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That's What I Like About The South

That's What I Like About The South
Phil Harris
Released 1958
RCA Camden CAL 456
Made in US

Posted by peter on March 22, 2014 at 9.15pm in listening
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peter: So straight from Pearl Bailey to "Dark Town Poker Club". Not sure how I feel about that.
2014.03.22 at 9.17pm · link ·
jodi: Please note the title, "That's What I Like About the South", is the straw in Phil's mint julep on the front of the record sleeve.
2014.03.22 at 9.18pm · link ·
jodi: Talk AMERICAN boys, AMERICAN. So's I can understand.

(Dark Town Poker Club)
2014.03.22 at 9.18pm · link ·
peter: He's doing a southern thing, here, ack-sent an' dickshun an' all; but not quite convincingly. As the liner notes are kind enough to point out, "P.S. He's an Ohio boy himself."
2014.03.22 at 9.19pm · link ·
jodi: This guy's delivery is rhythmic spoken word, like trucking songs. Or records by people who are actually comedians and not musicians. Is this guy a comedian? I don't like comedians.
2014.03.22 at 9.20pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: "P.S. He's an Ohio boy himself."

Yup, that's exactly what he sounds like, an Ohio boy puttin' on a fake Southern accent for yuks. Ugh.
2014.03.22 at 9.21pm · link ·
jodi: "put down that Occam's razor"
2014.03.22 at 9.21pm · link ·
kate: easily could have done without the creepy "yeah yeah yeah..."
2014.03.22 at 9.21pm · link ·
jodi: That's the only tree that my wife can't climb, woodman
SPARE IT FOR ME
2014.03.22 at 9.21pm · link ·
jodi:
kate: easily could have done without the creepy "yeah yeah yeah..."

Did you actually find this music on the internet somewhere? That makes me a little bit embarrassed for the internet. Of course, we purchased this record by choice. . .
2014.03.22 at 9.22pm · link ·
jodi: Jeez, his tree he's begging to be spared from cutting is called OLD SLIPPERY
2014.03.22 at 9.22pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: This guy's delivery is rhythmic spoken word, like trucking songs. Or records by people who are actually comedians and not musicians. Is this guy a comedian? I don't like comedians.

Accordin' to wikipedia he was a comedian, band leader, one-time music director of The Jell-O Show Starring Jack Benny, and more. Problem is, you have to listen to the words to get these stories, and I just don't listen to words generally.
2014.03.22 at 9.23pm · link ·
kate: oh yes, America definitely approves of this guy. I am not at all surprised.
2014.03.22 at 9.23pm · link ·
jodi: That's what I like about the South: it sounds like he's talking about food but I think he is actually talking about fetishizing black women? Dude, you're a douchebag.
2014.03.22 at 9.24pm · link ·
jodi: His swooping "doo wah diddy" actually had me guffawing out loud going "oh god, oh god"
2014.03.22 at 9.25pm · link ·
peter: Also according to wikipedia, his full name was Wonga Phillip "Phil" Harris. Wonga. Jesus, now he's telling a story about a preacher treed by a bear.
2014.03.22 at 9.26pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Problem is, you have to listen to the words to get these stories, and I just don't listen to words generally.

You are missing nothing. So far his wife is someone to run and hide from, he's a racial fetishist, and um, something about Hebrew children in the fiery furnace and I didn't catch that whole bit but WHAT THE FUCK PHIL.
2014.03.22 at 9.27pm · link ·
kate:
peter: Also according to wikipedia, his full name was Wonga Phillip "Phil" Harris. Wonga. Jesus, now he's telling a story about a preacher treed by a bear.


Wonga... yeah I'd go with Phil, too.
2014.03.22 at 9.27pm · link ·
jodi: Oh it's some kinda old testament thing about Daniel and whatever but I don't get the part about the Hebrew children. I think this guy is kind of awful?
2014.03.22 at 9.28pm · link ·
peter: Wait a second. . . "I'll never sin on sabbath day, and Sunday come I'll pray and pray." Maybe step one in your religious rehabilitation would be this simple lesson. Sunday = sabbath. Same day, honest.
2014.03.22 at 9.28pm · link ·
jodi: Uh-oh. Straight up spoken word, accompanied only by some female voices going whoooo-whooo,

Something about a soldier playing cards in the church? And getting in trouble for it?

