My birthday was last Thursday. We celebrated by going to Brigtsen’s a great restaurant in Uptown New Orleans. It was my first time eating out with a mask mandate in place and only my third time in an eatery since the lockdown. It was kind of weird but so am I.
As a result of the weeklong festivities, this edition of Saturday Odds & Sods will be somewhat truncated. Pity that I’m not a show biz kid so I can’t make this pun: “born in a truncated.” I guess I just did…
Cubist artist Georges Braque may not be synonymous with summer, but the Beach Boys are. This week’s theme song was written by Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks and two dudes I’ve never heard of for the Beach Boys 1973 album Holland. It’s nautical yet somehow still naughty or some such shit.
We have three versions of Sail On, Sailor for your listening pleasure: the studio original, Ray Charles with the Beach Boys live, and Los Lobos from their new album of California songs, Native Sons.
Now that we’ve sailed the ocean blue but not in 1492, let’s jump to the break.
One more sailor song before we return to shore:
We begin our one-movement second act with a look at the history of infectious disease. Sounds catchy, doesn’t it?
Pfeiffer, Not Pfizer: Anti-vaxxers are nothing new. They’ve been a pestilence ever since vaccines were invented. Slate’s Rebecca Onion has a brilliant piece about Immanuel Pfeiffer who opposed the smallpox vaccine of all things. Schmuck. He was the Robert Kennedy Jr. of his day. Putz.
The title says it all, The Fable Of The Sick Anti-Vaxxer. Get thee to Slate.
The last word of our second act goes to Pat Benatar. Get jabbed, y’all.
We begin our third act with our favorite stolen feature.
Separated At Birth Twitter Edition: Here’s a pair of Brits. Mick Jones of the Clash and Matt Hancock who was the feckless Health Secretary in Boris Johnson’s Tory government before resigning over a sex scandal.
separated at birth? mick jones and matt hancock pic.twitter.com/L1v9WDlJhG
— Shirley Jones, Ms (@Sh1rley) July 31, 2021
While we’re on the subject of Hancock’s cock scandal, make sure you read the Guardian’s Hadley Freeman’s hilarious piece about it: The Dweeb and the Hot Girl.
Let’s zip up the segment with one of Mick Jones’ favorite Clash tunes:
While we’re training in vain, Dwight Yokam did a great cover of that tune:
The Movie List: I recently saw Maurice Micklewhite dba Michael Caine in Get Carter for the first time. It was part of TCM’s neo-Noir festival hosted by my man Eddie Muller and his favorite sparring partner Ben Mankiewicz. It inspired this list.
My Top Ten Favorite Michael Caine Movies
- The Man Who Would Be King
- Sleuth (1972)
- The Cider House Rules
- Mona Lisa
- Hannah and her Sisters
- Get Carter
- Dressed To Kill
- Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
- A Shock To The System
TCM Clip Of The Week: In this clip, Eddie explains what he means by neo-Noir.
Let’s close down this virtual honky tony with some more music.
Saturday Classic: Lost In The Stars was my Christmas album in 1985. I wore out my vinyl copy as did several of my cronies. Lou Reed’s version of September Song is a stone-cold classic.
That’s all for this week. The last word goes to Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine in Sleuth.