More fun with pop culture: April 11
We are getting into the groove of the new three-headed
monster that is the 411 presented by Viagra, and the cultural references were
flying today! I don’t know if I was taking notes fast enough to get them all,
but we had nods to plenty of movies, music and other good stuff…
Casey couldn’t give enough love to red-hot Mets outfielder
gushing over him in pagan worship. So of course he had to make a “Dragnet” joke, and Siano said “people against goodness and decency,” and as he predicted I
would, I started writing. I’ve love to see Siano in the leather jacket and Mohawk!
Not sure how or why, but Casey mentioned something about
butter, and that reminded me of a great line by Floyd Gondolli in “Boogie
Nights” that I can’t repeat here. But
let’s just say it has to do with simple pleasures… look it up!
Later we had some fun with the Al Reyes birthday story, and
when we got to the part in the story about him spitting blood at fellow bar
patrons, was there
anything else to do but give a shoutout to to the God of Thunder
himself, Gene Simmons (that’s him on the right, not Al Reyes)? FYI, my first-ever live rock concert of any kind was Kiss at Madison Square Garden on July 25, 1979. I was 10 years old and my dad and
my best friend Mark Levy and his mom all went to see Kiss for his birthday.
Rock and roll all nite and party every day (with Viagra)!
(Coincidentally, I spent July of 1980 with my grandparents
who lived at the time in Northridge, California. My grandfather took me to two
Dodgers games during the month I was out there, including a wild win over the
Cubs on… July 25. Great
date in Cory Schwartz history.)
Once we got into Pitch or Ditch, Casey called it “P.O.D.”
and then referred to the rock band of that name. Of course, the
original band to use initials in that format is the legendary crossover
pioneers S.O.D. (below), followed
immediately by the spin-off project from their front man, ex-roadie and all-around lunatic Billy
My brother saw S.O.D. at one of the first shows of their original tour, the S.O.D. surf party at
the Rising Sun in Yonkers, New York on October
Somewhere in my Dad’s house, we still have the Styrofoam surfboard with the
S.O.D. logo spray painted on it that my brother stole from the stage.
In baseball news, someone named Luis Mendoza is expected to make his MLB debut for
the Rangers this weekend. That led Casey to shoutout Luis Mendoza
(right). The Sisters were of course the pride of Seaford, NY until one Mr. Casey Stern came along!
After a while of taking too much grief from Siano and me,
Casey said he felt he was stuck in the middle of us, and that was worth a
shoutout for the awful 70′s song “Stuck in the Middle With You”, by Stealer’s
Wheel, the song that was featured
in the famous scene in “Reservoir Dogs“ as Michael Madsen’s evil character
Mr. Blonde tortures the unfortunate cop, Marvin Nash. Awful song, awesome
Finally, what edition of the 411 would be complete without a nod to Wallace Shawn, whose character Vizzini (below) in “The Princess
Bride“ so astutely proclaimed, “never
go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!”
Enjoy the games this weekend, and have fun storming the
Your friend in 411,