Episode 184: Rock in Peace

Episode 184: Rock in Peace
Pat and Co-Host Murray Valeriano play their favorite songs by recording artists that no longer walk the earth but remain in our hearts and ears.
From January 22, 2015

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Murray Valeriano

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Kyle has a hickey on his neck! Murray is simultaneously annoyed and disgusted by it. Kyle got it from his new girlfriend Marissa. She's marking her territory. The Facebook status has been changed, which required a discussion. Murray wants to friend her on Facebook. You know… just to keep an eye on her. The relationship has been going on for a couple months. Murray gives it another two.
00:05:00 This episode is being recorded a bit earlier than its release date. How early? It's not even Thanksgiving yet. This whole goddamn recording schedule is so confusing as hell. But who should keep track of such temporal happenings? Murray recommends that damn Travis Kennedy, who keeps donating money to be on the show. He's a helpful chap, I'm sure he'd love to help.
Today's topic: Rock in Peace. Pat and Murray play artists who went bye bye in the box. We did an episode like this a LONG time ago (back in the Gary Lucy era) called Hip 'n Posthumous where it was songs released AFTER the artist had died. This episode is just about dead artists in general. Pat kept his list mostly with singers. Murray kept with the singer or the guitarist if they sang a song. The conversation quickly turns to Bill Wyman, who once married a 13 year old? Or did he? Murray is convinced so. Inspector Kyle does some research. At 52 years old, Wyman married an 18-year-old girl. He had been dating her since she was 13 and according to the girl, they were fucking when she was 14. Holy jumping fuckballs. Him and Jerry Lee Lewis should start a wine and cheese club. I'm sure they'd have some stories to share.
Well it seems that Marissa has accepted Murray's friend request on Facebook. And Pat has friended her too. The plot thickens!
00:10:00 Murray says that this is a depressing topic. But, like the stalwart that he is, he starts us off with the first pick.

Murray plays "No Sleep till Brooklyn" by Beastie Boys from their debut album Licensed to Ill. Murray decided not to dye his hair because MCA didn't dye his hair. And Murray didn't even like the Beastie Boys. Good on Murray for finding a way to accept his senior citizen status.
Pat's first pick is someone that he misspeaks as Freddie Murray. A big laugh is had by all, but we all know that Pat's first pick is really

Off the new compilation album Queen Forever, Pat plays the new song "Let Me in Your Heart Again" by Queen.
00:15:00 Freddie has been gone since 1991. He announced he had AIDs and then died the next day. The great Eric Carr from Kiss died the same day as Freddie, but no one remembers because Freddie was more famous.
Murray's next pick is a triple threat: rock star, murderer, and heroin addict.

Off the album Sid Sings, Murray plays Sid's version of "Something Else". Sid got arrested for killing Nancy Spungen, got out on bail, went to his mom, got a nice big batch of heroin from her, and then OD'd. All at the tender age of 21. Eddie Cochran, the original singer of the song, is also dead, from a car accident.
00:20:00 It wouldn't be a dead guy episode if Pat didn't pay tribute to the Big Man.

Pat plays "You're a Friend of Mine" by Clarence Clemons feat. Jackson Browne off of Clemons' album Hero. Daryl Hannah, Jackson Browne's girlfriend at the time, is in the music video. Her face has been under the knife quite a few times. Murray talked to her for an hour at the bar and didn't know who she was. Murray's also been staring at Kyle's hickey for 20 minutes and he is still disgusted by it.
Murray's next fallen star is someone he likes, but Pat doesn't. He also died of prostate cancer.

Murray plays "Camarillo Brillo" off the album Over-Nite Sensation.
00:25:00 Pat actually likes that song. He wants to know who plays the drums on that song. It's a man by the name of Ralph Humphrey. Murray wants to friend him on Facebook, but Ralph's friends list is full. That Humphrey, a real man of the people.
Everyone likes both of AC/DC's lead singers. No one likes one and hates the other. It's an impossibility. Pat deftly points out that Murray is wearing Brian Johnson's hat.

Off the album Let There Be Rock, Pat plays "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be". Back in Black was released just five months after Bon died at the age of 33. Bon, ever the Scotsman, loved to drink, so he naturally drank himself to death.
00:30:00 Murray's next pick continues a story started by Frank Zappa. He's a former member of Zappa's band The Mothers of Invention and guess what? He's dead!

