Best of R8B on 1150AM from July 12th, 2007 with Central Services, Dino Stamatopoulos & Andy Dick
On July 12th, 2007 Central Services were the musical guests on Radio8Ball. Andy Dick (News Radio, The Ben Stiller Show) was scheduled to be the musical guest but we couldn’t reach him, so at the last minute we invited his old comedy partner (and friend of the show) Dino Stamatopoulos (Community, Moral Orel) to fill in for him, and we had a great time. Andy did eventually show up and it’s always fun to hear the two of them riff.
Over the years Andy’s has ripped me off,
claimed credit for my work,
publicly insulted me,
and physically abused me.
I still consider him one of my best friends.
Such is The Devil’s talent.
Writing “with” Andy Dick pretty much meant following him around with a guitar
and turning his daily devolution from morning health freak to afternoon wino to nocturnal erotic pac man,
into “writing sessions”.
These sessions yielded songs I would later record at Willie Wisely’s studio in Laurel Canyon.
Andy would come in once the song was done, and sing on these tracks.
At his best, which is rarely, Andy is a comic genius.
I call him the “comic monster”.
He is also one of the most expressive pure rock singers I’ve ever worked with.
Writing with Andy in Hollywood
felt like working with the guy Jim Morrison wished he could get away with being,
in the same neighborhood.
Despite writing the songs, co-producing the tracks, and lining up most of the musicians, I was never credited.
This is what happens when you work for The Devil…
…you get fucked.
If you’re lucky (and I was) you enjoy every minute of it.
From left to right: Adam Carolla (and the Bitches of The Century)
Mike Ruekberg, Ryan Dapple-Perez, Lisa Jenio, Andy Dick, Andras Jones & Willie Wisely
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The Oly Music Awards with Sandman:The Rappin’ Cowboy & Dino Stamatopoulos in Olympia, Washington
Four years after KAOS 89.3 FM removed Radio8Ball from Olympia’s airwaves, KAOS fundraising coordinator, John Ford (who has claimed the reason for our removal from our Tuesday 6 to 8pm slot was that we were “unpopular” and “not very good”), found himself synchronistically forced to give Radio8Ball an award, at The Capitol Theater, for being both popular (our award category “Experimental Music” was voted on by fans) and good (well, that’s just obvious).
After the awards, we put on an abbreviated Pop Oracle at The Capitol Theater with Sandman: The Rappin’ Cowboy and Dino Stamatopoulos (via Skype). Dino had just been killed. As “Star Burns” in the show “Community”. He’s the guy Dan Harmon hired as a “consultant” and, based upon Dino’s previous credits (Moral Oral, Mr. Show and many other impossibly great shows) and the show “Community” became, it looks to all hip comedy geeks as if Dino was hired to keep it dangerous i.e. not awful, and he pretty much succeeded.
This R8B show took place on the eve of Dan Harmon’s being fired from “Community” making him the meta messiah of that particular moment. Removing Harmon as head of a show that made very little sense with him and absolutely NO sense without him, made little sense and Harmon was eventually brought back. Dino knows none of this when he asks about it here.
Sandman, of course, is Radio8Ball’s favorite songwriter. He’s been on the show more than anyone.