Why does Iron Man hate the hippies?

May 7, 2008: Listener Chat Room 2008

Ken and Andy gave the reins over to a happy melody and the listeners.

Someone is going to Israel where there are Jews. Some guy left a phone number for a friend to call him. Some girl hates on emo kids. Caucasians called in. Some people thought clever was having a computer voice read stuff. That was clever last week.

I may be in the minority, but I have been really enjoying the last rash of shows. For all the smack talk the show has been getting lately, when given the chance to take the show over this week, the listeners did not fare so well.

Postscript:
While watching The Black Dahlia, my ladyfriend noted that an off camera voice sounded like Andy (So...? I make ladyfriends listen to 7sd). You can hear him in this trailer at 00:16, right before the Josh Hartnett voice over kicks in. Turns out the voice belongs to way more famous director Brian De Palma (Google hits: 2 million to Andy's 50k).

37 comments:

Robin said...

He does sound like Andy.

Joe said...

I called in and was absolutely baffled; apparently someone was singing?

Anonymous said...

"Who should Iron Man fight? The hippies?"

Raj said...

When I phoned in a show from the archive as a premature effort to fill a certain void, I had no intention to throw emphatically the notion of "NEW IDEAS"

Looking forward to more innovative uses of the new toy. Sarcastic me no!

Gil Roitto said...

Wow, this was really a great show. No sarcasm for real. I hope for more of these very surreal show.

Courtney said...

Long time podcast listener, second time blog poster... usually love the show. Even the ones other people hate. I'm in minute 18 of this show, and I have to say it's the worst one since Andy tried to get people to meet him at the McDonald's for tug-of-War. I think it would be bearable if the music wasn't currently drilling a hole in my brain.

Can't wait until next week.

Anonymous said...

As punishment for this 5/7 show (worst ever), the next 7SD should have Ken moderating an discussion about Andy, with a sociologist, a psychiatrist and a rabbi who've each heard this show.

Andy will be allowed to try and redeem himself, but only in Yiddish. He can hire a translator if he chooses.

AllisonLeGnome said...

I kind of loved it- very surreal.

Michelle said...

Seriously? This show rocked. I kept thinking, "They can't possibly keep this up for the whole show!" But they did. Genius.

Anonymous said...

surreal can only take you so far. train wreck

Steve Squelch said...

awesome show. i hope next week's show is the off-air audio chatter that took place between ken & andy while they were doing this show.

Anonymous said...

Steve, I wish I had taped what was going on in the control room. Andy and I were fighting over the keyboard because he is such a big tard. He would type a line, and make a small spelling mistake, and then instead of fixing the one mistake, he would erase the WHOLE LINE, and he would erase it by slowly hitting the backspace button. Then he insisted on playing each robot line TWICE. So I would grab the keyboard and he would dictate to me, and then he would eventually grab the keyboard back and the whole hour went like that.

-Ken

Fatty Jubbo said...

fantastic show. best in a while. slow, stunted, awkward, confusing- just how I like my trainwrecks...no that's not sarcasm, either.

Joe said...

The musics by Young Marble Giants and used on 7SD and Radio Chatroom to signify the presence of non human radio intervention

Joe said...

Appalling show. I can't imagine someone listening to it again after enduring it the first time

Not at much fun as Andy finding a friend ("It would be nice if his name was Paul..")

Maybe just talk about the Beatles for an hour. The listeners can call in, impersonate Pete Best..

Anonymous said...

Get a life people. You want tightly-scripted comedy every week? Don't listen to a freeform show. You don't like Ken? Go watch Monk or Rat Race. You don't like Andrea and feel the need to tell the world? Go seek professional help.

This was a fun show and 7SD is as gloriously imperfect and unpredictable today as it has always been. That's the price of the spontaneity with makes the classic shows so great. You simply cannot have a formula which would generate the great shows but not the bad / weird ones.

Ken and Andy (and Andrea) should ignore the complainers who have been brought out of the woodwork by the new culture of commentary. They should have the confidence to stick with an idea for more than a few minutes in the knowledge that at the end of the day, it's them that we love - the stunts are always just the icing on the cake anyway.

It's 1 hour /week. It's on the radio: you can do other stuff while it's on. What's the big deal if it doesn't always deliver high-octane entertainment? Long may the show drift, like an ever-changing cloud in the radio sky...

Anonymous said...

Well said.

Ken said...

Bravo, Herr Anonymous!

Nobody hates the bad shows more than me, but all the hating on the show lately is really weird.

For this Wednesday night, we have a good concept, but we are still in need of a simple topic that will generate lots of calls, if anybody has any ideas.

JRH330 said...

