This is infinitely better than what I could have run this evening. You’re welcome.
Or a clash of cultures. It is a clash of savagery and banality against culture.
Read this AP bit on the whining and the West-bashing. Then, determine for yourselves which is the less-enlightened age.
In matters of enlightenment and decline, Benedict Beckeld, Ph. D., offers actual insight into the decline of music:
I’m not quite sure about the impossibility of music ever again rising, but he’s certainly right about the triumph of the classical over the modern (and everything else heretofore).
Happy New Year’s Eve! I sense the end of 2018 posting is nigh (should be a 2018 review a little later). Cheers.
***Note*** I’ve got a lot of drafts sitting around, some in existence and unpublished since 2013. It became obvious to me that I’m in no hurry to get around to them. But, they’ve survived various draft purges over the years. If they’re that important I can just come back and elaborate later. For now, I offer them, kind of as-is, in this, a lightning publishing round. The fun will continue while supplies last. Make of these what you will. Or not. I don’t care.
For nearly six years, this post – a title only – sat around the drafts. Daddy loved Horton and so do I. If you’ve never listened, you’re missing out. If you’re in America, you listen, and don’t like it, then you’re in the wrong country. Hell, he even explains the proper way to say A-Mer-I-Ca!
Merry Christmas, to all those of good will! To those others, a Very Merry Christmas, anyway!
Getting right to it, here’s a revised and bettered list of Carols you may not hear anywhere else. And, for once, I’m going with direct video embeds – hope the processor holds…
***Note*** These are YT videos. Some may have copyright or other display issues. Always a risk, encountering it even as I re-do the list. I’m trying to promote the artists; please spend some money on your favorites. If a link is out, C&C the name and look it up, Grinches.
Mistress for Christmas, AC/DC. I want the woman in red at the…
Little dirty, yes…
Naughty List, Forever In Your Mind
Little boy-bandish, yes…
12 (Drunken) Days of Christmas, Foster Brooks
12 Redneck Days of Christmas, Jeff Foxworthy
12 Pains of Christmas, Bob Rivers
Rigging up the lights.
I Saw Three Ships, Sting
Mele Kalikimaka, Bing Crosby
Christmas for Cowboys, John Denver
Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses
All Alone on Christmas, Darlene Love
Winter Wonderland, Sleeper Agent
Dominick the Donkey, Lou Monte
Even for Southern kids…
The Night Santa Went Crazy, Weird Al Yankovic
Christmas at Ground Zero, Weird Al
Christmas in Hollis, Run DMC
The Christmas Song, Alvin and the Cute Rodents
Blue Christmas, Porky P.
Grandma Got Run Over, Elmo & Pasty
Chanukah Song, Adam Sandler
I know you’re out there, Ryan. ברכות!
Alice’s Restaurant, Arlo Guthrie
Oops. Missed the mark again. Yankees understand…
Holiday Road, Lindsey Buckingham
Not Xmas, per se, but you get it. I hope.
And, one more:
Same Auld Lang Syne, Dan Fogelberg
Santa Claus is Watchin’ You, Ray Stevens
Many thanks to a young fan for reminding me of that one!
Twenty-three hits the local station might miss. For all others, consult Gene Autry. Etc.
Also, Christmas Tie Season
Music for that scary night when all the little Bernie Sanders wannabes come calling:
Immigration! Election! Killer Robots!
There. Got that out of the way…
Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon, 1978.
Werewolves, Alternate Take, Zevon, 2007 Release. I know more than a few people don’t like this version. Then again, more than a few people can be wrong. Cool, jazzy, and you always have the ability to listen to the damned original…
Long Cool Woman, The Hollies, 1971. No Halloween, per se, but fits with:
Devil Woman, Cliff Richard, 1976.
Evil Woman, ELO, 1975. All these women…
Witchy Woman, The Eagles, 1972. More women…
Self Control, Laura Branigan version, RIP, beautiful, 1984. The best-looking artist on the list.
Legend of Wooley Swamp, Charlie Daniels Band, 1980. Lucius Clay approves.
