Thursday, June 22, 2017

Episode 310: Fee Waybill

Episode 310: Fee Waybill
Pat travels out of the "F-ing Valley" and heads beach side to record with legendary singer of The Tubes, Fee Waybill.
From June 22, 2017

With your host:

Pat Francis

Liner Notes

  • 00:00 - Pat is recording solo at a remote location in Venice, California with legendary lead singer of The Tubes, Fee Waybill. Kyle was held up at work, so Pat is producing as well. Fee lives in a small house and gave away most everything. He does have a few boxes of mostly Tubes costumes and shit in his wife Elizabeth’s garage.
  • 00:03 - Fee has boxes of Tubes tapes as well. Pat think they should be archived or released someday.
  • 00:04 - Mike Cotton and Prairie Prince have been the archivists. Prairie is now the guy to go tons. He has lots of pictures and posters. There is so much stuff.
  • 00:08 - Fee likes David Killingsworth. Dave and Fee moved to San Francisco together. Fee talks about getting busted for smuggling and how Dave saved him.
  • 00:09 - Fee moved to Jerome, Arizona with a bunch of hippies when he was 19 before he moved to San Francisco with Dave. Lived in an abandoned miner shack.
  • 00:13 - Fee owns 5 horses and plays polo. One is retired at a farm and the others at the California Polo Club. Fee explains about playing polo.
  • 00:17 - Baseball talk
  • 00:19 - Fee talks about how he got into music with the Red, White and Blue Band in the summer of 1969. Fee was supposed to be the log player. He was a singer all his life and had no idea about instruments and gear. Was a glorifed roadie and never did play any logs.
  • 00:24 - Fee talks baout their gig at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan. The name at the time of the Expo was Arizon. The gig was 6 weeks and had too much rice. Leads into Fee talking about how the Tubes were formed. Bill's band, The Beans, would go on as a quartet for 30 minutes and then they would bring on The Radar Men from Uranus (Fee, Roger, and Prairie) dressed as space men (with silver antenna). They were a 7 man bandwith with two managers, eight roadies, and no money. Briefly went by the name Beanazona (the name of the two bands combined), and then The Beans, before they finally came up with The Tubes.
  • 00:31 - The story of how they came up with the name The Tubes (as the storie goes) and their dog Sandwitch's role.
  • 00:34 - The first album gets made. It was made in LA and they were signed with A&M Records after everyone turned them down. They were signed after a being seen video tape. After they were signed, they painted the A&M offices.
  • 00:41 - Talk of female vocalists involvement since the very beginning. Aloso talk that Fee has done Rocky Horror as Frankfuter at the Barn Theater, a summer stock theater, in Augusta, MI over 100 times.
  • 00:47 - The Tubes are pobably biggest in London today, but back in the day they were biggest in Portugal. There were riots when they played in Lisbon. In the Remote Control era they got a gig at the Knebworth festival with Frank Zappa. The Tubes ended up headlining the show. Instead of using a motorcycle during the show during the song Don't Touch Me There they have an idea to use a car. Nothing could go wrong... right?
  • 00:56 - Fee's day job is propery management. The Tubes gig's do not allow enough money to have all his horses. He's not BonJovi... yet. He manages 1,000,000 sq ft of commercial property. It gives him enough extra money for his horse habit.
  • 01:01 - Where did the name Fee come from? David Killingsworth gave him the name. Started calling him Fiji, then it was shortened to Feej, and then finally just Fee.
  • 01:04 - Zoot Suit talk
  • 01:07 - Todd Rundgren produced the albums Remote Control and Love Bomb. Pat and Fee talk about Todd's influence on those albums and how that almost killed The Tubes.
  • 01:09 - The story of how drugs were the downfall of The Tubes.
  • 01:10 - Back to Todd talk. Nothing was written or prepared for Remote Control. They just went into the studio wrote, recorded, played it again and moved on. The album didn't sell well and the relationship with A&M was getting strained. The Black Album came out of this and was not released. They left A&M and moved to Capital records with a 3 record deal.
  • 01:14 - They got hooked up to do The Completion Principle with David Foster. Needed an anthem and they weren't coming up with anything so Fee, David and Steve Lukather wrote Talk To You Later in secret.
  • 01:29 - They start working with Foster again but things are going great. Using lots of other bassists while recording. They still don't have a hit for the new record so Fee, David and Lukather sit down again and write She's a Beauty.
  • 01:37 - After the second record with Foster there are more drugs. Foster tells the band he wants 4 songs from himself, Fee, and Lukather on the new record and the band freaks out. The band fired Foster against everyones advice. Fee records a solo record with Foster.
  • 01:44 - The Tubes are released by Capital in April after two huge albums. The last tour (Love Bomb) was a disaster without promotion. After the tour Fee threatens to quit the band. They have no money, they couldn't pay all of their bills for the tour. Fee tookover and fired all the support staf. The band went out to smaller venues and Fee took all the money and started making deals and paying people off. When everything was paid off Fee quit.
  • 01:55 - Fee starts writing for Richard Marks.
  • 02:02 - The Tubes get back together because of a tour in Europe but only if Fee is in the band. They did 60 shows in Europe. The drugs weren't happening anymore. Everything went fine and they have been together ever since.
  • 2:10 - Fee always did acupuncture for his voice while on the road.
  • 2:14 - Pat gets the scoop on why the Tubes do the Meet and Great after their club shows
  • 2:26 - Pat thanks Fee for allowing him to come and record.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:33:40White Punks on DopeThe TubesThe TubesPat
00:38:26What Do You Want From LifeThe TubesThe TubesPat
00:39:54Tubes World TourYoung and RichThe TubesPat
00:48:29Don't Touch Me ThereYoung and RichThe TubesPat
01:03:07Hit ParadeNowThe TubesPat
01:06:30Love's a Mystery (I Don't Understand)Remote CotrolThe TubesPat
01:13:43Dreams Come TrueRemote Cotrol [Remastered]The TubesPat
01:16:49Don't Want to Wait AnymoreThe Completion Backwards PrincipleThe TubesPat
01:22:48Talk to You LaterThe Completion Backwards PrincipleThe TubesPat
01:29:00Sports FansThe Completion Backwards Principle [Remastered]The TubesPat
01:33:39She's a BeautyOutside InsideThe TubesPat
01:34:37The Monkey TimeOutside InsideThe TubesPat
01:41:13You're Still LaughingRead My LipsFee WaybillPat
01:43:10Piece by PieceLove BombThe TubesPat
02:06:32Genius of AmericaGenius of AmericaThe TubesPat
02:07:45How Can You Live With YourselfGenius of AmericaThe TubesPat
02:17:32Love LineTubes World Tour 2001The TubesPat
02:27:41Tube TalkThe Completion Backwards Principle [Remastered]The TubesPat

