Only Here.

January 31, 2010 By

Only in America can you be Pro-Death Penalty, Pro-War, Pro-Unmanned Drone Bombs, Pro-Nuclear Weapons, Pro-Guns, Pro-Torture, Pro-Land Mines, AND still call yourself ‘Pro-Life.’

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The News in Limericks.

January 29, 2010 By

Cos Limerick writing is the safest form of birth control.

GOP wants the President spayed
For Supreme Court critiques that he made
They say ‘Listen up, Sport-
You can’t badmouth the Court-
(Unless it’s about Roe v. Wade).’

Obama said ‘Spending must Freeze-
But Pentagon? Do as you please!’
But if Barry is bankin’
On Republicans thankin’
He picked the wrong guys to appease.

John Edwards from South Carolina
With teeth as white as fine China
And a smile that’s so flirty
A hairstyle so purty
And a penchant for crazy vagina.

It’s depressing, the deeper you delve
Into promises Obama’s shelved
He’s half black, half white
But if he’s Republican Lite
Vote Dean/Spitzer in 2012.

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Groucho & Harpo, the ‘Duck Soup’ mirror scene

January 28, 2010 By

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Up Above My Head

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What To Say When Some Damn Fool Asks ‘Beatles or Stones?’

January 24, 2010 By

Our leading export to the rest of the world continues to be Lame American Guys. And one thing that certain LAGs enjoy is asking ridiculous questions such as  this.

In a 2004 interview with GQ magazine, Candidate John Kerry was asked this very question. And shocking as it may seem, JK could not give a direct answer. I’m not saying it cost him the election, but it  did help prove that as a candidate the good senator was Clark Kent without a phone booth.

But I’m not hear to beat up on John Kerry. I’m here to help you handle the triflin’ fool who would dare impose such heretical inquiry.   Those unimaginative LAGs who would perpetrate this classic-rock-Sophie’s Choice and make you choose sides.   How’s a real lover of music like you  supposed to answer a question like this while still  resisting the urge to smack the Philistine who would have you pronounce “who’s better?”

Easy. Here’s your reply.

“Beatles Studio. Stones Live.”

Trust me.    It happens to be the truth, you get to have it both ways,  and  it shows that you know what you’re talking about.  It also helps stimulate good conversation on those 600 different official live versions of “Satisfaction.”.

The Beatles ceased touring well before they stopped recording albums,  while the Stones continue to be a terrific live act years after having abandoned any kind of consistent studio work.

By the way – my vote for best Live Stones record?   The critics will say ‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out,’ but let me recommend the semi-live Stripped, from 1995.

There really is no great live Beatles record, but unlike The Stones, they never released a weak studio album.

However,  if you have the time and want to collect some great live Beatles tracks, go for the following solo albums to begin your collection.

John – Live in New York City,  Live Peace In Toronto, and the live tracks he did with Elton that appear on the Lennon Box Set.   It’s the only time he ever did ‘Lucy In The Sky’ live, and their cover of Paul’s ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ is a marvel.

Paul – MTV Unplugged, The Official Bootleg,    Tripping The Live Fantastic,   and don’t be afraid of Wings over America.

George – You should already own ‘Concert for Bangla-Desh.’  But treat yourself to ‘Live In Japan,’ the 2-disc document of his final (and only post-70s) tour, a monthlong run that featured Clapton & his band as sublime backup.   And if enough people buy it, perhaps Olivia will finally release a DVD.

Ringo – VH1 Storytellers. Actually rather charming.

There are enough classic Beatle tracks covered live on the above records to create the live concert file your itunes needs.

Most of my favorite Live Beatles tracks are still bootlegged. And I can’t recommend those.  That would be wrong.

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