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07:39 PM on 07/03/2009
IWIWAL,too. LW is an excellent political poet, no matter how they spell his name.
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07:11 PM on 07/03/2009
Dead Skunk was ok but this is the best Louden Wainwright song ever:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLnicHqPh4A
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07:46 PM on 07/03/2009
He was really funny in UNDECLARED!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2XMh8gbiCU
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10:25 PM on 07/03/2009
It was the first thing I ever knew him for, but I'll bet he wishes he'd never written "Dead Skunk." I remember having one drunk keep requesting it from me one night at a bar and that was enough for me. Me, I think "Men", from his "History" record is just a really fine song. But in the vein of the link you post, "Synchronicity" from "More Love Songs" is a hoot.
06:43 PM on 07/03/2009
I had the 45 of Dead Skunk as a kid, now forever memorized in my synapses. As an adult, the line 'station wagon car' seems redundant but I still love the song.
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04:47 PM on 07/03/2009
They spelled your name wrong again.
There after the "i" there's no "n".
It's just something to you
they repeatedly do.
They spelled your name wrong again.
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02:20 AM on 07/04/2009
Now they fixed it. Just trying to help, Loudon.
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02:23 AM on 07/04/2009
But they've still got "Krurgman".
04:46 PM on 07/03/2009
Excellent!
04:01 PM on 07/03/2009
I saw Loudon at the Troubadour back in 1972 or 1973. I laughed my a$$ off.
03:46 PM on 07/03/2009
I was listening to Loudon earlier this morning. Rufus is a Tit Man and Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road.

I listened to Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder and thought of our good friend from South Carolina, Mark Sanford.
03:36 PM on 07/03/2009
Why would you read a Liberal newspaper..unless you only want 1/2 of a story
03:50 PM on 07/03/2009
Yeah! But I'm getting the honest and truthful half.
04:42 PM on 07/03/2009
The correct half is the half to hear.
03:18 PM on 07/03/2009
Good sequel to Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road
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02:44 PM on 07/03/2009
Loudon, I love you. Now I know you are the Woody Gutherie of the 21st century.
02:37 PM on 07/03/2009
Mocking Krugman is good sport for the mentally defective, but I would rather have Krugman directing our financial affairs than Geithner or Summers.
02:45 PM on 07/03/2009
What? All three believe the Keynesian fallacy that you can continue to borrow and spend your way out of debt. I would rather have someone who actually predicted this crisis and sounded the alarm years ago. I will continue to listen to the followers of the Austrian Business model.
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03:46 PM on 07/03/2009
You must've only read the liner notes on keynesian economics... typical of the willfully ignorant.
01:35 AM on 07/04/2009
Krugman has been saying for at least 5 years that there would be a major crash, and all you conservatives called him an idiot
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04:50 PM on 07/03/2009
Did you even listen to the song? Does referring to people as mentally defective make you feel smarter?
02:12 PM on 07/03/2009
Loudan sure is clever, not a great singer but great writer. Unlike Bob Dylan. He has some very talented kids in Rufus Wainright and Martha Wainwright - with ex wife Kate McGarrigle - of the McGarrible sisters.

Up there with the Roche Sisters, as one of America's great Folk writers - ya know, music of the FOLKS?? which I think is making a return.
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03:04 PM on 07/03/2009
Well, I'd say an elite clam of highly educated aesthetes is a fairly long way from "the FOLKS," but they are a talented bunch. The Thompsons (genius patriarch Richard, ex-wife Linda, son Teddy, and daughter Kamila) are, however, quite a bit better imo.
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Goliadkin
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06:49 PM on 07/03/2009
It pains me to hear an unfavorable comparison between the Wainwrights and the Thompsons. I don't think Richard T would want to get into that, at all. He's practically a freaking bodhisattva, or the Muslim equivalent (insan-i kamil). I went back stage after a concert once, just to pay my respects, and he gave me a hug that I can still feel to this day. He's on another level.

Richard and Loudon seem to be good friends, and Richard has added some tasteful guitar work to a couple of Loudon's albums. We are lucky to have both of them, and all their wives, offspring, extended families, etc.
08:28 AM on 07/04/2009
Richard Thompson produced a couple of Loudon Wainwright records. On one of the back covers of the albums I remember seeing their photos with the caption: "Loud & Rich."
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12:19 AM on 07/04/2009
You spelled his name wrong again.
With an "a" where the "o" should've been.
Happens so many times
I could run out of rhymes
You spelled his name wrong again.
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Goliadkin
Irony: it's not just for smart people anymore.
02:05 PM on 07/03/2009
Way to go, Loudo! You are the great cosmic clown. Hilarious song!

Little known Loudon Wainwright III Facts:

Is the only person to have impregnated BOTH a McGarrigle Sister (Kate) and a Roach sister (Suzzy).

Former student of macrobiotic guru Michio Kushi.

Has perfect pitch, but only tunes his guitar "Good enough for folk music."

My favorite Loudo blues lyric: "Woke up this morning/Didn't feel too bad/Last night definitely wasn't the worst night I've ever had/I'm all right, I'm all right, I'm all right!"
02:19 PM on 07/03/2009
Goliadkin wrote: "Is the only person to have impregnated BOTH a McGarrigle Sister (Kate) and a Roach sister (Suzzy)"

This has to be one of the most PIGGISH statements i've read on here in some time. Really.
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Goliadkin
Irony: it's not just for smart people anymore.
03:14 PM on 07/03/2009
Thanks!
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ReMarker
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02:04 PM on 07/03/2009
Nice song Loudon.

Seeing this article reminded me of my and my son's favorite song when he was 4, Dead Skunk.

Thanks for your music. It has brought me much pleasure.
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03:21 PM on 07/03/2009
I was singing Dead Skunk just the other day!
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01:49 PM on 07/03/2009
congrats for making it onto the frontpage of huffpo.
krugman is almost too cute to be an economist...he looks more like a pediatrician.