Friday, August 26, 2016

Episode 267: 1971

Episode 267: 1971
Pat and Mike play their favorite songs from an amazing year in music history... 1971. This was a fan suggested topic but I forget who suggested it. If it was you please let me know.
From August 25, 2016

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Mike Siegel

00:00:00 Pat and Mike welcome us to the show. Someone is back in town! And no, I'm not just talking about Mike Siegel.
"Did you miss me? Because I'm back. I've been on vacation, drinking vodka and smashing pussy."

But yes, Mike Siegel is BACK BABY! And he's off the cruise ship. A hearty life at sea with lots of old people and.... more old people. Mike describes his time on the oceans, paying for drinks and keeping his potty mouth in check.
00:05:00 Mike will actually be going back out to sea soon. He'll be on the same boat, the SAME TRIP, for the fourth time in a row. He makes sure to bring lots of books. Mike describes some more about his time on the cruise, such as playing to an audience of elderly. A lot of "remember when" jokes.
00:10:00 Speaking of "remember when," today's topic is all about looking back. Pack your bags and get in your TARDIS, because Rock Solid going back to 1971! This show will be all about music that was released in 1971, which was quite a big year. Mike reads a list of some of the albums released:
  • Led Zeppelin IV
  • Aqualung
  • What's Going On
  • Who's Next
  • Tapestry
  • Imagine
  • Hunky Dory
And about a bajillion others. Good lord what a year. Before we get into the music, our cheeky friend Dirty iPod decides to try his hand at an intro for the podcast:
"Hey everybody, welcome to Rock Solid. The unfunny podcast for all things music both old and fucking older. This place sucks ass."

Well for today's episode, he's not wrong about the time period of music. 45 years ago! Pat was 7 years old, Mike was 4. Pat and Mike reminisce about hearing these songs on the radio, right at the beginning of the FM radio boom.
00:15:00 Mike starts us off with The Rolling Stones. Off of Sticky Fingers, it's "Can't You Hear Me Knocking". Top to bottom, Pat and Mike agree that Sticky Fingers is legendary.
Reach for the sky, boys. Pat's first pick is James Gang with "Walk Away" off of Thirds.
Mike keeps with the knocking and plays "Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando and Dawn off the album Candida. "You see Kyle, this is an old fashioned booty call," notes Pat.
00:20:00 Pat and Mike discuss the progressiveness of Tony Orlando and Dawn (Two black women and a Puerto Rican man), as well as some Michael Des Barres talk before going to Pat's next pick. Pat calls his next band a divisive one, you either love them or you hate them. It's The Doors. "I hate 'em," says Mike. Mike is not a fan of Mr. Mojo Risin.
"Shut up, you drunken buffoon."
- Mike's thoughts on Jim Morrison