I hope Santa is going to come in soon and give that soldier some presents. Son, I was a soldier too. . .
2014.03.22 at 9.29pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: You are missing nothing. So far his wife is someone to run and hide from, he's a racial fetishist, and um, something about Hebrew children in the fiery furnace and I didn't catch that whole bit but WHAT THE FUCK PHIL.

The furnace thing is a Daniel reference. And if you click through on that link, you'll see the most beautiful banner on high. Or at least, at the top of the page.
2014.03.22 at 9.30pm · link ·
jodi: Now it's just a bible story medley. When I see the nine I think of the lepers. When I see the ten I think of the Ten Commandments.

These numbers are in the cards deck.

When I see the queen I think of the virgin Mary.

I forget what eight was for!
2014.03.22 at 9.31pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Uh-oh. Straight up spoken word, accompanied only by some female voices going whoooo-whooo, Something about a soldier playing cards in the church? And getting in trouble for it? I hope Santa is going to come in soon and give that soldier some presents. Son, I was a soldier too. . .

Those are falsetto male voices. Much more manly. Sort of.
2014.03.22 at 9.31pm · link ·
jodi: NINE, NINE, NINE FOR MY LOST GOD

TEN TEN FOR EVERYTHINGEVERYTHINGEVERYTHINGEVERYTHING
2014.03.22 at 9.31pm · link ·
kate: you guys need to figure out how to stream from your house. then nobody has to worry about keeping up!
2014.03.22 at 9.31pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Now it's just a bible story medley. When I see the nine I think of the lepers. When I see the ten I think of the Ten Commandments. These numbers are in the cards deck. When I see the queen I think of the virgin Mary. I forget what eight was for!

Nine, Nine, Nine for. . . apparently, lepers, because 9 out of 10 of them never even thanked Jesus for healing them. Don't recall that from scripture, but ain't that religion.
2014.03.22 at 9.33pm · link ·
jodi: So he went all through the card deck, when I see the [number] it reminds me of [bible story], then he said there are 365 spots in a card deck (IS THIS TRUE? INTERNET, HELP ME), 52 cards for 52 weeks, 4 suits like weeks in a month. . . so his deck of cards is his bible and his almanac.

This is all a justification for not getting in trouble for playing card in church, mind.
2014.03.22 at 9.33pm · link ·
kate: Okay I need to get out of here and go to the room where we actually have air conditioning.
2014.03.22 at 9.34pm · link ·
peter:
kate: you guys need to figure out how to stream from your house. then nobody has to worry about keeping up!

Agreed. Sadly, Canada suffers from third world upload speeds
2014.03.22 at 9.34pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Nine, Nine, Nine for. . . apparently, lepers, because 9 out of 10 of them never even thanked Jesus for healing them. Don't recall that from scripture, but ain't that religion.

Nine outta the ten weren't actually healed because faith healing isn't real. The tenth just went into remission for a while. The journalists who wrote the bible were all about the faith healing but they didn't go back in six months to see if the lepers were still de-lepered.
2014.03.22 at 9.35pm · link ·
kate: Thanks for the fun, y'all. Love to you both! Bye!
2014.03.22 at 9.37pm · link ·
peter:
kate: Okay I need to get out of here and go to the room where we actually have air conditioning.

Fuck off. Our high today was 4 Celsius. That's about 38 in American. This has been the coldest, snowiest winter ever in Windsor, really. So pardon my Freedomish, but jeez what I wouldn't give to need air conditioning right about now.
2014.03.22 at 9.37pm · link ·
jodi: Those nine lepers were just like the people who don't wave thanks when you let them into traffic. If Jesus was anything like me he would have expressed his displeasure by proceeding to tailgate those lepers.
2014.03.22 at 9.38pm · link ·
jodi: Side two, first track: "Goofus".

