Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Delilah, You Cut Off My Hair

Hey, handsome.

“I am rugged in a manly way, yes. Thank you for noticing.”

Nice to see you back in semi-civilized society.

“Best hospital in the world is still the worst place in the world to be.”

They’re like airport terminals, but without the alcohol, and there are 24-year-olds with brand-new stethoscopes trying to kill you.

“You know what they call the biggest dumbfuck to ever graduate from medical school?”


“Doctor, yeah. They’re just guessing like the rest of us.”

Well, I’m glad you made it through and you’re back on the street causing trouble.

“Me, too.”

Gonna be healthy enough to go to New York for the Garden shows?

“My year hasn’t been rough enough?”

Excellent point. What’s on the schedule for JPB?

“Hang out with the animals. Lots of things need shooting. Gonna bitch about the government. Crawl on top of Mrs. Perry Barlow.”

Back to basics.

“Don’t fix what ain’t broken.”

So, you were clinically dead?

“Eight minutes, yeah.”

What’s that like?

“Ever been to Sacramento?”


  1. dapper!

  2. Is there a reason why the Dick Cheney – Barlow shitstorm never gets a mention on your blog?

  3. He should go see Phish for the NYE at MSG

    they are pretty much killing it, as Phish goes

  4. I think the peanut gallery of commenters, and perhaps Totd himself need to go to JPB’s ranch and get our heads straight. Also JPB can probably use a hand on the ranch.

    JPB is surely reading so when JPB tweets us the dates, we will send out a spreadsheet with the details.

    Things to get ready..
    Wyoming still hates a lot of things including hippies and the gays, so I suggest we keep a low profile while traveling from the airport in Jackson to the ranch in Pinedale. They love freedom, but not always our kind of freedom so we need to be discreet about more than just the reefer.

    That means.. Spencer needs a haircut, Maggie needs to Shave the legs, The Hairy Lass of Fennario needs to put the dreadlocks in a bonnet, the hundred dollar steal your face hoodies and other tribal freak wear keep those at home, Mr Completely and Joni begonias need to hide the piercings, any tattoos besides horse shoes and half naked ladies should be covered, and even though we will be excited to see each other no same-gender kissing or holding hands.

    The local shop in Pinedale should have the fishing gear we need, but in general pack for a fall mountain lake trout fishing trip, bring bear spray.

  5. Things that make you go Hmmmmmm…..

    “Active in campus politics, enraged by the Vietnam War and stoned a good bit of the time, Barlow was the subject of one campus legend, which he confirms: that administrators tracked him to Boston before he could carry out a plan to use 25 pounds of explosives to blow himself up in Harvard Yard.” – 1981 interview.

  6. Sir Luther Von Baconson

    August 18, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    JPB, get out of the hospital man. a speedy recovery. i like your hair when it’s long too. you look like Shemp that way.

    • I stand by JPB’s statement.

      • NoThoughtsOnDead

        August 19, 2015 at 1:03 am

        I think I can give voice to the entire Sacramento region in saying F.U., Mr. TotD! While the Big Tomato does pale in comparison to S.F. or Berkeley, I’d rather spend my time there than in any of the major [cough] metropolitan areas in Florida I’ve been to. Also, the [cough] agricultural products in CA are far better than those in FL, when evaluated on the basis of what gets you in the mood for a listening session. Now, if we compare the Delta to the Everglades, well… the Delta is nice but it comes in second.

      • lol hell hath no fury like a central valley resident scorned

        it was a nice place to watch the band rehearse.

  7. NoThoughtsOnDead

    August 19, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve jettisoned the “no research” policy (which, of course, really only binds Mr. TotD) and checked back. Yes, I was at the 5/26 show, and yes, that Playin’ jam did melt a whole lot of minds when played live. Golly, it still sounds great. While I still would recommend ’60s and ’70s Dead over ’80s and ’90s… there’s plenty of good music, “you’ve just gotta look around.”

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