Thursday, June 25, 2015

Episode 206: Kathy Valentine

Episode 206: Kathy Valentine
Pat chats with Kathy Valentine about her musical career from The Go-Go's to The Delphines to The Blue Bonnets and beyond.
From June 25, 2015

With your host:

Pat Francis

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. He and Kyle saw Whitesnake last night. If the audience was a band, they would be called Whitetrash. Quite a bit of people on the lower end of the socially pleasant spectrum, according to the Dodson Duo. But Whitesnake isn't the subject of today's show. We got a guest! She's best known as the former bassist for The Go-Go's, but she's also a guitarist and solo artist as well. It's Kathy Valentine!
Speaking of Whitesnake, Kathy has a first class airline menu signed by David Coverdale. She got it when she was flying first class with The Go-Go's and Whitesnake to Rock in Rio. There was a lot of mayhem down in Brazil, especially at the pool. Rod Stewart's band, The B-52's, Whitesnake, The Go-Go's: All getting high by the pool. Pat and Kathy both marvel at the amazing endurance of David Coverdale's hair.
00:05:00 Kathy grew up in Austin, Texas as an only child with a single mom. She dropped out of school at 9th grade and went to a hippie commune school where you could learn what you wanted. That was where Kathy first picked up a guitar. Then she went to England with her mom (who is English) and saw her idol Suzi Quatro on TV. She wanted to be a female rock star like Suzi. Pat notes that you don't really see a lot of new female guitarists out in the mainstream nowadays.
00:10:00 Kathy appreciates growing up in Austin because it introduced her to a lot of different genres like country, blues, and southern rock. Her dad and grandfather were musical as well; her dad played guitar and banjo, while her grandfather played violin and stand-up bass. Kathy played in a bunch of early bands. Her first all-female band was a trio. Then she went to England and played in a band with the girls who would eventually go on to form the heavy metal band Girlschool.
00:15:00 In London she lived in an area near a lot of other girl bands. She was only 17 at the time. Kathy taught them ZZ Top, they introduced her to Tom Petty. Unfortunately Kathy got sick and then got replaced in her pre-Girlschool band. Kathy moved back to America and started a punk band. That was the impetus to move to Los Angeles. The punk band immediately fell apart. Kathy and her bandmate Carla formed a new band called The Textones, which Kathy eventually left because there was no cohesion. Finally Kathy was approached to be the bassist for a band called The Go-Go's. Kathy just picked up the bass like it was nothing.
00:20:00 When Kathy joined The Go-Go's, the band was already picking up steam. Her first set of shows with them was a three-night sold out stint at the (appropriately named) Whiskey a Go Go. The band was very welcoming to her and Kathy enjoyed finally having a solid band. The night she played the sold out Whiskey, she could have stopped content right there. But the journey just kept getting bigger and bigger.
00:25:00 After getting rejected by every label, The Go-Go's signed with IRS Records in April 1981. Kathy was on cloud nine: $40 a week plus unemployment and not having to pay rent. Then the band went to New York City to record their debut album Beauty and the Beat. It was Kathy's first time in a proper recording studio. She wanted one of her songs on the record and she got it. Kathy is very grateful to have a song on the first album. Pat plays the song, "Can't Stop the World".
00:30:00 Beauty and the Beat had two Top 40 singles, including a Top 5 single, and sold 2 million copies. The band went on a club headlining tour. Their stock kept rising. It was the little things like getting rid of the van and getting more hotel rooms. The next year the band put out Vacation. The title track video was all over MTV. Kathy co-wrote the song back when she was still in The Textones. Making the album was a harder process because there was a lack of songs and a lack of time. Kathy notes that making the music videos was long and boring. To pass the time the band turned to alcohol and cocaine. Boredom + The 80s = Party Time.
00:35:00 Pat plays another song from the second album that Kathy co-wrote called "We Don't Get Along". Pat questions Kathy about giving songwriting credit to Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin for the song "Vacation." Kathy reminisces how the press lauded Jane and Charlotte writing the hit songs on the first album. For "Vacation," Kathy felt a little bit insecure about it, so fine-tuning the song with Charlotte and Jane and giving them credit gave the song some legitimacy. Kathy knows that the song is always going to be her song. And the residuals are always nice to get.
00:40:00 In 1984 the third album Talk Show comes out. They worked with producer Martin Rushent (Buzzcocks, The Human League, The Stranglers) and they wanted a different sound. Kathy has five songwriting credits, plus she plays some lead guitar on a few of the songs. Pat plays the lead single "Head over Heels". By this time, the band was a horrible mess. Burnout, drugs, alcohol, and ego had eviscerated their spirit from the inside out.
