The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Academy of the Underrated #3:
The Hoosier Hot Shots


The original Hoosier Hot Shots may have been the greatest Jazz-oriented novelty act in history. Never achieving the vast Popular success of Spike Jones & His City Slickers, they were nevertheless a staple on Chicago's WLS beginning in the early 1930s; later becoming ubiquitous on that station's Saturday night "National Barn Dance", simulcast by the NBC radio network.

A four-man aggregation whose music ranged from Dixieland ferocity to genuinely bizarre novelty concoctions like "Connie's Got Connections in Connecticut" and "I Like Bananas (Because They Have No Bones)", their sound was light and unforced, appealing to lovers of Jazz and Country both; while their comic turns were a mix of the cringingly cornball with the truly strange. Novelty acts generally don't last . . . it's almost axiomatic . . . but the Hoosiers stayed together, in one form or another, until 1980; playing where they could, giving their listeners whatever they had; showmen and musicians to the end.

2 comments :

swac said...

They don't write 'em like From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies any more.

Are you ready Hezzie?

ronbo11 said...

I know that Hoosier is derogatory in some circles, but these cornballs made this native of Southern Indiana right proud!