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Bottle Pop! Not so much a podcast but rather: an elaborate ruse to allow me, Tom Aspaul, to drink in the day. Each week I’ll be joined by a pop culture aficionado, working in the entertainment industry.. songwriters, PRs, journalists, popstars, stylists, basically whoever won't turn down a free drink… and we are just gonna sit in my kitchen, pop some prosecco, get p*ssed, and chat sh*t!
 
AJ Marks and Megan Sola-Guinto are two American musicians living in England who host a biweekly podcast with a variety of local and international guests to discuss the cultural and linguistic differences between the U.S. and the U.K. From explaining slang to debunking various misconceptions, Americans and Britons alike can tune in to hear fresh perspectives on what the other countries are like. Email your questions, corrections and stereotypes to AIAhosts@gmail.com and follow AJ and Megan on ...
 
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Wooo, part 2 has arrived, folks! It's our season finale, and it's round 2 of this 2-part finale, and we are joined once again by Bronnie and Chris Mitchell! We're seeing double, and if you want a bit more deja vu, check out Part 1 as a refresher or dive right in to decide for yourself who is more literal when it comes to the English language: the U…
 
It's our season finale, y'all! Joining us to debate, diss, and dissect the English language in this first round of our 2-part finale are Bronnie and Chris Mitchell of the band, Bronnie! This episode is inspired by/in retaliation to Michael McIntyre's "Simplifying English for The Americans" comedy bit. Tune in to this first part to decide for yourse…
 
Megan and AJ talk British phrases with Tom and Ben of Liverpool Arts Bar in this hilarious episode. Our advice: try not to call yourself a nonce or a spanner. You can follow Liverpool Arts Bar at @liverpoolartsbar, at www.liverpoolartsbar.com or by listening to the Arts Bar Podcast. AJ can be found at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on …
 
We're finally discussing TV and Movies with the amazing Rachelle Diedericks! Wild Child, Naked Attraction and NCIS just scratch the surface. You can follow Rachelle at @snackingwithrachelle, AJ at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on all platforms. Feel free to send over your questions/comments/favourite films to AIAhosts@gmail.com, or DM…
 
To discuss the musical differences between the US and the UK, Megan and AJ sit down with a Grammy Award-winning producer known for his work with Rihanna and Sia, Aamir Yaqub! In this episode they discuss grime, the UK's love for groups, and will.i.am! You can follow Aamir at @aamirmusic, AJ at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on all plat…
 
Megan and AJ have yet another guest that straddles the Atlantic ocean, actor and podcaster Adam Unze, of Spark Parade! Today we cover all the classic words that have a different meaning in the US than in the UK, including fanny, casualty and rubber! You can follow Adam at @sparkparade, AJ at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on all platfo…
 
The Idiots are back at it again, this time with two content creators for Buzzfeed UK, Jeff Thurm and Tom Alex Helm. This is the only podcast where you can learn all about Megan's disdain for AJ's taste in candy, Tom's love for digestives, and Jeff's war on sprinkles. You can follow Tom at @tomalexhelm, Jeff at @_jeffthurm_, Megan at @iamsolamusic a…
 
In this two part episode, we're putting the Disco in Black Country Disco, with our musical guide: Tom Aspaul, a songwriter whose credits include Kylie Minogue, MNEK, AlunaGeorge and more. What's the difference between British pop and Britpop? Who sings with their British accent? How do American approach songwriting differently? Only one way to find…
 
In this two part episode, we're putting the Black Country in Black Country Disco, with our tour guide: songwriter Tom Aspaul from Wolverhampton. Tom walks us through the geographical inspiration for his new album, Megan is jed with laughter, and AJ cor believe this is ayn made up. You can follow Tom at @tom_aspaul, Megan at @iamsolamusic, and AJ at…
 
We're back with Freddie Long to air out our British grievances and discuss MORE British slang (there is still so much)! You can follow Freddie at @freddielongmusic, Megan at @iamsolamusic, and AJ at @ajmarksofficial on all social media platforms. The song played in this episode is "The Nowhere Times" by Freddie Long. Send us your questions/comments…
 
