Thursday, September 28, 2017

Episode 324: Rock Solid Presents... Action Skulls



Episode 324: Rock Solid Presents... Action Skulls
Pat welcomes Vicki Peterson (The Bangles), John Cowsill (The Cowsills, The Beach Boys) and Bill Mumy (Barnes & Barnes, Lost In Space) collectively known as the band "Action Skulls." This episode features the group's first ever LIVE performance!
From September 28, 2017

With your hosts:

Pat Francis


Liner Notes

  • Pat is on his own today, hosting and producing.
  • In studio this week is the Action Skulls. They consist of Vicki Peterson (The Bangles), John Cowsill (The Cowsills, The Beach Boys), and Bill Mumy (Barnes & Barnes, Lost In Space).
  • Their bass player, Rick Rosas, passed away while they were recording the album and the project was suspended for a while.
  • The album was recorded with everyone in the studio together.
  • There are 4 or 5 collaborations on the album. Bill would send iPhone videos to John and Vicki of half finished songs. They would get really excited about them and would work on them.
  • This podcast is the first time they are performing live together as the Action Skulls.
  • It is questionable wether the Action Skulls will perform in LA because John is doing 170 shows a year with The Beach Boys. He really doesn't get much time to be at home.
  • John related the story about his oldest brother getting kicked out of The Cowsills by their father for smoking pot just as they were heading out on tour. From that point on things really started going downhill for them.
  • Bill Mumy was one of Pat's first celebrity sightings when he first arrived in LA. It was at a Toys 'R Us.
  • Pat wanted to make sure everyone knows that everyone in The Bangles sang songs. It wasn't just Susanna Hoffs, everyone had their time singing lead vocals. Today Pat is featuring songs written by or sung by Vicki.
  • Vinnie Vincent (Kiss) and Vicki met at a party at a rock club and thought it would be cool to work on something together. They got together an Vinnie's house and wrote the song "Make a Play for Her Now". Vicki noted that Vinnie had an awesome album collection at his house, including albums from The Cowsills.
  • Bill has a vast catalogue of music on iTunes for sale. Pat was really surprised by that.
  • When Rick Rosas passed away Bill got very depressed. To deal with it, Bill mandated to himself that he would go into his studio to write a song a day for 10 days straight. He would go in and start with nothing and by the end of the day the song had to be written, performed and mixed not to be toughed again. That is where his album 10 Days comes from.
  • Bose the engineers of some of the world's best audio equipment, including the Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise Canceling Headphones. Everyone in studio is wearing them.Bose invented the technology in noise cancelling headphones 40 years ago. Bose believes in blocking out sounds and distractions so you can immerse yourself in what you truly love! Bose - Get Closer.
  • Action Skulls debut album Angels Hear will be released tomorrow, September 29. Pat says all 11 tracks are great. It can be pre-ordered or purchased at Amazon.com .

0:08:26 Mainstream Angels Hear Action Skulls Pat
0:18:10 If I See You In Another World Angels Hear Action Skulls Pat
0:20:09 The Luckiest Man Alive Angels Hear Action Skulls Pat
0:26:19 The Rain, The Park And Other Things The Cowsills The Cowsills Pat
0:28:49 Indian Lake Captain Sad And His Ship Of Fools The Cowsills Pat
0:32:49 Hair The Cowsills in Concert The Cowsills Pat
0:37:57 Getting Out of Hand Getting Out of Hand [Single] The Bangs Pat
0:39:50 Want You Bangles EP The Bangles Pat
0:42:16 Circles in the Sky Sweetheart of the Sun The Bangles Pat
0:47:02 Make a Play for Her Now Everything The Bangles Pat
0:51:54 Blizzard of Time Carnival Sky Bill Mumy Pat
0:55:44 Too Far Away Now 10 Days Bill Mumy Pat
1:02:08 If I Ever Make It Back to Laurel Canyon Velour Bill Mumy Pat
1:04:28 The Private Life of Bill and Sue That's Why God Made the Radio The Beach Boys Pat
1:06:29 Numb Up On The Chair, Beatrice Psycho Sisters Pat
1:08:55 The Beast And The Best Angels Hear Action Skulls Pat
1:10:42 Feed My Hungry Heart Angels Hear Action Skulls Live in Studio
1:22:17 The Land Of Dreams Angels Hear Action Skulls Pat

