Daily Archives: December 3, 2009

Sarah Palin’s Magical “Mavericky” Tour

Sarah Palien

Sarah Palien’s luxury Air-Bus Book Tour crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico on December 1st. For some reason, this particular locale and its inhabitants seem the perfect fit for the former ex-quitting governor of Alaska. Roswell of course, is the alleged site of an alien spacecraft crash in the 1940’s. It is rumored that an alien being was captured and brought to the mysterious Area-51 for observation and research purposes. Just wondering, but did the alien ever procreate? if so, is it her/his offspring that now populate the town and appear to be Sarah Palin supporters? Does it matter to Sarah Palin that they might be considered illegal aliens? Enquiring minds want to know.

We do know a few things however. First of all, the mainstream media has finally picked up the story of Palin’s deception regarding the use of a luxury jet rather than her ostentatiously illustrated motorcoach  for many legs of her book tour. CBS, ABC and MSNBC have all reported this week that Palin has used the $ 4,000.00 per hour jet more often than the three times originally admitted to by her publisher, Harper-Collins. They also implied that Palin  deceived her supporters by arriving at book signings in the bus so as to lead them to believe that she made the whole trip by bus. It was nice of the networks to admit that the blog known as Palingates originally unearthed the deception and reported thereon.

We also learned that media coverage of the bus/jet deception irritated Sarah Palin. She posted the following diatribe on her Facebook page:

So what is this news “story”? That I fly on an airplane to complete some of the stops on my book tour when it’s impractical or physically impossible to reach the next event on time by bus. Some news outlets are behaving as if my travel was a secret that they didn’t know about – despite the fact that I’ve tweeted about my flights and at least one local newspaper reported on the arrival of my flight into Rochester, NY. What’s even funnier is that these same media outlets think it’s shocking that we stay in hotels. I guess they expected us to pitch a tent alongside the road. We love the great outdoors, but such an arrangement is hardly practical for a book tour. Using common sense, it was determined that traveling by plane between some stops would save time and energy and allow me to go to more events. Economically speaking for HarperCollins, it’s more efficient to travel by charter, and I am very grateful to the publisher for providing my family and me with this incredible opportunity to shake hands with as many Americans as possible on this book tour.

Our favorite part of her post was, “Economically speaking for HarperCollins, it’s more efficient to travel by charter…” Really Sarah, is that true or just another one of your lies? Can it ever be economically efficient to travel at the cost of $ 4,000.00 per hour? Try selling that line of manure to the masses.

Finally, we also learned that local New Mexico candidates for office are in no hurry to be seen with Sarah Palin during her book signings in their state. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports:

A spokesman for GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Turner — a self-described moderate Republican — when asked Tuesday about whether Turner would attend the Roswell book signing said, “We’ve not been invited to participate in the Sarah Palin book tour, so Doug won’t be on hand. I haven’t looked at his schedule for early December, but he will probably be out shaking hands across the state on a tour of his own.” Asked if he’d be seeking Palin’s support in the primary, spokesman Zack Ireland said, “Probably not — with no disrespect to Sarah or her fans.

A campaign spokesman for Susana Martinez also said his candidate won’t be in Roswell on Dec. 1. “Susana is going to be working in Cruces that entire week.” As far as seeking Palin’s support in the governor’s race, Jamie Estrada said Tuesday, “Susana is focused on earning the support of New Mexicans as demonstrated by the endorsements she has recently received from people like (Bernalillo Country Sheriff) Darren White and other elected officials.

It appears that the Palin brand has become toxic.

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

Magical Mystery Tour song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7pvA4EHi08


(sung to The Beatles song “Magical Mystery Tour”)

Roll up, roll up for the magical mavericky tour. Step right this way.

Roll up, roll up for the mavericky tour
Roll up, roll up for the mavericky tour
Roll up (AND THAT’S AN INVITATION), roll up for the mavericky tour
Roll up, (A BOOK STORE DESTINATION), roll up for the mavericky tour
The magical mavericky tour is coming to your town today
Let’s hope that Palin won’t stay

Roll up, roll up for the mavericky tour
Roll up, roll up for the mavericky tour
Roll up, (SHE DON’T CARE IF YOU CAN’T READ), roll up for the mavericky tour
Roll up, (JUST SATISFY HER GREED), roll up for the mavericky tour
The magical mavericky tour is Sarah Palin’s big pay-day
Raking in cash every day

(The mavericky trip is waiting)

Roll up, roll up for the mavericky tour
Roll up, roll up for the mavericky tour
Roll up, (TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION), roll up for the mavericky tour
Roll up, (TO HAVE A CONVERSATION), roll up for the mavericky tour
The magical mavericky tour will be at Borders Books today
Get there without much delay
The magical mavericky tour is hoping that you brought your pay
Palin has costs to defray, fund her today


Wednesday Night Music Byte

The Guess Who started out as a local Winnipeg band formed by singer/guitarist Chad Allan in 1960 and initially called Al and the Silvertones. This was changed to Chad Allan & the Reflections in 1962, by which point the band consisted of Chad Allan (vocals/guitar), Bob Ashley (keyboards), Randy Bachman (guitars), Jim Kale (bass), and Garry Peterson (drums). All the band members were born in Winnipeg.

