Today is our last day under quarantine. I’m relieved that neither of us were ever symptomatic. We were damn lucky.
This week’s theme song was written by the great Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland in 1964. It was originally intended for the Supremes but wound up being recorded by Marvin Gaye. Its real title is Baby Don’t You Do It but I prefer The Band’s re-titling, Don’t Do It. Either way it’s a great song that’s been recorded oodles of times or is that scads? Beats the hell outta me.
We have five versions of Don’t Do It aka Baby Don’t You Do It for your listening pleasure.
The IT in question is “don’t you break my heart.” Here’s a Stones song that says doo doo doo doo instead of don’t:
Now that we’re all heartbroken and shit, let’s jump to the break.
Before beginning our second act in earnest, let’s check into the Heartbreak Hotel:
Smokey Joe was William Robinson’s original nickname. He shortened it to Smokey whilst a teenager. He’s now a well-preserved octogenarian. Recently he sat for an extended interview with Vulture’s Craig Jenkins.
Instead of quoting the great man’s words of wisdom here are two of his songs:
It’s been a weird football season thus far. Many games have been cancelled because of COVID outbreaks. LSU cancelled two of its rivalry games. It’s hard for me to get excited about a season without trash talking Florida and Alabama. It’s not right for my Gator friends Carolyn and Chris to escape being called Tiger Bait. Woe is me, bop.
It’s to rev-up the Wayback Machine:
The Black Man Who Invented Nebraska Football is the title of a piece at Slate by Paul Putz. I am not making that name up. I went to high school with a guy named Schmuck. Mercifully, I’ve never met anyone named Schmeckle. Have you ever noticed how many great Yiddish words for penis there are? I certainly have.
Back to the gridiron.
Putz’s piece is about George Flippin who helped put the Cornhuskers on the map in the leather helmet days. Flippin was Nebraska’s first star player but the school’s white fans eventually flipped on Flippin.
It’s a fascinating story that can be found here. I promise not to make any more Putz jokes…
The last word of our second act goes to Bruce Springsteen:
We begin our third act with our favorite stolen feature.
Separated At Birth Casting Edition: It’s been a while since I saw Midnight In Paris, which is one of the few 21st Century Woody Allen films that’s as good as his pre-scandal work. In the throwback segments we met some famous writers. This was the best casting: Tom Hiddleston as F Scott Fitgerald.
Obviously, the real guy is on the left.
We move on to a list inspired by our favorite stolen segment.
The Movie List goes literary this week. I skipped Hiddleston as I don’t have any strong recollections of *his* Scott Fitzgerald. Sorry, old bean.
My Top Ten Favorite Performances By Actors Playing Famous Writers
- Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote
- Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean
- Paul Muni as Emile Zola
- Anthony Hopkins as CS Lewis
- Jane Fonda as Lillian Hellman
- Jason Robards as Dashiell Hammett
- Vanessa Redgrave as Agatha Christie
- Stephen Fry as Oscar Wilde
- Christopher Plummer as Rudyard Kipling
- Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf
Uh oh, I forgot Jack Nicholson as Eugene O’Neill. Playwrights obviously count even long-winded ones. Somewhere a production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night is entering its 25th hour…
I must admit to being lazy with this list. I didn’t feel like typing the titles. What I can tell ya? If you’re disgruntled make like George Harrison and sue me:
Now that we’ve called in the lawyers, it’s time to turn the tables.
Saturday GIF Horse: Make that flip the tables.
That was Teresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which to my everlasting shame I’ve watched since the first episode. I am clearly going to hell for my lowbrow teevee taste.
Weekly Vintage Music Video: Let’s try and give this virtual joint a bit more class with a Macca video.
Paul does it all, y’all.
Let’s close things out with some more music.
Saturday Classic: I stumbled into this 1976 concert video while Dr. A was on a Zoom call with some colleagues. It’s The Band back when *they* were still collegial and the Levon-Robbie feud hadn’t gotten out of hand.
The video ain’t great but the performance was. Ain’t nothing quite like the groove laid down by Rick Danko and Levon Helm. I promise to stop saying ain’t; it ain’t good grammar…
That’s it for this week. Georgia O’Keefe designed this week’s featured image to be viewed at two angles. The second angle gets the last word.