Episode 146: Fun in the Sun

Episode 146: Fun in the Sun
Pat, Murray and Kyle kick back open some brews and play their favorite songs about sunnin' and funnin'.
From April 24, 2014

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Murray Valeriano

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Pat and Murray are a bit sick today. They're also recording on Easter Sunday, which means that Murray's holiday recording streak continues.
We got some shoutouts to give out to some cool people. Comic book writer Will Pfeifer sent the gang some signed comic books. He's currently writing for Red Hood and will soon write for Teen Titans. Erin Gould did the artwork for this week's episode. Oh, and some guy named Andrew Rich gets a shoutout for writing the recaps on the Rock Solid Guide. Who is he? I've certainly never heard of him, although he sounds like quite the catch. Charming, funny, and handsome, too.

Pat also reminds us that on May 31st, Rock Solid will be recording a live podcast with comedians Matt Holt and Brad Wilhelm at the Limestone Comedy Festival. The topic will be the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Speaking of The Boss...

Bruce gets asked if he will make it to the live podcast. He'll be a bit busy, playing some concerts in Sao Paolo, Brazil. But he'll try his best to make it.

00:05:00 Murray's got a bone to pick with one Pat Francis. Pat has recently been chastising Murray to the other co-hosts because on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame episode, Murray said that Linda Ronstadt shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame because she didn't write her own songs. It turns out, Murray never said that! Pat's been shittalking Murray for something he never did. But if Murray didn't say it, who did? Probably Mike Siegel on one his cocaine binges. C'mon, Mike, you have a problem. Maybe Linda Ronstadt screwed you over in a coke deal back in '85, I don't know, but if she did, that's all in the past. Get over it. And stop doing cocaine.
For Easter, Murray took his son Frank to the park for an Easter egg hunt. Frank went into the bouncy house and hurt his leg, but he's a tough kid. There was some inappropriate music at the park, though. Someone was blasting Naughty by Nature's "O.P.P." What a jerk. Everyone knows Easter is a Geto Boys holiday. Kyle makes an Eminem Easter Bunny joke, which gets a nice ZERO from Pat and Murray. Oof, what a dud.
Kyle's joke, in wrestling form.
00:10:00 Kyle's absolute bomb of a joke aside, Pat and Murray are sick. Murray's wife Mary is not a good nurse for him. "Walk it off" is pretty much her slogan. Pat's wife Pilar isn't a good nurse either, but when she saw Pat react to his Diverticulitis, she's been a great help. Murray remarks that once a woman gives birth, they really don't care about men being in pain.
After yelling at Pat for his false accusations, Murray eats some crow of his own. Back on the Country episode, Pat started crying after listening to Trace Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This." Murray was positively baffled at Pat's tears. That is, until he signed up Frank for preschool. Yup, Murray teared up when he realized that preschool was every day. Awwwwww. Pat got emails from dads saying that they got misty-eyed hearing the song too.


Speaking of the Country episode, we got a phone call ready to play:


