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February 10, 2008

Popular Culture Can Be Strange

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Did you know that Leonard Nimoy once recorded "I Walk the Line"? Or that Robert Mitchum once posed for the cover of a Calypso record? (CORRECTION: Dennis Mangan tells me that Mitchum performed the record's music too.)

Both discoveries thanks to the inspired art-links blog gmtPlus9(-15).



UPDATE: Thanks to Lester Hunt, who reminds me that Robert Mitchum also created some music for his film "Thunder Road." I wrote a blog posting about "Thunder Road," a movie I liked very much, here. At his own blog, Lester asks a question about the Republicans that's on many people's minds: "Are these people totally insane?"

posted by Michael at February 10, 2008


Robert Mitchum not only posed for the cover of that calypso record, he sang it.

Posted by: Dennis Mangan on February 11, 2008 10:00 AM

Once any kind of digital info appears on the web, it is there for eternity. It cannot be erased.

I know, because I continue to get 4 or 5 job inquiries a day, even though I pulled down my resume over a year ago. I also continue to get inquiries from personal ad sites that I departed two and a half years ago.

I've also made the surprising discovery that my songs are all over the web, minimized to ringtones. Until recently, I thought that people were just ripping me off, but I discovered when I checked my CD Baby account that I am actually getting royalties.

People have the oddest obsessions, which they act out on the web. There is a site out there that keeps track of every cover of a Grateful Dead tune ever recorded and released. I've covered exactly one Dead tune... and they've got it... and they've made a ringtone out of it.

I'm at work, so I can't listen to the Nimoy or Mitchum recordings. Not sure I want to, either. Nimoy must be the second coming of that deadpan "intellectual" folk singer from Canada. What in the hell was his name? Leonard Cohen! Mitchum was just too damned macho to be singing calypso.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on February 11, 2008 12:08 PM

If you think the Nimoy song is weird, check this out:
Leonard Nimoy - Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

Posted by: Todd Fletcher on February 11, 2008 2:55 PM

"Ole Green Blood" really belts 'em out, huh?

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on February 11, 2008 8:41 PM

Bob Mitchum also sang, and composed, the theme song to his film noir classic, "Thunder Road" -- which as I recall he also wrote starred in and directed! (That schmuck Bruce Springsteen once used the title without acknowledging or referring to Bob's work in any way.)

Posted by: Lester Hunt on February 11, 2008 9:23 PM

ST: agreed. Leonard Cohen is a good poet, but a horrible singer.

Of course, the same is true of Bob Dylan.

Posted by: Will S. on February 12, 2008 2:03 AM

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