Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Oh No, Me Gotta Go

On, Wisconsin

So the good people of Wisconsin did the right thing yesterday, giving Texas Senator Ted Cruz a resounding victory over whining asshat Donald Trump.

And, once again, delusional nitwit John Kasich received exactly ZERO delegates.

Why Kasich continues to stay in the race is mystifying. Or maybe it isn't.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton, his sixth straight win. It's almost funny watching Bernie's supporters delude themselves into thinking he has a chance. Hillary took this opportunity to announce her intention to "disqualify" Sanders from getting the nomination.

All things considered, it was a reasonably satisfying evening of democracy in action.

"Does this mean I can cancel the Conniption Watch?"
For now...

Game Two

On their way to the 2015 World Series Championship, my beloved Kansas City Royals began last season with a strong 7-0 record.

They won't match that hot start this season, as they fell 2-0 to the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium yesterday in 2016's second game.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard was dominant, holding the Royals to just three hits while striking out 12.

Royals starter Chris Young, taking the place of the injured Ian Kennedy, was also strong, allowing just three hits and striking out four in five innings of work. He did allow a barely-fair home run to new Met Neil Walker in the 4th inning to account for the game's only runs. If this is what we can expect from Chris in the rotation this year, though, it is hard to be discouraged.

In its infinite insanity, the schedule-maker gave the Royals two more days off today and tomorrow. In the season's first five days, the Royals will have had more off days (3) than games (2). Dumb.

They won't play again until beginning a weekend series with the Minnesota Twins on Friday. RHP Yordano Ventura will start for the Royals on Friday night.

"You don't fool me! You've already given up on this season, haven't you?"

Have not...

Wild Kingdom Bed & Breakfast Update

"Did ya miss me?"
Over the winter most of my avian customers were gone, leaving nothing but various kinds of sparrows. Now that the weather is warming up again, though, I'm starting to see lots of my "regulars" again.

On Sunday, for instance, I saw the first purple finch I had spotted since last fall. There have also been visits lately by mourning doves, common redpolls, pine siskins, and American goldfinches.

Yesterday brought the first visit of a common grackle, whose sound is unmistakable.
The return of such a variety of my bird buddies means spring is here to stay, for which
I am grateful.

"Still playing 'The Birdman of Valley View Drive,' are you?"

Don't be such a killjoy...

Collateral Damage

From the pen of Chip Bok, whose editorial cartoons you should read often, as I do.

Until Next Time...

As I have mentioned on many occasions, part of what makes the music business so frustrating for the artists is the wildly unpredictable nature of the audience. There simply isn't (and never really has been) a magic formula for concocting a hit record. The story of one of the unlikeliest hits of the '60s is a case in point.

On April 6, 1963 an obscure garage band in Portland, Oregon named The Kingsmen walked into a local recording studio to record a cover of a song called "Louie Louie," which had been a released twice before by other artists without achieving any success.

45 rpm single issued by Wand Records

The recording session was a near-disaster. One of the three microphones was positioned so far over lead singer Jack Ely's head that he had to tilt his head backward and shout the lyrics just to be heard.

The band screwed up the original song's rhythm, and Ely began singing again too early after the lead guitar break, then stopped when he realized his mistake (forcing the drummer to play a fill to try to cover the error).

The original version of the song was an easy-going ballad, but The Kingsmen played it
as a rock and roll stomp, with lyrics that frankly made no sense whatsoever. The most famous error is the very audible appearance of the word "fuck" in the song (it is drummer Lynn Easton cursing because a drumstick slipped from his hand). That mistake caused the song to be banned on a lot of radio stations but only increased its popularity with young people.

That chaotic first take of the song was the only one recorded. The result was released as a single first on the obscure Jerden Records label, then on New York-based Wand Records. It was the Wand release that reached the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in October of 1963. By December 14 the song had reached No. 2 on the charts, and would hold that position for six weeks. It remained in the Top 10 until early February.

It is entirely possible that The Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie" is the most famous and popular rock song never to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It remains one of the most instantly-recognizable songs of the '60s, and has been used in countless motion pictures and TV programs.

Today's send-off is the original 1963 recording, warts and all (the "F" bomb drops at around :50), paired with film clips of young people dancing. Enjoy...

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