Today Joe welcomes The Henry Clay People and Grant Lyon to hang out and talk about music and comedy on Joey Ramone’s birthday.
Joe, Joey and Grant talk about their early influences, gateway drugs, talent shows and the best time to dump your girlfriend, peak, and die.
Then Joey and his brother Andy play “EveryBandWeEverLoved,” acoustically to close us out.
San Francisco Weekly describes Grant Lyon as “a hilariously sharp observer, not one of those tired white-guy bellyachers.” Born in Los Angeles, taken to Chicago for middle school, high school in Sacramento, college in Santa Cruz, Grant has been around. He is a practitioner of sophisticated immaturity – his comedy blends intelligent wit with pure silliness all while maintaining a relaxed surfer-dude personality. A history major in college, his infatuation with this nation’s past and present stand out throughout his show.
Spin Magazine raves “The Henry Clay People specialize in raggedy power chords, barreling piano, and desperately boyish vocals – what Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers would sound like if they’d taken temp work and listened obsessively to Crazy Horse.”
In support of their TBD Records debut Somewhere On the Golden Coast, the Henry Clay People spent most of 2010 and 2011 on the road with the Drive by Truckers, Silversun Pickups and Against Me!, along with successful performances at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. With an enthralling live show, HCP have built a dedicated national following of both critics and kids.
00:01 Complete Control Intro–Joey Ramone’s Birthday.
03:31 Welcoming Joey from the Henry Clay People and Grant Lyon.
04:25 The start of the Henry Clay People.
05:20 Grant’s stint in Santa Cruz, and everywhere else.
06:20 Grant Lyon–soccer master, and Joey was the only hockey player in LA.
08:56 The musical influences of Joey and Grant.
12:04 Discovering stand up and gateway comics.
13:50 Joey’s musical start and talent shows.
16:57 Grant Lyon, Clip from the Laugh Factory.
19:08 Blowing up the college market and making friends with hypnotists.
22:15 Comedians and musicians live each other’s nightmare.
22:45 The Henry Clay People’s approach to touring.
23:35 Creativity on the road.
24:03 Ruining your relationship and being a scumbag to your girlfriend.
24:38 Touring to escape distractions at home and write new material.
25:40 The new record coming out this summer, and aging without grace.
27:07 A live record for Grant?
28:13 Where to find Grant Lyon and the Henry Clay People in LA.
29:17 The Henry Clay People perform, “EveryBandWeEverLoved.”