Episode 198: Comedy Songs Pat, Kyle and Co-Host Murray Valeriano play their favorite comedy songs to celebrate and promote the release of Murray's 1st comedy album "Rusty Cow." From April 30, 2015
With your hosts:
Pat welcomes us to the show. Kyle was at a beer fest yesterday and his tender, nubile stomach couldn't handle all the alcohol, leading to a vomit session. Hubris, Young Master Kyle, it makes fools of us all. But enough of that, because it's time for another edition of
Here's the deal: Pat sometimes writes reviews for Pop Culture Beast and he'll get CDs from bands that he's never heard of. So we're gonna hear some songs with completely fresh ears. It's Murray's first time and he's as chipper as a jackrabbit.
This week's CD is Melancholy Sea by The Pinder Brothers
"Overboard" --- It's okay, if a bit repetitive.
"Crash Down" --- Also okay, though Murray would like less of the voice modulation.
"Same Mistake" --- Again, completely fine.
Pat gives a thumbs up. Murray says it's a good jumping off point. Kyle doesn't mind it, it's just not his cup of tea. Overall, some fine stuff.
The first person to email Pat at the Rock Solid email address and request the album will get it. Pat's also giving away a copy of Todd Rundgren's new album Global and Randy Bachman's new album Heavy Blues, which features guests like Neil Young, Peter Frampton, and Joe Bonamassa. Murray wonders where the hell Joe Bonamassa came from? He snuck out of the aether like a guitar-weilding spirit of vengeance.
Pat has a tease for us from the upcoming 200th episode of Rock Solid featuring Toto's Steve Lukather. It's a brief clip where Pat and Steve talk about Toto's lead singer, whose dad is composer John Williams. Murray has new business as well. It's New Music Roundup! Today he's brought in No Pier Pressure by Brian Wilson. He got some guys to do the heavy lifting. First we hear "The Right Time" featuring fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine. Then we hear a song called "On the Island" featuring She & Him. Back when Gary Lucy was still rocking the mic, he tried to bring in the adorkable Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward from She & Him. No dice.
Today's topic is Murray-centric because on Friday, May 1, Murray is releasing his debut stand up comedy album Rusty Cow. Kyle was at the show, sitting behind a piano. Pat wanted to go, but something came up. The place was packed, people were being turned away from the door, it was a whole shebang. What's a Rusty Cow? It's when Murray spikes his son's milk with scotch to get him to sleep. He doesn't actually do that, but it would probably help on those restless nights if he did. Murray has 4 signed copies to give away. The contest: E-mail the podcast with the recipe for a drink called the Rusty Cow. The 4 best recipes win.
You can get the album on iTunes, Amazon, Murray's website, and at Murray's shows. Prices range from $9.99 to a handjob, so break out those wallets and squeeze out that lube.
Today's topic: Comedy songs! We're gonna have a few chuckles and guffaws today as music and comedy become one. (And as a special treat for the Rock Solid Guide readers, I've decided to put in some of my favorite bits from my favorite comedian George Carlin. He's not a musician, but he is George Fucking Carlin.) Murray doesn't have a lot of comedy songs, so he had to rack his brain. Some of them take a while to get to the punchline. Murray mentions younger guys like Hard 'n Phirm, Karen Kilgariff, and Garfunkel and Oates. Pat brought a lot of older stuff. Murray's first pick is a downer. He wasn't a fan at first of Robert Schimmel because he was extremely filthy, but then when Robert got cancer, Murray became a fan because the filth had a purpose.
Off the album If You Buy This CD, I Can Get This Car, Murray plays the title track "If You Buy This CD, I Can Get This Car". The car leads to the woman which leads to a blowjob. That's the kind of logic I can get behind. Rock in Peace Robert Schimmel.
Kyle has his list of songs, and his first pick is "The Saga Begins" by Weird Al Yankovic off the album Running with Scissors. An American Pie parody about Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Pat and Murray also brought a song from Weird Al because you have to. His name is synonymous with comedy music.
Pat's first pick is from 1963 and it's the first comedy song he can remember. Off of the album My Son, the Nut, it's "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" by Allan Sherman. Murray had to sing that song in the fifth grade, along with a Kenny Rogers song. What a strange combination.
