What's up, gang? I'm loving the response to the mailbag and the submissions y'all have sent in. Keep it up. Let's dive right in.
Thanks for the love, Brad. It's been an adventure since Q'tine started and who doesn't love an adventure? I didn't text G, Biz, or Whit to see who they'd put on their imaginary momument to Motown's O6 franchise but I'm always down for this shopworn, sports version of Twitter's played-out "You can only pick
3, 5, 2, 1, 4!" game. (Quick aside, I suspect nobody actually from Detroit refers to it as "Motown" much in the same way that nobody actually from Boston refers to it as "Beantown". However, "Motown" is an infinitely cooler nickname than "Beantown". Plus, music from the "Motown" label is among the best ever made. mmm...foreshadowing...)
The first two are the easiest: HHOFers Gordie and Stevie Y. #9 won four Cups in six years and left the game as its all-time leading scorer until #99 came along. A Red Wing captain for 19 of his 22 seasons in Detroit, Yzerman won three Cups and a Conn Smythe as a premier two-way NHL center. Then I got Nicklas Lidström because he's a Top 3 D ever with Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque. The fourth one is tough though, particularly in the non-fucking-stop Era of Recency Bias ("LeBron better than MJ!" --- said adamantly by a man who never saw a MJ game in real time). My first thought was Ted Lindsay because of his four Cups and huge role in NHLPA history; he's Red Wing royalty. But you can't tell the story of the Red Wings without including the Red so there needs to be a Rooskie up there. So the fourth mug on the DRW Mt. Rushmore goes to...Sergei Fedorov. Three Cups. Hart and Pearson in '94. Two Selkes. HHOF. I hope he's over Anna (I wouldn't be).
"My sons, the true soul of this undertaking isn't to honor the equality of man or the Panama Canal or the virtues of hemp or jungle fever. But rather to settle, once and for all, disagreements about which players best represent a franchise's history using an abitrary number chosen for spacing reasons. God bless us everyone."
---Architect Gutzon Borglum after he designed Mount Rushmore in 1620
First off, love that you asked for submissions via email and not twitter or tiktok or whatever the fuck is trendy these days.
Question is this: If you could attend any three concerts, what would they be? Any time in history, doesn’t have to be something you remember or were even alive for. No festivals though, so Woodstock or Coachella don’t count.
Can be specific, like queen at wembly, or a general time frame.
For reference my three:
Led Zeppelin- sometime after Led Zeppelin 4 came out.
Prince- Purple Rain Tour
Third is Guns and Roses in the theatre they shot the November Rain video cause Slash on the piano is about as cool as it gets.
Bonus pick is Motley Crue Theatre of Pain tour if I can have full access backstage passes to be part of the carnage, that would probably replace Guns.
Also, I have a weird feeling I got this idea from a past Chiclets podcast. Maybe it was just the “which one you want to see” but with how mush brained I’ve gotten during quarantine I don’t know. Regardless this is my question submission and choices so if it’s a recycled idea feel free to make fun of me instead.
Take your Ritalin, Garth. #AskAMillennial This is a great question and we did talk about it on the show but fuck it, my answers will probably change because I have a handful I'd love to see. Three concerts I'd love to attend:
1. Led Zeppelin.
No, not so I could live out any weird Troy McClure fantasies but to see the four gentlemen that essentially invented headbanging. After the Stones for me, it's Led Zeppelin. I don't have a particular tour that I'd want to see. I'd like it to be a few albums in so you're guaranteed songs up through a certain year. I guess just a random night that the four of them were all feeling it and tearing the place up. Before then literally tearing up whatever place there were in after the show.
I was lucky enough to see Page and Plant at this show 25 years ago. It was during that huge Unplugged Era on MTV when some truly outstanding versions of songs were created. 1/2 of Led Zeppelin made outstanding stripped down music they then toured with. But it was still only half. I need Robert, Jimmy, and the two Johns. (Unfortunately, recording audio and/or video of their shows wasn't on the list of priorities for the progenitors of heavy metal back in the day. So unless you really seek out bootlegs, there are very few quality recordings from their golden era unlike many of their peers, recordings which might help you pick a certain tour or year.)
