Friday, June 16, 2017

Episode 309: Happy Father's Day Vol. 2

Episode 309: Happy Father's Day Vol. 2
Pat's youngest daughter Rita helps him celebrate Father's Day by sitting in to play songs they both like. Cousin Kyle produces.
From June 15, 2017

With your host:

Pat Francis

Liner Notes

  • Happy Father's Day! Today's guest is Rita Dodson, Pat's youngest daughter. She just graduated 7th grade and is the only one in Pat's immediate family who can tolerate the music he listens to. She also giggles a lot.

  • Rita recently played The Wicked Witch of the West in her school's production of The Wiz, a role also played by Mabel King and Mary J. Blige. Rita: "I don't know who that is."

  • Rita refers to "Hooked on a Feeling" as the "Ooga Chaka" song. The three look up other Blue Swede songs.

  • Pat got to watch (the end of) Micky Dolenz rehearsing. Rita didn't want to go because she was too tired.

  • Mommy hates "Don't Stop Believin'."

  • Pat explains what "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" is about: A man is fed up with his wife and sees a personal ad in a newspaper from a woman looking for a relationship. The man responds with a personal ad of his own and they live happily ever after.

  • Rita had to watch the educational film Miracle of Life on the last day of school. One kid threw up, while Rita almost threw up.

  • Olivia d'Abo sings backup vocals on the acoustic version of "Livin' on a Prayer."

  • Kevin Quinn made a "Siegel Stinkeroo" stinger complete with a fart noise.

  • Rita's middle name is Dora, so she has two old lady names.

  • Rita beautifully sings her version of "Don't Bring Me No Bad News" to end the show.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:05:00 Don’t Bring Me No Bad News The Wiz Soundtrack Mabel King Pat
00:10:00 Lovely Rita Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles Pat
00:15:00 Hooked on a Feeling Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Blue Swede Rita
00:20:00 Good Times Good Times! The Monkees Pat
00:25:00 Don’t Stop Believin’ Escape Journey Pat
00:25:00 Mr. Blue Sky Out of the Blue Electric Light Orchestra Pat
00:30:00 Skyfall Single Adele Pat
00:30:00 Writing’s on the Wall Single Sam Smith Rita
00:35:00 Bohemian Rhapsody A Night at the Opera Queen Pat
00:40:00 Escape (The Piña Colada Song) Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Rupert Holmes Pat
00:45:00 Livin’ on a Prayer This Left Feels Right Bon Jovi Pat
00:45:00 Livin’ on a Prayer Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi Rita
00:50:00 Come and Get Your Love Wovoka Redbone Pat
00:55:00 You Bring the Summer Good Times! The Monkees Pat
01:00:00 Fox on the Run Desolation Boulevard Sweet Pat
01:05:00 Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang Single Silver Pat
01:05:00 Another One Bites the Dust The Game Queen Rita
01:10:00 I Know What I Know Good Times! The Monkees Rita
01:15:00 Mrs. Rita New Miserable Experience Gin Blossoms Pat

Friday, June 9, 2017

Episode 308: Stephen Pearcy

Episode 308: Stephen Pearcy
Pat and Kyle finally hook up with RATT lead singer Stephen Pearcy and it was definitely worth the wait!
From June 8, 2017

With your host:

Pat Francis

Liner Notes

  • Today's special guest is best known as the lead singer of the band Ratt, but he's done a bunch of other projects including his new solo album Smash. It's Stephen Pearcy! Pat commends Stephen for still sounding great on the mic. He also gives him the thumbs up on the new record. Stephen says that the record took a long time to make and he and his band wanted to make it as good as possible. It helps to be sober, he adds.

  • The original Ratt EP was made on a $3000 budget, but it sold 300,000 copies. This was the classic Ratt lineup: Stephen on vocals, Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby (RIP) on guitars, Juan Croucier on bass, and Bobby Blotzer on drums. Stephen remembers when the band was in San Diego and couldn't get signed to a major label because all the bands that did get signed were on the Sunset Strip in LA. He would travel to LA and hang out backstage with Van Halen, chatting about gear and smoking weed. Eventually Ratt moved to Hollywood where they got signed by Atlantic Records.
  • Ratt teamed up with producer Beau Hill on those first four Ratt albums to produce the classic Ratt sound. When the first album came out, it was a really cool time for the band: Milton Berle was in the "Round and Round" video, Ozzy and Dio came over to Stephen's one-bedroom apartment, they were hanging out with WASP and Motley Crue. There was more camaraderie than competition back then. It was a fun and unique era, one in which the band just wanted to play music.

  • Stephen highlights the importance of Warren and Robbin in Ratt's sound and writing.

