Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Taking A Break

I'm taking a break from this blog while I work on another couple of projects.

Back in a while.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Flying Solo

Sex For One by Betty Dodson.

There's not all that much joy.

Monday, April 20, 2015

6:00pm, Wayne & Shuster

Wayne and Shuster by Dollarbar

One of the best television timeslots I remember during my early and formative years. 
Wayne and Shuster met as high school students at Harbord Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Canada in 1930 and later they wrote and performed for the theatre at the University of Toronto while studying there. Then in 1941 they debuted on radio with their own show, The Wife Preservers, where they mixed household tips with comedy.  This exposure resulted in their own comedy show on the CBC Trans-Canada Network as Shuster & Wayne. In 1942 they enlisted and performed for the troops in Europe during World War II, and later in the Korean War.  They returned to Canada to create the Wayne and Shuster Show for CBC Radio in 1946 and eventually went on to a television sitcom.
The duo first performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1958, setting a record by appearing there 58 times over the next 11 years.  After having a weekly television series in the 1950s, they began a series of long-running, monthly Wayne & Shuster comedy specials on CBC Television in the early 1960s, which continued for over two decades. In the late 1980s, many of their comedy skits were repackaged in half-hour chunks and syndicated around the world under the title Wayne & Shuster.

Their comedy often used classical or Shakespearean settings and characters as well as television programs.  One of their most well known sketches was called Rinse the Blood off My Toga, which retold Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in the style of the police procedural detective series. This sketch spawned the popular catchphrase, "Julie, don't go!" which appears in Dollar Bars song.  The duo treated their sketches the way singers treat their most popular songs by performing new renditions many times over the years.
Dollar Bar has not been the first band drawing influence from Wayne & Schuster, in 2000 the music group The Avalanches created a track called "Frontier Psychiatrist", built on various samples of previously recorded material, most noticeably the Wayne & Shuster sketch "Frontier Psychiatrist" among others.  Frank Shuster's voice is especially prominent on the track.

Buy Dollar Bars "Wayne & Schuster" on their Hot Ones high quality digital album, or get the 12" vinyl LP delux pack (with tote bag and badge!) at:

Sing along:

Six o'clock TV just ain't what it used to be
Whatever happened to Wayne & Shuster?
He was short, promoted as handsome
All the way from Maryborough to Gladstone
And now it seems I dream of a Panasonic screen
Always too much green, maybe I just wanna see
A Keyop or Tiny, or some re-runs of Kenny

Julie don't go, Julie don't go

Well you can't do that with Canadian brats
And those laser beams sticking out of your arse
C'mon c'mon come and get it
Taking Five with the Brubecks
And we're soaring high in the sky
It's the perfect day to not go outside
You, you need a helping hand
Born from an egg on a mountain top

Rinse off the blood, rinse off the blood

Hey countrymen lend me your ears
I've got a sackful here
I told him "Julie don't go"
He said "C'mon it's the Ides of March already"
And we're taking five

Well you can die five times before Gallifrey's gone
And there's no sign of Rog and the AA Squadron
It all ends here, with the voice of Max
And none of you guys have got nothing on Frank Shuster

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Criminal Justice Omelettes

This months book cover: The D.A. Breaks An Egg by Erle Stanley Gardner.

"In the Criminal Justice System the omelettes are prepared by two separate, yet equally important groups. The police who raise the chickens and the District Attorneys who scramble the eggs. These are their stories."

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Kissing Dogg

If I Ever Kiss It... He Can Kiss It Goodbye by Swamp Dogg.

The question remains: Kiss what?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tramping Horse

The Thoroughbred and the Tramp by Burgess Leonard

The question is: which is which?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Romantic Sounds

Romantica by Martin Denny and his lush and exotic sounds for the Valentine month.

The original 1961 LP cover was replaced with a less creepy version in later re-releases.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dickless Tracy

The Dick by Bruce Jay Friedman.

No matter how good his private investigating skills are, the dick won't be doing much probing if he runs around with his hair-trigger gun holstered like that.

The term "dick" for a detective was originally coined in Canada the and brought south into the United States by rum runners during the prohibition.  The fictional comic strip character Dick Tracy was given the first name of Dick in token of its being a slang expression for "detective".  Female detectives have in the past been called Dickless Tracy's or DT's.  Not to be confused with the Australian term DT for male swimwear meaning dick togs.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Nude Girls Fighting

Let's Get Fight by SOD, a spin off of the group AKB48

The Japanese are far more honest in their approach to what their audience wants to see when it comes to watching music video clips.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lion-Eating Poet

The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den is a 92-character tongue-twister poem written in Classical Chinese by Yuen Ren Chao (1892–1982). Because Chinese is a tonal language, it is possible to take a tongue-twister to the extreme in Chinese, where all the words have the same sound but vary only in their tones.

Traditional Chinese:


Pinyin (phonetic translation):

Shī Shì shí shī shǐ
Shíshì shīshì Shī Shì, shì shī, shì shí shí shī.
Shì shíshí shì shì shì shī.
Shí shí, shì shí shī shì shì.
Shì shí, shì Shī Shì shì shì.
Shì shì shì shí shī, shì shǐ shì, shǐ shì shí shī shìshì.
Shì shí shì shí shī shī, shì shíshì.
Shíshì shī, Shì shǐ shì shì shíshì.
Shíshì shì, Shì shǐ shì shí shì shí shī.
Shí shí, shǐ shí shì shí shī shī, shí shí shí shī shī.
Shì shì shì shì.

English Translation:

Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den
In a stone den was a poet called Shi Shi, who was a lion addict, and had resolved to eat ten lions.
He often went to the market to look for lions.
At ten o'clock, ten lions had just arrived at the market.
At that time, Shi had just arrived at the market.
He saw those ten lions, and using his trusty arrows, caused the ten lions to die.
He brought the corpses of the ten lions to the stone den.
The stone den was damp. He asked his servants to wipe it.
After the stone den was wiped, he tried to eat those ten lions.
When he ate, he realized that these ten lions were in fact ten stone lion corpses.
Try to explain this matter.



Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Wierd Beard

This months LP is The Weird And The Beard which I'm guessing is a self titled album.
So it's The Weird And The Beard by The Weird And The Beard and not by the Evil Proclaimers.

Saturday, January 03, 2015