Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Episode 111: "I" Tunes

Episode 111: "I" Tunes
There's no "I" in team but there is one "I" in every song played on this week's show. Karrie Kirchgessner joins the fun for the most self-centered episode ever.

From August 22, 2013

The gang is joined by Karrie K, the host of Dirty Laundry TV, the online indie music interview show that takes place in a laundry mat.


Karrie pictured here with Pat and Gary doing their famous
"Wave, Pray, Punch" routine

Karrie grew up in Harrison, Ohio, the home of the Wildcats and goetta, the oatmeal, pork and fat combo that is a delicacy in the Cincinatti area.

Sign me up!

Goetta reminds Pat of another weird regional food, the phallic looking geoduck clam from the Pacific Northwest.

  Besides being a host and a DJ, Karrie is also bass player. Her band, Delta Mirror, is in studio working on their second album.
00:10:00 Pat saw Joan Jett for the first time recently and she did not disappoint. Pat plays a "Any Weather" off of her new album Unvarnished.

For the Rock Solid Book Club, Gary suggests you check out Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke, Rob Sheffield's follow up to Love is a Mix Tape. In the book Rob recounts how he used karaoke to overcome the death of his wife.


Before the boys dig into today's topic, a commercial word:



KISS solo album commercials

00:15:00 Karrie kicks it off with the recently passed J.J. Cale - "I Wish I Had Not Said That" from the album Shades.
  Pat goes with the San Francisco's finest singer: Steve Perry - "I Believe" from the album Street Talk.
  Gary travels to the nation's capitol for Bad Brains - "I Against I" from the album I Against I.

Gary asks Karrie what her first album was. She demonstrates her cred by answering Songs In The Keys of Life by Stevie Wonder. Then she loses her cred by saying her second purchase was New Kids on the Block. P.S. Here fav NKOTB was Jonathan.


  Karrie keeps it non-mainstream with the first album recorded directly to digital: Giorgio Moroder - "I Wanna Rock You" from the album E=MC2.

Pat gives us all musical whiplash by playing Kiss - "I Just Wanna" from the album Revenge.


Luckily Paul Stanley drops by to explain the song.

00:25:00 Gary plays some solo work for Big Star's Chris Bell - "I am the Cosmos" from the album I am the Cosmos.

Karrie's next track comes from jolly ole England (pip-pip!): The Vaccines - "I Always Knew" from the album Come Of Age. Not so coincidentally, Dirty Laundry TV hosted The Vaccines back in March. Check it out:


The Vaccines on Dirty Laundry TV

00:30:00 Pat played his next song pretty much so that Eric in Minnesota will finally get off his friggin' back! It's The Gopher State's own Bob Dylan - "I Want You" from his Greatest Hits.


  • Mike from CT's "I" song suggestion is "I Just Show Myself in the Foot Again" by Mark Mulcahy. Gary liked the artist, but he went with the newer song "I Taketh Away" from the album Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You.
  • Frank from Bend, OR votes for "I remember the Sun" by XTC from the Big Express.
  • That snide jerk Joshua from St. Louis mouths off with Dredg with "I Don't Know" from The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion.
  • The winning call, according to Gary, is Scott from Kansas City who suggest "I Wanna to go Where the People Go" by The Wild Hearts from the album 100 Rock Hits.
00:40:00 Karrie wrenches control away from Gary to play Tashaki Miyaki - "I Wonder if I Care As Much" from the album Tashaki Miyaki sings the Everly Brothers.
  Pat skips The Raspberries' "I Want To Be With You" in order to play Steven Tyler - "I Love Trash" from the album Elmopalooza. Wow.
00:45:00 Gary loves this album. He says that no one tells the story of a simple song better than Linda Ronstadt - "I Can't Let Go" from the album Mad Love.

Pat tells the story of Linda Ronstadt and Robin Quivers having it out on the Tonight Show back in 1995. I couldn't find a clip, but here's Robin talking about the aftermath of the interview with Howard Stern


Howard and Robin: The next day
  Karrie says she uses this song to warm up her base before a gig: The Stone Roses - "I Wanna Be Adored" from the album The Stone Roses.
  Gary asks Karrie why there seems to be so many cute girl bassists. Karrie teasingly responds that she doesn't know why the bass makes men want to objectify women. Ouch! You can hear Gary's face turn a little red.
"My favorites bassists are just the slutty, trampy girls .'"

- Pat talking about his favorite bassists
00:50:00 Pat (mercifully) skips the Miley Cyrus/John Travolta song "I Thought I Lost You" from the motion picture Bolt and instead goes with the catchy tune Split Enz - "I Got You " from the album True Colours.
  Gary continues the catchy song streak with Sunset Valley - "I Got Fair" from the album Boyscout Superhero.
  Next, Karrie goes with the underappreciated and funny L.A. band Sparks - "I Wish I Looked A Little Better" from the album In Outer space.
00:55:00 Pat finishes up his list with past Rock Solid guest Kathleen Wilhoite - "I Stopped Asking" from the album Shiva.
  Kathleen remains busy. She now has her own podcast titled Suck The Joy and she's the narrator for audiobook version of Where'd You Go Bernadette?, which was written by former Arrested Development writer Maria Semple.
  Gary already bumped this band from the Rock Solid-opedia Y show, so he can't skip them this time: Yo - "I Meant to Tell You" from the album Once in a Blue Moon.
  Karrie finishes hard: Motörhead - "I Am The Sword" from the album Bastards.
01:00:00 Be sure to follow Dirty Laundry TV on all of its social media iterations (Twitter | Facebook | YouTube)
  Matt plays us out with a prom staple from back in the day: New Kids On The Block - "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" from the album Hangin' Tough.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:15:00I Wish I Had Not Said ThatShadesJ.J. CaleKarrie
00:15:00I BelieveStreet TalkSteve PerryPat
00:15:00I Against II Against IBad BrainsGary
00:20:00I Wanna Rock YouE=MC2Giorgio MoroderKarrie
00:20:00I Just WannaRevengeKissPat
00:25:00I am the CosmosI am the CosmosChris BellGary
00:25:00I Always KnewCome Of AgeThe VaccinesKarrie
00:30:00I Want YouGreatest HitsBob DylanPat
00:30:00I Taketh AwayDear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love YouMark MulcahyGary
00:35:00I Remember the SunThe Big ExpressXTCGary
00:35:00I Don't KnowThe Pariah, the Parrot, the DelusionDredgGary
00:35:00I Wanna to go Where the People Go100 Rock HitsThe Wild HeartsGary
00:40:00I Wonder if I Care As MuchTashaki Miyaki sings the Everly BrothersTashaki MiyakiKarrie
00:40:00I Love TrashElmopaloozaSteven TylerPat
00:45:00I Can't Let GoMad LoveLinda RonstadtGary
00:45:00I Wanna Be AdoredThe Stone RosesThe Stone RosesKarrie
00:50:00I Got You True ColoursSplit EnzPat
00:50:00I Got FairBoyscout SuperheroSunset ValleyGary
00:50:00I Wish I Looked A Little Better In Outer spaceSparksKarrie
00:55:00I Stopped AskingShivaKathleen WilhoitePat
00:55:00I Meant to Tell YouOnce in a Blue MoonYoGary
00:55:00I Am The SwordBastardsMotörheadKarrie
00:60:00I'll Be Loving You ForeverHangin' ToughNew Kids On The BlockMatt

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Episode 110: John Waite

Episode 110: John Waite
Singer/songwriter/English gentleman John Waite drops by to discuss his 40 year music career.

From August 15, 2013
00:00:00 John Waite is in the studio with the gang this week! John is surprised to learn that Pat and Gary are comedy writers (as is anyone who hears them talk. ZING! Just kiddin' fellas)
  Gary gives the fashion report: John looks effortlessly cool with is second-hand clothes and jacket.

Look at those three handsome SOBs.

John is working on getting his U.S. citizenship. He lived in NYC for 18 years, but decided to move to Los Angeles full time after recording his album When You Were Mine, because the flying back and forth was taking a lot out of him.


As an aside, John says that if Willie Nelson records his song "Bluebird Cafe" John will kiss Willie's feet.


Pat plays "Bluebird Cafe" from the album When You Were Mine.


Pat tells John that the era when John created the albums Temple Bar, When You Were Mine and Figure In A Landscape represents his best work. He feels frustrated that more people haven't had the chance to hear it. John agrees, saying that when the record label he was with (Imago) went under, it hurt the chances for those albums to be promoted.


Pat plays "Downtown" from the album Temple Bar
  Pat talks about how John's lyrics paint a picture so well. John is heavily into literature, which influences his writing.
00:10:00 John takes a moment to honor Mike Shipley, producer of When You Were Mine, who recently passed away. He was the finest producer he ever worked with.

John wanted to be a cowboy growing up. He was into all things America. He went from the cowboy ballads of Marty Robbins to Brenda Lee, a sort of pop-country singer. A few years ago he met Brenda Lee through their mutual friend Alison Krauss and was starstruck.


Pat plays the John Waite/Alison Krauss duet version of "Missing You" from the album Downtown... Journey Of The Heart


John says that the musicianship of this version of "Missing You" is the best of any and, as a duet, it became a conversation, which it was always meant to be.


"Missing You" has been covered by numerous artists. John's cover was done by Tina Turner. He remembers being a child listening to Tina sing "Proud Mary" and being blown away.


Tina Turner - "Missing You" from the album All The Best.
  John confirms that Nina Blackwood was indeed one of the inspirations for "Missing You", along with his exwife and his then fiance.
00:25:00 John doesn't know if he considers himself a songwriter first or a singer first. As he gets older he's drawn more toward literature, but he finds in his newest band he's playing the part of the singer more and more. So, he's just not sure.

When "Missing You" first came out, it knocked Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" out of the top spot. This reminded John of seeing Tina a year before her 80s comeback playing smaller venues and blowing the roof off of the joint. Keith Richards was instrumental in getting Tina back into the mix in the 80s.


Pat plays John's recording of The Baby's song "Head First" from the album LIVE All Access.
00:30:00 Gary says that The Babys was one of the first bands that he learned about as a kid when he started listening to music that was his own.

This leads to Gary opening a case for the court:


Gary plays the opening riff from "Shelter Song" from Temples, then plays "Midnight Rendezvous" by The Babys. The verdict is immediate: Guilty!

  John mentions that a country duo covers his song "If You Ever Get Lonely" that's about to hit the charts.
Love And Theft - "If You Ever Get Lonely" from the album Love And Theft.

Pat plays a jingle that The Babys did for "Dr. Pepper". John says that they did it for $300 each, because they were so broke. Also, he thinks it rocks. He says there's no shame in it, since The Rolling Stones did a Rice Krispies jingle back in the day. Observe:


Rolling Stones sing about Rice Krispies
  Pat says that he thinks that Chrysalis, the record company for The Babys albums as well as his first solo album, under-promoted them. John couldn't agree more. They toured like madmen, had a ton of AM airplay, but the company didn't make their records available.

The first time that Pat saw John was on the video for "Change." Once he learned that John was the voice of The Babys he got all of their albums.


John Waite - "Change" from the album Ignition.

  Gary admires that John doesn't display any conceite or false modesty. He doesn't puff himself up nor does he belittle the quality of his work. John hates when artists are coy.

Pat asks how Bad English worked. John says that he and John Cain would always need a third to kickstart the writing process, since he and John Cain are from completely different worlds.


Bad English - "Forget Me Not" from the album Bad English.

John says he takes the blame for "When I See You Smile" and he now regrets it. Their A&R person stayed out of the way most of the time, but he asked the band to give the song a shot. John felt like they owed it to him to at least try it. It went to number one, but he does regret playing the song, since it's all that Bad English is known for now.


He no longer plays it live, but he'll let the audience sing it while the band plays the tune.

00:50:00 John talks about his new live album LIVE All Access. He didn't want to just cobble together a collection of hits. He wanted to play songs that sounds good live. To illustrate the point Pat plays "Evil" and "Better Off Gone".

In 2003 John went on tour with Ringo. John went back to playing the bass for the tour, which made him nervous. After he and Colin Hay left the first rehearsal, Colin says "now would be a good time to start drinking again."


During the first ten seconds of the first show, John felt like he was playing with mittens on, but he soon warmed up and got going.

01:00:00 John didn't hesitate when Ringo invited him on the tour, even though he was in the tub when Ringo called.
  Back in the 80s John worked with Don Henley on a song that appeared on the About Last Night...Soundtrack: "If Anybody Had A Heart"
01:05:00 Pat says that the song "St. Patrick's Day" is a great example of how John paints a picture with his lyrics. John says the inspiration for the song came from a photo he saw of the St. Patrick's Day parade that was on the cover of the New York Times. In the picture a woman was hugging a policeman of Irish decent who had a big grin on his face. The fact that the picture was taken soon after 9/11 added further pathos to the image.
01:10:00 John talks about the double-edged sword that was "Missing You." It stopped his career, which was bad at first, then eventually good, since he had to start again as a different sort of artist.
  John's latest album is available on iTunes or you can get a signed copy from johnwaitethesinger.com.
  Pat plays out with "Saturday Night" from LIVE All Access.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:0:00Bluebird CafeWhen You Were MineJohn Waite
00:5:00DowntownTemple BarJohn Waite
00:10:00Missing You (Duet with Alison Krauss)Downtown... Journey Of The HeartJohn Waite
00:15:00Missing You All The BestTina Turner
00:25:00Head FirstLIVE All AccessJohn Waite
00:30:00If You Ever Get LonelyLove And TheftLove And Theft
00:35:00Dr. PepperJingleThe Babys
00:40:00ChangeIgnitionJohn Waite
00:45:00Forget Me NotBad EnglishBad English
00:50:00EvilLIVE All AccessJohn Waite
00:50:00Better Off GoneLIVE All AccessJohn Waite
01:00:00 If Anybody Had A HeartAbout Last Night...SoundtrackJohn Waite
01:05:00 St. Patrick's DayDowntown... Journey Of A HeartJohn Waite
01:05:00 Saturday Night LIVE All AccessJohn Waite