Murray plays "Willin' (Live)" by Little Feat off the live album Waiting for Columbus. Zappa booted Lowell out of the band because he didn't like the drug references in the song. Zappa was a staunch anti-drug guy. Lowell died from heart failure. Fun fact: Lowell's daughter Inana George is a former guest on the podcast!
After Eye of the Tiger, Survivor gave the boot to Dave Bickler, they needed a new lead singer. So they got this (eventual) dead guy:

Off the album Vital Signs, Pat plays "The Search Is Over".
00:35:00 To complete the dead guy connection trilogy, Lowell George went on to play guitar for Murray's next pick.

Off of Palmer's debut album Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Murray plays the title track "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley". Robert Palmer's had a variety of styles throughout the years. And those suits. My god, those suits.
00:40:00 Pat's next dead man comes from the land of green things, potatoes, and Michael Fassbender's giant penis.

Pat plays "The Pressure Will Blow" by Thin Lizzy off the album Renegade. Phil died in 1986 at the age of 36. Murray confuses his death with Marc Bolan's death. Speaking of, Pat did not really care for T. Rex's Electric Warrior. I'm sure Murray and April are heartbroken.
Murray's one regret in life is that he never saw this guy, who died of mesothelioma.

Murray plays "Carmelita" off the album Warren Zevon.
00:45:00 That album was produced by Jackson Browne, who recently played at a surf shop in Venice Beach, according to Murray. People who play on the album include Lindsey Buckingham, Glenn Frey, Bobby Keys, and Stevie Nicks. The song is very mellow. Hey, what does Ted Nugent think of mellow?

What does Lenny Kravitz have to say about that?

Pat's next pick accidentally shot himself at Don Johnson's house. Yeah.

Pat plays "Make Me Smile" by Chicago off the album Chicago II. Terry was playing around with a gun at Don Johnson's house. He kept putting a gun with an empty magazine to his head and repeatedly squeezing the trigger. Don told him not to do it. Terry picked up another gun, assured that it was empty, and put it to his head. Little did Terry realize that there was one in the chamber. One squeeze of the trigger later and Terry was instantly gonzo.
00:50:00 This is a story that made Murray cry.

Layne Staley died of a drug overdose. When they found his body two weeks later, he was 6'1", 86 pounds. Jesus, no wonder Murray cried. Let's sop up the tears with his next pick "I Stay Away" by Alice in Chains off the E.P. Jar of Flies.
Pat's next pick got the big casino and went to that power pop record store in the sky.

Off the album Get the Knack, Pat plays "Oh Tara" by The Knack. Pat and Jimmy Pardo had the surviving members of The Knack on the podcast about a year ago. They weren't very generous in doling out any props to Doug Fieger.
00:55:00 Murray's next pick died of something called aortic dissection. It's when a tear in the inner wall of the aorta causes blood to flow between the layers of the wall of the aorta, forcing the layers apart. OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Off the album Psychedelic Jungle, Murray plays "The Crusher" by The Cramps. The back photo of the album cover was taken by Anton Corbijn, who takes all of U2's photos. Murray is creeped out by the new album artwork for Songs of Innocence, where a shirtless Larry Mullen Jr. embraces his also shirtless son. You and me both, Murray.
We've been featuring male artists so far, but Pat now has a lady.

Pat plays "On the Radio" off the album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II.
01:00:00 Donna died from lung cancer. Did she go a little crazy near the end? Murray wants to know and Kyle investigates. It turns out Chaka Khan was the one that went crazy. Pat and Murray do Dennis Miller impressions and say "Chaka Khan." Yeah, we get that magic. Also of note, "today" is November 16. Welcome to podcasting.
Prepare your bongs and sync up The Wizard of Oz, because here comes Murray's next pick.

Murray plays "The Great Gig in the Sky" by Pink Floyd off the album The Dark Side of the Moon.
01:05:00 Pat and Murray go off on Roger Waters for him commenting that he wasn't in Pink Floyd and he wasn't on the new album. Roger, we know. We've known since 1985. And he's not the genius that he makes himself out to be. David Gilmour, Richard Wright, and Nick Mason weren't some hired hands, they were fantastic musicians. The new Pink Floyd is mostly instrumental, which Pat isn't a fan of.
Pat's next pick is a deceased Australian gentleman who never made it big in the States before he kicked the bucket.

Pat plays "No Secrets" by Angel City off the album Dark Room.
01:05:00 The next artist that has shuffled off this mortal coil is a NERD! WITH GLASSES! EVERYBODY LOOK AT THE FOUR-EYES!

Murray plays "Everyday" off the compilation album 20 Golden Greats. Strangely this version has extra hand claps that sound particularly… live. Murray sings this song as he puts his son to bed. AWWWWWWWWWWW.
We've had Elliot Easton from The Cars on this podcast, but now we feature his fallen friend and bandmate.

