Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: The Rascal King

Who knew that a ska ballad about a tough-minded and acceptably corrupt urban politician would be one of this wolf's enduring favorites from his reckless youth. The Bosstones are a noteworthy ska act, who actually have a number of hits under their belt that embed them as a distinctly 1990s era act. I will confess to loving the portion of this video where the "Rascal King" does a Fred Astairesque dance that just radiates cool confidence. People, especially guys, have long lost a sense of how to really dance in these modern times. The werewolf has drunkenly crashed and burned trying to replicate these moves on more than one occasion.

Why are there so few good ballads about bad-asses out there these days?  Having growing up loving songs like Manfred Mann's "Quinn the Eskimo," Jim Croce's "LeRoy Brown," and "Tales of Brave Ulysses" by Cream,  it disappoints me that there are so few notable ones of there these days. Especially, given how many great tales of corruption, heroism, and the extraordinary could be told. Maybe, this wolf is sniffing around the wrong holes. Any suggestions?

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