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Bruce McCulloch interview on Pop My Culture podcast

Bruce McCulloch (“The Kids in the Hall”) joins Cole and Vanessa to chat about trophies, the Michael Jackson Hologram, The Black Keys, residuals, playing women, the origins of Gavin, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Macklemore’s unfortunate costume, CatSplosion, the young Rolling Stones, and Cole’s lame idea for a nautical themed “Dive Bar.”

Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first instrument you ever owned, and if you ever got good at it) on our website for a chance to win a Kids in the Hall Season 2 DVD box-set signed by Bruce!

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Bruce McCulloch with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland

Kids in the Hall DVD signed by Bruce McCulloch


  • Comment by Eric — May 26, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    bass. give me the thing.

  • Comment by Anne-Marie — May 26, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    Recorder and no…and I like to think that early failure set the course…

  • Comment by Sara — May 26, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    Trumpet– I learned to play while I had braces. Once the braces came off, I could no longer play. So sad!

  • Comment by Troy Thomas — May 26, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

    I recently started playing the drums and have a small police-blue D-Drum kit, minus crash cymbal. In the 8 months I’ve owned it, I’ve only split one tom-head. I can play about 4 Devo songs and 1 Oingo Boingo song.

  • Comment by ryan — May 26, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    YES!! I love Bruce, great episode.

  • Comment by terry — May 26, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

    first instrument: one of those plastic recorders. no, i never got good at it. that might be because one day when i was playing it while sitting on a bench, i fell backwards and scraped the roof of my mouth off.

  • Comment by LC — May 27, 2014 @ 12:38 am

    The only instrument I ever had was a plastic recorder, and no, I never even tried to be good at it.

  • Comment by Ryan — May 27, 2014 @ 7:44 am

    The only instrument I actually owned was an electric guitar I bought when I was 15 with money I won in an NCAA March Madness pool. It was a cheap off-brand that I bought at a pawn shop for like $50. I taught myself how to play a few Green Day songs and “Santa Monica” by Everclear, but because I didn’t own an amp, nothing sounded right. Eventually I just gave up on it and sold the guitar a few years later. Not learning how to play it is one of my biggest regrets ever.

  • Comment by Michelle — May 27, 2014 @ 10:31 am

    viola and no I sucked after playing 4 years

  • Comment by Allen P. Williams — May 27, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    A guitar when I was 10 and I still play 21 years later (not as good as I SHOULD be though).

  • Comment by Todd Mason — May 27, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    I’ve barely owned an instrument, so much as lived with people who owned them and they infrequently would leave them behind.

    The first family instrument was the technologically Interesting Optigan organ/synthesizer (you slipped LP-sized floppy discs into an optical scanner to set the various keyboard and rhythm sounds). I was the worst in the family at playing that and subsequent keyboards. I’ve since been a terrible trombonist and drummer. Though I did show my brother, just getting acquainted with his fretless electric bass guitar, how to play the bass line for Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”…something he was having difficulty with only because he was trying inadvertently to stick with the frets that didn’t exist on the new instrument’s neck. Trombone experience helpful thus.

  • Comment by Christine — May 27, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

    I had a flute. Never any good, gave up after a year.

  • Comment by Andy Redmond — May 28, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    A recorder…First song.. “Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver.
    My last song… “Sunshine on My Shoulders” by John Denver.

  • Comment by Rain — May 29, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    A piano! I learned some holiday standards, took about 15 years off, and since taught myself the ‘FUN’ song from Sponge Bob. Also, Bruce is my favorite kid from the hall! 🙂

  • Comment by Derek Martz — June 1, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

    I guess the harmonica, and hell no. I also failed to learn guitar AND piano!

  • Comment by grog1138 — June 5, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

    MEGAN FOLLOWS!!!!!! I’m so jealous of Bruce! See you tomorrow Bruce!

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