Folks, put down your weapons and step back

Boy, you guys are getting downright grumpy. Tone down the attacks, insults and namecalling, will you?

And just to get you in a better mood, here’s a lighthearted Youtube video (which — sigh — will of course be cited somehow as still further proof of media bias). (h/t to Andrew Sullivan)

(For those too young to immediately get the reference, they’re trying to recreate the Beatles’ album cover of Abbey Road, see below)
abbey road

90 comments Add your comment

NRB

February 24th, 2009
11:20 am

I prefer The White Album (which — sigh — will of course be cited somehow as still further proof of racism).

Geezer

February 24th, 2009
11:26 am

Great video. I’m sure the residents and regular drivers around Abbey Road have been putting up with this for decades. Remember all the talk about Paul being dead? A lot people pointed to his bare feet in this picture as proof. What a crack up!

I am the Walrus, cucu ca choo!

RW-(the original)

February 24th, 2009
11:30 am

Aren’t those that are too young to get the reference also going to wonder what an album is?

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
11:41 am

RW, reasonable question; presumably they’ll know who the Beatles are.

Paul

February 24th, 2009
11:48 am

Thanks Jay. I needed that.

RW-(the original)

Is a Beatles album something like a cockroach collection in a couple of binders?

getalife

February 24th, 2009
11:51 am

MSNBC had a Republican strategist that was intellectually honest.

I guess Norah’s thrashing of the other one paid off.

http://crooksandliars.com/john-amato/norah-odonnell-blasts-republicans-becau

RW-(the original)

February 24th, 2009
11:54 am

DB,

More likely they would ask if it’s true that Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings.

getalife,

What are you doing in here on Fat Tuesday?

Chad Harris

February 24th, 2009
11:56 am

That was a great album. The White Album was a great album. There have never been more ways to get Beatle music cheap.

RW-(the original)

February 24th, 2009
11:58 am

Paul,

Generally speaking when you find a few Beatles’ albums you’ll find a collection of roaches as well along with a few clips to hold them.

Chad Harris

February 24th, 2009
12:01 pm

The Republican strategists who are honest know that the continual trashing of Obama and Dems for trashing’s sake isn’t going to get votes–the tone of Jim Bunning’s angry rant on Ruth Ginsburg’s prognosis is a good example. The tone was politically crazy and medically Bunning doesn’t have a clue of her cell type or node involvement at the time of the resection.

A good tone for the Republicans to take right now is to use the vibes Charlie Christ is using whether you agree with aspects of the economic program or not, and to get real and stop contending that the economic program just hatched on Jan. 20. True, it’s the President’s job to try to get legislation passed that works, but Congress is a huge part of that equation in any economic or social or educational problem a President has.

Although I didn’t agree with him, Bush actually was pretty darn successful in getting much of what he wanted (notably not all) through Congress. Compliant Dems and Blue Dog Dems rubber stamped his warantless wiretapping FISA bill for example just to name one of many.

Dave R

February 24th, 2009
12:02 pm

Is any band (Wings) which had Linda McCartney sing (God rest her soul) considered a band?

I prefer Sgt. Pepper’s myself. I’m still not sure if Paul was buried or not. (Added fodder to the conspiracy theorists out there with Paul being the only Beatle crossing the road in bare feet on the Abbey Road cover.)

Dave R

February 24th, 2009
12:04 pm

Chad Harris, pay attention! Or at least keep track of which blog you’re on. This is about Abbey Road and the Beatles. Jeez!

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 24th, 2009
12:04 pm

As total albums I always preferred Revolver and Rubber Soul but all their albums contained great stuff. Four very talented lads.

BDAtlanta

February 24th, 2009
12:05 pm

Boy, McCain…..jeez….smackdown. hehe, that was ugly.