The AIA crew are joined by faux slang expert Freddie Long to chat about British slang from a southern perspective. Megan shares a minging tale, AJ discovers the meaning of his nickname, and Freddie shells out bare jokes. You can follow Freddie at @freddielongmusic, Megan at @iamsolamusic and AJ at @ajmarksofficial on all platforms. The songs played…
 
AJ and Megan team up with Matt Bankhurst for the first ever AIA Sportscast. Don't worry, it's a normal episode, but it's just about sports. Specifically, cricket, rugby, baseball, American football, and s****r. You can follow Matt's band at @primylvinyl and the hosts @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial on all platforms. The songs played in this epis…
 
Happy freshers! But since y'all can't go out this year due to the pandemic, Megan and AJ are bringing the party straight to you! It's a pub quiz, a drinking game, it's American Idiots Abroad! Your DJ and bartender for the night will be none other than AmyElle. You can find her socials using the handle @amyelleDJ, AJ by searching for @ajmarksofficia…
 
We're back with Guinness World Records Editor-in-chief Craig Glenday to discuss Scottish rhyming slang and dialect. You can follow Craig at @craigglenday, Guinness World Records at @GWR, and @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial on all social media platforms. Send us your questions/comments/Lorraine Kelly fanfic to AIAhosts@gmail.com, or DM us on our …
 
Holy haggis! It's a new episode of American Idiots Abroad, hosted by aforementioned American idiots Megan and AJ. But there's a Scottish twist! Editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records Craig Glenday is here to make the podcast less sucky with his Scottish wisdom and that! On this episode, we talk about dinosaur vomit, giggle at the word bahoochie,…
 
Everyone spray "cheese!" It's another episode about food, with special guest Izzy Engler. Americans can learn all about the grape of the UK while Britons need some education on corndogs and PopTarts. You can follow Izzy at @izzy_millie and your hosts at @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial. The song played in this episode is "Sugar Honey Spice" by Wi…
 
Once again, we tackle the art of American slang with our friend and fellow idiot abroad Nigel Sand! In this episode, AJ discovers that his quesadillas are "hard" and "cold", Megan advocates for "legitly", the origin of "dude" is unearthed, and more! You can follow Nigel at @sensei_sand and retweet your hosts at @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial. T…
 
Megan and AJ finally sit down with videographers James Amos and Freddy Williams of Casa to debate the word pavement, the right side of the road vs. the correct side, what your car says about you, and more. Listen to AJ get worked up over the price of British vehicles and Megan audibly shiver upon the mere mention of a roundabout. You can follow Cas…
 
In the most tangent-filled episode yet, a pro-clockwise Megan and her rotting bread of a co-host (also known as AJ) discuss alternates. Joined by fan favorite guest MildaMay, we learn what squirty cream is, Mathilda's least favorite song, and why a northern biff is different from a southern biff. You can follow MildaMay at @mildamaymusic and your h…
 
We're back with Season 2! In this episode, Megan and AJ pick apart the differences in American and British phrasing, sentence structure and grammar, with a little help from quarantined guests Wes "Not Like The Other Brits" Russell and Jack "And Here's the Thing" McGaughey of the jazz fusion band DADDY. You can follow DADDY at @we_are_daddy to watch…
 
In the Season 1 finale of American Idiots Abroad, Megan and AJ invite legendary bassist Mo Pleasure to help them describe the differences in a British household. Mo has worked with everyone from Janet and Michael Jackson to Earth, Wind & Fire to Bette Midler to Christina Aguilera (to Sola) and many, many mo! Find out what's literally blowing up his…
 
AJ Marks and Yo Girl Megan are pleased to welcome YouTuber, absolute legend and self-confessed naughty boy Korean Billy to the Idiots Abroad family! With accents for days, Billy describes his transition from learning American English to British English and joins AJ in guessing some cockney rhyming slang! Go check out Korean Billy's videos on YouTub…
 
In this episode, Megan and AJ interview Lauren Amour, fresh off the the plane from her trip to America, about her misconceptions of the US. Tune in for a discussion about everything from prolific songwriter Dr. Who to Chili's to vegan corn dogs. Find out how much Megan paid for a vodka cranberry, who the members of the illuminati are, and if AJ own…
 
