Thoughts On The Dead

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

Stay Golden, Jerry Boy

You look like you’re about to rumble with the jocks.

“Well, have you met ’em, man? Really not where it’s at, those types.”

Then why the hell are you joining the Army?

“I’d like to kill some Viet Cong.”


“Stab ’em in the face with a bayonet, man. To protect democracy.”

You’re pulling my leg.

“Well, it was right there, right? C’mon, man, it’s 1959. It’s either go into the Army or take your chances getting drafted by the Navy or Marines. The thought of being cooped up in one of those boats gives me night sweats. Other people seem to really take to it, but that’s their experience and reality, right?”

What about the Marines?

“Fuck, no.”

I don’t think you’d do well in that milieu.

“The entire organization is built on yelling. And I couldn’t bear to think of what I’d look like with that haircut.”

Your pompadour looks like a greasy lobster tail.

“Get stuffed, man.”


(These no-longer never-before seen photos come via the great Eric Schwartz, who hosts Lone Star Dead on KNON in Dallas, Texas, and should be visited here.)


  1. Luther Von Baconson

    May 31, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Danelectro. Silvertone amp possibly maybe.

    • Morning Deuce

      May 31, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Yea the infamous dano. Thinking amp is a tweed champ.

      • Luther Von Baconson

        May 31, 2017 at 6:44 pm

        i thought so too. i have one, a ’52. killer amp. but it doesn’t have the slant back. they were generally square, so i’m thinking it is a copy. could be my eyes are bad. 6 beers in, and some Zoots, for the shows in LA you see. met many cats traveling here for the shows. fun fun fun.

  2. Luther Von Baconson

    May 31, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    also also, a nice sock buddy is wearing. looks like the Dolls dig Jerry & buddy. lucky stiffs.

  3. Are these the first deadheads?

  4. NoThoughtsOnDead

    June 1, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I know you know, and I know this is a “without research” blog. But let it be noted that, while the Viet Cong certainly did exist in 1959, no one in California was concerned about them in the slightest. Army boys worried about having to stop Soviet armor in the Fulda gap, or a renewal of the Berlin blockade while they were stationed in the American sector. (In fact, the Berlin Wall was built in the summer of ’61.) So smart-ass Jerry didn’t really give that answer; he had something else snappy to say to adults like us.

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