Nevertheless, here's 36 seconds of the theme song:
Instead, I've decided to stall by posting a 'Drinking Soundtrack' I shared the other day at BOTBer Kim's 'THIS BELLE ROCKS' blog. Dixie Polka (DCRELIEF ~ BATTLE OF THE BANDS) seemed so enthusiastic about the list that I figured I'd stick it here, too.
Here is what I wrote as an Introduction at Kim's blog:
Every one of these tunes was 80-proof tested by me, most of them in the early 1980s when I was still young enough to drink all night and play all day... after waking up on the living room floor... with my bedroom only twelve feet away.
A song for every drinking occasion.
I will include a few sentences of commentary for each song below.
Yeah, truth is, these songs really HAVE been battle-tested by me in my serious drinking years. (Yep. To us wild boys at the 824 Bay Street house in Santa Monica, California, drinking was SERIOUS bidnizz in the early 1980s.)
These aren't in any particular order, except that the list starts and ends with "Hangover Songs", which is how many of our days began back at the Bay Street house. I have written plenty about The League Of Soul Crusaders and our headquarters at 824 Bay Street over the years on my blogs (particularly 'Stephen T. McCarthy's STUFFS'), so I'm not going to repeat a lot of stuffs. You can Google those keywords and find more if you're interested. I'm just going to get right to the songs...
HAIR OF THE DOG AT 8 AM
Pooh's Pa owned a liquor store in Venice. Pooh worked at the store. Sometimes we'd visit him there. The liquor store had a back room where "product" was stored. Need I say more?
|CRANIUM, NAPOLEON, & TORCH ON THE ROOF OF 824 BAY STREET (The Sign Says, "Thinkin' Maybe We Don't Lead The League?" If they're blurred, it's because they're drunk.)|
DRINKIN' & THINKIN'... ALONE
Sometimes I'd get moody and just want to drink alone. I'd lock myself in my bedroom and listen to Van Morrison (usually 'Astral Weeks' or 'Saint Dominic's Preview') or Rickie Lee Jones (usually 'Pirates', sometimes 'The Magazine').
GUYS & KEGS & THE COPS WERE CALLED
The cops were always being called to our house for "Loud music", "Disturbing the peace". Often it was I who went out to meet them on the lawn because I was able to "maintain" pretty well, even in the midst of a "drunken blackout".
Watch for Waylon and Willie and some other friends of Bocephus.
|STEPHEN T. McCARTHY HUNGOVER AND WAITING IN LINE FOR BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TICKETS|
HOW TO WAKE UP A SLEEPY BAR IN 30 SECONDS
Yeah, it really works! Nappy and I did it once at 'The Cattleman's' saloon in Prescott, Airheadzona. I grew up with this one, as my parents had the .45 RPM single with the illustrations on the paper dust jacket. Anyone remember that?
DRINKIN', KICKIN' ASS AND TAKIN' NAMES
I started getting heavily into the Blues in the last phase of the 'Bay Street Days'.
|MOST OF 'THE LEAGUE OF SOUL CRUSADERS' ON A BANK ROOF, 4th OF JULY (We had a thang for roofs)|
I discovered this one later, but it sure does work when "The Evidence" is flowing and everyone's juiced up and lovin' life.
|THE TRUNK OF CRANIUM'S '59 CADILLAC LOADED WITH FRIENDS|
JUNGLE JUICE & JUMBLED JARGON
About a week before the Bay Street house was bulldozed to make way for condominiums, we threw one last party. Everyone (with the guts to be there) was there. I had prepared a music mix tape which included this song on it:
POUR IT ALL NIGHT LONG!
I loves me some Wolf, and this one howls!
|JOLLY JACK'S BAR: HOME AWAY FROM HOME|
FEELIN' WILD BUT LOOKIN' GOOD
Speaking of "Howls", I learned from a book that this song was essentially written in a house along the Venice Canals down near Venice Beach. How "perfect"!
|CRUISIN' & SINGIN'|
A PARTY LIFE FOR ME!
We really did often sing this chorus while cruising the Los Angeles area. (Some people there probably still remember.) Only we'd change the lyrics to "a party life for me!" Yeah, we were clever that way.
And because THIS list goes "up to eleven"...
THE HANGOVER WALTZ
We'd wake up hungover, make a beer run, and play side two of The Beatles' 'White Album' and dance... sort of. We called this "The Hangover Waltz". The centerpiece of The Hangover Waltz was 'Rocky Raccoon'.
|824 BAY STREET, SANTA MONICA, CALIF.|
The house is gone and the street is quiet now. But I'll bet that if you listen closely on a Summer night, you can still hear distant echoes of laughter, shouting, fighting, and fun. Life being lived to its fullest, and friendships being forged for life.
I'm pretty sure I had THIS SONG on my final Bay Street party mix tape. The lyrics describes our 4 or 5 years at the Bay Street house to a T! You'll get extra credit for listening to it HERE.
~ Stephen [Hic!] McCarthy
'Loyal American Underground'