Friday, August 28, 2015

Episode 215: Eyes

Episode 215: Eyes
Pat and Co-Host April Richardson look deeply into their music libraries to find their favorite songs about those two things on your face called...eyes!
From August 27, 2015

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

April Richardson

00:00:00 Pat and April welcome us to the show. Kyle is preparing for a standup comedy show at a music festival. April performed standup at Bonnaroo, which was cool because it was in a comedy tent that was separate from the music area. It probably won't be the same for Kyle; he'll attempt to tell jokes while a Bosnian flugelhorn band is wailing in the background. But in other news, April has returned to the show after her less-than-stellar Lasik eye surgery. It, uh... it didn't go so well. Her peepers are not at 100%. Pat's wife Pilar also had Lasik eye surgery and it similarly did not go swimmingly. Now she can read her scripts, but everything else is a hazy void. Her doctor was a jerk.
00:05:00 April's doctor is a good guy and is actively trying to help her see correctly. Pat went to Pilar's next eye doctor appointment and the guy did a total 180. He wasn't mean, but he was still not up-to-snuff. The doctor even got his left and his right mixed up. The reason April's surgery messed up is because she has unstable eye cells. She is a legitimate medical anomaly; not the "Holy crap, what the hell is that thing?!" anomaly, but still a bit rare.
00:10:00 Pat feels a bit guilty about making fun of April's upcoming surgery on her previous appearance (you know, the whole "your gonna go blind forever" thing), but April reassures him that it's fine. Everyone was making jokes, it's what you do. Besides, how could Pat know that April has messed up eye cells? He isn't a doctor. And despite her misfortunes, April is damn happy not to have to wear glasses anymore. She loves waking up and seeing the clock. In any event, today's topic is centered around the eyes and words pertaining to them: look, see, vision, etc.
00:15:00 April is very annoyed that she forgot about vision because she could have put "Sound and Vision" by David Bowie from the album Low on her list. Luckily, Pat was smart enough to think of the word and so he plays the song as his first pick. Pat's a little mystified at the lyrics, though. That's when April points out that the song is literally about him sitting in a blue room and listening to music. Yup, those sophisticated lyrics sure are puzzling, Pat.
While April was dallying about the country doing her standup, she followed Morrissey around for a month. She only missed one show due to sickness. April saw him 9 times, which brings her total Morrissey show count to about 114. The sets were different each night, along with Morrissey's temperament. Sometimes you got happy, fun Morrissey. And sometimes you got regular, sad Morrissey.
00:20:00 Particularly great shows were in Salt Lake City and at Red Rocks. "Is his encore still Van Halen's 'Jump'?" asks Pat. April's normal meals while driving on the road included niche crackers found in gas stations and red bull. That and a lot of biscuits and gravy when she was in the south. Combine that with very little exercise and you've got the patented Trucker's Diet! What about hotel life? Lots of Motel 6s and Super 8s. April made sure to avoid the first floor rooms, though. They're super scary. Pat points out that being on the 50th floor of a hotel is also scary due to Godzilla or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. *sigh*
00:25:00 After wasting precious time and resources finding out the heights of both Godzilla and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (50 stories and 10 stories, respectively), April plays her first pick. Off the album Hatful of Hollow, it's The Smiths with "This Night Has Opened My Eyes". Going back to eyeball talk, Pat's daughter once had a piece of rust in her eye. April knows that that is partly the reason she won't have kids, because she gets too grossed out by that stuff and won't be able to handle something like that.
00:30:00 April tells a story about her stepdad picking gravel out of her teeth and gums because April fell off her bike and landed face-first on the pavement, sliding away into oral chaos. "Well, that's love," says Pat. "Calm down," replies April. Pat plays his next pick, "Big Eyes" by Cheap Trick from the album In Color. April's mistake was that she was screaming as she fell. Well when you're hurtling headfirst towards concrete, there's really not much else you can do. Pat brings up seeing Tom Cruise riding a motorcycle with no helmet in the new Mission Impossible movie. April doubts the legitimacy of the plane stunt. But it's real. He had to wear contacts in his eyes to keep them open.