Friday, June 16, 2017

Episode 309: Happy Father's Day Vol. 2

Episode 309: Happy Father's Day Vol. 2
Pat's youngest daughter Rita helps him celebrate Father's Day by sitting in to play songs they both like. Cousin Kyle produces.
From June 15, 2017

With your host:

Pat Francis

Liner Notes

  • Happy Father's Day! Today's guest is Rita Dodson, Pat's youngest daughter. She just graduated 7th grade and is the only one in Pat's immediate family who can tolerate the music he listens to. She also giggles a lot.

  • Rita recently played The Wicked Witch of the West in her school's production of The Wiz, a role also played by Mabel King and Mary J. Blige. Rita: "I don't know who that is."

  • Rita refers to "Hooked on a Feeling" as the "Ooga Chaka" song. The three look up other Blue Swede songs.

  • Pat got to watch (the end of) Micky Dolenz rehearsing. Rita didn't want to go because she was too tired.

  • Mommy hates "Don't Stop Believin'."

  • Pat explains what "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" is about: A man is fed up with his wife and sees a personal ad in a newspaper from a woman looking for a relationship. The man responds with a personal ad of his own and they live happily ever after.

  • Rita had to watch the educational film Miracle of Life on the last day of school. One kid threw up, while Rita almost threw up.

  • Olivia d'Abo sings backup vocals on the acoustic version of "Livin' on a Prayer."

  • Kevin Quinn made a "Siegel Stinkeroo" stinger complete with a fart noise.

  • Rita's middle name is Dora, so she has two old lady names.

  • Rita beautifully sings her version of "Don't Bring Me No Bad News" to end the show.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:05:00 Don’t Bring Me No Bad News The Wiz Soundtrack Mabel King Pat
00:10:00 Lovely Rita Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles Pat
00:15:00 Hooked on a Feeling Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Blue Swede Rita
00:20:00 Good Times Good Times! The Monkees Pat
00:25:00 Don’t Stop Believin’ Escape Journey Pat
00:25:00 Mr. Blue Sky Out of the Blue Electric Light Orchestra Pat
00:30:00 Skyfall Single Adele Pat
00:30:00 Writing’s on the Wall Single Sam Smith Rita
00:35:00 Bohemian Rhapsody A Night at the Opera Queen Pat
00:40:00 Escape (The Piña Colada Song) Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Rupert Holmes Pat
00:45:00 Livin’ on a Prayer This Left Feels Right Bon Jovi Pat
00:45:00 Livin’ on a Prayer Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi Rita
00:50:00 Come and Get Your Love Wovoka Redbone Pat
00:55:00 You Bring the Summer Good Times! The Monkees Pat
01:00:00 Fox on the Run Desolation Boulevard Sweet Pat
01:05:00 Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang Single Silver Pat
01:05:00 Another One Bites the Dust The Game Queen Rita
01:10:00 I Know What I Know Good Times! The Monkees Rita
01:15:00 Mrs. Rita New Miserable Experience Gin Blossoms Pat

