Thursday, February 26, 2015

Episode 189: The Wrecking Crew



Episode 189: The Wrecking Crew
Pat and Co-Host Murray Valeriano welcome Director Denny Tedesco to discuss his documentary film "The Wrecking Crew."
From February 26, 2015

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Murray Valeriano

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Kyle is rocking a Batman t-shirt because that's the only type of shirt he owns. Batman t-shirt and jeans: The Kyle Dodson Collection. Murray is happy because he recorded his live stand-up comedy album a couple of weeks ago. Kyle was there and it was a jam-packed house. The good thing was that no celebrities were there to ruin the show. Famous comedians sometimes go up before Murray and they kill. Then Murray goes up after them and bombs gloriously. But thankfully that didn't happen with the album taping.
Murray decided to take the bull by the horns and get today's guest in studio. They used to work together at Comedy Central. It's director Denny Tedesco! Denny made a music documentary called The Wrecking Crew. He's been working on for it 19 years.
00:05:00 Pat watched the movie one night and he loved it. He says any music fan will love it. Murray is a big fan of The Wrecking Crew. The Wrecking Crew is the name for a group of session musicians in the 60s in L.A. who did session work for artists like The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, The Mamas and the Papas, The Fifth Dimension, and many more. Record companies didn’t trust the artists to record their work quickly, so they hired the session musicians to make things run smoothly. Denny’s dad Tommy Tedesco was one of the Crew's guitar players. 19 years ago, Denny started the project because his dad had cancer and he didn’t have much time. Denny wanted to tell the story of the group. He based it first on the roundtable talk of Broadway Danny Rose. Denny just let them talk. The group of four was drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Carol Kaye, guitarist Tommy, and saxophonist Plas Johnson. Because it took so long to make it, some of the people in the movie died before it came out. Tommy died in 1997. No one would jump in and make the movie because the music rights alone would be nuts. There are 110 songs in the movie. By 2006, it was "the most expensive home movie ever." But there had come a point where a line was crossed and Denny had to keep going or else it would have been a waste.
00:10:00 Denny interviewed people like Brian Wilson, Herb Alpert, Cher, and Nancy Sinatra in person. Denny worked with Cher on a music video in the 80s. She fondly remembered Tommy Tedesco from back in the 60s when she was 18. Cher agreed to do it because Denny asked her directly. Pat says from experience that if you can get to the artist directly, they say yes. But managers and agents slow things down considerably. The contemporary artists that turned him down: artists like Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Bonnie Raitt. But it wasn't a considerably big loss because they didn't work with the Wrecking Crew. Everyone in the film either was in or worked with the Wrecking Crew. The only person who wasn't or didn't is Dick Clark. Clark did a eulogy for Tommy on the radio. Clark initially turned Denny down to being in the film, but he eventually came around.
We start playing the music of the Crew. Off the album In Case You're in Love, it's "The Beat Goes On" by Sonny & Cher. The talented Carol Kaye on bass.
00:15:00 Hal Blaine coined the name "Wrecking Crew" in his book. The older, established L.A. session guys saw the new, rock and roll session guys and didn't like them. They thought they would wreck the business. But once those new guys got locked into the session circuit -- Glen Campbell, Tommy Tedesco, Leon Russell, Carol Kaye, Dr. John, etc. -- the old guys would get locked out. Tommy was a very smart businessman. In 1953, he was living in Niagara Falls with his wife and Denny’s older brother. He got invited to a dance at a university. He went to the dance and afterwards got an audition to be the guitar player for the big band. Their guitar player had left, so they needed a replacement. Tommy got the gig, went on the road for a bit, and then got fired in Dallas. He moved to L.A. with his family to be a musician. Tommy wasn’t working a lot and he originally wasn’t going to go to the dance. But his wife spent 35 bucks on a dress, so they had to go. Luck, it’s all luck. You can be amazing, but unless you get out there and be lucky, you won’t make it.
