January 12, 2017

Paul Anka steps on Obama's "My Way" and agrees to perform at the inaugural dance for Trump.

Did you remember Paul Anka wrote the lyrics to the song that drives some people crazy? The original lyrics are French, "Comme d'habitude":



In 1968, David Bowie tried writing English lyrics. Bowie's version is "Even a Fool Learns to Love":



Frank Sinatra rejected Bowie's lyrics:
"I was so pissed," said Bowie later. "I thought, 'God, I could have done with that money'. And so I wrote Life on Mars, which was sort of a Sinatra-ish parody, but done in a more rock style."
And the work went to Paul Anka.

Now, just a couple days ago, HuffPo put up "This Farewell Mashup Of Obama Singing ‘My Way’ May Leave You Misty":


And suddenly, the news comes out that Paul Anka is going to sing the song for Donald Trump:
An insider tells the site, "Paul was asked by the members of the Trump inauguration committee and he was only too happy to do it for his longtime friend. While everyone else was running scared from performing at the inauguration, Paul stood fast. He wasn't about to be intimated [sic] by anyone!"
Anka will be singing special re-written he-did-it-Trump's-Way lyrics. We can only guess what changes he'll make to the lyrics. You can't start with "And now, the end is near...." even though that's a perfect line from the Trump hater's viewpoint — along with "Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew/When I bit off more than I could chew...."

And, whatever you do, wear a shirt — "That’s Just. The Fucking. Way. It Is!"

78 comments:

holdfast said...

Little known fact: Canadian Paul Anka played a US Army Ranger in the D-Day epic The Longest Day.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056197/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_16

Matthew Sablan said...

... Troll Level: Yuuuge.

Ambrose said...

I remember hearing an anecdote that when Sinatra recorded My Way, the Beatles were present (in the studio in LA for some other reason and invited to watch Frank record) - and perhaps inspired by the presence of the competition, Frank recorded the song in one clean take. I looked just now online and could not find anything about this - so I may be misremembering, or maybe someone told gullible me a tall tale many years ago, but it is a good story.

(There are some Beatles covers on the My way Album, so maybe not strange that they - or some of them - would have been present to observe)

mockturtle said...

The band meeting tirade reminds me of:

Kill Bill 2: Bud vs. Strip Club Owner

And the memorable ABC scene from Glengarry, Glen Ross Always Be Closing

Michael K said...

My 2017 prediction: the few performers who defy the left's ban on Trump will do very well. The girl who was first to agree has seen her sales go way up.

madAsHell said...

"The guys get fucking shirts!!"

Wow!! He was protecting the brand, the image that he has upheld for over 50 years.
I'm guessing Mr. Anka voted for Trump.

Ron Winkleheimer said...

I always favored Sid Vicious' version.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Sid+Vicious+I+Did+It+My+Way&&view=detail&mid=EBDD526F4E2892AC609EEBDD526F4E2892AC609E&FORM=VRDGAR

Wilbur said...

I remember Paul Anka in The Longest Day. He played an Army Ranger who scaled Pointe du Hoc. He looked to be about 5-2. Definitely not yuuuuge.

I was impressed by his running speed, FWIW.

The fact that he's performing at the Inaugural bumps him up about seven notches in my book.

traditionalguy said...

As the encore song ,These Boots Are Made For Walking , in a duet with Megyn Kelly.

harryo said...

Claude Fran├žois did it his way... He reached for the light bulb in the shower, and...

robother said...

And when he's done ranting about t-shirts, he turns to the next obvious problem: "what are we gonna do about these f**king cutoffs?"

harryo said...

Isn't Paul Anka an immigrant? Hey, it might be a good thing then.

Although, "I did it my way" might be some kind of affront. A lot of Mexicans did it "their way" as well...

Fabi said...

Link to "The guys get shirts".

https://michaelscomments.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/the-paul-anka-transcript/

David said...

That Bowie hair is Trumpish.

Bob Ellison said...

It's a shitty song in English or in French. Sinatra only made it worse with his lack of rhythm.

Commander Crankshaft said...

Oh wow! Well, there's one possible celebrity who might actually be showing up to entertain. Go Trump! See, everyone doesn't hate you. Just most people.

walter said...

