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Monday, April 22, 2013

Taking A Few Weeks Off.....

I'm taking a couple weeks off for health reasons (It's very hard to write in agonizing pain.)

See you in May......

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Happy 420!

Today is 420 Day (aka Stoner New Year)

On 4/20 and especially at 4:20 PM, millions of people around the world smoke a much maligned, but fairly innocuous sticky green herb that relaxes people, reduces depression and boosts appetite.

I've smoked pot for nearly 30 years and compared to all other recreational substances (including alcohol), marijuana is the most benign. Today, there are synthetic and far more dangerous drugs easily available, such as bath salts and K2 that make marijuana, for all the reefer madness rhetoric about it that some STILL believe, appear as innocent as milk and cookies.

There's a growing awareness in even the most rigidly conservative states that marijuana isn't as bad as previously thought. (Even Mississippi decriminalized marijuana.) And with the onslaught of crystal meth and these new synthetic drugs and with a nation deep in debt and unable to sustain an abysmally failing war on drugs, something's got to give.  

People in Washington State and Colorado have a LOT to be grateful for today. I couldn't have asked for a better night than November 6, 2012. Not only my birthday, but Washington State and Colorado did the once politically unthinkable; they legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

They had to eventually. I knew it would happen in my lifetime. But I was about 10 years off. Who could have known it would have been voted for in near landslides in two states?  

But first.....

You toke the green hit buddy......
Marijuana wasn't always illegal. In fact, there were NO laws against marijuana whatsoever until the early 20th century. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew and used marijuana. Marijuana was used for treating everything from asthma to pain relief (It doesn't actually relieve pain, but it does take the edge off it.)

Doctor recommended......

Here's the ultimate playlist for your 420 holiday:

"The Great Smoke Off" Shel Silverstein (The One To Play at 4:20 PM)
"Legalize It" Peter Tosh
"Sweet Leaf" Black Sabbath
"Pass The Marijuana" Sublime
"You're A Viper"  Stuff Smith and his Onyx Club Boys
"Smoke Two Joints" The Toyes/Sublime
"Gimmie A Reefer" Bessie Smith
"Hits From The Bong" Cypress Hill
"Don't Step On The Grass, Sam" Steppenwolf
“You Don't Know How It Feels” Tom Petty
"Natural Mystic" Bo Marley
"High" Feeder
"Don't Bogart Me" Fraternity Of Man/Little Feat
"Hash Pipe" Weezer
"Wildwood Weed" Jim Stafford
"Because I Got High" Afroman
"Stoned Soul Picnic" The Fifth Dimension
“Comfortably Numb” Pink Floyd
"Too Rolling Stoned" Robin Trower
"Marijuana In Your Brain" Lords Of Acid
"Four And Twenty Hours" Nana Mouskouri
"Pass The Dutchie" Musical Youth
"Texas Tea Party" Benny Goodman
"M.V. (Marijuana)" Nirvana
"Rainy Day Women 12 & 35" Bob Dylan
"Who Got The Hooch" Everything
"Champagne and Reefer" BB King
"Along Comes Mary" The Association
"Mary Jane" Rick James
"And It Stoned Me" Van Morrison
"Save The Roach For Me" Buck Washington
"My Name Is Bud" NOFX
"Muggles" Louis Armstrong
"Smokin'" Boston
"Billy Bardo" Johnny Paycheck
"The Ganja Man" Lee "Scratch" Perry
"Homegrown" Neil Young
"I Got Stoned And I Missed It" Dr. Hook
"Seeds and Stems (Again)" Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
"Reefer Man" Cab Calloway
"One Toke Over The Line" Brewer & Shipley
"That Cat Is High" Manhattan Transfer
"Burn One Down" Ben Harper
"The Devil Went To Jamaica" Travis Meyer
"420" Kottonmouth Kings
"Panama Red" New Riders of The Purple Sage
"Cheeba Cheeba" Tone Loc
"Hash Cake '77" Hawkwind
"Roll Another Number" Neil Young
"White Punks On Dope" The Tubes
"Let's Go Get Stoned" Ray Charles
"Insane In The Brain" Cypress Hill
"The Thoughts Of Mary Jane" Nick Drake
"Marijuanaville" Tenacious D
"Puff The Magic Dragon" Peter, Paul & Mary
"And She Was" Talking Heads
"Copperhead Road" Steve Earle
"Tomorrow Never Knows" Beatles
"There She Goes" Sixpence None The Richer/The La's
"Are You Experienced" Jimi Hendrix
"Last Dance With Mary Jane" Tom Petty
"Bong Hits For Breakfast" Staind
"Heaven Is A Halfpipe" OPM
"Marijuana" Phish
"Marrakesh Express" Crosby Stills & Nash
"Smokin' In The Boys Room" Brownsville Station/Motley Crue
"What If God Smoked Cannabis" Bob Rivers
“Kaya” Bob Marley
“The Joker” Steve Miller Band
“Sinsemilla” Black Uhuru
“Let's Go Smoke Some Pot” Dash Rip Rock
“Captain Jack” Billy Joel
“Got To Get You Into My Life” The Beatles
“Little Green Bag” George Baker Selection
"Marijuana Australiana” The Layabouts
“Lady Jane” Rolling Stones

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Oh Dear.......