00:35:00 April has trouble giving Tom Cruise money after seeing Going Clear. There are rumors, though, that Tom might be leaving the church. Pat notices Cruise seems more engaged now in interviews. April returns to the music with her next pick, Blur. Off their self-titled album, it's "Look Inside America". Pat didn't even think about "look."
Pat's next pick is by Billy Idol. He plays the hit "Eyes Without a Face" from Rebel Yell.
00:40:00 April darkens the mood with some Depeche Mode. Off the album Violator, it's a song called "World in My Eyes". Pat feels left out with Depeche Mode; he just doesn't know enough about them. April mentions a few songs and how they are really big in L.A. Rodney Bingenheimer and his English Disco are also brought up.
Pat gets a little creepy with his next pick. Off the album Closeup, it's Frankie Valli with "My Eyes Adored You". Little stalker-ish there, Frankie.
00:45:00 Not to be outdone, April graces us with an absolute classic for her next pick. It's Rockwell with "Somebody's Watching Me" off the album Somebody's Watching Me. That's Michael Jackson there on the chorus. Rockwell is Berry Gordy's son, so I doubt it would be too difficult to get Michael in the studio for an hour or two. Kyle lists off some other Rockwell singles: "Obscene Phone Caller," "Knife," "Captured," "He's a Cobra," and "Peeping Tom." Either Rockwell has a vivid imagination or he's taunting the police with his grand plans like the Zodiac killer.
Pat's next pick is power pop guru Nick Lowe. He plays "Ragin' Eyes" from the album The Abominable Showman.
April goes back to the indies with her next pick. Off the album If You're Feeling Sinister, it's Belle and Sebastian with "Seeing Other People".
00:50:00 Pat points out that it sounds like a Charlie Brown tune. Speaking of which, one of Kyle's coworkers voiced Charlie Brown in two of the lesser Peanuts specials. I believe one of them was "It's the Amazing Saint Swithin's Day Cucumber, Charlie Brown" or something like that. Anyway, Pat plays his next pick. It's Judas Priest with "Electric Eye" from the album Screaming for Vengeance.
April ups the heavy with her next pick, Killing Joke. Off their 2003 self-titled album, it's "Seeing Red". April brings up the Centralia mine fire that Pat told her about.
00:55:00 There's just a perpetual fire underneath this town. As of 2010, there are 10 people still living there. Talk about stubborn. If you'd rather have perpetually hot feet than move to the next town over, you're a stubborn bastard. Will April live in L.A. forever? Yeah. But she's not buying a house, though. Unless the national currency becomes Morrissey bootlegs, then houses are off the market. Pat brings the music back with his next pick by Loverboy. It's the super cheesy "Heaven in Your Eyes" from the Top Gun Soundtrack. None of the three remember if this song actually plays in the movie. April always rewinds the movie when Goose dies because it gets boring afterwards.
01:00:00 There are rumblings that Top Gun 2 is coming with Tom Cruise. April just wants Goose back in some way: Zombie Goose, Ghost Goose, Weekend at Goose's, PolterGoose. Pat also has some Loverboy news. SUPPOSEDLY Rock Solid is getting Mike Reno in September. So we'll see what happens with that. Pat's favorite scene in Top Gun is when the bald commander (the same guy who played the principal in Back to the Future, by the way) sends Maverick and Goose to Top Gun. Somehow conversation turns to Disney and Nick kid shows. April believes she could now play the young mom on a Disney show. Chip Chinnery does a lot of those shows and they keep telling him to go big and crazy, despite already going as big and crazy as he can go.
01:05:00 April plays her next pick, The Beautiful South. Off the album 0898 Beautiful South, it's a song called "Old Red Eyes Is Back".
