Episode 166: The Producer's Chair

Episode 166: The Producer's Chair
Pat and Co-Host April Richardson each pick one of their favorite music producers and only play songs that producer has produced. Neither Pat or April picked Kyle Dodson to produce this episode but he produced it anyway.
From September 18, 2014

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

April Richardson

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Neither Pat or April have showered since last night. No big deal, I haven't showered since Monday. Pat thinks April looks thinner today. But April's actually gained some weight because she's dating a guy and they go out to eat a lot. Dating gossip! They've been dating for a month. He's ten years older than April and he knows his music, according to April. They met on the Internet, like the 21st century couple that they are.
It's been a while since April has been on the show, and between that time Pat went to London and Dublin. He got a few gifts, including one for April! It's the Morrissey Coat of Arms… in coaster form.
00:05:00 April really likes it. It looks like Charlie Brown's shirt. What a coincidence, they're both a couple of sad sacks. Speaking of Morrissey, April was supposed to see Mr. Happiness in concert, like, fifteen times, but he got sick and had to cancel some shows. Morrissey seems like the kind of guy you could just knock over by waving to him. April did get to go onstage and hug Morrissey, so that's pretty cool. Hopefully she didn't break any of his ribs, the fragile doe.
Today's topic: The Producer's Chair! Pat and April each pick a producer they like and play songs that their producer has, well, produced. April's pick is legendary producer and good friend Tony Visconti.
Tony has worked with a lot of great artists, but he's best known for his long relationship with David Bowie. April starts us off with "Space Oddity" from the album Space Oddity.
00:10:00 April has read Tony's book, and he's a pretty cool guy. He's open to new things, he isn't cynical. He also stood up for guys like David Bowie and Marc Bolan. The record label wanted to drop Bowie, but Tony went in and saved his ass by making great albums. Pat wonders what a producer actually does. Fiddle with the knobs? A producer mainly helps formulate how the songs should sound. Pat's producer is Roy Thomas Baker.
Pat introduces us to Roy Thomas Baker and what he has done in his producing career with a little song called "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, off the album A Night at the Opera. Do you understand? The motherfucker produced BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY! There's a LOT of stuff going on in that song. Do you know how good a producer you have to be to make sure everything is perfect in that song?!
00:15:00 April's next pick is the side project of the two main guys in Squeeze, Difford & Tilbrook. Off their self-titled album, it's a song called "Hope Fell Down". Squeeze should be bigger, according to Pat and April.
Pat's next pick is the very ghoulish, very rockin' Alice Cooper. The song is "Grim Facts", off the album Flush the Fashion. It sounds very little like the Alice Cooper you would expect to hear. Alice has 26 studio albums, and Pat will be covering those in a future episode dedicated to Alice Cooper!
00:20:00 For her next pick, April takes a trip to Berlin to visit David Bowie and Iggy Pop. David and Iggy were doing incredible things at this time; most of those things were cocaine. LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of cocaine. Off of Iggy's debut solo album The Idiot, it's "Sister Midnight". But WAIT! Pat says that this album was produced by David Bowie. April disagrees. She says that Tony produced it. My God, will this mystery ever be solved? (Hint: Yes, it will.)
"Iggy, be a dear and pass me the cocaine."
00:25:00 Pat's next pick is Journey and it's the first album they did with Steve Perry, called Infinity. Journey used to be a jam band, but the record company actually wanted them to sell albums, so they got Perry as their new singer. Pat plays "Feelin' That Way".
We have some breaking news on The Idiot. The final mix was indeed done by Tony Visconti. It seems he was brought in to salvage the production since it had been heavily coated in a nice, big sheet of cocaine. Hey, it was the 1970s, for God's sake. Drugs were abound. By the way, according to April, the only band Tony ever yelled at was Thin Lizzy because they were doing waaaaaay too many drugs. Like, enough drugs that would make Keith Richards go "I'm tapping out here, fellas."
Back to England we go for April's next pick. After The Stone Roses broke up, their lead guitarist formed a new band called The Seahorses. Off their only album Do It Yourself, it's a song called "Happiness Is Egg-Shaped".
00:30:00 The thing about Tony is that he produces both big names and unknowns. And the thing about Roy is that he produces mostly big names, but he's there at the beginning of their greatness. Pat's next pick is by Devo and is off their album Oh, No! It's Devo. The song is "That's Good". Devo is another band that never gets credit. Plenty of bands have gimmicks and become successful. But not Devo.
Another David Bowie song from April. It's from the album Young Americans, which is a polarizing album amongst the Bowie fandom. The song is called "Fascination".
00:35:00 Bowie seems to get obsessed with things for a week, then he moves on to the next thing. But the son of a bitch knows his shit. Speaking of next things, it's time for Pat's next pick. Off their second album One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back, it's The Darkness with "One Way Ticket". Pat finds Justin Hawkins' voice to be too cartoony. It makes him laugh.
