Episode 208: Radio Radio



Episode 208: Radio Radio
This week it's a remote record at the "Road Stories" studio as Pat, Mike and Murray celebrate that wonderful invention known as the radio! This episode is so good it would make Marconi proud.
From July 9, 2015

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Mike Siegel

Murray Valeriano


00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Kyle is not here, as he is on a date with his beloved. Pat is traveling soon to London and Italy. Perhaps a Rock Solid/Travel Tales/Roadstories podcast cross-over in the future? I don't think the world can handle more than one podcast with these boobs all together. Talk turns to L.A. Podfest. If Rock Solid is on the bill, Pat would need time to set up a live guest. He can't do it willy nilly like some common hill-person. Pat thought of doing the live episode about the first five years of SNL with Lorraine Newman and Stephen Bishop, along with clips of select music performances. Alas, his dreams are nothing but the air between his fingers.
00:05:00 We're recording this episode at Murray's house (ahem, Roadstories Studios). Pat's got the music, Murray's manning the mixing board, and Mike is just sitting back and observing the madness that is unfolding in front of him. After a brief discussion of Obama being on Marc Maron's podcast and screwing up L.A. traffic, it's time to bust out another edition of

Here's how it works: 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. Today's album is Two of a Perfect Pair by Lines West.
  • "Waist Deep" --- They don't mind it.
00:10:00
  • "Perfect Pair" --- Another thumbs up.
  • "The Gift Box" --- Pat was looking for a rocker, but this isn't it.
  • "Simple Rain" --- Nope, not that this one either.
  • "Foolish" --- Again, an acoustic ditty. But the album is Rock Solid approved!
"I know the band Nine West. My mother loves them."
- Murray's joke, which got absolutely nothing.
00:15:00 Murray's wife Mary has a ton of wardrobe stuff from movies that she's worked on. Mostly reusable clothing, but she does have a Big Lebowski headdress. Let fashion model Murray prove it to you:

Today's topic: Radio Radio! These are songs either about the radio or with the word "radio" in the title. Mike starts us off with a song by The Clash. Off the compilation album The Essential Clash, it's "Capital Radio One". The Clash go to a bunch of different places, which might be way Pat can't get into them all the way.
Murray's first pick feels so good and is never gonna stop. Off the album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, it's Rob Zombie with "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown".
00:20:00 Murray had friends in House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, so he and Mary got invited to the premiere of Devil's Rejects. Then they went to a private show at the House of Blues. Murray loved it. "Manson can suck it," he says. Murray doesn't believe Marilyn Manson's shtick for one second, it's all shock value. But what about Alice Cooper? "That's haunted house stuff," says Murray. And Alice always kept his real persona separate from the man on stage.
00:25:00 Pat's first pick is a deep cut from Hall & Oates. He plays "Portable Radio" from the album X-Static.
You can take your popular hits and hit the bricks, because Mike is playing old school R.E.M.. He plays "Radio Free Europe" from the debut album Murmur. Pat, Mike, and Murray all saw U2. They played five sold out nights at the Forum. If R.E.M. reunited, could they do the same?
00:30:00 Murray calls his next artist "unabashedly hooky." Off the album We Started Nothing, it's "Great DJ" by The Ting Tings. Pat regrets not digging deeper in terms of song titles. Oh Pat, you shallow scamp.
I should say, though, that Pat goes a little deep in terms of bands because his next pick is Swiss metalheads Krokus. Off the album Metal Rendez-vous, the song is called "Bedside Radio".
00:35:00 Transexual rockers and botched sex surgeries. No, it's not the life story of Mike Siegel, but it is the plot of the musical from which he takes his next pick. It's John Mitchell Cameron with "Midnight Radio" from the soundtrack to his musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Rocky Horror Picture Show gets brought up. Pat felt weird after he saw it. Maybe it brought up some new feelings in him that left Pat a little confused? Maybe Pat had a tent in his pants that he didn't want to have, but lo and behold something within him kept him at full mast. Who knows, I'm no psychiatrist.
Murray swore for years and years that his next pick was 100% German. It turns out, they're Burbank born and bred. It's Autograph with "Turn Up the Radio", off the album Sign In Please.
00:40:00 Friend of the show Marshall Crenshaw is up next for Pat. He plays "Radio Girl" from the album Good Evening. "It's probably some fatty with a great voice," says Pat.
Super hip Mike Siegel has another super hip band for us all to hear. It's Wilco with "Radio Cure" from the big album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
00:45:00 A brief discussion on rock documentaries, or "Rock Docs" as the kids call them these days. Wilco's I Am Trying to Break Your Heart gets a thumbs up. Thumbs down goes to the Kings of Leon documentary and the Anvil doc. Murray dumps on the Quiet Riot documentary, but Pat enjoyed it. Murray does enjoy his next pick, though, or else he wouldn't have picked it. Off the album L.A. Woman, it's The Doors with "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)". Pat accidentally cues it up right when Jim Morrison says "the Negroes," which gets everyone laughing. "Listen to this rambling drunk," says Mike.
"It's been a while since we've had just a sloppy, fall down drunk in rock and roll."
- Mike

