History in Music

We pay tribute to the immortalizers

About the show

Music and lyrics have always been an important tool in passing momentous events from generation to generation. The bards of the past filled an important role: to immortalize these important historical events and figures. Believe it or not this tradition is still alive and strong today, and we've taken it upon ourselves to discover, dissect, and pay homage to the bards of our day. And maybe give them a little taste of their own medicine.

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  • Episode 26: Hearts of Iron (Scott, Sean, & Frenjamin Church)

    October 26th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 27 mins
    battle of berlin, battle of halbe, halbe pocket, hearts of iron, sabaton, wehrmacht, ww2, wwii

    Frenjamin Church joins the guys to talk about the Battle of Halbe (AKA The Halbe Pocket) and Sabaton's song Hearts of Iron

  • Episode 25: Be Thou My Vision (Scott, Sean, & Scott Fischbuch)

    September 18th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 27 mins
    be thou my vision, christian hymn, irish hymn, rop tĂș mo baile, saint dallan

    Scott G, Scott F, and Sean discuss the traditional Irish hymn Be Thou My Vision and it's history and origins.

  • Episode 24: Believe (Scott, Sean, & Tyler Magleby)

    September 11th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 16 mins
    9/11, 9/11/01, september 11, yellowcard

    In honor of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, we discuss Yellowcard's Believe and the first responders who were killed in that attack.

  • Episode 23: Shangri-La (Scott, Sean, & Hot Buttered Popcorn)

    July 26th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 30 mins
    1969, middle class, shangri-la, the kinks

    What if it's all fake anon? The Kinks ask this very question in their 1969 hit (and the song we discuss on today's episode) Shangri-La. Hot Buttered Popcorn joins us, listen in!

  • Episode 22: One Fire (Scott, Sean, & Patrick)

    June 30th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 41 mins
    african colonialism, bush war, rhodesia, rhodesian bush war, rome

    Have you heard the sad tale of Rhodesia? Listen to our discussion of Rome's "One Fire" and learn about the world that might have been.

  • Episode 21: The Battle of New Orleans (Scott, Sean, & Joe McGregor)

    June 12th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 37 mins
    andrew jackson, battle of new orleans, johnny horton, war of 1812

    For episode 21 we were joined by fellow history podcaster Joe McGregor (from the Battle Rattle podcast) to talk about Johnny Horton's 1959 The Battle of New Orleans

  • Episode 20: Fortunate Son (Scott, Sean, & Bro. Felix)

    May 9th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 10 mins
    ccr, creedence clearwater revival, fortunate son, vietnam, vietnam war

    Bro. Felix joins us for our 20th episode(!!!) to talk all things CCR and Vietnam.

  • Episode 19: Down in the Willow Garden (Scott, Sean, & Granite)

    April 17th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 21 mins
    appalachia, bon iver, murder ballad, the chieftains

    Have you ever felt the need to poison your fiancé, stab her, and then throw her in the river? Granite knows how you feel. Join us as we discuss murder ballads and Down in the Willow Garden by Bon Iver and The Chieftains.

  • Episode 18: English Curse (Scott, Sean, & John Taylor)

    April 10th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 33 mins
    anglo-saxon, frank turner, norman, william the conqueror

    We were pleased to have John Taylor give us some big-brained takes on Frank Turner's 2011 English Curse. Listen in on our discussion of William the Conqueror and 1st Century England.

  • Episode 17: Pyotr (Scott, Sean, & Greg)

    March 25th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  58 mins 39 secs
    bad books, catherine, peter the great, pyotr

    In this episode we were joined by the one and only Greg Smith to pontificate on Bad Books' 2012 Pyotr and the supposed legend behind Tsar Peter the Great's murder of his wife's lover (and his severed head).

  • Episode 16: Canto dei Sanfedisti (Scott, Sean, & Jesus)

    February 8th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 19 mins
    french revolution, naples, napoleon, neapolitan, sanfedisti

    This week we were joined by Jesus to discuss the Neapolitan folk song Canto dei Sanfedisti (Anthem of the Sanfedists) from 1799. Fans of Naples and Italian proto-nationalism will enjoy this deep dive into the history of the French Revolution and it's effect on the Kingdom of Naples (Italy).

  • Episode 15: Hunting for Witches (Scott, Sean, & Bobdaduck)

    January 23rd, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 28 mins
    bloc party, july 7, september 11, terrorist attack

    Joining us in the hotseat this week is the catalyst for this entire podcast: Bobdaduck. Bob's song suggestion was Hunting for Witches by Bloc Party. Join us as we discuss 9/11, 7/7, and Eiffel 65.

  • Episode 14: Dot in the Sky (Scott, Sean, & Giordano)

    January 20th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 40 mins
    cult, drab majesty, heaven's gate, mass suicide

    This week we were joined by published author and resident Italian Giordano to discuss Drab Majesty's Dot in the Sky from 2017. The song explores the 1997 Heaven's Gate mass suicide.

  • Episode 13: Canute the Great (King of Danish Pride) (Scott, Sean, & Runes)

    January 14th, 2023  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 4 mins
    canute the great, cnut, metal, rebellion, viking

    This week's tune is brought to you by our friend Runes. In today's show we discuss Rebellion's 2005 Viking metal song Canute the Great (King of Danish Pride). The historicity of the Viking king known as Cnut and his unifying of the kingdoms of Denmark and England into an ocean spanning proto-empire follows. Vikingbros rejoice!

  • Episode 12: Chinggis Khaanii Magtaal (Scott, Sean, & Dr. John C. Bennett)

    December 22nd, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 36 mins
    esoteric, genghis khan, khoomei, mongolia

    In this episode we are joined by the illustrious Dr. John Cook Bennett to discuss Batzorig Vaanchig's Chinggis Khaanii Magtaal (Ode to Genghis Khan), big-brained esoterism ensues.

  • Episode 11: 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena) (Scott, Sean, & Tiberius)

    December 12th, 2022  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 10 mins
    alestorm, battle of cartagena, piracy, pirate metal, pirates

    Fellow history enjoyer Tiberius joins us for a lively discussion on Alestorm's 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena) and The Golden Age of Piracy.