TSOM07: Steamrolled: The Chip Davis + Mannheim Immersion


For this episode, the TSOM panel get their soul flattened by Chip Davis, creator of Mannheim Steamroller with the worst from Chip Davis and that classic Mannheim Sound. From his young days as an entrepreneur using his gifts for advertising jingles to his more ambitious creations under the wildly successful Mannheim Steamroller name, we have selected three of the disheartening Chip Davis compositions to help celebrate his 68th birthday (9/5). Happy birthday, Chip!



Show notes:

Voices: J. Wyrick, S. Bennett, C. Allred, and the Dirty Deacon, Blake Collier.

Intro music contains elements of M.Barnacle’s “Erase That” (used with permission), contains elements from Chip Davis discussing Christmas lights, the Fat Boys, Kid Koala, Johnny Adams, Biggie Smalls coughing up something nasty, Larry and Tommy. Arranged by TSOM’s Jeff.

1:06:  Intros
1:36:  The Dirty Deacon launches into an unfortunate joke and just goes for it.
2:39:  28 million records is an astounding number. If you want to put that in perspective, Eminem has sold 45 million records
3:12:  Mannheim Steamroller’s “Wolfgang Amadeus Penguin” (American Gramaphone, 1986)
5:02:  The panel discusses “Wolfgang Amadeus Penguin.”
5:20:  Cray makes a common mistake.
5:47:  See Trans-Siberian Orchestra live if you want to be completely bored by lasers and James Earl Jones voiceovers.

7:00:  C.W. McCall’s “There Won’t Be No Country Music (There Won’t Be No Rock ‘n Roll” (Polydor, 1976)
10:20:  The TSOM Panel discusses “There Won’t Be No Country Music.”
10:39:  Sam strives to understand the “they.”
11:37:  This is only a portion of a minute long diatribe on a concept that Jeff calls “musical masturbation” to express when a musician who denies the audience or listener and, instead, just gets off on his own creation. It seemed a little bit of a stretch to include the word “masturbation” in this episode.
13:10:  Cray does not believe the numbers.
13:34:  Cray has a theory of the term “steamroller.”
14:01:  Jeff launches into a story about the day he met Chip Davis, that dissolves into a complete lie about Jeff assaulting Chip Davis when Sam playfully asks a question about how much entourage Chip rolled with. This is a regrettable moment in an otherwise perfect show.
16:07:  Chip Davis’s “National Anthem” (American Gramaphone, 1993)
16:10:  Please rise for the national anthem of something.
18:44:  Please be seated. The TSOM Panel discusses “National Anthem.”
19:19:  TSOM notes that TSO has a long way to go to catch up with MSR.
20:16:  Please note that any time you ask the Dirty Deacon a question, he makes this sound. It’s like the word “man” with the sound of someone passing a stone.
20:50:  The TSOM Panel discusses picks for tonight’s Stinky Pinky, with “National Anthem” taking the title for the night’s worst song.
23:32:  The TSOM Panel plays a quick game of Author, Athlete, or Actor. 
23:48:  Federal Duck’s “Bird” (Musicor, 1968)
25:25:  Outros





2 thoughts on “TSOM07: Steamrolled: The Chip Davis + Mannheim Immersion

  1. Guys, you keep finding music that I have an adverse visceral response to, i.e. almost gagging or itching. Is there a frequency that only certain old people can hear that make them love Steamroller? Because with each song, I became more sick and itchy, and frankly aggressive. The final selection sounded like a song that would accompany a Lego parody movie.

    You all make me smile and I love when the guys are just genuinely disgusted, it makes me feel less alone in the abject horror I feel when having to listen to some of these songs.

    p.s. seriously though I had to fast forward through these songs because I was getting nauseous


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