2. Otis Redding.
It's crazy that Otis Redding was just 26 years old when he died in a plane crash. He has such an unreal catalog that he produced in such a short time, you can hardly imagine what he would've accomplished with a full life and career. And Otis wasn't familiar with the idea or concept of mailing it in. Every clip of him, he's pouring his heart and soul into it. And that's before you even get to that voice.
3. Bob Marley and the Wailers. Live at The Lyceum in London. July 17, 1975.
I know a Bob Marley poster on his/her college wall is a rite of passage for every white kid in America. Some dug a little deeper than Legend and cone bones. That greatest hits album was an opening into the rest of his catalog. The Songs of Freedom Box Set was one of the best released in that time frame when seemingly every artist dropped one. The in-depth doc MARLEY covers his life from soup-to-nuts and is incredibly informative. And this live concert entry on Marley's discography sounds like one of those nights where it's magical to be in the venue (its "No Woman, No Cry" is the version heard on "Legend"). It's tough to stand out among so many quality live shows but Lyceum transcends. Seeing it blasted in the mid-'70s would be next-level.
Others receiving votes: Elvis Presley, svelte version and Vegas version. One of the biggest misconceptions about Elvis is that he was a shitty performer as he got older and heavier. Yes, in his late years he looked terrible and sweat his ass off. But listen to this…
That's still some soul-stirring shit, especially when you realize Elvis would be dead within a month.
1. It's still the original THE BIG CHILL soundtrack for me (there was also a second, Deluxe Edition verison released). A Motown-heavy mix that also has classics by The Rascals, Three Dog Night, and Procol Harum. It's an album you can listen to on repeat and sing along to every word. A big factor for me: becoming a fan of the movie when it hit HBO in the mid-'80s. Even though THE BIG CHILL wasn't made for 12-year-old boys, something about this college-buds-reunite-via-suicide-then-reevauluate flick clicked with me. And it might just have bee the music. If you're gonna spring for one, the Deluxe Edition is the way to go.
OTHERS I CONSIDERED (favorite is different than best). SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER lost this by a nose. The double-album is loaded with banger-after-banger from the BeeGees, a group that kept brightly-colored dance floors packed through the end of the decade. Quentin Tarantino didn't just jump-start movie careers. He also got musicians well-deserved, late career recognition and paydays with the soundtracks from RESERVOIR DOGS, PULP FICTION, and JACKIE BROWN. The first CD I ever bought was the STAND BY ME soundtrack. That was back in the day when you would actually buy a whole CD for just one song, which I did for "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King. But I ended up digging that album full of '50s classics. I'm hardly in touch with new music shit anymore but it feels like soundtracks aren't nearly as relevant as they used to be.
2. As for All Right, Hamilton t-shirts, I will ask if they can return to the store. These are not the original batch of shirts that I talked about on the podcast but they're very similar. I work for Barstool full-time now so I can't sell old t-shirts out of my trunk anymore.
Been on a Buscemi quarantine binge and the guy has a filmography longer than Biz's kill list. Any favorites?
I fucking love Buscemi. I fell for his pragmatic jewel thief in RESERVOIR DOGS in '93, where he was outstanding. He's tremendous in FARGO as a piss-poor kidnapper. We got pushover Buscemi in the cult favorite, THE BIG LEBOWSKI. His five-seconds-from-snapping Tony Blundetto was one of the angriest and quietly menacing goombahs on "The Sopranos". And it was "Boardwalk Empire" where the actor was given his own major showcase as a politician pretending to be a gangster…or was it a gangster pretending to be a politician? Either way, any Buscemi fan needs to check it out if they call themself one.
(While friendly with #AllRightHamilton, RA's Quarantine Mailbag™ is not #AllRightHamilton.)