She does it his way

Michael K said...

"The fact that he's performing at the Inaugural bumps him up about seven notches in my book."

I think a lot of people, not Ritmo of course, will agree.

Trumpit said...

You know about Claude Francois? Very knowledgeable of you for a non-French person. He had a flurry of hits in his short life, mostly in the 70's. that ended in a "shocking" way, i.e., by electrocution in a bathtub. Most songs (he wrote or co-wrote most of them) were better than Comme d'Habitude as others have stated. He had a lot of charisma, and showmanship. He was often accompanied by beautiful showgirls during his performances, many of them are saved for posterity on Youtube. Wikipedia says he sold 70 million records. He was just good.

It's a fun way to learn French by listening & memorizing his catchy songs.

Commander Crankshaft said...

I think a lot of people, not Ritmo of course, will agree.

Trump was the best-loved celebutard to ever lose the popular vote!

walter said...

Ouch! If only that was how the game is played, name du jour.
We could have had Elton John singing The bitch is back.

tim maguire said...

No president was ever a more appropriate subject for the song.

Drago said...

CC: "Trump was the best-loved celebutard to ever lose the popular vote!"

hmmmmmm, mmmmmm, CURSE YOU! I cannot challenge that on a strictly technical factual basis though "celebutard" is arguable despite it having the advantage of insulting all celebrities which is always a sound an solid move.

Well played, for now. But I will have my revenge, in this life or the next.

Drago said...

Trumpit: "You know about Claude Francois?"

Just watched his cover of "Oh What a Night".

Awesome. My littlest one loved it.

Bay Area Guy said...

I get Paul Anka confused with Neil Sedaka - don't hate me.

tcrosse said...

Hillary was the most despised person ever to win the popular vote.

Commander Crankshaft said...

Well played, for now. But I will have my revenge, in this life or the next.

It's not an all-or-nothing thing. I can honestly say that about a third of what Trump's about, I'm all for. I love. A third is just neutral/mechanistic/operational stuff not worth having an opinion about, and a third I hate. It's like, I like the guy, but I think he's a douchebag. Sometimes I like him for being a douchebag, sometimes I think he's just being a douchebag. I don't look at him as an adult, but as a needy kid. He needs reassurance. And yet, he might continue being very effective on manufacturing issues. Which is a pretty adult thing to be, if you think about it.

So the guy is one very big mixed bag. A mixed bag filled with lovely potpourri, and sweet mints, and vomit, and dog shit, and ice, and salt. It's just the most unfortunately mixed bag we'll find. Part potatoes, part plutonium. Wish as anyone might that this guy might be consistent in what he can do for them, he can't. He just can't. He's a great attack dog, and a horrible head of state. But he loves all the "elegance" and accoutrements. The trappings entrap him, but his effectiveness is in his vulgarity. Talk about a paradox.

John said...

As someone else said, I think this is going to wonders for Anka's career. She SJ Snowflakes will go nuts and get him more publicity than he has had since the 60's.

Related, the SJWs decided LL Bean was double plus ungood because LL's grandaughter donated to the Trump Pac.

This afternoon Trump tweeted out to the world to buy Beans. The folks that will boycott would not have bought Beans anyway. Other like me, will think "Hmmm... This will be a good way to piss those assholes off. I am sure there is something at Beans that I can spend $50 or so.

I predict a good sales year for Beans.

Their stock closed the day up almost a percentage point but Trumps tweet came late in the day. Let's see what happens tomorrow.

Can you shop Beans via Ann's portal? Why, yes you can. Lots of good stuff there. A perfect place to use those Amazon gift cards I got for Christmas.

I really, really, really, really, hope that the SJWs don't go after my Packaging Machinery Handbook because it doesn't take a genderqueer positive approach to machinery.

John Henry

richlb said...

Just don't look, just don't look....

walter said...

There's a surplus of folks judging his presidency..before he's even inaugurated.

Commander Crankshaft said...

Isn't the ragging on SJWs getting old? What's the alternative to a "social justice warrior," anyway? A social injustice warrior?

Think about that for a minute.

MaxedOutMama said...

Over the Christmas break, one of my brothers and I amused ourselves by creating a playlist for Trump's inauguration. There was much fuss in the press over a lack of live performers! We thought all Trump needed was a good DJ and a sense of humor.

