Episode 174: Dreams

Episode 174: Dreams
This week Pat and Co-Host Mike Siegel will attempt to make all your dreams come true by playing songs with the word "dream" in the title.
From November 13, 2014

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Mike Siegel

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Mike is a bit annoyed about the whole "Mike Siegel is a drug fiend who gives men blowjobs in alleys to supplement his rampant cocaine addiction" thing. But Mike, we bring it up to help, not to hinder. The first step is admitting you have a problem. Meanwhile Kyle is busy texting a friend about how good the 90s Batman animated TV series is. Pat and Mike wonder why Kyle can't just enjoy things in the moment… like this podcast!
This is the greatest thing I've ever seen. Credit to Jason Levy.
Mike and Kyle are enjoying a few adult beverages. Speaking of alcohol, Pat's wife Pilar crashed right to sleep last night. She drank Adult Chocolate Milk, which is chocolate milk and vodka. Pilar is a lightweight, like Pat. Pat is also fighting some cheese phlegm right now. Nothing like eating dairy products right before a long talking session.
00:05:00 At the time of this recording, Pat and Mike are going to see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at the Forum. Pat hasn't seen the Heartbreakers since 1987. It's the last show of the tour, so maybe there will be some special guests like Stevie Nicks. Pat does his Stevie Nicks impression. Remember guys, her songs are her children. Mike is also going to Ireland with his mom. They're going to the old country because Mike's mom is Irish. Mike is actually half-Irish, half-Jewish. To paraphrase a Bill Maher joke, he would go to confession and bring a lawyer.
00:10:00 Lenny Kravitz is here. Lenny, what are your thoughts on Bill Maher?

Pat asks Lenny his thoughts on Rob Schneider being anti-vaccination:

And Ace Frehley is here too! Ace, would you get vaccinated?

Good to know, Ace.
Today's topic: Songs with "dream" in the title. Pat actually had a nightmare the other night. Pat and Kyle were driving around and parked in a wooded area. Then some guy knocked out Kyle with a 2 liter soda bottle. Sounds scary. My idea of a Pat Francis nightmare is an iTunes library filled with songs only from THIS millennium. The horror!
Mike starts us off with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Off their latest album Hypnotic Eye, it's "American Dream Plan B".
Pat's first pick is by Guns N' Roses. The song is called "Street of Dreams" off the album Chinese Democracy. Axl kicks his Axl voice up to 11. It's not a bad album, but it was too long of a wait.
00:15:00 Pat tried to get Kyle to buy Chinese Democracy, but Kyle wasn't having any of that. Pat saw GNR in 2006 with Mike Schmidt, Jimmy Pardo, and Jimmy's wife Danielle. GNR didn't come on until 12:15 AM. And Mike forced Pat to get to the show early to see the opening act, which was a burlesque show. Boy, that must have been a barrel of fun.
Mike's next pick is some punk. Off the compilation album New York Rocks: Original Punk Classics of the 70's, it's Mink DeVille with the song "Let Me Dream If I Want To". Mink DeVille is the band, Willy DeVille is the singer. He's dead, by the way. Hepatitis C and pancreatic cancer, at 58 years old. This worries Pat because he's 8 years away from that age.
00:20:00 Pat shouldn't worry too much, he hasn't really lived a hard lifestyle. But Siegel? Oh boy, all those cocaine lines and alley blowjobs have done their damage. We get a Mike Siegel health report. He's fine, except he takes pills for his cholesterol level. Health report over, we return to the music. Pat plays another song called "Street of Dreams", this time by Rainbow off the album Bent Out of Shape. Joe Lynn Turner on lead vocals, there. Pat makes a bold statement and says Ritchie Blackmore is an overrated guitarist. Woah there, Pat. I wouldn't go that far. Sure, his renaissance music sucks, but he's done some classic stuff. Pat also has a future playlist for Title Fight 3, when the time comes for it.
Mike's next pick is a classic from Blondie. Off their album Eat to the Beat, it's "Dreaming". Pat says they can totally get Clem Burke in studio. He's be great. Anyone who started in the 70's has some stories.
00:25:00 Debbie Harry's cameltoe gets briefly brought up, and Mike does an awful impression of Christy Stratton. Speaking of, let's ask Christy what she thinks about Mike Siegel:

