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Afternoon time-killer

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010

* While we’re all waiting on that 2:30 Blagojevich hearing and fielding all the rumors floating around, let’s distract ourselves with this video which will probably stick in your head for a very long time. I give you Sheila Simon and friends singing Bob Dylan


Warning: This really will stick in your head for a long while.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

69 Comments
  1. - Team America - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 1:51 pm:

    That little combo could use some pre-event practice next time.


  2. - unspun - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 1:52 pm:

    Ooof. I just ran out of Excedrin, too.


  3. - John Bambenek - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 1:52 pm:

    It won’t stick in my head after I’m done head-butting the sidewalk.

    Be back in a few.


  4. - Say WHAT? - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 1:52 pm:

    Who is the soprano? Hurts all the way up in my eyebrows. OUCH!


  5. - Eric Zorn - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 1:59 pm:

    Yes, the soprano voice doesn’t work well on this song, but the string ensemble is solid enough. As a banjo player myself I recognizing the idling three-finger accompaniment Simon is playing here, noodling on each chord. It doesn’t tell us either way what sort of real banjo chops she might have — does anyone know of any other videos that showcase her playing a bit more?


  6. - Cool Hand Luke - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:03 pm:

    I was told the Soprano is some guy visiting from New Jersey named Tony. My source (Paulie) told me, “You don’t want to cross him.”


  7. - Anon - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:17 pm:

    “And how about Marla Hooch. What a hitter.”


  8. - 2010 - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:19 pm:

    Why? Why?


  9. - And I Approved This Message - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:20 pm:

    Good Lord. Two warnings wasn’t nearly enough. Don’t give up your day jobs.


  10. - just sayin' - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:22 pm:

    oh god that’s horrifying. Almost makes me want to forget about Jason Plummer not releasing his tax returns.

    The dogs must still be barking in Kane County.


  11. - Small Town Liberal - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:25 pm:

    - The dogs must still be barking in Kane County. -

    I’m not sure whats more inhumane, this, or mass gassing…


  12. - OneMan - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:27 pm:

    To borrow and modify a line from SNL

    “I can believe we lose to these guys”


  13. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:29 pm:

    My Darling Clementine - traditional, enhanced by VanillaMan

    In a state, in a country
    Representing Illinois
    Lived a Senator, a bow-tier
    And his daughter, Clementine

    Oh, my darling, oh, my darling
    Oh, my darling Clementine
    You are running with Pat Quinn
    Dreadful sorry, Clementine

    Being the daughter of Paul Simon
    Thought she’s headed for Big Times
    Played a banjo, in San Jose
    If you lived there, you know that rhymes

    Oh, my darling, oh, my darling
    Oh, my darling Clementine
    My ears bleed when you are singing
    Dreadful sorry, Clementine

    Played her banjo in Chicago
    Said the Machine was out of time
    Shook hands with Da Mare
    Was quickly told to change her mind

    Oh, my darling, oh, my darling
    Oh, my darling Clementine
    Your parents were such honest people
    Now they’re sorry, Clementine

    Her lips spouted written nonsense
    Blowing bubbles for The Combine
    So alas, she lost John Kass
    And his endorsement, for all time

    Oh, my darling, oh, my darling
    Oh, my darling Clementine
    Your banjo plays a sad blue song
    Dreadful sorry, Clementine

    Then the ghost of her father
    Began to appear from time to time
    Reporters thought it was from their drinking
    So, they switched from beer to wine

    Oh, my darling, oh, my darling
    Oh, my darling Clementine
    Your banjo is like a Ouija board
    Tell your dad not to opine

    There’s a election in November
    Voters want to throw out the swine
    It looks bad for the Governor
    And his running mate, Clementine

    Oh, my darling, oh, my darling
    Oh, my darling Clementine
    Like a Carbondale Mayoral race
    You gonna lose again, Clementine

    In my dreams she still doth haunt me
    Playing her banjo, double-time
    Politically, I used to hug her
    Now she’s dead, so I draw the line


  14. - Fan of Cap Fax - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:34 pm:

    Haunting…


  15. - A.B. - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:35 pm:

    Did someone hurt a cat behind the camera…what else makes a noise that awful….UGH!


  16. - Reggie P - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:36 pm:

    “Enthusiasm for Democrat voters reaches a new high as Shelia Simon electrifies the crowd with some easy listening adult contemporary.”


  17. - Jake from Elwood - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:41 pm:

    No FoCF, its Haunted not Haunting.

    Way to pander to the Earl Scruggs coalition.


