Episode 261: Goosebumps Pat and Christy play their favorite songs that illicit "goosebumps." Do they agree on what a "goosebump song" is? No, no they do not! From July 14, 2016
With your hosts:
Pat, Christy, and Kyle welcome us to the show. It's been a while since Christy has been on the show, but she is busy busy busy working on Modern Family. Christy is super excited to hop aboard the MF train, what with the critical acclaim and the massive audience. Pat and Christy gush over the show.
The gang talks about other TV shows like The Simpsons and South Park, before transitioning into today's topic: Goosebumps. No, not the classic book series by R.L. Stine or the movie with Jack Black. These are songs that have given you goosebumps. It's a feeling that's hard to describe in writing, but you know it when you feel it. Pat and Christy note how sad some goosebumps songs can be. Christy kicks things off here. Off the album New Beginning, it's "Give Me One Reason" by Tracy Chapman.
Christy loves the whole presentation of the song. Pat likes it too. His first pick is by Bruce Springsteen. It's "American Skin (41 Shots)" off the album High Hopes. The song is about the police shooting death of Amadou Diallo. A chilling song, no doubt about it.
Christy lets her next pick go without setup. It's "Seven Bridges Road" as done by Dolly Parton from the album Little Sparrow.
Going right along to Pat's next pick, John Waite with "Bluebird Cafe" off the album When You Were Mine. A stripped down side of John Waite, which Pat enjoys quite a bit.
Christy calls her next pick a "perfect pop song." It's "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray off his album Drift Away. "I love it," says Christy. "It's inspiring and hopeful. I love it." Pat and Christy love when artists leave in the crack in their voice.
Kyle's never heard that version of the song, he's only heard the Uncle Kra-- "DON'T EVEN SAY IT," Christy interrupts. "Don't say it's name, it doesn't exist." Remember kids, it will only come on the radio when you say it's name three times. Christy would play the original all the time when she was a college DJ. A Christy college DJ story: One of the other DJs, nicknamed Jimmy Jack Shitty, invited Christy to smoke pot with him. He put the live version of "Do You Feel Like We Do" on the ones and twos and off they went to get cheebed up. Then Jimmy Jack hooked up with one of Christy's sorority sisters, the bastard.
Pat's next one is from those lads from Liverpool. Off of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, it's The Beatles with "She's Leaving Home".
Pat connects with the song because of his older daughter growing up and being a junior in high school. The bonkers film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band gets brought up, naturally, and in the film, "She's Leaving Home" is sung by... anyone?.... Steven Tyler and The Bee Gees. Incredible. Anyway, Christy's next song is one that she connected with as an older person through a film. Off the soundtrack to Django Unchained, it's Jim Croce with "I Got a Name". Rock in Peace, Jim Croce. "He would have made the perfect Super Mario," opines Kyle. Christy and Pat gush.
Another Rock in Peace to Pat's next pick, Dan Fogelberg. "Oh my God, you're not gonna play Dan Fogelberg right now," Christy blurts out. Yes. Yes he is. Pat plays "Believe in Me" off the album Windows and Walls. Pat gets goosebumps, he cannot lie.
Christy's next one is a man by the name of Thomas Dolby. It's a song called "Europa and the Pirate Twins" off the album The Golden Age of Wireless. It brings Christy back to when she was young with her first love, listening to music and doing silly things. There is nothing like young love (especially when Christy's first love ended up becoming a drug dealer and going to prison). YOUTH!!!
Pat warns that a palate cleanser is needed after his next one. Off the soundtrack to Les Miserables, it's "I Dreamed a Dream" as sung by Anne Hathaway.
Pat had to shut that down quick, he couldn't make it to the chorus. Christy did not connect with the recent film. She and Pat agree that Russell Crowe is the low point of the film. What breaks Christy's heart is when actresses win Oscars and then do superhero movies. She has had ENOUGH with superhero movies. Some superhero movie talk: Christy POURS THE SALT all over The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger. "Oooh, I'm a liar and I burn money," she spits. Good heavens, Christy with the heel turn. Pat and Kyle try to persuade her to watch Deadpool.
Christy's next pick, she says, is not to be made fun of. It's "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy from her album I Am Woman. Christy explains why the song is so great. Helen isn't saying that she can do anything a man can do. She is saying that if she has to, she will do anything.
Up next for Pat is a song by Jackson Browne. Off the album I'm Alive, the song is called "Sky Blue and Black".
Pat warns that Jackson Browne does what he wants at his concerts. He's not going to play the setlist you want him to play. Fair warning. Christy follows Mr. Brown with AC/DC. It's a mellower song called "Ride On" off of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Very much an "I am what I am" song typical of AC/DC. Pat brings up the term Axl/DC. It takes Christy a second, followed by the TINIEST of titters.
Pat goes rock band for rock band with The Rolling Stones. Keith sings lead on the song "Losing My Touch" from the greatest hits Forty Licks.
For Pat, it's the breakup songs that give him the goosebumps. Christy never had that in her youth. She dated, but she never got into the dating groove. She was "the friend" for many a man. Then Christy met Gary. Christy lived with Gary for a while and Christy was a bit worried why Gary was not proposing after so long a time.