We actually thought for a second that we'd listened to both sides but sadly, we were mistaken.
2014.03.22 at 9.40pm · link ·
peter: Ugh, we're only half way there. Now he's singing a song called Goofus, but it oughta be called Baloofus.
2014.03.22 at 9.40pm · link ·
peter:
kate: Thanks for the fun, y'all. Love to you both! Bye!

Love to you too!
2014.03.22 at 9.41pm · link ·
peter:
peter: Ugh, we're only half way there. Now he's singing a song called Goofus, but it oughta be called Baloofus.

And here, I admit to being either perceptive, or an idiot. Phil Harris voiced Baloo for The Jungle Book
2014.03.22 at 9.43pm · link ·
jodi: Peter is now horrified to learn that I have never seen The Jungle Book. I mean, okay I guess I remember that Bear Necessities but I'm sure I've never seen it.
2014.03.22 at 9.44pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Peter is now horrified to learn that I have never seen The Jungle Book. I mean, okay I guess I remember that Bear Necessities but I'm sure I've never seen it.

Horrified is a little strong, but I am surprised. You were a kid in the 70s.
2014.03.22 at 9.46pm · link ·
jodi: Okay. We watched this movie The Warriors last week and you never saw the face of the radio announcer, just her lips, but about halfway through Peter said, she sounds like the boss from Carmen Sandiego.

AND IT WAS HER YOU GUYS. Lynne Thigpen
2014.03.22 at 9.47pm · link ·
jodi: And of course right away in the next song it seems kind of obvious that the guy was in cartoons. Sheesh, y'all.
2014.03.22 at 9.48pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Okay. We watched this movie The Warriors last week and you never saw the face of the radio announcer, just her lips, but about halfway through Peter said, she sounds like the boss from Carmen Sandiego. AND IT WAS HER YOU GUYS. Lynne Thigpen

Yes, and I thought it the first time she came on screen, but didn't want to say 'til I knew for sure. I liked her in both roles!
2014.03.22 at 9.49pm · link ·
jodi: What the hell, after all that shite, now he's doing St James Infirmary?

WHAT IS A CLASSIC LIKE ST JAMES INFIRMARY DOING ON THIS SHITTY RECORD?

Can't say his version holds up against the many, many, many others. It sounds like St James Infirmary sung by Baloo.
2014.03.22 at 9.49pm · link ·
peter: This is the least interesting version of St. James Infirmary ever made.
2014.03.22 at 9.50pm · link ·
peter: With Star Trek theme song back up singers!
2014.03.22 at 9.50pm · link ·
jodi: Hey. And it's one-two-three, what are we fighting for?
don't ask me I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam
2014.03.22 at 9.52pm · link ·
jodi: It's called "Muskrat Ramble". Must be another traditional one, because it's clearly the same song.
2014.03.22 at 9.53pm · link ·
jodi: Country Joe and the Fish. We probably have that record too.
2014.03.22 at 9.53pm · link ·
jodi: This blog, Honey Where You Been So Long? (linkety-link) has a whole collection of versions of St James Infirmary which are doubtless all better than Phil's cartoon bear version but sadly, the archive appears to be password protected now. It wasn't always, but there you go.
2014.03.22 at 9.57pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Country Joe and the Fish. We probably have that record too.

No, we only have Electric Music for the Mind and Body, and it's not on there. But we also have the Woodstock LP in case you want to hear it. "Gimme an F!"
2014.03.22 at 9.57pm · link ·
jodi: Ugh, this record is GLORIOUSLY, BLESSEDLY over. OVER.
2014.03.22 at 9.58pm · link ·
peter: Well, that record was awful. Fortunately, tonight we are breaking our personal best and listening to four (count 'em, four) records in a row. Be back shortly with a new post.
2014.03.22 at 9.58pm · link ·

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