Episode 22: Let the Stories Be Told

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Photo courtesy of Kurt Gaber

Dave and Donna are thrilled to welcome a very special guest to the show: Kurt Gaber!

Kurt is a talented lettering and graphic sign creator from Wisconsin. A long-time member of the Fanorama, Kurt is probably best known for the AMAZING limited edition Benjamin Orr memorial shirts he designed in 2012. Diving into that adventure brought him in contact with photographer Philip Kamin, Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau, and several other people from Benjamin’s life, and exposed Kurt to a new and unique perspective on Benjamin and The Cars.

What many might NOT know about Kurt is that he purchased one of Benjamin’s guitars from Benjamin’s former tour manager, David Tedeschi, in 2007. Through that transaction he developed a nice friendship with David, and was given a peek behind the scenes of the Orr band.

Kurt respectfully shares his memories and insights in this relaxed discussion. Pull up a chair and join the conversation, my friends!

We’ve got an extra twist to this fun episode: Kurt has graciously offered to give away a bit of the crazy-cool Orr memorabilia he has created! Follow these easy instructions to get yourself entered into the drawing:

GaberContest.jpg1. Listen to Episode 22 at bit.do/NTcontest to get the answer to this question: “Kurt made his guitar-playing debut at a backyard barbecue. What song did he play on Benjamin’s guitar?”

2. Email your answer to nightthoughtspodcast@gmail.com.

3. A winner will be drawn from all correct answers. ORR SWAG courtesy of Kurt!

4. Winner announced on Episode 23 (on or about February 24th, 2018).

Questions? Comments? Complaints? Contact us and tell us your thoughts! Email us at nightthoughtspodcast@gmail.com, or join us on Facebook in The Cars NiGHT THOUGHTS Podcast group and let us know how we’re doing. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter (@night_spots@sweetpurplejune), too!

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Episode 21: Influenced by The Cars

ep21The induction into the Rock Hall is an indicator of many things, including an artist or band’s lasting impact on the world of rock and roll. Many (including myself) would cite The Cars’ obvious role in opening the window for innovation during the late 70s when rock music was nearly at a standstill, but it was more than that: the band’s influence continued to weave it’s way through the music of the generations that followed.

In this episode of the NiGHT THOUGHTS podcast, Dave and Donna highlight musical acts that have definitively pointed a finger at The Cars and said, “Yes! You influenced me!” They also throw in some notables that really exude the spirit and sound of The Cars.

Bands and songs from as early as 1981, all the way up to the end of 2017 are featured. The discussion includes: 38 Special, Collective Soul, Slash, Fountains of Wayne, Dante Tomaselli, Deathray, The Smashing Pumpkins, Sunset Valley, The Mylars, and several more.

Other elements of The Cars’ influence are unearthed as Dave reveals his own original Cars-inspired children’s album from back in the day… and also confesses to buying a One Direction song “for the sake of research” (yeah, right!). funkafterdeath

Of course, no episode of this podcast would be complete without touching on such subjects as the RRHOF tickets, whether Paulina makes meatloaf, and the unpleasantness of Axl Rose’s gout. Dave and Donna wrap up the show with the second installment of “You’re A Flick Fandango Phony” where Dave calls out the Cars-related absurdities found around the web, and they celebrate two weeks in a row of legitimate content for The Midnight Scroll (well, except for the enticing offer from Abib). Thank you SO much for your REAL emails, Carol and Elizabeth!

And now for the interactive part of this article: those all-important links! Click away, my friends.

  1. Digging on Dante Tomaselli? Check out his webpage! And here’s a link to my interview with him from last year.
  2. Also, don’t forget to check out Brett Basil’s album on CD Baby!
  3. Find us on Facebook! Join the Night Thoughts Podcast group.
  4. More of a Twitter-er? Follow Dave here, follow Donna here.
  5. Subscribe to our youtube channel, comment, and share the links. 🙂
  6. Send us an email! Contact the pod at nightthoughtspodcast@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!
  7. Don’t miss out on cool and unique Cars merch! Treat yourself to some goodies at Tee Public.

Here’s the episode. Happy listening!

