Friday, June 14, 2013

Episode 019: Road Trip!

Episode 019: Road Trip!
It's a Rock Solid road trip -- so behave yourself or we'll turn this podcast right around!

From November 17, 2011
00:00:00 Gary starts out by (uncomfortably) complimenting Pat on his handsomeness and the general attractiveness of Pat and his wife as a couple. Pat accepts the compliments hesitantly.
00:01:45 Pat reveals that he's been listening to Journey's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 all week. It uses the word "hits" loosely.
00:03:15 Rock Solid's Facebook page has reached the 500 follower mark!

Gary presents a very special edition of

The legendary unfinished Beach Boys album Smile was finally released this week. Gary plays the song "Vegetables," which reportedly has a percussively chomped-on carrot that was eaten by Paul McCartney.

"Is this The Wiggles?'"

- Pat, listening to Smile

After some hemming and hawing, Gary proclaims that the buzz for Smile is

00:13:00 The gang kicks off this week's topic, songs with a geographic name in the title, by playing the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song "Road Trippin" from Californiacation.
00:15:40 Pat starts it off appropriately with "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" from Billy Joel's 1976 album Turnstiles.
00:16:35 Gary forgot his phone, so we have to stop at "Van Nuys" - by Los Abandoned from Mix Tape.
00:18:55 Pat forgot his ATM card, so they have to stay in "California" - by Lenny Kravitz from Baptism. Gary applauds Pat's bravery for playing the over-criticized LK.

Gary now goes all the way over to Florida for Wayne Cochran (aka "The White Knight of Soul") "Going Back to Miami" from Get Down With it

Just look at that glorious bastard

Ed. note: I do not know how it is humanly possible that I have never seen or heard of this magnificent being before. Now that I know of The White Knight, For the first time in my life I feel that I am whole.


00:24:25 Jesus, Pat! He left his curling iron on, so we have to stay in "California" with The Casanovas - from the album All Night Long
00:26:40 Gary and That Dog takes us back to 1990s "Minneapolis" - from their album Retreat from the Sun.
00:30:30 Okay, we're all ready to go, right? What's that...? GODDAMN IT PAT!! You didn't stop the mail?!? Fine, here's "California" from The Awakening` by Melissa Ethridge.
00:33:15 Gary, (a man who actually has his shit together, Pat!) plays for us "Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens from the appropriately named album C'mon, feel the Illinois.
00:35:50 Alright Pat, you have one last shot. What have you got? "California" from The Babies' album Head First? You, Patrick Francis, can go straight to "HELL!!
00:38:35 Gary pulls through again while others languish in the southwest. Here's "El Paso" from Hit by a train by The Old 97s
00:39:10 Guess what? Pat plays another fucking California song, this one is "California" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from the album Pat Is Playing Too Many California Songs (aka She's The One)


  • It's the 40th anniversary of Queen, so all of Queen CDs have been remastered. Plus, a sweet book titled Forty Years of Queen is now available for under $30.
00:42:35 Gary closes out with The Hold Steady song "Sequestered In Memphis" from Stay Positive.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:13:00 Road Trippin' Californiacation Red Hot Chili Peppers Pat
00:15:40 Say goodbye to Hollywood Turnstiles Billy Joel Pat
00:16:35 Van Nuys Mix Tape Los Abandoned Gary
00:18:55 California Baptism Lenny Kravitz Pat
00:21:30 Goin' Back to Miami Get Down With It Wayne Cochran Gary
00:24:25 California All Night Long The Cassanovas Pat
00:26:40 Minnesota Retreat from the sun That Dog Gary
00:30:30 California The Awakening Melissa Ethridge Pat
00:33:15 Chicago C'mon Feel the Illinoise Sufjan Stevens Gary
00:35:50 California Head First The Babies Pat
00:38:35 El Paso Hit By a Train The Old 97s Gary
00:39:10 California She's the one Tom Petty & the heartbreakers Pat
00:42:35 Sequestered In Memphis Stay Positive The Hold Steady Gary

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Episode 018: Duets

Episode 018: Duets
It takes two, baby, to tackle the subject of best duets! Pat and Gary come together to harmonize their favorites.

From November 10, 2011
00:00:00 Gary tries a new sign-in "How's everyone feelin' tonight?!"

Lots of reissues came out this month:

  • Achtung Baby - U2
  • Some Girls - Rolling Stones
  • Quaudrophenia - The Who

Gary introduces a new segment called

where he compares two songs to see if they are a little too similar.

  • Green Day - "Warning"
  • The Kinks - "Picture Book"

It's unanimous that this is a rip off!


