Episode 224: Spooky Tunes It's time to turn down the lights, carve some pumpkins and load your belly with fun size treats as Pat, Mike and Kyle celebrate Halloween by playing their favorite Spooky Tunes! From October 29, 2015
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Pat, Mike, and Kyle welcome us to the show. We're recording this near the beginning of October. Or Rocktober, as Mike calls it (cue laser beams and wailing guitars). Mike just saw Duran Duran at the Hollywood Bowl. They had to cut the encore short because of the 11 PM curfew. Chic was one of the opening acts and they were great. Nile Rodgers did a medley of songs he wrote, which made Mike realize Nile sleeps on a bed of money every night. Duran Duran didn't get to go on until 9:20. "Models and blow, right?" says Cool 80's Pat. Mike disses the food prices at the Bowl. A 32 ounce beer is 15 bucks.
There were a lot of good looking people at the Duran Duran show. The band themselves are looking pretty spiffy themselves. They could give "Fly Honey" Mike a real run for his money. Overall the show was a lot of fun. Meanwhile Pat has some podcast updates. The show is now on the ART19 platform. It's super easy to navigate and has a nice look to it. And Matt Belknap himself is a co-founder. This move does not affect how you, the listener, gets the podcast, unless of course you listen via Libsyn. The Rock Solid Guide also has a new recurring donation button, which is located handily on the side of this page!
The three imagine how many donations they would get if they had Marc Maron's numbers. Unfortunately they don't have Marc Maron's numbers, so guys like Frank Biernat and David Wild will have to pony up. Biernat, by the way, will return to do a Clash episode, so look out for that one. By the time this episode comes out, Mike will be in Taiwan. He's hosting a TV show special. The man is getting paid to travel, the lucky duck. He's also going to perform on his first cruise. Mike will spend four or five days at sea, entertaining the wayfarers with whimsy and wonder.
Pat transitions to the topic of the day by telling a story. He took his daughter and her friend to see Hotel Transylvania 2. He had his big backpack with him which had his laptop and other stuff in it. The movie theater guy let him walk into the theater with his backpack and didn't even question him.
That's kind of scary. Then again, the guy is getting 7 bucks an hour to say "The Visit is theater six, on your right," so a wandering mind is not entirely surprising. Besides, if the guy did search Pat's bag, he would be more concerned about Pat bringing candy from home than anything else. "Never mind that loud beeping noise and countdown timer, just drop those Milk Duds in the trash before I tackle your ass."
Today's topic is Spooky Tunes! Songs that are inspired by the ghosts, ghouls, horrors, and hair-raisers of Halloween! Pat begins with a spoken word introduction by Hollywood Vampires feat. Christopher Lee. It's Mr. Lee speaking "The Last Vampire" off of their self-titled album. Lee is a legend, R.I.P.: Saruman, Dracula, Count Dooku, Scaramanga, Sherlock Holmes. A legend! This track is Lee reading an excerpt from Dracula where we enter the mansion and see the Count. "He's describing the first time he went to Johnny Depp's home," says Kyle.
Mike's first pick is from Industrial giants Ministry. He plays "(Everyday Is) Halloween" off the album Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984). Pat busts out his Christopher Lee impression, which involves sexual acts with Peter Cushing and Boris Karloff. Oh boy.
Thankfully Pat stops the nonsense and plays his next pick. Off the album Full Moon Fever, it's "Zombie Zoo" by Tom Petty. What is Kyle going as for Halloween this year? Wolverine again, because he's apparently the only character in history to have sideburns.
Mike doesn't like the pressure of dressing up for Halloween. He does have a backup costume, though: A crazy disco outfit from Goodwill. There's a lot of stories in that costume; most of which likely involved cocaine and hooker vomit. Mike plays his next pick, the lovely Cher, with a song about a fortune teller's dangerous predictions. He plays "Dark Lady" off the album Dark Lady.
Some of Pat's picks are not regular songs, but rather themes from scary movies. His first one of these is the "Halloween Main Title Theme" by John Carpenter from the Halloween Soundtrack.
Mike now has something from Kyle's favorite band, Nine Inch Nails. Off the album The Downward Spiral, it's "Closer". "What's scarier than getting fucked like an animal?" asks Mike. Thank you Mike for the most pertinent question of the day.
