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Episode 020: Love You Live!

Episode 020: Love You Live!
You wanted the best and you got the best! Pat & Gary talk live albums.

From November 24, 2011
Recapped by Donna Neale (@sweetpurplejune)

00:00:00 Welcome to the show! Pat and Gary take a minute to take stock of how the podcast is going after 20 episodes: Gary compares it to a 'reverse cake': a little raw on the edges, but the toothpick is coming out clean... Pat feels like their pod is perfectly placed in the music category on iTunes since they're not really funny enough to compete against Conan O'Brien... but they can take down the boring music dudes. The guys discuss the threat of everything going digital ... books, movies... 
00:05:00 Gary tries to tempt Pat into feelings of suicide by playing a clip of "The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve -- the "world's saddest song" (according to a scientist in England). Both guys are suspicious of the data. Lily Allen's "LDN" was determined to be the happiest song in the world in the same study. No no no... Pat's got his own choices: "Shake It Up" by The Cars shoves Gary into a happy awakening, while "Everybody Hurts" by REM ranks up there with the tear-jerkers (though Pat can't help making a fart joke out of it).
00:10:00 Unfortunately for Matt, REM only conjures up depressing scenes from the 90s teen drama series 90210... it's a generational thing. This is a nice segue into mentioning the soon-to-be-released 2 CD "best of" set from REM.

Now it's Gary's turn to share his happiest choice. He pulls out "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and The Waves (why, oh why can't we see Matt's energetic gyrations?). Another rabbit trail: Matt presents the ironically happy "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" by Elton John, and the guys end up with Hilary Swank hitting her neck on a piano bench.
Pat throws out the question: "Are there any bands or artists that you've never seen live that you want to see live?" And here we go with our topic: it's time to dive into Pat and Gary's favorite live recordings and experiences. Though neither are super-crazy about the idea of 'live albums' both acknowledge that there are some great ones out there. Pat kicks it off with Queen: Live Killers and "We Will Rock You" -- not the expected jock version, but a suped-up "be a better you" rock jam.

Gary's up next with a song that set the stage for all of his future rock concert experiences: "Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)" from The Pat Travers Band Live! Go For What You Know.
During a nice LONG lead-in, all three fellas are transported into the crowd, raising their fists and shouting along with the rest of the fans.

Moving on, Starchild makes an appearance to assure us that KISS's live albums haven't been tinkered with (okaaaay...) and Pat plays a clip from their 1996 KISS Unplugged album featuring the song "Coming Home."
After some discussion of Gene Simmons' business acumen, Gary launches into an introduction of a bootleg cover of The Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" performed by the female rock band, Wild Flag. The merits of doing covers during live shows is bandied about before the play is passed to Pat. Up next: The Who's Live at Leeds with "Tattoo."
00:30:00 Gary definitely considers Live at Leeds to be the greatest live album of all-time (sorry, Cheap Trick and Frampton). They marvel at the serendipity of having the tapes rolling on such a great show. Now let's get personal... any tattoos for Pat and Gary? How about getting 'gauges' in your ears?

Gary's next choice is a band that he went to see just so he could experience them before they died, and he really didn't expect much in the way of performance, but he was blown away! Roxy Music rocked the Greek Theater in 2001 and Gary was thrilled. He revisits it with a live clip of "Do the Strand" from Viva.
00:35:00 Taking it into the eighties now with Pat's next choice: Journey Live in Houston: The Escape Tour from 1981. Pat treats us to a bit of stage patter, a cheesy story and lots of cowbell with the intro to "Stone in Love." 

Gary returns with his own humorous pick: Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison with "Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart."
00:40:00 As Gary pointed out earlier, it's always a treat when the live version of a song becomes a hit. Everybody knows Cheap Trick made their mark with "I Want You to Want Me," but Pat shares a deeper cut from Live at Budokan called "Lookout." Those Japanese fans sure love their American bands!

Gary switches gears into nerd mode while he reminisces about his Weezer mania in 1997 and the terrific show he saw in May of that year. 
00:45:00 He adds a somber touch by playing "Mykel and Carli," a song written about the Allan sisters, who died tragically in a car accident later that summer. He also breaks the topic rules (in true Gary fashion) by playing a studio version of a song.

And now... time to ROCK. Gary tries but is not able to guess who Pat's hinting at with his ramp up: Pat begs you to seek out UFO. From the album Strangers In the Night, Pat plays "Light's Out," complete with a badass guitar solo from Michael Schenker. It's so TKA ("total kick ass") that it causes Pat's testosterone to spike, as heard in his rock-and-roll growl.
Closing out the show, we have a special treat from Gary: A RockSolid giveaway!  You may or may not remember a band that Gary loves called Game Theory. The founder, Scott Miller wrote a book called Music: What Happened? If you'd like to win a signed copy of the book, answer this quiz question: The song "Girl With a Guitar" is about a well-known LA female rock star... who is it? Submit your answer to the RockSolid Facebook page; winners will be chosen from the pool of correct answers. From a 1986 live show, Gary plays us out with "Girl With a Guitar."

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:05:02 The Drugs Don't Work Urban Hymns The Verve Gary
00:06:36 LDN Alright, Still Lily Allen Gary
00:07:75 Shake It Up Shake It Up The Cars Pat
00:08:41 Everybody Hurts Automatic For the People REM Pat
00:12:29 Walking on Sunshine Walking on Sunshine Katrina and the Waves Gary
00:13:52 Sad Songs (Say So Much) Breaking Hearts Elton John Matt
00:17:29 We Will Rock You Live Killers Queen Pat
00:19:28 Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights) Live Go For What You Know The Pat Travers Band Gary
00:24:00 Coming Home Kiss Unplugged Kiss Pat
00:26:50 Beast of Burden (bootleg) Wild Flag Gary
00:29:45 Tattoo Live at Leeds The Who Pat
00:34:18 Do the Strand Viva! Roxy Music Gary
00:36:17 Stone in Love Live In Houston: The Escape Tour Journey Pat
00:38:18 Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart Live at Folsom Prison Johnny Cash Gary
00:41:14 Lookout Live at Budokan Cheap Trick Pat
00:45:18 Mykel and Carli Weezer Deluxe Edition Weezer Gary
00:47:25 Lights Out Strangers in the Night UFO Pat
00:50:55 Girl With A Guitar (unknown) Game Theory Gary

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