Chad Harris

February 24th, 2009
12:07 pm

Survey Reveals Huge Support for Obama and Huge Disdain for the Thugs; Michelle Highest Approval of Any First Lady in History

Obama takes questions from the Thugs on Camera–no President has ever done this–certainly not ole Dubya Junya. Junya screened questions from the press and always screened the public at his conferences arresting them if he didn’t like their T-shirt slogan because Thugs like Totalitarianism when it squeezes people who aren’t them.

Therapist-in-Chief: The President explains the details of his $778 billion stimulus package to a crowd in Mesa, Arizona

It sure is gonna be a popcorn moment to hear Jivin’ “Bobby” Jindal’s plans for the economy tonight.

AJC/DNC Management

February 24th, 2009
12:09 pm

Someday you can join us

And the world will live as one

We’re still waiting.

duh

BDAtlanta

February 24th, 2009
12:09 pm

Beatles For Sale was really good too.

I wonder what a copy of “Yesterday and Today” with the butchered dolls on the cover goes for today….ouch, $1,000 on Ebay

BDAtlanta

February 24th, 2009
12:12 pm

“Tone down the attacks, insults and namecalling, will you?”

I thought we were being quite civil over there.

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
12:13 pm

Chad, the “opening-with-off-topic-shite” act is getting old.

Paul

February 24th, 2009
12:13 pm

RW-(the original)

Good one! I was fortunate enough to get tickets to McCartney on his last tour before the Ticketmaster guys scooped them up (oughta be a law on that).

Great show. He stayed onstage for about a half hour signing stuff. Decent guy.

RW-(the original)

February 24th, 2009
12:13 pm

OFF TOPIC

I just heard that Eric Holder was the one person in the line of Presidential succession being held out of the not State of the Union address. I decided to take a glance at that line and it’s fairly sobering. Behind Obama we have Biden, Pelosi, then Byrd. I think I’m willing to chip in some extra for additional secret service protection for Obama. For the real conspiracy theory nuts out there, Hillary is next in line behind Byrd.

Dave R

February 24th, 2009
12:15 pm

Jay, please kick Chad Harris off of this post! Please! Some of us want some sanity on a single thread!

RW-(the original)

February 24th, 2009
12:16 pm

Chad, the “opening-with-off-topic-shite” act is getting old.

DB,

Agreed and it brings to mind that one particular poster was put on a two off topic post limit once.

gttim

February 24th, 2009
12:16 pm

It would look much more natural if the people just walked and let the person take the picture. Leaning forward to pretend like you are walking never looks natural.

Dave R

February 24th, 2009
12:21 pm

You’ve got to admit that the drivers in that area are very accommodating to all the walkers trying to get pictures. I shudder to think what would happen to them if this was in Buckhead.

Paul

February 24th, 2009
12:25 pm

RW-(the original)

[[Behind Obama we have Biden, Pelosi, then Byrd. ]]

And some people complained about succession with Palin in the lineup?

Dave R 12:21

It’d kinda be like today at IHop – pancakes!

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
12:27 pm

BDAtlanta, Beatles for Sale is certainly under-rated. It’s become one of those albums I’ve come to appreciate in relatively recent years (say, the last 5-10).

On one level, it’s the last album they did that was padded with covers, and I think a lot of people tend to overlook it because of that. On the other hand, it has some of John’s most brutally self-aware early songs (”I’m a loser”, “No reply”) and the ragged, somewhat rushed-sounding production sets the perfect tone.

Sure, Abbey Road’s Side Two is magnificent, and George’s contributions are probably his strongest to any Beatles album. But it’s also, probably, John’s weakest effort, so…

getalife

February 24th, 2009
12:27 pm

RW,

Getting drunk.

The parade is later.

Jesus

February 24th, 2009
12:28 pm

Impeach Obama now!

CommunistAJC

February 24th, 2009
12:29 pm

Chad Harris,
the Beatles don’t like you. Paul said you smell like white trash from south Georgia.

Anyhoo, great album but The Rolling Stones were cooler.

@@

February 24th, 2009
12:29 pm

jay, I seem to be totally off-kilter with what everyone else likes in music. I’m a folksy kinda girl.

