Post-Thanksgiving Filler: WKRP in Cincinnati

November 29, 2008

Posting will likely be light until after the weekend, as the staff attempts to recover from the semi-comatose states we are in due to indulging in massive gluttony.  To keep things rolling, here’s an interesting tidbit from the AP wire:

CINCINNATI (AP) — WKRP is back on the air in Cincinnati — but this time it’s for real.

A low-power TV station has changed its call letters to WKRP, the same as the fictional radio station in the 1970s hit series “WKRP in Cincinnati.”

And here is that TV show’s most classic comic moment, serendipitously Thanksgiving themed.  Les Nessman reports live from the station’s Thanksgiving Day promotion:

“As God is my witness…”

The Cult of Snuggie

November 28, 2008

I’ve always wondered how people get sucked into cults. What takes you from Joe Sixpack sitting on the couch watching Monday Night Football to drinking poison Kool-Aid in some jungle shack with 500 other people. I think I found the answer, they call it………The Snuggie.

It even comes with a futuristic LED mind control device disguised as a reading light (*batteries not included).

Here’s the TV commercial….

Now watch it again, this time with the subliminal messages and music exposed. See the true and terrifying majesty of the LED pop up mind control device…….

All praises to the Cult of Snuggie (Kool-Aid sold separately)

Black Friday

November 28, 2008

Happy shopping!

Thanksgiving 2008: “Now Be Thankful” by Fairport Convention

November 27, 2008

I hope this Thanksgiving finds you well, surrounded by your loved ones.

I have a little tradition of listening to this song every Thanksgiving.  While it’s not specifically about the holiday, I think it conveys the spirit better than any other song I know.  It’s a wonderful, absolutely lovely song, and I hope it brings you as much joy as it has brought me since I stumbled across it many years ago.

Incidentally, the reason the B-side on the single’s sleeve is titled “Guiness Book of Records” is because the  B-side’s actual title is “Sir B. McKenzie’s Daughter’s Lament For The 77th Mounted Lancer’s Retreat From The Straits Of Loch Knombe, In The Year Of Our Lord 1727, On The Occasion Of The Announcement Of Her Marriage To The Laird Of Kinleakie,” and was named as such in an attempt to get it listed as longest song title in the aforementioned book.  Seems kind of gimmicky for a band with Richard Thompson in it.  I don’t know if the attempt was successful or not.  Maybe I’ll track the song down someday–I have to admit, my interest is piqued.  I’m a sucker for oddball stuff like that.

Happy Thanksgiving from On Deaf Ears!

November 26, 2008

We at On Deaf Ears would like to wish a happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there in Internetville.  Please remember to take some time, in between all the turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, ham, more gravy, maybe a little mashed potatoes, stuffing, a second helping of those mashed potatoes because they are really awesome, some pecan pie, and whatever else you can cram down your gullet, to give thanks to the deity of your choice for all of the good things in your life, whether they be family, friends, awesome blogs with a focus on music, or whatever.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Also, here’s hoping Texas A&M can pull off an upset and beat UT for the third year in a row.  I’m not holding my breath, though.  The Aggies have given me little reason to be optimistic this year!  Gig ‘em!

Bocephus for Senate?

November 26, 2008

Well, if Al Franken can run (and maybe win with the recount), why not Hank Williams, Jr.?

Country singer Hank Williams Jr. (R-TN) has allegedly “decided he will run for Senate in 2012,” after “consulting with” ex-Senate Maj. Leader Bill Frist and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

I’m a Republican and I live in Texas.  Will my Texan Democrat friends continue their relentless mocking of my party, or will they think this is awesome?  There may be some inner turmoil there.

Can a sitting senator still perform the theme song to Monday Night Football?

Will he run for president next?

So many questions.

This gives me an excuse to post a too-little-heard gem, “That Old Wheel” by Johnny Cash w/s/g Hank.   Alex may recall that I used to play this on my old college radio show.

