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Friday, September 29 2006

Episode 19: Playing Us Losers Again

Show Notes:
Recorded Wednesday, September 27 2006, (9:30 PM - 11:30 PM) at Zodiac Racquet Club in Southgate MI
    “Scott, Mickey, Mike, and Schmoe review License to Chill, look back at the last concert, and look forward to the new album.

    I know the title is presumptuous, but it was the best I could do this late at night.  (Not that we’re losers—that you will play us [and then do so again].)
    This week’s episode kicks off with an immediate defection: Don, our resident Michael Bolton fan.
    I don’t remember when Emeril came to Michigan, but I guess it was some time in the late 90s.
    The only “occupational hazard” I found in 21 Jump Street is a chapter name of “The Narc” episode in the Season 3 DVD box set.  And The Doctor, a 1991 film starring William Hurt, was mentioned as “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw” plays a part in the story.
    My apologies for the audio dropouts during the JB interview.  It was recorded off the Sirius downstream feed.
    Jimmy’s new album features several covers.  We sought those out on iTunes and were planning to base the episode on our impressions of these songs—our attempt at a scoop.  But this also meant we’d be reviewing the same songs twice, once the new album is released.  It was Joe’s idea to review the most recent album instead, License to Chill.  Although I like the songs, I have a hard time remembering that this is in the discography.  I guess it’s because of all the guest stars; it feels more like a “various artists compilation” or tribute album more than a “Buffett album”.  License to Chill was released July 13 2004, the nineteenth anniversary of Live Aid.
    I was confused in my discussion of “Quietly Making Noise”.  We heard it July 4 1993, during the Chameleon Caravan tour.  The Fruitcakes tour I mentioned obviously followed the Fruitcakes album, in 1994.
    The Sports Illustrated CD-ROM can be seen here (bottom right).
    This is the e-mail Scott sent out, the morning the CD was released.
 

From: Scott
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 2:09 AM
To: All
Subject: License to Chill Review

    Well, jumped out of bed at 11:30 to hit Meijer’s CD department.  The kid working the aisle was moderately upset because he had chosen to start with the new Pistons DVD and did not really want to dig through the boxes of CD’s at that moment.  However I convinced him I was not in a hurry and would help him stock the pistons DVD that he chose to start with.  10 minutes later we were done and he went to find my CD, after another 10 minutes he came back with my $15 CD—which I thought was outrageous, but Jimmy needs the money!  At the register it rang up $9.98.  I was pleasently surprised!
    So I walked hastily to my car tearing off the plastic and having a reserved yet good feeling.  After all, this was supposed to be a Country album and my friends know Country scares me!  But, for Jimmy I would ride the tide and remain open-minded!!

