Tuesday, February 9, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 296

Austin concludes his interview with Jerry Only this week
Photo Credit: WWE.com
If you’re new, here’s the rundown: We listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Steve Austin Show — Unleashed!
Episode: 296 (Feb. 4, 2016)
Run Time: 1:18:23
Guest: Jerry Only, part 2 (15:42)

Summary: Austin is back with the second half of his interview with Only, of The Misfits. They talk extensively about the band, including working with Michael Graves, Only becoming a singer and how and why the band members stayed off drugs. Only tells a story about a complicated border crossing before Austin questions him about his approach to merchandising and songwriting, then about the history of the punk scene. As they wrap it up, Only looks at the big picture of the Misfits’ career.

Quote of the week: “There’s a certain value in playing a show that lends itself to profitability and accessibility to your fans. And so, you know, at the same time would I love to be out there with Metallica and Guns ‘n’ Roses and doing this kind of stuff? Yeah, but am I satisfying the expression of what we do and am I, you know, are the Misfits coming off the way I want ’em to come off for the fans and the kids? You know, tickets today are a hundred bucks. I mean, we charge 20 bucks for a ticket. I mean, you know, we’re not Fugazi where we go in there for five, but, you know, we can’t. We can’t survive that way.”

Why you should listen: If you really, really love the Misfits. Though it’s not clear anyone can love the Misfits as much as Jerry Only loves the Misfits.

Why you should skip it: If you fought through part one, you owe it to yourself to pass on part two.

Final thoughts: There’s an audience for this interview, I’m certain, but I accept that audience doesn’t include me. Maybe it’s your bag, and that’s cool, but I feel reasonably safe in asserting that if you’re on the fence about this at all, there’s nothing pushing you over toward the “gotta hear it” side.