The New York Times
discusses some of the nation's most atrocious bands in the context of the Vans Warped Tour. We've seen some of these bands on the blue before, but never before has there been this much atrocity in one place. [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Jul 20, 2009 -
The best-known version of that joyful ode to getting smashed, Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
, would surely be the Jerry Lee Lewis rendition
, and Memphis rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette
recorded a hopping little version
of the tune as well. But the song was written and originally recorded
by Stick (aka "Sticks") McGhee
, who adapted it from a chant he learned during his stint in the Army. And yes, "spo-dee-o-dee" was a substitute for another word
, which, though fine for the Army, wasn't exactly radio friendly. Stick wrote a few other tunes in celebration of the alcoholic beverage, including "Six To Eight" and "Jungle Juice"
. And as has been pointed out previously
, the song title was likely the inspiration for the alcoholic concoction known as the "spodi
". Drink up!
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Apr 13, 2008 -
Do you know what to do with a stick and a clutch
Only 15% of new car buyers in the US say they'll consider buying a car with manual transmission, and by 2012, only 6%
of cars will be offered with a stick.
Is it because it's a difficult skill to learn
Or is it really because it's too hard to shift when you have a cell phone
in one hand and a Starbucks coffee in the other?
Or is a manual transmission simply an outdated system
with new fangled technology like
and super-fast, 100 msec shifting
automatic transmissions available?
posted by jaimev
on Jun 15, 2006 -
The Chapman Stick
was developed by, who else
, Emmett Chapman in the early to mid 70's. One taps the strings rather than plucking and is closer to a piano than a guitar. Noted musians using the stick are Tony Levin (with Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) and Greg Howard
(The Dave Mathews Band). Then there's the chick with a stick
posted by sluglicker
on Mar 27, 2006 -