As I often do while working, I'm listening to some of Ennio Morricone's fantastic soundtrack music.
When the shuffle play feature brought up "The Ballad of Hank McCain," I heard it differently than I have in the past.
The lyrics below are clipped from a fan site, but they look to be fairly accurate.
Here they are, without comment:
No one knows better than McCain Life's a filthy dirty game Very very hard to win
No one knows better than McCain How to disregard the pain Never, never let it in
No one knows better than McCain That an angry man goes blind Knocks his head against the wall
No one knows better than McCain How it hurts a man to fight That he's human after all
No one knows better than McCain What a desperate man may do When it gets too hard to bear
No one knows better than McCain How to spit on the taboos As they thought he'd never dare
No one knew better than McCain How to care for number one How to take and never give
No one knew better than McCain That when all is said and done That's the only way to live
No one knew better than McCain Just how angry you can be When they cage you in with laws
No one knew better than McCain That a man who thinks he's free knocks his head against a wall
No one knew better than McCain Just how bitter it would be To be beaten after all
No one knew better than McCain They're the ones who fix the game They're the ones with loaded dice
No one knew better than McCain That they'd get him all the same And they made him pay the price
Poster for the 1969 film
The Italian title, Gli Intoccabili, translates as The Untouchables. Producers presumably chose the title Machine Gun McCain for the US release to avoid confusion with the TV Series based on the exploits of G-man Elliot Ness.
I've just issued limited edition gicleéprints of my James Coburn portrait.
It's a signed and numbered run of 25 prints, made with archival inks on museum-quality, acid-free rag paper. The image is 10" x 10" and there's a 1" white border all around. It sells for $80 plus postage ($10.00 shipping and insurance within the US). Contact me to reserve one. It's groovy.
East End Brewing Company is bottling another batch of Ugly American Trippel IPA beer! Scott Smith, Pittsburgh's one-man microbrewery, does an amazing job at his environmentally-responsible plant in the East End.
Scott asked me to make some changes to the label text for this bottling, and suggested that I might like to tweak the illustration a little.
Here's my sketch:
Maybe it's a little overboard. The final version might be toned down a little. Stay tuned!
My blogging, socializing , and sleeping are on hold for a while due to an enormous educational project with deadlines seven days a week for the next month or so.
However, I did want to steal a few minutes to post some exciting Pittsburgh news. NYC's mighty Norton Records is set to release three volumes of Mad Mike Monsters on LP and CD this month!
The late Mad Mike was a legendary (and quite possibly mad) Pittsburgh DJ whose wild musical tastes foreshadowed labels like Norton and Get Hip and bands like The Cramps, The Raunch Hands and The Fleshtones..
Norton is celebrating the release of these long-overdue volumes with a party at Pietro's Pizza, one of the last places to host the Mad One spinning discs. Here's their announcement:
SATURDAY OCTOBER 11
MAD MIKE MONSTERS! NORTON RECORDS RELEASE PARTY IN PITTSBURGH!
Celebrate all things Mad Mike as three inaugural volumes of this sensational series blast off at the site of the late, great Mad One’s own radio studio, located at Pietro’s Pizza Pub at 2957 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh! Guest DJ’s will spin Mad Mike music exclusively, all night long! A great night for family, friends, fans... and pizza!
Sounds like a hell of a kickoff to the Halloween season.
Mad Mike's obituary from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I'd forgotten that he passed away on Halloween.