Thursday, December 13, 2018

R.I.P. William Blum

Today, I learned that William Blum died.  He was older, so it was to be expected at some point that he would pass on, but he seemed to keep active with his writing until nearly the end.  You can read an obituary about him here.  Generally, he offered a thoughtprovoking perspective on American foreign policy that I found refreshing.  He even contributed to this blog once.  I was trying to publish daily then and started publishing the work of others, and Bill allowed me to reprint an article from his excellent "Anti-Empire Report" enewsletter about The Affordable Care Act a.k.a. Obamacare.  Reading that article years later, it is quite obvious that Bill was quite right in his predictions.  That usually with the case with him.  He preferred a happier republic to a grumpy empire and hoped to influence his fellow Americans into not wasting so many of our taxdollars and soldiers' lives messing around in other countries for little good reason other than benefiting a rich few who are just being greedy anyway.  Sadly, more Osamas than Obamas listened to him, and the American government still does a lot of the same dumb stuff.  Fortunately, without the bravery of folks such as Bill who point out the truth of "The Emperor's New Clothes", it probably would be a lot worse.  He will be missed.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Pushcart Nomination!

A big thank you to New Pop Lit for nominating one of my stories, "Yelp In Reverse", for a Pushcart Prize!  You can read about their nominations here:  https://newpoplitnews.com/2018/11/29/pushcart-2018/.  They also nominated another one of my stories last year.  I did not win, but it was nice to be nominated.  Maybe I will have better luck this year!  If not, then, once again, it is an honor to be nominated.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "Fluff Chicks in My Soup"

This was the second time we played this song that day, a tribute to some of the shallow people who made the 1980s so obnoxious. I like how the camera catches a closeup of the cool stickers on the guitar. Mark, our guitarist always decorated it with fun stuff. I also like the vaguely psychedelic camerawork at the beginning. My little Iggy Popesque dancing is also fun. This is the last video from this tv show, which was a local television variety show in Northwestern Ohio USA, recorded in 1990 or so.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "The Beaver Of Love"

This is another performance from the local variety show in Northwest Ohio, USA that The Escaped Fetal Pigs appeared on in 1990 or so. It is a version of one of our "hits": "The Beaver Of Love". The intro is the reggae version of it, which we called "Rastabeaver".  I have no idea why I was wearing an Ohio Diesel Fleet Supply t-shirt.  We weren't sponsored by them or anything.  Someone probably gave me a free t-shirt, so I wore it.  I didn't have much money, so free anything was good.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "The Cult Of Pogo And Porky Pine (Take 2)"

This is the second take of "The Cult Of Pogo And Porky Pine" that The Escaped Fetal Pigs played on the local television variety show in 1990 or so. The second take is definitely better than the first one, but I'm still not sure why we did it exactly. In any case, here it is. It's so exciting that you might lose your hat like I do in the beginning of the song!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "The Cult Of Pogo And Porky Pine (Take 1)"

This is the first take of "The Cult Of Pogo And Porky Pine" from the local television variety show that The Escaped Fetal Pigs played in 1990 or thereabouts.  I don't recall why we did two takes of the song.  This might have been a rehearsal take for setting sound levels or something.  Then again, this version is pretty shaggy, so we might have just decided to redo it.  I love how the host, Tom Martin or something was his name, is mad that some people think his variety show lacks variety and he complains about that as he introduces us.  Considering he stormed out of the taping before we finished playing and this never aired that I know of, those people were probably right.  The song is about a cult that worships Walt Kelly's comic strip and was always fun to play live because a lot of people would pogo to it.  I don't remember who made the "Pig Out With The Escaped Fetal Pigs" banner behind us, but it's genius.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "I Hate French" - Television Show

This is another performance from the local television show, a performance of "I Hate French" (at the beginning of the clip, you can also catch the end of "Squirrels", another one of our songs).  I particularly like this song because I got to play a bit of drums on it.  Earlier that day, in fact, I was the only drummer on it because Simon, our regular drummer, was doing something else during that song--I don't know what, perhaps locating that Bay City Rollers album he has in front of the kick drum here.  Here I get to just jump and bash the cymbals after a bit of help from Simon in locating a drumstick.  This was the last song of the set, so we were pretty giddy.  Mark is cracking up trying to get through the lyrics.  I also love Jim's hair flailing around while rocking out.  In addition, be sure to check out the lovely computer dot matrix printed banner in the background.  This performance dates from 1990 or 1991 somewhere in Northwest Ohio USA.