Murray's next pick is the comedy duo Hard 'n Phirm. He plays the bluegrass Radiohead medley "Rodeohead" from the album Horses and Grasses. Whatever happened to Chris Hardwick? He seemed like a guy who could have a podcasting empire and a bunch of TV shows. Oh well, I guess he's out there somewhere.
Kyle goes for a trio with his next pick The Lonely Island, with Andy Samberg and those other two guys. Off of the album Incredibad, Kyle plays "I'm on a Boat" featuring T-Pain.
Eddie Murphy! Everyone loves Eddie Murphy. Especially when you realize that the first track on his self-titled debut album is called "Faggots." Oh...... wait.... yeah, that's not good. It was a different time, of course, but it's still weird to see it. But Pat doesn't play that track. He plays a funky dance number called "Boogie in Your Butt". It's juvenile but you kinda need that, says Murray. You can't be so serious with your comedy.
Murray laughs like an Egyptian with his next pick. It's his first comedy song "King Tut" by Steve Martin off the album A Wild and Crazy Guy. Murray grew up with a preacher dad, so these comedy songs weren't necessarily welcomed with open arms in his house.
When you were a big comedian in the 1980s, you could do anything... including make a rock song. Pat proves it with his next pick. Off of Have You Seen Me Lately?, Pat plays "Wild Thing" by Sam Kinison. Everybody was in the music video: Slash, Neal Schon, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Idol. Pat was always indifferent to Kinison. He didn't think he sucked, he just didn't understand if the laughter came from the jokes or the presentation. Pat always preferred the silliness of Steve Martin. Murray talked to a guy who opened for Sam and he said everyone in the music video is drunk and coked out of their mind. Sam also once went on the Tonight Show (with Carson), refused to do stand up, and instead did a rendition of "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" Johnny was howling with laughter.
Murray goes British with his next pick. It's Monty Python with "The Lumberjack Song from the live DVD Live at the Hollywood Bowl. It's interesting to see Monty Python at a place like the Bowl. Murray says there's some guy yelling at them to play "The Lumberjack Song" the whole night. This reminds Pat of his James Taylor story when he shut down a "Free Bird" heckler with one word: "Idiot."
"It was Carole King and James Taylor."
- Pat, describing the concert he went to.
"Wow, that must have been an expensive nap."
- Murray, with the line of the episode.
Kyle's next pick is a hard rock combo of Tenacious D. He plays "Fuck Her Gently" from their self-titled debut album. Murray once saw Tenacious D in the very small Viper Room.
"It's so small, you have to go outside to die."
- Kyle, with the new line of the episode.
Murray namedrop like a man on fire. Also at the Tenacious D concert was Steven Page from The Barenaked Ladies, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine, and Breckin Meyer from Franklin and Bash and the Garfield movies. And you know who else was there? Gary Mann, Christy Stratton's husband. The connections! It's just like Magnolia!
Pat has another parody song, this time of "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes. It's "Marty Feldman Eyes" by Bruce Baum off the album Born to Be Raised. It doesn't make ANY sense at all, but we're all laughing at its stupidity. Meanwhile Pat gives us another Steve Lukather tease. In this clip he talks about Rolling Stone Magazine giving Toto albums a bad review.
Murray stays uptown with his next pick, Julie Brown. He plays "'Cause I'm a Blonde" off the soundtrack to Earth Girls Are Easy. Pat never liked Julie Brown. This coming from the guy who picked Bruce Baum.
Kyle has another pick up his sleeve. It's a band called The Bloodhound Gang and their song "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" off the album Hefty Fine. The whole song is just sex euphemisms. "These guys are douchebags, right?" asks Murray. "Yup," says Kyle. Murray brought in a song from them also. One song in the Bloodhound Gang repertoire is about eating out a porn star's ass. Alright then.
Pat classes things up a bit with his next pick. Off the live album Live from New York, it's Gilda Radner with the Patti Smith clone song "Gimme Mick". How about "Gimme Murr." Huh? Right folks? Come on, who's with me?
Remember when Murray said he had a Bloodhound Gang song? Well, here it is, "The Bad Touch" from the album Hooray for Boobies. Murray's problem with the song is that it is really catchier than it ought to be.
