Episode 143: Travelin' Tales

Episode 143: Travelin' Tales
It's time to take a musical journey as Pat and Mike play their favorite "travel" themed songs.
From April 3, 2014

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Mike Siegel

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Driving to the studio, Pat and Kyle were listening to Rock and Roll Over by Kiss. "Mr. Speed" and "Baby Driver" were just a few of the gems that the two heard on the way over. Pat also gives an announcement regarding a future live episode. It will be at the Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington, IN on Saturday, May 31st. Pat will be joined by local comedians Brad Wilhelm and Matt Holt. The topic will be the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Mike recently went on a trip to Africa. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and went on safari. He refrained from unleashing his inner Ted Nugent, though, because he didn't go hunting.
00:05:00 Pat and Mike talk about the different animals in Africa, along with the animals that Mike has eaten over the years as a traveler.
It took Mike five days to climb the mountain. There are glaciers at the top which in thirty years might be gone, which sends middle aged Pat into a crisis of his own mortality. Will he still be around in another thirty years? Who knows. If he was still around in thirty years, would he still be listening to Kiss? Definitely.
Mike had altitude sickness while he was climbing. He also slept in huts on the trail. There were ten people in his group, and only one guy couldn't make it to the peak.
00:10:00 After Mike got back from Africa, he got a call to go to Thailand for free. Or as Gary Glitter would describe it, Mike got to go to paradise for free. Mike ate a lot of Thai food and trained with Muay Thai boxers.
Ummmmm... no thanks.
Kyle was supposed to go to Greece and Italy for a school trip, but he couldn't because the travel agency was embezzling funds. There was a big lawsuit and Kyle's family only got a small amount of money. To be fair, Kyle did get TWO backpacks, the greedy devil. Kyle should have known something was up because the travel agent's name was N. Ron Hansen. Seriously, that was his name. Can't make this stuff up, folks.
After over ten minutes of jibber-jabbering, Pat finally explains today's topic: Songs about traveling! Todd Barry helps introduce the topic with a money saving travel tip: steal things. Mike then gives his own travel tip. If you want to save money for a plane ride, use miles.
00:15:00 Twenty years ago, Mike and Pat were roommates in Chicago. The big Alt band at the time was Mike's first pick, Uncle Tupelo. From the compilation album 20 More Explosive Fantastic Rockin' Mega Smash Hit Explosions!, it's "Movin' On".
Pat's first pick is someone that he, Mike, and Mike Schmidt saw live. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band came to town, but Pat and Mike were very disappointed with Seger's live setup: No backdrop, no video screens, minimal lights. On an unrelated note, Mike Schmidt wanted to fight a drunk guy. Pat and Mike refused to have his back. Anyway, from the live album Live Bullet, the song is "Travelin' Man".
Again, Seger's live setup gets criticized. He sounded great, but there was no stage banter between songs. Seger didn't move much, either. Even Bruce Springsteen moves around a lot on stage and he's in his 60s, for crying out loud. Bob Seger, for your shitty setup and shitty live presence, you get a
Mike's next pick is by Red Hot Chili Peppers. The song is called "Road Trippin'" and is from their album Californication.
00:20:00 Pat brings up Anthony Kiedis' polarizing voice and Flea and Chad Smith's awesome rhythm section. Mike read Anthony Kiedis' autobiography and thinks he's "nuts." The amount of heroin he injected into his body could have sustained a South American drug cartel for fifty years. It's amazing that the guy is still alive.
It's time to hop across the pond for Pat's next song, because it's by one of his favorites, The Kinks. From the concept album Muswell Hillbillies, it's a song called "Holiday". Ray Davies sings with such an odd voice on this song. "A really bad Bill Cosby," according to Kyle.
Mike follows it up with another British mainstay. Off of his album Blaze of Glory, it's Joe Jackson with "Down to London".
00:25:00 Sometimes you're traveling and you just don't know where you're gonna end up. Pat knows the feeling with his next pick, "Destination Unknown" by Missing Persons from their debut album Spring Session M.
Missing Persons was brought up in an argument at a recent poker game. He-Who-Will-Remain-Nameless said that Missing Persons sucked. Pat doesn't understand why someone would argue something like that, other than just for the sake of arguing. He thinks that there are four really good Missing Persons songs: "Destination Unknown," "Words," "Walking in L.A.," and "Mental Hopscotch."
Mike's next pick was also the first theme song for his podcast Travel Tales: "Travelin' Man" by Ricky Nelson from the album Rick Is 21. Speaking of theme songs, the Rock Solid theme song is "Song Away" by the band Hockey. Pat contacted Hockey many times, but he never heard back from them.
Maybe they're in... the penalty box. YEAAAAHHHH!!!!!
Pat's next band is by Counting Crows. Off their album "Hard Candy", it's the song "Holiday in Spain".
00:30:00 Counting Crows are another band that gets a bad rap. Pat likes them, though. Mike met lead singer Adam Duritz on the set of a movie called Freeloaders. Adam was very friendly, according to Mike. Mike's still waiting for those royalty checks for his one scene in the film.