Up next for Pat is actress and singer Kathleen Wilhoite. It's actually a new song that has not come out yet (which she sent to Pat personally because they're friends) called "Damn These Eyes". In case you want to see Kathleen perform live, she does so on the first Tuesday of every month at Vitello's Restaurant in Studio City. That's also the place where Robert Blake's wife got her brains plastered over the interior of her car. For some reason Pat's dad and April's mom love going to places where people were killed, particularly restaurants.
01:10:00 Kyle's parents are obsessed with his near-death experiences. He almost choked once on food, so they keep reminding to chew his meals. Kyle recently got stuck in an elevator for and he didn't tell his parents. He waited for forty minutes in an elevator with a bunch of interns before he could get out. The thing is it was only a five floor walk. Lazy bones. Pat would have stayed in their all day just to get off work.
01:15:00 The funny thing about April's next pick is that she played it on her previous episode. But this time it's a cover of "Pale Blue Eyes" done by R.E.M. from the album Dead Letter Office.
Pat's next pick is "One Vision" by Queen off the album A Kind of Magic.
April's next pick is a band called The Charlatans. Off their self-titled album, it's a song called "Just Lookin'".
01:20:00 Pat recommends watching the British show The Fall on Netflix about a serial killer. It will give April nightmares, she's sure of it. Pat brings it up because there is a girl on the show who looks just like April. Pat tries forever to come up with the name of the actress and he just can't do it. Instead he plays his next pick "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison from his debut album Blowin' Your Mind!
01:25:00 April plays her next pick, The Records with "Starry Eyes" from the album Shades in Bed. They find a picture of the actress, Valene Kane, and April is very flattered because she is gorgeous. April was expecting Anne Ramsey from Throw Momma from the Train.
"George, it's Steve. Remember that 'Sister, Sister' reboot you were considering? I believe I've found your girls."
Pat plays his next pick from the Bad Boys from Boston. It's Aerosmith with "Sight for Sore Eyes" from the album Draw the Line.
April's next pick is a band called The Locksmiths. The song is called "Can't Believe My Eyes" from an album called Where Were We?
01:30:00 Pat and April discuss character actors that are stuck in roles that pertain to their looks. This brings up devilishly handsome Mike Siegel, who filmed a commercial where he swam in a suit and dropped through the floor. April cannot believe that Mike is almost 50. She is stunned! She calls Mike a "fly honey" (because April is secretly a pimp in a 1970s Blaxploitation movie).
01:35:00 Pat's next pick Bob Welch was with Fleetwood Mac for five albums, but is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "I wonder what the Hall of Fame told him," Kyle says.

After briefly discussing Lenny Kravitz's penis popping out of his ripped pants, Pat plays "Ebony Eyes" from the album French Kiss.
"Did you look at it?"
- Pat, referring to Lenny Kravitz's dick
"Of course, I'm a connoisseur."
- April, with the line of the episode
April's second to last pick is from British songstress Lily Allen. She plays "Close Your Eyes" from the album Sheezus. There's more Anne Ramsey discussion. She was married for over 30 years to her husband Logan Ramsey. "There's nothing better than when two 2s and 3s find each other," says April. How comforting. Which number does April give herself? She gives herself a 6. Meanwhile "Fly Honey" Mike Siegel is an 8. Damn that man and his absurdly good looks.
01:40:00 April was recently at a live show of Match Game (hosted by Jimmy Pardo) and got a kiss from Jon Hamm. Pat was there too and all he got was some red velvet cake. He doesn't believe the hype when it comes to red velvet. Then Kyle and April shatter his illusions by revealing that it's just dyed chocolate cake. Pat's mind = BLOWN. As he comes down from the shock, he plays his next pick. Off the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack, it's "Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen.
April's last pick is by a band called Trembling Blue Stars. Off the album Broken by Whispers, the song is called "Dark Eyes".
01:45:00 Plugs time. You can catch April at the 2015 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas in early September. She's also still plugging away at the Funcomfortable Tour with Chris Hardwick too. It's been WAAAAAY too long since April's last episode (ten whole weeks), but we're gonna fix that real quick.
