The Famous Shoe-On-Fire Photo

The Famous Shoe-On-Fire Photo
One day at the Beale apartment, Chuck decided it was funny to light his shoe sole on fire.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shake Your Poo-Poo: Chuck's Favorite Record Find

Anyone who knew Chuck knew his love for the legendary comedy funk song, "Shake Your Poo-Poo" by a local soul/funk outfit called Earl Carter and the Fantastic 6.  The group self-released an LP on the Princess label with the weird title Earl Carter and the Fantastic  "6" + Say I Want to Make It with You.   Where Chuck initially found this now rare slab of vinyl is a mystery to me: Happy's Flea Market, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, but he found the motherlode and amassed many copies for next-to-nothing.  There seemed to be quite a pile of them in his room. At least that's how I recall it. I myself picked up a copy and still have it. The rest of the album is pretty lousy. A lot of cuts seem to be out of tune, like they forgot to tune to the electric piano, or it was added later, but the keys don't match the pitch of the rest of the songs. Or, maybe my copy was stamped crooked. Thankfully, this isn't an issue with the  masterful "Shake Your Poo-Poo" in which we hear about the "mo-leef bird" (whatever that is) and about tap-dancing governor's sons. Plus the eternal question is raised: "Um, what exactly is a poo-poo?" "Ahm, anythang you want it to be." Deep!

FINALLY! someone has added the song on YouTube!

It turns out, ol' Chuck was on to something. It is now a very valuable record! Obscure funk, soul and r and b from the 70's now demand high dollars from collectors. I visited three collectors sites and most price nice condition copies for well-over a hundred bucks....EACH. Here's one example from Collector'sFrenzy.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chuck V. Circuit City

This story made the rounds for a while. I was there to witness it. By no means is it all that funny decades later, but it is a good example of Chuck's slow burn deadpan humor.

Back in the 80's, Circuit City (original Roanoke location) was one of several places to buy blank cassette tapes. Today's teens and tweens can't imagine the importance of what is now called "cassette culture". All this compilation and playlist stuff from their world comes directly from cassettes back in the 70's and 80's. And, of course, we copied our favorite albums for each other in this way prefiguring so-called online piracy and illegal downloads.

Any way, one day we were at Circuit City because Chuck needed a new pack of TDK 90's. He found what he needed in a few seconds, but for the life of us we could not attract the attention of a salesperson. It was clear that his purchase was not important to anyone there. Believe it or not terrible retail employees are not an invention of the last ten years! FINALLY, after 10-15 minutes, someone bothered to come to the register.

With a totally expressionless face and only the very lightest sarcastic inflection Chuck says, "I consider it a privilege to buy these tapes."

I believe this was "the" brand, type and length that most of us used

A treasure trove of the many moods of TDK

In searching for these cassette photos online I was surprised to find that unused/still sealed cassette tapes are now sought after. A single still sealed TDK 90 can go for as much as $12 on eBay.