  • James from Brooklyn is ashamed that neither Pat nor Murray played Dolly Parton on the Country episode, nor did Pat or Christy play any Radiohead on the Rock Solid-opedia Vol. R episode. Well, they can't play everything!
00:15:00 We start getting into today's topic with Murray saying that he likes to surf. He's part of this tour of comedians who surf called Comics on Safari-- including Mike Siegel, Graham Elwood, Tim Lee, and Monty Franklin. Murray doesn't fly with his surfboard, he usually just rents a board. This gets the group into talking about the annoying people on the airplane, like the guy whose suitcase is way too big for the overhead ("It'll fit, I know it will.") and the guy who gets on the plane late, so he has to stuff it in the overhead at the back of the plane, even though he's sitting up front.
This just in: Beck is playing Coachella as we speak. He has a new album out that probably isn't good, according to Kyle. Murray thinks it's good. Also, Gary Lucy recently won a Rock Solid co-hosts fan poll. Pat reminds us of the Gary Lucy rule: Gary is now known as He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.
00:20:00 After twenty minutes, these three Chatty Kathys finally get into the topic: Fun in the Sun! Songs that have to do with summertime, the beach, sunny days, and things of similar ilk. Murray kicks us off with his first pick. Off their album From the Ashes, it's Pennywise, with the song "Holiday in the Sun".
Pat's first pick is by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It's from their boxset Playback, specially Disc 4: The Other Sides. The song is a rarity called "Heartbreakers Beach Party". It's certainly... different than what we're used to hearing from Petty.
00:25:00 There's a lot of sun out in California, so whenever he can, Murray takes pictures of the beautiful weather and texts them to his dad who lives in Montana. They're a kind of postcards, which is how Murray segways into his next song. It's "Postcards from Paradise" by Flesh for Lulu, from their album Long Live the New Flesh.
Pat's next song is a cover done by The Ramones. It's from their second album Leave Home, and the song is called "California Sun". Kyle seems a bit more talkative when the guys are around, rather than the female co-hosts. Maybe it's just the beer that he's drinking. Speaking of beer, just you wait until a future episode with Pat and Mike where Pat is hammered to the gills. He's apparently a lightweight when it comes to that stuff.
Murray is all about safety first, but he's also not afraid to get wacky. He does both with his next pick. From their compilation album Collected Works (because Greatest Hits isn't an appropriate title), it's "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" by Blotto.
00:30:00 The band Blotto has been Ramones-ing it up all these years, because every member's last name is Blotto. There's Johnny Blotto, Otto Blotto, Sergeant Blotto, Lee Harvey Blotto, Juan Pablo Blotto, Bluto Blotto, Ink Blotto (okay, that's clever) and many more. The current members are Hammerhead Blotto, Clyde Blotto, and Bert Blotto.
Hey! Are you a 29-year-old Canadian musician who thinks that she's still 17? Are you desperately trying to hang on to your punk girl youthful antics, despite the knowing fact that you were never really punk to begin with? Are you married to the guy from Nickelback, Chad Kroeger, who should probably change his name to The Guy from Nickelback because that's what most people call him anyway? Well then, you must be Avril Lavigne! Yes, Pat's next pick is everybody's favorite pop-punk princess, who proves that age and maturity are definitely mutually exclusive. He plays "Bitchin' Summer" from her self-titled album.
A lyric in Ms. Lavigne's song reminds Pat and Murray of the Bruce Springsteen/Manfred Mann's Earth Band connection. In Bruce's song "For You," Bruce has a line with "lick my sores." Manfred Mann's version changes that to "fight my wars." "Boooo," says Pat. This leads into the whole "revved up like a deuce/douche" debate for "Blinded by the Light."
00:35:00 After surfing at the beach, there are two places you could find Murray Valeriano. Either the local Mexican restaurant with a burrito in one hand and a margarita in the other. Or, as The Stranglers would say in their song "Peaches" from the album Rattus Norvegicus, he'll be "Walkin' on the beaches, lookin' at the peaches." Pat assumes that peaches means tits. The Stranglers are also the most successful band to come out of the British punk scene.
"Yes, is this Playboy? I think I just found your next centerfold."
Pat's got another cover in store for us. From his EP Crazy from the Heat, it's David Lee Roth with his version of "California Girls". Was that a successful EP, as far as EPs go? Pat thinks so. Their interest peaked, Pat and Murray decide to listen to "Goin' Crazy", and we wind up hearing the Spanish version instead! "Loco del Calor," it's called. Diamond Dave had a great solo band for his first few albums. Steve Vai on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass, and Gregg Bissonette on drums.
00:40:00 Murray's next pick is for those who enjoy a little rain every once in a while. It's the band The Alarm, with their song "Rain in the Summertime", off the album Eye of the Hurricane.
Speaking of the Summertime, that's the title of Pat's next pick. From the other guy from New Jersey, Bon Jovi, it's "Summertime", from the album Lost Highway. Pat literally sings along with Bon Jovi. Yup, he's drunk.
00:45:00 Back in the 80s, there was a commercial for a sunscreen called Bain de Soleil. It claimed it would give you a San Tropez tan. Murray, not one to miss a great segway, gives us his next song, "San Tropez". It's by Pink Floyd, off of the album Meddle. Before the song gets played, though, Pat makes a delightful peaches joke.
"You know what happens when I see her peaches? I cream."
- Pat Francis, a fifty-year-old man with two children, with... God help me... the line of the episode.
"San Tropez" is the only song on Meddle where Roger Waters gets full credit. Murray brings up how even though David Gilmour brought a lot to Pink Floyd, Roger Waters took all the glory.
We get a double dose of an obvious choice, The Beach Boys. First, Pat plays "Fun, Fun, Fun" from the album Shut Down Volume 2. Murray follows that up with "Surfin' U.S.A." from the album Surfin' U.S.A.. Mike Love once dared Mike Jagger to try to sing like The Beach Boys. Oh, Mike. Leave the craziness to Brian Wilson.
00:50:00 After briefly hearing from him earlier, Bruce Springsteen reappears for Pat's next pick. From the 2007 album Magic, it's a song called "Girls in Their Summer Clothes".
Murray's next song reminds him of Summer, even though it doesn't mention anything about Summer. It's "Belly of the Whale" by Burning Sensations, from their self-titled album.
00:55:00 Pat's next song is by Roy Orbison and it's from his comeback album Mystery Girl. The song is called "Windsurfer".
Murray, inspired by Pat's pick, also goes for the surfing theme. It's "Surf Wax America" by Weezer, from their debut album Weezer (The Blue Album).
Going back a bit to Roy Orbison and Mystery Girl, one of the songs on that album was written by Bono and The Edge. U2 still haven't put out a new album, which gets some jeers from Pat and Murray. Technically, the new album isn't shelved because they never announced a release date, but we all know that's just semantics.
01:00:00 Stop the presses, Pat's playing Cheap Trick. From Pat's favorite Cheap Trick album Heaven Tonight, it's a song called "California Man".
This year, Easter falls on 420! Blaze up that herb, baby!!!!! Murray used to smoke pot, but he hates it now. Whatever, more of that dank for the rest of us, am I right?!?!?!
Murray gives some love to his sponsor for his tour, Quicksilver. He plays "Quicksilver Girl" by The Steve Miller Band, off the album Sailor. It's not that good.
Kyle has an update on peaches. According to Urban Dictionary, peaches means pussy. Pat is adamant that it means boobs. And Murray just thinks that Pat made the whole damn thing up. But Pat counterpoints that Steve Miller did sing "really like your peaches, wanna shake your tree." This whole thing is just one big mess. The only thing we can do is ask Ace Frehley if he will change the lyrics to "Some people call me the Ace cowboy" when he covers "The Joker."
"Sure, baby."
01:05:00 Pat's next song is by Sheryl Crow. From her 2002 album C'mon, C'mon, it's another obvious choice, "Soak Up the Sun". That song is 12 years old. Kyle remembers hearing that a thousand times in the supermarket. Pat doesn't directly ask Kyle if he ever bought any peaches, but we all know he's chomping at the bit to do so. Pat's microphone is starting to crackle.
Murray plays his next song. From their debut album Keep Color, the band is The Republic Tigers with their song "Golden Sand".
01:10:00 For his next pick, Pat relies on the Bad Boys from Boston, Aerosmith. It's from one of Pat's favorite Aerosmith album, Night in the Ruts. The song is called "Remember (Walking in the Sand)". Murray immediately declares his hatred of the song. Pat announces something special. Yesterday was Record Store Day, and he got a remastered vinyl copy of Night in the Ruts. He'll be giving it away to a lucky listener on Friday. Just follow @RockSolidShow on Twitter to find out how to win.
01:15:00 Murray's second to last pick is by a guy named Jon Redfern. It's a song called "I Love the Sun", off his album May Be Some Time. Pat's mic is really starting to go. Murray gets some plugs in for his other podcast, Roadstories.
01:20:00 Pat's last song could be considered somewhat of a rarity. It's from an EP called ExtendeDancEPlay. The song is "Twisting by the Pool" by Dire Straits.