  • Stephen listens to everything. He admits that his attention span is not what it used to be. But he just loves music, that's why he's never stopped doing it. Even when Ratt wasn't around, he had Arcade, Vicious Delite, Vertex, his solo stuff. He loves to write music. When Ratt did a song for the Point Break soundtrack, it was a song that originally wasn’t written by the band. But when they went in to do it, they made their own changes to the lyrics.

  • If Eddie Van Halen had asked Stephen to join Van Halen years ago, Stephen would have done it. Ditto Blue Oyster Cult.

  • After Out of the Cellar came out, it was madness. Record, tour, record, tour, record, tour, record, tour. Nonstop for about six years.
  • The last Beau Hill album was Reach for the Sky, which is Pat's favorite Ratt album. It's co-produced with Mike Stone. While Beau liked to push Stephen, Mike did not. The next album Detonator had another new producer, Desmond Child. At that point, Ratt was beat down and busted because they never took a break. Stephen wanted to shut the band down. On Detonator they co-wrote with Desmond and Diane Warren. Stephen says you have to be openminded when writing with other people.

  • After Ratt broke up, Stephen spent most of the 90s in other projects like Arcade and Vertex. He wanted to try new things and prove to people that he could do something different. Ratt then reformed in 1999 with just Stephen, Warren, and Bobby returning.

  • The last Ratt album was Infestation in 2010. Stephen was in rough shape back then, but he's made it through to the other side. When Ratt does do new music, he wants to get Beau Hill back on the boards.

  • Before Stephen was a musician, he worked in a pit crew. Total gearhead. Then one day he got run over by a car and spent months in the hospital learning how to walk again. Someone gave him an acoustic guitar and that was how he became a musician.

  • You can find Stephen on Twitter @StephenEPearcy or you can go to his website
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:00:00 Ten Miles Wide Smash Stephen Pearcy Pat
00:05:00 Dead Roses Smash Stephen Pearcy Pat
00:15:00 Tell the World Ratt EP Ratt Pat
00:25:00 Round and Round Out of the Cellar Ratt Pat
00:45:00 One Like a Son Vertex Vertex Pat
00:50:00 Nobody Rides for Free Point Break Soundtrack Ratt Pat
01:05:00 Bottom Line Reach for the Sky Ratt Pat
01:10:00 City to City Reach for the Sky Ratt Pat
01:15:00 Givin’ Yourself Away Detonator Ratt Pat
01:20:00 Dancin’ with the Angels Arcade Arcade Pat
01:25:00 It Ain’t Easy Ratt Ratt Pat
01:25:00 Eat Me Up Alive Infestation Ratt Pat
01:35:00 Lollipop Smash Stephen Pearcy Pat
01:40:00 What Do Ya Think Smash Stephen Pearcy Pat
01:50:00 Hit Me with a Bullet Smash Stephen Pearcy Pat

Friday, June 2, 2017

Episode 307: The Warmth of Vinyl: Vol. 2

Episode 307: The Warmth of Vinyl: Vol. 2
No CDs, no mp3s, no wav files not even a computer because this week Pat and Co-Host April Richardson are playing nothing but good old-fashioned records. So sit back and get ready to enjoy pops, crackles, skips and hopefully some laughs because it's time to hear the warmth of vinyl... Vol. 2
From June 1, 2017

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

April Richardson

Liner Notes

  • April is back! The reason they are recording at Francis Manor is because Pat’s wife Pilar is out of the country and he doesn’t want to leave his daughters alone. He’s afraid of something happening to him (a car crash, smooshed to death by a giant fat man on the bus, what have you) and the girls are home alone, hungry and scared. April was legit home alone all the time as a kid. Pat rewarded April for her road trip to his house with a bag of candy and a mysterious gift..

  • Today’s episode is The Warmth of Vinyl Vol. 2. They’re playing every song off vinyl records. Pat decrees they can’t use a computer to look stuff up. There’s some talk about old magazines like Q, NME, Spin, Creem, Melody Maker. April used to burn limited punk rock 7” onto CDs.

  • They’re recording on Easter Monday. April went to the beach with her ex-boyfriend. Pat took the girls to a Japanese restaurant. April remains friendly w/ all her ex’s except for one. Being friends after a breakup is tough; April notes that there is a difference between friends and friendly.

  • April doesn’t buy as much vinyl anymore. Pat gets his signed vinyl album covers professionally framed. April buys hers on the cheap on Amazon. She had to take down the R.E.M. Chronic Town EP from her wall because the gargoyle on the cover scared her at night.