Song One:  “Hey Good Lookin’” (Clint Black, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson and some more country people):  We all know the song and CMT has been playing the heck out of the video.  It’s an ok song it will be fun in concert.
Song Two:  “Boats to Build” with Alan Jackson:  Solid Buffett.  Easy to listen to.  This song will grow on me!  Well be fun to sing in concert!
Song Three:  “License to Chill”  with Kenny Chesney:  Same as above
Song Four:  “Coast of Carolina”:  Stopped on this one and listened to it twice!  Great Buffett!!  This is an outstanding song both lyrically and musically!  Thank you Jimmy—you still have got it!!
Song Five:  “Piece of Work” with Toby Keith:  This song is has interesting lyrics I’ll have to listen to it a couple of times to be sure but it seems good!
Song 6:  “Anything Anytime Anywhere”:  This song is going to have to grow on me.  My initial reaction is to put it at the end of my iPod “License to Chill” playlist!
Song 7:  “Trip around the Sun” with Martina McBride:  I like the two of them together.  I think they sound good!  It is pretty twangy but I won’t skip to the next song!
Song 8: “Simply Complicated”:  This song reminds me of “Math Suks”!  It’s fun but nothing you are going to be humming.  Put it at the end of your JB mix, next to “Math Suks”!
Song 9:  “Coastal Confessions”:  Once again Buffett reminds us of why we follow him!  Solid song!!
Song 10: “Sea of Heartbreak” with George Strait:  Very Country, but you can listen to it!
Song 11: “Conky Tonkin’”  with Clint Black:  (This was the original title of the Album according to my sources.)  This is classic country and to be honest I don’t like Clint Black at all.  It will be near the bottom of my playlist!
Song 12: “Playin’ the Loser Again” will Bill Withers:  Once again, very country but I enjoyed this one a little better then the last!  The song behind the country is a good song!  Bill Withers sounds good.  The second time around I enjoyed this song even more!  God, I hope I am not becoming a redneck!
Song 13:  “Window on the World”:  I enjoyed this song first time out.  Moved its way to #3 on the play list!
Song 14:  “Someone I Used to Love” with Nancy Griffith:  This does not sound like a Buffett song at all.  Not knowing Country I have never heard of Nanci Griffith, but they sound good together.  Damn, I think I am going to have to buy a beat-up pickup truck and a dog and start drinking beer!!
Song 15:  “Scarlet Begonias”:  This is a solid tune!  Great concert song!  This will move to #1 on the playlist!
Song 16:  “Back to the Island”:  Jimmy reminds us that he has not forgot his roots and will indeed return to the islands!

    All in all, a solid album and has this boy enjoying a short boat ride through the Country!  As long as it is a short ride I am willing to expand my horizon and I give this album an enthusiastic thumbs up!!
    2:08 AM!  That’s a wrap!!

    Incidentally, this is the first episode with our new logo artwork.  It was designed by my niece Heather, who runs Asteriou Designs.  As Joe said, it looks too professional for our little podcast, but we’ll use it anyway.


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Friday, September 22 2006

Episode 18: Podcast to Send You

Show Notes:
Recorded Wednesday, September 20 2006, (9:30 PM - 11:00 PM) at Zodiac Racquet Club in Southgate MI
    “Scott, Mike, Schmoe, and Mickey are at Zodiac, taking up Listener Ed’s suggestion to review A1A.”

    We got a late start, since some birthday party commandeered our room.  The recording session began with me selling my video iPod to Schmoe (paving the way for me to order one of the new 80GB iPods).
    Here’s Billboard’s track listHere’s Mailboat Records’.
    Our friends at COB,O.
    An unofficial Solid Gold fan site.
    Who is Alex Harvey?
    Buffett News says Jimmy performed “Dallas” in Austin at least.  (And, to answer my own question, the last time Jimmy was in California, at the Irvine show on April 22, he sang: “California hasn’t worn me too thin / It’s so nice to be in Irvine again.”)
    Yes, the John Sebastian who wrote “Stories We Could Tell” did write the theme song for Welcome Back Kotter. [iTunes link]
    Steve Eng’s biography, The Man from Margaritaville Revealed, might not be the best authority, but at least it was handy as I write this.  According to page 159, “Life is Just a Tire Swing” is more autobiographical than I thought.  “‘Are you ready for this amazing story?’ [Jimmy] asked a call-in listener during a 1989 interview on station WLUP-FM in Chicago.  He told how, on his way to a college concert in western Illinois with Steve Goodman, he passed a tire swing—and began working on the song.  Then, on their way to Peoria, he did fall asleep…and woke up in the field next to the tire swing!”  (No word on what kind of crash was the antecedent for his waking up, though.)  The book also suggests Buffett arrived in Key West in November 1971, before writing and recording Pink Crustacean; and it was during his stay in Montana, while he worked on the Rancho Deluxe movie, that he had so much time to craft the A1A songs.  By the way, here’s an example of Grant Wood faces.
    The “Pencil Thin Mustache” / “Grapefruit - Juicy Fruit” Ruling came up after the Detroit concert last week.  It was decided upon before we started recording, but we agreed Jimmy can do one of those songs during a show, but not both.
    Everyone probably has their own misheard or misinterpreted lyric; my biggest gaffe comes from “Migration”.  I heard Jimmy singing “And mobile homes, those Mother McKees—I hate those bastards so much.”  I have no idea where I got ‘Mother McKee’; I just assumed it was Southern slang for a mobile home.  And it wasn’t till years later, either paging through the songbooks or checking the lyric sites, that I finally got corrected.
    A few years ago, David Lee Roth sang an acoustic “Tin Cup Chalice” on WRIF-FM Detroit.  If interested, you can download my MP3 copy of this performance.
    Detroit country DJ Deano Day has his own website (i.e., page).
    And a different Deano provides our coda.
    See you next week for our pre-new-album show.  Plans are to discuss what we know about the album and, time permitting, possibly review License to Chill.
    P.S.: I almost forgot.  Here’s a funny thing I discovered in the iTunes Store.  If you click on Jimmy’s bio [iTunes link], you get a list of his Influences, including James Taylor.  And here’s a screen grab of Taylor’s bio


