Chop Keenan as Lester Maddox: he may be a hick, but he’s our hick

I am saying we should be making money, public sector, on the phenomenon of tech miracle; we don’t have problem attracting tech. We have the opposite.

On Conway:
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and the connection back to the topic is that the tech people are causing, indirectly, the parking problem the RPP will try to remedy; it’s really the builders.

And if you don’t like, or know, Corey Harris, how about Randy Newman (and I’m taking a few liberties, ala your dad, Leland Levy):

Builder, they’re builders
they don’t know Degas from a hole in the ground.
They’re builders.
They’re keeping the Residents down.

(Music by Randy Newman, 1974; additional lyrics by Mark Weiss, 2014)

that’s from my post under Steve Levy, and here is the background, via wiki:
“Rednecks” is sung from the perspective of a Southern “redneck”. In it he expresses his dismay at the way that the North looks down upon The South. In particular the narrator describes his ire at watching a “smart-ass, New York Jew”[1] mock Lester Maddox on a television program. (This is an allusion to Maddox’s 1970 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show whose eponymous host is actually a gentile.)[2] In response to his frustration at the television show, the narrator goes on to list, sarcastically, a litany of negative qualities that Southerners are reputed to have. He focuses especially on institutionalized racism, or, as the narrator puts it: “keeping the niggers down.”

As the song ends, the narrator turns the knife on judgmental northerners, calling them out as hypocrites.[3] He achieves this by singing that the “North has set the nigger free” and then sings African-Americans are only “free to be put in a cage,” and then lists a number of black ghettos in northern cities (e.g. Roxbury in Boston, East St. Louis and Harlem in New York City) The song’s final lyric is: “They [the Northerners] gatherin’ ’em up, from miles around/Keeping the niggers down.”

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Randy Lewis said Newman had “peeled back the curtain on… bigots and hypocrites” with this song.[4]

Steve Earle recorded a country-grunge cover of “Rednecks” in 2006 for the tribute album Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman.[5]

Newman’s opinion[edit]
Newman has called “Rednecks” one of his favorite compositions. He said he wrote the song after watching Maddox’s appearance with Cavett and “seeing him be treated rudely… they had just elected him governor, in a state of 6 million or whatever, and if I were a Georgian, I would have been offended, irrespective of the fact that he was a bigot and a fool.”[2]

Newman said that having written “Rednecks” he felt he had to explain where he was coming from, which led him to write “Marie” and “Birmingham”, two other songs that ended up on his Good Old Boys album.[2]

This is Randy Newman, “Kingfish” from same album; maybe Joe Simitian is our Huey Long. Chop I note, is not actually an elected official but calls himself the Czar.

Here is the actual lyric. Not sure how I got from “fool” to “hick” other than the Keenans own or did own rice farms in Central Valley. My deal with Keenan, or with myself apropos of Keenan and 456, is that I would stop obstructing the SAP HANA-haus until 6 months after it opens, and even try to book talent into the room, on a 100-cap stage area, because Chop told me personally that it would “rock”. I thought, whether he agreed or not, that I was gonna check in end of August, so I’m kinda overdue. Not sure they see it that way and would want to meet me.

Last night I saw Lester Maddox on a TV show
With some smart-ass New York Jew
And the Jew laughed at Lester Maddox
And the audience laughed at Lester Maddox too
Well, he may be a fool, but he’s our fool
And if they think they’re better than him, they’re wrong
So I went to the park and I took some paper along
And that’s where I made this song

I recall that when I saw this it struck me that Mrissa could shake it pretty well for a millionaire.

and this reminds me that no you are not going to see me poppin’ in a video, and that I am more in Greg Camp’s camp, with a finger in the shape of an L on the forehead:

There a true funny story about sitting next to Greg Camp incognito on flight from Burbank to San Jo and mid-flight he says "I'm Greg Camp" to the guy on aisle and I, discussing his work.

There a true funny story about sitting next to Greg Camp incognito on flight from Burbank to San Jo and mid-flight he says “I’m Greg Camp” to the guy on aisle and I, discussing his work. the guy on the aisle wanted to contact Nick Cave and I sequed into Camp.


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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