Episode 241: High Voltage For those about about to rock solidly we salute you as Pat, Christy and Kyle pay tribute to hard rock superstars AC/DC. From February 25, 2016
With your hosts:
Pat and Christy welcome us to the show. They are actually recording in a temporary new location for today: Pat's house! Francis Manor is podcast central for the time being. Pat and Christy waste no time and start discussing why they hate the new HBO show Vinyl. Christy does not think of herself as a hater in general, but she hates it. She doesn't like the use of music, the rerecorded music, Bobby Cannavale.
More complaints from Ms. Stratton and Mr. Francis: Terrible dialogue, one-dimensional characters, boring murders, rock bands collapsing buildings with the power of rock and roll, Olivia Wilde not looking like a 70s woman. Christy is just annoyed with the whole thing and is not afraid to unscrew the top off the salt shaker and just pour out the whole damn thing. Pat recommends something to tamp down Christy's anger, the new American Masters documentary about Carole King.
Pat shares some updates about the Rock Solid Guide (Amazon links! Links to songs!) before steering this ship out of the harbor and into today's topic: the music of AC/DC! Pat and Christy will be playing their favorite AC/DC songs, as well as a few listener requests.
When AC/DC entered Christy's life, they, like David Bowie, scared the bejeezus out of her. They represented death, sex, and the devil. Spooky language..... SPOOKY LANGUAGE!!! Christy's first pick is her favorite AC/DC song. Off the album Highway to Hell, it's the title track "Highway to Hell". Pat thinks that AC/DC and Mutt Lange was a perfect combination for the band's sound. Pat also lists off AC/DC's band member numbers: 2 singers, 3 drummers, 2 bassists, and 2 rhythm guitarists.
Pat's first pick is off the album For Those About to Rock (We Salute You). The song is called "Put the Finger on You". A prime example of AC/DC's not-so-thinly veiled sexual innuendo.
After Christy got over all the terrifying devil stuff, Christy's stepsister had an 8-track of Back in Black and was also on the drill team in high school. The stepsister had a routine that would go along with Christy's next pick, "What Do You Do for Money, Honey". Pat has seen AC/DC twice. One was on the Black Ice Tour. The other was during the rehearsals for the Grammys that David Wild brought him to. That rehearsal was THE LOUDEST THING PAT EVER HEARD OR PROBABLY EVER WILL HEAR IN HIS LIFE.
Pat's next pick is off the band's third international album Let There Be Rock. The song is "Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be". Kyle is yawning, but he admits to being more awake than he was for the Dire Straits episode. "I can't, I just can't," says Christy. And there's gonna be a Pink Floyd episode soon too! Get your No-Doze ready, Kyle.
Christy has not seen the movie Maximum Overdrive, but she does own the soundtrack where she discovered her next pick. The song is "Shake Your Foundations", originally off the album Fly on the Wall. Said album also features a very subtle song called "Sink the Pink."
Pat plays a song from the Maximum Overdrive soundtrack Who Made Who. It's the title track "Who Made Who". With Bon, there were slower, bluesier numbers. But with Brian it is all straight up rock and roll. But all throughout the band's history: No ballads, no synthesizers. Christy details the one time she saw AC/DC. It was on the Stiff Upper Lip Tour. Christy brought a guy along, hoping to spark something (this was pre-Gary). Unfortunately this gentleman friend did not express affection towards Christy in a physical manner. This confuses Pat: All those sexual innuendo songs and not ONE could help Christy get a little action? That's not right. That's not right AT ALL.
Frustrations aside, Christy plays a track off of Stiff Upper Lip. The song is called "Hold Me Back". Christy hopes Kyle will fall in love Dire Straits in his 40s, while Pat hopes Kyle will fall in love with Steely Dan in his 50s. We'll just have to wait and see. Conversation turns to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pat and Jimmy were all ready to go: plane tickets booked, hotel rooms purchased, ceremony tickets paid for. Then they hit a few recent snags. Peter Cetera is not showing up to the ceremony. David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes will not be playing with Deep Purple at all.
Third (and this is the one that really cooks Pat's goose) is that Kid Rock of all people will be inducting Cheap Trick. Nothing against Kid Rock, if he wants to sing about Detroit or chicken wings or freedom or whatever it is he sings about that's his prerogative, but he isn't the guy to induct Cheap Trick. Christy agrees wholeheartedly. It's all a real downer for Pat, he doesn't need to spend all that money and fly all that way just to be disappointed. He can look in the mirror and do that for free! (I'm sorry, I had to, it was so easy.) But Pat is not disappointed about his next pick. It's "Big Gun", which was on the Last Action Hero soundtrack and also in the rarities collection Backtracks.
Pat vents further about the Hall of Fame, especially Peter Cetera not showing up. "Suck it up, Cetera," scolds Pat. Do a couple songs for the fans who have supported you so much over the years. The Van Halen boys hate David Lee Roth, but they still go on stage and perform with him. Besides, Cetera and the other Chicago guys are not getting any younger.
Going back to AC/DC, Christy plays her next pick. Off the album Highway to Hell, it's "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)". Christy admires Bon Scott for being a real working class singer with a working class look and a working class attitude (as well as a working class drinking problem). It was only when Brian came on that they brought out all the bells and whistles (and cannons and giant trains).
