Episode 025: Rock Solid-opedia Vol. T

Episode 025: Rock Solid-opedia Vol. T
Pat and Gary dig into their iTunes catalogs and pull some choice cuts from the letter T.

From December 29, 2011

Recapped by Steve Herold from jointfilms.com


New Business: Pat saw an early screening of the US remake of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and enjoyed it so much he's writing a fourth book for the series titled "The Girl Who Rocked Solidly."

  Gary brings up a recent round of Jon Bon Jovi death rumors igniting on Twitter (not true).

The guys discuss the recent Grammys nominations in which we learn Bruno Mars bugs Gary and he likens Mumford & Sons to Dexy's Midnight Runners.


Bruce Springsteen makes another guest appearance to talk about the Grammy nominations for Best New Artist. His choice: Little Steven Van Zandt.

00:10:00 Gary plays: "All Together Now" by the Beatles, "T for Texas" by Jimmie Rodgers, "Tea for Two" by Doris Day, "The Letter T" by Plain White T's (actually the song "Hey There Delilah" with new lyrics for a Sesame Street appearance), and finally Mr. T asking -- nay -- demanding us to "Shut Up, Fool!" Which leads us to this week's topic: Rock Solid-opedia: Volume T.

Pat loves when bands sell out as The Tubes did when they teamed up with 80's mega-producer David Foster and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather to write the hit "Talk to Ya Later" from The Completion Backward Principle.


Gary disagrees, thinking the song represents The Tubes reaching their full potential. He also questions if they had instead teamed with David Foster Wallace would the song have a magnitude of footnotes. The joke sails gracefully right over Pat's head.

  Gary plays "Now We Can See" by Portland-based band The Thermals from Now We Can See. According to Gary, lead singer Hutch Harris has the coolest name in rock.

Pat plays a song by that other Canadian power trio: "Magic Power" by Triumph from Allied Forces.


Per Gary, to quote another Triumph: "The song is excellent… for me to poop on."

  In high school, Pat was told he had to see Triumph live because they had an awesome light show, and needed it cause they're not the most handsome trio of dudes.
  Gary plays "Gravity" by bay-area band Translator from the 1985 album Translator which Wounded Bird Records (sort of the new Rhino Records) released for the first time on CD in 2007 with a few bonus tracks.
00:20:00 Pat plays "Old Friends" by Roger Taylor from Happiness? Taylor's other gig was drummer for Queen and this song was written for former band mate Freddie Mercury. According to Gary, and Pat agrees, Taylor could really rock a mullet.

Gary's next selection, he claims, is the least sexy "sexy song" and gave him the creeps but also calls it one of his favorites. It's "Teach Me Tiger" by Nino Tempo & April Stevens (although when released as a single it was just credited to April Stevens) from the album Teach Me Tiger.


Pat feels like it's the type of song he'd expect to hear in a Sean Connery era James Bond movie. When Bond walks into some bar in Asia, a woman would be singing this on stage. Matt chimes in that he actually liked the song, although it made his skin crawl.


Due to Matt's distain for James Taylor, Pat decided not to play any of his songs, but opted for another Taylor: Andy Taylor of Duran Duran with his solo attempt at hair metal stardom (with ex-Sex Pistol Steve Jones): "When the Rain Comes Down" from the album Thunder.


Gary feels Pat should really keep his love for some of these songs to himself. At least it's available on iTunes, unlike Gary's selections, which are only available in Gary's car. Matt wonders: Why wasn't John Cusack flipping hamburgers to this song during a montage in an 80's Savage Steve Holland-directed movie?

  Gary plays "Your English Is Good" by Tokyo Police Club from Elephant Shell.

Pat plays "Toughest Street In Town" by Thin Lizzy from Black Rose: A Rock Legend.


Pat admits whenever people ask him to listen to an album he says "okay" but never listens. But in this case, he did. Gary feels the song was sung from the point of view of a real estate agent. A question from Matt leads to the guys singing an a cappella version of "The Boys Are Back In Town."


Gary hails from Castro Valley, CA, which means he reps O-Town, thus his next choice is "If I Had No Loot" by Tony! Toni! Toné! from Sons Of Soul.


Echoing Matt's previous comment about film montages, Pat feels this song would've worked in "The Help" while the women were cleaning up.


Pat also wishes for a Tony! Toni! Toné! …Tone-Loc tour. Apparently, recent guest Kim Shattuck of the Muffs filmed a pilot in the 90's where her band was trying to be killed and the cop on the case was played by Tone-Loc. Gary's title for the failed show: Snuff the Muffs.

00:35:00 Pat's last selection: "A Little Is Enough" by Pete Townshend from Empty Glass. Gary asks Pat if he thinks Pete is happy. Pat doesn't think so.

Before they get to Gary's last song, some of the bands Pat skipped:

  • T. Rex
  • Traveling Wilburys
  • Toto
  • Train.

Some Gary skipped:

  • Television
  • Tegan & Sara
  • TV On the Radio
  • that dog.
00:40:00 Gary's last song was inspired by his recent viewing of the movie "Young Adult." "The Concept" by Teenage Fanclub from Bandwagonesque figures heavily into the plot.
  Playout: Calling back to the opening of the show, Pat talks up the opening credit sequence of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and the song that plays during it, a cover of the Led Zeppelin classic "The Immigrant Song" by Trent Reznor, Karen O and Atticus Ross.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00Talk to Ya LaterThe Completion Backward PrincipleThe TubesPat
00:10:00Now We Can SeeNow We Can SeeThe ThermalsGary
00:15:00Magic PowerAllied ForcesTriumphPat
00:20:00Old FriendsHappiness?Roger TaylorPat
00:20:00Teach Me TigerTeach Me TigerNino TempoGary
00:25:00When the Rain Comes DownThunderAndy TaylorPat
00:25:00Your English Is GoodElephant ShellTokyo Police ClubGary
00:30:00Toughest Street In TownBlack Rose: A Rock LegendThin LizzyPat
00:30:00If I Had No LootSons Of SoulTony! Toni! Toné!Gary
00:35:00A Little Is EnoughEmpty GlassPete TownshendPat
00:40:00The ConceptBandwagonesqueTeenage FanclubGary
00:40:00The Immigrant SongThe Girl With The Dragon TattooTrent ReznorPat