A lot of people are afraid to die, but Pat's next pick assures them that it's gonna be okay. It's "(Don't Fear) the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult off of Agents of Fortune. The boys reminisce on the SNL cowbell sketch. Pat nitpicks that the guy who was there for the original recordings wasn't Bruce Dickinson, but a guy named Sandy Pearlman. They agree that it's a better name. "It's a guy who wandered over from his Bar Mitzvah," notes Mike. Off topic, Mike made pancakes and used Benjamin Weber's delicious Canadian maple syrup. He made way too many. Pat has kids, so he makes pancakes weekly at his home. Of course he has to make it with whipped cream and chocolate chips every time. "It's like eating a sundae for breakfast," complains Pat.
Forget not fearing the reaper. Mike's next pick urges you not to compensate the man who drove you across the River Styx. It's "Don't Pay the Ferryman" by Chris de Burgh from the album The Getaway.
Pat's next pick is the scariest song he has ever heard in his life. Off the album Double Fantasy, it's "Kiss Kiss Kiss" by Yoko Ono. *shudders* I felt a cold chill just typing that. Kyle plays a little of Yoko screaming at an art gallery and OH GOD MY EARS! MY EARS!
Mike has a story song, and it's a scary one to boot. It's about a lonely old woman who died in her apartment, only to be eaten by her dog. The song is "Marie Provost" by Nick Lowe off of Jesus of Cool.
The Rolling Stones are next up on Pat's list of spooky sounds. He plays "Too Much Blood" off the album Undercover. Pat also plays a little of Mick's spoken word:
Did you ever see "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"? Horrible, wasn't it. You know, people ask me "is it really true where you live in Texas, is that really true what they do around there, people?" I say, "yea, every time I drive through the crossroads I get scared, there's a bloke running round with a fucking chain saw. Oh! Oh! oh No, he's gonna cut off, Oh no. Don't saw off me leg, don't saw off me arm."
The next band that Mike has is great for Halloween due to both its song and its name. It's Dead Kennedys with "California Uber Alles" off the album Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death.
It's now time for a very rare event: Pat Francis brought in some hip hop. Of course, it's safe hip hop for white people, but it's hip hop nonetheless, people. Off the album He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper, it's "A Nightmare on My Street" by .
Nothing is creepier than clowns, according to Mike. Thankfully his next pick does something about it. He plays "They Murdered the Clown" by Graham Parker off the album Struck by Lightning. The three talk about the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Night. Pat would not like them. Kyle has been to them. The hay rides are not dark enough to be scary and are too predictable. Long lines too.
Pat has another scary movie theme on tap. This time it's the freaky "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield from the album Tubular Bells.
Kyle doesn't like The Exorcist. It doesn't matter if the demon is gone, she still turned her head 360 degrees. Her neck is beyond broken, so shouldn't she be dead? Oh Kyle, you stickler for logic. Kyle prefers The Omen trilogy. Pat first saw The Exorcist in high school at a friend's house. When the movie was over, it was dark out. He had to walk home a couple miles. Pat ran dead center in the middle of the street all the way home and he hasn't seen The Exorcist since. What about recent scary movies? Pat really liked It Follows and The Babadook. Kyle watched Creep with Mark Duplass.
After discussing the original Friday the 13th and the Carrie remake, we return to the music. Mike has a decidedly non-scary artist, Cliff Richard, but with a song that is perfect for All Hallow's Eve. It's "Devil Woman" off the album I'm Nearly Famous. Cliff has 80 million hits in the U.K. (they don't call him "The British Elvis" for nothing), but not as many in the States. This song went to #6 in the U.S., but the follow up single only went to 80. Oof. Mike's next episode is going to be Two Hit Blunder, so that would have been a perfect choice.
With the upcoming sequel/reboot/remake/whatever on its way, it's only appropriate that Pat plays "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr. from the Ghostbusters Soundtrack.
It's getting a little more sanguine on the show, as Mike plays "Blood and Roses" by The Smithereens from the album Especially for You. Pat somehow knows the lead singer of the band, yet doesn't know CPR. I'm sure he'll do great in the apocalypse.
What kind of Halloween episode would it be if we didn't play Alice Cooper? A terrible one! Luckily Pat plays "Teenage Frankenstein" off the album Constrictor.
Alice sure loves his horror: Guillotines, skulls, giant snakes. The guy is a showman to the nth degree. Speaking of showmen, Mike plays a little more of Mick Jagger and those Rolling Stones. This isn't necessarily a scary song, but it's usually accompanied in movies by horrible things like war, poverty, and death. It's "Gimme Shelter" off of Let It Bleed. Overused, yes, but for a reason.
