Sunday, February 24, 2013

Michael Simmons & Slewfoot, "Instant Forget" (NSFL).

Michael Simmons has been busy lately. A few days ago he sent me a link to an article claiming Elvis was Jewish. Now he provides a video (best viewed in full screen mode) by Thelma Blitz (aka clairedelune49) "made...without my knowledge or consent" (though evidently with his ex post facto approval). Here are his notes:

The song is "Instant Forget" by Michael Simmons & Slewfoot, written by Rob Stoner, recorded live at The Other End in December 1977. This is around the time Creem magazine called me "The Father Of Country Punk" and named Slewfoot one of the best punk rock bands in New York -- even though we were emphatically not punk, except in attitude. 
The visual is a Foto Funny I wrote (and starred in) for my 1980s Lampoon column "Drinking Tips & Other War Stories." The strip was shot by director Allan Arkush (Rock 'n' Roll High School), the other male dinner guest is the late, great transgressive comedian Budge Threlkeld, the brunette is Allan's wife Joanne Palace, the blonde is jazz singer Michele Winding. The waiter is an actor who was also a real waiter.
It ain't high art, although I was usually high.
Addendum: The Drinking Tips illustration was by my friend Drew Friedman and the point of my column was to JUST SAY DEFINITELY during the JUST SAY NO era.
So, for those of you undertaking seasonal disciplines, this is definitely Not Safe For Lent.

It's February 24, and the Mets have already won one game.

Is this a portent? Hardly; though it's encouraging to see that Zack Wheeler had a good two innings. There's video here. As of this writing (1:56 p.m.) a split squad of the Mets leads the Champions of the West (University of Michigan Wolverines) 3-2 in the top of the fifth, and the other squad leads the Astros 3-1 in the top of the third. I'm trying to contain my enthusiasm.

Update: they're still undefeated, tying the 'Stros 7-7 (after carrying a 7-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth) while the split squad beat the intrepid Wolverines 5-2.

Update-update: the bloom is off the rose. The Mets fall to the Nats in their second encounter in three days, 6-4, as their pitching gets shelled for 17 hits. Meanwhile, the Orioles remain undefeated by trouncing the Yanks 5-1, which makes Peter Wheelwright a happy man.