How goes it? It goes well here, thanks for asking. I’m looking down the barrel of a four-day work week, then I’m off for several, some might even say many, days. So, I’m preparing to embark on a lame duck session between the just-expired weekend, and a wonderful vacation. Not really a fan of the lame duck session… but I’m sure I’ll endure it. Maybe.
How’d your Black Friday go? Get any good bargains? I didn’t personally buy anything, but I did sign-off on an unusual purchase that Toney initiated. I talk about it in the new episode of The Jeff Kay Show, available wherever you get podcasts. Basically, we booked a week in an unusual motel. …We’ll see how it goes. I’m sure it’ll be fine. And fun. By the way, here’s the summary of the just-released Episode 41 of the podcast:
In this one I tell you about the apparent Mother Of All Parties that took place on our block over the weekend, a couple of things I’m in the market for, an unusual Black Friday purchase, and the circumstances that led to our move from Atlanta to Los Angeles in 1996. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for listening!
One thing I’m in the market for is a stereo, just a normal shelf stereo that plays CDs and has detached speakers. Apparently, those are not available anymore? Now it’s just weird tubes that pulsate and light up. What the hell is that?? Mister, when I want to crank up the first Montrose album, or perhaps Dream Police, I want to do it on a real stereo. Not a cock-shaped flickering cylinder sitting in the middle of a table. What the hell’s going on? I feel like a man living in the wrong era. So, that’s my current shopping quest. Stay tuned.
Remember I told you guys about a close-call I had at the gym recently? I can’t remember if I talked about it here or in the podcast… it all runs together on me now. But last week, or the week before, I had lunch at Dairy Queen. I ordered the six dollar double-cheeseburger lunch special, and the seasoned citizen who rang me up said, “OK, that’ll be $5.30.” For the six dollar meal? Hey, whatever. Needless to say, the order was wrong. But close enough. Just roll with it. Who cares?
So, I polished off that tasty delight and drove straight to the gym, where I did an hour on the treadmill. And I struggled, my friends. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to maintain the integrity of my sphincter. That, or I thought there was a very good chance I might upchuck on the treadmill belt. But I took the speed down a notch and powered through without incident.
Of course, I said never again, and that proclamation stood for… a few days. Yesterday I had four(!) hot dogs from Sheetz. Two with sauerkraut, and two with chili. Then I went straight to the gym. Ha! I was talking with my brother while driving, and he couldn’t believe it. Four kraut dogs?! Why are you doing this? Why?? I told him I’d let him know if I let loose with a brown rainbow, and he seemed incredulous about the whole thing. But nothing happened. I had no issues whatsoever. Pass the beer nuts.
In case you’re keeping score, my current TV obsession is Bosch on Amazon Prime. It’s just a good old-fashioned cop show, with great characters and solid writing. No annoying artsiness, no preaching… Just good stuff. Highly recommended.
And finally, last time I mentioned how we were going to see “the Queen movie” as it’s known here at our house. Yeah, I know it’s actually called Bohemian Rhapsody, but we’re going with Queen movie. You can file a lawsuit if you’d like.
Anyway, it was very entertaining. A good film. The guy who played Freddie Mercury did a great job, especially considering the fact he had to wear a set of hilarious Party City novelty teeth in every scene. That dude should be commended for his performance. I have no idea who he is because I have no idea who anybody is. But he did a fantastic job with it.
And it was very funny, too. My favorite line: “Get out of the car, you treacherous piss flap!” I was howling with laughter, while everybody else simply chuckled. I don’t understand a mere chuckle in that situation. It’s hilarious.
In any case, we all enjoyed the movie and can certainly recommend it. It did feel a little bit like a collection of short stories that featured the same characters, instead of one big novel. If you know what I mean. More like a collection of scenes than one cohesive tale. But it was over two hours, and never felt overlong. It was good. Highly entertaining.
And it got me to thinking about other such films. When you do biopics about real musicians, it’s an iffy proposition. In fact, I think it fails most of the time. Am I wrong about that? During the coming attractions on Thursday, they showed a preview for a movie about Elton John. Will it be good too, like the Queen movie? Maybe, but probably not. Is that too cynical?
But when I think about scripted (non-documentary) movies about real musicians, one immediately jumps to mind: The Buddy Holly Story, with Gary Busey. Have you seen this? It’s great! I know Busey is a complete nut, but I love that movie. One of my favorites.
What are your favorite musician biopics? Tell us about it in the comments. You can include documentaries if you’d like. The Surf Report is not a police state. But I’m mostly talking about scripted dramas. Bring us up to date on it, won’t you?
If we are going into documentaries, a couple jump immediately to my mind: About the Young Idea, the story of The Jam, and We Jam Econo, about The Minutemen. I don’t even really like The Minutemen, but the documentary is great. I also recall one about Killer Kane, former bassist of The New York Dolls. That thing was a gut-punch, a really good movie. I think it was called New York Doll. Saw it on Netflix several years ago.
What do you have on this? Also, who would you like to see a movie about? A scripted biopic? Tom Cruise as GG Allin? Ha! That would be interesting. Tell us about it in the comments.
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I’ll be back on Thursday
Have a great week!