Join the perfectly good men of Tripod, along with your host Andrew Pogson, on this musical adventure podcast celebrating all things Tripod. Featuring live performances, tight three part harmonies, stories, jokes, laughs, tears, poor adlib, and much much more.
I first recall seeing Tripod on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Remember that show? The boys appeared on the Red Faces segment, and performed a tribute(?) to Oasis – entitled Oasnis Yea.
Not only did the boys not get gonged, they also stuck in my mind – even if it was for how terribly they were dressed! Fast forward a few years, and they’re on JJJ breakfast radio, performing song in an hour challenges with Merrick and Rosso, and then Adam and Wil. Fast forward to 2002 – and the moment that cemented them in my mind as one of my favourites – when they performed Sweet Caroline at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala
Through all of their albums, their song in an hour challenges on Triple J, their MICF gala performances, I have loved this band. And now – they celebrate their 20th anniversary with a new show entitled Tripod – 101 hits. In conjunction, they’ve also released a songbook – and a podcast. And that’s where we come in!
The basic format of the show is that host Andrew Pogson will introduce a theme at the start of the episode, and asks the boys questions based around that theme. This provides a loose framework for the structure of the show. I say loose framework, because while the answers to the questions start off on topic, inevitably, Tripod venture off into stories from their 20 years in the industry, which provides some really interesting listening, some insights into the comedy world of the late 90’s, early 2000’s, and some pretty good laughs.
In between stories, the talking is broken up by music – as Tripod delve deep into their 101 hits to pull out songs usually relating to the topic of the podcast. Though they did have trouble converting “I Hate Your Family (The Christmas Song)” into an Easter song… but kudos for trying. What is an Easter tree anyway?
The music is a welcome addition, as it not only allows Tripod to do what they do best, but it splits up 60 – 90 minutes of talking into manageable segments. Many conversational podcasts suffer with holding interest for that length of time, however the songs do a really great job at breaking up the podcast into listenable segments. Thankfully too, Perfectly Good Podcast is ad-free, so you don’t have to listen to anyone spouting on about Square Space, or Onnit, or True Car, or… well, you get the point.
The podcast is just 7 episodes old, but has already tackled themes like religion, touring, and family. It’s well worth subscribing to, and with episodes coming out fortnightly (at the moment) you have plenty of time to stay caught up.