Friday, March 11, 2011

The Official City Anthem of Bend

This song, which the lovely, talented and saucy Mrs. Jack Elliott e-mailed to me today, says just about everything.

My one bitch: They didn't need to change the lyrics of the chorus. "Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right" works perfectly for Bend.

Addendum: I should note that while the song was sent to me by Mrs. Elliott, it was written and performed by a talented local singer named Holly Hamilton.


Anonymous said...

Awesome! Loved this tune as a kid ( sadly Gerry Rafferty passed away not long ago )

Also from the soundtrack in Reservoir Dogs. True classic and tell Mrs. Elliot to keep the hits of the All 70's Weekend coming!

Too funny. Remember this is the scene where Michael Madsen cuts OFF Marvin Nash's ear and douses him w/ gas. This creates a whole new visual for me! thanks.

H. Bruce Miller said...

Agreed -- great song, great movie. I can't hear the sound anymore without visualizing that movie scene.

Anonymous said...


Like it so much ( we named our BAND after it! ) I understand Michael Madsen was reluctant to actually do the scene as originally scripted b/c he asks the policeman if he has any children ( which of course Michael does! )

I've also read that the FX guys screwed up the final scene in which they "form a circle and start shooting". Eddie Penn's gunshot wound went off early but they decided just to go with it.

H. Bruce Miller said...

I meant to say I can't hear the SONG anymore without visualizing that movie scene.

Anonymous said...


Regardless ( that's how I 'took' it! ) Not a big fan of violent movies generally but if you're going to show it, make it realistic for crying out loud!

Today's green-screen box-office bombs make having your arm ripped out of the socket and then getting beat to death with it look like an everyday occurence?

I recall a story of misguided teens down in FL that lured a bully out into the swamp, liquored him up and somehow thought one good swing w/ a bat and it was bye-bye for good. The more they beat on the other kid, the more he sobered up and fought back! In the end they 'did' manage to kill him but only after he fought for his life for over half an hour.

They later explained to investigators they had no IDEA how involved it was! Yeah gee kids, not like X-Box huh? That's what Tarantino brings to the screen, the ugly, gruesome reality. As if he's asking you, STILL have the stomach for this? Cult classic all the way.