Thursday, November 24, 2016

Episode 280: Rock Solid Presents: KISS & Tell LIVE

Episode 280: Rock Solid Presents: KISS & Tell LIVE
Pat Francis, Wayne Federman, Dave Holmes & Jimmy Pardo read from the 4 greatest books ever written… The individual KISS autobiographies! This show was recorded in front of a LIVE audience on July 19, 2016 at the NerdMelt Showroom in Hollywood, CA.
From November 24, 2016

With your host:

Pat Francis

Hello everyone! Andrew here. I hope you're all having a lovely day. As you can tell, this episode is quite different from other episodes. Let me explain: A few months back, Pat and three former guests of the show--Jimmy Pardo, Dave Holmes, and Wayne Federman--took part in a special live event called Kiss & Tell. Yes, that's right, EVEN MORE FOCUS ON THE BAND KISS!!!!! As if three whole episodes weren't enough :/ Anyway, the focus of the show was for each man to read excerpts from the autobiographies of the four original members of Kiss. Here was the lineup:

  • Pat Francis reads from Paul Stanley's Face the Music: A Life Exposed
  • Jimmy Pardo reads from Peter Criss' Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss
  • Dave Holmes reads from Gene Simmons' Kiss & Make-Up
  • Wayne Federman reads from Ace Frehley's No Regrets - A Rock 'N' Roll Memoir

This isn't really the type of episode that is conducive to a recap. It would just be me basically transcribing entire passages from books. My fingers hurt just from thinking about it. It's Thanksgiving, I have turkey to eat, and a Veronica Mars marathon to finish. Consider this episode a very rare bye week. Still, I HIGHLY suggest that you listen to this episode (click the episode title right above the description to get to the Art 19 episode page) because it is a real hoot. Stories are shared, music is played, and the stage banter flies like an eagle.

Happy Thanksgiving and I'll see you next week for Episode 281.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:00:00 Detroit Rock City Destroyer Kiss N/A
00:05:00 Mainline Hotter Than Hell Kiss N/A
00:10:00 Dirty Livin’ Dynasty Kiss N/A
00:15:00 Shock Me Love Gun Kiss N/A
00:20:00 Room Service Dressed to Kill Kiss N/A
00:25:00 All American Man Alive II Kiss N/A
00:25:00 Cold Gin Kiss Kiss N/A
00:35:00 Hooligan Love Gun Kiss N/A
00:40:00 Calling Dr. Love Rock and Roll Over Kiss N/A
00:45:00 New York Groove Ace Frehley Ace Frehley N/A
00:45:00 God of Thunder Destroyer Kiss N/A
00:50:00 I Was Made for Loving You Dynasty Kiss N/A
00:55:00 Talk to Me Unmasked Kiss N/A
00:55:00 Getaway Dressed to Kill Kiss N/A
01:00:00 Charisma Dynasty Kiss N/A
01:00:00 Rocket Ride Alive II Kiss N/A
01:05:00 Strutter Kiss Kiss N/A
01:05:00 Rockin’ in the U.S.A. Alive II Kiss N/A
01:05:00 Black Diamond Kiss Kiss N/A
01:10:00 Rip It Out Ace Frehley Ace Frehley N/A
01:10:00 Rock and Roll All Nite Dressed to Kill Kiss N/A

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Episode 279: Cover Songs Once Again

Episode 279: Cover Songs Once Again
Smile Train auction winner Dave Hansen takes over the Co-Host seat and chooses the topic so get ready for "Cover Songs Once Again!" Kyle produces and plays songs too while Dave's brother Ron provides some off the cuff and off the mic commentary. Remember the whole episode is for the children.
From November 17, 2016

With your host:

