May 26, 2017
The passing of Chris Cornell has hit the Gen X Men crew pretty hard, as evidenced by the fact this entire episode covers the topic of death. Chris was an artist that defined the music of our generation. He had a voice that was distinctive and had a wide range, not only in terms of octaves but also moods, from soulful tones to scorching screams.
The guys ponder how grunge musicians, as older members of Generation X, often produced work tinged with pessimistic sounds and lyrics. By that logic, is it any wonder many of them struggle with depression and drug abuse? And how did those songs potentially color the outlook of younger Gen Xers regarding the world and life?
We also explore how our generation is, hopefully, the last to suffer under the yolk of self-repression and self-isolation. Are the Millennials doing better than us psychologically, shrugging off the toxic rugged individualism that just might be the impetus behind many suicides?
We also discuss the death of Bond actor Roger Moore, the suicide bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, and the latest idiocy of the Trump administration.
It’s Not Just Chris Cornell: Suicide Rates Highest Among Middle-Aged Men
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
All My Favorite Grunge Musicians Are Dead
The Deadliest Musical Genre
April 27, 2017
Anthony, Derek, and Dan lay claim to an entire subgenre of science fiction: cyberpunk! Cyberpunk and Gen X seem to share the same timeline, since our generation came of age just as the genre was hitting its peak in the 80's and 90's.
In this episode, the guys talk about both the pop culture and real-world manifestations of cyberpunk. They also break down the two halves of the word: technology as the "cyber" and rebellion and dystopia for the "punk." Our generation saw technologies like cybernetics in cyberpunk books and movies, and now live in a time when artificial limbs can be connected to the human nervous system. And of course, cyberpunk showed us the rise of the Information Age before the Internet was born.
The punk side of the coin speaks to depictions of chaotic and oppressive futures, where social structures break down and capitalism-gone-rampant has created powerful corporations that are almost nations unto themselves. In many ways, the current state of our world echos those themes.
Go here for a good primer on cyberpunk.
And true to the dystopian present, there's explicit language. Deal with it.
March 31, 2017
Generation X is approaching (or has reached) a "certain age." Is an inevitable mid-life crisis also approaching?
The guys take on the concept of the mid-life crisis, considering its very veracity/existence and how it may or may not have affected the Boomers, and now Gen X. They question whether a skateboard is the Gen X equivalent of buying a sports car when you hit your middle years.
What lures people into the latter-year trap of "negative nostalgia" for the glory days of youth? Can we overcome the desire to pine for "the good old days" and not obsess over the past? If so, what are the ways we can avoid regret? Perhaps it's enough to use nostalgia as a light flavoring for the present, and work to maintain your hope for the future.
Ultimately, can Gen X transform the mid-life crisis into a "fourth decade re-evaluation"?
And yes, there's some adult language involved in this episode. Because we're all adults here...aging adults.
March 21, 2017
Join our intrepid hosts as they journey into the outer reaches...of absurdity! The Gen X Gentlemen explore the topics of space and the future.
They pay homage to the celebrities who have passed on into the real final frontier so far in 2017. Then, after some requisite rambling they launch into hyperspace! Dan, Derek, and Anthony discuss the progress of technology, the achievements of humanity, and the potential barriers and risks that may face us in the coming years. They also, of course, spend some time on space-based pop culture (Star Wars, Star Trek, Robotech, sci fi literature, etc).
Ultimately, they ask the question: should we focus our technology on leaving the Earth, or fixing it? Will we allow our limitations to keep us from coming together in a bright Star Trek-like future? Can we even agree long enough to accomplish either of those goals?
And, as usual, what role does Gen X have to play in the grand scheme of things?
Note: the guys succumb to the Dark Side again during this episode. Hear some bad language, you will!
February 17, 2017
The gurus of Gen X dive into relationships...romantic, platonic, and—of course—moronic!