The band’s debut single (“Tribute To Buddy Holly”) was released on Canadian-American Records in 1962. Chad Allan and the Reflections then signed with Quality Records and released several flop singles in 1963/64, including one mis-credited to Bob Ashley & The Reflections. By 1965, the group was forced to change its name to Chad Allan & the Expressions after a U.S. group called The Reflections had scored a hit with “Just Like Romeo & Juliet”.

It was at this point that the band scored their first hit, a 1965 rendition of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates’ “Shakin’ All Over”. This track reached #1 in Canada, #22 in the U.S (where Quality had licensed the track to the American Scepter label for release in the U.S.) , and #27 in Australia. However, in an attempt to build a mystique around the record, Quality Records credited the single only to “Guess Who?” It was hoped that some listeners might assume the “Guess Who?” identity was deliberately masking several famous performers working under a pseudonym — given the “beat group” nature of the record, perhaps even members of The Beatles and/or other popular British Invasion bands. In concealing the identity of the band in this fashion, Quality Records may have been influenced by a similar ploy made the previous year by “The You Know Who Group”, an American outfit whose Merseybeat-ish 1964 single “Roses Are Red My Love” had peaked at #43 in the US, and at #21 in Canada.

It is debatable as to whether anyone was really fooled by the “Guess Who?” ruse, or if the record would have been a hit regardless of the artist credit. But the upshot was that, even after Quality Records revealed the band was “really” Chad Allan & The Expressions, disc jockeys still announced the group as Guess Who?, effectively forcing the band to rename themselves. So although singles were issued as being by “Guess Who?”, on their first two albums, the band was credited as both “Guess Who?” and “Chad Allan & The Expressions”.

The immediate follow-ups to “Shakin’ All Over” met with major success in Canada, but very little success elsewhere. After Bob Ashley left the group in late 1965, Burton Cummings joined the band as keyboardist and co-lead vocalist (with Chad Allan) in early January 1966. This line-up only lasted for a few months before Chad Allan left, making Cummings the new full-time lead singer. By this point, the band’s name had become “The Guess Who?” (the question mark would finally be dropped in 1968), and with Chad Allan gone, the “Chad Allan & The Expressions” subtitle was dropped once and for all.

As the group’s lineup changed, so did their sound. Cummings and guitarist Randy Bachman were now the band’s main composers, and they moved away from Merseybeat-inspired rock to a sound that mixed rock, blues, and jazz. The 1969 ballad “These Eyes” was the group’s first Top 10 US hit for their new label RCA Records. By the beginning of the 1970s, they had moved toward an edgier hard-rock sound with the album American Woman, the title track for which, “American Woman” (coupled with its B-side “No Sugar Tonight”) was the group’s only No. 1 hit in the U.S. “American Woman” also earned The Guess Who the honor of being the first Canadian band to have a No. 1 hit on the American charts. The Top Five US hit “No Time” preceded “American Woman” by about three months.

In the spring of 1970 Bachman was sidelined by a gall bladder attack. The group continued touring with an American guitarist, Bobby Sabellico. But differences between Bachman and the others led Bachman to leave the group after playing one final show with them at the Fillmore East in NYC on May 16, 1970. An unfinished 1970 album The Way They Were, was abandoned (not released until 1976, after the band had broken up). Randy returned to Winnipeg, and later formed Brave Belt, which eventually evolved into the supergroup Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Bachman was replaced by two guitarists, fellow Winnipeggers Kurt Winter from the band Brother, and Greg Leskiw. Winter became the main songwriting collaborator with Cummings, and The Guess Who continued with more hit singles such as “Hand Me Down World”, “Share The Land”, “Hang On to Your Life” and “Albert Flasher”.

In 1972, they recorded their highly acclaimed album “Live at the Paramount” which was recorded at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. This preceded an overseas tour in November-December 1972 to Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

Leskiw left the band before the Paramount show in 1972 to be replaced by Don McDougall, and bassist Jim KaleWolfman Jack, who lent his voice to the recording before McDougal and Winter left in June 1974. Domenic Troiano became the new lead guitarist for the band and Cummings’ chief songwriting collaborator. left after his lifestyle could no longer support touring. Winter’s former bandmate Bill Wallace came in to take over bass duties. Cummings, Wallace and Winter wrote the Guess Who’s last big hit, “Clap For The Wolfman”, which reached No. 6 in the U.S., and which was an homage to disc jockey

The Guess Who broke up in October 1975. Cummings then went on to forge a successful solo career.

Please enjoy this video clip of The Guess Who performing their first hit (from 1969), “These Eyes”.