Next, Gary calls for another segment of


Florence & The Machine's second album Ceremonials. They listen to "What the Water Gave Me"


Pat feels like it sounds like solo Annie Lennox, not in a bad way. He feels that it's slightly JUSTIFIED. Gary says it's fine, but he doesn't know when he would want to listen to it. Still, he feels it's UNWARRANTED, so, for the second week in a row this Buzzcut™ is a



Gary, who has gone segment crazy this episode, then launches into an improptu round of
Rock Solid: Title Fight


"Lonely Boy" by Andrew Gold


"Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys


Despite Gary viciously trying to bully Pat into admitting that The Black Keys version is better, Pat takes the wuss way out by saying that it's a draw [ed. note: this is all said with love, Pat and Gary]

00:13:10 This week's subject is introducted by playing the classic Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston song "It Takes Two"
00:14:55 Gary starts with a husband and wife team called The Mates of State - "Palomino" from the album Mountain Tops
00:16:40 On his follow-up to Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf played the roll of Sonny on the song "Dead Ringer for love" which he sang with Cher. This is off the Dead Ringer album.

Louis Prima and Keely Smith reminds Gary of his relationship with his wife: the big lummox and the dainty bird. He plays the classic "That Ol' Black Magic"

And interesting postscript, Louis tried to bang Gary's grandma back in the day.

00:22:35 Hey, why do the opposite-sex duos get all the fun? Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry proved that bros can duet too with their hit "Don't Fight it" from the High Adventure album.
00:24:10 Elvis Costello and Jenny Lewis sing a song about the Civil War with "Carpetbagger" from Acid Tongue
00:26:55 Stevie Nicks tried to repeat her past success with Tom Petty when she released "I will run to you" from the Wild Heart
00:29:25 Gary breaks out the whistle song Peter Bjorn and John - "Young Folks" from Writer's Block

cannot remain silent! With an impromptu segment of Law & Order: TSF he says that "Young Folks" sounds suspiciously like "Pumped Up Kicks"

00:32:55 Ray Davies put out a duet album of Kinks songs called See My Friends. On the album sang a cover of "Waterloo Sunset" with Matt Belknap's favorite singer-songwriter Jackson Browne.
00:36:05 Of course, Johnny Cash and June Carter sang the famous duet "Jackson" in 1963. A much, much less famous version is by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood.
00:39:55 Alison Krauss wanted to sing "Missing You", so why not call up John Waits to ride shotgun? From A Hundred miles or more
00:43:10 Gary brings out the French-est man ever: Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot sing "Bonnie and Clyde" from an album of the same name.

A special guest comes in to introduct Pat's last duet



Paul reveals that his favorite duet is by two old, half-dead rockers: "I Ain't No Nice Guy" by Ozzy Osbourn and Lemmy from March ör Die

00:48:55 Gary was nervous to play his last song, because it always makes him cry [ed. note: y'know, like a little girl would]. Pal Shazar and Jules Shear - "Dreams Disolve in Tears" from The Healing Bones
00:52:00 Pat plays out with a song taken from a new DVD of the Ed Sullivan show. In the show Ed stiltingly introduces some lads from England who know how to play the rock n roll. The Rolling Stones with "Satisfaction"
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:13:10 It Takes Two Take Two Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston Gary
00:14:55 Palomino Mountain Top The Mates of State Gary
00:16:40 Dead Ringer for love Dead Ringer Meatloaf & Cher Pat
00:19:35 That Ol' Black magic That Ol' Black Magic Louis Prima & Keely Smith Gary
00:22:35 Don't Fight It High Adventure Kenny Loggins & Steve Perry Pat
00:24:10 Carpetbagger Acid Tongue Elvis Costello & Jenny Lewis Gary
00:26:55 I Will Run to you The Wild Heart Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty Pat
00:29:25 Young Folks Writer's Block Peter Bjorn and John Gary
00:32:55 Waterloo Sunset See My friends Ray Davies & Jackson Browne Pat
00:36:05 Jackson Single Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood Gary
00:39:55 Missing You A hundred miles or more Alison Krauss & John Waits Pat
00:43:10 Bonnie and Clyde Bonnie and Clyde Serge Gainsbourg & Bridget Bardot Gary
00:46:20 I ain't no nice guy March ör Die Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy Pat
00:48:55 Dreams Dissolve Into Tears The Healing Bones Pal Shazar & Jules Shear Gary
00:52:00 Satisfaction Ed Sullivan Show The Rolling Stones Pat

Episode 17: Rock Solid-opedia Vol. P

Episode 017: Rock Solid-opedia Vol. P
Choice cuts from the "P" section of Pat and Gary's iTunes.

From November 3, 2011
00:00:00 Gary says they received so much hate mail about the naughty episode that they played last week. Tipper Gore is up in arms!

