Gwen Stefani / Hop Hip / Forking
In this episode the boys begin with James posing the question to Neil as to whether the band No Doubt (www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZktNItwexo) were perhaps knowingly off the mark in devising their own band name. James proceeds to unpack the densely ironic name of the band through explaining Gwen Stefani’s masterful and uncanny ability to “double eye.” Following this crucial and prescient discussion the fellows move on to a consideration of the seemingly unbridgeable gap between the worlds of hip hop and the university. By way of the cringe-heavy context of old white men summoning “rap” in their problematic and doomed attempts to add hip hop to academic discussions of poetry and language (www.youtube.com/watch?v=M61_L5PT-9A), the boys make the case for uniting these two worlds in a less politically and aesthetically offensive manner. This brief foray into hip hop concludes, unfortunately, with the boys’ recollection of House of Pain alumnus Everlast (www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM6_7fgMorE), and his darker-than-thou-brand of mainstream country rap. Finally, the fellows turn to a discussion of the appropriateness of the word spooning in describing the act of a couple horizontally fixed in a loving, back-to-front embrace. Through a careful consideration of the nature of spooning, James offers the word forking as a more accurate designation. Enjoy the show.