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Stereogum’s Rachel Brodsky joins Chris Molanphy to talk about how The Bangles and their pop peers survived the ’80s.

Episode Notes

In this mini-episode of Hit Parade, host Chris Molanphy is joined by Rachel Brodsky, writer and editor at Stereogum, to expand on the latest full-length episode—on the careers of Cyndi Lauper, Aimee Mann and The Bangles. Rachel recently interviewed Bangles member Susanna Hoffs, and she tells Chris about Hoffs’s ongoing career pursuits, her friendship with Aimee Mann, and her reflections on her time with The Bangles.

Next, Chris quizzes a Slate Plus listener with some music trivia, gives him a chance to turn the tables with a stumper question of his own, and previews next month’s full-length episode. Slate Plus members can sign up for a chance to be our trivia contestant on a future episode here.

Podcast production by Asha Saluja.

About the Show

Chris Molanphy, a pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia, and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts, and shaped your memories forever.

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  • Chris Molanphy is a feature writer and critic who writes widely about music and the pop charts.