Daily Archives: December 22, 2009
“Nut Rocker” was a single for American instrumental ensemble B. Bumble and the Stingers which went to number 1 in the UK singles chart in May 1962.
The recording was made by the house band of session musicians at Rendezvous Records in Los Angeles, including drummer Earl Palmer and guitarist René Hall, who had already had hits in the US charts with rocked-up versions of “In The Mood” (1959, credited to the Ernie Fields Orchestra); and “Bumble Boogie” (1961), which was credited to B. Bumble and the Stingers, produced by Kim Fowley, and featured pianist Al Hazan.
In 1962, Fowley secured the copyright to an arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “March of the Wooden Soldiers” from his ballet The Nutcracker, and took this to local entrepreneur and pianist H. B. Barnum. Barnum recorded it under the name “Jack B. Nimble and the Quicks” on the small Del Rio label. However, when Rod Pierce of Rendezvous Records heard it, he convinced Fowley that his label could do a better version with their own band. A new recording was quickly arranged, but on the day of the recording, Freeman didn’t show, apparently due to heavy partying the night before. In his place, guitarist and arranger René Hall rushed pianist Al Hazan into the Rendezvous office, which was rigged up as an improvised studio. According to Hazan, “Rod decided to record the first take while I was still trying to practice the piece with the other musicians. Because I was so rushed to learn ‘Nut Rocker’, I was not happy at all with my performance on that first take. However, in spite of my asking Rod to let me do it over again, he said he liked it just fine the way it was.” Released as “Nut Rocker” in February 1962, the record went to # 23 in the US and # 1 in the UK.
The song is a fast, lively track that is purely instrumental and was the band’s biggest hit. It has been featured in many commercials, movies and television programmes such as Butcher Boy (1998), Big Momma’s House (2000) and ITV’s Heartbeat in 2006.
It was reissued in 1972 in the UK, and again made the charts (No. 20, week ending July 8 1972). It was also a live favourite when performed by prog-rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer – the main keyboard used on their version was not a piano but a Clavinet. In 2009 Trans-Siberian Orchestra released a version of Nut Rocker, featuring Greg Lake, on their album Night Castle.
“Nut Rocker” became identified with the NHL’s Boston Bruins ice hockey team as the intro song for telecast Bruins games for two decades. Ironically, tonight’s video-clip is of Emerson, Lake & Palmer performing “Nut Rocker” at the Montreal Forum, home of the Boston Bruins’ greatest rival, the Montreal Canadiens.
The Twelve (OK, Sixteen) Days of Christmas Song Parodies continues…
Everybody likes to win an award every once in awhile. Sarah Palin however may not feel the same way about her latest accomplishment. This week PolitiFact.com (the fact checking website of The St. Petersburg Times) awarded the former ex-quitting governor of Alaska’s “death panels” comment regarding the Democratic Party’s health care reform legislation to be the biggest political lie of 2009.
Sarah Palin made the claim on her Facebook page at the height of the debate over President Obama’s plans to reform the US health care system. She wrote,
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
Her assertion — that the government would set up boards to determine whether seniors and the disabled were worthy of care — spread through newscasts, talk shows, blogs and town hall meetings. Opponents of health care legislation said it revealed the real goals of the Democratic proposals. Advocates for health reform said it showed the depths to which their opponents would sink. Still others scratched their heads and said, “Death panels? Really?”
PolitiFact rated Palin’s statement Pants on Fire (its highest grade of dishonesty). In the weeks that followed, health care policy experts on both the right and the left said the euthanasia comparisons were inaccurate. Gail Wilensky, a health adviser to President George H.W. Bush, said the charge was untrue and upsetting. The website’s readers also overwhelmingly supported the decision. Nearly 5,000 voted in a national poll to name the biggest lie, and 61 percent chose “death panels” from a field of eight finalists.
Democratic Congressman Edward Markey of Massachusetts may have summed up Palin and her Republican cohorts’ position regarding “death panels” the best. He said,
You know, GOP used to stand for Grand Old Party, Now it stands for Grandstand, Oppose, and Pretend. They grandstand with phony claims about nonexistent death panels. They oppose any real reform.
Any chance that Sarah Palin can repeat as the biggest liar of 2010? We consider her to be the odds on favorite.
In honor of the troops, please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune (if you are from Mars) and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.
Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pISgVQOj_QM
SARAH THE RED STATE BIMBO
(sung to the theme of “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer”)
You know Paris and Lindsay and Charo and Britney
Nicole, Ivana and Jessica Simpson
But do you recall the most famous bimbo of all?
Sarah the Red State bimbo
Had a very strange hairstyle
And she had a way of speaking
That reminded one of Gomer Pyle
All of the other guv’nors
Used to laugh and call her names
Because her stupid glasses
Were all lens but had no frames
Then one balmy summer day
John McCain enquired
Sarah, you’re so “mavericky”
Won’t you please be my V.P.?
Then all the dumb red staters
Wondered who the hell was she
They never heard of Palin
The Alaskan hillbilly
Sarah the red state bimbo
Dressed like a flight attendant ‘ho
And she told lies so often
We could all watch her nose grow
All of the other bimbos
Used to laugh and call her names
They all knew Sarah Palin
Was a gal that had no brains
Then one balmy July day
They heard Sarah say,
“I won’t give up without a fight”,
“Unless I quit my job tonight”
Then how right-wingers loved her
As they shouted out with glee
“Sarah, the red state bimbo”
“you’ll go down in history”