Yesterday I saw an item on the Dangerous Minds blog about a "feud" between The Ramones and Sha Na Na. That in itself would make a good Wacky Wednesday. But they had it first.
While reading the post I couldn't help but notice an air of condensation on the part of writer Christopher Bickel toward Bowzer and the boys.
That of course is The Dead Milkman, whose song "In Praise of Sha Na Na" has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it 25 years ago.
You know, it's true deep in your heart
Greasy guys in gold lame
If only Hendrix had been so smart
And remember ...
And listen to Santana
But you still won't be
As cool as Sha Na Na
So take that, Dangerous Minds!
Of course this got me thinking about what an under-appreciated band The Dead Milkmen is.
|The Dead Milkmen can wear my fez ...|
Here's a song that actually got played a lot on MTV in the late '80s. (I still think it's cool rhyming "punk rock girl" with "Minnie Pearl," but it took me a couple of years to learn to overlook the fact that "California Dreamin' " is not a Beach Boys song.)
Here is another early Milkmen classic
This one manages to be funny and frightening at the same time
And , oh yeah, here's that song about Sha Na Na ...