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Friday, September 8 2006

Episode 15: If We Could Just Get It On SD Flash

Show Notes:
Recorded Wednesday, August 30 2006, (10:00 PM - 11:30 PM) at Big Al’s in Browstown MI
    “Greg, Schmoe, Scott, Mickey, and Mike talk Somewhere Over China. With cameo appearances by Meredith, Joe, Laury, and Kevin.

Fig 1.1: Kermit Laugh.
Keeping mouth open, bob head vigorously up and down while turning head from side to side.

    It was the last night of the Fore Skins Golf League for 2006.  The boys feasted on steak sandwiches, Amber Bock, and several shots.  The podcast began later than usual, but at least things were lively and people were in a festive mood.  Some incriminating photos were taken as well, but we’ll get to that later…
    First, let’s discuss this week’s show.  It’s pretty funny how many name changes the new album has gone through.  I think it went through three in two days.  After all is said and done, this might end up being the cover.  (Of the four titles I’ve heard the one I don’t like is Paddlin’ Out ... but maybe that’s because it reminds me of visits to the school principal.)
    I guess this is the tattoo Scott mentions.
    And this is the map photo Greg mentions (on the left).
    Here’s a xylophone resource for Schmoe, and even a marimba to play; though personally I prefer this one.
    Schmoe’s uncanny knack at the Kermit Laugh™ came as a complete surprise.  It was definitely a “You Had To Be There” moment; and though it won’t translate at all via audio, maybe the included diagram might help explain.
    Many music fans will recognize “Mach schau!” as a reference to the Beatles’ days in Hamburg.  I was grossly in error when I said the Cavern Club, but it was the first night spot that came to mind.  What I meant was the Kaiserkeller, where Bruno Koschmeider would yell that phrase to keep his bands playing.
    The Who’s “Guitar and Pen” is from 1978’s Who are You.
    Frank Loesser’s “On a Slow Boat to China” was written in 1945.  This page tells the story of the song and the phrase.


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Friday, August 25 2006

Episode 14: Tales from Late Last Night

Show Notes:
Recorded Wednesday, August 23 2006, (9:30 PM - 11:30 PM) at Big Al’s in Browstown MI
    “Mike, Schmoe, Greg, and Mickey discuss the new single, the Hoot bonus DVD, yet more from Caseville, and reviews of Coconut Telegraph. With Dan and Laury as the noisy and mutinous studio audience.

