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Make it Stop: A Bad Music Podcast

87 EpisodesProduced by Heather Mack; Mike DunnWebsite

Make it Stop is a podcast dedicated to dissecting terrible albums. Hosted by musicians Heather Mack and Mike Dunn and featuring a variety of quirky guests from the Boston arts and music scene, Make it Stop braves the putrid depths of the worst albums ever made. By the end, you'll be begging them for… read more

87 Episodes | 2017 - 2020

Worst Music of 2020

December 29th, 2020


2020 is coming to an end, may it rot and burn in hell, and as expected an unimaginably awful year brought us a slew of unimaginably awful albums. …

Duck Dynasty - Duck The Halls with Alex and Liv

December 22nd, 2020


Stoppies, we know you know what Christmas is all about - materialist accumulation, wealth hoarding, Judeo-Christian values, heteronormative baking …

Florida Georgia Line - Can't Say I Ain't Country (w/ Susie Jeanne of BLOWW)

December 8th, 2020


We're riding the honky tonk high speed rail all the way to the bank this week with the be-flannelled, bud' chuggin' y'all boys of Florida Georgia Line and their 2019 bro-country daggum opus "Can't Say I Ain't Country". …

Thanksgiving KornuKopia with Alex Dunn and Brian Melanson

November 24th, 2020


Due to KOVID-19, Heather and Mike won't be getting uncomfortably drunk around their families this Thanksgiving, so instead they've decided to get uncomfortably drunk together over Zoom. To make it a family affair …

Train - Save Me, San Francisco (w/ Emily Ruskowski and Jane Doe)

November 10th, 2020


This week our hearts are beating right out of our untrimmed chests as we take a ride on the monorail of monotony. Train drizzled onto the scene in …

Bobby 'Boris' Pickett - The Original Monster Mash (w/ Andrew Wiley)

October 28th, 2020


I was working in the lab late one night

When my ears beheld a dreadful blight

For Bobby "Boris" Pickett began to write

An album which, to no surprise

Was …

Kid Rock - Rock N Roll Jesus (w/ Alli Thresher and Squallie Greenthumb)

October 16th, 2020


Do you like trying different things? Or do you prefer smoking funny things? This week we're talking about Robbie Ritchie, Bobby Shazam, his name is Kid Rock, that is his name, and if you ask him again, he'll probably …

Neil Young - Landing on Water (ft. Mike Hsu and Luke Condon of the Long May You Young Podcast)

September 29th, 2020


After helping mold and define the counter-culture of the late sixties and early 70s, Neil Young pulled an about face in the 80s, throwing his support …

Season 4 Trailer

September 24th, 2020


We're back, back back again for another season of ruthlessly skewering the most miserable musical monstrosities imaginable, as we take on Kid Rock, …

Season 3 Finale Part 2: Corey Feldman - Angelic 2 The Core (w/ Tooky Kavanagh and Dicky Stock)

July 1st, 2020


(Part 2 of 2).. Alright Stoppies, you sick fucks. You know what time it is, because you assholes voted for it - and we couldn't be prouder/more …

Season 3 Finale Part 1: Corey Feldman - Angelic 2 The Core (w/ Tooky Kavanagh and Dicky Stock)

June 23rd, 2020


Alright Stoppies, you sick fucks. You know what time it is, because you assholes voted for it - and we couldn't be prouder/more disgusted. That's …

Soulja Boy - (w/ Sean Rosa)

June 10th, 2020


In 2007 there was perhaps no one on earth more notorious than DeAndre Way, better known as Soulja Boy. His signature style of simplified, …

Liz Phair - Self Titled (w/ VQ)

May 26th, 2020


Oh, Liz Phair. An indie darling and feminist rock icon who DIY-ed herself into underground superstardom with her classic 1993 album "Exile in Guyville", Phair had gone through some ups and downs musically and personally …

Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension (w/ Martin Popoff)

May 12th, 2020


Aerosmith are regarded as true legends in the classic rock pantheon. As famous for their backstage escapades and interpersonal drama as for their …

