Friday, June 27, 2014

Episode 154: Rock Solid-opedia Vol. I



Episode 154: Rock Solid-opedia Vol. I
This week Pat gets help from the listeners as they pick the songs played on the final installment of Rock Solid-opedia!
From June 26, 2014

With your host:

Pat Francis

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Today's episode is a bit different because there is no one in the co-host seat. That's right, Pat's going solo this week. Will he make this episode an eccentric blend of pop music and worldbeat like Peter Gabriel's So, or a rip-em-to-shreds metal masterpiece like Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Ozz? Or will he turn this show into a pile of dog shit like Peter Criss' '78 solo album? Only time will tell.
Of course, Pat isn't entirely alone. Kyle is by his side in the producer's chair. Kyle's younger brother Casey has returned to the show as well. Kyle and Casey went on a little adventure recently and went to an LA Kiss game. For those that don't know, the LA Kiss are an arena football team owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. I guess they ran out of coffins and condoms to smear their logo on, so sports teams are the next logical step. Paul Stanley offered to sign his autobiography for fans who came early. Pat couldn't go, so he gave Kyle his book to take with him to get Paul to sign. There were about 250 people in line. A lot of jerseys. A lot of tattoos. When Kyle and Casey got to the front of the line, Paul was very nice, signed Pat's book, and took a photo with them. If Paul saw the attendance record, he probably wouldn't have been so happy. About 2/3 of the seats were open.
00:05:00 Arena football feels very different than mainstream football. These aren't your star players. Think college football, but take out all hope of being in the NFL. The LA Kiss's opponents were the San Diego Sabrecats. Pat hates that name. It sounds made-up. Bon Jovi owns an arena football called the Philadelphia Soul, which actually makes sense. Pat thinks the LA Kiss should be called the LA Destroyers. It just sounds meaner and cooler. The Sabrecats won the game, by the way.
Much like their uniform design, the LA Kiss's NFL dreams are going up in flames.
The arena setup was interesting, to say the least. There are four women dancing in cages over the end zones. They raise and lower the cages as the game goes on. The cage closest to Kyle and Casey started spinning out of control and the woman inside was panicking. They literally needed to stop the game and get the woman out of the cage. Half-time was equally nuts. BMX bikers came out and did some tricks. The Rock City dancers threw t-shirts to the crowd. They also threw beach balls, but nobody tossed them around because they were signed by the players. (Although I'm not sure how much a beach ball signed by the LA Kiss will go for online. $20? $25?)
So Paul Stanley comes out and he has his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame trophy with him. He says that the RnRHoF hates Kiss, but they inducted them anyway. Then Paul starts talking about the veterans. As he is saying this, a man in an LA Kiss jersey is walking towards the center of the field where Paul is. He's not a veteran. He isn't even related to a veteran. He's just some drunk guy who wandered onto the field. He even tried taking Paul's RnRHoF trophy, but security got him off the field. What the hell is going on at this show? Women in cages, BMX bikers, drunk guys walking on the field. This is nuts. Casey's final judgment of the LA Kiss: 4/10. Neither he or Kyle think the LA Kiss will last long.But they'll see. The LA Kiss will thrive, just like the XFL……oh wait.
00:10:00 To introduce today's topic, Pat smoothly transitions to a song by Kiss. Off their album Music from "The Elder", the song is called "I".
Yes, today we are finally completing the Rock Solid-opedia by covering the last letter left: I. Pat wanted to do this episode alone, but he realized that he didn't have a lot of "I" artists in his music collection. So today's songs will be coming from both Pat and the listeners. About 3/4 of today's songs were sent to Pat after he reached to the Rock Solid listeners for I band suggestions.
Pat's first pick is by a band called The Ides of March. Off their album Vehicle, it's the title track, "Vehicle". Jim Peterik, the lead singer and main songwriter, went on to be in the band Survivor, in case you were wondering.
00:15:00 The first listener pick comes to us from Scott Adams. Scott is a big David Bowie fan and he helped Pat when Pat was going through Bowie's entire catalogue. Off the album Man of Colours, it's Icehouse with "Electric Blue".
When Pat was going to college in Pennsylvania, everyone wanted Donnie Iris to play a concert there. This pick comes from Will Pfeifer. Off the album Back on the Streets, it's the song "Ah! Leah!".
Pat's next pick requires him to do a shitty impression. REALLY shitty. It's Enrique Iglesias, but Pat's impression sounds like a mix between Antonio Banderas and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Pat plays the song "Hero", off the album Escape. Did I mention the impression was shit?