"Winehouse?"
- Pat

"Oh, well... she really fell down."
- Murray

"She fell six feet down."
- Pat
Pat's played this song before, but by golly he's got another reason to play. From the soundtrack to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it's "Raised on the Radio" by The Ravyns.
00:50:00 Grab your berets and bake your baguettes, because Mike's next pick is the French electronic band Air. Off the album 10 000 Hz Legend, it's "Radio #1". Both Murray and Air were at Coachella at the same time. Murray didn't see them, he was too busy being on the worst mushrooms trip of his life. Mike is incensed; he gets the bad rap as the drug guy for doing cocaine once years ago, but here's Murray tripping the light fantastic on shrooms and nobody bats an eye. Such is life for "The Snowman."
Murray gets the funk train going with his next pick Indeep. Off the album Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life, it's the title track "Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life". Sounds like quite the song to snort cocaine to, Mike. You're really not helping your case, buddy.
00:55:00 Pat has a Ramones song that is not sung by The Ramones. It's a guessing game as to who sung "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" from the tribute album We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones. Mike and Murray are positively stumped, so Pat reveals that it's Kiss! When Pat met Paul Stanley at the House of Blues, he told him that he looked forward to hearing the Kiss song on the upcoming Ramones album. Paul told Pat that it was the best song on the album. Keep in mind this album also included U2, Eddie Vedder, and The Pretenders.
Mike keeps the funky beats a-flowin' with his next pick. He plays "DJ" by Jamelia from the album Thank You. Murray is not having any of it.
01:00:00 It's now Murray's turn for the cover guessing game. This time it's a version of The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star". Pat already knows it, so Mike is the one guessing. He gets it! It's Ben Folds Five, from the album Whatever and Ever Amen. Pat wonders what a full Buggles album looks like. "Awful," say Mike and Murray. Pat likes buying full albums because he likes the hits and he's curious about what the rest of the album sounds like. Murray had a four-song rule. If he liked four songs, he would buy the album.
Pat's next pick is "AM Radio" by Everclear from the album Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile. Mike remembers when his family got the first FM radio for their car. Murray reminisces how when you go out of the cities, it really is just country and western.
01:05:00 Brief country talk leads to discussing the life of mailmen. It's a rough gig (with the whole "shooting your workmates thing") but you do get a pension and a nice walk. You could listen to the radio while you do it! Maybe... a "Mexican Radio", perhaps? That is Mike's next pick by Wall of Voodoo from the album Call of the West.
01:10:00 The three show a lot of love for Murray's next pick Joe Jackson. Murray saw him in concert once with just a piano and he was awesome. Then he saw Todd Rundgren play with a ukulele and he was not awesome. Murray plays "On Your Radio" from the album I'm the Man. Ol' Joe was hurt by MTV; he was not an attractive man. Pat loves that early Joe Jackson sound, a la Elvis Costello, but when Joe and Elvis spread their wings a bit and branched out, he wasn't a big fan of it. Murray had the Elvis and Burt Bacharach collaboration album and it was the sex CD for when he was single. A total panty dropper.
"Todd Rundgren played 'Bang the Drum' [...] on a uku-fuckin'-lele."
- Murray

