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June 5, 2008 10:24 AM   Subscribe

A squirrel enjoys a nice cracker, to the tune of "If This Is It" by Huey Lewis. Strangely satisfying.

You may also be interested to know that squirrels are blamed for at least one power outage every day in New York City. There are quite a lot of squirrel photos here. And did you know that squirrels can safely dine on mushrooms that are poisonous to humans, partly because of their short digestive tract? Fascinating! They are excellent problem-solvers. But they don't actually fly.
posted by jbickers (103 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Squirrel: Check
Cracker: Check
Huey Lewis: Check
Satisfying: this space intentionally left blank
posted by DU at 10:28 AM on June 5, 2008 [7 favorites]


But they don't actually fly.

Oh, I beg to differ.
posted by quin at 10:31 AM on June 5, 2008 [8 favorites]


Youve been drinking
And Ive been thinking
We both know that its just not right
posted by celerystick at 10:32 AM on June 5, 2008


I get mad at all the snide articles about how our appreciation of humor has suffered because of the internet, but stuff like this really makes me wonder.
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 10:35 AM on June 5, 2008


yes. yes, i am satisfied. why thank you for asking!
posted by CitizenD at 10:35 AM on June 5, 2008


I'm on board with this. I'm a sucker for squirrels.
posted by nosila at 10:36 AM on June 5, 2008


I like your moxie, sir. Well done.
posted by Pecinpah at 10:37 AM on June 5, 2008 [9 favorites]


I don't care much for squirrels, but that is a kick ass song.
posted by ND¢ at 10:38 AM on June 5, 2008


Huey Lewis had a perfect score of 800 on the math section of his SAT's. Just sayin'.
posted by vronsky at 10:41 AM on June 5, 2008


You know, I'm just as snotty about music as you are. I listen to that obscure Belgian glitch band, punk as fuck, and was into everything before anybody and so on and so forth. But I have to tlel you: Huey Lewis is earth-shattering. I got me one of them greatest hits jobbers, and it's just ridiculous.
Heart of Rock & Roll
I Want a New Drug
Power of Love
Jacob's Ladder
Stuck With You
Doing It All For My Baby
If This Is It
Do You Believe in Love
Heart and Soul
Back in Time
Hip to Be Square
Workin' For a Livin'
Who's got a better run than that? The Beatles and Elvis. That's it. That's IT. Huey Lewis is the real damn deal. The truth. Where it's at.

Squirrels are nice too.
posted by dirtdirt at 10:42 AM on June 5, 2008 [29 favorites]


At the end of the opening clip, why did Bullwinkle have to grab Rocky when he was about to fall off the snowball and over the cliff? ROCKY CAN FLY, HE'S A FLYING SQUIRREL.

That has bothered me for forty years now.
posted by yhbc at 10:45 AM on June 5, 2008 [8 favorites]


Satisfactory indeed.
posted by Kloryne at 10:45 AM on June 5, 2008


The squirrel didn't seem to be enjoying the cracker as much as I thought it would.
posted by pwb503 at 10:46 AM on June 5, 2008


That squirrel was show boating. After all, how long does it take to eat a god damned cracker.

jbickers are you over 60 years old? I ask becuase I noticed this squirrel obsession phenomena in my and my wifes parents. It's like the second their first Social Security check cleared suddenly there were forty squirrel feeders in the yard.

When ever we go visit they bombard us with endless stories of the Squirrel. Oh. The troubles they have keeping the squirrels out of the bird feeders and the birds out of the squirrel feeders.

How in the hell, I ask ask them, does a bird or squirrel know the damn difference between one or the other?

My mom's reply? "Honey... it says right on them 'Twitter Bird Feeder' and the other one , the orange one right there, it has a picture of a squirrel right on it."

I then point out that the Squirrel logo the squirrel is wearing a top hat and spats and maybe that has them confused.

"Oh. Don't be a sassy pants." She says.