    I freely admit it: we talk too damn much.
    I fully expected this to be one of our shorter shows.  We had little to talk about—not much in the news and just an album review to discuss—yet we ended up with one of our longer shows.  Heaven help you if we ever decide to review Boats Beaches Bars & Ballads.
    Dan, mentioned in last week’s episode, showed up in a cameo; and Laury, who first appeared on Episode 11, also stuck around.  Together, they threatened to conduct their own simultaneous podcast, as can be heard in the audio file’s left channel.  And who can forget the horseshoe game in the right channel.
    Latest news on “Bama Breeze” is that the promo CD single is being sent out to radio stations and that the album whence it comes is changing titles every day.  (By the way, I knew there had to be a reason I had trouble saying “Bama Breeze” last week, and I think it stems from getting it confused with the Bahama Breeze restaurant in Livonia.)  According to Buffett News, the song was written by Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear, and Mark Irwin.  And in a Buffett World message board thread, you can download Josh Kear’s demo of the song as well as view the cover for Jimmy’s CD single.
    Link for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Songwriters Hall of Fame).
    It’s great to get more live Buffett on DVD, but I found watching the From the Big Apple to the Big Easy video very frustrating.  Not only does the director keep returning to the same six audience members, he has a knack for singling out the performer next to whomever is soloing.  (I was also disappointed the video is not 16x9.)
    Walmart hardly needs us to advertise for them, but here’s the link to their Hoot exclusive.  Mike’s quote about forgetting batteries was a direct shot at me, in reference to our recording of Episode 12 (though technically, I had batteries.  I simply wanted to go home for fresh batteries).  Another inside joke refers to when Mike and Joe were in deep discussion at some very noisy bar.  (I was not there so hopefully they can fill in the details.)  Mike brought up the subject of Pistons tickets and Joe, obviously mishearing him, looked suddenly shocked and offended if not a little hurt, and asked “Did you just call me a dick?”  Mike has since made sure this will be a long-running running gag.
    Re: Caseville.  Greg gave me a CDR of his photos, so I should be uploading them soon—barring all the ones where I look too fat.
    Sing along to our newly minted Album of the Week theme song.
    Want to see the album package we’re talking about?
    I swear Deborah McColl had a website, back when her first solo album came out in 2000; but at least here’s a link to the album.  [Could I have confused it with Claudia Cummings’s website?]  Update: Deborah McColl’s website is located at — where else? — Deborah McColl.com.
    “Stars Fell on Alabama”, music by Frank Perkins and lyrics by Marshall Parish, was written in 1934.   The title has been on the Alabama license plate since 2002.   Perkins also wrote the music for the 1964 Don Knotts movie The Incredible Mr Limpet.
    We thought it funny that the big dance club in Caseville was named Herschel’s…but it turns out all our jokes were based on a misreading of the sign!  Then again, even they get their name wrong (take a close look at the URL).
    The selection again did not make the final cut, but our next album review will be for Somewhere Over China.

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Sunday, August 20 2006

Episode 13: With Our Weekend in Caseville Concluded

Show Notes:
Recorded Wednesday, August 16 2006, (9:30 PM - 11:00 PM) at Big Al’s in Browstown MI; and location recording from Caseville MI on Saturday, August 12. 
    “Mike, Mickey, Schmoe, and Greg discuss their pilgrimage to the Cheeseburger Festival, and Scott joins in to opine on Banana Wind. Special guest stars: Meredith and Laura.

    Note: I’m still trying to find time to edit the Caseville video.  The first interview was recorded Saturday afternoon outside the Official Cheeseburger Store (6912 Main Street, Caseville MI 4872).  The second interview was conducted Saturday night near the park amphitheater, with Air Margaritaville performing in the background.  The “thirty to forty, between sets” refers to a cheeseburger eating contest held during the Air Margaritaville intermission.
    In regards to the release date for Banana Wind: it was released on June 4 1996.  As with Barometer Soup, I got a chance to listen to it the night before it came out, at the now defunct Blockbuster Music on Michigan Ave in Dearborn.  I consulted my journal to back this up, and I am reminded that we’d seen these same songs performed in concert at Pine Knob the previous Thursday (May 30).

