Episode 004: Sophomore Surge

Sophomore Surge 004
Pat and Gary compare and contrast their favorite follow-ups.
From August 4, 2011
00:00:35 Gary tries a new sign-on: "How's everyone doin' out there tonight! OW!"
00:00:50 Pat and Gary were on Doug Loves Movies!
Pat: "Do think Doug was toasted that day?"
Gary: "Yeah, he probably roasted a magic j-bone"
- Rock Solid
00:01:20 Favorite musicians in movies:
Pat: Brian Adams in Pink Cadillac (not really)

Dwight Yoakam in Sling Blade

Mariah Carey in Precious

Gregg Allman in Rush
00:03:37 Some sophomore slumps:
  • Terence Trent Darby - Neither Fish Nor Fowl
  • The Knack - ...But the Little Girls Understand
  • Meatloaf - Dead Ringer
00:04:27 The boys play rock, paper, j-bone to see who goes first. Gary's rock wins
00:05:15 Nevermind is the obvious sophomore surge album, so Gary didn't pick that. Instead, he picked another Butch Vig produced album: Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins. They play "Today"
00:08:00 Pat chooses Van Halen II by Van Halen. The Top 20 Single from this album is "Dance The Night Away"
00:09:13 Gary isn't a grammar stickler, but when Diamond David Lee Roth talks about "buttless chaps;" aren't all chaps buttless?
00:09:50 The instrumental from VH II is the j-bone-a-licious "Spanish Fly"
00:10:40 In "D.O.A" Pat thought the lyric "We were broke and hungry on a summer's day..." was "we were smokin' hombre on a summer's day..."
00:11:35 THIS is the reason that Gary wanted to do a show like Rock Solid: The Sophtware Slump by Grandaddy. "It's like if Neil Young was in Kraftwerk."
00:13:50 Pat picks the Belknap favorite: Sweet Baby James by James Taylor
00:15:00 Gary read a book titled "Fire and Rain", which looks at 1970 through the prism of four albums of the day (Let It Be, CSNY, Deja Vu and Sweet Baby James). According to the book, after the 1960s, Taylor was seen as the leader of The New Apathy of the 70s
00:16:43 Gary wanted to choose More Songs about Buildings and Food by The Talking Heads, just on the title alone, but instead he chose Elvis Costello's This Year's Model. Elvis recorded his first album with a band named Clover (later known The News from Huey Lewis and The News).
00:17:42 Sidebar: Huey Lewis reportedly has a huge crank. On the opposite end of the wang spectrum is Peter Frampton's lil' Pettie.
00:18:30 "No Action" from Last Year's Model
00:19:15 Pat shares the 20 million selling title Fearless by Taylor Swift. Pat CLAIMS that he started listening to Swift because of his daughters (ed. note: I don't know if I buy that...).
00:22:50 Gary: This second album was a major paradygm shift for The Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique ("Shake Your Rump")
00:25:20 Pat rocks out with "Whole Lotta Love" and "Livin' Lovin' Maid" from Led Zepplin II
00:28:30 Gary's aunt gave him an inflatable zepplin when he was a kid. Pat had an inflatable Huey Lewis that took FOREVER to blow up.
00:29:05 Gary can write a book about his favorite sophomore album: Pinkerton by Weezer ("Why Bother").
00:32:15 This artist's first album charted at number 84. Her second sold 11 million copies, had two #1 hits and won four Grammys: Carole King's Tapestry ("So Far Away")
00:34:30 Honorable mentions:
  • Radiohead - The Bends
  • Blondie - Parallel Lines
  • Def Leppard - High and Dry
$25,000 Album Cover Pyramid: Round One
— Rolling Stones —
•  Closeup of a pair of jeans:  Show answer
•  A weird layer cake:  Show answer
•  A collage of black and white photos with a guy with billiard balls in his mouth:  Show answer
•  A newspaper ad for wigs:  Show answer
•  A 3D hologram, they're in wizard costumes:  Show answer
•  Charlie Watts walking with a donkey:  Show answer
•  Weird silver lion:  Show answer
www.pauseandplay.com. Anything related to music releases. A list of everything coming out in the near future.
www.popdose.com. One of his music-related site.
$25,000 Album Cover Pyramid: Round Two
— Classic Rock —
  • There's a grand movie palace on one side and a dilapidated building on the other: Styx, Paradise Theater
  • There's a hand holding a razor blade: Judas Priest, British Steel
  • A woman in a short skirt in a bathroom: Foreigner, Head Games
  • A guy in red leather pants, you can only see his butt: Loverboy, Get Lucky*
  • A space ship bursting out of a glass orb: Journey, Escape
  • Guys carrying painting in front of a museum: Rush, Moving Pictures
* Creepy trivia: the button on Get Lucky belonged to a 14 year old girl.
00:40:55 Gary tries a new sign-out: "Stay black!"
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:05:20 Today Siamese Dream Smashing Pumpkins Gary
00:08:00 Dance The Night Away Van Halen II Van Halen Pat
00:10:00 Spanish Fly Van Halen II Van Halen Pat
00:10:40 DOA Van Halen II Van Halen Pat
00:11:40 Crystal Lake The Sophtware Slump Granddaddy Gary
00:13:55 Sweet Baby James Sweet Baby James James Taylor Pat
00:16:40 No Action This Year's Model Elvis Costello Gary
00:19:20 Fearless Fearless Taylor Swift Pat
00:22:50 Pauls Boutique The Beastie Boys Gary
00:25:20 Whole Lotta Love Led Zepplin II Led Zepplin Pat
00:29:05 Why Bother? Pinkerton Weezer Gary
00:32:15 So Far Away Tapestry Carole King Pat