The other manifestation of this obsession takes a rather dark turn. My father in law, god rest his soul, was determined to exterminate the squirrels becuase he believed they were the fifth columnists in some rodent communist conspiracy to chew through the siding of the house and start an electrical fire. He firmly believed that all squirrels were an invasive species from the Ukraine. They were not American. His fixation on Squirrel Evil was only matched by my dog - who he would often ask to borrow to recruit the dog in a killing spree and "solve this Squirrel invasion once and for all.

I full expect as I get older to also acquire the Squirrel Disorder. It is the natural order of things.
posted by tkchrist at 10:48 AM on June 5, 2008 [50 favorites]


I know this is a strange derail, but living in a city with many tourists, a large number of international visitors and an abundance of squirrels, I've found a strange phenomenon. Your link to a Russian site filled with photos of squirrels only confims my observations.

What I've seen, time and again, are Russian and Eastern European tourists photographing and filming squirrels, often for hours. At first it was just a little odd, but then I saw it more and more. What gives? Are Russians obsessed with squirrels? Is this observation bias? If it is I sure have observed it a hell of a lot. I've seen an occasional tourist snap a shot of a friendly squirrel, but this is different. This is focused, long term attention towards squirrels doing ordinary things. Anyone?
posted by Pollomacho at 10:48 AM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


The enduring bond between Huey Lewis and the developmentally disabled.
posted by mr_roboto at 10:52 AM on June 5, 2008 [4 favorites]


Huey Lewis's music is not only rockin' but also mathematically perfect. If you translate all the notes in all of his songs into numbers (using a code found by closely examining the cover of Sports) and add them all up then you will find the actual value of pi. It is exactly three strangely enough.
posted by ND¢ at 10:54 AM on June 5, 2008


Huey Lewis is earth-shattering

You like Huey Lewis and the News?

I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself.

*raises axe above head*
posted by burnmp3s at 10:55 AM on June 5, 2008 [11 favorites]


I get mad at all the snide articles about how our appreciation of humor has suffered because of the internet, but stuff like this really makes me wonder.

I don't think anyone was claiming it was humorous, just, you know, strangely satisfying.

Which is also a claim I would dispute. I found quin's video far more satisfying.

Though Huey Lewis is fucking awesome.
posted by Caduceus at 10:56 AM on June 5, 2008


Nobody writes a smooth pop-rocker like Huey Lewis, but brown squirrels don't seem to be his natural audience.
posted by blucevalo at 10:59 AM on June 5, 2008


The enduring bond between Huey Lewis and the developmentally disabled.

Just as a comparison, I did not find this to be true with my clients. I was in Tennessee. I'm talking about the Huey Lewis stuff, the rest of the article is pretty accurate.
posted by Pollomacho at 11:00 AM on June 5, 2008


Huey Lewis = Genius.
Squirels = Strangely fascinating.
This clip without the music however, would be no where near as entertaining... Just saying.

Actually, the fact that the song ends not only in the middle of the piece, but in the middle of a verse and phrase almost makes it too annoying to watch 3 times.

Side note: "Do you Believe in Love" would have been a funnier Huey Lewis song for this clip.

*Mutes computer and listens to iPod while watching squirrel, giggling like an idiot*
posted by Kimothy at 11:00 AM on June 5, 2008


tkchrist, your post made me laugh, because my own parents have approximately 50 squirrels in their yard at any given time. They don't have an official "feeder," though, they toss out stuff onto the ground for them. Nuts, seeds, crumbled up muffins (my brother works for Otis Spunkmeyer and brings home a lot of samples). My dad, who has never cooked for himself or anyone else in the family, will also smear peanut butter on slices of bread for the squirrels if he doesn't have anything else to offer. The neighborhood squirrels are on to him, too...they not only come sit on the back porch, they climb up the bricks and push the doorbell.
posted by Oriole Adams at 11:01 AM on June 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


Huey Lewis might be all right if he stuck to the music and left someone more gifted--Vanilla Ice springs instantly to mind--to write the lyrics. Witness lines like, "I want a new drug/one that does what it should/one that won't taste too bad/one that won't taste too good."