Friday, June 9, 2017

Episode 308: Stephen Pearcy

Episode 308: Stephen Pearcy
Pat and Kyle finally hook up with RATT lead singer Stephen Pearcy and it was definitely worth the wait!
From June 8, 2017

With your host:

Pat Francis

Liner Notes

  • Today's special guest is best known as the lead singer of the band Ratt, but he's done a bunch of other projects including his new solo album Smash. It's Stephen Pearcy! Pat commends Stephen for still sounding great on the mic. He also gives him the thumbs up on the new record. Stephen says that the record took a long time to make and he and his band wanted to make it as good as possible. It helps to be sober, he adds.

  • The original Ratt EP was made on a $3000 budget, but it sold 300,000 copies. This was the classic Ratt lineup: Stephen on vocals, Warren DeMartini and Robbin Crosby (RIP) on guitars, Juan Croucier on bass, and Bobby Blotzer on drums. Stephen remembers when the band was in San Diego and couldn't get signed to a major label because all the bands that did get signed were on the Sunset Strip in LA. He would travel to LA and hang out backstage with Van Halen, chatting about gear and smoking weed. Eventually Ratt moved to Hollywood where they got signed by Atlantic Records.
  • Ratt teamed up with producer Beau Hill on those first four Ratt albums to produce the classic Ratt sound. When the first album came out, it was a really cool time for the band: Milton Berle was in the "Round and Round" video, Ozzy and Dio came over to Stephen's one-bedroom apartment, they were hanging out with WASP and Motley Crue. There was more camaraderie than competition back then. It was a fun and unique era, one in which the band just wanted to play music.

  • Stephen highlights the importance of Warren and Robbin in Ratt's sound and writing.

  • Stephen listens to everything. He admits that his attention span is not what it used to be. But he just loves music, that's why he's never stopped doing it. Even when Ratt wasn't around, he had Arcade, Vicious Delite, Vertex, his solo stuff. He loves to write music. When Ratt did a song for the Point Break soundtrack, it was a song that originally wasn’t written by the band. But when they went in to do it, they made their own changes to the lyrics.

  • If Eddie Van Halen had asked Stephen to join Van Halen years ago, Stephen would have done it. Ditto Blue Oyster Cult.

  • After Out of the Cellar came out, it was madness. Record, tour, record, tour, record, tour, record, tour. Nonstop for about six years.
  • The last Beau Hill album was Reach for the Sky, which is Pat's favorite Ratt album. It's co-produced with Mike Stone. While Beau liked to push Stephen, Mike did not. The next album Detonator had another new producer, Desmond Child. At that point, Ratt was beat down and busted because they never took a break. Stephen wanted to shut the band down. On Detonator they co-wrote with Desmond and Diane Warren. Stephen says you have to be openminded when writing with other people.

  • After Ratt broke up, Stephen spent most of the 90s in other projects like Arcade and Vertex. He wanted to try new things and prove to people that he could do something different. Ratt then reformed in 1999 with just Stephen, Warren, and Bobby returning.

  • The last Ratt album was Infestation in 2010. Stephen was in rough shape back then, but he's made it through to the other side. When Ratt does do new music, he wants to get Beau Hill back on the boards.

  • Before Stephen was a musician, he worked in a pit crew. Total gearhead. Then one day he got run over by a car and spent months in the hospital learning how to walk again. Someone gave him an acoustic guitar and that was how he became a musician.

  • You can find Stephen on Twitter @StephenEPearcy or you can go to his website
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:00:00 Ten Miles Wide Smash Stephen Pearcy Pat
00:05:00 Dead Roses Smash Stephen Pearcy Pat
00:15:00 Tell the World Ratt EP Ratt Pat
00:25:00 Round and Round Out of the Cellar Ratt Pat
00:45:00 One Like a Son Vertex Vertex Pat
00:50:00 Nobody Rides for Free Point Break Soundtrack Ratt Pat
01:05:00 Bottom Line Reach for the Sky Ratt Pat
01:10:00 City to City Reach for the Sky Ratt Pat
01:15:00 Givin’ Yourself Away Detonator Ratt Pat
01:20:00 Dancin’ with the Angels Arcade Arcade Pat
01:25:00 It Ain’t Easy Ratt Ratt Pat
01:25:00 Eat Me Up Alive Infestation Ratt Pat
01:35:00 Lollipop Smash Stephen Pearcy Pat
01:40:00 What Do Ya Think Smash Stephen Pearcy Pat
01:50:00 Hit Me with a Bullet Smash Stephen Pearcy Pat