All graphics by @night_spots.

Episode 20 & The Brawl for The Hall!

ep20-12018 promises to be an exciting year for The Cars and for the Fanorama! Dave and Donna touch on some of the cool things known to be on the horizon (RRHOF, expanded issues), and speculate about other realistic prospects (new music, a tour?). Dave introduces a new segment called “You’re A Flick Fandango Phony,” and is (thankfully) relieved of having to make stuff up for The Midnight Scroll. BUT in the middle of all of that… things turn serious!

Donna helps Dave go into ‘trivia training’ in anticipation of a possible face-off with Stephen Colbert. Up for grabs? Ric Ocasek’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame award! Okay… well, technically it might not be on the table… Ric did promise to give it to Stephen Colbert if he ever received one… and if he does pass it on, will Stephen put it on the line? I guess we’ll see if Mr. Colbert is man enough to accept the challenge!ep20-2

Dave is put through his paces with a 50 question quiz all about the band. The hilarious fallout from the exercise includes an unexpected cameo appearance from Alberto Vargas, some alternate ideas for Benjamin’s solo album, The Lace, and a shaky confirmation of how many fingers Elliot Easton-Steinberg-Shapiro REALLY has. A few frustrations with the test seem to jangle up the results a little… Stay tuned for Dave and Donna’s own Cars’ Trivia quiz down the road.

Some important links to have handy:

  1. Send Stephen Colbert a tweet and let him know that he needs to get in the ring!
  2. Want to try the Cars trivia quiz for yourself? Click here to take it, and then share your score with us! Comment on the youtube vid (link below) OR…
  3. Find us on Facebook! Join the Night Thoughts Podcast group.
  4. Subscribe to our youtube channel and never miss a show. You can take a listen to the older shows, too (back when Donna was a nicer co-host).
  5. Send us an email! It’s always such a treat to hear feedback, get new ideas, and answer questions from other Cars fans. Contact the pod at nightthoughtspodcast@gmail.com.
  6. If you missed getting cool and unique Cars merch for Christmas, it’s not too late! Treat yourself to some goodies at Tee Public!
  7. Jump on that Twitter train! Follow Dave here, follow Donna here, and heck, you might as well follow Roy Thomas Baker while you’re at it — he’s the man!

This show ends up being our longest episode to date, clocking in at just over two hours. Grab your headphones and listen to it while you do your chores… that’s what I did. Enjoy!

Episode 19: Getting Sirius!

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Photo courtesy of Jenny Durgin

For the final episode of 2017 Dave and Donna welcome a very special guest to the studio! Jenny Durgin shares her experience of attending the taping of SiriusXM’s Town Hall discussion featuring Ric Ocasek.

In an interview recorded on April 28, 2016, Ric sat down with moderator Mark Goodman to answer questions from a select group of about two dozen SiriusXM subscribers. The Q&A lasted roughly an hour and covered a range of topics, from Ric’s early days as a writer to the 2011 reunion with The Cars.

Jenny walks us through what it took to get a seat in the audience, relates some of the cool stories that didn’t make the aired audio, and offers her reflections on Ric’s overall demeanor and attitude. And of course, we can’t help but take a few shots at Mark Goodman here and there… just saying. We also chit chat about dear Pocket Benjamin — if you are not familiar with PB you MUST take a listen!

You can follow Jenny on Twitter @jendurama. You’re going to want to check out her youtube channel, too. She has a plethora of rare audio recordings and interviews, and her fan videos are awesome. So many gems to be found there!

I’m adding two links in here: the first is to the actual SiriusXM interview. Below that you’ll find the link to Episode 19. Take a listen, subscribe and comment. We want to know your thoughts! Don’t forget to follow us on twitter (@night_spots@sweetpurplejune), too!

Thank you so much for listening to our ramblings over the last six months. We’ve had a blast, and we hope you have, too. Our next episode is scheduled for January 12, 2018. Have a safe and happy New Year, my friends!