Gary is a dreamer, a romantic. He was waiting for the right moment that never happened. Christy explained her anxiety to him, then Gary promptly got a ring and proposed. "Christy Stratton, will you be nice to me?" Awwwwwwwwwwwww. And the rest is history. With Pat it was similar. Pilar woke Pat up in the middle of the night crying and proposing to him. Pat assuaged her fears and said that he would propose to her, but it would be as a surprise. Pat eventually proposed to Pilar on his birthday. Tears were flowing. Again, awwwwwwwwww.
This podcast is turning into Romance Solid, so Christy quickly plays another song. Off the album Grace, it's "Lilac Wine" by Jeff Buckley. Christy practically melts in her chair.
The next song on Pat's list was sung by his daughter Sara and the rest of the fifth grade at the last school concert of the year and all the moms were weeping. It's "I'll Stand by You" by Pretenders off the album Last of the Independents. Yeah, I can see why the tears would flow. Great song, as Pat and Christy concur.
Christy has brought "American Pie" by Don McLean from the album American Pie. What gets Christy is the ending.
The passion, the harmonies. It's all so great to Christy. They don't write songs like that, anymore. She is a total sucker for songs that build like that, then stop. Perhaps a future episode, hmmmm?
Pat's next song is for the vocal. It's "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who off of Who's Next. Christy remembers connecting with it as a kid.
Every month, Christy vows to get into Rufus Wainwright because of a song she got off an Urban Outfitters CD. The song is "I Don't Know What It Is" off the album Want One. Christy intends to get into Rufus... today... later... after meeting with a babysitter and watching a few Modern Family episodes.
Time for some goosebumps from U2. The song is "Miracle Drug" off the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Irish goosebumps from Bono and company. Pat wonders if Christy is enjoying his songs. "I AM!" she exclaims. Christy is loving this episode and the songs within it.
A PALATE CLEANSER! Something to shake the goosebumps off. It's "Yankee Rose", the SPANISH VERSION, by David Lee Roth from the album Sonrisa Salvaje. Christy gets a nice laugh out of it, as do we all. Thanks DLR!
Christy's next pick is "What Have They Done to My Song Ma" by Melanie Safka from her self-titled album.
"Look what they've done to my song, they put carnival music in the background."
**quick pause then under her breath** "Kyle."
Christy recommends the Miley Cyrus cover of the song as well. Pat is reminded of a Helen Reddy story. One of the comedians he knew in Chicago got hired to write for a Helen Reddy variety show and they told him they wanted to show to be edgy.
So the FIRST THING the guy pitched was a take on Carol Burnett pulling her ear at the end of The Carol Burnett Show. Helen would pull her ear, then it would come right off, blood squirting everywhere. He was promptly let go following, again, what was his FIRST PITCH. Pat follows this up with another song. It's the glorious Meat Loaf with "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" off of Bat Out of Hell. Christy's response to the song: "It's good." That's all.
Christy has another slice of mellow gold for us to enjoy. Off the album Wichita Lineman, it's Glen Campbell with "Wichita Lineman". None of the trio have seen the Glen Campbell documentary yet. Christy started watching the Quiet Riot documentary, but has yet to finish it.
Up next for Pat is a song that he played for the artist when she was in the studio. It's "Tuesday Morning" by Melissa Etheridge off the album Lucky.
The song was written about Mark Bingham, a gay man who was one of the guys who fought the hijackers on Flight 93 on September 11th. Christy loves when people use their powers for good. Pat urges Christy to listen to the Terri Nunn episode.
Christy's next pick gives her goosebumps because of the quality of the recording and her nostalgic love for the original. It's Diane Birch with her cover of "This Corrosion" off the EP The Velveteen Age. Wooo! Shoutout to The Sisters of Mercy. Pat and Christy discuss the new Monkees album. Pat's listened to it a bunch, he loves it a lot. He hands Christy a copy.
The next song for Pat is "Don't Forget to Dance" by The Kinks off of State of Confusion.
Christy's last song is one that she discovered recently. The song is called "It's Amazing" by Jem off the album Down to Earth. How did Christy find the song? She shazamed it in the bathroom.
Christy talks about her web series Everyone's Crazy but Us being on the shortlist for the Emmys. Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series, Outstanding Actor " ", and Outstanding Actress " ". Christy expresses her anxieties towards the voting. Well this episode was recorded before the nominations were announced, so I can tell you that JANET VARNEY GOT A NOMINATION FOR OUTSTANDING ACTRESS. YEAH!
Pat takes us back to the Jackson Browne well with "In the Shape of a Heart" off the album Lives in the Balance.
Quick plugs: There is a new episode of Everyone's Crazy but Us. You can find it onYouTube.
The three talk about various things, including the appropriate lengths of web videos and The Daily Show. Pat wants Samantha Bee to stop wearing the mom jeans. "Oh Pat," says Christy. "They're in."
What a wonderful show. Spills and chills all throughout. And it's always nice to have Christy on the mic. Pat takes us out with another one by The Beatles. It's "In My Life" off the album Rubber Soul.