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5 WZPL -- Smiley in the Morning (Indianapolis, IN) -- 11/6/08 DJ: Dave Smiley and KJ Smiley: New self-- self-titled CD from David Cook's comin'up, ahh, on November 18th. It'll be out in stores or on iTunes or wherever you get your music now. Uhhh, the new single's called "Light On." [clip of "Light On"] Smiley: Now that...oooh I liked when it kicked-in. KJ: Yeah Smiley [fake-singing]: Try to leave a liiiiiight on [David laughs] Smiley: What's goin' on, David? David: How you doin', man? Smiley: Welcome to Indianapolis, Indiana. The h-David: Aw man, it's good to be back. Smiley: The heart of America. This is one of theose states that was on the edge, ya' know, when uh, if you were watchin' the election stuff, ya' know? David: Oh yeah Smiley: Everybody was...m-- in fact, even-David: I kept, I kept one eye on it, for sure. Smiley: Even got a call from Barack Obama out here in Indianapolis, to our show. KJ: Yes we did. Smiley: Yeah David: Hey, nice Smiley: Yeah, I've never interviewed a-- you know, we talk to a lot of stars on this radio show... KJ: Mm-hmm Smiley: ...but never a president. So...KJ and I are very... David: Oh yeah
Smiley: ...fortunate that we got to do that. How are ya', David? David: Man, I'm good. It's uh...you know, it's a bright, sunny 6 AM here on the West Coast. And uh... Smiley: Ahhh yes David: Ya' know, it's not too bad. Smiley: Well-- did I see you on Saturday Night Live over the weekend? David: Uh...y-- yeah, I kinda snuck in a little bit. Yeah, yeah Smiley: I think I saw you there. KJ: Yeah Smiley: That's what I thought. I thought I saw ya'. I kinda had it on in the background. But uh... David: Yeah Smiley: How-- well-- that was pretty cool. I didn't even know you were gonna be the special musical guest. David: Um..you know, it was, it was a trip. They, they kinda called us a few weeks before and, and, and had confirmed us for it. And...uh...so it was like our first, ya' know, uh, foray into the public eye. And...I, I...the dress rehearsal was nuts. I, I remember just being, like, really nauseous, and...dry-heaving, like... Smiley: Oh! David: I was so scared. [laughs] KJ: Awww David: And uh...ah yeah--it's, it's a different vibe than Idol, for sure. Smiley: Oh that's-David: And then uh... Smiley: Yeah David: You know but, the, the, the band was great. I, I had a blast and the cast couldn't have been nicer, so...it was a win/win. Smiley: Did you go to the afterparty? David: I did go to the afterparty.
Smiley: Nice. I got-David: It was uh...it was very um...it was very afterparty-ish. Smiley: Where'd they do it? David: Uh, we went to a barbecue restaurant. How baller is that? Smiley: What's it called, do you remember? David: Uhhhhh I don't. Smiley: Yeah cuz uh, I wa-- I was just out in New York a few weeks ago and had the chance. I got invited to go. So I was, ya' know, I had a little-- few drinks through the, the evening. David: Oh yeah. Smiley: And then uh...I passed out in my hotel room. And I got-KJ: Didn't make the party. Smiley: And I got a text message. It was Subway Jared. You know the king of sandwiches? He eats sandwiches? David: Oh yeah. Smiley: Yeah, he lives out here. He's a friend of ours. But...he happened to be on the show. And uh...I got a chance to go to this famous...you know, everybody talks about these afterparties... David: Yeah Smiley: ...on Saturday Night Live. And I missed my opportunity. But you got to go. David: Yeah. Smiley: Did they have uh, did uh, did they have good food? Things like that too? David: They had great food. It was uh...I-- it, it was like...like gourmet barbecue kinda stuff. Smiley: Mm David: So they brought us, like, lamb chops out and stuff. KJ: Mmm David: And, and comin' from Kansas City, I'm a big advocate for barbecue. So... Smiley: Ohhh yes.
David: It was uh, it wasn't bad at all. Smiley: Did any of the other stars come? David: Uh, yeah. Uh, Ben Affleck came out with uh, with actually his wife Jennifer. And then...Lorne was floatin' around. A lot of the cast members came out. So it was, uh... Smiley: Did they talk-David: ...nice. And I kinda got to geek out a little bit in private. Smiley: No kidding. Did they-KJ: Yeah, I bet. That's cool. Smiley: Did they t-- did Ben Affleck talk to you? Did ya', did ya' get to know him? David: Uh...y-- he, he spoke to me..uh...through an assistant. No, I'm kidding. [Smiley and KJ laugh] David: He actually was really cool. Smiley: Was he-David: So... Smiley: Was he cool? He seems like he would be a cool guy. KJ: Yeah David: Yeah, yeah. Him and Jennifer both were, were really really cool and, and uh...and, and gracious. I mean, they talked to me, which...they certainly didn't have to do. I mean, who am I, honestly? Smiley: Hey... KJ: Hey! Smiley: You are a superstar, my friend. KJ: You're the American Idol! David: Aw, well... Smiley: American Idol, man. David: Thank you. Smiley: Your current American Idol!
