Episode 223: The Question Is... Murray said, "Can we record an episode with question songs? Pat's answer was "Yes" and then Kyle agreed to produce! So the question is... Do you want to hear this episode? From October 22, 2015
With your hosts:
Pat and Murray welcome us to the show. Pat presents Murray with a few presents, both from Benjamin Weber. One is the standard bottle of Canadian maple syrup. The other is a kids book for Murray's son Frank called The Hockey Sweater (well, Ben's Canadian, so what did you expect?). Awwwwwwwww, what a nice guy. Murray isn't sure about the book, though. He might have to test it out first. "If I read it to Kyle, it’s like reading it to my kid because they’re the same size," he quips. Kyle reads the first paragraph like a champion. The conversation turns to the SUPER MOON! Pat and Kyle fear collision, while Murray notes that the waves have been great.
So what are we drinking? What kind of alcohol are we pouring down our gullets? Murray was sipping some margaritas earlier. Pat cracked open a bottle of wine last night at 10:30. "Was there a Sex & the City marathon on?" asks Kyle. No, Pat was merely picking his songs for today as any respectable gentleman would. I wouldn't be surprised if he also ate some Brie while wearing a top hat and a monocle. Tonight Pat and Murray are drinking Stella Artois, while Kyle has a Sam Adams Boston lager. It's a real daddy's night out, according to Murray. Kyle, meanwhile, went rock wall climbing yesterday.
Kyle is not afraid of heights. He went with his roommate and friend Brandt. They met at Pat's BBQ party and have been buddies ever since. Another high school friend of Kyle's gets brought up, and he's referred to as The Winbush Kid. With a name like that, he should either be robbing a stagecoach or getting Chokeslammed by The Undertaker. After a brief mention of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and Rat Race, Murray finally steers this boat towards musical waters. He has some new business (which is, technically, old business). Rock Solid recently did a very long U2 episode (it might still be going, actually) and Pat played the song "Numb." Listener Scott Adams sent Murray the original version of the song. It's "Down All the Days" off the album Achtung Baby Remastered (Premium Edition).
Today's topic is one that I'm surprised it took this long to get to: Question songs! A lot of Murray's don't have question marks, so he had to get creative. Pat's all have question marks. The Hockey Sweater returns. Pat reads the last page. Murray is a little annoyed at Ben's book choice, although he prefers it over Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Pat spits out disgust for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. "It's all bullshit," says Pat. I hear ya. I found its sequel, If You Give Adolf Eichman a Scone, to be equally shallow.
Murray starts us off with not only a question, but, in his mind, quite possibly the greatest opening guitar riff of all time. Off of Sticky Fingers, it's "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" by The Rolling Stones.
Pat's first pick is by Rick Springfield. Off the album Venus in Overdrive, the song is "Who Killed Rock 'n' Roll?". Pretty good, even Murray likes it. Rick is in Rikki and the Flash. Or as Murray calls it, Rikki and the Flash in the Pan (har dee har). Pat saw it, gives it a 6 out of 10. But Rick is good in it.
The next band for Murray is an obscure one called The Monroes. He plays "What Do All the People Know" off their self-titled EP. Murray does not know much about the band.
It's time for Blondie to get some love on the show, as the band is Pat's next pick. Pat plays "Will Anything Happen?" off of Parallel Lines. The show experiences some technical issues, specifically with a broken cord. "Donate money so we can get a new Kyle," says Murray.
The issue is Kyle has to turn Murray's laptop towards him to see the order of his picks, which hurts the cord. Kyle advises printing a list from Murray's iTunes beforehand. Murray takes this under advisement. In the meantime, he plays his next pick. Off the album Love Bites, it's Buzzcocks with "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)". Murray has music nerds trivia: Buzzcocks invited The Sex Pistols to play at a show. Rumored to be at the concert: Morrissey, Mark E. Smith, Peter Hook, and Bernard Sumner, among others.
