Friday, February 26, 2016

Episode 241: High Voltage

Episode 241: High Voltage
For those about about to rock solidly we salute you as Pat, Christy and Kyle pay tribute to hard rock superstars AC/DC.
From February 25, 2016

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Christy Stratton

00:00:00 Pat and Christy welcome us to the show. They are actually recording in a temporary new location for today: Pat's house! Francis Manor is podcast central for the time being. Pat and Christy waste no time and start discussing why they hate the new HBO show Vinyl. Christy does not think of herself as a hater in general, but she hates it. She doesn't like the use of music, the rerecorded music, Bobby Cannavale.
00:05:00 More complaints from Ms. Stratton and Mr. Francis: Terrible dialogue, one-dimensional characters, boring murders, rock bands collapsing buildings with the power of rock and roll, Olivia Wilde not looking like a 70s woman. Christy is just annoyed with the whole thing and is not afraid to unscrew the top off the salt shaker and just pour out the whole damn thing. Pat recommends something to tamp down Christy's anger, the new American Masters documentary about Carole King.
00:10:00 Pat shares some updates about the Rock Solid Guide (Amazon links! Links to songs!) before steering this ship out of the harbor and into today's topic: the music of AC/DC! Pat and Christy will be playing their favorite AC/DC songs, as well as a few listener requests.
00:15:00 When AC/DC entered Christy's life, they, like David Bowie, scared the bejeezus out of her. They represented death, sex, and the devil. Spooky language..... SPOOKY LANGUAGE!!! Christy's first pick is her favorite AC/DC song. Off the album Highway to Hell, it's the title track "Highway to Hell". Pat thinks that AC/DC and Mutt Lange was a perfect combination for the band's sound. Pat also lists off AC/DC's band member numbers: 2 singers, 3 drummers, 2 bassists, and 2 rhythm guitarists.
Pat's first pick is off the album For Those About to Rock (We Salute You). The song is called "Put the Finger on You". A prime example of AC/DC's not-so-thinly veiled sexual innuendo.
00:20:00 After Christy got over all the terrifying devil stuff, Christy's stepsister had an 8-track of Back in Black and was also on the drill team in high school. The stepsister had a routine that would go along with Christy's next pick, "What Do You Do for Money, Honey". Pat has seen AC/DC twice. One was on the Black Ice Tour. The other was during the rehearsals for the Grammys that David Wild brought him to. That rehearsal was THE LOUDEST THING PAT EVER HEARD OR PROBABLY EVER WILL HEAR IN HIS LIFE.
00:25:00 Pat's next pick is off the band's third international album Let There Be Rock. The song is "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be". Kyle is yawning, but he admits to being more awake than he was for the Dire Straits episode. "I can't, I just can't," says Christy. And there's gonna be a Pink Floyd episode soon too! Get your No-Doze ready, Kyle.
Christy has not seen the movie Maximum Overdrive, but she does own the soundtrack where she discovered her next pick. The song is "Shake Your Foundations", originally off the album Fly on the Wall. Said album also features a very subtle song called "Sink the Pink."
00:30:00 Pat plays a song from the Maximum Overdrive soundtrack Who Made Who. It's the title track "Who Made Who". With Bon, there were slower, bluesier numbers. But with Brian it is all straight up rock and roll. But all throughout the band's history: No ballads, no synthesizers. Christy details the one time she saw AC/DC. It was on the Stiff Upper Lip Tour. Christy brought a guy along, hoping to spark something (this was pre-Gary). Unfortunately this gentleman friend did not express affection towards Christy in a physical manner. This confuses Pat: All those sexual innuendo songs and not ONE could help Christy get a little action? That's not right. That's not right AT ALL.
00:35:00 Frustrations aside, Christy plays a track off of Stiff Upper Lip. The song is called "Hold Me Back". Christy hopes Kyle will fall in love Dire Straits in his 40s, while Pat hopes Kyle will fall in love with Steely Dan in his 50s. We'll just have to wait and see. Conversation turns to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pat and Jimmy were all ready to go: plane tickets booked, hotel rooms purchased, ceremony tickets paid for. Then they hit a few recent snags. Peter Cetera is not showing up to the ceremony. David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes will not be playing with Deep Purple at all.
00:40:00 Third (and this is the one that really cooks Pat's goose) is that Kid Rock of all people will be inducting Cheap Trick. Nothing against Kid Rock, if he wants to sing about Detroit or chicken wings or freedom or whatever it is he sings about that's his prerogative, but he isn't the guy to induct Cheap Trick. Christy agrees wholeheartedly. It's all a real downer for Pat, he doesn't need to spend all that money and fly all that way just to be disappointed. He can look in the mirror and do that for free! (I'm sorry, I had to, it was so easy.) But Pat is not disappointed about his next pick. It's "Big Gun", which was on the Last Action Hero soundtrack and also in the rarities collection Backtracks.
00:45:00 Pat vents further about the Hall of Fame, especially Peter Cetera not showing up. "Suck it up, Cetera," scolds Pat. Do a couple songs for the fans who have supported you so much over the years. The Van Halen boys hate David Lee Roth, but they still go on stage and perform with him. Besides, Cetera and the other Chicago guys are not getting any younger.
00:50:00 Going back to AC/DC, Christy plays her next pick. Off the album Highway to Hell, it's "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)". Christy admires Bon Scott for being a real working class singer with a working class look and a working class attitude (as well as a working class drinking problem). It was only when Brian came on that they brought out all the bells and whistles (and cannons and giant trains).
00:55:00 The talk somehow turns to the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show TV movie. Whenever Pat watched it as a lad, he felt like he was watching something dirty. Pat and Christy had no idea it was going to be the cult classic it would become. Ben Vereen is in the remake, Tim Curry is going to be The Criminologist. Oh it's a whole big to-do. Pat steers the ship bad to AC/DC with his next pick, "Problem Child" off of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
01:00:00 Last week's live David Bowie tribute episode was a lot of fun for Pat and Christy, especially since the one-and-only Gary Mann was there. Pat would love to hang out with Gary in the future, maybe watch some sports or find out the best deals on hotels. You know, guy stuff. Christy meanwhile read a recent review for Everyone's Crazy but Us about how the main couple in it are sociopaths. Of course, Christy based those characters on herself and Gary so...... Ahem, anyway. Christy plays a song that features her favorite AC/DC lyric. Off the album Back in Black, it's "Have a Drink on Me".
01:05:00 As Mike Siegel walks in early in the background, we go to some