And OF COURSE! Ozzy Osbourne needs to be heard in some fashion. Pat plays "Bark at the Moon" off the album Bark at the Moon. Pat does a Sharon Osbourne that sounds a lot like his Yoko Ono impression. And when I say "a lot," I mean "exactly the same." The conversation turns to Julian Lennon, whether or not he gets a piece of the pie, and John Lennon not being the best dad in the world.
"Way to get shot, John. Poor parenting!"
- Mike, with the line of the episode.
Another Englishman who got shot is Ray Davies, although he thankfully lived to tell the tale. Mike plays "The Voodoo Walk" off the album Working Man's Café.
Pat not only goes folk with his next pick, but he goes Scottish folk. He plays "Season of the Witch" by Donovan off the album Sunshine Superman. Mike is reminded of a scene in the Bob Dylan documentary Dont Look Back where Donovan performs a nice little song called "To Sing for You" in front of a party crowd. "Hey, that's a good song, man," says Dylan. Then Bobby D takes the guitar and does "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and completely puts Donovan to shame.
Charles Manson would be proud of Mike's next pick. Of course it's Helter Skelter by The Beatles off their self-titled album.
Pat already played Blue Öyster Cult earlier in the show, but he's got another Halloween song from them, this time to do with the monstrous "Godzilla" off the album Spectres. Pat and Mike are perplexed by the lyric of Godzilla having "a purposeful grimace." What the hell does that mean? This transition to the McDonalds character Grimace. What is he? Kyle has the answer: He was originally conceived as the embodiment of a milkshake. He doesn't even grimace! The son-of-a-bitch is always smiling! This world makes no sense, I tells ya.
Mike now has some scary disco for us all to enjoy. He plays "Devil's Gun" by C.J. & Company off the album Devil's Gun.
Pat tries to reach a younger demo with his next pick. Off the A.N.T. Farm Soundtrack, it's China Anne McClain with the song "Calling All the Monsters".
Pat's youngest is now totally into Doctor Who. Kyle throws some shade at a lot of the Doctor Who episodes. Pat roots for Roger Daltry to be the Doctor. My vote would go to the lead singer of Mike's next band, Judas Priest. Who wouldn't love seeing Rob Halford whipping Daleks and destroying Cybermen with the force of his screams? Nobody wouldn't, that's who. Mike plays "Some Heads Are Gonna Roll" off the album Defenders of the Faith.
Pat goes really creepy (and Latin) with his next pick. It's "O Fortuna" by Leonard Slatkin from the compilation album Now That's What I Call Halloween. It's the creepy chanting song that plays when bad things are happening.
Mike thinks of naughty sex things with his next pick. Maybe some forced sexual slavery or some such, I don't know. Off the album Rebel Yell, it's "Flesh for Fantasy" by Billy Idol.
On a lighter note, Pat plays a little Warren Zevon with "Werewolves of London off the album Werewolves of London. Pat calls an audible and plays Adam Sandler's version of the song from a Warren Zevon tribute album. Surprisingly Sandler plays it straight, rather than sounding like a babbling four-year-old for three-and-a-half minutes.
AC/DC recently played Dodger Stadium, which confuses Pat and Mike because they don't think it's a suitable venue. Pat saw Kiss at Dodger Stadium on Halloween night and they had awful 3D effects. Mike plays "Highway to Hell" off the album Highway to Hell. Pat reads the AC/DC setlist and Mike is bummed that he didn't see them.
Alright, let's class up the joint. Pat plays "I Put a Spell on You" by Nina Simone off the album I Put a Spell on You. On another note, Pat reveals what his mother/Kyle's grandmother calls trick-or-treaters: Halloweeners. And Halloween is always celebrated on the 31st of October, right? Well in Pat's hometown of Hollidaysburg, PA, people go trick-or-treating the Thursday before Halloween. Ummmmmm............. What? They're the only town that does it, according to Pat and Kyle. Anyway, Pat gives apologies to Danny Elfman for the theme from Beetlejuice, as well as the song "Dead Man's Party" by his band Oingo Boingo. He also gives apologies to "Frankenstein" by Edgar Winter Group, as well as "Night Prowler" by AC/DC.
So another fright-filled episode of Rock Solid has come to an end. Hopefully most of you made it before being scared to death. Pat takes us out with the quintessential Halloween song. It's "Monster Mash" by Bobby (Boris) Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers off the album The Original Monster Mash.