Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Chapter 47: I'll never have that recipe again

Last night, Spooney and I ventured out of the house long enough to take in Everest at The Echo, a club in LA’s Echo Park neighborhood. Every time I drive by Echo Park, that MacArthur Park song pops in my head, because, well, I don’t know why. The parks kinda look similar to me.

It’s a terrible song to have in your head. Especially when it’s the Richard Harris version.

The Richard Harris version of MacArthur Park. Was there ever a bigger WTF? in the history of recorded music, like, ever?

I can’t believe the internets are letting me down by not giving me a video of Harris performing this song. And no, YouTube, Donna Summer is NOT going to suffice.

Here’s some dude lip synching to Harris’s version, followed by some of worst dancing ever committed in go-go boots:

You’re welcome.

Anyway, so…Jesus, where the fuck was I going with this?

Ah yes, Everest. Fronted by Russ Pollard, husband of Watson Twin Chandra. The band recently played Sundance, where they were pronounced “the real deal” by Neil Young, who has signed them to his label, Vapor Records.

They’re fantastic. You can definitely hear some vintage influences, and yet their music sounds totally modern and surprising.

I predict they’re going to be huge. And I’m not the only one.

Plus, on the way into the club, this sexy big black bouncer dude with a total Barry White voice asked me for my ID. He took it, looked at the picture, looked at me, and ran it through his hand-held scanner. When my age popped up on his screen, he looked back at me with a look of mild astonishment. Then, he smiled at me and said “Superb.”

It was a well-timed compliment. Because. Aw, Christ.

Today’s my birthday, okay? And I’m forty fucking seven, which seems like a hair’s breath from 50, and 50 is my total fucking freakout age, okay?


But for now, as long as I can still compare favorably to a llama…

I’m cool, right?


Lisa said...

Happy Birthday! If I were there, I'd give you a BIG KISS. With tongue, bitch.

GETkristiLOVE said...

Happy Birthday Sis. Did you open your presents yet?

You are cool, you are the coolest, but I've always looked up to you, being my big sis so I don't know if my opinion counts as much. But what I like about having you as an older sister is that you don't look 47 AT ALL, so is much easier for me to not look 45.

BTW, Everest is a damn fine name for a band. After they get huge, will they sponsor me to climb it, so I can hold up their sign at the top?


Eric Shonkwiler said...

Bill Hicks and lolcats? Yes, you're cool.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Lisa: If you were here, I'd let you.

Sis: You can't fool me. Your comment is just a vehicle for reminding people that you're 21 months younger than I am.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Hey, Eric: I think you're cool, too. I see some NE references in your blog. Am I a distant cousin?

Chris said...

I left my birthday wishes in the previous post, but since you're such a bad-ass, I'll repeat it.

Happy Birthday!

Eric Shonkwiler said...

Ran away to Nebraska a few years back, fell in love with it. I'm from Ohio, so relation is doubtful, alas. Family reunion would have been fun.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Happy birthday kid.

Pinky said...

Happy Birthday Vikki! You look exactly the same as when I met you twenty years ago. Bitch.

Spooney said...

Happy Birthday, baby! Let's go out & celebrate tonight!

Bubs said...

Happy birthday!

Now, i don't mean to mess up your birthday buzz, but what in God's name do you mean "worst dancing ever committed in go-go boots"? Those chicks were hawt.

I only wish I'd gotten a better view of their wigs. And the sequined unitards.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Chris: Yay! I'm a bad-ass! A tired old bad-ass!

Eric: You fell in love with Nebraska? Must be a different part than what I've been in. Seriously, though, my mom lives in the Sand Hills, too.

Dr. MVM: Thank you, I've never had a monkey wish me happy birthday before. At least not that I KNOW about.

Pinky: That's not true, my hair is much smaller than it was 20 years ago.

Spooney: I thought you'd never ask, ya bastard.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Bubs: Those were not wigs. Hair really looked like that in 1968.

Grant Miller said...

Wait. You know the State of the Union was last night?

I came here expecting a big blow out State of the Union mockery.

Perhaps I will start doing insightful political posts then.

Grant Miller said...


And Happy Birthday!!!


Simon Glickman and Sera Gamble said...

Superb is right. Don't you worry.

My favorite version of "Macarthur Park" is by the great L.A. band The Negro Problem, fronted by now New Yorker-endorsed playwright Stew. If you don't have it I'll convey it to ya.

Simon Glickman and Sera Gamble said...

Superb is right. Don't you worry.

My favorite version of "Macarthur Park" is by the great L.A. band The Negro Problem, fronted by now New Yorker-endorsed playwright Stew. If you don't have it I'll convey it to ya.

SkylersDad said...

Happy Birthday Vikki, and you do look great. I think you probably sleep in one of those oxygen concentration units, am I right?

Distributorcap said...

happy birthday
i hope they didnt leave your cake out in the rain

because i will never have the recipe again

Bro said...

Still having hair should not be taken for granted either.

Happy birthday sis.


PS Nice Llama

deadspot said...

Happy B-day, Vikki! Party like an AARPstar!

dguzman said...

Happy Bird-day, and I'm stunned that you and GKL are older than I am! You both look HAWT!

Have a good one!

dad said...

Happy Birthday from Wengen, Switzerland. I was at the top of the mountain at a restaurant featured in a James Bond film on your birthday and I thought of you while revolving around the landscape.

Larry Jones said...

Hey! You're beautiful. I mean it.  Also, read this. Happy Birthday!

jess said...


Frank Sirmarco said...

Happy birthday!

Also, I use the Richard Harris version of MacCarthur Park to get people to leave my office.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

Johnny Yen said...

Happy Birthday! It seems like it was just a year ago you were celebrating your last one.

Weird-- I was just thinking about that song today. There was a really funny bit about that song on SCTV years ago.

Splotchy said...

Happy very belated birthday.

I did get you a present, though.