"My Way" was the first song chosen.

Some of the others:
"New Kid in Town", Eagles
"We are the Champions", Queen
"Beat It", Michael Jackson
"You May Be Right", Billy Joel
"Friends in Low Places", Garth Brooks
"Better Class of Losers", Randy Travis
"It's a Dead Man's Party", Oingo Boingo

Commander Crankshaft said...

There's a surplus of folks judging his presidency..before he's even inaugurated.

He's 70 years old, been in the limelight for 40 years, and the New York media market at that, with a lot of unconventional, uh, stuff going on, including one of the most bizarrely immature personalities of anyone in public life, whose primary claim to political fame might be defying conventional wisdom, but with special relish and delight when it involves disrespecting POWs, the disabled, dedicated public servants, veterans, brain surgeons, and scores of groups that the rest of society just plain respects.

So his playbook is exposed. His cards are shown. You all knew (and loved/hated) this about him beforehand. So don't get all uppity and surprised when the rest of the country takes his show and shenanigans head-on and hits the ground with it running. He came poised for battle. So did everyone else who's been watching the score.

walter said...

The issue is the use of the term "social justice" that presumes everyone agrees what that means. Such nice words..how can you be against my interpretation?
"Where's the social justice?"

readering said...

Paul Anka is 75. Of course he's not afraid of repercussions from participating in the inauguration.

Wilbur said...

Commander Crankshaft said...
"Well played, for now. But I will have my revenge, in this life or the next.

It's not an all-or-nothing thing. I can honestly say that about a third of what Trump's about, I'm all for. I love. A third is just neutral/mechanistic/operational stuff not worth having an opinion about, and a third I hate. It's like, I like the guy, but I think he's a douchebag. Sometimes I like him for being a douchebag, sometimes I think he's just being a douchebag. I don't look at him as an adult, but as a needy kid. He needs reassurance. And yet, he might continue being very effective on manufacturing issues. Which is a pretty adult thing to be, if you think about it.

So the guy is one very big mixed bag."

Sincerely, thank you for posting something reasonable. I agree with a good bit of what you wrote, at least to an extent. We differ in that I'm willing to give him a chance.

We need to change course on a whole lot of policy choices made over the last twenty years. I think Trump is the best opportunity for us to make some smarter choices.

mockturtle said...

M.O.M., good list! :-D All appropriate.

Commander Crankshaft said...

The issue is the use of the term "social justice" that presumes everyone agrees what that means. Such nice words..how can you be against my interpretation?
"Where's the social justice?"


So you think gaping chasms of racial and economic disparities are a good thing?

Used to be, a long time ago, that conservatives thought social cohesion/harmony was a good thing.

I guess that's all changed.

I think most conservatives still desire that. But feel that to work toward it will tempt the devil.

And they live with the schizophrenia that creates and gleefully riddle society with the holes it creates.

walter said...

See? It can mean anything you/they want...

AReasonableMan said...

MaxedOutMama said...
Over the Christmas break, one of my brothers and I amused ourselves by creating a playlist for Trump's inauguration. There was much fuss in the press over a lack of live performers! We thought all Trump needed was a good DJ and a sense of humor.

"My Way" was the first song chosen.

Some of the others:
"New Kid in Town", Eagles
"We are the Champions", Queen
"Beat It", Michael Jackson
"You May Be Right", Billy Joel
"Friends in Low Places", Garth Brooks
"Better Class of Losers", Randy Travis
"It's a Dead Man's Party", Oingo Boingo

"Golden Slumbers", The Beatles

mockturtle said...

So you think gaping chasms of racial and economic disparities are a good thing?

Disparity does not imply injustice.

buwaya puti said...

Doesn't the complexity attract?
Trump is the oddest collection of traits ever to hold the office.
I'm not sure how many serious biographers he will have; the events of the last two years alone justify dozens, but the distasteful details and contradictions and partisan odium will drive off many.
What novelist would have written this?

Commander Crankshaft said...

Disparity does not imply injustice.

Not caring or wanting to perpetuate it does.

