Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Pleasant Distractions

Yeah, sure, the speech is almost over, but let’s pretend I was actually a helpful person and posted this a few hours ago.

How about one of the first great mock-rock-docs, The Last Polka, starring Eugene Levy and the deeply-missed John Candy?

Or how about a deep dive into the history of everyone’s favorite 70’s sound, the Fender Rhodes? If you’re unfamiliar with the name, you’ll certainly recognize the timbre: it’s the keyboard that sounds like shag carpeting. Jeff Chimenti’s playing one here in this picture:

And a fellow named Barry Beckett is playing one on this Paul Simon number you surely know:

Nice mustache, asshole.


  1. The Central Shaft

    January 30, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Didn’t progress past maybe the fourth piano lesson as a kid, yet as an adult still have to talk myself out of buying a Rhodes off eBay at least once every five years.

    No small influence, this, from when he was good:

  2. So Many Rhodes

  3. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    January 31, 2018 at 10:57 am

    The Last Polka – wonderful!!!

  4. That’s a bit harsh man, I know you got a thing for Edie ( who doesn’t) but let it go man.

  5. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    February 1, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Btw, the band never could get the polka rhythm right, no matter how much they practiced at Front Street. There is that little off beat that they just could not get.

  6. My friend group of like-minded, choogly music fans always refer to Keith’s Rhodes handy-work as his lazy organ…do what you will with that unintentional double entendre.

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