00:45:00 All Kathy wants at this point is to keep the band running and contain the madness for the sake of the music. Jane left, so they decided to move Kathy to guitar and hire a new bass player. Then it was off to Rio (as things come full circle). Charlotte went to rehab and got sober. This is where the wheels finally came off the Go-Go's train. Charlotte and Belinda decided to work on Belinda's solo album, so Kathy and Gina were dismissed and the band was done. There was a short reunion in 1990. Kathy got sober and mended bridges with Charlotte. The band put out a greatest hits album and did a benefit show. Then they reunited again in 1994 for another greatest hits album called Return to the Valley of The Go-Go's. Unfortunately this ended rather quickly when Gina decided to sue the band. The way it worked was you would get a certain percentage for songs that you didn't write. Once the band broke up, the percentages stopped coming. Gina sued the band for those percentages. Pat plays one of the new songs from the 1994 greatest hits album called "The Whole World Lost Its Head".
00:50:00 The turn of the century brought about The Go-Go's Part Deux. In 2001 they released their fourth album God Bless The Go-Go's. Kathy is not a fan of the album title or the album artwork. Pat plays the opening track "La La Land". The band brought on a lot of guest writers like Billie Joe Armstrong, Jim Vallance, and Susanna Hoffs.
00:55:00 Pat plays another song off the album called "Apology". After the album came out, The Go-Go's went on sporadic tours for the next decade. Then in 2012 Kathy broke her wrist. This was the spark that lit the powder keg to her leaving the band again, but Kathy felt like she already had a target on her back for a few years. Kathy says that resentments ruin bands. Always. It got very cliquey. At one point, Belinda quit.
01:00:00 There was a constant struggle to get along. When Kathy broke her wrist, she knew she was in trouble. She calls it her "hand of fate" because this was 3 days before rehearsal. Kathy notes that when there is a lot of dysfunction in a group, the only way to get along is gang up. Kathy even did a Twitter memoir to "pull back the curtain," but subsequently took it down. Things got ugly.
01:05:00 Kathy got tired of playing the same songs over and over again. The band asked her to leave The Go-Go's, then they decided to make a new deal that would keep Kathy from getting future royalties for her songs. Kathy sued them to stop that from happening (the new deal, not leaving the band). Everything worked out in the end. In between the two big Go-Go's runs, Kathy was in a band called The Delphines with singer Dominique Davalos. Pat saw them play in a small club on Melrose in the 90s. He plays a song from their self-titled debut album called "I Want You the Way I Want You Not How You Are". Dominique is a great singer and Kathy wanted to sing with her the minute he saw her.
01:10:00 Pat plays another song off the first Delphines album called "Down Underground". A few years later The Delphines put out their second album Cosmic Speed. Pat plays the opening track "Carboy". He urges people to buy these albums. Pat plays one final Delphines song, the title track "Cosmic Speed". Clem Burke plays on a few tracks. Kathy enjoys going back and mining a few of these tracks to play live in front of an audience.
01:15:00 Kathy released a solo album Light Years in 2005. Does she mind singing? Kathy says she can carry a tune, but can't carry a whole set. She enjoyed doing the solo album because she didn't have to run any of her ideas through a whole committee to see them through. Pat plays the song "Getting By". Kathy recorded the album while pregnant. Pat plays another song off the solo album called "Light Years".
01:20:00 In 2010 Kathy and Dominique released an album under the name of The Bluebonnets called Boom Boom Boom Boom. The two originally formed the band back in the 90s, which eventually morphed into The Delphines. Kathy wanted to go back to her guitar roots. Pat plays a song from the album called "Can't Stop the Honey". The Bluebonnets are on tour and they recently played with The Waterboys. Recently they released an album called Play Loud which brought them to a new level. Pat plays a song from the new album called "Psychometer".
01:25:00 You can find The Bluebonnets on Facebook HERE. You can also go to Kathy's website Pat plays another song off the new album called "Dig Me Out". Kathy realizes that Pat picked the songs that every radio guy picks to play. Good on you, Pat. Not only is Kathy a musician, but she's also a public speaker. She's done keynote speeches for various people and companies including giving an award to her idol Suzie Quatro.
01:30:00 Thank you very much to Kathy Valentine for being on the show. If you want to catch her on Twitter, you can click-clack on the keyboard to @Kathy_Valentine. Pat ends the show with a song from The Bluebonnets called "Treat Her Right".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:25:00 Can’t Stop the World Beauty and the Beat The Go-Go’s Pat
00:35:00 We Don’t Get Along Vacation The Go-Go’s Pat
00:40:00 Head over Heels Talk Show The Go-Go’s Pat
00:45:00 The Whole World Lost Its Head Return to the Valley of The Go-Go’s The Go-Go’s Pat
00:50:00 La La Land God Bless The Go-Go’s The Go-Go’s Pat
00:55:00 Apology God Bless The Go-Go’s The Go-Go’s Pat
01:05:00 I Want You the Way I Want You Not How You Are The Delphines The Delphines Pat
01:10:00 Down Underground The Delphines The Delphines Pat
01:10:00 Carboy Cosmic Speed The Delphines Pat
01:10:00 Cosmic Speed Cosmic Speed The Delphines Pat
01:15:00 Getting By Light Years Kathy Valentine Pat
01:15:00 Light Years Light Years Kathy Valentine Pat
01:20:00 Can’t Stop the Honey Boom Boom Boom Boom The Bluebonnets Pat
01:20:00 Psychometer Play Loud The Bluebonnets Pat
01:25:00 Dig Me Out Play Loud The Bluebonnets Pat
01:30:00 Treat Her Right Play Loud The Bluebonnets Pat