Pat plays "Stay the Night" off of Orr's solo album The Lace. Ben Orr had pancreatic cancer, which is the really bad one. It's the Caddyshack II of cancers.
Murray's next pick is not only the most successful Austrian recording artist of all time, he's also dead.

Off the album Einzelhaft, Murray plays "Der Kommissar". This son of a bitch sold over 20 million albums and what does his legacy in America have to show for it? "Rock Me Ama-fucking-deus." He died in a car accident, by the way.
01:15:00 This next guy was in Fleetwood Mac for five albums. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Fuck you, hit the bricks kid.

Off the album Three Hearts, Pat plays "Precious Love".
Question: What's worse than scoring heroin from your mother and OD'ing off of it? Answer: Getting shot by your preaching father.

Murray plays "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" off the album What's Going On. Even in the early 70s, Marvin was talking about the environment. Maybe his dad was sick of hearing him talk about it.
"Think that hole in the Ozone is big?"
- Kyle, with the line of the episode.
01:20:00 It's the Ox!

Pat plays "The Quiet One" by The Who off the album Face Dances.
Murray's next pick was John Lennon's favorite singer. Didn't help.

Off the album Nilsson Schmilsson, it's the song "Jump into the Fire". Pat briefly plays Robin Zander's version of "Jump into the Fire" off of his solo album. Robin Zander, still alive by the way.
01:25:00 It wouldn't be a rock in peace show without showcasing a dead Beatle.

Off his self-titled album, Pat plays "Blow Away".
Murray gives apologies to the late Dennis Wilson. His solo album is called Pacific Ocean Blue and he drowned in the Pacific Ocean. Whoops.
Murray's last pick is a poet turned rock star by way of Patti Smith.

Off the album Catholic Boy, it's "People Who Died" by The Jim Carroll Band. Kyle saw GWAR do a cover of this song and they changed the lyrics to honor their dead lead singer Dave Brockie. GWAR has a new female lead singer named Vulvatron who shoots blood out of her tits.
01:30:00 Like the lives of the people we've talked about today, the show is over. Pat plays us out with a band whose four original members are all dead.

Off their self-titled album, Pat plays "Listen to My Heart".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00 No Sleep till Brooklyn Licensed to Ill MCA (Beastie Boys) Murray
00:10:00 Let Me in Your Heart Again Queen Forever Freddie Mercury (Queen) Pat
00:15:00 Something Else Sid Sings Sid Vicious Murray
00:20:00 You're a Friend of Mine Hero Clarence Clemons feat. Jackson Browne Pat
00:20:00 Camarillo Brillo Over-Nite Sensation Frank Zappa Murray
00:25:00 Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be Let There Be Rock Bon Scott (AC/DC) Pat
00:30:00 Willin' (Live) Waiting for Columbus Lowell George (Little Feat) Murray
00:30:00 The Search Is Over Vital Signs Jimi Jamison (Survivor) Pat
00:35:00 Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley Robert Palmer Murray
00:40:00 The Pressure Will Blow Renegade Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) Pat
00:40:00 Carmelita Warren Zevon Warren Zevon Murray
00:45:00 Make Me Smile Chicago II Terry Kath (Chicago) Pat
00:50:00 I Stay Away Jar of Flies Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) Murray
00:50:00 Oh Tara Get the Knack Doug Fieger (The Knack) Pat
00:55:00 The Crusher Psychedelic Jungle Lux Interior (The Cramps) Murray
00:55:00 On the Radio On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I and II Donna Summer Pat
01:00:00 The Great Gig in the Sky The Dark Side of the Moon Richard Wright (Pink Floyd) Murray
01:05:00 No Secrets Dark Room Doc Neeson (Angel City) Pat
01:10:00 Everyday 20 Golden Greats Buddy Holly Murray
01:10:00 Stay the Night The Lace Benjamin Orr Pat
01:10:00 Der Kommissar Einzelhaft Falco Murray
01:15:00 Precious Love Three Hearts Bob Welch Pat
01:15:00 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) What's Going On Marvin Gaye Murray
01:20:00 The Quiet One Face Dances John Entwistle (The Who) Pat
01:20:00 Jump into the Fire Nilsson Schmilsson Harry Nilsson Murray
01:25:00 Blow Away George Harrison George Harrison Pat
01:25:00 People Who Died Catholic Boy Jim Carroll (The Jim Carroll Band) Murray
01:30:00 Listen to My Heart Ramones Ramones Pat