Friday, March 31, 2017

Episode 298: Wild & Crazy

Episode 298: Wild & Crazy
Pat welcomes April Richardson and David Wild to play songs that have the words "wild" or "crazy" in the song title. Pat also produces and misses Kyle "Artie" Dodson.
From March 30, 2017

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

April Richardson

00:00:00 Pat, April, and David Wild (two weeks in a row!) welcome us to the podcast. April is back for her first "solo" episode since Holiday Jams back in December. David tells April about how he got into Rock Solid and met Pat. What's been going on with April in the interim? April will be hosting the comedy tent for the upcoming ID10T Music Festival + Comedy Conival, created by Chris Hardwick (because I guess he isn't busy enough).
00:05:00 The gang chat ever so briefly about the play and film versions of Rock of Ages ("I saw the movie on the plane and walked out," says David) before transitioning into today's topic: Wild & Crazy, songs with those words in the title. Simple and easy. David's last name is Wild, April likes to get crazy sometimes with her music choices, and Pat is the ampersand of the trio. (Or "ampersam" as he has been pronouncing it his entire life.) April kicks things off with R.E.M. and their song "Near Wild Heaven" off the album Out of Time.
00:10:00 "Near Wild Heaven" is one of David's favorite R.E.M. songs, plus it features Mike Mills on lead vocals instead of Stipe. Oftentimes David likes the secondary lead singer over the primary. His first pick is David Bowie. "When I met [David Bowie], he said 'Hello, Mr. Wildlife," says David. "That's not fair," sulks April. David talks about going out to eat with Bowie at Pink's Hot Dogs and a Thai restaurant, interviewing for every solo album since the Tin Machine years, and retells the story of Bowie trying to send David a fetal pig in a jar through the mail.
00:15:00 David tells a few more Bowie stories, then he and April chat about April's good buddies Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr for a long while. WE STILL HAVEN'T PLAYED THE SONG!!! More April and David gushing about Billy and Elvis Costello until finally we hear David's song "Teenage Wildlife" off of Scary Monsters.
  • Pat recently met Tony Visconti by way of April Richardson (where Pat awkwardly shook Tony's hand twice). His first pick is Lou Reed. Off his self-titled album, it's "Wild Child"
  • April's first crazy song is "Crazy Beat" by Blur off the album Think Tank. April loves Blur so much they signed her senior yearbook. She recounts all the small venues she saw them in in Atlanta and the surrounding area.
  • David's first crazy song is an obvious one, "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince off the album Purple Rain. David tells a story about David putting his foot in his mouth in front of Prince, then Prince performed a private concert for him and Ken Ehrlich. April saw Purple Rain a few months ago; it holds up for what it is. 
  • Up next for Pat is Heart with "Crazy on You" off the album Dreamboat Annie. The morning of the Grammys, Cameron Crowe texted David if he could give Nancy Wilson his phone number.
00:30:00 It's not leather, it's not wool, it's Suede. April plays "The Wild Ones" off the album Dog Man Star. Suede never had their moment in America like Blur and Oasis did. The gang chat some more about Bowie and how he gave "All the Young Dudes" to Mott the Hoople. David reveals Bowie tried to give them "Suffragette City" as well but they rejected it. Bowie also wrote "Golden Years" for Elvis Presley, but Col. Tom Parker said no.
  • Speaking of Mott the Hoople, David plays "Irene Wilde" by Ian Hunter & the Rant Band off the live album Live in the UK 2010
  • David has stories of David Bowie calling his house and leaving a message on his answering machine. Marshall Crenshaw once called Pat's house for directions to the studio. Pat plays "Little Wild One (No. 5)" off the album Downtown.
  • April goes "Crazy for You" by Madonna off the greatest hits album Celebration. It was also used in the movie Vision Quest with Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, and SHUTE. 
  • David takes us back to the Super Sounds of the Seventies with "I Go Crazy" by Paul Davis off the album Singer of Songs: Teller of Tales
  • Pat's next crazy song is Van Morrison with "Crazy Love" off of Moondance.
00:45:00 Van Morrison is one of the toughest interviews David ever did, but he respects his crazy. April says that difficult people like him and Lou Reed are not normal people. Their genius level artistry means they are on a different wavelength than most others. David surmises that these "genius artists" have been asked the same questions for decades, so they get sick of it. Bob Dylan expressed this to David when he interviewed him. Bob Dylan also ordered black and white cookies for David's son. What a lovely chap. Pat keeps trying to do a Dylan episode with David. Perhaps episodes separated by decade. David wants to start with 80s Dylan. April meanwhile takes us to the 80s with "Wild Life" by INXS off the album Kick.
00:50:00 David brings up how Terence Trent D'Arby did a few gigs with INXS after Hutchence kicked the bucket. He was also David's only friend when he first moved to LA. Uh, what? David interviewed D'Arby for Rolling Stone for his first album. D'Arby was very brash, very cocky. A little later, David went to LA, he didn't know anyone, then D'Arby called him up and they went to the movies. They saw Toys with Robin Williams. Nowadays Terence has changed his name and shied away from his past music. David says he was so talented, but completely unmanageable. Very quirky dude.
