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October 2, 2003 10:45 AM   Subscribe

Wavy Gravy
posted by konolia (36 comments total)
Navy Gravy
posted by bshort at 10:56 AM on October 2, 2003

Davy Gravy
posted by ewagoner at 11:00 AM on October 2, 2003

Did either of you click the link? Just askin'.
posted by konolia at 11:06 AM on October 2, 2003


Not Safe For Humans
posted by Outlawyr at 11:08 AM on October 2, 2003

Mavis Davis
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:15 AM on October 2, 2003

I don't despise most aspects of the '60s generation, but everything I do despise about it can be characterized by the blight that is Wavy Gravy.
posted by squirrel at 11:18 AM on October 2, 2003

Anyone that grew up in the I-5 corridor learned to despise this hippie freak. Now, thanks to the magic of the Web, the whole world can join in!
posted by psmealey at 11:22 AM on October 2, 2003

Lumpy Gravy
posted by mkultra at 11:25 AM on October 2, 2003

Lumpy Rutherford
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:29 AM on October 2, 2003

What a retard.
posted by xmutex at 11:39 AM on October 2, 2003

Wavy Gravy was never just an ice cream flavor.

Anyone who nominated Pigasus the Pig for president can't have been all bad. He was one of the early culture jammers. Ok, so he's goofy, there aren't too many good clowns in my book.

Never mind these naysayers, konolia - we won't invite them to our love-in. Um, and now that I think of it let's not invite Wavy either. ;-)
posted by madamjujujive at 11:44 AM on October 2, 2003

Baby Gravy [NSFW or H]
posted by Outlawyr at 11:59 AM on October 2, 2003

Cool link. I just ordered my wavy gravy polo shirt.
posted by srboisvert at 12:02 PM on October 2, 2003

Flash back - Shortly after Woodstock, the Hog Farmers helped keep the peace between the cowboys and the hippies at the Texas Pop Festival, where blues giant B. B. King gave Wavy Gravy his name. "It's worked pretty well through my life," he says, "except with telephone operators – I have to say 'Gravy, first initial W."
That's pretty cool.
posted by thomcatspike at 12:14 PM on October 2, 2003

Gravy Train
posted by ZachsMind at 12:20 PM on October 2, 2003

Another hippie with a press kit. I'm hating baby boomers more with each passing day.
posted by cadastral at 12:32 PM on October 2, 2003

Captain Gravy's Wavy Navy
posted by anastasiav at 12:48 PM on October 2, 2003

What a retard.

Hey! No need for that.
posted by anastasiav at 12:49 PM on October 2, 2003

It bummed me out when B&J changed their Wavy Gravy flavor, and now they don't even have it at all.

Complete sellouts, those two. At least Wavy Gravy never sold out to The Man.
posted by briank at 12:56 PM on October 2, 2003

Alternately funny & serious...seeing Wavy is a bit of hip history on parade." -St. Louis Globe Democrat

Goodness Gracious, that paper has been no more since 1983. He must be desparate for press to use something that ancient.
posted by jester69 at 1:25 PM on October 2, 2003

Ouch, that hurt. All baby boomers are not bad, just as all of your generation, whatever it may be, are not bad. I would respectfully request that you self-described hippie haters rethink your positions about WG, as he is involved in a couple of very positive things.
posted by Lynsey at 2:06 PM on October 2, 2003

I saw a turtle.
posted by haqspan at 2:11 PM on October 2, 2003

respect for the clown
posted by muckster at 2:15 PM on October 2, 2003

Nothing scares me more than waking up from a clown nightmare, clicking on a Metafilter link [thinking it had something to do with the Ben & Jerry's flavor or maybe some sort of nice java applet] and seeing this clown.

posted by phylum sinter at 2:26 PM on October 2, 2003

Now I know why I'm getting so burned out on the internet discussion scene these days - too many people making comments about things and people that they have no real knowledge or experience of. "Oh, he's a hippie has-been, to hell with him." "It's so 60s ..."

Of course none of you have ever met or talked to the man. I have. A nicer, more compassionate and friendly man would be hard to meet. If I got nothing else from that conversation, it's that he was definitely one of those people who spend their lives trying to make a world a better place. Would that you, or I for that matter, be able to say that and mean it.

