Pat and Murray welcome us to the show. They discuss Pat's hypothetical introduction for the live episode at Sketchfest which, at the time of this writing, is this weekend. Get those last minute tickets, people! Sammy Hagar is waiting! Murray is excited for Sketchfest, even though he isn't even in it.
Today's show is all about the 2016 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Pat and Jimmy Pardo are actually going to the ceremony in Brooklyn to see Cheap Trick and Chicago get inducted. They might even share a hotel room. A couple bottles of wine, some late night confessions. Who knows, things might get interesting. On the previous episode 2015 Year in Review, the hosts and Kyle guessed who they think would get in. And young master KYLE DODSON won the game with four out of five correct guesses. This year's inductees are:
Steve Miller Band
Murray thinks they should change the name of the hall of fame. He also wouldn't share a room with Pat under any circumstances.
After listening to Mike Siegel's incredible impression of Sammy Hagar ("Yeaaaahhhh baby!"), we start with our first inductee, Cheap Trick. To get in the hall, it must be at least 25 years from the release of your first album. Cheap Trick has been eligible since 2002 and this is their first year on the ballot. Pat and Murray go through the history of Cheap Trick albums before someone interrupts! Someone named Will! Someone looking for Pilar's writers group! Why am I shouting?! Anyway, Pat and Murray brought two songs each from each artist.
We start with Murray's favorite Cheap Trick song "Southern Girls" off the album In Color. Murray hates that the criteria for entry changes each year. For the most part, Cheap Trick consisted of the original four--Rick, Tom, Bun E., and Robin--but then Tom left for a while and came back, then Bun E. left the band permanently after tensions with Robin. And let's face it, when it comes to singer vs. drummer, the drummer gets the boot more often than not. Here's your hat and what's your hurry, Bun. Of course it doesn't help that Bun E. looks like Ken Kratz from Making a Murderer. Daxx Nielsen replaced Bun E. on the skins, while Jon Brant was the guy who replaced Tom Petersson as the bassist for a while.
Pat shares his Jon Brant story. Pat wanted his autograph, so he looked him and found Brant's horse bedding company. He mailed his albums to him to get signed. Months later and Pat gets a package back from Brant. Inside are all of Pat's albums signed and personalized, along with a handwritten note, one of Bun E.'s drum sticks, a tour jacket, a backstage pass, and some photos. Pretty cool. Murray appreciates getting to look at the Cheap Trick catalogue. Pat didn't think Cheap Trick would get in, he thought The Cars would get in. But alas, Christy Stratton's wound in her soul remains unhealed. Pat plays his first Cheap Trick pick, "Baby Loves to Rock" off the album All Shook Up.
Murray's second Cheap Trick song is "Tonight It's You" from the album Standing on the Edge.
Murray really wants to see Cheap Trick, so Pat goes through the recent setlists to see what's going down. A lot of hits mixed with a rotating wheel of deep cuts. Pat's second Cheap Trick song is "Writing on the Wall" off the big album Dream Police.
The next band on the docket is Chicago. They've been eligible since 1994. So many hits, a real signature sound with the mix of rock and horns. In the 80s, they went with a slicker, soft rock sound, but then again everyone did that.
They've sold millions of albums! 21 top ten singles! They can each bench press 600 pounds! Okay, that last one might be made-up, but still the band has had a lot of success, even after Peter Cetera left the band. Murray's first pick is off the first album, Chicago Transit Authority, which was the band's original name before they were forced to change it (gee, I wonder why). The song is "Questions 67 and 68". Murray doesn't want to turn it off.
Pat's first Chicago pick is also off the first album. It's their version of the song "I'm a Man". Jimi Hendrix said Terry Kath was the best guitarist he ever heard. "He didn't own a mirror," says Kyle.
Murray's next song sounds completely different from the previous two songs. Off the album Chicago 17, it's "Along Comes a Woman".
The second Chicago pick for Pat is "Feelin' Stronger Every Day" off the album Chicago VI. Now Murray wants to see Chicago too! This man is excited!
After a quick pee break (too many road sodas for Murray), we move on to band number three, Deep Purple. Pat speaks honestly and doesn't think they deserve to be in. Not enough album sales and too many lineup changes. This leads to a completely asinine (and also hysterical) conversation about Deep Purple and Rainbow, and trying to figure out who was in what. Murray becomes obsessed with Joe Lynn Turner and finding out the original lead singer of Rainbow. Maddening, yet funny. Pat's mind about Deep Purple was somewhat alleviated when he realized that every single guitarist's first riff is "Smoke on the Water."