  • David won the Muslim Public Policy Award ("monumental for a Jew to win," he says) with his next pick, Cat Stevens. Off the album Tea for the Tillerman, it's "Wild World"
  • In a similar vein, Pat plays "Youth Gone Wild" by Skid Row off their self-titled album. Sebastian Bach is part of "The Comedy Jam," a show David worked on for Comedy Central (as mentioned on the previous episode). 
  • April has another song called "Let's Go Crazy", but this one's by The Clash off the album Sandinista!. David says that The Clash were his second concert ("Oh my god," exclaims April).
  • David's next artist is big in England, but can't get arrested in America. It's Robbie Williams featuring Rufus Wainwright with the song "Hotel Crazy" off the album The Heavy Entertainment Show. April is a big Robbie Williams fan. She's seen him sell out in England, but barely make a peep in America. 
  • Pat has his boys The Knack. Off the album Round Trip, the song is "Boys Go Crazy". Rock in Peace Doug Fieger.
01:05:00 April goes with her dude, Lloyd Cole. The song is "Wild Mushrooms" off the album Bad Vibes. David and April gush about Lloyd Cole. David also reveals that he met Paul Heaton from The Housemartins and The Beautiful South (April is very good friends with him) and he was a total dick to David. "Nooooo!" shouts April. "There's trouble on the podcast," says Pat. David just didn't blend with him. April has a relationship with Heaton where she can just call him up and get tickets to his shows. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Wild.
01:10:00 April tells a few more stories about her dalliances with British alt rockers before David plays his next song. Off the album American Caesar, it's "Wild America" by Iggy Pop. April enjoys talking with David because when he name drops people, he does so with enthusiasm and earnestness. David talks about interviewing Tim Burgess from The Charlatans and his accent was so thick he couldn't understand him.
  • Pat plays David's least favorite Duran Duran song, "The Wild Boys" off the album Greatest. True story: I once went to a Star Trek convention and they played a fan video made with Star Trek footage and "Wild Boys" playing. April doesn't get Duran Duran. They could have been David's first interview, but he couldn't make it in time, so he interviewed Nile Rodgers instead. 
  • April plays The Verve lead singer Richard Ashcroft and his song "Crazy World" off the album Alone with Everybody
  • "It's been a wild and crazy sausage party," notes David, so he injects a little more femininity into the podcast with Patsy Cline. The song is "Crazy" off of Showcase.
01:20:00 Pat keeps the lady action going (his words) with "Must Be Crazy for Me" by Melissa Etheridge off the album Never Enough. We're winding down with the final three songs. April and David both have Beyonce on their list. Pat thinks there were some smoke and mirrors going on with that Grammy performance. April scoffs and David comes to her aid.
  • A mini brew-ha-ha occurs over Beyonce, Adele, and the Grammys and such before April plays her final pick. It's "Into the Wild" by Gossip off the album A Joyful Noise
  • David goes with "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z off the album Dangerously in Love. April continues to praise Beyonce the world over. She wept while watching Lemonade.
01:30:00 Plugs time. Reminder that April is hosting the comedy tent at ID10T Music Festival + Comedy Conival on June 24 and 25. David's show The Comedy Jam is on Comedy Central on Wednesday nights. He is also part of the upcoming Bee Gees celebration concert which has no airdate at this time. It provided him the opportunity to teach John Travolta how to use a teleprompter. So just for the hell of it, we end with "Let Her In" by John Travolta off his self-titled album.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:05:00 Near Wild Heaven Out of Time R.E.M. April
00:15:00 Teenage Wildlife Scary Monsters David Bowie David
00:20:00 Wild Child Lou Reed Lou Reed Pat
00:20:00 Crazy Beat Think Tank Blur April
00:25:00 Let’s Go Crazy Purple Rain Prince David
00:25:00 Crazy on You Dreamboat Annie Heart Pat
00:30:00 The Wild Ones Dog Man Star Suede April
00:35:00 Irene Wilde (Live) Live in the UK 2010 Ian Hunter & the Rant Band David
00:35:00 Little Wild One (No. 5) Downtown Marshall Crenshaw Pat
00:40:00 Crazy for You Celebration Madonna April
00:40:00 I Go Crazy Singer of Songs: Teller of Tales Paul Davis David
00:40:00 Crazy Love Moondance Van Morrison Pat
00:45:00 Wild Life Kick INXS April
00:55:00 Wild World Tea for the Tillerman Cat Stevens David
00:55:00 Youth Gone Wild Skid Row Skid Row Pat
00:55:00 Let’s Go Crazy Sandinista! The Clash April
01:00:00 Hotel Crazy The Heavy Entertainment Show Robbie Williams feat. Rufus Wainwright David
01:00:00 Boys Go Crazy Round Trip The Knack Pat
01:05:00 Wild Mushrooms Bad Vibes Lloyd Cole April
01:10:00 WIld America American Caesar Iggy Pop David
01:15:00 The Wild Boys Greatest Duran Duran Pat
01:15:00 Crazy World Alone with Everybody Richard Ashcroft April
01:15:00 Crazy Showcase Patsy Cline David
01:20:00 Must Be Crazy for Me Never Enough Melissa Etheridge Pat
01:25:00 Into the Wild A Joyful Noise Gossip April
01:25:00 Crazy in Love Dangerously in Love Beyonce feat. Jay-Z David
01:30:00 Let Her In John Travolta John Travolta Pat