David Pumpkins – Elevator Skit, SNL and Tom Hanks, 2016. Not a song. Just funny.
Monster Mash, Misfits, 1997. Yeah, I have trouble understanding the words too.
Mash, Original, Bobby Pickett (with Dick Clark), 1962. Classic; those facial expressions.
Dragula, Rob Zombie, 1998. Burn through ’em.
Thriller (Full), Michael Jackson, 1982. Before we knew the real MJ (RIP) horrors. With commentary from Price (RIP).
Poison, Alice Cooper, 1989. A few Cooper songs I could have gone with; I chose this one.
House of Fire, Cooper, 1989. And this one.
Ghost Riders in the Sky, Johnny Cash’s Version, 1979. Scary with a message.
The Time Warp, RHPS Version, Richard O’Brien, 1974. No need to suffer a theater full of freaks. (They still do that?) You’re welcome.
Sweet Transvestite, RHPS Version, Tim Curry, 1974. Probably the only trans-friendly post I’ll ever make.
Blue Moon, The Marcels, 1961. Shout if you know why I included this one.
The Zoo, Scorpions, 1980. Why not?
Nightmare on My Street,
DJ Jaz Will Smith, 1988. Just remembered this one!
Pet Sematary, The Ramones, 1989. My personal favorite – possibly tied with Werewolves.
Sematary, Last Live Show, 1996. You don’t know this…
Stranger in Town, Extended Studio, Toto, 1984. Is your hero a criminal?
Uprising, Sabaton, 2010. Scary history. Great gym song!
Dr. Demento Halloween Special, Demento, Westwood One, 1986. Hour and a half of crazy.
UPDATE – for 2019 and beyond (thanks to Fred W!):
Little Red Riding Hood, Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, 1966. For the g-g-g-generation.
Swamp Witch, Jim Stafford, 1974. Wonder if she knew Lucious?
Here Comes Santa Claus, Gene Autry, 1947. Oops. Too early – for another week or two…
27+ hits sure to rock the candy off the beggers!
Have a great Halloween!
The cigar-chomping, government-bashing, culture-questioning madness shall resume soon.
Okay, the last post was a bit of a downer – a necessary expose – but still maybe a bit much for a fair Tuesday evening. So, here’s a cheery one! I’ll not sign off for the night, tonight, with sourness.
Nena (remember her?) looks almost the same as she did 35 years ago. Better maybe. And with 35 years of stored kinetic energy:
Bonus: It’s not just Nena. Kim Wilde (remember her?) is hanging in there too.
Somehow, somewhere, sometime. They gotta be, what, 55 apiece?
There’s more, much more, lurking and brewing about the Syria mess. Maybe not all bad, but all very interesting. That can wait.
Two items of critically less importance:
First: Sometime this coming week I shall fulfill my appointment as the C.F. Floyd Feature Writer of National Affairs for The Piedmont Chronicles. Charles Floyd was, of course, a titan of curmudgeonly intellectual action. Now I imagine he is still a terror to the Highlands gentry. TPC is of similar size and reach as this “highly respected web log.” What we’re pushing for with “national affairs” is syndication of national scope. Cro$$ those figures, dear readers.
Second: Laura Branigan, Gloria, 1982:
Sunday, at the end of a heated political post, I kind of alluded to something about kicking off the new week with either music or cigars. Then, yesterday, I came right back with a heavy on … more politics and social decay.
Okay, okay, okay. Apologies.
To make up for it all here’s a Twofer Combo!
Brad Paisley, The Cigar Song, YouTube.
See? It’s music … about cigars…
The site will improve immediately. Later. Maybe with killer robots…
Yeah, I smoke ’em one by one…
I so tire of the politics, the economics, the robots, the stupidity, and the general turmoil. I really do. That and the success of yesterday’s Dream post prompted this:
All I Have to Do is Dream, The Everly Brothers, Live, 2004:
Video by susiedarling69/YouTube/Don and Phil Everyly (RIP, Phil).
You’re welcome and I thank You.