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In this post-Trump world of possible (ahem, likely) treason, rampant dishonesty, insane loyalty to a man who’s more insane than loyal, and the normalization of exclusion, we need political songwriters more than ever. But lest we all become too sour-faced, we also need songwriters & performers with a sense of humor. And though I think I saw one of them on a Carnival Cruise commercial recently, The Smothers Brother were as political as they were funny. So here are a few songs from this important duet. Brothers…we need you now more than ever.
1. The Draft Dodger Rag:
2. The One on the Left is on the Right”
“Noel Harrison…comes to us fresh from his cancelled TV show.”
“The truth is not very commercial. But not getting along is, so here’s a song about not getting along.”
3. Big Time Crime
“Honesty isn’t in season…”
4. My Old Man
5. Steve Martin’s Socko Boppo Comedy Routine
Because Steve Martin rules
There’s a lot of variety when it comes to old American folk tunes. One type that was popular was “bragging folk tunes.” Listen to the tune and lyrics. It’s not hard to figure out what this type of song is. Feel free to write your own bragging tune, though don’t blame me if someone calls you a self-centered prick:
Trivia Bit: McFarland and Gardner, better known as Mac and Bob, began playing together at the Kentucky School For The Blind where they were both students.
This is the school.
This is the duo
This is the bragging song.
Remember that great rock n’ roll flick Almost Famous? If you haven’t seen it then do so immediately or else this fine article will make zero sense. If you have, you’ll recall of course that it’s about a young journalist following a fictitious band named Stillwater. Take a look:
Here is Stillwater playing their sort-of-ok hit from the movie, titled “Fever Dog”:
And here they are playing a much better song:
The actors played their own instruments, taught by the legendary, dull, but of-course talented Peter Frampton. He is in the movie. He plays Humble Pie’s manager, oddly enough:
Alright so with all of that as background, here are five bands that look a lot like Stillwater. Though, yes, TECHNICALLY Stillwater looks like them.
1. Pure Prarie League
2. Badfinger (introduced by a Stillwatery-looking Kenny Rogers)
3. Flamin’ Groovies
4. Humble Pie (the idea of whom appear in the movie)
5. America (this is actually a great song and I just wanted an excuse to share it)
Go watch “Almost Famous” already!
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