Friday, May 20, 2011


Going to see a man about a dog, I found myself in a part of Phoenix that's even scuzzier than my own house. (Well, not scuzzier per se, but per inch - that is if we exclude my bathroom, those parts of my bedroom I don't sleep on, and that part of my kitchen I don't see when I've got my head in the refrigerator and I'm cryin' over spilt beer.)

Driving home, I stopped at a Burger King in this scuzzy neighborhood, and looking around at the other customers, I felt I had crashed the May 19th 'Have It Your Way' Trailer Park's "1st Anal ["anal" is how the edjucated trailer park residents write "yearly"] 48-Hours-Before-The-End-Of-The-World Judgment Day Bar-B-Q".

There I found some woman yakking on her cell phone in an
SB-1070 language while ignoring her little daughter who was running around the dining area and yapping like an Obedience School dropout. Then there was the old, grizzled George Carlin-wannabe who was taking orders from the crying kid in the stroller about where they should sit; the Black dude arguing with his Whopper (and actually losing the argument); and an assortment of characters who appeared to have escaped from 'Wicker Man Island' [link] or from the Woody Allen Nightmare Train [link] in 'Stardust Memories'.

And all I could think about was that great Todd Snider trailer trash song 'Doublewide Blues' :

'Doublewide Blues' - (6:08)

[The first 6 minutes and 8 seconds is the official town song of Hope, Arkansas - birthplace of Bill Clinton. The other 4+ minutes is just silence.]

More Fun With Trailer Trash:

['The Story of the Ballad of the Devil's Backbone Tavern' - performed in concert before a "live nude girl" audience, interpolated with the freakingly funny story about "Willie & Waylon And The Boys". If you've never heard this, then you . . . ain't never heard it. But it's funnier'n 'ell!]

~ Stephen T. McCarthy

YE OLDE COMMENT POLICY: All comments, pro and con, are welcome. However, ad hominem attacks and disrespectful epithets will not be tolerated (read: "posted"). After all, this isn’t, so I don’t have to put up with that kind of bovine excrement.


DiscConnected said...


See? Now we're on yer blog, so youse don' gotta do nuttin'!

But good call on postin' "Devil's Backbone."

F&%K Luckenbach, Texas!

Todd Snider Rulez!

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

>> . . . See? Now we're on yer blog, so youse don' gotta do nuttin'!

Oh, zat how it works?

>> . . . F&%K Luckenbach, Texas! ...Drink with US!


You know what's weird tho? That sounds like the identical version of "Doublewide Blues" as appears on 'Viva Satellite', except when you go to the very end - about 5:40 or so - and he closes the song by saying, "Alright now, big finish."

But on the album version, in that same spot, he says, "Take me home, boys. I think I'm drunk."

What gives?
(Of course, "...think I'm drunk" beats "...big finish".)

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

DiscConnected said...

Snider does offer up a lot of concerts for download-maybe it's from a different show.

Or maybe Spike blew it again....

OhJessie said...

"dude arguing with his Whopper (and actually losing the argument)"

Hahaha! I guess now that the world didn't end (dammit!) we're stuck here for another millenium. Darn you, Mr. Camping, darn you to heck! I demand my worldwide earthquake!

Good call on the Wicker Man, too - the remake was stupid, but the original scared the crap out of me (shudder). The end, where they're all just dancing around in their lunacy while the guy burns and sings The Lord is My Shepherd - ooooh that was creepy! If the trailer park was that scary, I hope I never have to live there :o

Your comment reminds me of the live version of "Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh heh.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Nah, it's the studio version of "Doublewide Blues” that we’re talking about here - not a live version. And it sounds exactly the same to me, although perhaps it’s a different take in which he ended it by saying something else instead. But... it sounds note-for-note the same to me – hard to believe it’s an alternate take.

Yeah, somehow or other, Spike is probably responsible for it.

I hear ya! Very disappointing that we’re still here. It was supposed to happen at about 6 PM last night; at 9:30, I looked at my watch and said aloud to no one but myself: “They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming”. (Said with the same intonation as in the animated Seuss classic “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”.)

I never saw the “Wicker Man” remake because I heard that it was absolutely atrocious, but the original is a little known classic – a murder mystery/Horror movie hybrid. I would rate it at #2 or #3 on my list of all-time favorite Horror movies.

I’m not familiar with the live version of Walsh’s “Life’s Been Good”. Got a URL/Link for me?

~ D-FensDogg
‘Loyal American Underground’