Pat plays "Love Her Madly" off of L.A. Woman. Mike isn't swayed. His impression of Jim Morrison proves such.
00:25:00 Pat and Mike want a Tony Orlando and Dawn sketch. We get a Tony Orlando and Dawn sketch. FEATURING RUTH BUZZI!
Mike washes the stink off all of us with his third knocking song in a row. It's Dave Edmunds with "I Hear You Knocking" off of the album Rockpile.
Up next for Pat, it's "Gypsys, Tramps, & Thieves" by Cher off of the album Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves. Pat notes Cher is talking about politics on Twitter, which urges Kyle to make a "Gypsys, Trumps, and Thieves" joke. Bravo.
00:30:00 Cher is another lady who had a variety show. Who could do a variety show now? Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, a few of the names thrown out. Mike meanwhile is out of the knocking phase. Off of the album Tapestry, he plays "It's Too Late" by Carole King. Four Grammys for that album, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
00:35:00 Pat's next band released their first album in 1971. Off their self-titled album, it's The Doobie Brothers with "Nobody". No hits off the debut, but the follow up Toulouse Street went big. Another example of the old school mentality of giving bands multiple chances.
00:40:00 1971 was the year for the Concert for Bangladesh, a George Harrison project. Mike plays another George Harrison project released the same year, "It Don't Come Easy" by Ringo Starr off the album Ringo. George produced the song.
Pat's got another lovely lady for us. He plays "Anticipation" by Carly Simon off the album Anticipation.
00:45:00 You want TV bubblegum, YOU GOT TV BUBBLEGUM! Mike plays "I Woke Up in Love This Morning" by The Partridge Family off the album Sound Magazine. Pat brought his own P-Family song, "I'll Meet You Halfway" off the album Up to Date. Pat and Mike discuss their mutual appreciation for those big Partridge Family songs, before Pat briefly talks about seeing the Carole King musical. He liked the first act, but felt the second act fell apart.
00:50:00 Well it's a marvelous night for Van Morrison. Mike plays "Tupelo Honey" off the album Tupelo Honey.
We go from an Irishman to an Englishman. Off the album Every Picture Tells a Story, Pat plays Rod Stewart with "Every Picture Tells a Story". What a fantastic song, fantastic album........ and then Pat plays some 2015 Rod Stewart. You know, the one with Batman and Spiderman and Woody and Buzz. Oooooh boy, Rod, what happened?!
00:55:00 After some Rod Stewart discussion, Mike returns once more to the TV stars. As he describes them, his next pick are "The whitest version of the Jackson 5." It's The Osmonds with "One Bad Apple" off their self-titled album. WAIT! The single was released in 1970. But it did enter the charts in January 1971 and Pat had the song too, so we'll let it pass. Dirty iPod apparently has something to say about Mike:
"Mike Siegel loves to party. Cocaine is his drug of choice. That motherfucker brushes his teeth with it and rubs it on his balls."
01:00:00 Pat's next pick is "When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin off of Led Zeppelin IV. After that song came out, everyone wanted the Bonham echo effect.
We get a little funky with Mike's next pick: "Groove Me" by King Floyd off his self-titled album.
Another family band, this time it's the Carpenters. Pat plays "Rainy Days and Mondays" off their self-titled album.
01:05:00 Shenanigans a-plenty as Ghostbusters, Rick Moranis, and Donald Trump impressions pop up. Mike saves the day by playing his next pick, "Superstar", also by Carpenters and also off their self-titled album.
YES! We get some Yes! Pat plays "I've Seen All Good People" off the album The Yes Album. That's a lot of Yeses. "Say no to Yes," blurts Mike. *shakes fist* Siegel!!!!
01:10:00 Mike's next pick is by Lobo. Off the album Introducing Lobo, the song is called "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo". Lobo isn't a band, but a guy. Pat and Mike wonder what happened with Lobo. They hear a couple more songs by the man--"She Didn't Do Magic" and "I'd Love You to Want Me"--and like what they hear. Good on ya, Lobo.
01:15:00 1971 was apparently a good year for female singers, as Pat plays "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin from the album Pearl. Released posthumously. Rock in Peace, Janis.
Mike gives a nice shoutout to Christy Stratton and Josh Fitzgerald with "Lonely Days" by Bee Gees off of 2 Years On.
01:20:00 Pat's next band is The Grass Roots. The song is "Sooner or Later" off of Their 16 Greatest Hits.
Hey maaaaaaaan, let's hear some Brewer & Shipley. Mike plays "One Toke Over the Line" off the album Tarkio. Smoke 'em up, you hippy bastards.
The name's Francis.... Pat Francis. Pat plays "Diamonds Are Forever" by Shirley Bassey off the soundtrack to Diamonds Are Forever. Great song, bad movie.
01:25:00 Mike returns to the world of funk and plays "Theme from Shaft" by Isaac Hayes off the album Shaft. Going off-topic (what else is new?) Pat and Mike talk briefly about poker night and laugh about Paul Gilmartin's eating habits. They're... not good.
Pat's next pick is off the album Electric Warrior. It's T. Rex with "Get It On (Bang a Gong)". Pat just can't get into Electric Warrior.
01:30:00 We next hear Mike play "Carey" by Joni Mitchell off the album Blue.
