Thoughts On The Dead

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

Playing In The Pick-Up Band

“Why does Bobby keep calling you Oteil?”

“No fucking clue, man.”


Every third asshole on the street looks like this now; no one had a beard in the 80’s except Brent and Kenny Rogers.


Is this a bar’s back porch? Why is Bobby playing a Les Paul? Who would buy Merit cigarettes? Anyone got any clue what this is?


Once there were two keyboardists who were so very poor, but in love. They white one had a beard that was his glory, and the black one had a hat. O, they were so very poor, but in love.

Please don’t do O. Henry.

Everyone loves that story. My version’s different.

Brent sells his beard to buy Merl hat cream, but Merl has sold his hat to buy Brent beard conditioner. We can all see where that’s going.

No, they were gonna rob a bank.

Equally as ignorable.

You’re just mean for no reason.

There’s a reason.


You deserve it.



  1. Thoughts without research: Haifht Street Fair June 6 ’85. The tape floats around. Pretty good. Robbie Hoddinott (RIP) guests on guitar as I recall.

  2. As one of the third assholes I must protest sir! Bearding is natural. I suggest letting yours go and use some Four Vices beard oil! (not affiliated)

  3. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    August 7, 2017 at 11:17 am

    About your photo filename – that is Merle, not Melvin.

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      August 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      I swear to you that when I labeled it I looked back two seconds later and realized my mistake, but instead of fixing it I just hoped no one would notice.

      Thank you for noticing.

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