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Episode 323: Dylan in the 80s




Episode 323: Dylan in the 80s
Pat and Kyle welcome David Wild back to the Guest Co-Host chair to discuss Bob Dylan's often forgotten 80's discography.
From September 21, 2017

With your hosts:

Pat Francis


Liner Notes

  • David Wild is the guest co-host today. It has been 6 months since he has hosted.
  • Patreon subscriber Mike Bietz is in the studio again observing.
  • David is working on the Environmental Media Awards hosted, this year, by Jayden Smith. They will be honoring Natalie Portman. This is one of David's regular things. He has been working on the show every year for 8 or 9 years, ever since he was asked to help prepare for the one Justin Timberlake was on.
  • David loves Bob Dylan. He named his oldest son, Andrew Dylan, after him.
  • The 80's Dylan gets you the end of the christian Dylan to him just trying to survive in probably the worst era of music ever. It is fascinating to see everything he tries.
  • The first album in the 80s was Saved. It was released on June 23, 1980. It had 2 different covers, the release with the hands and then a generic cover.
  • The next album was Shot of Love in 1981.
  • Bob spent years running from people with causes. He was tired of being asked to tell people to "stop the war" and the like. He was just a little jewish kid from Minnesota who wanted to be a rock and roller. When he was perceived as the spokesman for a generation it freaked him out.
  • Pat was really surprised preparing for this episode while listening to the music. He doesn't have a lot of Dylan but he really liked it.
  • Infidels has a cool cover. It ended up that Mark Knopfler (Dire Straights) produced the album.
  • David thinks Dylan is the greatest lyric writer of all time.
  • Empire Builders is where you hear Dylan really trying to have a hit. He worked with all the most famous musicians of the time on this record.
  • The next album Knocked Out Loaded is a fantastic mess. At this point Bob is just trying to be Bob. During the 60s classics were just pouring out of him effortlessly. But now he is really struggling and often fails.
  • During Down in the Groove Bob was hanging out with the Grateful Dead.
  • The last album of the era was Oh Mercy and it is the best of the lot.
  • Bose the engineers of some of the world's best audio equipment, including the Bose QuietComfort 35 Noise Canceling Headphones. Everyone in studio is wearing them.Bose invented the technology in noise cancelling headphones 40 years ago. Bose believes in blocking out sounds and distractions so you can immerse yourself in what you truly love! Bose - Get Closer.
Joe here: The new website is up and looks great! It can be found at http://rocksolidpodcast.com .

00:09:32 Pressing On Saved Bob Dylan David Wild
00:12:48 Solid Rock Saved Bob Dylan Pat
00:17:58 Every Grain of Sand Shot of Love Bob Dylan David Wild
00:23:09 The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar Shot of Love Bob Dylan Pat
00:27:31 License to Kill Infidels Bob Dylan David Wild
00:29:59 Jokerman Infidels Bob Dylan Pat
00:33:15 Sweetheart Like You Infidels Bob Dylan David Wild
00:38:55 Dark Eyes Empire Burlesque Bob Dylan David Wild
00:42:33 Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love) Empire Burlesque Bob Dylan Pat
00:49:40 Brownsville Girl Knocked Out Loaded Bob Dylan David Wild
00:52:15 Steel Bars Time, Love & Tenderness Michael Bolton Pat
00:57:32 Silvio Down in the Groove Bob Dylan David Wild
01:07:00 Let's Stick Together Down in the Groove Bob Dylan Pat
01:11:28 Jammin' Me Let Me Up Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers David Wild
01:15:11 Tweeter and the Monkey Man The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 The Traveling Wilburys David Wild
01:16:37 Congratulations The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 The Traveling Wilburys Pat
01:25:54 Everything Is Broken Oh Mercy Bob Dylan David Wild
01:30:51 Political World Oh Mercy Bob Dylan Pat
01:32:21 Series of Dreams The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 Bob Dylan David Wild
01:42:28 In the Summertime Shot of Love Bob Dylan David Wild