Time now for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Pat plays "Mr. Bojangles" from the album Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy. Pat calls a foul on himself because this song was released in 1970. That's okay, because "One Toke Over the Line" and "Groove Me" were also released in 1970. But I didn't mention it. You know why? BECAUSE I'M A DECENT GUY!!
01:35:00 Up next for Mike is a guy who often found himself in cartoons and Burt Reynolds movies. It's Jerry Reed with "When You're Hot, You're Hot" off the album When You're Hot, You're Hot. The gang get into talking about celebrities on the old Scooby Doo cartoon. Specifically celebrities that kids don't care about. Jonathan Winters! Don Knotts! Phyllis Diller! 7-year-olds love 'em! We get a little bit of Jerry Reed on Scooby Doo, where's he playing to EMPTY SEATS!
01:40:00 Pat keeps us chugging along with his next 1971 pick. Off the album Madman Across the Water, it's Elton John with "Madman Across the Water". There was an Elton John tribute act on the cruise ship. He was pretty good. Mike laments the other acts on the boat though.
01:45:00 Mike plays to Pat's heartstrings with "I Am... I Said" by Neil Diamond off the album The Essential Neil Diamond. Neil Diamond, singing to empty chairs 40 years before Clint Eastwood made it cool.
Mike has a few more up his sleeve. You know them, you love them, you've got all their albums: Mac and Katie Kissoon with "Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep" off their self-titled album. Good lord, there are deep cuts and then there are DEEEEEEEEEEP cuts. Kyle does some digging and finds out a little about the Kissoons. Meanwhile Pat doles out some apologies to Jethro Tull, David Bowie, James Taylor, Alice Cooper, Paul McCartney, The Kinks, and others.
01:50:00 For a while, Mike thought this one was Elvis. It's Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds with "Don't Pull Your Love" off their self-titled album. Movie Solid rears its head. Popstar, The BFG, Sully. Specifically, Aaron Eckhart's mustache in Sully. Unnecessary drama in Sully. Sully in Sully. Just nonstop Sully talk.
01:55:00 Mike's second to last pick is another one hit wonder. It's "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson off her album Rose Garden. Rock in Peace, Lynn Anderson. Died a year ago on the date of this podcast recording.
Mike gives some apologies to The Jackson 5, Three Dog Night, Paul McCartney, and Sly & the Family Stone. His last pick is "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who off of Who's Next.
02:00:00 Friend of the show Ted Lyde got his show onto IHeartRadio. Pat wonders if this show could get on IHeartRadio given that it plays music, what with copyright legalities and such. Well with the type of music Pat plays, I don't think anyone would... ha... ya see what I did... ha... with the... *sigh*.
Well it's been a fun jaunt through 1971 (along with some accidental stops in 1970). Time to get back in the TARDIS and return to present day, with cellphones and internet and GPS. Pat takes us out with another Carole King song off of Tapestry. It's "So Far Away".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:15:00 Can’t You Hear Me Knocking Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones Mike
00:15:00 Walk Away Thirds James Gang Pat
00:15:00 Knock Three Times Candida Tony Orlando and Dawn Mike
00:20:00 Love Her Madly L.A. Woman The Doors Pat
00:25:00 I Hear You Knocking Rockpile Dave Edmunds Mike
00:25:00 Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Cher Pat
00:30:00 It’s Too Late Tapestry Carole King Mike
00:35:00 Nobody The Doobie Brothers The Doobie Brothers Pat
00:40:00 It Don’t Come Easy Ringo Ringo Starr Mike
00:40:00 Anticipation Anticipation Carly Simon Pat
00:45:00 I Woke Up in Love This Morning Sound Magazine The Partridge Family Mike
00:45:00 I’ll Meet You Halfway Up to Date The Partridge Family Pat
00:50:00 Tupelo Honey Tupelo Honey Van Morrison Mike
00:50:00 Every Picture Tells a Story Every Picture Tells a Story Rod Stewart Pat
00:55:00 One Bad Apple Osmonds The Osmonds Mike
01:00:00 When the Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin Pat
01:00:00 Groove Me King Floyd King Floyd Mike
01:00:00 Rainy Days and Mondays Carpenters Carpenters Pat
01:05:00 Superstar Carpenters Carpenters Mike
01:05:00 I’ve Seen All Good People The Yes Album Yes Pat
01:10:00 Me and You and a Dog Named Boo Introducing Lobo Lobo Mike
01:15:00 Me and Bobby McGee Pearl Janis Joplin Pat
01:15:00 Lonely Days 2 Years On Bee Gees Mike
01:20:00 Sooner or Later Their 16 Greatest Hits The Grass Roots Pat
01:20:00 One Toke Over the Line Tarkio Brewer & Shipley Mike
01:20:00 Diamonds Are Forever Diamonds Are Forever Soundtrack Shirley Bassey Pat
01:25:00 Theme from Shaft Shaft Isaac Hayes Mike
01:25:00 Get It On (Bang a Gong) Electric Warrior T. Rex Pat
01:30:00 Carey Blue Joni Mitchell Mike
01:30:00 Mr. Bojangles Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Pat
01:35:00 When You’re Hot, You’re Hot When You’re Hot, You’re Hot Jerry Reed Mike
01:40:00 Madman Across the Water Madman Across the Water Elton John Pat
01:45:00 I Am… I Said The Essential Neil Diamond Neil Diamond Mike
01:45:00 Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep Mac and Katie Kissoon Mac and Katie Kissoon Mike
01:50:00 Don’t Pull Your Love Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds Mike
01:55:00 (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden Rose Garden Lynn Anderson Mike
01:55:00 Won’t Get Fooled Again Who’s Next The Who Mike
02:00:00 So Far Away Tapestry Carole King Pat