Episode 18: Reacting to The Rock Hall

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December 13, 2017, marks a date that the Fanorama will long remember: The Cars were chosen for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Dave and Donna chat about how that feels as a fan after waiting through 14 years of eligibility and 3 years of nominations. They also take a look at what the ins and outs of the induction ceremony might entail, and speculate on how the band might best honor Benjamin.

chance.gifAlso discussed: Will Dave and Donna be at the induction ceremony in Cleveland? Will they be able to podcast live from the Rock Hall?? With PRESS CREDENTIALS???

Our special visit from listener Kurt was cut short by a call from Ric Ocasek, but it was nice of him to pop in and say hi! We also had a message from an irate listener for the Midnight Scroll… sort of. Pu-leeze, people! Write in! In fact, Donna convinces Dave to offer a hilarious incentive to get you to drop us a line — it’s SO worth it! Email us at nightthoughtspodcast@gmail.com.

Oh, and just to clarify… Stevie Nicks is not sitting in as guest host; that actually IS Donna’s raspy voice. Thankfully, she didn’t have to gargle apple cider vinegar on the air (though she was prepared). Um, and please excuse the clanking of her spoon as she rudely eats ice cream… She gets a pass because she’s sick.

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Next episode is scheduled for December 29, 2017. Wishing you all a very safe and happy holiday season!

 

Episode 17: The Cars “Official” Everything

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In this episode, Dave and Donna take a closer look at the “official” presence of the band on the internet:  what the Cars’ management is — and isn’t — doing across social media, and how it affects the Fanorama.

It particularly affected Mr. Steel Wool, who had to be “edited down” from the ledge after a rant about the Big Salad and BS posers who masquerade as being “connected” with the band. Donna’s sunshine and rainbows — and producer skills — were called into action to clean up the aftermath. Haha!

A few items of business:

  1. Final push for the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame fan poll: vote for The Cars! You have through December 5th to show your support. Click here to be counted: https://www.rockhall.com/fan-vote/2018-fan-vote
  2. Christmas is right around the corner… don’t forget to tell your loved ones you want to find a hip, happening, unique Cars t-shirt from Tee Public under the tree! Then direct them to this link to make all your dreams come true: https://www.teepublic.com/user/nightthoughts
  3. Questions? Comments? Complaints? Contact us! Dave wants you to direct your verbal abuse at him. Haha! Email us at nightthoughtspodcast@gmail.com, or join us on Facebook in The Cars NiGHT THOUGHTS Podcast group and let us know how we’re doing.

Listen to us on youtube (bit.do/nightthoughts), then subscribe, comment, and share!

Episode 16.2: Backseat Rumble

In this episode, Dave and I discuss the individual contributions of Greg Hawkes, David Robinson, and Elliot Easton, to creating the unique sound and success of The Cars. We touch on a little bit of their solo work as well, but we’re saving the lion’s share of that for future episodes to give each their proper attention. The venerable Roy Thomas Baker gets some love, too, as the vital sixth member of the band.

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Oh… and… Sixteen point two??? Yes, I’m afraid so, people. Our inaugural attempt to do a live stream on youtube was painfully inadequate, and technical difficulties cut the recording short (dang it!). After some consultation with our amazing, invisible, brilliant producer, Nick, we decided to go ahead and try the episode again with a straight-up Skype call, and the results were much better!

Some bonus elements of this episode include: an introduction to the show by our adorable voice talent, Miss Lizzie; a special message about the pod from Benjamin Orr; and Donna fumbling her way through her first time handling the audio clips. Not only that, but Paulina shows up in a dream, Dave gets his hand smacked at least three times (those last two events are not related), and we’re all transported back to 7th grade when ‘Curry’ messages Donna during her EE monologue and sends her into a fit.

We also get a taste of the holiday spirit by warbling a couple of our favorite Christmas song choices — in spite of Dave’s ‘humbug’ attitude. Haha!

Click below to take a listen, and be sure to comment and share. Oh, and don’t forget to send your questions for the ‘Midnight Scroll’ to nightthoughtspodcast@gmail.com. Also, join The Cars NiGHT THOUGHTS Podcast group for all of the little extra uploads you’ll hear about in the podcast.

In the meantime, have a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you again on December 1!