Brian’s Unexpected Covers #1: Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin in Heavy Metal Style

Back on Episode 7 of Dating Ourselves, we talked about the MTV classic Total Request Live, and how the song Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin has all the elements to be a pretty cool heavy metal song. So, this might be what it would sound like.

This is the first installment of what we are calling Brian’s Unexpected Covers. Essentially, popular songs from 1980 – 2005, performed in a style very different than originally intended. Livin’ La Vida Loca was originally a Latin pop song performed by Ricky Martin. This version takes influence from 90s and early 2000s metal bands like Iced Earth, Trivium, etc, but doesn’t really fall into one particular metal subgenre.

If you have any songs from the 80s, 90s, or early 2000s you’d like to hear covered, please feel free to request a song and, if you’d like, the style of music, and we’ll do our best to try it out!

Paul Builds Something Useless #1 – Classic Mp3 Player

In the first episode of Paul Builds Something Useless , I try and recreate the high school car audio experience with a barely usable 3.5″ MP3 Player built on a Raspberry Pi. Velcro and car wiring harness not included.

Parts used:

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
Kuman 3.5″ TFT Touch Screen
9 Layer acrylic Raspberry Pi case
Starter kit:

my install script can be found here:


Episode 11 – Weird About Al

Today, the fellas embark on an epic quest to the land of nostalgia. Paul shares that he has a shrine in his home dedicated to Bruce Campbell. Adam reminisces on Galaga, Lamb Chop, foreign heads of state, and Dolly the Sheep. And Brian is essentially just being Weird about Al Yankovic.

-For some general housekeeping, Dating Ourselves will be taking a brief break for the month of March. The guys will still be posting content on, and on their various social media pages, so please be checking there, and we look forward to sharing Episode 12 upon our return April 5. Remember: if you’re too old for SnapChat, and too young for Life Alert, then you’ve just been dated!

Episode 10 – Death Metal & Hogwarts, a love story.

In Today’s adventure Brian demonstrates the perfect toy to annoy parents and siblings, the YakBak. Paul debates on entering the world of eSports with Super Smash Bros. And finally our special guest host Neva leads us to a land of wizardry and mystery in a discussion on Harry Potter with a hint of death metal.

Episode 9 – Hooked on Da Yo-Yo , Da Coach , and Da Phonics

In this week’s episode of Dating Ourselves Adam spills the beans on the elementary school assembly that fueled his secret desire to be a Yomega Yo-Yo champion. Paul discusses hostile interview tactics and product endorsement inspired by sports legend Mike Ditka. Brian tries to increase our vocabulary with the system that worked for him, Hooked on Phonics.

Episode 8.5 – Advertising & Failing Memories

This week on Dating Ourselves, it’s a countdown special! We’ll be counting down our top 5 favorite TV commercials! The gang increases Paul’s vocabulary with games about Anthropomorphism while saving saving his Pepsi Points for a Harrier Jet. Brian lusts over the unknown singer of the Crossfire board game ad. And Adam wonders How many licks does it take? The World may never know.

Episode 8 – Best Lasagna your Allowance Can Buy in Cape Suzette

In today’s adventure, Brian uncovers his new invention of the rider snowblower in his segment on allowance, Adam reviews the romantic arcs of one of the world’s most beloved tales: Garfield, and Paul spins it with our most requested topic to date: Disney’s TaleSpin.

Episode 7 – Total Request deceased , Dad joke edition

In this week’s episode, Adam discusses how watching Total Request Live cures migraines, and prepares the “cool guys” for senior prom; Brian shoe-horns in another story about playing in a band that is tangentially related to the classic Willy Wonka candy Laffy Taffy; and Paul reminisces about Sandusky, Ohio’s second biggest attraction (behind Callahan Auto Parts): Cedar Point.

Episode 6.5 – Fast Cars , Giveaway Winners, and Christmas Music?

We are taking a break from our regular shenanigans in order to thank some of our listeners for their show of support. We are giving away three nostalgia-themed paper flower arrangements by Paper Blossoms by Michal, and announcing those winners here. In addition to this fun contest, Paul shares his fondness for Michigan-based folk music by Da Yoopers, Adam takes all of Paul’s favorite holiday songs, especially those by Weird Al, and Brian sings selections of heavy metal yuletide.

Episode 6 – The Richest Armageddon in Darkness

In this week’s episode Brian’s discusses the proclivity toward sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll with the early 2000s glam metal band The Darkness, Paul shares his perspective on the highest grossing movie of 1998, Blues Brothers in Space… uhh, I mean Armageddon. This all while Adam gushes over the raw talent that was Macaulay Culkin in 1994’s Richie Rich.