  18. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:45 pm:

    Thanks to the commentators on this thread. Because of you, I will not be playing the video (unless you all agree it is so bad, I must see it to believe it).


  19. - Small Town Liberal - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:46 pm:

    When Quinn wins, Sheila Simon is going to usher in the “Pay NOT to Play” era…


  20. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:47 pm:

    Prior to my conversion I attended a birthday party for a elderly gentleman on the occasion of his 90th birthday. It was held by the “Committees of Correspondence”, one of the offshoots of the defunk Communist Party of the USA. A folk song was commissioned by the Committee for this fine gentleman (no snark), one of the first members of the CPUSA when it was formed back in the early part of the last century. It ran something like 25 verses and was about as painful to listen to as this was. Hearing this brought back that memory. I will use it to remember the kind, thoughtful, gentleman who was feted, an old family friend of Mrs DuPage Dan. I will try to forget that soprano and the funeral dirge-like quality of the song. Who died, anyway? Quinn’s candidacy or the party in general?


  21. - Learning the Ropes - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:47 pm:

    Reggie, I think that’s a typo:

    “Euthanasia for Democrat voters reaches a new high as Shelia Simon electrifies the crowd with some easy listening adult contemporary.”


  22. - too obvious - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:51 pm:

    Oh the humanity!


  23. - Say WHAT? - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:53 pm:

    Cincinnatus, YOU MUST! Not fair for the rest of us to suffer alone. Misery loves company. Come on…..You know you want to……


  24. - Say WHAT? - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:56 pm:

    The banjo wan’t bad. Wish I could have heard it over the screech.


  25. - Deep South - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 2:59 pm:

    Sounds like a cat got caught in a lawnmower.


  26. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:00 pm:

    First time in a long time my tinnutis was less annoying.


  27. - Toast - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:10 pm:

    Th”undecideds” just broke for Brady!


  28. - He Makes Ryan Look Like a Saint - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:19 pm:

    Did someone just run over a cat????


  29. - Wumpus - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:24 pm:

    Let’s go play hackysack! What is she, a 19 year old college kid? nice tye-dye


  30. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:26 pm:

    Is that Mr. Hankey on vocals?!


  31. - bruce d. - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:32 pm:

    “i put my pants on one leg at a time, except after my pants are on, i make gold records.”


  32. - shake and bake - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:33 pm:

    This woman is a joke.


  33. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:33 pm:

    Steve Martin used to say that politicians should play the banjo because it makes such a happy sound it would make everyone forget about the bad news.


  34. - PPHS - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:35 pm:

    I used to sing like that in middle school. The director got wise and put me on a dead mic. In this case, it might not of mattered.

    Those poor men. How awful for them.

    I have down loaded that little ditty as my ring tone.

    Sheila really needs to stay out of these embarrassing situations. These are about all that I know about her.


  35. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:42 pm:

    PCK,

    Mr Martin would be mortified at hearing this song. I, too, thought any song with a banjo in it couldn’t be a sad song. Until I heard this one.


  36. - dupage dan - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:44 pm:

    PPHS,

    You are assuming that Ms Simon would agree after hearing herself. I’m not sure she would.


  37. - KeepSmiling - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:49 pm:

    Now that’s turning lemonade into lemons! Holy cow.


  38. - Springfield Sceptic - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:50 pm:

    Sorry, Rich. I just couldn’t bring myself to listen. The last thing I need is another inane song floating around in my head. On the other hand, maybe it will get rid of the sponge Bob song my grandaugher keeps singing…and drives me crazy. And a one, and a two…


  39. - 13 - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:50 pm:

    “Remember when that fiddle and banjo crap nearly caught on?” - Martin Mull


  40. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:54 pm:

    Blago is in the building!


  41. - Ghost - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 3:57 pm:

    The video to replace Rick Rolling people….instead of rick rolling know you can be simoned :)


  42. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 4:07 pm:

    Ghost,

    Simonized?


  43. - Who cares - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 4:08 pm:

    Damn you Rich Miller, Damn you….


  44. - Ralph - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 4:10 pm:

    …I don’t know what to say.The video is beyond words and tune.Can’t be described in any vocabulary. I don’t know what to say.


  45. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 4:13 pm:

    WC, you were warned… twice. lol


  46. - Ghost - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 4:13 pm:

    C, I was trying not to be overly waxy about it :)


  47. - jake - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 4:22 pm:

    Best thing I have heard since 22 years ago, I saw Phil Rock sit down to the piano and belt out “Danny Boy”. I think everybody should lighten up on the snark for something like this. Amateur sing-alongs are fun. I hear (and produce) much worse singing every Sunday morning at church, but it is good for the soul to sing without worrying how professional you sound, in church or out.


