Episode 176: Obscure Bands

Episode 176: Obscure Bands
In this epic episode which took 2 months to record Pat, Murray and our listeners play songs from bands we think you might never have heard of.
From November 27, 2014

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Murray Valeriano

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Kyle had his first date last night after the broken engagement. They met on the internet. What was the date like? Dinner, then the Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight. Rocky Horror is a polarizing movie, some love it, some don't. What about Murray, what did he get up to recently? He got in a car accident. Don't worry, nobody was hurt. He got hit by a girl in her 20s. She tried to coerce Murray into admitting fault, but Murray wasn't having any of it. Atta boy, Murray. You're an old man with a lot of life experience, you should be proud for knowing what's what.
00:05:00 Murray compliments the Susanna Hoffs episode. Pat wasn't too much of a fan boy. Pat says that it's weird talking to someone you've never met before for an extended period of time and it goes smoothly. Murray mentions that he's talked to some comedians for the first time on his podcast and they stunk. Murray brings up an original of a song that Susanna Hoffs covered. Off their album Cloudcuckooland, it's The Lightning Seeds with "All I Want". Murray had to rip the song off of Youtube because it isn't on iTunes.
We transition to the new U2 album that everyone got for free on iTunes. A lot of people are complaining about it. Well, there's this wonderful function that a computer has called the delete button! You can just get rid of it without having to make a giant shit storm about it. There's more important things to worry about.
00:10:00 Is there a U2 retrospective episode coming down the pike? Pat drops hints of Murray and Erin Gould commiserating on such a project.
Today's topic: Obscure bands. These are bands that you pretty much have never heard of. The listeners sent in their own picks to be played as well. Some sent Pat songs by The Tragically Hip and The Afghan Wigs, but those bands are just well known enough to not make the list.
00:15:00 Murray starts us off with a band out of Norway called Madrugada. He plays "Hard to Come Back" off their album The Deep End. Madrugada broke up a few years ago.
The first listener pick comes from comic book writer Will Pfeifer. It's a band called Candy which featured Gilby Clarke before he was in Guns N' Roses. From their album Whatever Happened to Fun, it's the title track "Whatever Happened to Fun". Quick Murray story: Another guy in Candy is named Ryan Roxie. When Murray first came to LA, he took Ryan Roxie's place at a restaurant while Roxie went on tour with Alice Cooper. Ryan stayed behind a bit to teach Murray the ropes.
00:20:00 Pat's first pick comes from a Foreigner spin-off band called Spys. Off their self-titled album, Pat plays a song called "She Can't Wait". Kyle briefly talks about his date again. No kiss, because Kyle is a perfect gentleman.
Up next for Murray is a band called Tsar. He plays "I Don't Wanna Break-Up" off their self-titled album.
00:25:00 Listener Adam Jones sends in his pick, an indy band called The Alarmed. Off their self-titled album, the song is "Microwave". The Alarmed is a very obscure band. They don't even have a Wikipedia page. Murray hoped that The Alarmed was a The Alarm cover band that put all the songs in past tense. That's the kind of humor you get with Murray Valeriano, folks.
Pat has a band for us called Paris, featuring Bob Welch from Fleetwood Mac. Bob kept Fleetwood alive for five albums, yet he is NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Crazy. Pat plays "Black Book" off the self-titled album.
A man named "Herbert" makes an appearance. He was next door and he heard Paris being played. Herbert actually saw Paris back in the day. Herbert currently sells lemonade at a lemonade stand, even though he's probably 46. For some reason, Pat doesn't say a word during Herbert's appearance.
00:30:00 Herbert also sells bottles of water for five bucks. Herbert has to leave because he has to go back to his lemonade stand. I don't consider myself a hateful man, but I hope Herbert dies. Soon. And painfully. Even Murray needs a couple of seconds to digest the putridity that just occurred in studio.
Going back to music (thankfully), Murray's next pick is "God Only Knows" by The Slow Show, off the album Brother. Pretty mellow stuff.
The next listener pick comes from ME!!! Murray doesn't want to keep saying how awesome I am at writing the show recaps because he says it every show. Oh Murray. No one else may like you, but you've got a fan in me. My obscure band is a band from Sweden called The Soundtrack of Our Lives. Off the album Origin Vol. 1, the song is called "Bigtime". Murray was obsessed with these guys a few years ago. Those meatball-making Swedes know their rock and roll.