Unfortunately, the only video of this I can find has a bunch of pictures of Ron Paul stuff for some reason and I don’t feel like making a new one.  No endorsement of Ron Paul implied.  You’ll want to stop it at about 3:14 when the song is over and it switches to a Ron Paul speech, unless, of course, you’re super into Ron Paul.  If you’re super into Ron Paul, you’re in for a double dose of awesomeness.

We aim to please here at On Deaf Ears.

Update: Link to video fixed.  Sorry about that.  Enjoy your Ron Paul!

Thanksgiving With Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg

November 25, 2008


What substance immediately pops into your head when Snoop asks, “Can I add something to it?”

No, it’s not what you think, but it may be even funnier.  Does Martha blush a little bit after she…well, you’ll see.

Via Hot Air.

The Gaslight Anthem – “The ’59 Sound”

November 25, 2008

Here is the title track from awesome Jersey band The Gaslight Anthem‘s new record The ’59 Sound.

New Releases of Note: 11/25/08

November 25, 2008

Yes, it’s actually out.

Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy

White Zombie – Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

The Killers – Day & Age

The Fireman – Electric Arguments

Scott Weiland – Happy in Galoshes

Kanye West – 808s and Heartbreak

David Byrne & Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Rivers Cuomo – Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo

Death Cab for Cutie – Something About Airplanes [Deluxe Edition]

E-40 – The Ball Street Journal

Magazine  – The Complete John Peel Sessions

R.E.M. – Murmer [Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition]

The Sword – Age of Winters/Gods of the Earth

Various Artists – Red House 25: A Silver Anniversary Retrospective

Full list here.

Lewis Black – Obama Merchandise

November 24, 2008

Frenetic comedian Lewis Black, featured below sporting a grin more evil than Heath Ledger’s “Joker”, hilariously goes off on the Obama Victory Plate as well as other Obama related crap merchandise. See my first post on the Barack Obama Victory plate here.

“PLATE MAKERS! They’re all the same!!”

Note: This blog is apolitical, this post is apolitical. It’s funny, plus, none of us can vote anyway because we are all convicted felons and/or illegal immigrants so don’t go off on Obama hatin’ or any such nonsense.

Good night, and good luck.

Stunt Rock! Death Wish at 120 Decibels!

November 24, 2008

stunt-rock-posterA few years back, I was at the Alamo Drafthouse (our local beer-serving, food-serving, movie-showing slice of heaven) for a special event.  Showing quirky old trailers is an Alamo tradition, but one out-quirked just about anything I’ve ever seen.

It was for Stunt Rock.

What is Stunt Rock?  Well, it’s what happens when you make a movie about a stuntman and a rock band, of course.  Isn’t that obvious?

And not just any ol’ rock band–the rock band Sorcery, who live up to their name by having a guy dressed as Merlin on stage making explosions.

Oh, hell, I can’t possibly describe this thing.  Just watch for yourself.

Stunt Rock!

I really wanted to write some hilarious, snarky commentary about this–but I just can’t.  Anything I would write would pale so much in relation to the trailer itself that I’m not even going to try.  Some things can speak for themselves, no remarks from me necessary.

Stunt Rock!

The sheer, unadulterated awesomeness of this trailer created quite a buzz in film geek circles when it was rediscovered, and as a result, this bizarre obscurity is getting a DVD release on March 31st of next year.

Sorcery seems to still exist in some form or other–they’ve got a website, anyway.  Director Brian Trenchard-Smith has kept busy doing exploitation films and TV movies, including a few that horror fans have likely heard of, such as Leprechaun sequels and Dead-end Drive-in.  Star Grant Page worked on Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and is still active in the stunt field.  I wonder what they think about this forgotten oddity suddenly getting attention decades later?  Maybe the DVD extras will tell us.

Stunt Rock!

Star Terk

November 23, 2008

I accidentally typed “Star Terk” into Google and found this.

I also founds someone’s blog post titled “Star Terk 11″ to which I replied “Star Terk 11 is going to be awemose!”


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