And not wanting to determine the implication does. Jefferson Sessions (named after Jefferson Davis) grew up in a segregated school. I find it predictable that he's made a career thinking that civil rights issues were overblown.

Even if it wasn't unjust, it's a stupid thing to perpetuate or ignore. It's bad for the country, and the reason your other Republidorks lost to Trump was because their lackadaisical attitude toward economic disparity was no longer sustainable politically. Or, if you were a patriot, nationally.

Finally, disparities beget further disparity. We have some of the least economic mobility of the advanced Western democracies, and it's all because of the disparity that you champion/ignore.

mockturtle said...

What novelist would have written this?

John Kennedy Toole, maybe?

AprilApple said...

Many silent celebrities know they must stay silent. The oh so tolerant progressive neo-fascist left will destroy them if they get out of line.

John said...

Blogger Commander Crankshaft said...

So you think gaping chasms of racial and economic disparities are a good thing?

So are you advocating taxes on the wealthy? Will that be in addition to or in place of the income tax?

You do realize that the wealthy pay pay pretty much no taxes on wealth at all now, don't you?

Property taxes are the only real exception.

Right now Jeff Bezos, worth about $70bn, pays taxes on about $3-5mm. If he pays 35%, that's $1-1.5mm.

Put a 1% tax on his wealth and you could skin him for $700mm or so. Every year.

Is that what you want?

John Henry

John Henry

Rusty said...

"So you think gaping chasms of racial and economic disparities are a good thing?"
Hyperbole much.
Ask the current outgoing resident. He's made his legacy promoting both.

harryo said...

The Bowie version sucked on many levels.

Birkel said...

If disparities in wealth are so important, I hear there are many charities available to receive the excess that troubles you so.

Marxist scum!

buwaya said...

They have wealth taxes in Europe. France has @ 1.5pct max, Spain 2.5pct.
These are major drivers to capital flight and foreign investments.

Commander Crankshaft said...

Gee John Henry. You could waste a lot less time acting like interrogator if you just raised a question about agreeing with a carried interest tax or AMT.

What is it with conservatives and their allergy to policy terms? It's like they want to speak in code and prevent people from knowing what they're talking about.

Of course I'm for a progressive tax, as has generally always been the case, anyway. The alternative is a regressive tax, or otherwise promoting a sado-masochistic attitude toward the poor in order to justify wealth being used to do anything, and the wealthy being able to write laws that are favorable to them, as if their situation wasn't already favorable enough.

But the most damning evidence against regressive and non-progressive taxation is its association with low economic mobility. The very argument connies used to promote regressive and non-progressive taxes was wrong all along. It was just a way to co-opt the serfs in a marketing campaign for the policies of the rich.

Commander Crankshaft said...

If disparities in wealth are so important, I hear there are many charities available to receive the excess that troubles you so.

Marxist scum!


Birkel's as ignorant of economic policy as he is of the atmospheres and temperatures on Venus and Mercury.

Anyway, he's obviously anti-opportunity. Disparities promote low economic mobility. Proven over and over again.

But Birkel's got that covered, too. He hates evidence.

How much are you getting paid to defend a policy benefitting an income group in which you've been clearly excluded, Birkel? Or do you do it for free?

Bay Area Guy said...

"Disparity of wealth" isn't the problem. That's just Orwellian newspeak. The disparity of wealth between Bill Gates and me is massive - nearly $70 Billion. But despite the obscene wealth of Mr. Gates, it doesn't matter, because I am safely ensconced in the Middle Class, well above the poverty line. He has his mansion, I have my home, life is good.

The problem is poverty - and how to move up from it to the Middle Class. The solution is more capitalism, more hard work and much less pseudo-intellectual theorizing about how life should work.

buwaya said...

Social Justice is a lot of things; a reasonable though very unspecific idea can be formed from its definition in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I encourage you all to look up. Assuming that men can be expected to behave according to Christian ideals. The Church has to expect this of course.

A powerful criticism can be found in Hayek's "Social Justice", which does not assume ideal behavior, and empirically is more accurate. One has to wonder though at the personal result of taking a rather sour view of existence.

Neither define some particular GINI coefficient as a definition of "social justice" though. You can argue in both directions in a rather fuzzy way, though reasonably.

