Some travelin’ home music for a good cause

As a rule, actors who dabble as musicians do about as well as actors who dabble in politics. Which usually isn’t very well at all.

I wouldn’t try to argue that Gary Sinese is some profound exception to the rule, but he’s put together a more-than-competent cover band that calls itself the Lt. Dan Band, after the character played by Sinese in “Forrest Gump”.

If you recall the movie, Lt. Dan loses both legs in Vietnam but is eventually fitted out with prosthetic limbs, leading to that fateful moment in the movie when a startled Forrest exclaims — all together now! — “Lieutenant Dan! You got new legs! New legs!”

These days, when his schedule allows, Sinese travels with the Lt. Dan Band raising money to help disabled veterans. He and the band will play tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta, with proceeds used to help build custom-designed homes in the Atlanta area for Marine Cpl. Todd Love, who lost three limbs in Afghanistan, and for Army Specialist First Class Mike Schlitz, who lost two limbs and was burned badly in an IED blast in Iraq.

Here’s the Lt. Dan Band and Sinese, a native of the Chicago area, performing the much-covered Robert Johnson classic “Sweet Home, Chicago.”

– Jay Bookman

229 comments Add your comment

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
4:40 pm

Rock on, Sinese and veterans everywhere!

George P. Burdell

November 2nd, 2012
4:47 pm

Definitely much better than the average actor attempt at music and certainly for a good cause. Do you know how often he is able to travel with the band?

godless heathen

November 2nd, 2012
4:54 pm

Aquagirl

November 2nd, 2012
4:58 pm

Well, here we are. The last FNM before we all kill each other on Wednesday.

godless heathen

November 2nd, 2012
4:58 pm

I liked Sinese in the Forrest Gump movies, especially the 2nd one. You know the one where Lt. Dan was going to go to the moon with Forrest but he got sick and couldn’t go. And then the space ship blew up and it was a good thing that Lt. Dan didn’t go after all because he was able to tell Forrest and the others how to get home. Something like that.

josef

November 2nd, 2012
5:00 pm

JAY

A tip o’ the top hat to you for this FNM before the election post…a reminder to us all that there are some things we take for granted that didn’t come cheap…

godless heathen

November 2nd, 2012
5:00 pm

Well, here we are. The last FNM before we all kill each other on Wednesday.

Aw AQ, it ain’t going to be like that. Even keel, baby.

josef

November 2nd, 2012
5:01 pm

As for Forrest Gump…my jury’s still out on that one, but a d*mned fine soundtrack…

Patrick

November 2nd, 2012
5:01 pm

Godless–

I LOVED Forrest Gump 2!!

Common Sense isn't very Common

November 2nd, 2012
5:06 pm

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
5:14 pm

Arguably even more rare, a prez candidate with musical talent…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LhgGs4TrYA

Paul

November 2nd, 2012
5:15 pm

He’s a wonderful man with demonstrable compassion. I like the way he goes about living his values.

But I am kinda jealous he gets to play opposite Sela Ward.

And Jay…. gee golly… did you HAVE to mention he comes from Chicago? I sense a new conspiracy theory making its way onto the blog…..

josef

November 2nd, 2012
5:15 pm

Here’s one from Forrest Gump that’s always had a special, special connection for me and may have some bearing on where we are now in time and place…the band donated the proceeds from this song to the Hurricane Camille relief effort…and performed several concerts to raise funds therefor…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cyea8FE3WA

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

November 2nd, 2012
5:19 pm

godless heathen

November 2nd, 2012
5:21 pm

Too far!!!! This is going too damn far!! I am as compassionate as the next guy but we can’t have this crap!!!! We’re hurtin’ down here.

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (WBTW) –

Atlanta TV station WSB-TV reports that the Cartersville’s Anheuser-Busch plant switched over one of its lines from producing beer to producing cans of emergency drinking water for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
5:25 pm

For the fun little gal tending bar at the Tangier Shriners Center in Omaha.

What a great group of people. Thanks, brother Jim…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJi5tjNyDr0

George P. Burdell

November 2nd, 2012
5:26 pm

Godless, I just hope they mark the cans of water clearly. Otherwise, it might be difficult to tell the difference between the water and the Budweiser.

josef

November 2nd, 2012
5:27 pm

ZamVet

There was this one, too…fast forward to about 1:50 to get to the playing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCsGSMze_6Q&playnext=1&list=PL606A1FC877491681&feature=results_video

And then there was my hero…

“My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtVMLX0zz_A

godless heathen

November 2nd, 2012
5:29 pm

Just got back from the store. Cleaned ‘em out of Bud Light. Hoarding for the upcoming shortage.

godless heathen

November 2nd, 2012
5:30 pm

Otherwise, it might be difficult to tell the difference between the water and the Budweiser.

LOL! That’s what some say.

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
5:33 pm

heathen, HUGE LOL!

jonix, thanks for that clip of Trickly Dick tickling the 88s. Very cool.

More sweet Starship power pop…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbsEynwXh18&feature=related

Paul

November 2nd, 2012
5:34 pm

godless heathen

“Just got back from the store. Cleaned ‘em out of Bud Light. ”

So why didn’t you get some beer?

:-)

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

November 2nd, 2012
5:34 pm

josef

November 2nd, 2012
5:35 pm

They BOTH suck

November 2nd, 2012
5:35 pm

They BOTH suck

November 2nd, 2012
5:38 pm

josef

November 2nd, 2012
5:38 pm

ZamVet

And he composed it…just goes to show ya nevuh can tell…

Wonder if that’s what Harry would’ve (or maybe did) play in the ho house? :-)

pogo

November 2nd, 2012
5:38 pm

Bloomberg is an idiot. While the people of his city are suffering from fuel and food shortages he takes time out of his busy day to endorse Obama for his climate change stance and to say that the NY marathon will go on. New Yorkers are getting pissed off as well they should be and I think there is going to be hell to pay both locally and nationally. Bloomberg is the typical liberal; he delves on the most un-important ideological things while ignoring the suffering of his own people. He is so far removed from his constituents it is sad as he lives in a world of cocktail parties and “interesting” conversations about whatever ussues his fellow liberals seem to think important such as climate change or obesity amongst the proletariat. Yea, those are both real important when somebody can’t stay warm or doesn’t have anything to eat.

Update: now Bloomberg cancels the NY marathon. The fact that he wanted it to be held in the first place makes him look like the “blooming” idiot he is. And where is Obama while these people are standing in line wanting to stay warm and to have food? He flew in, had his political photo-op with Christy and flew out again to Ohio. Obama has no compassion for these people. He only has compassion for those people that he can use to further his agenda. He proved that with the Memphis floods and the Alabama tornadoes.

godless heathen

November 2nd, 2012
5:40 pm

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
5:42 pm

Great counterculture stuff, BOTH.

After the Bush administration left the White House in disgrace, I was struck by how much it seemed like 1968 all over again…

Of course, the music didn’t suck then! (grin)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPQhdyHjQ5M

They BOTH suck

November 2nd, 2012
5:44 pm

Orange12

November 2nd, 2012
5:48 pm

Check this out.
http://network.yardbarker.com/college_football/article_external/ducks_liquid_lightning_lid_selling_for_1200/12114892?linksrc=home_vv_image_12114892
No music, but still interesting. Just their starting 22 wear $26,400.00 worth of headgear. Quite expensive if you consider everyone who dressess out.

Skip

November 2nd, 2012
5:48 pm

Can Jay get Pogo’s name to default to one trick pony ?

kayaker 71

November 2nd, 2012
5:50 pm

It is ironic how much some of us are stuck in the late 60s, early 70s era. Lots of good music, memories, some good and some bad but it seemed to be the best/worst of times….

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

November 2nd, 2012
5:54 pm

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

November 2nd, 2012
5:54 pm

ad

November 2nd, 2012
5:55 pm

pogo – I guess you don’t think there is any global warming and that weather patterns are changing and sea levels will rise, but there are tons of scientists that disagree. Bloomberg’s city will be greatly affected if they are right, so he’s doing what’s best for his consituancy. I believe he also praised some of Obama’s social policies which go against the GOP’s platform, but are largely supported by those who live in NY. Also, I’m sure he hasn’t missed a beat on trying to get food, water, shelter and power to those who need it.

They BOTH suck

November 2nd, 2012
5:56 pm

ad

November 2nd, 2012
5:59 pm

Oh, and, pogo, the only Memphis flood in recent history was where a couple of mobile homes got wet north of town and some riverside streets went under a foot or so of water. Reporters came from far and wide only to find out that Memphis is on a river bluff and it doesn’t flood too easily. They and their camerafolks waded out to what water they could find. I felt so sorry for the camerafolks.

Paul

November 2nd, 2012
6:04 pm

godless heathen

That was good.

I’ve got to run, but if you’re interested in trying something different, JamVet can put you on to some flavorful brews.

Pleasant weekend, all -

josef

November 2nd, 2012
6:04 pm

and for those of us who think our young folks don’t think…here’s a kid’s high school AP Government project…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0OxgG6TzbM

adam smith's invisible hand

November 2nd, 2012
6:05 pm

They BOTH suck

November 2nd, 2012
6:06 pm

josef

November 2nd, 2012
6:10 pm

ad

You’re wrong on the Memphis flood…only part of the city is on the bluff…there were plenty of flooding in plenty of neighborhoods…and that trailer comment was plumb tacky…

And are you vying with Pogo for top t*rd in the FNM punch bowl… :-)

Logical Dude

November 2nd, 2012
6:11 pm

They BOTH suck

November 2nd, 2012
6:17 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0nMHBFZc_E&feature=related

Everyone have a great FNM and an even better weekend!!!!

Peace

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
6:19 pm

Native Atlantan

November 2nd, 2012
6:20 pm

Awesome video josef and, sadly, it properly represents the world we still live in today.

ad

November 2nd, 2012
6:26 pm

josef – Yeah – all of Memphis is not on a bluff – just the part that fronts the river. Now, you’re the one implying there’s something distasteful about mobile homes – I just said they were the main victims of the flood. I don’t know what you’ve got against them or those who live in them. There may have been a couple of other homes on Mud Island that got nipped and a few cars parked on the bluff, but it was in no way a natural disaster worthy of presidential attention, as implied by pogo. The Pyramid didn’t even flood and it’s right on the river. Go to Memphis some time. Great BBQ – best in the nation.

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
6:32 pm

ad

November 2nd, 2012
6:26 pm

josef – Yeah – all of Memphis is not on a bluff – just the part that fronts the river. Now, you’re the one implying there’s something distasteful about mobile homes – I just said they were the main victims of the flood. I don’t know what you’ve got against them or those who live in them. There may have been a couple of other homes on Mud Island that got nipped and a few cars parked on the bluff, but it was in no way a natural disaster worthy of presidential attention, as implied by pogo. The Pyramid didn’t even flood and it’s right on the river. Go to Memphis some time. Great BBQ – best in the nation.
++++++++++++++++

Yo Richard Cranium. Save your BS politics for other threads. This one is for MUSIC. I double down on my dedication to you.

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
6:33 pm

Here’s all we want to hear about Memphis on this thread:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK5YGWS5H84

wet wiccan

November 2nd, 2012
6:36 pm

speaking of actors who dabble in music, has anyone seen this movie?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D35KdQKNeW0&feature=related

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

November 2nd, 2012
6:40 pm

You want a musical? Try this one. Ha,ha.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyViqlFEKUI

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
6:41 pm

wet wiccan: No and as much as I dislike him I actually want to see it lol. It should be on HBO soon…….

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 2nd, 2012
6:43 pm

Now, you’re the one implying there’s something distasteful about mobile homes – I just said they were the main victims of the flood. I don’t know what you’ve got against them or those who live in them.

Well, thanks, Fred. Far as I can recollect, that’s about the only decent thing you ever wrote on this blog.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 2nd, 2012
6:45 pm

wet wiccan

November 2nd, 2012
6:46 pm

hey fred, did you see the post I left for you last FNM?

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 2nd, 2012
6:47 pm

godless heathen

November 2nd, 2012
6:47 pm

And sometimes great musicians try to be actors. Case in point is the forgettable “Daddy and Them” starring John Prine. But a good song did come from it.

http://youtu.be/F5axlwCBXC8

josef

November 2nd, 2012
6:47 pm

ad

Go to Memphis some time…? I lived there growing up, Got kin folks all over there. They’ll fill you in on the flood of 2011 and what it cost them. Distasteful about mobile homes? You must be new here, eh, ZamVet? :-)

Now, as for BBQ…I’ll have to agree with you there…that and some of the finest music ever recorded…

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
6:48 pm

The title track of their astounding 1974 album…

1) They gave up touring in 74 to concentrate on their studio work

2) They hate talking to the media

3) They have no permanent band and use session musicians and individual experts to craft particular sounds

4) They’re named after a dildo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xaw0oDqDFlY

josef

November 2nd, 2012
6:50 pm

wet wiccan

November 2nd, 2012
6:53 pm

Kamchak

good one! that was a pretty good movie too. Meryl Streep from Postcards From the Edge

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc-hMePuYSY

josef

November 2nd, 2012
6:53 pm

ZamVet

“4) They’re named after a dildo”

I did not know that…the sh*t you learn here at FNM :-)

ad

November 2nd, 2012
6:56 pm

Well, josef – maybe we knew each other growing up because I grew up there and still have family there. I followed the “flood” very closely and we all had a good laugh at how the national news people came down to stand in their wading boots in the Mississippi along Riverside Drive.

Fred – why don’t you follow your own advice?

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
7:00 pm

12, interesting. But I’m a football conservative (LOL!) and not a fan of the cosmic new look. The Huskers wore some gawdawful one time special uniforms this year. The only good news was that the Wisconsin ones were worse!

BOTH, one of the great lines in rock lyuricdom:

He may look dumb but that’s just a disguise

jonix, no doubt, Ball of Confusion was one of the most important songs of our era. But damn man, you could dance to it!!!

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
7:01 pm

Fred – why don’t you follow your own advice?

I AM following my own advise. See how I’m playing songs and NOT talking politics? Here’s your sign……….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5ZkdHImCuQ

ad

November 2nd, 2012
7:02 pm

Fred – oh. ok.

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
7:04 pm

Redneck Convert (R–and proud of it)

November 2nd, 2012
6:43 pm

Now, you’re the one implying there’s something distasteful about mobile homes – I just said they were the main victims of the flood. I don’t know what you’ve got against them or those who live in them.

Well, thanks, Fred. Far as I can recollect, that’s about the only decent thing you ever wrote on this blog.
++++++++++++++++++

Wasn’t me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc6l5w1mhqg

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
7:04 pm

A steam powered one, jo.

Being fans of Beat Generation literature, Fagen and Becker named the band after “Steely Dan III from Yokohama”, a strap-on dildo referred to in the William S. Burroughs novel Naked Lunch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GM8vnIZFw0

ad

November 2nd, 2012
7:05 pm

josef

November 2nd, 2012
7:05 pm

ad
Where did you live? Where did you go to school? When were you living there? We might have known each other. I was in an out of the city most of my younger years and lived there from 1967 to 1971. Your folks may have gotten a laugh, but a lot of mine didn’t…google the Memphis flood of 2011 images…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 2nd, 2012
7:07 pm

wet wiccan

Dave Grusin played the piano and scored that film along with another one of my favorites, 3 Days of the Condor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTRnO5R_NiY

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
7:08 pm

wet wiccan: Nope sorry. I missed it. Play is again Sam lol.

Josef: Awesome tune. I haven’t heard her for a long time. I love that song, (and her lol).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vth4pHYHGwM

godless heathen

November 2nd, 2012
7:11 pm

Steely Dan and the Eagles had a bit of a tiff about something. The Steely Knives reference in Hotel California is supposed to be a reference to SD and this song is supposed to be a dig at the Eagles.

Maybe Jam knows more.

http://youtu.be/OvAO3fr5Q4c

ad

November 2nd, 2012
7:14 pm

josef – lived in East Memphis went to WSHS and folks are spread from the Midtown to G’town. Nobody lives on Mud Island, which, frankly, seemed like a dumb place to build houses. I did Google the images before responding and didn’t see much that I didn’t recall from the time. Sorry if I offended on the flood, but got drawn in (yeah, stupid) by an earlier comment that Obama didn’t show compassion after the Memphis flood. Compared to the tornadoes that swept through MO, the flooding that happened South of Memphis and, certainly what the East coast is going through, the Memphis flood struck me as being pretty small potatoes. Now I have to apologize to Fred for talking politics. Here’s another song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2apM0DAe1g

josef

November 2nd, 2012
7:15 pm

ZamVet

I knew about that from Naked Lunch…but I had never made the connection…duh! :-)

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
7:16 pm

heathen: I found this on google

http://rulefortytwo.com/secret-rock-knowledge/chapter-8/steely-dan-vs-eagles/

As I have gotten older, this has become my favorite Eagles tune I think:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekytTpFy96o&feature=related

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
7:16 pm

Nope, news to me, heahten.

