Monday, May 22, 2006

Bay To Breakdown - Pix & Tunes

Been working a lot lately, hence my less than steady posting schedule...

Last week I could barely keep up with plain ol' eating & drinking, much less keeping the net peppered with a proper amount of tawdry topics & tuneage...

In fact despite my personal proclivities towards nocturnal nincompoopery, I've been getting up early & staying as productive as a lil rabid ol' possum like me could be expected...


at least productive in an employee of the week sorta way...

So here's a song entitled about two things I haven't had much time for lately...



Blur - Coffee & TV

I haven't exactly been living a Life of Leisure...

Rainer Maria - Life of Leisure



In fact , after a long day of work and a lil sleep deprivation, you can just begin the process of feeling yourself disintegrate...

The Flaming Lips - Feeling Yourself Disintegrate

Fortunately, or Unfortunately depending on how you look at it, my workload is about to take a semi-welcome steep decline as summer comes into view...

I'll have more openings in my schedule, so it looks like I'll be working some more sporadic & temp type stuff until the fall...

Hopefully we can keep it fun, like my most recent work adventure... which was working a promotion for a natural cosmetics company over the weekend.. part of my mini gig was handing out natural body lotion to sweaty chickadees all day ... ( free application tips from me were optional )


this was at the infamous Bay to Breakers booty fest lasterday ...

The event celebrated it's 97th year of running from SF's downtown piers , up Hayes St Hill & through Golden Gate Park & down to the fog banked Pacific Ocean ...


This is no staid monotonous marathon though, it's a drunken , debauched and fully festive sorta thang...

Some folks actually run it, but thousands more turn it into a combination Mardi Gras / Halloween type thang...and there really is nothing like it that I know of anywhere else...

it snarls traffic hopelessly, stalls commerce, creates a huge mess, freaks out normal people... and is a civic tradition with no comparison...

imagine a drunken mutant offshoot of Halloween/Burning Man colliding with the Boston Marathon at 8 am...
Typically by 10:00 am the quiet residential streets are littered with drunken casualties, and there's no darkness to shield the eyes of innocent bystanders, church folk & children...

Sure some lickety split Kenyan in short shorts took a $37,000 prize for his second annual victory in about half an hour, but the rest of the field trickles in slowly but squirrely over several hours, and the prizes are few but many photos may just be priceless ...

Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize

Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Glenn Hughes / Joe Lynn Turner Project - Run Run Run

K-Salaam w/ Mos Def & Sizzla- Victory


Lenny Kravitz vs Run DMC - My Adidas On The Run

Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills

plenty pix below... (followed by some tunes to tickle yer fancy as well)










typical Bay To Breakers gripe comes from SF's Mayor Gavin Newsom:
"I didn't see any naked people. They had alcohol checkpoints. I felt like I was in another Bay Area county.''

Poor lil' Gavster, he's either blind or his handlers just never show him a good time...

plenty more pix for ya below ( note : some NSFW ! )























The Pluckers - Fox On The Run
























Parliament Funkadelic - Motor Booty Affair

The Booty Boys - Budonkadonk

Marques Houston - Pop That Booty

Bubba Sparxx - Ms New Booty

Bubba Sparxx feat Yin Tang Twins - Ms. New Booty (Inst)























At the end of the race they let late 90's New Orlean's quasi-grunge era timewarpers Better Than Ezra play a set of fairly well received oldies from their heyday...






Better Than Ezra - Juicy


Better Than Ezra - Lifetime

the late afternoon rain didn't dampen spirits of the revelers as much as the official "last call" and end of the hoopla... the booze ran out as did the buzz, as a half naked guy passed out on the bus next to me...

some drunks started complaining about the long waits for addtional transportation, as they forlornly flipped off the "lucky" people packed onto busses with n room for them to return... nary a cab was to be seen as thousands of freaks crawled out the park, some muddied but unbowed...



ah sweet chaos!



& lastly here from the late 70's, we offer today a platinum "prog-pop" excerpt from a masterpeice of midwestern monotony, Styx's Grand Illusion. A song further immortalized in the late 90's as I recall via some sick lil' South Park episode...

Styx - Come Sail Away

and why not throw down a hip country cut from Smokey's sidekick Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed - Amos Moses

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