Saturday, March 17, 2007

Little Blue Riding Hood: Stan Freeberg

For those of you who have never even heard of Stan Freeberg, you might remember him as the guy who did the Chun King commercials in the early 60s. Okay, never mind. But the guy was funny.

When we were little, Mr. Gawpo, Sr. had a 45 (rpm implied; you never said "rpm") of this video you are about to give a listen to. Because we were too young to know, our father explained that there are in this recording lots of references to the McCarthy era, people being investigated for their affiliation to communism: The Reds, they were called. Hence, the color has been changed to prevent an investigation.

My sister, K and I can recite this record verbatim. Including the flip side which I could not find on YouTube: St. George And The Dragon Net.

Both sides are parodies of Jack Webb's then radio only "Dragnet." This predates television, folks.

"You just played a hunch. Is that what you're trying to tell me, Joe?"

Have fun.


At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 3:14:00 AM PDT , Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

What is that big round spinny thing?

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 6:16:00 AM PDT , Blogger lime said...

oh man that was hilarious!

what a big subpeona you got in your pocket, grandma.

the better to serve you with....bwahahahaha

thanks for a great giggle!

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 6:49:00 AM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

Is that a subpoena in your pocket ?
Or are you just pleased to see me ?
I loved Sunday afternoon radio in the UK when I was a teen, the comedy shows were great, and so well written, you didn't need visuals.
I remember Dragnet too. I googled it to find out more, and find out more I did..! Did you know that "Dragnet had its origins in Webb’s small role as a police forensic scientist in the 1948 film, He Walked by Night, inspired by the actual murder of a police officer in Los Angeles."
Very interesting, you amuse and educate me Gawpo...thanks..!

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 7:53:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

MR. FABULOUS: All the better to serve you with.

LIME: And how about those accents? I may want to talk to you later, Lime. So just don't leave the woods.

SHEILA: There is an AM radio show that I hear on the local station, Stacey Keach narrates. And yes, all you need is the story and your imagination. Interesting stuff about Jack Webb. I did not know that. I was not aware of that.

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 8:29:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Quilly said...

I remember Dragnet well. It has lent itself to a lot of good parody over the years. Little Blue Riding Hood being some of the best. Fun, Gawpo. Thanks!

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 8:39:00 AM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Shoulda played your hunch, Red. All grandmothers had a mustache back then. And the rest looked like Joe Friday. Now they look like Sybil Sheppard. Grandmothers are the new aunts.

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 8:40:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

QUILLY: Yeah. Wasn't that a great show? The deadpan dialogue, the dry humor? The epilogues? Glad you liked it.

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 8:42:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SOMEWHERE JOE (pops up outta nowhere): Great foliation history, Joe. So what you're saying is you just played a hunch. Is that what you're trying to tell me, Joe?

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 9:33:00 AM PDT , Blogger Logophile said...

I love this, the whole idea, GENIUS!
I grew up listening to alot of radio because we didn't do TV. NPR got tons of airtime and there are some FUNNEH people out there on radio.
Good stuff, Gawpo is de man!

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 9:34:00 AM PDT , Blogger goldennib said...

These are just the facts: at 11-33 on 3-18-oh7 I have a hunch I want to be serve by a big subpeona. That's the facts.

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 9:54:00 AM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Sometimes a lucky haunch pays off, if you play it right.

At Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 12:49:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

LOGO: I win with you AGAIN!? Wowzers.

I dance and sing: "I have five thousand DAWL-ERS!, I have five thousand DAWL-ERS!..."


SOMEWHERE JOE: I have a hobby of collecting what I think would be great names for Cafes. "The Lucky Hunch Cafe." Nice. I like it. I'm adding it. Of course, "The Lucky Haunch" has other, and perhaps happier, possibilities.

At Monday, March 19, 2007 at 6:19:00 AM PDT , Blogger ARM said...

Isn't it fun to find stuff like this and have it elicit memories like how your sister and you had it memorized. I think it is.

At Monday, March 19, 2007 at 7:41:00 AM PDT , Blogger vicci said...

I have been laughing all weekend...played this for everyone!! I remember Dragnet...and Joe goodies hidden in there????? WOW! I LOVE this!

