Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Billy Joel - Everybody Loves You Now

One of my favorite Billy Joel songs. I was just listening to the original version on "Cold Spring Harbor." This is from "Songs in the Attic." Billy justs drips Hicksville, doesn't he? He had a great band then -- I'd put them up against E Street and the Attractions, but in more of a bar-band way. Which is not an insult.

Monday, January 21, 2008

"There's People Out There Turning Music Into Gold"

John Stewart, ex-Kingston Trio, progenitor of California Singer-Songwriters, has died.

"Gold" stands as one of the best songs of the '70s.

Goodnight, Music Man.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

"Like Sam the Butcher Giving Alice the Meat"

Allan Melvin has died. So has Suzanne Pleshette. Pleshette, you know. But who the hell is Allan Melvin? Why, he was long-suffering Brady maid, Alice's non-commital boyfriend. And, of course, Archie Bunker's "pal", Barney Hefner on "All in the Family" and the lesser "Archie Bunker's Place".

And, I just learned, the voice of Magilla Gorilla! Holy shit -- and Drooper the Lion from "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour." A far-out show from my youth. Should've called it the "Banana Spliffs..."

Anyhow, farewell, Barney or Sam or Allan!

Christ, Nick at Nite has gotta have their flag (?) at half-mast tonight. Goodnight, Funnyman!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Woody Woodpecker - Under the Counter Spy

"The BAT!" A most memorable WW episode. Saw it dozens of times on Ch. 5 after school. Woody wakes up with a obvious hangover and gets embroiled in a spy caper. Mike M. used to always say "The BAT!"