Trapt - Self Titled (w/ Stefan Perrier)

May 5th, 2020


There can be no denying that we here at Make It Stop are headstrong, and that we will, of course, take on anyone. This week we've set our sights on early aughts nu-emo bruisers Trapt. A flash in the pan that came and …

U2- Songs of Innocence (w/ Ashleigh and Maggie of Rock Candy)

April 29th, 2020


On this week's episode of Make it Stop we continue to rail against insufferable, self-important celebrities who take themselves way too seriously, this time taking aim at U2 and their 2014 album Songs of Innocence, …

Quarantine Stream: Tonetta

April 21st, 2020


It's been a weird couple of week/month/years, hasn't it #stoppies? While time is beginning to turn in on itself like a surreal nightmarish fractal this podcast is seemingly one of the last things tethering your hosts to …

Quarantine Stream: Joe Exotic

April 7th, 2020


On today's Make It Stop Heather and Mike take aim at the uniting cultural event that has brought a quarantined America together: Tiger King. …

March Badness FINALE

March 31st, 2020


It's the Worst, Least-Wonderfulest time of the year. March was always a brutal month, but this one is definitely the Baddest on record - with a …

March Badness Semi Finals Episode 2: Imagine Dragons vs. Hollywood Undead (w/ Ben Stein)

March 24th, 2020


Just when you thought March couldn't get any badder, it goes ahead and gets way, way worse. Seriously, what the fuck? With a nation in turmoil, a …

March Badness Semi Finals Episode 1: Pitbull vs. Nickelback

March 17th, 2020


As podcasters we are the first line of defense against boredom in these unbearably trying times. As such we here at Make It Stop are *pleased* to bring you Part One of the March Badness Semi-Finals. This round pits …

March Badness Round 1, Episode 2: Nickelback vs. Maroon 5 (w/ Katie McCarthy)

March 10th, 2020


Round 1 of the 2020 MARCH BADNESS TOURNAMENT continues, this time pitting butt rock legends Nickelback and their 2005 "classic" All the Right Reasons against radio pop stalwarts Maroon 5 and their 2015 album V. Heather …

March Badness Round 1, Episode 1: Imagine Dragons vs. Eminem (w/ Lilz and Patrick of Jukebox Zeroes)

March 3rd, 2020


Welcome to our nightmare, Stoppies! It's our first episode of the 2020 MARCH BADNESS TOURNAMENT, where the lowest rated artists from the past decade duke it out to be crowned the worst of the worst. Today's showdown …

Pat Boone - In A Metal Mood (w/ Ginny Nightshade and Mike D'Angelo)

February 11th, 2020


In the 1950s, wholesome whitebread protestants were terrified by the so-called "Race Records" of the likes of Little Richard, Charles Singleton and …

Dave Matthews Band - Everyday (w/ Brian Melanson)

February 4th, 2020


Despite institutional disdain and lukewarm critical reception, the Dave Matthews Band has maintained a ravenous and vocal fanbase for nearly three decades. Their patented blend of soft rock, smooth jazz and jam band …

Worst of Madonna

January 28th, 2020


Madonna Louise Ciccone has reinvented herself countless times. She's a diva, a gay icon, and a culture vulture of the highest magnitude. She …

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Movie Soundtrack (w/ Joe Streeter)

January 14th, 2020


The Beatles need no introduction. We all know them and their legacy. We all know how they shaped popular music for decades to come. But did you know …

John Cena - You Can't See Me (w/ Tony Fernandez)

January 7th, 2020


Ladies, gentlemen, esteemed guests, THE CHAMP. IS HERE. The Massachusetts-grown 10 time world champion, human meme, and all around beefcake John Cena is the subject of today's episode -- specifically, his 2005 rap album …

Worst Music of 2019

December 31st, 2019


The 20-teens (20-tens?) have come and gone, and as we ring in the New Year we'd like to pay tribute to the worst that 2019 had to offer. Along with …

