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MASTAS Episode 6: Jesus Christ Superstar's Noxious Balladry

Submitted by on April 15, 2016 – 7:24 AMOne Comment

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There's a little Broadway and a little rage as we talk about "I Don't Know How To Love Him."

Join us as we consider the anti-feminism of '70s ballads, the political power of musical theater divas, and Mark's dramaturgical dorkiness for Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tweet us at TalkSongs with your song requests, favorite musicals, and tip for Sarah's performance in Oklahoma!.

Listen here:


And here's the Sinéad verzh:


Learn more about David Gregory Byrne, who wrote our theme songs.

Legally download Yvonne Elliman's original version (if you dare).

Find your glory when Broadway divas sing that Andrew Lloyd Webber medley.

For a welcome feminist revision, legally download "The Ballad of Mary Magdalene" by Cry, Cry, Cry, which Amazon hilariously lists as "The Ballad of Mark Magdalen."

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  • Mathilda Moo says:

    "Not Everyone in NY would pay to see Andrew Lloyd Webber… may his trousers fall down as he bows to the Queen and her Crown" – Crowded House, "Chocolate Cake"

    I think this was on the same CMT cd sample as Luscious Jackson's "Naked Eye". Along with Ani DeFranco's "Under the Bridge". What a weird year…

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