Thursday, October 27, 2016

Episode 276: Man Woman Child

Episode 276: Man Woman Child
Pat welcomes Christy Stratton back to the Co-Host chair to play songs that feature the words "man" "woman" or "child" in the song title. Kyle Dodson produces and acts like a child.
From October 27, 2016

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Christy Stratton

00:00:00 CHRISTY IS BAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!!! 15 grueling weeks without the presence of one Christy Stratton Mann is a long damn time, but she's back and ready to rock in her zoomu (the maxi dress she wears to the zoo). As said many times before, Christy is very busy working on Modern Family. Christy recently got her first writing credit on an episode (!) and she leapt to Twitter to read the critical acclaim... except that one person who didn't get Christy's joke about Empire. Boo that person.
00:05:00 Christy's episode featured guest stars Martin Short and Andy Daly. She's looking forward to future guest star Vanessa Bayer. That's a HOT SCOOP for all you Modern Family fans. Work keeps her very busy, so Christy is happy to get her breaks in when she can. Pat reads another list of names of people who have donated to the podcast. Thanks, people!
00:10:00 We get into the latest batch of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations. "It's gonna be a tougher year for my boys," admits Christy. Boys = The Cars. There's some tough competition, like Pearl Jam. Pat and Christy feel like they'll get in, even if they're not their biggest fans. Christy throws some slight shade at Kraftwerk and Bad Brains, she feels like "the artistes" will vote them in over The Cars. Pat poo-poos Jane's Addiction at being nominated, then agrees with Christy that Yes should get in. Journey is nominated, but they're a maybe.
00:15:00 Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson nominated too. Tupac Shakur got a nom. "I, I can't right now," says Christy. Kyle reads down the list and Pat and Christy give their thoughts on who should get in:
  • Bad Brains - No
  • Chaka Khan - No
  • Chic - No, but Nile Rodgers should get in for all he's done
  • Depeche Mode - Yes
  • Electric Light Orchestra - 100% Yes
  • J. Geils Band - No, not this year
  • Jane's Addiction - No
  • Janet Jackson - No. Christy would rather Chaka Khan than Janet
  • Joan Baez - Christy: "She's in." Pat: "I don't know, maybe."
  • Joe Tex - No idea who he is, so no
  • Journey - Maybe
  • Kraftwerk - Possibly due to their influence
  • MC5 - That's a tough one
  • Pearl Jam - No
  • Steppenwolf - No
  • The Cars - Fingers crossed
  • The Zombies - Another tough one
  • Tupac Shakur - Gonna get some votes
  • Yes - Yes.... or maybe not
00:20:00 Pat looks at longevity, output, influence, did they sell records. Those old blues guys, the average schlub might not know them, but the important voters might. As Christy says, it's a TOUGH year to figure out who goes in. Her definites are ELO, Depeche Mode, and Yes. Pat notes that Journey are extremely popular and sold a bajillion albums, but they're not as influential as, say, The Cars. Pat is still miffed at Peter Cetera not going to the ceremony because the fans who made him rich and famous wanted him there.
00:25:00 Kyle has a treat: Joe Tex's biggest hit "I Gotcha." Pat and Christy approve, it is indeed a song. Finally, we get into today's topic: Man Woman Child, songs with one of those words in the title. Pat kicks things off with a song he dedicates to Christy and her new job, "Modern Woman" by Billy Joel off the album The Bridge. Christy remembers the song from the 80s film Ruthless People. What was the last funny comedy Pat saw? Keanu with Key and Peele.
00:30:00 Christy quite enjoyed the Vacation reboot. What about Kyle, any funny movies he's seen? "No." Alright, then. Christy's first pick is her favorite of the bunch, Stevie Wonder with "Boogie on Reggae Woman" off the album Fulfillingness' First Finale.