Welp, it's time for April to play Morrissey. The song is "Dear God Please Help Me" off the album Ringleader of the Tormentors. Ennio Morricone plays on the album, for those curious.
00:40:00 Recently, Pat had on Elliot Easton from The Cars. Christy Stratton got a bit overwhelmed and started getting verklempt. Adorable. Pat plays "You're All I've Got Tonight" off the debut album The Cars. So far, April's loving everything that Pat is throwing at her. Oh, I'm sure that will end pretty soon.
April's next pick is a taste of the baroque. Off their album La folie, it's The Stranglers with "Golden Brown".
00:45:00 It's math time. Cheap Trick + Roy Thomas Baker = Awesome, right? Well, Pat thinks that you're wrong! He isn't a big fan of the album One on One. He plays two songs for us to judge, "If You Want My Love" and "One on One".
April gives us some history as to Marc Bolan and Tony Visconti. Tony basically discovered Marc Bolin playing in a pub and plucked him out of obscurity. T. Rex used to be folky, but they got more rockin' as time went by.
00:50:00 But now Marc Bolan is dead. And Phil Lynott is dead. And The Ramones are all dead. Life sucks. Let's cheer up with April's next pick, "Mambo Sun" by T. Rex off the album Electric Warrior.
Pat's next pick is the always awesome Ozzy Osbourne. Off the album No Rest for the Wicked, it's a song called "Crazy Babies". Somehow Pat, April, and Kyle start talking about The Muppets for a few seconds. They praise Statler and Waldorf. Everybody loves those two.
Statler: "I'm loving this podcast! Is there any way to make it better?"
Waldorf: "Yeah, earmuffs!"
Statler & Waldorf: "Oh, ho ho ho ho ho!"
00:55:00 April's next pick is another friend of hers, Kristeen Young. April got to be in the studio when Kristeen was recording this album called The Knife Shift. The song is called "Rough Up the Groove". There's a lot of start/stop in this song, which is very ballsy. I would have just assumed the MP3 sucked. She's another person who should be more famous, according to April. It's a very eclectic sound, but Pat does like it.
01:00:00 Prog Rock bullshit! It's time for Prog Rock bullshit from Pat! Yes have a new album called Heaven and Earth. Pat plays a song called "The Game". April says that every Yes song is 20 minutes, which ISN'T TRUE, GODDAMMIT! That's a negative stereotype about the band Yes. Consider my nose upturned, Miss Richardson!
"Every Yes song sounds like it belongs at the end of The NeverEnding Story."
- Kyle, with the line of the episode.
Up next, another April Richardson pick, another David Bowie song. This time it's off of Lodger. The song is "Repetition". Bowie dressed in drag for the music video of "Boys Keep Swinging." The creepiest thing for Pat wasn't that Bowie dressed like an old lady, but that he smoked while he did it. It seems Pat doesn't like the sight of old women smoking. Bowie also looks a lot like Tilda Swinton, which is how he got her in the video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)".
01:05:00 Pat's last pick is by Foreigner. Off the album Head Games, it's a song called "Do What You Like".
April decides to go to the Morrissey well one more time. The song is "Life Is a Pigsty" from the album Ringleader of the Tormentors. April thinks Pat would like this Morrissey album. April, he'll let you know after he listens to every T. Rex album.
01:10:00 April will be at LA Podcast Festival on September 28 doing a live episode of her podcast Go Bayside!. So check that out, why don't cha!
April's last pick is… yes… David Bowie. Off of Young Americans, it's the title track "Young Americans".
Pat gives the plugs. April is determined to do a saxophone/horns podcast next time she's on. Will it be called Saxual Harassment? How about Saxual Healing? Or, I Wanna Sax You Up? Any one of those works.
We're all done here, so let's hit the bricks. Pat plays us out with another song by Queen. Off the album A Night at the Opera, it's "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to…)".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:05:00 Space Oddity Space Oddity David Bowie April
00:10:00 Bohemian Rhapsody A Night at the Opera Queen Pat
00:15:00 Hope Fell Down Difford & Tilbrook Difford & Tilbrook April
00:15:00 Grim Facts Flush the Fashion Alice Cooper Pat
00:20:00 Sister Midnight The Idiot Iggy Pop April
00:25:00 Feeling That Way Infinity Journey Pat
00:25:00 Happiness Is Egg-Shaped Do It Yourself The Seahorses April
00:30:00 That's Good Oh, No! It's Devo Devo Pat
00:30:00 Fascination Young Americans David Bowie April
00:35:00 One Way Ticket One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back The Darkness Pat
00:35:00 Dear God Please Help Me Ringleader of the Tormentors Morrissey April
00:40:00 You're All I've Got Tonight The Cars The Cars Pat
00:40:00 Golden Brown La folie The Stranglers April
00:45:00 If You Want My Love One on One Cheap Trick Pat
00:45:00 One on One One on One Cheap Trick Pat
00:50:00 Mambo Sun Electric Warrior T. Rex April
00:50:00 Crazy Babies No Rest for the Wicked Ozzy Osbourne Pat
00:55:00 Rough Up the Groove The Knife Shift Kristeen Young April
01:00:00 The Game Heaven & Earth Yes Pat
01:00:00 Repetition Lodger David Bowie April
01:05:00 Do What You Like Head Games Foreigner Pat
01:05:00 Life Is a Pigsty Ringleader of the Tormentors Morrissey April
01:10:00 Young Americans Young Americans David Bowie April
01:10:00 Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to…) A Night at the Opera Queen Pat