Afroman - A Colt 45 Christmas (w/ Dahlia Hill & Liv)

December 24th, 2019


Twas The Night Before Christmas, and all through the pod

Four creatures were cringing, at a hacky rap clod

Afroman was hung over, and recorded some …

Lil B - Green Flame (w/ Zach Armentrout)

December 10th, 2019


Imma tell you like this whodie, if you're really about that pretty bitch shit, that gutta shit, that fifty, if you're still selling jerry and you know you're doin' numbers, 28 wit' a ladder, still on that FIGARO. If …

Ashlee Simpson - Autobiography (w/ Janet McNamara)

December 3rd, 2019


Raised in her sister's shadow and shunned and ridiculed by the public, Ashlee Simpson was put through a lot for a 19 year old. Her public image took …

Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch - Discography (w/ Sean Sullivan)

November 26th, 2019


We're the ones listening to bad albums out there. Not you, not you, and not you. This week it's all about a true patriot and visionary, Boston's …

The Rolling Stones - Dirty Work (w/ Jere Pilapil)

November 13th, 2019


Even though they'd go on to extend their careers another three decades, The Rolling Stones were already Old Bags of Bones when they released Dirty …

Weezer- Raditude (w/ Chris and Chris of We'z Talkin' Weez' 2 Thee)

November 5th, 2019


This week we're joined by Chris the Elder and Chris the Younger from the We'z Talkin' Weez 2 Thee podcast. We tap into their boundless Weezer knowledge to try to make sense of 2009's Raditude. Rife with cringe lyrics, …

Marilyn Manson - Eat Me, Drink Me (w/ Brittni)

October 29th, 2019


Blow out the candles on all your Frankensteins, because it's Halloween. Time to get spooky you cowards. This time around we've got friend of the pod and recovering goth Brittni in the house to talk Marilyn Manson. We …

Millionaires - Discography (ft. Sham Payne)

October 22nd, 2019


Ignored during their prime and largely forgotten today, mid-aughts scene starlets Millionaires pioneered a brazenly sexual and depraved style of pop music which smashed the glass ceiling of doing songs about snorting …

The Doors - Full Circle (w/ Ethan Marsh)

October 8th, 2019


Dionysus. The Backdoor Man. Mr. Mojo Risin'. The Lizard King. The Mythical American Poet, Jim Morrison. That's one person you won't be hearing on …

Tool - 10,000 Days (w/ Jenner Barrington-Ward)

October 1st, 2019


DISCLAIMER: Tool fans beware. We will be saying very mean things about the band Tool on this episode of Make It Stop! If you do not want to hear …

Simple Plan - No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls (ft. Ellen and Larz of Palehound)

September 24th, 2019


On this week's Make It Stop, Ellen Kempner and Larz Brogan of Palehound join us to talk about Québécois Pop Punk Pariahs Simple Plan and their contentious debut album No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls. We get to talking …

Chance the Rapper - The Big Day

September 10th, 2019


IGH! It's The Big Day today, Stoppies, the Season 3 Premiere of Make It Stop! And to celebrate our Big Day, we're reviewing... The Big Day! Chance The Rapper's "first album" and massive fall from grace.

After dropping …

Season 3 Teaser

August 22nd, 2019


We're back, Stoppies! It's time for round 3 of the most vile, self-indulgent, moronic, insipid, and downright delusional musical monstrosities the …

Season Finale Part 2- 0 to Brokencyde

August 19th, 2019


This week on Make It Stop we close out season 2 with a bang, bringing back four beloved guests to take on the newest album by the worst of the worst -- Brokencyde. Brandon Vallee, Angela Sawyer, Emily Ruskowki and Nick …

Season 2 Finale Part 1- 0 to Brokencyde

June 25th, 2019


This week on Make It Stop we close out season 2 with a bang, bringing back four beloved guests to take on the newest album by the worst of the worst -- Brokencyde. Brandon Vallee, Angela Sawyer, Emily Ruskowki and Nick …