The talk somehow turns to the upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show TV movie. Whenever Pat watched it as a lad, he felt like he was watching something dirty. Pat and Christy had no idea it was going to be the cult classic it would become. Ben Vereen is in the remake, Tim Curry is going to be The Criminologist. Oh it's a whole big to-do. Pat steers the ship bad to AC/DC with his next pick, "Problem Child" off of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
Last week's live David Bowie tribute episode was a lot of fun for Pat and Christy, especially since the one-and-only Gary Mann was there. Pat would love to hang out with Gary in the future, maybe watch some sports or find out the best deals on hotels. You know, guy stuff. Christy meanwhile read a recent review for Everyone's Crazy but Us about how the main couple in it are sociopaths. Of course, Christy based those characters on herself and Gary so...... Ahem, anyway. Christy plays a song that features her favorite AC/DC lyric. Off the album Back in Black, it's "Have a Drink on Me".
As Mike Siegel walks in early in the background, we go to some
Our first call is... oh my, it's
Dirty Carson talks about the time Buddy Hackett finger-banged Rosemary Clooney, so he recommends "Whole Lotta Rosie" off the album Let There Be Rock.
A mysterious, unknown caller just has two words: "Big Balls." So Pat plays "Big Balls" off of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
Christy is confused by the innuendo of her next pick. Is it about VD? Is it about handjobs? A simple game of 52 pickup, perhaps? Christy plays "The Jack" off of High Voltage. Yes, the song is indeed about VD.
Pat's next pick is the song "Flick of the Switch" off the album Flick of the Switch. This was the last album to have Phil Rudd on drums until 1995's Ballbreaker. In the meantime, Simon Wright joined the band for a little while, whom Pat once met at a Subway restaurant.
Christy compliments Kyle's quick wit on today's episode. The lad sure has come a long way from being "the Silent Partner." Up next for Christy is a song that is quite popular in movies and TV shows. Off the album The Razors Edge, it's "Thunderstruck".
As Christy pontificates having a show on the air for five years and hiring AC/DC to play the celebratory party, Mike is taking pictures of the whole affair. Pat and Mike agree that Christy looks great, especially her hair.
"I have had a blow out, which would be an AC/DC song that meant something else."
- Christy, with the line of the episode
Pat and Christy also talk about Phil Rudd being quite the naughty boy, with his conspiracy to commit murder and methamphetamine and such.
Pat's next pick is off the album Powerage (pronounced "powerage" like voltage not "power-age". The song is called What's Next to the Moon. Pat takes the time to tentatively tease next week's guests. I say tentatively because the guy has already cancelled three times, but he has been very cordially and apologetic about it. Pat's guest next week is Kenny Aronoff, the drummer for people like John Mellencamp, Johnny Cash, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elton John, Styx, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, and a billion other people.
Christy's next pick is something a little different. It combines two of her favorites, AC/DC and The Bee Gees. It's a mashup called "Stayin' in Black" by a mashup producer named Wax Audio.
Christy's faith in the internet was restored with that very song. Pat asks Christy if she ever played any musical instruments? She wanted to play the guitar, but she just couldn't get into it. Pat reminds us all of the acoustic guitar that his wife Pilar bought him for his birthday. The acoustic guitar that is now covered in dust. There's a better chance of Pat smashing it over Mike's skull a la The Honky Tonk Man than him learning how to play it. But alas. Pat's next pick is "Heatseeker" off the album Blow Up Your Video.
After the Bee Gees mashup, Christy feels like she has reached her peak for the episode. But she's gonna try her best. She plays "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" off the album Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
Brief discussion about Angus Young being the "face" of the band throughout its history leads Christy to reiterate (as she did on the Bowie tribute episode) that egoless collaboration is key. Nice sentiments transition into Pat's next pick, the scintillating "Touch Too Much" off of Highway to Hell. A line in the song reminds Pat of a photo he has called "his first and last," which is a photo at his high school reunion of him, his wife, and his old girlfriend. Christy doesn't have a photo of her first and last because her first is in jail. Oh my. Scorpions weren't kidding, bad boys indeed run wild. Did Christy ever do drugs? Only pot. "Just say no" did work for Christy. She was very frightful of potential LSD flashbacks. You can't be playing with a five-year-old and all of a sudden the walls start melting and an albino Benjamin Orr is crawling on the ceiling. It just isn't conducive for good parenting.
Pat gives apologies to "Hail Caesar" off of Ballbreaker, "Safe in New York City" off of Stiff Upper Lip, "T.N.T." off of High Voltage, and "Anything Goes" off of Black Ice.
While Pat and Christy are talking, Mike is busy perusing Christy's Circus Magazine that she brought with her. There's a cut out photo (probably The Cars), a Quarterflash review. HOT issue, I'm just saying. Christy doles out a plug for Everyone's Crazy but Us. Season 2 cogs and wheels are in motion.
Christy was an absolute ball of joy on this episode, just as she is on every single episode she's on. Her next episode will be about songs that give you goosebumps. Pat takes us out with "Play Ball" off of AC/DC's most recent album Rock or Bust.