This week’s song: “Rock In It” by Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds.
These guys opened up for Dr. John at the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball in early March and were tremendous. Lady has some pipes. Their entire debut is enjoyable – you can stream it here – but their real strength is their live show, as evidenced here. Favorite lyric: “i was born in the East River / my eyes are bigger than my liver,” which got a great response from the crowd, of course. If you live in New York, they are playing this Friday night at Sullivan Hall.
Unrelated except for the fact that this post was promoted as “ALSO ON AOL >>" under a Sister Sparrow track review: turns out the 25th anniversary of the debut of Perfect Strangers was a few weeks back. The show preceded my discovery of TGIF – which, for my money, peaked with the Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step by Step, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper progression – but I got to know it when it went into syndication on KWGN. It seemed like every other episode ended with either Larry or Balki getting locked out on their own fire escape, but I was fine with that. Among other things, I now know that Bronson Pinchot’s Serge scenes in Beverly Hills Cop were completely improvised. Getthefuckoutofhere!?! you might say but Nooo I cannot, I’m serious, he was just that good.
Did I tell you the joke about the three sheepherders? This is the funniest joke in all of Mypos!
These three sheepherders want to find out who has the most beautiful sheep in all of Mypos. So they decide to bring each the prized animal to be judged by the others. And so, then the first one presents his sheep and the other said, this is a very beautiful animal….so big, so white, so fluffy, good gums.
So the next one brings his sheep, even more beautiful. And then the next one presents his sheep…but it’s just a horrible-looking animal! Skinny, dirty, wrinkled face. And they say this has got to be the most ugly animal in the world! And the sheep looks right into their faces and the sheep says, you think I’m ugly? Well, I’m not!
Who Remembers Bronson Pinchot as Balki from Perfect Strangers? “I got the script during the last days of Perfect Strangers. I read the entire pussy-eating monologue in my character Balki’s accent. People on set were scandalized.”