Friday, April 14, 2017

Episode 300: Metal

Episode 300: Metal
Pat and Mike play their favorite songs that have "metals" in the title. That's right, copper, lead, gold, silver etc. Kyle cracks wise and produces.
From April 13, 2017

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Mike Siegel

00:00:00 Pat, Mike, and Kyle welcome us to the show. Some pre-topic banter ensues as per the norm. Mike has dinner plans with a lovely lady after this recording session; actual food dinner, not the "powdery" dinner that Mike is accustomed to having. Meanwhile Pat and Murray went to see The Tubes in concert. Great show, afterwards they met Fee Waybill and the other members. Pat had spent quite a bit of time trying to get Fee on the show to no avail (or response via email).
00:05:00 Pat asked Fee in person if he wanted to be on the podcast. Fee (who is a big man) said in a loud voice that he "wasn't gonna come to the fucking Valley" (he lives in Venice) for "a fucking podcast." Pat explained the former guests who were on the show (Sammy Hagar, Steve Lukather, Melissa Etheridge, etc.) but, once again, Fee didn't want to "come to the fucking Valley." A crowd started to take notice (including one of Fee's handlers), but Smooth Pat Francis managed to assuage Fee's nerves by suggesting that he record in Fee's house. Fee was open to it and he gave Pat his personal email. Crisis (and Pat Francis concussion) averted.
00:10:00 In any event, the band was nice and signed a bunch of stuff. Perhaps it's Pat Francis that caused Fee's hubbub. Pilar, Pat's wife, says that Pat has a "degree in annoying people." "A Doctorate," amends Mike. After chastising a fan for slamming Young Master Kyle, we get into Mike Siegel's recent activities. He got back from his lengthy trip to Alaska, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia. Mike Siegel, sailing the high seas.
00:15:00 Some more banter about Bob Dylan and angry Fee Waybill leads into today's (listener sent-in) topic: Metal! No, not heavy metal songs. Song with metals (heavy, precious, or otherwise) in the title. You'll catch on quick, kid, don't worry. Meanwhile people have reacted very well to the Beatles track-by-track episode and want another one (especially with Mike Seigel, Beatles fun fact provider, on the wheels of steel).
  • Mike kicks off the metal with some "Silver and Gold" by Burl Ives from the soundtrack to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Yes, Burl is his real name, leading to ridicule from the trio. 
  • Pat's first pick raises the devil horns. Off the album Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, it's "Man on the Silver Mountain" by Rainbow. Oh, and it should be pointed out that this is EPISODE 300! Congrats!
  • Mike's next pick is from The Essential Red Collection. It's "Heavy Metal" by Sammy Hagar. Mike busting out a loophole and using the actual word "metal." The song is also on the soundtrack to the film Heavy Metal. The three talk about the movie being utterly crazy with violence and animated boobs. 
  • Up next for Pat is David Johansen and his song "Heart of Gold" off the album Here Comes the Night.
  • The boys get into some David Johansen talk. Pat likes that song, is interested in hearing more solo DJ stuff. Mike plays a song about being upset with your label. Off the reissue of Squeezing Out Sparks, it's Graham Parker with "Mercury Poisoning". Graham wasn't happy because he came out around the same time as Elvis Costello and he felt he wasn't given a fair shake. 
  • Pat's next pick is "Playing with Uranium" by Duran Duran off the album Pop Trash.
  • Leave it to Mike to whip out a slice of 70s cheese. It's Walter Egan with "Magnet and Steel" off the album Not Shy. Next week will be the beginning of the Listener Series, where listeners co-host an episode. The first one will be John Lamineau (I hope I spelled that right). John has his own podcast and had Walter Egan on as a guest where Walter revealed he had a brief relationship with Stevie Nicks. 
  • Pat brings it down with his next pick, "Copperline" by James Taylor off the album New Moon Shine.
  • Mike goes copper for copper with "Copperhead Road" by Steve Earle off the album Copperhead Road
  • Off their EP Saint Cecilia, Pat plays "Iron Rooster" by Foo Fighters. Mike wonders when after the Foo Fighters get into the Hall of Fame, who is left? Which newer rock bands are going in?
00:45:00 The trio debate which bands and artists get in: REO Speedwagon, Night Ranger, Backstreet Boys, Asia, Britney Spears. The definitions of rock and roll are more fluid now than they've ever been, no doubt. Mike gets us back to the music with one of his patented The band's name is the one with the metal in it, Silver. The song is "Wham Bam". "I like it," says Pat. The trio goes over the lineup of Silver, which includes Brent Mydland (of the Grateful Dead) and Tom Leadon (Bernie's brother and member of Mudcrutch).
00:50:00 Pat goes with his next band, Soul Asylum. The song is "Black Gold" off the album Grave Dancers Union. The gang chat about Soul Asylum's ticket sales and how much it would cost to book The Tubes, among other things.
