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May 22, 2013 3:01 PM   Subscribe

I sort of love that this Carman guy exists.
posted by brundlefly at 3:08 PM on May 22, 2013

God's Rappin' Captain
posted by namewithoutwords at 3:19 PM on May 22, 2013

So after watching a couple of these episodes, it's not so much Jesus that saves the western town / nerdy little kid, it's big wholesome men with fists. And the church lady with the old frying pan clonking them over the head trick. God helps those who help themselves, indeed.
posted by Nelson at 3:24 PM on May 22, 2013

OMG I didn't realize Mitt Romney went by name "Carman" back then.
posted by edheil at 3:36 PM on May 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

EIT tries real hard, but i'm not feeling it
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 3:41 PM on May 22, 2013

Oh Jesus the last time I thought about that Ray Stevens squirrel song I was ten and in North Carolina.

It's still everything I remember, for good or ill.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 3:53 PM on May 22, 2013

I once discovered a long lost Mormon instructional film, produced at BYU probably in the late 60s/early 70s about the Eternal Consequences of not getting married in an LDS temple. There’s this scene where the wayward boyfriend (who no longer wants to be a good Mormon boy) takes his reluctant girlfriend to this “seedy” club and there is the most stankingest, rockin’ evil jazz organ song I ever heard. It’s GLORIOUS.

Later when they’re having their sham wedding in Vegas and the angels are tut-tutting from above, that same evil jazz organ plays again, this time escorting the wayward couple down the seedy Vegas chapel aisle to the leering fake (evil) minister. Then I think the camera starts spinning wildly. Truly an excellent film. And that song is dang catchy. Wish I could find that.
posted by Doleful Creature at 4:01 PM on May 22, 2013 [4 favorites]

((Bonus bonus Carman rap video))

1. So dated! No way the Satanist, the guy in the pith helmet and half-assed ghillie suit, or the supercool rebel with the 'lectric guitar would get past TSA in this post-911 reality.

2. Carman's odd flows, for some reason, kept tricking me into imagining the same song rapped by Kool Keith in his Black Elvis period. It was pretty good!

3. I was raised as a religious person, so when I was a teen I was continually imagining the details of what it was going to be like when I was in Hell for eternity. (Hot metal pokers destroying my anus.) In my traumatized state, I bought a Carman tape at some Baptist event. Don't remember much about the tape, except that there was a song in which Carman delivered pitch-shifted dialogue as Satan. Pretty scary, but probably a standard experience for a young Christer. Simultaneously, the jukebox of teenage interests had turned me, for about a week, into a maniac for the William Gibson-pillaging RPG, Cyberpunk. I read the manual over and over, hurrying past the parts where it dwelled on how easy it was to die from a gunshot wound. The Carman tape was the soundtrack. Memories of my teenage years.
posted by Zerowensboring at 4:34 PM on May 22, 2013 [2 favorites]

This seems like a good opportunity to reintroduce the community to Torah Tots (previously).
posted by Kosh at 5:04 PM on May 22, 2013

I have actually experienced having a squirrel interrupt a prayer meeting by coming down the aisle. For realz.

(It was a young one, disoriented, had come in from outside. No one noticed him at first but when I did I quietly went up and told the pastor in charge of the meeting as it wasn't out of the realm of possibility it might decide to either crawl up or bite someone's leg.)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:33 PM on May 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

Imma let you finish, but the best Carman song is The Champion, and dude can really bring it live.
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:22 AM on May 23, 2013

No, the best Carman song is Take 6 singing "Sunday's On The Way."
posted by straight at 8:13 AM on May 23, 2013

A song that gets it's title from a sermon by a famous African American preacher with the awesome name of Shadrach Meshach Lockridge (sadly, he went by S.M.). The sermon so impressed red-letter Christian Tony Campolo that he quoted it frequently in his preaching and even wrote a book by that title, which is almost certainly how Carman came to write this song on that theme, but I kind of wonder if the connection to S.M. Lockridge isn't part of why Take 6 wanted to cover it.
posted by straight at 11:11 AM on May 23, 2013

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