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Episode 266: Kiss Keepers & Clunkers: The Solo Projects

Episode 266: Kiss Keepers & Clunkers: The Solo Projects
Podcasts collide as Pat and Kyle are joined by Chris Czynszak from the Decibel Geek Podcast to discuss KISS "Solo" Keepers & Clunkers.
From August 18, 2016

With your host:

Pat Francis

00:00:00 No. No no no. We were done. We were finished. Two whole parts, over FOUR HOURS of audio all devoted to Kiss. I survived it, to Mordor and back. I just.... you can't make me go through this again. It's too much. It's barbaric. I refuse! No more. That's what I say. No more. No one else should have to feel this pain! Hey, what are you doing?! Get off me! HELP! HEEEEEELP! PLE- *conk* *muffled cry* *van speeds away*

Pat and Kyle welcome us to the show. Today in the co-host seat is another music podcast aficionado. From the Decibel Geek Podcast, it's Chris Czynszak! Chris brought along his brother Eric and his friend Greg. Everyone in the room is a fan of Kiss. The Decibel Geek Podcast is a weekly music podcast that Chris hosts with his buddy Aaron. They've been going strong for over five years.
00:05:00 Decibel Geek is focused on hard rock and metal, especially classic rock and metal, but they also focus on newer bands that have the similar sounds. One of those classic bands, obviously, is Kiss, which is Chris' favorite band. Today, the epic saga of Kiss Keepers & Clunkers reaches its third stage with SOLO PROJECTS!!! The members of Kiss have many solo projects, which will be featured today for our listening pleasure. Pat briefly recaps his Kiss fandom, with first concert (The Dynasty Tour) and first album (Love Gun).
00:10:00 Some more Kiss discussion early on: Tommy Thayer's good looks, putting on the makeup is hard, Chris's first Kiss concert during the Hot in the Shade Tour, the non-makeup years, and "Maude of Thunder." Eventually we get to the meat of the podcast: the music. Such as in Parts 1 and 2, Pat and Chris will each pick a keeper (a good song) and a clunker (a bad song) on the given album. Pat notes that sometimes there are no "bad" songs, so it's the song he likes the least. We kick things off with arguably the best Kiss solo effort ever, Ace Frehley and his '78 self-titled solo album. Pat, Chris, and Kyle agree that Ace's is the best of the '78 solos, with Paul coming in at a close second.
00:15:00 Pat and Chris discuss the four '78 solos and how they could have combined those songs to make a great Kiss album. They also wonder if Ace ever presented his solo songs to the band at any point. Chris' keeper is "What's on Your Mind". That song was also Pat's keeper. Chris' "clunker" which is actually a song he likes is "Snow Blind". Chris can't even call it a clunker. Pat can't call his clunker a clunker either, but he chose the instrumental "Fractured Mirror".
00:20:00 Chris compliments Ace's composition work and wonders why he didn't do any scoring. "He's a mess," says Pat. Point taken. We're sticking with Ace. Ace left the band in 1982 and formed Frehley's Comet in 1984. In 1987, they released their self-titled debut album. Chris' keeper is "Rock Soldiers". Ace name checks himself twice in the song, naturally. His clunker is a song called "Dolls".
00:25:00 A creepy song that Ace doesn't fit singing. Save the creepy for Alice Cooper, Ace is the rocker. Chris talks about his daughters not being fans of Kiss. Pat knows it all too well. We cruise back to 1978 for the self-titled solo album from Peter Criss. Most agree, including Pat, that this is the worst of the four '78 solos. Pat's keeper is "I Can't Stop the Rain". Pat clarifies that he likes Peter's singing voice, but not the songs.
00:30:00 Pat's clunker is called "You Matter to Me". Yeeeeeeeeesh. "Do you think he recorded it in a leisure suit?" asks Chris. His keeper was also "I Can't Stop the Rain." His clunker is "That's the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes". The title alone is clunktastic.
Going back to Ace Frehley and Frehley's Comet, it's the second FC album Second Sighting. Pat and Chris concur that the album stinks. Ace was such a mess at the time they had to slap it together. Chris' keeper is the song "Insane". Chris did not pick a clunker for this album, he just wanted to showcase that song.
