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 #544

Frankie Howerd puckers


Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Titter ye not!

Tom Sutpen said...

I think they caught him in mid-'Oooohh, Missus!'

(have a great Thanksgiving, Ivan!)

Booksteve said...

When he was cast in the all-star turkey that was SGT PEPPER'S..., I could never figure why the'd cast an unknown in such a major (albeit doomed) project. That was many years ago and I have long since become a big fan! Just read a book on him and just watched the 1969 CARRY ON CHRISTMAS special!

Tom Sutpen said...

He was undoubtedly cast for the benefit of UK audiences . . . to whom he was anything but unknown. It probably wasn't even that big a deal, relatively speaking. I would think, by release time, everyone at RSO and Universal Pictures were focused on getting the thing in and out of theaters without anyone noticing just how stinkola it was.

They, of course, failed in this respect.

Fred said...

Actually, Tom, RSO bet the house on Sgt. Peppers. At the time, it was one of the largest pre-orders in history. Of course, it wasn't long before they were clipping the corners of the album sleeves and dumping them into Remainder bins all across the USA.

Max Allan Collins said...

Frankie Howerd was a genuis -- UP POMPEII!