Episode 109: Somebody and The Somethings

Episode 109: Somebody & The Somethings
Matty B. & The Old Boys play some of their favorite 'ampersand' bands.

From August 8, 2013
00:00:00 Matt cannot last one minute before chastising Pat for the volume of his voice. It's like they say, you can take the man out of the producer, but you can't take the producer out of the man (wait, that doesn't work...)
  The gang is nice enough to talk about this very website again. Pat mentions that others have asked to help out. BTW, if you would like to help catalogue past eps, let Pat know through his email or Facebook!
  Gary's been reading ?uestlove's new book Mo' Meta Blues, which he thinks is pretty good. He tells a story of his first meeting with Prince, which, predictably, doesn't go well [ed. note: has anyone ever heard a personal-interaction-with-Prince story where it does go well? I haven't].
  Pat is reading a not yet published book titled David Bowie: Album by Album. He digs it.
00:05:00 Gary tells a story about hilarious and cute-as-a-button comedian April Richardson [ed. note: sorry April, I'm married] who recently learned through a record producer that David Bowie thinks she's funny. She was properly floored.
  Pat talks about his comedian buddy Rich Fulcher's recent segment on the delightful show Drunk History. He confirms that, yes, they do actually get drunk on the show. Really drunk. [ed. note: and if you need more proof, watch Kyle Kinane's segment on the show. I recently saw Kyle, who jokingly said he wouldn't be on the show again, because his liver couldn't take it.]



Gary's game was inspired by Garfunkel and Oates (and their new naughty single "Loophole").


Dueling Duos

Name the counterparts of these fictional pairings


•  Seals & Brooks

Kroft & Dunn

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•  Wendy & Tegan

Lisa & Sara

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•  Ashford & Peaches

Simpson & Herb

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•  Loggins & Zager

Messina & Evans

Show answer
• Kid & Sonny

Play & Cher

Show answer
•  Jan & David

Dean & David

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•  Matt & Eric B

Kim and Rakim

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•  Mickey & McFadden

Silvia & Whitehead

Show answer

Gary introduces Rock Solid's new sponsor: A favorite of psychotic Wall Street murderers of the 80s - Huey Lewis & The News.


  This episode's theme came from loyal listener Thomas Tate: Somebody & the Somethings - Bands with Ampersands.

Pat starts out with a band who perfectly captured the 50s vibe for the film American Graffiti: Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids - "She's So Fine" from the American Graffiti Soundtrack.


This leads to a discussion of the horrible, horrible band Sha Na Na. Pat is rightfully incredulous that they recently played the Hollywood Freaking Bowl.


Even as a kid I hated Bowser, especially when he was on Match Game. Stop ruining TV's best gameshow, you faux-greaser!


Never funny, not even once

00:20:00 Gary lays down the punky pop of Holly & the Italians - "Tell that Girl to Shut Up" from the album The Right to Be Italian.
  Pat next goes with one of his favorite songs by one of his favorite bands: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - "Rebels" from the album Southern Accents.
"Tom Petty can do no wrong...practically."

- Gary, speaking of TP's batting average


Here's a regional hit all the way from Jakarta, Indonesia. It's White Shoes & the Couples Company - "Nothing to Fear" from their self titled album.

  Pat plays some pure pop perfection: Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers - "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" from the American Graffiti Soundtrack.

Gimme some of that 70s disco soul, Gary! Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - "Bad Luck" from their Best of album.


The lead singer for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes was Teddy Pendergrass, who Matt only knows through Eddie Murphy.


  The first time Pat saw Huey Lewis & the News was when they were opening for Loverboy. Even though he was there to rock he still liked the pop tones of the SF's best. Here's "Some Of My Lies Are True" from their self-titled debut album.
00:30:00 Gary dips into the indie folk world with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - "Holy Roller" from the album We the Common.
  Pat stays solidly in the 50s with Bill Haley & the Comets - "Rock Around The Clock " from the American Graffiti Soundtrack.

Gary next serves up a Rock Solid Doubleshot!


Back in the 80s this L.A. club band appeared on a very special episode of Laverne & Shirley: It's Jack Mack & the Heart Attack - "True Lovin' Woman" from the album Cardiac Party.


