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Friday, March 17, 2006

Funky 16 Corners: Grogan: Chicago Cubs Clark St. Band - Slide

Not only did the ‘69 Cubs get jazzed by the Mets…but their own enfunkrustified B-side dusted their pumice! Give a listen…

It was during one such exchange, many years ago that he pulled a disc out of his crates that at first struck me as, how do they say, improbable. It was a 45 recorded by members of the 1969 Chicago Cubs, “singing” a version of Little Willie John’s “Fever” with rewritten, baseball-specific lyrics, entitled (unsurprisingly) “Pennant Fever”.

I of course have little or no interest in baseball or any of the associated memorabilia, so I wondered aloud what about this particular record would interest me.

Then Haim dropped the hammer….

He flipped the disc over to reveal an instrumental called “Slide” by the almost certainly mythical Chicago Cubs Clark St. Band. As soon as the needle hit the wax I knew I was going to leave his house with a slightly lighter wallet than I arrived with.

Repoz Posted: March 17, 2006 at 02:32 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Repoz Posted: March 17, 2006 at 05:03 PM (#1904160)
Nothing better than a pic of Billy Williams scarfing down a beer while the completely souless/clueless Gene Oliver looks on.

BTW...Jimmy Qualls was supposed to be in the picture...but he was prolly off giving Nancy Seaver a late hit.
   2. Christian (ruz) Posted: March 17, 2006 at 08:55 PM (#1904740)
The b-side absolutely kills, by the way.
   3. More Dewey is Always Good Posted: March 17, 2006 at 09:02 PM (#1904748)
That song has nothing whatsoever to do with baseball, but it's really, really cool.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 17, 2006 at 11:16 PM (#1904864)
Heck, that's got nothing on "Go, Go You Pilots", by Doris Doubleday and His Command Pilots.

Go, Go You Pilots!
You proud Seattle team.
Go, Go You Pilots!
Go out and build a dream.

You brought the majors to the
Evergreen Northwest.
Now Go, Go You Pilots!
You’re going to be the best.

Welcome the Yankees
With pinstripe suits and all.
Red Sox and Royals
From April ‘till the Fall.

American Leaguers
You’ve got what’s know as class.
So, welcome to Seattle
It’s going to be a gas.

Go, Go, Go, Go, Go, Go, Go, Go

Now Go, Go You Pilots!
You’re going to be the best.

White Sox and Tigers
The Angels and the A’s.
See them at the ballpark
On those good ol’ summer days.

Orioles and Senators
The Indians and Twins
Our Pilots ask no favors
As they battle you for wins.

So Go, Go You Pilots!
You proud Seattle team.
Go, Go You Pilots!
It’s time to shout and scream.
We’re with you Pilots
You’re big league all the way.
So Go, Go You Pilots!
Go, Go You Pilots!
Go, Go You Pilots!
When the umpire hollers, “play!”

And the flip was an instrumental version of the "song".
   5. Repoz Posted: March 17, 2006 at 11:43 PM (#1904876)
Heck, that's got nothing on "Go, Go You Pilots", by Doris Doubleday and His Command Pilots.

Cool...I have a wall of sound version by Pagliaroni Spector...a soul version by Gary Bell and the Drells...and best of all, an ultra-loose British Invasion version by Wayne Comer and the Brabenders!

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