Only Three Lads - Classic Alternative Music Podcast

O3L is a lively podcast celebrating the Golden Age of Alternative Music from 1974-99.

E58 - Top 5 Workout Songs

April 20th, 2021

In this very special crossover O3L, we discuss our Top 5 Workout Songs with the very REAL  medical professional Dr. Don Sharnowski.  Dr. Don is  one of the leading experts in the wellness field, but he's also a dear friend of the show and a huge classic alternative music fan.  Not only can nobody fill out an O3L Be Bueno shirt like Dr. Don, but he's got a reeeeally big dictionary.  That's dictionary,  you sickos...seriously, he offers some very eloquent and thoughtful insights into the music.

Even though we're pretty much a medical podcast now, on the other side of the Callhole...

It did not escape us that this episode is coming out on 4/20, and Bueno...uh, let's just say he played *A LOT* of "basketball" before the show.  

Put on your sweatbands and get ready for the most unusual and outrageous O3L yet!

 

 

E57 - Top 5 New Wave Songs

April 13th, 2021
Like, gag us with a spoon! It was a totally gnarly topic this week. Join the Lads and their fake new wave bands, The Highscore Kids, Hooper Dream, and VHS Lazer (pew-pew-pew), as they attempt to count down their Top 5 New Wave Songs.
 
Featuring such hits as*:
 
The Highscore Kids - "Is The Girl Who Looks Like Belinda Really Going Out With Him?"
 
Hooper Dream - "We Got The Meat"
 
VHS Lazer - "Do You Really Want To Hurt Him (Sarah)?"
 
If you're wearing your WWBD bracelet and thinking "What Would Bueno Do?", the answer his simple: He'd listen to this episode of O3L. Sounds like good advice.
 
* Don't worry, this episode does not actually feature these hits, because these are neither real songs nor real bands.
 
 

E56 - Top 5 Albums of 1974

April 6th, 2021
Ah, 1974. Bueno was a young, wild teenager with a Greg Brady perm harboring a crush for Helen Hunt. Uncle Gregg was a wee toddler digging the Electric Company and special brownies. Baby Brett Weird was just entering the world, no doubt with a stack of obscure Mongolian records in his crib. Yup, that's how we remember 1974.
 
The Lads recount their favorite albums from 1974 - the wild, the weird, and the groundbreaking. It's a crazy, globetrotting musical journey.
 
Plus, Uncle Gregg's "baby Mama" Aunt Vicky pays O3L a special, unforgettable visit!

E55 - Top 5 Guitar Heroes (with Love Tractor)

March 30th, 2021
Here at O3L, we don’t just talk about great guitarists...we have great guitarists join us! And it doesn’t get much better than art rock pioneers and founding members of the legendary Athens, GA alternative scene (and our new BFFs), LOVE TRACTOR. For this episode, we are joined by guitarists Mark Cline & Mike Richmond and bassist Armistead Wellford as we all discuss our favorite guitarists...celebrating the doodly doodlies, the chunka chunkas, the visionaries and the influencers both in and out of the O3L era.
 
Love Tractor recently reissued a remixed and expanded version of their 1982 eponymous debut, an instrumental masterwork of shimmering guitar interplay that Mike Mills from REM lauds as “one of my favorite records of all time.”
 
But wait, there's more...
 
We had such a great time with the guys that it ended up being our most epic show yet. Army, Mark and Mike had so many incredible and hilarious stories that we present a two part bonus feature, Fun to be Happy: O3L in Conversation with Love Tractor. Believe us, some of the best moments are on these episodes, so make sure to check those out too!
 

Thanks to Love Tractor for being so wonderful and generous with their time and memories, and a special thanks to Karen Allison for coordinating everything.

 

Part 1 - Fun To Be Happy: O3L In Conversation With Love Tractor

March 30th, 2021
PART ONE:
 
We had such a great time with Mark, Mike and Army from Love Tractor that it ended up being our most epic show yet. They had so many incredible and hilarious stories that we present a two part bonus feature, Fun to be Happy: O3L in Conversation with Love Tractor. Believe us, do not miss these. Some of the best moments are on these episodes.
 
