Inspirational Decency

The Feelies, “Doin’ It Again” on A&E Revue, 1991

It seems likely that Little Jackie Perkins would rather be doing anything but introducing The Feelies to anyone anywhere, but still: great performance of an underrated song.

growinguponacouch:

dillablog:

Oh man you guys. This is happening this Thursday. YOU SHOULD BE IN ATTENDANCE.

I’ll be drunk!

I’ll be performing AND drunk!

growinguponacouch:

dillablog:

Oh man you guys. This is happening this Thursday. YOU SHOULD BE IN ATTENDANCE.

I’ll be drunk!

I’ll be performing AND drunk!

Sonic Youth, “Silver Rocket,” Night Music, 1989

Great all the way through, but especially for the line, not included on the studio version of the song, “I got a date with a girl named Cher/We’re gonna see Cats, I’ll see you there.”

Probably my favorite classic SNL sketch. You can see the Jim Downey touch at work here.

paulftompkins:

daveshumka:

Conan O’Brien’s first musical guest in 1993, Radiohead. Look how young everyone is!

This is a muy buena version de Creep!

Lowest of the Low on Ear to the Ground, CBC, 1993

Profile of LOTL that somehow manages to wrangle guest appearances from Bruce McCulloch, David Suzuki, Peter Jennings, Alex Trebek, and other prominent Canadians.

Part Two:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jHcOSNYHD4

Part Three:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvTesy726EY

nickflanagan:

jakefogelnest:

Tonight my Uber driver was a comedian. He didn’t volunteer this information. It came up organically through our conversation. It was friendly and not intrusive. I liked the guy and enjoyed talking to him. 

When I asked his name, I totally knew him. He’s done “The Late Show,” The Late Late Show,” “The Tonight Show,” “Star Search.” In fact, he’s been working pretty steady for over 30 years. Bit parts on sitcoms, an HBO young comedians special — he’s a working guy. He didn’t list off his credits to me, I googled him when I got home. This was a good guy, at least from the brief 25 minute ride we spent together!

He was driving an Uber tonight to make some extra money. His son is in the hospital and it costs about $1500 a day for him to be there. I didn’t press him for details, but his son is 17 years-old and on the spectrum. Mental health treatment isn’t cheap. 

Over the summer, this guy was writing for one of the biggest shows on television. Today, he was driving an Uber. He’s on hiatus and it’s a good way to make extra money. It was NOT Andy Kaufman working at Jerry’s Deli. It was a guy who needs to help his kid and just had no ego about it.

If you’re a big success, don’t be a big shot about it. If you’re chasing success, don’t think it’s going to solve all your problems. It reminded me of Alex Reiger’s great speech to Elaine in the very first episode of “Taxi.” 

“Oh yeah, I know. We’re all part-time here. You see that guy over there? Now, he’s an actor. The guy on the phone, he’s a prize fighter. This lady over here, she’s a beautician. The man behind her, he’s a writer. Me? I’m a cab driver. I’m the only cab driver in this place!” 

This is good to remember.