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

Artists in Action #532
Soupy Sales dies at 83


Soupy Sales makes an entrance.

And an exit: read the Los Angeles Times obit here.

11 comments :

swac said...

Funny, the obit mentions his sons, but doesn't mention that they went on to become sidemen for David Bowie.

MichaelRyerson said...

While the dull kids were watching The Mickey Mouse Club, this is what us wise guys were soaking up. Later, we tried to look up the skirts of the little dull girls and then quietly went to work for the little dull boys. We showed em.

Andy 7 said...

I used to have his album with "White Fang" and "Pookie The Toreador". Good record.

Nazz Nomad said...

i hope when the grim reaper showed up, soupy threw a pie in his face!

Vanwall said...

Damn, that was a great show, and Sales was brilliant.

swac said...

Rhino Handmade put out both of his Reprise LPs on a single CD that I think is still available from their website. It also has his Christmas single Santa Claus Is Surfin' to Town included, which is even rarer than the LPs (I only have one on actual vinyl).

No sign of The Mouse though.

Timmy said...

Do the Soupy Shuffle and shuffle your cares away... Farewell, old pal

Clarity said...

I read your blog earlier today and had the distinct impression, "This feels like home".

Apart from that he is unfamiliar to me (coming from England). May he dwell peacefully.

Maureen said...

The original perpetrator of illogical action.

Fred said...

Thanks for remembering Soupy. I'm considering sending you some of those green pictures of the old guys with beards from my parents' wallets just to show you my appreciation.

psoriasisguru.com said...

Soupy Sales: comedic genius, RIP. A lot of his mannerisms and energy reminds me of Dick van Dyke actually... the two even looked alike