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

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