Awwww, that's so sweet of her to say.
The show goes country for Pat's next pick, Mary Chapin Carpenter. From her album A Place in the World, the song is called "The Better to Dream of You".
Mike plays his next song. Off the album It's All in Your Head, it's the band Eve 6 and their song "At Least We're Dreaming".
It's time for Pat to once again praise the self-titled solo album of Barry Goudreau. If you remember, it's Boston, except without Tom Scholz and not called Boston. Pat plays the song "Dreams".
00:30:00 As we're talking about solo albums, Mike's next pick is some solo Daryl Hall. The song is "Dreamtime" off the album Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine. Pat asks Mike and Kyle if they want to see Asia with him for free. Mike scoffs at Pat like he just offered to punch him in the face. The day after is Lou Gramm. Another no. How about Hall & Oates? Mike says yes, but realizes he'll be in Ireland at the time.
00:35:00 We brought her up before, so let's listen to her. Mike plays "In Your Dreams" by Stevie Nicks, off the album In Your Dreams. The album was produced by Dave Stewart from Eurythmics. Mike had a Dave Stewart situation. He went to the 50th Anniversary Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl show. Dave Stewart was the "ringleader" of the show. It was a bunch of musicians, but no big names. Instead, it was luminous music icons like Martina McBride and Billy Ray Cyrus. Dave Stewart is not a leading man. He would start a cool story, then just drop it and go into a song.
Mike has brought a terrible song for us all to listen to. Off the album An American Dream, it's The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with the song "An American Dream".
00:40:00 It's an awful, awful song. It's not even good enough for a Jimmy Buffett B-side. Pat comes back with a bad song of his own. The song is "I Like Dreamin'" by Kenny Nolan, off the album I Like Dreamin'. Again, an awful song. And yet, it made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Must have been a slow week.
Let's get some balls back with Mike's next pick. Off the album Electric Ladyland, it's "Rainy Day, Dream Away" by Jimi Hendrix Experience. Pat gets honest with Lenny Kravitz and says that he is a poor man's Hendrix. Lenny's response:

Up next for Pat are a couple of sisters, but not of the Twisted, Scissors, or Pointer varieties. It's Heart, with "These Dreams" off of their self-titled album.
00:45:00 Nancy sings lead on the song, which went to #1. Pat says that 80s Heart songs are very good live because they are stripped down. Mike plays his own Heart song, "Dreamboat Annie" off the album Dreamboat Annie.
It's been a while since we've played any Van Halen. Pat plays "The Dream Is Over" off the album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
00:50:00 Mike asks Pat his opinion on the whole Van Hagar situation. Mike's college dorm was split. Pat feels that Van Halen is Van Halen whether it's David or Sammy. Both guys have their strengths and weaknesses. According to Pat, Sammy made 80 million dollars from selling his Cabo Wabo tequila company. God bless him.
Mike's next pick is some recent punkitude. The song is "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day, off the album American Idiot. Pat lays the smackdown because we have an impromptu TITLE FIGHT!!!!! He plays "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Brian Setzer, off his solo album The Knife Feels Like Justice. So who wins? Mike gives it to Green Day. Kyle hates the Green Day song less than the Brian Setzer song, so Green Day wins.
It's time for a trip to New Zealand. Mike plays "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House, off their self-titled album.
00:55:00 Crowded House has two dead members, both of them drummers. Paul Hester hanged himself and Peter Jones died of brain cancer. Jesus, this podcast has taken a turn. Paul Hester was actually on The Wiggles TV show as "Paul the Cook." Pat saw The Wiggles in concert once and they were actually good. Everyone has a personality. One of them, Jeff, falls asleep on stage. I guess his character has narcolepsy. You just know that those guys are just total barbarians backstage. Hookers, drugs, the works. Maybe Henry the Octopus does Hentai porn on the side for extra cash.
"The house isn't too crowded anymore."
- Pat, with the line of the episode.
01:00:00 Pat drops a (hopeful) bombshell. Suzanne Vega said that when she is in town in January, she would do the show. Sounds cool. But Pat swears to god, if she brings that damn nuisance kid Luka and he interrupts the interview, we're all going to beat the shit out of him. Okay, in all honesty, there is no way in Hell that Pat would do the Luka bit in front of Suzanne Vega. It's like the Paul Stanley impression. Pat plays "Book of Dreams" off the album Days of Open Hand. Pat says Suzanne is good live.
Mike brings us a funky cover. It's the lead guitarist of Parliament-Funkadelic, Eddie Hazel, with his version of "California Dreamin'" off his album Game, Dames, and Guitar Thangs.
01:05:00 Pat has a song by a guy I've never heard of. It's "I Can Dream About You" by Dan Hartman, off the album I Can Dream About You. More happy news: Dan died in 1994 at the age of 43. He had an AIDS-related brain tumor. Ouch. Hartman also was in the Edgar Winter Band. He sang "Free Ride" for crying out loud! Did you know that? Because I didn't!
Mike has some R&B pop for us all. It's Billy Ocean and his song "Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car", off the album Tear Down These Walls. Which song was bigger, the Hartman song or the Billy Ocean song? Pat takes Hartman, Mike takes Ocean. Kyle does some investigative reporting. Ocean wins.
01:10:00 Pat plays another lady for us. It's Liz Phair and the song "Lazy Dreamer", off the album Somebody's Miracle. That's a deeper album in the Liz Phair canon. Maybe we can get her in here too. Pat plays a few snippets of Liz's song "H.W.C." which stands for Hot White Cum. It's a very dirty song. Mike likes The Wiggles' version better. It's a good thing Pat never listened to that song in the car with his kids.
01:15:00 Do you like androgynous redheads? You'll love Mike's next pick. It's "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurythmics, off the album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). Mike thought that this song was a #1 hit, but Pat says au contraire because The Police's "Every Breath You Take" held it off for eight weeks.
Pat shows love for The Kinks. Off their last album Phobia, it's a song called "Only a Dream".
Mike scores major points in my book for his second-to-last pick. Off their album Roll the Bones, it's Rush with "Dreamline".
Make no mistake, the lyrics don't make ANY sense. Something about road maps to Jupiter and liquid crystal compasses. But it's Rush, dammit, so it's awesome.
"Who the hell is Kublai Khan? And what the hell is a Fountain of Lamneth?"
01:20:00 Pat's last pick is from Marshall Crenshaw's EP Driving and Dreaming. It's a song called "Dreaming and Driving". We give some quick plugs. Pat and Mike talk about people with the same names as them on Twitter. It inspires an Office Space Michael Bolton reference, which is awesome.
01:25:00 Pat wants a topic on the forum called Proposed Al Yankovic Christmas Songs. Pat gives an example: "Dancing with My Elf." UGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!! Mike says you have to include a food reference of some sort, like… "Pringle Bells."
Hey, when was the last time Kyle checked the voicemail? It's been fucking forever! Pat decides to play a couple.