00:20:00 Did you know that Tommy and the Wrecking Crew worked on famous TV theme songs. Oh yes, like "Suicide Is Painless" from the TV show M.A.S.H.. Tommy also played on the "Batman Theme Song", composed by Neal Hafti for the 1966 Batman show. And he worked on The Ventures' version of the "Hawaii Five-O Theme" on their album Hawaii Five-O. They would get a session fee for each recording. But if the song went to something like TV or commercial, they would get another fee. It was 50 bucks for 3 hours. Times were different.
The Wrecking Crew in the studio
00:25:00 Tommy would sometimes get doubles or triple fees on songs by pulling out different instruments and adding them to songs. That genius bastard. Speaking of TV shows, by the way, Pat plays a family band backed by the Crew. Off of The Partridge Family Album, it's "I Think I Love You" by The Partridge Family. Denny once met the second guy to play Chris Partridge. The first guy was a dick.
Sometimes the guys were credited on the albums, sometimes they weren't. Jan & Dean credited them, The Beach Boys didn't. Then there were the make-believe groups that were actually the same band. Denny calls them "Milli Vanilli groups." Tommy did his work 2 or 3 sessions a day. The musicians in the movie talk like it wasn't work.
00:30:00 One of these Milli Vanilli bands was a band called The Markets. We hear a song called "Out of Limits" from the album Out of Limits!. It's always very odd to see a young Leon Russell without all that hair.
Here is something very surprising. This song is played almost exclusively by the Wrecking Crew. It's "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds off the album Mr. Tambourine Man. That's right, the only person from The Byrds who plays an instrument on that song is Roger McGuinn on lead guitar. It took them 3 hours to record the A-side and the B-Side. It's Leon Russell on piano, Larry Knechtel on bass, Hal Blaine on drums, and Jerry Cole on rhythm guitar.
And then there are some bands who had the Wrecking Crew play the entire album. Murray plays "Never My Love" by The Association off the album Insight Out. None of The Association play instruments on that album.
00:35:00 Tommy kept his personal life and his professional life separate. He was immersed in music all day long, so when he came home, he didn't want to hear or play a single note of music. Tommy also never invited the other guys over to jam. The only time the guys came over was for gambling. The record producer Snuff Garrett (which sounds like a cool cowboy name) was a notorious gambler, so he would always come over Tommy's house to play cards.
00:40:00 Tommy was also self-taught on guitar, banjo, and mandolin. The difference between him and a deeply learned musician, says Denny, was that Tommy needed to make believe that he was the best at it. He had to go in every day and play a song that he didn't have that much time to study, so he had to will himself to know it and excel at it. Tommy was also a very happy-go-lucky guy. He treated people very well and he would protect them. One time the bassist Chuck Berghofer got lost during the recording of a song. So Tommy deliberately fucked up on the guitar to cover him. He did it twice before telling Chuck "You're on your own."
Murray plays one of the Wrecking Crew's jazzier outings. Off the album Whipped Cream & Other Delights, it's Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass with the song "A Taste of Honey".
00:45:00 Denny says that Hal Blaine has more jokes in his repertoire than most comedians. Hal plays on EVERYTHING. He plays on at least 50 of the 110 songs in the film. Back in the day he would go from studio to studio, playing drums on different songs. Once he did 7 sessions in a single day. Murray plays a little more Hal on the song "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes off the album Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica.
The list goes on for the Wrecking Crew: The Partridge Family, The Byrds, The Association, The Turtles, The Monkees, The Carpenters, Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel. Even Frank Sinatra used the Crew, including on this next song. It's "Strangers in the Night" off the album Strangers in the Night.
R.I.P.
00:50:00 Dean Martin recommended producer Jimmy Bowen to Frank. And Jimmy brought along the Crew. Frank didn't actually like the song because it sounded too much like a pop song. The reason he does scat singing in the song is because he forgot the words.
The Wrecking Crew members would pass around parts that they thought the other guys could do better. Everything was fast. They didn’t write the songs, so they didn’t have to like them. Most of the music that Tommy was working on was what it was. Denny says you gotta separate the music from the music business. As long as you’re getting paid, it doesn’t matter if the song is good or bad. Money is money.
