All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.



Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!

2/16/2006

THOSE WERE THE DAYS, INDEED.

Boy, the way Glen Miller played.
Songs that made the Hit Parade.
Guys like us, we had it made.
Those were the days!

Didn't need no welfare state.
Everybody pulled his weight.
Gee, our old LaSalle ran great.
Those were the days!

And you knew where you were then!
Girls were girls and men were men.
Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.

People seemed to be content. Fifty dollars paid the rent.
Freaks were in a circus tent. Those were the days!
Take a little Sunday spin, go to watch the Dodgers win.
Have yourself a dandy day that cost you under a fin.

Hair was short and skirts were long.
Kate Smith really sold a song.
I don't know just what went wrong!
Those Were the Days!"


“I love
America, I just can’t find it anymore”. I’m not sure who first expressed that feeling, I’d give em credit if I knew who they were. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t anybody from the 20th century. My guess is someone like Jefferson Davis or Robert E. Lee said something like it after the War of Northern Aggression was lost. While most of America’s problems can be tracked back, at least in theory to Mr. Lincolns Great Fit, we don’t have anyone to blame but ourselves for the current sad state of affaires.

I can’t remember the last time I listened to Glen Miller or any other big band era performer. Today’s popular music leaves a lot to be desired compared to the musicians of yesteryear. I don’t just mean the Classic’s either. Heck, classic rock is better than 98% of the crap that’s getting play time today. I had the radio on today and heard a redo of Ted Nugget’s “Cat Scratch Fever”. How much of a talent less hack do you have to be to rip off The Motor City Madman? Crip, I like the Nuge but lets be real honest, he ripped off a lot of the stuff he played. You gotta really suck as a musician if the best you can do is remake Teddly songs.

“I don't know just what went wrong! Those Were the Days!"

Indeed.

5 comments:

  1. How many songs were in the rotation in 1978?

    How many of those same songs are being played today?

    Yes, I'm a cynic. I think we do tend to remember the good and forget the bad, even when it comes to music.

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  2. Wasn't Hoover a homo? Couple guys here at the office were saying a few days ago that he used to dress up in drag and go to gay bars.

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  3. You're thinking of rumors surrounding J. Edgar Hoover, longtime director of the FBI. Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the US, is a completely different person.

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  4. Anonymous2:45 PM

    Well, you finally gave in, eh? Congratulations.

    As to "Mr. Lincoln's Great Fit", I read an article a few days ago about the Top 10 presidential blunders of all time; the number one blunder squarely placed the blame for the Civil War on the shoulders of Mr. James Buchanan.

    From the article:

    "Scholars who participated said Buchanan did not do enough to oppose efforts by Southern states to secede from the Union before the Civil War."

    Maybe because he knew better?

    And I definitely agree with your comments on modern rock. Vive la Nuge!

    WaterBoy

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  5. Ah cellphones, you are correct sir. My mistake.

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