Gary leads us into another segment of


Gary shares with us the hot (at the time) internet sensation Lana Del Rey. After Gary reads the names of her three sings ("Video Games," "Blue Jeans," and "Diet Mountain Dew" Pat theorizes that she's just trying to get an endorsement deal.


After hearing "Video Games" Pat is cautiously positive. He wants to hear more. Her voice reminds him to Riffraff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show (in a good way).


Gary is a bit more critical. He likens her to pumpkin products in October. When you have your first pumpkin flavored whatever you think "I love pumpkin! I should eat it all time!" But when November rolls around you're tired of it.


Pat thinks it's Justified; Gary thinks it's a bit Unwarranted. This leads to the shocking, first ever

00:11:50 To introduct this week's topic, Silent Partner Matt Belknap cuts off Pat in midsentence* to play the Pixies song that was kicked off of the Shrek 2 soundtrack titled "Bam Thwok."
*[ed. note: that is some cold-hearted shit, bro]
00:13:20 Gary kicks it off with the a band that wrote a song called the most depressing ever [ed. note: Nice way to start a show, Gary]. The Pernice Brothers - "The Weakest Shade of Blue" from Yours, Mine & Ours
00:15:55 Pat brings us a newcomer named Robert Plant. He covers a Los Lobos tune called "Angel Dance" on his album Band of Joy.
00:18:10 Gary gives us a grunge pop trio names Papas Fritas with "Hey Hey You Say" from Helioself.
00:20:20 Pat spins a fascinating yarn about early Journey. After three Journey albums that went nowhere the band decided to get a new singer. Once Journey's manager heard a demo tape by a guy in the band Alien Project, he knew they had their new singer. The song is "If You Need Me Call Me" and the singer is Steve Perry. Steve included this song on his Greatest Hits album.
00:24:10 From the great city of Cleveland, Ohio comes Pere Ubu with the "hit song" (according to Gary) "Final Solution"
00:26:05 Pat gives us "The Fixer" from the Pearl Jam album Backspacer
00:28:55 When Gary first moved to Portland he was just pulling out of the darkest period of his life. His first apartment was a dank flophouse. On the last day of staying there he walked out and saw the Canadian pop band The Pursuit of Happiness. He said hello and wound up hanging out with them and seeing their show. That was the turning point in his life. Here they are with their power pop masterpiece "She's So Young" from Love Junk
00:32:15 Pat claims that you can't have a "P" list without featuring Billy Squire's band Piper with "Who's your boyfriend" from Can't Wait
00:34:05 When you ready, I mean really ready, to get down and make sweet, sweet love, Gary demands that you play Teddy Pendergrass' "Close The Door" from an album of the same name.
00:36:35 Pat next gives us Tom Petty - "Waiting for tonight" from his box set Playback.
00:38:45 Gary next lays on us flat background vocals of Polara - "Source of Light" from Polara
00:41:35 Pat finishes up with Pink - "Raise your glass" from her greatest hits album.

Gary shares his apologies with Pavement, Pulp, John Prine, Louie Prima, Portastatic, Portishead, Pure Praire League, Prince, Phoenix, Pearl Jam, Peaches and Herb, Parliment, Prefab Sprout, Psychodelic Furs, Pilot, Stan Phillips and the Posies and their fantastic album Frosting On The Beater.


According to Gary, the best thing to come out of Belgium was Plastic Bertrand and his single "Ca Plane Pour Moi"

00:45:55 Pat shares his apologies with Graham Parker, Pink Floyd, Prince and The Psychodelic Furs.
00:46:15 Pat finishes the show with the supergroup SuperHeavy with the song "SuperHeavy" from the album SuperHeavy.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:11:50 Bam Thwok Single The Pixies Gary
00:13:20 The Weakest Shade of Blue Yours, Mine & Ours The Pernice Brothers Gary
00:15:55 Angel Dance Band of Joy Robert Plant Pat
00:18:10 Hey Hey You Say Helioself Paps Fritas Gary
00:20:20 If you need me call me Greatest Hits Steve Perry Pat
00:24:10 Final Solution Single Pere Ubu Gary
00:26:05 The Fixer Backspacer Pearl Jam Pat
00:28:55 She's So Young Love Junk The Pursuit of Happiness Gary
00:32:15 Who's Your Boyfriend Can't Wait Piper Pat
00:34:05 Close the door Close the door Teddy Pendergrass Gary
00:36:35 Waiting for tonight Playback Tom Petty Pat
00:38:45 Source of light Polara Polara Gary
00:41:35 Raise your glass Greatest Hits so far Pink Pat
00:43:45 Ca Plane Pour Moi Single Plastic Bertrand Gary
00:46:15 Superheavy Superheavy Superheavy Pat