The best satire makes you laugh at a serious issue and then you quickly realize that it’s absolutely no laughing matter.
Back in March 2011, I posted a video clip from the legendary 1968 Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus film, not a clip of the Stones themselves, but of The Who, performing their song A Quick One (While He’s Away).
Legend has it that the film was intended to be aired on BBC television, but that the Rolling Stones refused to let it air because The Who upstaged them with their amazing performance. (Another, more realistic, version of the story is that the Stones were unhappy with their performance due to the fact that massive delays during the filming resulted in their not playing until 5:00am, after having been up all night assisting in the production of the other performances, and indeed their exhaustion shows in the film, which was finally released in 1996.)
Anyway, my March 2011 post described this version of The Who’s A Quick One as quite possibly the greatest live Rock&Roll performance ever, and I’m still prepared to stand by that assertion.
Given that high praise, you can imagine my skepticism when I saw a tweet on Twitter today from Pearl Jam, which included a link to a YouTube video of their frontman, Eddie Vedder, performing A Quick One with My Morning Jacket, from a 2006 concert.
As it turns out, though, it’s a great, great rendition of a song that I didn’t think anyone could pull off.
That said, it is absolutely stunning to consider this: Whereas My Morning Jacket employs two electric guitars, bass, keyboards and drums to recreate this classic song, The Who made it a classic using only one guitar, one bass, and one drummer.
Judge for yourself, if you will. Here’s the tweet, the Vedder & My Morning Jacket performance, and finally The Who.
Even though some reply tweeters rush to point out that Time Warner likely does not make money from the sale of ALL Guy Fawkes masks, I think a valid point is made about the need to thoroughly think through the symbols we use.
I love George Takei!
He will always be Sulu to me (sorry John Cho), I appreciate how he leveraged his celebrity by coming out as a gay man in 2005, becoming a strong, vocal LGBT advocate, and I find his Facebook feed consistently entertaining.
That he’s also a Buddhist is news to me, and since I dabble in the teachings of the Buddha, another reason to like him.
LOL! And I thought I was the only one who finds splitting a bill to be a mentally exhausting challenge.
Be sure to click on the link in the tweet and read the entire “article”.
The team of physicists decided to test Dreyfuss’s Pay For What You Ordered Algorithm, which hypothesized that it was possible to determine what each individual owed by defining variables such as the cost of one’s entrée, the total number of beverages one consumed, one’s percentage of the sum ingestion of the component parts of the Firecracker Salmon Rolls and Buffalo Blasts, and “six bucks toward the birthday boy’s meal.”