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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Asylum Street Spankers Video

Couldn't resist...even if I can't watch this at home myself!


Blogger dada said...

Fuckin-A! This was rich Mel! Holy shit. I dreamt this entire exact routine the summer of 03! And before I sold my SUV, I bought it a ribbon and stuck it on its assend that read "One nation, under ribbons!"

Sadly, while my SUV was large enuff to accommodate it, the ribbon wasn't. Wasn't big enuff to say all I wanted it to say, i.e., "One fuckin' nation, under ribbons!"

Now the question becomes, "How to get this fuckin' song outta my head I'll be singing to myself the rest of the goddamned week?

(Oh, and PS...I don't always take the time to watch/listen to all the youtubes I encounter, but when I saw this ONE on YOUR blog here, I knew it would be kind, heartwarming, and enriching experience worth the time.)

5:35 AM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Glad you enjoyed the video, Dada. You might be interested to know the Asylum Street Spankers are an Austin band (my favorite Austin band by far). Keep an eye out for them on tour. I promise you a show you will thoroughly enjoy.

7:09 AM  
Blogger dada said...

The strange thing about this video? Well, it's light. It's very funny.

But when finished watching it, I wanted to pull out my hair, turn things over, burn things down.

Such contradictory feelings to what I had just experienced watching this. How the hell does one reconcile it?

7:21 AM  
Blogger azgoddess said...


2:13 PM  
Anonymous D.K. Raed said...

This was great! Now, why can't you see it, Mel? Guess your own private computer isn't set up yet.

I saw Bill Maher's first public performance after he was fired from his old politically incorrect show. One of his observations was about how we express our patriotism in this country. His money line was "so put a yellow ribbon sticker on your vehicle because isn't it the very least you can do & I mean the VERY LEAST, involving literally no effort or further thought for dying soldiers at all." Most people in the audience got it, but not all, certainly not the idiot in the balcony who loudly yelled "go back to san francisco, bill mayor." At least I think that's what he said, the mayor part threw me.

Mel, I loved this video & now have to ask WHAT is a street spanker anyway? And why do I always assume you will have the answers to these questions? Hah! ~~ D.K.

5:04 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Deke, I'm working on getting my own computer up to speed, but I can watch the video down the road on my sister-in-law's computer, which will have to suffice for ther time being.

Asylum Street is what they used to call Guadalupe Street north of downtown Austin when it ran past the University of Texas to the State Hospital. The "spankers" part comes in because the band keeps a large paddle onstage for birthday celebrations and unruly audience members.

You knew there had to be a story.


Dada, I know what you mean...all I know to do is keep laughing.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous D.K. Raed said...

hey mel, am I nuts, or did you change the name of your blog, adding "del Sur" ??? ~~ D.K.

12:30 AM  
Blogger deuddersun said...

OUT-fucking-Standing! Kinda brings to mind John Prine's "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven anymore!"


8:49 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Deke, you get the door prize for being the first to notice (and mention) the name change. Drop by Route 1, Box 222B, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204 anytime to pick up your complimentary Razorback waterbottle to use when you visit the Big Dam Bridge.


Glad you enjoyed, Deud. And I'll check out John Prine.

10:04 PM  
Anonymous D.K. Raed said...

Oh, I plan on being down there one of these years & will definitely drop by to pick up my waterbottle, mel! I hope it's filled with something to facilitate walking across that long dam bridge.

re: the name change ... the way you snuck it in there, I really thought I was imagining things! Just hope it's going OK for you there with readjusting, reconnecting, etc. ~~ D.K.

10:55 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Good to see you blogging again...and this is amazing- how could they get through this without laughing or cracking up...really funny..thanks....needed that....I think I might have to watch it every day...I too had an urge to break something...hmm...maybe it is still just the SOTU hangover effect;......

2:02 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

That was indeed a thing of beauty and a delight. Thank you. It's a cold rainy day here today and that vid. was a ray of cyber sunshine.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Spadoman said...

Good Shit Mel!!!

You're back with a bang! And from The South. How cool is that?

Keep up the good work

9:47 AM  

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