We go from the jive soul bro Stevie Wonder to the pale horror honky Alice Cooper. Off the album The Eyes of Alice Cooper, Pat plays "Man of the Year". The story of the song--about a man who has it all, yet is utterly lonely and suicidal, so he blows his brains out--warrants an "Oh my gosh" from Christy.
"It was creatively, um...... interesting."
- Christy, on "Man of the Year"
00:35:00 Christy's next tune is from Led Zeppelin. It's "Black Country Woman" off of Physical Graffiti. Pat just read an excerpt from Phil Collins' new autobiography about Phil drumming for the Led Zeppelin reunion at Live Aid. He didn't know he was going to be drumming with Tony Thompson, and Tony was giving him the side eye because he thought if Zeppelin got back together, HE was going to be the new drummer for Led Zeppelin. Phil does not speak fondly of that performance because the Zeppelin guys were not on their A game. Christy drops a very fun fact that Phil Collins had one of the largest collections of Alamo artifacts in the world. As a Texan, Christy appreciates Phil C's love for the Alamo.
00:40:00 Pat's next is the first of the episode to feature the world "child." And it's a biggie, "Hot Child in the City" by Nick Gilder off the album City Nights. Nick Gilder, one and done. Nick's Riff Raff-esque appearance leads to a discussion on The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Pat and Christy both love the songs so much. They wonder if the writer Richard O'Brien recorded any solo albums. Inspector Kyle finds... no, he did not.
For her next pick, Christy stays in the woman well and plays "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)" by Loretta Lynn off the album You Ain't Woman Enough.
00:45:00 How deep is Christy's country collection? Not too deep, but she loves those strong female country singers. She recently saw Dolly Parton at the Hollywood Bowl. Pat and Mike Siegel saw Hall & Oates there too. It was not a good show. Daryl Hall is getting up there, that's for sure. Pat next plays "We Gotta Get You a Woman" by Todd Rundgren off his album Runt.
00:50:00 "Let's talk about Straight Shooter, that album by Bad Company," orders Christy. She plays "Wild Fire Woman". Paul Rodgers, "The Voice." Still sounds great. Christy and Pat are not as kind on Paul Rodgers' face, though, but we're all willing to forgive him because he did write "Shooting Star."
Pat's next song is dedicated... to one KYLE DODSON! Off the EP Ready Steady Who, it's The Who doing the theme from "Batman". Kyle Dodson: Batman hat AND Batman shirt. "Oh brother," mutters Christy. Pat and Kyle recommend Batman: The Brave and the Bold for her son Johnny. Especially since the voice of Batman is Diedrich Bader, star of Christy's Emmy-nominated webseries Everyone's Crazy but Us.
Christy's next pick is by Peggy Lee. And it's ANOTHER woman song, "I'm a Woman" off the album I'm a Woman.
00:55:00 Pat and Christy discussed them earlier. Pat plays "When You Love a Woman" by Journey off the album Trial by Fire. "It's a terrible song, but that voice is transcendent," observes Christy.
Oh, we're gonna get down and dirty with this one. Off the album Couldn't Stand the Weather, Christy plays "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" by Stevie Ray Vaughan. SRV is not Pat's thing, he reveals, causing Christy to shake her head in disappointment. But he warns her, if he picks up one SRV album... he's gonna own them all. There's only so much room in his house, his kids are already sharing a bed. "Daddy, why can't I get my own room?" "Because sweetie, daddy needs a place to put his Lindsey Buckingham solo albums. You'll understand when you're older."
01:00:00 Pat goes with some Roger Daltrey solo work. Off the album Daltrey, the song is "One Man Band". Fun fact: All songs on that album co-written with Leo Sayer. Another fun fact: Pat recently saw The Who live and Roger fell down on stage. He also dropped the mic. But Roger and Pete laughed about it. "The joys of getting older," as Roger said.
Kyle suffers horrible flashbacks as Christy plays some solo Mark Knopfler. The song is "Why Aye Man" off the album The Ragpicker's Dream. Christy enjoys MK's solo work. He tells stories about the Mason-Dixon Line and coyotes. Not a joke.
