Episode 144: Rock Solid-opedia Vol. R

Episode 144: Rock Solid-opedia Vol. R
Rock Solid-opedia returns as Pat and Christy tackle the letter "R."
From April 10, 2014

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Christy Stratton

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Kyle mentions that he works at Vin Di Bona Productions, which is where Christy worked during the earthquake of '94. Kyle does production stuff on America's Funniest Home Videos.
Christy and her son Johnny love the Frozen soundtrack. Pat's daughters love them too, so much so that it has brought them closer together as sisters. Adorable. Pat's youngest daughter sings in the shower every night. She doesn't think that anyone else can hear her, so she goes full throttle. News flash: everyone can hear her.


We got a couple of listener phone calls, so let's hear what they have to say:


  • Brian from Green Bay loved the 1977 episode. That was his birth year. He also loved the Stephen Bishop interview.
  • An unnamed caller from Parts Unknown got inspired by the "Power Ballads" episode for a topic of his own. It's called "Sentimental Street." These are songs that correspond to key moments in one's life: prom, first date, losing your virginity, etc.
00:05:00 Christy's son Johnny comes up in conversation again. His full name is John Eli Mann. Christy wanted him to have a presidential-sounding name. She also wanted Gainesville to be in his name, but decided not to at the last minute. Pat wonders how "John Eli Mann, will you please approach the bench" sounds. Nice one, Pat. Kyle thinks it's a football player's name. Eli comes from Christy's husband's mother's name Elaine, who died. It's a Jewish tradition to name offspring after relatives who have passed away, whether it's the full name or just the first initial.
Christy still works for MTV. Her husband Gary Mann was recently on Pat's wife Pilar's podcast On the Page. Gary was really nervous, but Pat says that he did great.
Pat introduces today's topic: Rock Solid-opedia Vol. R! Yes, we finally return to the Rock Solid-opedia after what seems like a lifetime. Christy really loves the letter R because she had so many artists to choose from.
00:10:00 Christy believes she and Pat will crossover on a bunch of their choices. She didn't pick any Rush because she assumed Pat would already pick them, but Pat reveals, in a devastating twist, that he didn't pick any Rush either! My God, Pat, what kind of supervillain are you?!?! Not even Thanos would pull something like that on us.
My heartache over a Rushless episode aside, Christy kicks us off with her first pick. It's Rainbow with the song "Jealous Lover" from their Jealous Lover EP. This has Joe Lynn Turner on lead vocals, who Christy calls "the dreamiest of the Rainbow lead singers." Well, Ronnie James Dio did have the body of a 73-year-old grandmother from Sharon, Massachusetts, so I don't think I can argue with her on that one.
Pat goes head-to-head with Christy by whipping out his first pick, also by Rainbow. This time, Graham Bonnet ("the second dreamiest Rainbow lead singer," according to Christy) is on lead vocals. From the album Down to Earth, it's their biggest hit "Since You Been Gone".
Pat and Christy both agree that Rainbow was a great band. They also lament Ritchie Blackmore's recent career choices. Blackmore, the man who founded both Rainbow and Deep Purple, two of the most hard rockin' bands of all time, is now playing medieval music with his wife Candice Night in a band called Blackmore's Night. Get it? 'Cause that's their last names. And put together, they sound like a phrase. Do you see the wordplay that is going on here?.... *sigh* This makes me sad.
Dear Ritchie,
Stop doing this. Please stop doing this. You wrote "Smoke on the Water" for fuck's sake. Have some pride in yourself and stop dressing like an extra from "A Kid in King Arthur's Court."
Moving on, Christy's next pick is by Bonnie Raitt. It's a song called "Streetlights", from the album Streetlights.
00:15:00 Pat once again follows in Christy's footsteps, with his next pick being a Bonnie Raitt song. Off her Grammy Award winning album Nick of Time, it's "Thing Called Love". Pat asks Christy who would win in a fight: Bonnie or Lucinda Williams? Christy thinks Lucinda would win, but Bonnie would put up a hell of a fight.
Back in the day, our beloved Christy Stratton was in a sorority. When she went on spring break, her next pick was inescapable. It's "Street Tuff" by Rebel MC, from the album Rebel Music. Christy really liked to dance back then, but just can't find the time now.
00:20:00 Pat's next pick, the now broken up R.E.M. put out an album called Up in 1998. Off that album, it's the song "Daysleeper". Pat likes the song, but is confused by the lyrics. Christy enlightens him to the fact that the lead character works at night, so he sleeps during the day. Hence, "Daysleeper." Pat feels like a real lunkhead. Pat asks Christy the same question he asked April Richardson on the "Mental Patient Songs" episode: Should R.E.M. get back together? Christy says no, but agrees with Pat that it would be cool if they got back together with Bill Berry for one last hurrah.
When it comes to The Ramones, Christy got in a little late to the party. She hopped aboard with their 1983 album Subterranean Jungle, which is where she got her next pick. The song is "Time Has Come Today". Pat also started late with The Ramones, which is why he loves their 80's albums so much.
00:25:00 For his next pick, Pat delves into the world of Glam Metal with the band Ratt. The song is called "One Step Away" and is off their album Detonator. Pat has a real soft spot for that type of sound. Christy gives Pat credit for his "In Defense of Ratt" speech.
Christy's next song is the complete opposite of what Pat just played. If you were a divorced dad in Texas in the 70s (like Christy's dad was), then you had Charlie Rich's album Behind Closed Doors. The Silver Fox had a way to dig deeper into your soul than anyone else could. So let's all crack open a bottle of Lone Star, look out the window with a hand on one hip, stare into the setting sun, and slowly nod to the sweet sounds of "I Take It on Home".