  48. - 2010 - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 4:36 pm:

    So potentially, we have a banjo playing Lt. Gov. and an accordian playing Comptroller?

    Priceless.


  49. - PinkGirl - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 4:39 pm:

    The Soprano is wife of Kane Dems Mark Gatley. Mark is in the green shirt, and the other 3 guys are part of the “Progressive” wing of the Kane County Democrats. They spent the whole afternoon playing old hippie war protest songs.


  50. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 4:45 pm:

    Bob Dylan is probably rolling in his grave, or wishes he could. Let’s all sing a 50 year old song by an 80 year old man and pretend it still reflects our beliefs, OK? Uh - aren’t we supposed to sing this? We’re peace loving liberals, right? Get us out of Vietnam! Burn those bras! Free love! The fight is not over! We fight on! Close the jails! Make love not war!

    What year is this?

    This is oh so sad and delusional!


  51. - zatoichi - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 4:49 pm:

    Time for some Angus Young at 10 to balance that out.


  52. - Patrick McDonough - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 5:16 pm:

    I get it now, smoke tons of pot and than listen, right?


  53. - Reggie P - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 5:23 pm:

    Wow.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnDcrXx8rVc


  54. - So. ILL - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 5:28 pm:

    That was ridiculous and terrible. Wow. Yuck.


  55. - Phineas J. Whoopee - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 6:11 pm:

    If I’m not mistaken, I believe Mrs. Simon is from Southern IL? nuff said.


  56. - Publius - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 6:14 pm:

    I don’t know what to say or do.


  57. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 6:53 pm:

    As far as I’m concerned, it’s now OK by me for Jason Plummer to hide his tax returns as long as Sheila Simon hides her banjo.

    Is that a fair trade or what?


  58. - anon - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 7:17 pm:

    Looks like they all had fun and good for Shelia Simon for lending her talents to what I am sure energized a lot of volunteers. I agree the soprano seemed out of place but everyone else was solid.


  59. - Cornerfield - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 8:22 pm:

    I dunno, I kinda liked it in a quaint sense. I give kudos to those that are (or even try) to be musically inclined. Improv “jam” sessions are what they are. Fun. You don’t have to be a professional musician in order to proudly do your thing.

    I have to admit though, I love the banjo.

    Bring out the bagpipes and I’m sold!


  60. - Returning Dog - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 8:52 pm:

    ‘Paddle faster, I hear banjoes…’


  61. - anon - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 9:25 pm:

    I’m with Cornerfield. The jam session looks fun. I am sure those that participated and knew the local people enjoyed this.


  62. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 9:55 pm:

    You guys don’t get it. The Paul Simon appeal (and Sheila looks exactly like him) was that of a loveable dork that you could trust with your confirmation money.

    But he was, politically, sharp as a straight-edge razor. You didn’t know you had been cut until the blood was in your boots.


  63. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 10:12 pm:

    I agree, Word, but when have we seen that from Sheila? Certainly not during her mayoral race.


  64. - Reformed - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 10:12 pm:

    Who is the guy in the Hawaiian shirt. I see him at all of Sheila Simon’s appearances.


  65. - Responsa - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 11:17 pm:

    In some locales don’t they play “music” like this over loud speakers to discourage undesirables from congregating on street corners and in front of 7-11’s?


  66. - Bookworm - Wednesday, Aug 11, 10 @ 11:27 pm:

    “They spent the whole afternoon playing old hippie war protest songs.”

    Don’t know if anyone else recalls this, but I believe there was an episode of “Animaniacs” in which Wakko, Yakko, and Dot (the Warner Brothers and the Warner Sister) ended up in hell and part of their punishment was listening to whiney ’60s protest songs…


  67. - Zora - Thursday, Aug 12, 10 @ 7:03 am:

    She needs a do-over, a Clinton-playing-sax-on-Arsenio session that is so cool, so fun, it overwrites this clunker. It’s county fair season, so she won’t want for opportunities.


  68. - Dead Head - Thursday, Aug 12, 10 @ 7:54 am:

    For some of us, that song has been stuck in our heads for over 40 years. Too bad it didn’t stick where it could have done the most good.


  69. - Secret Square - Thursday, Aug 12, 10 @ 9:28 am:

    “don’t they play “music” like this over loud speakers to discourage undesirables”

    Or to defeat aliens bent on Earth conquest, as in “Mars Attacks!”


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