  • James from Brooklyn, New York calling. He loved the Tom Petty episode and would love more like them. He shouts out to April Richardson and, as you do, tells Pat to go fuck himself.
  • Andrew Rich says… wait a minute… it's me! My phone call made it on! I offer a show idea: The Perfect Show. Take a band and make your ultimate dream concert setlist, from the opening to the encores. I also give a song request: "Recess" by Eli "Paperboy" Reed, off the soundtrack to the movie The Way Way Back. I don't tell Pat to go fuck himself, but I do tell the co-hosts to keep their chins up. Having to listen to Pat's awful jokes is a real chore.
01:30:00 Pat wants me to know that he isn't saying this, but rather Lenny Kravitz is:

I take it as a badge of honor.
Mike gives apologies to Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver", Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams", and Debbie Gibson's "Only in My Dreams". His last pick is "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates, off the album Voices.
Mike's last pick is "You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates, off the album Voices. Pat plays a funny clip of Will Forte and Fred Armisen as Hall & Oates on SNL singing about Obama and McCain.
01:35:00 Time to wake up from this "dream" of an episode. Get it? Because that's the show topic! Hooray! Kyle takes us out with "Dreamer" by Ozzy Osbourne, off his album Down to Earth.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00 American Dream Plan B Hypnotic Eye Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Mike
00:10:00 Street of Dreams Chinese Democracy Guns N' Roses Pat
00:15:00 Let Me Dream If I Want To New York Rocks: Original Punk Classics of the 70's Mink DeVille Mike
00:20:00 Street of Dreams Bent Out of Shape Rainbow Pat
00:20:00 Dreaming Eat to the Beat Blondie Mike
00:25:00 The Better to Dream of You A Place in the World Mary Chapin Carpenter Pat
00:25:00 At Least We're Dreaming It's All in Your Head Eve 6 Mike
00:25:00 Dreams Barry Goudreau Barry Goudreau Pat
00:30:00 Dreamtime Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine Daryl Hall Mike
00:35:00 In Your Dreams In Your Dreams Stevie Nicks Pat
00:35:00 An American Dream An American Dream The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Mike
00:40:00 I Like Dreamin' I Like Dreamin' Kenny Nolan Pat
00:40:00 Rainy Day, Dream Away Electric Ladyland Jimi Hendrix Experience Mike
00:40:00 These Dreams Heart Heart Pat
00:45:00 Dreamboat Annie Dreamboat Annie Heart Mike
00:45:00 The Dream Is Over For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Van Halen Pat
00:50:00 Boulevard of Broken Dreams American Idiot Green Day Mike
00:50:00 Boulevard of Broken Dreams The Knife Feels Like Justice Brian Setzer Pat
00:50:00 Don't Dream It's Over Crowded House Crowded House Mike
01:00:00 Book of Dreams Days of Open Hand Suzanne Vega Pat
01:00:00 California Dreamin' Game, Dames, and Guitar Things Eddie Hazel Mike
01:05:00 I Can Dream About You I Can Dream About You Dan Hartman Pat
01:05:00 Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car Tear Down These Walls Billy Ocean Mike
01:10:00 Lazy Dreamer Somebody's Miracle Liz Phair Pat
01:15:00 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Elton John Mike
01:15:00 Only a Dream Phobia The Kinks Pat
01:15:00 Dreamline Roll the Bones Rush Mike
01:20:00 Driving and Dreaming Driving and Dreaming Marshall Crenshaw Pat
01:30:00 You Make My Dreams Voices Hall & Oates Mike
01:35:00 Dreamer Down to Earth Ozzy Osbourne Kyle