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Episode 297: Car Tunes

Episode 297: Car Tunes
Pat does double duty as Host and Producer. Christy and David Wild help out as they all play their favorite songs by The Cars and about cars. Also... Kyle's job is hard!!
From March 23, 2017

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Christy Stratton

00:00:00 Shucky Ducky, Quack Quack, Christy Stratton and David Wild are back. This is the first "Christy" episode since October and the first "David" appearance since September. Kyle is not here, he's probably somewhere wherever kids go these days (sock hops, soda shops, what have you). Christy is eternally grateful to Pat for introducing her to Eliot Easton and she's also eternally grateful to David for introducing her to Barry Gibb at the Tribute to the Bee Gees concert. She practically begged David for it. It all happened so fast, Barry shook her hand, she got a photo, he was a LOVELY man (as one would expect Barry Gibb to be). It was a night that Christy will never forget (mostly because she wore a "terrible sweater," according to her).
00:05:00 Pat brings up how in every CD he pulls off the shelf, David does the liner notes: From Barry Manilow to Smashing Pumpkins. David recalls a story of writing intimate liner notes for James Taylor after he gave him all the stories of his songs, then the record company called and cancelled them because Taylor would eventually do a one man show about the stories of his songs. David also recently ran into Eliot Easton and Eliot passed along his regards to Pat and Christy. Feelings!
00:10:00 Speaking of Eliot, a listener John Mortas sent in a clean copy of Christy calling into Rockline to talk with Eliot. You know, this clip: Actually, John sent Pat a clean copy of the ENTIRE SHOW! Pat's gonna give it to Christy. "And you have a Bar Mitzvah tape of me," wonders David. Also speaking of Eliot Easton, today's topic: Car Tunes! Songs performed by The Cars and songs about cars. But first, a word from our sponsors:
David loves The Cars, he loves car songs, but he could not care less about actual automobiles. Same with Pat and Christy. The gang talk about car accidents. David's only car accident for a long time was in Jamaica with Howie Epstein... until yesterday when a giant bird flew into his car's open window and started freaking out while David was driving. Eventually David pushed it out and his car is now full of feathers. Good lord.
  • Christy starts us off with Ms. Lucinda Williams. Off the album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, it's the song "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road"
  • David's first pick is a song by The Cars. It's "Touch and Go" off the album Panorama. The gang gush over the album cover for Panorama. It's also the album that turned people off of The Cars. "Out of gas," "Hit a speed bump," "Drove off a cliff," you know the score. 
  • Pat's first pick is also a Cars song, "Don't Go to Pieces", a B-side found on Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology.
  • Christy takes a hard left turn (tee hee) and plays a band name inspired by a car. Christy, you're cute as a button, so we'll allow it. Off their self-titled album, it's Stealers Wheel with "Stuck in the Middle with You". Shoutout to Mike Schmidt and the Tarantino Tunes episode. 
  • Up next for David is a song about Bruce Springsteen and car songs. This is Prefab Sprout with "Cars and Girls" off the album From Langley Park to Memphis. Prefab Sprout is one of David's favorite groups and their album Steve McQueen is one of his favorite albums of all time. 110% agreement on that one BTW.
  • Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, here comes the Boss. Pat plays "Car Wash" off his box set Tracks. Not some of Bruce's most intricate lyrics, but catchy nonetheless. 
  • Christy's been having some computer issues, which is why "Black Cars" by Gino Vannelli is not on her docket. "I just wanna stop and not listen to Gino Vannelli," says David. Her next pick is actually another Cars song. It's "Since You're Gone" off of Shake It Up.