...I took Middlebelt to Michigan and headed to Blockbuster Music.  I needed to pre-order the Buffett disc today if I wanted to get in on that sticker deal.  So I sat at their “bar” and listened to the CD.  The copy they had was still in its plastic holder, so I asked if they had one open.  The guy took that one and unlocked it for me.  I listened to bits of each song.  I got more than halfway through before I lost track and had to skip around, losing my place.  Some of the songs were familiar from the concert.  These seemed to be the ones I like best.  I couldn’t help but feel slightly disappointed though.  I wasn’t sure if it was because I was rushed—because I wasn’t really in the mood, seeing as Mike wasn’t here to make an event out of it [like last year]—but a lot of the album did not grab me as Barometer Soup had done.  And I did not care for the overall acoustic sound.  The constant strumming got rather monotonous and the some of the songs sounded the same.  I noted how the sign behind the “bar” advertised a “collection of stickers” if I pre-ordered.  I also liked how the CD was only $12.99 and I would only have to put down five dollars.  I was willing to pay for it now, and I was also planning on buying Mike’s copy too.  That way I could either pick up both copies Tuesday or he could just swing in and pick his up without having to bother much.  I figured I owed it to him; not only was he going through hell [with his dad in the hospital], but he had also provided both the food and booze last Thursday.

    The following day, after giving blood at the Red Cross in Southgate, I returned to Blockbuster Music in Dearborn.

I went over to Blockbuster and picked up my two CDs.  The kid recognized me and went off to get my CDs from the back.  He rang me up but didn’t mention any stickers, so I brought the subject up.  He didn’t seem to know anything about it, but the second kid went to the back and came out with a long thin strip in clear plastic.  I thought the collection of stickers must be on some wide ribbon, but what he handed over was a simple, single bumper sticker.  It was white with “PARROTHEAD” in pink.  It was terribly lame, but it was apparently legit since it had MCA and Blockbuster logos on it.  The guy remembered to give me two.  [After work I swung by Mike’s house to leave the CD with his wife.]

    The “Oh? oh? oh?—ooooh!” reaction is from 1987, when Mike sneaked down to the stagefront for the encores.  I’ve got the audio but it really isn’t clear enough to include here.
    The “Aeolian chords” line is from a famous quote by William Mann, music critic of the London Times, where he described the “Aeolian cadence at the end of “Not a Second Time” (the chord progression which ends Mahler’s ‘Song of the Earth’)” when reviewing With the Beatles.  Is that Don’t Stop the Carnival song “Just an Old Truth Teller”?
    I coudn’t resist monkeying with Scott’s reviews, turning them into a kind of Poetry Corner-type segment.  The music in the background is Mozart’s Piano Concerto In D minor, K. 466: 1st Movement.
    Meredith and Laura manage to make a special appearance just before the end.  Laura used to be the cook at Big Al’s and, by remarkable coincidence, also had a porch crashed into.  The “Dan” mentioned, now in Nicaragua, is the same Dan heard at the very beginning of our Show 0.
    The selection did not make the final cut, again, but our next album review will be for Coconut Telegraph.
    My favorite show quote is a tie this week: “OK.  Jimmy flies.  We get it.” and “You’re Chicken Taco Guy!” 

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Thursday, August 10 2006

Episode 12: Top Ten Breezy Lizards

Show Notes:
Recorded Wednesday, August 9 2006, (9:00 PM - 11:00 PM) at Big Al’s in Browstown MI. 
    “We tried using an agenda this week and ended up with our longest show yet. Bullet points include a look at the Week in Audio, our Top Ten favorite songs, reviews of Off to See the Lizard, and assorted walk-ons.