Our first call is... oh my, it's
  • Dirty Carson talks about the time Buddy Hackett finger-banged Rosemary Clooney, so he recommends "Whole Lotta Rosie" off the album Let There Be Rock.
  • A mysterious, unknown caller just has two words: "Big Balls." So Pat plays "Big Balls" off of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
01:10:00 Christy is confused by the innuendo of her next pick. Is it about VD? Is it about handjobs? A simple game of 52 pickup, perhaps? Christy plays "The Jack" off of High Voltage. Yes, the song is indeed about VD.
Pat's next pick is the song "Flick of the Switch" off the album Flick of the Switch. This was the last album to have Phil Rudd on drums until 1995's Ballbreaker. In the meantime, Simon Wright joined the band for a little while, whom Pat once met at a Subway restaurant.
01:15:00 Christy compliments Kyle's quick wit on today's episode. The lad sure has come a long way from being "the Silent Partner." Up next for Christy is a song that is quite popular in movies and TV shows. Off the album The Razors Edge, it's "Thunderstruck".
01:20:00 As Christy pontificates having a show on the air for five years and hiring AC/DC to play the celebratory party, Mike is taking pictures of the whole affair. Pat and Mike agree that Christy looks great, especially her hair.
"I have had a blow out, which would be an AC/DC song that meant something else."
- Christy, with the line of the episode

