Wednesday, December 23, 2009

FSOTD #55-D *Pop Quiz*

A quick Pop Quiz.  Beach Boys Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson....can you put them their in their birth order, oldest first?  You have 10 seconds.  Answer Below.
Brian Douglas Wilson    June 20, 1942
Dennis Carl Wilson    Dec 4, 1944 (d. Dec. 28, 1983)
Carl Dean Wilson    Dec 21, 1946 (d. Feb. 6, 1998)

~thanks to wikipedia~

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Wrapping presents here in Texas with "Little Saint Nick" serenading from the iPod, which made me think about the blog, which made me think about the Tiger Cadillac/Buick thing (see FSOTD 55-A).  As it turns out, FSOTD prefers Cadillac because there just aren't enough songs to make a proper Buick playlist.  As a matter o' fact, in my collection, I could find only two: "From a Buick 6" by Bob Dylan and "Buick '59" by Vernon Green & The Medallions.  Quite a distant second to the 17 tunes listed in FSOTD #54-D.  I blame it all on Tiger.  You should too.

So all this correctifying and stuff has me in the mood for another Pop Quiz!  Hark: A cheer ripples thru blogland.  It'll be posted up right soon.  The category: Beach Boys. 


FSOTD #55-B *correction* Cadillac isn't going to drop Tiger Woods because he isn't a spokesguy for them.  Splat.  It's Buick.  I knew that.   Perhaps Buick keeps him because he's wrecking the competition. Of course, to wreck the competition, he had to be driving the competition.  The Tiger tale wags on.

~ Yab

Monday, December 21, 2009


It's an FSOTD birthday shout-out!  How about this December 21st foursome?  Jane Fonda, 72.  Samuel L. Jackson, 61. Ray Romano, 52.  And former Lost Boy Jack Bauer himself, Keifer Sutherland is 43 today.  If them four ain't enuf, let me add bro-in-law Bill, celebrating -I think- his 64th today.  Many more to all of you.

On the obverse: Who died today in 1945?  Hint: see FSOTD #54-B.

thanks to the Dallas Morning News

Sunday, December 20, 2009

FSOTD #55/Little Saint Nick (1963)

The Beach Boys can claim many fine songs, but somehow, none better than their Christmas song "Little Saint Nick".  A great song for a great band at the right time.  It was 1963 and The Beach Boys sat atop the American rock scene, just beginning their battle with the Beatles.   Smartly written by Mike Love and Brian Wilson, "Little Saint Nick" is reminiscent of their 1963 hit "Little Deuce Coupe" and captures the band at its finest.  At 2 minutes long, it's near perfect.   And according to the wiki article, it reached #3 on the "Christmas charts".  You don't hear much about those anymore.  Both Hanson and Sugar Ray, among others, have recorded covers.
Perhaps you're a lover of seasonal songs?  Another fine rock-Christmas tune from a big time band is Chicago's version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".   The song is all Christmas but yet so 100% Chicago that it'll bring a smile to your face.  You'll find it on the band's Christmas album -what else- Chicago XXV.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Tiger this, Tiger that.  Tiger, Tiger, Tiger.  Tiger's a dick.  Tiger's a jerk.  Tiger's, well....Tiger's fascinating, even in disgrace.  All hail the new poster person for the evils of excess.  Womanizer.  Gambler.  Fornicator.  Debauchery on display.  The Great Satan.  Well, alright, maybe not all that, but as tarnished as Woods' reputation is now, you have to figure that Cadillac, among others, will quietly sever their ties with him.  With that in mind, FSOTD offers up the "Cadillac" playlist. 

Black Cadillac ~ Marti Brom
Solid Gold Cadillac ~ Pearl Bailey
Geronimo's Cadillac ~ Michael Murphey
Cadillac Boogie ~ Jimmy Liggins
Pink Cadillac ~ Indigo Swing
Giutars, Cadillacs ~ Dwight Yoakam
Cadillac Slim ~ Duke Robillard
Brand New Cadillac ~ The Clash
Cadillac Ranch ~ Bruce Springsteen
Red Cadillac and a Black Moustache ~ Bob Dylan
Cadillac ~ Bo Diddley
Cadillac Cowboy ~ Chris Ledoux
Rainbow's Cadillac ~ Bruce Hornsby
Carl Perkins' Cadillac ~ Drive-By Truckers
Cadillac Car ~ Jennifer Hudson
Cadillac and a Model "A" ~ Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Ridin' In My Cadillac Car ~ Blues 'n Trouble

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

FSOTD #54-B *Pop Quiz*

The worst of the Tiger story is most likely over, but he's by no means out of, uh, the woods.  Sponsors and lawyers and pre-nups, oh my!  What will Elin do?   There is for Tiger, perhaps, a very small consolation.  Consolation for a person who is used to being number one, the best at whatever he does.  As it turns out, Tiger has done it again.  Submitted: Tiger Woods' crash is the most famous non-fatal car accident ever.  Is there even another nominee?