If you need something to keep you from uncontrollably masturbating every six hours, I kinda think you probably need something a little more substantial than gum.......

STILL can't lay off your junk? Now here's........

Now with MORE salt and metal shavings!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monterey Jack's

This was before, and after, Jack In The Box. In 1985, Jack In The Box in one of the most disasterous blunders ever made by a fast food chain, changed it's name to "Monterey Jack's"

Patrons were not impressed by the yuppified image makeover and exactly a year later, they became Jack In The Box again.

Monday, April 15, 2013


The Bhutanese Stamp Records

(The Bhutanese Stamp Records....Actual Size.....)

Anyone who collects stamps knows the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has by far the strangest and most unusual postage stamps in the world.

But these have to be amongst the STRANGEST of the strange. In the early '70s, Bhutan issued record-stamps. They are actual one-sided phonograph records, playable on any turntable without automatic, end of side pick up.

They featured history talks and traditional Bhutanese folk music.

In a 21st century update, Bhutan recently issued a series of CD-ROM stamps....

Sunday, April 14, 2013

NWPUNKROCK: 30 Plus Years Of Punk In The Northwest (2007)

If you've always wondered where all that crazy grunge stuff in Seattle got it's start, look no further. This 2 hour documentary takes you back from the '70s all the way up to 2007 and looks at every aspect of the whole punk scene of the last 30 years from every location in the Puget Sound from Vancouver, BC to Olympia. A MUST watch for every fan of indie/DIY/punk/hardcore!

Download/Watch here


Saturday, April 13, 2013

"Lightning Tree" The Settlers (1971)

I don't know what attracts me so much to this song, but somehow I love it. I remember hearing it many years ago online on the now-defunct Saga FM 105.7 in Birmingham, England. There's a certain, distinctly British beauty about it that's hard to put in words. It's a song that really should/could have been a hit here in the States.

"Lightning Tree" (York Records, later reissued on Decca Records UK.) was originally released in 1971 and only charted in the UK and a few other countries. It was the biggest hit for a '60s UK pop band called The Settlers.

The song is most famous there for being the theme song to the Yorkshire TV/ITV series Follyfoot, which was about a rest home for horses, It had challenging things to say about the treatment of horses in British society that was far ahead of it's time. The show had a two year run on British TV and ran there as repeats until well into the late '80s.

Here's the UK TV opener for Follyfoot:

The Settlers never had another hit single. Which was odd. I always thought they kind of sounded like The Seekers and I guess I'm wasn't alone when I looked them up on Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Settlers_(band)

"The Settlers have generally been referred to as a folk group. However, like the Seekers, the successful Australian group with which they shared marked similarities, some of their material gravitated towards mainstream pop, which, taking its cue from American singer-songwriters Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and such groups as Peter, Paul and Mary and The Byrds, readily absorbed folk influences in various ways in the mid 1960s......"

Friday, April 12, 2013

A Rock N' Roll Food Fight

Some bands/artists with food or food related names:

Smashing Pumpkins
The Lovin' Spoonful
The Honey Cone
Blind Melon
Cibo Matto
The Cookies
The Platters
Hootie & The Blowfish
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Dead Milkmen
The Raspberries
The Applejacks
The Honeycombs
Humble Pie
April Wine
Black Grape
Amy Winehouse
Pigmeat Markham
Fine Young Cannibals
Matthew Sweet
Salt & Pepa
Pearl Jam
The Fat Boys
Soup Dragons
Gin Blossoms
My Cat Puddinhead
Spice Girls
100 Proof Aged In Soul
Vanilla Ice
Dave & Sugar
Neutral Milk Hotel
The Moldy Peaches
Green Jello (Jelly)
Fiona Apple
Grapes Of Wrath
Chet Baker
T-Bone Walker
1910 Fruitgum Co.
Hot Tuna
School Of Fish
Anita Baker
Uncle Kracker
Hall & Oates
Bowling For Soup
Vanilla Fudge
The Black Eyed Peas
Jon Butcher Axis
Breakfast Club
Country Joe & The Fish
Captain Beefheart
G. Love & Special Sauce
Wild Cherry
The Spoons
Richard Cheese
Meat Puppets
The Flaming Lips
Pop Will Eat Itself
A Taste Of Honey
Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Reel Big Fish
The Lemon Pipers
Veruca Salt
Moby Grape
Jello Biafra
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Peaches & Herb
The Electric Prunes
Sugar Ray
The Jam
Sugar Hill Gang
Marc Almond
Mighty Lemon Drops
Neneh Cherry
Strawberry Switchblade
The Brand New Heavies
Toni Basil
Tangerine Dream
Big Pig
Heavy D
Strawberry Alarm Clock
Ultimate Spinach
Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Prefab Sprout
Vitamin C
Vitamin Z
Joy Of Cooking
Juice Newton
Limp Bizkit
Hot Chocolate
The Sugarcubes
DJ Quik
Apples In Stereo
Rachel Sweet
Eagle Eye Cherry
Jimmie's Chicken Shack
Chuck Berry
String Cheese Incident
Hot Butter

