Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Hot Club




575 South Water Street

Providence, RI

OK, the third time should be a charm – Tom McGinn’s boat ride on Water Fire nights is $15 per person and leaves from Water Place Park (near the twin pillars). You can reserve a ride at 580-BOAT. Tell Tom that Sportzine sent you.

Sunday the jukebox was in use and I asked the Wise Man and the Wizard if people had been playing Amy Winehouse songs in her memory. Wise said that they had. The Wizard said he was unfamiliar with her music and wanted to keep it that way. It’s a pity, just like her passing. She was a singular talent who couldn’t handle success. Expect any thing she recorded to hit the airwaves and stores soon. I played Rehab and Back to Black.

The Wizard mentioned that Winehouse was 27 years old, and that several other musicians had died at age 27 – Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson, the great blues man, and the Grateful Dead’s Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan. I noted that Alan ‘Blind Owl’ Wilson of Canned Heat was also 27. Others: the Stones’ Brian Jones, Peter Ham of Badfinger, Jesse Belvin (Good Night My Love), and lead singer Rudy Lewis of the Drifters (On Broadway, Up On the Roof). Wikipedia refers to a ‘27 Club’ and lists 45 musicians including Winehouse and those mentioned above.

There was an Amstel Light beer promotion with women dressed in tight white tees and short red shorts. However one of the women was wearing navy blue shorts. Why? An intrepid reporter inquired and learned that the petite blonde didn’t fit into the red shorts.

Come A Little Bit Closer to the Mike asked one of the Amstel Light women about how to get the free tee shirts. However his inquiry was, “Can I have that one?” pointing to the tee shirt she was wearing. She smiled and told him that that tee shirt cost more.

A passing male wanted to know what he had to do to get an Amstel tee shirt. I told him, “You have to perform tricks.”

The Amstel women walked the deck, looking for eager individuals who were willing to be videotaped while telling their favorite Amstel Lite beer story. One wag said that he had a story – he once got a woman pregnant while drinking Amstel Lite. I suggested that they give him two tee shirts for that tale.

Amanda, my Hot Club advisor on the latest psychotronic and horror movies, said that Drive Angry with Nick Cage was a hoot and worthy of viewing.


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