Pat and Christy also talk about Phil Rudd being quite the naughty boy, with his conspiracy to commit murder and methamphetamine and such.
01:25:00 Pat's next pick is off the album Powerage (pronounced "powerage" like voltage not "power-age". The song is called What's Next to the Moon. Pat takes the time to tentatively tease next week's guests. I say tentatively because the guy has already cancelled three times, but he has been very cordially and apologetic about it. Pat's guest next week is Kenny Aronoff, the drummer for people like John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John, Styx, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, and a billion other people.
Christy's next pick is something a little different. It combines two of her favorites, AC/DC and The Bee Gees. It's a mashup called "Stayin' in Black" by a mashup producer named Wax Audio.
01:30:00 Christy's faith in the internet was restored with that very song. Pat asks Christy if she ever played any musical instruments? She wanted to play the guitar, but she just couldn't get into it. Pat reminds us all of the acoustic guitar that his wife Pilar bought him for his birthday. The acoustic guitar that is now covered in dust. There's a better chance of Pat smashing it over Mike's skull a la The Honky Tonk Man than him learning how to play it. But alas. Pat's next pick is "Heatseeker" off the album Blow Up Your Video.
After the Bee Gees mashup, Christy feels like she has reached her peak for the episode. But she's gonna try her best. She plays "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" off the album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
01:35:00 Brief discussion about Angus Young being the "face" of the band throughout its history leads Christy to reiterate (as she did on the Bowie tribute episode) that egoless collaboration is key. Nice sentiments transition into Pat's next pick, the scintillating "Touch Too Much" off of Highway to Hell. A line in the song reminds Pat of a photo he has called "his first and last," which is a photo at his high school reunion of him, his wife, and his old girlfriend. Christy doesn't have a photo of her first and last because her first is in jail. Oh my. Scorpions weren't kidding, bad boys indeed run wild. Did Christy ever do drugs? Only pot. "Just say no" did work for Christy. She was very frightful of potential LSD flashbacks. You can't be playing with a five-year-old and all of a sudden the walls start melting and an albino Benjamin Orr is crawling on the ceiling. It just isn't conducive for good parenting.
Pat gives apologies to "Hail Caesar" off of Ballbreaker, "Safe in New York City" off of Stiff Upper Lip, "T.N.T." off of High Voltage, and "Anything Goes" off of Black Ice.
01:40:00 While Pat and Christy are talking, Mike is busy perusing Christy's Circus Magazine that she brought with her. There's a cut out photo (probably The Cars), a Quarterflash review. HOT issue, I'm just saying. Christy doles out a plug for Everyone's Crazy but Us. Season 2 cogs and wheels are in motion.
Christy was an absolute ball of joy on this episode, just as she is on every single episode she's on. Her next episode will be about songs that give you goosebumps. Pat takes us out with "Play Ball" off of AC/DC's most recent album Rock or Bust.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:15:00 Highway to Hell Highway to Hell AC/DC Christy
00:15:00 Put the Finger on You For Those About to Rock We Salute You AC/DC Pat
00:20:00 What Do You Do for Money, Honey Back in Black AC/DC Christy
00:25:00 Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be Let There Be Rock AC/DC Pat
00:25:00 Shake Your Foundations Fly on the Wall AC/DC Christy
00:30:00 Who Made Who Who Made Who AC/DC Pat
00:35:00 Hold Me Back Stiff Upper Lip AC/DC Christy
00:40:00 Big Gun Backtracks AC/DC Pat
00:50:00 If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) Highway to Hell AC/DC Christy
00:55:00 Problem Child Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC Pat
01:00:00 Have a Drink on Me Back in Black AC/DC Christy
01:05:00 Whole Lotta Rosie Let There Be Rock AC/DC Dirty Carson
01:05:00 Big Balls Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC Unknown Caller
01:10:00 The Jack High Voltage AC/DC Christy
01:10:00 Flick of the Switch Flick of the Switch AC/DC Pat
01:15:00 Thunderstruck The Razors Edge AC/DC Christy
01:25:00 What’s Next to the Moon Powerage AC/DC Pat
01:25:00 Stayin’ in Black N/A Wax Audio Christy
01:30:00 Heatseeker Blow Up Your Video AC/DC Pat
01:30:00 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC Christy
01:35:00 Touch Too Much Highway to Hell AC/DC Pat
01:40:00 Play Ball Rock or Bust AC/DC Pat

Friday, February 19, 2016

Episode 240: Tribute to David Bowie

Episode 240: Tribute to David Bowie
Pat, Mike, Christy, David, Murray, Kyle and musical guest Heather Stewart pay tribute to the music and legacy of David Bowie. This show was recorded LIVE at the Improv Lab in Hollywood, California. NOTE TO THE LISTENERS: Unfortunately we did have a sound issue... my microphone was barely recorded... some might say that is a good thing. Anyway... I did everything I could do to remedy the situation in post and then mixed everything down to mono to put my voice up in the mix. I am still lower than everyone else but the show must go on so here in all it's glory is the episode with flawed audio. The recording process was totally out of our control and we thank you for your patience when listening to this episode.
From February 18, 2016

