Ep. 62 – “Bumping Merkins”

Broad Street Breakdown has a studio audience full of family for episode 62 and things get a little crazy. The Professor pops EVERYONE in this one. The crew recaps their weekend at This Is hardcore and the Talent talks about his family vacation “down da shore.” Also, we find out the name of the zebra from the old Fruit Stripe gum. The OG and the Professor recap the recent Done Deal show in Brooklyn. In Biz talk, The OG rails against the apparent elitism he sees among the marks and tells you what’s what. As always, the squad brings it with the usual gimmicks, including a new twist on the word association game. Vinnie’s got some thoughts from some fuckin’ maniacs in this installment of “Dear Vin.” There’s a Cheapo Tip about male grooming, we read and answer letters from the Gimmick Gang and wrap it up with some nice recommendations for youse. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: Your whole aura is Plexiglas…

Ep. 61 – “What’s Scary Now, Motherfucker?”

It’s a Jackie Brown kind of night! Jackie Brown sits in with the guys for this episode as she and the OG tell the story of the recent marriage proposal. It’s a tale to warm the heart. Everyone is very excited for the upcoming This Is Hardcore extravaganza and the Professor is excited about his trip “down da shore.” In true Pablo fashion, he pits a call out for free drinks while he vacations and a discussion of the Jersey shore ensues. The Sicko “ughhhh” counter is still working, pretzels and Slurpees abound, and the fidget spinners are spinning. Vinnie and the OG discuss, in depth, the upcoming McGregor vs. Mayweather debacle with their particular brand of insight. As usual, the BSB gimmicks are highlighted; word association, “Dear Vin,” and The Professor has something of a tip concerning leftover pretzels. There is mail to be read and, as always, we send youse home with some recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: Fuck those unknown motherfuckers, without a ten foot pole they can’t touch us…

Ep. 60 – “You Got Heat with Beeker?”

From a Muppets discussion to the finer points of Slurpee mixing, the BSB has you covered when it comes to flavor. Since the Sicko hates everything, the OG starts a counter; every time The Sicko utters his trademark, disapproving “ugh” The OG marks it on the counter. Can you guess how many times? Hint: it’s a lot. The OG tells a Man of the People tale about etiquette and ice cream. A conversation is sparked about the recent “revenge porn” situation involving Rob Kardashian, and the BSB crew gives their take on the fervent worship of celebrity culture and the apparent lack of morality in said culture. In Biz talk, the OG looks forward to the recent pay-per-view and he and Vinnie discuss Fandango, Tyler Breeze, Samoa Joe and Brock, among other things. As always, the usual gimmicks make their appearance, The Sicko takes back word association, The Talent has a tip that’s not a tip, the usual “Dear Vin” troglodytes represent, The Professor reads letters from the mailbag, and the episode winds up, as always, with some proper recommendations from the crew. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: “Don’t you watch my size, I’m dangerous…”

Ep. 51 – “Why Is Cubsey in the Oven?”

Right out the gate, the OG decides he hates episode 51 and his mood sets the tone. The Sicko comes bearing a gift for the show that pops everyone. After catching up, the BSB crew gets into it with a discussion of feminism and the issues of men vs. women, gender politics and roles, suppression and oppression in our culture. In Biz talk, Vinnie and the OG wrap up the Royal Rumble and then look towards the upcoming Wrestlemania and offer some predictions. As usual, the squad brings you your favorite gimmicks: The Professor has a new Cheapo Tip for you, and everyone settles in for another round of Word Association while a special guest and brand new friend joins the game. Vinnie travels down the dark path that is “Dear Vin,” Pablo reads some Gimmick Gang emails, and the boys wrap it all up with some elegant recommendations for youse. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown:  Send our regards to a nation on fire and, with love, a bouquet of barbed wire…

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. 42 – “Protect the Business”