So let’s see what I can contribute here……..uhmmmmmm

“Abbey Road”? Liberals playing in traffic was knocked back from #1 with The Stone’s “Let it Bleed”.

Okey Dokey, I’m off to an appointment with my bootician.

Paul

February 24th, 2009
12:31 pm

Jesus

You already had your second coming. Go away.

Wait, don’t go… does this mean Pres Obama isn’t the Messiah? Isn’t the Chosen One?

Or are you really Hay-soos and you don’t like anybody who’s gonna do something about illegal immigration?

Dave R

February 24th, 2009
12:34 pm

Funny, Paul!

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
12:37 pm

Paul,

That certainly isn’t like you to call someone white trash from South Georgia. I’m disappointed in you. :-)

The Beatles? Who’s that?

AJC/DNC Management

February 24th, 2009
12:39 pm

Aahhh, yes, thee Oblahmi FINALLY found a democrat without a criminal record-

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s likely third pick for Commerce secretary is former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, a senior administration official said Monday.

A hack in training!

BDAtlanta

February 24th, 2009
12:45 pm

Rubber Soul had George’s “If I Needed Someone”. Amazing.

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
12:45 pm

@@ and c’ajc, I don’t know if the Stones were indeed cooler, but they certainly had their moments.

But then came Goat’s Head Soup.

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
12:48 pm

Rubber Soul had George’s “If I Needed Someone”. Amazing.

…and John’s “Nowhere Man.” Even mo’ amazing

Unfortunately, the elpee closes with the creepiest, most hideously sexist tune they ever recorded, which always ruins it for me.

Dave R

February 24th, 2009
12:48 pm

Never liked the Stones. Never did anything for me, even now when I listen. And man, did Mick and Keith age badly!

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

February 24th, 2009
12:56 pm

I was never a big Beatles’ fan. But this was the only album of theirs I ever owned. Come Together has a great sound, and Here Comes the Sun and Something are just plain beautiful. And Maxwell’s Silver Hammer and Octopuses Garden are great fun.

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
12:58 pm

The only Beatles song I ever got into was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Other than that, I just know the names of the guys in the band and as far as I’m concerned the only two that had any talent are now dead.

Chad Harris

February 24th, 2009
12:58 pm

My opening comment was precisely dead on topic and always is.Bookman’s Wingnuts continue to focus on commenters who disagree with them rather than issues because they’re lazy.

Chad Harris

February 24th, 2009
11:56 am

That was a great album. The White Album was a great album. There have never been more ways to get Beatle music cheap.

I always make it a point for the opening comment to be on topic. Few Wingnuts do.

True to form–Bookman wingnuts continue to:

1) Obsess about other commenters who don’t agree with them politically.
2) Fail to make the effort to inform themselves so that they can make any on topic comments on the issues except to usually say Bookman doesn’t know what he’s doing.
3) Sling mud with the realization they and their party are irrelevant and in disarray, the party of “No” and the party with nothing but the same rehashed Dead Candidates Walking, same rehashed ideas of tax cuts for the rich only, and the very rich at that, and continue to tout a woman who is so uninformed and full of white racial hatred, she’s an embarassment to them and to humanity in general.

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
12:13 pm

Chad, the “opening-with-off-topic-shite” act is getting old.

RW-(the original) February 24th, 2009
12:16 pm
Chad, the “opening-with-off-topic-shite” act is getting old.

DB,

Agreed and it brings to mind that one particular poster was put on a two off topic post limit once.

CommunistAJC

February 24th, 2009
12:29 pm
Chad Harris,
the Beatles don’t like you. Paul said you smell like white trash from south Georgia.

Got real work to do, unlike the wingnutters who sit in mom’s or their basement hitched here all day all night.

Rock on nutters.

Geezer

February 24th, 2009
12:58 pm

The Stones should have hung it up long ago. Their early music was fantastic, but they haven’t produces anything good in over 30 years. You do have to hand it Mick Jagger; he has to be in great shape to dance around on stage like that for 2 hours. Not bad for a man in his 60’s. On the other hand, Keith Richards should donate his body to science fiction!

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

February 24th, 2009
12:59 pm

I’m in a GREAT mood today, and I’ve been extra-special nice to the blog today too.

But I’m heading out for some beach and lunch.

L8r!

BDAtlanta

February 24th, 2009
1:00 pm

I’ve Just Seen A Face off of Help! another

Goat’s Head Soup….and I had worked so hard to forget that album…this blog is turning into a Facebook-type nightmare! Ahhhhhh.

How about Satanic Majesties Request? WTF was that?

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
1:02 pm

“Never liked the Stones. Never did anything for me, even now when I listen.”

Dave R, you’ve gotta crank up Exile on Main Street ’til the windows rattle.

(Coupla brews to go with that wouldn’t hurt.)

BDAtlanta

February 24th, 2009
1:03 pm

Bosch,
McCartney had some good tunes:
–I’ve Just Seen a Face
–She’s a Woman
–When I’m 64

CommunistAJC

February 24th, 2009
1:04 pm

Bosch,
um, I was referring to PAUL MACCARTNY! EVER HEARD OF HIM? I was not talking about Paul the blogger.

Chad Harris,
you wrote: Got real work to do, unlike the wingnutters who sit in mom’s or their basement hitched here all day all night.

You’re one to talk Chad Palin. I’ve seen some of your postings from the wee hours of the morning. Looks like mom’s basement is working out real well for ya!

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
1:05 pm

BDAtlanta,

I can’t stand those songs, especially “When I’m 64 -” for some reason, that song, like many of McCartney’s songs, for some weird reason, reminds me of being at a circus (which, if there is a hell, being perpetually at a circus would be one of the layers for me).

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

February 24th, 2009
1:06 pm

A final thought though.

The only weapons we have on this blog are our wits.

Is it my fault that so many people come less than 50% armed?

Dave R

February 24th, 2009
1:07 pm

Uh Chad baby, look back on this thread at 12:01 (that’s when Mickey’s hands were both pointing upward). Then you can tell us how you keep on topic. Take the tin foil hat off, Chad!

And Geezer, Keith Richards already looks as if he’s embalmed, so maybe he has already donated the body to science!

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
1:07 pm

Commie,

Yes, I knew that – I was just playing around with Paul (the blogger).

CommunistAJC

February 24th, 2009
1:08 pm

Bosch,
ok good. I was laughing very very hard when I read your post about Paul the blogger. Funny stuff Bosch.

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
1:09 pm

Actually, Chad, I see that your first post was on topic, and I just missed it. I stand corrected.

BDAtlanta, I dunno about Majesties Request–I had a chance to hear that front-to-back not that long ago at around the same time I was giving Pink Floyd’s first lp a listen as well, and as a historical curio it’s not that bad.

Certainly out of character for the band; it was mostly Mick’s idea, I’m pretty sure Keith hated it.

CommunistAJC

February 24th, 2009
1:10 pm

GodHatesTrash, Superstar,
you wrote: Is it my fault that so many people come less than 50% armed?

Yeah, pretty witty indeed coming from a girl who talks about poop a lot.

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
1:12 pm

Dave R,

Keith Richards does play a kick ass looking pirate though.

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
1:12 pm

Pink Floyd – now there’s some music I can certainly sink my head in.

Chad Harris

February 24th, 2009
1:14 pm

Additionally on the last topic I opened with a discussion of tax equity. I’ve done that on most other threads. I counted and noticed that the wingnuts were calling names and obsessed with other commenters 75% of the time on the previous tax thread as well.

These phony claims, like the ones above which ignored my opening comment on the Beatles are what made sure McClueless and Ditzer got crushed. Keep it up. Keep up the tone of fraud and hate. It will ensure you’re reduced to crying on blogs with minorities in both Houses, and the Dems running the Presidency and the administration.

CommunistAJC

February 24th, 2009
1:14 pm

Bosch,
Pink Floyd doesn’t hold a candle to Led Zeppelin.

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
1:15 pm

Generally speaking when you find a few Beatles’ albums you’ll find a collection of roaches as well along with a few clips to hold them.

But Abbey Road wasn’t a gatefold. You’re thinking of Pepper, Mystery Tour, or the White Album.

Or, um, so I’ve been told.

CommunistAJC

February 24th, 2009
1:15 pm

Chad Harris Doogie Howser,
don’t you have patients to misdiagnose?

Chad Harris

February 24th, 2009
1:17 pm

If you look around there is more free music than ever on the web, particularly the best rock and roll of the ’50’s through the ’70’s. There has never been more free classic rock and roll, great music blogs with tons of info.

The best books to get as antidepressants are the rock and roll trivia paperbacks. You open them to a random page and try to guess the aritst or the year or the songs.

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
1:17 pm

Commie,

Oh yes they do, and then some – although Zeppelin is good.

BDAtlanta

February 24th, 2009
1:18 pm

After an atomic bomb goes off, the only things living will be roaches and Keith Richards

Is it true that Keith has a bourbon drip in his arm? I’ll bet he is the main reason Rebel Yell bourbon is still around to this day.

RealityKing

February 24th, 2009
1:22 pm

Too sober to care…, as usual.

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

“Their early music was fantastic, but they haven’t produces anything good in over 30 years.”

This is where I point out that the Stones’ heroes were (and are, presumably) all these old blues guys who continued playing ’til they dropped. I fully expect the Stones to do the same.

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
1:27 pm

BDAtlanta,

And Keith probably won’t know that anything weird has happened.

Chad Harris

February 24th, 2009
1:28 pm

Chad Harris Your comment is awaiting moderation.

February 24th, 2009
1:27 pm
Classic Rock’s Fascinating Facts

http://www.popculturemadness.com/Music/Music-Facts-Figures.html

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
1:31 pm

“If you look around there is more free music than ever on the web, particularly the best rock and roll of the ’50’s through the ’70’s.”

I’m assuming you’re talking about some of those blogs out there featuring not-really-legal-but-come-on-it’s-scratchy-old-vinyl mp3s ripped from any number of obscure sources?

like this

http://www.worthless-trash.blogspot.com/

…he’s got the right idea–they’re mono, 48k bitrate, about the same audio quality as you’d get from a cassette.

BDAtlanta

February 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

Helen Reddy, now that ROCKS!

Whatever happened to Slim Whitman? He used to be advertised on TV every day. Get home from school, turn on the TV and there would be an ad for Slim’s albums…along side the ghinsu knives.

Slim would clean up now if he had the ShamWow guy to hawk his records.

DB, Gwinnettian

February 24th, 2009
1:37 pm

The only Beatles song I ever got into was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Pretty cool track. I think it’s interesting how Eric Clapton was persuaded to play the solo, which (true to his restrained, modest approach to such things) wound up sounding like… a George Harrison solo!

You might be interested to know that the acoustic demo version on the Beatles’ Anthology cd includes a verse trimmed from the White Album version. Or not.

Gotta get back to where I once belonged. Later, all.

BDAtlanta

February 24th, 2009
1:40 pm

Back then we had three network channels, PBS, and TBS.

I think TBS’ sole source of income for those first years was the Ghinsu knife advertisements.

sane jane

February 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

“I dig a pygmy! By Charles Hawtry and the Deaf-Aids. Phase one in which Doris gets her oats…”

Sometimes I play the Beatles “Two of Us” and pretend that my brother is strumming & singing lead while I harmonize.

George

February 24th, 2009
2:00 pm

Abbey Road is a great album, but then what Beatles album isn’t? It’s hard to pick just one favorite Beatles album, I always have to look at the phases of their career. Early stuff (63-65)it’s With the Beatles, middle stuff (66-68)it’s Revolver and the end (68-70)I like Let It Be.

While I see mention of the Stones, Zeppelin and Pink Floyd…what about The Who?!?

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
2:11 pm

The Who? Who? Just kidding. They always got on my nerves. Pete Townsend was always too high strung for his own good. And plus, there was this guy I knew in college who I hated, and he was really into The Who, so he kind of ruined them for me.

sane jane

February 24th, 2009
2:13 pm

Spinal Tap gets points for some of the best album and track names:

Smell The Glove

and

Shark Sandwich

Geezer

February 24th, 2009
2:18 pm

The Who are one my favorite bands. Live at Leads is quite possibly the best live recording ever!

Man, all this talk about good rock and roll makes me want to get stoned. Anyone have a spare doobie out there? Speaking of doobies (the brothers), they were pretty good too.

I also have a soft spot in my heart for Ten Years After.

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
2:20 pm

sane jane,

Spinal Tap. You just made me laugh. I used to watch that movie all the time when – nevermind.

Christopher Guest is one of the funniest people to have ever been born. Did you know he was the six fingered man in a Princess Bride? I didn’t know that until a couple years ago – and isn’t he married to Jamie Lee Curtis?

AND, he was hilarious in that movie – Best in Show – his dog, that blood hound – what a good dog – and every time I think of any kind of nut, I think of him naming off all those nuts!

Geezer

February 24th, 2009
2:34 pm

But these knobs go to eleven.

AmVet

February 24th, 2009
2:38 pm

Geezer, you know your rock.

In the 15 years from 1964 to 1979, there was an explosion of enormous talent and creativity. And IMHO, In the following thirty years, an explosion of no-talent assclowns, black and white…

Dave R

February 24th, 2009
2:57 pm

If you put Slim Whitman and the Sham-wow guy in the same commercial, civilization,as we know it, would immediately end.

Bosch

February 24th, 2009
3:11 pm

Dave R @ 2:57 – that is the funniest thing I’ve read today. Thanks for that – because you are correct.

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

Why is it no matter what time or what day I’m watching, the Sham-wow guy always tells me he can’tmake this deal all day?

Hillbilly Deluxe

February 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

DB @1:37

And George Harrison played the solo on the Cream song “Badge”.

RW-(the original)

February 24th, 2009
3:40 pm

While we’re reminiscing about all this great music of the 60’s keep in mind that in 1967 the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined.

Geezer

February 24th, 2009
4:08 pm

Remember the movie Mars Attacks? When they played Slim Whitman, the Martians heads exploded.

NRB

February 24th, 2009
4:20 pm

Anyone who likes the Beatles needs to take a trip to Vegas and see the cirque de sole “Love” show. Absolutely stunning.

What, nobody around here likes anything new? At least within the past 20 years? Jane’s Addiction, anyone? Damn commies.

cubalibre

February 24th, 2009
6:01 pm

NRB– with ya all the way on Jane’s Addiction (why I find Perry Farrell attractive is something I still can’t figure out, but…). Hendrix, Black Sabbath, & Iron Maiden were some of my first loves, but with the 80’s & 90’s came groups that I love just as much: Guns ‘N Roses, Metallica, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden (Chris Cornell is one of the best rock vocalists, EVER), and yes, even Pearl Jam. Post ‘79 hasn’t been a complete wasteland!

Hip Hopcracy

February 24th, 2009
8:39 pm

Wasn’t this one of the albums the “conservatives” in the South burned in the 60’s?

Eleanor Rigby

February 24th, 2009
9:37 pm

Thanks Jay. That was lovely. I’m sorry I’m just now getting to see it. It was a busy day today. Did anyone comment on the full-monty that one joker gave? That was funny. Pity it wasn’t filmed from the other side of the street. It’s been so long, I’ve forgotten what they look like. I miss John and George, especially George. He was such a kind and gentle soul.

P.S. I know you can’t see me, but I’m in the white VW. :)