This afternoon, it took me seventy minutes to get to my final and fifteen minutes to actually take it. It was the traffic jam to end all traffic jams, requiring navigations of Brooklyn and Queens that were mind-numbingly convoluted. What kept me from losing my temper? My iPod. Nothing quite like Todd Snider and Rodney Carrington to lighten the mood. We haven’t had an iPod Check in a long time, so given that it was my sanity-saving device today, it’s as good a night as any. No funny rules or complicated instructions here. Just turn on your iPod/mp3 player and hit shuffle. My first ten songs: The Offspring, “Why Don’t You Get a Job?” Restless Heart, “You Can Depend on Me” Whitney Houston, “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” Johnny Cash, “Sunday Morning Coming Down” Madonna, “Act of Contrition” Iris Dement, “Childhood Memories” M.C. Hammer, “Pumps and a Bump” New Radicals, “Jehovah Made Read More
Tonight, CMT is screening the movie Beer For My Horses, based on the Toby Keith and Willie Nelson smash a few years back. Keith co-stars with my favorite blue collar comic, Rodney Carrington. Nelson also makes an appearance in the flick. There have been several other country songs turned into movies. “Harper Valley P.T.A.”, “Is There Life Out There” and “The Gambler” are only a select few. There are still tons of great story songs that could get the film treatment, though. “Independence Day” could be a harrowing domestic abuse film, while “Chattahoochee” could capture the innocence and southern charm of being a teenager in Georgia a generation ago. Which country songs do you think would make good films?
Rodney Carrington King of the Mountains They always say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That may be true for the literary world, but as comedy albums go, you can take one look at this cover and know exactly what you’re going to get. The only question that remains: Will a nearly endless collection of locker room material remain consistently funny? For me, the answer was yes. I found myself laughing all the way through, even when hearing it for the second and third time. Carrington’s delivery is half of the fun, but it would all be for naught if his material wasn’t top-notch. And for the most part, it is.