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July 30, 2008

“In the groove with Harold Wilson, violin.”
Posted by Patrick at 11:19 PM * 18 comments

Like a real-life line from “The Intro and the Outro,” it’s Jimmy Carter on harmonica. (Joining Willie Nelson in a performance of, naturally, “Georgia On My Mind.”)

Comments on "In the groove with Harold Wilson, violin.":
#1 ::: Bob Oldendorf ::: (view all by) ::: July 30, 2008, 11:57 PM:

Looking very relaxed, too.

#2 ::: Chris W. ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 12:25 AM:

I'm just delighted that you also know and love the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Huzzah!

#3 ::: Linkmeister ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 02:54 AM:

If Carter had done that in 1980 we might have been saved the Reagan years.

#4 ::: chris y ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 03:46 AM:

Carter on harmonica, Clinton on tenor, Blair on lead guitar. Where's the rhythm section?

#5 ::: Tykewriter ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 05:36 AM:

Wasn't that the Purple Gang?

#6 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 06:59 AM:

I've been to the jazz bar in Prague where, after a summit meeting, Bill Clinton (tenor sax) had a jam session with Vaclav Havel (piano)... Havel is still well-loved by Czechs for, inter alia, his habit of turning to visiting heads of state after the formal dinner up at the Hradcany palace and saying "Shall we go down the pub?"

#7 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 07:12 AM:

#4: Tipper Gore on drums.

#8 ::: Alex ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 07:52 AM:

"Keynsham. Tell me more about Keynsham..."

If you need a conductor, of course, there was always Edward Heath. (Not the swing bandleader, either.)

#9 ::: Fred A Levy Haskell ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 08:04 AM:

...and a great favorite of all of us here, J. Arthur Rank on gong.

#10 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 08:06 AM:

For one moment I thought the late prime minister had been resurrected and turned into a virtuoso.

#11 ::: Rob Thornton ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 08:44 AM:

Wow, the former president's playing is pretty impressive. As for the rhythm section, unfortunately we must not forget Mike Huckabee on electric bass.

#12 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 09:23 AM:

Really wild, General! (YouTube link to a fan-made montage of the personages mentioned in the song.)

YouTube is a good source for your daily requirement of Bonzo. See the original video of "Death Cab for Cutie" with John and George digging the stripper, and "Little Sir Echo" with the ventriloquist act (Sam Spoons?) that has forever altered how I think of this song. It starts off with "The Equestrian Statue," by the way, as should we all.

#13 ::: Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 10:10 AM:

And, again in the "unfortunate" category, Condi Rice on piano.

#14 ::: Sarah ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 12:44 PM:

#1 - Nice dodging of Godwin's Law.

#6 - Didn't somebody once do an Evening with Vaclav Havel and Lou Reed? I seem to remember they agreed on everything but Michael Jackson.

#15 ::: JESR ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 01:54 PM:

My favorite Vaclav Havel data point is that his first official invitee to Prague was Frank Zappa.

#16 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: July 31, 2008, 10:40 PM:

Godwin doesn't work that way. (Or in mysterious ways, his wonders to perform. I added that after previewing.)

#17 ::: ajay ::: (view all by) ::: August 01, 2008, 04:37 AM:

15: OK, there's a good question for you: after some political upheaval, you have become the first democratically elected president of Ruritania. Who is your first official invitee?

#18 ::: Manny ::: (view all by) ::: August 01, 2008, 11:06 AM:

Who would I invite? The high school counselor who thought I was doomed to fail. Pwn!

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