Creed- Human Clay (w/ Sherman and Lucifer Christmas)

June 4th, 2019


Creed's Human Clay. An album of contradictions. It's the best-selling album we've ever covered yet it's universally reviled. It's chock full of …

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- Coming out of our Shells (w/ Scott Kurland)

May 21st, 2019


Cowabunga! Today we're taking a trip down memory lane to 1990, when the US was deep in the grip of Turtlemania. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were everywhere, an inescapable vortex of inexplicable SoCal …

Chris Gaines (Garth Brooks) - Chris Gaines Greatest Hits (w/ Lisa McColgan)

May 7th, 2019


What happens when one of the biggest country stars of all time decides to slap on a wispy wig and a soul patch and reinvent himself as a hard …

Worst of David Bowie

April 23rd, 2019


Ziggy Stardust. The Thin White Duke. Jareth The Goblin King. David Bowie went by many names and adopted many personas during his 50+ year career, and in that time he quickly became a rock legend, selling over 100 …

Shaq - Can't Stop the Reign (w/ Garvey Salomon)

April 9th, 2019


This week on Make It Stop we're talking about The Big Baryshnikov himself, Shaquille O'Neal. The world belonged to Shaq in 1996. He had just jumped …

Justin Timberlake - Man of the Woods (w/ Tooky Kavanagh)

March 26th, 2019


Strap on a decorative banjo and get out yer picklin' jars, cuz we're prepping for a musical apocalypse on this episode of Make it Stop! The target of our most recent ire is platinum selling, Superbowl ruining, …

Black Eyed Peas Blackout Power Hour (w/ Dave Klotz, Julia Sherratt, and Brian Melanson)

March 15th, 2019


Oh Danny Boy, the Peas the Peas are calling. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we've decided to bless our dear #Stoppies and curse ourselves with a shitshow of epic proportions. Heather and Mike are joined by stalwart …

Earth Crisis - Slither (w/ Ryan Shea)

March 5th, 2019


Open up the fucking pit and pick up some fucking quarters, it's hardcore week on Make It Stop. Or rather, it's rap metal by way of hardcore, as we sit down with local comedian and hardcore lifer Ryan Shea to talk about …

Macho Man Randy Savage - Be A Man (w/ Jenelle Valencia of BLOWW)

February 20th, 2019


We're justifiably in a position that we'd rather not be in listening to this album. But the cream will rise to the top, ooh yeeeah. Macho Madness, yeeah, has got more to offer than Mike and Heather think that Macho …

Lil Dicky - Professional Rapper (w/ Brandie Blaze)

February 5th, 2019


Strap on in #stoppies, because it's time for another hefty dose of White Nonsense(TM) and for this one we're bringing in the big guns. Local rapper and professional fuck abandoner Brandie Blaze joins us this week to …

Luke Bryan - Crash My Party (w/ Brandon Vallee)

January 22nd, 2019


Fire up the engine of your old pickup, grab a cold beer and head on down to the cornfields. Throw the radio on and watch as an endless parade of blue …

Worst of 2018

January 8th, 2019


As we ring in the new year, we can't forget to pay the proper (dis)respect to the worst music that 2018 had to offer. From the requisite washed up 90s rockers, to the alt-right anthems, to the shallowest of rappers, …

Smash Mouth - The Gift of Rock (w/ the Dunn Family and Brian)

December 28th, 2018


Ho ho ho #stoppies, we're hoooome for the holidays! We've all been very bad boys this year and have been rightfully cursed with another lump of …

Boy Band Thunderdome pt. 2 (w/ Emily Ruskowski, Sake Toomey, and Jenny Chalikian)

December 18th, 2018


Part 2 of 2. Check out part 1 here!  Alright #stoppies, I know we say this a lot, but it's true--this episode is our funniest one yet. Seriously, when else have we been able to snag 2 professional comedians (Emily …

