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The Barnhardt Redemption

Ann Barnhardt, the well-armed, Koran-smoking blogger and human blowtorch has tossed down the gauntlet:

I challenge Van der Leun to also do this, because this is something that can get really, really weird really fast. And so, naturally, I thought of Van der Leun. I have the sneaking suspicion that BigFurHat and the Kids would be good at this too. Keep it clean, Boys. New Thing: Equidistant In Time Musical Interludes | Barnhardt. To wit: ““MMMBop” by Hanson (ARSH 1997) is as far away from today as “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone (ARSH 1977) was from MMmmm Bop.”

[UPDATE: Picked up and done again with other tunes by Cracker Barrel at The Country Store]

Okay. Here we go: Like a Virgin (1985) is as far removed from Rhinestone Cowboy (1975) as Rhinestone Cowboy was from Satisfaction (1965). Check it out.

And ten years before that (1955) we had one of the Creation Myths of Rock and Roll, Rock Around the Clock.

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  • Mike Anderson October 26, 2017, 5:53 PM

    That white suit is gonna get smudged when she goes full auto. I’d recommend eye and ear protection, too.

  • Dan Patterson October 26, 2017, 6:59 PM

    I’m gonna be sick…

  • Gordon October 26, 2017, 9:34 PM

    Dang, called out by Ann Barnhardt. You’ve had worse days.

    I remember when Glen died one of the commenters thought he had a good voice, and so-so guitar chops. Of course, that commenter didn’t know that Glen had played on about half of the top ten hits of the 60s and early 70s that came out of California. From the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations to Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night.

  • Cracker Barrel Philosopher October 26, 2017, 9:58 PM
  • WiscoDave October 27, 2017, 3:12 AM

    “Softly” (Sinatra, 1964) is as far away from “Wake me up before you Go-Go” (Wham, 1984) as “Wake me up before you Go-Go” is from “Leave (Get Out)” (JoJo, 2004).

  • Chuck October 27, 2017, 6:43 AM

    I always thought a better version of “Satisfaction” was Otis Redding’s. A short memory of Rock Around the Clock. It was the music played behind the opening credits of “Blackboard Jungle” in which Vic Morrow played a really badass teen ager who became everyone’s role model until James Dean moved in. That’s where I first heard Rock n Roll, in a movie theater because the radio stations in northern Vermont where I grew up were still playing Perry Como and Patti Page when the storm hit.

  • Rob De Witt October 27, 2017, 8:55 AM


    Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael, 1927) is as far away from I’m A Believer (The Monkees, 1967) as I’m A Believer is from Rehab (Amy Winehouse, 2007.)

    Back to you, Ann.

  • Jim in Alaska October 27, 2017, 9:55 AM

    Ha! & I say Ha!, again Vanderleun!

    The Leningrad Cowboys’ with the Russian Army Ensemble’s Those Were The Days (1993) is even farther removed from Like a Virgin (1985) which is as far removed from Rhinestone Cowboy (1975) as Rhinestone Cowboy was from Satisfaction (1965)!

  • Jim in Alaska October 27, 2017, 9:58 AM

    OOPS! I read ’93 as ’95, my bad.

  • tim October 27, 2017, 10:24 AM

    “Heard It In a Love Song (1977) is as far removed from “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” (1997)which is as far removed from “The Man” (2017).


  • Vanderleun October 27, 2017, 10:25 AM

    The Leningrad Cowboys? Oh yes yes and again yes.

  • ghostsniper October 27, 2017, 10:46 AM

    Yes, I did know that (because I liked his tunes) but he was still just a mediocre player.
    It’s like he got to a certain level then stopped.
    That happened to me when I was about 16 then I realized the pick went down AND up and a whole nuther instrument was invented.

  • bgarrett October 27, 2017, 11:17 AM

    I am in awe of Ann Barnhardt

  • Gordon October 27, 2017, 12:02 PM

    C’mon, Ghost…how can you say that about the guy of whom Frank Sinatra said, “Who’s the fag with the guitar?”

    The odd thing, to me, about Glen Campbell is how differently he played his hits when he was doing them live, on stage. The guitar work was intense and complex. You’d never know it was the same guy who played on the recordings. I saw him at WE Fest in 1990 or so. He was the opener for the night’s top bill, Barbara Mandrell. Glen went on and the crowd went nuts. He played his set, then he played his deep cuts, and the crowd wouldn’t let him leave. He played several Beach Boys tunes, and some of the stuff that folks never knew he played the guitar for. Finally after over two hours, Mandrell sent word that if he didn’t get his ass off the stage, she was leaving. He did. She went on. About four songs into her set, she did one of those “I’m so versatile” bits: a rap song. The crowd hated it and streamed to the exits. She finished with about a third of the crowd she started with.

  • Terry October 27, 2017, 6:09 PM

    Ann Barnhardt should be Trumps chief advisor. More brains and balls than the rest of those “fellows” combined. Have any of those boys working for Trump shot ground squirrels from the back of a pickup? I doubt it.

  • Nori October 27, 2017, 7:54 PM

    Ann is a Fan of the Van. Well, color me tickled pinker’d than that AR.
    The Chordettes “Mr Sandman” c.1954 and Metallica “Enter Sandman” c.1991
    Or maybe Red Rider “Lunatic Fringe” c.1987 and Ariana Grande “Tattooed Heart” c.2012

  • Rob De Witt October 27, 2017, 10:10 PM


    Speaking of Glen Campbell, and Indiana and all that…
    Here’s three choruses off the top of his head:


    Here’s three more:


    You’re welcome to think your taste in guitar playing is superior to his. You’d be wrong.

  • Jack October 28, 2017, 8:16 AM

    I’ve learned more about God and his relationship with man and love for us from Ann Barnhardt than from all the Sundays spent in Church. Left my SuperfunRockbandChurch after she opened my eyes to the truth of its hypocracy and (in some cases) down right antireligious evil.

  • Joan of Argghh! October 28, 2017, 11:47 AM

    How about with the same artist?
    Brown-Eyed Girl in 1967 to Moondance in 1977 to Did Ye Get Healed 1987

  • dave October 29, 2017, 6:32 AM

    Somehow, I just don’t see Ms. Barnhardt with a PINK AR. Much more likely to be an EEEvil black rifle.

  • Nori October 29, 2017, 6:33 PM

    It’s a Dress AR, for special occasions. Fully, devastatingly functional, just dressed for the occasion. With pink floaty hearts.

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