Mmmmmmm, Kyle's next song sounds tasty. It's called "Toast" and it's by a guy named Heywood Banks, from his album Picky Picky Picky. The man is literally singing a song about toast while banging forks against a toaster. So stupid, yet oddly charming. Fun fact: Pat opened for Heywood at a Catch a Rising Star back in the day.
Pat's next song doesn't have an album, since it comes from a Youtube video, but it's funny nonetheless. It's "George Washington" by a man named Brad Neely. Apparently President Washington eats brains, snorts cocaine, and weighs a fucking ton. Take that, School House Rock.
Murray goes contemporary with his next pick as he chooses a current comedian to play. Off her album Live at the Bootleg, it's Karen Kilgariff with her song "I Win". Speaking of contemporary comedian friends, poker buddy Paul Gilmartin will be coming on the show soon with Mike Siegel. I'm sure it will be a nice, pleasant conversation with zero insults slung between the three men.
Next up for Pat is a man whom he saw just a few weeks ago with former Rock Solid guest David Wild. It's "My Life Is Good" by Randy Newman off the album Trouble in Paradise.
That same night Mike and Murray saw The Replacements. Murray got swept up to the VIP section thanks to running into a friend, leaving Mike in the dust (although not the kind of dust that Mike would prefer, if you catch my drift). It was a crowded show. The Replacements were Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson... and two replacements. Very appropriate. You know who else is appropriate? Murray's last pick Weird Al Yankovic. He may be weird, but he's clean for all ears. Murray plays Bob from the album Poodle Hat. The whole song is a list of palindromes sung in the style of Bob Dylan. Pat doesn't know what a palindrome is. I honestly can't tell if he's doing a bit or not.
Kyle's last song is another one from The Lonely Island, this time featuring Michael Bolton. From the album Turtleneck & Chain, it's a song called "Jack Sparrow". Pat wants Michael Bolton in studio because he legitimately knows his music. I guess he celebrates his entire collection. Pat sings a few bars of Bolton for the pleasure of your earholes. Murray is not impressed with Bolton's seven-octave range. "Call me back when you cram an eighth octave down your gullet, Bolton," which is something Murray would probably say.
Pat still has a couple of songs left on his list. One of them is Joe Piscopo doing the "I Love Rock 'n Roll (Medley) in his Frank Sinatra impression. Phil Hartman (Rock in Peace) also did a fantastic Sinatra. Murray and Kyle are out of songs, so we get another Lukather tease. Four words: "Fuck off, you cunt." Oh man, that episode is gonna be good. Pat says Steve was great. He came in with giant sunglasses on, but he took them before the interview because he isn't "that guy." Murray had a guy at his show once who wore sunglasses during the show the whole time. The guy wasn't blind and they almost got into a fist fight. Hey, you don't mess with the Rusty Cow, buddy.
Chevy Chase had a self-titled comedy album. That is a true statement. Pat plays a comedic version of "I Shot the Sheriff". The dumb bastard, he's blabbing like a rat. Shut your trap, Chase. Brief chat leads us to Murray talking about how difficult it was to name the tracks on his album. Pat lists some titles. Remember folks, just $9.99 to download or, if you're feeling personal, a nice how-do-you-do behind the dumpster out back after the show.
Did you know there was a Saturday Night Live album? Oh yes. They took songs from the show and made an album. Pat plays "Chevy's Girls" by Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, & Jane Curtain.
The song is sort of a dig at Chevy for being the first cast member for really making it big. Pat wants Laraine on the show to talk about the musical performances from the first five years. There is some more SNL talk that passes the time.
Pat plays the last Weird Al Yankovix song of the day. It's the Kinks parody "Yoda" off the album Dare to Be Stupid. It sounds so much like The Kinks that it's uncanny.
Plug time. Once again, buy Murray's new album Rusty Cow. His wife says it's "okay." That's, um, a positive review, I suppose. What Murray's wife really wants is a Rock Solid t-shirt, but Murray said no way. Well Murray, maybe if you gave your wife a damn shirt, your CD would be more than just "okay." Think, man, think! Also, remember that if you donate at least 20 bucks to the website, Pat will send you the Live from the Rock Solid Studios CD as a thank you gift. Murray wants one of them. Ahem, 20 dollars, Mr. Valeriano.
We're all out of laughs, so Pat sends us home with "Lazy Sunday" by The Lonely Island featuring Chris Parnell off the album Incredibad.