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Mike Siegel

Christy Stratton

Murray Valeriano

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us LIIIIIIIIVE at the Hollywood Improv Lab for this tribute to the life of the incomparable David Bowie. Bowie superfan (and former guest) Lori Bauer is in the audience. She legitimately called out sick to work when Bowie died. Pat has some BOWIE FACTS for all to digest:
  • He was born David Jones, then changed it to Bowie because he didn't want to be mistaken for The Monkees' Davy Jones.
  • Elvis Presley loved "Golden Years" so much that he wanted Bowie to produce his next album. Then Elvis died.
  • Luther Vandross does backup vocals on Young Americans.
  • Bowie plays on multiple instruments on Diamond Dogs include saxophone and Moog synthesizer.

And those were your BOWIE FACTS.
00:05:00 Pat is going to be bringing up the co-hosts one at a time. Up first is the Snowman, Mike Siegel! Mike is a surface Bowie fan, he never dug deep. He's always liked them. Pat plays the first song of the night (now is the time, ladies and germs, for music to play and the audience to stare blankly). Off of Bowie's self-titled debut album, the song is called "Love You till Tuesday". It's very 60s folk poppy. The first Bowie album sounds very different from his other stuff, but Pat enjoys it.
Mike's first pick is off of Aladdin Sane. The song is "The Jean Genie".
00:10:00 David Wild sighting! There is a David Wild sighting! He will be on the stage eventually and he will have stories. But not now. Now Mike plays his second song. The song is "Suffragette City" off of Mike's favorite Bowie album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Rock in Peace Mick Ronson.
Pat plays his second pick of the night, "Sound and Vision" off the album Low. Are Pat's kids into Bowie? He thinks they like some of it, but they will tell him they hate all of it like they do with Pat's other bands. Those darn kids, tarnishing the good names of Toto and UFO and the like.
Mike's next song is also from Ziggy Stardust. The song is called "Moorage Daydream".
00:15:00 After some brief poo talk (DO NOT ASK), Mike plays his last pick of the night. It's Bowie's collaboration with Trent Reznor, the song "I'm Afraid of Americans" off the album Earthling. Kyle's a fan of Mr. Reznor, what does he think of that?

"Yeah, it's great."