00:35:00 Pat's next pick is Billy Squier's original band Piper. He plays "Bad Boy" from the album Can't Wait. Pat tells a Billy Squier story. After Piper disbanded, Billy got a shit solo deal. He negotiated for the rights to his master tapes, they agreed, and now Billy Squier is a GAZILLIONAIRE! His songs get used and sampled all the time. A smart man, that Billy Squier. Well, most of the time *cough* Rock Me Tonite *cough*.
Now Murray has a story. He got invited to a James Perse store opening. This band played and gave out free albums. That band? Dhani Harrison (George's son), Ben Harper, and Joseph Arthur, a.k.a. Fistful of Mercy.
00:40:00 Murray plays "Fistful of Mercy" off the album As I Call You Down. Pat wants an all-vinyl show. I would enjoy it only because Kyle would have to work his ass off to play the songs. This transitions to parents who only give their kids wooden toys. What is this, Little House on the Prairie? Give them plastic toys, you jamokes! Meanwhile, Murray's pre-school has this thing where parents come by and play with the kids. One mom wore a mini skirt. Yeah, some mom was practically flashing her sideways monkey smile for the whole world to see.
Troy Torrison is the next listener with a pick. The song is "Phoenix 99" by River Roses, off the album Each and All.
00:45:00 Murray asks Pat if anyone sent in any stinkos. There were so many submissions, Pat just had to take them at face value. One listener, "Pistol" Pete (which is his actual email signature) sent in about 60 bands. Calm down, Petey, one at a time. In the meantime, Pat plays another song. It's a Boston spin-off band called Orion the Hunter. Off their self-titled album, it's a song called "So You Ran". Murray is not a fan. Careful Murray, Pat might let Pistol Pete take a few shots at you. Bang bang.
00:50:00 Murray's next pick is a band called Good Rats. He plays "Back to My Music" off the album Tasty. The great Bruce Kulick was in the band before he went on to be in Kiss.
Okay, we're gonna continue with another listener pick from Steph-

Welp, Pat accidentally unplugged a cord. They recorded the episode, but then they lost it. It is now MONTHS later. And it was a really great episode, but NOPE. Gotta do it all over again. Pat, you… you… *sigh*. This thing is gonna get clunky because Murray doesn't have his notes or his playlist. Ugh.
00:55:00 Okay, let's get back into this. Listener Stephanie Anderson sent in some Wizard Rock for us all to enjoy. Off their self-titled album, it's Draco and the Malfoys with "Potions Yesterday". Murray doesn't know jack shit about Harry Potter. The man doesn't know a Buckbeak from an Aragog.
Pat's next pick is the obscure band Shadow King, with Lou Gramm and Vivian Campbell. Off their self-titled album, it's "What Would It Take". Murray mentions AGAIN how he used to shoot pool with Vivian Campbell.
01:00:00 Murray has an obscure band for us. Off the album Rewild, it's "Pump Yr Brakes" by Amazing Baby. Murray wishes us all a Happy Thanksgiving. It's been about a year since he started co-hosting the show. How time flies.
Dan Ludlow's got the next listener pick, a band called I Mother Earth. The song is "Rain Will Fall" off the album Dig.
01:05:00 Pat's next pick is a band called $ign of 4 with UFO's Phil Mogg. The song is "Seems to Me" off the album Dancing with St. Peter.
Murray's next pick is basically Stray Cats sans Brian Setzer. It's Phantom, Rocker & Slick with "Men Without Shame" off their self-titled album. Pat shares a Lee Rocker story. Lee was performing a show at some venue, but the banner outside said Lee Walker. Pat called and told them about it, but apparently they've already been getting a bunch of those calls already.
You can thank Michael Bagford for the next pick. Off the album Sufficiently Breathless, it's "Sufficiently Breathless" by Captain Beyond.
01:10:00 At this point, everybody just wants to get through this damn thing. Pat plays his next pick. It's "Gimme Some Good Lovin'" by Diving for Pearls off their self-titled album.
Murray warns everyone beforehand: The next band is bound to turn you off. They're experimental baroque art rock. It's "Unexplainable Stories" by Cloud Cult, off their album Light Chasers.
01:15:00 Here's how art rock these guys are: During their concerts, a girl paints a picture onstage. Jesus, not even Peter Gabriel did that during his art rock heyday. Cloud Cult is from Minnesota, so maybe all that Northern air makes them a bunch of weirdos.
