Thursday, May 15, 2008

YouTube favorites (May 2008)

Time for more YouTube favorites: Dean Martin mocks the Rolling Stones on his show in 1964, Brother Theodore on Letterman, Charlie the Unicorn goes to Candy Mountain, mountain goats and golden eagles battle, sumo wrestlers split the Earth in half, some guy compiles the top 10 Jackie Chan stunts, and Bruce Springsteen proves it all night in 1978.

This 1964 clip from Dean Martin's show "Hollywood Palace" featuring the Rolling Stones is interesting in a couple of ways. It's a snapshot of the young Stones before Jagger/Richards came into their own as a songwriting team, when the band mostly did R&B covers -- here they do "Not Fade Away" and "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" -- and before Jagger really came into his full Satanic majesty as a performer. It's also a picture of a generational shift. In 1964, Martin is still big. It's his show, and he cracks jokes at the Stones' expense (skip ahead to about 3:40 if you don't want to listen to the music), but they had the last laugh. They became bigger than he ever dreamed of, filling stadiums and relegating dinosaurs like Martin to the museum that was the Las Vegas stage in the 70s.

Our Dead Comedian of the Month is Brother Theodore.

Charlie the Unicorn goes to Candy Mountain.

I think I've finally figured out the symbolism: Charlie is America, Candy Mountain is Iraq, the pink unicorn is George Bush, and the purple unicorn is Dick Cheney. Oh, and the liopleurodon must be the CIA.

If you're a mountain goat and there's a golden eagle in the area, stay away from the edge of cliffs. Warning: This video includes the deaths of cute furry animals.

When I lived in Japan, I was a big sumo fan, but I haven't watched it for a long time. It seems to have gone high tech or something.

The Top 10 Jackie Chan stunts

Back in the day, believe it or not, Bruce Springsteen used to rock like hell. And he'd give you your money's worth: his concerts would run close to four hours. Here's "Prove It All Night" from 1978.


  1. hey pallie, like thanks so much for the Dinoclip...loves our Dino's wisdom..."I've been rolled when I was stoned." Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool..oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth..


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