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Episode 205: Happy Father's Day

Episode 205: Happy Father's Day
This week Pat welcomes his daughter Sara and Kyle's dad Kirk as they celebrate Father's Day... Rock Solid style!
From June 18, 2015

With your host:

Pat Francis

Rita Dodson welcomes us to the show. That is Pat's second daughter. Today's episode is a 2-in-1 Father's Day Spectacular. The first half features Pat's first and 14-year-old daughter Sara Dodson! They begin the show talking about their different ways of discovering music. Pat had the radio; Sara has Spotify. Pat poo-poos Spotify. He prefers spinning the dial, thank you very much. Sara's first concert was The Wiggles. Pat graces us with a lovely ballad from the album Yummy Yummy called "Fruit Salad". Truly the magnum opus of our time.
00:05:00 Pat thinks The Wiggles rocked in concert. But he still hates sleepy Jeff and his narcoleptic ways. Sara wasn't into loud noises at the time, but she did get a Captain Feathersword hat. That's a check in the win column if I ever heard one. Sara kept making Pilar (Pat's wife, Sara's mom) music CDs and jealous Pat wanted one, so Sara made one for his birthday with 20 songs. It's got songs that Pat had never heard of, with the exception of Uptown Funk. Everyone loves that song; even cynical misanthrope Kyle has a soft spot for the catchy jingle. Sara and Pat agree that they do not like Ellie Goulding or Ariana Grande.
00:10:00 Sara recently finished her first year of high school. She barely knew anyone when she got there, but she very much enjoyed her photography class. She's gonna give Ansel Adams a run for his money. Does Sara have a favorite artist? She doesn't know; Taylor Swift, maybe. Pat doesn't like the rap part in the new song "Bad Blood," but Sara doesn't mind it. Pat digs into the CD with a cover of Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" by Mary Lambert off the album Heart on My Sleeve.
00:15:00 In case you were wondering (which Pat was), she didn't change the gender in the lyrics because she is gay. Sara mentions this is Mary's first album, and she had a few EPs before it. Old Man Francis gathers the children around the rocking chair and explains that back in his day, an EP was called an Extended Play and a full album was called a Long Play. Old Man Francis, it should be pointed out, still doesn't know how vinyl actually works. But hey, who does? Pat continues exploring the birthday album with the next artist, Florence + the Machine. Off the debut album Lungs, he plays "Kiss with a Fist". I bet that Luka kid knows ALL about those fist-kisses. And if he knows what's good for him, he'll keep his mouth shut about it.
00:20:00 Up next are the band The Shins. Pat plays "New Slang" from the album Oh, Inverted World. Sara discovered them when she exchanged music with her friend Georgia in French class instead of studying. The nerve of her! Proficiency in conjugating French verbs is, like, the first thing colleges look for in an applying student. Tsk tsk, Ms. Dodson. Tsk. Tsk.
Speaking of indie darlings, Pat plays a lovely lady named Ingrid Michaelson. Off the album Lights Out, it's a song called "Afterlife".
00:25:00 Pat plays another song by Ms. Michaelson off the same album called "Girls Chase Boys". It's a bit more poppy than she usually sounds like.
For Father's Day, Pat and Sara are going to eat cake and watch the new Pixar movie Inside Out. They enjoyed Big Hero 6 and hope this one will be just as good. And which band was featured in Big Hero 6 AND is on Sara's CD? It's Fall Out Boy with the song "Immortals" off the album American Beauty/American Psycho. Kyle throws some deep shade at Fall Out Boy. What else is new.
00:30:00 The second concert Pat took Sara to was Taylor Swift. It was a Top 5 concert for Pat. Sara was waving a giant sign the entire time because she wanted Taylor to notice her and bring her backstage. She was mad because she didn't get picked. Somehow I think Pat felt the same way.
00:35:00 Pat plays a song from Taylor's album Red. The song is called "Holy Ground".
The next band in the CD spotlight is a band called MisterWives. Sounds like a Bond villain's henchman. The song is "Imagination Infatuation" from the album Our Own House.
00:40:00 While Kyle is wearing Batman apparel for the umpteenth time, Sara is wearing a Rock Solid t-shirt. It's laundry day; it HAS to be. We're pretty much at the end of Sara's portion of the show. You can go to her Youtube page Probably Sara, or you can follow her on Twitter @Probably_Sara. Pat plays one more song from Sara's CD. It's "Closer" by Tegan and Sara from the album Heartthrob.
00:45:00 A fun fact: Tegan and Sara are fraternal twins, both of whom are lesbians. Wanna know the craziest thing? THEY'RE CANADIAN! CAN YOU BELEIVE THAT?! Anyway, Sara thanks her dad for bringing her on the show. She knew Kyle would judge her music. Don't worry Sara, Kyle judges everyone. He's a regular Lance Ito.

