This last may have been the least offensive Pop Offensive ever, what with a narrowly avoided explanation of the term "Bunga" and our mealy-mouthed cultural sensitivity around the issue of Southeastern Europe/The Balkans/Former Yugoslavia/whatever-the-fuck-you-want-to-call-it. Musically, however, we took no prisoners. This night's mix was a driving collection of world pop, be it of the Japanese Idol variety, good old American power pop, Euro dance, or whatever Jeff Heyman and I could find to give you a happy feeling in your shoes. Hey, we even featured a pretty broad survey of great tunes past and present from... well, for the sake of sparing peoples feelers, let's just call it Narnia.
To hear it for yourself, simply head to 9th Floor Radio's Pop Offensive Archive, where the episode has just been made available for both streaming and download.
Personally, on the subject of Jeff and my uncharacteristic reticence, I prefer to see it as just another baby step on this fledgling show/podcast's road to maturity--and something that is now less likely to happen again. Ours, after all, is a very lighthearted cultural conversation--it's about pop music, for god's sake--and to have it derailed by political correctness... well, that really would be offensive.