And those were some of his better lines.


yes, i was kidding about the Vanilla Ice thing.
posted by misha at 11:04 AM on June 5, 2008


What I've seen, time and again, are Russian and Eastern European tourists photographing and filming squirrels, often for hours.

My now departed father-law's fears are confirmed!
posted by tkchrist at 11:05 AM on June 5, 2008 [4 favorites]


You like Huey Lewis and the News?

But when Sports came out in '83...
posted by Armitage Shanks at 11:06 AM on June 5, 2008


Hey, I'm at work and can't see the video. What's on it?
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 11:06 AM on June 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


Huey Lewis was a member of Country Rock band Clover, who (sans Huey) were Elvis Costello's backup band for the My Aim is True sessions.
posted by rocket88 at 11:07 AM on June 5, 2008


But when Sports came out in '83...

Oh my, remind me not to Netflix American Psycho. (although that is some twisted brilliance right there)
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 11:11 AM on June 5, 2008


Hey, I'm at work and can't see the video. What's on it?

A squirrel eating a cracker. Set to the tune of "If This Is It," by Huey Lewis and the News.

It is indeed just like it says on the tin.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:11 AM on June 5, 2008


Oh my aching ass, that's a riot. Gooder than hell. I haven't had a good belly laugh like that in a loooooong time.

jbickers are you over 60 years old?

No, but thanks for asking!
posted by jbickers at 11:13 AM on June 5, 2008


I am of the opinion that if the squirrel did anything other than just sit and eat that creacker, this video would not have worked.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:13 AM on June 5, 2008


Huey Lewis' maternal grandfather gained some success as the inventor of the red wax protective sealant used on certain varieties of cheese.
posted by furtive at 11:15 AM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Woah, woah woah. Woah. Bad lyrics?

Tougher than diamonds, rich like cream
Stronger and harder than a bad girl's dream


"I love you, Huey" was the note I read
But there's a strange pair of shoes underneath the bed


Bus boy, bartender, ladies of the night
Grease monkey, ex-junky, winner of the fight
Walking on the streets its really all the same
selling souls, rock n' roll, any other day


Ok, well, maybe you're right. I can't even tell anymore.
posted by dirtdirt at 11:15 AM on June 5, 2008


this may come as a surprise: Black squirrels dont like Huie Lewis and the News and Ritz (tm) but choose PIZZA and a nice classical movement. (although I know this may be stereotyping squirrels, and a controversial srtatement).
posted by celerystick at 11:16 AM on June 5, 2008


That video is awesome because it is just like it says on the tin.

Squirrel, cracker, Huey Lewis. 1:50.
posted by Shepherd at 11:18 AM on June 5, 2008


Er, what Astro Zombie said and I should have previewed.
posted by Shepherd at 11:18 AM on June 5, 2008


My parents have gone the other way, on a freakishly obsessive tear to tease their squirrels with multiple bird feeders and birdbaths. When the squirrels climb up to get the birdseed, they run for their water guns and blast them. If someone had told me that someday I would see my otherwise lazy, introspective, professorial-looking, 70-year-old father leap across the room, don a brightly neon-colored water Uzi, and hiss "I am going to get him," I would never have believed it. They actually spike the water with ammonia as the squirrels were starting to ignore the water.

I guess it can be fun to get old. But my! do they have a lot of free time. I barely have time to brush my teeth right now, so I can't wait.
posted by theredpen at 11:19 AM on June 5, 2008 [3 favorites]


what it says on the tin
posted by gnutron at 11:20 AM on June 5, 2008


@TKChrist -- Ever see the play "Circumference of a Squirrel"? Great show.
posted by Narual at 11:26 AM on June 5, 2008


Every once in a while the squirrel's chewing tempo perfectly matches the triplet-y bit running in the background of the music. When he starts to lose the synchronization I can't help encouraging him in my mind. "Come on little guy. Chew a little faster. No, a little slower. Yes! Perfect. Hey, that is kind of satisfying. No, wait, you lost it again." Luckily I didn't say any of these things out loud at my desk.
posted by vytae at 11:27 AM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


I actually saw Huey Lewis and the News in concert: Seattle, 1985 or so. Opera House. Opening band: The Outfield. I think my friends and I were so out there that we actually went with the festival seating rather than the comfort of a reserved chair. We were from the suburbs, in case that's not clear.