00:55:00 Pat plays a song where the Wrecking Crew didn't get credit. Off the album Pet Sounds, it's "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by The Beach Boys. Murray follows this up with "Sloop John B" off the same album. Carol Kaye is all over Pet Sounds. The Wrecking Crew treated her just like one of the guys. To be fair, they had no idea about sexual harassment back then. In fact, they were actually respecting her by disrespecting her. No preferential treatment because she was a lady. In those days, there was only one track, so you had to play your parts to a tee. If you slowed up the session, your ass was in dutch. Carol helped drive the band to be the best.
01:00:00 At 62, Tommy had a stroke. But just before, he was playing his ass off. As time went on, Tommy moved away from pop music sessions and moved to film soundtracks. He became a guy who could be counted on. Here's a fun fact: He was the guitarist for the fictional band Happy Kyne and His Mirthmakers for the TV show Fernwood Tonight starring Martin Mull. "They needed a guy who looked like a truckdriver from Cleveland," remembers Denny. Tommy almost quit because they wouldn't let him smoke onstage, but then management relented and let him smoke. The Crew would smoke all the time in the studio with Sinatra and the rest. Vikki Carr hated the smoke. When Tommy played with her live band, they agreed that when Tommy wasn't playing guitar on a song, he could go backstage and smoke. Murray used to smoke and he is still amazed than when he goes to small towns, people still smoke their lungs out indoors.
01:05:00 We return to Hal Blaine, where Denny presents a medley of songs called
  • "Be My Baby" by The Rosettes
  • "Another Saturday Night" by Sam Cooke
  • "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley
  • "He's a Rebel" by The Crystals
  • "She's a Fool" by Lesley Gore
  • "Surf City" by The Beach Boys
  • "Count Me In" by Gary Lewis & The Playboys
  • "Come a Little Bit Closer" by Jay & the Americans
  • "Dance Dance Dance" by The Beach Boys
  • "Da Doo Ron Ron" by The Crystals
  • "Where the Boys Are" by Connie Francis
  • "Return to Sender" by Elvis Presley
  • "Surfer Girl" by The Beach Boys
  • "Monday, Monday" by The Mamas and the Papas
  • "Mountain of Love" by Johnny Rivers
  • "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" by Jan & Dean
  • "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass
Murray continues the music with a shoutout to Mike Siegel. Off the album Twistin' the Night Away, it's Sam Cooke with "Twistin' the Night Away". Sam Cooke was a very big influence on The Wrecking Crew.
01:10:00 To get the film out there, Denny had to take donations in order to drive down the price of the music rights. Music is what drags everything down in terms of DVD releases, from WKRP in Cincinnati to The Wonder Years. Once Denny finally got the price down, people started talking to him. He also found sponsors like dog groomers to help him. Magnolia Pictures got involved last year.
01:15:00 Denny just wants to educate the people about the Wrecking Crew, the guys behind the songs that they most likely already know. One of the questions that Denny wanted to tackle: What was it like to go from being on the most sought after music team in the business, only for all that to go away as the years went on. Every music act has an up curve, a pinnacle, and a down curve. It's not about staying at the top. That is impossible. It's actually about riding the down curve for as long as possible. Tommy actually said that he had his stroke at the right moment. The movie will be out on March 13 on VOD and iTunes. It's in 30 theaters around the country.
01:20:00 Murray and his wife were tracking this project for years. Pat had no idea about it until a few weeks ago. A lot of people don't know about the Wrecking Crew, so this film will help that. The DVD is coming out June 16. Denny kept interviewing people, so he had to put them on the DVD because there was no room for the theatrical cut. Leon Russell didn't want to do the film until a year and a half ago. Meanwhile Hal Blaine and Don Randi were his biggest supporters. In the 19 years it took to make the movie, 7 Wrecking Crew guys died along the way.