Pat Francis

00:00:00 Pat and Kyle welcome us to the show and introduce us to Dave Hansen, who donated to Smile Train and got the opportunity, nay the privilege, to co-host today's episode. Dave's brother Ron is chilling in the background. Dave became a Never Not Funny fan when studying for beer school. Technically it's called "Brewing" but beer school sounds more radical, dude. Thanks to Dave for donating to Smile Train as part of Pardcast-athon.
00:05:00 Let's find out about Dave. He lives in Milwaukee, WI and it was from there that he shipped Pat some wort samples. Dave works at a brewery that produces smaller label beers. His job is to come up with the crazy beer recipes, he's a brewmaster.
00:10:00 Does Dave have a favorite beer? "Anything free." Same with Ron. Does Dave have a favorite co-host? He likes them all. Smart man, knows how to politic. Also knows how to not hurt Murray's feelings. Part of the VIP package deal that Dave won in the auction is that he could pick the topic. Dave chose cover songs. Other topics on the table were gateway songs, songs that were better live, and Queen. Brother Ron is the Queen expert, the man has taught classes on Queen. Pat and Dave discuss all things Queen.
00:15:00 More Queen discussion. Pat saw Queen + Adam Lambert live, while Dave saw Queen + Paul Rodgers live. Ron's favorite Queen album is Innuendo. Pat likes The Works. But enough of that business, let's get to this business: cover songs. Pat and Dave have a bunch, and even Kyle brought along some songs to play. Dave also has a few snippets of the original songs.
00:20:00 Dave starts off with a band he does not like, Wilco, with their song "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" off the album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Kyle is in agreement on Dave's assessment of Wilco. Dave plays the cover by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound off the album Want More.
Pat's first cover is The Who doing "Under My Thumb" by The Rolling Stones off the album Odds & Sods. Pat admits he isn't a big fan of that cover. Alright, off to a great start with songs we hate.
Next up for Dave is "Womanizer" originally by Britney Spears being done by Lily Allen off her album It's Not Me, It's You.
00:25:00 Pat's played this one before, but it's a great example of covers being completely different than the original. Off the album Gods of Thunder: A Norwegian Tribute to Kiss, it's Kurt Nilsen doing his version of "Crazy Crazy Nights".
In the same vein, Kyle plays Four Year Strong doing a pumped up version of "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles off the album Punk Goes Pop Volume Two.
00:30:00 Dave admits that while most ska cover versions suck, some are good. He gives an example of the latter, Save Ferris doing "Come on Eileen" off the album It Means Everything.
Rock in Peace to Doug Fieger. Pat plays a cover he did of Hank Williams' "Hey, Good Lookin'" on his EP Hankerings: A Tribute to Hank Williams by Doug Fieger.
We go live with Dave's next. Off the live album The Sounds of '66, it's Sammy Davis Jr. doing a version of "I Know a Place" by Petula Clark. "That was great, makes me wanna pop my eye out," says Pat. Buddy Rich plays the drums on the album. No relation.
00:35:00 Pat's next song is from the soundtrack to Kubo and the Two Strings. It's Regina Spektor doing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".
Dave notes that Queen is a hard band to cover because the originals are so good, but he found one he likes. It's "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" done by Los Lobos off the tribute album Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen. Like all good covers, Los Lobos makes the song their own.
00:40:00 Some casual banter about Queen, Mick Jagger, and covers follows before Pat plays his next song. It's a song that's been covered a ton, "All Along the Watchtower" by Bob Dylan. This version is done by XTC off the album White Music. Pat is discovering XTC. Mixed bag, according to him. Some songs are great, some are bad.
00:45:00 We also have some listener suggestions! Brian A. Burkey recommends Yo La Tengo doing "Somebody's Baby" off the album Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo.
