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Posts Tagged ‘Beat Farmers’

Saturday Matinee – Flight of the Irish, The Dead South & The Beat Farmers

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Flight delays happen, so Daoirí Farrell, Geoff Kinsella and Robbie Walsh made the most of it.

The Dead South knows how to make a viral video. (Here’s a slightly different version.)

So The Weasel called up last weekend, said Wildcat loves The Beat Farmers, but he’d lost the bootleg CD I sent him decades ago, and decades ago I told him to go buy his own copies. I hadn’t listened to the Beat Farmers in a long while, but this is what I remember: Their albums were great and they were a fun bar band.

The audio’s good, video’s crappy and skips occasionally, but the 1984 vibe is right there. If you can’t take the whole barrage, here’s my favorite.

There you go, Weez.

Have a great weekend, see y’all back here tomorrow rain or shine.

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Saturday Matinee – Portuguese Man O’ War, Bonanza, David Rose & The Beat Farmers

Saturday, 25 January 2014


[Vid found here.]

The Portuguese Man O’ War is amazing, as it’s not a single animal, but a colony of several bizarre organisms, all dependent on the others for survival. One provides transportation, one lures and traps food, one processes it, one cooks, and the other one does laundry and runs the blog.

The harmless gasbag idiot-animal floats while dangling his nasty stinging-tentacled buddies as deep as 160 feet below the surface. How they find each other and decide to hang together is a mystery to me, unless it has something to do with cheap beer, tasers and fraternity parties.

I saw one washed up on a beach when I was a kid without knowing what it was – thought it was an inflatable toy dolphin with seaweed attached. Yeah, I poked it with a stick, and yeah, I found out what the insides of a Portuguese Man O’ War smelled like, as did everyone else within a quarter mile downwind.

When the floating-gasbag idiot-animal washes up on shore and dies, it takes the other idiot-animals with him, and they can’t do anything about it because their free ride is over. Such is the life of a sycophant.

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Okay, bear with me on this next one. Remember the classic 1959-1973 TV show “Bonanza?”  Here’s The instrumental TV theme (with opening credits).

The missus informed me that there were words to that great theme, and she’s right. The closing credits for the early episodes included “The Cartwrights” singing the theme (after apparently stumbling out of a saloon/cat house joint venture in Carson City) and mounting up to pick fights with and wreak havoc on the local populace before they rode back to their fortified enclave known as The Ponderosa:

[Little Joe] I’ve got a flair for women everywhere, Bonanza!
[Hoss] BONANZA! ¡AI-AI-AI!
[All] I’m gonna call on any gal at all, she’s gonna welcome me.

[Ben] I’m not afraid of any pretty maid, Bonanza!
BONANZA!
When I give a kiss to any pretty miss,
She’ll learn a lot from me!

[All] One for four, four for one
This we guarantee!

We got a right to pick a little fight – Bonanza!
BONANZA!
If anyone fights any one of us,
He’s gotta fight with me!

BTW, the best comment on that Utoobage link was posted by someone named 75yellowraven:

“144-441 what does that mean?”

The lyrics and acting were so laughably absurd that the clip was canned. Years later Lorne Greene sang the song with much different lyrics: Lorne Greene singing The Theme To Bonanza.

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But that’s not the weird part. The Bonanza Theme was orchestrated by David Rose, same guy who composed “The Stripper,” a number of TV theme songs, and this horrible piece of 1960s grocery aisle music:

Bet you couldn’t last the whole two-point-five minutes of that, so here’s almost a whole hour of The Beat Farmers circa 1984, featuring the late Country Dick Montana on drums, vocals, beer and belligerence.

Hope that grabs on, holds and squeezes you for this edition of The Saturday Matinee. Have a great weekend, even if you have to mow the snow.

P.S. If you ever wanted to sing along to The Chips‘ “Rubber Biscuit” we’ve got the Complete & Accurate day down sum wanna jigga-wah lyrics here.

