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October 18, 2007

Music-Is-a- Strange-Career Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Sam the Sham, who earned rock immortality for the 1965 "Wooly Bully" and the 1966 "Little Red Riding Hood," these days works as a motivational speaker.

* Former Go-Go's lead singer Belinda Carlisle now lives in the South of France and has a new chanteuse-cabaret CD out -- sung all in French. She's amusingly frank about her days of debauchery as a rock star. Despite their sweet partygirl image, the Go-Go's were evidently determined to out-do da boyz in da bad-behavior department. The house the bandmates shared was the site of so much lewd wantonness that it came to be known as "Disgraceland." On her way back from multiple addictions, Belinda was at one time attending Overeaters Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous simultaneously.

* In his new memoir, Eric Clapton reveals that heroin left him not just uninterested in sex but constipated. Excerpt here.

* MBlowhard Rewind: I wrote about the Pogues' defiantly self-destructive (yet indestructible) Shane MacGowan here.



posted by Michael at October 18, 2007


Has anyone else noticed how remarkably, amazingly, stunningly similar Sam the Sham 's voice is to Mick Jagger in the chorus to Wooly Bully?

Posted by: Expat Jim on October 18, 2007 11:36 PM

Not only does heroin cause severe constipation, but the cessation of heroin use sometimes causes extreme, uncontrollable non-constipation. This phenomenon made for a disgusting yet amusing scene in the movie Trainspotting.

Posted by: Peter on October 18, 2007 11:58 PM

Pre-packaged rebellion has become, I would estimate, the most effective and common sales pitch Madison Avenue has to offer. What is rebellion when it is the most commonly sold consumer product?

Would you rather: (1) that Jimi Hendrix were still alive, expanding his incredible vision as a lyricist and guitarist, or (2) that he self-immolate to the tune of the old black minstrel show for the pleasure of a cheering audience?

I don't have the answer to these questions.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on October 19, 2007 8:29 AM

The constipating effect of morphine-derived drugs is a terrible problem not only for addicts, but for chronic pain-sufferers like cancer patients and so forth, adding the pain of locked bowels to their other miseries. I have watched several people close to me go through this.

Posted by: alias clio on October 19, 2007 8:54 AM

Has anyone ever been motivated by a motivational speaker?

I always find them full of BS, but this might be from my days growing up listening to preachers spouting BS.

Posted by: James Dudek on October 22, 2007 3:07 AM

Barry Melton [aka the Fish], guitarist with Country Joe and the Fish as well as The Dinosaurs, went on after the heyday of folk rock to get his law degree. He is still a performing musician but is also presently serving as Public Defender of Yolo County, California. And this year is the President of the California Public Defenders Association.

Gimme an F!

Posted by: Chris White on October 22, 2007 6:48 AM

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