    One of my less inspired titles, but I was in a hurry to upload the show this morning and couldn’t come up with anything better.  Another sizable turnout with appearances from Mike, Mickey Schmoe, Scott, Greg, Kevin, Greg 2.0, and Meredith.
    I was requesting more structure to the shows (if only so we can up with some kind of formal closing rather than just letting the proceedings peter out like we usually do) so Schmoe typed up an agenda.  This might expain all the paper-shuffling.  Notice the different mic placement?  For the heck of it, since we clustered aroud the end of the table, I mic’d from side to side of the table rather than from end to end.  Schmoe’s “That was a big one.  That was a little one” makes me think of a Dr Seuss book.  The first “frog” (or Red Fish) is Kevin and the second frog (or Blue Fish) is Greg 2.0.  Scott alludes to an FSGL incident earlier in the day when Mike failed to yell “Fore!” and his golf ball hit 2.0’s foot.
    You can download the complete Miles Hampton interview here or here, depending on your allegiance.  The Steve Dahl interview is somewhat edited (I know I could’ve cut even more, but I liked what he had to say about License to Chill) and the performance of “Sweet Home Chicago” is heavily edited.  For the sake of time, I excised a line or two, a couple choruses, and the guitar and piano solos; but at least you get to hear all of Jimmy’s new lyrics.  The Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris album Jimmy mentions is presumably this one.  Learn more about Gomez here.  Keep track of Greg’s nicknames on the FSGL blog.  As you can tell, I misquoted the “Nothing But a Breeze” lyric…but, like I said, I only heard it the one time.
    Top Tens:

Mickey’s Top Ten:
      A Pirate Looks at 40
      Volcano
      One Particular Harbour
      African Friend
      Tin Cup Chalice
      Treat Her Like a Lady
      The Captain and the Kid
      The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful
      Chansons Pour Les Petits Enfants
      Brahma Fear

Honorable Mention:
      Nautical Wheelers
      Havana Daydreamin’
      Baby’s Gone Shopping
      Twelve Volt Man
      It’s My Job
      Last Man Standing
      Pacing the Cage
      The Night I Painted the Sky
      Lone Palm
      Love in the Library
      West Nashville Grand Ballroom Gown
      Peanut Butter Conspiracy
Mike’s Top Ten:
      1.  A Pirate Looks at Forty
      2.  Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season
      3.  Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
      4.  Cowboy in the Jungle
      5.  Come Monday
      6.  The Wino and I Know
      7.  Defying Gravity
      8.  Livingston Saturday Night
      9.  Somewhere Over China
    10.  Island
Greg’s Top Ten
      Brown Eyed Girl
      Margaritaville
      Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw
      Cowboy in the Jungle
      Boat Drinks
      Take It Back
      Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season
      Last Mango in Paris
      Chansons Pour Les Petits Enfants
      One Particular Harbour
Joe’s Top Ten:
      Dreamsicle
      Honey Do
      Meet Me in Memphis
      Steamer
      Sea of Heartbreak
      That was the Night I Painted the Sky
      African Friend
      Cowboy in the Jungle
      Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season
      In the Shelter

Honorable Mention:
      Son of a Son of a Sailor
      Why Don’t We Get Drunk
      Come Monday
      Volcano
      One Particular Harbour
      That’s What Living Is To Me
      Take Another Road
      Distantly in Love
      Nautical Wheelers
      A Pirate Looks at Forty
      Pascagoula Run
Scott’s Top Ten
      Banana Republics
      Happily Ever After (Now and Then)
      Semi-True Stories
      I Heard I Was in Town
      Far Side of the World
      Window on the World
      Dreamsicle
      Cowboy in the Jungle
      School Boy Heart
      The Nighted I Painted the Sky

Honorable Mention:
      The Great Filling Station Holdup
      Death of an Unpopular Poet
      Ballad of Spider John
      Havana Daydreamin’
      African Friend
      Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants
      Growing Older But Not Up
      Little Miss Magic
      When the Wild Life Betrays Me
      Love in Decline
      If The Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me
      When The Coast is Clear

    I’m compelled to point out how Scott had issues regarding cover versions in our lists, yet includes “Banana Republics” (Steve Goodman) and “Window on the World” (John Hiatt).  Pwned, I say, sir.  Pwned!
    There’s a curious discrepancy on the Off to See the Lizard release date.  Some websites say June 19 1989 while others say June 26 1989.  Even more curious, both these dates are Mondays, whereas I thought albums are commonly released on Tuesdays.  I had to dig out my journal (way back to the old analog, typewriter days) to settle things.  Along the way I found out Jimmy was on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson June 19 and Carson held up the LP and announced the new album was out “today”.  A check of all the local record stores the following morning turned up nothing.  (My journal also reminds me my job did not have “flexible hours” at this time.  I was in fact still freelancing that summer.)  My records eventually show I got the CD on Tuesday, June 27 1989, at the Tel-Goddard Harmony House:

    The new Buffett disc was first up in the new releases section [in the racks].  They didn’t have any on the wall or even in Buffett’s section.  [...]  It was marked down to $14.99 but the guy gave me an additional 25% off ’cause of their Summer Sale.  I paid $11.24 for it, plus 45 cents tax; total $11.69.
    [...] I was pleased to see Hud’s car in his driveway.  I hadn’t seen it when I’d left so I took the chance he wasn’t sleeping or anything and pulled up behind his car.  He opened the front door, saw me, put up one finger, closed the door, and, bless him, shuffled his dog Bo downstairs.  [Bo was huge and had bit me once.]  I went back to the car to get the disc and we looked it over in the driveway.  Joe’s sisters stopped by too.  Joe had just called Hud up, asking about the disc, and his sisters were now off to Fairlane Mall to pick it up for Joe.  I showed the disc to them too.  It started to sprinkle so Bill and I went indoors.  He put the disc on and couldn’t resist calling up Mike.  We ragged on Mike, letting him know we were listening to the album and listening to it first while he couldn’t get to it till after work.  I stood nearby, rubbing it in more by reading little tidbits from the CD booklet.  It was then I noticed Buffett mentioned Michigan.  We called around songs one and two.

    The occasional snippets of Off to See the Lizard are from Scott’s MacBook.  The CMT show whose title escaped me is Nashville Now; and it wasn’t CMT, it was TNN.  “ICE” is the “International CD Exchange” newsletter.  It wasn’t St Kitt’s, it was Nevis (scroll to bottom of page).  Isabella did not throw a shotglass at the ship’s clock, it was a champagne glass (Tales First Edition, page 152).  Evidently I didn’t hear Greg say Jay Oliver wrote “Mermaid in the Night” or else I could’ve told him it was Mac McAnally.  And apparently I’m a hypocrite because “I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever” has fake harmonica too.
    And even with a printed agenda, our show endings are just as awkward.

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Thursday, August 3 2006

Episode 11: Patio Bash

Show Notes:
Recorded Wednesday, August 2 2006, (9:30 PM - 11:30 PM) behind Big Al’s in Browstown MI. 
    “Our biggest turnout yet: Don, Laury, Greg, Greg 2.0, Mike, Mickey, Schmoe, and even Scott, discussing the new DVD and a classic album.