Pat ends this insightful show with the classic "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel off the album So.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:15:00 Sound and Vision Low David Bowie Pat
00:25:00 This Night Has Opened My Eyes Hatful of Hollow The Smiths April
00:30:00 Big Eyes In Color Cheap Trick Pat
00:35:00 Look Inside America Blur Blur April
00:35:00 Eyes Without a Face Rebel Yell Billy Idol Pat
00:40:00 World in My Eyes Violator Depeche Mode April
00:40:00 My Eyes Adored You Closeup Frankie Valli Pat
00:45:00 Somebody’s Watching Me Somebody’s Watching Me Rockwell April
00:45:00 Ragin’ Eyes The Abominable Snowman Nick Lowe Pat
00:45:00 Seeing Other People If You’re Feeling Sinister Belle and Sebastian April
00:50:00 Electric Eye Screaming for Vengeance Judas Priest Pat
00:50:00 Seeing Red Killing Joke Killing Joke April
00:55:00 Heaven in Your Eyes Top Gun Soundtrack Loverboy Pat
01:05:00 Old Red Eyes Is Back 0898 Beautiful South The Beautiful South April
01:05:00 Damn These Eyes N/A Kathleen Wilhoite Pat
01:15:00 Pale Blue Eyes Dead Letter Office R.E.M. April
01:15:00 One Vision A Kind of Magic Queen Pat
01:15:00 Just Lookin’ The Charlatans The Charlatans April
01:20:00 Brown Eyed Girl Blowin’ Your Mind! Van Morrison Pat
01:25:00 Starry Eyes Shades in Bed The Records April
01:25:00 Sight for Sore Eyes Draw the Line Aerosmith Pat
01:25:00 Can’t Believe My Eyes Where Were We? The Lucksmiths April
01:35:00 Ebony Eyes French Kiss Bob Welch Pat
01:35:00 Close Your Eyes Sheezus Lily Allen April
01:40:00 Hungry Eyes Dirty Dancing Soundtrack Eric Carmen Pat
01:40:00 Dark Eyes Broken by Whispers Trembling Blue Stars April
01:45:00 In Your Eyes So Peter Gabriel Pat

Friday, August 21, 2015

Episode 214: U2

Episode 214: U2
Pat and Co-Host Murray Valeriano are joined by U2 super fan Erin Gould to discuss the entire career of Dublin's favorite sons... Paul, Dave, Adam and Larry.
From August 20, 2015

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Murray Valeriano

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. This is a restart recording because something screwed up. Murray knows the pain quite well. Today we are joined by a very special guest. He's the creator of the Rock Solid logo as well as one of the artists behind the Facebook artwork, it's Erin Gould! Erin also made a fictional webseries about podcasting called Casters. His favorite filmmaker is Steven Spielberg.
00:05:00 The boys list off their favorite movies. Pat likes One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Graduate, Psycho, and Stripes (even the second half!). Kyle's favorite is The Dark Knight (obviously), which Murray mixes up with Dark Knight Rises. Erin is a transplant from New York City. He was originally from Queens, then he moved to Saudi Arabia for 8 years, then he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, then to L.A., then back to New York, and now back in California. The man is a world traveler. Erin's son also has had an interesting life because he has viral pictures with Chris Evans and Tom Hiddleston (Loki) from the set of The Avengers. He was wearing a Spider-man shirt and a Captain America shield and stumbled onto the set of The Avengers with his mom.
00:10:00 One thing led to another and Erin's son got a picture with Loki while sitting on his shoulders. Then he got a picture with Chris Evans and then the pictures eventually blew up on the internet. Keep in mind that Murray has zero idea what anyone is talking about. Paul Stanley arrives to list off Marvel actors because, well, you know the Starchild and his S's.
"It would be so awesome to have your picture taken with a member of Kiss in full makeup, or having your picture taken with David Lee Roth with hair."
- Pat
"Or having your picture taken with Paul Stanley and talent."