01:25:00 The film focuses on 4 stories: Tommy, Hal, Carol, and Plas Johnson. We haven't really touched Plas yet, so Murray plays his piccolo work on "Rockin' Robin" by Bobby Day. Plas also did the saxophone solo for "The Pink Panther Theme."
Plugs time. You can find The Wrecking Crew film on social media: On Twitter @WreckCrewFilm and on Facebook at Wrecking Crew Film
A big thank you to Denny for all the fun stories. We end with "Memories" by Elvis Presley from the '68 Comeback Special Elvis.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:15:00 The Beat Goes On In Case You’re in Love Sonny & Cher Pat
00:20:00 Suicide Is Painless M*A*S*H* Soundtrack The Mash Murray
00:20:00 Batman Theme Batman TV Series Theme Neal Hefti Denny
00:20:00 Hawaii Five-O Theme Hawaii Five-O The Ventures Denny
00:25:00 I Think I Love You The Partridge Family Album The Partridge Family Pat
00:30:00 Out of Limits Out of Limits! The Marketts Denny
00:30:00 Mr. Tambourine Man Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds Pat
00:30:00 Never My Love Insight Out The Association Murray
00:40:00 A Taste of Honey Whipped Cream & Other Delights Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass Murray
00:45:00 Be My Baby Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica The Ronettes Murray
00:45:00 Strangers in the Night Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra Denny
00:55:00 Wouldn’t It Be Nice Pet Sounds The Beach Boys Pat
00:55:00 Sloop John B Pet Sounds The Beach Boys Murray
01:05:00 The Hal Blaine Resume N/A Hal Blaine Denny
01:05:00 Twistin’ the Night Away Twistin’ the Night Away Sam Cooke Murray
01:25:00 Rockin’ Robin Single Bobby Day Murray
01:25:00 Memories Elvis Elvis Presley Denny

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Episode 188: Humble Beginnings



Episode 188: Humble Beginnings
Grab your cake pops and wine glasses as Pat and Co-Host Christy Stratton play songs from debut albums that did not quite set the music world on fire.
From February 19, 2014

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Christy Stratton

00:00:00 Pat and Christy welcome us to the show. We begin with movie talk. Everybody saw Into the Woods and LOVED IT!!!!!... okay, not really. "Terrible," says Kyle. "I went in not knowing anything and left the same," says Christy. Tracey Ullman is in it. She had a music album, which I never knew about. Inspector Kyle looks it up. In the meantime, Christy mentions that she brought wine and cake pops. Yummy. Inspector Kyle finds nothing so far. Maybe it was a one-off like Arsenio as Chunky A, says Pat. Christy has no recollection of that. "The brain is fascinating," says Christy. There are things that she is sure she remembers from the 80s, then she’ll look it up and find no mention ot it. For example, asks Christy, was there a moment in the 80s when Bruce Springsteen, on stage, would plant a full-on mouth kiss on Clarence Clemons? Pat answers with a "yes." Yes. YEEEEEEESSSSSSS. Bruce would kiss Clarence Clemons on the mouth during the Born in the U.S.A. tour. Christy could find no corroboration of this online anywhere. Kyle found it immediately... like in two seconds. You better sharpen those internet skills, Christy. Oh, and Inspector Kyle sees that Tracey Ullman had two albums.
00:05:00 This is a late night record, so things are a bit more relaxed as these late night records usually are. And finally, a Christy Stratton episode without that bum Mike Siegel. What a weight off everyone's shoulders. Christy drops a bombshell and says that she sat next to Mike at Jimmy Pardo and his wife Danielle's wedding! She was single at the time. Mike had ZERO interest in her. Also, Pat got super hammered at the wedding. And Chekov was there too! Star Trek Chekov, not author Chekov. Though if author Chekov was there, I'm sure they would have found a use for him somehow.
Every time Pat gives Christy a topic, she gets scared. Oh Christy. Christy wants to do a goosebumps episodes, but it will take some time for her to get the songs. Goosebumps as in "songs that give you goosebumps" and not "songs inspired by a children's horror anthology."