This week, Megan and AJ are joined by two fellow American Idiots Abroad, former Disney Channel star Meaghan Martin and theatre director Lydia Parker, to discuss their initial misconceptions of the UK before they moved to London. Featuring the most mid-Atlantic accents you've ever heard on a podcast, find out about the Steve Buschemi test, what Meag…
 
Fashion icon, Hollyoaks actress and podcast host Jess Ellis joins Megan and AJ to discuss how the hairstyles, makeup and clothes of Americans and Britons sets them apart. Listen to find out what a ket wig is, why Jess likes being on "Worst Dressed" lists and what three colours AJ always wears. You can listen to more of our guest on her podcast, Dil…
 
In our most educational episode yet, we discuss... education. With the help of pop/punk singer Bronnie, we breakdown the school system of the US and the UK (surprisingly one of the first questions Americans are asked overseas). We have college; they have university. We have the common app; they have UCAS. We have schoolbus; they do not have schoolb…
 
The lovely guys at FUBAR Radio asked Tom to takeover the station for two hours as part of their ongoing Tuesday Takeover series this summer. He was happy to oblige! For the second hour, Tom is joined by two super-talented singers and songwriters, Benedict Cork and Hannah Yadi. The trio make a toast to broken hearts, referring to Benedict's new sing…
 
The lovely guys at FUBAR Radio asked Tom to takeover the station for two hours as part of their ongoing Tuesday Takeover series this summer. He was happy to oblige! For the first hour, Tom is joined by one half of Jack & Joel, the 2017 X-Factor finalist and meme generator, Jack Remmington. The pair make a toast to Miranda, who's fast becoming an ic…
 
Let the debates begin as Megan and AJ cover things that the US and UK both have different words for. Together, with Cameron and Connor Cockbain of The Post Romantics and special guest, Liv the mathematics expert, they explore which words are better suited for the thing that they're describing. Starjumps vs. Jumping Jacks, Queue vs. Line, Hair Tie v…
 
Megan and AJ are excited to have self-described avid listener MildaMay (personally known as Mathilda Riley) as the guest for this special birthday episode of the podcast. In honor of Megan's special day, we discuss the quintessential British birthday and other country-exclusive holidays. Our American listeners will find out why the innocent-soundin…
 
In this episode of American Idiots Abroad, Megan and AJ discuss various restaurants and food with songwriter and producer Cameron Warren and test out how well he knows the American equivilents. The difference between English mustard and American mustard is shocking! Crab rangoon is a thing! Chippies serve Chinese food apparently! Also catch a snipp…
 
Our tenth episode! Double digits baby!! This episode features the wonderful Madeleine Wood AKA Mad Wood AKA Mick Wood. What is Venmo? What are pence? Is Tekashi 6ix9ine secretly an Australian woman? Tune in to hear us answer all these questions and provide unprompted comparisons between British currency and American currency. The songs featured in …
 
Sup y’all! This episode features two additional Americans abroad, singer-songwriters Alex Dunaway from Temecula, CA and Nolan Garrett from Tacoma, WA. Listen in to hear Megan and AJ talk about hella American slang and their guests' lit songs "Strange Things" and "No Secrets", out now on all music platforms! Find them at @alexdunawaymusic and @nolan…
 
Wagwan, listeners! In this episode, Meg and AJ have a laugh with Tom Anderson of Venus Demilo (@vnsdmlo on the socials). Listen to us smash this episode as we give you lot a taste of British phrases. Will Meg's enlarged basket ever receive an actual GoFundMe page? What does it mean to get Marked? Who is Bob?? Find out by tuning in and hear an EXCLU…
 
American Idiots Abroad teams up with singer-songwriter Leora of Worcestershire to decode British slang. Get our cheeky takes on "bloody", "peckish", and several other Brit words by clicking that play button!! The outro for this episode is "Sweet Distraction" by Leora. You can find your hosts at @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial, our guest at @_leo…
 
On this episode of American Idiots Abroad, we feature Max Baynham and Alex Campbell of Sister Sister (the band, not the TV show). And Megan and AJ FINALLY get to discuss their true passion... music! Specifically how it differs from the US and UK. Will Max and Alex be able to name a single Hillary Duff song? How is Rita Ora the same as Nicole Scherz…
 