  • David went back and listened to some Cars, he was reminded of their skills as harmonists. Pat now really likes Shake It Up after being lukewarm to it earlier. There are two songs on David's list that are some of his favorite songs ever. He plays the first, which is "Ridin' in My Car" by "The Beatles of Connecticut" NRBQ off the album All Hopped Up. The song reminds David of going to prep school and this band was massive. Plus NRBQ was one of his first dates with his wife. So it holds a special place in his heart. 
  • Pat gives some love to former guest Kathy Valentine and her band The Delphines. The song is "Carboy" off the album Cosmic Speed.
00:35:00 Christy called an audible and passed Pat a note like a couple of school chums. She plays a song that was a big part of her childhood, "Heading Out to the Highway" by Judas Priest off the album Point of Entry. Christy Stratton, kicking ass with some Priest! David makes a note to plug the new show Comedy Jam on Comedy Central (on which he worked with Christy's husband Gary) where stand up comedians tell stories about the songs that are important to them and then they sing the songs (often with the original artists). Who's hosting? "The host is the music," describes Hip Cool Daddy-O David.
00:40:00 David plays "the greatest car song of all time, by one of the greatest artists of all time, with one of the best lyrics of all time." A lot riding on this one, David. Off of 1999, it's Prince with "Little Red Corvette". You win again, Wild. YOU WIN AGAIN! Pat and Christy gush over the Prince tribute at the Grammys. David likes Prince as a writer because he was inspired by female writers and he used it to really tune into his emotions.
  • Pat's next is Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. It's "Makin' Thunderbirds" off the album The Distance. Pat wants reissues and remasters of Seger's catalogue because it's a bit of a mess. David and Christy agree. "Plus he's a natural grey," points out David. No "Just for Men" for Mr. Seger, let me tell you. 
  • Christy's next pick is CAKE. It's "Long Line of Cars" off the album Comfort Eagle.
00:50:00 David tells a story involving Charleston, SC, Ryan Adams, Febreeze, and his next pick Hall & Oates. Off the album Do It for Love, the song is "Getaway Car". The gang praise Daryl Hall's TV show Live from Daryl's House, plus David recently interviewed Hall & Oates on Facebook Live.
00:55:00 What are they like? John is a super nice guy. Daryl is very smart, but a bit more mercurial. He's also 70! "No," Christy exclaims. "You guys are full of it!" But it's true. He looks great. H&O are going on tour with Tears for Fears; David knows Curt Smith, so he's hoping for tickets. David does not like to ask musicians for free tickets, he prefers the musicians to offer him them. There was one time when Neil Diamond was performing at the Greek and no one could get free tickets. David (who wrote an entire book about his love for Neil) didn't want spend all that money for tickets. Neil's wife and manager found out David wasn't going because of it, so she eventually snuck David onto the side of the stage. SIDE OF THE STAGE! You can practically hear the jealousy emanating off of Pat and Christy's bodies.
  • Back to the music, Pat plays "Mary's New Car" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers off of Southern Accents. Christy isn't a fan of the production. She likes a lot of the songs on the album, but not that particular sound. 
  • Christy's next band is one that opened for Tom Petty during the Southern Accents tour. The band is Lone Justice and the song is "Wheels" off the album Shelter. The gang chat Lone Justice and their lead singer Maria McKee.
  • David highlights Peter Wolf and his song "Nothin' but the Wheel" off the album Sleepless. Mick Jagger sings backup vocals there. The J. Geils Band was Christy's first concert ever. She couldn't believe they were right in front of her; her brain couldn't process it.