I thought that the last show reached a low that surpassed the usual low that Ken&Andy achieve when they actually host the show.
Rather than the "train wreck" show, where everything goes wrong, and I take delight in the fiasco that ensues, this just felt lazy and apathetic. If the hosts stop caring the audience will follow.

A few ideas for shows:

Absolution: People call in and confess to their sins. Ken and Andy grant them absolution and forgive them (maybe dole out some penance).

Other Radio Stations. Ken and Andy phone other radio stations and get advice on how they can improve the show from other stations -- national or international.

Pass the Hat: Two callers make an appeal to the audience of why they should get money from the audience. Callers pledge money. Who ever gets the most pledges in one show gets the money. Probably use paypal or something similar for fulfillment.

Anonymous said...

Ken an Andy gave birth on this one
part avant-garde part sarcastic. They can't consummate their love in any other way, this show is the love that dare not speak its name.

Joe said...

jr: Thetrain wreck wasnt a good show.. it was just pathetic.. Just filling in time

Am I wrong on this one? they should've just stuck with the foreplay on that. The foreplay was a lot of fun..

I like it when Kens talking about his imaginary friend Mr Mouse and such like.. When Jeff didn't show up that one time and they were just shooting the shit - that was a lot of fun! And Ken was going off about his childhood friend Mr mouse

Does the active comment board add or detract from the live show - thoughts?

Cyree said...

I disliked this show but never enough to actually stop listening...

Raj said...

91 celebrity impressions in an hour!

(I know Ken. I've been goading on you the "celebrity impression" kick alot.)

Sorry, anon. The complaints just keep coming. There's just a big backlash wave against the trainwrecks. As understandable as your argument. But none of us will ever change the dial. The first guy complaining about Andy's gum-chewing is still listening I'm sure.

Joe said...

Wasn't he in DC though Raj?

I miss the gum chewing, personally ;)

Ken said...

I dont think the comments section has had any effect. Andy and I generally don't look at it during the show.

dave from knoxville said...

Here's a topic that should generate calls; whose music is more objectionable at this late stage in their career, Elton John or Madonna?

Or this; paper or plastic?

I honestly do not believe that Andy was in the studio, that he backed out and that Ken was using the keyboard trick to imitate Andy as well as he could (which was pretty strong.)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Israel!
Today, 60 years ago in 1948 the UN and their associated partners carved out a little piece of British Palestine for all your very own. Congrats to all Gods chosen.

Joe said...

Andys Hot To Trot is on HBO RIGHT NOW!
Dabney Coleman..John Candy..Bobcat Goldwait.. need I say more?

wellbasically said...

Great show! Maybe revisit more shows that fail and then do them right. Maybe do the first show for yourselves, find the failure, then do a good one for us.

Anonymous said...

the replay last night had some bad acting.
either they got good actors calling in now or maybe they should get some?

Duncan said...

As someone who's been "hating on" the show lately, I have to say I did kind of enjoy the Radio Chatroom. The reaction to a particular Seven Second Delay episode is always going to be as inconsistent as the show itself, as this comment thread indicates.

I really really like Seven Second Delay in a completely un-ironic sense (a rarely-expressed sentiment) which is why bad shows make me sad. I don't hate on the show because to be a jerk or because Tom Scharpling does a better show or what-the-hell-ever. I want the show to be good and that's be the only reason why.

Anonymous said...

Maybe people should say what they think it is that makes a good show. Not just 'funny', 'entertaining' or whatever, but what kind of ideas tend to produce 'successful' shows? Personally I prefer 'train wrecks' that come from ideas that could possibly have worked out well to shows that are just entirely predictable.

Joe said...

I tend to like it when Ken and Andy are just blathering for the whole hour - bicking about some trivial detail and trying to blame the shows fatal flaw on, basically, whoever introduced the concept following the banter (aka "foreplay" - tho whos said to be writing it these days is uncertain)

Anonymous said...

I adore the show and this has to be one of the best I've heard in a long time. It reminded me a bit of Professor Dum Dum the way the computer "host" was so dismissive of the show's callers. Keep it up! (and bring back the Professor)

Joe said...

I think it needs to be pointed out that just cos the show is a trainwreck does not automatically make it a great show

I mean, there have been some shows of late that have just been appalling

I mean, has anyone actually whos actually listened to the computer voice show (with the headache inducing music going for a full hour) more than once

A lot of the show of late have not been great for replay IMO. I mean, heaven help us if Ken replays the Train Wreck show while Andys off on the west coast writing for Monk!

wellbasically said...

The music gave it a rythem, and one caller after another just saying "hello?" reminded me of This American Life without the meaningfulness.

Joe said...

Ah NPR..
And now heres Car Talk..