01:05:00 1974 from Get Your Wings, Pat plays "Woman of the World" by Aerosmith. One of Pat's top three Aerosmith albums. Christy is quite fond of Permanent Vacation.
Christy wants to shine a light on "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses off their debut album Appetite for Destruction. It's super popular, but it's as good as rock songs get. The production, Axl's vocals, Slash's guitar. It's more than just a silly love song. Pat tells a story from 20 years ago. He'd just moved to L.A. and he's at a stoplight. A car pulls up next to him and it's Duff McKagan. Duff noticed Pat recognizing him and when the light turned green, Duff drove forward, stuck his head out the window and nods, "Yup, I'm Duff McKagan." Christy loves that.
01:10:00 Pat goes contemporary for his next artist. The song is "Message Man" by Twenty One Pilots off the album Blurryface. Kyle heard one song by Twenty One Pilots on the radio, liked it, and then the more he heard about them, the more he disliked them. Christy had the same thing happen to her with My Morning Jacket.
Christy brings some soft rock to the table in the form of Phoebe Snow. Off her self-titled album, Christy plays "Poetry Man". Rock in Peace, Phoebe Snow.
01:15:00 For all you lactose intolerant fans... steer clear: MAJOR 70S CHEESE INCOMING. Off the album I'm Nearly Famous, it's Cliff Richard with "Devil Woman". Cliff Richard, another case of MASSIVE in the U.K. and significantly fewer hits in the U.S. "Several Crownie Awards," notes Christy. Richard does indeed have 13 Crownies, including "Stiffest Upper Lip of the Year," "Best Use of Tea on an Album Cover," and the winner of the 1993 "Golden Thatcher Award for Britishness."
In the vein of the Super Sounds of the 70s, Christy plays "Gold Dust Woman" by Fleetwood Mac off of Rumours.
01:20:00 Pat's next is another solo work, this time from Mick Jagger. Off of She's the Boss, it's "Hard Woman". Kyle and Christy snicker at Mick's exaggerated vocals. Christy offers Pat the choice of play out song, including Lou Reed, David Bowie, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Blue Bonnets, and Carole King. Christy goes with the final choice.
01:25:00 Always such a pleasure to have Christy stop by. Because of her busy schedule, she might not be on again until the 2017 Year in Review episode, but fingers crossed Pat can squeeze her in before that. Christy, April, Mike, Murray. These days, everyone's so busy with work that it's a joy when any of the co-hosts are on the pod. Pat takes us out with "Jazzman" by Carole King off the album Wrap Around Joy.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:25:00 Modern Woman The Bridge Billy Joel Pat
00:30:00 Boogie On Reggae Woman Fulfillingness’ First Finale Stevie Wonder Christy
00:30:00 Man of the Year The Eyes of Alice Cooper Alice Cooper Pat
00:35:00 Black Country Woman Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin Christy
00:40:00 Hot Child in the City City Nights Nick Gilder Pat
00:40:00 You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man) You Ain’t Woman Enough Loretta Lynn Christy
00:45:00 We Gotta Get You a Woman Runt Todd Rundgren Pat
00:50:00 Wild Fire Woman Straight Shooter Bad Company Christy
00:50:00 Batman Ready Steady Who The Who Pat
00:50:00 I’m a Woman I’m a Woman Peggy Lee Christy
00:55:00 When You Love a Woman Trial by Fire Journey Pat
00:55:00 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Couldn’t Stand the Weather Stevie Ray Vaughan Christy
01:00:00 One Man Band Daltrey Roger Daltrey Pat
01:00:00 Why Aye Man The Ragpicker’s Dream Mark Knopfler Christy
01:05:00 Woman of the World Get Your Wings Aerosmith Pat
01:05:00 Sweet Child o’ Mine Appetite for Destruction Guns N’ Roses Christy
01:10:00 Message Man Blurryface Twenty One Pilots Pat
01:10:00 Poetry Man Phoebe Snow Phoebe Snow Christy
01:15:00 Devil Woman I’m Nearly Famous Cliff Richard Pat
01:15:00 Gold Dust Woman Rumours Fleetwood Mac Christy
01:20:00 Hard Woman She’s the Boss Mick Jagger Pat
01:25:00 Jazzman Wrap Around Joy Carole King Pat

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