Thursday, November 30, 2017

Episode 333: Walter Egan



Episode 333: Walter Egan
Pat and Kyle sit down with 70's hit-maker Walter Egan to discuss his Top Ten hit "Magnet and Steel" plus everything else that came before and after.
From Nov 30, 2017

With your hosts:

Pat Francis


Liner Notes

  • Walter Egan is best known for song that made it to #8 in 1978, Magnet and Steel.
  • Walter now plays with Malibooz. This was his high school band. The band was reconstituted after the success of Magnet and Steel.
  • Walter got his first guitar when he was 15 and learned to play with his Kingston Trio songbook. He was told that if he got an electric guitar he could join a band. He had to convince his parents that this was in their best interest.
  • Malibooz morphed into Sagewood after the leader of the band, John, left for academic pursuits and Walter took over.
  • Sagewood got an offer from producer Chris Darrow, of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame. They moved to Boston from DC the year after college because the others thought it was to risky to move straight out to LA.
  • Gram Parsons recorded a song that Walter wrote called Hears On Fire. When that happened it seemed like a good time to make the transition to LA. Walter still makes a few hundred dollars a quarter from the song.
  • The first song he ever sold, to be recorded, was to a local DC artist Ester Mae "Mama" Scott. It was called Come To Me and was on the album Mama Ain't Nobody's Fool.
  • In April of 1974, just as Walter was arriving in LA, Bernie Leadon was leaving Eagles. Walter wrote a letter to Glen Frey and told him he was on the way out there. They met up at the Troubador and Glen told him that he would make it if he just persevered.
  • Fundamental Roles, Walter's first album came out just 3 years latter in 1977.
  • The fist song and single that Walter wrote in California was Only The Lucky.
  • Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are all over the first album. They were recording Rumors at the time and Walter was looking for a producer. He wanted Brian Wilson, but so did everyone else. Nicks and Buckingham were mentioned as possibilities and it seemed intriguing.
  • While recording the album, they created a studio bane and both Stevie and Lindsey were in it. Stevie is on 8 of the 10 or 11 songs on the album. Stevie and Lindsey were generally not in the studio together, as this was at the time of their breakup.
  • In December of 1976, Walter started dating Stevie. It added way more complication to recording the album.
  • The first movie the song Magnet and Steel was ever in was The Night We Never Met with Matthew Broderick. Another movie it was in was Overnight Delivery, a movie that bypassed the theaters to go directly to the home. At the same time the studio wanted wanted the song for Overnight Delivery, they also wanted it for an R-rated Burt Reynolds they were shooting. He said OK and that movie ended up being Boogie Nights. The song was also featured as the love theme in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.
  • The album Hi Fi was recorded at Stevie Nicks house in the Hollywood Hills.
  • The shirt that Walter wears on the cover of Last Stroll has famous connections. Jan and Dean hosted The T.A.M.I. Show (a famous concert) in 1964 where they wore that Go Go t-shirt.
  • On the first album cover there are a couple of cheerleaders and on Wild Exhibitions there are a couple as well. On the first album the girls well Selma and Tammy and on the second they were Tammy and Jennifer. Tammy (from Wild Exhibitions), the dark haired one, became Walter's wife. The other cheerleader, Jennifer, is Tammy's sister. Walter and Tammy are divorced but living together again.
  • Wild Exhibitions was on a new label, Backstreet Records, which was also Tom Petty's label. Back in September of 1978 Walter and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were on tour together for two weeks. They traded off opening and closing out the shows. This happened just before Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers really broke it big.
  • Skip Edwards played keyboard on the song Maybe Maybe and after that went to go play for Dwight Yoakum, A short time after after that Dwight released a song called Fast As You that sounds very similar.
  • Walter got married in 1984 and had his son in 1985. He had to start doing the family thing and started to explore alternative careers. He made a few game show appearances, reviewed books, and did substitute teaching.
  • Walter inherited the house where he grew up in Queens and moved the family back there. His daughter was born a few years later.
  • Walter continues to substitute teach at a school just outside of Nashville. He likes it because he can work when he feels like it. During the summer he teaches song writing to kids at summer camp.
  • 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.