Pat keeps attacking Eddie Trunk and Gene Simmons on Twitter, hoping to get into a fight with them. In other Kiss news, Pat read Paul Stanley's book and really liked it. But we don't get to hear Pat's praise too long, because here comes the Starchild!

"Let me tell you thumpin', it's thupendouth. It'th got pageth. It'th got chapterth. It'th got vertheth."
- Paul Stanley, describing his own book.

Did you know that Paul Stanley was born without a right ear? He didn't have a right ear until the 80s. That's probably why he lisps. Pat, you meanie.
01:25:00 Murray's last song is another bit of a stretch. Right now in Australia, they're having the Bells Beach surf contest. They haven't declared a winner yet, so we do not know... *sigh*... "For Whom the Bell Tolls". It's by Metallica, off their album Ride the Lightning.
The sun's coming down, the shops are closing up, and we got no more songs left to play. Kyle ends the show with a band called Four Year Strong. Off their album Enemy of the World, it's a song called "Wasting Time (Eternal Summer)".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:20:00 Holiday in the Sun From the Ashes Pennywise Murray
00:20:00 Heartbreakers Beach Party Playback Disc 4: The Other Sides Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Pat
00:25:00 Postcards from Paradise Long Live the New Flesh Flesh for Lulu Murray
00:25:00 California Sun Leave Home The Ramones Pat
00:25:00 I Wanna Be a Lifeguard Collected Works Blotto Murray
00:30:00 Bitchin' Summer Avril Lavigne Avril Lavigne Pat
00:35:00 Peaches Rattus Norvegicus The Stranglers Murray
00:35:00 California Girls Crazy from the Heat David Lee Roth Pat
00:40:00 Rain in the Summertime Eye of the Hurricane The Alarm Murray
00:40:00 Summertime Lost Highway Bon Jovi Pat
00:45:00 San Tropez Meddle Pink Floyd Murray
00:45:00 Fun, Fun, Fun Shut Down Volume 2 The Beach Boys Pat
00:45:00 Surfin' U.S.A. Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys Murray
00:50:00 Girls in Their Summer Clothes Magic Bruce Springsteen Pat
00:50:00 Belly of the Whale Burning Sensations Burning Sensations Murray
00:55:00 Windsurfer Mystery Girl Roy Orbison Pat
00:55:00 Surf Wax America Weezer (The Blue Album) Weezer Murray
01:00:00 California Man Heaven Tonight Cheap Trick Pat
01:00:00 Quicksilver Girl Sailor The Steve Miller Band Murray
01:05:00 Soak Up the Sun C'mon, C'mon Sheryl Crow Pat
01:05:00 Golden Sand Keep Color The Republic Tigers Murray
01:10:00 Remember (Walking in the Sand) Night in the Ruts Aerosmith Pat
01:15:00 I Love the Sun May Be Some Time Jon Redfern Murray
01:20:00 Twisting by the Pool ExtendeDancEPlay Dire Straits Pat
01:25:00 For Whom the Bell Tolls Ride the Lightning Metallica Murray
01:25:00 Wasting Time (Eternal Summer) Enemy of the World Four Year Strong Kyle (closing song)