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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

Damn Dirty Lies

They tell damn dirty lies.

They tell you the Staples Singers used to come right out of the radio. The regular radio. They said you could hear an actual person striking the heads of actual drums in the background of the recording. Please. They said there were old black men and plain women and they were still eligible for a career in the music business. Lies, all lies. One of the people singing was actually playing an instrument for more than an affectation. It was plugged in and prominently featured. More lies. They tried to give you the misimpression that these people who were forced by the TV broadcaster to lipsynch to their recording could have actually performed the song just as well live. They think we’re all rubes and would believe Mavis Staples could actually carry a tune without pitch-shifting equipment. And as a capstone on their pile of prevarication, they try to fool you into thinking that people that learned everything they know in a church, a church, mind you, would be able to get over on the regular radio.


3 Responses

  1. What. A. Great. Memory!

    My sister Grace and I in our room with our hairbrush/microphones. Ddancing….singing….


  2. The hairbrush microphone is known far and wide for its great tone quality.

    My four year old son comes into my workshop, unscrews the round knob and threaded stem from the fence on my big cast-iron jointer/planer, and sings into that.

    Lay-eees and gem-mem!

  3. I especially loved the time they had the Pips on the Richard Pryor show and they did “Leaving on a Midnight Train to Georgia” WITHOUT Gladys Knight. It was too great!

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