Episodes

Ep. 86: Glen Phillips discusses Toad The Wet Sprocket's "All I Want"

Jan. 17, 2022

Toad The Wet Sprocket didn't set out to write mainstream hits, but the undeniable single "All I Want" put the band on the map in 1992. In this episode, singer and guitarist Glen Phillips details the writing, recording, and r…

Defeat DeMakes Episode 3

Jan. 13, 2022

Chris DeMakes looks for redemption in a music trivia battle with challenger Dylan Coulombe.

Ep. 85: Eric Bazilian discusses The Hooters "And We Danced"

Jan. 10, 2022

Eric Bazilian's passion for the art of songwriting not only helped launch The Hooters to massive heights, but also put him on the map as a songwriter and producer for an array of other artists. In this episode, Eric discusse…

The Journey Ep. 1: Buddy Schaub

Jan. 6, 2022

Less Than Jake trombonist Buddy Schaub discusses the path that led him to where he is today, from his earliest musical memories to the highlights of his long and illustrious career.

Ep. 84: Sadie Dupuis discusses Speedy Ortiz's "Doomsday"

Jan. 3, 2022

The recently re-released single "Doomsday" is a raw and deeply personal Speedy Ortiz track. In this episode, singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis details the unique writing process behind this emotional song.

2021: The Year In Clips

Dec. 30, 2021

Producer Chris Fafalios takes a look back on some noteworthy moments from the podcast over the course of 2021.

Ep. 83: Tom Higgenson discusses Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah"

Dec. 27, 2021

The heartfelt single "Hey There Delilah" has stood the test of time, not only because of it's relatable lyrics, but also due to the undeniable melodies that transcend language. In this episode, Plain White T's singer and gui…

Defeat DeMakes Episode 2

Dec. 23, 2021

Challenger Tym Lemoine puts Chris DeMakes to the test in the second episode of this music trivia game show.

Ep. 82: Dee Snider discusses Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It"

Dec. 20, 2021

In an extra special holiday episode, Chris sits down with his childhood idol Dee Snider to discuss the writing, recording, release, and legacy of Twister Sister’s iconic 1984 smash hit single, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”.

Ep. 81: Shawn Harris discusses The Matches "December Is For Cynics"

Dec. 13, 2021

The dark and unique sound of "December Is For Cynics" sets it apart from what listeners may usually expect from a holiday song. In this episode, vocalist and guitarist Shawn Harris details the story behind this adventurous a…

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Our Favorite TV Theme Songs" episode

Dec. 9, 2021

In this sneak preview of The After Party podcast, Chris and Chris discuss their favorite TV theme songs.

Ep. 80: Shaun Morgan discusses Seether's "Remedy"

Dec. 6, 2021

Seether have been a staple of rock radio for the past few decades, and the 2005 single "Remedy" was the South African band's first song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock chart. In this episode, vocalist and guit…

Ep. 79: Des Rocs discusses his song "MMC"

Nov. 29, 2021

Des Rocs doesn't follow the conventional methods of songwriting or recording, which is evident in his genre-bending single "MMC". In this episode, this NYC based artist breaks down the inspiration and writing process behind …

Ep. 78: Chris Conley discusses Saves The Day's "At Your Funeral"

Nov. 22, 2021

Saves The Day's Chris Conley has a decades-long legacy of unique lyrics and undeniable melodies. In this episode, he breaks down the every aspect of the 2001 single "At Your Funeral", the first track on the band's beloved a…

Defeat DeMakes Episode 1

Nov. 18, 2021

In the debut episode of our new podcast game show Defeat DeMakes, Chris takes on challenger Justin Hiltz in a battle of music trivia knowledge. Does Justin have what it takes? Take a listen to find out.

Ep. 77: Michael Sweet discusses Stryper's "To Hell With The Devil"

Nov. 15, 2021

Stryper was the first Christian heavy metal band to gain acceptance in the mainstream, and it was their 1986 platinum-selling album "To Hell With The Devil" that launched them to the heavens. In this episode, singer and guit…

Ep. 76: Kip Winger discusses Winger's "Headed For A Heartbreak"

Nov. 8, 2021

Winger bassist and lead vocalist Kip Winger discusses the 1989 hit single "Headed For A Heartbreak", a Lydian mode masterpiece that didn't follow the rules of popular song structure.

Ep. 75: Christian "MC Bat Commander" Jacobs discusses The Aquabats "Super Rad!"

Nov. 1, 2021

From child actor to superhero lead singer to award-winning television producer, the story of Christian Jacobs is beyond fascinating. Christian not only shares his journey, but also the story behind the 1997 single from The A…

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party Halloween episode

Oct. 28, 2021

Please enjoy this sneak preview of The After Party Halloween episode. If you're a member of the Chris DeMakes A Podcast Supporting Cast, you can hear the whole thing now. If you're not, you can sign up at ChrisDeMakes.com. N…

Ep. 74: Spencer Charnas discusses Ice Nine Kills "The American Nightmare"

Oct. 25, 2021

Ice Nine Kills vocalist and horror movie aficionado Spencer Charnas discusses the writing, recording, and release of the 2018 single "The American Nightmare".

BONUS EPISODE: Albums that became "classic" this year

Oct. 21, 2021

Chris DeMakes A Podcast producer Chris Fafalios takes a quick look back on some noteworthy albums that are celebrating 25 year anniversaries in 2021.

Ep. 73: Donald and John Tardy discuss Obituary's "Slowly We Rot"

Oct. 18, 2021

Death metal pioneers Obituary released their landmark debut album "Slowly We Rot" in 1989. In this episode, drummer Donald Tardy and vocalist John Tardy discuss the writing, recording, and release of the album's classic titl…

Ep. 72: Mummy Cass discusses Here Come The Mummies "Pants"

Oct. 11, 2021

Direct from the crypt, Mummy Cass details the writing, recording, and release of the 2008 Here Come The Mummies single "Pants".

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party "Classic Albums Revisited: Dookie"

Oct. 7, 2021

Sneak preview of the upcoming episode of The After Party, in which Chris and Chris do a track-by-track look back on Green Day's classic 1994 album "Dookie". This entire episode will be released on October 11th, 2021, to all …