During his hiatus from The Darkness for--ahem--personal issues *sniiiiiiiiiiiiiiif*, Justin Hawkins released a few singles under the name British Whale. One of the singles was a cover of "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" by Sparks off the album Kimono My House. Dave plays the original first.
00:50:00 Dave then plays the cover version. Significantly more guitars. Significantly more screaming on the part of Mr. Hawkins. Pat doesn't mind the music of The Darkness, it's just the constant high register voice. I believe his quote is "My ears are bleeding."
Pat plays "Watching the Detectives" by Elvis Costello as done by Toto off the album Through the Looking Glass. Steve Lukather, "friend of the show," on lead vocals.
00:55:00 Ooooooooh Kyle, I like where you're going with this one. He plays Eurythmics' "Missionary Man" by Ghost off their EP Popestar.
01:00:00 Dave has a chunk of Rolling Stones covers. Some go their own way, some stay in the same lane. First up is Motley Crüe doing "Street Fighting Man" off the album Red, White & Crüe. Pat interjects with his own "Street Fighting Man" cover done by Ramones off the album Too Tough to Die. Then he plays another version by Rod Stewart off of The Rod Stewart Album. Then Pat plays A THIRD cover done by Ace Frehley off the album Origins, Vol. 1. Speaking of the Space Ace, Dave plays his next Stones cover, it's Kiss doing "2000 Man" off the album Dynasty.
01:05:00 Pat's next is "Go All the Way" done by Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs off the album Under the Covers, Vol. 2. Pat is attempting to secure tickets for him and his gang to see Ace Frehley. But would Ace be on the podcast?
01:10:00 The last Rolling Stones cover that Dave has is a zydeco version of "Beast of Burden" by Buckwheat Zydeco off the album Where There's Smoke There's Fire.
Leave it to the Swedes to do the song "American Woman". This version is by Krokus off the album One Vice at a Time. Krokus is the fifth band Pat ever saw live, opening for Cheap Trick.
01:15:00 Kyle's back up at the plate and it's a Bee Gees cover. The band is Celldweller doing "Tragedy" off the 10th anniversary of their self-titled debut album. A listener suggests Heart doing "Stairway to Heaven" but Pat nixes it. Dave brings up the idea of Heart doing a Beatles/Led Zeppelin covers album.
Dave has another original/cover combo. First up is the original, "All the Way from Memphis" by Mott the Hoople off the album Mott. Then we hear the Brian May version off the album Another World.
01:20:00 Pat plays Melissa Etheridge doing "Refugee" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers off her album Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled.
Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! Kyle plays Less Than Jake doing "Making Our Dreams Come True", the theme from Laverne & Shirley, from their EP TV/EP. Pat doesn't like those vanity punk covers because it's just the same song, but faster.
Just to show off how low we can take this thing, Pat plays his worst cover: Robin Zander interpreting the Chairman of the Board with "Fly Me to the Moon" off the album Sin-Atra. You see? Sinatra. Sin-Atra. Because that's how you make ol' Frankie Blue Eyes metal, BAYBAY.
01:25:00 Another band that Dave is not a fan of is The White Stripes. But he does like this cover of "Seven Nation Army" by French soul singer Ben l'Oncle Soul from his self-titled album.
Pat's next is Rick Springfield doing a cover of Los Bravos' "Black Is Black" off the album Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet.
Dave keeps the soul train going with "The Tennessee Waltz" as done by Sam Cooke off the album Ain't That Good News.
David Bowie has a covers album called Pin Ups. Pat plays his version of "Where Have All the Good Times Gone".
01:30:00 We've heard from the Swedes, we've heard from the French, now let's hear from the Armenians. Kyle plays System of a Down doing Berlin's "The Metro" as found on the Dracula 2000 soundtrack. Pat is INCENSED that Kyle did not bring this up when Terri Nunn was in studio. How dare Kyle not mention the alt metal stylings of Serj Tankian, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian, and John Dolmayan. Terri would have wanted to learn all about those guys!