Pat's first Deep Purple song (which Murray also picked) was "Woman from Tokyo" off the album Who Do We Think We Are. It's Murray's favorite Deep Purple song. Kyle originally thought the song was by Kiss, then realized there were actual musicians playing on it.
Murray's first Deep Purple pick is "Space Truckin'" off of Machine Head.
Pat's next Deep Purple song is from the Mach III era of the band with David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. Off the album Stormbringer, it's the title track "Stormbringer". With many bands having multiple members over the course of their careers, how can you decide on which guys get in? Eighty guys got in with Parliament-Funkadelic, but only the original four members of Kiss got in.
"What would your character be if you were in Kiss?"
"No, coon. Blackface. Completely racist."
- Murray, with the line of the episode
After Murray's incredible line, he plays his second Deep Purple song. Off the first album Shades of Deep Purple, it's their first hit "Hush".
You know, Murray asked me for suggestions for Deep Purple songs. Did he use any? NOPE!!!!!! Murray plays a song by The Charlatans UK that sounds very similar to "Hush" (because they lifted the riff, as it turns out.) Meanwhile, Pat, Murray and Christy are on Pilar's podcast On the Page. Drinking Mimosas and eating donuts, it was a whale of a time. Then there are some impressions of Frank Biernat as a dirty Bond villain and some Tarantino discussion.
Our fourth band is the Steve Miller Band. Pat's first pick is off an album that he says everyone had back in the day, Book of Dreams. The song is "True Fine Love" (which Murray also picked). Kyle doesn't like Steve Miller. "He's a joker," says Kyle. Har-dee-har-har. Murray says rock radio killed Steve Miller because they kept playing the same six songs.
Murray's first pick is one he's played before, "Quicksilver Girl" off the album Sailor.
Pat feels like this show isn't clicking. This thing is firing on all cylinders baby! We got Steve Miller playing, Murray cracking wise. This bad boy is rocking. Murray's next pick is "Livin' in the USA" off the compilation album Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits.
Pat's second Steve Miller pick is a song he's also played before, "Heart Like a Wheel" off of Circle of Love. Murray likes the song. Hell, he even likes "Abracadabra"... which Pat promptly plays next.
For some reason, we're still playing Steve Miller Band. Pat plays "Jet Airliner" off the album Book of Dreams. "Oh good, we haven't heard this song in five minutes," Murray says.
Oh Jesus, there's even MORE Steve Miller Band. Murray plays "Winter Time" off the album Greatest Hits 1974-78.
After some more movie talk, we get to the final inductee, N.W.A. Pat didn't know much about N.W.A before watching the movie Straight Outta Compton, which he liked. They are not in Pat's wheelhouse (again, who would have thunk it), but they do have songs that Pat likes. Murray plays his first N.W.A pick, "Fuck the Police" off the album Straight Outta Compton. Murray is more of a Dr. Dre fan than an N.W.A fan. He worked with Dre on a TV show called Farmclub, which resulted in him getting drunk with Dre and also smoking some jazz cigarettes with Snoop Dogg.
Pat's first N.W.A pick is "Express Yourself" from Straight Outta Compton.
Murray's second pick is "Boyz-n-the-Hood" off the first album N.W.A and the Posse. Then he plays a version of the song by Dynamite Hack (which was a band featured on Farmclub) off the album Superfast.
Pat's second N.W.A song is the title track "Straight Outta Compton" off the album Straight Outta Compton.
With all five inductees complete, the boys discuss Guns N' Roses' pseudo-reunion at Coachella. Pat doesn't think it's a real reunion because it's only Axl, Slash, and Duff. LCD Soundsystem is also getting back together at Coachella, just five years after proclaiming they were done.
Plugs time. Murray is on a casino tour, so once you're done losing your kids' college funds, go see some comedy! Pat is very excited about meeting Sammy Hagar. He's gonna be playing stuff from all over Sammy's career: Montrose, Van Halen, solo, The Circle, HSAS, Chickenfoot. It's gonna be The Sammy Hagar Show.
Pat takes us out with another song from Cheap Trick. It's "She's Tight" off the album One on One.