Saturday Odds & Sods: Trick Bag

Skeletons Fighting Over A Pickled Herring by James Ensor.

This should be Carnival’s biggest weekend. I’ll miss our pre-Tucks peregrinations on Saturday and company on Thoth Sunday. Wait until next year.

The impeachment trial ate my week, so I’ll keep this short. It’s what usually happens the Saturday before Fat Tuesday in any event. So it goes.

This week’s theme song was written by NOLA’s own Earl King in 1962. It’s tricky, it’s baggy, it’s early, it’s kingy.

We have four versions of Trick Bag for your listening pleasure: the Earl King original, the Meters, Johnny Winter, and Robert Palmer.

Now that we’ve pulled some tricks out of the bag, let’s jump to the break.

Before moving on, a bag song and a trick song:

There’s only one segment in our second act. It’s a piece about the man who wrote this week’s theme song.

Earl King Deserves His Due: King is less well-known than some of his New Orleans peers, but the man was a great all-around musician. Geoffrey Himes makes a strong case for Earl’s greatness at Bitter Southerner.

The last word of our truncated second act goes to Earl King:

We begin our third act with our favorite stolen feature.

Separated At Birth Stolen Tweet Edition: This one had never occurred to me but it’s pretty darn good.

I refuse to post a Twisted Sister song, here’s one by Walton’s favorite band instead:

Movie List: Christopher Plummer died recently at the age of 91. He had a 70-year career as an actor. He did some of his best work over the age of 70, which made it impossible to limit this to a top ten list. It was hard enough cutting it to fifteen.

My Top Fifteen Favorite Christopher Plummer Movies

  1.   The Man Who Would Be King
  2.   The Exception
  3.   The Insider
  4.   The Return Of The Pink Panther
  5.   Murder By Decree
  6.   Nuremberg
  7.   The Last Station
  8.   Inside Daisy Clover
  9.   Knives Out
  10.   Cold Creek Manor
  11.   Star Trek VI: Undiscovered Country
  12.   Beginners
  13.   Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
  14.   All The Money In The World
  15.   The Silent Partner

Notable by its absence is The Sound Of Music. I hate that fucking movie. Plummer wasn’t exactly fond of it either:

“Mr. Plummer disparaged it as saccharine claptrap, famously referring to it as “S&M” or “The Sound of Mucus.”

“That sentimental stuff is the most difficult for me to play, especially because I’m trained vocally and physically for Shakespeare,” Mr. Plummer said in a People magazine interview in 1982. “To do a lousy part like von Trapp, you have to use every trick you know to fill the empty carcass of the role. That damn movie follows me around like an albatross.”

His views later softened but I couldn’t resist posting his thoughts about S&M. I wonder if any penguins were involved?

We move from penguins to albatrosses.

Saturday GIF Horse: Presenting excerpts from Monty Python’s albatross sketch.

The last word of the segment goes to Fleetwood Mac with a Peter Green instrumental:

Next up, an earworm inspired by Jamie Raskin’s closing argument on Thursday.

Weekly Random Earworm: Raskin closed with a quote from Tom Paine. Unless he’s a fan of British folk rock, he’s unlikely to have heard Here’s To Tom Paine. We have two versions: the original by songwriter Steve Tilston and a spirited cover by Fairport Convention.

Let’s close down this virtual honky tonk with some more music.

Saturday Classic: Here’s a 1987 live set from Roomful of Blues with special guest star Earl King.

That’s it for this week. The last word goes to Christopher Plummer as a Klingon:


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