- Murray, with the line of the episode
00:15:00 The Starchild lists off a few names including Mister Mxyzptlk, who can only go away if you trick him into saying his name backwards. "How do you say this conversation backwards," mutters Murray. Anyway, what's going on with young Kyle? His girlfriend was in the ER last night with a kidney infection, but she's okay. Murray is greatly concerned for her wellbeing. He came to Pat's 4th of July BBQ alone and bonded with the happy couple, while his wife and son went to a parade. Pat hates parades, while parades make Murray cry. There's something about seeing a giant Bart Simpson float that just lets the waterworks flow.
Kidney infections and emotional floats aside, we are here to discuss the career of U2 because they are Erin and Murray's absolute favorite band and Pat loves them too. They are going through the studio albums and playing their favorite songs from each.
00:20:00 When did they become aware/fans of the band? "Never," says Kyle. Yeah, this is gonna be a really fun show for him. Murray most likely listens to Achtung Baby and forward, but his first concert was The Unforgettable Fire tour. What was Kyle's first concert? Neil Diamond and Christopher Cross. And we wonder why he's such a misanthrope. Pat became aware of U2 with "I Will Follow" on MTV, then got into them with War. Erin hated the band in high school, but listened to The Joshua Tree on a school trip and liked it. Then he went back and bought the previous albums.
00:25:00 Murray likes U2 more than his other favorite band The Beatles because The Beatles broke up before he was born, whereas he's seen U2 grow and grow over the course of his life. His Unforgettable Fire show was fifth row, TWENTY BUCKS! Pat's first U2 show was also on that tour. It was the Zoo TV tour for Erin. Before we play some music, Murray has an intro for us:

And that's it for the intro. Murray is no technical wizard, after all. But we love him anyway, dammit, so let's play some music. We start with their debut album, 1980's Boy, produced by Steve Lillywhite. Murray plays his pick called "Out of Control". Kyle likes it, but he hates the early album covers with the shirtless adolescents. "Would you like it better if that boy was on Chris Evans' shoulders?" asks Murray.
Erin plays his pick from the first album called "A Day Without Me". Even on that first album, The Edge was showing his signature guitar sound.
00:30:00 The next album is 1981's October, again produced by Steve Lillywhite. Murray's pick is the opening track "Gloria".
Erin's pick from October is a song called "Rejoice". The album was actually released in October. Murray is digging Adam Clayton's bass-work.
00:35:00 Pat's pick from the album reflects his growing senility. It's called "I Fall Down".
U2's third album is 1983's War, their first classic album and their biggest album at the time. Murray plays his song, the album closer ""40"". At the end of Murray's first concert, U2 closed the show with this song and walked off the stage one by one, with the crowd still singing along. Erin notes that this was the beginning of the band putting in religious themes in their music.
The song that Erin picks from War is a big one, "New Year's Day".
00:40:00 Pat plays another song from War that was a single called "Two Hearts Beat as One". The first three albums are clumped together because of Steve Lillywhite's involvement. Erin has a theory about this. He believes the albums are made in trilogies. There's the Boy to Man trilogy (Boy to War), the Discovery in America trilogy (Unforgettable Fire to Rattle and Hum), then the next three and so on. It's quite interesting to think about.
The band's fourth album, 1984's The Unforgettable Fire, gave the band a new producer in Brian Eno. Murray plays one of his favorite U2 songs ever, "Bad".
00:45:00 It was a very emotional night when Murray saw them at the Forum after U2's longtime tour manager died. They only play "Bad" on special occasions and they certainly played it on that night. Erin and his dad saw Rattle and Hum in the movie theater when it came out and everyone in the audience shut up for "Bad." Erin plays the opening track from the album for his pick, "A Sort of Homecoming".
00:50:00 It's a different, more experimental sound, which is no surprise given Eno is behind the board. Interestingly, the band still hadn't had a top ten hit in America. Erin plays another track, "The Unforgettable Fire" because Murray wanted to hear it. Murray is unashamed to admit that U2 is one of the only bands that can make him cry.
