Daily Archives: September 26, 2009

Saturday Night Music Byte

From Allmusic we learn that despite a huge hit single in the mid-’70s (“The Boys Are Back in Town”) and becoming a popular act with hard rock/heavy metal fans, Thin Lizzy are still, in the pantheon of ’70s rock bands, under-appreciated. Formed in the late ’60s by Irish singer/songwriter/bassist Phil Lynott, Lizzy, though not the first band to do so, combined romanticized working-class sentiments with their ferocious, twin-lead guitar attack. As the band’s creative force, Lynott was a more insightful and intelligent writer than many of his ilk, preferring slice-of-life working-class dramas of love and hate influenced by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and virtually all of the Irish literary tradition. Also, as a black man, Lynott was an anomaly in the nearly all-white world of hard rock, and as such imbued much of his work with a sense of alienation; he was the outsider, the romantic guy from the other side of the tracks, a self-styled poet of the lovelorn and downtrodden. His sweeping vision and writerly impulses at times gave way to pretentious songs aspiring to clichéd notions of literary significance, but Lynott’s limitless charisma made even the most misguided moments worth hearing.

Sadly, Lynott died in 1986 at the age of 35 as the result of his longtime abuse of heroin, cocaine and alcohol, but the alcohol really was not his fault inasmuch as he was, after all, Irish. The following is a videoclip of Thin Lizzy performing an amped up version of the traditional Irish song, Whiskey In The Jar on Britain’s Top Of The Pops in 1973.

Limbaugh’s Racist Days Of Future Past

Limbaugh wants to dress properly for his bus ride.

Limbaugh wants to dress properly for his bus ride.

Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off has not commented too frequently of late on the antics of the obese and drug addled Rush Limbaugh. This however, seems to be the perfect occasion to reacquaint ourselves with Limbaugh and his “Excrement In Broadcasting” program. It seems that Rush has once again boarded the 666 bus to Racist Town.

Last week during his radio show, Limbaugh was discussing a recent incident in which two black boys beat a white boy on a school bus. Immediately after the incident, local law enforcement officials speculated that the incident may have been racially related. The race-baiting right wing blog known as the Drudge Report then made the incident its headline story. Problem is, the next day law enforcement officials recanted the statement and asserted that race was not a factor in the incident. Of course the Drudge Report did not see fit to correct their own false reporting on the matter.

Thereafter, Limbaugh commented on the now discredited racial theory on his radio show. A listener called in and reminded Limbaugh that it had been established that race played no part in the incident but Rush would have no part of that so he said,

I think the guy’s wrong. I think not only it was racism, it was justifiable racism. I mean, that’s the lesson we’re being taught here today. Kid shouldn’t have been on the bus anyway. We need segregated buses — it was invading space and stuff. This is Obama’s America.”

So, Limbaugh is now stating that he thinks we need segregated school buses in America once again to protect white children from the racist antics of black children. What kind of bizarro parallel universe does Limbaugh reside in? Does anyone sense a new round of Glenn Beckian advertiser boycotts in the near future? We certainly hope so.

What do you say we have another little song parody about Rush Limbaugh’s self-confessed drug addiction? Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the parody.

White Rabbit song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oRKvpZ7PjE&feature=related


(sung to the Jefferson Airplane song “White Rabbit”)

One pill makes Rush larger
But no pill makes him small
And the ones that Glenn Beck gives him
Make Rush whimper and then bawl
Go ask Limbaugh
He’s right down the hall

Rush has an addictive habit
And it’s gonna cause his fall
Like a bazooka toting ratings killer
His pills are his last call
Call Limbaugh
As he hits the wall

When Rush starts to get bored
He takes vicodin with some blow
And then he’s off to his dressing room
To prepare for his next show
Go get Limbaugh
A cup of Joe

When logic and proportion
Have escaped from his head
And this White Knight is talking backwards
Confusing Blue states with the Red
Remember when Rush takes his meds,
He’s brain dead
He’s brain dead

Friday Night Music Byte

Allmusic informs us, as one of the most traditional pop bands of the new wave, Squeeze provided one of the links between classic British guitar pop and post-punk. Inspired heavily by the Beatles and the Kinks, Squeeze was the vehicle for the songwriting of Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, who were hailed as the heirs to Lennon and McCartney’s throne during their heyday in the early ’80s. Unlike Lennon and McCartney, the partnership between Difford and Tilbrook was a genuine collaboration, with the former writing the lyrics and the latter providing the music. Squeeze never came close to matching the popularity of the Beatles, but the reason for that is part of their charm. Difford and Tilbrook were wry, subtle songwriters that subscribed to traditional pop songwriting values, but subverted them with literate lyrics and clever musical references. While their native Britain warmed to Squeeze immediately, sending singles like “Take Me I’m Yours” and “Up the Junction” into the Top Ten, the band had a difficult time gaining a foothold in the states; they didn’t have a U.S. Top 40 hit until 1987, nearly a decade after their debut album. Even if the group never had a hit in the U.S., Squeeze built a dedicated following that stayed with them into the late ’90s, and many of their songs — “Another Nail In My Heart,” “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell),” “Tempted,” “Black Coffee In Bed” — became pop classics of the new wave era, as the platinum status of their compilation Singles 45’s and Under indicates.

This is a video clip of Squeeze performing Up The Junction on Britain’s Top Of The Pops in 1979. Please enjoy.