00:10:00 Pat says songs make him cry more than give him goosebumps. Trust us, Pat, we know. But goosebumps doesn't necessarily mean "scary," it could also mean "empowering, thrill-inducing." For Christy a goosebumps song would be "Hair of the Dog" by Nazareth. Seriously. She loves that song, whenever it's played. She first heard it in the 3rd grade when a kid brought it in for show and tell. Christy was enthralled by the album cover and the song itself. Pat plays the Guns N' Roses version for Christy. It sounds pretty good. "A little too on-the-nose," says Christy.
Today's topic: Humble Beginnings! Some bands immedately hit it out of the park with their debut album. But with some bands, it takes them a few albums to get going and to be strong as they ended up being. Today's songs showcase those first albums that didn’t set the world on fire. Christy starts us off with Cheap Trick. Pat says that the first Cheap Trick album is phenomenal. Hmmmmmm, responds Christy. The song she plays is off their self-titled debut album and it's called "Hot Love".
00:15:00 Christy says the first album is not her favorite Cheap Trick album, but she does like "ELO Kitties." Pat once called a radio station when he was a teenager and requested that song, but he pronounced it "E.L.O. Kitties" like the band E.L.O. What a maroon.
And Pat does not even get a chance to redeem himself because his first pick is "The Groover from Vancouver" Bryan Adams. Pat plays "Hidin' from Love" off his self-titled debut album. Adams was 21 when he made this album.
When they recorded their debut album Dirk Wears White Sox, Adam and the Ants was a completely different colony. Christy plays the song "Zerox". The song is about a guy who listens to bands and steals their music.
00:20:00 A shocking pick by Pat, The Rolling Stones' self-titled debut. Pat says he picked it because the first Rolling Stones album is nothing but Blues covers. Pat plays "Route 66". The Beatles, The Kinks, and The Who all had original compositions on their debut albums. But then again, it was customary for many British Invasion bands to cover American Blues artists.
Once again, Christy extols the virtues of radio stations playing three songs in a row off the same album. Don't get nervous, Christy isn't playing anything from The Cars' first album because that would be silly. Instead she decides to highlight Robert Palmer and his debut album Sneakin' Sally Through the Valley. She plays the opening track "Sailing Shoes". 54 when Mr. Palmer kicked the bucket. Pat had tickets to see the reformed Power Station live minus John Taylor. But Pardo had free tickets to see Chicago at the Greek. They thought they could make both shows, but they only caught Chicago. So Pat missed seeing Palmer live.
00:25:00 Christy calls Robert Palmer a mysterious man because he wasn't really out in the public eye that much. He got famous with the videos on MTV, but nothing really personal every got out about him.
"[Robert Palmer] died of a heart attack."
- Kyle

"Oof."
- Christy

"You just don't know that's coming, do ya?"
- Pat

"Well, he was addicted to love."
- Kyle
Pat's next pick is a band that didn’t break through until their 9th album, REO Speedwagon. Off their self-titled debut album, Pat plays "Sophisticated Lady". All 9 of those albums were on the same label. Crazy how a label would hang on like that back in the day.
It wouldn't be proper for Christy to not play Bee Gees. Off the album The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs, Christy plays "Follow the Wind". Christy wants a lyrics episode just so she can talk about "New York Mining Disaster 1941."
00:30:00 Billy Joel's debut album Cold Spring Harbor was originally mastered at a higher speed which made Billy sound like a chipmunk. I'm sure he took that very well. Pat plays the song "You Look So Good to Me". Christy can't imagine putting something out to the world at 20 or 21. She would be a train wreck. Steven Tyler wrote "Dream On" at 19. Bruce Springsteen wrote "Born to Run" at 24.
00:35:00 Christy loves ZZ Top. She plays the song "Squank" off of ZZ Top's first album, creatively called ZZ Top's First Album. What the hell is "Squank?" Christy says it's a song about air pollution. Inspector Kyle says that squank is either the pure essence of music, OR the pungent aroma that is brewed after two people dance the sideways tango and make sweet sweet love gravy. Yeah.