We cover everything from Love Tractor history to times with fellow Athens luminaries like The B-52’s, REM and Pylon to stories about New Order, The Bangles, Alex Chilton, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, 10,000 Maniacs, Red Hot Chili Peppers, RuPaul, Mick Ronson and so much more. And we guarantee you will never hear “Pushin’ Too Hard” the same way again!
 
Thanks to Love Tractor for being so wonderful and generous with their time and memories, and a special thanks to Karen Allison for coordinating everything.

Part 2 - Fun To Be Happy: O3L In Conversation With Love Tractor

March 30th, 2021
 
 
PART TWO:
 
We had such a great time with Mark, Mike and Army from Love Tractor that it ended up being our most epic show yet. They had so many incredible and hilarious stories that we present a two part bonus feature, Fun to be Happy: O3L in Conversation with Love Tractor. Believe us, do not miss these. Some of the best moments are on these episodes.
 
We cover everything from Love Tractor history to times with fellow Athens luminaries like The B-52’s, REM and Pylon to stories about New Order, The Bangles, Alex Chilton, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy Pop, 10,000 Maniacs, Red Hot Chili Peppers, RuPaul, Mick Ronson and so much more. And we guarantee you will never hear “Pushin’ Too Hard” the same way again!
 
Thanks to Love Tractor for being so wonderful and generous with their time and memories, and a special thanks to Karen Allison for coordinating everything.

E54 - Top 5 Songs of 1988

March 23rd, 2021
Finish this sentence: All she wants is...
 
Need help? The answer was a new O3L, and "she" (and the rest of you) will get exactly that! Join the Lads on a trip back to 1988 for their favorite songs of the year.
 
Only Three Lads: an anomaly in the podcast pool.
 
Oh, and by the way, if you're wondering where the Top 5 Guitar Heroes episode went...we've bumped it to next week. It's going to be worth the wait, we promise!
 
 

E53 - Top 5 Albums of 1976

March 16th, 2021
In the O3L world, 1976 was the calm before the storm. In the year before the punk rock explosion, there wasn't a lot of "alternative" albums, but lawdy, lawdy, lawdy...the albums covered this week were some of the seminal records of the era.
 
We are fortunate to be joined this week by Francois Palay (aka Jean F. Palay, aka JFP), author of the books Night Of Destruction: The Stooges And Other Stories and Too Heavy For Heaven. JFP shares some incredible stories about the final days of The Stooges, and has an awesome Top 5 list. A splendid time was had by all!
 
Be sure to check out Night Of Destruction at Amazon!

E52 - Top 5 Albums of 1996

March 9th, 2021

So, tell us what you want.  What you really, really want.  What's that?  You say what you really, really want is a brand new nugget-coughin', apple-chewin', nut-zippin', man-crushin' episode of O3L?  Well, you just happen to be in luck!

Join Stiff-Bone Spice (Bueno), Hoser Spice (Brett) and Creepy Spice (Uncle Gregg) on an insanely fun journey back to the bygone days of 1996!

E51 - Top 5 Albums of 1983

March 2nd, 2021

How were the albums in 1983?  In the immortal words of Tony the Tiger, they were GRRRRREAT!

 

But what's gotten into the lads during Episode 51?  Was it an alien takeover?  They get a little kooky on this one...don't say we didn't warn ya.  

 

But, hey, did we mention that 1983 was an awesome year?  So grab a spoonful of vegemite, sit back and enjoy O3L!

O3L - E50 - Top 5 Debut Albums (with Vanessa Briscoe Hay from Pylon!)

February 23rd, 2021

Well, it seems that we have some celebrating to do here at O3L headquarters.  It's the big Episode 5-0, so we had to celebrate this milestone with something special.  So how about Vanessa Briscoe Hay from the legendary post-punk band Pylon?  This highly influential band was called "the greatest arty party band" and "eons ahead of their time" by Rolling Stone, "raw, minimalist, brainy and danceable" by Pitchfork, "pioneering, good-humoured and brilliant" by Uncut, and "cool as hell" by PopMatters.  High praise indeed!  Not only is Vanessa cool, but she was also very gracious, generous with her time, has an awesome Top 5 list, and great stories to share.  