In one of those "found some porn in the woods" magazines from my youth (with a title like "Pink Party" or similar) there was an article (I know, I know) interviewing a "famous" groupie who had slept with every rock band (not specific people in various bands, but everyone in every band of note, apparently). The one thing that I can recall from that monograph is the claim that Huey Lewis had the largest penis of anyone she had ever slept with--not a statistically insignificant number of men.

I don't think there were any squirrels mentioned.

posted by maxwelton at 11:27 AM on June 5, 2008


Huey Lewis and The News was the first concert I ever saw. Stevie Ray Vaughn opened up. Sure, I was only 13, but that was one of the best damn shows I ever saw. After the lights came up and people were beginning to clear out, Huey came out with a harmonica, grabbed a mic, sat down and said, "Y'all mind if I play for just a bit longer?" That, my friends, is my definition of an Awesome Rock'N'Roll Show. Well, that and the time I saw Steve Perry get hit in the eye with a glowstick and then leap offstage to pummel some guy as the cameras projected their brawl onto the big screen above the stage. But for entirely different reasons.
posted by waraw at 11:35 AM on June 5, 2008


Oh yeah, forgot all about that scene in Short Cuts.
posted by jbickers at 11:38 AM on June 5, 2008


The one thing that I can recall from that monograph is the claim that Huey Lewis had the largest penis of anyone she had ever slept with

Coincidence?
posted by Pollomacho at 11:41 AM on June 5, 2008


I saw Huey Lewis in maybe 1987, at the Centrum in Worcester Massachusetts. Tower of Power opened and sort of backed up the News. To the 14 year old me, it was the bees knees. My seat was pretty good, maybe 10 rows back. I didn't notice anything unusual about Mr. Lewis' penis.
posted by dirtdirt at 11:42 AM on June 5, 2008


Cheesy videos for fun pre-Sports songs "Don't Ever Tell Me That You Love Me" (crappy audio) and "Some of My Lifes Are True." (Looks like they spent about $50 for both videos combined.) They aiso did a nice a cappella "Star Spangled Banner" at baseball games and on Japanese TV.

Mr. Lewis also had a cameo in Back to the Future.
posted by kirkaracha at 11:46 AM on June 5, 2008


@TKChrist -- Ever see the play "Circumference of a Squirrel"? Great show.

That looks good. No. I haven't , but I will.
posted by tkchrist at 11:46 AM on June 5, 2008


Never underestimate squirrels. They are more devious than you think.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:50 AM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Also, a little know fact... all male squirrels in Los Angeles are named Fred.
posted by miss lynnster at 11:51 AM on June 5, 2008


What I've seen, time and again, are Russian and Eastern European tourists photographing and filming squirrels...
I think this is because, in Russia, squirrel photographs you.
posted by Flashman at 12:00 PM on June 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


I am not satisfied, strangely or otherwise. Maybe some slow-motion effects? A close up shot at least?
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 12:03 PM on June 5, 2008


don't know why but that has to be the funniest thing i've seen in a long time...i laughed so hard i shot milk out of my nose, and its been WEEKS since i've had a glass of milk. wait, why am i so dizzy all of a sud
posted by sexyrobot at 12:23 PM on June 5, 2008


Wait. This is the dimension where people think Huey Lewis is a genius?

Oh shit. I'm in hell again.
posted by humannaire at 12:25 PM on June 5, 2008 [5 favorites]


One of my good friends reported that his recently retired father has taken to trapping squirrels on his front lawn in Have-a-Heart traps, driving them across the river, and then releasing them to start a new life in Vermont.

