Thursday, March 23, 2006

Stick Out Your Can...

This site is pretty cool...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Robert Williams Rocks....and Rolls

Yep, I know. It ain't Robert Williams - but click on the above picture for a link to the funniest graphical renditions of the songs "Hot Rod Lincoln" and "Alley Oop" ever. I found this link while trying to get more info on the song by Charlie Ryan. I'll probably blog about him later- it all started last week when I went to Athens GA to shop for old records. At the Wuxtry, I struck gold - Chrome, Smoke and Fire, a collection of hot rod tunes compiled by Robert Williams. Now, just getting these tunes on a two disc set would be cool enough but there's more...picture discs! Each side features a beautiful painting of various hot rods, kustoms and classic cars by the man himself. A great find indeed. And speaking of Robert Williams, It is hard to believe that I posted this picture taken by Peter Mendenhall here almost a year ago. Damn, That is still a very cool photo.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

1954 Pickup Progress

I have a truck.

This is the front:

This is the side:

Now, if I could only put a down payment on a tank of gas....

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

R.I.P. R.A. Miller

Local Artist R.A. Miller passed away yesterday. His obituary is in today's Gainesville Times. Small Child and I visited him quite a few times during our Saturday morning excursions around Hall County and we can proudly say that we purchased art from the man himself. He was quite a folk art hero around these parts and will be missed.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Television was better when I was a kid....

Those of us who had both the blessing and the misfortune of growing up in the seventies may remember the greatest Atlanta cable channel ever - WTCG Channel 17. It had wrestling AND Old horror movies. If you wanted to see Vincent Price doing something Eeevil, and we all did - admit it, This was the channel to watch at 1:00 a.m. or so.

But it got even better - After watching Mr Wrestling #2 and Dusty " The American Dream" Rhodes battle Abdullah The Butcher and Ole Anderson AND after watching Vincent Price bury someone alive or worse, There was a special 3:00 a.m. or so treat : the news! Why did kids get fired up about a brief newscast that only b-movie fanboys and insomniacs would probably ever see?

The answer is: Bill Tush. In a fit of nostalgia, I looked him up on google to see if I could find any info about these broadcasts. Lo and behold, Bill Tush has a blog and clips from the old show! I snagged two funny clips and posted 'em here. Check them out.

Damn, I miss the seventies sometimes - back then you could wear a bag over your head and be a comedian. Try that now and you'll be answering to Homeland Security.

One thing hasn't changed though. Over the top self-promotion of television journalism resources. The "Fair and Balanced" boys can suck it - These guys have a mobile news fleet!

One of my favorite Bill Tush related memories (Is it sad that I even have those?) occurred a few years later in the early eighties. I was hanging out with bandmates from the semi-fictional garage band "Seasons of Ice" and was participating in the age old game of singing new lyrics to established tunes -Weird Al made a fortune out of this pastime so don't make fun. After launching into the intro to "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, our singer and resident lunatic Steve Hanson kills all of us by screaming, in tune,"Bill Tush is a funny man! He used to have a show called 'Tush"!" If you know the melody, That is pretty damned amusing, if not I'm babbling again...