Welcome to Part 2 of the Father's Day Spectacular. This half of the show features Pat's brother and Kyle's dad Kirk Dodson. Kyle's brother Casey is in the background. Pat and Kirk will be playing songs about being a dad. Kirk lives in Hollidaysburg, PA, where he has lived for almost all his life. He is a 57-year-old high school teacher with tenure.
00:50:00 More information about Kirk: He was married for 7 years before Kyle came sputtering along. He was married at 24; Pat was married at 34. Kirk also remembers the exact weights and heights of Kyle and Casey at birth. Does Kyle have any fond memories of his youth with his dad? Kyle remembers going to Hershey Park. They didn't see any candy bar characters the whole day. Finally Kirk pointed out a guy dressed as a Bar None (which is extinct everywhere except for Mexico) and Kyle got his photo taken with him. Wow.
00:55:00 Pat and Kirk's dad Pap-Pap Joe is still alive at 78-years-old. It's always a tricky card purchase for Pat every year at Father's Day because none of the sweet writings on those cards apply to Joe. Kirk wants to watch what he says, even though his parents are basically Amish when it comes to computers.
The first dad song that Pat plays came out the same year as when Sara was born. It reminds him of taking her home from the hospital. The song is "Taking You Home" by Don Henley from the album Inside Job.
01:00:00 Kirk says there is nothing like the bond between father and child; he knows without a shadow of a doubt that he would sacrifice himself for Kyle and Casey. "What about me?" spits Pat. Welp, I guess we know Kirk's priorities lie. Kirk will jump in the way of a bulletstorm, leaving Kyle and Casey safe and sound ; Pat will be turned into swiss cheese while Kirk is enjoying a nice cherry popsicle on the other side of town. Lucky for Pat his revenge comes in the form of having two songs in a row. The song is "I Can't Deny It" by Rod Stewart from the album Human. It was the only song that Sara would fall asleep to as a baby. Pat and Pilar played it incessantly.
01:05:00 Kirk went with Casey to Dodgers Stadium for the first time last night. Kirk is a massive baseball fan and his first song is from a cassette tape of baseball songs he used to have back in the day (or "Before Bud Selig ruined baseball," as Kirk puts it). Off the compilation album Baseball's Greatest Hits, the song is “D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song (Oh, Really? No, O’Malley)” by Danny Kaye. Kyle used to call it the horsey song because there was a race track horn section at the beginning. Adorable. What was Kyle's childhood nickname? Kyle was Ky-Ky. Casey was Case. Kirk's favorite president is JFK, so Casey's middle name is Kennedy.
01:10:00 A fun fact about Kyle: He was originally going to be named Patrick Kyle Dodson, but Pat and Kirk's sister dissuaded Kirk from doing so. Thank God she did, because this recap would be A LOT more confusing. Similarities continue with Pat's next pick. October 13th is not only the birthday for his daughter Rita, but also the birthday of Sammy Hagar. Pat plays "Ten 13" from the album Ten 13 in honor of Rita's birthday.
Pat's daughters do not have their mother's dark complexion, but Rita does have Pilar's brown eyes. Pat honors this fact with the song "Mama's Face" by Billy Falcon off the album Letters from a Paper Ship.
01:15:00 Kirk notes that Kyle and Casey are very different. Kyle is more like Pat, while Casey is more like Kirk. When Casey was very young, there was one movie that he would watch over and over and over again. It was the original True Grit. Casey became obsessed with the film; he got a cowboy hat, a cowboy outfit, a fake sixshooter, a rocking horse. He would act out the entire movie. Kirk plays the song "True Grit" by Glen Campbell from the soundtrack to the film.
01:20:00 Here is something Pat observes: Rita and Sara are "California Girls." So Pat plays "California Girls" by The Beach Boys from the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!). Glen Campbell actually guitar for The Beach Boys. And the first 45 single that Pat can remember seeing is a Glen Campbell song.