Derek, Anthony, and Dan wade into the weeds, asking questions about love and marriage as they pertain to the "slacker" generation. Is Gen X ironically more serious about tying the knot? Do we take everything too seriously? Apparently, we have fun wedding receptions, so suck it!
There's the usual degeneration into talking about privates, but this time they have an excuse! The guys also get into questions of feminism, as well as the triumvirate of toxic masculinity, machismo, and misogyny.
Then, there's friendship. Is Gen X more open to deeper platonic connections, especially between men, than the Boomers? Or are we just as prone to remaining aloof, repressing our feelings, and telling each other to "man up" and "deal with your problems" the old fashioned way: by burying them alive?
This episode contains the usual occasional spraying of bad language. Be sure to wear a full-body condom while listening!
January 20, 2017
Anthony, Dan, and Derek take a long, hard look at the topic of babymaking!
Actually, they initially discuss how Gen Xers were raised. What did the parents of the Latch Key Generation do to us when we were growing up? The guys share some of their childhood experiences, especially the more difficult parts of what happened to them as kids. What parental forces shaped our generation, for better or worse?
Then, they flip to the other side of the coin: what kind of parents are Gen Xers? How do we stack up against the Baby Boomers and how they raised us? Are we the helicoptering wimps the Boomers think we are, giving every kid a trophy? Are we better parents then the people who brought us up?
And what about Gen Xers who don't want to have kids? Have some of us evolved beyond the urge to procreate?
The episode contains the occasional bad word, so while you listen please...think of the children!
December 28, 2016
Anthony, Dan, and Derek take a look back over the year-that-was. In their recap of 2016, they discuss the many celebrity deaths that occurred (note: this was recorded before the passing of George Michael and Carrie Fisher; so just know they weren’t omitted on purpose, and may they rest in peace).
Ultimately, the Gen X Men ask (and attempt to answer) the question on everybody’s mind: was 2016 the worst year ever? Perhaps more importantly, what can Generation X do about the state of our country and the world now, and in the future?
Then the guys get into the nuance of political correctness versus just being nice to other human beings (and the connected 2016 issues pertaining to gender and where people poop). Derek waxes poetic about genitalia, Anthony (who is cisnerd) uses an Iron Man analogy to describe the state of the terrorized world, and as usual Dan cuts through his cohosts’ rantings with his typical humor.
The trio also stray into societal issues once again, contemplating the overpowering fear infecting Western Civilization and the 2016 fallout of that fact (the election of Trump and the global resurgence of populism).
And stay tuned ‘til the end of the show to hear predictions for 2017 (you can judge their profundity, or lack thereof). Happy New Year to all!
December 23, 2016
Go on a Gen X pop culture nostalgia trip in the Way Back Machine with Derek, Dan, and Anthony! The dynamic trio has another calm, rational discussion, this time about the wonders and highlights of the TV, movies, games, and other things that helped define the youth of our generation.
They start off with a potentially controversial theory: Gen X suffered to make geek culture mainstream. You're welcome, kids of today, because we made nerdiness cool so you wouldn't have to get beaten up for it!
Then, the guys launch into an insightful retrospective that encompasses grunge, the shaming of males who watched Friends, the disturbing conspiracy behind the Smurfs, and much more!
By the way, we still haven't overcome our dependencey on uncouth vocabulary. So don't let Santa know you're listening.
December 2, 2016
How's your faith these days, folks? The Gen X Men dive into totally non-controversial topics like religion in this episode. Join us as we explore the depths of atheism, spirituality, organized religion, morality (or the lack thereof) and what it all means for our generation. Then we dive into a bit of Satanism (and Santaism, with Christmas looming) as well as music, what bothers us about Western culture (including the bullshit of rugged individualism and 'Murican fear-mongering), and other issues facing us here in the United States of "Trumpistan."
Here's the Al Jazeera article about Donald Trump's America we talk about in the episode.
And if you're curious about the horrible, demonically possessed "lost" recording we reference during the show, download it here.
As usual, there's some potty mouth language, so we're getting coal in our stockings this year.