And, you know, it sounds crazy, but if retirement is truly doing only what you want to do for the rest of your life, (though I'm sure it isn't) I'm glad he's found a hobby.
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:27 PM on June 5, 2008


One of my good friends reported that his recently retired father has taken to trapping squirrels on his front lawn in Have-a-Heart traps, driving them across the river, and then releasing them to start a new life in Vermont.

A friend of my father trapped squirrels similarly, but noticed that the squirrels seemed to be the same ones over and over. He decided to mark their tails with spray paint. Any squirrel he released in less than 20 miles without a major geographic barrier (such as the river) could beat him home.

I told this to an eccentric boss of mine once that had a racoon problem. He called me up to his office one day and asked me to help him with something. In the back of his truck, in a have-a-heart was a large racoon, painted from head to toe with bright yellow spray paint and extremely pissed. My boss wanted me to help him release the pissed racoon. I told him that he would have to do it on his own and went back to work.
posted by Pollomacho at 12:33 PM on June 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


Hee. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy, my second was Amy Grant and my third was Huey Lewis. Ahhhh. Good times. Except not.
posted by reallymadcow at 12:41 PM on June 5, 2008


In Philly, all the girl squirrels are called "Cupcake." It's really cute :)
posted by Mister_A at 12:45 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hm, I enjoyed it more with the sound turned down, and some Man is the Bastard playing on the turntable instead.
posted by medeine at 12:48 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Todd Rundgren produced one of Shaun Cassidy's albums. I always liked his cover of Rebel Rebel:)
posted by vronsky at 12:58 PM on June 5, 2008


That trick never works.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 1:02 PM on June 5, 2008


And while we are on the subject -- I've gotcher squirrel for you... Tex Avery, Preston Blair, Scott Bradley... it doesn't get any better. Fuck Huey Lewis.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 1:04 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


My greatest superhero invention was the Man Who Could Talk to Squirrels. Unfortunately, squirrels are assholes.
posted by Divine_Wino at 1:04 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


The part where the squirrel starts eating the cracker is pretty incredible, but it really picks up around the 1:00 mark, when the squirrel continues eating the cracker. The best part, however, has to be when the squirrel eats some more of the cracker, and then stops eating, because it has finished eating the cracker.
posted by designbot at 1:07 PM on June 5, 2008 [7 favorites]


You should do a music video to the squirrels eating all the flowers in my yard. Cute? No.
posted by JJ86 at 1:16 PM on June 5, 2008


This thread is missing the getoffmylawn tag
posted by Lanark at 1:16 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Wow.. the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road version
posted by celerystick at 1:22 PM on June 5, 2008


That's the stupidest thing I've (a) laughed out loud at, and (b) watched all the way through.
posted by supercres at 1:24 PM on June 5, 2008


What I've seen, time and again, are Russian and Eastern European tourists photographing and filming squirrels...

Around these parts, it's only East Asian tourists. But damn, they'll chase those fuckers for a good photo.
posted by supercres at 1:33 PM on June 5, 2008


You should do a music video to the squirrels eating all the flowers in my yard. Cute? No.

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing? Hmm hmm hmmmm hmmm hmm hmmm...
posted by katillathehun at 1:47 PM on June 5, 2008


Today, a ladybug was crawling around on my desk, and we gave it a grape stem. We watched it chew or suck or whatever on that leftover grape stuff for a lot longer than this video lasted and we weren't even listening to Huey Lewis, although before that, we had watched some Duck Tales, which features two characters named Huey and Louie.
posted by Stylus Happenstance at 1:58 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Four Chords and Several Years Ago.
posted by seanmpuckett at 2:08 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercial and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humour.

Also, try getting a reservation at Dorsia now.
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:41 PM on June 5, 2008


I feel like I've been Rickrolled, for the very first time.
posted by Kabanos at 3:15 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hueyhoodwinked perhaps.
posted by Kabanos at 3:16 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


Sports had some really hooky tracks. My friends and I were digging this, alongside the Purple Rain soundtrack and the Footloose soundtrack, in 8th grade in 1985.