01:25:00 Kirk describes Pap-Pap Joe as a complicated man. He wasn't the most pleasant of gentleman. But Kirk says Joe always provided for them. And he was always in your corner. And he really likes buying socks. Like, a LOT of socks. Pat isn't as generous. He doesn’t think Joe’s providing status gives him carte blanche to be an asshole. Kirk remembers that no one in the family can sing a lick of a tune, but Joe would sing two songs over and over again. The first is "O Come All Ye Faithful," but in Latin.
01:30:00 The second song is "Blue Tail Fly" by Burl Ives from the album Blue Tail Fly. The song is better known as "Jimmy Crack Corn."
Pat's two songs about his dad are both from the same album, Devil's Playground by Billy Idol. The first song is called "Scream". The second song is called "Yellin' at the Xmas Tree". Yes, Pap-Pap seemed to emit his voice at a louder volume than others would like. Kirk tries to play Devil's Advocate, but Pat keeps laying on the salt against Pap-Pap Joe nice and thick.
01:35:00 If you haven't noticed already, Kirk is a very old soul. He graduated high school in 1976, but the music that sticks with him from his youth are the ones that he listened to with his grandparents. Kirk tears up a bit; those songs remind him of them. Kirk spent the first six years of his life exclusively with those people because Pat wasn't born yet. Speaking of weeping like a washwoman, there is a chance Pat might cry with his next pick. The song was originally played on the country episode with Murray, and Pat certainly bawled like a baby when he played it. Off the album American Man: Greatest Hits Volume II, the song is "You're Gonna Miss This" by Trace Adkins. Thankfully, Pat does not cry this time.
Kirk's second-to-last pick features the late Mary Travers. It's "For Baby (For Bobbie)" by Peter, Paul and Mary off the album The Peter, Paul and Mary Album.
01:40:00 Kyle had Beezer, a stuffed bear. It's still on his bed, but Beezer is falling apart. Some say alcoholism, others say heroin. Sad, really. Casey has a stuffed dog named Wolf Wolf, as well as Curious George. Kirk plays his last pick which both reminds him of Kyle and Casey's youthful days and makes him cry. It's "Return to Pooh Corner" by Kenny Loggins off the album Return to Pooh Corner. Oftentimes Kirk will go into Kyle's childhood bedroom, look around, and....... *sniff*.... Kirk wells up again. Raising kids is a beautiful thing until the time comes for them to fly away.
01:45:00 Kirk can be found on Twitter @IrishGolfer8. He says there is nothing like being a father, and he hopes that he's done a half-decent job of raising Kyle and Casey. Kirk also says that there are fewer people he has seen in his life that are better dads than Pat. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
01:50:00 Thank you to Kirk and Casey for being here for Part 2 of the Father's Day Spectacular. And a Happy Father's Day to you, the reader. Pat ends the show with "Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon from the album Surprise.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:00:00 Fruit Salad Yummy Yummt The Wiggles Pat
00:10:00 Jessie’s Girl Heart on My Sleeve Mary Lambert Pat
00:15:00 Kiss with a Fist Lungs Florence + the Machine Pat
00:20:00 New Slang Oh, Inverted World The Shins Pat
00:20:00 Afterlife Lights Out Ingrid Michaelson Pat
00:25:00 Girls Chase Boys Lights Out Ingrid Michaelson Pat
00:25:00 Immortals American Beauty/American Psycho Fall Out Boy Pat
00:35:00 Holy Ground Red Taylor Swift Pat
00:35:00 Imagination Infatuation Our Own House Kiss Pat
00:40:00 Closer Heartthrob Tegan and Sara Pat
00:55:00 Taking You Home Inside Job Don Henley Pat
01:00:00 I Can’t Deny It Human Rod Stewart Pat
01:05:00 D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song (Oh, Really? No, O’Malley) Baseball’s Greatest Hits Danny Kaye Kirk
01:10:00 Ten 13 Ten 13 Sammy Hagar Pat
01:10:00 Mama’s Face Letters from a Paper Ship Billy Falcon Pat
01:15:00 True Grit True Grit Soundtrack Glen Campbell Kirk
01:20:00 California Girls Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) The Beach Boys Pat
01:30:00 Blue Tail Fly Blue Tail Fly Burl Ives Kirk
01:30:00 Scream Devil’s Playground Billy Idol Pat
01:30:00 Yellin’ at the Xmas Tree Devil’s Playground Billy Idol Pat
01:35:00 You’re Gonna Miss This American Man: Greatest Hits Volume II Trace Adkins Pat
01:35:00 For Baby (For Bobbie) The Peter, Paul and Mary Album Peter, Paul and Mary Kirk
01:40:00 Family Analog Man Joe Walsh Pat
01:45:00 Return to Pooh Corner Return to Pooh Corner Kenny Loggins Kirk
01:50:00 Father and Daughter Surprise Paul Simon Pat