00:18:06 Only The Lucky Fundamental Roll Walter Egan Pat
00:24:39 Won't You Say You Will Fundamental Roll Walter Egan Pat
00:36:03 Feel So Good Fundamental Roll Walter Egan Pat
00:39:29 Magnet And Steel Not Shy Walter Egan Pat
00:46:44 Just The Wanting Not Shy Walter Egan Pat
00:47:51 Hot Summer Nights Not Shy Walter Egan Pat
01:00:44 That's That Hi Fi Walter Egan Pat
01:08:22 Hi Fi Love Hi Fi Walter Egan Pat
01:10:43 Tuesday Weld The Last Stroll Walter Egan Pat
01:12:45 Heart The Last Stroll Walter Egan Pat
01:23:50 Fool Moon Firo Wild Exhibitions Walter Egan Pat
01:25:15 Maybe Maybe Wild Exhibitions Walter Egan Pat
01:27:27 Fast as You This Time Dwight Yoakam Walter Egan
01:37:07 Crazy Reign True Stories [LIVE in Studio] Walter Egan Walter Egan
01:49:10 Old Photographs True Stories Walter Egan Pat

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Episode 332: Siegel Stinkeroos



Episode 332: Siegel Stinkeroos
Pat, Kyle and the originator of the "Siegel Stinkeroos" Mike Siegel play 90 minutes of stinkers on this fun filled episode!
From Nov 23, 2017

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Mike Siegel


Liner Notes

  • 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.
  • Mike's last travels took him to Mazatlan for a Day of the Dead ceremony. It was really hot.
  • James Brown's 50th studio album Cakes was named after slang for a woman's ass. The album cover looks like something JJ from Good Times would paint.
  • Patreon subscribers, again, helped pick songs to play this week.
  • You Got The Touch was originally written for the movie Cobra by Stan Bush but it was not used.
  • Mike finished the John Oates book. There was no real dirt on Daryl Hall in the book. One interesting thing is that when John was in a band back in Philadelphia their singer was Frank Stallone.

00:08:08 For Goodness Sakes, Look At Those Cakes Take A Look At Those Cakes James Brown Pat
00:11:33 Freedom Driving Rain Paul McCartney David Gutiérrez [Patreon Subscriber]
00:14:11 The Touch Boogie Nights Soundtrack Mark Wahlberg Mike
00:17:41 (I Wanna Be) Your Underwear 18 Till I Die Bryan Adams Pat
00:20:44 Dad I'm In Jail What Up, Dog? Was (Not Was) Dana McKissick [Patreon Subscriber]
00:22:43 Mother Synchronicity The Police Mike
00:25:14 Easy Money Wrecking Ball Bruce Spingsteen Pat
00:29:09 Up for Breakfast The Best of Both Worlds Van Halen Randy Kaylor [Patreon Subscriber]
00:31:49 How Many Say I Van Halen III Van Halen Tim O' Sullivan [Patreon Subscriber]
00:34:27 Cars Are Cars Hearts and Bones Paul Simon Mike
00:37:02 At The Movies Three Cord Opera Neil Diamond Pat
00:39:02 Used To Be Used To Be Charlene and Stevie Wonder Jeffery Thames
00:41:43 We Are The Clash Cut The Crap The Clash Mike
00:43:49 Brandon Generation Swine Mötley Crüe Pat
00:47:44 Miranda Miranda [Single] Adam West Mike Ensley [Patreon Subscriber]
00:49:20 You Only See Her Miranda [Single] Adam West Kyle
00:50:28 My World Use Your Illusion II Guns N Roses Mike
00:52:14 Get 'Ya Some Hollyweird Poison Pat
00:54:14 Smart Girls Sweet Insanity Brian Wilson Mike
00:56:26 Ride The Pony Woke Up With A Monster Cheap Trick Pat
00:58:16 Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me Vitalogy Pearl Jam Mike
00:58:56 Bugs Vitalogy Pearl Jam Mike
01:01:06 Baby I'm A Leavin' You Trial By Fire [Remastered] Journey Pat
01:02:56 Who Dunnit? Abacab Genesis Micheal Bagford [Patreon Subscriber]
01:04:04 Illegal Alien Genesis Genesis Pat
01:06:43 German Kid Standing In The Spotlight Dee Dee King Mike
01:07:43 Funky Man Funky Man [Single] Dee Dee King Mike
01:10:58 (You Make Me) Rock Hard Smashes, Thrashes & Hits Kiss Pat
01:13:46 St. Anger St. Anger Metallica Mike
01:17:14 Frantic St. Anger Metallica Kyle
01:18:27 Music Time Caught In The Act Styx Pat
01:23:16 The Laughing Gnome The Laughing Gnome (Single) David Bowie Mike
01:27:51 Cheatin' Heart Cafe Your Filthy Little Mouth David Lee Roth Pat