00:35:00 Pat's next album that he puts on display is the third of the '78 solos, this one belonging to Gene Simmons. Pat's keeper is "Radioactive".
00:40:00 Pat likes some of the songs on the album, but he laughs... LAUGHS... at Gene turning his nose up at Peter's solo work, all the while Gene does a version of "When You Wish Upon a Star". "It's such crap," spits Pat. Chris is reminded of an Eric Carr story. Chris and his brother Eric went to that show for Hot in the Shade, but had to leave early because of their curfew. The car doesn't start because Eric left the lights on and the battery died. No one would give them a jump. Eric called their dad to pick them up. Their parents drive AN HOUR to pick them up, but then en route the dead car starts up! The parents show up at the wrong entrance and mom shouts out for Eric. The production people thought she was shouting for Eric Carr, so they direct her to the hotel. The mixup was cleared and they all went home. Needless to say dad was not happy.
00:45:00 Chris is not a big fan of Gene's solo album either. The keeper he picks is "Man of a Thousand Faces". He likes the orchestration on it and wishes they had played the song for the Kiss Symphony live album.
We take a step forward and speak about the posthumous Eric Carr album Unfinished Business. Pat's keeper is "Just Can't Wait". Ted Poley from Danger Danger handles the vocals. Eric does sing lead on Pat's clunker, Eric's version of "Shandi" from his Kiss audition tape.
00:50:00 There are some spoken word tracks on the album, where Pat discovered that Eric has a bit of a lisp. Who is Chris' favorite Kiss drummer? Pat's favorite is Eric Singer. Chris' favorite is either Eric Singer during the Revenge era or Peter around '75. Pat found Eric Carr's drumming too thunderous for Kiss, while Chris notes how live Carr's drums sound too processed. Discussion of Eric and Tommy singing Peter and Ace songs is brought up. Chris feels like the band should let "Shock Me" be Ace's song, "Beth" be Peter's song, and let Tommy and Eric sing their own songs.
00:55:00 Chris' keeper from Unfinished Business is called "Eyes of Love". The song was actually rejected by Kiss. His clunker is a song called "Somebody's Waiting" from Eric's other posthumous album Rockology. "You don't hate it, do you?" Kyle asks Pat. "How dare you," answers Pat. He likes it.
01:00:00 The final '78 solo album on display is the Starchild himself Paul Stanley. Pat's keeper is "Wouldn't You Like to Know Me". Great song, maybe the best that will be played on the episode. But it wasn't the single! The single was "Hold Me, Touch Me." Paul makes a brief appearance to explain. Pat's clunker is the song he likes least, "Ain't Quite Right". Which members of Kiss has Chris met? Peter, Ace, Bruce, Mark St. John, and Eric Singer. Pat's met Paul, Eric, Bruce, and Peter. Chris' keeper from Paul's '78 solo is "Tonight You Belong to Me".
01:05:00 Going back to the Cat ("Do we have to?" Chris asks), Pat highlights the second solo album from Peter, Out of Control. "It sucks," says Pat. Plain and simple. Pat's keeper (if you can call it that) is Peter's version of "You Better Run". The clunkiest of the clunkers for Pat is "There's Nothing Better". Chris describes it as a beer commercial in disguise, which is perfect.
01:10:00 There are some albums that you hate, but then listen to later on and try to come up with a different opinion. Pat tried it with Out of Control and it just stinks. Chris does the same with Music from "The Elder" and Cheap Trick's The Doctor and he cannot get into either of them. His clunker from Out of Control is the sweet, tender "By Myself". Chris' OTHER clunker is the title track "Out of Control". Oh Catman, you've done it again.