It is however rarely invoked reasonably, it is almost always a hammer to be used on the heads of the innocent, or the relatively innocent. Rich and powerful people love to beat on plumbers and truck drivers and insurance agents and fast-food restaurant owners allegedly on the behalf of even poorer people. Heck, its a popular guilt trip Catholic priests use on their mostly lower-middle class parishioners.

Commander Crankshaft said...

"Disparity of wealth" isn't the problem. That's just Orwellian newspeak. The disparity of wealth between Bill Gates and me is massive - nearly $70 Billion. But despite the obscene wealth of Mr. Gates, it doesn't matter, because I am safely ensconced in the Middle Class, well above the poverty line. He has his mansion, I have my home, life is good.

That's a nice, philosophical and personal way to look at it. How unfortunate that it's not true, though. Wealth is always relative.

The problem is poverty - and how to move up from it to the Middle Class.

Yeah. Again. Show me the studies where disparity or lack thereof is NOT linked to economic mobility.

Why do connies have to be so evidence averse? It's like they think beliefs are more important than facts.

The solution is more capitalism, more hard work and much less pseudo-intellectual theorizing about how life should work.

Ha haha. Nice. So now the self-appointed defenders of the investor class are all about hard work. That's a laugh. Pseudo-intellectual? Which think tank did you get your own theories from? And since intellect is bad, in your book, I guess we'll call your own theories "pseudo-ignorant." How does that sound? Deal?

Bill said...

The national anthem of Hell is 'My Way'.

- Peter Kreeft, Catholic theologian

JaimeRoberto said...

My Way is the Loser's Anthem. He should be singing it for Hillary.

buwaya said...

For instance, R&B/Ritmo/Crankshaft is busy beating on the heads of a bunch of innocent or more-or-less innocent people with this. Which illustrates the problem with "social justice".

A decent and useful concept that is so easily turned into, often, a cruel weapon, to impose some absurd or evil policy.

Commander Crankshaft said...

You have quite the imagination, buwahahayaha.

Kelly said...

I love Paul Anka turning rock songs into big band! Swing. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D_MzRxDUeMI

Unknown said...

Has anyone looked at the French lyrics? It's a very sad song, quite different from what Paul Anka has given us.

I awake and I gently jostle you
You don’t wake up, as usual
I pull the cover up around you
I fear that you’ll be cold, as usual
I caress your hair
Almost without thinking, as usual
But you turn your back to me
As usual

I dress myself quickly
And leave the room, as usual
All alone, I drink my coffee
I am late, as usual
Without a sound, I leave the house
All is gray outside, as usual
I am cold and I turn up my collar
As usual

As usual, all day long
I am going to pretend
As usual I am going to smile
As usual I am going to even laugh
As usual I am going to live
As usual

And then the day ends
Me, I return, as usual
You, you are out
Not yet returned, as usual
All alone, I go to bed
In this big cold bed, as usual
My tears, I hide them
As usual

As usual, even at night
I am going to pretend
As usual you return
As usual I await you
As usual you smile at me
As usual

As usual you get undressed
As usual you come to bed
As usual we embrace
As usual

As usual we pretend
As usual we make love
As usual we pretend

Bay Area Guy said...

Is Commander Crankshaft also R&B?

Hmmm. I gotta follow the thread closer.

Ah, Yes, esoteric discussion on wealth creation with Commander Ritmo.

Most economic studies show that to avoid poverty ya gotta do 3 things: (1) finish high school, (b) not have a kid out of wedlock, (c) get married and not get divorced. But us Connies are averse to evidence, so I only believe this stuff based on my own personal observations.

Back to reality - work, marry, save, invest. Sounds boring, not too sexy, but generally it leads to Middle Class-Dom. Fighting it is like fighting gravity or Father Time, you won't win.

My buddy tried to get me to buy $25K of Google at the IPO, but i didn't understand the biz model. Oh well - missed opportunity. Probably woulda been worth $500K by now.

Also, marry a female lawyer, like I did. They earn a lot and make smart babies.

Fabi said...

The system is conspiring to keep Ritmo down! Lulz

Gahrie said...

Disparities promote low economic mobility

Perhaps, but drug use, lack of education, gang involvement, illegitimacy, dependency, and rejection of mainstream societal mores and values are much, much more important in causing low economic mobility.