  • Idle chat about the Canyon Club's seating capacity lead to Mike's next pick, one in which THE ALBUM has a metal in it. Off the album The Iron Man: The Musical, it's Pete Townshend with "Dig". The album would eventually become the source material for the film The Iron Giant. Kyle didn't like the movie. "Everyone likes that movie," says Mike. "What do you like?" Kyle thinks for a second. "Nothing, I don't like anything," he answers. Oh Kyle. 
  • Pat goes with some Wings. It's "Magneto and Titanium Man" off of Venus and Mars.
  • Mike goes back to following the rules with "Metal Mickey" by Suede off their self-titled album. 
  • Kyle still doesn't like anything, including Pat's next pick. Off the album By the Way, it's "On Mercury" by Red Hot Chili Peppers. Mike first saw them in 1999 with Foo Fighters on the same bill. 
  • Mike goes Ska for Ska with "Platinum Blonde Life" by No Doubt off the album Rock Steady.
01:05:00 We keep it in SoCal with The Bangles. Off the album Doll Revolution, it's "Nickel Romeo". The gang talk about bringing kids to rock shows where they shouldn't belong. There was a kid at The Tubes' show. At one point, Fee Waybill was holding a baby's arm with an apple in it and he gave it to the kid. Delightful. Mike went to a music festival in Melbourne with loud music, drinking everywhere. Meanwhile people were pushing strollers with babies in them. Mike couldn't grasp it. "Maybe you just stay home that day," suggests Mike.
  • Mike goes classic new wave with "Gold" by Spandau Ballet off the album True
  • Pat plays America and the song "Tin Man" off the album Holiday. Pat and Chip Chinnery saw America live and they were... less than stellar. George Martin produced that album. 
  • More 70s cheese from Mike. It's "Lonely Boy" by Andrew Gold off the album What's Wrong with This Picture?.
  • After a reappearance from Luka (that darn Luka, always stomping his feet), Pat plays his next pick. Off the album Who Loves You, it's "Silver Star" by The Four Seasons. "That one didn't make Jersey Boys, did it?" surmises Mike. 
  • Mike plays a song originally left off of Rumours, but was added on later releases. It's "Silver Springs" by Fleetwood Mac.
  • Let's get pretentious, it's Sting! It's "Lithium Sunset" off the album Mercury Falling
  • We go back to back with Sting. Mike somehow talks himself into playing "Canary in a Coalmine" by The Police off of Zenyatta Mondatta. Coal is not a metal. "Well there's a diamond in the coal," Mike suggests. Again: NOT A METAL.  
  • Pat plays "Mercury" by Counting Crows off of Recovering the Satellites.
  • Mike takes us back to the soundtrack to Heavy Metal. It's Don Felder with "Heavy Metal (Takin' a Ride)". Pat and Mike chat the Heavy Metal soundtrack and the Fast Times soundtrack. 
  • Pat plays "Fools Gold" by Thin Lizzy off the album Johnny the Fox.
  • Mike's last pick is Paul Simon. Off of Graceland, it's "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"
  • Plugs time. If you haven't already, check out Mike's podcast Travel Tales, a new episode available every other week. 
  • Thanks to Mike for (mostly) playing the metal songs tonight. We end with Pat's last pick, "Get the Lead Out" by Aerosmith off the album Rocks.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:20:00 Silver and Gold Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Soundtrack Burl Ives Mike
00:20:00 Man on the Silver Mountain Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow Rainbow Pat
00:25:00 Heavy Metal The Essential Red Collection Sammy Hagar Mike
00:25:00 Heart of Gold Here Comes the Night David Johansen Pat
00:30:00 Mercury Poisoning Squeezing Out Sparks Graham Parker Mike
00:30:00 Playing with Uranium Pop Trash Duran Duran Pat
00:35:00 Magnet and Steel Not Shy Walter Egan Mike
00:35:00 Copperline New Moon Shine James Taylor Pat
00:40:00 Copperhead Road Copperhead Road Steve Earle Mike
00:40:00 Iron Rooster Saint Cecilia Foo Fighters Pat
00:45:00 Wham Bam Single Silver Mike
00:50:00 Black Gold Grave Dancers Union Soul Asylum Pat
00:55:00 Dig The Iron Man: The Musical Pete Townshend Mike
00:55:00 Magneto and Titanium Man Venus and Mars Wings Pat
01:00:00 Metal Mickey Suede Suede Mike
01:00:00 On Mercury By the Way Red Hot Chili Peppers Pat
01:00:00 Platinum Blonde Life Rock Steady No Doubt Mike
01:05:00 Nickel Romeo Doll Revolution The Bangles Pat
01:10:00 Gold True Spandau Ballet Mike
01:10:00 Tin Man Holiday America Pat
01:10:00 Lonely Boy What’s Wrong with This Picture? Andrew Gold Mike
01:15:00 Silver Star Who Loves You The Four Seasons Pat
01:15:00 Silver Springs Rumours Fleetwood Mac Mike
01:20:00 Lithium Sunset Mercury Falling Sting Pat
01:20:00 Canary in a Coalmine Zenyatta Mondatta The Police Mike
01:20:00 Mercury Recovering the Satellites Counting Crows Pat
01:25:00 Heavy Metal (Takin’ a Ride) Heavy Metal Soundtrack Don Felder Mike
01:25:00 Fools Gold Johnny the Fox Thin Lizzy Pat
01:30:00 Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes Graceland Paul Simon Mike
01:30:00 Get the Lead Out Rocks Aerosmith Pat

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