While Christy refills the glasses with the nectar of Bacchus (read: delicious wine), Pat plays his next pick. Off the album On Through the Night, it's "Rock Brigade" by Def Leppard.
00:35:00 When Def Lep hit Hysteria, Mutt Lange had sufficiently secreted his essence all over their sound. They went from a hard rock, metal band to a poppy metal band. Mutt also liked doing retakes over and over again. Can't imagine AC/DC tolerating that very much.
Pat may call bullshit on Christy's next pick, but she bravely presses on. It's The B-52s and their self-titled debut album. When Christy first heard it, she had no idea what it was, but she loved it. She plays the song "Lava". Pat might call bullshit because of the song "Rock Lobster." Pat would hear it being played at school dances and he jig and sock hop his way into all the ladies' hearts.
00:40:00 Pat saw The B-52s around 2000. The Pretenders opened for them, which is pretty strange. Mike keeps wanting someone to photoshop the hosts onto the B-52s album cover. Ta-dah!
Credit to Adam Jones.
Up next for Pat is James Taylor. Off his self-titled debut album, Pat plays "Rainy Day Man". He was 20 when he recorded this. Amazing. You know what else is amazing? Pat is drunk. Seriously, he is a little bit drunk off the two glasses of California chardonnay that he drank tonight. Christy got it from AmazonFresh, where you can order groceries online and get them delivered to you. Welcome to the future, you lucky so-and-so's.
00:45:00 A type of song that Christy hopes dies and never comes back is the "Man who shoots his woman" song. Christy's next pick is a woman giving the men a taste of their own medicine. It's Olivia Newton-John with "Banks of the Ohio" off the album If Not for You. She kills him, but the song is actually a traditional about a guy killing a woman. In fact it's part of a whole genre of songs called Folk Murder Ballads. Can't wait to see the late night infomercial about that one.
00:50:00 Pat mentioned earlier that it took REO Speedwagon nine albums to break through. Well it only took the Irish rockers Thin Lizzy six. Pat plays "Look What the Wind Blew In" off their self-titled debut album.
"It took [Thin Lizzy] six albums before the Jailbreak album came out-"
- Pat

"-And let all those wife murderers out."
- Kyle, with the line of the episode.
Christy goes a little glam with her next pick, Mott the Hoople Off their self-titled debut album, she plays "Laugh at Me". It sounds a lot like Bob Dylan and it was originally written by Sonny Bono.
01:00:00 Pat's next pick is Journey without Steve Perry. He plays "Of a Lifetime" off their self-titled debut album. Gregg Rolie is a pretty good singer on his own, but when he teams with Perry on "Feeling That Way"/"Anytime" it is magic. This reminds Kyle of a Journey mystery! Kyle and Pat were at Pat’s parents house. Mama and Papa Dodson like Perry Como, Josh Groban, patriotic music, and Michael Buble. 25 CDs tops, no order to them. A bored Pat rifled through the CDs and finds a Jonathan Cain solo album called Back to the Innocence. WHAT?!??! The Dodsons have no idea where the album came from. They assumed that Pat planted it. Maybe Papa Dodson just bought it at a yard sale at random. We hears some of the song “Wish That I Was There With You.” It’s awful.
01:05:00 Pardo once owned the album on cassette and promptly threw it out the window. Cliche-a-palooza. Not good. To cleanse the palette, Christy plays another possible bullshit choice. It's Robert Plant with the song "Burning Down One Side" off the album Pictures at Eleven. Pat and Christy name their favorite solo Plant songs.
Christy announces that she is working on her own webseries! They are going to be less than five minutes an episode because those are the ones that work. It's called "Everyone's Crazy but Us." It's a couples show, a Mad About You for the modern world: A married couple who disagree about everything except that everyone else is crazy. It's gonna star Diedrich Bader from Office Space and The Drew Carey Show and Janet Varney from The Legend of Korra and Dinner and a Movie.
