Episode 237: Long Longer Longest Christy's back in the Co-Host chair to join Pat as they play songs with any form of the word "long" in the title. From January 28, 2016
With your hosts:
Pat and Christy welcome us to the show. Pat's got a LETTER (!) from fan Kevin Wunch. He sent a Christmas card with a photo of his family and a note about how much he enjoys the podcast. He also sent Pat a couple of Amazon gift cards. Atta boy, Kevin. As for Christy, she's doing okay except for all of these rock and roll deaths: Scott Weiland, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Lemmy, Glenn Frey, Alan Rickman. They're dropping like flies. Bowie smoked a lot, so that makes sense. And Lemmy, oh Jesus, Lemmy. He smoked and snorted everything under the sun, plus he drank at least one bottle of Jack Daniels a day. 70 years was a godsend.
Glenn Frey died of a one-two punch of colitis and pneumonia. Pat's a little worried because Frey was only 15 years older than him, but then he remembers Frey also had a life of smoking and snorting. All in all, it's been a rough start to 2016. Anyway, let's get into today's topic: Long, Longer, Longest. These are songs with the words "long," "longer," and "longest" in the title. Yup, it's just that simple. Christy starts us off with a doozy. Off the album High Voltage, it's AC/DC with "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)". Christy would be fearful of meeting Bon Scott in a dark alley. Pat and Christy talk AGAIN about amazing it is that AC/DC replaced their lead singer and everybody accepted it. Of course it didn't hurt that Back in Black is, as Christy puts it, "top-to-tails amaze."
Pat's first pick is the Eagles. He plays "How Long" off the album Long Road Out of Eden. Pat is mad at a guy on Facebook for saying that Bowie was the trendsetter and that Frey and the Eagles sucked. Come on, man. Pat and Christy agree that Bowie and Eagles are in two different camps. You can't just weigh them on the same scale.
Christy discovered her next artist via the magic of Shazam in a furniture store. It's "The Longest Road" by Morgan Page off the album Elevate.
The next song on Pat's list is by The Hollies. Off the album Distant Light, it's the song "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress".
Christy wonders when a song enters the public domain; how many years. Why? Well Christy wants to incorporate a song into SEASON FREAKING TWO of her webseries Everyone's Crazy but Us. More on that later, hint hint. In the meantime, Christy has another pick, but a flag is immediately thrown on the play. It's not the song that has "long" in the title, it's the artist. *shakes fist* Stratton!!!! Off the album It Ain't Easy, it's Long John Baldry with "It Ain't Easy".
May the lords of prog rock shine upon us all. Pat plays "Long Distance Runaround" by Yes off the seminal album Fragile. Pat wonders what Jon Anderson sounds like now. Kyle tries finding a song, but fails miserably.
Hungry? Then let Christy serve you up a nice slice of Cake. Off the album Comfort Eagle, the song is "Short Skirt/Long Jacket". Christy describes them as a less-jokey version of They Might Be Giants. Kyle doesn't like Cake. Or cake. Or cake icing. He would prefer a cookie or a blonde brownie or maybe a nice blueberry loaf. Christy responds, "My husband's like that, you're both insane, it's fine."
Up next for Pat is The Foo Fighters. He plays "Long Road to Ruin" off the album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.
Pat asks Christy for her thoughts on the Foos. Does she like them? Christy puts it like this: The Foo Fighters are a very successful TV show that has been on for a few years. Lotta praise, lotta eyeballs on it. But does Christy have the time to get into this TV show, to go back to season 1, to become invested in these lovable characters? No. No she does not. So Christy lets The Foo Fighters go their own way while she goes hers. No harm, no foul. We get into movie talk. Christy loves Trainwreck. Pat feels it went a little too long for his liking. Christy has not seen The Hateful Eight, and she's heard enough negative reactions to it that she doesn't want to see it. Pat will be doing an upcoming episode called Tarantino Tunes with Mike Schmidt, a huge Tarantino fan, all about the songs in Tarantino's movies. Now we go to TV talk, starting with the new show Billions with Paul Giamatti and Damien Lewis. Pat turned it off five minutes in.
Christy did not want to like it BUT.... it had enough surprises to keep her and her husband Gary watching. Pat and Christy turn to the upcoming HBO show Vinyl. It looks too over the top for Christy. She says it is very hard to make good rock and roll movies and TV shows. For some reason, she just doesn't get Bobby Cannavale. But she does love the show's font, so... that's something. AAAAAAAAAAAAAANYWAY, back to the music. Christy plays, what else, The Cars. Off their second album Candy-O.