Break out the rebellion, 'cause Mike's going punk. His next pick is a band called The Dictators and is from their debut album Go Girl Crazy!. It's a song called "(I Live For) Cars and Girls". "Is that really a travel song?" Pat wonders. "It's about cruising around in your car," responds Mike. "Cruising's a form of traveling." I've got my eyes on you, Siegel.
00:35:00 Pat's next song is a classic, "Vacation" by The Go-Go's from the album Vacation. Pat, however, did not realize that it takes a long time for the song to get to the chorus.
"Sing it, fatty."
- Pat, urging Belinda Carlisle to get to the freakin' chorus already.
Mike's got another lady in store for us with his next pick. From her critically adored album Blue, it's Joni Mitchell with the song "This Flight Tonight". Mike is comfortable playing Joni Mitchell, although it's a little hard to hear him over the sound of his vagina.
We get another Pat Francis favorite. It's Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with "Have Love Will Travel" from The Last DJ.
00:40:00 It's tough to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in concert because tickets go fast and scalpers are expensive. Pat doesn't like the Hollywood Bowl. Mike agrees that it's not the best venue.
Mike gets his balls back with his next pick. From their album Point of Entry, it's Judas Priest with a great song called Heading Out to the Highway. Pat met Rob Halford at a signing at a Best Buy and he couldn't have been a nicer guy. Rob was very friendly, and Pat got a picture and an autograph. The same cannot be said for Hall and Oates, I'm afraid. Pat and Mike were thoroughly rejected for autographs after the concert.
00:45:00 Pat not only chose his next song, but he remixed it as well. "Holiday Road" by Lindsey Buckingham from the National Lampoon's Vacation: Official Motion Picture Soundtrack was too low in recorded quality, so Pat opened the MP3 in Sound Studio and remixed it. What we hear is the mono version of the song. It's not good.
"Is that road underwater?"
- Kyle, with the line of the episode.
Mike's next pick is by Graham Parker. From the album The Mona Lisa's Sister, it's "Blue Highways". Pat and Mike both really like the album.
It's Pat's turn again, so he plays "That Asshole from Long Island" Billy Joel. The song is called "Travelin' Prayer" and it's from his big breakout album Piano Man.
00:50:00 Pat loves the Piano Man album. In fact, he believes that Billy Joel has five or six albums that are top-to-bottom classics: Piano Man, Turnstiles, The Stranger, Glass Houses, The Nylon Curtain, and Storm Front. Mike is not as generous.
Nostalgia abounds with Mike's next pick by NRBQ. It's "Howard Johnson's Got His Ho-Jo Working" from the album Uncommon Denominators. There are only two Howard Johnson's restaurants left, by the way. Legend tells that if they ever meet, a interdimensional portal will open and Gozer the Gozerian will bring about the end of the world.
Pat's next song is a solo outing from Jon Bon Jovi. Off his second album Destination Anywhere, it's the song "Destination Anywhere".
00:55:00 Mike never caught the Bon Jovi wave, but Pat still loves him.
It's gotta be the hair.
Mike's second to last song pays tribute to the late, great Ronnie Montrose. From Montrose's self-titled album, it's "Bad Motor Scooter". After over forty years, it's still fantastic.
Pat's second to last pick is by a staple of American rock and roll, Creedence Clearwater Revival. It's "Travelin' Band" from Cosmo's Factory.
01:00:00 Mike finishes off his song list not with a bang, but a whimper. It's John Denver and his version of "Leaving on a Jet Plane" off of John Denver's Greatest Hits. Prior to playing the song, Mike introduced him as "Johnny Denver," whom Pat thought was a completely different person.
Pat's last song is by the Australian trio Jet. The song is called "Holiday" and is from their second album Shine On.
Mike gives formal apologies to "Going Mobile" by The Who and "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller Band. But who cares about that, because PAT GIVES ME A SHOUT OUT FOR MY WORK ON THE ROCK SOLID GUIDE!!!!!! Suck on that, losers.
We also get a special sneak preview for the topic of Mike's next show: Supergroups!
Kyle ends the show with the band Alexisonfire. From their most recent album Old Crows / Young Cardinals, it's a song called "Wayfarer Youth".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:15:00 Movin' On 20 More Explosive Fantastic Rockin' Mega Smash Hit Explosions! Uncle Tupelo Mike
00:15:00 Travelin' Man Live Bullet Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Pat
00:15:00 Road Trippin' Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers Mike
00:20:00 Holiday Muswell Hillbillies The Kinks Pat
00:20:00 Down to London Blaze of Glory Joe Jackson Mike
00:25:00 Destination Unknown Spring Session M Missing Persons Pat
00:25:00 Travelin' Man Rick Is 21 Ricky Nelson Mike
00:25:00 Holiday in Spain Hard Candy Counting Crows Pat
00:30:00 (I Live For) Cars and Girls Go Girl Crazy! The Dictators Mike
00:35:00 Vacation Vacation The Go-Go's Pat
00:35:00 This Flight Tonight Blue Joni Mitchell Mike
00:35:00 Have Love Will Travel The Last DJ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Pat
00:40:00 Heading Out to the Highway Point of Entry Judas Priest Mike
00:45:00 Holiday Road National Lampoon's Vacation: Official Motion Picture Soundtrack Lindsey Buckingham Pat
00:45:00 Blue Highways The Mona Lisa's Sister Graham Parker Mike
00:45:00 Travelin' Prayer Piano Man Billy Joel Pat
00:50:00 Howard Johnson's Got His Ho-Jo Working Uncommon Denominators NRBQ Mike
00:50:00 Destination Anywhere Destination Anywhere Jon Bon Jovi Pat
00:55:00 Bad Motor Scooter Montrose Montrose Mike
00:55:00 Travelin' Band Cosmo's Factory Creedence Clearwater Revival Pat
01:00:00 Leaving on a Jet Plane John Denver's Greatest Hits John Denver Mike
01:00:00 Holiday Shine On Jet Pat
01:00:00 Wayfarer Youth Old Crows / Young Cardinals Alexisonfire Kyle