01:10:00 Fingers crossed that Christy's five-year-old son Johnny is gonna be in a few episodes. Christy isn't gonna be in it because she says no one wants to see her. Christy always wants to remake classic album covers like Rumors and The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan with Diedrich and Janet's characters. Cool.
Well Pat played Journey, so now he has to play Styx, pre-Tommy Shaw. Pat plays "What Has Come Between Us" from their self-titled debut album. Christy was an adult before she realized that "Come Sail Away" was about aliens.
01:15:00 Crack that whip, it's Devo. Christy plays "Uncontrollable Urge" off the debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!. Pat calls the big Bullshit on this one. The album did go to 12 in the UK, but it only went to 78 on the Billboard pop charts.
Mike Siegel is here and in the background. They tell him the wedding story. Mike reminds Christy that Pat co-erced his wife Pilar to have sex upstairs of the reception. And she was very pregnant at the time. Pat, you naughty dog.
It wouldn't be Pat Francis without Kiss. And it wouldn't be Kiss without a shitty Kiss song. Off their self-titled debut album, Pat plays the clunker "Kissin' Time". These are the guys that parents thought were devil worshippers? Who did they think were anarchists, BulletBoys?
01:20:00 Pat is so drunk that he doesn't realize that he already announced that Mike Siegel was here. And he's had, what, two cups of wine? He isn't a lightweight, he's a featherweight. But I have a feeling that Christy's last pick will knock some sobriety into him because it's The Police! Christy says that Outlandos d'Amour wasn't a hit right out of the gate. Inspector Kyle investigates and reveals that the album reached #6 after A&M re-released Roxanne. It was a top 40 hit. For crying out loud, Christy. Where are our allegiances supposed to lie?!?!?! Christy plays the song "Truth Hits Everybody".
Pat's reaction to Christy playing The Police.
Pat gives apologies to Hall & Oates. For his last pick, he plays "Uncle Arthur" by David Bowie off his self-titled debut album.
01:25:00 The song is so far from what he became. Christy credit Stevie Ray Vaughan for the longevity of the Let's Dance album. In other news, Mike Siegel has a tight new haircut. And we get the plugs, of course.
01:30:00 Maybe Elliot Easton can do the theme song for Christy's webseries. A girl can dream. But in the meantime, Kyle plays us out with Nine Inch Nails. Off the demos for Pretty Hate Machine, it's a song called "Maybe Just Once".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00 Hot Love Cheap Trick Cheap Trick Christy
00:15:00 Hidin’ from Love Bryan Adams Bryan Adams Pat
00:15:00 Zerox Dirk Wears White Sox Adam and the Ants Christy
00:20:00 Route 66 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones Pat
00:20:00 Sailing Shoes Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley Robert Palmer Christy
00:25:00 Sophisticated Lady REO Speedwagon REO Speedwagon Pat
00:25:00 Follow the Wind The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs Bee Gees Christy
00:30:00 You Look So Good to Me Cold Spring Harbor Billy Joel Pat
00:35:00 Squank ZZ Top’s First Album ZZ Top Christy
00:35:00 Rock Brigade On Through the Night Def Leppard Pat
00:40:00 Lava The B-52’s The B-52’s Christy
00:45:00 Rainy Day Man James Taylor James Taylor Pat
00:50:00 Banks of the Ohio If Not for You Olivia Newton-John Christy
00:55:00 Look What the Wind Blew In Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy Pat
00:55:00 Laugh at Me Mott the Hoople Mott the Hoople Christy
01:00:00 Of a Lifetime Journey Journey Pat
01:05:00 Burning Down One Side Pictures at Eleven Robert Plant Christy
01:10:00 What Has Come Between Us Styx Styx Pat
01:15:00 Uncontrollable Urge Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! Devo Christy
01:15:00 Kissin’ Time Kiss Kiss Pat
01:20:00 Truth Hits Everybody Outlandos d’Amour The Police Christy
01:20:00 Uncle Arthur David Bowie David Bowie Pat
01:30:00 Maybe Just Once Pretty Hate Machine (Demo) Nine Inch Nails Kyle