Daily Archives: January 7, 2010

Thursday Night Music Byte

David Roger Johansen (born January 9, 1950) is an American rock, protopunk, blues and pop singer, as well as a songwriter and actor. He was a member of the seminal protopunk band The New York Dolls and also achieved commercial success under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter. Originally influenced by Mick Jagger and by Rob Tyner of MC5, Johansen began his career in the late 1960s as a lead singer in the local Staten Island band the Vagabond Missionaries and later in the early 1970s as the singer in the protopunk band the New York Dolls. The Dolls only released two albums, their self-titled debut (1973), and Too Much Too Soon (1974). The bulk of the material was written by Johansen and guitarist Johnny Thunders. The Dolls were critics’ darlings with a modest cult following, but their failure to break commercially is often attributed to their being ahead of their time

In the late 1980s, Johansen achieved a commercial breakthrough under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter, accompanied by The Uptown Horns, performing a mixture of jazz, lounge, calypso, and novelty songs, and appearing as part of the house band on the television program Saturday Night Live. As Poindexter he scored his first hit song, “Hot Hot Hot,” which in an interview on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air he called “the bane of my life,” owing to its pervasive popularity. “Hot Hot Hot” was initially written and recorded by Montserratian-Antiguan Soca Artist Arrow. As Poindexter, Johansen often appeared with his band The Banshees of Blue. The initial Poindexter releases combined an eclectic selection of cover versions with Johansen’s own compositions. Johansen/Poindexter went on to issue Buster Poindexter’s Happy Hour, a CD of songs largely connected with alcohol. Probably his most obviously jazz-influenced release to date, it also leaned towards ’50s rock and roll. Following on from that came Buster Poindexter’s Spanish Rocket Ship, a Latin album.

Johansen then turned to the rendition of country blues with his back-up group, The Harry Smiths. The group was named in tribute to Harry Everett Smith, who compiled the Anthology of American Folk Music; “James Alley Blues” and some of the other songs covered on their eponymously titled debut come from the Anthology. Johansen’s second album with the Harry Smiths is titled Shaker. He also had a supporting role with Mick Jagger and Emilio Estevez in the movie Freejack and a supporting role as Looney in the comedy Let It Ride.

Johansen is currently touring with a re-formed version of the New York Dolls. Owing to the success of the tour, in 2006 the Dolls released One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, their first album in nearly thirty years. It was critic Robert Christgau’s choice for album of the year. Johansen hosts a weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio while continuing to write and perform.

Please enjoy this 1982 video clip of David Johansen performing an Animals medley.

A Palin/Hannity Calamity

The dynamic duo of dimwittery hit the national airwaves once again yesterday. Sarah Palin, the unemployed, educationally challenged former ex-quitting governor of Alaska appeared as a guest on the Sean Hannity radio program. Hannity is also notable as being less than well educated, what with his two years of college and no degree. He is also a coward inasmuch as he has publicly proclaimed that waterboarding is not torture. Yet,  when MSNBC‘s Keith Olbermann offered to donate $ 1,000.00 to charity for each second that Hannity could endure the procedure, he refused to even address the proposed wager let alone submit to the harrowing process. That is sort of like Palin’s denigration of “quitters” in the speech she wrote to announce that she was quitting her job as Alaska’s governor. Palin and Hannity truly mirror that other comedic couple featured in the film Dumb and Dumber.

What topic might Palin and Hannity discuss on his radio program? You would think that Palin would want to stay as far away as possible from her idiotic contribution to the health care reform debate, wouldn’t you? Not so fast. Despite the fact that Palin’s fictional “death panels” have been deemed the “Biggest Lie of 2009” by PolitiFact.com., she continued to defend her position with Hannity. Here is what she said,

If we have our health care paid for by the bureaucracy, depending on our health condition, depending on our age, we’re going to be subject to bureaucrats deciding, in panels and commissions—just like they do overseas——who will be worthy of receiving the health care that government is going to provide. That is the death panel that I’ve referred to, and I won’t back off on criticizing that aspect of the health care bill. It’s a scary situation for us to be in. We can’t give up. We have to be more vigilant than ever.

Hmm, where to begin? Shall we start with the fact that her characterization of “death panels” has been debunked by every non-partisan fact checking entity that has examined it? Should we point out that Palin has changed her story as to what death panels are? You will remember that she initially uttered the phrase when she opposed “end of life counseling sessions” in which physicians would educate patients on such useful estate planning tools as Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies and Advance Directives (known as “living wills” in some jurisdictions). When she was forced to acknowledge that a member of the Republican Party (Maine Senator Olympia Snowe) was the initial proponent of “end of life counseling sessions”, she began to apply the phrase differently. She now claims that “death panels” are government bureaucrats or commissions that will decide whether to pay for a patient’s health care based upon health condition or age. Besides the fact that neither the House nor Senate versions of a reform bill create any such government bureau with authority to act in that matter, Palin seems to be ignorant of the fact that presently it is insurance adjusters that decide whether to pay for a patient’s health care based upon any arbitrary reason that they choose. Consequently, Sarah Palin is either stupid or misleading or both.

Let’s listen to Palin and Hannity in their own words. By the way it is humorous to consider that Hannity’s intro music is the song, “Eye Of The Tiger”. In light of Hannity’s lack of bravery regarding waterboarding wouldn’t it be more appropriately titled “Eye Of The Scaredy Cat”? The health care reform nonsense begins at about the 6.45 minute mark.

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 parody.

Sarah Smile song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Red3R17FlUQ


(sung to the Hall & Oates song “Sarah Smile”)

Beehive hair with those blinking eyes
Poorly educated, not too bright
Russia she can see as she’s waiting for the sunlight
Those lies she told, on Tee Vee
And when she feels she can’t go on, she says so boldly,
“Screw you … I quit forever !”

Sarah senile
Won’t you smile awhile for me

When she feels like leaving she “goes with the flow”
She will be an after-thought tomorrow
Now she wants a big fee, and so, she will give a speech like Bozo
And if she feels bold, she’ll scorn you
And when she disses old man John, she’ll say, “I told you”
“Screw you … It’s me forever !”

Sarah senile
Won’t you smile awhile for me

Sarah senile
Won’t you smile awhile

Oh, won’t you smile awhile for me

Oh, senile awhile
Oh won’t she laugh herself silly

I feel they’re putting her in
The crazy place
Now, oh oh