Friday, June 12, 2015

Episode 204: Blue

Episode 204: Blue
Pat, Kyle and Co-Host April Richardson play their favorite songs with the word blue in the title and talk about everything from eye surgery to Madonna in this jam packed episode of fun!
From June 11, 2015

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

April Richardson

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. April is in a tizzy due to her upcoming LASIK eye surgery. But what will happen to her cool, hip glasses look? April doesn't give a shit, her look is her face. She doesn't wear glasses all the time. "Hey internet nerds, glasses are not my thing," chides April. April is certainly getting some valium to calm her nerves. The meeting of lasers and eyeballs is not exactly a stress-free event.
Another satisfied customer.
00:05:00 Speaking of April and medical appointments, she went to her gynecologist today for a standard checkup. The nurse asked her a bunch of questions pertaining to being in a couple of some sort, and since April's inbox has been empty for quite some time, so to speak, the answer to all those questions was no. After asking the questions, the nurse was genuinely concerned about April's loneliness, wondering how the hell April hasn't dehydrated herself from crying all the time. She genuinely thought April would be freaking out because she wasn't married. It was very strange. Meanwhile April is still terrified of LASIK and Pat and Kyle are making fun of her for it to no end. April's okay with it; comedy as a defense mechanism against fear, and all that good stuff.
00:10:00 Today's topic: Songs with the color blue in the title. Pat researched (not really) that love is the number one word used in song titles, and blue is number two. Again, that's most likely wrong, but who cares? It's a podcast, baby, so let's go with the flow. Pat starts us off with "Union City Blue" by Blondie from the album Eat to the Beat.
April's first pick is The Velvet Underground. She plays "Pale Blue Eyes" off their self-titled album.
00:15:00 April wants to bring a chill playlist to her LASIK appointment. Pat brought that soothing James Taylor to his LASIK surgery, and it's a downright miracle that the doctor didn't fall asleep in the middle of the procedure and laser off half of Pat's face like a Resident Evil movie. No the doctor managed to stave off the ZZZZZ's, which means Pat plays his next pick. Off the album River of Dreams, Pat plays "Blonde Over Blue" by Billy Joel. April has never seen Billy Joel live. Although it would be hard for her not to see him nowadays. Billy's been putting away a lot of pizza slices lately.
April goes to England for her next pick. It's Britpop darlings Blur with "Blue Jeans" off the album Modern Life Is Rubbish.
00:20:00 Funny enough April is wearing all blue today. Pat can't tell though, his LASIK eye surgery took away his ability to see colors. Oh Pat, he's just kidding to scare April again, the silly goose. Pat ultimately understands fearful surgeries: he had a vasectomy. They put his feet in stirrups like he was giving birth... or at the gynecologist. "Nice to have a man know what that is like," chimes in April. The vasectomy was an entirely sack-based operation; one incision and a snip-snip of a tube later, and Pat was shooting blanks. He celebrates his inability to sire any future heirs to the Dodson fortune by playing "Blue Highway" by Billy Idol, off the album Rebel Yell.
00:25:00 Back to Pat's sack, there was a chance that his nuts would swell up. Hmmmmmm bigger balls, you say? I'm listening.... Anyway, Pat wore sweatpants to work the next day. His co-workers understood completely. April salutes Pat for being the one to end the bloodline and not having Pilar do it. She's married to Pat Francis; suffice to say, she's been through enough. And a band that has also been through enough (and is officially kaput) is April's next pick, The White Stripes. Off the album Get Behind Me Satan, she plays "Blue Orchid". The White Stripes are done. Jack White is too busy with his solo career and Meg White is too busy with... um... uh... her... fuck it, I got nothing.
Next up for Pat is a young woman named Madonna. He plays "True Blue" off the album True Blue.
00:30:00 Pat and April discuss Madonna. April doesn't like people talking about how Madonna isn't acting or dressing her age. "If I had her body, I would be in thongs until I'm 90," says April. Pat doesn't know if her wardrobe is silly or not. April says that Steven Tyler is silly. He looks like he fell through the roof of a scarf shop and never looked back. Madonna is Madonna. She's doesn't work in a bank, SHE'S MADONNA. I imagine April shaking Pat's shoulders repeatedly at this point. The Dick Tracy movie is brought up. It looked cool, especially the colors. Oops, the mention of colors warrants April worrying that she won't see them anymore. Kyle tells her she will be fine. April had a bar through his chest for two years and he turned out great. Wait.... what? Yes, Kyle had a concave chest which was pushing up against his chest, so the doctors put a metal bar in his chest to pop it out.
An x-ray of Kyle's chest. See if you can spot the giant bar.