00:55:00 Three years after releasing Unforgettable Fire, U2 put out 1987's The Joshua Tree, another masterpiece. Pat plays U2's first number one single in the US, "With or Without You". Murray hated this song when it first came out, but now he looks forward to hearing it in concert. Pat feels like the album is front-loaded, then tapers off. Murray disagrees immensely; the second half has some of the album's shining moments.
Murray gives an example with his next pick, "In God's Country". The three note that Bono's voice is maturing.
01:00:00 Murray is fed up with He couldn't find the setlist from his first U2 concert. Meanwhile Pat finds his concert setlist in ten seconds and reads it off. Oh Murray. Then Kyle finds Murray's setlist. OOOOOOOOOh Murray. Erin takes the throttle and plays his next pick, "Running to Stand Still". It's a very mellow song, which Ted Nugent does not like.

01:05:00 1988's Rattle and Hum, produced by Jimmy Iovine, is a strange album. It's a mixture of studio and live stuff. Pat plays a great song from the album called "Desire".
Erin considers his pick "God Part II" an indication of what was to come. Let's have a Kyle update. He hates this, there can be no doubt, BUT he does not hate this episode as much as the Dire Straits episode. He H-A-T-E-D that episode. Don't tell Christy.
01:10:00 Murray's pick from the album features the late great B.B. King. It's "When Love Comes to Town". Some of the songs on the album were recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis. Erin once took a tour of the place and afterwards met a sound engineer, who took Erin to see the soundbooth. Erin mentioned he was a big U2 fan, and the engineer gave him two shirtsleeves that Larry Mullen Jr. had cut off his shirt years ago. Maybe they are Larry Mullen Jr.'s shirtsleeves, or maybe they're leftover cloth from his kid's first grade play. Who knows. Murray closes the 80s with a clip of Bono from the live album Live from Point Depot. Bono makes an announcement about the band going away. They did go away, if only to work on their new album.
01:15:00 Achtung Baby would become the most difficult album to record for the band. The band couldn't find a sound or direction; they almost broke up. Soon they were jamming in Berlin and, oh look, they came across "One" and "Mysterious Ways." Achtung Baby is an album that Pat came to later on. Murray plays his pick from the album called "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)".
Erin plays a song that inspired Bono's alternate stage persona called "The Fly".
01:20:00 By this point U2 is taking the world by storm. Murray notes that when he saw them on the Zoo TV Tour, they would play six or seven songs from Achtung Baby first before even touching a previous album. The confidence in that decision. Pat plays his song called "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses". The song barely charted and the band admitted that they never got it the way they wanted it.
01:25:00 The eight album in U2's canon is 1993's Zooropa, with The Edge, Brian Eno, and Flood producing. It was an album heavily influenced by the Zoo TV tour. Murray was going to play "The Wanderer" with Johnny Cash on lead vocals, but the silly goose forgot to put it in his song list. Instead Murray plays the title track, "Zooropa". Murray picked the live version.
01:30:00 Erin's pick from Zooropa is his favorite U2 song, "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)". Erin managed to see the band on the last Zooropa show in Dublin.
Pat's pick is an interesting one because it features The Edge on lead vocals. The song is called "Numb". Update on Kyle: He's huddled in the corner like a prisoner-of-war. He would have talked looooong ago. There's brief album cover talk due to Zooropa's childlike drawing of a cover. Pat hates Van Halen's 1984 album cover, while Murray is unnerved by the naked siamese twins on Balance.
01:35:00 The final album of the 90s for U2 was 1997's Pop. Pat can't really get into it, while Erin and Murray love it. Erin remembers when Matt Belknap thought of U2 as being the Village People when he thought of this album, but Erin states this isn't true. Pat does like this song from the album, "Staring at the Sun". Erin describes it as a response to the Britpop explosion with Oasis, Blur, and other such bands. The album wasn't a big hit and was quite dancey.
01:40:00 The 90s was quite experimental for the band, as they also released an album under the pseudonym Passengers called Original Soundtracks 1 that was songs for fake movie soundtracks. They also did a song for Batman Forever. Erin's pick from Pop is a song called "Gone". He thinks that Pop is U2's most punk rock album ever because there's a lot of anti-God, anti-commercialism sentiment.
