Listen to the song ("Pass the Hatchet" by Roger and the Gypsies) playing in that absolutely beautiful footage.
The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts plays out in any number of venues, including the über-suburban environs of Cleveland's Southside. Such mundane surroundings tend to dull one's edges, particularly when cruising the aisles of the discount grocery. In order to keep myself from slipping into a Stepfordian daze, I imagine this song playing in the background as I peruse the produce bins, condiment aisle or (heaven help us) the damnable closeout department. Invoking the verbal thrusts and groans à la Roger and the Gypsies straightens my spine and pumps up my swagger. Bring it on, mother effers! I think as I drop a 99 ¢ insulated tumbler festooned with daisies that I absolutely do not need into my gleaming cart.
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That song and associated liner note above was the first thing that came to my mind when David Gutowski asked me to compile an Irish Hungarian soundtrack for his popular site "Largehearted Boy." Hop on over there to enjoy the entire line-up. David's got embedded YouTubes where available and a spotify link for the entire list.
For the record, Davy Jones had not yet taken that (ahem) last train to Clarksville when I submitted this on Monday, so don't go thinking I was trying to milk any dead-guy mileage out of the "Pleasant Valley Sunday" entry.
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