Thursday, May 13, 2010

Oh, Wow, It's Like Another Early Clue to the New Direction, Man!

From 1970 and the deservedly obscure Be a Brother album, please enjoy(?) the post-Janis Joplin edition of Big Brother and the Holding Company and their well-intentioned (but frankly rather lame) ode to cross-generation gap solidarity and country music, "I'll Change Your Flat Tire, Merle."

Written and sung by bluesman Nick Gravenites, who let's simply say did better things at other times in his career. Although the idea of a hippie anthem to then scary redneck guy Merle Haggard was kind of funny, as is the line "You're a honkie, I know/But Merle, you've got soul."

In any case, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize will, as always, be awarded to the first reader who gleans the clip's relevance to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.