Posted On: Wednesday - March 30th 2022 5:56PM MST
In Topics:   Genderbenders  Music  TV, aka Gov't Media  Humor  The Future  Race/Genetics  Poetic Stupidity
I'm just too pooped to go with one of the many posts in the queue today, but I'd seen this great take on the old All in the Family TV show theme song by and Unz Review commenter named Roonaldo. It was here under another good John Derbyshire column entitled Call A Deer A Horse—Call Lia Thomas A Woman—Call Ketanji Jackson A Judge. Political Power In Action!*.
If you remember the show, you'd remember this theme song anyway, but for those who don't, first watch this (the nice end-of-show piano music is at the end here too).
Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Conner) and Edith Bunker (Jean Stapleton) were bemoaning the loss of their America from about 35 to 40 years back in time** from the first episodes of this famous TV show. Ha! They thought America was bad off then! As some musical artist from a later time and different genre said, They had another think coming! Long hair on men is the worst of it? Stifle yourself, Arch! You haven't seen genderbending.
That show and its theme song are from one half of a century ago. Here's Mr. Roonaldo's humorous comment:
Chanced upon a rerun of All in the Family–Archie and Edith were hilarious. Archie got a multi-colored Hawaiian shirt as a gift, saying “could be wallpaper for a fag bar.”
Suddenly, I was transported to the year 2052, with RJ and Sh’Naydith nostalgically at the piano singing the theme of Abolish the Family….
Oh, the way Hip Hoppers sang!
Songs that made you join a gang.
Abandoned kids with funny names.
Those were the days!
And we were so fluid then.
Men were girls and girls were men.
Yes Xir, we could use a trans-woman
like Michelle Obama again.
Had the perfect welfare state.
Full of hate for the white race.
Gee, our pimp-mobile ran great.
Those were the days!
I did change one teensy thing there. I just couldn't help but add that "Yes Xir" there where Roonaldo had missed the original song's "Mister, we could use a man ..." Speaking of the original song, written by Lee Adams (lyrics) and Charles Strouse (music), I had no idea until now there was another few verses:
"People seemed to be content.
Fifty dollars paid the rent.
Freaks were in a circus tent.
Those were the days.
Take a little Sunday spin,
Go to watch the Dodgers win.
Have yourself a dandy day
That cost you under a fin.
Hair was short and skirts were long.
Kate Smith really sold a song.
I don't know just what went wrong.
Those Were the Days."
Anyway, nice job, Roonaldo! Thank you.
* A big student of Chinese history, language, and culture, Mr. Derbyshire's title relates the genderbending stupidity going on now with an old tale from ancient China.
** That's from my smearing together the years of the GM-Cadillac- built LaSalle automobile (44-31 years back, then), the Presidency of Herbert Hoover (38-42 years back), and the heyday of Glenn Miller of that Big Band Swing music era (30-35 years back).