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. 59 – “One Simple Thread Can Get You Dead”

The crew is down to a trio this week as the Sicko is absent from this episode and nearly taps from illness. Right off the bat, The Professor’s comments lead to a game of “F, Marry, Kill,” with members of the Gimmick Gang being the subjects. It’s as disturbing as it sounds. Vinnie offers up a touching eulogy for Prodigy.  After that, a discussion of Bill Cosby trial begins. Does wealth trump the system? The crew examines the entitlement of ego and the hubris of a very disturbed man, and the bizarre worship of celebrity so prevalent in our culture. Vinnie and OG then discuss the Russo vs. Cornette battle. In absence of the Sicko, Vinnie takes over the word association gimmick. “Dear Vin” brings its usual incoherent madness, The Professor tells you how to get over on the cable companies, we dip into the BSB Mailbag, and, as always, we send youse home with some recommendations. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: “There must be some misunderstanding…”

Ep. 56 – “I’ve Got Froot Loops in My Head Tonight”

After a trip to Old World Italy, (courtesy of The Professor), Broad Street Breakdown recaps the first ever Done Deal show and a night out on the town. Afterwards, Vinnie issues an apology to the Gimmick Gang. Then things get heavy. Episode 56 was recorded the same day the world got news of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s suicide. It’s a situation that really hits home for the crew, and a very in-depth and frank discussion of addiction and suicide ensues, with everyone really delving deep into personal experience and holding nothing back. It’s an intense exploration of some pretty dark shit, and the squad handles it with aplomb and dignity. Later on, in Biz talk, The OG is still no-selling and will not be insulted, and he and Vinnie field some wrestling questions from the Gimmick Gang. As usual, all the requisite gimmicks are played; Word Association, “Dear Vin,” The Professor gives you a tip on how to get free drinks, and we read some letters from the BSB Mailbag. As always, the show wraps up with some serious recommendations for youse. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: They say things are gonna get better. All I know is they fuckin’ better…

Ep. 53 – “I Hate When You Do Things That Make Me Upset”

Right out the box the OG pits another “Who wins in a fight” on youse, this one involving two of the top “Who’s worse” candidates, and these are two of the top strappers that ever strapped. It’s a posit that inspires some good, healthy, vitriol. Later, the boys delve into a discussion about parenting; specifically the idea of using physical violence to discipline children and the generational variations of what discipline is. The conversation takes on convention and addresses the “back in MY day” crowd. In Biz talk, more in-depth discussion of the evolution of Broken Matt Hardy and what is to become of the brothers. Will they end up with Vince? What’s going to happen at Wrestlemania? Speculation abounds and Vinnie and the OG proffer their theories. As expected, the usual gimmicks make an appearance; Vinnie takes another walk down the dark road that is “Dear Vin,” A Cheapo Tip is offered, Word Association goes for a round, The Professor reads emails from the BSB mailbag, and everybody pits up some excellent recommendations for youse. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: Where were you while we were getting high…

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. 37 – “It’s Us Just Trying to Get Through the Day, Man”

Oh, you thought we were done with the whole “Head to the Future” TV show gimmick? Not even close. A listener’s social media comment sparks even more insight into the strange world of Vinnie and The OG’s cryogenic head saga, and the ensuing ruminations of a body-less existence get even more demented than last time. Re-writes to the script see Professor Pablo’s head pit onto a kangaroo’s body as he becomes a heavy for the heads. Did we lose you yet? No worries; it’ll all be explained in the pitch meeting. Also: The OG wants to punch out a horse. In Biz talk: Billy Pumpkins is suing EVERYBODY and once again Vinnie and the OG discuss the possible return of Goldberg. The OG continues to impose his embargo on the Professor’s Cheapo Tip, but the usual gimmicks all make an appearance. Everyone gets into a round of word association, Vinnie walks youse through the nonsense that is “Dear Vin,” Professor Pablo reads your emails and we wrap it all up with some recommendations for youse. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: ONE STEP BEYOND….