Ep. 49 – “Trust Your Wang, That’s What I Say”

Episode 49 starts with some revealing information about an encounter the Professor had, and the examination of the incident goes down some strange paths. The gang gets it together enough to talk about the death of an icon: Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, who recently passed, and after a discussion of his long and storied career a topic is proposed about the misdeeds of public figures we admire. The question is: how does one reconcile the personal life of an admired figure when that personal life is less than exemplary? When does the private life of a public person begin to affect their legacy and where does one draw the line between acceptable and abhorrent? It’s a topic that explores the dichotomy of morality in art, and the squad is up to the challenge. Then, in more Biz talk, The OG and Vinnie delve deeper into their predictions on who will show up at the upcoming Royal Rumble. As always, the usual gimmicks make their presence known: word association, “Dear Vin,” letters from the Gimmick Gang, and THE LIST even makes an appearance! We wrap it all up with some heavy recommendations for everybody. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: This is my riot…

Ep. 48 – “Jerk Leno”

The Sicko gets things started in episode 48 by throwing out a question for the squad. Bringing back the old “What’s Worse?” song game, The ‘Ko pits his personal pick for worst song of all time against The OG’s reigning champ; “Escape (The Pina Colada Song).” Will there be a new champion? After that, The Professor poses a question for the crew: Whatever happened to all those Satanic backwards messages from ‘80s metal that were supposed to be the ruin of us all and lead us to worship the unholy horned one? Back in the ‘80s we were all supposedly doomed from evil backwards messages “strategically” placed in rock songs from the likes of Judas Priest and Ozzy and so on, now you don’t seem to hear a thing about the cloven-hoofed master coming for your soul in a Zeppelin record. Where did the danger go? The conversation leads to a discussion of the PMRC and censorship in the 1980s. Later, the gang trots out the usual gimmicks: word association, the bloodbath that is “Dear Vin,” Pablo’s Cheapo Tip of the Week, letters from the mailbag, and, as always, the boys set youse up with some nice recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: This is your last warning, it isn’t just a threat…

Ep. 47 – “Break Down the Banter”

It’s the Professor’s birthday, and that can only mean one thing: ice cream KECK! The crew surprises The Talent with the traditional BSB gimmicks of ice cream keck and cards. The OG calls an audible right out the box: no thinking about it, who are your top 3 hardcore singers of all time? The question goes around the table and leads into a nuanced discussion of the nature of the artist and what it means to grow along with one’s art. We all know of those certain artists that dropped that one life-altering album and never came close to catching that same lightning in a bottle. What is the science behind “falling off,” in an artistic sense? It’s an interesting discussion that wends its way through hardcore, punk, hip-hop, and any other genre of subculture music the guys can think of.  Afterwards, The OG and Vinnie talk Biz stuff, getting ready for the Royal Rumble and discussing the Hardy brothers. Without fail, the usual gimmicks make their appearance: word association, “Dear Vin,” letters from the BSB mailbag, and The Professor’s Cheapo Tip of the week (complete with a new twist and rating system). The gang wraps it all up and sends youse home with some personal recommendations. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: We’ll teach you a lesson in violence you won’t soon forget…

Ep. 46 – “Geoff Cougar Gavincamp”

It’s a brand new year and that means it’s time for a brand new Broad Street Breakdown.  The crew reconvenes after a holiday absence and there is no shortage of material for conversation. Stories abound as Vinnie, The OG, The Professor, and The Sicko recount tales from their time off, discussing everything from first boners to getting banned from restaurants. An immediate “Who’s Worse” gets thrown into the mix. And, as usual, when the BSB is away, people die. The crew reflects on the continuing curse of 2016 as they discuss Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, as well as George Michael’s departure. One recent loss really hits home, and the boys render a nice tribute to a recently fallen friend: the inimitable Dave Vision. A special surprise is waiting for the squad as they receive personalized gifts from an original Gimmick Ganger: Dynamite Kid. In Biz talk, Vinnie and the OG discuss Hall of Fame nominations and inductees and, among other stuff, Rhonda Rousey. The regular gimmicks are back for youse: word association, The Professor has another Cheapo Tip, the bloodbath that is “Dear Vin,” the mailbag and, of course, new recommendations for a new year. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: We always hit first and call it self-defense…