Do you hear that? It's the sweet sounds of Dan Fogelberg. Off the album Phoenix, Pat plays "Longer".
In podcast news, there will be a live Rock Solid podcast taping on Wednesday, February 17th at the Improv Lab in Hollywood. It's gonna be a tribute to David Bowie. The whole gang will be there, as will former guest Heather Stewart, who will be performing two David Bowie covers. Admission is free. You can go to the Rock Solid Facebook page for more info. Pat talks a little about the Sammy Hagar episode. Thanks to Sammy's people, Pat has the hookup with Joe Satriani's people. Chris Isaak was in the audience dressed like a gumshoe. 90% of the people there weren't there for Rock Solid, they were there for Sammy.
Christy's next pick is the great Cat Stevens. Off the album Tea for the Tillerman, it's "Longer Boats". In college, Christy was a DJ at their AM oldies station. It's where she discovered Cat Stevens.
Being at the radio station was how she met Billy Squier. The rock FM guys were the ones with the golden voices, so Christy felt like she couldn't compete with them. Her friends didn't listen. At one point she held the 2 to 6 a.m. shift. When the AM station decided to switch over to all talk, Christy made a demo tape of a music show to try to impress the higher-ups, but it didn't work out. Christy sighs and wonders how her life would have been much different if she had been born in New York or California. Pat remembers his college's radio station: you couldn't even pick it up in the dorm rooms.
Pat's next pick is "Long Line" by Peter Wolf off the album Long Line. Pat loves him some solo Peter Wolf. He also some news that might make Christy angry. Heart, Cheap Trick, and Joan Jett are doing a tour together. Cheap Trick are opening. Pat and Christy agree that, no disrespect, Joan Jett should be the one opening.
Christy discovered her next pick on a Virgin Megastore compilation CD. Off their self-titled album, it's The Magic with "Take the Long Road and Walk It".
The next song on Pat's docket is the timeless "The Long and Winding Road" by The Beatles off the album Let It Be. Beautiful stuff. But enough about that nice, melodic hymn, we've got MAKING A MURDERER to talk about, people! Nancy Grace had Donnie Wahlberg on her show to talk about Making a Murderer. What?!?! Pat and Christy discuss the docu-series. They are both not convinced that Steven Avery did it.
Other MaM-related things discussed include Ken Kratz's high voice and sexy texting, the lack of credible hard evidence, Brendan Dassey, and who they would cast in the movie. Starring Paul Dano as Brendan Dassey, Rick Moranis as Len Kachinsky, Stephen Colbert as Dean Strang, and a young Bob Newhart as Jerry Buting. Hey, as long as those beautiful news reporters play themselves, I'm happy.
She mentioned this guy earlier, so now Christy is going to play him. Off the album Signs of Life, it's Billy Squier with "All Night Long".
Christy has said it before and she'll say it again. She was OBLIVIOUS to the fact that the "Rock Me Tonite" video ruined Billy Squier's career. Everybody did cheesy 80s videos with their shirts off. But poor Billy was the one to take the bullet. Christy comments that her husband Gary is quite oblivious to music in his own right. It was news to him--recent news--that Freddie Mercury was gay. NEWS!!!! Oh man, that Elton John, what a ladies man. And that George Michael, when is he gonna settle down with a nice girl?
Pat's next pick is off the album An Innocent Man. The song is "For the Longest Time" by Billy Joel. Pat really likes the album because he loved Frankie Valli as a kid.
Christy's last pick is by a band we heard earlier, the Eagles. It's "The Long Run" off of the album The Long Run.
People were antsy for a new Eagles album because The Long Run came out a whole three years after Hotel California. "Too busy taking money baths," says Christy. Pat tells a story about royalties. Mick Jones (the Foreigner version) was writing "I Want to Know What Love Is." Lou Gramm comes in and helps him out. When the song came out, Lou wanted a 50/50 split of the royalties. (And boy oh boy, there were a lot of royalties.) Mick said no: 95/5. "Well in that case just take the whole thing," responded Lou. And the rest is history.
Christy elaborates on Everyone's Crazy but Us. Season 2 is on the way with funding. There is also a Facebook page so like that bad boy. Pat, Christy, and Murray recently made an appearance on Pat's wife Pilar's podcast On the Page. Also, Christy was on Mike's podcast Travel Tales. So there is so much Christy Stratton for you to enjoy!
This was a fun, easy-breezy episode. In the background, Mike Siegel chooses Pat's closing song. Off the album Relish, it's "Man in the Long Black Coat" by Joan Osborne.
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