So here's the Pop Quiz.  Below are three lists: A list of seven names, a list of seven dates, and a list of seven cars.  Your task is to match each person with the correct date of death and car of accident.  Armed with these macabre facts, you'll be a hit at most any holiday party.  Especially next Halloween.

George S. Patton, Jr.
Harry Chapin
Jackson Pollock
James Dean
Mary Jo Kopechne
Princess Diana
Princess Grace
Cadillac Model 75
Mercedes S class sedan
Oldsmobile Convertible
Oldsmobile Delmont 88
Porsche Spyder
Rover 3500
Volkswagen Rabbit
answers below
General George S. Patton died on December 21, 1945, twelve days after his Cadillac 75 was involved in a low speed accident.  Thrown slightly forward, Patton struck his head on a metal fixture and broke his neck.  The listed cause of death was a pulmonary embolism.  Harry Chapin died a horrible death on July 16th in 1982, burning up in his Volkswagen Rabbit after it had been struck head-on by a truck on New York's West Side Highway.  It is believed Chapin might have had a stroke or heart attack just prior to the accident.  Jackson Pollock and Edith Metzger died on August 11, 1956 within a mile of his home when he crashed his Oldsmobile Convertible while drunk.  James Dean died in  California when his Porsche Spyder was demolished in a head-on collision.  The date was September 11, 1955.  A companion was thrown clear and survived the wreck.  Mary Jo Kopechne found both infamy and death on the night of July 18, 1969.  She drowned in an Oldsmobile Delmont 88 that had been driven off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts by Senator Ted Kennedy.  At least that's what Ted said.  Princess Diana died in Paris along with two others (Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul) on the night of August 31, 1997.  The car was a Mercedes sedan.  And finally, the beautiful Grace Kelly, by then known as Princess Grace of Monaco, crashed her Rover 3500 on September 13, 1982.  Her daughter Princess Stephanie survived the accident, while Princess Grace died the following day.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


For the record....

~The police asked Tiger's wife how many times she hit him. "I don't know exactly...put me down for a 5."

~Phil Mickelson contacted Tiger's wife to pick up tips on how to beat Tiger.

~What's the difference between a car and a golf ball? Tiger can drive a ball 400 yards.

~Tiger Woods wasn't seriously injured in the crash, but he's still below par.

~What were Tiger Woods and his wife doing out at 2:30 in the morning? They went clubbing.

~Tiger Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree. He couldn't decide between a wood or an iron.

~Ping just offered Elin an endorsement contract for her own set of drivers; to be named Elin Woods..."clubs you can beat Tiger with."

~Tiger just changed his nickname but still kept it in the cat family. His new name?  Cheetah

~Tiger was driving an Escalade...can he blame the accident on his caddy?

~Hello Mister Woods, this is the On Star operator...we have detected that an angry person has put a golf club through your window, we are contacting Nike for a new club.

~Who among us doesn't hear a car crash and immediately grab the closest golf club we can find??!!

~Tiger's new movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hydrant.

~Tiger Woods owns lots of expensive cars. Now he has a hole in one.

~thanks to Demo~

Friday, December 11, 2009

FSOTD #54/Eye Of The Tiger (1982)

IT HURTS ME, TOO         It hurts to lose a hero.   More than once I've described Tiger Woods as "messianic", something of a savior for all of sport.  Captain America for the 21st century.  Forever - from his "debut" on the Mike Douglas Show in 1978 until this year - Tiger has fulfilled all expectations, and then some.  Handsome, gracious, dominant.  Dominant like only Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.  Boom-a-yea!


WHAT NOW, MY LOVE?      So what does Tiger do now?    I don't blame him for you?  It's Humiliation 101.  And then some.  I agree with so many of the sports and news punditry that Tiger will respond with his craft,  creating a true opportunity for redemption.  And lucrative, too.

GERONIMO'S CADILLAC        Imagine if you were Cadillac...  Your spokesguy is an out-of-control womanizer who wildly crashed your product into a tree and (oh, please) a fire hydrant.   Here are the current details: on the ESPN crawl yesterday it noted there were no Tiger ads now on TV.  At the grocery store, Tiger is on the cover of all tabloids. And on Jay Leno tonight, Tiger was the brunt of at least five jokes.  Last night on Letterman? The Top 10 Tiger texts.   Yikes!

EYE OF THE TIGER         Today's FSOTD...  The song - "Eye Of The Tiger".   The band - Survivor.   The year - 1982.  The album - Eye Of The Tiger.   The movie?  Rocky III.   The story... Sylvester Stallone had heard Survivor's "Poor Man's Son" and asked them to write a similar song for the film.  They did.  The movie hit theaters at the beginning of the summer of 1982, and by the end of July, the song had become a worldwide smash hit, reaching #1 on the American, UK, Australian and Irish pop charts...a double-platinum single (over 4 million US sales).  A Grammy winner and Academy Award nominee.  #21 on Billboard's list of 100 Greatest Rock Songs of All time.  Wow.