American Idiots Abroad hosts Megan and AJ have a chat about alcohol and club culture with A Burial At Sea band members Patrick Blaney and Dara Tohill, both of whom are from Northern Ireland. The outro for this episode is their song "Lest We Remember", available on all streaming platforms. You can find your hosts at @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficia…
 
In collaboration with the hosts of One of Them Podcasts, listen to guests Louis Jayy, John Naylor and Paddy Morrison discuss everything from Carribean black pudding to the perfect crisp buttie (shout out to Emeli Sarnie). Find One of Them Podcasts on YouTube and follow them at @oneofthempodcasts. You can find Megan and AJ on all platforms (@iamsola…
 
On this episode of American Idiots Abroad, Megan and AJ talk about the weather (typical) with bedroom pop solo artist PIXEY (Lizzie Hillesdon) and Liverpool photographer Kate Davies. The rare sight of snow starts up this very seasonal conversation, and we discuss everything from when it's cracking flags to when it's pissing it down. The outro for t…
 
Megan and AJ discuss accents with special guests Gili Goldberg and Danny Bathurst of TUCAN. What do you get when a Californian, a Bostonian, a Brummy, and Londoner walk into the studio? Listen to find out! The outro for this episode is Flight by Tucan - Live from Abbey Road Studios. Follow @tucan_music, @giligoldbergmusic, and @_dannybathurst on In…
 
In the debut episode of American Idiots Abroad, (**airhorn noise**) we're talking about words that both Americans and Britons use, but in totally different ways. We tackle pants, decent, quite, "you alright?", pissed, sick, ill, pudding, cheers, diary, sorted, fancy and shirt! The outro for this episode is the brand new song "Self-Destructing" by S…
 
Tom is joined in the Season 2 Finale by BRIT nominated singer, songwriter, DJ, label boss and businesswoman, Little Boots, aka Victoria Hesketh, as they make a toast to, ‘the return of songs’. The pair catch up, having last collaborated on Little Boots' previous record, ‘Working Girl’, and vow to write something new together in the near future. Tom…
 
Tom is joined by Music PR and KPop superfan, Chris Slade and the head of Digital Marketing at Capitol Records UK, Maddy Smith, for a double whammy music industry special, as the trio make a toast to the recent engagement of Justin Bieber. Chris explains his love for all things KPop and why he thinks the genre has had an upsurge in popularity with t…
 
Tom is joined by fellow podcaster (What's Poppin'), blogger and social media guru, Grace Medford, as they make a toast to inclusivity on London Pride weekend. After a failed attempt at recording this very episode two weeks ago, Tom describes the trials, tribulations, highs and lows of his busy week, from appearing as a guest on Annie Mac’s BBC Radi…
 
Tom takes Bottle Pop on the road this week, to sunny Clapham, as he joins vocal producer and vocal coach to-the-stars, Lorna Blackwood in her studio. The pair toast to Cam, Lorna’s husband, who's work on George Ezra’s latest album, has garnered not just a #1 album, but George’s first #1 hit! Lorna describes the different aspects to her work, giving…
 
Tom is joined by the acclaimed and iconic singer/songwriter, former Sugababe and new Mum, Siobhan Donaghy as well as her best pal, the multitalented superstar Drag Queen DJ, Lady Lloyd. The trio make a toast to Siobhan’s 11 month old, Ford as well as Lloyd’s all time #1 fave Popstar, Shania Twain. Tom finds out how the pair met back in the old Suga…
 
Tom is joined by the editor of OfficialCharts.com and pop superfan, Rob Copsey, who makes not one, but two toasts; to Mariah Carey and to Lily Allen and her new album. Continuing the theme of doubles, Rob provides an extra bottle of prosecco too, which makes for possibly the most inebriated episode yet. While still sober, the pair talk about the ch…
 
Tom is joined by singer and songwriter Anita Blay, otherwise known as one half of dance-pop duo Anthony & Cleopatra (and formerly/iconicly known as CockNBullKid). As well as celebrating her recent success with the new One Republic single, the pair make a toast to the British Summer Time. Despite Tom’s struggles with hayfever this week, they manage …
 
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