00:35:00 The bar was screwed into Kyle's ribs. They had to collapse a lung to put it in. To take it out, they just unbent it and pulled it out like the sword in the stone. His chest was a bit of a problem; you could drink soup out of it. And if Kyle ever got defibrillated, he would have died. How lovely. Pat decides that this is the perfect opportunity to do his "repeat what people say" shtick. It doesn't go over well. Jimmy Pardo threw a microphone at him for doing it during an episode of Never Not Funny. Here is the video: Pardo apologized for it. And Pat significantly toned down the jackassery for NNF.
00:40:00 Getting back to the music, April plays her next pick. It's "Blue Eyed Boy" by Renegade Soundwave off the album Soundclash. April is seeing a documentary about Sarah Records, a DIY UK indie label. A lot of twee and jangly bands. Pat loves jangly things; if you shake keys in front of his face, he'll be busy for hours.
Pat's next song is a double dose of the cerulean dream. He plays "Blue Morning, Blue Day" by Foreigner from the album Double Vision.
00:45:00 Kyle has a song for our earholes. Off their self-titled album, it's Rooney with "Blueside". On another note, Pat Benatar said no to the show and ripped Pat Francis' heart in two all over again.
April's next pick is a band called Friendly Fires. She plays "Blue Cassette" from the album Pala. April STILL hasn't finished ripping her CDs into her iTunes because she's been on tour so much.
00:50:00 Solo Go-Go fo show. That's the idea of Pat's next pick, "Blue Kiss" by Jane Wiedlin off her self-titled album. Pat tells a story about how there was infighting in The Go-Go's because Jane and Charlotte Caffey were getting paid more than the other members. BUT Jane and Charlotte were writing a lot of the songs. It was the same with the Smiths, as April points out.
April's next pick is the legend Willie Nelson. She plays "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" off the album Red Headed Stranger. April felt weird at a party when she realized she's the only person among her friends that knows that song.
00:55:00 Hey, you know what rhymes with blue? Jew, which perfectly describes Pat's next pick Neil Diamond. He plays "Song Sung Blue" off the album Moods. But Pat stops the tape just a few seconds after it starts. What's going on? Is there a fire alarm going off somewhere? No, Pat realizes that he has a live version of the song from the album Love at the Greek, which features Helen Reddy and Henry Winkler singing verses of the song. I shit you not.
We just heard the Jewish Elvis, so let's hear the actual Elvis, Elvis Presley. April plays "Moody Blue" off the album Moody Blue.
01:00:00 They are taping this episode on the same day as David Letterman's last show. April was never loyal to any late night person. She watched Letterman when he had people that she liked on. You need electricity for television, and wouldn't you know it, Pat's next song is "Electric Blue" by Icehouse off the album Man of Colours. How's that for a segway, you lucky so-and-so's.
It was only a matter of time. April plays the always awesome single "Blue Monday" by New Order. How does April spell that song title? J-A-M.
01:05:00 Kyle is hear to bum us all out with his next song pick. It's "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65 from the album Europop. What's April doing in her spare time? She usually has cool things to do, and Pat loves to live vicariously through April, sucking off her youth to stave off the cold steel of the Reaper's scythe. But besides her stand-up dates with Chris Hardwick, April has nothing going on. She's just buying impulse pizzas and marathoning Saved by the Bell. Hardwick treats her right when they're on the road, but when April is home alone, there is no voice of reason. "You need a best friend," jabs Pat. The concern of the gyno nurse strikes again.
Pat goes with a song from Journey. It's "Forever in Blue" from the album Trial by Fire.
01:10:00 You can't even understand what Steve Perry is singing. And the album cover is no better. Thankfully April cleanses the palate with the fantastic "Tangled Up in Blue" by Bob Dylan from the landmark album Blood on the Tracks.
Pat follows April's blue pick with one of his own. It's Stevie Nicks with "Blue Denim" from the album Street Angel.
01:15:00 Blue denim leads April to going on a rant against really handsome guys because they can do whatever they want. She says that every handsome guy knows that they are handsome, and if they say that they aren't aware that they're handsome, they're lying through their six-pack abs. Some handsome guys use their powers for good, like Jon Hamm. April just wants a nice guy. She met a handsome guy on a plane who had a girlfriend, and spoke very highly of his girlfriend and how lucky he was to be with someone as great as her. So April basically wants that kind of guy. She recently found out that she was being played for three years by a really handsome guy, so her salt and vinegar levels are clearly off the charts.
"I'm sorry, handsome guys."
- April
"No one handsome listens to this show."
- Kyle, with the line of the episode
01:20:00 April Richardson therapy sessions aside, she plays her next pick. Off the album Violator, it's "Blue Dress" by Depeche Mode.
We heard "Blue Monday" earlier, so let's turn the clocks back 24 hours. Pat plays "Blue Sunday" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from the album The Last DJ.