Mike said...

I love disparities. Have you seen the places where everybody earns the same wage? They're hellholes! A disparity implies there is some other state of being I could achieve if you collectivists would get the fuck out of the way.

Tech Zone said...

See? It can mean anything you/they want...

important news for HSC Result 2017

When HSC Result 2017 will publish?

Mike said...

Moderator

walter said...

Grade penalty for plagiarism, TZ

chickelit said...

Bowie's lyrics mock the singer. I can see why Sinatra rejected them. I guess Bowie hit it off better with Bing?

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Where's Joe?!

Rusty said...

Is that the new catch phrase of the left? "economic disparity"?
Remember the "war on Poverty"?
We lost.
To the tune of over a trillion dollars and we still have poor people.
On the plus side. The bureaucracy has expanded to absorb all that cash.
A win for liberalism.
Not classic liberalism, but the other kind.
The kind that wants social justice with your money.
Social Justice.
What does that even mean?
Isn't all justice social justice?
cause it involves, like, people, society.
Just remember Ritmo. If somebody is wealthy they stole that wealth from you and me.
Keep up the good fight,peon.

John said...

Blogger Commander Crankshaft said...

You could waste a lot less time acting like interrogator if you just raised a question about agreeing with a carried interest tax or AMT.

...

Of course I'm for a progressive tax, as has generally always been the case, anyway.


You don't understand the difference between income and wealth, do you?

I was asking if you supported a wealth tax to close the economic disparities. In the name of social justice(tm), of course. And you come back with AMT and carried interest. Neither of those touch wealth. They are taxes on income.

Jeff Bezos has an income, subject to income tax, of less than $5mm. No matter how progressive you make the tax, the very most you could collect is 100% or $5mm.

No matter how progressive you make the income tax you will not touch Bezos' $70bn or so in personal wealth

If you are sincere about being interested in social justice(tm), you would need to be advocating a wealth tax. Yet you seem not to be. Until you do, you are just bloviating.

You think Jeff Bezos cares about income taxes, Ritmo? Tax him 100% and he can drop his income (Amazon salary) to minimum wage. He has no need for it.

As it stands now, though, he could spend a billion (with a b) dollars a year for the next 70 years without paying a penny in taxes. Other than sales, property, gas and misc other taxes. Perhaps some capital gains taxes but probably not even those, at least till after he's dead.

You sound pretty confused, Ritmo.

John Henry

walter said...

I like this idea of "social cohesion/harmony".
It doesn't seem Obama did.

Joe said...

I love Paul Anka turning rock songs into big band! Swing.

Richard Cheese does the same, though, for me at least, it only works occasionally (as with Last Resort, which Cheese makes into the happiest song about suicide: https://youtu.be/gStHOp_kyq0.)

HoodlumDoodlum said...

When Trump moves he'll slice like a fuckin' hammer!

HoodlumDoodlum said...

I still remember hearing Anka's rant for the first time. The more I manage people the more I side with him, of course, especially when he exasperatedly asks something like "your paychecks all clear, don't they? You get paid the full amount of your checks, don't you?" as he's demanding that they do the work they're employed to do (to his standard).

John said...

Hoodlum,

The rant is memorable, isn't it?

It reminds me of a former boss I had, a plant manager.

I've been unemployed since 1985 but if he offered me a job tomorrow, I'd jump on it like a dog on a bone. Working for him was one of the most fulfilling 2 years of my 50 year (so far) professional career.

The other great rant is Alex Baldwin in Glengarry Glenross. The movie itself sucks but I'd pay $10 just to see those 7 minutes.

Fortunately I don't have to, it's on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4PE2hSqVnk

John Henry

John said...

Hoodlum,

The rant is memorable, isn't it?

It reminds me of a former boss I had, a plant manager.

I've been unemployed since 1985 but if he offered me a job tomorrow, I'd jump on it like a dog on a bone. Working for him was one of the most fulfilling 2 years of my 50 year (so far) professional career.

The other great rant is Alex Baldwin in Glengarry Glenross. The movie itself sucks but I'd pay $10 just to see those 7 minutes.

Fortunately I don't have to, it's on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4PE2hSqVnk

John Henry