Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Misty radioactive memories

Red and blue flash, the Fourth of July out of time, in miniature. The bus moves closer. Perhaps a water main break, a semi-annual sales event along the burning river. Or is it the thin white line, the splattered pink and crimson of a corpse crisscrossing yellow chessboard patterns. No, the northbound lane is still open. Elephants. There are elephants strolling down E. 9th. No, not Limbaugh and Beck and Spray-On, but actual honest-to-Cthulhu elephants that almost made me late this morning. That speedwalking correspondence course really paid off.

I don't have any particular memories of the circus, or even clowns, save the fact that some people are terrified, or, at the very least, greatly unnerved, by the latter, which always brings a diabolical smirk to my mug.

What also brings a diabolical smirk to my mug is loud music about stuff blowing up. Part of the fabric of growing up Brady Reagan. Sure, there were dozens upon dozens of tunes about global thermonuclear war, but one of my absolute favorites has remained so because 1)it crushes and irradiates like a motherfucker and 2)these were the pre-internets days, so the discovery of underground acts was a much more labor-intensive, therefore satisfying, process, word-of-mouth, leafing zine after zine from the big shining cities on the hill, even from the limeys and the krauts, you spoiled whipper snappers with your The Google and MySpaceTravel, this is my space. Hard to believe it's been twenty years. Fuck, I'm getting dessicated. Anyway, for your listening displeasure, Brazil's second-greatest export:

Don't worry, my lovely, you'll always be number one.

"Ahem, I was pretty good, too, or have you forgotten the Cosmos?"

Sorry, Edison, you're not a babe, and as far as I know, you never wrote any spine-melting riffs. Good job in the World Cup, though. Oh yeah, the tune.

That's beautiful, man.


Übermilf said...

Is this a different song than you usually post? They all kinda sound the same.

Tengrain said...

Graves, you swine!

I know where you were yesterday.



Mary Ellen said...

Love the segue from elephants to scary clowns to Sepultura (with the obligatory pic of the babe) and then sports. You've covered just about everything this morning. I'm impressed.

Hate the music, though. Where's Bach when you need him?

Randal Graves said...

übermilf, exactly the kind of crap I'd expect from a Justin Timberlake fan.

tengrain, come on. Like I wouldn't have my wife go buy more booze so I can stay drunk.

nunly, Bach's busy crawling around looking for his wig. I told him not to stage dive with it on.

Mary Ellen said...

I love that drunk guy video. Ya gotta give him credit for determination, he kept trying to get up and get to the register. I wonder if he drove to the liquor store?

Holte Ender said...

Metal from Brazil? What next. If I was dead I would be spinning in my sepultura. I blame it on the Bossa Nova.

sunshine said...

I made it through the song. :)
I thought you hated fake boobs! Those are fake. :P

I wish I could see an elephant. :)


Tengrain said...

Graves, you swine!

That's the difference between you and the drunk dude: you're management material.



Übermilf said...

If I didn't have cramps right now, I'd get on a plane and kill you.

Randal Graves said...

nunly, I would assume he didn't, because how could he not have killed billions?

holte, every time someone says bossa nova, I always think of that horrible credit card commercial where former Niner coach George Seifert attempted to sing.

sunshine, I've ogled (and done other things) that woman more times that I can count. They're not fake, trust me. Congratulations on surviving some old school thrash. ;-)

tengrain, I'm not sure whether to take that as a compliment or be gravely insulted.

übermilf, and my ghost would be laughing at you having wasted all that loot and time with body cavity searches.

Demeur said...

Easier to herd cats than elephants these days so I'm told.
Google is a necessity these days with 48 million wana be No.1 bands out there.
Beltone and Miricle ear are looking for you. You hear that ringing in your ears? It used to go away in a few days after a concert didn't it?
Now where's my trifocals I can't quite see that hottie in the red top.

S.W. Anderson said...

Randal, I have the utmost respect for anyone prescient and conscientious enough to actually take a mail-order course in speed walking. You are to be commended.

Given that you were sharing street space with wandering pachyderms, I just hope you took care about where you stepped.

TomCat said...

I enjoyed that. That kind of elephant is OK!

While the pre-net days were fun in their way, I do love the way the net makes information instantly available.

Tom Harper said...

I thought you were gonna say the Bossa Nova was Brazil's #1 export. Or maybe Soulfly (I think they're also from Brazil). Or the samba. Or Ayuhuasca (sp?), that psychedelic plant that grows in the rain forest.

MRMacrum said...

Well that tune cleared up my sinuses. Thanks. I needed that. Funny, I never felt ill at ease at the circus. Even bad circuses that would set up half ring shows in the small parking lots next to a Walgreens back in the 1950s. The sleazier the better.

Beach Bum said...

Times like these make me miss that Brazilian beauty, Carmen Miranda.

susan said...

Mardi Gras, Samba and mayhem. Oh if we only knew how to party like the Brazilians we'd be causing a lot less trouble in the world.

Randal Graves said...

demeur, I'm sorry, I didn't hear a word you said, my ears are still ringing from that March concert.

SWA, I swear, those bastards were speeding up, trying to prevent me from crossing the street towards work.

tomcat, I completely agree, but far be it from me to pass up a golden opportunity to 'get off my lawn'-ize anything.

tom, now you know I don't support illegal drugs. This is why the next country we invade must be Brazil.

mrmacrum, circuses, like everything these days, have been sanitized to the point that even Walt Disney himself might cringe. Bring on the freakshow!

BB, there's a banana from the past.

susan, but in the midst of all that partying, we wouldn't be paying attention to the Bad Guy Of The Month.

Dr. Zaius said...

Isn't she a newscaster on CNN?

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