"There are lot of shit Beatles covers," notes Dave. This prompts Pat to launch into his George Burns impression, singing Beatles songs and creating the world in 7 days.
01:35:00 Anyway, a Beatles song that is covered well is "Day Tripper" by Otis Redding off his album Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul.
We have a Who member covering another Who member! Pat plays Roger Daltrey doing Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door".
01:40:00 What fresh hell is this? Dave plays the ska band Mephiskapheles doing "The Bumble Bee Tuna Song" off their album God Bless Satan. That's right, a COMMERCIAL JINGLE! Dave admits that other than the nostalgia factor, there is no godly reason why he should have that in his iTunes.
Pat has his own Beatles cover. It's Rickie Lee Jones doing "For No One" off the album It's Like This.
Listener Mary Wellstonecraft requests Lou Reed doing "This Magic Moment" off the album Till the Night Is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus.
New wave goes pop punk as Dave has Bowling for Soup doing "I Ran (So Far Away)" by A Flock of Seagulls off their album Drunk Enough to Dance.
01:45:00 While Pat laments the poor concert performance of The Flock (again, as us cool kids call them) that he recently saw, he plays Thin Lizzy doing Bob Seger's "Rosalie" off the album Fighting.
Silliness ensues as Kyle plays GWAR doing Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls" as part of the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.
01:50:00 A discussion of drummers gets brought up since Dave is also a drummer. Opinions are shared on Alex Van Halen, Carl Palmer, Neal Peart, Stewart Copeland, and the like. But Dave CANNOT LET THESE CRAP SKA COVERS GO! He has more! This is Reel Big Fish doing A-ha's "Take on Me" from the BASEketball soundtrack. Pat's hatred for "Take on Me" = Reconfirmed 100%. Pat has Kyle look up ska covers and settles on "Hotel California." The trio note that it sounds like every other ska song.
01:55:00 Styx have their own covers album called Big Bang Theory. Pat plays their version of Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home". Kyle asks if Pat prefers a covers album by one band or a covers album with multiple bands. "I don't like covers," admits Pat. Welp. Kyle opines that the worst covers album is Poison's Poison'd! A little bit of their version of "SexyBack" sneaks its way into our ears and is promptly shooed away like the garbage it is.
02:00:00 Dave's got another soundtrack selection for us. It's The Fratellis doing "Solid Gold Easy Action" by T. Rex off the soundtrack to Hot Fuzz.
Another former guest on the show is brought up as Pat plays "Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden as done by Ricky Warwick off his album Stairwell Troubadour.
Once again, Kyle gets a gold star as he plays Disturbed's version of "Land of Confusion" off the album Ten Thousand Fists. That brings me back to 2006 and my silver iPod mini; a whopping 4 GB of space.
Dave's next once again is a Brian May Band cover. It's his version of "Since You Been Gone" by Russ Ballard (and Rainbow) off the album Live at the Brixton Academy.
02:05:00 People have been requesting Guns N' Roses doing a cover, but Pat has someone covering Guns N' Roses. Off the album The Globe Sessions, it's Sheryl Crow doing "Sweet Child o' Mine". The saga of Steven Adler on Celebrity Rehab gets brought up, as does Dr. Drew singing the National Anthem at a Dodgers game Pat was at. We hear a few bars of the good doctor and he's at least passable.
02:10:00 Dave laments not bringing "California Man" by Cheap Trick off the album In Color, but we still hear it thanks to the POWER OF TECHNOLOGY!
Pat gives apologies to Rush and Shaw/Blades. He starts to apologize to Todd Rundgren, but he ends up playing his version of "Good Vibrations" off the album Faithful.
02:15:00 Plugs time. If you would like to follow in Dave's footsteps, you can donate to the charity Smile Train. You can also follow him on Twitter @BeermanDave. Pat pledges that when they meet again next year for L.A. Podfest, Dave and Ron can come on the show and do an all-Queen episode.