Murray's pick from Pop is a song called "Do You Feel Loved".
01:45:00 How does Pop rank with U2 fans? It depends on who you ask. There are people who hate it, people who love it, and people who feel like it is a secret album that you aren't supposed to love, but do.
Entering the 2000s, the band released Pat's favorite U2 album, All That You Can't Leave Behind. He plays the triumphant opening track "Beautiful Day". Murray notes that this tour was his favorite.
01:50:00 Murray plays a song from the album called "In a Little While". The band was working on the song, but couldn't get the right vocals. After a heavy night of drinking, Bono slunked into the recording booth and sang the song. They eventually played it for Joey Ramone when he was on his deathbed.
The album came out when Erin moved back to New York, so his next pick "New York" is quite fitting. He listened to the song while standing on top of the Empire State Building.
01:55:00 Between the first and second legs of the tour, 9/11 happened. The band listed off the names of the people who died during their gig at the Super Bowl, which was an incredibly powerful moment. ATYCLB is the first album that Erin didn't care for because they leaked the song list before it came out, then afterwards rearranged the order of the songs for the official release. But there are songs he loves on it, though.
02:00:00 Four years later, the band release 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. At this point, the band is firmly back on top. They even have their own iPod, for Pete's sake! There are a lot of producers on the album. It's also the only U2 album that Kyle owns because someone gave it to him. Word to the wise: He is not a fan of the back half of the album. Pat plays his song from the album, "Miracle Drug".
Erin likes this album about the same as ATYCLB. He plays his pick, "Love and Peace or Else".
"I love this album."
- Murray
"Do you like 'Origin of the Species,' that piece of shit."
- Kyle, with a very close runner-up for line of the episode. Trust me, the way he said it. Hoo boy.
02:05:00 The Vertigo Tour was Pat's first U2 show since Unforgettable Fire. It was also Murray's brother's first U2 show. Pat does a brief Bono impression which either sounds like Paul McCartney or Quint from Jaws. This was the last tour Erin has seen. He was with his pregnant wife. The lights went down, and Erin braced for impact from the nearby swelling crowd. The impact never came, thanks to a very large man who held them back. Later on the show, Erin noticed that his son was kicking in the womb in time with Larry.
02:10:00 While Pat urges Erin to see U2, Murray plays his pick from Atomic Bomb. It's a leaked track that never made it on the album called "Mercy". Around this time the band also did a few tracks for a compilation album with Rick Rubin.
Erin tells his story about meeting Bono. He was working at the U.N. in New York where Bono was giving a speech. Erin got to meet him, take a picture, and that was supposed to be it. Then a little later, Erin ran into Bono again, this time with Bob Geldof.
02:15:00 Erin got Bono and Geldof's autographs, then walked away. THEN, Erin saw that Bono was alone and walked up to him again. They chatted for a bit about when new U2 music is coming out. Erin told Bono that if U2 released a new single, he would either give him a dollar or one of his wife's cookies. Bono laughed. He made Bono laugh!
Erin eventually got his wish and U2 put out a new album, No Line on the Horizon, in 2009. Pat listened to the album all day long while painting his house. The three agree that, while the songs are good, it doesn't work as an album. It peters out as it goes, and the album has the only U2 song that Erin skips, "White as Snow."
02:20:00 Erin plays the title track, "No Line on the Horizon". This tour, the 360 tour, was massive. Murray saw them at the Rose Bowl with 100,000 people.
Murray plays his pick from the album, "Magnificent".
02:25:00 Pat plays his pick, "Moment of Surrender". Again, these are good songs, but they don't work as an album.
After another five years, 2014 marked the release of the band's thirteenth and most recent studio album, Songs of Innocence. Remember, it wasn't given away for free. U2 sold it to Apple for a SHITLOAD of money. All three really like the album. Pat likes the download cover better than the physical release cover (with a shirtless Larry Mullen Jr. low-hugging his also shirtless son). Murray agrees, but he doesn't buy physical albums anymore so why bother. Pat told Murray about the album coming out after Murray finished surfing. Typical Murray, it took him half an hour to actually find the damn thing.
