Tuesday, August 01, 2006

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The legendary Rick Danko, the incomparable Paul Butterfield, and introducing on guitar...Mr. Gary Busey? Shit, seriously?



I can actually see Bob Weir calling in sick for that performance and the Saturday Night Live producers scrambling to find someone, anyone, before eventually stumbling upon Busey backstage and seeing if he wanted to join. Then they had to make a Broadway-esque announcement to the crowd, something like, "Ladies and gentlemen, the part of Ace Cowboy Bob Weir will be played by Gary Busey...," much to the non-delight of everyone in the audience.

There aren't too many words to describe that clip, other than "That's the greatest highest band in music history."

Slack Five-Word Review of One Ocean View: "Amateur porn, without the sex." And why would anyone want to watch that?

Quite simply, this really might be the worst show ever produced and slapped on television. There isn't one redeeming quality or reason to tune in ever again. If you TiVoed it, delete it right now. The only reason we watched was because one of my roommates literally came *this* close to exchanging blows with one of the cast members a few weeks ago. If you watched the show, you can probably guess which guy flicked a cigarette at my friends and called all the girls "fat chicks." Heh, that's kinda funny.

Slack Anniversary of the Day: Speaking of, happy 25th anniversary to the network that invented reality television -- MTV turns 25 today.

Here are a list of quarter-century highlights from the Associated Press, and while I've never exactly been the biggest fan, I'd just like to thank MTV for The State, Remote Control, Dire Straits' Walk of Life, Nirvana Unplugged, and that brief period senior year in college when we watched a shitload of Undressed.

Slack Song and Video of the Day: Happy 66th Birthday to the one and only Jerome Garcia. Let us flash back to the days of black in your beard, in honor. Don'tcha let that deal go down.

18 Comments:

At 10:02 AM, Blogger MDS said...

How could you not include Beavis and Butt-Head in your list of things to thank MTV for? Blasphemy.

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Some Dude said...

The really should rerun the old episodes of Remote Control. I miss that show. My all-time favorite category has be "Dead, Alive or Indian Food"

That show was genius.

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Some Dude said...

B.B.D. = Awesome

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger DannyNoonan said...

Wasn't Undressed basically amature porn without the sex too? I watched a lot of that show in college as well.

How lost in the world would our youth be without Kurt Loder's MTV News?

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Wasn't a big fan of Beavis and Butthead...maybe if I went back and watched now I'd feel differently, but back then, I thought it was just about the worst show I've ever seen. One Ocean View kind of bad.

How have I never seen that Busey Butterfield Danko video before, and how come I've never heard of it? Where have I been on that? Where has everyone else been on that? We need to help each other out with these kidns of videos. C'mon.

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Yeah, Undressed was basically the same...but it was 20 minutes long and I was 21 years old. Big difference.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger ethan said...

i'm down with busey. that was a great performance. i have no doubt he snorts lines and then runs around his house naked jamming on the guitar, just so that 1 day he'd be prepared to do just what he did in that clip.

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

I was always shocked that Undressed managed to be on TV, even late at night. No nudity, but lots of underwear, and a ton of weird sexual situations. Ever see the "furry" episode? That's some fucked up shit right there.

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Derek said...

The whole way through, Busey looks like he's about to raise up his arms and start speaking in tongues.

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger ahren said...

does busey have a band he performs with regularly? if so, where do they perform? i'll travel to see them.

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I don't know, ahren, but that was 27 years ago. I'll say this -- I'd have traveled anywhere on earth to see Busey, Danko and Butterfield. I NEED to know how this power trio came about. Now.

The furry episode? Not sure I can even recall one plotline from that show, so I'm gonna say I've seen it but don't remember. Did that involve a harry beaver?

 
At 12:56 PM, Blogger Some Dude said...

Ok here's what I could find about D.B.B....

It might have been the peritonitis, the sudden, tragic death of Mike Bloomfield in early 1981 (due to a heroin overdose) or the realization of lost opportunities, but Butterfield entered the '80s with a new approach -- especially to performing. He was spending more time in California and did a series of shows with Gary Busey in the early '80s with members of the Band and Dr. John. "It was a big hit," Sally Grossman remembers. "A series of great shows they performed on the Strip. Everyone thought it would have been a wonderful thing if it had held together, but Busey was committed to movies and other things."

The shows were followed by the emergence of the Danko-Butterfield Band, Butter joining up with Rick Danko over the next couple of years. They performed regularly in the Northeast with a set list an assemblage of Butterfield and Danko/Band tunes performed in both acoustic and amplified settings. There was an appearance on Saturday Night Live and constant talk about albums. Their shows were frequent but often a mixed bag, depending on the mental state of the principals.

Not sure if that really clears anything up, but figured I'd pass it along.

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger rob ronanea said...

slack--

lol did i ever tell you i tried out for one ocean view? kicked ass in the interview too... we hung out with the cast one night in ocean beach... they were all such douches. the 2 girls they're bringing in next week were the ones we spent the most time with. and john (who is from massapequa). all tools. funny stuff. worst show ever

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger Chilly Jackwater said...

Jiminy Christmas, I feel like I need to check myself into Betty Ford just for watching that clip. Seriously, I think I just developed heart disease.

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Boski93 said...

Don't you mean if MTV had lived it would be 25. I think it died a while back.

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

thought the slackers would enjoy this, from the craisins department...

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/08/01/bar.id.ap/index.html

reminds me of the time when i went into the town bar pre turning 21, and instead of handing the bartender my fake, i gave her my real id. she started looking at it, and me being the assmunch i am, was all confident cause my id was money, "there a problem", "yeah, this says u are 18", she responded, to which with a look of horror, i turned to my friend and under my breath said "lets get the fuck outta here". good times

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Mr. Underhill said...

Noonan - If the furry you're talking about is the furry I've heard about then, well, that is the single most f*cked up fetish I've ever heard of. For those in the dark, furries basically dress up in mascot costumes and dry-bang each other. Usually at conventions. Their unofficial spokeman is this guy who goes by the name 'Yote,' who, predictably, dresses up in a coyote outfit. There's a website where they have a transcript of him telling his mom about his lifestyle and after about 20 mimutes of his talking and her silence she was like, "Yeah. I don't get it." There are also pictures of him going to town on some chick dressed as a rabbit. Hot stuff, really.

Furries are not to be confused with their cousins, the plushies. Plushies cut a hole in stuffed animals and f*ck them silly. Although now that I think about it, a few kids I went to camp with would definitely fall under the definition of plushy.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger ahren said...

"with members of the Band and Dr. John"

dr. john? seriously? the entire time i was watching that clip, i was thinking, "the only thing that could improve this, is if dr. john was somehow involved." (granted, i think that about a lot of things)

we've gotta find a bootleg of one of those shows.

 

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