"That's them from the video! Magic Dick and the harmonica, he's right there."
- Christy

"Hey, watch your language young lady!"
- David

  • Pat's next pick is a Roger Taylor selection (vocals and lyrics) from the catalogue of Queen. Off of A Night at the Opera, it's "I'm in Love with My Car".
  • Christy goes a bit more contemporary with Broken Bells. Off their self-titled album, it's "The High Road"
  • David offers Christy a choice of three Cars songs: "All Mixed Up" (Maybe Christy's favorite Cars song), "Tonight She Comes", or Ric Ocasek's solo song "Silver" which is about the late Ben Orr. Christy goes with the last option, which is off of Ric's solo album Nexterday.
01:15:00 Christy marvels at how Ric and Ben managed to evolve to become great as the years went on. Some random topics get brought up, including the Missing Richard Simmons podcast and Christy abandoning her husband and son for wine country. Then Pat gets us back to the music. First he plays a little more of Roger Taylor, he's doing a cover of Bruce's "Racing in the Street" off the album Strange Frontier. Then he plays a song by Big Star. The song is "Back of a Car" off the album Radio City. Alex Chilton was a very difficult interview for David because he was "bitter, drunk, and unsuccessful." A winning combination.
01:20:00 Pat apologizes to U2, Foreigner, and Gin Blossoms. David apologizes to Tom Petty, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and the other Cars songs. Plugs time. Follow Christy on Twitter (handily found on the side of the page), follow David on Twitter @Wildaboutmusic. Thanks to both AS ALWAYS for being on the show. We go out with David's last pick, "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman off her self-titled album.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:15:00 Car Wheels on a Gravel Road Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams Christy
00:15:00 Touch and Go Panorama The Cars David
00:15:00 Don’t Go to Pieces Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology The Cars Pat
00:20:00 Stuck in the Middle of with You Stealers Wheel Stealers Wheel Christy
00:20:00 Cars and Girls From Langley Park to Memphis Prefab Sprout David
00:25:00 Car Wash Tracks Bruce Springsteen Pat
00:25:00 Since You’re Gone Shake It Up The Cars Christy
00:30:00 Ridin’ in My Car All Hopped Up NRBQ David
00:30:00 Carboy Cosmic Speed The Delphines Pat
00:35:00 Heading Out to the Highway Point of Entry Judas Priest Christy
00:40:00 Little Red Corvette 1999 Prince David
00:45:00 Makin’ Thunderbirds The Distance Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Pat
00:45:00 Long Line of Cars Comfort Eagle CAKE Christy
00:50:00 Getaway Car Do It for Love Hall & Oates David
01:00:00 Mary’s New Car Southern Accents Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Pat
01:00:00 Wheels Shelter Lone Justice Christy
01:05:00 Nothin’ but the Wheel Sleepless Peter Wolf David
01:05:00 I’m in Love with My Car A Night at the Opera Queen Pat
01:10:00 The High Road Broken Bells Broken Bells Christy
01:10:00 Silver Nexterday Ric Ocasek David
01:15:00 Racing in the Street Strange Frontier Roger Taylor Pat
01:15:00 Back of a Car Radio City Big Star Pat
01:20:00 Fast Car Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman David