The Amen Break – Why Is This 6- Second Dirty Drum Solo Used In 6,000 Other Songs?

You may not have heard OFF The Amen Break – but you’ve definitely heard it. But how did this 6-second drum solo become the world’s most used sample and show up in 6,000 other songs – from Slipknot the Futurama theme.

Alex shares the fascinating history behind The Amen Break, how it was discovered, what makes it so good and why copying other people’s stuff in your art is a good thing, actually.

In the moment of meta Katie talks about 2 new mottos that she believes are essential to enthusiasm:

  • It’s OK to make mistakes
  • Don’t blame others – or yourself

BTWs include:

  • Famous B-side songs that became more popular than the A-side
  • The Danish band that ALMOST became a hit in black dance clubs
  • Paying artists for their work

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Parasites – Beautiful And Gross And Everywhere

Parasites are everywhere – in us and on us and on animals as well. And our guest Pikka Jokkelainen is very enthusiastic about them and even finds them beautiful.

Learn all about these fascinating life forms and especially about Toxoplasma Gondii – a parasite you (or your cat) might very well have right now!

BTWs include:

  • Can parasites change our behavior?
  • Where to get your Parasite merch

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M – How Fritz Lang Revolutionized Movies And Trolled Nazis

Of all the movies movies Katie was forced to watch when she studied cinema – this is the one she’s actually enthusiastic about. M is a 1931 movie by German director Fritz Lang that revolutionized the art form.

So many of the tricks and techniques you see in nearly all modern movies were first used in this one. And you can find the whole movie on YouTube so get watching 🙂

BTWs include:

  • Nicolas Cage
  • How to fake being a silent movie pianist
  • Trolling Nazis

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Koyaanisqatsi – The EPIC 80s Movie With No Actors, No Plot And No Dialogue

Imagine a movie with no plot, no characters, no actors, no dialogue, no narration, no stunts, no CGI, no special effects and no sound – only super minimalist music. HOW is this movie not a complete boring train wreck?

In this episode, Alex shares his love for a groundbreaking 1980s movie that is utterly beautiful and fascinating and which has inspired so many other works including Madonna music videos, Zach Snyder’s Watchmen and the Grand Theft Auto video game.

BTWs include:

  • Death of the author
  • German expressionist cinema
  • Citizen Kane
  • How NOT to eat marmite

In the Moment Of Meta, Alex and Katie follow up on Katie’s previous challenge to “say yes” to new adventure and share what happened when they did.

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Orcas – Smart, Playful, Awesome And Misunderstood

Orcas are awesome and Katie is ready to give you all the reasons why – including their intelligence, playfulness and understanding of fluid dynamics.

You can also learn why they are, surprisingly, neither killers nor whales!

BTWs include: What Orcas are called in Danish and (obviously) Free Willy!

In the Moment Of Meta we officially announce the 10th enthusiandment.

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Tove Jansson – Moomin Trolls And Anti-Fascism

The Moomin Trolls are nothing but cute, cuddly, innocent kids’ stories right? Wrong!

And the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson, was just a kids’ writer, right? WRONG! She was also a novelist, poet, painter and all-round badass and Alex shares 5 reasons why you should be enthusiastic about her,

BTWs include queer erasure, dancing and lesbian cottage core.

In the moment of meta Katie talks about saying “YES!” to new adventures.

Mad Max Fury Road – This Movie Should Not Work… So Why Is It SO AMAZING?

How does this movie even work? A 70-year old grandpa and his wife make the most insane, over-the-top, high octane action movie EVER? Alex has a theory: It works only because EVERY element of it is insane.

This completes our trilogy of episodes on maximalist movies that started with Everything Everywhere All At Once and RRR.

BTWs include feminism, Aliens and Mel Gibson.

In the moment of meta Katie talks about being enthusiastic about your hobbies when you also get paid to do them.

Trixie Mattel – The World’s Hardest-working Drag Queen

Of all the drag queens in all the world Katie loves Trixie Mattel the most and in this episode you’ll hear a ton of reasons why you should be enthusiastic about her too. This includes her insane work ethic, how funny she is and of course her long-standing partnership with Katia.

BTWs include:

  • Makeup
  • Lying to the media
  • Staying friends in showbiz
  • What Katie wants for her birthday

Moment Of Meta

In the moment of meta Alex gives some tips on how to be enthusiastic about your job. Yes – it’s possible!

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RRR: The Epic Indian Action Movie That Goes ALL-IN on EVERYTHING

RRR (Rise, Roar and Revolt) is a brand-new Indian movie that has Katie VERY enthusiastic because of the insane action, the crazy high energy and the men’s fashions. Just don’t talk to her about whatever it is the women are wearing!

It is a HUGE blockbuster in India and worldwide and you can see it on Netflix right now – but first listen to this episode to hear exactly how awesome it is.

BTWs include:

  • What is Tollywood and why is it different from Bollywood
  • Why you should watch RRR with British people

Moment Of Meta

In the Moment Of Meta we talk about an ad that enraged Alex and how to use hobbies as a source of enthusiasm.

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