01:25:00 April goes to one of her good music friends for her next pick. Off the album William Bloke, it's Billy Bragg with "From Red to Blue". Pat asks April how she will feel when one of her heroes like Morrissey or Billy Bragg or a member of R.E.M. dies? Crying. Always crying. It would be like a childhood friend April once had a dream that Billy died. When she woke up, she had to e-mail Billy to make sure he was still alive.
01:30:00 Even if you don't know the person, there's still a connection because of the music. When she found out that Joe Strummer died, April was at her ex-inlaws' house. She started crying and they couldn't understand why April was so upset. Pat tries to cheer everybody up with his next pick. It's "Blue Highways" by Graham Parker from the album The Mona Lisa's Sister.
01:35:00 Kyle has another pick. He plays "Blue" by supergroup A Perfect Circle off the album Thirteenth Step.
April goes for another musica obscura with her next pick "A Blue Wave" by Cleaners From Venus from the album Under Wartime Conditions.
Pat has a blue cover for his next pick. It's Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs with their version of "Baby Blue" by Badfinger, off the album Under the Covers, Vol. 2.
01:40:00 We mentioned April's love for all things twee. Well, her next pick are as twee as you can get. It's Belle & Sebastian with "The Blues Are Still Blue" from the album The Life Pursuit.
Pat plays his second "Baby Blue" in as many picks. This one is by UFO from the album You Are Here. April isn't a big fan of the intro to the song. "It's a bit too Ren Fair for me," she says.
April is down to her last few picks. She plays "Daydream in Blue" by a band called I Monster from the album Neveroddoreven.
01:45:00 The Bruce Jenner TV interview gets brought up for discussion. April thinks it’s fantastic. She has tons of trans friends whose parents disowned them, so it’s nice to put it on the mainstream. Pat still doesn't get some elements of it, but he has no issues with any of it. It's fascinating to realize that Bruce couldn't be a woman when he was younger, so he just became as masculine a figure he could be to hide his true feelings. And Bruce knew he had the biggest story all along during his years with the Kardashian clan and their soul-sucking TV shows.
01:50:00 There's some more brief discussion about Bruce Jenner and transsexuals before the show turns to plugs. April is still on tour with Chris Hardwick on the Funcomfortable Tour. You can go to to buy tickets. Quick note: April may not be at the Los Angeles show.
01:55:00 April interrupts this program with a nine-second song. It's "Fingertips: What’s That Blue Thing Doing Here?" by They Might Be Giants from the album Apollo 18.
Pat's last pick is a classic from The Who. It's "Behind Blue Eyes" from the album Who's Next.
Before the show ends, Pat decides to read some complaints and grievances from an iTunes review of the War and Peace episode.
02:00:00 So the guy is upset that they didn't play the songs he wanted them to play. Well, let's all just get in the time machine and re-record the episode... schmuck.
April takes us home from this two-hour explosion of blue songs and lasers with Manic Street Preachers. She plays "Wattsville Blues" from the album Know Your Enemy.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00 Union City Blue Eat to the Beat Blondie Pat
00:10:00 Pale Blue Eyes The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground April
00:15:00 Blonde Over Blue River of Dreams Billy Joel Pat
00:15:00 Blue Jeans Modern Life Is Rubbish Blur Pat
00:20:00 Blue Highway Rebel Yell Billy Idol Pat
00:25:00 Blue Orchid Get Behind Me Satan The White Stripes April
00:25:00 True Blue True Blue Madonna Pat
00:40:00 Blue Eyed Boy Soundclash Renegade Soundwave April
00:40:00 Blue Morning, Blue Day Double Vision Foreigner Pat
00:45:00 Blueside Rooney Rooney Kyle
00:45:00 Blue Cassette Pala Friendly Fires April
00:50:00 Blue Kiss Jane Wiedlin Jane Wiedlin Pat
00:50:00 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson April
00:55:00 Song Sung Blue Moods Neil Diamond Pat
00:55:00 Song Sung Blue (Live) Love at the Greek Neil Diamond feat. Helen Reddy and Henry Winkler Pat
00:55:00 Moody Blue Moody Blue Elvis Presley April
01:00:00 Electric Blue Man of Colours Icehouse Pat
01:00:00 Blue Monday Single New Order April
01:05:00 Blue (Da Ba Dee) Europop Eiffel 65 Kyle
01:05:00 Forever in Blue Trial by Fire Journey Pat
01:10:00 Tangled Up in Blue Blood on the Tracks Bob Dylan April
01:10:00 Blue Denim Street Angel Stevie Nicks Pat
01:20:00 Blue Dress Violator Depeche Mode April
01:20:00 Blue Sunday The Last DJ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Pat
01:25:00 From Red to Blue William Bloke Billy Bragg April
01:30:00 Blue Highways The Mona Lisa’s Sister Graham Parker Pat
01:35:00 Blue Thirteenth Step A Perfect Circle Kyle
01:35:00 A Blue Wave Under Wartime Conditions Cleaners From Venus April
01:35:00 Baby Blue Under the Covers, Vol. 2 Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs Pat
01:40:00 The Blues Are Still Blue The Life Pursuit Belle & Sebastian April
01:40:00 Baby Blue You Are Here UFO Pat
01:40:00 Daydream in Blue Neveroddoreven I Monster April
01:55:00 Fingertips: What’s That Blue Thing Doing Here? Apollo 18 They Might Be Giants April
01:55:00 Behind Blue Eyes Who’s Next The Who Pat
02:00:00 Wattsville Blues Know Your Enemy Manic Street Preachers April