00:20:00 How would Casey and Kyle describe their dad's taste in music? "Old school," says Casey. "Terrible," says Kyle. Their dad, Pat's brother, listens to really old songs with a newer song thrown in every once in a while. As Pat says, "It's like if Rain Man made you a mix tape."
"Yeah, I put Jessica Andrews and Vic Damone on this tape, yeah."
This next pick comes from listener Brian Smith. It's "His Majesty Is Coming" by The In Crowd, off the album His Majesty Is Coming. Pat's not a fan of reggae music. He doesn't hate it, he just doesn't like it either.
Our next listener pick comes to us from Frank Biernat. Frank donated to both Rock Solid (via that handy dandy button on the side of this page) and to Garon Cockrell's Kickstarter fund for his website Pop Culture Beast. Frank donated enough money to get to be a co-host for a future episode of Rock Solid. There's just one problem: Frank doesn't live in this country. He's from Switzerland. Something tells me Frank isn't gonna fly international just to hear Pat play the latest Rick Springfield album. Or maybe he will, who knows. Europeans are odd ducks. Anyway, Frank's choice is a band called Ideal. The song is "Eiszeit", off the album Der Ernst des Lebens.
00:25:00 Another cool fun fact from Pat: The woman who originally wrote his next pick is former roommates with his wife Pilar. Off her album Left of the Middle, it's Natalie Imbruglia with her version of the song "Torn".
The next listener pick is from David L. Williams, who is a member of the Never Not Funny Player's Club. His membership number is 0069. Up top, my brotha! Off the album Ones and Zeros, it's Immaculate Machine with "Broken Ship".
00:30:00 Time for another listener pick. This one comes from… wait a minute, it's me! Andrew Rich! My time to shine has come at last! Ha ha, you all suck, losers. I'm better than you!!!!!!!!………… *ahem* Excuse me. It appears my ego got the better of me there. Let's just forget that happened, okay? Great. The song is "Obstacle 1" by Interpol, off the album Turn on the Bright Lights.
Well, it appears many people asked Pat to play this next band, Iron Butterfly. Gee, I wonder what song Pat is gonna play? If you haven't been living under a rock for the past fifty years, you probably guessed correctly: it's "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" off the album In-a-Gadda-da-Vida. The shitty thing is that on iTunes, they have the full 17-minute version of the song, so you can't just buy the one song. You have to buy the whole album. Lucky us.
00:35:00 Listening to "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" reminds Kyle of when it was played on The Simpsons, which brings up Homer's awful season one voice. "Let's all go out for some frosty chocolate milkshakes." Remember that shit? It sounded like his throat was caked in dried milk. Thankfully Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, changed it for the rest of the series because the original voice hurt his throat too much.
The next pick comes from listener/Rock Solid contributor Glen K. Amo. Glen is one of the guys who does the episode artwork for the Facebook page banners. You should definitely check them out, they're really great. Off the album Nomads Indians Saints, it's Indigo Girls with "The Girl with the Weight of the World in Her Hands".
Pat's the kind of guy where if he buys one Indigo Girls album, he'll probably buy every single Indigo Girls album in the span of a few weeks. He did this is with David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Thin Lizzy, Yes. He's doing it right now with Joe Jackson.
00:40:00 Pat had a not so great experience with buying a Joe Jackson CD, actually. He ordered Jackson's album Night and Day II off of E-Bay. When he got the album, the CD wasn't Joe Jackson. It was some random African singer. If you can't trust someone on the internet to send you a Joe Jackson CD, who can you trust, folks?
The next listener pick is from Steve Herold. It's "Ghost on a Beach" by The Insiders off the album Ghost on a Beach.
Kyle and Casey's parents are old fuddy duddys. They don't know how to handle technology. They're only five years older than Pat, for God's sake! Will that happen to Pat when he gets older? Nah, man. He'll be the cool old guy, teaching thirteen-year-olds about The Pretenders and playing tennis with his robot butler. Kyle's dad watches Dog Whisperer, but he's never owned a dog. He also doesn't like Kiss, but he watches Gene Simmons' Family Jewels. Getting old sucks.
00:45:00 Rick Richmond picked this next artist. From their album Glow, it's "Bright as Yellow" by The Innocence Mission. The Innocence Mission are from Lancaster, PA, where the Amish live. Pat tells a quick story. He was once in Lancaster, minding his own business. All of a sudden, Harrison Ford comes riding by in a buggy, dressed like an Amish man. Harrison Ford punches a guy on the street for mouthing off. Then an older Amish guy chastised Ford for beating him up. True story…………*sigh* Jesus Christ, Pat. Jesus Fucking Christ.