Yeah, sure, it would be a few years until I got my lid flipped by great indie 80s stuff like Big Black, Minutemen, Sonic Youth, The Fall, Hüsker Dü, Black Flag and a jillion more, but as far as 80s radio rock goes, Huey is all kinds of fun (let's just forget about the existence of "Hip to Be Square.")

The video for "I Want a New Drug" is almost as great as Journey's "Separate Ways" vid. (HIGH PRAISE) And I love that Huey's got ties to the developmentally disabled community.
posted by porn in the woods at 3:27 PM on June 5, 2008


Far more satisfying? Competitive squirrel fishing.
posted by miss lynnster at 3:35 PM on June 5, 2008


I adore squirrels. They are tiny, mad little cantankerous geniuses that will someday rule the world, at least if the bees keep dying off.

On the other hand, I despise Huey Lewis. If this had been a video in which squirrels were consuming Huey Lewis instead of a tasty cracker, my satisfaction would have been far greater.
posted by perilous at 3:53 PM on June 5, 2008 [2 favorites]


I used to be a renegade, I used to fool around
But I couldnt take the punishment, and had to settle down
Now Im playing it real straight, and yes I cut my hair
You might think Im crazy, but I dont even care
Because I can tell whats going on
Its hip to be square

I like my bands in business suits, I watch them on tv
Im working out most everyday and watching what I eat
They tell me that its good for me, but I dont even car
I know that its crazy
I know that its nowhere
But there is no denying that
Its hip to be square

Its not too hard to figure out, you see it everyday
And those that were the farthest out have gone the other way
You see them on the freeway, it dont look like a lot of fun
But dont you try to fight it; an idea whos time has come.

Dont tell me that Im crazy
Dont tell me Im nowhere
Take it from me
Its hip to be square


just saying...
posted by geos at 4:39 PM on June 5, 2008


If this had been a video in which squirrels were consuming Huey Lewis instead of a tasty cracker,

Well, perilous, in the sense that the squirrel knew no better than to happily consume a mass-produced, valueless piece of junk, he is kind of like the typical Huey Lewis fan.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 4:51 PM on June 5, 2008


nom
posted by krix at 4:51 PM on June 5, 2008


Re: Dirtdirt - Holy crap! I was at that show! I was thirteen years old and I went with my best friend Sara and we squealed like little girls through the whole thing. Probably because we were little girls.

Our seats sucked, so I can't say anything conclusive about his penis.
posted by tits mcgee at 4:56 PM on June 5, 2008


Yep. 1987, Huey Lewis, first show ever. I was 11, though (and in Dallas), and we had to leave before he started played any of the songs I knew. Nuts.
posted by unknowncommand at 5:41 PM on June 5, 2008


Here are some excerpts from the 8/23/87 entry in my diary. I was 11.

"Last night I went to a Huey Lewis concert... It was awesome. It started to lightning above the stage in the middle of the concert. Then it started to pour. But did Huey Lewis give a dam (sic). No way. He said that too. There was only one thing do do when they lost the spotlights. And that was to keep on rocking! The concert ended at ten but the crowd and me got him to keep coming back for 40 minutes. I got a poster and button. Huey Lewis is the best!"

I proudly wore that button on my jean jacket for years.
posted by diogenes at 6:18 PM on June 5, 2008 [3 favorites]


I'm satisfied.

The squirrel's expression is a good match for how I feel about HL&tN.