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Episode 331: Music Menu



Episode 331: Music Menu
Pat and Kyle welcome Christy back to the Co-Host chair to play songs that have food and drink in the title. Christy cheats a little bit but who cares because... CHRISTY!!!
From Nov 16, 2017

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Christy Stratton


Liner Notes

  • Christy gets very stressed watching her son play Little League.
  • There is a new artist this week! Adam Harmon is doing the artwork this week. Pat is still looking for some female artists to help out. If you are interested just just email Pat at rocksolidshow @gmail.com.
  • 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.
  • Pay is playing a new release from a brand new band, The Dynamos with lead singer Nadia E. It's called Shake Rattle and Roll.
  • Music Menu is the topic today. We are playing songs that have something to do with what you eat or drink (or if you don't follow rules, bands that have food in their name).
  • Thin Lizzy superfan Tom Neuerburg sent in where the name Quarterflash comes from. "The name Quarterflash has something to do with an old saying about making it big in showbiz; You need three parts talent and a quarter flash."
  • Christy's son dressed as Slappy the Dummy from Goosebumps for halloween.
  • Christy and Pat can't believe The Cars have not made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet. Christy is going to go and burn the place to the ground if Bon Jovi gets in before The Cars! This years nominees are Bon Jovi, Kate Bush, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straights, Eurythmics, J. Giles Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool Jay, The MC5, The Meters, Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray, and The Zombies. It will be super disappointing if The Cars Don't get in.
  • More movie talk. Pat and Kyle went to see Murder on the Orient Express. Pat really liked it and Kyle thought it was horrible. Kyle's eyes hurt from rolling them so much during the movie. Christy saw an indy film, The Florida Project. It has William Defoe in it and she thought it was delightful.
  • Support Pat and the podcast on Patreon. For as little as $2 per month you can have the opportunity to win prizes from the show.

00:06:24 Shake Rattle and Roll Shake Rattle and Roll [Single] Dynamos Pat
00:10:12 Strawberry Letter 23 Right On Time The Brothers Johnson Christy
00:11:27 Gimme Some Water Life For the Taking Eddie Money Pat
00:13:10 Strange Brew Disraeli Gears Cream Christy
00:14:22 Hotcakes Hotcakes Carly Simon Pat
00:16:47 Waffle Stomp Fast Times at Ridgemont High Joe Walsh Christy
00:18:55 Black Coffee In Bed Sweets From a Stranger Squeeze Pat
00:23:14 Red Wine And Whisky Katrina and the Waves Katrina and the Waves Christy
00:26:25 I Want Candy I Want Candy Bow Wow Wow Pat
00:31:26 Cocktail Queen (Don't She Love To Rock & Roll) States of Emergency Taxxi Christy
00:32:40 Bread Hermit Of Mink Hollow Todd Rundgren Pat
00:34:39 Blue (Hours At Canter's) All Day Sucker All Day Sucker Christy
00:36:25 Champagne And Wine Bring It On Home Joan Osborne Pat
00:39:10 Ball and Buscuit Elephant The White Stripes Christy
00:40:51 Sweet Potato Pie Never Die Young James Taylor Pat
00:42:54 Candy-O Candy-O The Cars Christy
00:52:31 Pork and Beans Weezer Weezer Pat
00:57:51 Lips Like Sugar Echo & The Bunnymen Echo & The Bunnymen Christy
00:59:15 Vegetables Smiley Smile The Beach Boys Pat
01:00:19 Fruit Salad Yummy Yummy The Wiggles Pat
01:03:27 No Rain Blind Melon Blind Melon Christy
01:06:04 Pea One Hot Minute The Red Hot Chili Peppers Pat
01:07:09 Peanuts Sherry & 11 Others The 4 Seasons Pat
01:09:44 The Guitar Man Guitar Man Bread Christy
01:11:48 Take Your Whiskey Home Women And Children First Van Halen Pat
01:13:01 Fish 'N' Chip Paper Trust Elvis Costello & The Attractions Christy
01:13:51 You're My Meat Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive Joe Jackson Pat
01:19:33 Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips Disney For Our Children Bruce Spingsteen Pat