Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kids in the Hall - Cow kick to the head

I've always loved the Canadian show Kids in the Hall, the humour is right up my alley.

This particular skit I've always found pretty funny especially the line at the end,"It always worked on the Flintstones."


Brian Guy

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bobby Wayne - The Letter 7"

I was kind of surprised when I listen this as I am used to Bobby Wayne having a more rockabilly sound and this is more or less straight up country western.

Bobby Wayne is from Spokane, WA and recorded a lot of different styles from what I can gather from the Internet from Country to rock and roll. I'm not sure exactly when this was released on the Jerden label, but I'm thinking mid to late 60's.

"The Letter," is a song about getting a letter from your woman saying she's dumping you. I know how many people get a dear John letter these days, I think it's a dear John Text or Email. This one has a interesting ending, but I'm not going to give it away.

The flipside is "Uncle Sam's Got My Number," which is a song about getting drafted, kind of a Vietnam draft song I'm guessing. Another thing that doesn't happen anymore.

Good little seven inch here.


Brian Guy

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ray Condo - Sweet Love on My Mind 7"

Repost from Down Underground. I also fixed the tags  on this.

I was turned onto Ray Condo by one of my good friends and Co-workers who has turned me on to a lot of good rockabilly and when he loaned me a Ray Condo CD, I can't remember which one but, I instantly became a fan of this Canadian nomad.

Ray Tremblay aka Ray Condo was born in Hull, Quebec but grew up in Ottawa. He played in a few punk bands from Montreal to British Columbia and then moved on to rockabilly with several different bands.

For more information check this out on wiki

Okay, now on to this little seven inch platter. I am not sure that this was a legit release or a bootleg. It was released in 2004 which was the same year that Ray Condo past away from a heart attack in Vancouver, BC. It seems to be a tribute of sorts, which in my opinion is pretty cool. There are two songs of rockabilly delight on this, that sound a little Elvis like, which is okay I guess as I am not a big Elvis fan.

Released on Ray Condo Records.


Brian Guy

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Sasquatch File by John Green

I saw this in a local used book store and decided even though I'm not really into the whole bigfoot/sasquatch thing, there was something about this book that I found very interesting because it involves cryptozoology which I've always enjoyed reading about.

In this book we basically have reports of signings from the Untied States and Canada up until 1972.

I guess my major complaint on this book is that the reports are pretty short, normally just one or two sentences, it would have been nice if we had a little more detail. There are a couple of reports that actually use the newspaper clippings, which was nice but they were really hard to read. I understand some of the reports were ages old even when the book was published which probably didn't help matters much.

I do think the book is a valuable piece of work of trying to catalogue reports of Sasquatch, but like I said before more detail would have been nice.

The book is dedicated to none other that Roger Patterson who was responsible for the now pretty much accepted faking of a bigfoot siting on the Klamath River near Orleans, California. Now, does that mean that we should assume that everything in this book is false because of that? No, I don't think so. I think it's something to just add to the mix.

If you can find this book, I'd say pick it up and give it a good read if you are into bigfoot.

This was published in 1973 by Cheam Publishing Ltd, Agassiz, BC

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fire Apparatus Photo Album of the Greenfield Village Musters by Mae M. Martin

I have always liked Fire Trucks and Police vehicles. It probably has to do with the fact that growing up several of my neighbours were volunteer fire fighters for the local fire department and knowing police officers . I will always have the image of the school bus yellow Ford Pickup that the chief drove stuck in my head, I may have a picture of it laying around some place, maybe I'll scrounge around for it. I also had an uncle that was part of the Fire Department in Mill City, Oregon until he was run over and killed by his brother in-law who was driving the water tender to a car accident. At least Uncle Clyde died doing something he loved.

Anyways back to the book, this has pictures of fire trucks starting with a 1916 Ahrens-Fox 750 GPM model K-4 Fire truck to a 1970 Ford F-350 Rescue Squad Ambulance from Dearborn Heights, MI.

Lots of history are in the pictures on this book you can really see how fire engines and fire fighting equipment has changed over the years, which is pretty fascinating.

The strange thing about this book is I thought when I first bought it  at a used book store, it was from a museum, but it isn't I'm not sure who or what the Greenfield Village Musters are, and doing a quick search on the web didn't really provide much information and I'm not sure they even exist anymore.

If you like fire trucks then keep a look out for this book.

This book was released by The Visiting Fireman, Naperville, IL in 1984


Brian Guy

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Patriotic Sprits and Military Ghosts on the Mississippi: Ghost of Jefferson Barracks History & Hauntings of Old St. Louis by David Goodwin

I think this probably takes the cake for the longest book title I've seen in a long time.

That aside this is a very interesting book not just about the ghost, but also the history of Jefferson Barracks. I find this very refreshing, having a basic history of an area is pretty unusual for a book on ghost and I think helps set up any potential haunting that may be going on.

It's not until chapter five that you actually get to the ghost stories of the barracks and here is where it kind of loses me. Yeah the ghost stories are interesting and I think author David Goodwin really knows what he's talking about, he's not a ghost book charlatan just trying to cash in on some rumored hauntings, but the fact that there is absolutely no real attempt to figure out who the ghost of the post maybe left me kind of "wow that's a nice story but, since you have all this history, some research on who the ghost might be would have been nice." There is only one instance where he states that one of the ghost in the Old Post section of the Jefferson Barracks who he thinks is 18 month old Elizabeth Ann Lash who was buried 1827. The only problem with this is the ghost seems to sound a little older than 18 months old, which he does state that they did discover some unidentified children's remains in the cemetery and the ghost may not be of Lash. Other than that there really isn't much research into who the ghost are but there is a lot of information on the barracks its self.