02:30:00 It's a very cohesive album and Murray was excited to hear it live. Erin plays his song called "Cedarwood Road". What does Kyle think now? He likes the music, he just doesn't like Bono's ethereal omnipotent lyrical bullshit. I think that's as good as we're gonna get, folks.
Pat's pick is a cool song called "Raised by Wolves".
02:35:00 As a gift to Murray, Pat printed out the lyrics to "Every Breaking Wave" and had them nicely framed. Awwwwwwww. Murray thanks Pat by not playing that song; instead he plays "Song for Someone". This is the longest episode ever, by the way. Longer than the Tom Petty episode with Geoff Tate, longer than the Best of 2014 episode, even longer than the Kiss episode with Jimmy Pardo. Should Pat trim it down? I imagine Kyle would want him to trim it ALL down.
02:40:00 Thank you very much for Erin Gould for being here and laying his U2 fandom on the table. You can find him on Twitter @iameringould. We end with the question of favorite U2 album: Achtung Baby and Songs of Innocence for Murray, Achtung Baby and Pop for Erin, and All That You Can't Leave Behind for Pat.
Murray takes us out with a live version of "Where the Streets Have No Name" from The Joshua Tree.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:25:00 Out of Control Boy U2 Murray
00:25:00 A Day Without Me Boy U2 Erin
00:30:00 Gloria October U2 Murray
00:30:00 Rejoice October U2 Erin
00:35:00 I Fall Down October U2 Pat
00:35:00 "40" War U2 Murray
00:35:00 New Year's Day War U2 Erin
00:40:00 Two Hearts Beat as One War U2 Pat
00:40:00 Bad The Unforgettable Fire U2 Murray
00:45:00 A Sort of Homecoming The Unforgettable Fire U2 Erin
00:50:00 The Unforgettable Fire The Unforgettable Fire U2 Erin
00:55:00 With or Without You The Joshua Tree U2 Pat
00:55:00 In God's Country The Joshua Tree U2 Erin
01:00:00 Running to Stand Still The Joshua Tree U2 Murray
01:05:00 Desire Rattle and Hum U2 Pat
01:05:00 God Part II Rattle and Hum U2 Erin
01:10:00 When Love Comes to Town Rattle and Hum U2 feat. B.B. King Murray
01:15:00 Ultraviolet (Light My Way) Achtung Baby U2 Murray
01:15:00 The Fly Achtung Baby U2 Erin
01:20:00 Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses Achtung Baby U2 Pat
01:25:00 Zooropa Zooropa U2 Murray
01:30:00 Stay (Faraway, So Close!) Zooropa U2 Erin
01:30:00 Numb Zooropa U2 Pat
01:35:00 Staring at the Sun Pop U2 Pat
01:40:00 Gone Pop U2 Erin
01:40:00 Do You Feel Loved Pop U2 Murray
01:45:00 Beautiful Day All That You Can't Leave Behind U2 Pat
01:50:00 In a Little While All That You Can't Leave Behind U2 Murray
01:50:00 New York All That You Can't Leave Behind U2 Erin
02:00:00 Miracle Drug How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb U2 Pat
02:00:00 Love and Peace or Else How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb U2 Erin
02:10:00 Mercy How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb U2 Murray
02:20:00 No Line on the Horizon No Line on the Horizon U2 Erin
02:20:00 Magnificent No Line on the Horizon U2 Murray
02:25:00 Moment of Surrender No Line on the Horizon U2 Pat
02:30:00 Cedarwood Road Songs of Innocence U2 Erin
02:30:00 Raised by Wolves Songs of Innocence U2 Pat
02:35:00 Song for Someone Songs of Innocence U2 Murray
02:40:00 Where the Streets Have No Name (Live) The Joshua Tree U2 Murray