Saturday Matinee – Alfred, Iggy, Tom, Billy & the Beat Farmers

Saturday, 10 November 2012

1926 Hitchcock debut [via].

Posted this one before, but it’s one of my favorites, featuring Iggy Pop & Tom Waits.

Very pretty song by Billy Paul about adultery. I doubt he would have gotten a hit singing about Mr. Jones, but we’re not gonna go there. Mr. Jones was pissed enough.

The Beat Farmers are still around, and we’re going to be around for a while as well. Have a great weekend, see you tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Geek Magic, Mad Goose, Goose Grease, Glad ‘N Greasy & Greasy Wheel

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Nice card trick… heh. Story behind it here.

Goose! Guy shoulda wrung its neck and brought the catch home. Yum!

And after you clean it, save the goose grease.
The late Roy Buchanan tells why.

The Beat Farmers‘ “Glad ‘N Greasy” fits. Poor video from the early 80s(?) was part of a demo tape they circulated. (Two of the original members are gone: Country Dick Montana and Buddy Blue.)

The Bryan Beller Band‘s “Greasy Wheel” is a nice bit of groovy oddness. (Listen for the Zappa influence… there’s a reason for that.)

That’s five vids to make the set.  Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee Roadtrip – Talking Heads, Beat Farmers, Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Mitchum & the Winter Bros.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Talking Heads‘ “Road to Nowhere.”

Beat Farmers‘ “Road to Ruin.” These guys were a great bar band.

Steve Earle‘s “Copperhead Road.”

Bruce Stringbean & the E Street Band‘s “Thunder Road,” in 1976.

Roger Mitchum‘s “Ballad of Thunder Road.”

Johnny & Edgar Winter, 2007, with Dylan’s classic “Highway 61 Revisited.”

The cooler’s full, the car’s gassed up, and we’re outta here. Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll see you at the first rest stop after sunup.

Saturday Matinee – Hoogerbrugge, Moonshine, Karen Wheeler, Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed, Country Dick & The Beat Farmers

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Hoogerbrugge’s “A Thunderstorm in a Beautiful Summer Sky.” Want more video oddness ala Hoogerbrugge? Click here.

Now let’s make some moonshine.

What’s moonshine without country? Here’s Karen Wheeler’s version of “Muleskinner Blues.” [via] (This is the same song that The Fendermen covered in 1960 with their rockabilly version.)

“The Claw.” Can’t beat a combo of Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins.

I bet I’ve posted this video before, but I’ve been a longtime fan of the late Country Dick Montana and the Beat Farmers, and it just seems right to wrap up this Saturday Matinee with Big Ugly Wheels.

Have a great weekend folks, and be back here tomorrow for more fun.

Saturday Matinee – Snow Removal, Whatever, Dick Montana, Howlin’ Wolf (and giraffes).

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Excellent Snow Removal Strategy [Found here.]

Annoying but kinda funny vid by Liam Lynch from 2003 found at AoS. [Ace has a bonus link to a great rebuttal to last Wednesday’s  State of the Union speech, by Obama himself.] Whatever.

The Late Great Country Dick Montana and the Beat Farmers’ version of Richard Hell and the Voidoids‘ “Blank Generation.”  Got that?

Meet me at the bottom,  get me my runnin’ shoes. [Tip o’ the tarboosh to ADAM at Table 9.]

At least one of our readers wants more giraffes, according to last week’s poll, so there you go, bro.

Saturday Matinee – Kill a ‘Dilla, Comma Song, Follow the Sun, Waiting on a Friend, Happy Boy

Saturday, 22 August 2009

KillaDilla.

Jimmy Jones’ “Handy Man” cracked me up when I was a tad. I remember it as the “Comma Song.”

Del Shannon came a long way from 1961’s  “Hats Off To Larry.” This song made it to Number 9 in November 1964.

This is one of the prettiest songs the Stones ever did, not that they were ever known for pretty.

And because my computer has been reborn and hasn’t thrown up in over 24 hours, here’s a repost of  the late great Country Dick Montana & the Beat Farmers to sum up my current mental outlook.


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