Thursday, February 07, 2008

Collective Cluelessness

Behold, a living, breathing definition of "cluelessness":

If you weren't on board yet, I'll just note that "One Toke Over the Line" was a substantial hit in 1970 for the original performers, Brewer & Shipley.

I recall about the same time, there was a "current issues" TV program for kids on Saturday mornings called "Take a Giant Step", with two teenage hosts. One week they had the artists on and earnestly asked them if it was true that this song was about smoking marijuana cigarettes.

"Oh no, not at all" the singers insisted. "One toke over the line" could refer to anything done to excess, such as "eating one too many cheeseburgers."

The man with the baton at the end of the clip is, of course, Lawrence Welk. Don Jackson, my college jazz band director told us this story:

The Lawrence Welk Orchestra was out on tour and five minutes before a performance was supposed to start he looked down and saw one of his saxophone players was missing.

"Where's Sam?" he asks.

"He went to the bathroom, he'll be back in a minute." someone replies.

"He just thought of going to the bathroom now?!? This concert was booked two months ago!!"