In 1989, Pat Francis had moved to Chicago, trying his hand at standing up comedy. His med school girlfriend broke up with him two months in. Pat remembers the exact albums that made him emotionally distraught during that period: Bad English's first album, Cyndi Lauper's A Night to Remember, Don Henley's End of the Innocence, and this one: Soul Provider by Michael Bolton. Pat plays the song "How Can We Be Lovers?".
Murray's girl is Sinead O'Connor. If he could have sex with her, he would. This disgusts Pat. Pat is chewing pizza on mic, which in turn disgusts Murray. Murray's other girl, though, is Annie Lennox. Murray plays "Why" off her solo album Diva. Annie is very beautiful. Pat remarks that she purposefully plained herself up.
"The sound I'm making with my mouth is the same sound [Sinead O'Connor] makes walking around."
- Pat, chewing his pizza on mic, with the line of the episode
Pat takes us back to the 60s with his next pick. Off the album Do You Believe in Magic, it's The Lovin' Spoonful with "Do You Believe in Magic?".
All three enjoy some more pizza. Pat chews on mic again. "Sit down, Sinead," he says right after. Murray immediately apologizes to the entire female fanbase. He tries to make it up with his next pick. The song is "How Long" by Ace off the album Five-A-Side. Pat confused Paul Carrack, the lead singer, with Paul Rodgers. Carrack looks very much like Peter Gabriel nowadays, and Murray wants me to show all you as proof. Well... here you go.
A-ha did the theme for The Living Daylights. Pat still hates them and the song. BUT The Pretenders did two songs for the soundtrack which are considerably better. Pat plays one of them, "Where Has Everybody Gone?". Pat plays a little of the A-ha theme and it's still terrible. "They couldn't afford more than a Casio?" asks Murray. "That was a calculator," answers Kyle. Roger Moore got all the great tunes.
Murray wipes the A-ha juice off the show with his next pick, David Bowie. He plays "Life on Mars?" off the album Hunky Dory.
Fun fact: Rick Wakeman from Yes plays piano on that song. Murray plays a snippet of the Seu Jorge cover of the song. Pat attempts an Adam West impression and it doesn't bode well. He sticks with playing good music, which he does next. Off the album Look Sharp!, it's Joe Jackson with "Is She Really Going Out with Him?". Pat is seeing him soon and hopes to get his autograph.
Murray bends the rules a little bit. Hey, he came up with the topic. The title isn't a question, but it should be because the whole chorus is a question. It's "Ship to Wreck" by Florence + the Machine off the new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. We'll let it slide, Murr.
Pat has a classy lady for his next pick. The song is "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" by Carole King off the album Tapestry. Pat tried to get her autograph at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but too many idiots were trying to take advantage and get ten things signed.
Talk turns to Kristen Chenoweth. Pat and Kyle worry that she is too skinny. Murray was at one of Nora Ephron's dinner parties (hold on, let me pick that name up) and Kristen was there. Nora asked Kristen to play a song on the piano. Kristen played and sang a song and was amazing. Murray follows his story up with his next pick. The band is Travis and the song is "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" from the album The Man Who. It takes forever for Murray to pick his songs because he ends up listening to them and enjoying them. That's nice. It's too bad he's not classing it up like Pat with his wine and cheese, though.
Pat goes new wave with his next pick. Off the compilation album Greatest, it's "Is There Something I Should Know?" by Duran Duran. Murray shunned the Double D in high school, but he now agrees that they are talented. He relates the story about him sitting in a Baja Fresh once when Duran Duran started playing a show for free. There's nothing like eating a burrito and listening to "Electric Barbarella," that's what I always say.
When he's not chowing down Mexican food while "Rio" blares in the background, Murray hosts pool parties. The parents complained about his next pick because they didn't think it was appropriate for the children. It's The Velvet Underground with "Who Loves the Sun" off of Loaded.
That's Doug Yule on vocals. Murray reads the lyrics and they are fine. Besides, kids are dumb. They're too busy picking their nose to care about Velvet Underground lyrics. And it's not like Murray is playing "Sister Ray" or "Heroin." Calm down, people. Pat goes to another V band, Van Halen. Off the album Fair Warning, it's the song "So This Is Love?".