Pat wants everyone to know that he LOVES Billy Idol's latest studio album, Devil's Playground. He plays the song "Super Overdrive". Pat wants Billy on the podcast just so Billy could sneer at him. Pat tells another quick story. Pilar used to work at Dreamworks. She and Pat went to the premiere for The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Pat went to the bathroom to take a piss and who's there standing next to him at the urinal? Billy Idol. Makes you wonder if Pat took a quick peak at what Billy was packing. I mean, it would be rude not to look.
00:50:00 The next listener pick is from Andrew Hoskins. The song is "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons off the album Night Visions. Kyle doesn't like Imagine Dragons. The radio stations play them over and over, it's too much. Casey has a strange taste in music, by the way. He like The Beatles, but only their early hits. No deep stuff. And he likes listening to Rihanna and Katy Perry, partly because they're hot. Well, can't argue with him there.
Up next, a song from listener John Morrison. He requested the band Ivan & Alyosha, with their song "Don't Wanna Die Anymore", off the album All the Times We Had.
00:55:00 Jamie Whitlock is the next listener with a pick. It's The Isley Brothers and their big song "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)", off the album This Old Heart of Mine.
Pat's next pick is Chris Isaak. Now, Pat doesn't dislike Chris Isaak, but he was never on his radar. But one time, Pat saw Stevie Nicks with Jimmy Pardo (because they are secretly two 60-year-old women in disguise). Chris Isaak opened for Stevie and he was pretty good.
01:00:00 Pilar loves Chris Isaak. In fact, the song Pat chose gets Pilar rather hot. So whenever Pat wants to do the horizontal tango with his woman, he'll just put this song on and they'll go galavanting into Sex Town. It's "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing" off the album Forever Blue. Enrique Francis returns with his rendition of the song. It's still a terrible impression.
Chris Isaak is his name. Sexy rockabilly is his game.
Coming up next is the second to last listener pick. It's from Tom Neuerburg. There's some confusion over how to pronounce his last name. Tom and Pat share a love of Thin Lizzy. The song is "Don't Change" by INXS, off the album Shoobah Shabooh. INXS have a lot of great songs, according to Pat. Thanks, Captain Obvious.
01:05:00 The last listener pick is from Laura L. and it's Incubus. Should Pat like them? I dunno, I like their hits. What are you asking us for, you're a grown man. Make your own decisions. The song is "Echo" from the album Morning View.
Pat has some quick business to take care of before he plays his last pick. Next week will the final episode of Year Three of the show. Pat thanks everyone involved with the show: Murray, Mike, April, Christy, and Kyle. All the listeners, Jason Wilcox for creating the Guide, me for maintaining the Guide, Scott Phillips for making the fan forum. And let's not forget the guys who make the artwork: Glen K. Amo, Jason Levy, Jamie Whitlock, and Erin Gould. Congratulations everyone, here's to a fantastic Year Four!!!
01:10:00 Pat's final pick is an all-time classic that has to be played on this episode. Off their album Piece of Mind, it's Iron Maiden with "The Trooper".
The show is over, as is the Rock Solid-opedia. 26 letters and a whole lot of fun. Kyle closes us out with "Come Clarity" by In Flames off of the album Come Clarity.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00 I Music from "The Elder" Kiss Pat
00:10:00 Vehicle Vehicle The Ides of March Pat
00:15:00 Electric Blue Man of Colours Icehouse Scott Adams
00:15:00 Ah! Leah! Back on the Streets Donnie Iris Will Pfeifer
00:15:00 Hero Escape Enrique Iglesias Pat
00:20:00 His Majesty Is Coming His Majesty Is Coming The In Crowd Brian Smith
00:20:00 Eiszeit Der Ernst des Lebens Ideal Frank Biernat
00:25:00 Torn Left of the Middle Natalie Imbruglia Pat
00:25:00 Broken Ship Ones and Zeros Immaculate Machine David L. Williams
00:30:00 Obstacle 1 Turn on the Bright Lights Interpol Andrew Rich
00:30:00 In-a-Gadda-da-Vida In-a-Gadda-da-Vida Iron Butterfly Pat
00:35:00 The Girl with the Weight of the World in Her Hands Nomads Indians Saints Indigo Girls Glen K. Amo
00:40:00 Ghost on the Beach Ghost on the Beach The Insiders Steve Herold
00:45:00 Bright as Yellow Glow The Innocence Mission Rick Richmond
00:45:00 Super Overdrive Devil's Playground Billy Idol Pat
00:50:00 It's TIme Night Visions Imagine Dragons Andrew Hoskins
00:50:00 Don't Wanna Die Anymore All the Times We Had Ivan & Aloysha John Morrison
00:55:00 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) This Old Heart of Mine The Isley Brothers Jamie Whitlock
01:00:00 Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing Forever Blue Chris Isaak Pat
01:00:00 Don't Change Shabooh Shoobah INXS Tom Neuerburg
01:05:00 Echo Morning View Interpol Laura L.
01:10:00 The Trooper Piece of Mind Iron Maiden Pat
01:10:00 Come Clarity Come Clarity In Flames Kyle

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