"How was that?"
- Pat

"Uku-fuckin'-awful."
- Murray, with the line of the episode
Pat's next pick is a side project for the lead singer of the Gin Blossoms called The Poppin' Wheelies. He plays "Radio Summer" off their self-titled album.
01:15:00 Pat decides to call an audible and play a song that none of the three admitted to putting on their lists. Off the album Permanent Waves, it's Rush with "The Spirit of Radio". Great song from a great band, and if you don't like it, you can kick rocks. That's what I say. They talk about Beyond the Lighted Stage, the great Rush documentary. Neil Peart is shy, but everyone knows that. Murray actually shook Larry Mullen Jr.'s hand at the U2 concert and Larry was none too happy about it. Then again he did hug his son's shirtless body around the waist on their latest album cover, so maybe a handshake isn't the worst type of human contact you can have, Larry.
01:20:00 Mike's last pick is a couples skate, so get out their with your favorite guy or girl and move those legs. Off the album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II, it's "On the Radio" by Donna Summer. Murray has to ask this question YET AGAIN: Did she go nuts? No, Murray, she just became very Christian. As did Vanity, who became a preacher.
Murray's one regret in life is that he never saw his next pick live. Pat saw him many times at the gym before he kicked the bucket. It's Warren Zevon with Mohammed's Radio from his self-titled album. Mike has a bone to pick: Murray never gave back his Zevon biography. And Pat never gave Mike back his Dogtown and Z-Boys documentary. Thieves, the lot of them.
01:25:00 For his next pick, Pat has a guy by the name of Jesse Malin. It's a song called "Broken Radio" with special guest Bruce Springsteen from an album called Glitter in the Gutter. Bruce is here and he talks about getting his bandmates mixed up all the time. The only guy he didn't mix up was Clarence, the black guy... which prompts Murray to play "the Negroes." HA!
Murray's last pick is going up against the man, man. It's Rage Against the Machine with "Guerrilla Radio" from the album The Battle of Los Angeles. "All their songs sound the same, but that song fucking rocks," says Murray.
01:30:00 There's a vote for who should be Pat's second-to-last pick: Ramones, Queen, Elvis Costello, Journey, or Matchbox 20. They decide to go Queen and it's "Radio Ga Ga" from The Works. Blasphemer Mike Siegel hates the song, but Murray and Pat love it. Pat would actually get heat in college for playing it.
01:35:00 Plugs time. Mike is going to be on the upcoming season of Last Comic Standing, as is Graham Elwood of Comedy Film Nerds. Murray is tired of plugging me so much. He hopes that I at least get a lot of tail from this thing. Oh Murray, if only you knew how quickly a vagina dries up when I utter the phrase "recapping a podcast for free." I might as well be trying to have sex with a rice cake.
This was a fun show, and it's nice to have Murray and Mike on. Their appearances have been a bit sparse over the last couple of months, but that's only because of all the guests that Pat has been getting. Hopefully these two can come on with more frequency and bust each other's balls for our eternal amusement. Pat sends us out with "We Want the Airwaves" by Ramones from the album Pleasant Dreams.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:05:00 Waist Deep Two of a Perfect Pair Lines West Mike (First Listen)
00:10:00 Perfect Pair Two of a Perfect Pair Lines West Murray (First Listen)
00:10:00 The Gift Box Two of a Perfect Pair Lines West Pat (First Listen)
00:10:00 Simple Rain Two of a Perfect Pair Lines West Pat (First Listen)
00:10:00 Foolish Two of a Perfect Pair Lines West Pat (First Listen)
00:15:00 Capital Radio One The Essential Clash The Clash Mike
00:15:00 Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor Rob Zombie Murray
00:25:00 Portable Radio X-Static Hall & Oates Pat
00:25:00 Radio Free Europe Murmur R.E.M. Mike
00:30:00 Great DJ We Started Nothing The Ting Tings Murray
00:30:00 Bedside Radio Metal Rendez-vous Krokus Pat
00:35:00 Midnight Radio Hedwig and the Angry Inch Soundtrack John Cameron Mitchell Mike
00:35:00 Turn Up the Radio Sign In Please Autograph Murray
00:40:00 Radio Girl Good Evening Marshall Crenshaw Pat
00:40:00 Radio Cure Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco Mike
00:45:00 The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat) L.A. Woman The Doors Murray
00:45:00 Raised on the Radio Fast Times at Ridgemont High Soundtrack The Ravyns Pat
00:50:00 Radio #1 10 000 Hz Legend Air Mike
00:50:00 Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life Indeep Murray
00:55:00 Do You Remember Rock ’n’ Roll Radio? We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones Kiss Pat
00:55:00 DJ Thank You Jamelia Mike
01:00:00 Video Killed the Radio Star Whatever and Ever Amen Ben Folds Five Murray
01:00:00 AM Radio Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile Everclear Pat
01:05:00 Mexican Radio Call of the Wild Wall of Voodoo Mike
01:10:00 On Your Radio I’m the Man Joe Jackson Murray
01:10:00 Radio Summer The Poppin’ Wheelies The Poppin’ Wheelies Pat
01:15:00 The Spirit of Radio Permanent Waves Rush Pat
01:20:00 On the Radio On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II Donna Summer Mike
01:20:00 Mohammed’s Radio Warren Zevon Warren Zevon Murray
01:25:00 Broken Radio Glitter in the Gutter Jesse Malin feat. Bruce Springsteen Pat
01:25:00 Guerrilla Radio The Battle of Los Angeles Rage Against the Machine Murray
01:30:00 Radio Ga Ga The Works Queen Pat
01:35:00 We Want the Airwaves Pleasant Dreams Ramones Pat