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Bayer Heroin

.....and my mom only gave me the orange chewable aspirin!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Exposed: A Cheap Peek At Today's Provocative New Rock (CBS, 1981)

Back in 1981, CBS Records released a 2 LP compilation of what was then some pretty cutting edge music called "Exposed: A Cheap Peek At Today's Provocative New Rock". It featured a few hits from Loverboy, Judas Priest and Adam & The Ants, but mostly selected album cuts from newer artists back then to the CBS house labels (Columbia, Epic and Portrait) as well as labels which CBS distributed (Nemporor, Stiff and Cleveland International.)

It sold on the counter of your favourite record store for a super cheap list price ($2.98, at a time when many rock acts were making double concept albums with more filler than you can shake a meatloaf recipe at for $15.98.)

It was what they called a "loss-leader", meaning if you liked what you heard on this sampler, you COULD be inclined to buy the full length albums from the artists you liked. But this 2 LP set was a nice way to come home from a fun day at the record shop with a little something extra in the bag to round out an evening of stereo fun.

Another act prominently featured on the set was Ellen Foley. Her name may not instantly ring any particular bells. But if you've ever wondered who that chick was who sang with Meatloaf on his hit "Paradise By The Dashboard Light"....

"STOP RIGHT THERE!".....That was Ellen Foley. But that's NOT Ellen Foley you see in the video. That's Karla DeVito lip-synching Ellen Foley's vocals......

You may also know Ellen Foley as Billie Young from the '80s TV sitcom Night Court. But in the early '80s, she took a stab at a solo music career, recording two albums. One of them, The Spirit Of St. Louis was recorded with The Clash as her backing band. She was going out with Mick Jones at the time, a relationship that didn't work out - he wrote "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" about her.

There are other lost power pop/new wave gems here (The Sorrows, Garland Jefferys), some early country/rock crossovers (Rosanne Cash, Steve Forbert) and others completely lost to time and memory.

It was also popular enough to spawn a sequel album later that year....

Friday, April 05, 2013

World's Oldest Colour Photograph

                 All original, not hand tinted! From 1872!

Image:View from the Window at Le Gras, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.jpg
                         Oldest Photograph in history, from 1826.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Hollywood Squares

These great questions and answers are from the days when ' Hollywood Squares' game show responses were spontaneous, not scripted, as they are now.  Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course...

Q.  Paul, what is a good reason for pounding meat?
A.  Paul Lynde: Loneliness!
(The audience laughed so long and so hard it took up almost 15 minutes of the show!)

Q. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it...

Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep.  Are you probably a man or a woman?
A.  Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.

Q. According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?
A. Rose Marie: No wait until morning.

Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say 'I Love You'?
A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.

Q. What are 'Do It,' 'I Can Help,' and 'I Can't Get Enough'?
A. George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.

Q. As  you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you'll never forget.

Q. Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

Q.  Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries.  Are you going to get any during the first year?
A.  Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.

Q. In bowling, what's a perfect score?
A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps.  One is politics, what is the other?
A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures..

Q.. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.

Q.  Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
A.  Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail.  What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?
A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn't neglected.

Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?
A. Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car, the rest is up to him.

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions.  What are they?
A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

April 3, 1988

Uhhhh......about this.......

 Read here........And why don't I have a personal robot butler named Billy Rae?.......


Monday, April 01, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Pepsi Trademarks 'Jazz'

PepsiCo, the world's second largest soft drink company, has claimed trademark protection on the word "Jazz" and has issued cease and desist orders to anyone currently using the word other than in reference to their diet cola product of that name.

Pepsi Jazz has been on the market since 2006, while the word "j---" goes back to around 1915, but PepsiCo was able to exploit a loophole in the burgeoning field of ridiculous intellectual property claims. "No one had trademarked the word," said Pepsi spokesbastard Phil Clabbard, "so we took the opportunity to secure our brand property. We feel this will eliminate confusion that may be usurping our brand integrity and product recognition. From now on, when anyone says 'Jazz,' everyone will know they mean 'Pepsi Jazz.'"

More below.....