Johnny Depp and King Tut

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In today’s “Today in History” post, Mostly Cajun linked to a Steve Martin video from 1979; it’s a live recording of his infamous King Tut routine.

For reasons I can’t entirely explain, even to myself, this video reminded me of a scene from the 1993 movie Benny & Joon, starring Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn and Julianne Moore.  This movie was not a huge box-office hit; it does showcase Depp’s talent for physical comedy, and it remains one of my favorites.  In the scene that comes to mind, Depp, Masterson and Quinn are in a diner where Moore works as a waitress.   Watch and see if you can explain to me the direction my brain was moving when it made this tenuous connection.

Just to round things off, here’s the movie’s theme song, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers, set to scenes from the movie.

Old Hippies

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There have been at two ‘Old Hippies’ that have had impact on my life.  The first, and certainly the most influential, was my first husband.  Born in 1950, he served in the Navy from 1968 – 1972; he married me (his first and only wife) in 1979; his first child was born in 1981 and his second in 1984.  He didn’t make it to Woodstock, but he was at a Grateful Dead concert when it was announced that Nixon had resigned.  He despised disco, and switched over to country music in rebellion.  When this song was released in 1985, he was 35 years old.  He succumbed to cancer in 1994, at the age of 44.  Every time I hear this song, I wonder if the Bellamy Brothers had actually met Murph.

In 1995, the Bellamy Brothers released a sequel to Old Hippie, called (in a fit of originality) Old Hippie-The Sequel.  This is the version that brings to mind the other Old Hippie in my life, my former boss, who passed away in 2003 at the age of 47.  I still work for his partner and younger brother.  This one is for Rick, who never really was comfortable with computers, fax machines and cell phones.

I had high hopes of another sequel in 2005, but it didn’t happen.  I shudder to think how Murph and Rick would have handled life in 2008.

Footnote in History

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On this date in 1880, John Philip Sousa became the leader of the United States Marine Corp Marching Band. Who doesn’t love a ‘Sousa March’?

H/T to Mostly Cajun for the info.

Mis-Heard Lyrics

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Actually, UN-heard lyrics. I’ve always liked the song Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress), by the Hollies, but I could never make out the lyrics. Army of Mom got me thinking about mis-heard lyrics the other day, so I went to e-lyrics.net and looked them up. Even if you read along while you listen, the words to this song are still hard to hear.

Long Cool Woman lyrics
(Roger Greenway, Harold Clark & Roger Cook)
Vocal Arrangement: Sean Altman

Saturday night I was downtown, workin’ for the FBI
Sittin’ in a nest of bad men,
Whiskey bottles pilin’ high.
A bootleggin’ boozer on the west side,
Full o’ people who were doin’ wrong
A just about to call the DA-man,
When I heard this woman singin’ a song…
A pair o’ 45’s made me open my eyes,
My temperature started to rise

* She was a long cool woman in a black dress,
Just a 5 – 9 beautiful tall
With just one look I was a bad mess,
Cause that long cool woman had it all.

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night ay yeah
I saw her head up to the table
Just a tall walkin’ big black cat
A’Charlie said, “I hope that you’re able boy.”
Cause I’m tellin’ you she knows where it’s at.
Well suddenly we heard the sirens,
And everybody started to run.
Jumpin’ outta doors and tables,
Well I heard someone shootin’ a gun.
Well the DA was pumpin’ my left hand,
And she was a-holdin’ my right.
I said don’t be scared, y’gonna be spared,
Well I gotta be forgivin’
If I wanna spend my livin’ with

* Repeat

Missy was fine, she blew my mind,
I think about that woman all the time,
She was a long cool woman in a black dress…

AoM – Thanks for the Memories

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Army of Mom recently put up a post about Tiger Beat magazine that got me thinking back.  I remember Tiger Beat from my pre-adolescent, teeny-bopper days.  Back then, the “hot guys” were Davey Jones (my first crush!), Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy, and Barry Cowsill.

In honor of those golden years, here’s a little musical interlude for my …er…more mature…readers.  Enjoy!  And check out those costumes!

Indian Lake – The Cowsills. 1968

The Partridge Family was based on this group.  I think they also influenced The Brady Bunch.

Led Zep Reunion

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United Press International

Led Zeppelin fans have been urged to “be patient” following the staggering demand for tickets to see the rockers reunite.

The deadline to register for the ticket ballot was supposed to close on Monday, but organizers have now given fans an extra two days to apply for tickets after 25 million people attempted to gain access to the official website on Sunday.

The band revealed last week plans to reform for a special tribute concert for late music mogul Ahmet Ertegun, 27 years after they split.

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith says: “We urge people to be patient and to remember this is a ballot system and that all registrations will have equal standing regardless if they register first or last.”

The news of Led Zeppelin’s reunion caused the concert’s official website to crash minutes after opening on September 12, as fans scrambled to register for one of the 18,000 tickets made available for the gig at London’s O2 Arena on November 26.

Tickets are priced at $250 and are limited to two per person. The ballot will now be conducted after registration for the gig closes on Wednesday.

Source: 100.7 The River

Speechless

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Paul sings Nessun Dorma

Simon Cowell: “I wasn’t expecting that”.

I saw this over at Compass Points, and I had to pass it along. This video is from The UK Has Talent, after which American Idol was modeled. The look on the judges’ faces when the guy says “opera” is priceless. The smile on Simon’s face when the song is finished is even more unexpected.

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