsen discusses Cheap Trick's "Surrender"

September 7th, 2020

1:00:23

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rick Nielsen discusses the writing, recording, and release of Cheap Trick's classic hit "Surrender".

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Ep. 14: Matt Skiba discusses Alkaline Trio's "Radio"

August 31st, 2020

1:04:10

In this episode, Matt Skiba discusses the writing, recording, and release of the Alkaline Trio classic "Radio".

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Ep. 13: Cyrus Bolooki discusses New Found Glory's "Hit Or Miss"

August 24th, 2020

1:04:13

In this episode, Cyrus Bolooki of New Found Glory discusses the writing, recording, and relase of their hit single "Hit Or Miss".

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Ep. 12: Chris #2 discusses Anti-Flag's "Brandenburg Gate"

August 17th, 2020

1:01:43

In this episode, Chris #2 discusses the writing, recording, and release of Anti-Flag's "Brandenburg Gate".

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Ep. 11: Aaron Barrett discusses Reel Big Fish's "Beer"

August 10th, 2020

57:51

In this episode, Aaron Barrett discusses the writing, recording, and release of Reel Big Fish's fan favorite "Beer".

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Ep. 10: Ryan Key discusses Yellowcard's "Ocean Avenue"

August 3rd, 2020

1:06:10

In this episode, Ryan Key discusses Yellowcard's 2003 smash hit "Ocean Avenue".

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Ep. 9: Angelo Moore discusses Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step's "Pendulum Swings"

July 27th, 2020

56:51

The legendary Angelo Moore of Fishbone discusses the song "Pendulum Swings" from his newest project Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step. This …

Ep. 8: Howard Benson discusses Less Than Jake's "History of a Boring Town"

July 20th, 2020

1:01:42

In this episode, world-renowned producer Howard Benson talks with Chris about the Less Than Jake song "History of a Boring Town", as well as the entire Hello Rockview album in general.

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Ep. 7: Tim McIlrath discusses Rise Against's "Savior"

July 13th, 2020

1:01:52

In this episode, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against discusses their megahit "Savior".

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Ep. 6: Jen Razavi discusses The Bombpops "Notre Dame"

July 6th, 2020

58:18

In this episode, Jen Razavi (aka Jen Pop) discusses the song "Notre Dame" by The Bombpops.

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Ep. 5 : Anthony Raneri discusses Bayside's "The Walking Wounded"

June 29th, 2020

1:00:20

In this episode, Anthony Raneri discusses Bayside's 2007 single "The Walking Wounded".

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Ep. 4: Bill Stevenson discusses Descendents "One More Day" and The Lemonheads "Steve's Boy"

June 21st, 2020

55:09

In this very special episode, Bill Stevenson (Descendents/All/Black Flag) discusses two songs from his career that deal with his relationship with his late father.

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Ep. 3: Roger Lima discusses Less Than Jake's "The Science of Selling Yourself Short"

June 15th, 2020

49:14

In this episode, Chris talks to his friend and bandmate Roger Lima about the writing, recording, and release of the Less Than Jake fan favorite "The Science of Selling Yourself Short".

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Ep. 2: Jaret Reddick discusses Bowling For Soup's "High School Never Ends"

June 8th, 2020

47:16

In this episode, Chris and Jaret get deep into the writing and recording of Bowling For Soup's fan favorite song "High School Never Ends".

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Ep. 1: John Feldmann discusses Goldfinger's "Here In Your Bedroom"

June 1st, 2020

45:38

In the debut episode of Chris DeMakes a podcast, Goldfinger frontman and renown producer John Feldmann digs into his band's first hit song "Here In …

An Introduction To Chris DeMakes A Podcast

May 24th, 2020

0:47

Episode 1 of Chris DeMakes A Podcast debuts on June 1st, 2020! Each episode, Chris (singer, songwriter, and founding member of Less Than Jake) interviews a variety of guests from the world of music about the ins and …

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