Episodes

Ep. 110: Dave Hause discusses his song "We Could Be Kings"

July 4, 2022

Singer-songwriter Dave Hause discusses the writing, recording, and release of his heartfelt 2013 single "We Could Be Kings". From the original inspiration to the fascinating recording experience, Dave breaks down every aspec…

Ep. 109: Darryl "DMC" McDaniels discusses Run-DMC's "It's Tricky"

June 27, 2022

Rap pioneer Darryl "DMC" McDaniels breaks down the writing, recording, release, and legacy of Run-DMC's iconic 1986 smash hit single "It's Tricky".

Kate Bush "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" is the SONG OF THE SUMMER (37 years after its release)

June 23, 2022

Chris Fafalios hosts this mini episode, which is all about the phenomenon that is Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)".

Ep. 108: Matt Thiessen discusses Relient K's "Be My Escape"

June 20, 2022

Relient K vocalist, guitarist, and pianist Matt Thiessen sits in to discuss the writing, recording, and release of the hit 2004 single "Be My Escape". Despite the song's unorthodox arrangement, it was a major factor in the b…

Throwback Thursday: Fat Mike discusses NOFX's "Linoleum" and "Linewleum"

June 16, 2022

On February 7th, 2021, Fat Mike sat in for Episode #37 to discuss the writing and recording of NOFX's 1994 classic "Linoleum", as well as the 2021 sequel to it, "Linewleum". As is always the case with Mike, the conversation …

Ep. 107: Chad Price discusses All's "Original Me"

June 13, 2022

Chad Price brought the song "Original Me" with him when he joined All in 1993. Little did he know, the song would become the opening track on the band's next album, Breaking Things. In this episode, Chad breaks down the writ…

Ep. 106: Fee Waybill discusses The Tubes "She's A Beauty"

June 6, 2022

"She's A Beauty" became a huge hit in 1983, launching The Tubes to mainstream success on radio and MTV. In this episode, vocalist Fee Waybill discusses the unusual inspiration for the song, as well as the writing, recording,…

Ep. 105: Reese Roper discusses Five Iron Frenzy's "Zen and the Art of Xenophobia"

May 30, 2022

Five Iron Frenzy vocalist Reese Roper breaks down the 2013 single "Zen and the Art of Xenophobia", a song that calls out religious hypocrisy.

Throwback Thursday: Matt Skiba discusses Alkaline Trio's "Radio"

May 26, 2022

Matt Skiba sat in for Episode 14 of Chris DeMakes A Podcast back on August 31st, 2020, to discuss the Alkaline Trio classic "Radio", taken from their 2000 album Maybe I'll Catch Fire.

Ep. 104: Brett Gurewitz discusses Bad Religion's "Stranger Than Fiction"

May 23, 2022

In thie episode, Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph Records owner Brett Gurewitz opens up about the writing of the 1994 single "Stranger Than Fiction", taken from the album of the same name. Packed with literary references a…

The Journey Ep. 6: Jesse and Justin Bivona

May 19, 2022

The rhythm section of The Interrupters shares their musical journey.

Ep. 103: Aimee Interrupter and Kevin Bivona discuss The Interrupters "In The Mirror"

May 16, 2022

With the new album In The Wild scheduled for release on August 5th, 2022, Aimee and Kevin from The Interrupters sit it to discuss the writing, recording, and release of the leadoff single "In The Mirror".

Throwback Thursday: Bill Stevenson discusses Descendents "One More Day" and The Lemonheads "Steve's Boy"

May 12, 2022

Back in June of 2020, Bill Stevenson was the guest for Episode 4 of Chris DeMakes A Podcast. In what would go on to become one of the most talked about episodes of the podcast, Bill opens up about his relationship with his l…

Ep. 102: Milo Aukerman discusses Descendents "Hope"

May 9, 2022

Descendents vocalist Milo Aukerman discusses the writing, recording, release, and legacy of the classic song “Hope” from the band’s 1982 album Milo Goes To College.

SNEAK PREVIEW of The After Party “Time Capsule: June 1989” episode

May 5, 2022

This sneak preview episode of The After Party podcast coincides with the release of the newest episode of Chris DeMakes A Podcast, because June of 1989 is when Skid Row’s “18 and Life” was released.

Ep. 101: Rachel Bolan discusses Skid Row's "18 and Life"

May 2, 2022

Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan discusses the story behind the band's 1989 hit single "18 and Life". The song's vivid and serious lyrical content set Skid Row apart from a lot of their contemporaries at the time, and it helped…

Defeat DeMakes Episode 7

April 28, 2022

In an epic battle of music trivia knowledge, Chris DeMakes takes on Kansas City's own Ash Lawrence.

Ep. 100: Chris Ballew discusses The Presidents of the United States of America's "Lump"

April 25, 2022

Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, "Lump" became a massive hit for the Seattle-based rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. In this episode, bassist and vocalist Chris Ballew details the writing, recordin…

Ep. 99: Sondre Lerche discusses his song "Bad Law"

April 18, 2022

Norwegian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sondre Lerche tells the story behind his 2014 single "Bad Law", an indie-pop gem that's equal parts danceable and chaotic.

The Journey Ep. 5: Roger Lima

April 14, 2022

Bassist and vocalist Roger Lima reflects back on his musical upbringing that led to a 30+ year career in Less Than Jake.

Ep. 98: Jamie Woolford discusses The Stereo's "New Tokyo Is Calling"

April 11, 2022

20 years since the release of their last album, The Stereo has reunited with a new record and podcast. In this episode, guitarist and vocalist Jamie Woolford discusses the band's 2001 single "New Tokyo Is Calling", a perfect…

Throwback Thursday: Deryck Whibley discusses Sum 41's "Fat Lip"

April 7, 2022

Sum 41 guitarist and vocalist Deryck Whibley sat in the last episode of 2020 to discuss the smash hit single "Fat Lip", which was celebrating its 20 year anniversary at the time. This episode sparked a lyric debate that has …

Ep. 97: Pete Steinkopf discusses The Bouncing Souls "True Believers"

April 4, 2022

Bouncing Souls guitarist Pete Steinkopf tells the story behind the band's 2001 punk rock anthem "True Believers".

The Journey Ep. 4: Jaret Reddick

March 31, 2022

From his metal roots to his Grammy nomination, Bowling For Soup frontman Jaret Reddick details the path that got him to where he is today.