Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Mama's Got A Squeeze Box She Wears On Her Chest

My advice to aspiring entertainers has always been pretty straightforward: Give any audience a compelling reason to pay attention to you. It's really just that simple. A trainwreck is as good as a Traviata in this respect. Cut a fart and stick out your hand and say ta-daa. But don't just stand there.

If all else fails, you can always buy one of those pianos with emphysema, and a plus-size bustier. 

Those Darn Accordions
(Thanks to that deaf, dumb, and blind kid, Vanderleun, for sending that along)


Leslie said...

"And daddy never sleeps at night."

Leslie said...

Btw, my best friend plays the acordian. He covers Johnny Cash, but, no tutu.

lorraine said...

I have had the dubious pleasure of seeing "Those Darn Accordions" live a few years ago. They were the opening act for "Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks". They did put on a good show. Trouble was the venue - which was a casino here in No California. They don't allow smoking in the show room but it is a 1/2 walled off area from the game room where people go to do nothing but smoke (and throw their money away). My poor eyes were stuck shut from the smoke. The accordion is the only instrument I had lessons to play. Never advanced it the art but I don't think the world has lost much. Thank you for posting.

SippicanCottage said...

I'd go way out of my way to see Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks.

vanderleun said...

April 13 2012
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
White River
Junction, VT
Tupelo Music Hall

April 14 2012
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Fall River, MA
Narrows Center

April 15 2012
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Brownfield, ME
Stone Mountain
Arts Center

April 18 2012
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Ogunquit, ME

April 19 2012
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks
Londonderry, NH
Tupelo Music Hall

Thud said...

Vanderleun does aim to please or torment...your choice.

SippicanCottage said...


OK, I lied. I wouldn't cross the street to see the Statue of Liberty rolerskate naked. Dan Hicks will have to soldier on without me.

I did once leave the house to go see a notable person from Seattle that was in Boston. Look how that turned out.

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H. Gillham said...

Around here, I think that band was known as Doug and the Hot Nuts...


but I could be wrong.

I loved that crazy song, "Momma's Got a Squeeze Box."

There is a Far Side cartoon, a split, and on one side it reads, "Welcome to Heaven, here's your harp" on the other, it reaads, "Welcome to hell, here's your accordion."

That's all I got.

Cachinnosus said...

“A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't.”
-- Tom Waits
(Alas, I am no gentleman.)

TmjUtah said...

A double helping of awesome, with caramel sauce.

BJM said...

That is just wrong....but it could be worse.

vanderleun said...

Oh I don't know, BJ. I wouldn't mind Alison Kraus in that mood. Call me a man of low morals, but I'd sing it that way if I could hit it.