    Can you guys make out what Greg 2.0 is saying?  The bar was noisy and he was sitting far from the mic, but if you listen closely you can make out “You know, during my travels, I, I, you know, listening to Sirius radio, looking—looking for something to listen to, I could find the Jimmy Buffett channel.
    “...What the fuck?
    “[To Nate] Sorry little Joe.  I’ll watch my language.
    “But uh…I never listened to it, but I saw it.  And I immediately thought about you goofy bastards.  And I’m driving down the middle of Missouri, laughing my ass off.  ‘I bet these goofy bastards are sitting there listening to this crap right now.’”
    Is it true there were more people on mic than subscribe to the show?  We even had an audience, as Don and Nate (Schmoe’s son) listened off-mic.  Well, actually, Nate slept through the whoe recording—which makes him pretty much your typical North Coast Cast subscriber.  And apparently we’re going for the record on most gay jokes per minute (gjpm); but how else could we celebrate the return of the prodigal Scott?!  He came back in time to discuss the new live DVD.  And the “PC” Schmoe refers to (which really was our only light source outside) is actually Scott’s brand new 15” MacBook.  So much for Apple’s “Mac vs PC” marketing campaign.  By the way, speaking of gjpm, I think I should’ve said “minced” instead of “flounced” during the show.
    Thanks to listener Ed (who’s also present on our our Frappr map) I got word that Best Buy was selling Live at Wrigley Field ahead of its release date.  The Best Buy near where I work did not have it, but this was hardly a surprise since they never seem to have anything—despite always having fully stocked shelves.  I managed to snag the disc Friday morning at the Southgate Best Buy, and was able to revel in it all weekend long.  I even got to watch it on a 50” plasma screen, pleasantly surprised to find out the concert is 16x9 anamorphic.  (Why do I have the feeling Jimmy must have bought a widescreen TV or two recently?)  The daylight video reveals some compression problems, but the nighttime stuff looks great.  And I have to admit, at the risk of sounding Scott-ish, that watching women thrust their upper frontals at the camera is actually kind of scary on a 50” screen.
    The benefit of being in charge of the show notes is even if I don’t speak up dring the show, I get to have the last word here.  Despite liking the DVD, especially the unobtrusive and non-flashy editing, I have a problem with the concert itself.  I really wish Jimmy would let go of Heather Perry and the on-stage choreography.  I’m not denying Ms Perry looks great, but she is more of a distraction from the music and doesn’t add to the show.  (Actually whenever she appears I keep thinking someone from the crowd got up on stage.)  I really hate all this theatrical staging, with the props and skits and fire eaters and limbo contests.  It reeks too much of those lame Carnival Cruise Line shows.  When I go to a Buffett show (those rare years he deigns to visit us) I go fo the great songs, story telling, and banter—not lion tamers, costume changes, and trapeze artistes.
    </rant>
    Those were my DVD notes.  Here are my Son of a Son of a Sailor notes.  1) When I was younger I cynically figured Jimmy made this the single just so it would sound like he was going to say “son of a bitch” on the radio.  It was a long while later before I got to read the lyrics and see what a great song this really is.
    2) I got my Eskatrol definition from the COB,O.org FAQ.
    3) as with the title track, I cynically figured “The Last Line” was a veiled reference to cocaine.  Reading the lyrics it looks like Keith Sykes might have been extremely depressed.  Were there fearful outcries of retirement when Jimmy sang “Time has come to not make a sound” the way some people are now bewailing his writing a song called “Party at the End of the World”?
    4) I like to think that I single-handedly got Jimmy to perform “Livingston Saturday Night” live.  I couldn’t understand why year after year this song never made the setlist;  it seemed like this would be such an exciting, energizing addition to a show.  Whenever I wrote to the Margaritaville Store in Key West I would include this demand.  And after four years of letters, Jimmy finally played it!  I got to hear it three times at his three night stand at Pine Knob, and I would smile proudly knowing this was all because of me.  Sadly, this was way back in 1993 and he’s hardly played it since.
    5) it’s easy to enjoy a song about cheeseburgers…but then they had to ruin it by having a dancing cow on stage in 2001.  Was that Heather Perry in there?  6) like I said in the show, I love the orchestration but the song is too slow for me.  7) I thought it was “cull the world’s rum”, Scott thought it was “crawl the world’s run”, Mike thought is was “Calderwood’s Rum”, Margaritaville.com says “Caldwood’s Rum”; but Google seems to suggest it’s “Callwood’s Rum”  (cf. here and here—no matter how many e-mails Schmoe sends me!).  And the other lyric debate obviously refers to the sleeves of Dwight Schrute.  (Long ago I thought it might have something to do with “cheroot”.)
    8) Wikipedia has some juicy quotes from Florida Citrus Commission spokeswoman Anita Bryant and her stand against Dade County’s 1977 anti-descrimination ordinance.  I was going to include some here, but I almost feel we’ve done more than enough gay-bashing this week.  After all, this show was supposed to be our submission reel for the 17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.  And I was wrong in saying Son of a Son of a Sailor came out that same year; it was released a year later.
    And, 9) like I said, Jimmy needs to write more story-songs like this one, and he really needs to perform this one.
    Want to read along with Schmoe?  Download a PDF of the ABC Records memo.
    P.S.: it didn’t make the final cut, but next week’s assignment is our top ten Buffett songs and our thoughts on Off to the See the Lizard.  Feel free to share your own with us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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