But wow. Two killer bands…

I did find this:

The line, “Turn up The Eagles; the neighbors are listening” was inspired by Walter Becker’s girlfriend, who loved the Eagles. A year later, the Eagles returned the favor on “Hotel California” with the line, “They stab it with their steely knives but they just can’t kill the beast.” (thanks, Seth – Brooklyn, NY)

According to Glenn Frey’s liner notes for The Very Best of Eagles, the use of the word “steely” in the lyric (referring to knives) was a playful nod to band Steely Dan, who had included the lyric “Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening” in their song “Everything You Did.”

Long live the Intertubes!

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2098

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
7:17 pm

NP ad, I was a bit harsh maybe lol. Here let me post that song for you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2apM0DAe1g

wet wiccan

November 2nd, 2012
7:19 pm

MIKE

November 2nd, 2012
7:20 pm

Jam Vet, thanks for the hit of Steely Dan! In 1975 I had a 1970 olds 442 and Steely was always in my 8 track player!

josef

November 2nd, 2012
7:21 pm

ad

Got it…no problem…and, yes, Obama responded very well during the flood of 2011 and there were places that got hit a lot worse than Memphis…I was being a bit tetchy, loving the city the way I do!

Me? Chickasaw Gardens, MUS, and Anshei Sphard Beth El Emeth. And speaking of Memphis barbecue, only in Memphis do you get this

http://forward.com/articles/657/a-grill-a-minute-memphis-jews-on-que/

:-)

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
7:21 pm

Always was partial to this Steely Dan tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD_DyoB4Cjs

Farouk

November 2nd, 2012
7:21 pm

“…after the character played by Sinise in “Forrest Gump”.

Arguably the best movie ever made. Sinise was robbed when he didn’t win the best supporting actor Oscar.

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
7:24 pm

Well I think I’m out for a while. Ya’ll stay frosty.

Here’s a “slight” departure. I was looking at Ricky Don’t Lose that Numebr and it made me think of Rickie Lee Jones which of course made me think of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JkT3p6H4Ws

josef

November 2nd, 2012
7:27 pm

deep cut Steely Dan all ya want…still the best…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYuxvhqOsWI&feature=related

stands for decibels

November 2nd, 2012
7:28 pm

Memphis? someone mention Memphis? Gets a mention in this tune

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RYQ8Y-ObMw

feelin’ like a hundred bucks…

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
7:28 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 2nd, 2012
7:29 pm

Arguably the best movie ever made.

Not even close.

From To Have and Have Not a far better film, and not even my no. 1.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFfuUu5xmMA

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
7:33 pm

Cheers all you S Dan fans.

ad, that Astral Traveler was great. The kind of music that I had to patient with, but when I did it was always worth it.

Friday nights here are so much fun.

The Dan to Shindig! (The Gentrys).

Check out this list of guests!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shindig!

Fred ™

November 2nd, 2012
7:37 pm

Kam: Lauren Bacall for sure was a goddess, but THIS woman has always held my heart. Even now at 78 she still is finer than frog hair:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhyApMVm9Rs

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 2nd, 2012
7:37 pm

Well, I knew about the background for the name of Steely Dan. But I’m still partial to The Eagles. And if there’s a better Eagles song than this one, I haven’t heard it. It’s got everything—even a little story that alot of people besides rednecks can relate to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws-YqUcD0LY

josef

November 2nd, 2012
7:37 pm

YOW-ZUH

FINALLY!!! It’s on Youtube…music lovers check it out…fantastic program it was…I know where I’m gonna be in the a.m.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u011JBVZGSw

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 2nd, 2012
7:38 pm

Fred

Lauren Bacall was 19 years old when they made that film.

godless heathen

November 2nd, 2012
7:41 pm

Arguably the best movie ever made.

Not even close.

I agree, but he did say it was arguable. ;)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

November 2nd, 2012
7:55 pm

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 2nd, 2012
8:03 pm

Well, seeing as how the subject of trailers come up, I think it’s time for some Sammy Kershaw:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iICDCj-qOEU

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

November 2nd, 2012
8:11 pm

Veterans Day is coming up soon. I’d like to give a big THANK YOU to all the vets on the blog. You all are the reason for every free breath we take!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cdFuMgMkBM

JamVet

November 2nd, 2012
8:11 pm

Most of us have been around for awhile…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9eQ8_T1ytU