Boy Band Thunderdome pt. 1 (w/ Emily Ruskowski, Sake Toomey, and Jenny Chalikian)

December 11th, 2018


Alright #stoppies, I know we say this a lot, but it's true--this episode is our funniest one yet. Seriously, when else have we been able to snag 2 professional comedians (Emily Ruskowski & Jenny Chalikian) and one …

Lil Wayne - Rebirth (w/ Russell Chisholm)

December 4th, 2018


It's a trip down memory lane this week as Mike and Heather are joined by their old friend Russell Chisholm. They reminisce about their shared love …

Five Iron Frenzy - Cheeses of Nazareth (w/ Andrew Lowery)

November 20th, 2018


Pick it up pick it up pick it up... no, please put it down. Today our guest is Andrew Lowery from DIWHY The Show and we're talking ska. Not just ska, but a 33 track novelty opus from CHRISTIAN ska stalwarts Five Iron …

Metallica - St. Anger (w/ Ashleigh and Maggie of Rock Candy Podcast)

November 6th, 2018


Our lifestyle determines our deathstyle, Stoppies, so we're destined to be killed by trash music. For the first time ever on Make It Stop we return to a previously reviewed artist, in this case a now Lou Reed-less …

Danzig - Black Laden Crown (w/ Rich Karski)

October 30th, 2018


It's Halloween, and that can only mean one thing: It's time for a Danzig review! Comedian Rich Karski joins us to discuss the latest effort from …

Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz (w/ Dahlia)

October 23rd, 2018


This week on Make It Stop we’re smoking pot, loving peace, and doing sex stuff. We’re licking your teeth. We’re shoving your head into our armpits. And they weirdly smell good. In 2015, the recently liberated pop …

Chuggo - Act Like You Might Know (w/ Katie McCarthy)

October 9th, 2018


On this week's episode of Make It Stop, comedian and dear friend of the pod Katie McCarthy joins us to discuss Montreal's favorite crackhead Chuggo! Arguably the most obscure album we've covered, Chuggo's Act Like …

Methods of Mayhem (w/ Marcus Ohanesian)

September 25th, 2018


Make It Stop is back and worse than ever, Stoppies! The inaugural episode of Season 2 finds Heather and Mike enduring the musical stylings of Tommy Lee for the first time since Mötley Crüe’s Theatre Of Pain. This …

Make it Stop Thunderdome - Good Charlotte vs. Limp Bizkit (Part 2)

July 3rd, 2018


Part 2 of 2.    This week Heather and Mike go head to head in the Make It Stop Thunderdome to defend their favorite bad album. Heather's weapon of choice is the eponymous debut of Waldorf, Maryland's favorite sons Good …

Make it Stop Thunderdome - Good Charlotte vs. Limp Bizkit (Part 1)

June 28th, 2018


This week Heather and Mike go head to head in the Make It Stop Thunderdome to defend their favorite bad album. Heather's weapon of choice is the eponymous debut of Waldorf, Maryland's favorite sons Good Charlotte. …

Phish - The White Tape (w/ Mitchy Dee)

June 12th, 2018


Ready to get faaaaar out, #stoppies? This week's adventure has us whoodly-doodling away with some reheated jams courtesy of everyone's* favorite psychedelic Dads, Phish! Originally recorded in 1986 and inexplicably …

Dee Dee King - Standing in the Spotlight (w/ Hayley Valencia)

May 22nd, 2018


Our latest exploration of mid-life crisis inspired genre experimentation leads us to Dee Dee Ramone aka Dee Dee King's 1989 punk-rap flop Standing In The Spotlight. Replete with climaxless tales of surfing and …

Worst of Prince

May 8th, 2018


Prince Rogers Nelson, better known as Prince, is one of the most prolific artists and songwriters of all time, having released 39 studio albums and …

Kid Cudi - Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven (w/ Alex Dunn)

April 24th, 2018


Mike's brother Alex Dunn joins Make It Stop to discuss Kid Cudi's Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven. Where to start with Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven? How can we …

