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Kinky Friedman On Rick Perry: An Unsurprising Endorsement

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 199 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Elections 2016, Entertainment, Humor, OOT, Open thread, Politics at August 24th, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Singer, songwriter, humorist, rogue politician and the World’s Most Famous Jewish Cowboy Kinky Friedman penned a piece praising his former opponent, Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Rick Perry has never lost an election; I’ve never won one. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with the world. On the other hand, I’ve long been friends with Bill Clinton and George W., and Rick Perry and I, though at times bitter adversaries, have remained friends as well. It’s not always easy to maintain friendships with politicians. To paraphrase Charles Lamb, you have to work at it like some men toil after virtue.

I have been quoted as saying that when I die, I am to be cremated, and the ashes are to be thrown in Rick Perry’s hair. Yet, simply put, Rick Perry and I are incapable of resisting each other’s charm. He is not only a good sport, he is a good, kindhearted man, and he once sat in on drums with ZZ Top. A guy like that can’t be all bad. When I ran for governor of Texas as an independent in 2006, the Crips and the Bloods ganged up on me. When I lost, I drove off in a 1937 Snit, refusing to concede to Perry. Three days later Rick called to give me a gracious little pep talk, effectively talking me down from jumping off the bridge of my nose. Very few others were calling at that time, by the way. Such is the nature of winning and losing and politicians and life. You might call what Rick did an act of random kindness. Yet in my mind it made him more than a politician, more than a musician; it made him a mensch.

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For those not familiar with Mr. Friedman’s artistry and wit, it’s rarely politically correct, but usually amusing.

By 1971, Friedman had formed his second band, Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys, which many took to be a play on the name of the famous band Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. In keeping with the band’s satirical nature, each member had a comical name: in addition to Kinky there was Little Jewford, Big Nig, Panama Red, Wichita Culpepper, Sky Cap Adams, Rainbow Colours, and Snakebite Jacobs. More conventionally named roadie Jack Slaughter and road manager Dylan Ferrero rounded out the crew and provided most of the driving of the “tour bus”, a Cadillac with 10-year-old expired license plates and a nasty predilection for going into a coma at the most inconvenient moment (but, according to Friedman, her talent lay in her ability to stop on a dime and pick up the change). [wiki]

Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys’ “Assho From El Paso” was a snarky response to Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee.”

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And with that we’ll continue on to another non-politically correct edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.

Apples and Oranges

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 247 Comments › )
Filed under Music, OOT, Open thread at August 2nd, 2014 - 11:55 pm

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One of the most successful groups in popular music, they began playing R&B in the early to mid-1960s. The name of the band (and members) changed several times, but eventually settled on “The Pink Floyd Sound,” taken from the names of two blues musicians, Pinkney “Pink” Anderson and Floyd “Dipper Boy” Council (click each name for links to recordings on the Utoobage). Dick Clark introduced “The Pink Floyd” on American Bandstand in 1967, their first appearance in the U.S. Here’s the lineup (with ages) at the time of the filming:

Roger Waters – bass, vocals, songwriter (24)
Syd Barrett – guitar, vocals, songwriter (21)
Richard Wright – keyboards, vocals (24)
Nick Mason – percussion (23)

Pink Floyd had my attention from “Ummagumma” through “Wish You Were Here,” but they began to lose me when their style began drifting too far into the mainstream pop radio culture of the late 70s: the overbearing and over-produced arena-art-rock years.

Remember that “Several Species Of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In A Cave And Grooving With A Pict” was performed live on stage,with “lyrics” in English, just like The Overnight Open Thread.

P.S. The Dub Side Of The Moon is awesome.

RIP Johnny Winter (1944-2014)

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 102 Comments › )
Filed under Music, OOT at July 19th, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Johnny Winter 1944-2014

Johnny Winter, legendary guitarist and one of the most recognizable icons of Texas blues and rock passed away at the age of 70 earlier this week after a long career.

In a documentary released this year entitled “Johnny Winter Down and Dirty,” he laughed, “Made my first record when I was 15, started playing clubs when I was 15. Started drinking and smoking when I was 15. Sex when I was 15. Fifteen was a big year for me.”

According to Wiki, at age 10 he and his 8 year old brother Edgar played on local TV in his hometown of Beaumont Texas. Johnny Winter performed for an astounding 60 years, and he died while on still on tour.

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RIP, Johnny. You made our roadtrips hellalotta fun.

Let’s turn up the volume and put the pedal to the metal for this Saturday Night Edition of The Overnight Open Thread.

[Update: After scheduling this I see that Coldwarrior beat me to it, so consider this a continuation.]

The Horseshoe

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 56 Comments › )
Filed under Art, Cars & Trucks, Entertainment, Humor, OOT, Open thread at September 7th, 2013 - 10:30 pm
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The Sadies give tribute to Big Daddy Roth and the classic “Live Fast, Die Young, Leave A Good Looking Corpse” nihilistic absurdity, and nihiliastic absurdity fits right in with a hot and humid rockin’ Saturday edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.