Okay, thanks Kyle. And thank you Mike Siegel!
00:20:00 Pat invites former guest and rather talented lady Heather Stewart to the stage to perform a live Bowie cover. She and her band do a spectacular version of ""Heroes"" from the album "Heroes".
00:25:00 Up next to the stage is the lovely Christy Stratton! And her husband Gary is here as well! Sure, he never listens to Rock Solid and there's a good chance he's checking the sports scores on a minute-by-minute basis. But he's here! Christy details her history with Bowie. As a child in the 70s, Christy was all about Saturday Night Fever, Chipmunk Punk, Disco Mickey Mouse. Then she watched Saturday Night Live and there was this svelt British man in a suit on her television and it FRIGHTENED her. It took Christy a while to get into Bowie, even with Let's Dance in the 80s (the "China Doll" music video was the culprit). There were no access points. But then John Hughes made a movie called Sixteen Candles. Christy plays a song used in the movie, "Young Americans" off the album Young Americans. This was her entry point to Bowie.
00:30:00 Then Christy is 15 and watching another John Hughes movie, The Breakfast Club. She's on her first car date, she's a teenager, EMOTIONS ARE HAPPENING. The David Bowie quote from her next pick pops on screen and Christy is just on a groove. Off of Hunky Dory, Christy plays "Changes". It brings Christy right back.
00:35:00 Is Gary still here? He's still here, okay good, just checking. Christy also loves when Bowie does covers. She plays his version of "It Ain't Easy" off the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Christy's going quick because she doesn't want to take up too much time. Slow down Christy, put your feet up, this is a celebration! Christy catches her breath long enough to introduce her final pick. She was reading an article about the making of The Silence of the Lambs and how collaboration was key to making such a great film. This inspired her choice of song, "Under Pressure" by Queen feat. David Bowie from the album Hot Space.
00:40:00 Pat and Christy remark how this was a true collaboration and how everybody loves "Under Pressure." Yet it only peaked at 29. With her songs exhausted, that's all for Ms. Stratton. Give it up for Christy, everybody!
Pat welcomes David Wild onto the stage to share some stories. David's a wee bit tired after working on the Grammys. He thinks Bowie managed to transplant himself into the 80s without becoming shit like other bands.
00:45:00 David relates his Theory of Rock Relativity. When he met Bowie in the early 90s, that was the lowest point of Bowie's career and the highest point of David's career. He finds Bowie to be the most intelligent, elegant, and remarkable artist he's ever met. He was funny, stylish. Bowie was also known to send David some gifts. One was a private wedding album (as in a music album) that he made when he married Iman. Awwwwwwwwww. The other... WAS A FETAL PIG IN A JAR THAT BOWIE BOUGHT IN INDONESIA!!! Bowie also once took David to Pink's Hot Dogs and introduced him to Little Richard.
00:50:00 David tells more tales about hanging out with Mark Ronson and Sean Lennon during the Black Tie White Noise recordings and Bowie relating to David that he had Jewish heritage. For David's song, he chose one by Bowie's side project Tin Machine. David says Bowie was a little alienated after Let's Dance and wanted to go back to basics. David plays "Amazing" off of Tin Machine's self-titled debut. Bowie stopped talking to David (and the rest of the media) around 2005 to focus more on his family and his art. David is sad that Bowie is gone, but he's glad that he got to know him.
00:55:00 Heather Stewart returns to the stage to do the second of her two covers. This time it's a great rendition of "Rebel Rebel" off of Diamond Dogs.
01:00:00 Pat gives apologies to listener Scott Adams and the other David Bowie superfan April for not playing their songs. There just isn't enough time. But there IS time for the final co-host of the night, Murray Valeriano! Murray is a bit grumpy that he got bumped by David Wild, but he's willing to swallow his pride for the sake of Bowie. Murray's first pick is off the album Lodger. It's the song "DJ". Murray remembers watching the music video with his preacher dad and mom. When Bowie kisses a guy on the street, things got quite uncomfortable in the ol' Valeriano household.
01:05:00 When Let's Dance came out, Murray saw all the videos. His second pick is the re-recorded version of "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)". At this point, Murray can't own music, so he had to go to his friend's house or listen to his brother's stereo. When the video for "Blu Jean" came out, Murray bought the album Tonight and hid it at his friend's house. Murray's friend promptly gave it away. Womp womp. Murray plays the song.
01:10:00 Murray saw Bowie on the Sound and Vision Tour. When Bowie was singing "Suffragette City," Bowie dropped to the floor before singing "Wham bam, thank you ma'am." Bowie stayed down for an uncomfortably long amount of time. Why? Because he's Bowie.
Pat wraps up the show. Thanks to all the co-hosts, thanks to David Wild for showing up, thanks to Heather Stewart for playing live, and THANK YOU DAVID BOWIE!!!!!!!! Murray takes us out with a song called "Pretty Pink Rose" by Adrian Belew feat. David Bowie off the album Young Lions.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:05:00 Love You till Tuesday David Bowie David Bowie Pat
00:05:00 The Jean Genie Aladdin Sane David Bowie Mike
00:10:00 Suffragette City The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie Mike
00:10:00 Sound and Vision Low David Bowie Pat
00:10:00 Moonage Daydream The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie Mike
00:15:00 I’m Afraid of Americans Earthling David Bowie Mike
00:20:00 ”Heroes” (Live) ”Heroes” Heather Stewart Heather (Live on Stage)
00:25:00 Young Americans Young Americans David Bowie Christy
00:30:00 Changes Hunky Dory David Bowie Christy
00:35:00 It Ain’t Easy The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie Christy
00:35:00 Under Pressure Hot Space Queen feat. David Bowie Christy
00:50:00 Amazing Tin Machine Tin Machine David
00:55:00 Rebel Rebel (Live) Diamond Dogs Heather Stewart Heather (Live on Stage)
01:00:00 DJ Lodger David Bowie Murray
01:05:00 Cat People (Putting Out Fire) Let’s Dance David Bowie Murray
01:05:00 Blue Jean Tonight David Bowie Murray
01:15:00 Pretty Pink Rose Young Lions Adrian Belew feat. David Bowie Murray