Over all this is an interesting book and pretty well done. I love the history, just would have liked a little more history of who the ghost might be. If you are interested in old military installations and ghost, this book is for you.

This was published by Whitechapel  Productions Press Publications of Alton, IL 2001


Brian Guy

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Veterans/Remembrance Day Post

This is for all of the veterans of all of the wars that have been fought by the US, Canada, Australia. the UK and any others that I have forgot that fought in World War I & II and all other wars that have come since then.
Even if I may not agree with some of the wars that have been fought, I believe in supporting the people that fought in the wars.
This day and song is for you.

Brian Guy

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Wrong Way to Tow a Semi

A friend of mine sent this to me and since I love trucks and all I felt that I needed to post this.

I have the feeling some people lost their jobs over this little fiasco. Apparently this happened in Norway. This is a brown trousers moment if there ever is one.


Brian Guy

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Is that all there is?

Here just two versions of the same song "Is that all there is?" I love this song and always have.
I have to admit that I heard the Cristina Monet version on R.O.T.R. first and instantly fell in love with this song, it's a messed up song, but it's very positive and I guess it's the way I try and look at things. I may not be the most positive person in the world but I think that some times when the things aren't going right you have to ask your self "is that all there is?"

I also have Peggy Lee's version of this song and it's just as good as the Cristina Monet version.

Christine's version has been a little more updated than, Peggy Lee's version well listen to them for yourself if you dare. Enjoy the vids.


Brian Guy

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Frankie & the Mutations - That Dang Bomb 7"

I know nothing about this band other than they appear to be from Omaha, NE.

Really strange country music type of thing, the b-side is in Russian supposedly. Since I don't know Russian I guess someone will have to tell me.

Not sure if this is some kind of anti-nuclear war thing or what.

There are a couple of small skips on the a side, that I hope don't ruin the experience.

Hope someone has some information on this band and can shed some life on it.

Released in 1985.

Brian Guy

Pacific Northwest Truck Museum: Brooks, Oregon

If you love semi-trucks the way I do this is a museum for you. Unfortunately they are closed for until April 1st.

It is located out side of Salem, Oregon in the town of Brooks, Oregon. The address is on the brochure, which I hope that if you are interested you down load it and become a member of the organization.

I really enjoyed this museum as it really shows you the evolution of trucks and trucking. They have a lot of different trucks and not all of them are semis there are also a host of other commercial trucks there even an old hearse.

Kind of like the movie "field of dreams," where the question is asked,"is this heaven?" Well, if you love trucks this is your version of heaven.


Brian Guy

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Daffy Duck for President written and Illustrated by Chuck Jones

Here is some light hearted political satire if you will from Chuck Jones. I have to admit I watched a lot of hours of Chuck Jones illustrated cartoons when I was a kid, and even now if I get bored I've been known to still watch a cartoon or two.

When I saw this book many years ago, and I can't even where I found it, I said to myself this "I must get this." I think I paid a couple of bucks for it so it didn't break the bank.

The book is just like it says Daffy Duck is running for President.

Daffy is running on a campaign to outlaw rabbits, meaning yes Bugs Bunny is involved. Bugs then explains to Daffy that the President can't actually pass laws and that it's congress that passes laws. So, Daffy decides to run for Congress and gets elected.

Of course all the other members of congress laugh at the idea of a hunting season for rabbits that is 365 days a year. Daffy seems kind of confused by the whole idea of "Majority Rule."

Bugs also explains to Daffy that even if a law is past it's up to the supreme court to interpret the laws. Poor Daffy just can't win. Daffy asks the age old question, "WHO'S RUNNING THIS COUNTRY, ANYWAY?" and as Bugs Bunny says it's we the citizens.

A very lovely little book that is for kids, but really is entertaining for all. I also like that it's educational.

Trivia according to this book Daffy's middle name is Delano and he lives in Long Island.

Published in 1997 by Warner Brothers and the United States Postal Service.


Brian Guy

Slinging Mud: Rude Nicknames, Scurrilous Slogans and Insulting Slang from Two Centuries of American Politics by Rosemarie Ostler

Well, Halloween is over and here in the states we are winding down in this years election campaign and I have to say I'm ready for it to be over with.

Now I'm kind of a political junkie and even I'm close to my breaking point. I am so tired of being inundated with political bullshit from both sides. My wife and I voted about a week ago and we are still getting mailers from a cornucopia of politicians and my email box isn't much better. Lies, lies and more lies. Hence the review of this book.

If you thought that dirty politics and elections are a new thing it isn't. It's been going on since the founding fathers. It's just now with the internet, twitter and texting it's just a lot quicker to get that mud slinging faster.

So, if you want to take your mind off of what's going on today and focus on mudslinging from 1824 to 2008, this is the book for you.

Slinging Mud is divided into eight eras:

King Mob: The Jacksonian Era 1824-1848
Doughfaces and Copperheads: The Antebellum Period and the Civil War 1852-1868
Carpetbaggers and Boodlers: Reconstruction and the Guilded Age 1872-1896
The Lunatic Fringe: The Age of Reform, World War I and the 1920s 1900-1928
Hoovervilles and Bleeding Hearts: The Great Depression and World War II 1932-1948
Peacenicks: Postwar America and the 1960s 1952-1968
Beltway Bandits: Watergate and After 1972-1988
Latte Liberals and Wingnuts 1992-2008

This is a good book and a great look at presidential elections in the USA.

Published by Perigee Books of New York, NY in 2011


Brian Guy