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Catamount Community Radio - August 24, 2008

Today, Denver and the Seven Deadly Sins (not that the two are related). Plus, as if that weren't enough, Bob Dylan and Elvis. You can share in the fun. All you have to do is join Jim Dandy and tune in to Power 90.5 Sunday mornings 10-12 (EST). I borrowed a lot of material from the music bloggers, whom I'll now quote.

Ben Greenman at Moistworks, who writes about Denver and the convention:

A man with minimal experience in the United States Senate runs for president. Heard this one before? During the intense campaigning, his opponent maligns the honor of his wife. He also calls the candidate a jackass. The candidate, a tough military hero -- see, you haven't heard this one before -- likes the name and wears it as a badge of honor. Forty-some years later, a German-American political cartoonist, the most famous satirist of his era, revives the jackass label and uses it as a symbol for the modern Democratic party, which the original jackass helped to create. Perhaps you have heard of the satirist, Thomas Nash. You have certainly heard of the jackass, Andrew Jackson.

I locked Paul Harvey in the laundry room until he wrote that paragraph for me.

Monday night, the Democratic Convention kicks off in Denver. There will be drama! There will be Obama! There will be Oprah! There will be hope! There will be a Veep! There will be VIPs! There will be performances from, among others, Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Scarlett Johansson, and Wyclef Jean, who for this occasion have banded together to create a supergroup called "No White Men." Should be great.

None of their music will be featured here today. Instead, we have jackasses from Beck and Fletcher Henderson and a paean to/dismissal the host city by Warren Zevon, who, being dead, may well be there. Finally, of course, we have the best Chuck Berry song that Chuck Berry forgot to write, Bob Seger's "Get Out of Denver," represented by no less than five versions: the original studio track from 1974, a live performance in Denver that same year, the more famous "Live Bullet" version recorded in Cobo Hall in 1975, Dave Edmunds' cover from 1977, and Bob Dylan's live Detroit reprise from 2004. Seger wrote the song, as he explains on a spoken intro to the 1974 live version, after a real incident that says something about the mountain states' traditional response to leftists, radicals, and youth culture:

Better go! Get out of Denver, better go
Get out of Denver, better go go
Get out of Denver, better go
Get out of Denver cause you look just like a commie
And you might just be a member
Better get out of Denver
Better get out of Denver

In 1924, Fletcher Henderson's year, Calvin Coolidge carried the state handily; the Democratic nominee, John W. Davis, was in a distant second-place tie with Progressive candidate Robert LaFolette. In 1976, Bob Seger's year, the famed Republican understudy Gerald Ford, with 54 percent of the Colorado vote, beat Jimmy Carter, who received only 42 percent. In 1980, Ronald Reagan steamrolled Carter 55-31 (John Anderson took 11 percent), and he whipped Walter Mondale even worse in 1984. The only Democratic victory in recent memory came in 1992, when Bill Clinton won the state by a narrow margin, thanks in large part to Ross Perot. They say that the state is trending Democratic and that Obama has a chance, but they say lots of things:

Better go! Get out of Denver, better go
Get out of Denver, better go go
Get out of Denver, better go
Get out of Denver cause you look just like a commie
And you might just be a member
Better get out of Denver
Better get out of Denver

******

Ted Barron, at Boogie Woogie Flu on Elvis and Dylan:

"When I first heard Elvis's voice, I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody, and nobody was going to be my boss ... Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail. I thank God for Elvis Presley."
-Bob Dylan

"My mouth feels like Bob Dylan's been sleeping in it."
-Elvis Presley


Today is the thirty-first anniversary of the King's rise from his throne to brighter pastures. Unfortunately, it was (allegedly) the proverbial porcelain throne that Elvis was crowning when he left this world. He had become a bloated parody of himself, living in insular isolation, and protected from the outside world. As I was compiling this post, of Elvis and Dylan, I tried to think of what these two artists - radically different - shared in common. They shared a lot actually. The two most influential singular performers to come along in the twentieth century, they both had to protect themselves from the hysteria of a hyper-fame. Elvis as the King, and Dylan as "the voice of a generation." What a burden it must been for them. Dylan was befuddled, disgusted, and probably genuinely frightened by the pressures foisted on him by the media and rabid fans. Enough so, that he had to retreat from public eye while still in his twenties. Elvis had a team of protectors - Colonel Tom Parker and later The Memphis Mafia. Elvis died relatively young. Bob still takes his show in the road a couple hundred times a year. I guess Elvis would be doing the same had he survived. Maybe not, but he didn't survive. It's been suggested that they shared a mutual admiration for one another. Dylan certainly admired Elvis, but more than likely Elvis had more disdain and envy for Dylan. Dylan wrote "Went to See The Gypsy" about going to meet Elvis at a hotel in Minnesota. Ironically, today and for the last few decades, Dylan is the Gypsy. The song is probably fictional. Either way, it doesn't matter. They made these recordings, and we shall listen to them.

***

Finally, a couple of quotations of poems about the movies, from Locust St.

First, John Ashbery's The Phantom Angels:

For this we must seek the answer in decrepit cinemas
whose balconies were walled off decades ago: on the screen
(where, in posh suburbia, a woman waits),
under the seats, in the fuzz and ancient vomit and gum wrappers;
or in the lobby, where yellowing lobby cards announce
the advent of next week's Republic serial--names
of a certain importance once, names that float
in the past, like a drift of gnats on a summer evening...

Second, from Howard Nemerov, "Late Late Show":

Movies, the Old Law. TV is the New
Wherein the dead who did our phantasies
Have stolen back into the living room
To do their thing again. Boxed in the bad
Resurrections of Hell, in a seamy air
And silver drizzle of shifting shape and shade,
Witnessed without terror and without pity,
Eternal return unrolls itself anew.


Here's today's playlist:

1. Sketch Show – Ohotzka
2. Lee Konitz – Indian Summer
3. Bill Frisell – White Fang
4. Marvin Gaye - Anger
5. Meade "Lux" Lewis – Bear Cat Crawl
6. Randy Newman – Easy Street
7. Lee Dorsey – Games People Play
8. Fletcher Henderson – Jackass Blues
9. Warren Zevon – Things to Do in Denver when You're Dead
10. Bob Seger – Get Out of Denver
11. Charlie Parker – Crazeology
12. Mildred Bailey – Rockin' Chair
13. Waajeed – Proud
14. Duke Ellington – Lazy Rhapsody
15. The Beach Boys – A Young Man is Gone
16. Kalle & Rochereau – Afrika Mokili Mobimbi
17. Ben Webster – Tenderly
18. Dizzy Gillespie – Hey Pete! Let's Eat More Meat
19. Kenny Carr – Blues for Ray
20. The Resource feat. Jimmy Nates – Gimme That
21. Johnny Cash – There You Go
22. Iggy Pop – Lust for Life
23. Iggy and the Stooges – Search & Destroy
24. Derrick Harriott & the Chosen Few – Psychedelic Train
25. Bob Dylan – Went to See the Gypsy
26. Elvis Presley – Tomorrow is a Long Time
27. Los Zafiros – Bossa cubana
28. Jesse Thomas – Gonna Write You a Letter
29. Prince – Movie Star
30. Bob Seger – Get Out of Denver


Bob Seger


Mildred Bailey

Comments

Fun blog.

I feel smahter and entertained.

Re: Fun blog.

Thanks, Dandy. It's finally raining here. It's lovely.

(Anonymous)

Re: Fun blog.

Oh yeah, and next week, jukeboxes.
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