June 19, 2002
A Terrible Confession
How uncool is Dr. Weevil? Looking over Eric Olsen's latest list of Cool Tunes, I found that:
- I only recognized the names of two of the thirty artists listed, and that's two more than on his last list.
- There is only one (Steve Earle) whose album(s) I have ever owned or ever considered owning.
- I'm fairly certain that I have never heard any of the songs listed. (Maybe I should tune in next week.)
On the other hand, of the list of 203 Worst Country Song Titles! (link from No Watermelons Allowed), I have heard at least 30, like at least 25, and own at least 20. (Exact numbers are difficult to calculate, since most of my CDs are in a rented storeroom in Ohio.) Many of the others look like jokes, possibly written down but never commercially recorded.
I can also add some missing titles, for instance:
- "Another Man Loved Me Last Night" (Loretta Lynn)
- "Bedsprings And Wedding Rings (Don't Mix)" (Rudi Protrudi)
- "Bill's (Honky Tonk Pickin', Line Dance Kickin', Razorback Stickin', Barbecue Chicken) Laundromat, Bar, And Grill" (Bill's is in Arkansas, naturally -- Confederate Railroad)
- "Black Label And White Lies" (Confederate Railroad)
- "Cagey Bea" (her name is Beatrice and she's a Russian agent, get it? -- Junior Brown)
- "Cheatin' Heart Attack" (Dale Watson)
- "Come Back To Us, Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard" (John Prine)
- "Don't Our Love Look Natural (Lyin' There)?" (Del McCoury)
- "Don't Trade Your Old Fashioned Sweetheart (For A Honky Tonk Queen)" (Ernest Tubb)
- "Drink That Mash And Talk That Trash" (Flatt & Scruggs)
- "Go To Sleep, Conscience (Don't Hurt Me This Time)" (Ernest Tubb)
- "God Save The Queen (Of The Honky Tonks)" (Charlie Walker)
- "The Gold Rush Is Over (And The Bum's Rush Is On)" (Maddox Brothers & Rose)
- "Good Old Fashioned Saturday Night Honky Tonk Barroom Brawl" (Vernon Oxford)
- "(I've Got) High Friends In Places All Over Town" (Scott McQuaig)
- "Hold That Critter Down" (Maddox Brothers & Rose)
- "I Like My Chicken Fryin' Size" (Johnny Bond & his Red River Valley Boys)
- "I Only Meant To Borrow (Not To Steal)" (Charlie Walker)
- "If Hell Had A Jukebox" (it would include many of these songs . . . just kidding! -- Travis Tritt)
- "If I Had My Wife To Love Over" (Vernon Oxford)
- "If You Don't Quit Checkin' On Me (I'm Checkin' Out On You)" (Ernest Tubb)
- "I'm Bitin' My Finger Nails (And Thinkin', Dear, Of You)" (Ernest Tubb & Loretta Lynn)
- "I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open From Now On" (Flatt & Scruggs)
- "Insured Beyond The Grave" (Louvin Brothers)
- "I Told You I Loved You In Thirty-Two Bars (Now You Can Buy Your Own Beer, Dear)" (Johnny Bond & his Red River Valley Boys)
- "Jesus And Bartenders" (they're the only ones who will always listen to your problems -- Lonesome Standard Time)
- "Life Goes On (I Wonder Why)" (Charlie Walker)
- "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" (Little Jimmy Dickens)
- "My Baby Don't Dance To Nothin' But Ernest Tubb" (Junior Brown)
- "My Heart Was Trampled On The Street" (Louvin Brothers)
- "My Wife Thinks You're Dead" (Junior Brown)
- "Redneck Romeo" (Confederate Railroad)
- "So Cold, So Dead, So Soon" (Roy Hogsed, best known as author of "Cocaine Blues", made famous by Johnny Cash)
- "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed (That's My Gal)" (Johnny Bond & his Red River Valley Boys)
- "Stalkin' After Midnight" (changing one word in a Patsy Cline classic makes for a really sick song -- Rudi Protrudi)
- "Take An Old Cold Tater And Wait" (Little Jimmy Dickens)
- "Tell Her Lies And Feed Her Candy" (Charlie Walker)
- "There's A Bottle Where She Used To Be" (Carl Smith)
- "(Yes, I Admit, I Got A) Thinkin' Problem" (Dale Watson)
- "Time Off For Bad Behavior" (Confederate Railroad)
- "Too Old To Cut The Mustard" (Ernest Tubb)
- "Truck Drivin' Cat With Nine Wives" (Charlie Walker)
- "(She's) Venom Wearin' Denim" (Junior Brown)
- "Walkin', Talkin', Cryin', Barely Beatin' Broken Heart" (Highway 101)
- "Wine Me Up" (Ernest Tubb)
- "Won't You Come Home (And Talk To A Stranger)" (Ernest Tubb & Loretta Lynn)
- "Yes, I Guess They Oughta Name A Drink After You" (John Prine)
- "You Were Right From Your Side (And I Was Left From Mine)" (Joy Lynn White)
- Best of all: "Ya Ba Da Ba Do (So Are You)" (a much better song than the title would lead you to expect -- George Jones)
All this without even considering the Austin Lounge Lizards . . .
(Nineteen titles added 11:00 AM the same day.)
Posted by Dr. Weevil at June 19, 2002 01:13 AM
Thanks Doc, Hey, with your country leanings, you should check out Chuck Prophet, who is amazing and very Western, though in a PoMo melting pot manner.
Also, there is no reason to feel uncool - these are mostly new releases, though surely you have heard of a band called "The Who."
Also in a twangy vein, Ray Wylie Hubbard is a Texas singer/songwriter and the collection it comes from is good. The Delbert McClinton is form a great tribute to Townes Van Zant, another Texas singer songwriter who died pretty young. I'm sure you have heard Willie Nelson's version of "Pancho and Lefty."
Keep in mind, I haven't heard of a lot of these until I get them. Allow your feelings of coolness to return.
Dude, i forgot to mention, the reason there is a link for the the Mr. T Experience is that their lead singer is Dr. Frank!! I believe you know that guy.
'Substitute' also has the line 'I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth,' which is certainly deserving of being part of the 'all-metaphor' team.
Speaking of metaphors, I'm right now listening to the blues show on WRNR, Annapolis MD, which reminds me of another candidate for the all-metaphor team (sorry--don't remember performer or title),
"I'll take you back...when James Brown ain't funky, and when King Kong ain't a monkey!"