Does anyone know who it is that Bobby is greeting so warmly in this Paul Tharpe photo?
"Bob" is a song and video by "Weird Al" Yankovic, from his 2003 album Poodle Hat, made up entirely of palindromes. The palindromes are arranged in rhyming verses such as the following:
Madam, I'm Adam
Too hot to hoot
No lemons no melon
Too bad I hid a boot
Lisa Bonet ate no basil
Warsaw was raw
Was it a car or a cat I saw?
"Bob" is a "style parody", performed in a style resembling that of Bob Dylan. The music resembles many of Dylan's twelve bar blues songs (particularly Bob Dylan's "115th Dream" and "Subterranean Homesick Blues"); each verse includes ten bars of singing followed by two instrumental bars, with no chorus. The title of the song, "Bob," is also a palindrome.
The song's video is a parody of Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" segment of the film Dont Look Back. In the video, Yankovic stands in an alleyway holding cards with the palindromic lyrics, and also one saying "(Harmonica solo)" (an allusion to the video for the INXS track "Mediate", itself a homage to "Subterranean Homesick Blues", in which the last cue card reads "Sax Solo"), and at the end holds one saying "???" (Dylan's last card in the original video was "What?").The film uses a grayscale color scheme. Yankovic wears a wig to look like Bob Dylan, and the only other characters are two men in the background without any dialogue. These men are played by band drummer Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz and Yankovic's manager Jay Levey (in Dylan's original, one of the two men in the background is poet Allen Ginsberg)."Bob" is the only song on the Poodle Hat album with a video. After Eminem denied Yankovic permission to parody his song "Lose Yourself" with a video for "Couch Potato", the "Bob" music video was filmed for an Al TV special that aired on VH-1 ten days later.
I found this little treasure. It's a fond memory. At least one year, maybe more??? ...Ringling used this graphic for Promotions in Texas. This was the only one I have...it is a t-shirt....they also had Cowboy Mike on posters (which they used for a few years for Clown College Audition Posters).....and even some billboards. I saw a couple in person, but it killed me that I didn't have a camera...and I don't know of anyone who took a snap shot of the billboards. That was exciting.
Take care my Friend...and keep up the good work!!!
Cowboy Mike Keever
PS. Here's the coloring contest Ringling did in conjuction with the chain of big Western Wear Stores , Shepler's, all over Texas. All of this was way back in 1979
I found this picture I have of clowns from the Ringling Alley of the 60's (I can't remember where this came from, perhaps a magazine article. I don't think it came from a program).
Anyway, you can see Jackie Cooper in there as well as Coco (doing a balancing pose with someone I can't identify), Frankie Saluto, Prince Paul, Dennis Stevens, Duane Thorpe, Gene Lewis, Mark Anthony, Fred Freeman, and Owen McQuade (I believe), plus a couple of folks I don't know their names.
Thought it was interesting. Sorry about the crease in the middle of it (if I can find out where it came from I'd love to get a new copy of it!).