Monday, October 20, 2008

no joy in mudville

Besides being the name of a very fine south Jersey band of my acquaintance, it is the emotional weather forecast for Red Sox Nation.

Didn't have enough in the end to get past the shockingly young Tampa Bay Rays, heading to their first World Series on Wednesday.

One arena America still dominates in is the World Series. Do you realize an American baseball team has won the World Series every year since the game began?

Every year. Extraordinary.

Going back to the salt mines this week, starting up The Truth About Santa rehearsals, working on my piece for the Belfast Swing State Cabaret and so on.

Our MMMQ this fine fall Monday goes out to the Lampshade Queen Herself, proof that bitching and moaning will get you anything around here.

In 1976, with the great rock and roll masters of the 60s and 70s lurching into Dinosaur Territory or gingerly gimping out onto the disco dance floor, one band arose and kept the flame alive for the next generation. The essential, the inimitable, the righteous, The Clash placed a collect call from London to the rest of the world, free and otherwise, and invited us all to become Clash City Rockers.

From 1976 to 1982 the line-up was Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and:

1. Nicky "Diablo" Headon

2. Nicky "Hopper" Headon

3. Nicky "Topsy" Headon

4. Nicky "Topper" Headon

or

5. Nicky "Smilin' Jim the Washboard Man" Headon.

Winners get to face the Phillies on Wednesday, losers go home.

9 comments:

Christopher said...

John-Boy -- Blue Jays get no love from Scrappy?! Wha?!?

John said...

Fair point.

Our friendly, frozen neighbors to the North deserve a nod.

Like most Americans, I suffer from a benign cultural amnesia when it comes to Canada, always pleasantly surprised when it comes up in conversation.

A fine place and a hell of a club.

Ann said...

They're still playing baseball? Enough already, time for college basketball to start!

The Lampshade Queen thanks you from the bottom of her coal-dark little lump of a heart for this gift of a question, John.

Nickey Headon went by "Topper".

The Lampshade Queen knows her drummers, man.

Bring on the Phillies, I say!

Carl said...

well hell if i know. but i have a Monday music question of my own. and its a video question.
a friend sent me this link the other day and i just...i don't even know what to say, you'll just have to watch. My question to you: Is our good ol' buddy hank williams jr joking, or is he just gunning for a cabinet position.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW9LPWlQaiU&feature=user

John said...

Can't make it play, Carl.

But if it's Hank, Jr., all bets are off, son. That boy has been chasing his dead Daddy's ghost for far too long.

Rose said...

Well I never liked the phillies anyway...so I vote #5! 5. Nicky "Smilin' Jim the Washboard Man" Headon. Anne, watch your back. I might win this time! :D

Carl said...

well that's a shame. but luckily for you, my friend also sent me the lyrics written out. so here it is, strictly for you viewing pleasure.

McCain-Palin Tradition by Hank Williams, Jr.

The left wing liberal media have always been a real close knit family
But most of the American people dont believe em anyway you see
Stop and think it over
Before you make your decision
If they smell something wrong, they're gonna come down strong
You know McCain-Palin tradition
John and Sarah tell you just what they think. They're not gonna blink. And they don't have radical friends to whom their careers are linked
John is his own man
And Sarah fixed Alaska's broken condition
They're gonna be just fine
Were headed for good times
You know McCain-Palin Tradition
This old unions got problems
That is plain to see
The democrats bankrupted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Like 1-2-3
The bankers didn't want to make all those bad loans
Bill Clinton said "you got to!"
Now they wanna bail out
what I'm talking about
Is a democrat liberal hoodoo!
To me and you
John and Sarah tell you just what they think
And they're not gonna blink
They're gonna fix this country, cuz they're just like you and ol Hank
I am very proud
Of our country's name
But no society is perfect
And we have had our stains
If I'm down at the coffee shop
Somebody wants to start do give our flag friction
I say please move on, were standing strong
Thats an Old John McCain tradition
John and Sarah tell you just what they think
And they're not gonna blink
They're gonna fix this country, cuz they're just like you and ol Hank
If I'm down at the coffee shop
Somebody wants to start do give our flag friction
I say please move on, were standing strong
Thats an Old Sarah Palin tradition
Some are bound to tell you
I'm preaching to the choir
And that is very true, and we are going even higher
Like a Mama bear in Idaho
She'll protect your family's condition
If you mess with her cubs, shes gonna take off the gloves, thats an American female tradition
Ehi tell me Sarah why do you hunt
John why do you fish
How can you be so smart and savvy
such a hey good-looking dish
Yes John is his own man
And Sarah fixed Alaska's broken condition
Were gonna see the light, they're gonna get it right, its a McCain-Palin tradition

John said...

Well.

That's some of the scariest, fucked-up shit ever to appear here at the Museum.

And I don't need to tell you, that's saying something.

Carl said...

yeaaaaah, i thought you might enjoy that.