After some time off the BSB crew comes back to witness the aftermath of a Donald Trump presidency and the fallout from the contentious 2016 election is examined and discussed. As with life, politics can sometimes make for a volatile pidcast subject. In Biz talk there is no Biz talk… except when there IS Biz talk. The OG and Vinnie find something amidst the fall of the fall and while a Goldberg return means the drizzling shits, the genius of Broken Matt Hardy is enough to keep things moving. Is the Biz still on THE LIST? Later, the usual gimmicks return: word association, “Dear Vin,” and the strange world that is Pablo’s Cheapo Tip of the Week all make an appearance, Professor Pablo reads your emails, and, as always, the guys send you home with some stellar recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: There’s no justice, there’s just us…

Ep. 41 – “The Halloween Spectacular”

Dust off your Samhain records, cue up The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and get ready ghouls and goblins and Gimmick Gangers: The BSB is bringing you a punk rock Halloween special South Philly style. Ghost stories abound as the Mistress of Darkness Jackie Brown sits in with the crew and tells one of the craziest haunted stories you’ll ever hear. It’ll have you shook. After that, the evil that is Jackie Brown leads the crew in an Ouija board session that sends Vinnie running for the hills. The Die-Vul is back, and he sits in for a very spooky edition of word association and he brings his full arsenal for this one. “Dear Vin” ramps up the crazy a few notches and delivers a frightful look into Vinnie’s world, where every day is Halloween when you’re reading some thoughts from some maniacs. Turns out the Die-Vul is just as cheap as his human counterpart, and just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you can’t be frugal. Blood rituals and listener emails go hand in hand, and even the crew recommendations take a spooky slant. Everyone is costumed and ready to go, and make sure you check out our facebook page for pictures of everyone dressed up: https://www.facebook.com/BroadStreetBreakdown/.  It’s The Broad Street Breakdown Halloween Spectacular: I feel like having a séance…

Ep. 39 – “How Long Am I Expected to Be in a Good Mood?”

Back to the writers’ room! In another burst of creativity, Vinnie and The OG dive back into the script for The Heads show. More twists and turns; more absurd plotlines and character development take place as we watch this brilliant masterpiece evolve. Then, the punk rock topic that everyone’s been talking about gets aired out by the crew: The Bad Brains have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What does it mean? What does the BSB think of it? The discussion that ensues explores the ramifications of what happens when subculture is thrust into the mainstream and the end result is the creation of a new BSB institution. Later, the Biz talk returns with Vinnie and the OG devising a plan the will include some audience participation, so all youse marks better take heed. The regular gimmicks get their shine too, with a special “guest star” sitting in on word association. The OG delivers a verdict on the controversial Cheapo Tip of the Week. Will it return? Will it be banished forever? Vinnie relives the horror show that is “Dear Vin,’ The Professor reads from the mailbag, and we send you home with some succulent recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: This is the voice of a generation, of unemployment and aggravation…

Ep. 38 – “Respect the Shooters”

The time-honored art of show flyers and band art is examined in this episode of the Breakdown, with The OG and Vinnie leading a discussion that encompasses the enduring art of the punk rock flyer. What makes a band logo “iconic?” The crew discusses the band art that has stuck with them the most and how it has impacted their lives. In Biz talk, Vinnie and The OG bring you another list, and this one ain’t as generous as the last one. As usual the favorite gimmicks make their regularly scheduled appearances: word association, the mail bag, That pit of unending horrors known as “Dear Vin,” and, like we always do, the BSB crew hooks you up with some recommendations to check out. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: My only wish, my one desire: set your fucking world on fire…

Ep. 36 – “Be on the Lookout When Hell Arises and the Tides of Pain Run the Streets”

Get ready Gimmick Gang: this might be the strangest (and funniest) episode of the Breakdown yet. The topic: extending one’s life through cryogenics. The question: would you choose to live forever if given the opportunity. The catch? You can only be a head. Yep. A head. The conversation, as you can imagine, goes to some really strange places and, somehow, an idea for a sitcom is born. In Biz talk, Vinnie and the OG discuss Lucha Underground not being readily available in Philly and then talk about the Smashing Pumpkins du and the idea of Vince possibly buying TNA. Later, the usual gimmicks abound: Sad Sicko comes out for Word Association, Vinnie walks you down that scary path known as “Dear Vin,” Professor Pablo reads your emails, and we wrap it all up with some recommendations for everyone. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: Payback is a bitch, you can’t afford the price…