Murray doesn't have a goth side... or does he? He doesn't, but his next pick certainly does. Off the album Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me it's "Why Can't I Be You?" by The Cure.
Pat takes a sharp left turn with his next pick. He previously played it on the crossover episode with Battleship Pretension. It's "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" by Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, & Katie Lopez from the Frozen Soundtrack. "Do you want to build a hockey sweater?" Murray chimes in. Someone just donated, so now Pat can buy a new cord or Murray can buy some paper. Either or.
Break out the crazy pills, it's time for nutbag Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. Murray plays "Wouldn't It Be Nice" off the album Pet Sounds.
Curmudgeonly Murray goes off on Mike Love. He finagled the name Beach Boys and kicked Brian Wilson off the 50th Anniversary Tour. To be fair, Brian probably didn't realize it until much later. While Mike and the boys were singing in front of thousands, Brian Wilson was playing the piano in front of a pair of socks and some old macaroni. Mike Love even got a writing credit on "Wouldn't It Be Nice" because he ad-libbed at the end and sued Brian Wilson for 17 million bucks.
Pat's next pick is the band Rooney. The song is "When Did Your Heart Go Missing?" from the album Calling the World.
If Murray has ANY street cred (hint: he doesn't), he's about to lose it. Off the album Maybe You Should Drive, he plays "Am I the Only One?" by Barenaked Ladies. Pat shares the info that Murray has co-hosted the show 16 times AND drops the spoiler that he will be co-hosting the upcoming Christmas episode (appropriately titled Murray Christmas). Murray shares his BNL theory: They started off strong, then got too full of themselves.
The next artist on Pat's list is Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Off the album Bad Reputation, it's the song "Do You Wanna Touch Me?". Pat notes that the song is not a cover, but it actually IS! Granted, the original is by Gary Glitter, so it's perfectly okay to just forget he ever did the song in the first place. Nothing to see here, folks, just a convicted child molester singing about getting touched. Nothing. To see. Here.
Murray's next pick is "Call That Gone?" by Paul Westerberg from the album Stereo.
Pat turns his attention now to The Killers' Brandon Flowers. He plays "Was It Something I Said?" off the album Flamingo. There is a synchronized eyeroll from Kyle and Murray. Murray calls him the worst lyricist ever and a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad frontman. As a massive fan of both The Killers and Brandon Flowers' solo work, all I can say is...... you know what, Murray? There's nothing to say.
Don't worry, Murray immediately redeems himself in my sparkling blue eyes with his next pick. It's "Do You Realize??" by The Flaming Lips off the concept album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. That song is so awesome it has TWO question marks. Kyle wonders why every concept album is about a dystopia or a detective. The mysteries of the universe.
Pat's next pick split his pants, inadvertently causing April Richardson to call herself a connoisseur of penises. Murray is utterly baffled by April's words. Pat plays "Where Are We Runnin'?" by Lenny Kravitz off the album Baptism. Murray is not interested.
Murray has another concept album, this time performed by Pink Floyd. You guessed it, it's The Wall. Murray plays the opening track "In the Flesh?". Murray flew to Fort Lauderdale just to see Roger Waters perform The Wall live. It was one of the greatest concert moments of his life. Murray's wife didn't understand the concept of The Wall at first, but then she loved it.
Pat ends his picks the way he started: With Rick Springfield. He plays "Will I?" off the album Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance.
Plugs time. This was a very fun show. And it's always nice to have Murray on every 4 weeks (wink wink, nudge nudge). Seriously though, Murray, like all three other co-hosts, rules whenever he is on. Big ups to the man.
Murray takes us out with one more question song. It's THE question. The only question. The question that will stay with us for all eternity. It's "Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?" by The Cramps off the album A Date with Elvis.
Down All the Days
Achtung Baby Remastered (Premium Edition)
Murray (Murray’s New Business)
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
Who Killed Rock ’N’ Roll?
Venus in Overdrive
What Do All the People Know
Will Anything Happen?
Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)