Daily Archives: June 3, 2010

Thursday Night Music Byte

Dr. Feelgood

Dr. Feelgood are a British pub rock band, which formed in mid 1971. The name of the band is slang for heroin, or for doctors who are prepared to overprescribe drugs. Hailing from Canvey Island, Essex, they are best known for early singles like “Back in the Night” and “Roxette”. Although their most commercially productive years were the early to mid 1970s, they continue to tour and record to this day. The band (much like Elvis Costello and Dave Edmunds) provided a pre-punk alternative to the overproduced glamour rock bands that dominated the mid to late 1970’s.

The group’s original distinctively British R&B sound was centered on Wilko Johnson’s choppy guitar style. Along with Johnson, the original band line-up comprised John B. Sparks (bass guitar), John Martin aka The Big Figure (drummer) and Lee Brilleaux (vocals).

Like many pub rock acts, Dr. Feelgood were known primarily for their high energy live performances, although studio albums like Down by the Jetty (1974) and Malpractice (1975) were also popular. Their breakthrough 1976 live album, Stupidity, reached number one in the UK Albums Chart (their only chart-topper). But after the follow-up Sneakin’ Suspicion, Johnson left the group due to perceived conflicts with Lee Brilleaux. He was replaced by John ‘Gypie’ Mayo. With Mayo, the band was never as popular as with Johnson, but still enjoyed their only Top Ten hit single in 1979, with “Milk and Alcohol”. Johnson never achieved any great success outside of the band and fans always speculated about a return by Johnson that never occurred. Brilleaux, died of cancer on 7 April 1994.

Please enjoy this video clip of Dr. Feelgood performing “Keep It Out Of Sight“, “Roxette” and “She Does It Right” in 1975. If you are anything like me, you will love this band.

Will Palin Condemn Beck?

Remember back in February when Sarah Palin went all “smoke-monster” about White House Chief of Staff’ Rahm Emmanuel’s describing liberal activists as “retards”? Do you also remember however, that a few days later Palin defended conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh’s use of the same term a number of times on his radio show? That was hypocrisy at its best.

Well, as we all know, history has a way of repeating itself. Sarah Palin has a long history of claiming that the media unfairly targets her children. She claims that all children should be exempt from negative coverage regarding their parents. First there was the Trig Photoshop outrage. Next there was her allegation that David Letterman joked about a possible statutory rape of daughter Willow. And just this week Palin alleged that investigative reporter Joe McGinniss would be peeping in daughter Piper’s bedroom window.

This week however, Glenn Beck violated the Palin rule of disparaging children. On his radio show, Beck spent a full four minutes mocking and making fun of 11 year-old Malia Obama.  Beck and his co-host mocked the young daughter and questioned her “level of education.”  At one point, Beck even brought race into the equation by mocking Malia Obama’s voice while she asks her dad why he “hates black people.”

How will Sarah Palin respond to actions of her Fox News associate? Will she condemn Glenn Beck as she did Rahm Emmanuel or will she attempt to explain away his transgression as she did for Rush Limbaugh? Well Sarah, which will it be? Enquiring minds want to know.

This post deserves a song parody about both Palin and Beck don’t you agree?

Please remember to click on the song links for both songs so as to familiarize yourselves with the tunes and to have more fun singing along with both of today’s song parodies.

That Smell song clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6q9nBusrq8

BECK’S SMELL

(sung to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “That Smell”)

Whiskey bottles and drug filled jars
Those were Glenn Beck’s best days
Way too much coke and too much smoke
How does Fox News take pride in you?

Ooh, ooh Beck’s smell
Don’t Glenn smell like hell?
Ooh, ooh Beck’s smell
The smell of Beck surrounds you

Yeah,

Angel of darkness is in our view
He’s a weasel doing harm (you fool, you)
The bloviating bloke, has a show that just blows
Have a drink, fool, you clown, you (hell, yeah)

Ooh, ooh Beck’s smell
Don’t Glenn smell like hell?
Ooh, ooh Beck’s smell
The smell of Beck surrounds you

Righties call Beck prince charming
They take his word as the gospel truth
Yet Glenn Beck’s logic is hollow, and
Fox News just might learn he has no clue (no, clue)

Ooh, ooh Beck’s smell
Don’t Glenn smell like hell?
Ooh, ooh Beck’s smell
The smell of Beck surrounds you

(musical interlude)

Oh, Glenn Beck’s views
Do nothing else but spread alarm
Beck’s a fear-mongering bore

(musical interlude)

Beck has his own little Waterloo

It’s a monkey on his back
Sponsors have split from his racist schticks
One hell of a price and Beck’s show might get nixed (hell, yeah)

Ooh, ooh Beck’s smell
Don’t Glenn smell like hell?
Ooh, ooh Beck’s smell
The smell of Beck surrounds you

Ooh, ooh Beck’s smell
Don’t Glenn smell like hell?
Ooh, ooh Beck’s smell
The smell of Beck surrounds you

Oh, Glenn Beck’s views
Do nothing else but spread alarm
Beck’s just a fool, just a fool, just a fool.

Sexy Sadie song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYck2B_0-DI

SEXY SARAH

(sung to the Beatles song “Sexy Sadie”)

Sexy Sarah what have you done
You’re now a fool to everyone
You’re now a fool to everyone
Sexy Sarah, ooh your day is done

Sexy Sarah with your own rules
You only speak if there’s a fee
You only speak if there’s a fee
Sexy Sarah, oooh your fans are fools

There was a day when you were just a lousy mother
Then John McCain came looking for someone
Sexy Sarah the lamest of them all

Sexy Sarah became the show
Although she didn’t have a clue
Although she didn’t have a clue
Sexy Sarah, oooh “went with the flow’

Sexy Sarah you’ll get yours yet
However big you think you are
However big you think you are
Sexy Sarah, oooh you’ll get yours yet

They gave her everything they owned just to sit at her table
Maybe she would let them kiss her ring
Sexy Sarah was the latest and the greatest of them all

She’s now a fool to everyone
Sexy Sarah,

However big you think you are
Sexy Sarah.