01:15:00 Chris has a big interest in Vinnie Vincent. He became fascinated in the mystery that is Vinnie and had planned on writing a book about him, but his hard drive crashed 100 pages through. Chris eventually used his research to transition into the podcast. Chris calls Vinnie an enigmatic guy; he's very difficult, but he brought a lot to Kiss. And where is he? Nobody knows. Vinnie's band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion, released their self-titled debut album in 1986. Pat's keeper is "No Substitute". Robert Fleischman sings on the album, but he's gone before the first video. He was replaced by Mark Slaughter.
01:20:00 Pat's clunker is "Do You Wanna Make Love". Funny enough Chris picked both of Pat's songs. Fleischman sings his balls off, too much for Pat's liking. What is Chris' least favorite Kiss album? Psycho Circus. Pat's least favorite is Animalize.
In 2004, Gene Simmons puts out the solo album Asshole. Pat's keeper is Gene's cover of The Prodigy's "Firestarter". "It sounds like someone's uncle doing a rave song," moans Chris. Pat's clunker is the song "Beautiful".
"I was afraid if I put it on the shelf, the other albums would start to decay."
- Pat, on "Asshole"
01:25:00 Chris' keeper from the album was co-written by Frank Zappa. The whole Zappa family debacle is brought up for a brief tangent. The song is called "Black Tongue". Gene honoring the Zappa groove there.
01:30:00 Keeping things relatively contemporary, we move on to Ace's solo album Anomaly. Pat's keeper is "Outer Space". His clunker is "A Little Below the Angels" and it features a very familiar phrase:
Chris' keeper from the album is Ace's cover of Sweet's "Fox on the Run".
01:35:00 Sticking with Ace, his most recent release is a covers album Origins, Vol. 1. It's not a strong effort, Ace made some weak choices with his covers. Pat's clunker is Ace doing "Wild Thing" with Lita Ford. His keeper is Thin Lizzy's "Emerald". Once again, Pat and Chris picked the same songs. Chris very much prefers Ace's original material. Of all the Kiss guys, Ace is the one you root for the most. You just want him to win.
01:40:00 We're on an Ace kick. Chris plays some songs from 1989's Trouble Walkin'. His keeper is the title track "Trouble Walkin'". The clunker features some of Skid Row on background vocals, a song called "Back to School". Much like Brian May or Dave Knopfler, Ace has that distinct guitar sound.
Speaking of distinct sounds, Peter Criss put out an album called Let Me Rock You. Pat's keeper is the Vinnie Vincent-penned "Tears". Pat's clunker is the track "Let Me Rock You". Peter Criss, doo-wop legend.
01:45:00 Pat's clunker is the track "Let Me Rock You". Peter Criss, doo-wop legend. Chris' first song is "Feel Like Heaven". The song was written by Gene, so Chris surmises that Gene was trying to sabotage Peter's album. We then hear the Kiss demo version of it and Gene says something so awful that I smashed a hammer into my brain to remove it from my memory. Meanwhile an earlier Stallone reference makes Pat play "Drinkenstein" from Rhinstone and OH MY GOD WHAT DID WE DO TO DESERVE THIS?!?!?!
01:50:00 Let's give Paul some love and hear his solo album Live to Win. Pat calls it a great album, while Chris is not so hot on it. Pat's keeper is "Bulletproof". Pat tried to get Paul to sign this album at the House of Blues, but no dice. Are there artists that Chris likes that people wouldn't expect? Jewel, Joan Osborne. Some 90s country. Living in Nashville, Chris has access to a lot of Sunset Strip guys that moved out there. He also got to peak into Tom Petersson's apartment once.
01:55:00 Pat's clunker from Live to Win is a song called "Lift". Pat's issue with that song, which Chris feels reflects why he doesn't like the whole album, is that it's trying too hard to be modern rock. Chris' keeper is a song called "Where Angels Dare". Chris' clunker is "All About You".
02:00:00 Will Paul do another solo album? His voice is not sounding too good these days. Chris thinks there may be another Kiss album with a mixed amount of voices on lead, but not another Paul solo album with just him singing. Pat and Chris discuss Paul as a frontman, comparing him to DLR and others.
02:05:00 Back once more to Peter Criss. The gang discuss Peter's attitude. He was a real jerk back in the day, but Chris believes him to be a changed man because of his cancer scare. The album is Cat #1. Pat isn't a fan of Peter's band here. He feels the same way about them as he does the guys in Skid Row. A conversation arises around Skid Row and Sebastian because Chris is friends with Rachel Bolan.
