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

1 comment:

  1. David Wild comes across as an A*Hole when he complains about not wanting to actually BUY tickets to one show because he is so used to getting FREE tickets for everything. I'm not sure who he even is, but sounds like he can afford a few bucks to go see a Concert.

    Having said that, I did like his Prefab Sprout pick.

    -Neil Diamond
    P.S. I am available to leave answering machine messages for Christy Stratton. She is hot!

    P.P.S. A couple of my "Car" songs
    Madness - Driving In My Car
    They Might Be Giants - Electric Car
    The Cars - Drive (too obvious?! yeah... but still classic tune.)