Monday, September 16, 2013

Episode 113: 4:12


Episode 113: 4:12
Pat and Gary explore the myriad ways artists can fill up a 4 minute and 12 second musical canvass.

From September 5, 2013
00:00:00

The gang is recording this week's show on the birthday of comedian and host of the Road Stories postcast, Murray Valeriano.

 

The reason this is relevant is because Murray pointed out an egregious error that Pat made on the during Episode 109: Somebody and The Somethings. Pat attributed "Rock Around the Clock" to Bill Haley & The Comets.

 

INCORRECT!!

 

As everyone knows, it's Bill Haley & His Comets. It is with a heavy heart and a disheveled spit curl that I have to give Pat a

 

Gary is extra punchy today because he's starting to sleep with a CPAP machine.

 

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Dramatic recreation

 

Apparently a side effect of the CPAP is short-term memory loss, which Gary is experiencing in spades. Best of luck, Gary!

00:05:00

Gary realized after the John Waite episode that they didn't play any Babys songs. So, to make up for it Pat and Gary play some hot licks:

 

  • Pat plays "If you got the time" off of their self-titled debut album
  • Gary likes the song "Head First" from their album of the same name, because it talks something that's rarely addressed in song: the middle of a relationship.
  • Next Pat plays the title song from the album Broken Heart.
  • Pat keeps rollin' with "Every Time I Think of You" from Head First.
  • Pat finishes up with "Turn and Walk Away" from On The Edge.
Gary doesn't know why The Babys doesn't get the respect they deserve from the power pop geeks.
00:10:00

 

Here are a couple of tracks that Gary has been playing on repeat lately:

 

  • L.A. band Haim with "The Wire"
  • Another L.A. outfit, this one with a more country-rock flavor: Dawes with "Most People"
 

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00:15:00 This is the second time the gang has used song length as a topic (the first being Episode 47), which indicates that they are officially out of show ideas [ed. note: ZING!]. But seriously, it's fun to see what songs have the same length.
  Gary starts out with the indie's anthem about sexual harrassment: it's Glasgow's Belle & Sebastian - "Step Into My Office Baby" from the album Dear Catastrophe Waitress.
  Pat's on a mission from God: The Blues Brothers - "She Caught The Katy" from the Blues Brothers Soundtrack.
00:20:00 Here's another movie related track from Gary: Grant Lee Buffalo - "The Whole Shebang" from the Velvet Goldmine Soundtrack.
  Pat asks that classic question: What happens when you take a guy from Night Ranger and you get him together with a guy from Styx? You might think the answer would be "nothing worth recording." Well, you be the judge: Shaw-Blades - "My Hallucination" from the album Shaw-Blades. Surprisingly listenable!
00:25:00

Here's one of Gary's favorites: The New Pornographers - "Mutiny, I Promise You" from the album Challengers.

 

Gary recommends checking out the adorable video for this song, which stars comedians Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler. Check it out!

 

"It's never too early to get your kids involved with pornography.'"

- Parent Gary Lucy, speaking (hopefully) about The New Pornographers
  Pat's next jam is the little played, but down and dirty song by the The Rolling Stones - "Dance Little Sister" from the album It's Only Rock 'N Roll.
 

Matt interjects to say that Gary has produced the most "Gary-ish" playlist for this show, which includes Gary's next track: The Hold Steady - "Stuck Between Stations" from the album Boys and Girls in America.

00:30:00 The Hold Steady is from Minneapolis, or as Pat's mom says it "Minaplis". This last weekend Pat's mom also offered him a Zero Coke and the Cheerios with the nuts in it (i.e. Honey Nut Cheerios).
  Here's a jam for a lil' Irish banded named U2 - "No Line On The Horizon" from the album of the same name.
  This band from Omaha has a tap-dancing precussionist. That's somethin'. Tilly & The Wall - "Lost Girls" from the album Bottoms of Barrels.
  Remember when Aerosmith was good? Pat does. Here's the Bad Boys from Boston with "Sick As A Dog" from the album ROCKS.
00:35:00

 

Gary gives the callers some love

 

  • Benjamin from Calgary recommends Sage Francis - "Hell of a Year" from the album Human the Death Dance.
  • A fine caller from San Diego (sorry, I missed the name) suggests the classic LL Cool J - "Going Back to Cali" from the album Walking with the Panther.
00:40:00 Gary goes down under (if ya know whadImean) to play The Sleepy Jackson - "Good Dancers" from the album Lovers.
  Pat plays a song from The Cars lead singer and apparent warlock (Paulina Porizkova? Really?!) Ric Ocasek - "Touchdown Easy" from the album Fireball Zone.
  Gary spins a song from America's Greatest Band [ed. note: amen, brother!] Wilco - "Leave Me (like You Found Me)" from the album Sky Blue Sky.
00:45:00 When Gary saw Wilco a few weeks ago they brought out Nancy Sinatra to sing "Bang, Bang" and "These Boots are Made for Walkin'"
  Pat plays past Rock Solid guest John Waite - "More" from the album Temple Bar (jpeg attached).
  Gary next brings us another Irish band: The Thrills - "Nothing Changes Around Here" from the album Teenager.
  The last Steve Perry song that he recorded with Journey is from the 1996 album titled Trial By Fire: "I Can See It In Your Eyes".
00:50:00 Gary plays a very 80s and very catchy song from the movie Streets of Fire (which starred the sexy Diane Lane and somewhat less sexy Wilem Defoe): Dan Hartman - "I Can Dream About You" from the album I Can Dream About You.
  Pat finishes up with one of his faves: Foo Fighters - "D.O.A." from the album In Your Honor.
00:55:00 Matt finishes up with a little known mid 90s hip hop joint by Rumpletilskinz - "Attitude" from the album What is a Rumpletilskinz?
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:5:00If you got the timeIf you got the timeThe BabysPat
00:5:00Head FirstHead FirstThe BabysGary
00:5:00Broken HeartBroken HeartThe BabysPat
00:5:00Every Time I think of youEvery Time I think of youThe BabysPat
00:5:00Turn and Walk AwayOn The EdgeThe BabysPat
00:15:00Step Into My Office BabyDear Catastrophe WaitressBelle & SebastianGary
00:15:00She Caught The KatyBlues Brothers SoundtrackThe Blues BrothersPat
00:20:00The Whole ShebangVelvet Goldmine SoundtrackGrant Lee BuffaloGary
00:20:00My HallucinationShaw/BladesShaw/BladesPat
00:25:00Mutiny, I Promise YouChallengersThe New PornographersGary
00:25:00Dance Little SisterIt's Only Rock 'N RollThe Rolling StonesPat
00:25:00Stuck Between StationsBoys and Girls in AmericaThe Hold SteadyGary
00:30:00No Line On The HorizonNo Line On The HorizonU2Pat
00:30:00Lost GirlsBottoms of BarrelsTilly & The WallGary
00:30:00Sick As A DogROCKSAerosmithPat
00:35:00Hell of a YearHuman the Death DanceSage FrancisGary
00:35:00Going Back to CaliWalking with the PantherLL Cool JGary
00:40:00Good DancersLoversThe Sleepy JacksonGary
00:40:00Touchdown EasyFireball ZoneRic OcasekPat
00:40:00Leave Me (like You Found Me)Sky Blue SkyWilcoGary
00:45:00MoreTemple Bar (jpeg attached)John WaitePat
00:45:00Nothing Changes Around HereTeenagerThe ThrillsGary
00:45:00I Can See It In Your EyesTrial By FireJourney Pat
00:50:00I Can Dream About YouI Can Dream About YouDan HartmanGary
00:50:00DOAIn Your HonorFoo FightersPat
00:55:00AttitudeWhat is a Rumpletilskinz?RumpletilskinzMatt

Episode 112: Wang Chung




Episode 112: Wang Chung
Everybody has fun in the studio as Jack Hues and Nick Feldman sit in to discuss the '80s and beyond.

From August 29, 2013
00:00:00 The show starts out with no fun n' games this week, because the gang has some big shot guests in the studio today: Jack Hues and Nick Feldman, known collectively as Wang Chung!
Gary tells the story of The Dreyfus Affair: A 19th century French army captain who was framed for treason. Emile Zola wrote an open letter in a Paris newspaper, condemning the action, titled "J'accuse" meaning "I accuse."

Besides being an ardent condemnation of anti-Semitism, J'accuse as a phrase also sounds pretty cool. Thus, the musician Jeremy Ryder became Jack Hues.
Though known now for their sophisticated sound, in 1977, after they met through Melody Maker, they had a more punk rock, angry sound.
00:05:00 Gary and Pat talk to Wang Chung about their early days, playing with U2, Human League and Depeche Mode, and others.
Pat asks what Wang Chung means. The boys are evasive, calling it a bit of a cosmic thing.
Wang Chung's first album (when they were known as Huang Chung) was released to high hopes, but it failed to hit. Since then, though, the album has gained a bit of a cult following, being name-checked by Trent Reznor as a favorite of his. [ed. note: I found a quote from Trent stating that it was "all guitar-base-drums. Still a real good record."]
America's first popular introduction was the super-catchy "Dance Hall Days" from the album Points on the Curve.

Gary clearly remembers hearing it for the first time and appreciating this song's combination of Roxy Music smoothness and mysterious, aggressive lyrics admonishing the listener to 'grab their baby' in various places.
00:10:00 One interesting story about Dance Hall Days: while Michael Jackson was putting together Thriller, Wang Chung met with Quincy Jones. Michael wanted to record the song, but he wanted to change the lyrics. In the end, it didn't work out.
Next, Pat plays a deeper cut from Points on the Curve titled "Wait".

When Pat compliments Nick's bass playing on the track it is revealed that the bass was actually an electronic bass sound produced by the Fairlight CMI.

Fairlight CMI
Nice low-end sound, dude.

This leads to an interesting discussion about balancing acoustic and electronic music and how it influenced their sound at the time.
00:15:00 Jack, very subtly, steers the conversation to Wang Chung's new album Tazer Up!. Pat plays a track off the album titled "City of Light".
Gary asks about the Tazer Up! song "Abducted by the 80s". Nick's daughter heard comic/poet Rob Gee read a poem of the same title. She shared it with her dad, who decided to make it into a song.
00:20:00 Pat plays the band's other big song for Point on the Curve: "Don't Let Go".

After the song, Jack chuckles about how they were so serious back then.
The gang talks about making videos back in the day. The band had varying degrees of involvement with the video concepts. For their iconic vid "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" they had quite a bit of input. The band notes that one channel in the UK banned the video, for fear that it would cause seizures.


"Everybody Have Fun Tonight"
A year before "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" director William Friedkin asked Wang Chung to do the soundtrack for his new movie To Live An Die In L.A. They did it without seeing the movie first. Friedkin wound up cutting the movie to the music.

Jack tells a funny story how neither the director nor the band wanted to have a song named after the movie, but the song apparently just flowed out of him.

Pat plays "To Live And Die in L.A." from the original soundtrack.
00:30:00 Another soundtrack the band worked on was for The Breakfast Club.
"They were worried that they wouldn't be considered 80s enough."

- Gary, on why Wang Chung did The Breakfast Club soundtrack
The song from the Breakfast Club soundtrack, "Fire in the Twilight", was written along with the producer which was a "interesting" according to Jack.
00:35:00 The band favors the gang with an in-studio performance of "Space Junk", the single from their Greatest Hits album.
00:40:00 After the awesome live song, Pat plays one of their new songs: "Driving You"
The band says that the live crowds are really responding well to the new stuff. They're expressing that they like it, which Nick really appreciates.
Just because there's a guest, doesn't mean that we're skipping


Today, we're playing Wang Chung, Wang, Chung or Wang Chong Game!

Each correct answer will be from one of the following:

A Wang Chung song
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Fashion designer Vera Wang
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TV news reporter Connie Chung
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or First-century Chinese philosopher Wang Chong
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•  "When Maurie and I decided to have a baby, we took a very aggressive approach"

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Connie Chung
Show answer
•  "Believe, do and share in what is true."

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Wang Chung
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•  "When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one a bride can dance in."

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Vera Wang
Show answer
•  "On the platform I saw your hat form a kind of halo in the crowd."

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Wang Chung
Show answer
•  "Heaven has neither mouth nor eyes arms nor legs."

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Wang Chong
Show answer
•  "On the edge of oblivion all the world is Babylon and all the love and everyone a ship of fools sailing in."

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Wang Chung
Show answer
•  Bonus question: "Dave's not here, man!"

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Cheech and Chong
Show answer
00:45:00 Pat moves on to their smash 1986 album Mosaic, kicking it off with "Everybody have fun tonight"
00:50:00 The song "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" originally had a slower pace and meant to be a bit ironic.
Pat next plays "Hypnotize Me" from the same album.

Both "Hypnotize Me" and "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" went to number two on the charts.
00:55:00 After a long tour to support Mosaic, the band records The Warmer Side of Cool, which didn't do as well. Pat asks how that happens. The band explains that the pendulum swung away from the band's sound. The new album was also a bit heavier, as demonstrated by the track "Praying to a New God" and "What's so bad about feeling good?"
01:00:00 Gary can't let the band leave without having them talk about their triumphant rendition of Nelly's "Hot In Here." They wanted to a Brittney Spears song, but it was already taken, so their "Dance Hall Days" producer suggested the Nelly song.


Wang Chung covering Nelly (starts at the 4:15 mark)
After The Warmer Side of Cool, the band took a twenty-year-long break in recording, but they stayed busy: Nick worked in A&R and both were busy with family and producing.
The guys play a great in-studio rendition of "Dance Hall Days"
01:05:00 For more info on Wang Chung follow them on Twitter, Facebook and on their site.
They close out the episode with "Driving You" from Tazer Up!
Time Song Album Artist
00:5:00Dance Hall DaysPoints on a CurveWang Chung
00:10:00WaitPoints on a CurveWang Chung
00:15:00City of LightTazer Up!Wang Chung
00:20:00Don't Let's GoPoints on a CurveWang Chung
00:20:00To Live And Die In L.A.To Live And Die In L.A. SoundtrackWang Chung
00:30:00Fire in the TwilightThe Breakfast Club SoundtrackWang Chung
00:35:00Space Junk In-Studio Wang Chung
00:40:00Driving to YouTazer Up!Wang Chung
00:45:00 Everybody Have Fun TonightMosaicWang Chung
00:50:00Hypnotize MeMosaicWang Chung
00:55:00Praying to a new godThe Warmer side of coolWang Chung
00:55:00What's So bad about feeling good?The Warmer side of coolWang Chung
01:00:00Dance Hall DaysIn-studioWang Chung
01:05:00Driving to YouTazer Up!Wang Chung