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Eleanor Rigby as interpreted by Doodles Weaver.
posted by flapjax at midnite (24 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
I feel like I would have enjoyed this more as a straight cover, with its odd piano rhythm and meter. Is that strange?
posted by KChasm at 7:42 AM on January 20


Is that strange?

Not at all. As for myself, I feel like I would have enjoyed this more if I was drunk.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:45 AM on January 20 [1 favorite]


I was quite shocked a few years ago to discover that Doodles Weaver was Sigourney Weaver's uncle. Although I think it explains why sometimes Sigourney will display an utterly daffy sense of humor in films.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 7:46 AM on January 20 [4 favorites]


It's ok, I enjoyed this more for you guys.
posted by Catblack at 7:49 AM on January 20 [4 favorites]


I think it's genius.
posted by holist at 7:50 AM on January 20 [1 favorite]


The way he says "Filthy! Ready for the Biz bag!" is one of those phrases that pops up in the back of my mind from time to time, randomly. And I wish he was still around to hear what he would do with the name "Benedict Cumberbatch".
posted by benito.strauss at 8:33 AM on January 20 [2 favorites]


Ah yes, this was a staple on the Dr. Demento show for many years. For a while, when I needed to swear, I would think to myself "Releanor Igby" in his tone of voice.
posted by Melismata at 8:52 AM on January 20 [1 favorite]


Did the Google have the grace to honor his 100th birthday with a woven doodle?
No, it didn't. A shame really.
posted by hat_eater at 8:55 AM on January 20


Yah. In 1966, "Eleanor Rigby" was pop music at its most pretentious. Little did we know what was to come.

Doctor Demento yoosta play this record back in the 1970s alla time.

One time he said: "Next week, Doodles Weaver does "Karn Evil 9"!



. . . and . . . Feetlebaum.
posted by Herodios at 8:55 AM on January 20


I had a professor in undergrad who was extremely conservative (one might say reactionary). He argued that divorce should be illegal, that the French Revolution overturned the proper system of social order, etc. He attended Latin Mass.

He claimed that modern pop music was terrible because it was "all emotion and no intellect" that catered to the lowest common denominator. (To be fair, he criticized what he saw as the other extreme -- all intellect and no emotion -- such as John Cage.) I asked if he could at least admit that the Beatles were good at what they did. His response was that they were good at what they did -- which was "being whores." He said that "Eleanor Rigby" was (and I am trying to remember this as accurately as possible) "a slap in the face to 500 years of Western Civilization and Christianity."

I wonder what he would think of this rendition.
posted by dhens at 10:02 AM on January 20


i wonder what he would think of "anarchy in the u k"
posted by pyramid termite at 10:25 AM on January 20


Sometimes it's amazing to gauge the thin-ness of the line between "professor" and "crank."
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 10:28 AM on January 20


I wonder what he thought of rebels such as St. Francis of Assisi.
posted by Melismata at 10:29 AM on January 20 [1 favorite]


Doodles was one of the City Slickers and it is a shame that Spike Jones died on his mid-60's comback.

Another under appreciated artist did his own parody version of the song:

(a teaser)
Illuminati...
They put a thing made of tinfoil on top of my door...
What is it for?
Illuminati
Shooting a ray at my cornflakes to make them turn green...
What does it mean?
The Illuminati... They're watching me, I know
The Illuminati... They're everywhere I go

posted by rough ashlar at 11:34 AM on January 20


Illuminati...

Dead sure I heard this or something very like at SF convention filksings a million years ago.
 
posted by Herodios at 11:42 AM on January 20


Illuminati...I heard ... a million years ago.

That's why they are bigger than Hunt or Rockefeller. Been around a LONG time.
posted by rough ashlar at 11:46 AM on January 20


After a good night's sleep, I think I understand why the jokes were more irritating to me than anything else.

I mean, this guy is obviously singing to a particular audience, but it's like--

"Yes, Dad, some contemporary musicians prefer impressionistic, dreamlike imagery rather than a literal account of events and/or feelings. Without you pointing it out, we would have never noticed the discrepancy between leaving one's face in a jar by the door and what one usually does with faces. You're very clever and your disregard of contemporary hits is noted."

Of course for all I know this guy really liked the Beatles, but now I get why I had such a kneejerk reaction listening last night.
posted by KChasm at 6:05 PM on January 20


I think the folks who created this song would have no problem with the work of Doodles Weaver.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:25 PM on January 20


you think he had disregard for contemporary hits? you should hear the disregard he and spike jones had for the classics
posted by pyramid termite at 6:26 PM on January 20 [2 favorites]


What do all the young nerds these days do without Dr. Demento? I guess they send each other YouTube clips. So they've got access to a whole lot more, but I think they've lost something. A sense of community? Shared ceremony? I'm not sure.
posted by benito.strauss at 6:41 PM on January 20 [3 favorites]


"Yes, Dad, some contemporary musicians prefer impressionistic, dreamlike imagery rather than a literal account of events and/or feelings. Without you pointing it out, we would have never noticed the discrepancy between leaving one's face in a jar by the door and what one usually does with faces. You're very clever and your disregard of contemporary hits is noted."

You're thinking way harder about this particular platter of legumes than Doodles Weaver did in the first place.

Do you suppose Weird Al operates out of contempt?

you think he had disregard for contemporary hits? you should hear the disregard he and spike jones had for the classics

Say! That is remarkably similar to the link in my previous comment. (Feetlebaum!)
 
posted by Herodios at 6:47 PM on January 20 [1 favorite]


Do you suppose Weird Al operates out of contempt?

I know that's beanplating. It's just that last night, when I first listened to the thing, I got so annoyed. And then I couldn't figure out why I was getting so annoyed--and so disproportionately annoyed, too, for that matter--so I slept on it. And then after I slept, thought about it a little bit.

And then I figured--aha, it's a kneejerk reaction formed by years of people telling me my taste in music sucks and I rushed to MetaFilter to type all that out. I don't actually believe Doodles Weaver actually, you know, all that.

Also I'm not sure the Weird Al comparison works so well because it's not so often that his parodies actually directly make fun of the songs they're parodies of, except the Billy Joel one and the Achy Breaky Heart one and maybe some others.
posted by KChasm at 7:11 PM on January 20


it's a kneejerk reaction formed by years of people telling me my taste in music sucks ...

Oh man, you've just got to learn to ignore them. They're small people with small minds who will miss out on so much that the world has to offer.
posted by benito.strauss at 7:56 PM on January 20


I was quite shocked a few years ago to discover that Doodles Weaver was Sigourney Weaver's uncle.

Sigourney's dad and Doodles' brother was Pat Weaver, the NBC exec who created not only both the Today and the Tonight show but the last great gasp of network radio, NBC's weekend Monitor program. Doodles was the black sheep of the family.

The Eleanor Rigby track is on at least one of the giant Spike Jones collections Rhino put out in the 90s; I remember listening to this at first feeling the same way about the old Doodles as I did the old Three Stooges in their late 50s-early 60s films: Amazed they're still at it, but worried it's going to hurt them somehow.
posted by Spatch at 8:38 PM on January 20


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