Luke

posted by Lukenlogs at 6:59 PM on June 5, 2008


Once I was at a zoo and a gator bit me and Huey came outta nowhere and wrassled that guy down and then resected my 3rd finger with some Scotch tape and a pair of sunglasses and then we were going to have some TCBY but he got a call from his scanner-thingie on the dash of his waay tricked out van with shag carpeting about some mysterious happenings behind the Von's on Santa Monica Blvd. and I said I'd mail him ten dollars for resecting my finger but he just said keep it kid nobody will believe this story anyway and he was gone like the wind, I feel like crying.
posted by Dizzy at 7:04 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


I approve of this post.
posted by sciurus at 7:16 PM on June 5, 2008


I share a birthday with Huey.

Also P.T. Barnum and Jean Cocteau.

I'm not sure what that says about us astrologically.
posted by EarBucket at 7:22 PM on June 5, 2008


The squirrel never blinked.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 8:15 PM on June 5, 2008


I once had a dental hygienist get so excited when "If This Is It" came on the office speakers as she was cleaning my teeth that she leapt up from her stool, tossing implements everywhere and scaring the befuckingjeezus out of me

She like Huey Lewis a lot
posted by fourcheesemac at 8:32 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


This post has me thinking too much about both Huey Lewis and squirrels. This is upsetting to me.
posted by cazoo at 10:56 PM on June 5, 2008 [1 favorite]


"I want a new drug/one that does what it should/one that won't taste too bad/one that won't taste too good."

Yeah, those are bad lyrics. The actual lyrics are somewhat better: I want a new drug/one that does what it should/one that won't make me feel too bad/one that won't make me feel too good.

why the hell do I remember this?
posted by davejay at 11:41 PM on June 5, 2008


Is this something I'd have to own a squirrel to understand?

/cute rodent.
posted by kenlayne at 12:06 AM on June 6, 2008


I fear tomorrow I'll wake up and that same squirrel footage will be all over YouTube, but with different background music, and then will randomly have snippets of melodramatic chipmunk mixed in.
posted by ZachsMind at 1:59 AM on June 6, 2008


0eanwhile, this is a drunk squirrel. via
posted by the duck by the oboe at 2:03 AM on June 6, 2008


My greatest superhero invention was the Man Who Could Talk to Squirrels. Unfortunately, squirrels are assholes.

Squirrel Girl may wish to take issue with parts of that statement.
posted by Sparx at 3:26 AM on June 6, 2008


Y'know, my first concert (or at least the first one I paid for myself) was Robert Plant solo - in Ottawa of all places. (This is probably akin to getting to know the Exile-era Stones via a public reading of their tax statements for Fiscal Year 1971, but I'd rather not go all the way there . . .)

My point is that I don't think this redeems Robert Plant's solo career, nor the '80s. It just means that in the '80s, your foundational concert-going experiences were liable to suck ass. Hard.

Real redemption, as it turns out, is seeing some stupid thing you spent ten hard-earned bucks on in '87 finally mated with its perfect visual equivalent. Grey squirrel eating a cracker, I salute you with the very same cannons AC/DC fired off during the Thunderstruck tour of '91! Because you truly rock!
posted by gompa at 9:20 AM on June 6, 2008


Formulaic bar rock shite, Huey Lews and the News is. But that video is strangely telling of the passive way in which most people lead their lives. The squirrel and the average city dweller have more in common.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:30 AM on June 6, 2008


Too true, b-han.
But I bet that little guy has a sweet pre-war 3rd-floor walk-up on the UES that he got for peanuts!
PEANUTS, I tell you.



I have completely become my father.
Must find black knee-socks.
posted by Dizzy at 4:38 PM on June 6, 2008 [1 favorite]


Next thing you know you'll be picking wax out of your ears while stopped at a traffic light, and then inspect your findings.
posted by Burhanistan at 5:32 PM on June 6, 2008


My greatest superhero invention was the Man Who Could Talk to Squirrels. Unfortunately, squirrels are assholes.

There was also a scientist who invented a canine decoder.
posted by A dead Quaker at 8:50 PM on June 6, 2008


the video sucked but all your comments were worth it :)
posted by liza at 11:38 PM on June 6, 2008


And what plays when he poops? I want a new drug?
posted by dasheekeejones at 12:56 PM on June 7, 2008


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