  • The record player being used is not of the same quality as the one used in Vol. 1 with Christy. The songs sound much tinnier than before.

  • Vinyl is quite incovenient. April enjoys looking at the booklets and the covers though. Pat was afraid of giving out his albums because they would come back all fucked up. April didn’t let hers go because they might not come back at all.

  • When April was living in England, she became obsessed with British comedy duo Vic and Bob, a.k.a. Reeves and Mortimer. She consumed everything they did, including Vic's solo album. They are huge in England, but can't get arrested in the States. There are a lot of big British comedy duos: The Mighty Boosh, Dick and Dom, Ant and Dec, Mitchell and Webb, Fry and Laurie, Little Britain.

  • Chrissie Hynde offered Johnny Marr a spot in the Pretenders. But Johnny is a free spirit, unbound by the chains of monogamy. In other words, a multi-band man.

  • Pat's copy of Cat Scratch Fever is signed by Derek St. Holmes. Pat has met Ted Nugent. He was actually quite nice. This leads to a big discussion about getting stuff signed, some artists being dicks, some artists being nice, and the idea of being "off the clock."

  • Pat wants Aimee Mann on the podcast, but he wants her in the main Rock Solid Studios, not Francis Manor. There are people whom April’s never met before until they came to her apartment for her podcast, for example Turtle from Entourage.

  • According to Kyle, Edwyn Collins looks like "a handsome Max Headroom."

  • April’s original Rough Trade pressing of Hatful of Hallow (which she never opened) has a GIANT scratch in it. It amazingly still plays.

  • Pat compares Dave Davies to Prince, which April does not agree with. She puts Prince on a cut above because he was one guy playing all the instruments on many of his albums and he was a virtuoso at it. “And yet, not that good at elevators,” retorts Pat.

  • In a discussion on funky Nine Inch Nails and early Ministry, April slams those artists like Kenny G who stole the saxophone from “punk as fuck” songs.

  • Pat took his sister and saw Madonna and The Beastie Boys on the Like a Virgin tour. He doesn’t remember anything about the Beasties because he wasn’t paying attention to them.

  • You can add Bis to the list of bands that April is friends with. When she was writing zines in the UK, the band would send her updates about their careers. April has thought about writing a book about her musical experiences, but she has doubts on if anyone would read it.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:15:00 Wolves, Lower Chronic Town R.E.M. April
00:15:00 Lookout (Live) Cheap Trick at Budokan Cheap Trick Pat
00:20:00 Oblivious High Land, Hard Rain Aztec Camera April
00:30:00 Circuits and Wires Go Motion City Soundtrack Pat
00:30:00 Savior Breath Saint Cecilia EP Foo Fighters Kyle
00:35:00 Solid 9 Live at the Bootleg Karen Kilgariff April
00:40:00 Girl of 100 Lists Vacation The Go-Go’s Pat
00:45:00 I Remember Punk Rock I Will Cure You Vic Reeves April
00:45:00 When Will I See You Packed! Pretenders Pat
00:50:00 Apocalypso Love Zombies The Monochrome Set April
00:55:00 Cat Scratch Fever Cat Scratch Fever Ted Nugent Pat
01:05:00 Your Ma Drink Me Salad April
01:15:00 Play the Game Greatest Hits Queen Pat
01:15:00 Give It All Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013 Rise Against Kyle
01:20:00 What Presence?! The Orange Juice Orange Juice April
01:20:00 Talk to Ya Later The Completion Backward Principle The Tubes Pat
01:25:00 We’re Not Deep London 0 Hull 4 The Housemartins April
01:25:00 Red Wine Red Wine EP Marshall Crenshaw Pat
01:30:00 Miss You Pleased to Meet You Sleeper April
01:35:00 Slow Song Night and Day Joe Jackson Pat
01:40:00 This Charming Man Hatful of Hollow The Smiths April
01:40:00 See the Beast AFL1-3603 Dave Davies Pat
01:50:00 If You Have Ghosts If You Have Ghost Ghost Kyle
01:55:00 Tukani (Monday Is Grey) On Any Normal Monday The Cleaners from Venus April
02:00:00 Easy Money Playland Johnny Marr Pat
02:00:00 Terrible Lie Pretty Hate Machine Nine Inch Nails Kyle
02:10:00 Eurodisco Social Dancing Bis April
02:15:00 Save It for a Rainy Day Careless Stephen Bishop Pat
02:15:00 No Reason Jesus of Cool Nick Lowe April
02:20:00 Just Can’t Wait Love Stinks The J. Geils Band Pat
02:25:00 Levi Stubbs’ Tears Talking with the Taxman About Poetry Billy Bragg April