May 15th is International Family Day. It was founded by the United Nations in 1994. What better way to mark the occasion then with a song about the Beverly Hillbillies? The poorest and most rural family imaginable becomes fabulously wealthy by a lucky strike. Hooray!
Weird Al included the music video in the 1989 movie UHF which he co-wrote and starred in. The film is now considered a cult classic and everyone should check it out. The song is a parody of “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits and the recording features guitarist Mark Knopfler.
“National Truffle Day is celebrated annually on May 2. A dictionary search of the word ‘truffle’ may bring up a subterranean fungus, but that isn’t what we’re celebrating. Right now, we are honoring the great truffle — a beloved chocolate dessert. It comes with finger-licking surprises ranging from added fruits and nuts to cream centers. This holiday is also an opportunity to show off your culinary skills to entertain friends and family. Children will take particular pleasure in this holiday — just make sure to keep them away from the main stash, lest they get a sugar high.” (National Today)
“Savoy Truffle” was written by George Harrison and it first appeared on The Beatles’s White Album in 1968. George’s pal Eric Clapton had a fondness for sweats. Apparently that, plus a warning about tooth decay, is the inspiration for this track.
Are you ready for desert? I didn’t make it through the song. I’m already eating some chocolate in my mind. What is your favorite sweet treat? Let me know in the comments.
John James Audubon was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He is remembered for his extensive studies of American birds. He made detailed illustrations of birds in natural habitats. Audubon’s The Birds of America is considered by many to be the finest ornithological work of all time.
The dude was born on April 26, 1785 and so National Audubon Day occurs on April 26 every year. It’s not a bad time to do a little bird watching.
The strange thing is that a group of people now believe (or pretend to believe) that birds are not real.
Taylor Lorenz (NY Times) reports, “In Pittsburgh, Memphis and Los Angeles, massive billboards recently popped up declaring, ‘Birds Aren’t Real.’ On Instagram and TikTok, Birds Aren’t Real accounts have racked up hundreds of thousands of followers, and YouTube videos about it have gone viral. … Adherents even protested outside of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco to demand that the company change its bird logo.”
“The events were all connected by a Gen Z-fueled conspiracy theory, which posits that birds don’t exist and are really drone replicas installed by the U.S. government to spy on Americans. Hundreds of thousands of young people have joined the movement, wearing Birds Aren’t Real T-shirts, swarming rallies and spreading the slogan.”
So yeah. The song of the day is “Surfin’ Bird” as covered by one of our favorite currently active touring groups, Radioactive Chicken Heads. The song has not been officially released yet. We currently feature the version by The Ramones on the live stream.
I really love the visuals in this video. It’s a cluckin’ great time!
From what I can tell, the vocals are live. I think the music however is from the studio recording. The rest of the band is pantomiming. Things like this were common in the 60s and remain so today.
Next time you watch a singer on Saturday Night Live, ask yourself if the band is really in the mix. Chances are that they are not. Sometimes the performance looks and sounds truly live, but the band is just pantomiming to a recording they made on the same exact stage the day before. I’ll save the ethics conversation for later.
I am fairly certain that Grace Slick is really singing live to the audience here. In fact her performance is sublime.