But I guess it's cooler to be disdainful and trenchant these days. We could do with a lot less cool and a lot more soul ...
posted by pyramid termite at 3:43 PM on October 2, 2003

My brother went to Wavy Gravy's clown camp for several years as a kid. Now he's a born again Orthodox Jew living in Jerusalem and I can't have a conversation with him about anything other than the midrash he's currently reading. I blame hippies, and growing up in Berkeley (same thing). HIPPIES = EVIL
posted by luriete at 3:47 PM on October 2, 2003

lawful evil or chaotic evil?
posted by bshort at 3:52 PM on October 2, 2003

"Oh, he's a hippie has-been, to hell with him." "It's so 60s ..."

My hatred of hippies knows no boundaries... "has been," "is," or "will be."

he was definitely one of those people who spend their lives trying to make a world a better place

Yeah... I know a lot of people trying to make the world a better place... except most of them don't espouse communal living and brotherhood while selling $50 polo shirts with their own personal logo on the internet.

Read that again... HE HAS A LOGO... [and a website... with a 'merchandising page'... but I digress].
posted by cadastral at 4:12 PM on October 2, 2003

When did the language of searching for slight contradictions in order to discredit someone completely become so pervasive?

So here's a man who's done an extraordinary amount for the world, and has genuinely lived up to his personal vision of what it means to be good, but "HE HAS A LOGO". Well shit, I guess we should just scorn the guy and do our best to ignore him then.
posted by Space Coyote at 4:44 PM on October 2, 2003

"Well shit, I guess we should just scorn the guy and do our best to ignore him then."

Over a logo? No, of course not. That would be silly.

But. He's. A. Fucking. CLOWN! Upon which there is no limit for the heaping of scorn.
posted by majick at 6:12 PM on October 2, 2003

Dang you people would have had a lot of fun if you'd been alive back in the 60 's and early 70's.

I'm not that great a fan of flower power myself but this guy is a bit of a cultural icon, and in that regard I find him interesting. Which is why I posted the link. I'm really surprised at the negative reaction to Mister Gravy.
posted by konolia at 7:51 PM on October 2, 2003

I agree, konolia, that this amount of bile does seem strange. I can't speak for others, but my disdain for the clown doesn't stem from an anti-60's, anti-hippy or anti-boomer position. When I was in college, he would emcee our annual spring festival that was known campuswide as the time for freshmen to take their first tokes, kick a hackey sack, bang a bongo, etc. I always had a great time--I'm not knocking it.

But every time this loser would take the stage, it was a cosmic bring down. He talked about Wavy Gravy in third person, he had lame jokes and tired "counter-cultural" riffs that didn't make sense anymore. He honked a filthy horn. People would chant for the next act, and he would get snippy if we didn't do the wave or whatever he tried to orchestrate. He said things like "the 80s are the 60s twenty years later!" And then (and I'm not kidding) when 1990 arrived, he started saying "The 90s are the 60s upside-down!"

His whole routine was a warm-over from some time when he wasn't even funny, but just knew the fight people. In short, he's not a has-been, he's a never-was who got lucky and rode along for a while, but is now damned to the purgatory of public college drum circles. He made us sad. Bigtime buzz-kill.

Sorry to be so negative about a man who arguably spent his life trying to make people laugh. You wanted to know why people despise him: he's the boomer Carrot Top.
posted by squirrel at 8:27 PM on October 2, 2003

Wavy Gravy is God [ God is all ]

Meanwhile, Ocean Circulation is shutting down, little scuttling humans.

Bwah ha ha ha ha Bwah ha ha ha.....ha.....
posted by troutfishing at 9:56 PM on October 2, 2003

The hippies had a dream.
The dream was good.
Most hippies forgot the dream.
Wavy didn't.
Wavy is good.
People who make fun of Wavy are small.
Look past your own selfish thoughts and accept the Gravy.
posted by caddis at 10:57 PM on October 2, 2003

"Of course none of you have ever met or talked to the man."

I've caught his act a few times as well as run into him at a handful of parties. While I don't loathe the man in the way I reserve for, say, Tim Leary or John "Lyricist for the Dead" Parry "Lyricist for the Dead" Barlow (Lyricist for the Dead) or RU Sirius, my clownscorn goes on unabated. Being nice or goodhearted is no excuse for being a clown.
posted by majick at 11:31 PM on October 2, 2003

Perhaps we could get David Brooks to write about all you clown-haters from his new perch at the NYT.
posted by nofundy at 9:04 AM on October 3, 2003

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