KISS - Music From "The Elder" (w/ Hugh Beckett)

April 10th, 2018


Will you take The Oath? Will You Sacrifice? This week on Make It Stop we're just barely putting up with Music From "The Elder", the biggest blunder of KISS's career. Powerslut bassist and vehement KISS hater Hugh …

Insane Clown Posse - Bang! Pow! Boom! (w/ Squallie Greenthumb)

April 3rd, 2018


WHOOP WHOOP. This week on Make It Stop it's All in the Family, as we invite local Tinder Famous musician Squallie Greenthumb to discuss his favorite group Insane Clown Posse. The album we've chosen to discuss is …

Eminem - Revival (w/ Tawanda Gona)

March 20th, 2018


The conversation runs long this week on Make It Stop as comedian and music critic Tawanda Gona joins Heather and Mike to feast on a stale cracker. In 2017, after a lengthy string of disappointing releases, Eminem …

Mötley Crüe - Theatre of Pain (w/ Angela Sawyer)

March 13th, 2018


This week's episode finds us sliding knee deep into glam metal, braving the murky waters of post-vehicular manslaughter Motley Crue. Our guest, local …

The Simpsons Sing the Blues (w/ Ben Stein)

February 27th, 2018


Alright #Stoppies, it's time for yet ANOTHER round of soulless white boy blues pap, this time courtesy of your beloved childhood heroes, the …

Hinder - Extreme Behavior (w/ Patrick and Lee of Jukebox Zeroes!)

February 22nd, 2018


Stoppies, we like you so much we're even willing to try Butt Stuff. Rather than easing our way in for our first foray into the putrid realm of Butt …

Eddie Murphy - How Could it Be (w/ Nonye Brown-West)

February 13th, 2018


Mike and Heather go in RAW this week as they explore How Could It Be, the musical debut of comedy legend Eddie Murphy. Released at the apex of …

White Rapper Roundup (w/ VQ of BLOWW and Brittni)

February 6th, 2018


We're serving a double dose of white nonsense this week, as we dive into not one but TWO albums by pasty, melanin-deficient emcees. VQ of the Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers joins us as we discuss Playing With Fire, …

The Shaggs - Philosophy of the World (w/ Andrew Wiley)

January 23rd, 2018


The Shaggs had a philosophy, all right. We do too. Our philosophy is that it's a really funny idea to invite Wiley Meow (of High Energy Vintage, Bit Fest, and beyond) on Make it Stop this week to talk about his New …

Elton John - Victim of Love (w/ Dicky Stock)

January 16th, 2018


Top of the morning to y' Stoppies, we're right chuffed to bring you our latest episode, and this one's a British Invasion! This week's episode finds us disco dancing with the devil, as we review Elton John's much …

Worst Songs of 2017

January 9th, 2018


Happy new year, Stoppies! Just kidding. 2017 was already pretty brutal, but we're here to put some crap-icing on the trash-cake with a roundup of all the anti-anthems of this past year. Take a deep dive down with us to …

Lou Reed and Metallica - Lulu (w/ Nick Ortolani)

December 26th, 2017


This week's episode is the opposite of a Christmas miracle: a veritable log of reindeer shit left for us to scrape off our shoes till the end of …

Farrah Abraham - My Teenage Dream Ended (w/ Brian Melanson)

December 12th, 2017


Today's episode finds our heroes waxing philosophic about the nature of art, music, and ultimately life--while analyzing the shrieking, dispassionate …

Bruce Willis - The Return of Bruno

December 11th, 2017


Episode 2 finds our heroes Mike and Heather wading knee deep in the schlockiest, most useless vanity project ever--Bruce Willis' "Return of Bruno", a 2 part mockumentary/concert and tepid, schmaltzy album of the same …

Brokencyde- I'm Not A Fan, but the Kids Like it!

December 5th, 2017


For Episode 1 of Make it Stop, our podcast dedicated to dredging up and dissecting the worst albums of all time, Mike and Heather blow their load …

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