 

It just so happens that Vanessa has something big to celebrate too, because the fantastic new Pylon CD box set is coming out on March 26th!   This 4 CD set covers the band's output from 1979-1983.  The vinyl version released last year received some very impressive accolades, including a five star review in the All Music Guide and:

 

  • NEW YORK TIMES “BEST OF 2020 BOXED SETS, REISSUES, DELUXE EDITIONS”
  • ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE’S “THE BEST BOX SETS OF 2020”
  • NPR MUSIC “THE BEST REISSUES & BOX SETS OF 2020”
  • UNCUT MAGAZINE’S “BEST REISSUES OF 2020”
  • BROOKLYN VEGAN “#1 BEST REISSUES, BOX SETS, & COMPILATIONS OF 2020”
  • PASTE MAGAZINE’S “THE 10 BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2020”
  • AQUARIUM DRUNKARDS “2020 YEAR IN REVIEW”
  • ALLMUSIC’S “FAVORITE ARCHIVAL RELEASES OF 2020”
  • ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK #3 “TOP 15 ARCHIVAL ROCK RELEASES OF 2020”
  • POPMATTERS “20 BEST REISSUES OF 2020”
  • GARDEN & GUN MAGAZINE’S “THE BEST SOUTHERN ALBUMS OF 2020”

This was an incredible thrill for us.  Make sure to check out our bonus episode featuring more of our conversation with Vanessa Briscoe Hay too!  

O3L - E50 Bonus - In Conversation with Vanessa Briscoe Hay from Pylon!

February 23rd, 2021

BONUS EPISODE!  Did we mention what a thrill it was to have Vanessa Briscoe Hay on O3L?  She shared so many wonderful memories with us that we are bringing you additional content that was not featured in the regular show!

 

Well, it seems that we have some celebrating to do here at O3L headquarters.  It's the big Episode 5-0, so we had to celebrate this milestone with something special.  So how about Vanessa Briscoe Hay from the legendary post-punk band Pylon?  This highly influential band was called "the greatest arty party band" and "eons ahead of their time" by Rolling Stone, "raw, minimalist, brainy and danceable" by Pitchfork, "pioneering, good-humoured and brilliant" by Uncut, and "cool as hell" by PopMatters.  High praise indeed!  Not only is Vanessa cool, but she was also very gracious, generous with her time, has an awesome Top 5 list, and great stories to share.  

 

It just so happens that Vanessa has something big to celebrate too, because the fantastic new Pylon CD box set is coming out on March 26th!   This 4 CD set covers the band's output from 1979-1983.  The vinyl version released last year received some very impressive accolades, including a five star review in the All Music Guide and:

 

  • NEW YORK TIMES “BEST OF 2020 BOXED SETS, REISSUES, DELUXE EDITIONS”
  • ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE’S “THE BEST BOX SETS OF 2020”
  • NPR MUSIC “THE BEST REISSUES & BOX SETS OF 2020”
  • UNCUT MAGAZINE’S “BEST REISSUES OF 2020”
  • BROOKLYN VEGAN “#1 BEST REISSUES, BOX SETS, & COMPILATIONS OF 2020”
  • PASTE MAGAZINE’S “THE 10 BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2020”
  • AQUARIUM DRUNKARDS “2020 YEAR IN REVIEW”
  • ALLMUSIC’S “FAVORITE ARCHIVAL RELEASES OF 2020”
  • ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK #3 “TOP 15 ARCHIVAL ROCK RELEASES OF 2020”
  • POPMATTERS “20 BEST REISSUES OF 2020”
  • GARDEN & GUN MAGAZINE’S “THE BEST SOUTHERN ALBUMS OF 2020”

 

O3L - E49 - Top 5 Love Songs

February 16th, 2021

Hey baby...what are you wearing?  Oooh, an old oversized Joy Division t-shirt?  Ohhhhh yeeeeeah, that's soooooo HOT!

You know what else is hot?  This week's O3L, where we discuss our Top 5 classic alternative love songs.  

So, what are you waiting for?  Snuggle up with that special someone, turn the lights down low, and get into the mood with the #1 podcast in Flanders.*

 

* There has been no evidence to actually suggest that this is a factual statement.  There's actually been no evidence that a single person in Flanders has ever heard of us.  We didn't even know where Flanders was until this episode.