A little Southern obscurity coming up next from listener Ryan Meehan. It's Gentleman Jesse and His Men with the song "Word Gets Around" off the album Leaving Atlanta.
Pat's second to last pick is a band called St. Paradise with Derek St. Holmes from Ted Nugent's band. Off their self-titled album, it's a song called "Straight to You". Murray groans. He isn't a fan, nor does he have the patience to sit through this kind of stuff.
01:20:00 Murray's second to last pick is Roachford. Off their self-titled album, it's "Cuddly Toy". Andrew Roachford went on to be the lead singer of Mike + the Mechanics in 2010. Their original lead singer Paul Young died of a heart attack. Murray wants to do a Rock in Peace show, which sounds like a neat topic.
Listener Will (no last name) has an obscure band called psychodots. The song is "The Problem Song" off of Official Bootleg (Ripley's Live).
01:25:00 Pat's last pick is former guest Michael Des Barres' band Detective. He plays "Warm Love" from the album It Takes One to Know One. There's a brief discussion about Murray's hat. Pat and Kyle think he looks like Andy Capp, the fries mascot.
Good lord, they're twins.
Murray's last pick is the band Vigilantes of Love. He plays "Welcome to Struggleville" from the album Welcome to Struggleville.
Pat gives thanks to all the listeners for sending in songs. The last listener pick is from Steve Herold. It's "Maybe Tonight" by Nicole Atkins, off her album Neptune City.
01:30:00 Pat gives out the plugs. Remember to donate so Pat can keep this thing running. More importantly, Pat almost unplugged the episode… again.
We're done for the day, so Kyle sends us out with one of his young people bands. Off their album The Boy Who Cried Truth, it's A Life Echoed with "Can't Wait".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:05:00 All I Want Cloudcuckooland The Lightning Seeds Murray
00:15:00 Hard to Come Back The Deep End Madrugada Murray
00:15:00 Whatever Happened to Fun Whatever Happened to Fun Candy Will Pfeifer
00:20:00 She Can't Wait Spys Spys Pat
00:20:00 I Don't Wanna Break-Up Tsar Tsar Murray
00:25:00 Microwave The Alarmed The Alarmed Adam Jones
00:25:00 Black Book Paris Paris Pat
00:30:00 God Only Knows Brother The Slow Show Murray
00:30:00 Bigtime Origin Vol. 1 The Soundtrack of Our Lives Andrew Rich
00:35:00 Bad Boy Can't Wait Piper Pat
00:40:00 Fistful of Mercy As I Call You Down Fistful of Mercy Murray
00:40:00 Phoenix 99 Each and All River Roses Tory Torrison
00:45:00 So You Ran Orion the Hunter Orion the Hunter Pat
00:50:00 Back to My Music Tasty Good Rats Murray
00:55:00 Potions Yesterday Draco and the Malfoys Draco and the Malfoys Stephanie Anderson
00:55:00 What Would It Take Shadow King Shadow King Pat
01:00:00 Pump Yr Brakes Rewild Amazing Baby Murray
01:00:00 Rain Will Fall Dig I Mother Earth Dan Ludlow
01:05:00 Seems to Me Dancing with St. Peter $ign of 4 Pat
01:05:00 Men Without Shame Phantom, Rocker & Slick Phantom, Rocker & Slick Murphy
01:05:00 Sufficiently Breathless Sufficiently Breathless Captain Beyond Michael Bagford
01:10:00 Gimme Your Good Lovin' Diving for Pearls Diving for Pearls Pat
01:10:00 Unexplainable Stories Light Chasers Cloud Cult Murray
01:15:00 Word Gets Around Leaving Atlanta Gentleman Jesse and His Men Ryan Meehan
01:15:00 Straight to You St. Paradise St. Paradise Pat
01:20:00 Cuddly Toy Roachford Roachford Murray
01:20:00 The Problem Song Official Bootleg (Ridley's Live) psychodots Will
01:25:00 Warm Love It Takes One to Know One Detective Pat
01:25:00 Welcome to Struggleville Welcome to Struggleville Vigilantes of Love Murray
01:25:00 Maybe Tonight Neptune City Nicole Atkins Steve Herold
01:30:00 Can't Wait The Boy Who Cried Truth A Life Echoed Kyle