02:20:00 Thanks to Dave for donating to Smile Train and coming on the show and enduring the nonsense that is the Dodson Duo. Pat takes us out with The Knack doing Badfinger's "No Matter What" off the album Re-Zoom.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:20:00 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco Dave
00:20:00 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart Want More JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound Dave
00:20:00 Under My Thumb Odds & Sods The Who Pat
00:20:00 Womanizer It’s Not Me, It’s You Llly Allen Dave
00:25:00 Crazy Crazy Nights Gods of Thunder: A Norwegian Tribute to Kiss Kurt Nilsen Pat
00:25:00 Love Song Punk Goes Pop Volume Two Four Year Strong Kyle
00:30:00 Come on Eileen It Means Everything Save Ferris Dave
00:30:00 Hey, Good Lookin’ Hankerings: A Tribute to Hank Williams by Doug Fieger Doug Fieger Pat
00:30:00 I Know a Place (Live) The Sounds of ‘66 Sammy Davis Jr. Dave
00:35:00 While My Guitar Gently Weeps Kubo and the Two Strings Soundtrack Regina Spektor Pat
00:35:00 Sleeping on the Sidewalk Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen Los Lobos Dave
00:40:00 All Along the Watchtower White Music XTC Pat
00:45:00 Somebody’s Baby Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo Yo La Tengo Brian A. Burkey
00:45:00 This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us Kimono My House Sparks Dave
00:50:00 This Town Ain’t Big Enough for the Both of Us Single British Whale Dave
00:50:00 Watching the Detectives Through the Looking Glass Toto Pat
00:55:00 Missionary Man Popestar Ghost Kyle
01:00:00 Street Fighting Man Red, White & Crüe Motley Crüe Dave
01:00:00 Street Fighting Man Too Tough to Die Ramones Pat
01:00:00 Street Fighting Man The Rod Stewart Album Rod Stewart Pat
01:00:00 Street Fighting Man Origins, Vol. 1 Ace Frehley Pat
01:00:00 2000 Man Dynasty Kiss Dave
01:05:00 Go All the Way Under the Covers, Vol. 2 Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs Pat
01:10:00 Beast of Burden Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire Buckwheat Zydeco Dave
01:10:00 American Woman One Vice at a Time Krokus Pat
01:15:00 Tragedy Celldweller (10th Anniversary Edition) Celldweller Kyle
01:15:00 All the Way from Memphis Mott Mott the Hoople Dave
01:15:00 All the Way from Memphis Another World Brian May Dave
01:20:00 Refugee Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled Melissa Etheridge Pat
01:20:00 Making Our Dreams Come True TV/EP Less Than Jake Kyle
01:20:00 Fly Me to the Moon Sin-Atra Robin Zander Pat
01:25:00 Seven Nation Army Ben l’Oncle Soul Ben l’Oncle Soul Dave
01:25:00 Black Is Black Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet Rick Springfield Pat
01:25:00 The Tennessee Waltz Ain’t That Good News Sam Cooke Dave
01:25:00 Where Have All the Good Times Gone Pin Ups David Bowie Pat
01:30:00 The Metro Dracula 2000 Soundtrack System of a Down Kyle
01:35:00 Day Tripper Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul Otis Redding Dave
01:35:00 Let My Love Open the Door Single Roger Daltrey Pat
01:40:00 The Bumble Bee Tuna Song God Bless Satan Mephiskapheles Dave
01:40:00 For No One It’s Like This Rickie Lee Jones Pat
01:40:00 This Magic Moment Till the Night Is Gone: A Tribute to Doc Pomus Lou Reed Mary Wellstonecraft
01:40:00 I Ran (So Far Away) Drunk Enough to Dance Bowling for Soup Dave
01:45:00 Rosalie Fighting Thin Lizzy Pat
01:45:00 West End Girls (Live) N/A GWAR Kyle
01:50:00 Take on Me BASEketball Soundtrack Reel Big Fish Dave
01:55:00 Can’t Find My Way Home Big Bang Theory Styx Pat
02:00:00 Solid Gold Easy Action Hot Fuzz Soundtrack The Fratellis Dave
02:00:00 Wrathchild Stairwell Troubadour Ricky Warwick Pat
02:00:00 Land of Confusion Ten Thousand Fists Disturbed Kyle
02:00:00 Since You Been Gone (Live) Live at the Brixton Academy The Brian May Band Dave
02:05:00 Sweet Child o’ Mine The Globe Sessions Sheryl Crow Pat
02:10:00 California Man In Color Cheap Trick Dave
02:10:00 Good Vibrations Faithful Todd Rundgren Pat
02:15:00 No Matter What Re-Zoom The Knack Pat