At Monday, March 19, 2007 at 9:21:00 AM PDT , Blogger Diesel said...

Of course we remember Dragnet, Gawpo! Geez. Who could forget Dan Akroyd and Tom Hanks?

At Monday, March 19, 2007 at 9:49:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

ARM: Yeah, isn't that part of the secret language that only families share? Good point, my friend.

VICCI: Oh, I was hoping you'd be all over it. Big smile....

DIESEL: Gawpo throws hands up, places hands on hips, lowers head and slowly wags it left and right with eyes closed. Kids! Sheesh.

At Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 4:02:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Kat said...

That was funny..."don't leave the woods". I guarded my record player with my life. Had one of those adapter things so you could stack up a bunch of 45s. Good ole days, but I have no interest in going back. Thanks Gawpo!

At Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 9:30:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

KAT: I remember the adaptors. And the sickle shaped arm that held the stack up high, ready to drop when the last one was done, and the angle of the arm as it reached the altitude of the last record, still somehow able to play. Memory lane, Kat. Thanks for that.

At Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 3:11:00 PM PDT , Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

This is from the time of black fishnets and one foot on the floor.
Martinis, and as George Costanza would say, "It's so adult."

At Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 4:50:00 PM PDT , Blogger Paul said...

Mr. G ... what's going on over here? Where'd you stick my 8-track?

I'm afraid the last 45 I heard was Andy Griffith telling us, "What it was, was football." And that was a LONG time ago.

At Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 6:11:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE TSG: Yes! I lived it, Baby. A doll like you wouldn't stand a chance in that smoky joint. A decent broad like yourself would wear seamless.

PAUL: You're lucky. The last 45 I heard was "Eh Cumpare, she was so sorry..."

Joe is borrowing your 8 track. Says he promises not to get too much sand in it.

At Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 9:00:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

You just played a hunch, eh Joe?

Yeah. He said his name was Quasi-somethin' and he sang like a canary.

Great little 45 there. ooooh, I think I have a song you may like. :)

At Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 10:43:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CANDACE: Lay that tune on meh, Chica!
Every time you come here, you bring out the shovel in me: I dig you.

At Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 12:58:00 PM PDT , Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

Thanks for the decent broad comment. And the doll reference. I dig em both.
You're one hep cat, MR.G

At Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 8:16:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Cameron said...

Remember the Stan Freeberg "America" album? It was all about Columbus discovering America and the "First Thanksgiving". Hilarious!

My mom (and then I) played that album endlessly. It was full of great dialogue and songs. "Take an Indian to Lunch This Week" is one of my all-time faves.

At Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 9:59:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BLUE TSG: You. Well. Come. snap-snap.

CAMERON: Yes! Great stuff. I thought about posting the Take An Indian To Lunch from YOU TUBE. It's so refreshing to find a bruthuh in the Freeberg, Cameron. You're hep and a half. snap-snap to you, too!

At Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 1:07:00 AM PDT , Blogger Ps said...

That was really entertaining!How many times would you and your sis have listened to it?Maybe easily more than 100!!
Wonder how you manage to fins these lovely videos on U tube.

At Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 1:07:00 AM PDT , Blogger Ps said...

i mean find.

At Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 6:04:00 AM PDT , Blogger ARM said...

Ahem. New post?

At Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 3:58:00 PM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

8 tracks are impervious to sand. I think they were impervious to nuclear fallout.

You should just call the restaurant The Hunch. It's a diner. You server roast beef sandwiches and cups of "Joe". The waitresses chew gum and wear nylons with seams. Every booth has an ashtray and a rolodex gizmo for selecting record "plays."

At Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 6:35:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

PS: Yes, hundreds to be sure. As Brother Claude used to say: "Repetition creates presence."

ARM: Yeah, I know, I KNOW!!! It's going to get worse when I start the coursework for the Instrument rating. Blech.

SOMEWHERE JOE: If 8 tracks are impervious to sand, imagine how it must be with 9. I like the simplified culinary venue name. Not only do they chew gum and sport the seams, but they carry the pencil behind their ear and as they walk up to the table, they unholster the graphite and ask in the shrillest voice still audible to humans, "(smack, smack) What'll ya have?"

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