O3L - E48 - Top 5 12″ Singles

February 9th, 2021

Most singles only go to 7 inches...these go to 12.

 

In our very first Listener's Choice episode, the randomizer selected a topic suggested by Paige Rockwell, wherein we discuss our Top 5 12" singles.  Thanks for the idea, Paige!   

 

This episode is also special for another reason, as this week marks the first anniversary of O3L.  We appreciate you sticking with us this year.  For that, you all get disco lasers.  Pew-pew-pew!  This is the 12 inch remix of O3L! 

 

 

O3L - E47 - Top 5 Artists 1995-99

February 2nd, 2021

For this supersized episode of Only Three Lads, we bring you our top artists from the final five year stretch of the O3L era.  Uncle Gregg brought up an interesting comment about one of his picks that [insert artist name here] "owned" the late '90s.  And then he said the same thing about his next artist...and the next...so who really DID own the '90s?  Truth be told, it was more like a timeshare.  Each of these artists owned their little piece of the time period, and it made for some diverse and amazing music.

Of course, as you've come to expect from three middle aged guys who act like junior high kids, hijinks a-plenty ensue during this episode.  Bueno bowls for a baseball legend!  Uncle Gregg almost gets canned!  Brett blows his chance to be a celebrity impersonator!  And Sarah McLachlan, dang it, she just wants you to save the animals!*

 

* Which, incidentally, is a good idea.

O3L - E46 - Top 5 Grunge/Hard Alternative Albums

January 26th, 2021

Hey hey, we’re the Grungies!  Put on your flannel, broskis, and relive some of the best grunge-era albums with O3L.  That’s if you can muster up the energy, ya slackers!

 

What made Brett fear this episode so much?  Is the fact that “grunge” was a four letter word to him in the ‘90s?  Is it the fact that, if he thought that “grunge” was a four letter word, his spelling might need some work?  Is it the fact that, despite the fact that he is the one writing these very show notes, he is referring to himself in the third person?  Fortunately, Uncle Gregg and Bueno were quite the grungies, so they save the day with their takes on some classic albums (and Bueno gets pretty, uh, creative with the topic).  No matter what side of the fence you’re on, we promise you’ll enjoy this one.

O3L - E45 - Top 5 B-Sides

January 19th, 2021

Don't think that we don't realize the incredible serendipity of Episode 45 celebrating some of the best treasures found on the flip side of 45 rpm singles.   Well, and the extra tracks found on CD singles, but that's not nearly as serendipitous. 

By the way, "serendipity" will score you 17 points on Scrabble.  You'll learn about some other big Scrabble words to use on this episode too.  You're welcome.  

Join us as we discuss a lot of great hidden musical gems, Danny Bonaduce, playing pranks on Chrissie Hynde, and oodles more.  Oodles, we say!  

Liam Gallagher had this to say about this episode: "[Unintelligble ranting...] RISSOLES!"  Well, he didn't, but he might have.  

 

O3L - E44 - Top 5 ’90s Punk Albums

January 12th, 2021

This week, we bring you all the "hot topics" on O3L: apple bongs, teenage doctors, hangin' out at the mall, showering with our listeners.  Cuz we're punk rock!!

Hey, while we're at the mall, can we swing by and pick up a Bueno decoder ring?  We're gonna need it.

Oh yeah, and we manage to work in our Top 5 '90s Punk Albums while we're at it.  Trust us, it's more fun than beating up a mall cop!

O3L - E43 - Top 5 Flashback Favorites with RICHARD BLADE!

January 5th, 2021

OK, we promised that Season 2 of O3L would be bigger and better...so what better way to kick it off than with a living legend? SiriusXM, radio and TV personality, author, screenwriter, game show contestant (and did we mention legend?) RICHARD BLADE is our very special guest.

For this episode, we each (including Richard) picked our Top 5 songs from Richard Blade's classic six volume "Flashback Favorites" CD series. And the stories...oh, the incredible stories.  Make sure you don't miss the amazing bonus episode with our extended conversation!

O3L - E43 Bonus - In Conversation with Richard Blade

January 5th, 2021

You won't want to miss our extended conversation with the legendary Richard Blade!  Richard was very generous with his time and shared so many amazing, revealing stories, from how he got his name to encounters with Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand and Sean Connery.  

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