02:10:00 Chris' keeper from Cat #1 is "Blue Moon over Brooklyn". As for the clunker, Chris picks "Bad People Burn in Hell".
02:10:00 We've only got a little more to go, so let's hear Ace's last album of originals Space Invader. Pat's and Chris' keeper is "I Wanna Hold You". Pat's clunker is "Past the Milky Way".
02:15:00 Chris' clunker is a song called "Toys". Oh boy. "I can already see myself going to the bathroom during this song," says Kyle.
Vinnie Vincent Invasion's second and final album is All Systems Go. Pat's keeper is called "Love Kills". Fleischman left the band because Vinnie gave him a huge contract to sign without reading it. He refused, left, and Slaughter came in.
02:20:00 Pat's clunker is a high-pitched rocker called "Heavy Petting". Chris' keeper is called "That Time of Year". That's it for Vinnie Vincent Invasion. Chris notes that Vinnie Vincent, for all his neuroses and faults, did contribute some great stuff for Kiss.
02:25:00 Plugs time. You can find The Decibel Geek Podcast and all 250+ of their episodes on their website Their Twitter is @DecibelGeekPod and their Facebook is Decibel Geek Podcast. Chris and Aaron are knowledgeable, funny, and passionate about all matters of rock and metal, as you can no doubt tell from this episode. They also have great guests. Pat asks Chris who was their biggest "Oh my god this is actually happening" guest? Desmond Child.
Peter Criss. Here we go, one more time, once more with feeling. The album is 2007's One for All. Pat's keeper is the ironically-titled "Doesn't Get Better Than This". And now, for Pat's clunker, Peter sings a version of "Send in the Clowns". Peter Criss singing Stephen Sondheim. What a time to be alive.
02:30:00 We don't want to end on that. Not on THAT. Pat thanks Chris for coming on the show, and for Eric and Greg for hanging out in the background. Chris is gonna take us out, but first we're gonna highlight Bruce Kulick and his solo album BK3. Chris plays "Dirty Girl" which features the late Doug Fieger. Rock in Peace Doug Fieger.
02:35:00 There are other Kiss solo projects that were not mentioned, but Chris is going to focus on one specific member: Mark St. John, the oft-forgotten Kiss member. Chris focuses on a band called The Mark St. John Project. Off the self-titled EP, the song is "No, I'm Not Afraid".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:15:00 What's on Your Mind Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Chris
00:15:00 Snow Blind Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Chris
00:15:00 Fractured Mirror Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Pat
00:20:00 Rock Soldiers Frehley's Comet Frehley's Comet Chris
00:20:00 Dolls Frehley's Comet Frehley's Comet Chris
00:25:00 I Can't Stop the Rain Peter Criss Peter Criss Pat
00:30:00 You Matter to Me Peter Criss Peter Criss Pat
00:30:00 That's the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes Peter Criss Peter Criss Chris
00:30:00 Insane Second Sighting Frehley's Comet Chris
00:35:00 Radioactive Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Pat
00:40:00 When You Wish Upon a Star Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Pat
00:45:00 Man of a Thousand Faces Gene Simmons Gene Simmons Chris
00:45:00 Just Can't Wait Unfinished Business Eric Carr Pat
00:45:00 Shandi Unfinished Business Eric Carr Pat
00:55:00 Eyes of Love Unfinished Business Eric Carr Chris
00:55:00 Somebody's Waiting Rockology Eric Carr Chris
01:00:00 Wouldn't You Like to Know Me Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Pat
01:00:00 Ain't Quite Right Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Pat
01:00:00 Tonight You Belong to Me Paul Stanley Paul Stanley Chris
01:05:00 You Better Run Out of Control Peter Criss Pat
01:05:00 There's Nothing Better Out of Control Peter Criss Pat
01:10:00 By Myself Out of Control Peter Criss Chris
01:10:00 Out of Control Out of Control Peter Criss Chris
01:15:00 No Substitute Vinnie Vincent Invasion Vinnie Vincent Invasion Pat
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