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Episode 322: iTunes Top 20



Episode 322: iTunes Top 20
Pat, Kyle and Murray check out what the kids are listening to by jumping head first into the Top 20 Songs on iTunes.
From September 14, 2017

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Murray Valeriano


Liner Notes

  • Murray has his son in the studio today. They are keeping him busy with the movie Kung Fu Panda and some noise cancelling headphones.
  • Pat starts the show with an apology to Michael Mariano, a Patreon subscriber. He was the first to submit picks for last weeks episode The Perfect Album Side. Pat told him his picks would be played and then just missed him. Michael's pick was side 2 of Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic.
  • Murray hates Aerosmith but thinks that the songs picked actually rocked.
  • Kyle shows everyone his engagement ring.
  • Today's topic is the top 20 songs on iTunes as of August 26th, in the evening, when Pat purchased and downloaded them. Pat did not listen to the songs so everyone has honest reactions. No one is even sure they have heard any of these songs.
  • The title of the song by Logic, 800-273-8255 is the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number.
  • Pat and Murray didn't mind the Kain Brown song. While it would be categorized as Country they don't think modern Country sounds Country at all. Kyle didn't think it was that bad.
  • Cardie B was another story though. Pat checked out on the first note and cut it off when the N-bomb hit. He immediately deleted it from his iTunes.
  • Kyle thinks all the new music sounds the same. He thinks that he could probably get away with playing the same time over and over on this episode because no one would notice.
  • Pat put on his "Old Fogy" hat and question if any of this music has staying power.
  • Sorry Not Sorry (by Demi Lovato) has 5 song writers and Pat isn't sure why. He plays a couple of songs from Hardline. The first had 7 writers and the second had 5. He can't imagine why any of those songs couldn't be written by one or two people.
  • While playing Look What You Made Me Do, Pat started singing I'm Too Sexy and said he thought like they were using the bass line in part of Taylor's the song. After comparing, it certainly sounds like it.
  • Bose is sponsoring the podcast (for 24 episodes). New cans for everyone in the studio. They are now all using the QuietComfort 35 headphones. Bose - Get Closer.
  • Kyle is building the new website and it is almost ready by the time of the record. It may be up by the time the episode drops

Joe here: The new website is up and looks great! It can be found at http://rocksolidpodcast.com .


Time Song Album Artist Who
00:06:01 No More No More Toys in the Attic Aerosmith Michael Mariano
00:07:58 Round and Round Toys in the Attic Aerosmith Michael Mariano
00:14:00 1-800-273-8255 Everybody [Deluxe Edition] Logic
00:16:34 What Ifs Kane Brown Kane Brown
00:19:59 You Already Know Double Dutchess Fergie
00:22:56 Bodak Yellow Cardie B - Single Cardie B
00:25:08 What About Us Beautiful Trauma Pink
00:27:53 Feels Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 Calvin Harris
00:29:49 Praying Rainbow Kesha
00:34:04 Thunder Evolve Imagine Dragons
00:35:34 Believer Evolve Imagine Dragons
00:38:14 Sorry Not Sorry Tell Me You Love Me Demi Lovato
00:41:56 There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back Shawn Mendez - Single Shawn Mendez
00:44:17 Everything Double Eclipse Hardline Pat
00:45:13 Hot Cheri Double Eclipse Hardline Pat
00:48:17 Light It Up Luke Bryan - Single Luke Bryan
00:50:41 Feel It Still Woodstock Portugal. The Man
00:53:18 Attention Attention Charlie Puth
00:59:44 Tell Me You Love Me Tell Me You Love Me Demi Lovato
01:03:35 Slow Hands Niall Horan - Single Niall Horan
01:06:12 Strip That Down Liam Payne - Single Liam Payne
01:10:49 Despacito Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee - Single Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee
01:16:12 Look What You Made Me Do reputation Taylor Swift
01:19:11 I'm Too Sexy Up Right Said Fred
01:25:27 You See Me Crying Toys in the Attic Aerosmith Pat