David: I still feel like a goober from the Midwest, though. So... [KJ laughs] David: hey, you know, I, I'm still shocked that anybody talks to me. Smiley: Well you still-- you are a goober from the Midwest. David: Well [laughs] Smiley: Wh-- where-- uh what, I can't, I can't remember-David: Thank you. Thank you for the confirmation. [KJ laughs] Smiley: Can't remember what uh, what city you from? David: Uh, I am from Kansas City. Smiley: That's right. David: Uh, I've lived in Tulsa for the last couple years. And then I got a ton of family actually, uh, around you guys. In like, Kokomo and Terre Haute and Indianapolis. And... Smiley: I love uh...yes, Kansas City. KJ, remember when we went to Kansas City? KJ: Yeah Smiley: We flew out there to went-- went to... KJ: We went to Kona Grill. Smiley: Kona Grill, over there at the Plaza. David: Yeahhhh, nice call! Smiley: Kona Grill's good. Uh... KJ: Mm-hmm David: Oh yeah, it is. Smiley: And uh, yeah. So uh, the album's comin' out, what is it, next Tuesday? Let's see, what's the date on this... David: Uh, it comes out the 18th... Smiley: 18th.
David: ...actually, and uh...I'm stoked, man. This record's been...kinda 25 years in the making for me. So it's uh, I'm, I'm just excited to kinda see it out. I feel like, uh, we're, we're about ready to, to unleash havoc on everybody. So... KJ: Are you guys, uh, gonna perform on any more...shows? Do the circuit or anything? David: Uh, they kinda got us all over the place. I know next week, uh, we fly back and forth from L.A. to New York I think four times. KJ: Wow David: I'm logging those... KJ: Whooo David: ...frequent flyer miles for sure. KJ: Yeah Smiley: You gotta. David: Yeah Smiley: And uh, do, do you-- are you, are you just goin'-- are you just back in Kansas City with your family and, and friends, or... David: Uh, I'll head back to KC around uh, I think around Thanksgiving. Smiley: Uh-huh David: Um...there's a, there's a tradition in Kansas City where they, on Thanksgiving they, they do the Plaza Lighting Ceremony... KJ: Mmm David: And they bring in somebody every year to flip the switch to turn these... Smiley: Oh, I got it. David: ...Christmas lights on in the...shopping district. KJ: Yeah. We, we do a similar thing. Smiley: Yeah we do that... David: I get to-Smiley: ...similar thing here in town, too.
David: Oh yeah. So I get to go home and do that this year, which is really cool. And then... KJ: Oh, cool David: ...spend a few days with family and try to...uh...try to process the last year and change. Smiley: How are, how are your Chiefs doing? KJ: Ohh David: Uh, you know...uh...it's a... KJ: Tough year, tough year. [Smiley laughs] David: We're, we're no, we're no Colts. We're no Colts. [KJ laughs] Smiley: Oh, the Colts aren't...ya' know, we've been losin' some. But we've been winnin' some. David: Hey you know, you guys are playin' 500 ball, which is more than I can say for my guys. [laughs] KJ: Yeah. Sorry about that. Smiley: And how was uh-David: Ah hey, ya' know, every, every team has down years. KJ: Abso-David: We just uh, we're, we're-- we're, hopefully we'll get on the upswing here pretty quick. Smiley: How was uh, your Halloween? Did you uh, were you-David: Uh, I actually, I was good on Halloween. I didn't go out and do anything cuz we had SNL the next night. Smiley: Yeah David: So I, I, I tried to...be diligent and be prepared for the next night.
Smiley: The uh-- so it's the self-titled CD, David Cook. The new album November 18th. And the single's uh...is it called "Light On"? Is it still "Light On"? Or do we need to switch to a new song? David: It's, it's, it's absolutely still "Light On." Smiley: Ok. David: They uh...it's uh... Smiley: I wanna stay on the right song. David: ...nothin's changed yet. Yeah. Smiley: You know, we all work together in this thing. KJ: That's right. [Smiley laughs] David: There you go. Smiley: Hey David, thanks so much, man. It was really cool talkin' to ya'. And I, I, I watched the whole season, ya' know. I got...I got all...geeky on the American idol. I watched it. David: Oh, wonderful man. Well thank you guys so much for havin' me. I can't wait to uh, to hopefully come back and talk again soon. Smiley: Yeah, come visit too. David: Will do, man. See ya' later, David Cook. Buh-bye. David: Alright. Later, guys. END OF INTERVIEW
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