Pat digs himself out of his "Ratthole" with his next band, Rockpile. From their album Seconds of Pleasure, it's "If Sugar Was as Sweet as You". Although that was Rockpile's only album, it wasn't actually their only album. When Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, both part of Rockpile, did solo albums during that time period, it was Rockpile who played on those records. Seconds of Pleasure was simply the only album that was credited under the Rockpile banner.
00:30:00 We go new school with Christy's next song. It's a band called The Raveonettes. From their album Whip It On, the song is "Attack of the Ghost Riders".
Pat also keeps it current with one of Jack White's many projects, The Raconteurs. It's their hit song "Steady, As She Goes", off their first album Broken Boy Soldiers.
We all know that Christy loves David Lee Roth, so it should come as no surprise when she plays "Damn Good" from his second solo album Skyscraper.
00:35:00 Diamond Dave's voice ain't what it used to be, says Pat. Christy defends Mr. Roth, saying that he was better known as a frontman rather than as a lead singer.
David got an 8.3 from the US judge, an 8.1 from the England judge, a 7.9 from the Russian judge, and a 7/10 split from his groin.
Jake E. Lee, former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne during the Bark at the Moon/The Ultimate Sin era, has a new band called Red Dragon Cartel. Pat plays a song from their self-titled debut album. It's the song "Feeder", featuring Robin Zander on lead vocals.
Before venturing into full blown Rolling Stones territory, Christy takes a detour into the solo career of Keith Richards. She picks a song from his second--and so far, last--solo album, Main Offender. It's a track called "Wicked as It Seems". Pat and Christy both love Keith's two solo albums, this one and his first, called Talk Is Cheap. Pat claims that it's even better than a lot of what The Stones were doing at the time.
Pat's next pick is from an album that he can barely pronounce, Wovoka. It's the band Redbone, with their song "Come and Get Your Love".
00:40:00 Christy brings the whole episode to a entirely new level of adorableness. There's a group called Rockabye Baby! that does lullaby versions of classic rock songs. She plays "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution," "No Quarter," and "Welcome to the Jungle." Because there's nothing more awesome than lulling your infant to sleep with AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and Guns 'N Roses. Seriously, that is awesome.
But that's not Christy's pick, though. No, her next pick is a funky brew by Rufus and Chaka Khan. It's "Tell Me Something Good" from the album Rags to Rufus. That groovin' tune is one of Christy's "mental patient songs."
Pat gives apologies to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their song "Can't Stop". In a total flip, Christy is the one following Pat this time, as she also dumps the RHCP and their song "Suck My Kiss". Has the student become the master?! Will Pat strike Christy down?! If he does, will she become stronger than he could possibly imagine?!?!
"No. Get on with the recap, nerd."
00:45:00 Ahem... Anyway, Pat pays tribute to the recently deceased Lou Reed. It's a song called "Wild Child" from his self-titled debut album. Christy once saw Lou on the streets of New York City, but she was too shy to talk to him.
Pat doesn't have any songs by The Rolling Stones, so it's up to Christy to let us hear 'em. She picks a deep cut from Tattoo You. It's a song called "Worried About You".
Along with The Rolling Stones, Pat gives apologies to Todd Rundgren, Rush (apologies don't cut it for this one, Francis), and The Rascals, specifically their song "People Gotta Be Free".
Pat's last pick is by REO Speedwagon. From their strangely-titled album You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish (seriously, why would you call it that?), it's an uplifting song called "Blazin' Your Own Trail Again".
00:50:00 Pat and Christy both want to do a deep cuts show. But they also want to make it fun, meaning good songs that happen to be deep cuts, rather than just picking a bunch of boring songs that no one knows.
Christy's last song comes to us from Rock Solid favorites The Replacements. It's a song called "I'll Be You", and it's from their album Don't Tell a Soul. Pat really likes The Replacements. He recently got their entire discography from a listener who sent it to him.
00:55:00 Kyle takes us home with a band called Rain Must Fall, which a friend of his plays in. From the album Wednesday Starts the Weekend, it's a song called "Magnolia".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00 Jealous Lover Jealous Lover EP Rainbow Christy
00:10:00 Since You Been Gone Down to Earth Rainbow Pat
00:10:00 Streetlights Streetlights Bonnie Raitt Christy
00:15:00 Thing Called Love Nick of Time Bonnie Raitt Pat
00:15:00 Street Tuff Rebel Music Rebel MC Christy
00:20:00 Daysleeper Up R.E.M. Pat
00:20:00 Time Has Come Today Subterranean Jungle Ramones Christy
00:25:00 One Step Away Detonator Ratt Pat
00:25:00 I Take It on Home Behind Closed Doors Charlie Rich Christy
00:25:00 If Sugar Was as Sweet as You Seconds of Pleasure Rockpile Pat
00:30:00 Attack of the Ghost Riders Whip It On The Raveonettes Christy
00:30:00 Steady, As She Goes Broken Boy Soldiers The Raconteurs Pat
00:30:00 Damn Good Skyscraper David Lee Roth Christy
00:35:00 Feeder Red Dragon Cartel Red Dragon Cartel Pat
00:35:00 Wicked as It Seems Main Offender Keith Richards Christy
00:35:00 Come and Get Your Love Wovoka Redbone Pat
00:40:00 Tell Me Something Good Rags to Rufus Rufus and Chaka Khan Christy
00:45:00 Wild Child Lou Reed Lou Reed Pat
00:45:00 Worried About You Tattoo You The Rolling Stones Christy
00:45:00 Blazin' Your Own Trail Again You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fish REO Speedwagon Pat
00:50:00 I'll Be You Don't Tell a Soul The Replacements Christy
00:55:00 Magnolia Wednesday Starts the Weekend Rain Must Fall Kyle