Daily Archives: September 23, 2009

Wednesday Night Music Byte

Allmusic reports, rock & roll has always been populated by fringe figures, cult artists that managed to develop a fanatical following because of their outsized quirks, but few cult rockers have ever been quite as weird, or beloved, as Ian Dury. As the leader of the underappreciated and ill-fated pub-rockers Kilburn & the High Roads, Dury cut a striking figure — he remained handicapped from a childhood bout with polio, yet stalked the stage with dynamic charisma, spitting out music-hall numbers and rockers in his thick Cockney accent. Dury was 28 at the time he formed Kilburn, and once they disbanded, conventional wisdom would have suggested that he was far too old to become a pop star, but conventional wisdom never played much of a role in Dury’s career. Signing with the fledgling indie label Stiff in 1978, Dury developed a strange fusion of music-hall, punk rock and disco that brought him to stardom in his native England. Driven by a warped sense of humor and a pulsating beat, singles like “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick,” “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” and “Reasons to Be Cheerful (Part 3)” became Top Ten hits in the U.K., yet Dury’s most distinctive qualities — his dry wit and wordplay, thick Cockney brogue, and fascination with music-hall — kept him from gaining popularity outside of England. After his second album, Dury’s style became formulaic, and he faded away in the early ’80s, turning to an acting career instead.

Below, is a video clip of Ian Drury and the Blockheads playing Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick on Britain’s famous Top Of The Pops television program.

Sarah Palin Is In Over Her Head

Sarah Palin trying to answer a question at the hong Kong Investors' Forum

Sarah Palin trying to answer a question at the Hong Kong Investors' Forum

As you know, Sarah Palin’s speech at the Hong Kong Investors’ Forum on September 23, 2009 was closed to the press. This is quite understandable when one considers that we have no idea if the event sponsors were being serious when they invited her to speak, or if it is some type of wonderful practical joke in which they  burst out in laughter at her inability to converse on the subject of international investment. I am guessing that the latter is the more likely scenario.

By the way, Bloomberg has reported on the speech in part as such,

She started the speech with the Alaskan fishing industry, which I think is a safe topic for her,” said Suyeon An of RCM Asia Pacific Ltd, who left before Palin stopped talking. “She was avoiding the important economic issues. She tried to talk some about Hong Kong in general, but it was nothing specific. It was a very safe speech, boring I have to say.

The Standard reports,

Two US delegates left early, with one saying ”It was awful, we couldn’t stand it any longer”. He declined to be identified.

By this time, Palin must be feeling that she was in way over her head regarding the subject matter she was expected to be conversant in. Can you imagine the thoughts that must have been floating around in that empty skull of hers? Well we can, so please enjoy this autobiographical song parody about Ms. Palin’s Hong Kong speech.

In honor of the troops, please click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the song parody.

Over My Head song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auGszSQo0y4


(sung to the Fleetwood Mac song “Over My Head”)

They say Hong Kong is paradise
Before going there, I should have thought twice
I’m over my head
But I like the rice

Nothing to say when I take that mike
I’m just a clown and yet they just might, think I’m crazy,
It’s such a plight

My thoughts are like a ferris wheel
They’re spinning all the time
Sometimes I can’t help but feel
That I’m losing all of my mind

Over my head Mmmm …

I hope I don’t just grunt and squeal
Perhaps I better mime
Why did I accept this deal
For a measly couple of dimes

They’ll be staring at my backside
I will be losing all of my pride
I’m over my head
And it don’t feel nice

I’m over my head
And it don’t feel nice

I’m over my head
And it don’t feel nice