Friday, March 24, 2017

Worlds Colliding/Mind Blown

The character Riley, from the early parts of The Buddy Holly Story, was played by William JOrdan who, played on the 1954 Milan Miracle team.

Finally!

A defense of the criminally-underrated Wings!
Look, it was a far less observant show than either Cheers or Frasier. It didn’t necessarily take any risks with any current topics or sexuality. It was good, a fairly standard comedy but it was almost always well-written. After a couple seasons, we developed better chops than the beginning but we developed a style that is still very watchable. It’s not very dated. The only thing that’s dated is… clothes. The clothes I wore, high-waisted jeans and too-large shirts. But the dynamic between me and Tim [Daly] was a tried and true dynamic that still works today. Worked 50 years ago, will probably work 50 years from now.
I will say Brian Hackett may have been the worst-dressed character in sitcom history.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Johnny Bye Bye

It's hard to put a single name on any one thing. If you sy the word "movies", people will give 10 different names. Same with books, or sports or pretty much anything. But if you said "rock 'n roll" there would be one name, and one name only. and that name is Chuck Berry.

It's hard to imagine a world without him. And yet here we are.  :(


Friday, March 17, 2017

Always Funny

A bottle of Guinness was split on the floor
When the pub was shut for the night
Out crept a mouse from his little hole
And sat in the pale moonlight


He lapped at the frothy brew
Then back on his haunches he sat
And all night you could hear him roar
"Bring on the fucking cat!"

Happy St. Patrick's Day

(reprinted yearly)

When I was a kid my dad always tried to make a big deal out of us being Irish (the only ones in town), but who gives a shit what your dad says when you’re young? Certainly not me. When we got a little older my dad came up with the idea that on St. Patrick’s Day, he would administer a quiz to my brother and me on the history of Irish saints; the winner would get a pizza from TA-DA! Roma’s. A week or so before the 17th he’d give us some big, over-the-top dry book to read on the subject. My brother would actually read it; I’d get to page 3 and then start wondering if I’d rather be in Def Leppard or Duran Duran (trick question – I’d be better off being a dead Irish saint.) So guess who would win the “competition”? But the thing is, I’d still get the pizza – the pizza would come, and I’d hafta toast to Brothatime!!’s Irish brilliance, but I’d do it with a mouthful of cheese and grease on my face. To this day, I live by that creed: "I will not read for pizza."

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

True, True...

...we all remember the story in the Bible when Jesus didn't heal the leper but instead lectured him on personal responsibility and made sure he was embarrassed to be poor.

Of Course.

Hey, we all remember that scene in Roots when Kunta Kinte's wife told him to go into the boss's office and demand a raise "or find a damn motel room tonight, loser!"

Cool.

The fight to remember those who fought so valiantly against an economic transformation partially based on protective tariffs continues.

March 7, 2003

Grimace & Abe Lincoln met The Boss.

Sooooooooo Close


Laff Hack

I thought The Big Bang Theory was pretty funny years ago when I watched it, but this is pretty hilarious.

I Ain't No Gizzard

Really good oral history about the Milan Miracle.
Phil Raisor (Muncie Central sophomore in 1954): It's amazing how perception has played into the development of the story. We were the big-city team and Milan was the small-town team. But Milan was the experienced team. I'm 15 years old and walk in to Butler Fieldhouse in awe. We knew Milan had been there the year before and had the senior-dominated team. We started three juniors and two sophomores.

Monday, March 06, 2017

It Was 50 Years Ago Today (Soon!)

This is amazing: in particular, George Martin admitting they fucked up not including Strawberry Field Forever/Penny Lane on the album (which may have made it the greatest album ever.) - XMASTIME
I've blather for a decade here re: how amazing Sgt Pepper would be if The Beatles hadn't coughed up Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane to the record company as a single, since God forbid they go 6 months without shitting out a coupla classics.

Turns out for the 50th anniversary of the album, they're putting the 2 songs where they were originally intended to be:
Two of the Beatles ’ most famous songs will finally be included on Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club when the album is re-issued on June 1 to mark 50 years since its release. 

Despite being written specifically for their eighth studio album, record label EMI chose to put out Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane as a double A side single.

The album was based on a concept by Sir Paul McCartney to record as the fictional Sgt Pepper group and encouraged them to push creative boundaries after they gave up touring.

But at the time The Beatles lost a battle with their label to keep Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane on the collection.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Happy Friday

Always classic. I'd never seen the "Wilma!!!!" bathroom door bit before.  :)


Monday, February 27, 2017