Gary says that the analogous band for Jack Mack for this era is Me First & the Gimme-Gimmes - "The Longest Time" from the album Ruin Johnny's Bar Mitzvah.

  Pat came to Elvis Costello & the Attractions relatively recently, when Gary played a song off of their second album. Here is a song from their underappreciated fifth album Trust called "Watch Your Step".

Gary considers this next band to be the American Elvis Costello: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - "Me & Mia" from the album Shake the Sheets.


Gary really loves their A.V. Club cover of the great song (that's right, I said it) "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"



Bonus Video! Just today, the A.V. Club released a new Ted Leo cover of the Ramones "Go Lil Camaro Go"
Here's the full article
  Pat's next song is an ode to dancing and fresh breath: Joey Dee & the Starlighters - "Peppermint Twist" from the American Graffiti Soundtrack.
  Matt bet Pat ten bucks that Gary would play this Jimmy Pardo favorite. He won! Fitz & the Tantrums - "Money Grabber" from the album Pickin' Up the Pieces.

Straight from Motor City comes the gravel voiced Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - "Feel Like A Number" from the album Stranger In Town.


Gary, like most people (including me), is a little ashamed to admit how much he likes some of his albums. It's hard to deny.

  Gary thought long and hard about which Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians record to play. He landed on "Strawberry Mind" from the album Fegmania!.
  Kyle Dodson suggested to his unc. Otis Day & the Knights - "Shama Lama Ding Dong" from the Animal House Soundtrack.
00:45:00 Gary next plays the "Australian Bob Dylan of darkness": Nick Cave & the bad seeds - "Deanna" from the album Tender Prey.
  Pat next plays a song from the reunited Graham Parker & the Rumour - "Watch The Moon Come Down" from the This Is 40 Soundtrack.
00:50:00 Gary now plays a song that just radiates the 1980s: Franke & the knockouts - "Sweetheart" from their Self-titled album.

Before Matt plays us out, he wonders how the boys didn't play any Bird & The Bee, Bob Marley & The Wailers or Kool & The Gang.


To keep his rap-closeout-song streak alive, he ends the programme with Grand Master Flash & the furious five - "The Message" from an album of the same name.

Time Song Album Artist Who
00:15:00She's So FineAmerican Graffiti SoundtrackFlash Cadillac & the Continental KidsPat
00:20:00Tell that Girl to Shut UpThe Right to Be ItalianHolly & the ItaliansGary
00:20:00RebelsSouthern AccentsTom Petty & the HeartbreakersPat
00:20:00Nothing to Fearself-titledWhite Shoes & the Couples CompanyGary
00:20:00Why Do Fools Fall In Love? American Graffiti SoundtrackFrankie Lymon & the TeenagersPat
00:25:00Bad LuckBest ofHarold Melvin & the Blue NotesGary
00:20:00Some Of My Lies Are TrueHuey Lewis & the NewsHuey Lewis & the NewsPat
00:30:00Holy RollerWe the CommonThao & the Get Down Stay DownGary
00:30:00Rock Around The Clock American Graffiti SoundtrackBill Haley & the CometsPat
00:30:00True Lovin' WomanCardiac PartyJack Mack & the Heart AttackGary
00:30:00The Longest TimeRuin Johnny's Bar MitzvahMe First & the Gimme-GimmesGary
00:30:00Watch Your StepTrustElvis Costello & the AttractionsPat
00:35:00Me & MiaShake the SheetsTed Leo & the PharmacistsGary
00:35:00Peppermint TwistAmerican Graffiti SoundtrackJoey Dee & the StarlightersPat
00:40:00Money GrabberPickin' Up the PiecesFitz & the TantrumsGary
00:40:00Feel Like A NumberStranger In TownBob Seger & the Silver Bullet BandPat
00:40:00Strawberry MindFegmania!Robyn Hitchcock & the EgyptiansGary
00:40:00Shama Lama Ding DongAnimal House SoundtrackOtis Day & the KnightsPat
00:45:00DeannaTender PreyNick Cave & the bad seedsGary
00:45:00Watch The Moon Come DownThis Is 40 SoundtrackGraham Parker & the RumourPat
00:50:00Sweetheartself-titledFranke & the knockoutsGary
00:50:00The MessageThe MessageGrand Master Flash & the furious fiveMatt