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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sunny Weekend at Bernie's



That's not an orchestra. That's hand-to-hand combat.There's a battle for primacy between the trombones and trumpets than can only end in death or glory, like a bullfight or a school board meeting. They're blowing into the wrong end of their instruments, including the piano, I think, as hard as they can, while slapping the person next to them the whole time. It's glorious, in a way. By "in a way," I mean it isn't glorious at all.

Elephants Gerald, as I used to call her, was one of the greatest singers the United States ever produced. She was so good that long after her death in 1842, they'd prop her up on stages all over the world and listen to her anyway. This is just more evidence that Sunny should be named the Official Cover Song of the Twenty-Teens, because I said so.

This particular video does confuse me a bit, though. I have no idea why Tom Jones is wearing a motorcycle helmet.

13 comments:

Sam L. said...

Tom Jones...I preferred the movie.
I do hope the band lived thru that performance, without major injuries.
The '70s was a strange decade, but I did strange pretty good back then, enough to make it thru. Couldn't do the hair, though, so I got a mop-head and dreadlocked it; nobody knew the difference.

Gagdad Bob said...

That's the most jarring clash of worlds since Jimi Hendrix opened for the Monkees in '67. Why such rock royalty would associate with that guitar-slinging showboat is beyond me.

Gagdad Bob said...

Fitzgerald recorded this classic shortly after her death.

Gagdad Bob said...

Er, no thanks. I'll take a raincheck on that dawn surprise.

SippicanCottage said...

Bob! You're like a national treasure. I think you should be stuffed and displayed.

You know -- after you die and everything.

Gringo said...

This particular video does confuse me a bit, though. I have no idea why Tom Jones is wearing a motorcycle helmet.

LOL. Not to mention "Elephants Gerald."

vanderleun said...

You know, after I hunt you down with a backhoe for this whole sunny business, your work on your house will be deeply appreciated by your beautiful widow's next husband.

Guy said...

Found this nice version by Biréli Lagrène & Giuseppe Continenza after perusing your site: https://youtu.be/WpsGGXnwUYA

Django-influenced players...I was going to make a George Costanza joke about Giuseppe's name, then noticed Biréli is starting to look a bit like George.

chasmatic said...

Of course we are all waiting for the Unorganized Hancock version.

Sooner or later your attention span will be spun.

Guy said...

Iron Man, bebop style... I'm not sure if this is the version I heard years ago on KNTU, but it sounds close: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/newbopbrigade3

chasmatic said...

Family lore has it that my uncle Louis Lóżko was in civilian life a dealer in stolen dogs. He was known in certain underworld circles as "Letsgo" Lóżko.

When he came to America he put his past behind him and began raising bantam chickens. International crime cartels soon found him and tried to enlist him in their shady dealings. He was left alone after several cartel bosses woke up to find a dead chicken in their beds.

"As for the bantam chickens, those little sumbitches are the living descendants of velociraptors. I wouldn't be messing with 'em." soon became the word to the wise.

Sam L. said...
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Russell said...

"I have no idea why Tom Jones is wearing a motorcycle helmet."

In case he falls of the rocking chair.